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Thursday, September 1, 2022
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
Come One, Come All to the 2022 Rotary District 5500 Conference
(DG Anita McDonald, anitamcd@rotaryd5500.org)
Register NOW!!! 
And check the District website for updates.     
Registration for The District Conference “Rotary Ignites Change!” is open.
     To learn more about the conference program and events, or to register for the conference, please go to 2022 District 5500 Conference | Rotary District 5500 (rotaryd5500.org).
     A limited-edition framed print of the artwork done by the brother of our RI President Jennifer Jones for her scarf and tie designs will be auctioned off.  Proceeds are for Polio Plus.
     New this year is a Pre-Conference Forum scheduled for Friday morning on “EMPOWERING GIRLS.”  This program is open to the community as well as all Rotarians.  Share this with volunteers/friends of your Club.  Check it out by clicking 2022 District 5500 Conference | Rotary District 5500 (rotaryd5500.org).
     To reserve a room at Casino Del Sol, please register at https://www.casinodelsol.com or call 1-855-765-7829.  (The cut-off date for the special conference rate has passed.)
District Conference House of Friendship
(Ginger Leavitt, vleavitt2336@gmail.com)
     If your Club would like a display in the House of Friendship, please let me know.  You will have a 6' or 8' skirted table.  If you just need a small space, we are asking you to share a table with another club.  We would like everyone set up by 10:00 am on Friday morning;g and you can tear down after 4:00 pm Saturday.
     If you want to have a display or have any questions please contact me, Ginger Leavitt, vleavitt2336@gmail.com, 520.971.6963. Space is limited.
Gift Baskets for Silent Auction
     Does your Region (or Club) have something special to share to help the District defray the cost of our youth attending the conference?  Last year we had a silent auction of gift baskets from Clubs/Regions that netted just under $3,000.00.  If you wish to help, please contact your Region Assistant Governor for more details.
District 5500 Conference Schedule
The Rotary Club of Tucson                                                                                                                                                                            (from Cindy Barbee)
Tucson Classics Car Show
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona
(from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)
     Due to the increase in applications, and the exceptional success rate that "Vocational Training" is providing, the Board at TRVFA decided it was critical to automate.
     Further information to follow in the upcoming weeks.
     Donations are always needed to keep up with this huge demand. Here is the link to the website: http:trvfa.org
     Keep TRVFA on the top of your list when deciding where to allocate your AZ State Tax Credit. Remember TRVFA is a state-wide Rotary Organization, EDUCATION BENEFITS OUR STATE.
     (Arizona’s Credit For Contributions To A Qualifying Charitable Organization: QCO Code is 20698.)
Why Educate?
  • Create More Employment Opportunities
  • Secure a Higher Income
  • Improving Arizona's Economy
  • Giving Back to the Community
  • Provide a Prosperous and Happy Life for Students and Their Families
PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear
Youth Services Contingency Fund
(from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)
The Rotary Club of Valle Verde                                                                                                           (from Steve Sibulsky)
     Kathy Dean became Valle Verde Rotary’s newest member in a ceremony on Thursday, August 4, 2022.  Kathy’s Rotary mentor is Mary Fisher.  Kathy moved to Green Valley two years ago after having resided in Oregon and many other places.
     She has had a variety of career experiences ranging from jail matron, accountant, city clerk, technical editor, assistant to a CEO, and organizer for community activities.
     Kathy enjoys red wine, quilting, and rescuing runaway dogs.
     Welcome, Kathy.
(from left) Sponsor Ann Marsh, Membership Chair Michele Lewis, Kathy Dean, District 5500 Rep Gary Friedman
Pursuing Peace Conference                                                                                                                                                                (from PDG Ellie Patterson)
President's Update
The Rotary Clubs of Oro Valley and Dove Mountain 
(from Barbara Barr)
Oro Valley Hosts Joint Meeting with Dove Mountain
     After attending PETS, incoming President Elect Steven Witthoeft set a goal to invite each Club in Region 6 to hold a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Oro Valley.  That first meeting took place on Tuesday, August 4, 2022, at the Holiday Inn Express on Oracle Road.  Following a fellowship supper with submarine sandwiches, the two Clubs held a joint meeting to explore possibilities for joint service projects or fundraisers.
     Steven Witthoeft, now the President of the Oro Valley Club, opened the discussion by sharing some of the service projects and fundraisers his Club had done in the past.
     Next, Prudy Abeln, President of the Dove Mountain Club, shared her Club’s previous service projects and fundraisers.
     Then, members of both Clubs shared ideas for working together.  The Clubs are now exploring a joint fundraiser.
The Rotary Clubs of Pantano (Tucson) and Tucson Sunset
(from PDG Diane Venture-Goodyear)
The Rotary Club of Tucson Kino                                                                                                                                                            (from David Fawcett)
DG Anita McDonald 2022 Distinguished Aluma Wayne State University
DG Elect Don Jorgensen receives Presidential Recognition
     Marana Rotarian and District 5500 Governor Elect Don Jorgensen received a medallion and a letter from President Joe Biden for his voluntary work with ShelterBox USA.
People of Action Summit and Advancing Women in Rotary
(from PDG Hank Huisking pdghank@rotaryd5500.org )

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