Message from Governor Ellie
           World Polio Day, Oct. 24
Every Last Child - We Must Not Give Up
Did you know that 18 million children who would have been disabled or dead are now walking and alive today due to Rotary and partners’ efforts in polio eradication? Nigeria has gone almost 3 years without polio and will be declared polio-free if trend continues. Pakistan and Afghanistan are still reporting increasing cases of polio. A recent report reveals that we have had over 70 cases 2019 year-to-date.
Rotary must stay committed to total eradication. We must not give up. 
Here’s how your club can continue the mission:
  • Recognize World Polio Day on October 24th with a club event.
  • Participate in The Ride to End Polio on November 23rd by riding a bike or supporting  a rider. 
  • Mark your calendar for November 26th for our District World Polio Day at the Loft Cinema.
  • Educate your communities about polio by visiting classrooms, church groups, and other institutions.
  • Hold advocacy meetings with government offices and health agencies.
  • Contact our District PolioPlus Chair, Teree Bergman, for ideas to increase awareness of PolioPlus.
Polio can be eliminated with continued awareness and fundraising. We Rotarians must live up to the motto – “Every Last Child.”
D5500 Undertakes Peace Pole Project
Join us as we embrace the promotion of peace, one of our Rotary International causes.

District 5500 leaders have been planning our launch this Fall. We invite your Rotary Club to join us by planting a Peace Pole in your area. Each Club or partnering Clubs who order a Peace Pole will have a plaque with their name(s) on the Peace Pole.

What is a Peace Pole? A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" on each of its four or six sides, in different languages. There are an estimated 200,000 Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world.

History of the Peace Pole Project
The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by Masahisa Goi (1916 - 1980), who dedicated his life to spreading the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth". Mr. Goi was greatly affected by the destruction caused by World War II and the atomic bombs which fell on the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His desire to assist in the creation of world peace was answered when in 1955, the Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, came to him in a moment of great inspiration.

We will be highlighting the Clubs that plant Peace Poles throughout  Southern Arizona. Some areas to locate the Peace Poles may be in a park, a school yard, or a municipality area. The choice is yours. For every classic white Peace Pole purchased from, 10 Trees will be planted in Africa. Many Rotary Clubs around the world have participated in the planting of peace poles as a reminder that peace is possible.

We will be sharing our plans to promote peace locally, nationally and in the world. We will also share more details on how to order the Peace Pole with a portion of the cost being reimbursed. The price of the poles start at $100.00.
Anita McDonald from Tucson Catalina Rotary Club has been elected District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) for District 5500.  Anita will serve as District Governor for the Rotary Year 2022-2023. Congratulations, Anita.
RYLA Update
Recruit and select your RYLA delegates 
  • Recruit, interview and select Delegates to fill your reserved spaces. Delegates can download the application from and save to their computer to complete and email to you to review. A scanned photo can also be emailed. 
  • Review applications for completeness before forwarding to Marcos; incomplete ones will be returned to be completed
Encourage previous Delegates to apply for JC positions 
  • Minimum age is 17 by January 17, 2020. The 12 strongest applicants will be selected by the Admin Team based on application, essay and phone interview.
Consider applying to be an Adult Advisor! Experience RYLA and be a mentor.
  • All applications are due by November 1. Electronic applications can be emailed to Marcos at:, or mailed to: Marcos Ramirez, c/o San Luis Rotary, PO Box 13926, San Luis, AZ 85349.
Another way to help RYLA – purchase and donate a digital camera for use by teams this year and in future years! Cost is less than $50. See RYLA web page for details.

Barbara Harrison
District 5500 RYLA Chair / 520.250.3437
Has your Club considered offering Corporate Memberships?
Your club can define corporate membership however it chooses, as long as you document in your club Bylaws how the expectations and benefits of this membership type differs from traditional membership.  Corporate membership involves an agreement with a business, which then pays for or subsidizes the dues for employees to be Rotary members.  Remember that the corporation itself cannot be a club member — only people can be members of a Rotary club.  
Clubs can decide on the club dues they charge corporate members, and whether it’s different from what it charges its other members. All reported active members pay club, district, and RI dues.
If you’d like more information on setting up Corporate Membership, visit our District website:  Click on “Membership Development” on the left-hand side under Site Pages or contact District Membership Chair Joyce Finkelstein at
Club News
Marana Club Schedules Poker Event
SaddleBrooke Rotary Quenches Thirst
The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke has a Global Grant with the Nogales AC Rotary Club to build and install school drinking fountain systems.  Water quality is a serious concern in the Nogales schools.
A few systems installed early by the Rotary Club in Nogales and have been functioning with great success.  Twenty-four systems will be installed with the current grant, while over 100 schools are potential sites in Nogales.  All components and materials are purchased in Mexico to support their economy.  Tubac, Valle Verde and Marana Rotary Clubs have also provided financial support to this grant.
A Taste of Bisbee
The Bisbee Rotary Club invites you to our 17th annual A Taste of Bisbee Wine – Food – Fun event held on October 12th at Old City Park from 5pm – 8pm.

This year we are showcasing local food from our fantastic restaurants, local wine, local craft beer and excellent entertainment! The music will play all night, the food promises to be exceptional, and it will be a great gathering of our community.

Bisbee Rotary Charities generously supports many events and organizations each year including Bisbee High School Robotics and Culinary Clubs, District Literacy Project, The Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee, The Millie Kasun 2019/2020 Scholarship, Christmas Spirit in Naco, dictionaries for our 3rd Graders, Bisbee Community Gardens and Rotary sponsored 4th of July events. The Bisbee Rotary Club also sponsors RI’s Polio Plus Program. Starting this year we are working to secure grants and other funding for Step Up Bisbee/Naco to help with needed renovations for elderly, disabled, and low-income home owners
Mountain Empire Dedicates Park
The Mountain Empire Rotary Club celebrated the Grand Dedication of the Fred Sang Memorial Rotary Park in Sonoita on Sunday, 9/29.  This has been a monumental project comprising 10 full years of dedication and commitment by the club members.  Today the club and its community supporters witnessed fruits of working within our multi-faceted community to accomplish a worthwhile endeavor. 
Fred Sang was President of our club a few years ago. He had an extraordinary commitment to his community and found the Rotary Club to be the best organization to "Get Things Done."  Fred passed tragically last year and it is befitting that we name our park for him. Please bring your picnic and enjoy our prize winning rose garden, covered ramadas with BBQ’s, corn hole and horseshoe games at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita on Hwy 83.
US Mexico Global Grants Conference Set
District 5495, Arizona, has alternately hosted this conference with various districts in Mexico for more than a decade.
Join us at the Grand Canyon for this year’s conference. We’ll tour the rim at Grand Canyon Village, see Kolb Studios, and have time to hike, bike or just spend time contemplating one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world located here in Northern Arizona. 
The venue for our conference meetings and lodging is the Grand Canyon Squire Inn at the entrance to the park in Tusayan. This conference is the perfect opportunity to get involved with Rotary Foundation Global Grants. Bring a project from your own club or a cash commitment and find an international project to sponsor. Your members will have a fantastic time taking action, doing good in the world and making new Rotary friends. Plus, they’ll learn so much from the experienced grant teams in both host districts.
Please contact Kevin Pitts ( or Barb Feder ( with questions.

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