Weekly Updates for District 5500 Rotarians
February 21, 2023

CORRECTION: In the January 31, 2023, edition of The Glance, we identified Jessica Sprung in the RYLA article.  It should have been Jennifer Sprung.  We apologize for this oversight.
Turkey, Syria, Ukraine (DG Anita McDonald, 

We have all seen the pictures and heard the stories about the devastation in Turkey and Syria as we continue to focus efforts on the victims of the attacks in Ukraine. Each time I see the impact these events have on the survivors, especially the children, it brings tears to my eyes. I am so grateful for the response of The Rotary Foundation in creating the opportunities thru the Disaster Relief Fund for all of us to provide support to those in these three countries and even here in the United States. [Please go to to read the compete article]


Arizona Rotary Days of Service (April 15 – 23, 2023) (DG Anita McDonald,

The purpose of the Arizona Days of Service is to increase awareness of Rotary throughout the State and to invite non-Rotarians to engage with us in some of our Service Projects, therefore, learning more about Rotary. This effort is open to all clubs in the district.  Listen to DG Anita speak about this activity here
Sign up your club's project by completing the short fillable form by clicking on


Southwest PETS 2023 (DGE Don Jorgensen,
Congratulations to all our 2023-24 Club Presidents who participated in the world famous, highly educational, and entertaining SWPETS program in LA. You did our District proud – and you looked great in cactus sunglasses!  [Please go to to read the compete article]

ShelterBox Responds to Turkey and Syria Earthquakes (DGE Don Jorgensen.  
The humanitarian need in Turkey and Syria is immense and growing – it's the most devastating earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. The death toll has surpassed 35,000 and is likely to rise significantly, and thousands of buildings have been destroyed in both countries leaving people homeless, with nowhere to sleep, in the middle of a bitter winter.


2022-2023 District Grant Funds are still available (Kristi Halvorson,

 We have $7,654 left in District Grant Funds for clubs to use before May 1, 2023.  Your club needs to be qualified to participate, which requires that 2 members of your club view the Grant Management Seminar.  This year it is easy to do simply view the 35-minute YouTube video at this link:

 Once complete, just report to your Club President AND Club President Elect that you’ve viewed the video (no quiz, no test !!); as part of the District Grant Application submission, they’ll be asked to attest that two members of their club have viewed the Seminar.  A M.O.U. needs to be signed by your President and President-Elect and submitted to the Stewardship Chair for your club to be qualified to receive grant funds.

 The 2022-23 District Grant Application can be found on the District Grant’s webpage.  If you have any questions, please e-mail District Grant Chair Kristi Halvorson at

Show Your Rotary Pride (Bruce Monro, 

Are you proud to be a member of the world’s largest service organization, making a difference in local communities and helping to eradicate polio?  Show it by wearing your Rotary logo clothing to show that you are.

Let’s try for 100% participation of D5500 members wearing their Rotary logo clothing on each and every Saturday!  (Oil changing & house painting are excepted!)
Be sure to have your short elevator speech ready if you get a question about who and what Rotary is.
Stay current on District 5500 events, news, and important information by checking our webpage at frequently.
Dates to Remember
March or April
Assistant Governor Training
More details to follow.
April 15-23
Arizona Rotary Days of Service
DG Anita McDonald
More details to follow
April 15
Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Debbie Haddock
May 27
District Dinner in Melbourne, Australia during RI Conference
Virginia Leavitt
More details to follow
May 27-31
Rotary International Conference
June 25
Club Celebration / DG Installation at Gaslight Theater, Tucson
PDG Kirk Reed
October 5-7
District Conference at Casino del Sol Resort Conference Center, Tucson
Leo Lawrenson

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