Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
September 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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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.
Tiana Ronstadt ~ Biography

Tiana Ronstadt is a vibrant lecturer, workshop facilitator, and educator with over 20 years of financial planning experience. Her mission is to empower individuals to gain financial independence and help them reach their most ambitious dreams.

 Through One-on-One Consulting, as well as speaking engagements, Tiana has earned the respect of thousands who have benefited from her services. Ms. Ronstadt has expertise on serving her clients through times of serious change in their lives, including pre- and post-retirement strategizing, pre- and post-divorce financial counseling, income planning, and estate planning.

 As a lecturer, Tiana has spoken at numerous conferences and has been featured on radio and television, noted for her professional commentary on topics such as Women and Money, How to Have it ALL, Financial Independence for Women, It’s Never About Money, and Balancing It All.

Tiana Ronstadt customizes her presentations based on the needs and desires of the group for the best possible results. Her presentation can be formatted as a 2–3 hour workshop or as a keynote speech. She can provide practical workshops and lectures, or speak on items that are geared to be motivating and inspiring. Tiana works with flexibility and passion to ensure your satisfaction. Visit her website at:  www.powerwomeninvesting.com

 Tiana Ronstadt is a contributing member of the following organizations, helping them achieve their mission:

 ·      National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Chapter Member

·      National Association of Women Business Owners, Member

·      Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation, Past President

·      Junior League of Tucson, Past President

·      YWCA, Current Board Member

 Recognition for her achievements include:

 ·      Woodbury Financial Services President’s Advisory Council, 2002–2005 and 2012–present

·      University of Arizona, Order of Omega Hall of Fame Award, 2011

·      Leaders Recognition Society, Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), 2010, 2011

·      Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, 2000–2012

·      Top 100 Representative, Woodbury Financial Services, 1999–2011

·      Named to Women’s Financial Group, National Bank of Arizona, 2009–present

·      National Winner of Make Mine a Million $ Business™ from American Express, 2008

·      Provides “Can Do Tips” for KVOA Channel 4, the NBC Tucson affiliate, 2008–2012

·      Ben’s Bells recipient for kindness, 2007

·      Founder of Power Women Investing, 2006

·      YWCA Women on the Move recipient, 2002


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.
Diagnostics have never been more important or visible on the world stage as they are today in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Diagnostic researchers, developers, and manufacturers are working to make the most accurate tests available to everyone who wants or needs one. 
In this presentation, you will learn how COVID diagnostics have been developed and how they should be used to fight the disease through timely diagnosis and monitoring. This is a critical moment to expand our knowledge and dispel any myths about COVID-19 as we begin to re-open our society. 
Our next virtual meeting will be June 17th  - the link will be posted as soon as available.  In the meantime, if you haven't watched our past virtual meetings, please view anytime through our YouTube Channel.
In this webinar, Dr. Kelly Reynolds, a disease transmission expert, will share scientific and quantitative data about how infectious germs and viruses are transmitted in the workplace and at home.  Dr. Reynolds will provide essential infection control tips on how to stay safe at work. Information shared in this webinar will focus on best practices for maximizing environmental hygiene as businesses re-open and empower participants to minimize potential health risks to their family members by establishing standard safety practices.
Our next virtual meeting will be June 17th  - the link will be posted as soon as available.  In the meantime, if you haven't watched our past virtual meetings, please view anytime through our YouTube Channel.
Our next virtual meeting will be the first week of June and more details will follow.  In the meantime, if you haven't watched our past virtual meetings, please view anytime through our YouTube Channel.
We want to wish all of you a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!
There is clear and compelling evidence that points to the physical and mental benefits of being of service to others. To attract and retain members, service organizations like Rotary and non-profits need to move away from altruistic appeals to service and embrace the self-interest of members and volunteers. In this presentation, Patrick Galvin will share his TEDx Talk “Should Self Interest Motivate Service?”, which can be watched here, and discuss membership engagement and recruitment ideas with a panel of Rotary Club of Tucson members.
Patrick Galvin ~ Biography
Patrick Galvin is the chief galvanizer of The Galvanizing Group, a business coaching company in Portland, Oregon that helps high-performance organizations and teams galvanize repeat and referred business through better relationships. Patrick is the author of The Connector’s Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time, a parable about how strong relationships are the difference between success and failure in business, with over 230 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Patrick served as president of the Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association and has spoken in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on business relationship building for companies that sell B2B and B2C products and services.
Patrick has long been connected to Rotary. Following his graduation from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Patrick was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Patrick has been a Rotarian for seven years and currently serves as president of the Charitable Trust of the Rotary Club of Portland which funds community service projects in Oregon, the United States, and abroad. Previously, he was his club’s membership chair for two years.
Rio Nuevo is navigating through the COVID-19 storm. Although Rio Nuevo faces the same financial crisis you all are facing, there is good news to share. Most of the projects we have committed to are on track as planned. We will talk about how Rio Nuevo has been affected, the projects that are in process and those on the horizon. Although there are many unknowns about the future, Rio Nuevo stands ready to participate in the revival of Tucson’s downtown, Sunshine Mile and the remainder of the District.
Edmund Marquez ~ Biography
Edmund Marquez owns four Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona.  He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and one of the largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency groups in the U.S.  Edmund was born and raised in Tucson AZ, attended Sabino High School, Pima Community College, earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona, and a business certificate from Stanford University (LBAN).  He currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor Inc, Reid Park Zoo, The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, is the Chairman of the Board of United Way, and Past-Chairman of the Pima Community College Foundation and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a proud member of National Leadership Council of the University of Arizona Foundation.  Edmund was named the Businessman of the Year in 2004 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council in 2016. Edmund has been inducted into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame, the Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Honor, and the Southern Arizona YMCA Hall of Fame.  Edmund is an avid cyclist with the Jim Click Racing Team, and is a high energy emcee of numerous community events throughout the Tucson community. 
Now that we are meeting in person, our weekly meetings will be downloaded on YouTube for those who cannot attend.  Please see the directions below on how to view our videos.
There are three ways you can view our virtual meetings on YouTube.  The first way is to go to our Home Page of the Club website and click on the YouTube link on the right hand side of the page.
The second way is to go to YouTube and type in Rotary Club Of Tucson.  You will be able to click on the video you wish to watch once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rotary+club+of+tucson
The third way to view our meetings is to subscribe to our Rotary Club of Tucson YouTube Channel.  You can subscribe to the channel to view our virtual meeting videos once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUbdtoQtWGJkef35IFZr8jw
Enjoy watching our meetings virtually if you are not able to attend in person.  Please stay safe and stay healthy!
Angel Charity for Children, Inc. is a non‐profit organization comprised of 150 volunteers, each of whom is a donor, a fundraiser and a participant in the operations of the organization.  Since its inception in 1983, Angel Charity has funded nearly $28 million to improve the lives of more than one million children by fundraising for 104 non-profit organizations that serve the children of Pima County.
John Hudak ~ Biography
John Hudak, the Publisher of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine was born and raised in Pittsburgh and moved to Tucson in 1975.  He graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in journalism and creative writing.  After graduation, John put in 3 decades with Madden Media.  John’s tenure with Madden was marked by significant growth from less than 10 employees to more than 100, with clients in more than 40 states.  Under his leadership, Madden won hundreds of industry awards, including; The US Travel Association Mercury Award, The Web Marketing Association Best of Show, and Best Travel Advertising for Co-op Internet Advertising.
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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!
Tiana Ronstadt
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Your Prosperity Picture
Replacement/Social Mixer
Sep 30, 2020
No Lunch Meeting
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