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You’ve seen more than one movie in which the military officer walks up the driveway to knock at the door – and inform a parent that their soldier-son or daughter had died. 
 
On July 10, 1994 I answered that door. 
 
A respectful staff sergeant reported that my stepson, Charles W. Rawls of the 101st Airborne, had died that day. It was left to me to inform his mother. It was the worst day of our lives.  
 
My wife Kathy was widowed when “Chip” was two. She worked and raised him alone as a single parent until we married in 1981. No mother or son loved one another more. 
 
Our story is one of thousands. Each one highlights – in real terms – the impact and meaning of this day on families like ours and millions of other Americans who appreciate the sacrifices made by those serving in our armed forces. 
 

Join us to learn more about DACdb ("District and Club Database"), the new replacement for ClubRunner that D5500 will be going to very soon.  This session will provide clubs with the information they need to decide whether to transition with the rest of the district or not and the basics of the transition process.  There will be two alternate sessions offered:

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 01:00 PM Arizona Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
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When: Saturday, Jun 1, 2024 10:00 AM Arizona Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErd-CvqzIjH9W7RoSs4xg6sVkSGJYbYeSy

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 
 
 
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.

The Rotary Foundation has established a temporary Brazil Flood Response Fund that will finance disaster response grants to assist communities in southern Brazil that have experienced devastating floods.

We’ll soon begin raising funds for these grants. They’ll be available to help people in affected areas in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where heavy rains and floods since early May have killed more than 100 people, displaced more than 230,000, and affected more than 1.45 million people overall. Many people there don’t have electricity or clean water. 

The Brazil Flood Response Fund will accept contributions, including District Designated Funds (DDF), until 31 August 2024 and will distribute grants until 8 May 2025 or until the funds are spent. Any unused money will be transferred to the Disaster Response Fund for use anywhere else disasters take place.

This September, take part in an extraordinary journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Zion National Park. Secure your spot today and be part of a meaningful trek that extends beyond the trails.

Hike for a Cause! Your participation in the ShelterBox Adventurers Trek is more than just a hike; it’s a step towards making a difference. With every mile you cover, you contribute to ShelterBox’s mission of providing emergency shelter and vital aid to families affected by disaster and conflict. 

The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona has set a record for grants during the 2023-24 year with six weeks to go.  The tally right now is $296,861.35 for 153 vocational students. The preponderance of studies are

Certified Nursing Assistants 36%, CDL Truck Drivers 18% and Nursing 10%.  On the flip side contributions to TRVFA are lagging.   At present, CLUB and individual contributions stand at $231,167.16 statewide for the year.  The top 3 giving Clubs in District 5495 are Mesa West at $27,226, Prescott Frontier at $12,042, and Kyrene at $9,500.

Club contributions statewide have slowed compared to last year - $29,070 so far this year versus $80,881.74 for the entirety of last year.  While the 2023 tax credit deadline has passed, now is still a good time for individuals to make a contribution to TRVFA for the 2024 tax year.  

Funds are available for future grants though somewhat limited. For the first time in the last few years, we may have to halt the acceptance of new applications temporarily if our reserves drop below a benchmark established by our board at our April board meeting.  National authorities have concluded that vocational study participation has increased by sixteen percent. Time for ALL ROTARIANS TO HELP!

If you’d like to do something positive this summer to serve the Tucson community and especially LGBTQ+ teenagers, you’re invited to visit Youth on Their Own on Friday afternoon, June 7 at 4:00 pm, 2525 N. Country Club Rd. 

The new Tucson Pride Rotary Club will be touring the recently opened YOTO building and meeting with YOTO staff to plan ways to serve the hundreds of teenagers here in Tucson who are “on their own” – without a stable home base.

Tucson Pride Rotary is a brand-new (and historic) group that is partnering with other Tucson-area groups to “DREAM BIG, HAVE FUN, and GET STUFF DONE.” For more information: Kirk Reed, wkirkreed@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, June 15, 2024 • 11:00am
at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita
 
Registration is open!
 
All are welcome to a Wild West Party to celebrate incoming 2024-25 District Governor Sue, plus Club Awards and District Leaders.
 
To register, click here or scan the QR code. 
We are seeking dedicated Rotarians who possess strong leadership qualities, a deep commitment to Rotary's mission, and a vision of the future of our district. 
 
If you are passionate about service, eager to lead, and ready to contribute to the continued success of Rotary, we encourage you to consider applying for this important role. 
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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