Nancy Kluge on Reid Park Zoo voter initiative at DGT

    July 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Nancy Kluge on the Reid Park Zoo voter initiative to raise City sales tax by 1/10 of one percent — stay tuned for more details. She is the President of the Tucson Zoological Society.

    Nancy Kluge

    “Our speaker this week, Nancy Kluge leads Reid Park Zoological Society, where she has served since 2009. As President, Nancy guides Reid Park Zoological Society in their mission to support, advocate for and enhance the value of the City-owned Reid Park Zoo for the community. Her background as a CPA and CFO has helped build a strong financial base to support the Zoo, raising critical funds for the new elephant habitat opened in 2013 and the new Animal Health Center, currently under construction.

    She is past chair for NACHO’s (Nature, Arts, Culture and Heritage Organizations), serves on the board for Visit Tucson, is on the Audit and Ethics committee for United Way, and serves as a co-chair for Future of Your Zoo, a citizen’s initiative for a ballot measure to support Reid Park Zoo. She also enjoys teaching middle school Sunday School at her church.

    She was honored as a ’60 for 60’ STEM Community Leader by the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair in 2015, was given an honorary membership in Beta Gamma Sigma by the Eller College at the University of Arizona in 2016, and was honored with a Community Service Award by the League of United Latin American Citizens in 2016.

    Nancy graduated from Eller College at the University of Arizona majoring in Accounting and MIS. She loves Reid Park Zoo, where she has been coming since her mom was a docent in the late 1970’s as well as many of Tucson’s attractions and museums and has passed on that love to her two daughters who are also Arizona Alumni.”

    More info:  Future of Your Zoo: “This is a citizen’s initiative to repair and replace aging infrastructure in Reid Park Zoo and bring new animals and naturalistic habitats to the Zoo.  The initiative would also provide critical funding for animal care and operational needs at Reid Park Zoo. The funding for the Zoo will come from raising the City sales tax by one-tenth of one percent for ten years.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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