The presentation will include a review of each of the clubs currently celebrating 100 years (Miami, Tucson, & Nogales) and how Rotarians from the Tucson Catalina Rotary Club were involved – some of whom we will probably recognize. Additionally, as the presenter Phil Silvers has commented, the presentation is always a work in progress as he learns something new each time he visits a club and presents the information he has gathered and gains additional insight into the history of Rotary in Southern Arizona as shared by other Rotarians.
Phil Silvers was born and raised in Duluth, MN where, unknown to Phil until a year ago, his grandfather, FX Farrell, was inducted into the Duluth 25 Rotary Club in 1914. Phil joined the Rotary Club of Tucson in 1986, later moved to the Tucson Sunrise Club, and ended up in Green Valley’s Valle Verde Club. He served as Rotary District 5500 Governor for 1999-2000; served as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for 3 years; and was elected to the RI Board of Directors 2008-10. On the Board, he chaired the Administration committee, was Moderator for the orientation of new board members, and was the Board’s liaison to the Foundation Trustees. Phil chaired the TRF Cadre of Technical Advisors for 3 years.
He started two Rotary Clubs in the Russian Far East: the Rotary Club of Ramallah, Palestine (the first-ever club in an occupied territory), and the Rotary Club of South Tucson Kino. He currently works with 9 African countries, India, and Bangladesh as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for Rotary Family Health Days (a program providing free health camps for people of poverty).