(best viewed in Google Chrome)
Final Month of the Rotary Year 20-21
Can you believe it’s June already? This Rotary year is nearly over. I can only recap how very proud I am of all the work Clubs are doing to keep their members together. You figured it out and you DID IT! Some Clubs still had fundraisers and most Clubs partook in multiple community projects. It’s so important to note that there are many Clubs that will be receiving a citation this year – truly astonishing!
As I finish up my year as District Governor, I have a few requests to the District 5500 members (stated below).  As I often heard, "If you don’t ask you will never know." So here goes:
  • Please sign up for the FIRST Virtual District Conference. Registration is only $10.00, which will be donated to the Annual Fund. (The money will be returned to our District in a form of grant money).  We have some magnificent Keynote Speakers, some incredible breakout sessions, and, of course, Happy Hour. Would you consider registering on the District website, rotaryd5500.org for the “WHOVA” Virtual District Conference?
  • A couple of months ago, I had reached out to each Club President requesting that you ask your members to create an account for Rotary.org (RI’s website). This website has published the online Learning Center, a Brand Center, and a very simple way to donate using Rotary Direct. I am happy to report, that Coolidge and Marana are tied in second place and Sierra Vista West and Tucson Kino have 100% of their members with an account. It’s still not too late to sign up, I created a simple video that walks you through the entire process step by step. Before the year is up would you consider setting up a https://my.rotary.org/en/signup account?
  • Hybrid meetings will be here for the duration. Many Clubs realize they can add members by offering an online component to their meetings. Clubs have learned they can invite better speakers from Rotary International, the Zone, as well as across the District. Inviting visitors to join your Club from other countries is so much fun too. We have learned a great deal from our exposure to online.  We can offer more Rotary training sessions, work closely with other organizations, achieve faster decisions, and reduce driving (and automobile pollution). If your Club wants to grow, are you considering Hybrid meetings to attract new members?
  • I’m also very excited about the new Rotary Focus, Protecting Our Environment. The Global Climate Pledge would like 2 million pledges by 2022 (highlighted in the May Rotary magazine). Here is the link, https://www.globalclimatepledge.com/  I just signed up today and it took all of three minutes. Would you consider adding your name to this group?
  • As you know June is Rotary Fellowships month. Fellowship is one of the core values of Rotary. Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, and Rotaractors join together to share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities such as hobbies, sports, etc. It is a good opportunity to further our vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession and explore new opportunities for service. Throughout the wide world of Rotary, many members share similar hobbies, recreational activities, and occupations. The Virtual District Conference is offering Fellowship Breakouts on Friday.  Would you consider joining us?
  • Thank you all for supporting Rotary. In the Rotary year, 2020-2021 most Clubs met on Zoom, and therefore members didn’t have meal expenses. If you typically spend $20.00 a week for a meal, x 52 weeks, that’s over $1,000 you could donate to the Annual Fund, Polio Fund, or Disaster Relief Fund. Would you consider donating to Rotary.org/donate  before June 30th?
I personally want to thank every member of District 5500. D5500 is the greatest District a District Governor could ask for. Our Clubs were able to withstand the pandemic crisis and become even stronger. I wish you all peace and happiness in the future.
Diane Ventura-Goodyear
District Governor 20-21
The Interact Club of Marana                          (from Joe Daniszewski)
     On Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, The Marana Interact Club conducted a Peace Pole installation ceremony on the campus of Marana High School.  The Interact Club organized and officiated at the project with support from the Casas Adobes and Tucson Sunset Rotary Clubs.
     Interact, President Samantha Attebery, along with Club Treasurer Caitlin Fisch and Vice President Christina Tootsie officiated over the ceremony with Principal Dr. David Mandel and Club Faculty Advisor Karl Sieglaff in attendance.
       PDG Ellie Patterson, District Peace Committee Chair Joe Daniszewski, Casas Adobes member Joe Mahon, and Tucson Sunset members Laura Ziady, Ann Huber and Mike Kloehn represented Rotary International.
     The Interactors formally unveiled the Peace Pole with the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Spanish, French and Hebrew.
Christina Tootsie, Vice President of the MHS Interact Club read  "Community Peace" by Anita Poems
When there's harmony, there is peace,
Joy on earth does increase.
For peace to grow in your community,
The first step is social unity.
We all know that healthy relations,
Are the keys to peaceful nations.
War and conflicts, we must avoid,
So that beauty of life, may be enjoyed.
We just need to open our hearts,
That's where peace clearly starts.
It's not that difficult to embrace and find,
With a caring and open mind.
    After the unveiling, PDG Patterson offered inspirational comments regarding the significance of the Peace Pole.
    The Interact Club provided refreshments during meaningful and cheerful fellowship following the ceremony.
     All Rotarians in District 5500 can take great pride in that the Peace Pole Installation Ceremony at Marana High School was the first to be conducted by an Interact Club. 
The Peacebuilders Network of District 5500
(from PDG Ellie Patterson)
We have been steadily building a Peacebuilders Network, as shown by the dedicated force of Peacebuilder Clubs in District 5500, since the beginning of 2021. Members of this Network include Rotarians who officially represent their Peacebuilder Clubs as the Club Peace Committee Chair or Co-Chair.  Peacebuilder Clubs take action to promote Peace, Goodwill, and Understanding.
The launch of our District 5500 Zoom Peacebuilders Network took place on Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2021, Our third Zoom Peacebuilders Network meeting was last Monday, May 17, 2021, with our featured speaker, Jerry Leggett, a member of the Tubac Rotary Club. His topic was "Our World Needs Peace Literacy to Survive.” Jerry is a Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Peace Ambassador and Development Director for the Peace Literacy Institute (https://www.peaceliteracy.org/jerryleggett) 
Jerry believes that Rotary is the most powerful global network in the world for creating a more healthy, just and sustainable world.  For more than forty years, Leggett has been singing, working and raising funds on behalf of people at risk. His presentation offered ways Rotarians can offer practical tools for a new generation of Peacebuilders to use to strengthen communities and reduce polarization.  You can hear Jerry's music, including "Peace Wheels", a song lifting up the Rotarian Four-Way Test at: jerryleggett.com
*Jerry is also available for Club Programs.      
We want to send a warm welcome to Sierra Vista West Rotary Club and to Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club for becoming Peacebuilder Clubs in District 5500. Congratulations on joining our e-Network! The Club Peace Committee Chair for Sierra Vista West is member Janet Bubar. The Club Peace Committee Chair for Tucson Sunrise is Ray Naylor.   We encourage all Clubs in District 5500 to become Peacebuilder Clubs.  
The Peacebuilder Club application, Peacebuilder Club Network document, Peacebuilder Club Fact Sheet, and Peacebuilder Club Standards are on our D5500 website under "Peace Resources" found on the banner of the home page. Please contact Ellie Patterson (ellie.patterson1@outlook.com) or Joe Daniszewski (joed57@hotmail.com) for assistance in becoming a Peacebuilder Club. We’ll be happy to help!
And their Chairs/Co-Chairs
Casa Grande Daybreak-Ross Feezer, Linda DeVore
Catalina (Tucson)-Kirk Reed
Coolidge-Joyce Baker
Marana –Randy Brooks
Marana Dove Mountain-Jeff Penfil
Rincon-Wendy Hobbs
SaddleBrooke-Doug May
Sierra Vista South-Ernie Calhoun, Joanna Pohly
Sierra Vista West-Janet Bubar
Tucson-Joe Daniszewski, Aimee Graves
Tucson Sunrise-Ray Naylor
Tucson Sunset-Michael Drake
Valle Verde (Green Valley)-Kathleen Silvers
The Rotary Club of San Luis Frontera
Water Purification Project                               (from Marcos Ramirez)
     Members of the San Luis Frontera Rotary Club visited four schools in the City of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico on April 30, 2021, to present a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification plants to each school.
     DG Diane Ventura-Goodyear, her husband Gordon Goodyear, PDG Sheryl Christenson and members of the Club Rotario San Luis Rio Colorado del Desierto were part of the visits.
     The Club presented the fifth plant on May 8, 2021, to El Golfo de Santa Clara.
     Representatives of the school administrations, parents PTO, and government officials were part of each presentation.
     Fourteen schools will benefit from these five purification plants and more than 4,700 students will have access to clean and safe drinking water.
     This project was made possible by a partnership between the San Luis Frontera, Yuma Sunrise, Fort Yuma, Club Rotario San Luis RC del Desierto, PDG Anne Fisher and the Jauregui Family.
South County's Best!
     THANK YOU to the readers of Bajo El Sol/Yuma Sun for voting San Luis Frontera Rotary Club as South County's Best "Service Social Agency or Organization"
The Rotary Club of Tucson                    (from Hugh Thompson)
Attention District 5500 Rotarians
This GM wait-listed, brand-new 2021 C8 Corvette Stingray or $50,000 could be yours!
OR one of FIVE other great prizes.
    Entering is easy.  You can buy tickets online at www.TucsonClassicsCarShow.com now.
     The net proceeds from the Tucson Classics Car Show will go to Pima JTED, Tucson’s unique vocational High School.  Your support will go a long way in helping our Club reach our goal of over a quarter of a million dollars to go towards their newest building at Park Avenue and I 10.   
      If your Club will sign an agreement with the Tucson Club to sell raffle tickets, your Club will receive 50% of each ticket sold as a low-effort, mini fundraiser for your Club.  Just contact Roger Harwell, rharwell@glhn.com, and he will help you get going! 
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise     (from Kay Phillips)
Save the Date!
     The Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club will host its 9th annual Rising Sun Run on Saturday, 6 November 2021. Enjoy the mostly-flat 5K run or challenge yourself on our scenic, USATF certified half-marathon course.
     Proceeds from the event will go toward providing Rotary youth vocational scholarships for graduating high school seniors, Rotary youth leadership and professional skills development programs and funding for Rotary service projects to non-profit organizations.
     To register or for more information, visit the Rising Sun Run Facebook page or svsunriserotary.org.
The Rotary Club of Fort Yuma                    (from Annette Lagunas)
     During this crazy year of COVID, the Fort Yuma Club, as with all the other Clubs, has struggled with getting out and doing something good for its community.
     This year the Club adopted a local non-profit that gives back to our Veterans.  The Right Turn for Yuma Veterans is an organization that supports Veterans who find themselves homeless.  The organization provides long-term, transitional housing for men who need help getting back on their feet.
     The Fort Yuma Club replaced outdated lighting with new energy-efficient LED lights, painted and updated the living room area and created a wall of shelves to properly organize items the Veterans need day to day.  More than 30 Rotarians spent the day building and painting.
     Additionally, Fort Yuma Rotary donated $1,500 to The Right Turn for Yuma Veteran’s organization to support its programs.
The Interact Club of Flowing Wells           (from Patrick Kerr)
     The Flowing Wells Interact Club gets a new Banner!
The Rotary Club of Green Valley      (from Bob Auflick, President)
     Recently, the Sahuarita Middle School reached out to the Rotary Club of Green Valley to request assistance with two special initiatives to address the challenges of the pandemic.  The school wished to buy Chromebook laptops to make available for check-out to help students fully access their virtual classes from home.
     The School also wanted new bottle-fill stations to help students stay hydrated without the spread of germs.    The Rotary Club of Green Valley Foundation, along with the Rotary Club of Green Valley, provided $1,248 dollars to support these efforts.
     Part of the funding came from a District Rotary Grant.
     Representatives of the Club and the Club Foundation, including Presidents Bob Auflick and Bill McCreery visited the school recently to celebrate the donation.
     For more information, check the Club’s Facebook page or www.rotaryclubofgreenvalley.org
The Rotary Leadership Academy Class of 2020-2021 (from Eugene Medina)
Congratulations to our District 5500 Graduates of the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy, Class of 2020-2021
     Richie Benner, Marana RC
     Chad Denson, Pantano RC
     Kevin Farrow, Sierra Vista West RC
     Don Jorgensen, Marana RC
     John "Bruce" Munro, Tubac RC
     Lisa Price, Sierra Vista South RC
     Marcos Ramirez, San Luis Frontera RC
     Eric Silverberg, Tucson Presidio RC
     Marc Snow, Oro Valley RC
     This accomplished and talented group of nine Rotary leaders have met and exceeded the challenges and demonstrated the rigor necessary to complete the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy’s “Course of Study”. These Rotarians took courses during September, October, November, January, February and March of this past Rotary Year to work online and via Zoom to explore Rotary leadership. On average, the program calls for 60 to 72 hours or more of online, offline and Zoom learning activities. As you know from your own experience, learning seminars/workshops in and of themselves can be quite challenging because of their impact on the busy lives as Rotarians and professionals.
     RLA is intended to be the graduate program follow-up to completion of the three levels of the Rotary Leadership Institute and a follow-up learning opportunity for past Club Presidents.  It is a source for linking talented Rotarians to the leadership needs of our District. The Academy explores in depth the areas of Branding/Marketing, The Rotary Foundation, Working Collaboratively to Meet Fundraising Needs, Leadership and History of the District, Membership, Fiduciary Responsibilities and Youth Protection as a means of deepening Rotary knowledge and skills, particularly in leadership.
     District 5500 is truly fortunate to have leaders of their caliber available to provide Rotary leadership now and in the future.
     Please congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment.
     These graduates of the Class of 2020-2021 will be introduced and recognized for their outstanding achievement at the upcoming D5500 Conference, June 4, 2021, at 4:20 pm. In the interim, if you should see them, please congratulate them on their accomplishment and commitment to Rotary leadership.
     To learn more at the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy, a joint learning adventure of District 5500 and District 5495, go to arizonarla.org.
Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy: Exciting Leadership Training Opportunity
     Do you have valuable skills and talents from which your District and Rotary can benefit? Are you interested in growing as a Rotary leader? 
     Have we got an exciting leadership training opportunity for you!!
     In RY 2017-18, Districts 5500 and 5495 formed a partnership to lead and coordinate the Rotary Leadership Academy, an innovative online learning approach to Rotary leadership development first created in 2004.  It is the Academy’s mission to train selected Rotarians for future District leadership roles while simultaneously understanding and being sensitive to the demands on Rotarians’ time and busy schedules.
     Annually, Past District Governors, Governors, Assistant Governors and RLA graduates nominate candidates for the Academy. These nominees, past Rotary Club Presidents, Rotary Leadership Institute graduates and Rotarians interested in leadership roles beyond their Clubs are provided training which prepares them for the “next step,” a District/Rotary International leadership role.
     Each fall the participants begin the Academy’s annual program with an orientation to its self-paced, computer-based online learning framework. The primary objectives of the Academy are: (1) to expand the foundation of Rotary and District leadership, (2) to provide opportunities for excited and engaged Rotarians to expand their leadership talents and (3) work within the parameters and constraints of Rotarians’ busy lives.
     This quality online training is facilitated by talented and experienced past District Governors and senior Rotarians. Additionally, each student is linked to a “topic of their Rotary area of interest” learning group, a small group of five or six students who share questions and ideas during each course and support one another during the Academy year.
     The following is the Academy’s course of study. Each course requires between 10 and 12 hours to complete.
September: How Rotary Works and the History of Rotary and its Leadership in Arizona
October: Understanding and Utilizing The Rotary Foundation
November: Collaboration and Funding to Meet Needs
January: Pathways to Rotary
February: Rotary Brand: Becoming a Brand Champion
March: Rotary’s Fiduciary Responsibilities and Youth Protection
     Go to arizonarla.org and explore the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy website and learn about its history, courses and other learning resources. It will be well worth your brief review.
     During June, July and mid-August, 2021, the District Governor, Past District Governors, Assistant Governor, and graduates of the Arizona RLA will be seeking nominees for this year’s Academy class.
     If you are a current or Past Club President, graduate of RLI or a Rotarian seeking a leadership role beyond your Club, let a Past or the current Governor, Governor Elect, current AG or RLA graduate know of your interest in being nominated to attend the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy.
     You will be glad you took action.
     Be well.
     If you have questions, please Diane Ventura-Goodyear, Governor, Hank Huisking, Governor-Elect, Ann Huber, Executive AG, or Gene Medina, Dean, RLA 2020-2021 at otivar2@gmail.com or (360) 509-9980
The Rotary Club of Tubac                          (from Nancy Nelson)
Taste of Tubac Re-Engineered for 2021
     This year the Tubac Rotary Club has created a COVID-friendly Taste of Tubac coupon book!  It is NOW AVAILABLE!!  Enjoy discounts at 20 participating restaurants, PLUS discounts at 16 local merchants!  The BIG bonus?  A $10 discount (max 2 per book) for the 2022 event when we will be back to an in-person event!
     This is an ongoing, at-your-own-pace event. The coupons are valid until December 15, 2021.
     Each coupon book costs $60 and is available to purchase at: Green Valley Chamber, Hal Empie Gallery, Tumacookery, Wisdom's Cafe, or The Tubac Market.
     The Facebook page for Tubac Rotary Club has additional information about the booklet and provides an option to purchase a ticket at www.eventbrite.com/o/tubac-rotary-club-33431611519.  You also have the option to mail a $60 check to:  Tubac Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 4564, Tubac, AZ 85646.  We will mail your coupon book to you. 
     All proceeds from ticket sales support scholarships for local youth, the Amado Youth Center, St. Andrew's Children's Clinic and the Community Food Bank.
Upcoming Events
(from PDG District 5495 (Northern Arizona) Chuck Fitzgerald)
The Rotary Club of Vail                                                (from Fred Bruns)
     The Vail Rotary Club and Desert Grounds Landmanagement, LLC, donated a 6' saguaro to Mica Mountain High School during their "Tree Planting Project".
     On Saturday, May 1, 2021, Mr. Farr's students showed up at 7:00 am to plant 30 new trees on the back side of the Mica Mtn. H.S. grounds.  Seven of The Vail Rotary Club members were there to help where needed and to plant three trees.  Julie Wilson, Vocational Training Lead from the H.S. and Desert Skies Methodist Church members were also in attendance.  Students will name the trees they planted as a remembrance of this eco-green tree event.
     Josh Farr, the science guy for Mica Mtn. (behind the cactus), Fred Bruns from Vail Rotary, Jim Youngquist from Mica Mtn. H.S. and three Desert Grounds employees.
The Rotary Club of Oro Valley                (from Debra Anne Melkun)
     The Oro Valley Rotary Club provided 50 gift bags each to Eagles Wings of Grace and Impact of Arizona for them to give to women who, for many reasons, need help getting back on their feet after incarceration, rehab or fleeing domestic abuse.
     The Club collected soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sunscreen and lotions from a local dentist at Grinz Orthodontics, a dermatologist, Kevin M. Schmidtke, DMD, at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona, and Beth Koontz at Beth’s Better Beauty. A huge thank you to the Shadow Hills neighborhood. Other donations came from neighbors, family, and friends. 
A neighbor wanted to donate some jewelry-making supplies to a good cause and then another neighbor, Cheryl, assembled 80 jewelry items to add an extra surprise to the bags.
     Second-hand clothing, including bras, can be donated, but not underwear, so the Oro Valley Club used its Valentine's grant from the District to buy 376 pairs of underwear to be given to the two organizations.  The women can each receive two pair.
        At Eagles Wings, the women can 'shop' for clothes, personal items, shoes and can receive support and encouragement from the volunteers.
     Top right photo: Linda Stratton (far back), Cheryl (neighbor who made the necklaces)
     Photo with round table: Linda Stratton (with white top),  Niomi Galindo (with black top)
     Center right photo: Charlene Meyers (with aqua top)
     Bottom photo: Jacline Lown-Peters (with colorful top), Debra Anne Melkun (with dark blue top)
The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise        (from Georg Haubner)


     Please submit your Club’s news by the 20th of each month. The Clubs’ Showcase will be distributed on the first of each month.
     Show off your Club.  Tell us what your Club and your members are doing for our communities and for the world.  Please share your best practices and what you have learned while doing your projects.  Rotary Clubs all learn from each other!
     Our editor, Myron Donald, is eagerly waiting for your articles. Please send articles as attachments in Word or in the body of an e-mail.  Please don't send PDF files and do send any photos as attachments with the highest resolution possible and not embedded in your email.  PDFs and embedded photos are difficult to transfer to ClubRunner.
     Thank you!
Virtual D5500 Conference
via Zoom
Jun 04, 2021 – Jun 05, 2021
View entire list
   Subscribe to the District Newsletter
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.
Please add mailservice@clubrunner.ca to your safe sender list or address book.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7
Please add mailservice@clubrunner.ca to your safe sender list or address book.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile