December 5, 2023                    District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
RYLA Update: Don't Miss Out!
RYLA 2024 is coming up soon
and we still have a handful of spots
left for delegates. If you have any students
that you are interested in sponsoring
please reach out to Marcos Ramirez at 
We have filled all of the Junior Counselor positions
but are still looking for a couple of
energetic adult advisors that can help
during the weekend.
Thank you for your continued support for RYLA.
Rotary Youth Exchange - New Short Term Option!

Student Short Term Foreign Exchange Opportunities

District 5500 is now accepting
applications for 
Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP)
opportunities for youth
summer activities at
STEP has two options: a camp or tour,
or a Family-to Family exchange.  
ClubRunner Member Management Webinar
Thursday, December 14, at 6:00 pm
ClubRunner and District 5500 invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Registration is required.
District Help for Club Executives!
This webinar will cover the essentials to help you keep all your club and member information up-to-date, both in ClubRunner and on There will be a 45-minute screen-sharing session to discuss the points below, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. This webinar will be recorded.
Click here to register. 
Special Message from District Governor Don
Coming Thursday: The very first edition of the new Rotary In Action!
Rotary in Action gives our Rotary Clubs a place to demonstrate - and celebrate - their tremendous IMPACT in our communities of southern Arizona and around the world.
It’s the place to share examples of successful projects in Rotary’s seven areas of focus, and to exchange ideas for successful fundraisers of all kinds.
Watch for it in your email! Share our pride in our Rotary Clubs - and please share Rotary in Action with fellow members and your community to see how District 5500 Rotarians Create Hope – and Change Lives!  

After a devastating fire destroyed the historic town of Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii, on August 8, 2023, Rotary District 5000 created a fund to help the survivors recover and rebuild. Rotary members from around the world responded in a big way. Click on the link below for a short video message from District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam who provides an update on the fund and thanks the donors.

Click here to watch the video.

Tucson Verde - Painted Hills Trail Cleanup
Saturday, December 9, 8:30-11:30am 
An annual December club project for Rotary Tucson Verde is a cleanup of the Painted Hills Trails Park, a project in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Caring for the natural environment is an area of focus for the environmental-based club.  
Bisbee Rotary Club - Handbags for Hope

December 13, 5:00pm  

Bisbee Rotary Club and Friends are collecting donations for Handbags for Hope.
Bags will be distributed in December to domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, and any other women's group that has a need.
Locations for distribution, Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista and beyond!  OR...Join in and duplicate the project with your own Club in your area! JOIN US!    
Tucson Verde Tree Planting Project
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde will be planting trees
on the south side of Tucson.
If you'd like to join them in this
environmental community project,
contact Ellie Patterson at
Rotaract Auction
This is a new fundraiser launched by Rotaract to serve Rotarians and support our large service projects! Click on the link below to access our auction catalog and potentially bid on an item! Instructions are within the sheets. 
Above: a preview of our items

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!

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 by Friday for the following week's newsletter. 
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