September 12, 2023                    District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
District Conference to Feature Impressive Speakers

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The 2023 Rotary District 5500 Conference of Clubs will feature multiple in-person breakout and plenary sessions that deliver exciting ideas and roundtables on Club Service Projects, Fundraising, Member Engagement, Empowering Girls and much more! Our impressive line-up of Keynote Speakers includes Erin Gruwell, author of "The Freedom Writers Diary," national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate, David Ambroz; innovative educator and memory training expert, Scott Bornstein; and distinguished Rotary leader and health advocate, Shirley Grace. Click here to register. 

What Can You Do to Empower Girls?

Join us Friday morning, October 6 at the Annual District Conference to meet Olympic Gold Medalist Amanda Beard and an all-star panel of women from the western US for a very special session: "Empowering Girls: A Call to Action - Providing Hope."  Offering personal stories and recommendations, the presenters will share practical resources and opportunities addressing leadership, personal hygiene, mental health and advocacy.

Time to Honor Our Lost Rotarians

As is our custom, we wish to honor those District 5500 Rotarians who have passed away this last year (since September 2022) by commemorating them in our In Memoriam presentation at the 2023 Conference of Clubs (CoC), October 6-7. Please have your Club Secretary, Membership Chair, or other Club Officer send a photo or two and a brief (20 words or so) narrative about the individual to the CoC Chair at Thank you!

A September Message from District Governor Don

Watch and share DG Don's special 2-minute video message with club members about how to make an impact and Change a Life during Rotary's Education and Literacy Month in your communities, and at the upcoming Annual District 5500 Conference of Clubs. CLICK HERE to see the video.


DG Don with Randy Van Nostrand, Books for Kinders Coordinator, Rotary Club of Sahuarita

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?

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)

Rotary Club of Tucson 17th Classics Car Show

Saturday, October 21, 2023, 10am - 4pm

The Gregory School - 3231 N Craycroft Rd., Tucson

For more information, tickets and sponsorships, go to 

(NOTE: Click on highlighted text for more info about these events.)
Tucson Sunset Rotary's Huge Multi-Foothills Garage Sale Fundraiser -

Sat, September 16, 2023

Sahuarita Murder Mystery Dinner - Sat, September 23 at 4pm 

Tucson Kino 16th Annual Golf Tournament - Sat, September 30

Green Valley Oktoberfest - Sat, October 14

Old Pueblo Rotary Poker Tournament - Sat, Oct. 14

Casa Grande Oktoberfest - Sat, October 21, 5-9pm

SaddleBrooke Monster Mash FUNdraiser - Fri, October 20 at 5pm

Sierra Vista Sunrise 11th Annual Rising Sun Run - Sat, November 4


Let us help you spread the word about your club's upcoming events, projects or fundraisers in IMPACT! 
Download a fillable form here and email it to by Friday for the following week's newsletter. 
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