Birthdays & Anniversaries
Sarah LoRangAugust 2
Dan UtheAugust 10
Jack SteindlerIreneAugust 24
Tori MeyerAugust 9, 20114 years
Dan KalmAugust 11, 20087 years
Dan UtheAugust 23, 20105 years
Keith GanskeAugust 23, 20105 years
What is Rotary?
Frank Presson of the Rotary Club of Catalina (Tucson) was installed June 28 as governor of District 5500 for the 2015-16 Rotary year at a brunch at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. Frank was reared in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He graduated from the American University (Economics) in Washington, DC. , while enjoying working for a congressman. He entered the computer world with RCA and then Xerox serving in technical, sales, marketing, executive, and product management roles. He had the opportunity to move to Illinois, St Louis, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. He took early retirement from Xerox and started his fee-only financial planning business in Tucson, AZ, after receiving his Certified Financial Planner designation. He still maintains a practice in Tucson.
He met his wife Jackie, who grew up in North Carolina, in Washington where she was a contracting officer for NIH. She left NIH when they moved to Los Angeles. Not sitting still, she became a church office manager when they moved to Tucson. Both love to travel. When not visiting their blended family of five children, they are active in service/professional organizations.
Frank joined Rotary in 1996 upon moving to Tucson and rapidly became involved in club projects in Mexico. Building libraries in elementary schools, helping kids get wheel chairs, and supporting several orphanages has inspired him to continue Rotary’s good work. While chairing the District’s first fall conference he was amazed at the variety of projects of the district clubs. As Annual Giving chair, he became aware of just how generous Rotarians were to support humanitarian projects. He is looking forward to helping the District to find more ways to serve.
In 1969, the City of Tucson agreed to assume control of Tucson Rapid Transit's struggling system. Under the city's direction, public transit began to flourish. Ridership increased, new buses were purchased and service rapidly improved. In 1975, a contest was held and the system was renamed Sun Tran. Today, Sun Tran operates 40 fixed routes, and the award-winning system remains on the cutting edge of technology as it has since the beginning.