The Kiwanis de Amigos Relays are April 14!



Alan Tonelson


I have been a resident of Tucson for five years, having moved from the east coast after retirement as a public school teacher for forty-two years. I hold a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Arts degree in English. My military service included tours with the 24th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne Division and the Army Counter Intelligence Corps. I am a lifetime member of both the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.

I am married to Dr. Jo Ann Daly, a local media artist and member of Kiwanis de Amigos.

My last twenty-nine years of public school service were in the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools. During that period, in addition to teaching, I also served for two years as Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. I held three terms as president of the Teachers’ Council on Instruction, an advisory group to the Superintendent. For this service, I received a letter of commendation from the Arlington School Board.

I have served for thirty-six years as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, holding both command and staff positions. I served two tours as National Administrative Officer for the Auxiliary. Among other citations, I hold the highest administrative medal the Coast Guard awards. Other positions held while living in Arlington were Commodore of the Capital Yacht Club in Washington, D.C. and Rear Commodore of the Potomac River Yacht Club Association and outstanding President of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington. I was the Chaplain for the three above mentioned organizations. Additionally,  I was one of the organizers and first president of the Carlisle Park Homeowner’s Association.

Upon moving to Tucson, I immediately became a member of the Kiwanis de Amigos Club, where I served as president during my second year of membership. I am currently a member of the board of the Tucson Mountain Association and have been editor of their newsletter for three years. I have received several citations as an outstanding volunteer from that organization.

Currently I am Ward 1 representative to the Tucson Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) and a member of its Finance sub-committee.

I spend most of my free time working on my collection of pre-war (WWII) Lionel trains.