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Now is the time for clubs to consider sponsoring and hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange student for the 2023-24 Rotary year.
 
Please help spread the word about this wonderful Rotary opportunity to teenagers in your local high schools, neighborhoods, and families using this flyer.  The district RYE committee has been hosting Zoom information sessions for prospective RYE students and parents with one more session set for Tues., Oct. 4, from 6:30-7:30 pm.  
 
Clubs who are willing to sponsor and host a student will need to interview the student and parents within a week after the Oct. 15 application deadline. They will need to sign and submit the Club Agreement after reading the Frequently Asked Questions about the Club Role with Rotary Youth Exchange.  We are also looking for a few volunteers to join the District RYE Committee as we work to grow the program. We'd like to sponsor more outbound students and host more students from other countries in both short term exchanges as well as the traditional 10-12 month exchanges.  
 
Please contact  District Youth Exchange Chair Cindy Dooling or Database Admin. Jeanne Zetah if you'd like more information on becoming involved. 

District 5500 To Hold Event Oct. 22

 
 
 
 
On Saturday, October 22, 2022 District 5500 will observe and celebrate World Polio Day, which is Monday, October 24, 2022.  We will have a special program on Zoom from 9 am to 10:30 am Arizona time. (PDT, MST).   The program will include a short history of the disease and Rotary’s pledge to eradicate it, an update on eradication efforts, and how we Rotarians in D5500 can help.  A D5500  Rotarian polio survivor will tell his personal story.   And we will recognize and honor members of the D5500 PolioPlus Society, 62 of whom have committed to give $100 per year to PolioPlus.  Presented by your District Rotary Foundation Committee and PDG Michael Drake, PolioPlus Chair.  You need to register so you will receive a Zoom invitation. 
 
 
 If your club would like to hold its own event, the Tool Kit has ideas, templates, logos, press releases etc.  Or you can join the World Polio Day program on the Rotary International Facebook page to watch with other end polio supporters.  Global health experts and partners will share our progress on the road to polio eradication.

Annual Arizona-Mexico Friendship Conference and Global Grant Exchange Scheduled

 
 
 
 
The annual Mexico (D4185 in central Mexico) and Arizona (D5495 and D5500) Friendship Conference and Global Grant Exchange will be held in Zacatlan, Puebla, Mexico October 27 through November 1, 2022.  Give and receive support on  potential Global Grant projects; enjoy great fellowship, fun, and scenery; and celebrate Dia de Los Muertos.   Here is a promotional slide presentation.  Contact PDG Michael Drake for more information at 520-624-2488 or Michael@DrakeLawAz.com

Robert “Bob” Grady is New DGND

This past weekend the nominating committee comprised of representatives from our 14 regions and five Past District Governors met and selected Bob Grady as the District Governor Nominee Designate to serve as District Governor for the 2025-2026 Rotary Year.
 
Bob joined Rotary in 2015 and is a member of the Catalina (Tucson) Rotary Club. He served as Secretary, President for two consecutive terms, chair of the Racial Justice Work Group, and on the Board. Currently, Bob is the Region 8 Assistant Governor which includes the Rotary Clubs of Tucson, Catalina(Tucson), Pantano, and Rincon. Bob is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and the Rotary Leadership Academy.
 
Bob is a native of New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration with a minor in Economics. He earned his MBA in Organization/Information Systems from Bentley College outside of Boston. Bob has had numerous challenging positions in business and industry that utilized his management and financial talents to achieve business turnarounds and process improvements.  Regarding Rotary, Bob is not interested in helping the district just survive but to thrive. His experiences in strategic planning and fostering creative solutions will positively impact our District.
 
Bob and Connie have been married 42 years and have a daughter and three grandsons living in Tucson and a son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in League City, Texas. His passions are jazz and classical music, audiophile electronics, reading, travel, exercise and, when time permits, hiking and cycling.
 
Please join me in congratulating Bob on his selection as DGND.
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