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~US/MX FRIENDSHIP CONFERENCE  (DRFC Teree Bergman)
The first-ever virtual Arizona-Mexico Project Fair took place over two weekends in February. Because The Rotary Foundation has reduced The World Fund contribution to Global Grant Projects funded after the end of  May 2021, the emphasis of clubs and districts contributing to projects was on those applications that had the highest likelihood of being funded and implemented before the end of May. One project was proposed by a District 5500 club, Tucson Sunrise, and while the project was well received in all of the districts involved in the project fair, the planning and funding of the project is not sufficiently advanced to enable funding during the short time frame that we are facing. District 5500 agreed to allocate District Designated Funds (DDF) for 4 projects:  (1) Rotarians Providing Drinking water to Schools in Veracruz; (2) Macuiltepetl Xalapa, Capturing Water and Sowing Life - Taxco AC; (3) Potable Water for the community of San Juan Sabinas - CR Puebla Campestre Real; (4) Adaption of fan area for the Rehabilitation of patients post COVID-19 – Xalapa. This project fair is an excellent opportunity for Southern Arizona Rotarians to develop relationships with our neighbors to the south and for our clubs to participate in meaningful international projects. This project fair has taken place for more than 20 years and is an outstanding example of cooperation between our two countries. Despite District 5500 being the smallest donor to these projects, the fair will be held in Tucson in 2022. More information will be coming, but all clubs should attend next year, should consider proposing projects and seeking partners, and participating in international service by supporting projects proposed by Arizona and Mexican clubs.
~Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Global Grants Exchange (XXI) (DGND Kevin Pitts  D-5495) 
When: February 17 – 20, 2022
Where: Tucson, AZ (venue to be determined -  we don’t need a lot of space, we will want to get as many home hosts as possible)
Who: D5500, D5495, D4185, D4100, and any other district interested in Rotary Foundation Global Grants
Why: The essence of Rotary - doing good with your friends!
There are so many ways to participate and get your club members excited about doing international service –
  • Bring a club project – you’ll be able to promote it amongst the conference participants and find an international partner
  • Bring a cash commitment – your club can look for a project to collaborate on and become an international partner
  • Be a sponsor – table sponsors, wine sponsors, and more allow clubs and businesses to promote their other activities
  • Host a Rotarian from Mexico – this is where Rotary friendships really blossom
The main focus of the friendship conference is to fund global grant projects.  This is the best place for your club to work towards leveraging the power of the Rotary Foundation to help bring major funding for your community project.  Plus, the district grants team and experts from the Rotary Foundation will be on hand to guide your club in the process.  
If your club doesn’t have a project to promote but wants to get involved with the Rotary Foundation and international service, this is the ideal way to take any amount of money – clubs often shop for projects with as little as $500 -  and get involved in making an impact.  We’ll work together through the funding process and it is normal to have various clubs participate in a single project.  This can really ignite your membership.
Sponsorship availabilities for clubs and businesses include beverage and meal sponsorships, table sponsorships, program sponsors, and others.  
 
 
SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
On Valentine’s day, we announced a great opportunity for all our District 5500 clubs to show your community some "Rotary Love" at this much needed time. 
Due to the many changes in planned District events this year, and therefore, the respective budgets, the District is offering clubs in "good-standing" up to $500 for a special project your board identifies to help your community.
We have immediate money available to fund your special Rotary Love project. 
Here are the simple steps to take to qualify for the money:  
1 Club Board approves a special "Show Some Rotary Love" project that will help your community.
2. Provide a brief one-paragraph write up of your need and plan to DGND Marc Snow at snowarizona@gmail.com . Show how your club will use "Public Image" to promote your project.
   Include a name and mailing address along with your receipts and the amount of money requested.
3. A check will be mailed to your club right away.  
 
 
~ROTARY LEADERSHIP (LEARNING) INSTITUTE (RLI) ONLINE REVISITED
April 10th, April 24th, May 8th, 2021
Check the District website for further information rotaryd5500.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ VIRTUAL 4-WAY TEST CONTEST APRIL 17TH 
Visit the District Website: LINK Don't miss this opportunity!
Find this year's Club and Participant Guidebooks on the District Website, these will give a detailed explanation of the process.
If your club does plan to participate you will need to send the club entry form and a check for $25.00 made out to District 5500 to me Deb Haddock, by
March 1st. The club entry form is located in the Club Guidebook. Email: haddockhacienda@aol.com
Phone: Home: 520-822-8591 Cell: 520-471-4145
 1st prize is $1,000, 2nd prize $500.00, 3rd prize $250.00.
 
~VIRTUAL RYLA - A HUGE SUCCESS
Virtual RYLA was held on February 19-20 2021.
Each delegate, sponsored by a club received a RYLA designed team-colored shirt, a notebook with RYLA materials, snacks to munch on during the sessions, and special self-stamped RYLA postcards to send to senior care facilities.
The facilitators were respected Rotarians in their areas of expertise. The adult advisors and jr. counselors were specially chosen and added so much to the breakout sessions. Our technician interspersed videos, music, and of course, the virtual Padlets. The RYLA Committee was committed and motivated - the result was SUCCESS! 
The online RYLA Logo was designed by a Graphic Artist Student from Vale.
 
~RE-IMAGINING YOUR ROTARY CLUB
What does your club look and feel like in the next three years?
The District will be introducing a Club Visioning process this year to offer to any clubs looking to reimagine and plan their future. Contact 
Marc Snow 
 
~Tucson Community-Based Interact Club
Please contact Natasha Wrae at yirnatasha@gmail.com for their inclusion in this momentous opportunity to connect students from schools all over the District.  
 
~THE ROTARY VOCATIONAL FUND OF ARIZONA  TRVFA.org
 Please donate, use your AZ tax credit.  Click here.

DISTRICT 5500 ROTARY PODCAST
New Recordings for March - DEI with Frances Miller
Zooming to Better Club Programs - Barbara Barr
 
 DISTRICT ARTICLES FOR THE GLANCE  
If you have an article pertaining to the District, please send it to Ray Naylor: rwnaylor@comcast.net
 
 
DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
Newsletter articles should be sent to Myron newsletteraz5500@gmail.com by the  20th of every month, if not earlier! Myron is eagerly waiting to receive and publish your club news!
 
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!
Russell Hampton
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