Welcome to the Rotary District 5500 Website!
Besides the usual Goal Setting and Officer/Member synchronizing which each club needs to do with Rotary International at MyRotary.org or through ClubRunner or DACdb prior to the new Rotary Year beginning 1 July, there are still several D5500 clubs which have not gone to My.Rotary.org and edited the Club Management Systems Vendors list at the bottom of your Club Information page to set View-Only Access Level for DACdb. For more detailed directions on doing this, click the Read More button.
 
To continue to receive communications from D5500 and to be able to apply for 2024-25 District Grants this must be done by an authorized club officer (President or Secretary) BEFORE 30 June 2024, regardless of whether your club intends to switch to DACdb or not.  For help, contact Leo@Lawrenson.com.

Please consider sponsoring an inbound student. It’s a great opportunity for your club and community to know more about a different culture from the perspective of a Rotary Exchange Student. You do not need an outbound student in order to host an inbound student. Host families do not need to be Rotarians.


The Rotary Youth Exchange program could use your help to market the various youth exchange programs on social media, to recruit students for exchanges, both long-term and short-term, camps and tours. 

After the RI Convention in Singapore, DG Don Jorgensen and his wife Kathy traveled to Japan with a group from District 5280 (LA area) and five fellow District Governors from the West.

Pictured here, DG Don represented District 5500 at the Hiroshima South Rotary Club and shared remarks at the Hiroshima Peace Forum. He also spoke at the Kofu Rotary Club at the base of Mt. Fuji.

 
 
 
Over 100 D5500 members gathered via Zoom on 18 May 2024 to enjoy some camaraderie, get some information on the District's transition from ClubRunner to DACdb, and have multiple excellent training opportunities for various club positions and club functions.  To view the schedule with links to various presentations that were made, click HERE or on the image. Thanks to all the organizers, presenters and attendees!  As more copies of presentations or session recordings become available, they will be added to this Story and links.

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PDG Hank Huisking is leading an exciting trip to RI Headquarters 27-29 August, 2024.

The trip is limited to 25 people, so please Register HERE or email Hank at pasadenahank@gmail.com as soon as possible if you'd like her to add you to the list. RI staff has asked if members wish to meet with particular departments while there, so add your request to the email. 

For more information (including a draft itinerary), please click on the READ MORE button or email Hank if you have any questions.

 

Thank you to all Clubs and members who have so far helped out and sponsored the District Conference 2024. RC Valle Verde, RC Oro Valley, RC SaddleBrooke, Ron Darrah, Charlotte Gates and Anne Fisher. WE are on our way to achieving our goal thanks to your generosity and support.
There are currently three key leadership openings in District 5500 for the 2024-25 Rotary year: 
 
District Treasurer
District Membership Chair
District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND)
 
If you have questions or know someone who may be interested in serving in any of these roles, please contact DGE Sue Archibald at eggsuetrev@aol.com.
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