District 5500 Receives Zone 25/26 Recognition

Congratulations to District 5500 Zone 26! We received the following awards at the Zone Institute in November for District Governor Joe Hentges year 2017-2018:  Greatest Brand Adoption by a District and Most improvement in Brand Adoption by a District. Our percentage of Members Giving to the Rotary Foundation (EREY) 67%. Watch the video here.
RYLA Delegates, Couselors, Advisers Selected
Jr. Counselors and Adult Advisors have been chosen and notified. If your Club’s candidates were not selected, you will get a refund. Training for both is Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in Tucson.
Look for an email sent to be sent to your Delegates during the first week of December welcoming them to RYLA and giving information on what to bring, bus schedules, etc. Clubs are being copied on the email; be sure your Delegates receive the information.
Find out if your Delegates need help with supplies or warm clothing to attend RYLA. If so, ask club members if they can loan these items.
Delegates, their parents, JCs, Adult Advisors, Club Presidents and RYLA POCs will be invited to join a private Facebook page where we will post updated information on RYLA. Parents will be able to check in during RYLA to see photos of what is going on! For more information, contact 
Barbara Harrison, District 5500 RYLA Chair, / 520.250.3437
District Events Help To Eradicate Polio
Our END POLIO NOW events in November have been amazing:
  1. The Johnny Cash End Polio concert on November 21 raised close to $18,000 at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley.
  2. District Governor Kirk Reed has received $3,305 in gifts from clubs to eradicate polio -- $9,915 with the Gates double match.
  3. More than $100,000 was raised at Rotary’s Zone Institute in Reno last week to support our district’s Ride to End Polio.
District Awaits Results from El Tour de Tucson
Stay tuned for the results from El Tour de Tucson on November 17.
Rotary was once again the beneficiary receiving the largest amount of contributions (by far!). Since 2009, the November bicycle ride has raised more than $50,000,000 – Rotary’s largest fundraiser ever.
New Membership Seminars Available to Your Club or Region
Want new, engaged, and satisfied members? Our District Membership Team will come to your region – not only Tucson but the Yuma Casa Grande, Miami-Globe, Sierra Vista, Safford, Bisbee, and Nogales areas, and points between. Contact Membership Chair Sandy Wahl, to arrange a one-hour seminar for your region. We tested the new format recently and found it to be immediately helpful!
District Directory Available on Line
Did you know that we have simplified our district directory? Instead of 100+ pages, it’s compact, user-friendly and located on our website, The document is password protected for privacy. If you need the password, email Teree Bergman or Jim Nook.
Rotarian Bike Trip Scheduled Before 2019 Convention
Several Rotarians from Southern Arizona will be biking across Lithuania, Lativia, and Estonia from May 19-29, 2019. We’ll meet fellow Rotarians and enjoy a leisurely itinerary, biking about 20 to 25 miles each day. There will be lots of historic and cultural highlights along the way, good hotels, and all for a remarkably reasonable price of around $1500 for 10 days (including bike rental). Please let District Governor Kirk Reed know if you’d like to have a European adventure before the convention begins in Hamburg on June 1.
Reserve Your Cabin Now for 2019 Cruise With a Cause
 We’ll sail from Long Beach on Friday afternoon, October 25, spend Saturday at sea, and doing Rotary projects and touring in Ensenada on Sunday, and returning to home port early Monday morning. Speakers and breakout groups will be outstanding, as always, and we’ll enjoy the delights of cruise ship dining. The cost of $420 to $480 per person (depending on the cabin that is selected) covers everything. You can reserve your spot for this conference to remember by calling Cruise Connections at (800)-248-7447.
Rotary, Hockey and Service
The Rotary Club of Oro Valley partnered with IMPACT and the Tucson Roadrunners to host a food drive on Friday, December 7, 2018, at 7pm in the TCC Roadrunners Hockey Arena.
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Learn More About Rotary: Attend RLI
”RLI IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS TO ENGAGE, EDUCATE AND RETAIN OUR MEMBERS.” - Monty Audenart, PRIVP and Trustee, Past Chair of R.I. Membership and Retention Committee.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a training program established to improve the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of Rotary Clubs. RLI is a great place to start for a new Rotarian looking to find their niche in the world of Rotary. The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.
The Rotary Leadership Institute training program consists of three full-day sessions, followed by graduate seminars. Our next District 5500 program will be Saturday, January 26. 2019 at the Viscount Suites in Tucson.  
Sessions 1, 2 and 3 will be offered at that time. Rotary Club leadership changes on a yearly basis, so there is a constant need for new leaders who are knowledgeable about the world of Rotary International. It is difficult at the Club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary. Furthermore, leadership skills in a voluntary organization are quite different from business or military leadership skills.
Cost is still only $65.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Most clubs budget RLI costs to cover members attending.
Registration available at  or contact Joe Guyton, Coordinator Rotary Leadership Institute District 5500, 520-820-0134

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Upcoming Events
San Luis Rotary Christmas Party
Jone's Residence
Dec 14, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
San Luis Rotary Senior Center Christmas Party
San Luis Senior Center
Dec 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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