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Lunch Meeting - 11:45 AM to 1 PM the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
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311 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701
PO Box 23 Tucson, AZ 85702
Tucson, AZ
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Welcome to Rotary Club of Tucson Presidio
October 17 - Tucson Presidio Rotary Meeting
This Week's Speaker: Mark Flanigan
Mark is a two-time Rotary Peace Fellow alumnus (Japan '12 and Thailand '17) who is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Imago Dei Middle School. He will speak about his experiences as a Rotary Peace Fellow and how they relate to his current service role as an AmeriCorps VISTA member here at Imago Dei MS in Tucson. 
Time to get your Passport Tickets! Passport 2018 is coming up fast! November 3, 1-5 PM. 
The Passport Event is November 3!!! 
Don't miss out on a chance to win a great trip plus $1000.00 CASH!!!  Invite your family, friends and coworkers, too.
Tickets which can be purchased by calling 520-297-9349 or emailing during business hours.
Rotary and working to end Polio
World Polio day is coming up October 24th, 2018. I wanted to share part of a letter from Barry Rassin, Rotary International President, which helps describe how far Rotary has come in eradicating Polio, and also how far we still have to go. 
Barry Rassin
President, 2018-19

"My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders...

"...One of the things I’ve heard as I’ve traveled for Rotary is that Rotarians don’t always know how to answer some of the tough questions they get on polio eradication. To help, we’ve prepared a brief Q & A outlining some of the basics. The questions I hear most often, though, are the simplest ones: Why aren’t we there yet, and why are we still raising so much money for polio?

To answer that question, it’s helpful to use a metaphor many of us can easily understand: mowing a lawn. For most small lawns, you don’t need more than a push mower. If you’ve got something much larger—say, half an acre—you’d invest in a riding mower. And you’d be fine.

Now imagine you’re faced with mowing an absolutely enormous field—say, forty acres, or about sixteen hectares. Imagine it hasn’t been mowed in years, and it’s full of weeds, brambles, and thorns. And imagine you need everything on that field cut to the exact same height. You couldn’t do it over a period of days: the section you mowed first would grow back before you reached the end. What would you do? You couldn’t even think about a push mower. Even a riding mower would take a week and probably couldn’t handle it. The only way to do it would be to bring out the big guns, and get a tractor with a six-foot mower in the back—maybe even a couple of tractors.

Now consider the logistics of polio eradication.  There are 360,000 babies born every single day in the world. To be fully protected against polio, each of them must be vaccinated not just once, but several times. To stop the virus from traveling, every childmust be fully vaccinated all at the same time—before enough new children are born to allow the virus to travel again.

The only way to achieve eradication is through the massive and coordinated scale on which we are now working: using a vast network of systems to deliver about 430 million doses of vaccine every year, via mass immunization campaigns. Forget a 40-acre field—we’re talking about Africa, we’re talking about southeast Asia. Places with vast distances, incredibly remote communities, wars, instability, poverty—and hundreds of millions of children. We need to reach them all.

The only way to finish the job is to give it everything we have, all at once. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, it is a task of breathtaking ambition and scope. But thanks to you--we are doing it.

That is what all of us need to know, and understand, on this World Polio Day. Now is the time to give it everything we have, to raise the funds, raise the awareness, and Be the Inspiration to End Polio Now.

Yours in Rotary,

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19"

The Tucson Presidio Club volunteered to build raised garden beds for the Borton Elementary school on September 22. Presidio club recently donated $500 to help the school and their garden program, and this volunteer event was the first of several we'll be helping with over the next year.
Borton Elementary runs an educational garden for their students and needed help creating a rodent proof garden. We showed up and got it done! 
This week's Speaker:
We are proud to present Aspen from the Presidio Highschool.
Tucson Presidio Rotary sponsored Aspen so that she could attend the Hoby Leadership Conference in June ono the Arizona State University Campus in Phoenix. Aspen will be discussing her experience at the conference and as a student attending the charter school Presidio School. Presidio School is a college preparatory school located in central Tucson that offers a challenging classical education where artistic, literary and scientific course work all are meaningful parts of the core curriculum. Presidio offers an educational model in which the arts, supports and stimulates learning in other domains such as math, science and reading – which in turn, supports and stimulates learning and valuation of the arts. 
Our Speakers This Week: Lori Conner, Principal of Carrillo K-5 Magnet Elementary School and Robert Soza-Villanueva, Carillo's Magnet Coordinator. 
Carrillo K-5 Magnet School is a highly-performing, “Α+“- rated school, located in the heart of downtown Tucson. The school’s magnet school theme is Communication & Creative Arts and is designed to teach students 21st Century skills in arts-integrated thematic units. Instruction is rigorous, and students learn important foundational skills as they participate in relevant Project Based Learning units. Teachers have high expectations for student mastery of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
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