Welcome to New  Rotary Year and our monthly District 5500 Newsletter!
Find out upcoming events in the District, what other Rotary clubs are doing, and learn more about potential Club and District projects.
District 5500 Southern AZ  Installs a New Governor
An enthusiastic audience of more than 170 attended the Installation of our 2017-2018 District Governor, Joe Hentges. On June 25.  The festivities began with a review of the past year by DG Sheryl Christenson.  Sheryl was presented with a “Home Club” banner in appreciation for her year of service.
Ray Naylor presented the promotional video for the October 13-15 District Conference.  The audience enjoyed the Star Wars theme of the video with a special appearance by Harrison Ford Hentges.
Our District Governor has issued a challenge for all District clubs that has the potential to have a major positive impact on the quality of education in Southern Arizona and benefit children and families across our District.  We know from major research studies that for every $1 spent on Early Childhood Development, the community receives a $16 return in reduced poverty, school dropout reduction and community economic development.  The Challenge has 2 components:
District 5500 Goals for 2017-18

Referring to them as our organizational GPS, District Governor Joe Hentges shared his goals for the coming year with attendees at his Installation.  There are 5 goals plus a “Governor’s Challenge Project.” Achieving these goals will fulfill RI President Ian Riseley’s theme:  Making a Difference.
Raise $ For Your Rotary Club -Tucson Classics Car Show
All clubs are invited to sell tickets for the Rotary Club of Tucson’s annual car show, which raises money for charities targeting early childhood literacy and job training. Tickets, an easy sell at $5 each, include entry to the Oct. 21 show at the Gregory School and a chance to win a 2008 C-6 Corvette convertible or $15,000, and four other substantial prizes. Clubs keep half of their sales, making it a winning opportunity. This year the Tucson Club is teaming up with Sunrise Rotary’s Road Rally, Oct. 22, to enhance both clubs’ visibility.
For tickets, contact Chuck Sawyer csawyer2004@comcast.net or
RYLA- Don't Get Left Out
Send your check to reserve spaces for Delegates and Junior Counselors. Cost for Delegates and Junior Counselors is $400 per person. Spaces fill quickly, so don’t wait! Checks should be made out to District 5500 RYLA, and mailed to San Luis Rotary, Attn. Marcos Ramirez, PO Box 13926, San Luis, AZ 85349.
  1. Applications for Junior Counselor and Adult Advisors can be sent in anytime.
    Applications are available at: www.rylad5500.org. Candidates will be interviewed in the fall.

  2. Schedule a presentation on RYLA for a Club meeting
    Contact me if your Club is interested in scheduling a presentation on what we have planned for RYLA this year.
Barbara Harrison
District 5500 RYLA Chair
bjsharrison@comcast.net     Cell: 520.250.3437
At the Rotary Convention, many countries and foundations answered the call and have made the following pledges toward polio eradication for a total of more than $1 billion pledged.
Nigeria: $134.6 million
Pakistan: $154.7 million
Canada: $75 million
Euro. Commission $61.4 million
Japan: $55 million
UA Emirates: $30 million
Dalio Foundation: $30 million
Bloomberg Philanthropies: $25 million
Anonymous: $15 million
Germany: $11.2 million
Easyjet  $5 million
Italy: $5 million
Korea: $4 million
Korea Foundation: $2 million
UN Foundation/Shot@Life:    $1.7 million
Switzerland: $1.03 million
Luxembourg: $500,000
Monaco: $330,000
UNICEF: $514,000
Accenture: $20,000
Spain: $20,000
Malta: $30,000
Turkey: $60,000
New Era Foundation: $130,000
2016-2017 Award Winning Rincon Rotary
District Governor Joe Hentges inducted Jack Heald as this year's 50th anniversary Rincon Rotary President and congratulated  outgoing President Dave Rickert for achievements of this past year-- winning a Presidential Citation and an award for the Largest Membership Increase in d5500.
For A Record of Achievements Read More
Have a Club event? Want it to appear on the District Calendar? 
Be sure to send the information:to Liz Cohn 2014-2018 Rotary District 5500 District Administrator
(If you currently subscribe to Clubrunner and use the Event Module, you can specify to have the event sync in the District's Calendar.)  Mailto:ECCOHN@aol.com
Upcoming Events
District Membership Seminar
The Highlands at Dove Mountain
Aug 26, 2017
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
RLI in Yuma
Sep 16, 2017
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.