Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
December 2020 Meetings @ Hacienda del Sol
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
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Of the things we think, say or do

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


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.

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In just a few short years, the Tucson Jazz Festival has gone from an idea to a reality.  I’ll explain who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.  I might even have a couple of day passes to give out, raffle out or use a quiz prize.
Elliot Glicksman ~ Biography
Elliot has practiced law here for over 41 years. He’s been involved in public service throughout his career.  He was the first Chairman of the Tucson Citizen Police Advisory Committee in 1980.  He has been the recipient of the Arizona AJC Learned Hand Award for Community Service, the Steven M. Gootter Foundation Award for Philanthropy, and the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Award for Community Service.  Elliot was also previously recognized as one of the top pro bono attorneys in Arizona. He has  served on the board of directors and later became President of the Arizona Association for Justice, formerly the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and  the President of Homicide Survivors, Inc, a support and advocacy group for families that have experienced unimaginable grief.   For the past 39 years, he’s also done stand up comedy as half of the comedy team, Bob & Bob,  a member of the Sweatlodge with Dave Fitzsimmons, Fish Karma and others, as part of the Arroyo Café Players and as a solo act. 
Elliot was one of the founders of the HSL Tucson Jazz Festival, and he’s here today to discuss the festival 
Tucson is unique in Southwestern history in that it was not a cattle town, nor a mining boom town. Our leading citizens in territorial days included Jewish merchants, a nationally known best selling author, a future New York City mayor, and an untiring champion of poor tubercular patients. On the other hand we had our share of gamblers, dance hall girls, and stage robbers. Here you will find a collection of thumbnail sketches, half-legends, and some stories that might even be true.
Jim Turner ~ Biography
Jim Turner’s whole Connecticut Yankee family moved to Tucson in 1951 to save little Jimmy from asthma. He attended Peter E. Howell Elementary, Alice Vail Junior High, and Rincon High School. Jim took his first course in Arizona history in 1974 and taught Arizona history at Canyon del Oro High School for his student teaching requirement in 1976. He received his masters degree in U.S. history from the U of A in 1999 and was historian for the Arizona Historical Society from 2001-2009. He retired and became an editor/author for Rio Nuevo Publishers in 2009 and published his first book, Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State in 2011. He has since written four books for Rio Nuevo Publishers.  
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of November 18th.  This mixer will be held at Proof on the patio (St. Philip's Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 60 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Guests are invited, the fee is $20 and will be billed to your account.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on November 18th.
Mystery Guest Speaker ~ Biography
This individual was proposed for membership in Rotary by his sponsor repeatedly - because initially the application was rejected on the basis of occupational status. Being a Ph.D and a college vice-president in charge of research was considered, in the guidelines of yesteryear, to be insufficient. Once cleared through the membership process, he quickly and enthusiastically became involved in Club service. His aptitude and appetite for service work soon took him up to Board of Directors, then Club President. As he continued to be productive, he went on to be District Governor and then Zone Director and eventually to the Board room of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. Along the way, there were many adventures in international travel, Rotary service, and the rewards of elevating the living and educational standards for those less fortunate worldwide. And all of this through service in Rotary!
We build experiences that build character.  We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.
With the belief that all kids deserve the chance to grow in a supportive environment with mentors guiding them, we are dedicated to building programs that are accessible, welcoming, and as impactful as they are fun.
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of November 18th.  This mixer will be held at Proof on the patio (St. Philip's Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 60 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Guests are invited, the fee is $20 and will be billed to your account.   All must register for the event on the club website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events" and click on Replacement Social Mixer for 11/18/20.  Make sure to register your guest.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on November 18th.
The following is the upcoming Rotary schedule:
November 26 & 27 - Rotary Office is closed
December 2 - Lunch Meeting - Outside in the inner courtyard
December 9 - Lunch Meeting - Outside in the inner courtyard
December 16 - Holiday Replacement Mixer (No Lunch Meeting)
Bayer is more than just aspirin. The global company built a greenhouse in the desert to grow corn under glass using robots--but why? And what does it mean for our community? Stefanie will share a little bit of science, fun facts about corn and hopefully a live look at our corn in the greenhouse.
Stefanie Boe ~ Biography
Stefanie Boe is a nearly-native Tucsonan, having lived mostly here since 1976 when her entire extended family moved from Chicago. She attended Marana Schools and spent much of middle and high school seated somewhere near your Rotary President, Jen. At the time, they shared the last name of Wood. After attending Arizona State University, Stefanie spent nearly 20 years in TV news in Phoenix, Tucson, and Colorado Springs. She produced for anchors like Dan Marries and Savannah Guthrie, covered mass shootings, devastating wildfires, and major elections. Stefanie transitioned into a career in public relations thinking it would mean more time with her family but her first job was with Tucson's largest school district. While working to share the stories of students and teachers was rewarding, she spent more time with reporters than kids. From education, she moved into agriculture and has been with Bayer Crop Science in Marana for three years, getting a front-row seat to the construction of a $100 million investment in the community.

The Tucson Classics Car Show is the premiere car show in Arizona.  Through thirteen years of the car show, the Rotary Club of Tucson has raised over $1.6M to support local charities focusing on literacy, job/skills development, and senior assistance.  This year's recipients are Make Way for Books and Pima JTED.   The car show is a fantastic community event held each year in October at the Gregory School, and the show attracts over 400 classic cars and 20,000 guests each year.  Due to COVID-19, the car show event will not take place this year.  However, the 2020 Tucson Classics Raffle for a 2007 corvette grand prize and five other outstanding prizes will take place as planned on October 17th.  In addition, the 2020 Car Show Online Auction, with over 200 items, will conclude on October 16th.  We are grateful to our Title Sponsor, WeBuyHouses.com, and look forward to a successful raffle and online auction!

Cliff Bowman ~ Biography

Cliff Bowman is the Chair for the 2020 Tucson Classics Car Show.  He is a past president, 2016-17, and a twelve-year member of The Rotary Club of Tucson.  Cliff is the Lead A-10 Pilot Instructor for AviX, Inc at Davis-Monthan AFB.    

Our next Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of October 28th.  This mixer will be held at Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden (on the patio), 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 60 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Guests are invited, the fee is $20 and will be billed to your account.   All must register for the event on the club website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events" and click on Replacement Social Mixer for 10/28/20.  Make sure to register your guest.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on October 28th.
Prosperity is defined in the dictionary as “being successful” or “thriving”- and it’s usually connected with financial success, but not always.  It has a broader meaning, because it’s not just about your money, it’s about your life. Our goal is to help you create your own personal “Prosperity Picture” to help you manage your money, design your life, and create your future. You will be introduced to five key steps to creating prosperity and work with a unique hands-on visualization tool built to help you connect your money with your personal goals. You will leave armed with tools designed to see personal financial management as a powerful means to achieve your goals and with the confidence that you are enough, you have enough, and you will thrive.


Mental health issues affect all of society in some way, shape or form. In "normal" times, 1 in 5 Americans will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. In April 2020 the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that as a result of COVID, 50% of the people they surveyed report they have experienced a negative impact on their mental health. In this presentation, Kandy will talk about what Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is, what you can learn as a Mental Health First Aid-er, where MHFA came from & why it is so important in today’s world.
Kandy Hirsch ~ Biography
Kandy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Tucson. She is Certified in Emotional Intelligence & Mental Health First Aid. Along with her husband operates through the Leaders Edge, a coaching & consulting company. Kandy also facilitates two groups in Tucson for the Women Presidents' Organization, a premier Peer Advisory organization for women who own or run businesses with revenues of more than 1 million dollars.
We begin with a brief history of the Mariachi tradition, addressing questions such as: What is the tradition? Why is dance part of the tradition? Most importantly, where does Tucson fit into the mariachi tradition? The majority of the presentation will focus on the Tucson International Mariachi Conference (TIMC), a non-profit entity of La Frontera Arizona. We’ll discuss how the Conference has evolved over the years and the impact it’s had at the local, national and international levels, including on thousands, perhaps millions, of students. The Conference began downtown and with its return to downtown in 2021, and in the context of a new, highly developed and vibrant downtown environment, there’s an opportunity to partner with various organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Tucson, Rio Nuevo, City of Tucson, and the business community, to develop an annual week-long mariachi festival that can help brand Tucson, much like the Riverwalk has branded San Antonio. Indeed, Mariachi can be integrated into all other Tucson cultural and athletic events throughout the year. The presentation will conclude with a video on the Conference and a Q&A session with Drs. Ranieri and Fernández and Dan Buckley.
In a time of elevated concern over the Coronavirus, we’re all thinking about protecting and promoting our immune health. Learn about the basics that contribute to a healthy immune system, as well as advanced strategies for increasing your immunity, alternatives to immunosuppressive drugs, and immune-supportive supplements recommended by the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Lindsey Parsons ~ Biography
Lindsey Parsons, EdD is a Certified Health Coach working out of northeast Tucson. She specializes in helping clients locally and nationally reverse autoimmune disease and gut health issues naturally and lose weight without cutting calories. She also hosts the podcast "The Perfect Stool: Understanding and Healing the Gut Microbiome". Prior to starting her health coaching career, she co-founded and ran a nonprofit advocating for healthier food in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
This program will be presented at the meeting via Zoom.
Living artists and contemporary art is essential to the vitality and creative life of our town, region, and country. How do artists help us see and understand the world in a new way? What benefit do the arts bring to students, audiences, economies and other organizations? MOCA Tucson's Interim Director and Curator gives a brief overview of the Museum's mission, exhibitions and public programs, and maps how the arts contribute to a more vibrant public life. 
Laura Copelin ~ Biography
Laura Copelin is MOCA Tucson’s Interim Executive Director & Curator. She moved to Arizona last year from Texas, where she was Ballroom Marfa’s Executive Director & Curator. She was previously Assistant Curator at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and received a dual degree in Art and English from UCLA. In Marfa she brought numerous exhibitions, new commissions, installations and publications to life in her five years with the art space including: the first US museum exhibition of seminal Brazilian sculptor Solange Pessoa; a group show featuring art commissions about the borderlands from Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodriguez; the exhibition and catalogue Hyperobjects co-curated with ecological philosopher Timothy Morton; Tierra. Sangre. Oro. a show with Rafa Esparza featuring an immersive adobe brick installation; and six years of the global video art collaboration Artists’ Film International, with Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Robert Brown is the Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations at TuSimple, and is responsible for the federal, state, and local government relations where he works with legislators and regulators on best practices for safety, commercial viability, and policies. He works on building coalitions of industry, OEMs, Tier 1 providers, associations, and academics in the autonomous vehicle industry.  Prior to TuSimple, he worked for the state of California, was Vice President at the Mitchell Firm, taught at Oxford University and University of California, San Diego.

DNA is weirder than we thought. Why you’re what your parents ate or breathed.


Genetics (DNA) is like a piano.  Epigenetics is the music affected by the environment, in utero, chemicals, drugs, aging and diet. 


Methyl groups (epigenetic factor) can mark “tag” lock DNA (DNA methylation) and turn off genes that repair cancer or prevent diabetes and heart disease. 


Firefighters have higher cancer rates. Our studies found firefighters were exposed to combustion products that caused DNA methylation that can predispose to cancer.  Modern fires burn plastics and computers that are more dangerous than prior fires of wood and metal. Protective gear does not prevent all the exposures to combustion products based on our study of firefighter skin contaminated after a fire — local firefighters have the highest melanoma rates in the US due to UV light and chemical exposures. 


Kimberly Ely, Patronato San Xavier’s Development Director, will discuss Patronato’s role as the non-sectarian, non-denominational non-profit charged with raising and directing funding to conserve the fragile art and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the most culturally significant at-risk sites in the world.
Kimberly Ely ~ Biography
Kimberly joined Patronato San Xavier in July 2018 as Patronato’s first Development Director having formerly held the position of Vice President of Development for the Tucson Symphony.
We were scheduled to have our first Replacement Social Mixer on July 29th but with all that is going on, we have decided to host Virtual Happy Hours instead.  We have a few board members who have stepped up and will host these virtual mixers via Zoom.  We want to thank President Jen Hoffman, Director Bruce Jacobs and our Sergeant At Arms, Gary Olsen for volunteering to have Happy Hours. The login information has been emailed and we will send a reminder email with all the details.  Remember, there is no lunch meeting on 7/29.
Jen Hoffman ~ Wednesday, 7/29/20 ~ from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Bruce Jacobs ~ Wednesday,7/29/20 ~ from 5:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Gary Olsen ~ Wednesday, 7/29/20 ~ from 6:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.
You can join in on the screen any time, stay on for a bit, and if you want to jump in on another Happy Hour, feel free to do so!  This will give you opportunities to chat with many Rotarians who you haven't seen in quite some time.  So, let's have some fellowship, fun and drink on the Screen...
Pima County, Deputy County Administrator Carmine DeBonis Jr, will provide an update on the Pima County Road Repair Program. The presentation provides a status of the current road conditions; an overview of existing funding sources; a recap of Fiscal Year 2020 repairs completed to date; a summary of Fiscal Year 2021 planned repairs; and a description of future steps.
Carmine DeBonis, Jr. ~ Biography
Carmine DeBonis, Jr., advanced the majority of his professional life working with Pima County, Arizona, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Development, Carmine worked with the Pima County Board of Supervisors through 1996. 
During this time with the Board, Carmine quickly advanced to positions of greater responsibility. His exposure to nearly every aspect of government service including land use, public infrastructure, law enforcement, health care and community services, allowed Carmine to foster effective relationships. He effectively reached consensus on complex community issues and bridged differing viewpoints from varied constituencies.
Julius Holt ~ Biography
Julius K. Holt was born and raised in Washington D.C graduated from Cardozo High School in Washington D.C. in 1979. Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Julius attended Ellsworth Community College and attended the University of Arizona on a football scholarship and has been a Tucson resident since that time. Former Director of Counseling Villa Oasis High School, Guidance Counselor Catalina High School, Tucson Urban League, Our Town Family Center. University of Arizona Academic Counselor/Tutorial Coordinator for Student Athletes 1998-2006. Is the current President of Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation Football, youth motivational speaker and peer mediator. Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of Arizona in 1995, received a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Arizona in 2004. He has worked in social services for the past 30+ years. Member of TYFSF (Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation for 30 years.
  • 2019 Inducted into the (AYF) American Youth Football Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Cardozo High School Football Hall of Fame, Kingman Boy’s & Girls Club Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic Honoree
  • 2015 University of Arizona Black Alumni Club’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
  • 2004-2005 Member of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minorites program for minorities
  • 1991 BA Omega PSI PHI Community Service Black Alumni
Hello my fellow Rotarians,
I am so excited to see you at our first meeting of my year on July 8 at the Hacienda del Sol. Given the current circumstances, Hacienda del Sol is following all CDC guidelines so we can stay safe and healthy:
1.  All guests are required to wear a mask or a face covering (per new regulations by the City of Tucson and Pima County Government).
2.  The entire facility will have been disinfected prior to the event.  Immediately upon arrival, please use the restrooms to completely wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
3.  Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging.
4.  Please maintain a 6’ social distance from each other as much as possible.  Please note:  There will be plenty of space in the dinner area, the foyer and they are setting up tables outside on the patio.
5.  All tables will be seated as tables of four.  No exceptions. 
6.  Once seated for lunch, masks will be optional.
7.  Finally, please do NOT attend if any of the following are true for you or your guest:
a)  A fever above 100.4
b)  Shortness of breath
c)  Loss of taste or smell
d)  Dry cough, runny nose or sore throat
e)  Have been recently exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19
We are DARK on July 1st due to the Fourth of July.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Our Change of Administration Party is on Saturday, June 27th at Hacienda Del Sol when President Bob passes the gavel and reign to Jennifer Hoffman.  The event will begin with a reception and cocktails at 6:00 p.m., a buffet dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with festivities to follow.  All CDC Guidelines will be followed for a safe but fun event.

Due to the Change of Administration on Saturday, June 27th, there will be no virtual meeting on June 24th.  This is considered a DARK day.
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the 14th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 17, 2020
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Due to COVID-19
Raffle & Auction still on!
Elliott Glicksman
Dec 02, 2020
Jazz Festival
No Lunch Meeting - Holiday Mixer
Dec 16, 2020
Westward Look - On the Rooftop
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