Club Notes of August 29, 2019

By Michele Lewis


New member Dean Tibbetts’ Ice Breaker provided Club members with a glimpse into his life. Dean described himself as ordinary and continued his story in an unassuming manner. Dean was born in Fargo, North Dakota and what a tale it was. At age two, Dean was given a hand-written note by his father with instructions to purchase a loaf of bread. Dean walked alone to the grocery store, handed the note to the clerk and returned home with the bread in hand. Afterwards Dean’s father felt the ire of his mother and all the neighbors that witnessed Dean walking alone to the grocery store. In his early childhood the family moved to Minnesota where Dean was raised and educated. Known to be shy, Dean was content to play all sports in his backyard – alone. At age seven he had his first exposure to golf and from then on golf was in his blood. He excelled at golf, played on the high school and University of Minnesota golf team and successfully competed in many tournaments. In 1982 he was invited to play in a charity golf event in Seattle. Much to his surprise and delight he was paired up with a guy named Arnold Palmer.

Dean’s career led him to State Farm Insurance where he first began in the accounting department and progressed to become an underwriter in the auto division. Thirty years later, Dean retired in 2006. At the urging of his wife, Cindy, and his own desire to contribute in a meaningful way to society, Dean joined the local Rotary in 2008. He quickly became involved in fundraising and mentoring programs and one in particular called STRIVE, Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.

In July 2019, Dean and Cindy moved to Green Valley. Soon after Dean joined Valle Verde Rotary Club.

Dean continues to give back to the community through mentoring programs, golf for disabled adults and the First Tee Program in Tucson, designed to teach young children life skills through the game of golf.

Dean and Cindy have one daughter, a school counselor in a middle school in Minneapolis, and are awaiting the birth of their first grandchild.

With Dean’s modesty, I have a feeling that there is much about Dean we did not learn. And as time unfolds the gifts and talents of our newest member will be evident. Welcome Dean!