February 6, 2024                        District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24

February is Rotary International 'Peace and Conflict Resolution' month. Click HERE to view DG Don's brief video message of peace and suggestions for clubs
and members to make a meaningful impact on promoting peace in your world and in your community this month.    
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A Message from RI Director Dan Himelspach

Interestingly our soon to be RI President Stephanie often addresses her remarks to “My Rotary Family.” The concept of embracing our fellow Rotarians as family members could have a surprisingly far-reaching effect.

Rotary is an organization that practices prosocial behavior. This means we take actions that benefit others or society - the opposite of antisocial behavior. Prosocial behavior is often associated with multiple positive outcomes, including reduced stress, improved mental health, and enhanced well-being. Studies have found that volunteering, doing acts of kindness and helping others involves building and maintaining social connections which are associated with lower blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health. People who experience these outcomes tend to have an increased lifespan and experience greater happiness.

Turnkey Marketing Campaign Workshop
FREE Workshop!
Thursday, February 8, 2024
6:30 - 7:30 pm Arizona (Zoom)
Creating a Turnkey Marketing Campaign can significantly help clubs and districts achieve more successful outcomes in membership, fundraising, and outreach. You are invited to a free virtual workshop facilitated by Dan Ouweleen, District 5320 IPDG, and Shawn Wehan, CEO of Givsum and Marketing Director for D5320, who successfully created and implemented such a campaign last year. They will describe their efforts and how you can replicate their success.
Register in advance HERE.
Register for "Youth Protection Resources" Conference
Saturday, February 10
2:00-3:30 pm (Arizona Time)
The safety of our youth comes first!
Join us for a virtual conference presented by the "Big West" Rotary Youth Services Task Force.
Learn about...
  • Resources and tools available to youth program leaders from Rotary International.
  • Rotary's Youth Protection Policies and compliance standards revisited.
Peace Pole Project at the State Capitol

Rotary club members in Arizona have a long history of planting Peace Poles throughout our state and throughout the world, and Rotary Districts 5495 and 5500 are spearheading this project to plant a Peace Pole in the Rose Garden at the Arizona State Capitol.  

State Senator Mitzi Epstein has introduced the peace pole bill: Senate Bill (SB) 1513 (peace pole monument; government mall.) 

It is a bi-partisan effort created as a symbol to our peoples and to the rest of the country that we stand strong, united in our mission to promote peace and harmony for the good of all. No taxpayer funds will be used for the project. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the bill.  

Click on Read More (bottom right corner) for important information. 

Ride to End Polio Trophy on Display at RI Headquarters

Did you know that we are the only district represented with a trophy at Rotary International Headquarters?

Our Ride to End Polio trophy is proudly displayed for all visitors to see, near the office of Rotary's General Secretary/CEO John Hewko. Thanks to a Past Governor friend in Evanston, Illinois, the trophy has been completely updated with top fundraisers -- teams and individuals -- clearly visible. Our 2023 Ride in Southern Arizona raised $4,800,000 to help end polio forever.



Green Valley - Spaghetti Spree
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm
at the Green Valley Recreation West Social Center
Yuma North End Cornhole Fundraiser
Saturday, March 2 - 11am-5pm
Elks Lodge
Get ready to Toss for a Cause at RC Yuma North End's Cornhole Fundraiser.
Good news: Team cost reduction!
Click HERE to register.
Valle Verde Jazz in the Desert 2024
Saturday, March 2
Two Shows! 11am and 5pm
Ticket sales are underway for Jazz In The Desert 2024!
Click on Read More below for details and ticket sales.

Oro Valley - Taste of Oro Valley LIfe
Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Oro Valley Marketplace

Join the Rotary Club of Oro Valley in celebrating the Town of Oro Valley's 50th Golden Anniversary at its 9th annual "A Taste of Oro Valley Life" fundraiser Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at the Oro Valley Marketplace.

Click here to buy tickets. 

Casas Adobes - Legacy for Learning Raffle
GRAND PRIZE: A week in Kauai, Hawaii!
CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase tickets.
Old Pueblo Rotary - Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Silverbell Golf Course
Old Pueblo Rotary Club is hosting its spring fundraiser, and everyone's invited to play.  
Click HERE to register.

Why keep Rotary's impact to yourself? Forward this newsletter to your friends, family, co-workers, or community, or share it on social media. It's ok to brag!

Rotaract service project at More Than a Bed
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 kasiarotary@gmail.com by Friday for the following week's newsletter. 
WHAT ABOUT PAST PROJECTS & FUNDRAISERS? We'll feature them in our Rotary in Action Quarterly. Next issue deadline is February 10, 2024. Click here to download a form. 
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