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Saturday, April 1, 2023

April is Environment Month




     DG Anita McDonald 


2022-23 District Inspire Awards For Clubs and Individuals
     The descriptions for each of the 2022-2023 D5500 Imagine Awards is at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50063/Documents/en-ca/151ea2a6-45d6-4ea0-8d4d-c0a7a6a847d1/1/.
     Forms for Nominating Clubs for a 2022-23 D5500 Imagine Award are available at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50063/Documents/en-ca/46a2c4bc-9d34-4433-8027-2b0bc6b6f5a3/1/
     Forms for Nominating Individuals for an 2022-23 D5500 Inspire Award are available at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50063/Documents/en-ca/5ec3c8b2-6760-4350-a965-122a2ca01122/1/
     Award submissions are due on Monday, May 15, 2023. The Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 25, 2023,  at the joint Celebration of Clubs and Installation of DGE Don Jorgensen.
Arizona Rotary Days of Service (April 15 – 23, 2023)
     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: https://youtu.be/MrwFzbsYB6c
     Sign up your Club's project by completing the short. fillable, form by clicking on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50063/Documents/en-ca/2526c72c-801e-42cd-8802-23f492c92fc1/1/
Rotary International Convention
     Melbourne, Australia, 27-31 May 2023
     It’s only 10 weeks before the opening bell of the RI Convention in Melbourne!  Registration:  https://convention.rotary.org/en
     US citizens must have a US passport and a visa to enter Australia.
A useful link for travel info from the U.S. State Department is:
     A link for the US Embassy in Australia is: https://usa.embassy.gov.au/visas
     Contact Scott Carr, 2023 RI Convention Chair, Zone 26 (which includes District 5500) at 619-977-5162 with any questions.
     Members from the BIG WEST will be coming together in the Melbourne Cricket Grounds for a special breakfast. Seating is very limited, so register ASAP at: https://registrations.dacdb.com/Register/index.cfm?EventID=77633672&
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona
(from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)  
TRVFA (501c3) is an organization that meets Arizona's Credit for Contribution to a Qualifying Charitable Organization.  Up to $400 for individuals or $800 for couples filing jointly.
AZ TAX CREDIT (if applicable)
QCO Code is 20698
                                                                         TOGETHER WE TRANSFORM AND EMPOWER!      
Peacebuilders e-Network Zoom Meeting
(from PDG Ellie Patterson)
     Dr. Jenkins is a proud Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2012; he has been a Rotaract Advisor, Interact Sponsor, RYLA presenter, Youth Services Chair, has served two terms on the Club Board of Directors, and has graduated from his District and Zone Leadership Academy.
     Dr. Jenkins is one of the youngest Youth Exchange District Chairs in Rotary International; he gained his passion through his new generation exchange to Brazil.
    He has been honored to have been often invited to speak at various Rotary Districts, Zones, and International Conventions.
     Dr. Todd Jenkins serves as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive at a Fortune 100 company and as a Global Inclusion Trainer, Strategist, and Speaker with Bowtie Leadership, Inc. As a consultant, he has worked with several companies such as Wal-Mart, Google, Facebook, American Airlines, Deloitte, etc., oil and gas companies, small and large non-profits, and entrepreneurs.
     He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociologyand a Master of Science from Illinois State University.  He has a Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He attended Harvard University for post-doctorate studies as a Harvard Fellow and recently was appointed to Harvard Business School as a Research Director.
     Today he is known as Dr. "Bowtie Todd" who has given inspirational talks and education to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds throughout North America, Asia, South America, and Europe.
     Dr. Todd Jenkins is a proud husband, father, author, servant leader and conversationalist who believes in his philosophy, "’Bowtie’ it all together, serve and simply be a gift unto the world!”.
     Co-Chairs Joe Daniszewski and Ellie Patterson invite  you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. If you have any questions, please contact them. They will send a meeting reminder during the first week of April.  Peace to you all!
Meeting ID: 844 2355 5578
Passcode: 357268
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kb6u0fMq8U
    Ellie Patterson
          Tucson Verde Rotary Club, President
          D5500 District Governor, 2019-2020
          District Peace Education Chair
          Cell 520 360-7181
A Forum on Human Trafficking

     Join the Rotary Club of Marana and 16 District 5500 Peacebuilder Clubs on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the Pima Community College West Campus Performing Arts Center, 2202 W Anklam Rd, Tucson, AZ from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm for this highly important forum.

     To register, go to maranarotary.org.  If not a member of Marana Rotary, register as a guest.
     Important info about the Forum.
          Rotarians who plan to attend must register by Tuesday, April 11, 2023.  Because of the free continental breakfast and picnic lunch, Marana Rotary needs to know how many will be attending.
     For more information, please contact Randy Brooks at randy@randy-brooks.com



The Rotary Club of San Luis Frontera



The Rotary Club of Casa Grande



The Rotary Club of Coolidge



The Rotary Club of Rincon                                  (from Mike Esparza)
The Rotary Club of Tubac
The Rotary Clubs of Mountain Empire and Benson
Camp Lawton Coati Clean-up Day     (from Joseph Daniszewski)
Calling all Rotary Clubs!
     Camp Lawton Coati Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.
     Camp for free Friday/Saturday night when you volunteer. Check in starts at 8:30 am; projects begin at 9:00 am; lunch served at noon; projects continue until 3:00 pm.
Rotary International Peace Fellowship
                                                      (from Joseph Daniszewski  (joed57@hotmail.com))
     To learn about and, to apply for, Rotary Peace Fellowships, go to:
The Rotary Club of Tucson
(from Lee Olitsky)
The Rotary Clubs of Dove Mountain and Tucson Sunset                                          (from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
Stand Downs (Yearly Event)
17 Rotary Volunteers
Stand Downs are typically one - three-day events during which VA staff and volunteers provide food, clothing, and health screenings to homeless and at-risk Veterans.
In addition, Veterans also receive referrals for health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment, mental health counseling, and other essential services.
Grand Lux Hotel, Tucson AZ.
Captains PDG Joe Hentges and PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear 
The Rotary Club of Tucson Kino                    (from David Fawcett)
Peace Pole Dedication at Rincon Country West RV Resort
     On beautiful Friday, February 24, 2023, Tucson Kino Rotary helped unveil and dedicate a Peace Pole. It was placed in a Pollinator Garden in the Rincon Country West RV Resort.
     One of the founders of the Garden, Kathy Hutson, introduced its history to Rincon residents and Rotarians not only from Tucson Kino but from several other states who were vacationing in the park.
     President Emma Carrillo emceed the event. Debbie Haddock introduced Rotary District leaders Don Jorgenson, District Governor Elect and Ellie Patterson, Past District Governor.
     Also present was Tohono O'odham member Jesse  Navarro, Governmental Affairs Assistant at the Tohono O'odham Nation, who spoke to the group about the significance of their lands and about the mountains which ring the city.
     Kino Rotarian David Fawcett told the audience about Rotary International, Tucson Kino Rotary and other Rotary Clubs in southern Arizona. He said Tucson Kino Rotary has installed five Peace Poles in Tucson, one in Sells and, now, this newest one, in the Country West RV Park.
     Buck and John Palacio spoke about the process of getting the Poles painted by the Sunnyside Automotive Class and getting the decals on the finished product.
     Joan Fawcett introduced visiting Rotarians Dan and Karen Stanley from her Club in Prior Lake, MN who are here for the dedication and to attend the Rodeo. The Stanleys visited our Club right before the pandemic and did a service project at American Eat Company with the Kino Club and the Angel Heart Pajama Project.
     Link to a video of the Peace Pole Dedication: https://youtu.be/lXjUF5jdfx4
Rotary District 5500 Service Project: Rillito Clean-Up
         On Saturday, March 18, 2023, about 65 people, Rotarians from several Clubs, UofA Rotaractors, friends, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, REI, Pima County Flood Control and Pima County Parks and Recreation, removed trash from the Rillito near Brandi Fenton and Children’s Memorial Parks.
     The groups collected about a third of a roll-off dumpster of trash, including a couple of beds, a pool-side umbrella, mattresses, sleeping bags and so much plastic debris.
     The Green Things plant nursery again provided the carts for hauling trash out of the wash.
     Volunteers ended the morning with Sonoran hot dogs from the Los Chipilones Ruiz food truck.
     A very gratifying part of the Rotary District 5500 Service Project came from the walkers and bike riders on the Chuck Huckelberry Loop who said, “Thank you!”.
The Rotary Club of Tucson Verde               (from Kasia Yuska)
     It’s citrus harvest time in Tucson!
     For its March service project, the Rotary Club of Tucson Verde partnered with the Iskashitaa Refugee Network to pick fruit from trees in the Sunset Ridge neighborhood.
     Iskashitaa helps integrate UN refugees into Southern Arizona while reducing food waste that would otherwise end up in the landfills.
     A win-win, and lots of fun! 
The Rotary Club of Yuma               (from President Elect Gen Grosse)
    The Rotary Club of Yuma was thrilled to have Executive Assistant Governor/District Governor Nominee, Susan Krahe-Archibald, join us in early March to sling our famous Tri-Tip Sandwiches at Midnight at the Oasis, one of our signature fundraisers with proceeds used for youth programs. 

    Yuma Rotary is proud to sponsor RYLA attendance for six high school students. They are all members of HACY’s (Housing Authority of the City of Yuma) SHINE program: https://www.theshineprogram.org/ .  The students recently shared their invaluable and incredible experiences with our Club along with their heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity.
     The Club Yuma is very excited for the opening of the Yuma County Children’s Museum in the next couple of weeks.  The Club constructed many pieces for the Children’s Museum as our District Grant project.  The Club is pleased to see them displayed in their new home.  The piece, ‘A Bug in a Bug’ was the brainchild of Rotary Club of Yuma’s Past President, Melissa Short, and Club Grant Chairman (aka, The Man that Makes Magic Happen), Mr. Doug Richey. Doug split a full Volkswagen Beetle in half, painted it like a Lady Bug, and created shelving in the vehicle’s interior for bug displays.  It’s one of the Club’s favorite projects and eager to share it with everyone!

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