Weekly Updates for District 5500 Rotarians
May 16, 2023

Call for Club Nominations for District Governor Candidates (DG Anita McDonald,
Make a difference in your Rotary District! 
Nominations of candidates to serve as District Governor in 2026-2027 are due to District Governor Don Jorgensen not later than July 31, 2023. Any club may nominate a candidate who is a member of that club or a member of another club (with the other club’s concurrence).  We will hold an information session and Q/A session at 5PM, July 14th, by Zoom, for all interested Rotarians who are thinking about applying. Candidate interviews will be held in September 2023. 
Deadline Extended for District Award Nominations (Kasia Yuska,
If you missed the May 15 deadline to submit your club's nominations, good news. The deadline has been extended to next Monday, May 22.
Email your award nominations to district administrator Kasia Yuska at
Last Peacebuilders’ Network Meeting Of This Rotary Year. (PDG Ellie Patterson,
Join us on June 14th at 6:00 Pm. (For Zoom Link, Please Scroll Down).
Longtime Peace Ambassador and former D5500 Peace Committee Member, Ray Naylor, attended this powerful Conference and will give an overview of the two-day International Peace Conference that took place last month in Birmingham, AL with the theme….
Imagine Peace. Build Peace.
Topic: Peacebuilders e-Network Meeting
Time: Jun 14, 2023 06:00 PM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 9745 2699
Passcode: 599696
Congratulations to the District 5500 Graduate from the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy’s (RLA), Class of 2022-23 (Gene Medina,
As Dean of the Arizona RLA, I am pleased to announce that Steve Johns of the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club successfully completed the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy’s course of study and graduated in May 2023. For six months of this Rotary year, he worked both online and via Zoom to explore Rotary leadership through the Academy’s six courses.
RLA is intended to be the Rotary graduate program follow-up to the three levels of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and follow-up learning opportunity for past club presidents. It is a source for linking talented Rotarians to the leadership needs of our district. Through these courses and conversations with one another and faculty RLA students deepen their Rotary knowledge and skills and enhance their leadership talents.
When you see Steve at a club meeting or district activity/event, please be sure to congratulate him on his outstanding accomplishment. It is truly significant.
If you are interested in expanding your Rotary leadership knowledge, understandings and skills and learn about the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA), a leadership learning partnership between District 5500 and District 5495, simply check out its website,  It could be a great fit for you as a Rotary leader.
Stay current on District 5500 events, news, and essential information by checking our webpage at frequently.
Dates To Remember 
May 22
Nominations for 2022-23 District Awards
Kasia Yuska
May 27
District Dinner in Melbourne, Australia during RI Convention
Virginia Leavitt
May 27-31
Rotary International Convention
June 14
6:00 PM MST
Peacebuilder’s Network Meeting via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 9745 2699
Passcode: 599696
June 25
Club Celebration / DG Installation at Gaslight Theater (Kolb/Broadway), Tucson
PDG Kirk Reed
July 14
Information and Q&A Session via Zoom for District Rotarians interested in applying for DG 2026-27
DG Don Jorgenson
July 31
Nominations for District Governor  2026-27 due
DG Don Jorgenson
October 6&7
District Conference of Clubs at Casino del Sol Resort Conference Center, Tucson
Leo Lawrenson
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