May 21, 2024                              District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
A Memorial Day Message from DG Don
You’ve seen more than one movie in which the military officer walks up the driveway to knock at the door – and inform a parent that their soldier-son or daughter had died. 
On July 10, 1994 I answered that door. 
A respectful staff sergeant reported that my stepson, Charles W. Rawls of the 101st Airborne, had died that day. It was left to me to inform his mother. It was the worst day of our lives.  
My wife Kathy was widowed when “Chip” was two. She worked and raised him alone as a single parent until we married in 1981. No mother or son loved one another more. 
Our story is one of thousands. Each one highlights – in real terms – the impact and meaning of this day on families like ours and millions of other Americans who appreciate the sacrifices made by those serving in our armed forces. 
DACdb Information for Club Leadership & Members

Join us to learn more about DACdb ("District and Club Database"), the new replacement for ClubRunner that D5500 will be going to very soon.  This session will provide clubs with the information they need to decide whether to transition with the rest of the district or not and the basics of the transition process.  There will be two alternate sessions offered:

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 01:00 PM Arizona Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

When: Saturday, Jun 1, 2024 10:00 AM Arizona Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ShelterBox Adventurers Trek in Zion National Park

This September, take part in an extraordinary journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Zion National Park. Secure your spot today and be part of a meaningful trek that extends beyond the trails.

Hike for a Cause! Your participation in the ShelterBox Adventurers Trek is more than just a hike; it’s a step towards making a difference. With every mile you cover, you contribute to ShelterBox’s mission of providing emergency shelter and vital aid to families affected by disaster and conflict. 

Rotary Responds: Brazil Flood Response Fund 

The Rotary Foundation has established a temporary Brazil Flood Response Fund that will finance disaster response grants to assist communities in southern Brazil that have experienced devastating floods.

We’ll soon begin raising funds for these grants. They’ll be available to help people in affected areas in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where heavy rains and floods since early May have killed more than 100 people, displaced more than 230,000, and affected more than 1.45 million people overall. Many people there don’t have electricity or clean water. 

The Brazil Flood Response Fund will accept contributions, including District Designated Funds (DDF), until 31 August 2024 and will distribute grants until 8 May 2025 or until the funds are spent. Any unused money will be transferred to the Disaster Response Fund for use anywhere else disasters take place.

TRVFA Needs Your Help

Club contributions statewide have slowed compared to last year - $29,070 so far this year versus $80,881.74 for the entirety of last year.  While the 2023 tax credit deadline has passed, now is still a good time for individuals to make a contribution to TRVFA for the 2024 tax year.  

Funds are available for future grants though somewhat limited. For the first time in the last few years, we may have to halt the acceptance of new applications temporarily if our reserves drop below a benchmark established by our board at our April board meeting.  National authorities have concluded that vocational study participation has increased by sixteen percent. Time for ALL ROTARIANS TO HELP!

News from Tucson Pride Rotary 

If you’d like to do something positive this summer to serve the Tucson community and especially LGBTQ+ teenagers, you’re invited to visit Youth on Their Own on Friday afternoon, June 7 at 4:00 pm, 2525 N. Country Club Rd. 

Successful 2024 D5500 Training Assembly!
Over 100 D5500 members gathered via Zoom on 18 May 2024 to enjoy some camaraderie, get some information on the District's transition from ClubRunner to DACdb, and have multiple excellent training opportunities for various club positions and club functions.  To view the schedule with links to various presentations that were made, click HERE or on the image. Thanks to all the organizers, presenters and attendees!  As more copies of presentations or session recordings become available, they will be added to this Story and links.

Almost There! Corazon - International Opportunity 

October 26, 2024

What do RC Oro Valley, Dove Mountain, Sierra Vista, Tucson and SaddleBrooke Clubs have in common? They will all be coming together in October 2024 to participate in a Turn Key International Project called "Corazon - Build a House in a Day". We thank RC Oro Valley and Dove Mountain for their recent commitment. It's not too late for your Club to help. We need a commitment of $1500, that's all before we have reached our $15,500 goal. This is a perfect opportunity to participate in a One Day international project with other Clubs. All it takes is a small commitment of cash and/or some labor and it's all organized by someone else! Follow this link for a 6 minute video:

Taste of Oro Valley Life Auction Benefits Families in Need
Bidding ends May 23, 2024, at 8:00pm
Windy weather may have caused our annual Taste of Oro Valley Life event to be cancelled, but our Silent Auction and spirit of giving back to the community lives on! You can still get a “Taste” of Oro Valley Life by bidding on exciting goods and services online in the Taste of Oro Valley Life Auction, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley. 
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. 
WHAT ABOUT PAST PROJECTS & FUNDRAISERS? We'll feature them in our Rotary in Action QuarterlyClick here to download a form. 
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