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Saturday, June 1               District 5500 Dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in Hamburg, Germany
Sunday, June 23                Installation of District Governor 2019-2020 Ellie Patterson in Tubac
New Grant Management Seminar Announced
The Grant Management Seminar  (GMS) is now available as an on-line course.  The GMS is part of the Club Qualifications to receive District and Global grant funding.
The combined time for all 3 courses and quizzes that make up the Grant Management Seminar takes about 90 minutes. You can start and stop the courses as your time allows.  
After you have signed into the for the first time you can use a Direct Link:
2.       Sign in with your MyRotary credentials and you’ll be redirected to the learning plan
Questions? Please contact Shannan Marty: or via cell at 520-906-0385.
Plan Now for 2020 RYLA
Start Planning for 2020 RYLA – January 17-20!
  • Identify your Club’s point of contact for RYLA.Send their name, email address & phone number to:
  • Decide how many Delegates and Jr Counselors you would like to send to RYLAand include in your budget.Cost for Delegates and Jr Counselors is $400 per person. Spaces filled quickly; reservations will be accepted starting July 1. 
  • Check the RYLA website for more information – the brochure, a planning calendar for clubs, and an updated presentation. New applications are available this month; there are a few changes, including a new page for the sponsoring club to complete. Contact Barbara to schedule a presentation to your Club!
Barbara Harrison - District 5500 RYLA Chair
Rotary Event Offered Tools for Promoting Peace
 On Saturday, April 6, Rotary District 5500 held the first Peacebuilding Workshop facilitated by Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and hosted by Higher Ground. Ana Patel, Executive Director, Outward Bound for Center for Peacebuilding and Rotary Peace Fellow, was the keynote speaker and facilitator. Ana’s key takeaway: “The greatest single antidote to violence is a conversation.” 
Four different TED talk presenters shared ways to create, promote, sustain, and expand positive peace. 
Governor Kirk urged everyone to not only think about ways of peacebuilding but ways to engage local organizations, including Rotary clubs, to find solutions to challenges and implement changes.
Green Valley Holds Membership Development Event
The Green Valley RC is one of 4 District Sustaining Clubs.  As a Sustaining Club, they have committed to growing their membership for the next three years.  Below are their Best Practices for growing membership:
  • We encourage our members to wear their Rotary pin every day.  
  • We encourage all members to invite a guest for a free lunch. We never ask a guest or speaker at that time if they would like to join; rather we ask if they would like to come back for the next meeting. 
  • W have our own Facebook page (Rotary Club of Green Valley) and website (
  • We always brag about what we do, as a Club and as a Foundation. We also produced our own “Rotarians in Action” brochure highlighting what we do in our community and around the world. 
  • We always make new member inductions a Big Deal.
For more Membership ideas, visit our District website at and click on “Membership Development” or contact District Membership Chair Sandy Wahl at
Dove Mountain Becomes 1st D5500 Shelter Box Hero Club

Who is a District 5500 ShelterBox HERO?

The Rotary Club of Marana - Dove Mountain has been recognized as D5500’s first ShelterBox HERO club. To gain HERO status, gifts must be given or pledged for three consecutive years at the $1000, $3000 or $5000 level. Each ShelterBox HERO receives a HERO certificate, a digital badge to use on their website, and a HERO Club banner. 

“Annual donations allows ShelterBox to prepare for and respond immediately to the worst day ever,” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “We’re grateful for clubs like Marana – Dove Mountain Club that help ensure no family goes without shelter when disaster strikes.”

Submitted by Don Jorgensen, District 5500 Volunteer Ambassador (


Reserve Now for Cruise with a Cause
Enjoy fun in the sun, fellowship, great speakers and breakout sessions at the 2019 Destination District Conference while cruising down to Ensenada, Mexico on the ship “Inspiration.” The conference includes a service project: helping to renovate and restore a neglected youth center for mentally and emotionally challenged children in the local area so that more children can attend this center. Cleaning, painting, general construction clean-up will all be a part of the work of many hands. If you would rather go shopping and touring the lovely Ensenada area, that’s an option also.
See you on board the Inspiration! Reserve your stateroom today by emailing fellow Rotarian Mike Sloan : mike@cruiseconnections.comor call him at 800-248-7447 or 336-659-9772. He’s very helpful and planned the District Conference Cruise for us in 2008 which Rotarians still talk about. 
You can also contact Ellie for additional information.

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Cross Egypt Challenge Offered for Motorcycle Fans
The members and the board of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 – Egypt invite Rotarians to learn more about and share our Rotary organized initiative, "Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism.
For more information or to register, please visit our website: and LIKE our Facebook page:

Upcoming Events
District 5500 Party and Dinner in Hamburg
Jun 01, 2019 6:00 PM
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