Weekly Updates for District 5500 Rotarians
January 31, 2023

New District Administrator Appointed (DG Anita McDonald,
A person with her hand on her chinDescription automatically generated with medium confidence   Please Welcome Kasia Yuska
Last October, the District Corporate Board approved the hiring of a part-time (average 10 hours/week) District Administrator. Recruitment across the district of Rotarians and non-Rotarians began in December resulting in three applicants being interviewed in January by the District Governor Team. I’m happy to report that Kasia Yuska was offered and accepted the position and will begin her training February 1, 2023. Over the next few months, Kasia will work with Virginia Leavitt, our current District Administrator, and Wendy Hobbs, District Registrar, and a person well versed in Rotary processes and myself as part of her training. She will gradually take on responsibilities until she is on her own July 1, 2023.
Kasia comes to us with 14 years of experience as an independent consultant for Arbonne International, 10 years as co-founder of an award-winning TV commercial post-production company and many years of experience in the various roles of Marketing such as copywriting, social media, and communication. I think you will find her to be a problem-solver and very easy and eager to work with you. Lastly, Kasia is a founding member of the Tucson Verde Rotary Club.
RYLA (DG Anita McDonald,
I’d like to thank the clubs that sponsored delegates and youth counselors to attend RYLA January 13 – 16. They were provided exceptional learning opportunities and mental and physical challenges as part of their Leadership training. Your funds were well invested, and I do hope that clubs will invite the students to present about their experience and of course, invite their parents.
I want to congratulate the RYLA Team for planning and executing an excellent experience for students and the adult advisers like myself. I learned new slang words, the type of music students enjoy and some new dance moves which I won’t be demonstrating any time soon.
Thank you to Jennifer Wantz, RYLA Chair for her leadership, and her remarkable team of Marcos Ramirez, registrar and so much more, Jessica Gatmen, logistics of all things that moved or had to be moved and Jessica Sprung, who wore many hats including adult advisor and workshop facilitator on the topic of the Environment. 105+ students will never forget you.
2022 Ride To End Polio (RTEP) Results (PDG Kirk Reed,
The totals for our 2022 Ride to End Polio are in! We had 70 Rotarian riders from fourteen states in El Tour de Tucson. We also had a huge number of indoor riders from the U.S. and Canada. The total amount raised this year to fight against polio was $1,811,000. bringing the grand total for the past 12 years to $61,100,000. It’s easy to see once again that Rotarians are amazing!
Four Way Test Speech Contest (Deb Haddock,
Is Your Club Planning to Participate?
Have you contacted the contest coordinator Deb Haddock about your participation?
If you are planning to participate you need to contact Deb by no later than February 28th
Please contact Deb at or 520-471-4145.
If we do not have at least two or three more clubs participating, we may have to consider not having the contest this year.
Dates To Remember 
February 3-4
Southwest President Elect Training Seminar
DGE Don Jorgensen
March or April
Assistant Governor Training
Steve Johns
More details to follow
April 15-23
Arizona Rotary Week 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
More details to follow
October 5-7
District Conference at Casino del Sol Resort Conference Center, Tucson
Leo Lawrenson
More details to follow
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