District 5495 Youth Services News

The Interact District Council's Corporate Partner, American Furniture Warehouse, has temporarily stopped accepting wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other mobility-assistance devices at both of its warehouses in Gilbert and Glendale, due to increased need for the storage space for its business.   
The Arizona Interact Crutches 4 Africa has more than a full load for a 40-foot container to ship overseas, and no scheduled date to load and ship the container. 
When American Furniture Warehouse resumes accepting mobility devices, district Interact and Rotary Clubs will be notified. American Furniture Warehouse and the company's representative Lauren Lukas have been strong supporters of the Interact Crutches 4 Africa program and a partner with the district in other activities.
In the meantime, there is a critical need for temporary storage around our Rotary District. Each Interact and Rotary Club will have to make their own arrangements for storage, but if there is a location where larger numbers of mobility devices can be stored, that would be helpful. 
If you have storage space for mobility devices for Crutches 4 Africa, please email District Interact Chair Art Harrington, art@harringtonfinancialservices.com.
ASU Rotaract this summer successfully initiated a “Traveling Trophy” fundraiser, a project they hope to reintroduce every year moving forward.
The fundraiser acts as a friendly competition amongst various Rotary clubs to raise money for a non-profit organization. The Rotary club with the highest donations overall receives a trophy to champion until the next Traveling Trophy fundraiser!
The trophy, a lovable little robot, was donated by a Rotarian who hoped to see this tin companion be used in a donation drive for veterans.
For this iteration of the Traveling Trophy fundraiser, the organization of choice was Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping in physically and emotionally healing veterans through fly fishing as well as various educational activities and outings.
For veterans suffering from PTSD, the solace of calm waters and companions who can relate to their experiences is a godsend. Tying fishing line also helps those with prosthetic limbs exercise their motor skills. The major positive impact that PHWFF has had on numerous lives couldn’t have been made possible without the help of generous donations and volunteers.
For this reason, ASU Rotaract is proud to announce that over $1,000 in donations were raised to help PHWFF. In addition to that, Tempe South Rotary Club was the reigning king of the fundraiser, providing the most donations out of all participating Rotary clubs.
ASU Rotaract hopes to have another successful launch of this fundraiser next year! For that, any candidate suggestions for non-profit organizations to fundraise for would be greatly appreciated.
Contact ASU Rotaract at asu.rotaract@gmail.com to send in your suggestions.
If you’d like to learn more about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, check them out at https://projecthealingwaters.org/.
After a long hiatus because of the pandemic, in person RYLA Ponderosa is back! 

Originally scheduled for October 8-11, 2021, it has been moved to the Spring 2022, April 7-10.  This will give staff more time to promote the program, and more time for the current COVID picture to improve.
Our website is ryla5495ponderosa.org.  Please contact Sherry Mischel at sherryfmischel@outlook.com or John Wintersteen at jdwintersteen@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Thank you!
RYLA Ponderosa Staff
Hi Everyone! I’m happy to announce that the Interact District Council has had a successful retreat! During July 16-18th, our Assistant Governors spent their time training with numerous presentations and scenarios to aid in the preparation of this year. Our presentations contained information on how to grow a club, set measurable goals, and various leadership principles. Saturday was dedicated to team bonding. Our governors were split into three color teams (yellow, blue, and green), to face off in volleyball, tug-a-war, and capture the flag. As our teams went head to head, rivalries started, but at the end of the day everyone came together to unite as one big team. Throughout the weekend, I was able to watch complete strangers build lasting connections and friendships with each other. Our Assistant Governors have been equipped with all of the skills needed to ensure a successful year of service. 
Recently, our Mexico and Kenya Ambassador Teams arrived home. After a long trip of hardwork and dedication, our two teams were welcomed home by their families and Assistant Governors at the airport. To learn more about their journey, visit our Interact District Website, (https://www.rotaryazinteract.org/).