District 5495 Youth Services News

To all Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs:

Starting next month, Rotaract officers will be able to complete their own club administration tasks, such as adding or removing club officers and members, and updating their club and meeting information. Rotary clubs will no longer be responsible for or have access to this administrative functionality. 

All Rotary members can use My Rotary to search for Rotarians and Rotaractors, view their profiles, and send messages directly via the platform, making it easier to connect and engage with one another. 

Rotaract clubs are expected to manage their own club data and membership rosters. These changes are part of Rotaract’s elevation to a distinct membership type and enable Rotaractors to use My Rotary in the same way that Rotary clubs do.   
While Rotary clubs will no longer have access to club administration functions for the Rotaract clubs they sponsor, we encourage you to continue to guide Rotaract clubs through the club operations process.  

District 5495 is excited to announce that we have had three community clubs come to life this year!!!!

1.       West Valley:  Jessica – Sun City and Peoria!!!

2.       Lake Havasu:  Roger – LHC, LHS and London Bridge!!!  Special thanks to Becky Goldberg

3.       Phoenix:  Colton – Phoenix 100!!!

Check out the Calendar of Events for each Club at www.azrotaract.org and sign up to our Instagram at ArizonaRotaract.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Colleen Coons,
D5495 Rotaract Chair

Submitted by: Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Director
The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes presented the Club's September 2022 Teacher of the Month Award to Linda Murphy, Music Teacher at Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Elementary Connect and the October 2022 Teacher of the Month Award to Lindsey Lara, Second Grade Teacher at CUSD Auxier Elementary.
The award selection is based on teacher's total years of service in the field of education; examples of how the teacher goes above the normal requirements and enhances student education; the respect shown for the teacher by her/his peers, students, and parents; and the teacher's involvement in extracurricular activities and service in the community.  A $500 check is awarded to the honored teacher - $200 from the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, $200 from Earnhardt Automotive Center and $100 from Trust Bank. 
Per the nomination documentation, Linda Murphy is not just a music teacher she is music to the souls of this school. She is a community creator which is a crucial need for an online school. She doesn't just teach music; she gets kids and families in clubs and activities after school. She seeks what the students might be missing and finds a way to provide it to them online. On her own time without being paid she has built events that our families are coming together for. She has created craft club, sing along night, talent shows, Art Masterpiece and Ukulele club. These activities serve to build connections among the students and foster collaboration in the classroom. Collaboration in the classroom increases academic output. She was instrumental in coordinating, creating, and scheduling a 'live' music/band/orchestra option for students who might not otherwise get this option because they attend an online school. Teachers on campus are thrilled to work with her because of the opportunities she creates for students.
Linda also worked with school staff to create a Patriot Day activity that we all participated in. Linda Murphy is always going above and beyond to make educational and extracurricular activities an option for our students' enrichment.
Per the nomination documentation, Lindsey Lara is an exceptional teacher, colleague, and friend. She loves with her whole heart. Lindsey sees the best in all her students. She cares and works hard to build relationships with students and their families. Fellow teachers who work with Lindsey have stated; she buys school supplies for students in need. She has purchased shoes and birthday gifts for students in foster care. She attends her students' extracurricular events on the weekends and has even left a vacation early to show up for a student. She has a positive outlook, is a great team player, and communicates effectively. She is the second grade Team Lead and regularly keeps us in the "know". Lindsey is thoughtful, dependable, and kind. She is an intuitive helper. She is often heard saying, "I've got it!" and quickly fills whatever need she sees, such as covering a duty, making copies, writing up emergency sub plans, or taking a staff member's child home from school. Lindsey Lara is gift! Auxier's students and staff are blessed to have an incredible teacher like her contributing to our community. 
For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes education programs and membership - see www.sunlakesrotary.com <http://www.sunlakesrotary.com
Below are important dates for clubs participating in Rotary Youth Exchange in 2022-23:
November 4-6, 2022 – RYE Fall Weekend Trip - Lake Havasu, AZ
December 2-4, 2022 – RYE Holiday Trip – Northern Arizona
January 27-29, 2023 – RYE Snow/Ski Trip
February 28, 2023 – deadline for Short Term Exchange Applications
April 1-2, 2023 – Outbound Orientation
June 15, 2023 – RYE 30 day USA Train Tour
For information, contact Donna Goetzenberger, RYE Chair, District 5495, Rotary Youth Exchange at:
(602) 469-1293
AZ Rotaract Council members hosted its first Annual Rotaract Retreat, Training and Sponsorship Appreciation recently at the home of District Rotaract Chair Colleen Coons.
From left, Soraya Movassaghi (UofA), Acacia Wastchak (ASU), Bridget Mac Donald (ASU), Valeria Gutierrez (ASU), Tom Nelson (Bisbee Rotary), Ed Koeneman (Mesa West Rotary), Dora Le (ASU), Jodi Corrales (GCU), Leslie Balderas (Phoenix), Colleen Coons (Mesa West Rotary).
The ASU Rotaract Club has scheduled a number of community service projects in October and invites Rotarians and Rotaractors to join them:
10/1: Andre House
Make sure to bring your smiles and a cooking attitude because we will be helping make and serve food for the homeless in the Phoenix community.

The event will be on Saturday, October 1st, from 3pm-7pm located at 213 S 11th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Sign up here!
10/15: Creighton Community Center
We will be assisting in distributing food into people's cars as they drive through. There will be many different stations and all types of food, going directly to the people in need in the Creighton Community.

The event will be on Saturday, October 15th, from 9am-11am located at Excelencia School 2181 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006. Sign up here!
10/21: Feed My Starving Children
Come join Rotaract as we prepare bags of food that will be sent all around the world to those in need!

The event will be on Friday, October 21st, from 11:30am-1:15pm located at 1345 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210. Sign up here!