Don Jorgensen of Rotary Club of Marana accepted a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his work with Shelterbox. He received a personal letter from Sharre Sheets, Volunteer Partnerships Manager with Shelterbox. Don thanks Rotary and District 5500, noting that his involvement in Rotary let to the award. Don is honored to continue to speak to clubs and organizations in District 5500 and volunteer his time with Shelterbox and Rotary.
Wednesday, October 24
Saturday, November 3
Friday, November 16
Saturday,  November 17
Saturday, January 26
Fri. - Sun. Feb 8-10
Saturday, April 6
World Polio Day
District FUNdation Day
Skyline Country Club -- register at
Ride to End Polio Dinner
Ride to End Polio
Rotary Leadership Institute, Viscount Suites, Tucson
Southwest Rotary PETS at LAX Marriott -- Required training for all 2019-20 Club Presidents
Rotary/Outward Bound Day of Peace
On Wednesday, Sept 5, the Benson Rotary Club donated $7,835 from its annual golf tournament to the Benson Area Food Bank. Joy and Jack Reilly from the Food Bank said, "The donation will allow us to feed many people." The $7,835 exceeded the previous largest donation of $5000. Club President Lyndon Denton said, "Under the guidance of Golf Committee Chairman Rich Polheber, Benson Rotary was elated to be able to have another successful and fun tournament, and then reaching a record amount was icing on the cake.  Whether it’s our longstanding project to provide all 3rd graders in the area with a personal dictionary, or building and stocking our Little Free Libraries, Benson Rotary happily supports the area communities.  And we have fun doing it."
Join the Presidio Rotary Club at their Multi Rotary Club Mixer Double Feature. Presented by the Presidio Rotary, the event will be held Wednesday, October 10
Event One is a free, 24-seat Rio Nuevo Bus Tour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fletcher McCusker, Board Chairman will guide the tour of outstanding public/private finished and new developments in downtown Tucson. Meeting place is Mercado San Agustin Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento. RSVP
Event Two is a mixer at MSA Annex (Architecturally Designed Shipping Crate Village) Westbound Bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Appetizers by Agustin Kitchens. Cost is $5/ attendee. RSVP
RSVP Stating individual event or both events - Count is Critical
Contact Jay McCall 520-909-9375 with your questions.
Mountain Empire Rotary distributed 43 dictionaries/resource books to the 3rd Grade classes at Patagonia Elementary, the Patagonia Montessori, and the Elgin School. We also spent half an hour with each class, showing the kids all the amazing resources within the book; it’s so much more than a dictionary! We also donated dozens of high quality hardcover books to the schools for our Birthday Books program.  Every student is gifted a beautiful book, compliments of The Mountain Empire Rotary Club, on their birthday. Additionally, we honored and awarded $100 to Damian Castro, Junior, PUHS as the Student of the Month. Damian was selected for his outstanding citizenship attributes. If you’d like to engage with the youth of our community in a positive and encouraging manner, please join our local Rotary Club. Contact Susan Scott, Membership Director, 455-4713.
Last but not least, the covered Picnic Ramadas on the Fred Sang Memorial Rotary Park at The Sonoita Fairgrounds, have been installed.  Look forward to our Grand Opening Celebration!  Also look forward to our “Ride to End Polio,” fundraiser bike ride Sonoita to Patagonia, in concert with the El Tour De Tucson! The Mountain Empire Rotary is a small group of individuals who have a whole lot going on! We’d love you to join us in enhancing our community!
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a training program established to improve the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of Rotary Clubs. 
The RLI training program consists of three full-day sessions, followed by graduate seminars. Our next District 5500 program will be Saturday January 26, 2019 at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 East Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85711. All 3 sessions will be offered concurrently. 
The cost is $65.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Many clubs provide funds in their club budget to cover the cost for members attending. Watch our District 5500 website for registration at:
Volunteers needed for the El Tour de Tucson aid Station. The aid station will be located at Camino de Oeste & Moore Road. Interested? Contact
End Polio Now Fundraiser at the Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 Oracle Road in Oro Valley, on Wednesday evening, November 21. We’ll enjoy an All Johnny Cash performance with proceeds going to knock out polio. Tickets are at
The Ride to End Polio, which raised almost $12,000,000 in 2017, will be once again Rotary’s largest fundraiser ever. The date is Saturday, November 17. All of us can either ride with our Rotary team or sponsor a Rotarian rider. More to follow.
Question: Can any of us purchase a Ride to End Polio jersey?
Answer is “Yes!” Visit, click on Custom at the top of the page, and use as your password endpolionow (all lower case). If you haven’t yet seen the brand-new design, it’s spectacular!
What an outstanding Conference Team we had this year, planning a memorable District Conference. The entire team was terrific. Extra special thanks goes to Virginia Juettner (Conference Chair) and Barbara Kiernan (Areas of Focus Chair). We’ll continue summarizing highlights of the Conference in future editions as a way to help attendees remember what we experienced, while catching everyone up on what was learned and accomplished.
Here are a few memories from our 2018 Conference:
  • Dozens of Interactors and Rotaractors had a great experience with Drew (from Rotary International in Evanston). They also danced with the troupe from Sahuarita High School and learned new ways to make their clubs effective.
  • Memorable and exciting keynote presentations ranged from President Theodore (“Carry a Big Stick”) Roosevelt to Dr. Jill Stamm (how to overcome Adverse Childhood Experiences), Bob Shaff (the 4 R’s of remarkable Rotary clubs), Dr. Doug Jackson (the way to find true happiness), and Kathy Short (global reading to enrich our lives).
  • We remembered our friends and colleagues whose life on Earth ended this past year
Stay tuned for more reports from District Conference.
Henrietta “Hank” Huisking is truly excited to be our District Governor Nominee Designate. She was selected in mid-September by a team of 15 Rotarians, representing the various regions of our District, plus 5 Past District Governors. Here is a brief introduction to help all of us know and appreciate her background and her gifts as a Rotary leader.

Hank is a native of Montana, living for a number of years in Sierra Vista. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West since 2005. For the past 13 years, she has served her club in many roles (including President in 2012-2013) and our district as Assistant Governor, Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty, District Secretary, and member of the District Finance Committee. She and her husband Peter have hosted several Youth Exchange students and a number of Group Study Exchange team members.

Hank taught Water Conservation in Cochise County schools for 13 years. In 2003 she was elected to the Sierra Vista City Council and was re-elected twice, serving until 2016. She continues to be active in her community. She is a board member of the Center for Academic Success and is President of the Friends of Brown Canyon Ranch.
She and Peter have three children and six wonderful grandchildren living in California. For fun, Hank enjoys reading, hiking, cycling, gardening, and planning travel adventures with family and friends.

We welcome Hank Huisking to our District 5500 Governor Line and know that she will do an excellent job helping all of our clubs become even more effective in serving our communities and our world.
Learning more about how to build lasting peace can help all of our clubs and communities, so District Governor Kirk Reed is challenging all 50 of our clubs to look at the brand new Rotary Peace Academy. His goal is to have at least 100 of our District Rotarians graduate in the next 9 months. Here’s how to get started:
  • Go to and register for the online course, which takes between 2 and 4 hours to complete, depending on how you move through the curriculum. (NOTE: You can stop at any point and return to your stopping place at a later time)
  • Let the District Governor know ( when you complete the course so that he can prepare the Honor Roll of Peace Academy Graduates
This program was developed as Rotary International worked with the Institute of Economics and Peace, one of our official RI Partners. The material is new, engaging, surprising, and practical. Please consider becoming one of our first of 100 graduates. 
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends will gather for our first-ever Rotary/Outward Bound Day of Peace. We’ll soon be forming a Day of Peace Planning Team, teaming up with leaders of Outward Bound from New York. Interested in being creative with us as we look ahead to this major event? Send an email to DG Kirk ( and he’ll let you know how you can get involved.
If you’re a cyclist attending next year’s Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, we’d love for you to join us for a 10-day bicycle tour across Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The tour begins on May 19 and concludes a couple of days before Rotarians from all over the world gather in Hamburg. We’ll be meeting Rotarians, staying in good hotels, and enjoying a reasonably priced biking experience. Let District Governor Kirk Reed know you’re interested, and he’ll give you the scoop. 
Benson Rotary received a $400 district grant to install two Little Free Libraries. Little Free Libraries are ice-chest size boxes where people can take a book or leave a book. Thanks to the grant, Benson Rotary installed THREE Little Free Libraries! The libraries were installed in high visibility areas such as busy intersections or next to heavily used areas such as convenience stores or mailboxes. Benson Rotary signs are all over the libraries. Several Rotary members will also donate books. While there are other Little Free Libraries in the community, only our three are properly registered at, providing even more publicity.
This is a great literacy project, a project that recycles books, and a project that publicizes our Rotary Club for years. 
Recruit and select your RYLA delegates 
  • Recruit, interview and select Delegates to fill your reserved spaces. Delegates can download the application from and save to their computer. It’s a fillable .pdf they can complete on their computer and email to you to review. A scanned photo can also be emailed.
  • Review applications for completeness before forwarding to Marcos. 
  • Minimum age is 17 by January 18, 2018. The 12 strongest applicants will be selected by the Admin Team based on application, essay and phone interview.
Consider applying to be an Adult Advisor! Experience RYLA and be a mentor. Encourage previous Delegates to apply for JC positions 
Applications are due by November 1. Visit for applications and information. Electronic applications can be emailed to Marcos at:, or mailed to: Marcos Ramirez, c/o San Luis Rotary, PO Box 13926, San Luis, AZ 85349.
Dr. John Arnold (left in photo), founder and executive director of facilities for PPEP, Inc. in Tucson, accepts a check on behalf of the Amado Youth Center’s plans for a new center close to the Sopori school in Amado. 
The $4,000 check, which will help defray costs for the center’s initial architectural renderings, was presented by Byron Thompson, chair of the Tubac Rotary Foundation, and Carol Bejarano, the foundation’s treasurer.
PPEP, which stands for Portable Practical Educational Preparations, is the umbrella organization for the Amado Youth Center’s programs as well as for a wide range of other organizations and programs dedicated to improving the quality of rural life.
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) recently received a thank you forwarded by a vocational grant recipient sponsored by the Estrella Rotary Club.  Misha said, "School has been amazing!  I finished my program at the top of my class with a 98% and am currently continuing my studying to take my state RHS certification test!  With the help of my teachers, I was able to work with a number of different dentists, shadow an oral maxillofacial surgeon and have an internship lined up to begin October 2.  I am so excited to be moving into this next phase of my career and it wouldn't be possible without your club's sponsorship of my grant."
Testimonials like this are only possible because of the donations to TRVFA that come from individual Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, other individuals and businesses who understand the difference that vocational education can make in the earning potential of grant recipients.  It can help the beneficiaries and their families move from barely surviving to truly thriving.  TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) public charity and meets Arizona's Credit for Contributions To A Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.  It is easy to donate online at  
Kino Rotary Club of South Tucson gives over 1,900 dictionary/reference books to area third-grade students at 20 elementary schools each year. The project begins when Rotarians, families and friends meet to stamp a Kino logo in each book and sort them into boxes for each school. A Kino Rotarian organizes the events at the schools- a process that stretches over two months at the beginning of the school year.

The books are usually presented personally to each student by Rotarians at a school assembly. The looks on the children’s faces are priceless. It is a most rewarding, emotional day each time a new book is handed to an eager student.
Polio Fundraising Event: November 21, 2018.
  • The music of Jonny Cash (Man In Black)
  • Performed by Robert Shaw, at The Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N. Oracle RD, Oro Valley, Az. 
  • Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased over the phone at 520-529-1000, or Google: gaslight music hall, scroll down to: Click here to buy tickets online, then scroll until you find “ Man in Black” 11/21/18.
The Arizona Department of Transportation publicly thanked The Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club for participating in National Highway Cleanup Day efforts on 17 September. The club's cleanup crew included more than 20 club members, as well as local Interact and Rotaract students.The picture shows just some of the support present on the day.
The Dove Mountain Club held a mixer on Oct. 4 to introduce local residents to Rotary. The event featured food and drinks along with a brief introduction to Rotary. The club expects to attract several new members as a result of the event.

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Upcoming Events
District Corporate Board Meeting
The Temp Connection
Oct 15, 2018 3:00 PM
Off Road Expo
Joe Orduño Park
Oct 20, 2018
Fun With Our Foundation
Nov 03, 2018
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