Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
520-623-2281
 
 
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THE FOUR-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say or do

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

With the Four-Way Test as our guide, the Rotary Club of Tucson is an indispensable resource for our community, and provides our members a remarkable return on their investment of skills, time, and resources.

 
Home Page Stories
The program will be an update on what is happening down town.
 
Fletcher McCusker ~ Biography
 
Fletcher McCusker is the current CEO and founder of Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., a new medical home health care business.  Sinfonía is based out of an old warehouse in downtown Tucson, Arizona, and will focus on the rapidly expanding home health industry driven by the changes in the Health Care Affordability Act. A native Tucsonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona, he attended graduate school at Arizona State University after being turned down by the UofA. He has returned much to the community; serving on the boards of the Eller School and the Social and Behavioral Sciences College, the YMCA, St. Gregory School, The Metro Chamber, TREO and participates in numerous charitable causes.  Fletcher has been very active in downtown revitalization.  He resigned these boards to serve as the Chairman of the Rio Nuevo board after being appointed by state legislature.
 
He is co-founder of 2ND Saturdays Downtown. An entrepreneur and a contrarian, Fletcher has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, which he attributes to creating opportunities for luck to happen and surrounding himself with smart people. A pilot, a Harley rider, an avid skier, a father, husband and a great friend of Tucson.

Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in law, government and public affairs at the local, state, and national levels. At Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore manages corporate public affairs, government relations, and community relations activities for existing company assets and major expansion projects throughout the United States.

 

Prior to joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore was a Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications company. Mr. Fore has served as an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois, as general counsel to the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and as the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party.

 

Mr. Fore served as a Judge Advocate General in the Illinois Army National Guard and US Army Reserve, honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.  Mr. Fore was also elected and served as an alderman on the Belvidere, IL City Council. Mr. Fore received his B.A. from Eureka College and a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University.

On August 8th we will be holding a Replacement Social Mixer for our Wednesday lunch meeting.  The event will be held at Topgolf, 4050 W. Costco Place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Guest fee will be $30.  Hope you all can come out and join us.  Registration for the event is on our website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side of the home page to "Upcoming Events" and click on "Replacement/Social Mixer - Topgolf".  Be sure to register your guests and remember, NO LUNCH MEETING ON WEDNESDAY!
Lightning is a striking phenomenon, brought to southern Arizona by our beloved monsoon. This presentation will start with a brief overview of the physics, terminology, and phenomenology of lightning, expressed through photography.  This will be followed by examples of how we measure lightning, and how the measured information is used to help mitigate its effects on life and property.
 
John Lashley, the President of Tucson Speedway will talk about the flips and the flops through the years of the Tucson Speedway, and where he thinks they are today in Season 5 - 2018.
 
Biography ~ John Lashley is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in finance – which he never used.  He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1967 to avoid the Vietnam draft, which was unsuccessful.  He served in the Coast Guard until 1976 when he began selling and leasing commercial real estate in Seattle-Bellevue, WA.  John moved to Tucson in 1998 and failed from retirement.  He leased the defunct racetrack from Pima County in 2012.  John rebranded the track with NASCAR and commenced stock car racing.  His interests include racing something – motorcycles, kayaks, marathons, cars and sailboats.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need.
 
Since taking office, the mayor has helped settle the long-standing Rio Nuevo dispute, opening a new era of downtown redevelopment. He codified and increased incentives for Tucson businesses. And, he led efforts to invest in Tucson’s roads and police and fire departments, making for better streets and a safer city.
Biography ~ Chuck Sawyer, RCOT President - 2018/19
 
Born in 1958, Chuck first came to Tucson as a child in the early 60’s with his Air Force family living on base at Davis Monthan.  After five moves, including a memorable year in the Philippines, the family returned to Tucson in 1974 and Chuck graduated from Catalina High School in 1976.
 
President Cliff is "passing the gavel" to our 2018-19 President, Chuck Sawyer, on Saturday, July 7th at La Mariposa from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  La Mariposa is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road.  So come on out and celebrate with Cliff and Chuck.  Go to www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to Upcoming Events and register ~ $50/per person.  Dress is Beach Casual attire.  REMEMBER:  No Lunch Meeting on 7/4/18.  This social is not a replacement mixer so no make up is required.  Any questions please contact the Rotary office - 520-623-2281.
The impact of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can be overwhelming, but no one needs to go through this journey alone. Learn about the variety of free programs, services, and resources available to help you cope with all aspects of the disease and its progression.
 
 
 
 
The YMCA celebrated its 174th birthday last week. But as well-known and as venerable an institution as the Y has become, it is not just the “swim and gym” many remember growing up.  Its original mission of service for all remains as fundamental as ever, but the Y has become a vibrant organization deeply engaged in meeting the needs of the communities it serves.  As a cause-driven organization, the Y has three areas of focus:  Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.  Through Youth Development the Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming.
This presentation will describe a child’s concept of death based on his/her age and development stage.  It will also highlight the different ways in which children grieve and how to support a grieving child.   It will conclude with a brief overview of the different programs offered by Tu Nidito and how to refer a child and his/her family.
 
Our 5th Wednesday Replacement/Social Mixer on May 30th will be held at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler, located at 4695 N. Oracle Rd., #109.  Start time is 5:30 p.m. til 7:30 p.m.  All must sign up on our website,  www.tucsonrotary.org, scroll down the left side of the home page to "Upcoming Events" and click on Replacement/Social Mixer.  Make sure you register yourself and your guests ($20 per guest).  Deadline to register is 5/25/18.  Remember, this is a replacement mixer so there is no lunch meeting on Wednesday, May 30th.  Let's have some fun... Cheers everyone!
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office, 520-623-2281.  The office will be closed on Monday, 5/28/18 for Memorial Day. 
For too many students, higher education feels financially out of reach. Outstanding student loan debt in the United States in 2017 was around $1.42 trillion and the average student loan balance for 2016 graduates was $37,172, up 6% from 2015.  Especially when combined with a lack of a degree, student loan debt impedes economic mobility for a lifetime. An innovative, new approach to financial aid distribution is needed, not just to increase the post-secondary education completion rate of students, but to provide access to higher education to individuals from diverse economic backgrounds. Earn to Learn is a promising solution that is addressing many of the issues facing low- to moderate- income students and families in Arizona. Combining student savings with scholarships, financial education, and success coaching, Earn to Learn helps LMI students obtain a college degree and graduate ready to enter the workforce with little to no student loan debt.  
 
Meet David Ivers, Arizona Theatre Company's Artistic Director. David will talk about what the ‘new’ ATC is doing,  its future and how ATC is investing in the communities we serve so stories on the stages resonate and reflect our citizenry, the people we serve.  He will talk about the new 2018/2019 season, Scene in America and how all of the productions will incorporate innovative and educational community outreach programs here in Southern Arizona and across the State.
 
The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it's also extremely dangerous if you aren't aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, installing apps on devices and just plugging in a new appliance.  Michael Peller will break down some of the simpler things that you can do without being a technology geek.  Some of these tips, you undoubtedly may have heard, but many may be new to you.
 
Wright Flight:
The mission of this charity is to motivate and inspire students to achieve higher goals in the academic and personal behavior with the opportunity to learn to fly an airplane. This program introduces students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career fields.  More than 30,000 children in Tucson have been served since its inception and 1,000 children per year now participate in this program which they would like to expand.  A $20K grant would allow 200-300 students to participate in the program.  They expect to sell 500 car show tickets and provide at least 14 volunteers the day of show. 
 
Rotary Club of Tucson has sponsored the Amphitheater Interact Club and Rotaract Club of the University of Arizona for the past five years.  We have provided financial support as well as advisors to both clubs.  We share sponsorship for the UofA Rotaract Club with Sunrise Rotary.
 
Home Hospitality Week will replace our regular weekly lunch meeting on April 18, 2018.  We want to thank all the members who have volunteered to host an event.  Home Hospitality is a great way for members to socialize outside of our weekly meeting in a relaxed setting.  The deadline to sign up has already passed, but if you missed it, call the office.  We'll see if the event you would like to attend still has availability.  Remember, this is a replacement for our meeting, so if you are not attending a Home Hospitality, you may want to do a Make Up.  Have fun everybody and have a terrific week!!!   
Biography ~ Maricela Solis de Kester
 
Maricela is the Director of Operations & Government Relations of World View, an Arizona based spaceflight company that operates in two primary business segments: Stratollite uncrewed flight systems Stratollites, offer low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and government agencies.  As Director of operations and government relations, Maricela oversees all hiring, IT and government relations.
   
 
The Pima County Fairgrounds is currently managed, operated and maintained by the Southwestern Fair Commission, Inc. (SWFC), a private non-profit corporation, and has done so since 1975.  In addition to its oversight of the Fairgrounds, SWFC is responsible for producing the annual Pima County Fair, traditionally held in April each year.  Fair attendance has doubled in size in the past 10 years from approximately 150,000 to almost 350,000 attendees in 2017. 
  
 
To the UA and the Tucson Community,
 
Thank you all for such a warm welcome. I am thrilled to be here at the University of Arizona. From the open house at Old Main on my first day, to lunch with students in the Union, and a stop at UAHS to wish our medical school transition students good luck on their finals, this is just the beginning. 
Jenny will speak about the importance of early reading experiences to set children up for success in learning. She will discuss the science of brain development and how the early childhood years are connected to a child’s future academic outcomes and success.  Jenny will draw on recent research to illuminate the educational landscape and highlight how effective language and literacy experiences and interventions in the early years help to build the architecture of a child’s brain and can ultimately work to help close the achievement/opportunity gap.
 
 
Dr. Paul Bendheim is a board-certified neurologist and a Clinical Professor of Neurology with the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix.  Dr. Bendheim graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is affiliated with Saint Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.  Over the years of his career in neurology, he has diagnosed many people with Alzheimer's and other dementias and became increasingly interested in studying and determining how he could help others to improve and maintain their brain function. 
 
 
This program will provide an in depth look at the current facilities at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base that are serving the community of Armed Forces youth and their families who have Base access.  This review will include an overview of the existing and somewhat antiquated 1960 vintage building that serves as the main youth facility on the Base. 
 
Maestro Gomez will speak about his new life in Tucson as he approaches the finale of his inaugural season. He will focus on why a strong symphony is important to Tucson and how the orchestra plays an integral role in the education of our young people.  In addition, he will share some highlights of the TSO’s upcoming 90th season and our developing relationship with Mexico.
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Board of Directors
President
President Elect
Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant At Arms
Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
RCT Foundation
Executive Director
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 12th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 20, 2018
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
Fletcher McCusker
Aug 22, 2018
Tucson Downtown Update
Dr. Timothy Dosemagen
Aug 29, 2018
China & North Korea: Unique 21st Century Challenges
Ali Farhang, Chairman
Sep 05, 2018
Arizona Bowl
Kirk Reed, District Governor
Sep 12, 2018
District 5500
Bob Hoffman, President
Sep 19, 2018
Tucson Roadrunners
Geoff Emerick
Sep 26, 2018
Working with the Beatles
Bruce Jacobs, Car Show Chair
Oct 03, 2018
Car Show SLT/TLT
Mark Hart
Oct 10, 2018
Arizona Game & Fish
Nancy Kluge
Oct 17, 2018
Tucson Zoo
Replacement/Social Mixer
Oct 31, 2018
No Lunch Meeting
Ted Maxwell
Nov 07, 2018
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Cathy Hufault, Author
Nov 14, 2018
Death Clouds on Mt. Baldy
Lisa Atkins, CAP Board President
Nov 28, 2018
Central Arizona Water Project
Jim DeGrood, Deputy Director
Dec 05, 2018
Sabino Tram Program
Jim Lubinski/Charlotte Harris
Dec 12, 2018
Rotary Foundation
DARK DAY ~ No Lunch Meeting
Dec 26, 2018
No Lunch Meeting
Bruce Jacobs
Jan 09, 2019
2017 Car Show Results
Dr. Rob Anderson, Western Neuro
Jan 16, 2019
Stroke Prevention
Jason Grabosch, 2019 Car Show Chair
Jan 23, 2019
Car Reveal/Car Show Kickoff
Replacement/Social Mixer
Jan 30, 2019
No Lunch Meeting
 
 
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