Message from Governor Ellie
Greetings Everyone!
I’m honored and humbled to be serving as your District Governor and look forward to connecting with each of you as we capitalize on this year's theme, “Rotary Connects the World.” 
I’m excited about our great team of District 5500 Rotarians and the great things we all hope to accomplish. 
I am looking forward to:
  • Visiting all 50 clubs and seeing how each club is unique with their projects, fundraisers, grants, scholarships, and impact in the community.
  • Seeing membership grow in our District. A very dynamic Membership Seminar will be held August 3rd in Green Valley where we'll learn strategies for success in increasing membership.
  • The District Conference Cruise, from Long Beach to Ensenada, Mexico. Please see the article in this month’s newsletter for details.
  • A District-wide “Rotary at Work Day,” in the planning stages, in which all clubs will participate. Stay tuned.
  • RYLA, Jan 17-20
  • The Ride To End Polio, Nov. 23, Rotary’s single largest PolioPlus fund raising event.
  • More clubs applying for District Grants and Global Grants.
  • A new emphasis on Rotary Peace Projects. 
  • Assisting all Rotarians in our district to “break things” this coming year. Rotary breaks things all the time, all over the world, and I'm all for it. Rotary breaks the cycle of poverty, breaks open boxes of dictionaries for children, breaks down barriers to education, the list goes on. 
What can your club break this year?
DG Installation, Tubac, AZ June 22-23
I just wanted to thank everyone who was able to attend the Installation celebration the weekend of June 22-23 at the beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.

On Saturday night, we shared a delicious dinner on an outside patio with live music by PDG Randy Brooks and his bandmate.  On Sunday, Randy shared a short inspirational message before installing me as District Governor, Diane Ventura-Goodyear as District Governor Elect, and Hank Huisking as District Governor Nominee.  I then had the pleasure of installing our 13 Regional Assistant Governors and the Executive Assistant Governor. 
A special thank you to PDG Tom Tilton for his gracious time as our Master of Ceremonies as well as to Wendy Hobbs for pulling this wonderful weekend event together for us.
Yours in Rotary service,
  1. Send your check to reserve up to 5 spaces for Delegates.Cost is $400 per Delegate. From July 1-Aug 31 clubs may reserve up to 5 spaces; beginning Sept 1, clubs many reserve up to an additional 7 spaces (total of 12). Last year ALL delegates on the waiting list were able to attend. Spaces fill quickly! Checks should be made out to District 5500 RYLA; mail to San Luis Rotary, Attn. Marcos Ramirez, PO Box 13926, San Luis, AZ 85349. 
  2. Checks for Junior Counselor and Adult Advisors can be sent in anytime. 
    Cost for JCs is $400; Adult Advisors $200. No limit on how many spaces can be reserved. All candidates will be interviewed by the Administrive Team in November.
  3. Send me your RYLA POC information, so I am communicating with the right person.
  4. Check the RYLA website for information and applications –  Download the brochure, applications, club planning calendar, and updated presentation.
Any questions?
Barbara Harrison
District 5500 RYLA Chair
District Membership Seminar Aug. 3
What is a Passport Club?  Would a Satellite Club work for our members? What are some success strategies for engaging members?  How can we create 21stCentury Rotary Clubs?  Would starting a Rotaract Club help my Club?
Want some answers?  Join us for our Membership Seminar, Shaping the Future—Embracing Membership, on Saturday, August 3the Kino Conference Center at the Quail Creek Country Club.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.  The cost is just $30which includes a light continental breakfast and all materials.
Don’t miss our dynamic speaker, Vicki Puliz. Vicki was with us last year as part of the Priority #1 Plus team and has just completed three years as the Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 25. 
Registration for the Membership Seminar is now open on the District 5500 website at
For more information, please contact our District Membership Chair, Joyce Finkelstein at mfinkel2@cox.netor 520-393-0317.
See the event flyer and registration information on the website.
Join us on a unique District Conference experience!
We’ll sail from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico on the Carnival “Inspiration” while enjoying engaging speakers and informational sessions.
Upon arrival in Ensenada, we’ll partner up with D4100 Rotarians to repair and spruce up a school for special needs children.  Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby vineyard before cruising back to Long Beach.
We’ll even help you get to Long Beach with a chartered bus from Tucson to Long Beach with a stop in Yuma.
Don’t delay!
Call or email Mike Sloane at Cruise Connection to reserve a cabin at 800-248-7447 or
Go to the District website to register for the Conference (free); reserve a seat on the Charter Bus ($114/pp); and sign up for the Vineyard Lunch ($25/pp):
Save the Date: Rotary Youth Exchange Seminar
August 10, 2019, 4 PM - 5 PM MST
Learn how your club can participate in D5500's Rotary Youth Exchange Program. There are many roles volunteers play to bring this important program to our District. Join us to see how your club can actively contribute.
Contact Aimee Graves at 520-971-7247 or for more information.
Membership Retention Ideas
Think About This:
Do you remember statistics or stories more easily? If you want to motivate, use stories. Brainstorm with your club to build a story around your club and use that to attract participants.  A proper story has a setting, characters, plot, challenges, and solutions.  Don’t focus on membership; build the excitement about the club – membership will follow.
Visit our District website at and click on “Membership Retention” for more ideas. Or contact District Membership Chair Sandy Wahl:
Tucson Club Sponsors Mayoral Debate
While Rotary as an organization maintains a position of political neutrality and does not endorse any political candidates or causes, The Tucson Rotary Club, in order to help our Tucson community have a better understanding of the issues and the four candidates, is providing this forum as a service to the community.
Wednesday, July 24
Tucson Convention Center – Turquoise and Crystal Ballrooms
Meet & Greet: 11:30 am
Lunch starts at Noon
Debate & Forum: 12:30
Price: $35
Parking: FREE TCC Parking in Lot B West of the convention center.
See the event flyer on the district website.
SaddleBrooke Rotary Grants Many Wishes

For the past 21 years, the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke has been in the business of granting many wishes while we serve the children of our local and global community.  Each year the Fore For Kids Golf Tournament Fundraisergrants those wishes. 

This year’s charity golf tournament generated funding for Make a Wish Foundation of Arizona, over 200 pairs of new children’s eye glasses, equipment for Little Hooves Big Hearts, after-school tutoring for Oracle School, equipment for Teens Sew Cool, the robotics program of Catalina’s Math Plus, character education through children’s golf lessons at First Tee of Tucson, and scholarships for local area students. 

Save the Date:  Our next Fore For Kids Charity Golf Tournamentwill be April 13th and the Oro Valley Country Club.

Recipients of the 2019 Fore For Kids Charily Golf Tournament Grants:  Left to Right:  Rob La Master (Make A Wish Foundation AZ) , Robert Springer (Math Plus), Sue Robish (Little Hooves Big Hearts), Pam Corrigan (VOSH), Rick Benevidez (Connections in Learning), Nancy Yob (Teens Sew Cool), Vicky Gonzales (First Tee of Tucson), Bob Christadore (The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke Fore For Kids Tournament Director).


Rincon Celebrates Accomplishments
At the induction ceremony for President Candace Lansberry, achievements of this past year were highlighted:
Rincon Rotarian of the Year: Wendy Hobbs.
Taste of Chocolate:  Eleventh Annual TOC raised a record $48,325 [nearly 70% higher than the previous record], helped by a $20,000 anonymous donation and Title Sponsors: HSL Properties, Safeway, and Tucson Lifestyle.
Rotary LOCAL:  $28,066 was provided in 88 grants to 24 elementary, middle and high schools.  
Dictionaries:  1,200 dictionaries were passed out to third graders in 22 schools.
Rotary ASSIST:  Club members donated to 8 different projects with matching funds from the Rincon Foundation.
Club and District Support:  Rincon participated with 8 clubs in projects, including grant funding from the District.
RYLA:  The Club continued providing leadership support and participants to RYLA.
Paul Harris Fellows:  M.Esparza, D.Graves, C.Lansberry, E. LeGendre, S.Pedigo

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