Weekly Updates for District 5500 Rotarians
July 12, 2022

 Welcome To The New Rotary Year!  (DG Anita McDonald,
Hello Rotarians.
Welcome to the new Rotary Year!
My theme for the year is Inspire = E3; Empower, Engage and Enjoy.  During my Installation, I shared that these four words were derived from my reflections about my life, my career and my involvement in Rotary.  Along my journey, various individuals took interest and time to engage and encourage me.  During my year serving as your District Governor, I hope to inspire, engage and encourage you in a way that enables your success in service to others, and  to empower your creativity to reach a broader audience and enhance the things that you do so well. 
In the coming weeks I will share areas I hope we as a district can embrace such as children and youth and determine how we will increase awareness of the impact District 5500, has on Southern Arizona.
Thank you for this privilege to serve you.
District 5500 Conference!  (DG Anita McDonald,
Registration for The District Conference “Rotary Ignites Change!” is now open. 
Be sure to register early so that you have a chance to win TWO  (orchestra -center) tickets to the live performance of The Lion King, at Centennial Hall on the U of A campus on the evening of September 23rd after the conference reception.   
To register for the conference, please go to the District 5500 website at Home Page | Rotary District 5500 ( or complete the registration form at MyEventRunner - Event Public Fill (
To reserve a room at Casino Del Sol, please
  • Register at
  • Click on "Meetings and Groups"
  • Enter Reservation Dates
  • Enter GROUP CODE 2991
  • Click “Book now” or call 1-855-765-7829 and mention "Rotary District 5500 2022"
Application Process for District Governor 2025-2026 (DG Anita McDonald,
An information session is being held on Thursday, July 14th at 5:00PM for those interested in applying or just curious about the role of the District Governor and the process.  Use this link to join the meeting. 
Meeting ID: 885 6822 8923
Passcode: 192006
2022 People of Action Summits (DG Anita McDonald,
All Rotarians are invited to participate in the 2022 People of Action Summits being provided by Rotary Zones 26 and 27.
The People of Action Summits will provide an in-person and virtual opportunity for Rotary members to join forces with communities and industry experts to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face. The following are the Summit topics and dates. For more information and to register, go to
July 30, 2022
Food Security, Boise, ID
DACdb (Please use “Guest Registration”)
September 10, 2022
Green Transportation and Clean Energy, San Jose, CA
DACdb (Please use “Guest Registration”)
Water: From Source to Sea, Newport Beach, CA
DACdb (Please use “Guest Registration”)
Healthy Soils, Fort Collins, CO [VIRTUAL]
DACdb  (Please use “Guest Registration”)
October 1, 2022
Stop Human Trafficking, San Diego, CA
DACdb(Please use “Guest Registration”)
Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA) Applications Are Open for the 2022-2023 Program Year (Gene Medina,
Are you looking for the next level of training and development after Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)?  Looking to expand your horizons, leadership, and roles in Rotary?  RLA is an outstanding opportunity to become a future Rotary Leader for our District, Zone, and Rotary.  If so, please go to Home Page | Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy ( to find detailed information about this exciting opportunity.
 If you're interested, please contact a PDG, DG, AG, or RLA graduate to share your interest in the Academy, discuss this next step in district Rotary leadership training, and request their nomination. If it's a good fit, please go to the “Official Application Format” tab on the RLA website listed above.  You’ll need to complete both the Nomination Form and the Letter of Understanding by August 15, 2022 and send to RLA Dean Gene Medina at
It's Always Tax Season!  (Linda Stratton,
It’s always tax season!  One of the best times to think about tax savings is before you are in filing season.  Now is when you can really do something about April 15, 2023.  If you are age 70.5 or older, think about making a donation to Rotary via a tax-free IRA withdrawal.  This is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).  When the check for your IRA distribution is made payable to Rotary it is not taxable.  Everyone who is 70.5 and older should at least consider this tax-advantaged strategy.  
Dates To Remember 
July 15
2022-2023 District Grant Applications
July 31
2025-2026 Nominations for District Governor Candidates
DG Anita McDonald
August 15
2022-2023 Applications for RLA
RLA Dean Gene Medina
September 23-25
District Conference, Casino Del Sol, Tucson
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