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Oro Valley Republican Women Meeting

September 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Friday, September 13, 2019,  at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive

Meet and Greet at 11:30 AM

Invocation and Pledge at 12:00 PM

Lunch from 12:00 to 12:20 –

$22.00 for barbecue lunch buffet

Lunch includes a Beverage Station with Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Water

Please note that all reservations should be sent to Elizabeth Martin at:  uapudtytat@comcast.net  Please make your reservations as soon as possible, thank you.  Reservations need to be in no later than noon on Monday, September 9, 2019.


This month our speakers will be Gary Williams and Mark Baird from the Tucson Rodeo Committee.

In a change for this month’s meeting and keeping with the “Rodeo Theme”, we want to encourage our members a guests to wear “Rodeo” garb – whatever that may be!. It could be something as small as a bandana around your neck – or you could come in full regalia …or something in between.  The idea is to have some fun before we go full bore into the next year’s election season where tensions are bound to be high!

Gary Williams Bio – Gary is a native Tucsonan and graduate of the University of Arizona.  He began his career as a professional bull rider in 1967 and continued until his retirement in 1983.  He also performed as a rodeo clown for five years.

Gary has been affiliated with the Tucson Rodeo Committee since 1987, serving as Marketing Chair, Rodeo Committee Vice Chair and Rodeo Committee Chair.  In 1995 he was employed as the Tucson Rodeo’s first General Manager and has held the position since that time.

He has served on the Pro Rodeo Committee Executive Council in the At-Large position representing over 600 rodeos in the United States and Canada.

He served as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the Turquoise Rodeo Circuit, which includes all professional rodeos in Arizona and New Mexico.  Other professional rodeo positions held have included:

  • Wrangler Jeans National Rodeo Advisory Council
  • Board of Directors, Justin Boots Cowboy Crisis Fund
  • Chair, Pro Rodeo Strategic Planning Council
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Association of Rodeo Committees
  • Board of Directors, National Finals Rodeo Committee
  • Member, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Selection Committee
  • Pro Rodeo Grievance Panel

Gary was inducted into the Pima County, Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.  He also served as Human Resource and Operations Director at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for 16 years.

Mark Baird Bio – Mark is currently the Rodeo Chairman for the upcoming 2020 and 2021 Tucson Rodeo.  He began volunteering for the Tucson Rodeo in 1995 and was elected to the Rodeo Committee in 2008.

He has been a resident of Tucson since 1970 and Attended Canyon Del Oro high school and the University of Arizona.  After a career change in 1994 he re-located back to Tucson and moved to Oro Valley in 2000.

During his tenure with the Tucson Rodeo, Mark has held the following positions:

  • Co-Chairman of the beverage committee 2008-2013
  • Chairman of the beverage committee 2014-2017
  • Co-Chairman of the licensed apparel committee 2015 to present
  • Member at Large of the Rodeo Board of Directors 2013-2016
  • Vice Chairman-Chairman elect 2016-2018

Mark has been employed with Finley Distributing since 2000 as the director of merchandising and retail support.


Following the speakers, we will have drawings for the 50/50 raffle and a book.  If you have finished reading books you have borrowed from the book box; please consider returning them so others can read them, too.  If you have a book you wish to donate, please do so (if you would eventually like the book back, write your name in the front of the book).


September 13, 2019
11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Oro Valley Country Club
300 W Greenock Dr
Oro Valley, AZ - Arizona 85737