November 21, 2023                    District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
A Thanksgiving Message from DG Don

Growing up in New England I visited Plimoth Plantation many times and always marveled at the courage and effort necessary to forge a new life in a new world–and to coexist peacefully with the natives of that land.  Sadly, that cooperation did not last beyond a generation, but as we know, the quest for peace is an unending challenge.     

 I wish you and every member of our extended Rotary family joy, peace, good health, favor, and love on this Thanksgiving Day. We Rotarians across southern Arizona truly are people of action, and your tireless commitment to service, great fellowship, and creating hope in the world, is an inspiration. 

And as W.J. Cameron said, "Thanksgiving after all, is a word of action." 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

One more thing: I still have no idea how pumpkin pie tastes when I do have room for it. 


Make a Difference with Rotary
We need the help of all Rotarians in our D5500 to raise funds and awareness for The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday, November 28.
This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all members to make a big impact, with a gift of any size that supports projects you’re passionate about.
Here’s how to get ready for Giving Tuesday:
Have You Registered? 


You've gone to the Rotary Brand Center and created your club's what?

Join us on November 29th as Eric Collings, District 5520 Public Image Chair and graphic designer, shares real examples of using your Rotary logo on a variety of brand compliant materials. He'll cover brochures, flyers, and social media posts using the proper Rotary colors, and much more. Learn how to creatively use the Rotary Brand to help tell your club's or district's story. Click here to register in advance. 

2023 Rotary Zone Institute Highlights 

Congratulations to District Governor-elect Sue Archibald and District Governor-nominee Bruce Monro for completing their respective GETS (Governor Elect Training Seminar) and GNTS (you get it) at the Zones 26 & 27 Institute in San Diego recently. They were joined at the Institute by past and present District Governors and Rotaract leaders at breakout sessions and presentations focused on multi-club service opportunities, mental health initiatives and more, including discussions with Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick. 

L-R: DGN Bruce Monro, Dan Himelspach, Zone 26/27 RI Director, Stephanie Urchick, RI President-Elect, and DGE Sue Archibald

L-R: PDG Kirk Reed, DGE Sue Archibald, DG Don Jorgensen, DGN Bruce Monro, DGNE Emma Carrillo, and PDG Anita McDonald

Four Way Test Speech Contest Moving to Fall 2024
After reviewing the recent challenges and participation levels, the leadership of the Four Way Test Speech Contest has decided to create a revised and updated model to re-invigorate the Contest, including a move from spring to fall of 2024.
District Membership Committee Chair Opening

Membership is everyone’s job, but there needs to be someone in each club coordinating the club’s activities and someone at the District leading the actions to educate and help clubs improve their membership activities. The District needs someone to take the District Membership role starting in the 2024-25 year. It is typically a three-year assignment.


Tucson Verde - Painted Hills Trail Cleanup
Saturday, December 9th
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!    

Yuma Rotary - 65th Annual Walt Kammann Sausage Fry

Friday, December 1, 4:30 - 8pm

Yuma Rotary invites you to its 65th Annual Walt Kammann Sausage Fry on December 1st.

M.E.R. - Wine Fundraiser
Mountain Empire Rotary Wine Celler Giveaway
$10 per entry
Drawing is December 2nd
To enter, click here
Valle Verde - Cross Border Tour to Nogales, Sonora

Monday, December 4, 2023

Valle Verde Rotary Club and Border Community Alliance (BCA) are organizing a cross-border tour to Nogales, Sonora. 

Tour price:  $85.00/ person/ Limited to 15 people

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
Casa Grande - Denim & Diamonds 2024
Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 5pm to 10pm
at the Pinal Fairgrounds & Event Center 
Proceeds will benefit the Casa Grande Rotary Foundation’s high school scholarship program as well as additional local nonprofits. The night will include dinner courtesy of Texas Roadhouse, live auction, silent auction, raffles, live music from Harry Luge and a chance to win $5,000 and a diamond ring! More information can be found at

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