Weekly Updates for District 5500 Rotarians
March 28, 2023

2022-23 District Awards (DG Anita McDonald,
In the March 14, 2-23 edition, we failed to provide the award descriptions for each award. Our apologies. Please go to for information about each award.
The Award forms are available at:
2022-23 D5500 Imagine Award Nomination Form:
2022-23 D5500 Inspire Award Nomination Form:
Award submissions are due on May 15, 2023. All Awards will be presented on June 25th at the joint Celebration of Clubs and Installation of DGE Don Jorgensen.
District Dinner in Melbourne (Virginia Leavitt,
We are in the process of firming up the details for our dinner on Saturday, May 27th at 6pm.  I need to know everyone that is going to be in Melbourne to send the sign-up information.  We have thirty-eight registered but only 33 names.  If you checked the box on your registration to not share your information, I don't know you are coming.  To check this and change it you need to go into your registration under personal information.  At the bottom it says, "edit your  information".  Click that and go to the bottom of the page where there is a box that says, "I don't want my personal information shared for convention-related activities".  If that is checked, I don't know if you are coming.  Please uncheck the box. This is only used for the convention. Rotary is not sharing your information with anyone else. If you want to just email me and let me know you are coming, that is okay also. 
Virginia "Ginger" Leavitt,, 520.971.6963.  See you in Melbourne!!
UPDATE on Senate Bill 1185 on Youth Exchange (Cindy Dooling,
The Senate Bill 1185 that was recently passed by the Senate was also approved by the initial House committee. Representatives from both District 5500 and District 5495 along with former exchange students were prepared to attend and provide insights into the youth exchange program when it was presented on the House floor. However, it was killed by the House Education committee before reaching the House floor.  
This bill would have ensured all our J-1 visa exchange students would automatically be included in the daily school attendance headcount and the schools would receive the allocated state funding.  Most of our schools already handle this but some want to charge between $6,000 - $8,000 for an exchange student. They do not recognize the exchange of a local student with a counterpart from another country as eligible. 
We will try again next year. 
The Rotary Foundation – Annual Fund (DGND Bob Grady,
A gift to the Annual Fund of TRF is a gift that keeps on giving.  Not only does your contribution support crucial humanitarian work around the world, it also enables district grants for the vital work we do in our own communities.  Just under half (47.5%) of the Annual Fund contributions during this Rotary Year 2022/23 will come back to District 5500 in three years in Rotary Year 2025/26 to fund district grants then.
With 75% of the Rotary Year behind us, we are at 85% of last year’s giving to the Annual Fund, so we are doing well.  And we can do more with the support of every Club in District 5500.  Club members, please help surpass your Club’s giving from last year so we can make an even bigger impact in our communities three years from now.  Your Assistant Governor can give you your Club’s actual giving for this Rotary Year and last.  Or contact me at
Good News in April’s Rotary Magazine (PDG Kirk Reed,
We’re delighted to have two D5500 articles in the new Rotary magazine. Pages 2-3 summarize our Ride to End Polio, and pages 18-20 tell the story of Rotary’s General Secretary/CEO and his love for El Tour de Tucson. It’s fantastic public image coverage for all of us and for the many volunteers who make the Ride a success. The Rotary Club of Casas Adobes got a shout-out in the article as well, since Mike Harris and Casas Adobes Rotary were the founders of this amazing event. It has raised $61.1 million to fight polio in just 14 years!
Make One of Your Meetings in April a “Bring a Friend to Rotary” Event (Bruce Monro,
Ask each of your members to bring a friend who could be a candidate for membership.  A pool of candidates could also come from the non-Rotarians who participate in your club’s service project during Arizona Rotary Week of Service from April 15th-23rd.  In addition to experiencing a Rotary service project, a candidate would be introduced to your club & learn more about all the good things it does. 
Even if your club does not participate in a service project during this week, holding a meeting in which members invite friends or co-workers is recommended.  Quite a few clubs have not had even one new member join their club this year, and we are more than half-way through the year.  There's always room for more members in any club!
Here is a primer on how you could hold such a meeting.  
Stay current on District 5500 events, news, and important information by checking our webpage at frequently.
Dates To Remember 
April 15-23
Arizona Rotary Days of Service
DG Anita McDonald
More details to follow
April 15
Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Debbie Haddock
April 29
Assistant Governor Training
Steve Johns
More details to follow
May 6
District Club Leaders’ Assembly
More details to follow
May 15
Nominations for 2022-23 District Awards due
DG Anita McDonald
May 27
District Dinner in Melbourne, Australia during RI Convention
Virginia Leavitt
May 27-31
Rotary International Convention
June 25
Club Celebration / DG Installation at Gaslight Theater, Tucson
PDG Kirk Reed
October 5-7
District Conference of Clubs at Casino del Sol Resort Conference Center, Tucson
Leo Lawrenson
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