Join Tucson Pantano Rotary Today for Thirsty Thursday
June is here and I'd bet you know what that means... it's time for the Pantano Rotary Club June Thirsty Thursday!  We could explain it all in a long, silly email that you're probably not going to read anyway, or, I could have you take a mere 60 seconds to watch this video:
If you're around Tucson on Thursday, June 6 stop by Tucson Hilton East from 5-8pm. 
Grant Management Training Available Online
Any club wishing to apply for a Rotary Foundation or District Grant must have at least two (2) members take 3 online courses. Members must have a My Rotary account on in order to take the courses.
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Vail Rotary Recognized for Community Impact
On May 4ththe Vail AZ Chamber of Commerce awarded The Rotary Club of Vail AZ the "Community Impact Award" at the Marriott Starr Pass Resort.  Over the current school year, Vail Rotary has done 13 projects for the Vail schools.  With the help of the District 5500 Matching Grant, Vail Rotary has donated over $19,000 in goods and services.  This is the 3rd time the Vail Rotary Club has been recognized for their outstanding community service.
Sierra Vista Rotarian Receives Service Above Self Award
The Sierra Vista Rotary Club and Rotary International honored one of Sierra Vista’s own: business owner, and long-time resident, Les Orchekowsky, on May 6 with the “Service Above Self” Award, Rotary’s highest individual honor.
The purpose of the “Service Above Self Award” is to recognize those individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. 
Past Rotary International Director Phil Silvers presented the award to Orchekowsky.  Silvers said Les was selected because he has shown the spirit of service above self in his business, family life, and as an individual. 
Nancy Fusco, Sierra Vista Rotary Club president said, “Les is the quiet Rotarian, but when he speaks, everyone listens.  He has been a guiding influence in the Club since 1993.  He shares his Rotary knowledge and experience with all members. Les takes time to listen, and makes people laugh. He unselfishly donates his time and goods to support Club projects and is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation.” 
Shelter Box Gold Hero and Peace Prize Nomination
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Tucson  - D5500’s first ShelterBox Gold HERO club! To gain Gold status, a gift must given or pledged for three consecutive years at the $5000 level. 
ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of our humanitarian efforts in areas of conflict.  This nomination recognizes that ShelterBox provides much more than materials – we provide the foundation for recovery and stability needed for peace, one family at a time. As Rotary International’s official project partner in disaster relief, this nomination also supports Rotary’s Area of Focus on promoting peace.
Submitted by Don Jorgensen, District 5500 Volunteer Ambassador (
Tucson Kino Rotary Equips Medical Clinic in Kenya

With a $6,000 grant, Tucson Kino Rotary, Rotary District 5500 and the Rotary Club of Kisumu Central in Kenya, helped equip a medical clinic in the Mwongeti Village in Kenya.
Previously, the 6,000 villagers had to walk for two hours for any medical help. 
Using funds from the grant, a six-room structure was retrofitted and furnished with medical furniture, equipment, and supplies. The clinic employs a Registered Nurse Midwife and a Lab Technician to provide treatment for and prevention of malaria, diphtheria and the other medical needs of local families. A future goal is to equip a Maternity Ward for mothers who often give birth along the road en-route to medical facilities. A community well is also planned.
Previous Rotary grant efforts have provided this village with electricity to a grist mill to grind locally-grown maize, upgraded facilities at the village school and built a charging station for cell phones and other electronics .


Tucson Sunrise, U of A Rotaract Help Disaster Relief Effort
On May 4 the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise Foundation teamed up with Golden Pin Lanes for a fundraiser for Cyclone Idai disaster relief victims in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

RC Beira Mozambique asked us for urgent assistance. We responded with an evening of fun and fellowship. Golden Pin donated their facility and a portion of bar sales. We raffled gift baskets and. Over the course of the evening we filled forty lanes with Rotarians, Rotarian families, Tucson locals, and University of Arizona Rotaracters, and raised over $7300. All proceeds were sent directly to benefit Shelter Box USA Deployment Essentials enabling them to send Shelter Boxes directly to affected areas in southern and eastern Africa.
Tom Cariseo and Bob Kahl of Tucson Sunrise Rotary at Golden Pin Lanes
Meet Your Editor
Hello. My name is Tony Spear and I will be the District 5500 newsletter editor for 2019-2020. Governor-Elect Ellie has asked me to share my Rotary background with you as well as some guidelines for submitting articles for the newsletter this coming year.
I joined Rotary in March 1992 as a member of Tucson Sunset in the classification of Print Shop owner. I was in the printing business for 20 years after a career as a computer engineer for IBM. I was president of Sunset in 1996-1997. Family obligations caused me to switch to a non-evening club and I joined Tucson Catalina in January 1998 where I have been a member since and currently serve as club secretary.
At the district level I have served on several district conference committees, been an assistant governor three times as well as a PETS facilitator.  I have also served on the district Ride to End Polio committee as webmaster and been district Interact chair.
This Rotary year we will again be trying to distribute the newsletter to you electronically on or before the 7thof each month. Submissions from the clubs should be sent to me at newsletteraz5500@gmail.comas a Word file. Please do not send articles as PDF’s. Any photos should be sent as RGB JPEG’s, no larger than 300 x 500 pixels in size. In order to keep the size of the monthly newsletter manageable, club submissions will be edited down to around 100-150 words. Articles from district chairs will be given more leeway at the discretion of DGE Ellie.
Please submit your articles to me no later than the last day of the month. Any articles received later will be considered for the following month’s issue.
Once again this year, PDG Teree Bergman will be formatting the newsletter on ClubRunner prior to sending off to electronic distribution. I wish to recognize her efforts in advance as well as thank all of you for your help and cooperation as we work together this Rotary year.

Please send all your articles to: by the last day of each month! 

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2019 District Governor Installation
Jun 22, 2019 6:00 PM –
Jun 23, 2019 3:00 PM
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