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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Greetings from District Governor Anita
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
     I can’t believe the first month of my term as District Governor is now a memory of very special moments and new experiences.   Yes, I’ve been working on multiple tasks and staying up into the wee hours of the morning, but there is no greater joy than visiting with the Clubs and learning how they make a  difference in their communities and around the globe. I have had the pleasure of spending time at six Clubs this past month and I’m upset with myself that I neglected to take pictures of the locations and the remarkable Rotarians I have laughed with and have broken bread with over lunch or dinner.  I’m looking forward to the rest of my Club visits and I will, for sure, get pictures from those moments.
At the Saddlebrooke Club
Announcing the 2022 District Conference….
 “Rotary Ignites Change!!”
     The District Conference will be September 23–25, 2022, at Casino Del Sol in Tucson.  The conference will be offering sessions that address topics of interest to all Rotarians, including a special breakout session for people new to Rotary (three years or less). 
     New this year is a special Forum on “Empowering Girls”, scheduled for Friday, September 24, 10:00am – 1:30pm, starting before to the Conference itself, but including the luncheon.  The Forum will feature the new Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona as well as a panel addressing the Foundations That Matter for Empowering Girls from Kindergarten to Career.  This Forum is open to the community; we hope to attract different sectors of our community to attend.  You can help.  Invite your family, friends, coworkers, community contacts!  The Forum is free to those who register for a conference packet or the Friday lunch, but registration is required so that we can plan appropriately.  The cost for just the Forum is $40.
     For information about having a display in the House of Friendship, contact vleavitt2336@gmail.com
     Go to rotaryd5500.org for more information about the Forum, the Conference schedule and speakers and the early bird drawing for tickets to the performance of Lion King at Centennial Hall, Tucson.
Rotary Youth Exchange
     After a good deal of work preparing our three students outbound for Thailand, Denmark and Belgium, our team welcomed three students from Spain, Poland and Denmark.  You will learn more about them throughout the year, but the team shared pictures of the host families and Clubs welcoming the students.
     RYE excitement is in the air!!
        Pelayo Novoa Alvarez from Vigo, Spain, was welcomed at Tucson International by his host family, Jen, Owen and Noah Hoffman, plus Tucson Rotary Youth Exchange Committee Member Pat Patton and Youth Exchange Officer Jeanne Zetah.
     Hania Wieczorek from Lublin, Poland, was also welcomed at Tucson International by Nogales host family Carlos and Lizette Gamez and their daughters, Lizette and Natalie, and son, David, and his girlfriend. David is a past Rotary Youth Exchange student.
     William Schmidt from Rodding, Denmark, was welcomed at Phoenix Sky Harbor on July 19, 2022, by host mom Christie Estrada and daughter, Alyssa, who will soon be headed to Denmark as one of the District’s outbound students. Also, Kassie Kennaugh, Casa Grande Daybreak YEO, Club President and District Inbound Coordinator, and two of her children, welcomed William to Arizona.
The Rotary Club of Valle Verde                      (from Steve Sibulsky)
Rotarians Deliver Books
     Valle Verde Rotarians and friends delivered about 2000 books to Tohono O’odham Nation schools in Sells and Topowa on Friday, July 29, 2022.              Books For Classrooms of Green Valley, www.booksforclassrooms.org, provided the books.
     (From left) Flavia Nakayima Miiro (a Rotarian from Uganda), Mary Fisher, Michele Lewis, Charlotte Gates, Friend of Rotary Marie Mantia, Nancy Green and Phil Silvers.
     Valle Verde Rotary is a part of Rotary International, an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
     Valle Verde Rotary meets each Thursday morning at 6:45 at the United Methodist Church in Green Valley.
    To learn more, visit www.valleverderotary.org or contact Steve at steve@sibulsky.com or 208-691-3761.
The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise         (from Myron Donald)
Book Heroes Service Project
     On Saturday, July 16, 2022, Sunrise Rotarians Mara Robinsons, President; Rebecca Craig, Sergeant-at-Arms; Michelle Campbell, Chair Youth Service; and Michelle Martin, Chair Public Relations, volunteered at American Legion John P Burns Post 36 to help Southern Arizona Book  Heroes to sort books and fill bags to be distributed to law enforcement for them to give to children they encounter.
Chillin' at the Chul
     Tucson Sunrise had its July social event last Friday, July 29, 2022, at Tohono Chul's first-ever "Chillin' at the Chul", the Garden's summer series of music, refreshing spirits and light bites.
     It was to start at 5:00 pm, so, naturally (so to speak!), a monsoon rainstorm began at 4:30 pm.  But that didn't keep Rotarians, their friends and families, or the many other Tucsonans from streaming into the park.
Then, right at 5:00 pm, the rains stopped, the clouds parted, the sun came out, people dried off the tables and chairs, the bars and food vendors opened and the music and socializing began.  
The Rotary Club of Casas Adobes            (from Bob Sommerfeld )
     On June 29, 2022, at the Gavel Passing Dinner, Casas Adobes Rotary Club member Eb Wilkinson received the Cliff Dochterman Award for his years of service and support to Rotary and to Scouting.
     Eb Wilkinson has been a Rotarian for 28 years. During his tenure with Casas Adobes, he has been President, the Paul Harris Fellow Chair and a member of the Casas Adobes Rotary Foundation.
     As a young man, Eb Wilkinson achieved the rank of Life Scout when he was a Scout in the Detroit suburbs.
     As an adult, he has continued to be active in Scouting for more than 20 years while serving the Catalina Council as Unit Commissioner, as a member of the Board of Directors, on the Advisory Board, on the Council's Nominating Committee and as the Council's financial advisor.
     (from left: Jeff Hotchkiss; Scout Executive for the Catalina Council, BSA, Eb Wilkinson, Casas Adobes Rotary Club, and Bob Sommerfeld; Casas Adobes Rotary Club President.
Youth Services Contingency Fund
(from PDG Diane Venture-Goodyear)
The Angel Heart Pajama Project
(from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)
     The Angel Heart Pajama Project is active in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Yuma, and other areas in Southern Arizona. It is a 501(c)3 organization.
Visit its website to find out why this organization was started.
Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy      (from Gene Medina)
Gene Medina, Dean, RLA, at otivar2@gmail.com or (360) 509-9980
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards                      (from Jenn Wantz)
     RYLA 2023 will be on January 13 - 16, 2023.
     The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a workshop for youth ages 14 to 18 in grades 9-12. These young adults will be chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expense-paid training program designed to build, strengthen, and exercise leadership skills, self-confidence, and character.
     Clubs may now reserve spots for their students today! Each Club can reserve up to five spots. Each student is $450.
     Checks can be sent to: San Luis Rotary Club, c/o Marcos Ramirez, PO Box 13926 San Luis, AZ 85349
    Please contact the RYLA District Chair, Jenn Wantz, at wantzj@cochise.edu, with any questions.
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