August 15, 2023                          District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
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.


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.  


Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh of Palestine Will Speak Aug. 29 & 30
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, President of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem, Palestine, and Founder/Director of the Palestinian Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, is being hosted by Tucson Verde and Sierra Vista Rotary clubs for two presentations. This is a rare opportunity for Tucson and southeastern regional club members to learn firsthand about the struggle of Palestinians and Israelis to arrive at a status of peaceful co-existence in the Holy Land, and to sponsor Global or District grants to aid Palestinian refugees and environmental projects in the Holy Land. 
Tucson: Tuesday, August 29, 5:30 pm at the Ward 3 meeting hall, 1510 E. Grant Rd. 
Sierra Vista: Wednesday, August 30, 10:30 am at St Andrews' Kino Hall, 800 North Taylor Ave.
To RSVP and learn more about Professor Qumsiyeh, click on the link.
How Are You, Really?

RI President Gordon McInally is encouraging Rotary members to create a 'culture of care' by making mental health a priority.  Our District Governor Don is now asking for volunteers to create our own District 5500 Mental Health Initiatives Action Group. Get on board! 

Rotary Leadership Academy - Sign Up Soon!

Nominations are now being accepted for 2023-2024 Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy. If you'd like to learn more about Rotary and explore a leadership role at any level, this course is for you. You will enjoy a great learning experience with fellow Rotarians from all over Arizona. 

Here is the link to the nomination form:  

RYLA Registration Now Open

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a 4-day, 3-night leadership workshop for ages 14-18 in grades 9-12. These students come together from communities across District 5500 and are joined by Rotary Exchange students from other countries for a leadership camp experience in Prescott, Arizona. Each delegate is sponsored by a local Rotary Club.


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?

"Rotarians in Action!" District Video - Call for Photos
by Sue Krahe-Archibald DGE
This year for PETS we have again been asked to produce a 2-3 minute video promoting the great service projects we do in our District. I am looking for as many photos as I can get to share showing "Rotarians in Action!"
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.

Sahuarita Murder Mystery Dinner
Take a step back to 1932 and set sail on the RMS Titania. 
September 23, 2023 at 4 PM
Dock: American Legion Post 66
1560 W. Duval Mine Rd
Cost: $45 per passenger
Casa Grande Oktoberfest
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