Welcome to Rotary District 5500 Southern AZ
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.  Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to: Promote peace, Fight disease, Provide clean water, Sanitation and hygiene Save mothers and children, Support education, and  Grow local economies.
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Candidates Sought for District Governor 2023-24

Please open the two attachments and consider who in our Rotary district would be an excellent candidate for district governor in 2023-2024. Nominations must be submitted on or before July 31, 2020.
If Rotarians are unsure about whether they would like to be considered for leadership as district governor, any of the past, present, future governors in our district would be very pleased to answer questions.
Note that all candidates who are nominated will be interviewed during the month of August 2020.
In an effort to assist the Rotary Clubs of our District, we are providing the following Suggested Guidelines as we prepare and adjust for the “New Normal” as restrictions are being lifted in Arizona. We suggest that all Rotary Clubs implement these or some similar guidelines. This document of Suggested Guidelines does not constitute a personal endorsement by the District Governor nor a District 5500 endorsement by the Leadership Team. This Suggested Guidelines document is considered a service to clubs looking for guidance in conducting in-person meetings during this recovery time.

In addition to the Suggested Guidelines, Clubs and our District are advised to follow government guidelines and recommendations.
Rotary International and Rotary District 5500 are monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and members.  Your health and safety are always our top priorities. Read below for information on Rotary activities that may be affected, in addition to suggested guidelines for your club.
As this is a rapidly evolving situation, all guidance here is to be considered in light of the most recent orders of local, state and federal government. If governmental guidance is more stringent, follow the governmental orders.
Reliable sources of COVID-19 information include the CDC, AHDS, WHO, RICOVID19 Guidelines, and Ducey EO.

The District 5500 Grant Management Seminar (GMS) for 2020-2021 is live and ready to go at rotary.org/learn! You can take the course on your own schedule, at any time that is convenient for you. Make sure you complete the course by June 30, 2020. There are 3 courses to complete. CLICK HERE for downloadable instructions. Instructions will also be given to all of the Assistant Governors. Remember, two members from a club must take this course in order for the club to be eligible to participate in both District and Global Grants and receive funding from District 5500 during the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Grants change lives and make dreams come true.
You can contact Teree Bergman for more information.
Announcing Spring Into Rotary
The District 5500 website rotaryd5500.org  has NEW on-line training videos specifically for our Rotary District 5500 Secretary, Treasurer, Public Image, Foundation, Membership, and the previously recorded webinar from Rotary Youth Exchange.  Additionally, since so many clubs are utilizing Zoom, you will find a link to Zoom 411.  Your District 5500 Training Team has developed these tools so you can take advantage of training in the comfort of your home.
Save the Date for Rotary International's Free Virtual Event
"Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World:
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention"
When: 20-26 June, 2020

Schedule at a glance
(All Times Listed are Central Daylight Time)
Saturday, 20 June
General Session 1: Together, We Connect
    8:00-9:15am (Chicago time)

Sunday, 21 June
General Session 2: Together, We Learn                
      8:00-9:15am (Chicago time)
Monday, 22 June
8:00am:  Using Virtual Tools to Engage Members
      12:00 pm:  Engaging Rotary Alumni
      6:00pm:  Greening Rotary Events: Be Plastic-free, Offset Carbon and More!
Tuesday, 23 June
8:00am:  Grow Rotary Through New Club Types
12:00pm:  President-Nominee Session
6:00pm:  How to Start and Manage RAGM Microfinance Projects (presented in Spanish)
Wednesday, 24 June
8:00am:  Adopt-a-River Initiative: A Rotary & UNEP Partnership Model
12:00pm:  Rotaract Elevated, Now What?
6:00pm:  Disruptive Innovation in Rotary Clubs (presented in Spanish)
Thursday, 25 June
8:00am:  How to Submit a Great Global Grant Application
12:00pm:  President-Elect Session
6:00pm:  Digital Trends of 2021: Using Tech to Engage Millennials
Friday, 26 June
8:00am:  Engage Young Families with Service and Alternative Meetings
12:00om:  The Rotary Brand
6:00pm:  Personal Growth Opportunities: Rotary’s Alliance with Toastmasters
These Live Sessions will be recorded and archived for On Demand viewing
For more details and registration consult www.riconvention.org
Peace Pole Update
As Rotarians, we refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.  Through our service projects and community outreach, we are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict.  Sometimes, it’s just a matter of using the right words. 
A Peace Pole is a monument declaring the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the language of the country in which it is planted and usually several other languages.  Peace Poles were created 1955 in Japan by Masahisa Goi, in wake of the destruction wrought by World War II and the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Devastated by the repercussions of war, Goi wished to spread a message of peace worldwide.
The power of the message lies in its capacity to bring people of various cultures, faith traditions and political ideals together as one united global heart and mind.  May Peace Prevail On Earth, allows us to sincerely focus on our mutual desire to serve, create and manifest true peace on earth while transcending our differences and celebrating our common humanity. 
Planting a Peace Pole is a simple yet powerful step toward opening the doors for peaceful community dialogue and every District 5500 club is encouraged to plant a Peace Pole in their community. 
There are a lot of resources available ranging from designing a Peace Pole to planting it.  Below are links to a few of the sites clubs can visit to help them with their Peace Pole project.
For further information, please contact our District Peace Committee Chair, Joe Daniszewski at: joed57@hotmail.com
Order and get planting instructions at:
For personalized Peace Poles, visit:
Submitted by Kirk Reed, PDG
On April 3, 2020 Rotary District 5500 issued a challenge to local Rotary clubs in Southern Arizona: "You can receive a gift of $500 today from District 5500 if you want to help your communities and neighbors in times of crisis."

Well, the clubs immediately responded AND at a rapid pace. The Rotary Clubs of District 5500 are truly PEOPLE OF ACTION and demonstrated compassion, caring and kindness as they moved quickly to extend help in their communities. Look what they did.

Ten Rotary clubs decided to invest in their local food banks and pantries coming from Benson, Coolidge, Globe, Green Valley, Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke Sunrise, Sierra Vista, Superior and Valle Verde. Each of these food banks, when adequately supplied, provides daily life support for families. Rotarians said, "We can help."

Eleven Rotary clubs remembered their most vulnerable neighbors and donated to local missions, foundations, community centers,  schools and youth programs coming from the Rotary clubs of Bisbee, Casas Adobes,  Dove Mountain, Fort Yuma, Marana, Mountain Empire (Sonoita-Patagonia), Pantano, Rincon, SaddleBrooke, Sierra Vista Sunrise, and Yuma.  These investments by local Rotary clubs will impact thousands of lives.

Eleven Rotary clubs filled a need of providing urgently needed supplies by making or purchasing supplies: face masks, latex gloves, sanitizer, wipes, toilet paper, disposable surgical robes and more. These supplies came from Casa Grande Daybreak, Douglas, Nogales, Rio Rico, San Luis Frontera, Sierra Vista West, Somerton, Tucson, Tucson Presidio, Vail, Yuma Crossing.

The Kino Rotary club said thank you to first responders and emergency room staff by delivering lunches and dinners to hospitals, police and firefighters.

Two Rotary clubs connected kids and families to online learning by purchasing hot spots and data plans. These actions came from Tubac and Old Pueblo clubs.

Wilcox Rotary made sure cultural activities continue by empowering the Wilcox Historic Theatre to offer art lessons, concerts and STEM program online.

Two Rotary clubs helped keep shelters open by responding to a sewer system crisis at a local shelter that caused 99 women and children to be evacuated and by providing support for overstressed staff at a domestic violence shelter for women and children. These clubs were Sierra Vista South and Yuma Foothills.

Two clubs recognized the need to care for homeless and unaccompanied youth making it possible for them to graduate. These clubs were Catalina (Tucson) and Tucson Sunrise.
A program begun by Rotary is employing thousands of health workers to address the Covid-19 pandemic.  The program is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) which includes Rotary's PolioPlus program. 
From the earliest days of polio eradication in the Philippines, the generosity and advocacy of Rotarians and our partners have nearly stopped polio, stopped Ebola from becoming an epidemic in Nigeria, and now responds to Covid-19.
Zoom Is Available
Zoom is alive and working for our District.
10 Rotary Members have been designated as Zoom Administrators, two for each area.
 Zoom Meetings  📌
Does your club have an interesting speaker or video scheduled for a Zoom meeting? If so and if you are willing to share, send the meeting information and email contact for the meeting link to Teree Bergman and we will list it here. Click on the program title to send an email to the organizer who will then send you a meeting link.
Speakers Available on Zoom
The speakers listed below are available to do Zoom presentations to your club.
Dennis Bergquist  -- Grant project: Neonatal Clinic in Kenya
Don Jorgensen -- Shelter Box Responds to Corona Virus 2020
Serenity, Success and One Heck of a Life, Ryn Gargulinski, certified professional coach, Reiki master
Upcoming Events
May 2020
Registration will be open soon so stay tuned!!
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