Speaker Date Topic
David Wolsky Oct 24, 2019
Rotary International Foundation
Offsite Visit Oct 31, 2019 7:00 AM
Tucson Community Gardens
Tucson Community Gardens

7471 S. Houghton Road (southeast of Valencia intersection)

The Community Gardens of Tucson is a non-profit helping over 20 community gardens throughout the Tucson area.  The mission of CGT is: To create and support accessible community gardens with Tucsonans of diverse experience levels, abilities and cultures in order to educate, foster wellness, and enhance the environment for people, plants, and pollinators.  The Rita Ranch Community Garden is one example of an all organic community-based garden.

CGT’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Warburton-Smith is the former CEO and founder of a sustainable energy company, chef and college instructor.  She is a published author and regular contributor to a local paper, inspiring others to grow food in our challenging climate.  Elizabeth leads the Community Gardens of Tucson in focusing on standards that protect our environment which include organic cultivation, no-till regenerative permaculture, rainwater conservation, vermiculture, etc.  She has been digging in the Sonoran Desert soils for almost 45 years and has been featured in Edible Baja Arizona, Tucson Lifestyle and Green Living Magazines.

Jonathan Mabry Nov 07, 2019
UNESCO City of Gastronomy
UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Tucson, Arizona – A UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

In 2015 when Tucson became the first City of Gastronomy in the U.S. designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network now comprised of 170 cities in 80 countries, including nine U.S. cities. The non-profit formed to manage Tucson’s designation works with local governments and other key stakeholders to ensure our region leverages the designation for economic development and other community benefits, and fulfills UNESCO’s requirements. The non-profit has several programs, often in partnership with the University of Arizona and other non-profits, and has become a leader in policy development for urban agriculture, food entrepreneurship training, economic development of the culinary sector, and community engagement for food justice. This presentation will explain why Tucson received the designation, and how it is benefiting the community.

Dr. Jonathan Mabry’s archaeological investigations documented more than 4,000 years of continuous habitation and cultivation near downtown, making Tucson the city with the longest history of occupation and agriculture in the U.S. He was lead author of the application that obtained Tucson’s designation as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S. He serves as the City’s liaison to UNESCO and as Executive Director of the non-profit managing the designation.

Roger Benninger Nov 14, 2019
Aviation - Then and Now
Aviation - Then and Now

Mr. Benninger is a retired USAF combat fighter pilot with 6000 hours of flying time in four different fighter weapon system aircraft.  His aviation career spans four decades.

Additional flying experience includes 10,000 hours as a luxury business/private aircraft instructor in the Learjet 60 and Challenger 601 aircraft.

Late aviation career endeavors involve Virtual Combat Exercise Instructor, Subject Matter Expert for Operational Test and Evaluation of the F-35 weapon system, Aviation Director for the creation of a university-level aviation program and Unmanned Aerial System Academic Instructor for the U. S. Army and U. S. Marines.

He and his wife, Sharon are "adopted" Arizona natives with more than 25 years in Tucson.  They enjoy two children, Lezlee whose family lives in New Jersey after a successful acting career at the U of A in Musical Theater and a son Cole whose family lives in Tucson after a rigorous achievement of a Masters Degree in Architecture from the U of A.

He is pleased to offer his aviation insights with you today.

Bill Steen Nov 21, 2019
Artisanal bacanora and lechugilla in Sonora
No Meeting - Thanksgiving Nov 28, 2019
Allison Duffy Dec 05, 2019
Cyber Security
Cyber Security

Allison Duffy is President and Owner of Silverado Technologies. Silverado Technologies is the leading IT consulting company in Southern Arizona, providing outsourced IT services for businesses throughout the region. Silverado specializes in network infrastructure management and cyber security risk mitigation for Medical, Professional Services and Education industry clients, among others.


Allison received her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and her MBA from Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She enjoys being involved in the Tucson community as a member of Angel Charity, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southern Arizona, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and the MAP Dashboard. Allison and her husband Basel Skeif spend down time hiking and traveling with their two children, Amelia and Duke.


Lindsey Parsons, EdD Dec 12, 2019
Certified Health Coach
Certified Health Coach

Lindsey Parsons, EdD is a Certified Health Coach at High Desert Health in northeast Tucson. She specializes in helping clients lose weight without cutting calories, reverse autoimmune disease and type 2 diabetes, and heal digestive issues. 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. 

Contact info:

(216) 337-9344



Holiday Event Dec 19, 2019
No Meeting - Christmas Dec 26, 2019
No Meeting - New Year Jan 02, 2020
Ellie Peterson Jan 09, 2020
Rotary District 5500 Governor
Joann MacMaster Jan 16, 2020
Tech Launch Arizona
Offsite Visit Jan 23, 2020
Tom Cariseo Jan 30, 2020
Club Assembly
Anthony Rusk Feb 06, 2020
UA Student Representative to the Board of Regents
Todd Hanley Feb 13, 2020
Hotel Congress and Maynard's
Matthew Recsetar & Sean Gellenbeck Feb 20, 2020
Food in Space: How we'll eat on Mars
Offsite Visit Feb 27, 2020
Offsite Visit Mar 26, 2020
Night of a Thousand Signs Mar 28, 2020 6:00 PM
at Ignite Museum. 6-9 PM
More details to be provided soon.