February 13, 2024                        District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
Program Chair – A Challenging But Crucial Role

It is clearly important for the health and vitality of your club to host interesting and relevant programs. Presenters can inform members about a wide variety of topics while providing ideas and pathways for service in your community and, sometimes, worldwide.

Being a club Program Chair can be a challenging job. It takes a fair amount of effort to locate, contact potential speakers to assess their relevance and interest, and then to coordinate presentation dates and details. Posting upcoming presentations to inform your members and other interested parties is another important part of the job. All this can be a chore, but you don't have to do it all alone.

One of the best sources is our fellow Rotary Program Chairs. The question is: How do I locate and communicate with other Program Chairs?

Read on to see what District 5500 is planning…


The Rotary International Convention is where you'll find people of action from around the world brainstorming solutions to some of the most pressing challenges and celebrating our works of service that create lasting change.

The convention is where you'll renew connections, discover fresh perspectives, and create unforgettable moments and enduring relationships.

At the convention, you'll:

  •     Participate in engaging breakout session discussions
  •     Attend motivating general sessions
  •     Network with fellow change makers
  •     Mingle with old and new friends
  •     Browse exhibits and visit the House of Friendship
  •     Explore an exciting host city
  •     Enjoy live entertainment and enriching attractions

Join us May 25-29, 2024 in Singapore where we'll be Sharing Hope With the World!

Register by March 31 to take advantage of the preregistration discount! Click here. 

TRVFA Needs Support!

by PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear

We are in desperate need of TRVFA representatives from Sierra Vista as well as the Yuma areas.
AGs and Club Presidents! Please mention and/or discuss this at club meetings.

The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) provides vocational education grants to Arizona Residents who meet specific low-income guidelines. The grants enable the recipients to lift themselves out of poverty, benefitting themselves, their families and the economy of our state. TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) charity.
They also are a Qualifying Charitable Organization for Arizona Tax Credit Donations. Their QCO Code is 20698. Consider supporting this Rotary organization.

Mental Health Action Group "Informational Zoom"

Tuesday, February 20, 5:30pm

The Mental Health Action Group invites all Rotarians to 'zoom-in' to learn about the purpose, goals and next steps involved in this District initiative.

Communities are struggling - parents, seniors, veterans, the homeless, children, teens, those with addictions, health issues, depression... the list is endless. 
Rotary International heard the struggle and established an Action Group. DG Don has responded also, and formed the Mental Health Action Group for District 5500.
Click here to join the Zoom meeting. 
Meeting ID: 869 3038 6993
Passcode: 349204
New Video promotes Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience that Rotary members organize to give youth a chance to develop leadership skills while having fun and forming lasting friendships!

Show the new RYLA video at Rotary meetings to inspire participation, screen it at school and community gatherings to promote your RYLA event, and post it on your website and social media channels.  

A Video Message from RIPE Stephanie Urchick

Rotary International President Elect Stephanie Urchick recently spoke about her upcoming trip to Pakistan and the vital role Rotary plays in eradicating Polio in that country. Click here to view the video of Stephanie's remarks. 

Leaders in Giving: The Paul Harris Society

Donations from Paul Harris Society members made up nearly 22% of all contributions to the Annual Fund last year. The society is composed of dedicated Rotary supporters who have expressed their intent to give at least US$1,000 each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved Rotary Foundation grants. 

To learn more, download the Paul Harris Society brochure here.



NEW in 2024! Rotary Club of Tucson Pride

The new Rotary Club of Tucson Pride is launching in 2024. It will be one of the first LGBTQ+ Rotary clubs in the nation. 

As we know, Rotary empowers leaders who champion diversity and dream big, while partnering to serve with other Tucson organizations.  

Please share this invitation with LGBTQ+ friends and colleagues and with allies:

First information meeting for Pride Rotary:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
at the Playground in Downtown Tucson, 278 E Congress St

Please email PDG Kirk Reed at wkirkreed@gmail.com or District Treasurer Chad Denson at chad@tucsoncpa.com and let them know of future Rotarians who may be interested. We’ll send them a personal invitation. 

Rotary Club of Tucson Verde - Tucson Rodeo Recycling 
February 17 - 25, 12:00-4:30 pm
Tucson Rodeo Grounds 

Join us in making history! Come volunteer for Tucson Rodeo's first recycling program.

Rotary Club of Tucson Verde has partnered with the Tucson Rodeo to make their 99th year greener by diverting plastic and aluminum cans from the landfill. This is your chance to make a real impact and contribute to a sustainable future for our community.

Sign up here. You can choose the dates you'd like to volunteer. 

Tucson Presidio - District 5500 3rd Annual Rillito River Clean Up
March 23, 2024, 8-11 am
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
Let's bring Rotary 5500 together again to clean up the Rillito River! Click here to register.

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!

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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