What’s Catalina Rotary

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What’s Catalina Rotary 2018-01-26T11:06:00+00:00

Club Leadership

James P.F. (Pat) Egbert
James P.F. (Pat) EgbertPresident
Bob Grady
Bob GradyPresident Elect & Secretary
Olivier Fahrni
Olivier FahrniPresident Designate (VP)
Carol Friedhoff
Carol FriedhoffTreasurer
Anita McDonald
Anita McDonaldImmediate Past President


  • Sharyn Chesser (Chair – New Generations Committee)
  • Monwilla “M” Craig
  • Jeff Hamstra (Chair – Community Services Committee)
  • Dorice Beren
  • Nancy Jones (Chair – Fellowship Committee)
  • Michael Troughton

Committee Chairs:

  • Norm Rebenstorf – Membership
  • Al Chesser – The Rotary Foundation
  • Anita McDonald – Public Relations

About Our Club

Catalina [Tucson] Rotary is a hardworking and fun club. As one of more than thirty-four thousand clubs around the world, Catalina [Tucson] Rotary is the second oldest club in Tucson founded in 1948.

Dedicated to “Service Above Self”, the club is committed to serving the needs of others in Tucson and around the world. Service projects focus on education and health.

Flagship Projects

The Wellness Education for Children Project was launched in Pima County April 30, 2016.  Approximately 23 agencies and 40 professionals whose work directly affects children will participate for a year.  Funding is provided by Catalina Tucson Rotary Club, Rotary District 5500 and Rotary International.  Training is directed by Dr. Patricia Cane from Capacitar International.

Capacitar means to empower and to encourage.  Capacitar’s techniques teach body-mind-spirit practices to enable healing, wholeness and peace in individuals, communities and the world.  This professional development targets people whose professional and/or volunteer work is in service to those who are affected by stress, poverty, physical or mental illness, abuse, trauma or violence.  Using a grass roots, popular education approach, the training enables those working in psychology, education, ministry, nursing, social work, and healing to apply the lessons of the training immediately to the populations with whom they work.

The Milagro Playground Project – For Rotary’s Centennial Year Celebration, the club embarked on an ambitious project: The Milagro Playground at Jacob’s Park. This all-accessible playground provides the only place in the city where able bodied and non-able bodied children can play together. At a price tag of $750,000, the club raised the money and built the project.


At its core, the club is a volunteer organization of like-minded individuals who have demonstrated good character, integrity and leadership in their personal and professional lives and are dedicated to serving the needs of the community.


Every one has a different reason for joining. Some join for the networking while others for the fellowship. Typically the underlying theme is their desire to “give back” to the community.

What Interests You?

Want to make Tucson and the world a better place? Looking for business networking opportunities? Looking to connect with like-minded people?

Check out what Catalina Rotary has to offer you.

Find out how you can become a member.

Contact us for more information.