Welcome from District Governor Nancy Van Pelt
Welcome to the Rotary International District 5495 website!  This site has been designed to serve as a resource for all Rotary clubs and members. It provides a point of access to resources, information, events and stories available for your use.
The ‘District’ is Rotary International’s way to geographically organize clubs and provide a point of access to shared resources, services and communications.    Our district is comprised of 71 Rotary clubs and 6 satellite clubs.  Two of our clubs are e-clubs!  We are home to more than 2450 members.   Read more here.
We lost a GREAT Rotarian this week.
His legacy will be remembered by ALL through the ages.
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Rotarians In Action
February 2018 News
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
You’ve heard Rotary described as an organization where leaders gather together to share ideas and take action.
I’ve been reflecting on how effectively Rotary does deliver on that leadership promise!  We are both an organization of leaders, and an organization that develops leaders.
If you are currently a Rotarian and have had a passion working with your club as a counselor or club Youth Exchange officer for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, consider being a local coordinator. 
We are looking to gain coverage with our local coordinator team throughout the valley in the Peoria, Anthem, Gilbert, Tempe and Mesa areas. 
You will be supported by our district Youth Exchange Committee, and they will be there to help with training and to answer any questions you might have along the way. 

The Rotary Club of Sedona celebrated its 60th birthday by hosting the February 15 Sedona Chamber of Commerce Mixer held at Sedona Arts Center. The club took this opportunity to review its history and showcase the impact it’s making locally and globally.      

With the help of the Sedona Heritage Museum, club members assembled a slideshow with newspaper clippings showing early club activities documented in the Red Rock Newspaper along with more recent activities.

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Area 9 is comprised of the Anthem, Phoenix East, Phoenix West, Phoenix Rotary 100 and Thunderbird Rotary Clubs and the Downtown Social Club – a Phoenix Rotary 100 satellite club. These clubs do all the amazing things that you would expect from any highly-functioning group of clubs.
Here are the president-elects from each of these clubs attending a pre-PETS breakfast just a few weeks ago. From left to right: Randy Long (Phoenix Rotary 100), Hunter Merrill (Anthem), Sandy Petersen (Phoenix West), Betty Ilioi (Thunderbird) and David Rider (Phoenix East).
And so, to highlight just a few of the things these clubs are up to:
When crises occur, we are often left wondering who to call first and how to properly respond. We are pleased to now have a plan in place that can be followed to ensure that the matter is handled with the utmost care. There’s even a page at the end to include your own important club’s contact info. You’ll want to get familiar with this new resource for clubs. 
Note: This document is also available on the District Website under Member Resources.

Register by MARCH 15 for Early Bird Pricing!

Last year’s Club Leadership Academy received RAVE REVIEWS from attendees:

 “I just wanted to let you all know that Club Leadership Academy was awesome! It was a one-day conference in every sense of the word! I wasn't expecting that at all.  And the food was incredible.  Thanks.”

Cheryl of Peoria North


“I just want to thank you for the fantastic CLA! It was the best! The facilitators were perfect and the interaction was wonderful.”

Polly from Mesa West


“What a fantastic conference! Wow! Incredible planning and effort was evident throughout.”

Jennette from Sedona

My favorite part about membership is the many resources available to you and your clubs. Looking for an easy way to add a little recognition to your meetings? Encourage everyone to fill out their club profile! Now, you have a perfect way to celebrate birthdays, milestone anniversaries and Rotary anniversaries. You can also sign a card and mail it to them. 
Grab a cup of coffee and read through Engaging Your Members, a resource available at rotary.org. I attached the link below. This guide has some great practices for creating a membership plan. Happy reading.
Your Friend In Rotary,
By registering early, you will increase your chances to win great prizes such as a Holland America Cruise, or travel and vacation stays!
Everyone who registers for the full Conference will have their name entered one time into the drawing. BUT you can increase your chances by registering early! In fact, the earlier the better!
Register by March 1, 2018 and you will have 4 chances to win!
Register by April 1, 2018, and you will have 3 chances to win!
Register by May 1, 2018, and you will have 2 chances to win!
So, do the math, and register early!
Full paid conference registrations are required to enter the drawing. Drawing will be held on Saturday Evening, June 2. Must be present to win.
For anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about Rotaract, here’s your chance to connect with the emerging leaders in Rotary.
March 12-16 is World Rotaract Week and the 50th anniversary of Rotaract. In celebration, there are a slew of events planned, which are open to everyone in Rotary. They are targeted around the valley to ensure that any and all Rotarians can attend.
Events Schedule:
March 12: International Project – ASU Tempe campus, Wrigley Hall Room 202, 105 E. University Drive, Tempe, 6-7 p.m.
March 13: Service Event at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa, 1345 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, 8:30-10 p.m.
March 14: District Rotaract Fundraiser at As You Wish at Westgate, 9410 W. Hanna Drive, Glendale, 6-9 p.m.
March 15: Emerging Leaders/Rotaract Social at Bevvy in Old Town Scottsdale, 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the Rotaract Club of Phoenix Facebook page.
This year, Rotarians in Tempe planted 124 trees in one day at Svob Park, with the help of Camelback Crossroads Satellite, Tempe Rio Salado and with money from a Tempe trust from a former Tempe Downtown Rotarian.
Shade in parks is an important aspect of community development in Arizona, and we knew planting one tree per Rotarian was one of RI President Ian Riseley’s goals for the Rotary year. When the group spoke with the City of Tempe and they seemed excited about the initiative, they jumped on the chance. It took a lot of collaboration between the city and Rotary, at least five months of planning, multiple committee meetings and a fantastic point person, Rotarian Tara Haviland, to pull it all off.
(Vocational Service in Arizona)
Yesterday, when I reflected back on my day,
It was satisfying to realize “life is OK!”
I know my actions with others as such
allow me friendships and to stay in touch.
I have learned that what is fair to me is also fair to them
and the truth is the base which all dealings depend.
I’m proud to be a Rotarian! I use the 4-Way Test
in all my dealings because it is the best!
The Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club is holding its annual golf tournament on Friday, March 23, at the Starfire Country Club to raise funds for their 33rd Annual Special Day for Special Kids, as well as other community service projects.
Special Day for Special Kids is a day of fun, games and great experiences for some very special kids and their families. 
RYLA 5495 Pinerock just completed its camp in Prescott and it was a huge success. Kudos to the staff who made this possible.
RYLA 5495 Ponderosa in Heber is coming up from April 5 to 8. We hope to have a terrific camp also.
As part of the RYLA curriculum, students are introduced to a community service project – Kids Against Hunger (KAH) meal packing through the Manzanita Outreach Organization, an Arizona Charitable Tax Credit organization. RYLA 5495 Pinerock once again packed over 42,000 nutritious meals packed in three hours, with the packaged food distributed to local emergency providers in Apache Coumty.
Four Peaks Rotary is excited to announce the first Fountain Hills Collector Car Show located in beautiful Fountain Hills on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The show will be on the newly renovated “Avenue of the Fountain,” which is in the center of town and heart of their lovely community. This street is a beautiful backdrop for this event with red brick walkways aligned with water fountains and beautiful trees with resting spots along the walking path.
Your Voice Can Be Heard at Rotary International, You, can make a difference!
Do you have concerns about how things operate at Rotary International? Then you may submit a resolution to Rotary International.
What is a resolution? The Council on Resolutions meets online every year to vote on proposed resolutions. Resolutions are requests to the Board or the Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.
Past President Mary Blank introduced Christina Lanoue, AVP of Property Management for Scottsdale Fashion Square, to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at a meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. Lanoue oversees all facets of property management and operations for Scottsdale Fashion Square.  A shopping industry veteran for more than 40 years, Lanoue was a store manager and buyer for Federated Department Stores, as well as, a divisional leader and buyer for Bullocks and Goldwater Department Stores.