We are so excited to announce THE ROTARY YOUTH FUND. A 501c3 account to help subsidize youth programs in District 5500. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. District 5500 is very serious about continuing support of all Youth Programs. 
Please send donations to this business:
      Chad Dennison
                                c/o D5500 Charitable Fund
                                7802 E Escalante Road
                                Tucson, AZ 85730
Phone: 520-790-2738  (ask for Chad) Chad's email is
Checks should be made out to the D5500 Charitable Fund and in the memo line indicate Rotary Youth Fund. 
You belong to an extraordinary organization.
When was the last time you enrolled in Rotary training? 
Every club receives (3) scholarships!
Sign up today!
Register for Course 3 by February 3rd
Don't miss out on this opportunity. 
~ Highlighting "Rotary Clubs of Southern Arizona"
We are in the process of creating several "press releases" covering a different area of activity across the district where the District is making a difference during COVID.
An example of one of the areas of Focus:
Literacy - What are the Rotary Clubs of Southern Arizona doing to support Literacy during COVID.
Another area that was recommended by Tom Reardon from Sierra Vista  was:
"I recommend the SV clubs consider contacting the Cochise County Health Department to find out how Rotary "People Power" and management experience can be rallied to assist in the distribution of vaccines and to assist with testing."
and then I saw this post from the Benson RC Facebook post:
"We saw a little hiccup in their drive-thru system, and we needed some more people, so we gathered some of the wonderful Rotary volunteers and went down there and just was able to expedite the registration part."
As Steve Johns said:
"I believe this would be a strong #PeopleofAction story that is relevant to today’s issues. "
Any comments/suggestions  ....  send to
~ Ne Rotary Club with Environmental Focus Being Formed. Join us on February 13 (3-4pm) and Learn How We Can Make a Difference.  
                 (from PDG Michael Drake)
A new “cause-based” Rotary Club is being formed in District 5500. The Club’s programs and projects will focus on environmental issues. The provisional name is “The Rotary Club of Tucson Verde” with the intent of being chartered on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.  If you have friends, associates, or neighbors that are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference please refer them to Michael Drake at; Ellie Patterson at; or Kirk Reed at We will invite your friends to our February event where they can learn more about our new Rotary club. The meeting will take place at Tucson Botanical Gardens on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13,  from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. A short tour of the Gardens will be included followed by an informational talk with time for Q & A.  Beverages and snacks provided. There is no entrance fee.
SAVE THE DATE  March 2, 12:15pm to 1:00pm MST

My fellow Rotary members,
We all know that the coronavirus pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world, and extensive public health measures and travel restrictions are in place.
As an organization that is at the forefront of eradicating polio and fighting other preventable diseases, we have clear responsibilities in mitigating the threat of COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution — and in keeping with our commitment to protect the health of our members, our employees, and our families — the RI Board of Directors decided not to fund any expenses (travel or otherwise) for in-person meetings for Rotary leaders for the rest of this Rotary year, other than for the president, president-elect, and trustee chair. This decision applies to directors, trustees, regional leaders, district governors, assistant governors, and other leaders. The Board also agreed to conduct all of its meetings and RI committee meetings virtually for the rest of the year, and we will also be holding the 2021 RI Convention virtually.
I know this news will be disappointing to many of you. However, the Board felt that we needed to adopt a uniform and clear policy.
As a humanitarian organization, we must act responsibly to protect our members and the communities we serve, and the risks of the pandemic are still real and widespread. The Board advises regional leaders, district governors, club presidents, and others to hold meetings virtually through the end of the Rotary year. This is a rapidly evolving public health crisis, and I’m sure that you’ll have many questions about the RI Board decision, so please consult the 
COVID-19 webpage on for further information or contact your RI staff liaison.
We all have an important role to play in the months ahead as we continue to do all we can to overcome COVID-19.
I want to thank you all for your Rotary service, and I look forward to the day when we can gather safely again in person.
Please be safe and take care of each other.
John Hewko
Rotary General Secretary

What is RYLA all about?
Check the District Website:

Late Registration Jan.26 - Feb 9th

Give our Youth a memorable experience.




Visit the District Website: LINK Don't miss this opportunity!
What an opportunity!
Find this year's Club and Participant Guidebooks on the District Website, these will give a detailed explanation of the process.
If your Club does plan to participate you will need to send the club entry form and a check for $25.00 made out to District 5500 to Deb Haddock, ASAP. The club entry form is located in the Club Guidebook.
Phone: Home: 520-822-8591 Cell: 520-471-4145
Did I forget to mention?
 1st prize $1,000.00
 2nd Prize $500.00
 3rd Prize $250.00
 A great incentive for a new student entering college.
You need to "think outside the box" and switch-up your Zoom Meetings! Here are some ideas from some "Zoom-Experts".
Use “jazz hands” to Clap for Someone
The feedback from your members from a bunch of people clapping all at once may give you the heebie-jeebies.  Many pairs of jazz hands, while viewed in Gallery View, however, are sure to make you laugh. Try prompting everyone to do some jazz hands after each member takes their turn speaking. It’s so important in these times to not only bring levity to all situations but to also get that blood flowing!
Have a Group High Five
Speaking of ways to get your blood flowing, let’s get those arms back in motion again. Everyone’s order of people in Gallery View will be different, so for this to work, everyone must stretch their hands to touch the top corners of their screen. Once everyone is in position, count 1-2-3 and pretend like both hands are high-fiving the people on either side of you. The moment of connection, though not actually physical, will make you feel good.
Change your Username
If you were in-person with a group, we would be encouraging you to utilize your Name Tag. Since we can’t be close enough to each other to read name tags during the COVID-19 crisis, let’s try playing with the Zoom usernames instead. Prompt everyone on the call to change their name to a word that describes them. Or maybe it’s a word for how they feel at that moment or their favorite movie. The point is to learn about each Club member, using the tools at our disposal.

Did you know that the host of the meeting can create a poll that all other participants can vote in, right within the Zoom platform? You can use this feature as a simple warm-up activity to start a meeting. It might be fascinating to find out who got a full night’s sleep last night, and who only got 3 hours. The answers are anonymous so everyone can feel comfortable choosing their favorite option.
Use Breakout Rooms 
It might be useful for the host to utilize Breakout Rooms to create smaller groups. If a group brainstorm would be too overwhelming with all members, try groups of five or ten. Present a Rotary topic and after 7 minutes return everyone back to the main Zoom Room. Follow up with a couple more topics or questions. 7 minutes is usually time enough. Be sure to have a spokesperson in each Zoom room.
This is a great way to break up the monotony of your Zoom meetings, and also to give everyone a chance to discuss a topic or Rotary fact. Movement is good and many members are more comfortable speaking in a smaller group!
Stage a Group Photo
Want to end the meeting on a fun note? Tell everyone to pose and snap a screenshot in Gallery View. You can get creative and tell everyone to grab the nearest hat or to pull a silly face. We still want the memories for the future.
Scavenger Hunt
Ahead of time, create a list to screen-share of 4-5 things that each participant must find in their home. Then, give everyone five minutes to physically grab the item, bring it back, and share it with the group. (If it’s a large group, they can share in breakout rooms!) The idea here is to give each other an inside look at your personal lives, with things you may not have thought to share otherwise. You can be really creative with the prompts, or go basic.

Background Contest
A fun Zoom feature is the ability to change backdrops. You should consider hosting a background contest.  To host a background contest:
  1. Pick a theme, such as under the sea, science fiction, or movie magic.
  2. Invite the breakout team to reveal the creations.
  3. Vote as a group to choose a winner.
Background contests allow Rotarians to express creativity. Also, since these competitions is a free activity, you can hold the contests on a regular basis.
The Fact of the Day
We recommend starting your Zoom meetings with a fact of the day. For example, did you know that Thursday or “Thors-day” was named for everyone’s favorite God of Thunder?
You can find facts in a variety of ways. For example, start with Wikipedia and use the “random article” command to navigate to a mystery page. If you want to create a challenge, then you can present the fact as Rotary trivia and ask your members to guess the answer. The polling feature in Zoom can turn your information into an interactive pop quiz.
If you try some of these techniques, please let us know if it was successful!

Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources, and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. 
In these times of uncertainty, your local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever.


Foundations Chairs please contact to help your clubs sign up for The contest has started! % of Rotary Club members signing up in your club. Prizes to be awarded! See the information coming soon!
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