2025 Rotary Int'l Convention Leo Lawrenson 2024-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Casa Grande Rotary - Oktoberfest Zoe Cooper 2024-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Important Action Items for Club Officers

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.
Important Action Items for Club Officers Leo Lawrenson 2024-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Trip to Rotary International Headquarters


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.


Trip to Rotary International Headquarters Leo Lawrenson 2024-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Successful 2024 D5500 Training Assembly!

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.
Successful 2024 D5500 Training Assembly! Leo Lawrenson 2024-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

DACdb Information for Club Leadership & Members

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:

When: Saturday, Jun 1, 2024 10:00 AM Arizona Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

DACdb Information for Club Leadership & Members Leo Lawrenson 2024-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Taste of Oro Valley Life Auction Benefits Families in Need Jane Shurtleff 2024-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

DG Don Jorgensen on Bill Buckmaster Show

DG Don Jorgensen was interviewed on the Monday. 4/15, Bill Buckmaster Show on Tucson's KVOI radio station, and gave a terrific update to the listeners on who and what Rotary is today!  Listen HERE.
DG Don Jorgensen on Bill Buckmaster Show Leo Lawrenson 2024-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Bisbee Rotary Club's 100th Year Celebration Becky Orozco 2024-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Yuma Crossing - Paint for a Cause Pedro Osuna 2024-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
San Luis Frontera - Casino Night Kasia Yuska 2024-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Zone 26/27 Membership Action Plan Workshop 2024-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
2024 D5500 Conference of Clubs Leo Lawrenson 2024-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tucson Verde - Eco Home Tour Fundraiser Kasia Yuska 2024-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Tucson Sunset Rotary - Spring Garage Sale Diane Ventura - Goodyear 2024-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Casa Grande Rotary - Community Art Project  2024-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rincon Rotary - 13th Annual A Taste of Chocolate Kasia Yuska 2024-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Florence Rotary - Country Thunder Raffle 2024-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
Benson - Swing Into Spring Golf Tournament Fundraiser Irene Frey 2024-03-05 07:00:00Z 0
Valle Verde - Cross Border Tours Kasia Yuska 2024-03-05 07:00:00Z 0
Marana - Tour de Cookie Kasia Yuska 2024-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
Tucson Sunrise - Top Golf Game Day Kasia Yuska 2024-02-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Tucson Verde Cleans up the Rodeo

The environmentally focused Rotary Club of Tucson Verde was featured on KGUN-9 News for its plastic and aluminum recycling project at the 99th annual Tucson Rodeo.
The plastic bottles and cups will be transferred to the ByFusion bins and transformed into usable structures, while the aluminum cans are being recycled for cash that the club will use to obtain a matching District Grant to fund a future community project. In the process, tons of these materials will be diverted from the landfill. 
This is a great example of the impact Rotarians make on the community. And it's great publicity for Rotary. 
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde Cleans up the Rodeo Kasia Yuska 2024-02-23 07:00:00Z 0
UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS  Kasia Yuska 2024-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
Dove Mountain - Casino Night Kasia Yuska 2024-02-20 07:00:00Z 0

District 5500 Initiates New Branding Protocol

The Rotary brand is an important one throughout the world and deserves to be properly used to preserve its recognition and impact. 
Many of the flyers and other items submitted by clubs for publication in the D5500 weekly newsletter IMPACT! have had artwork (mainly logos) that does not comply with Rotary International branding requirements. 
Starting now, any article submitted for publication MUST correctly use the Rotary wheel (Mark of Excellence) and have proper club logos using the Rotary Masterbrand to be included in IMPACT! Those articles not complying will be returned for corrections. 
District 5500 Initiates New Branding Protocol Leo Lawrenson 2024-02-20 07:00:00Z 0 IMPACT! Articles,Rotary Branding,Rotary Club Logos,Rotary Logos
Tubac Rotary - Taste of Tubac  2024-02-19 07:00:00Z 0

Small Club Membership Meeting

Please mark your calendar for a District membership training session focused on clubs under 20 members. 
March 16th (Sat) 8:30- 11:00am    Click HERE to register for this session!
Small clubs have unique challenges that larger clubs typically do not.  We will discuss enhancing the club experience and a plan to target new members.
Pass this along to your presidents-elect and membership chairs, but anyone is eligible to attend.
Small Club Membership Meeting Leo Lawrenson 2024-02-15 07:00:00Z 0 membership,small clubs

Coolidge Rotary - 2nd Annual Trap Shoot

Saturday March 23, 2024, 8:00 am
100% of funds go to programs for children, youth and Veterans in Coolidge with scholarships, literacy and leadership training being priorities.
The Club is excited about the impact it has had on the population it serves and wishes to expand its efforts. But it can't do any of it without help and so we are asking for your support to continue our work.
Coolidge Rotary - 2nd Annual Trap Shoot 2024-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

Old Pueblo Rotary - Golf Tournament

Saturday, April 20, 2024
Silverbell Golf Course
Old Pueblo Rotary Club is hosting its spring fundraiser, and everyone's invited to play.  
Click HERE to register.
Old Pueblo Rotary - Golf Tournament Kasia Yuska 2024-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
Yuma North End Cornhole Fundraiser Kasia Yuska 2024-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
Casas Adobes - Legacy for Learning Raffle Kasia Yuska 2024-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
DG Don's February Message 2024-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Green Valley - Spaghetti Spree Kasia Yuska 2024-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Yuma Crossing - Black & White Gala 2024-01-22 07:00:00Z 0

Catalina Rotary - Tucson Rodeo Beer Sale Volunteers Needed

February 17-25, 2024

Come serve beer and have a little fun at the Tucson Rodeo with the Catalina Rotary Club. 
This is Catalina Rotary Club's largest fundraiser of the year and we would love for our fellow Rotarians to join us. 
photo left to right: Steve Pender and Bob Grady
Location: Tucson Rodeo Grounds

Parking is free. 

Click here to sign up.  

Catalina Rotary - Tucson Rodeo Beer Sale Volunteers Needed Kasia Yuska 2024-01-16 07:00:00Z 0

UA Rotaract - Ben's Bells Project

Saturday, January 27, 10am - 12pm
U of A Modern Languages Bldg, Room 401
Sign up to paint bells that will benefit Ben Bell's Project in Tucson and meet Interactors from various high schools! 
Click here to sign up
UA Rotaract - Ben's Bells Project Kasia Yuska 2024-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
Dove Mountain - Southwestern Casino Night Kasia Yuska 2024-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
Oro Valley - Taste of Oro Valley LIfe 2024-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
Casa Grande Rotary - Denim & Diamonds 2024 Kasia Yuska 2024-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
DGE Sue at Rotary International Assembly 2024 2024-01-07 07:00:00Z 0 DGE Sue,RIA
Valle Verde Jazz in the Desert 2024 Kasia Yuska 2023-12-19 07:00:00Z 0

Tubac Rotary - Swing for the Kids Golf Tournament

Tubac Rotary Club - Swing for the Kids Golf Tournament

Monday, January 15, 2024

Tubac Rotary Club is hosting a Swing for the Kids Golf Tournament on January 15. This event will be held at the Tubac Golf Resort. Proceeds go to support youth with education and basic needs. Click on the scan code to register. 

Tubac Rotary - Swing for the Kids Golf Tournament  Kasia Yuska 2023-12-12 07:00:00Z 0

Casas Adobes Rotary - Legacy for Learning Raffle

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Tickets: $20 each
Grand Prize: 1-week stay in a beautiful Kauai, Hawaii condo
Your ticket purchase will help fund local youth and education. Click here or on the image below for more information and to purchase tickets.
Casas Adobes Rotary - Legacy for Learning Raffle Kasia Yuska 2023-12-12 07:00:00Z 0
Tucson Verde Tree Planting Project Kasia Yuska 2023-12-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract - Trail Cleanup & Hike

Saturday, December 2 - 10am - 12pm
Join us for a hike and trail cleanup at Richard Genser Starr Pass. The trail will be approximately 1- 1.5 miles with an option to continue hiking the full trail. Bring water and wear good shoes. Trash bags will be provided.
Sign up here. Rides will be provided.
Rotaract - Trail Cleanup & Hike 2023-11-27 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Verde - Painted Hills Trail Cleanup

Saturday, December 9, 8:30-11:30am 
An annual December club project for Rotary Tucson Verde is a cleanup of the Painted Hills Trails Park, a project in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Caring for the natural environment is an area of focus for the environmental-based club.  
Tucson Verde - Painted Hills Trail Cleanup Kasia Yuska 2023-11-21 07:00:00Z 0

Casa Grande - Denim & Diamonds 2024

Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 5pm to 10pm
at the Pinal Fairgrounds & Event Center 
Proceeds will benefit the Casa Grande Rotary Foundation’s high school scholarship program as well as additional local nonprofits. The night will include dinner courtesy of Texas Roadhouse, live auction, silent auction, raffles, live music from Harry Luge and a chance to win $5,000 and a diamond ring! More information can be found at cgrotaryauction.org.
Casa Grande - Denim & Diamonds 2024 2023-11-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Auction

Rotaract Auction
This is a new fundraiser launched by Rotaract to serve Rotarians and support our large service projects! Click on the link below to access our auction catalog and potentially bid on an item! Instructions are within the sheets. 
Above: a preview of our items
Rotaract Auction Kasia Yuska 2023-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
RC SaddleBrooke Dictionary Project Kathryn Yuska 2023-11-13 07:00:00Z 0

Fashion Fusion Fundraiser

The BNI 6 Figure Success Fashion Fusion fundraising event on Wednesday, November 8th will benefit the Rotary Club of Oro Valley and the local service groups it supports. Recipients of the event’s proceeds will include: Southern Arizona Book Heroes, Reach for the Stars, We Care Tucson, IMPACT and Interfaith Community Services. Club President Linda Stratton and member Jane Shurtleff will be among the fashion models!  For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.6figure-success.com/
Fashion Fusion Fundraiser Kathryn Yuska 2023-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
M.E.R. - Wine Fundraiser Kathryn Yuska 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Valle Verde - Cross Border Tour to Nogales, Sonora Kathryn Yuska 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Sunset Rotary Presented Steve Kozachik a Paul Harris Fellow Award

On November 7th, Steve Kozachik was acknowledged for all the fine work he has done not for both Tucson and Rotary.
In 2019, Steve assisted the Ride to End Polio with a video presentation for the then-Rotary chair of the Ride to End Polio Natasha Wrae (a member of the Tucson Sunset Rotary Club).  Approximately a year ago, Steve spearheaded plastic recycling behind his Ward 6 office, which has become very popular with Tucsonans.
Tucson Sunset Rotary Presented Steve Kozachik a Paul Harris Fellow Award Kathryn Yuska 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
SaddleBrooke Riders Against Polio Kathryn Yuska 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Verde at the Zero Waste Event 

Saturday, November 4 from 9am - 1pm
Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde is participating in the Tucson Zero Waste Collection Drive for the third year in a row.
ZERO WASTE TUCSON is a free zero waste collection drive for Tucson and the surrounding areas! As a community collaboration, its goal is to provide a resource for local households looking to safely and responsibly reuse and recycle their commonly used goods.

Bring your unwanted items here!

Tucson Verde at the Zero Waste Event  Kathryn Yuska 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Tucson Sunset Rotary - Paul Harris Award Presentation to Steve Kozachik  2023-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary 11th Annual Rising Sun Run Kasia Yuska 2023-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

UA Rotaract Bingo Night Fundraiser

Tuesday, November 7th
Rotarians please join us on Nov. 7th 5:30-7pm Education building room 353 for a night of bingo, fun, and special homemade Rotaract prizes in place of our general meeting! $5 a card for Rotarians, free for Rotaractors!
UA Rotaract Bingo Night Fundraiser 2023-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
SaddleBrooke Rotary Monster Bash Kasia Yuska 2023-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Green Valley Rotary Oktoberfest - This Saturday! Kasia Yuska 2023-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Valle Verde Putt to End Polio

Wednesday, October 25

Help put an end to polio…and have fun doing it!  

The Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley presents a great new event “Putt To End Polio” at Triple Play on Duval Mine Road in Green Valley. Just $20 per person gets you in on the fun…this fun event is open to the public! 

Valle Verde Putt to End Polio Kasia Yuska 2023-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Yuma Rotary - 65th Annual Walt Kammann Sausage Fry Kasia Yuska 2023-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Global Grants Exchange

The Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Global Grants Exchange was started in 2000 between Rotary districts in Arizona and Mexico. As suggested by the name, it is a Rotary conference focused on friendship between members in both countries, but it is also the best way to get your club involved in doing international global grant projects.
If your club has never participated in a global grant, this conference is a great way to get started, by either proposing a project or making a funding pledge. The beauty of clubs working together comes from the leveraging of Rotary Foundation giving to make a lasting impact in our communities and communities across the globe. This year's conference takes place Oct. 27-29, 2023 in Prescott, Arizona. Click here to Register.
Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Global Grants Exchange Leo Lawrenson 2023-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Disaster Relief in Action

ShelterBox is on the ground in Morocco, responding to the devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country earlier this month. The team is liaising with Rotary, the government, and local authorities to reach remote areas.

ShelterBox is responding in Libya, supporting people whose homes have been severely damaged or washed away by flood waters following Storm Daniel. 

Your help is needed.    



ShelterBox Disaster Relief in Action Kasia Yuska 2023-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
First Semi-Annual Garage Sale FundraiserTucson Sunset Rotary Kasia Yuska 2023-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

International Peace Day

Every year, on September 21st, the world unites to celebrate International Peace Day. The UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Never has our world needed peace more.
As Rotarians, we are people of action and peace is a result of action. However, RI President McInally said that it is not enough, as people of action, to simply avoid making war. If we are to Create Hope in the World, we must aggressively wage peace. And any work towards building peace needs to be brave and bold. Are we up to this challenge? Of course we are. We are Peacebuilders and Peace Ambassadors of District 5500. May you find and spread peace on this International Peace Day.
International Peace Day Ellen Patterson 2023-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Mountain Empire Rotary 60th Anniversary Event Kasia Yuska 2023-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Partnering for Peace: Friends of Peace Corps and Rotary

From Monday, September 18th through Friday, September 22nd, Partnering for Peace: Friends of Peace Corps and Rotary, which supports the service partnership between Peace Corps and Rotary International will be “Celebrating our Connections” with daily webinars and panel discussions.

Rotary Peace Corps Week’s goal is to foster wider awareness of the partnership. This year’s event will focus on our accomplishments and give practical tips on how to strengthen the Rotarian-Peace Corps initiative. 

Partnering for Peace: Friends of Peace Corps and Rotary  2023-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
CLUB EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS Kasia Yuska 2023-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Strategic Action Plan Update

by Bob Grady, Strategic Action Plan Chair


DG Don has set up a Strategic Action Plan Monitoring Team with the following D5500 Rotarians:

Emma Carrillo, Tucson Kino

Bob Grady, Catalina (Tucson)

Steve Johns, Sierra Vista Sunrise

Bruce Monro, Tubac

Marcos Ramirez, San Luis Frontera

Bob Shogren, Casa Grande Daybreak

If you have questions about the Plan, reach out to one of us. 

Speaking of questions…

Why does District 5500 need a Strategic Action Plan and goals?

Strategic Action Plan Update Kasia Yuska 2023-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

District Grants Update

by Kristi Halvorson, District Grants Chair
Four additional clubs have received District Grants:
Tucson Rotaract: STEM tools - Delivery of calculators and thumb drives ($750)
Sierra Vista Sunrise: Echo Hope Ranch - Training for mental/autistic clients ($4,000)
Sierra Vista: Good Neighbor Alliance Dining Project ($4,000)
Green Valley: High School Mentoring Project ($2,000)
Valle Verde: School Clean Drinking Water and Outdoor Study Area Project ($3,199)
District Grants Update 2023-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Congratulations New D5500 Arizona RLA Class!

Six Rotarians from District 5500 have been selected to participate in the 2023-24 Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy. They are: 

Emma Carrillo (Tucson Kino), Sue Horton (Valle Verde), Leo Lawrenson (Oro Valley), Kay Phillips (Sierra Vista Sunrise), Fatima Smith (Yuma Crossing), Reba Webber (Mountain Empire)

Congratulations New D5500 Arizona RLA Class! Kasia Yuska 2023-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to our new District Governor Nominee! Bruce Monro (DG 2025-26)

Posted by District Governor Don Jorgensen
Please join me in congratulating the newest members of the District 5500 Governor line!  
This past weekend the nominating committee comprised of representatives from our 14 regions and five Past District Governors interviewed and selected Bruce Monro as the District Governor Nominee. DGN Bruce will serve as District Governor for the 2025-2026 Rotary Year.
Congratulations to our new District Governor Nominee! Bruce Monro (DG 2025-26) Kasia Yuska 2023-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our new District Governor Nominee Designate! Emma Carrillo (DG 2026-27)  Kasia Yuska 2023-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

2023 District Conference Club Sponsorships

Our District 5500 Annual Conference of Clubs is October 6-7, 2023 at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson. We have an outstanding roster of speakers and great breakout sessions ready for you. To keep the registration cost as low as possible so more Rotarians can attend, we rely on club sponsorships to help meet expenses. If your club would like to be recognized as a Conference sponsor, please contact PDG Michael Drake at michael@drakelawaz.com for information.   

2023 District Conference Club Sponsorships Kasia Yuska 2023-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Publish Your Club Events!

Let us help you spread the word in IMPACT! about your club's upcoming events, projects or fundraisers.
Download a fillable form here and email it to kasiarotary@gmail.com by Friday for the following week's newsletter. 
What About Past Events?
We'll showcase your club's service projects and fundraisers in our new quarterly e-zine: Rotary in Action.
Download a fillable form here and email it, along with photos and any information that shows the impact your event had on the community, to kasiarotary@gmail.com.
Publish Your Club Events! Kasia Yuska 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

LAST CALL for 2024 District Video Photos

Don't miss the chance to have your club's service projects included in this year's district video.
We have again been asked to produce a 2-3 minute video for PETS promoting the great service projects we do in our District.
We're looking for photos showing "Rotarians in Action!"
We do so very much in our communities and beyond. Let's brag a bit!

Email your photos to Sue Archibald at eggsuetrev@aol.com no later than Friday, December 1st. 
Please send them as jpeg files so she can transform them into a video format. 
Your photos must be of service projects within the last 12 months.
LAST CALL for 2024 District Video Photos Kasia Yuska 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0


New Generations Service Exchange

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30.  Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.  Are you interested?

DISTRICT NEWS Kasia Yuska 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Create Hope for Maui

A Special Message from District Governor Don

All of us have seen the awful destruction of the disastrous fires in Maui. Many Rotarians of District 5000 (Hawaii) are directly impacted. There are nine Rotary clubs on Maui and it has been reported that the homes of two Club Presidents have been destroyed. Many of you have already reached out and asked how we can help.

Early in a disaster, often the most effective way to help is a contribution of cash to a trustworthy and reliable organization. The District 5000 Foundation has established a Maui Relief Fund. Below I have shared an  appeal that District Governor Mark Merriam sent to all the Rotary members in District 5000. It includes a donation link to make contributions to the Maui Relief Fund. If you wish, this is an opportunity to help our fellow Rotary members in Maui and their neighbors. Thank you.


Create Hope for Maui Kasia Yuska 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Time to Register for the District Conference!

You do not want to miss the 2023 Annual District Conference of Clubs on October 6 & 7!  Register here.

We are calling it the “Conference of Clubs” because this year it features over a dozen breakout and plenary sessions delivering exciting ideas and roundtables on Club Service Projects, Fundraising, Member Engagement, Empowering Girls, and more. The Conference also features outstanding national speakers at every meal who will Empower and Inspire you, and a fun Friday evening social event.  


Time to Register for the District Conference! Kasia Yuska 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

SaddleBrooke Monster Mash FUNdraiser

Hold on to your horses, or actually your brooms! Save the date: October 20th at 5 pm. The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke invites you to join in the fun at an amazing Halloween party that will raise funds to serve the Copper Corridor and beyond.

SaddleBrooke Monster Mash FUNdraiser Kasia Yuska 2023-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Educate – Inspire - Entertain!

That’s the goal for our Annual District 5500 Conference setfor October 6-7, 2023. Connect with world-class speakers and inspiring presenters. Enjoy great breakout sessions featuring the latest Rotary-focused tips for service projects, growing membership, community connections, personalgrowth and more. To register, go to www.rotaryd5500.org or CLICK HERE.
Educate – Inspire - Entertain! Leo Lawrenson 2023-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Old SHOWCASE Editions Leo Lawrenson 2023-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
GLANCE Newsletters Leo Lawrenson 2023-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

DG Nominations Open Now!

Now is the time for your Club to nominate a candidate!  We are accepting applications now for an individual who would begin immediately as:
1) District Governor Nominee (DGN) and serve as District Governor in the 2025-26 Rotary Year, or 
2) District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) leading to District Governor in the 2026-27 year.  
Application packets are available on the District website (CLICK HERE) and due July 31, 2023.  During August members of the interview/selection committee representing each of the 14 Regions of the District and past District Governors will be identified and interviews will take place in late August. 
In the months prior to their DG year, both individuals selected will receive comprehensive training, guidance and support provided by Rotary International, the Director and team of Zone 26/27 and our own PDGs.
DG Nominations Open Now! Leo Lawrenson 2023-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
DG Don's Greeting Message 2023-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

Highlights of the Installation of 2023-24 District Governor Don Jorgensen

DG Don talks about “Creating Hope – Changing Lives”Over 130 Rotarians gathered on the last Sunday in June 2023 to celebrate the Installation of new District Governor Don Jorgensen.  The event was preceded for the first time by an end-of-year District Awards Celebration. (See previous “Awards” article.)
Rotarians were welcomed to the festivities by Emcee Emma Carrillo (Tucson Kino Club President) who kicked off the fun with a demonstration of the proper use of hand “clappers” with the aid of DG Don’s 3-year-old grandson Ryan.
Highlights of the DG Installation included:
  • Pre-event and lunchtime musical entertainment featuring guitarist and singer Ron Jorgensen and Ed Lannon.   
  • A special introduction of incoming District Governor Don by Past District Governor Randy Brooks, who shared anecdotes about Don’s personal and business accomplishments and their friendship. He then passed his own first District Governor pin on to DG Don.
  • A tribute and special thank you gift to Immediate Past District Governor Anita McDonald by DG Don.
  • Introduction and induction of the new District Governor-Elect Sue Archibald.
  • Introduction of the incoming Executive Assistant Governor Steve Johns and the 2023-24 Assistant Governors, described by DG Don as “a critical link and support for each of our great clubs across the District.”
DG Don shared a moving description of how his early life (13 schools, 15 homes) and challenges connected him to Rotary. His repeated experiences as the “new kid” underscored the need for clubs to welcome and engage new members; his understanding and work in alcoholism and behavioral health connects with Rotary’s ‘service above self.’  DG Don noted that all Rotarians have that ‘service gene’ for life. He also discussed moving examples of adding friends and value to his life through his Rotary travel adventures around the globe.PDG Randy presents gifts to DG Don & his partner Kathy
DG Don shared that he is committed to supporting each club and club president to help achieve their goals, with new District tech teams and communication teams to support club efforts.  District goals will include helping clubs to a) Measure and share the real-life impact of the Club service projects across the District, and b) Communicate the impact of Rotary club projects effectively to their members, potential members, and communities.  He emphasized that District 5500 will expand on this year’s Rotary International theme of “Create Hope in the World” with “Create Hope – Change Lives.”
Highlights of the Installation of 2023-24 District Governor Don Jorgensen Leo Lawrenson 2023-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Applications Due Oct. 15

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. 
Rotary Youth Exchange Applications Due Oct. 15 Jeanne Zetah 2022-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Mexico-AZ Friendship Conference

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
Mexico-AZ Friendship Conference 2022-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2022

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.
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Online Grant Management Training

D5500 Grant Management Training Now Available Online

District 5500 is offering a new way for Rotarians to get grant management training. The webinar format used for the past few years has been replace with online learning  courses. In order for a club to qualify to apply for any Rotary Foundation grant, including District Grants, at least two members of the club must successfully complete the 3 courses.
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District 5500 Rotary Literacy

Posted by Ray Naylor
Ray Naylor

District 5500 Rotary Literacy

The Rotary Foundation has identified six areas of focus as part of the new “Future Vision” for Rotary.

One of the areas of focus is “Basic Education and Literacy”.

The Rotary Foundation promotes Education and Literacy for all by:

·               Ensuring that children have access to quality basic education

·               Reducing gender disparity in education

·               Increasing adult literacy

·               Strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy

           ·          Supporting studies related to basic education and literacy

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Home: 520-299-6643  Cell: 520-730- 9943
“Literacy, like Water, is an essential ingredient for human life”
Betty Stauffer a Literacy Leader in our community

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