PETS Advertising 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Public Image – How Can I Learn More Bob Murray 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone and we will soon be full bore into the December holiday season.  If you had an opportunity to check out the latest Governor video you’ll recall that there was mention of my conversation with Brian Gray, President of the Paradise, California Rotary club. (Much like a street in Show Low by the way, the name of this town, Paradise, is thought to have originate from the term Pair of Dice.)  Every Rotarian in the Paradise Rotary Club, all 67 of them, lost their home in the Camp fire in northern California.  Many lost their truck or car, their business and their job.  A fund for assistance has been set up: Please consider a donation in order to help these fellow Rotarians as well as their friends and neighbors in what will surely be a long recovery effort.
DG Jim's December Message 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
March 25, 2019
2nd Annual Gilbert Rotary Team Trivia Fundraiser
Southeast Regional Library 775 N. Greenfield Road Gilbert AZ 85234
Come and join us for a fun and challenging night of trivia. Bring a team of family and friends or form a Rotary Club team and compete for prizes. A silent auction will also take place. All proceeds benefit Gilbert Rotary Charities. This is our major fundraiser of the year and last year’s event was a huge success. Please join us.
Tickets for individuals are $25 - Tables of 8 are $200
Rotary Club of Gilbert is keeping busy 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club toured Raising Special Kids, Ability 360 affiliates as well as the $12,500,000 Special Needs work out facilities. The world championship para Olympic rugby team as well as many other championship teams train in these state of the art facilities. The blind even play basketball with special noise making balls. We have worked with Raising Special Kids for 15 years or so and we are planning on doing a collaborative fundraiser with them in 2020. This group does so much for our special needs community and we are happy for all they do for our Special Day for Special Kids day. We loved that they had a bunch of pictures of Special Day for Special Kids on their wall. Great to see Arizona taking excellent care of their special needs population.

Raising Special Kids Off Site Meeting 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
As Rotarians we “see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”  The holiday season brings renewed focus on thanksgiving, goodwill and reflection.  This month’s resource, courtesy of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, provides a way to build peace through respectful, civil discourse in our communities, with application closer to home—in our clubs, workplaces, social networks and our families!
Peacebuilding Resources 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Hi everyone, check out RYE's TV/Radio appearance this morning!!  The tv/radio program runs in all of Northern Arizona/Verde Valley/Yavapai County areas, with studios in Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Prescott Valley.
Machel, Tristan (RYE Inbound-Sedona), and Leo (RYE Outbound-Flagstaff) did an amazing job promoting our Short Term and Long Term Youth Exchange Program!  
This was a first, but it's my hope that we can continue to promote our RYE program with more media coverage!  The larger audience that we capture, the more RYE candidates and host families to be gained!  
It aired live on both Verde Valley TV (Cable One channel 56
and/or Suddenlink channel 2) and on KYBC 96.3 FM.
It re-runs at 2 pm on KKLD.
It also airs multiple times a day for 4 days on TV, check the cable providers schedule for times.
The episode remains permanently on their website,, and
their Facebook page:

Check it out!  
RYE on TV! 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Inbounds Journal 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
SEDONA – (November 29, 2018) – The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks recently awarded a grant for thirteen new child car seats to Sedona Fire District.  The club provided the car seats through a District Matched grant to the fire district to ensure that the needs of the community are met.  “Proper use of safety seats have been shown to significantly decrease child injuries and fatalities if a collision occurs” said Eric Walter, Community Integrated Paramedic and National Child Passenger Safety Technician. As a Rotary group we felt this helps further the safety of our community and children.  “Through grants like this one, the fire district is able to ensure local families in need have access to car seats” stated Kris Kazian Fire Chief and President of the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks.  We would like to remind everyone that specially trained car seat technicians at fire departments near you are happy to look over any car seat and make sure it is installed properly and in Sedona if you need a new one, we have one for you. 
Sedona Red Rock Rotary and Sedona Fire District Team Up For Safety 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Hello Fellow Rotarians;
We Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family.  We are in the home stretch of 2018, and the first of our District's amazing RYLA programs is just around the corner in January! 
As we prepare for this year’s RYLA program, the committee is excited about the various opportunities that are available for the youth in our communities with the upcoming RYLA Camps.  For the past few years, RYLA Pinerock in Prescott has been actively working with The Manzanita Meal Packing Program and this past April RYLA Ponderosa in Heber completed their first meal packing event – together both RYLA camps packed 75,000 meals this year alone! Meals that have ALL been distributed to hungry families here in Arizona. RYLA 5495 has paid for many of those meals through the Arizona Tax Credit. This year, the RYLA 5495 Committee elected to combine our fundraising efforts.  We are “One RYLA with Two Camps”!  Donations received will be distributed proportionately between the two camps.
2018-11-26 One RYLA with Two Camps 2018-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
Greetings fellow District 5495 Rotarians. November is Foundation Month, and on November 10 a highlight of the season will be taking place, The Foundation Dinner and Show featuring Rotarian thespians.
You're a Good Rotarian Charlie Brown!
This is a not-to-be missed event at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport hotel, 1600 S. 52nd Street in Tempe. Seating is limited and registration is filling up. The cast and crew have been working hard in order to present a fun-filled evening. In addition to the play there will be other highlights during the evening, but this is not a fund raising event and you will not be hit up for a donation. Make plans now to attend.
DG Jim's November Message 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

It’s Official!     


Peacebuilder Clubs are a growing movement within Rotary
The “Peacebuilder Club” designation now being offered to Rotary Clubs worldwide.  It is designed to further highlight “Peacebuilding” as one of Rotary International’s six Areas of Focus.
Peacebuilder Clubs 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Public Image – How Does Your Club Website Rank Bob Murray 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
As soon as a Rotary club is chartered by Rotary International, it automatically becomes an IRS-approved 501(c)(4) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under RI’s 501(c)(4) group umbrella. A club retains that status as long as its required version of the Form 990 tax return is filed each year with the IRS. If a club loses its 501(C)(4) tax-exempt status for failure to file its tax returns, unless the problem is remedied within a stated brief period of time, the club must go through the costly and time-consuming process to request its own 501(c)(4) determination letter from the IRS. It can never again return to its previous 501(c)(4) group status under the RI umbrella, once that happens.
Your 501(c)(4) Rotary Club — What does that mean? 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Sun City Rotary Club Honors Challenger Middle School Students 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Ronald Roderique was presented with the Meritorious Achievement Award from Pittsburg State University in 1993, an achievement he considers to be one of the highlights of his career.
PHOENIX, AZ, October 25, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Ronald Roderique with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Roderique celebrates many years experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, accomplishments, visibility and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Ronald Roderique Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
District Leaders Support Clubs by Attending Resource Summit
Assistant governors are the first source of support for clubs, and District committees provide a resource to support your assistant governors. Leaders of various District committees and assistant governors from across District 5495 had the opportunity to meet on Saturday, October 20, for a full day of sharing updates and ideas about services for clubs.   
Leadership Development and Education Update 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Sedona Red Rocks Rotary hosted their 6th Annual Oktoberfest on October 20.
Club President Kris Kazian said, “This event is more than a fundraiser to support our youth, it is a community event that people can get out and enjoy time with friends and neighbors.”
Oktoberfest in the Red Rocks 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Peoria North Rotary Club hosts Bowl-A-Rama Fundraiser 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
In Arizona, we are able to actually direct some of our state income tax obligation to qualifying charitable organizations. To people from out-of-state this seems difficult to believe. We can make a donation and reduce our state income tax by the amount we give—up to $400 for individuals or $800 for a couple filing jointly. In other words, we can donate without it costing a cent.
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) is such a qualifying charitable organization. It was founded by Rotarians and received its 501(c)(3) charitable status in 1990. TRVFA is still operated by a board of directors made up entirely of Arizona Rotarians.
Vocational Service is one of the five avenues of service of Rotary International. Many clubs struggle with how to identify and fulfill good vocational service goals. Support of TRVFA not only supports the vocational service ambitions of Rotary, it also supports community service.
Recipients of our vocational education grants have to qualify by meeting established low-income guidelines. The grants enable them to acquire the necessary skills and certifications to enter well-paying vocations and thus contribute to the Arizona economy.
Even if you've already exhausted your tax credit donations for the year by donating to other charities, this charity is worthy of your support. We hope you will help us "Unite, take action to create lasting change. Help us provide vocational education grants."
Arizona Rotary’s Own Qualifying Charitable Organization 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
23 New Members!!
Our district has welcomed 23 new Rotarians from September to October. What a great thing to celebrate! This is ALL because of the wonderful things YOU are doing in your clubs, every day. I am so excited to recognize and celebrate the clubs that have had an increase in their membership! No one knows better than you, the time and effort that it takes to see such a great impact.
Membership Minute 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Savannah Causey has been selected to serve as the first District Governor of a newly-formed statewide Rotaract District, according to an announcement by DGN and District Rotaract Chair Elizabeth Mahoney. She served as the student body president and was a strong leader of the Interact Club at Lake Havasu High School. This past year she was selected to represent our Interact District 5495 as an outstanding member of the 2018 Interact Ambassadors to Kenya team. Savannah is a seasoned and capable leader who has proven she knows how to get things done. She is now a Rotaractor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Causey to Lead Statewide Rotaract 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation is one of the most recognized and highly-rated charities in the world! November is Foundation month, and it is a great time to celebrate your club accomplishments regarding The Rotary Foundation.
November is Foundation Month! 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Does your club’s website represent Rotary’s Image? 
The District Public Image Committee has many tools available for you to use to evaluate your website in the privacy of your home, office or club.
One tool, a checklist, addresses all the points needed to have your Rotary Club website represent Rotary well and be recognized as a Rotary Website.
How Does Your Club Website Rank? 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary?  This seemingly easy question has many different answers.  The new Rotary public image campaign aims to provide a simple, consistent answer and rally Rotarians around a single idea: telling — and showing — the world that we take action to make lasting change.  Rotary clubs around the world have been slowly adopting the new Rotary Public Image since it was unveiled several years ago.
Rotary Public Image - What Is Rotary? Bob Murray 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Two of District 5495’s newest Rotary clubs will be holding their charter celebrations in October.  Rotarians from all around the District are invited to join in the festivities.
The Rotary Club of Fort Mohave Sunrise will be holding a luau on October 20 at 2 p.m. in the Mohave Valley Community Park. If you would like to attend, and you are strongly encouraged to do so, please RSVP to The RSVP is necessary in order to ensure that the club has enough food on hand to feed all the attendees.
Two District 5495 Rotary Clubs to Hold Charter Celebrations in October 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
On Saturday November 10th the District will be holding its Foundation event.  This event will be a little different than what you have experienced in the past.  We will be starting out with a cocktail hour and then have dinner and a show.  A show featuring Rotarian thespians.  This is not an event that you want to miss!  There is limited seating so you want to get registered as soon as possible.  Registration is open on the District website and $55 per person it is a bargain not to be missed. You do not want to be the person who missed the event and then hear later that you should have been there.  Register now before the event fills up.     
Foundation Event November 10 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Leadership Development and Education Update 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
On September 8, the District Nominating Committee selected Bret McKeand to serve as District 5495 Governor in 2021-2022.
Bret has been a Rotarian since 2007, first as a member of the Sun City West club and currently as a member of the Peoria North Rotary Club. Bret is a past president of the Peoria North club and currently serves as Assistant District Governor for area 6. He has also served as president of the Peoria North Rotary Club Foundation. Bret is actively involved in club and District activities and he has attended multiple District Conferences and International Conventions.
Bret McKeand selected District Governor for 2021-2022 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Weekend a Success 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
In August, the Laughlin Rotary Club presented a $1,000 check for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) to PDG Danny Messersmith, TRVFA board president.
These funds, along with other donations from Rotarians and Rotary Clubs across Arizona, will help provide “A Hand Up/Not A Hand Out” for eligible students in need of a vocational education. 
Laughlin Rotary Club Supports TRVFA 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Peacebuilding is one of Rotary's six Areas of Focus, and almost all of the projects our clubs undertake worldwide contribute to that goal.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution in 1981 that established an “International Day of Peace” that is observed around the world each year on September 21. It is a day devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, and activities that promote peaceful relations and reduce conflict are held by Rotary clubs around the globe in connection with this observance.
Observing Peace Day in Our District 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
The newly appointed District 5495 Strategic Planning Committee has begun its plan development efforts. The process is in its early stages; the committee has begun conversations with District 5495 committee leaders and the District's Governor line to identify what a successful District 5495 looks like in future years. Today, this plan is in its infancy and it has five major headings, or strategies: Leadership Development, Membership, Service, Youth Services and Public Image. The committee plans to present an initial draft of the District Strategic Plan to all of our clubs by the end of December, at which time, the clubs will be asked to comment on the committee's progress and offer suggestions for changes and improvements to the draft plan (see cartoon). The committee's goal is to have the first iteration of a Strategic Plan launched in time for our District Conference in May 2019. Look for our next update in mid-November.
District Strategic Plan Begins to Take Shape 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Friday night football for high schools is always exciting, but when rivals Bullhead City’s Mohave High and Lake Havasu High clash for their annual Golden Shovel Game, truly amazing things happen, as thousands of dollars are raised for Rotary’s Polio Eradication efforts.  
For the past two years the Interact Clubs of these two high schools, who have both sponsored Purple Pinkie Days to raise funds for PolioPlus, have challenged each other to a “Battle of the Pinkies,” to see which club can raise the most money for Polio Eradication during the one week prior to their Golden Shovel Game — up until half-time of that annual football rivalry. This year a large trophy was created, to be awarded to the winning Interact club, to keep and display at their school until the next year’s game.
Interact Clubs Compete - PolioPlus Wins 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Greetings District 5495 Rotarians. The time is flying by and we are now in October, one quarter of the way through the Rotary year. October is Economic and Community Development month. In District 5495 October is also Polio Month, with October 24th being designated World Polio Day.
As October begins, I have completed 35 club visits. I continue to be amazed at what I am seeing on these club visits. Most inspiring is the improvement that I have noticed in some clubs since my last visit to these clubs a couple of years ago! That is not to discount, however, all the amazing efforts each of our clubs is making in their local communities. I shudder to think where some of these communities would be without their local Rotary club.
DG Jim's October Message 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Each year the Interact District Council sponsors and leads two conferences designed to motivate and strengthen the more than 90 Interact clubs in District 5495. This year, the 27-member IDC has completely restructured their Fall Leadership Conference, which is being hosted by the Herberger Young Scholars Academy on the ASU West Campus in Glendale on Saturday, October 27.
Interact’s Fall Leadership Conference is Giant CCTD 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Let’s Celebrate YOU!!
Happy fall! I am so excited to recognize and celebrate the clubs that have had an increase in their membership! No one knows better than you, the time and effort that it takes to see such a great impact.
Congratulations to the Sun Lakes Rotary Club who had a total increase of 9 NEW MEMBERS!
Jon Lyons, Membership Chair for the Sun Lakes Rotary Club, shares what their club is doing:
The Sun Lakes Rotary Club is very aware of the need to increase membership, and like all clubs we face a challenge every year with attrition. Some of the key strategies and practices in our club include:
October Membership Minute 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Members of Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary began delivering 504 dictionaries to third grade students at six Scottsdale Elementary Schools in September. Each dictionary was affixed with the Rotary emblem and the Four Way Test. Members walked the children through the various uses of the dictionary in spelling and definition; plus numerous fact sections such as states, presidents, planets, etc. It was such a great experience to see the smiles and enthusiasm when the children wrote their names in the book indicating it was their dictionary. Teachers notified us that thank-you letters are on their way to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Completes Literacy Project 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
On Friday, September 21, the Peoria Rotary Club called the community together at Centennial High School to celebrate the International Day of Peace. This was the club's third-annual event and it included remarks about Peace from Rotarian Chuck Fitzgerald, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, Peoria Unified School District Governing Board members Kathy Knecht and Monica Ceja-Martinez and Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Linda Palles-Thompson and Communications Officer Danielle Airey. In addition, the Centennial High School Bel Canto Choir performed and a Centennial Interact Club member spoke about his club's "every act of service is an act of peace" model of serving. 
Peoria Rotary Club Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Celebrate Octoberfest! 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarians;
As we prepare for this year’s RYLA program, the committee is excited about the various opportunities that are available for the youth in our communities with the upcoming RYLA Camps.  For the past few years, RYLA Pinerock in Prescott has been actively working with The Manzanita Meal Packing Program and this past April RYLA Ponderosa in Heber completed their first meal packing event – together both RYLA camps packed 75,000 meals this year alone! Meals that have ALL been distributed to hungry families here in Arizona. RYLA 5495 has paid for many of those meals through the Arizona Tax Credit. This year, the RYLA 5495 Committee elected to combine our fundraising efforts.  We are “One RYLA with Two Camps”!  Donations received will be distributed proportionately between the two camps.
2018-08-31 one-ryla-with-two-campsne RYLA with Two Camps 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

How can you keep your club qualified for grant funds every year? 

It’s easy! If a club exceeds or equals the minimum threshold giving of $70 per capita to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund every year, that club will meet one of three major qualification requirements for grants. All three major requirements are listed below.

Clubs submitting applications for District Grant or Global Grant funds in 2019-20 must be qualified by the district. District 5495 has established requirements in addition to those established by The Rotary Foundation. To be eligible to receive grant funding for any grant program, Rotary Clubs in District 5495 must:

•      Have had a minimum Annual Fund per capita giving of $70 in 2017-18. (If a club fails that minimum threshold in 2017-18, it can still qualify with a minimum of $125 Annual Fund per capita giving in 2018-19.) The Annual Fund is the designated area of giving to The Rotary Foundation that provides grant funds.

•      Have one member attend the Grant Management Seminar for 2019-20 grants. It is recommended that the chair of the club’s The Rotary Foundation attend. Note: A club can send as many participants as desired. Seminars will be conducted in March of 2019.

•      Provide a signed M.O.U. & Addendum by both the 2019-20 president and president-elect.

Jim Bissonett, DRFC Chair

District & Global Grants 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Attempting to raise money for Rotary projects in Rural Arizona is especially difficult. In most small towns, there are more than 10 charity raffles going at all times. A benefit dinner for someone or something happens almost every weekend, and straight donations in depressed income populations, just don't happen. 
That's why, years ago, the clubs of the White Mountains, (Springerville, Silver Creek and Show Low) came up with the idea of the Rotary Masquerade Ball. The event was very successful for 3 years, but when all our clubs took a membership hit, we had to drop the event for lack of workers. Well, we decided to bring the event back this year, since our clubs are really struggling to fund all our projects, which mainly focus on Children and Education. 
Even though the Show Low club has had to bow out because of membership, the Silver Creek and Springerville clubs are going ahead! So, on October 13th, 2018 at Hon Dah Resort & Casino in Pinetop, AZ, we will be holding the premier gala event of the White Mountains. With ball gowns, tuxedos, and masks, the evening will be one to remember. 
If you would like to attend, the fall colors will be magical and the weather will be cool! Tickets are $50/ea or a table of 10 for $450. Check out our facebook page HERE, or the website HERE for more information and to buy tickets.
We hope to see you there!
Rotary Masked Ball Benefits Children & Education 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Sponsoring food drives, volunteering at senior care homes and raising money for local charities are just a few examples of what students at Peoria high schools are doing to help their community.
Those efforts and more were celebrated during a banquet held August 21 to honor the efforts of Peoria high school service clubs. The banquet, held at Southwest Indian Ministries Center in Peoria, was sponsored by the Peoria Rotary Club. The event was intended to highlight activities by student service clubs that emulate Rotary’s mission of “service above self” and “doing good in the world.”
Peoria Rotary celebrates work of high school service clubs 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown inducted a new member this week. Kavisha Saraswat found Rotary through our online membership lead system. Rotary Membership Leads are inquiries that come through the website. Each lead is distributed to a District based on location and ultimately down to the clubs for a personal invitation. You might be wondering how exactly our District handles these leads. Past District Governor Jeanie Morgan, from the Mesa West Rotary Club, supports our membership leads and helps introduce prospective members to local clubs. This communication includes reaching out directly to prospective members as well as forwarding the lead to local clubs.
Let's Celebrate Membership! 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Sedona Red Rocks sponsored a donation collection drive at its meeting on August 1 to support the Verde Valley Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is the Verde Valley’s twenty-eight bed domestic violence shelter for women and children. The club’s members contributed much-needed personal hygiene items including shampoo, soap, deodorant—and, always an important item—diapers. Red Rocks Rotarian Donna Hawk, also a weekly volunteer at Sedona’s Twice Nice thrift store that directly supports the shelter, loaded up her car and delivered the cartons of items on August 7. This year marks the Verde Valley Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary of operation. Red Rocks Rotary plans to hold a monthly collection drive for tangible items needed by the many valuable non-profit organizations that serve the Sedona area.
Sedona Red Rocks Helps Verde Valley Sanctuary 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary year is off to a good start. I am hearing about many great initiatives and new ideas that the clubs are developing. In the west valley steps are being taken to begin a new club. It is expected that this club will charter fairly soon. As Rotarians return from their summer travels and later in the fall as winter visiting Rotarians return, more and more energy in our clubs will be evident.
September is Basic Education and Literacy month. Many of our clubs are involved in this area. There is, of course, the Dictionary project where dictionaries are distributed to third graders in various school systems around our area of service. In the past, some have questioned why we should bother with dictionaries. They are available electronically. Yes, they are, but not all school systems can afford to make this resource available to their students. Additionally, over and over I hear how the dictionary is the first book that these kids have ever had. So kudos to all the clubs participating in this project.
DG Jim's September Message 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary had another great opportunity to continue to partner with Vista del Camino, which is the City of Scottsdale’s social services network. 

The back-to-school program provides essential school supplies, backpacks, clothing and shoes to 1,025 Scottsdale-based, Kindergarten through 12th grade, income-eligible students at an event at Scottsdale Stadium in July. A broad partnership of city, school, civic, faith and business organizations collaborate on this program that equips students for school success.

Scottsdale Sunrise provided volunteers for two shifts to assist in the distribution of the supplies to the kids. In addition, a group of club members went to Vista del Camino in August to help sort, inventory and pack leftover items. 

The back-to-school program would not be possible without the generous support of individuals, groups, and organizations that donate, sponsor and volunteer for the program.

Working with Vista del Camino has allowed Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary to become more involved in the community. Believe it or not, there are families in need in Scottsdale and our club takes every opportunity to lend a hand.

Back to School in Scottsdale 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Chad Johnson, senior vice president and executive director of Phoenix Children's Care Network, was the luncheon speaker at recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. When introducing Johnson, Rotarian John Abbs said that Johnson joined Phoenix Children's in January 2015. Since 1983, Phoenix Children's Hospital provides hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families. 
Phoenix Children's is More than a Hospital 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Congressman David Schweikert, United States House of Representatives Arizona CD6, was luncheon speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion.  When introducing Congressman Schweikert, Rotarian Jim Bruner said that Schweikert is serving his fourth term in the United States Congress. Congressman Schweikert holds a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, having previously served on the Financial Services Committee. Congressman Schweikert sits on the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, co-chairs the Valley Fever Task Force, and is Republican co-chair of the Blockchain Caucus, the Tunisia Caucus and the Caucus on Access to Capital and Credit. 
Congressman Schweikert is Addressing Valley Fever 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Dr. Harry Tamm, MD, affiliated with Honor Health, was luncheon speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. When introducing Tamm, Rotarian Gary Baker said that Tamm is a neurologist in Phoenix and is affiliated with other hospitals in the area, including Banner University Medical Center Phoenix and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
Tam received his medical degree from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His internship was at the St. Louis Jewish Hospital and his residency work was at Barnes Hospital/Washington University Medical School. He received his board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 1977. Tamm is well published and has focused much of his studying on Parkinson's disease.  
Rotarians Learn About the Connection of Pesticides and Parkinson's Disease 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
District 5495 is proud to promote our very first District Resource Summit.
District leaders are encouraged to maximum attendance and participation.
A critical element to creating a successful District is providing effective planning and collaboration among District leaders. When club officers are well-prepared to perform their duties, club members are better served. This makes the member experience more positive, which leads to a quality club experience and increased member retention.
Without proper planning and collaboration among leaders at every level, districts and clubs cannot meet members' needs or introduce the benefits of Rotary to others.
Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Lunch will be served.
Location: Pendergast Learning Center, 3841 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85037  (623) 772-2203 | Click Here for a map & directions.
To utilize the limited time at the District Resource Summit most effectively, there will be a pre-summit webinar to discuss first steps for the summit. District leaders, please plan to attend.
Pre-Summit Webinar: September 24, 2018 at 6 p.m. Login information will be distributed to District leaders. Contact DG Jim Erickson or Angel Aguirre for questions.
Goal: Provide an opportunity to inspire District committee chairs and assistant governors to collaborate with each other and plan strategically for a strong future, while creating a succession plan for committees and District leadership.
  • To provide District committee chairs and assistant governors with an opportunity to plan and cross collaborate.
  • To provide a forum where district resources can share information and insight on the three Rotary Essential Issues—Support and Strengthen Clubs; Enhance Public Image and Awareness; and Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service.
  • To educate assistant governors about the resources available and obtain insights on how we might work together for the benefit of their clubs.
  • To provide understanding of the District resources and functions for interested District Rotarians.
  • To motivate Rotarians to serve in positions at the District and possibly at the Zone and International levels.
Opportunity to attend as a guest:
The District strongly encourages Rotarians to serve in positions beyond the club and possibly at the Zone and International levels, however, the Resource Summit is a working summit. Therefore, apart from the District leadership roles, there are only a limited number of seats available for interested Rotarians in the District. Contact DG Jim Erickson or Angel Aguirre for information on how to apply to attend.
Resource Summit 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
The International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world on September 21. Each year more Rotary clubs have started including a peace-related club project, program, speaker or youth activity during the month of September. Will your club be engaged this year? 
The quest for world understanding and peace has been a cornerstone of Rotary since its early days.  To follow its evolution over the years, you can read and download the ROTARY PEACE TIMELINE at the Rotarian Action Group for Peace website. Through our service projects, peace fellowships and scholarships, our members are Taking Action to promote peace and address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education and unequal distribution of resources.
Rotary Promotes Peace 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
What is it? What does it mean to you?
In 2011, Rotary International embarked on a multiyear initiative of unprecedented scale to strengthen the Rotary image.  In addition to expanding public understanding of what Rotary does, we want to motivate, engage, and inspire current and prospective members, donors, partners, and staff.  The two images at the top of this story have two distinctive names — do you know them?  They are explained at the end of this message.
Rotary’s Public Image is how Rotary is perceived by the world.  Rotary’s “Voice” is the unique tone and style in which we communicate.  There is no organization quite like Rotary.  By using a unified "voice" in all our interactions, we ensure our communications capture our distinct character — and how people experience Rotary.  By speaking, writing, and designing in one voice, our communications will look, feel, and sound unmistakably like Rotary.
Rotary's Public Image Bob Murray 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Chandler on your new Family Advocacy Center. An advocacy center is a comprehensive, victim-focused program based in a facility that allows law enforcement, child protection professionals, prosecutors, victim advocates, forensic interviewers, medical professionals and mental health providers to work together when intervening and investigating violent crimes against children and adults.
Chandler Horizon Supports Chandler Advocacy Center 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
What is it?  What does it mean to you?
In 2011, Rotary International embarked on a multiyear initiative of unprecedented scale to strengthen the Rotary image.  In addition to expanding public understanding of what Rotary does, we want to motivate, engage, and inspire current and prospective members, donors, partners, and staff.  The two images at the top of this story have two distinctive names — do you know them?  They are explained at the end of this message.
Rotary Public Image - What Is It? Bob Murray 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Over the weekend, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program for District 5495 had welcomed 11 out of the 13 students that will be staying in our district. We are so fortunate to have had host families, couselors, and representatives from different Rotary clubs join us at two different international airports making this a very special and welcoming experience for our inbounds. 
I am happy to report everyone has arrived safely and is adjusting to their new home here in Arizona. 
Kaley Gilmore
Inbound Chair for Rotary District 5495
Student Welcome Party in D5495 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Good Morning Fellow Rotarians;
As we prepare for this year’s RYLA program, the committee is excited about the various opportunities that are available for the youth in our communities with the upcoming RYLA Camps.  For the past few years, RYLA Pinerock in Prescott has been actively working with The Manzanita Meal Packing Program and this past April RYLA Ponderosa in Heber completed their first meal packing event – together both RYLA camps packed 75,000 meals this year alone! Meals that have ALL been distributed to hungry families here in Arizona. RYLA 5495 has paid for many of those meals through the Arizona Tax Credit. This year, the RYLA 5495 Committee elected to combine our fundraising efforts.  We are “One RYLA with Two Camps”!  Donations received will be distributed proportionately between the two camps.
RYLA Service Project 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
District 5495 will be taking a group of 6 Rotarians and partners (or single Rotarians) to Argentina with the proposed dates of the exchange starting on or about April 1, 2019. (No it’s not a April Fools Joke) in Buenos Aires.  We will host the team from Argentina on or about October 1, 2019.  
Those interested, please contact Frank Wiley at 602-540-5400.
Thanks, Frank Wiley and Don Schiller— RFE Co Chairs.
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina! 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
We have speakers for your club regarding The Rotary Foundation
Clubs may need to provide an audio/video set up for speakers.

Why The Rotary Foundation Matters
  • Purpose: To inspire Rotarians and to provide the reasons to embrace all aspects of The Rotary Foundation as the Charity of Choice•
  • Subject: A personal journey from opponent to proponent of world community projects. It will inspire Rotarians to give to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Program length: 20 minutes + time for questions
  • Speaker: DGE David Simmer
The Rotary Foundation – 101:
  • Purpose: To provide some basic understanding of TRF from both the spending and givingperspective. This is good for new Rotarians and a good refresher for all others.
  • Subject: An overview of all that encompasses The Rotary Foundation from how funds are spentand how contributions are appropriated from giving. This program gives both new Rotariansinformation and long standing Rotarians reminders of “how it all works!”
  • Program length: 20 minutes minimum. It always helps to leave time for questions.
  • Speaker: Jim Bissonett, DRFC Chair (and others)
Need a Speaker for your next Club Meeting? 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
My favorite part of each day is enjoying my cup of coffee and, today, it was made better with the August issue of the Rotarian. I loved reading the article by Geoffrey Johnson about membership! Geoffrey shares some fantastic strategies from the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside where Tom Gump put together 10 tips for increasing membership. It’s a great article and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Membership Minute 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Happy August District 5495 Rotary Clubs,
The Leadership Development Committee is very excited about the educational events being set up for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Take a look at the events and where they fit to support the strategic plan.
Rotary Leadership Institute, will be August 11 (Flagstaff) and January 26 (location TBD). This program is designed for new Rotarians or those who would like to become more familiar with the vast resources and support system for Rotarians and clubs available through Rotary.
News from the Leadership Development Committee 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Greetings from the extremely hot valley of the sun. For those of you at higher elevations, I’m envious. If you read last month’s Governor message, you’ll recall there was discussion of the DG photo – something about my cape being in the wash. There is another photo this month, but you will need to read to the end of this missive to find out how this came about. 
August is Membership and New Club Development month. Our District has actually done a fine job recently in getting new clubs started. We are also getting satellite clubs started and some satellites are converting to Rotary clubs. Membership, however, continues to remain a problem. I recently had occasion to review the invoices that each club in the District is receiving this month from RI for semi-annual dues. RI is billing the various clubs in the District for a total of 2,253 members, but seven of those members were in a club that has closed down. So the number is actually 2,246. How many of you can truly say that you actually expected a number that low? I know I was surprised. We will need to increase our overall membership by almost 7 percent to get up to 2,400 members. I think that is an achievable and worthy goal. So you know that person you’ve been thinking about asking to join in Rotary? Why don’t you make the ask?
DG Jim's August Message 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
The 4th Annual Arizona Rotary Water Summit will be held in Phoenix on Saturday, August 11. The summit is the perfect opportunity to connect with others concerned with water and sanitation issues worldwide.
If you have a water project – and you're looking for help – this event is for you. If you are looking to help others with their water project – this event is for you.
The cost is $15 (at the door) and includes lunch. Register at Questions, or to request to speak at the summit, please contact Chuck at
Rotary Water Summit 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
During our conference at the Wigwam in early June, the clubs in our District voted to 1) adopt an initial version of a Strategic Plan, and 2) to create a new district Strategic Planning Committee.
This new committee met on Saturday, July 14, to discuss moving the adopted plan toward a more robust plan that will serve the clubs in our district for years to come. The committee members include PDG Chuck Fitzgerald (Chair), PDG George Wheeler, PDG Charlie Tegarden, Marcy Maslov, Kaitlynn Wilcoxson and Teresa Giarrusso.
Please review this Strategic Plan and forward any comments or suggestions you might have to, or to any of the committee's members. If you have any interest in participating in the continued development of the plan, please let one of us know.
Lastly – look for another update following the committee's September meeting. 
District 5495's Strategic Planning Begins in Earnest 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Silver Creek Update
The Silver Creek Rotary Club is having a fundraiser to donate 60 backpacks with school supplies to needy kindergarten students in the Concho, Snowflake and Taylor schools. A $15 donation sponsors one backpack. If every club in our District helped with just one, Silver Creek would be rich in backpacks, pencils and scissors and putting smiles on some of the faces that need it the most in Arizona.
Silver Creek Update 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Kent Hammond was recently installed as 2018-19 club president of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale. Kent Hammond is partner at the firm of Rudolph & Hammond, LLC in Scottsdale. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The American Society of Legal Advocates, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He was has also nominated by his peers as a "Southwest Super Lawyer."
Scottsdale Installs 2018/19 Club President 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona to assist in the great work they do in providing grants to qualified candidates to pursue vocational careers in areas such as welding, health care professions, mechanics, aircraft technology and other vocational programs.  
The club challenges other clubs to consider making a donation to this worthy cause. Individuals can also donate by visiting
Scottsdale Sunrise Donates to TRVF 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
The president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council told a meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale that AZTC has grown into an 800-plus member professional networking organization since it was established in 2002. Steve Zylstra was the luncheon speaker at a recent Rotary Club luncheon at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s Pavilion.
Rotarian Scott Miller introduced Zylstra, stating he is responsible for the daily operations and management of the council and oversees a staff of 12.
Rotarians Hear About Arizona’s Growth as Tech Hub 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Four Scottsdale students have returned from an international service project in Trivandrum, India, where they delivered over $3,000 of needed school supplies to a rural elementary school one hour outside the town.
Diane Sterner, faculty advisor to the Interact Club of Scottsdale Prep, reports, “This was a purely student-initiated and conducted project.”
Adway Gopakumar, president of the Scottsdale Prep Interact Club, conceived the idea of organizing an international service project of the club. He identified the needy elementary school in southwest India.
Adway Gopakumar with four students in their new uniforms with the Liberation Through Education patch.
Scottsdale students complete international service project 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 class.
Arizona RLA is for Rotary Club past-presidents and District leaders only. Students will work (self-paced) with experienced faculty members on leadership, collaboration, the Rotary Foundation, Rotary history, membership, youth protection and fiduciary responsibilities.
Nominations must be submitted prior to the August 25 RLA orientation conference call. Information, including the nomination form, class schedule and student expectations, is available at
Questions? Please contact RLA Dean Chuck Fitzgerald​ at 623.229.7674 or
Rotary Leadership Academy Accepting Nominations 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and Friends of the Sedona Library have collaborated on providing a new commercial-grade picnic table to Sedona Public Library. The table is located at the library’s rental property that currently houses the Friends’ used bookstore.
The Friends’ used bookstore has operated at the 3270 White Bear Road location since June 2017. Prior tenants had left a picnic table on site but concerns recently developed about its condition, stability and safety to its frequent users.
Sedona Red Rocks Donates Picnic Table 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
A variety of colorful backpacks will greet 36 at-need elementary grade students as they return to classes at West Sedona School in August.
The backpacks, provided free of charge by the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks, also contain essential school supplies. Each backpack, suitable for grades K-to-4, holds two spiral notebooks, a dozen pencils, two glue sticks, one wedge eraser, a pair of safety scissors, a box of colored pencils and a set of 24 assorted crayons.
Red Rocks Donates Backpacks and Supplies 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Masquerade Ball 2018 Bryon Harrington 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Winslow handed out $1,000 scholarships this year to three incredible individuals. These young people are the beneficiaries of scholarships named for the specific people who made a real impact on the Winslow community. Pete Kretsedemas from the Falcon restaurant with 50 years perfect attendance who passed away in 2010 , Pinkie Walton was a high school counselor who touched many lives and Hayden Walton his great grandson who was tragically died after being hit by a baseball playing Little league. 
The scholarships, $1,000 each went to: Harleigh Scott, who will be attending Trinidad State JC for an Associate Degree in science, then a 4 year university for a BS in nursing. Sydney Clarke, will be attending Northern Arizona University as a Business Major. Caitlin Rundquist, will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Prescott for a Forensic Psychology Degree.
Winslow Rotary presents College Scholarships 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Chandler Horizon Rotary Club is a morning club which meets on Wednesday mornings at the Grill 60 of the San Marcos Golf Resort.
As per our agreement with the Grill 60 we have a simple buffet breakfast. Every week there is quite a bit of food left over which we pack up and deliver to one of three (3) locations.  
1) AZcend
2) My Sister's Place
3) a homeless shelter in Mesa
The receipiants are very greatful to have a hearty breakfast any day of the week.
We would encourage all clubs to donate any food stuffs to local shelters.
Chandler Horizon Rotary donates Breakfast 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bryon Harrington
The Annual Rotary Masquerade Ball has finally returned to begin it's yearly run. After taking a 4 year break, the Rotary Clubs of Silver Creek and Springerville, have decided it's time to bring the party back!
All proceeds go to furthering children's education in the White Mountains. The Rotary Masquerade Ball Foundation is a 501c3, non profit, so any donations are tax deductible. You can check out our facebook page for details and information as we get closer at
The date is set for Saturday, October 13th at 6pm, Hon Dah Resort in Pinetop, Arizona. The fall colors will be in full and the air will be crisp. Perfect for wearing that tuxedo and ball gown you keep tucked away for just such an event. The cost is $50 per person, and includes dinner, dancing, raffles, door prizes, silent auction, dessert auction and lots of fun! Tickets are on sale now online at, or call 928-333-5988 to purchase by phone or in person.
4th Annual Rotary Masquerade Ball is on! Bryon Harrington 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Arizona Rotary Water Summit 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Bobby Hurley, men's basketball coach at Arizona State University, was the luncheon speaker at recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. When introducing Coach Hurley, Rotarian Christopher West stated that Coach Hurley's win-loss record at Jersey City, New Jersey’s St. Anthony High School (where he led his team to four consecutive State titles) and his Duke University (where he was selected All-American in 1993), was 234-31—a .883 win percentage.  
ASU Coach Hurley Shares His Basketball Plans with Rotarians 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
TRVFA received a $2,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Tucson, and a $1,000 donation from the Chandler-Horizon Rotary Club.  
Which makes us all think—what Rotary Clubs, who strongly believe in the mission and vision of the TRVFA and, have funds in their operating accounts that could be used as a donation to the TRVFA?
I know a lot of clubs just put these year-end funds in their Club Foundation, never giving a thought as to how this money could immediately be invested in Rotary and the Avenue of Vocational Service.
This is my personal ASK!
The good news is, we have had a record-breaking year with 77 scholarship grants awarded in the total amount of $174,000.
The bad news is, TRVFA has run out of money and we are turning down what are probably well-qualified applicants. You can always contact me with questions.
Thanks again,
Lee Dueringer, President 
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona
Would your club help TRVFA? 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Our first district conference as District 5495 was fantastic! My favorite part was meeting youth exchange students and hearing the accomplishments of Interact and Rotaract. They are a fantastic group of future Rotarians. If you haven’t had the opportunity to invite them to your clubs, that would be a great program that I am sure they would love the opportunity to do so.
I was able to set up a table in the House of Friendship for Membership. I really enjoyed talking to so many people and hearing what best practices they have in their clubs. As I thought about what to include on the table, it was important to me that it highlight something that I felt every single person has an impact on, inviting potential members to their club!
Membership Minute 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year Rotarians. Yes, it is that time of the year when we transition from one set of leadership teams to a new set of leadership teams. It is also the time of the year where we offer a big thank you to those stepping up to a new role in Rotary and to those who are continuing on in the same role. All the work that you folks do is truly appreciated and many times you do not receive the recognition that you deserve.
This year my two main areas of focus will be PolioPlus and membership. OK, I admit these are tired issues that we have been discussing for years, but we continue to have work to do in both of these areas.
DG Jim's July Message 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Dave Heeke, director of athletics at University of Arizona, was the luncheon speaker at recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. When introducing Heeke, Rotarian Chuck Kim stated that he was named U of A's 13th director of athletics in February 2017 and started in that role the following April. Heeke is a veteran in college athletics and the Pac-12 Conference. He served as athletics director at Central Michigan University for 11 years and in the Oregon athletics department for 18 years, finishing his tenure there as senior associate athletics director/chief of staff.
Rotarians Hear From U of A's Dave Heeke That College Basketball is Changing 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
In 2009, one Rotarian was overwhelmed when he read about the struggles homeless teens in the West Valley face each day just to stay in high school. The fact that these kids had nowhere to go and no safety net was unacceptable. Working with his Rotary and local churches, they established Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) in 2010. In that first year, 47 students experiencing homelessness received support with basic needs from an agency who no longer viewed them as invisible. Since then, HYC has grown, and now provides services and programs designed to help homeless teens achieve a successful, self-sufficient future. HYC is very excited to report that we have surpassed our goal of serving 600 homeless youth this fiscal year. As of today, we have served 626 homeless youth, totaling more than 2,000 students since 2010.
Homeless Youth Connection 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Four Peaks Rotary club member Buzz Ponce has made it half way across the USA on his charity bicycle ride in support of Warriors Heart, a treatment facility for veterans, active military and first responders who are dealing with PTSD and chemical dependencies. They say you can't "un-see" the horrors of war, or the traumatic incidents experienced by many of our first responders. Warriors Heart, in Bandera, Texas, is a top-rated PTSD and detox facility and Buzz is raising funds specifically for scholarships for veterans who can't afford to travel there and receive the treatment they need. 
Buzz will be turning 70 years old during his ride and he plans to be at the Warriors Heart facility by Memorial Day weekend, which is roughly the half-way point in his bike ride from the coast of California to East Coast of Florida. He is keeping a journal of his cross-country adventures on his biking blog site.  Buzz's fellow Rotary club members have already pledged nearly $5,000 in Warriors Heart support for his "ride of a lifetime". If you don't already have a veteran's organization that you are supporting this Memorial Day, Buzz would certainly appreciate it if you'd consider sponsoring him for a penny-per-mile (about $28), and making your tax-deductible donation directly to Warriors Heart, via the link on his bike-riding website:
Four Peaks Rotarian, Buzz Ponce is half way across the USA 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
When you think about Rotary Exchange, you probably think of the youth exchange, high scholars who will study and live for a year in another country, and you have no idea of the possibility of spending 1 to 3 months in a country, being over 18 and less than 30 as a young professional. I was lucky enough to meet and have the opportunity to fulfill one of my biggest dreams. It all started with a neighbor, a Rotarian, talking to my mother about the possibility of my younger sister doing the youth exchange, and she is in Taiwan finishing her incredible year, right now. With that we hosted for the first time, my Polish sister Klaudia, and we started to participate and help in all Rotary activities, my mother started teaching Portuguese and now she is a Rotarian, and I'm here in Arizona. I can never thank Rotary enough for having this opportunity to come to Arizona and spend 2 months touring several cities and meeting incredible places and people.
The Adventures of a Young Professional Brazilian Journalist in Arizona 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Seven of our top high school age Interactors, along with an exceptional group of advisors, will be leaving Phoenix June 29 on their way to Kenya, where they will be transforming lives through their gifts of crutches, wheelchairs and other mobility equipment that were collected by the Interact clubs of our district, and have already been shipped to that country. The group will be returning on July 16.
Interact Ambassadors Leave for Kenya 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
A Message from Ken Kelley, Interact Chair
What I like about Rotary is the service never stops. Every day somewhere around the globe you can be sure there are Rotarians out there doing good. It doesn’t matter if it is a new club or old club. The opportunities are endless. If you can’t think of one of your own, you can always help another club with theirs.
The Pebble Creek Rotary club is one of the newest clubs in the district. They have partnered with the Interact District Council. Members of Pebble Creek have used their connections with the Southwest Lending Closet to take the lending closets excess mobility devices. They bring them weekly to American Furniture Warehouse. They are our corporate partner. They store and help move our collections around the state. Please, if you are in the market for furniture check them out. 
The Service Never Stops—Club and Corporate Partners in a Thriving Interact Program! 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary has been partnering with Visa Del Camino Social Services of Scottsdale to assist with their needs to serve the community of Scottsdale. Vista Del Camino provides services with a food bank, emergency financial assistance, job preparation services, career center, back-to-school clothing program, holiday adopt-a-family and numerous others areas of need for the citizens of Scottsdale.
You may think that Scottsdale does not have people in need, but there is a definite need for the working poor, seniors, and people who are just experiencing a rough patch.
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Recognized by Vista Del Camino 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Learn About Artificial Intelligence's Influence on Healthcare
Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests welcomed Chris Yoo PhD, president and CEO of Scottsdale's Systems Imagination Inc. (SII), to the club's luncheon meeting at Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. SII, founded by Dr. Yoo and Spyro Mousses PhD, is led by a multidisciplinary team of scientists and technologists with the mission of developing industrial solutions to massively accelerate the evolution of healthcare and life science knowledge.  
During his introduction, Rotarian Gay Baker stated that Dr. Yoo holds a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Yale University. Dr. Yoo is an experienced leader in understanding the latest biomedical and information-based technologies – both today's innovations and the future's potential – and in developing strategic ventures to prove the value of the molecular understanding of disease for better medical decisions. Ultimately, this will support better practice of medicine for the benefit of patients. Dr. Yoo worked for large technology companies, founded several startups, and published important research findings in respected scientific journals, all in the pursuit of the application of innovative solutions for the healthcare and life sciences Industry.
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Update 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Our D5495 RLI program held a reception for its first 100 graduates on April 21 at the historic Aunt Chilada’s restaurant in Phoenix. Food and drink were accompanied by a salsa-making challenge that was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to all our RLI graduates!
If you have not yet taken the RLI courses, the time to start is now. The next RLI sessions will be Saturdaty, August 11 at the Flagstaff Doubletree Hilton. Registration is now open and we have a special offering available for this date: Club Communications. This special module is open to anyone, and although it is not part of the regular RLI program, if your club needs help with its internal and public communication strategies, social media and PR, this course may be just what you need. Learn more HERE
RLI Holds First 100 Graduates Reception 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Peoria North Rotary Club is asking Rotarians who attend the district conference June 1-2 in Litchfield Park to bring along a clothing donation for the club’s major service project: The Prom Closet.
The club will have a table in the Hall of Friendship both days. Rotarians are invited to drop off clothing donations at the table.
Clean those closets and donate to Peoria North’s Prom Closet project! 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Cinco de Mayo in Nogales may never be the same! Nineteen Rotarians from Districts 5495 and 5500 joined Rotarians and other guests from Nogales to bring our celebration number to nearly 50 to kick off our Rotary micro credit program. Hosted by our micro credit administrator, FinReg’s President Juan Baca, and his Special Projects/Rotary manager Art Cordova, the event was coordinated by Global Grant Host Club Nogales Sur, and International Partner Tempe South. Along with a prestigious group of Rotarians and town luminaries, Nogales’s Mayor Cuahtemoc Galindo was also present for the ribbon cutting to open the Rotary/FinReg Micro Credit Office. After the office opening, the group proceeded to the host hotel and dinner along with Mexican-style entertainment.
District 5495 Micro Credit Update—Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, May 5-6 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

This is our final Vocational Shout Out for this Rotary year, so we wanted to share two items with all our Rotarian brothers and sisters.


The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) thanks Rotarians all across Arizona, our Laughlin, Nevada, Rotary Club and it’s satellite club in Mohave Valley, Arizona, we have had a banner year for TRVFA awards to qualified applicants. With your support, donations and a record number of clubs stepping up to certify grant applicants YOU have provided:

  • 75 individuals with the opportunity to receive a life changing vocational education using $161,793 in net funding!
  • With your continued help and financial support, we can and will do more good in the world – right here in Arizona. 
TRVFA Shout Out 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Recognized for his contributions to Rotary International, his commitment to maintaining high ethical standards and his passion for promoting peace, Peoria resident Chuck Fitzgerald has been named this year’s Ethics in Action Awardee presented by the Glendale West Rotary Club.
The announcement was made at the Glendale West Rotary Club’s annual Ethics in Action Award Program held April 26.
Fitzgerald was chosen from a final list of nine nominees.
Glendale West presents Ethics Award to Chuck Fitzgerald 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The D5495 Foundation Committee has two major functions. First, we help clubs with TRF education and donations. Second, we help clubs access grant funds for local and international projects. We have accomplished quite a lot during the first year of the merger of D5510 and D5490.
District Rotary Foundation Committee Summary for 2017-18 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The District Grant application for club projects in Rotary year 2018-19 must be submitted by June 30 on the project website:
Information about club qualification and the application process is found on the District 5495 website under Foundation tabs: Grant requirements, qualification and more/District grants. 
For further information, please contact Jim Bissonett, District Rotary Foundation Committee.
June 30 deadline for District Grant applications 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Many Rotarians question this requirement for various reasons. Maybe it is because they have served as president of their club in the past, or perhaps they argue that they have served on many boards of community organizations – and, by the way, are leading a successful business.  We also hear the argument that other community organizations give a short orientation – so why do we have to go to PETS and other subsequent trainings? “Can’t I be a competent club president without all this training?”
Why Do I Have To Go To This Thing Called PETS? 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
This is my final DG message. It is with pride and nostalgia that I look back on this past year of service to you as your District Governor in the first year of District 5495. When we began this journey together in July 2017, we were hopeful that our new District, merged from two cultures, would transition successfully during this first year. Many volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare our programs and services, and to them we owe a debt of gratitude. During the course of the past 11 months, dozens of you stepped up to take on new leadership roles, serve on teams and act on new ideas. We have experienced many successes this year, and our hopes have been realized. And, it’s all because of you, our members and friends!
DG Nancy's Final Message 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
I want to start by thanking the Satellite Club of Camelback Crossroads for inviting me to join them at their club visit last month. I had a great time seeing the interaction between such passionate leaders in our community. They were all involved in coordinating a service project, had prospective members visiting and recognized all the efforts of their chair as they planned the transition into the new Rotary year, quite hilariously I might add. What I knew as a Rotary club meeting looked more like friends around a table, having fun and catching up. Thank you for letting me be part of your night!
Membership Minute with Ali Rodriguez 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The season for RYLA camps (Pinerock in Prescott in January and Ponderosa in Heber in April) has come to an end for this Rotary year with the completion of RYLA Ponderosa program April 5-8. Students from all over District 5495 attended—72 delegates strong—ready to challenge themselves, develop leadership skills and learn what it means to work as a team. The program was a huge success. The spirit of RYLA still lingers in the air.
This camp participated for the very first time in the Kids Against Hunger project, a food packing service project, conducted by Manzanita Outreach from Cottonwood (RYLA Pinerock has participated in this project for several years). The packed food was picked up by St John’s Food Bank to be distributed to people in need in Apache County. The delegates who packed food found out that this county has the highest percentage of malnourished people in the USA.
Our new Rotary district, 5495, is almost a year old. During this first year, our two RYLA camps have worked together to enhance resources, share ideas and provide our students with the very best experiences possible. Our two camps together served 218 high school students, 16 inbound Rotary youth exchange students and packed over 75,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. Wow!
Finally, we would like to thank all the clubs in the district who supported our programs. We could not do this without your help.  Until next time!
2018-04-30 one-ryla-two-campse RYLA, Two Camps 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Register Now!  Pursuing Peace Conference - May 31st, 2018.  The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.
Do you have a heart for community, education, your business?  The Pursuing Peace Conference will explore how you can encourage and equip YOUR organization to work toward peaceful and more unifying outcomes!  Register at: 
Pursuing Peace Conference May 31st 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Our fellow Fountain Hills resident and Four Peaks Rotarian, Buzz Ponce, is gearing up to go on the ride of a lifetime!  Buzz will be riding his bike from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts this summer on a very worthy charity fundraising drive. From May through June, Buzz will be racking up the miles in order to help bring attention to Warriors Heart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping active military, veterans and first responders who are coping with everything from PTSD to addiction and chemical dependency. The extensive treatment facility is located in Bandera, Texas, near San Antonio.
Rotarian Buzz plans to depart from Oceanside, California, on May 1st and arrive in St. Augustine, Florida, in early July. This nearly 3,000-mile trip will likely be the biggest challenge of his life, but it’s one that Buzz says he’s excited to undertake. The cause, Warriors Heart, is explained on his website: There, you can read up on his trip itinerary, find a link to the Warriors Heart website, view the blog he plans to update throughout the journey, and donate to his cause. Buzz says it’s important to understand that any donation made through his website goes directly to the charity, not to his bike ride. He’s covering all of the ride expenses himself!
Please Support Buzz’s Bodacious Bike Ride! 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Motivated by the challenge to plant a tree that represents every member of Club 1256 by Earth Day on April 22, a team of Rotarians, headed by Project Manager Warren Salinger; President Ed Shockley; Treasurer Len LaFlesch; and the entire club membership worked to bring RI President Ian Riseley’s challenge to reality.
Riseley believes that environmental protection is something essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service, stating, “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain Meets MAKING A DIFFERENCE Challenge 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Sedona is excited to announce its eighth-annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, May 5 at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. This is a part of the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend. The Great Sedona Chili Cook-off runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 and children under 12 are free. Top chefs from area restaurants, along with a number of community leaders, are busy perfecting their special chili recipes, which can be sampled at festive booths in Tlaquepaque’s Calle de Independencia.
The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off is one of the hottest events of the year! 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs Announce 2018 Youth Salute Awards
In April, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, along with the Paradise Valley Rotary Club, selected four winners and two alternates to receive trips to a Youth Salute Leadership Town Meeting on Tomorrow Conference to be held October 20-23, 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Youth Salute is a recognition program for high school juniors who are leadership achievers. The program is designed to applaud young people who are good citizens, have at least a B grade point average, and have been elected to leadership positions by their peers, in their schools and or community organizations.
There were 46 applicants from eight different Scottsdale high schools. Students were interviewed as Youth Salute candidates on March 22 by Rotarians and community leaders. On April 3, 12 semi-finalists were announced at a gathering at Scottsdale Community College. Each of the semi-finalists were given two minutes to answer a "final question" on stage. The final question was "Teens with a sense of purpose do better academically, are healthier and more resilient. How do you, as a leader, define your sense of purpose?" After hearing each student’s remarks, the judges convened and selected four students and two alternates as the 2018 Scottsdale Youth Salute winners.  Dr. Jan Gehler, president of Scottsdale Community College; Mary Blank, Rotary Club of Scottsdale past president; and Adam Evans, president of Paradise Valley Rotary Club, were the evening's judges.
Scottsdale Rotary Club, Busy as Always 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Chandler Horizon Rotary Club friends Tiffany Jones and Soo Stevens for recognition at the recent City of Chandler Mayor's Appreciation Reception.

We are deeply grateful for their devotion and hard work on the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission. Mayoral appointments: Soo is the CDV Commission Chair, and Chandler Horizon's incoming President Tiffany Jones is a tireless community volunteer
(both pictured here in Rotary blue).
Rotary inspires each of us to respond to our best emotions, our very best selves, to lift up our hearts, locally, nationally, internationally, in everything we say and do.
"It's a great day to be a Rotarian!"
Chandler Horizon Members Honored 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
In March, our District's Rotary Youth Exchange 2018-2019 Outbound Orientation was a huge success. The weekend was to provide training and information to the Outbounds and their parents. It was a mandatory weekend camp, and every minute was planned full of information, support, guidance and direction. Students were exposed to an environment to promote international relations and ambassadorship and service above self. Not only did we host the Outbounds and their parents, but all current Inbounds attended as well.
District 5495 is blessed to have a fantastic, active group of ROTEX, some of whom also attended the weekend event and offered their assistance in training, advice and their own personal stories and perspective of youth exchange. 
District 5495 RYE Outbound Orientation 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
For those that do not know, Treasures 4 Teachers (T4T) is a 501c3 charity that works with teachers to provide them with classroom materials that they can, and do, use for the students.
Teachers become members by paying a $35 fee and that gives them access to a 3,000-square-foot warehouse at 3025 S. 48th Street, #102 in Tempe. A large number of items are free to the teachers, such as the toilet paper tubes and business-supplied items that The Tempe Downtown club provided T4T with a $500 grant to be used for enrolling new teachers and paying the first year fee.
Treasures 4 Teachers 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
In March, approximately 30 Rotarians and their family members from several District 5495 clubs collaborated with the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) for three different projects in the Rocky Point Community. And … the weather was beautiful. It was a spring break weekend, so we had a little fun as well.
Rocky Point Service Project, March 8-11 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Arizona Highlands encompass a strip of land that runs from southeast to northwest in central Arizona. Its boundaries are defined by the Mogollon (pronounced muggy-on) Rim on the south to the edge of the Colorado Plateau on the north with elevations ranging from about 3,500 in the Verde Valley to almost 8,000 feet in the Prescott National Forest. The most densely populated areas of the Highlands encompass the cities of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. These cities are home to five Rotary Clubs, three in Prescott and one each in Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.
Rotary Clubs of the Arizona Highlands 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Colton Cagle, a Junior at Westwood High in Mesa, and a 2-year veteran of the Interact District Council, has been selected to lead our 93-club Interact District 5495 next year as District Governor.   He has named Ryan Gentry, the other very qualified DG candidate this year, to be his Executive Assistant Governor.  Ryan is a Junior at Hamilton High in Chandler.  Both Colton and Ryan will be serving on the AZ Interact Ambassadors Team that leaves for Kenya on June 29.
Rounding out Colton’s extremely strong executive leadership team for 2018-19 will be District Secretary Gabby Alessio, a Junior at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, and PDG Loralli Johnson, this year’s successful DG, who is a Junior at Perry High in Gilbert.
Colton Cagle to Serve as Interact DG 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Grow Your Rotary visiting    
You can gain skills to implement best practices and obtain resources to help you and your club be successful! 
Grow your Rotary Garden 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
District Rotarians have another opportunity to help save lives—
Sign up to donate blood on site of the District Conference prior to the Conference Kickoff Luncheon on June 1.
Save Lives - Give Blood 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, April 21, we had a fantastic day at Club Leadership Academy, where over 200 club members attended and took advantage of over 40 classes offered, some examples being leadership development, executive coaching and club engagement.
My favorite class was the Priority #1 Plus training facilitated by Steve Lingenbrink and Vicki Puliz, who both hold membership roles with Zone 25/26. Okay, I might be a little biased! It was a joy to see passionate members focusing on enhancing the culture of their clubs.
Membership Minute with Ali Rodriguez 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Bullhead City, Chino Valley, E-Club of AZ, Flagstaff, Four Peaks, Gilbert, Glendale, Glendale-Thunderbird, Goodyear-White Tanks, Kingman, Kyrene, Lake Havasu City, Laughlin, Litchfield Park, London Bridge, Mesa, Mesa East,  Mesa Sunrise, North Phoenix, Parker, Phoenix Arcadia, Phoenix Squaw Peak, Poston, Prescott Sunup, Prescott Valley, Quartzite, Silver Creek, Springerville, White Mountain, Wickenburg
These clubs have not had any member attend a Grant Management Seminar.   In order to qualify for grant funds in 2018-19, at least one person of a club is required to attend.   Grant funds include both Global Grants and District Grants.    While only one club member needs to attend, clubs can register as many as they want for this seminar.  
The final opportunity will be a webinar, at 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 19.  To register, please go to:
Question?  Contact Jim Bissonett, District Rotary Foundation Committee
Urgent Message for the Following Clubs 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
District Grant Final Report Due April 30, 2018!   If your club had a District Grant in 2017-18, please complete the Final Report Form found on the District 5495 website under Foundation/District Grants.  Upload this form along with all receipts to the project website:
The District Grant application for projects in Rotary year 2018-19 can be submitted from April 1 through June 30 on the project website.  Information about club qualification and the application process are found on the District5495 website under Foundation tabs: Grant Requirements, qualification and more/ District Grants.
Jim Bissonett
Important District Grant Dates 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Recently, I’ve had the sensation of time moving faster and faster, like in an old movie that depicted passage of time by showing the pages of a calendar flipping forward rapidly.
Every day my inbox fills and refills with exciting news from D5495 clubs. As the year-end approaches, Rotarians have been busier than ever. The fruits of club fundraising efforts are increasingly visible in our communities and schools. You have been wrapping up grants projects, providing scholarships to our Youth, planting trees, hosting community events, erecting peace poles and much, much more. Clubs have been recounting their achievements, many in preparation for the Club Achievement Awards.
DG Nancy's May Message 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Club Leadership Academy Returns April 21! 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Pursuing Peace Conference 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Kyrene Rotary Club GOLF CLASSIC is set for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Whirlwind Golf Course at Wild Horse Pass
12:30 PM check in, 1:45 PM Shotgun start
$125 per person includes golf, cart (for two), balls, dinner, drinks and silent auction.
The Kyrene Rotary Club GOLF CLASSIC 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Purchase silent auction items now
The Rotary Club of Sedona is excited to announce its eight annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-off on Saturday, May 5 at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. This is a part of the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend. The Great Sedona Chili Cook-off runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 and children under twelve are free. Top chefs from area restaurants along with a number of community leaders are busy perfecting their special chili recipes, which can be sampled at festive booths in Tlaquepaque’s Calle de Independencia.
Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off is one of the hottest events of the year! 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
District Conference - Celebrate! 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
District Grant Final Report Due April 30, 2018!   If your club had a District Grant in 2017-18, please complete the Final Report Form found on the District 5495 website under Foundation/District Grants.  Upload this form along with all receipts to the project website:
The District Grant application for projects in Rotary year 2018-19 can be submitted from April 1 through June 30 on the project website.  Information about club qualification and the application process are found on the District5495 website under Foundation tabs: Grant Requirements, qualification and more/ District Grants
Important District Grant dates 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
As many of you know by now, our friend and long-time Rotarian, James R (Jim) Green, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City.  Jim had fought with a number of issues for the past few months and, sadly, they eventually got the best of him.
Remembering PDG Jim Green 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Phoenix-Camelback Rotary Club is holding its annual Boots-N-Saddles event on April 7. In its 22nd year, it features dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as great company from some amazing people. The funds raised at this event go to support their main beneficiary, Feed Our Babies, USA, and their secondary recipient, the Cuernavaca, Mexico, Clean Drinking Water Rainwater Capture Project.   
This year, the Boots-N-Saddles event is extra special, as they honor their founder, Dr. Dave Utzinger, who passed away suddenly in January. Everyone who knew him, no matter how long, wanted to be like Dave.
I Want to Be Like Dave 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarians,
There is a saying that ‘what gets measured, gets done.’ Do you find that rings true in Rotary? You can measure a year: 525,625 minutes. 8,760 hours. A number of meetings held and club events hosted. You can count the number of trees your club planted, and how many Youth you supported though RYLA, Youth Exchange, scholarships, Students of the Month. You can even calculate the number of hours your club members have volunteered!
DG Nancy's April Letter 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA lost one of our cherished members last Monday, March 19, after a short stay in hospice care.  Frances De Nuit was an educator who earned her MA at California State University-San Bernardino and her PhD at University of Southern California.  Prior to becoming Faculty Supervisor at the University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, NM in February 2015, Frances taught Language Arts at Española Valley High School in northern New Mexico.

Frances became a Rotarian in September 1994 when she joined the Rotary Club of Indian Wells, California, US.  While she relocated many times her career, Frances found a new Rotary home.  In July 2010, she joined ReCSWUSA.  As an educator, she shared her time, treasury, and talents in service with the Club.  Aside from serving in multiple board roles, she opened her home for gatherings of local eClubbers.  She was a consistent friend and mentor to her fellow members.  Her compassion, intellect, positive attitude, and skilled listener will be missed.  Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Family of Rotary 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Interact Ambassadors to Kenya Selected 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
RYLA 5495 Ponderosa camp is almost here.
This is a life-changing experience for the students who attend. This year, RYLA 5495 Ponderosa will be conducting a brand new community service project; Kids Against Hunger.  RYLA 5495 Pinerock has been participating in this for several years and, in January, packed approximately 45,000 meals. The Meal Packing Service Project each and every year has been one of the major highlights at RYLA 5495 Pinerock. We want ALL the students who attend RYLA 5495 programs to know the benefit of participating in Service Above Self.
RYLA in Motion 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Membership in Rotary uses a classification system based on vocations – and the process of membership development strives to help clubs create an image of its local business and professional world.  This unique feature provides the source for Rotary’s commitment to vocational service, the second of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service. 
Your Vocational Service Minute 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Al McCoy, often called the dean of NBA play-by-play announcers and the "Voice of the Phoenix Suns" for 46 years, spoke to the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at a luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. When introducing McCoy, Rotarian Jim Bruner shared that both of he and Al McCoy grew up in Iowa farm country and were Des Moines Iowa Drake University alumni.  
Al McCoy, Voice of the Suns, Shares His Shazam Style with Rotarians 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0


Dear District Leaders,  

Earth Day, April 22, 2018, is fast approaching, which is also the “soft” closing date for President Ian Riseley’s Environmental Sustainability 1.2 Million Tree Challenge: “Plant a tree for every Rotarian”.  Many Districts and their clubs have already engaged. Congratulations if your District’s clubs have already completed the Challenge. If not, there’s still time!

To date, over 3,370 Tree Planting projects have been uploaded on the Rotary Project Showcase. You can review these projects for inspiration and ideas by logging into and using this link to search for the keyword "tree".  (Hint:  the search only works automatically when you are logged in!) 

Re: President Ian Riseley's 1.2 Million Tree Challenge: There's Still Time!! 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary’s Special Day for Special Kids 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests were introduced to the Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) recently. Since 1999, CSCAZ has served over 200,000 people. CSCAZ is part of a cancer support organization that has 170 locations worldwide. Its mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by actions and sustained by community. CSCAZ provides comprehensive psychological and social services to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones in the state of Arizona. CSCAZ services are evidence-based and facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.   
Rotarians Learn One Does Not Have to Face Cancer Alone 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
It was a beautiful afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick when 119 Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests gathered for their annual Spring Training game to watch the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs, with the Cubs winning 5 to 4.  Rockies owner/chairman and CEO, Richard L. Monfort, was on hand to greet Rotarians and guests at the game. Monfort is spending his 21st year with the Rockies franchise, is a Colorado native, Rotarian and member of the Boulder Rotary Club.   
Rotarians Enjoy Day at Ballpark 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Peoria North hosts annual Prom Closet to provide free formal attire to teens 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
On a recent weekend in February, Rotarians from five states and six Rotary districts traveled by coach bus to Caborca, Sonora, Mexico, on what has become an annual humanitarian pilgrimage to assist the members of the “Club Rotario de Caborca” with the polio inoculation of children in the ejidos (villages) outside the city of Caborca. Half of the 50 Rotarians on this year’s trip were from Arizona Rotary Districts 5495 and 5500. Rotarians from California, Nevada, Louisiana and Alabama also joined us on our Friday to Sunday adventure.
Caborca Polio “PLUS” 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Remembering PDG Jim Green
By Friends of Jim Green - You can add YOUR memories below!
Our friend and long-time Rotarian, James R (Jim) Green, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City.  Jim had fought with a number of issues for the past few months and, sadly, they eventually got the best of him.

Jim was the sort of gentleman for whom everyone seems to have a kind and/or humorous story.  He rarely failed to touch the lives of everyone he met in an amazing and positive way.  I moved to Arizona just 3 years ago and immediately become involved with the Rotary Club of Sun City.  When I accepted their invitation to become their current club president, Jim became my Obi-wan.  If Jim didn’t know something about Rotary…and the community of Sun City…it probably wasn’t worth knowing.  He has helped me to be the best president that I could be. And that was just the way Jim was. 
Jim Green Promoting Peace Rotary Rotary District 5495 Sun City Sun City PRIDES
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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.
DG Nancy's March Message 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotary Youth Exchange Area Coordinator Needed 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotary Celebrates 60 Years in Sedona 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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:
Area 9 Rotary Clubs – Vibrant, Strong and Enthusiastic! 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0

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

Club Leadership Academy Returns on Saturday, April 21! 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
NEW! Crisis Communication & Response Plan 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
World Rotaract Week 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
How Small Clubs Make Big Impact—Tree Edition 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Blood Drive 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Register Early 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
(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!
“WELL, I’M A ROTARIAN” 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
Calling all Golfers 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Medical Supplies & Equipment Partnering with Project C.U.R.E 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotarians Get Scottsdale Fashion Square Development Update 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
It’s RYLA Time in District 5495 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Kyrene Rotary Club Golf Classic Set for April 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Four Peaks Rotary Announces Collector Car Show 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Register Early for Rotary District 5495 Conference 2018 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Your Voice Can Be Heard 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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 I attached the link below. This guide has some great practices for creating a membership plan. Happy reading.
Your Friend In Rotary,
Membership Minute 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Chandler Horizon Welcomes Home the "Houston Warriors" 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
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?
Your Voice Can Be Heard 2018-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
District Grants—Now is the time to start planning your club project in 2018-19 that can be partially funded by a District Grant. These awards are available up to $2,000, with the club funding at least 50 percent of the project cost.
The application period for a District Grant starts April 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2018.  District Grant Guidelines for the application process can be found on the District 5495 website:
District Grants and Global Grants for 2018-19 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
A club’s District Grant project for 2017-18 must be completed, including expenditure of all funds, and the Final Report with all receipts for spending must be submitted by the due date of April 30. In some situations, a credit card/bank statement may be required.      
To access the Final Report form, go to the District 5495 Website (  and download the fillable form. Complete the form and have the club president sign it.  Scan and upload the report and spending receipts to the project website:
Questions? Contact Don LaBarge or Fred Goldman.
District Grant 2017-18 Final Reports Due April 30 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Full February Newsletter 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0

It is certainly true that the reasons for a person joining Rotary are varied and many. For some, it’s the personal and business networking that motivates them. For others, it’s fellowship and a sense of belonging to a world-wide organization of people. Still for others, it’s a status symbol. Whatever the reasons, everyone has one. Sadly, some of the reasons don’t fit Rotary’s primary purpose; a network of problem solvers living the mantra of Service Above Self.

Networking for professional and personal development is laudable, so is the quest for social recognition through association with entities that have an impact, and so is an opportunity to travel around the world to Rotary events. My fear is that the essence and core responsibility of being a Rotarian is being lost on many around the world, at least from my club.

Are You Proudly Rotarian? 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Ask a Rotarian, “What is vocational service?” and you may get a blank stare or you might get an “I’m not sure.” Every once in awhile you will get one of life’s little lessons on Rotary history as those who do know seem to have dedicated themselves to it.

Vocational Service was one of Rotary’s “original” 4 Avenues of Service, and as such, much of the basics of what makes Rotary vocational service what it is today came from the foundations set in place by early Rotarians.
Vocational Service - The Every Day Avenue of Rotary Service 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Parker Rotary Club has an ongoing project with the Colorado River Community Crisis Shelter where they sponsor a room and completely refurbish it every other year. They paint and replace fixtures, furniture and linens.
River Clubs Stay Active 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Peoria North Rotary Club will hold its next Wine Classic featuring a three-course food and wine pairing on Sunday, February 17, 6 p.m. at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria.
The theme for the event is “That’s Amore.” Attendees will be treated to a three-course meal of Italian cuisine prepared by Arizona Broadway Theatre Executive Chef Erik Angelo. The meal will be paired with a selection of wines from the award-winning Francis Ford Coppola Winery of Geyersville, California.
Peoria North Rotary Club Hosts Wine Classic 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
For the past four years, Brenda and Don Gentry from Portage, Michigan, and a few of their friends have travel to Isla Mujeres (Women Island)—12-1/2 miles off the coast of Cancun, Mexico—to distribute shoes to local kids. 
This year, Charlotte Pruett, president-elect of the Silver Creek Rotary Club in Snowflake was honored to be a part of this awesome International Service Project.
The distribution started around 10:30 a.m. and continued until all of the 450 pairs of shoes were distributed at about 4:30 p.m. The lines were long and everyone was patient and understanding. Some of the locals even made Tortinitas for the people waiting in the long lines. 
Thank you Brenda Gentry and Zapatos Para Los Ninos. Here is to many more years of great service projects in Isla Mujeres.
Zapatos Para Los Niños (Shoes for Kids) 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
On Sunday, March 11, the Sun Lakes Rotary Club will hold its 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Oakwood Country Club. This tournament represents the Club’s major fund raiser of the year, allowing it to support numerous charities in Chandler and around the world. For instance, the Club has given dictionaries to more than 48,000 third graders in the Chandler Unified School District; taught over 50,000 ninth graders that the choices they make now, good or bad, will affect their lives forever; given scholarships to high school seniors; taken underprivileged children on clothing shopping sprees; and contributed more than $100,000 to eradicate polio worldwide. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the tournament benefit these charities.
It’s Coming – the Annual Sun Lakes Rotary Golf Tournament 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarians, the San Tan Crown Rotary Club of Chandler is excited to announce plans for their Third Annual “Hooked on Healing Veterans” motorcycle ride to take place Saturday, February 24th. Anyone who rides a bike of any make or model is welcome to join us for a day of safe riding, good food, friendship, fun and games all in the name of charity.
Our club Foundation will distribute all excess funds to Phoenix Project Healing Waters and Fans Across America. Please check us out at either or
San Tan Crown Holds Annual Hooked On Healing Ride 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Glendale West and Peoria North Rotary clubs will hold a joint meeting February 7 featuring David Talbot, founder of Crutches 4 Africa. Members of District 5495 Interact Team that delivered 30,000 devices in Kenya will be in attendance. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Huntington University, 8385 W. Mariners Way in Peoria. A social begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10. RSVP early to ensure adequate seating.
For more information or to register, visit and register as a guest.
Bret McKeand
Peoria North Rotary Club
Meet David Talbot, Founder of Crutches 4 Africa 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Former New Jersey Governor and EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman was a special guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.
Introduced by Rotarian Barry Kaplan during the club’s January 8 meeting at the McCormick Ranch Golf Course Pavillion, Whitman shared her thoughts on a variety of issues, including climate change, the high cost of seeking public office and the nation’s changing relationship with its most trusted allies.
Former New Jersey Governor Addresses Scottsdale Rotarians 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale North will host its third-annual fundraising event on Saturday, March 10, to benefit Soldier’s Best Friend, a Peoria-based charity that aids veterans and rescue dogs.
Soldier's Best Friend provides US military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with service or therapeutic dogs, the majority of which are rescued from local shelters. The veteran and the dog work together with the guidance of Soldier’s Best Friend to build a trusting relationship with each other that saves two lives at once—and inspires many others.  
Scottsdale North Supports Soldier’s Best Friend 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Max Rumbaugh, past club president, welcomed and introduced Valentina Cristi to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests. Valentina, the club's 2014-15 in-bound Youth Exchange student from Coyhaique, Chile, visited the Club and her Scottsdale host families while on break from Universidad Mayor—a private university in Santiago, Chile. Valentina initially arrived in Phoenix on July 24, 2014 to spend the year as Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador at Coronado High School.
Former International Exchange Student Visits Rotary Club of Scottsdale 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Christopher West welcomed and introduced Red Conger, president/COO of Freeport McMoRan Americas to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at a meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. Conger has over 30 years of mining industry experience—21 years with Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Conger stated that Freeport-McMoRan is the largest publically-traded copper producing company in the world with over 30,000 workers worldwide. The company operates seven open-pit copper mines in North America—Morenci, Bagdad, Safford, Sierrita and Miami in Arizona, and Chino and Tyrone in New Mexico. In addition to copper, molybdenum concentrate, gold and silver are also produced by certain of FCX’s North Americacopper mines. The company's first mine was discovered in 1881. The company's headquarters have been in Phoenix since 1987. 
Freeport-McMoRan's President/COO Addresses Rotary Club of Scottsdale 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0

On Friday, January 26, Phoenix Rotary 100 honored ASU President Dr. Michael Crow with its annual Career-Community Award of Merit. The award was established to honor someone who is not only stellar in their career, but also stellar in the community. The awardees should exhibit accomplishments similar to that of the late Mayor John Driggs, for whom the award was created. The past awardees have consisted of Sandra Day O’Connor and Jerry Colangelo, with Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, as our third honoree.

President Allister Adel introduced the award committee—Terry Gilberg, Past President Joe Prewitt, Adam Driggs and herself—who meets and decides on the awardee every year. Allister then handed over the mic to Terry Gilberg, who offered a little background on the award. PP Joe Prewitt handled the Q&A session with Dr. Crow.

Phoenix Rotary 100 Honors ASU President Michael Crow 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The District 5495 Youth Exchange committee has started branding our Rotary Youth Exchange program as a scholarship. 
Exchange students go to school (at no cost to the student), live with host families (at no cost to the student) and receive a monthly allowance from their host Rotary Club. As with most college scholarships, the student’s family does pay for transportation, insurance and some incidental fees. 
Rotary Youth Exchange Now Referred to as Scholarship 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, January 13, Chandler Rotary Club dedicated a Peace Pole at Chandler Downtown Library.
As we reported previously, a Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each side, usually in different languages. On this particular Peace Pole, it is in Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish and English.
Chandler Rotary Club Dedicates Peace Pole 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Our past Rotary Leadership Institute was terrific thanks to the wonderful folks at DeVry Westgate. We had 25 participants throughout the three levels and we added two more graduates. We are closing in on a milestone—100 RLI graduates in our district. Congratulations to you all. We will be hosting a special RLI Graduates reception on April 21 at Aunt Chilada’s in Phoenix. Invites will be going out soon. We are also working on adding additional RLI curriculum covering specialized topics. Your input is welcome—
RLI 1 will be offered as a separate track at the Club Leadership Academy on April 21 at the Black Canyon Conference Center;
RLI sessions 1, 2 and 3 will be offered on May 19 at Prescott College.
RLI Director Kevin Pitts
RLI Rolls On 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Conference Registration Now Open! 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
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Six Rotary Clubs with 218 members have served the communities of Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Gold Canyon and Sun Lakes collectively for more than 250 years.  Four Past District Governors of District 5510 are members of these clubs. The clubs support student attendance at RYLA and participate in the Dictionary Project. This year, they delivered over 5,000 dictionaries to schools in their respective school districts. They also held a multi-club dinner for the District Governor’s visit to Area 8 on October 25.
Area 8 Rotary Clubs Serve Southeast Valley 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0

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

Club Leadership Academy Returns on April 21 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Sometimes January can seem like a long month, but not this year! District 5495 Rotarians have been on fire! Clubs held fundraisers, service projects and events that changed lives and enhanced the quality of life in our communities. Leadership Development was front and center on a District level, with events of like RYLA Camp Pinerock (the first of our two Rotary Youth camps!) and the Rotary Leadership Institute, where 25 members gathered to share and learn! You’ll enjoy reading about the amazing energy and good work of our clubs and program teams in this newsletter.
DG Nancy's February Message 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you to PDG Roger Bonngard for gifting DG Nancy with a complete ‘history’ of D5510 – through PINS! What a treasure! Since a similar pin collection probably exists somewhere in the former D5490, let’s find it. Then, let’s create a way to preserve our histories and display them together! Are you a ‘crafter’?  A historian? To be involved in this project, read on.
Pin Project—Historian and/or Artist 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Interact District 5495 is sponsoring a walkathon on Saturday, February 10 at Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix. This fun event is designed to be an opportunity for Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to come together for fun and fellowship, and to help raise funds for an Interact project that is enabling our Arizona Interact youth to give the life-transforming gift of mobility to people of all ages in Kenya. These people have have been crippled by polio, and have never been able to stand or walk on their own.  The Interactors’ goal is to raise $20,000 for this worthwhile project.
Walkathon Supporting Crutches 4 Africa 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
The 5th annual Interact District Conference is being held this year on Saturday, February 24, at Perry High School, 1919 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. The 20-member Interact District Council, under the leadership of District Governor Loralli Johnson, has been hard at work planning and preparing for this event and its multiple breakout sessions. The IDC is expecting at least 500 Interactors, Rotaractors and Club Advisors to gather in Gilbert for this high-energy, fast-paced one-day annual event.
2018 Interact District Conference 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Silvercreek Rotary Club fills Christmas dreams for Kids 2017-12-31 07:00:00Z 0
An Update on Tree Planting in District 5495 
As we have travelled the state, DG Nancy and I have been thrilled to see so many Rotarians and Clubs excited about, planning and taking action on the Tree Planting Challenge. From north to south and east to west, D5495 Rotary Clubs have embraced this call to action. As I write, there are 120 days until Earth Day April 22, 2018, and depending on where you reside, a relatively narrow window for optimal tree planting! 
Six Impressive Tree Planting Projects 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek, just recently chartered as a new Club, is actively engaged in a variety of community service projects that will better the lives of some of the underserved members of our local area. The holiday season is an especially hard time for families who are trying to put food on the table and have something to put under the Christmas tree for their children. The club, now 25 members, is volunteering for important charitable efforts.
Area 5 Rotary Clubs Active in their Communities 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Is your club considering a Peace-related project this year? Peace & Conflict Resolution is one of Rotary’s 6 Areas of Focus.   
Learn how you can receive D5495 support if you decide to ‘plant’ a Peace Pole in your community!
Peace Pole 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Gifted Hands Homeshool Interact Club, which is one of the 93 Interact clubs we now have in our Rotary district, was recently featured in The Fountain Hills Times for their work in collecting crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices for Interact District 5495’s Crutches 4 Africa Project. The devices will be wrapped and packed for shipping to Kenya by an expected 500 Interact and Rotaract members who will be participating in the Interact District Conference, being hosted on February 24, by the Interact Club of Perry High School in Gilbert.
Homeschool Interact Club Featured 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Holds 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotarian discussions, awards to community projects and helping fund a vocational education to post-secondary students.
January is Vocational Service Month in Rotary 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Experience Different Cultures and Build International Friendships
Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.
Rotary Friendship Exchange 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
For 25 years Chandler Horizon Rotary Club has been hosting an annual Hole-in-One fundraiser held at the beautiful San Marcos Golf Resort.  With the help of our sponsors and golfers (shooters) we have raised more than $630,000 to help various charities in the Chandler area!  Shortly after the final event, our club holds a benefit breakfast to invite recipients to celebrate and share in the giving!  100% of all money we collect are given out at this celebration breakfast.
Chandler Horizon Rotary Hole-in-one event 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Need a Big Wheel? 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Join Us For a
Service Project & Cultural Weekend
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora
March 9-11, 2018
Want to participate in an International Service Project close to home? Rotarians from D5495 and the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco have teamed to build a weekend of service and friendship. 
Rocky Point - Save the Date! 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Elizabeth Mahoney selected District Governor 2020-2021 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year, Everyone! 
On January 1 we turn our calendars over to begin a new year, an annual ritual that often brings thoughts of re-commitment, fresh starts and new possibilities. In recent days, many Rotarians have contacted me about ways to expand their Rotary experience. They are exploring options for involvement in District activities and beyond. What about you? If you have been thinking along those same lines, now is the time for you to act. Working on a team to collaborate on a large project, produce an event, support our youth, or serve our members is a satisfying and often life-changing experience. What’s more, the friendships and relationships you develop can last a lifetime. 
DG Nancy's January Message 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
We have two opportunities for an amazing RYLA experience!  The first one is RYLA Pinerock, held this month, in Prescott over Martin Luther King weekend.  Delegates have been chosen, and staff are ready to rock n roll! 
It's RYLA time in District 5495! 2017-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
On December 9th the Springerville RC President Bryon Harrington and his wife & Club Treasurer, Jackie went to Nogales, Mexico to donate an automatic, bilingual defibrillator to the Nogales Fire Department. This defibrillator is the first of a kind for them and the only one in the entire department with soon to be 6 fire stations.
Springerville Rotary donates Defibrillator to Nogales FD 2017-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
Rotary District 5495 Area 4 Presidents had our regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, 12-20-17, at one of the Assistant Governor’s home.  We generally meet to discuss strategies and other Rotary stuff however we have reserved December as a social month with the idea of collecting toys for a worthy charitable organization.  This year, for the second year in a row, we have chosen Eve’s Place!
Area 4 Clubs Donate Toys to Eve's Place 2017-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Area 4 Rotary Clubs have been working together for the last 30 months to do good locally and internationally.  The president line (Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Nominee and Past Presidents) have been meeting on a monthly basis ever since AG Bob Murray took over Area 4 as AG in January 2015.  It requires a real commitment to meet on a monthly basis and builds a real sense of camaraderie. The President-Line is committed to make their club a better experience for its members hence they make the monthly meetings a priority.  They meet on the third Wednesday at 4:30pm and rotate the meeting place.  Each of the Presidents or Presidents-Elect host the monthly meeting.  The meeting place is up to the host.  They meet at restaurants, community centers and Rotarian homes. 
The Area 4 Rotary Clubs "separately are amazing but together they are a powerhouse." 2017-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Area 4 Rotary Clubs "separately are amazing but together they are a powerhouse." 
The Area 4 Rotary Clubs have been working together for the last 30 months to do good locally and internationally.  The president line (Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Nominee and Past Presidents) have been meeting on a monthly basis ever since AG Bob Murray took over Area 4 as AG in January 2015.  It requires a real commitment to meet on a monthly basis and builds a real sense of camaraderie. The President-Line is committed to make their club a better experience for its members hence they make the monthly meetings a priority.  They meet on the third Wednesday at 4:30pm and rotate the meeting place.  Each of the Presidents or Presidents-Elect host the monthly meeting.  The meeting place is up to the host.  They meet at restaurants, community centers and Rotarian homes. 
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Summary Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sun City West Accomplishments
By Tony Sambol - President
Each of the Area 4 clubs were asked by AG Bob Murray to submit their club's accomplishments for the first six months of the Rotary Year 2017-2018. 
  • Rotarian / AG Bob Murray led several areas of the merger effort for District 5490 & District 5510 into District 5495
  • Worked with Surprise and Sun City to establish a youth group at Washington High School
  • Used the 25/26 Letters for a new member.Not used in our club for some time
  • Helped with the Area 4 Clubs dinner
  • Attended other clubs in Area 4
  • Members attended the community ABC organization Luau
  • Club Committee continued establishing the community Meditation Garden
  • Members attended a scheduled Surprise Club event at one of their members open house
  • Supported grants in Africa and Mexico
  • Supported a district grant for the club dictionary program for 3rd grade students in local elementary schools
  • Member committee preparing for a club fund raiser to be held in February 2018
  • Members are preparing for a program to have a community “Thank You” luncheon for First Responders in our fire district in January 2018
  • President & President-Elect contributed to the Area 4 Presidents Meetings held by our Assistant Governor Bob Murray
  • Supported our club endowment distributions to 20 charities in the local communities
  • Club Socials hosted by Rotarians in their homes
  • In progress is an educational event for the elementary school 6th graders in Wittman.  The plan is to have 2 Youth Exchange Students provide their experiences to the students
  • Our club contributes to the community newcomer’s orientation with our attendance
  • Hosted Mexican Rotarians for the USA Mexico Grants Conference
  • Attended Pebblecreek Chapter New Charter Dinner
  • Annual Member Golf Outing held at Briarwood Country Club ... See more here
  • Annual Christmas Gala held at Briarwood Country Club ... See more here
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Sun City West Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sun City Del Sol Accomplishments
By Les Litzenberger - President
Each of the Area 4 clubs were asked by AG Bob Murray to submit their club's accomplishments for the first six months of the Rotary Year 2017-2018.
  • Establish new meeting place for club Meetings - Salvation Army Building on Ave of the Americas
  • Club bylaws being reviewed / updated
  • Sun City Canopy Beautification (Rotary tree planting) - joint effort with the RC of Sun City
  • USA Mexico Global Grants Conference
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • Participate in the Monthly Presidents Meetings
  • Four members to club leadership Academy
  • Established a new budget for the club’s foundation which will challenge the group to raise more funds
  • $1,200 annual donation to Valley View Food Bank
  • Working meetings at the food bank
  • Salvation Army donation of approximately $1,200 annually
  • Boy Scouts $1,200 annually
  • Two RYLA scholarships each year
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Sun City Del Sol Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
Area 4 Clubs Donate Toys to Eve's Place
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
Rotary District 5495 Area 4 Presidents had our regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, 12-20-17, at one of the Assistant Governor’s home.  We generally meet to discuss strategies and other Rotary stuff however we have reserved December as a social month with the idea of collecting toys for a worthy charitable organization.  This year, for the second year in a row, we have chosen Eve’s Place!
Pictured below are the Area 4 Presidents, spouses, guests and Assistant Governors who collected over 50 toys for Eve's Place which were delivered 12-21-17.  The fifty plus toys are spread around the Christmas Tree behind the Presidents.
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Donate Toys to Eve's Place Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wickenburg Accomplishments
By Laura Coughanour - President
Each of the Area 4 clubs were asked by AG Bob Murray to submit their club's accomplishments for the first six months of the Rotary Year 2017-2018. 
  • Dictionaries to 3rd graders
  • Backpack project 270 backpack w/ supplies to kids in district
  • Highway Clean up
  • Beer booth at Bluegrass Festival
  • Pumpkin Chuckin
  • SA bell Ringing
  • President & President-Elect contributed to the Area 4 Presidents Meetings held by our Assistant Governor Bob Murray
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Wickenburg Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Surprise Accomplishments
By Jay Lickus - President-Elect
Each of the Area 4 clubs were asked by AG Bob Murray to submit their club's accomplishments for the first six months of the Rotary Year 2017-2018. 
  • $500 Raised for Rotaract Club Christmas Food Drive
  • Taste of Surprise Planning
  • “Fore the Kids” Gold Tournament Raised $6000
  • Working with The Rotary Club of Moroleon who will donate an Ambulance to The Municipal Government of Moroleon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Volunteer in MOM (Market on the Move) every 1st Saturday Surprise
  • Attended 2 Social Hours with PNRC
  • Attended Wickenburg Pumpkin Chunkin’ event
  • Engaged in Rotary Sustainability Project
  • District 4 Christmas gifts for Eve’s Place
  • Wrapping & Shopping event for Eve’s Place w/Amtrust Bank
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – 2 Days
  • Food Donations collected for the Surprise Food Bank
  • Volunteers at Challenger Middle School Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Volunteers for Winterfest at Challenger Middle School
  • 2017 Ride to End Polio – Amanda Sanchez (54 Miles)
  • Donated $200 for pumpkins for Surprise Community Garden Harvest Festival
  • Float in City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade
  • Hosted Mexican Rotarians for the USA Mexico Grants Conference
  • Attended Veterans Day Concert at Arizona Charter Academy (Rotaract)
  • Sponsored 2 RYLA candidates
  • Attended Pebblecreek Chapter New Charter Dinner
  • Engaged with Rotary International Tree Planting Challenge
  • Attended “Project Connect” with City of Surprise Human Services & Community Vitality Department
  • Involved in Arizona Water Summit
  • Took over “Chapters for Charity” Book Station at Surprise Basha’s from PRC
  • Volunteered at Prom Dress Giveaway
  • Rotary Leadership Institute – Jay Lickus, Amanda Sanchez & Cris Gawlik
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Surprise Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sun City Accomplishments
By Steve Bjournstad - President
Each of the Area 4 clubs were asked by AG Bob Murray to submit their club's accomplishments for the first six months of the Rotary Year 2017-2018. 
Sun City Rotary SERVICE PROJECTS 2017-18
  • Challenger Middle School Thanksgiving Supper for all students and their families.  21 Nov, Number of Rotarians: 7.  Hrs: 14. People served: 900+. 
  • Challenger Middle School Winter Fest for all students and their families. 13 Dec, Number of Rotarians: 13.  Hrs: 30. People served: 1,000+
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Dec 9, #: 8, Hrs: 16, 100's
  • Sun City Canopy Beautification (Rotary tree planting) initiated & in process
  • Christmas toy wrapping @ Eve’s Place
  • Disaster Relief funds raised and sent to Puerto Rico
  • Global Grant partnering thru US/Mex Friendship Conference and GG Exchange
  • Arizona Speaks Autism Walk 2017
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, NYC Triathlon fund-raising & participation
  • Community Garden work w/ Washington HS Interact Club
PUBLICITY 2017-18 – Newspapers
  • SCRC contribution to Sun City Prides Beautification effort
  • Oct/Nov Challenger Middle School Students of the month
  • Sun Cities Historical Society honoring Jim Green as “Historical Treasure”.
  • Sun City HOA Health Fair, with Vicki Frye and Jim Green
  • Elizabeth Mahoney selected as DGND (2020-21)
  • Applebee's Pancake breakfast, 23 Sept - $$
  • Chipotle Cause an Effect, 13 Oct - $
  • Challenger MS Thanksgiving Feast w/ RC Surprise
  • Challenger MS Winterfest w/ RC Surprise
  • Toys for Eve's Place with Area 4 clubs
  • US/Mexico Friendship Conference & Global Grant Exchange
  • District 5495 AZ Rotary Water Summit
OTHER 2017-18
  • Rotary Youth Exchange, 1 inbound, 1 outbound
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, 4 participants, 1 jr. counselor
  • Participate in the Monthly Presidents Meetings
  • Hosted Mexican Rotarians for the USA Mexico Conference
2018-01-01 Area 4 - Sun City Bob Murray 2017-12-25 07:00:00Z 0
For 25 years Chandler Horizon Rotary Club has been hosting an annual Hole-in-One fundraiser held at the beautiful San Marcos Golf Resort. With the help of our sponsors and golfers we have raised more than $630,000 to help various charities. To mark our Silver Anniversary, we hope to top all years in funds raised for charities. We are confident that with your help, this year will be a record breaker. Please join in making a positive impact in Chandler, AZ and surrounding communities.
The 25th Annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Hole-In-One Shootout! 2017-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
LINCOLN, NEB. — Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected former Nebraska Director of Agriculture Merlyn Carlson as the 2017 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Carlson on Dec. 5 at the 2017 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Kearney.
Merlyn Carlson and his wife Janice raised their family on their ranch near Lodgepole, where they raised cattle. Carlson has made a tremendous impact on Nebraska agriculture and has held a long list of national positions in agriculture. In 1999, Carlson was appointed Director of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska, where he served as an advocate for Nebraska agriculture, promoting agricultural products in both domestic and foreign markets.
Rotarian Merlyn Carlson Receives Top Award 2017-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
We have a few opportunities for YOU to serve other Rotarians in District 5495 as it relates to Audio / Visual.
We are looking for a "Key Technician" and individuals with other levels of expertise.  ANY Rotariannew or seasoned, would be welcomed at these positions.  These are volunteer positions only.
Opportunity to Serve - District A/V Support Technician 2017-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona needs Your Help 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R-17) announced recently that PDG Chuck Fitzgerald has been named sergeant-at-arms of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Chuck most recently served as executive director of Vineyard Community Charities. He previously served as director of the Governor's Office of Faith and Community Partnerships from 2014-2015 and director of the Department of Economic Security’s Office of Faith and Community from 2007-2014. Prior to taking on duties in state government, Chuck enjoyed a long career in the private sector, especially in technology-related businesses. Chuck also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1974-1978.
PDG Chuck Fitzgerald Named Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
You can join a live webinar on the U.S. Club & District Liability Insurance Program on December 5, 2017.  
Regarding insurance, as a reminder, coverage has not changed – only our broker. Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) is the new broker for the program. Please note that if your club or district had previously obtained a Certificate of Insurance from Lockton for an upcoming event, that certificate is still valid.
Wondering about Your Rotary Insurance Coverage? 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Having recently returned from the Rotary Los Amigos Project, I’d like to share with District 5495 newsletter readers what, to me, was an eye opener to the pressing needs of Mexican communities and how Rotary is seeking to assist in filling them.
My adventure began with the October 14 arrival in Kingman of 14 Lethbridge, Alberta, Rotarians, along with six decommissioned ambulances and handicapped buses en route to Mazatlan, Mexico.  
Letter to District 5495 from Jo Ann Oxsen, Kingman Route 66: 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed home Rotary International Youth Exchange (RYE) student Alexandra DeWeese, who studied abroad in the Netherlands during the 2016-17 school year. Alexandra joined more than 8,000 students who participated in the program last year, 40 of which studied in the Netherlands. 
Rotary's Exchange Student Returns after Year in Netherlands 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Project Amigo owes both its beginnings and its longevity to the “service above self” contributions of thousands of Rotarians and Rotary clubs. We were the official international service “project” of the Rotary Club of Novato, California, between 1996 and 2002. Today we are an independent public charity and asociacion civil recognized in United States, Canada and Mexico. We continue to thank the Rotarians in over 120 different Rotary clubs for their deep, generous and continued support.
Rotary and Project Amigo in Colima, Mexico 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
A Breath of Fresh Air
As we move into our new 2018 year, it may be time to take a deep breath and fill your lungs and body with a “breath of fresh air.”
We Rotarians, as leaders in our communities, can take action.
Our actions and words in 2018 …to our family, our friends, our neighbors, our employers, our employees, clients, customers and vendors could be that fresh air!
A Breath of Fresh Air 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE for an international service project weekend in Puerto Penásco, Mexico! Rotarians from District 5495 and the Rotary Club of Puerto Penásco have teamed up to build a service and cultural weekend close to home, yet International. We will make an incredible difference in lives of the children of Rocky Point by transforming a school with projects like wheelchair ramps, library, painting, computer and special needs. HOLD THE DATES March 9-10-11. It’s Spring Break, so plan to come early and stay late … and bring your family! Details will be available in the January newsletter.
D5495 and the Rotary Club of Puerto Penásco Team Up 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Over the past 15 weeks, I have had the privilege of visiting 71 of our 72 clubs! We Rotarians dream of making our communities better places to live, and in District 5495 we are doing just that! At every visit, clubs showcased their impressive projects and traditions. I wish there were a way that each and every Rotarian could have the opportunity that I did, to see how we are living up to our theme of ‘Rotarians Making a Difference—Together!’
DG Nancy’s December Message 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
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ATTN SHOPPERS!!! SAVE $$$ and Help the Foundation at the SAME TIME! 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
This summer 3 NAU students got to travel to London, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Germany for a 3 week New Generations Service Exchange.  Initially we had planned to exchange earlier this year with Australia and New Zealand under District 5510.  Unfortunately, the Australia leg of the trip fell through early enough that we were able to accommodate the students with the Europe exchange.  Mike Casey, the program chair got to travel with them for the first week while in London and Wales.  The students represented themselves well and were proud ambassadors for Rotary.  This was the first time all three had been to Europe.  Since returning home the students have been involved with the Flagstaff Club’s Francis Pond project whilst also being involved with Rotaract. 
NGSE Summer 2017 Group Exchange to Europe 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Scottsdale Club President Charlie Kester recently introduced Ken Marshall, department commander of Arizona Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests. The capacity-filled luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion was part of the Club's annual program to honor veterans.
VFW Commander Ken Marshall Addresses Rotarians 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rudy R. Miller, chairman, president and CEO of Miller Capital Corporation and The Miller Group, a dedicated supporter of the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial Monument, introduced Steve Ziomek, chairman of Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial Inc. to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests. The capacity-filled luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion was part of the Club's annual program to honor veterans.
Rotarians Learn About Scottsdale Airport's Military History 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Phoenix Rotary 100 has been participating in the funding and distribution of food and other needs to elders on the Navajo Reservation, working with the prime sponsor of this full time work, the Salt Lake City based Adopt-a-Native-Elder Program ( During one of last year’s food runs, members PDG Craig Wilson and Steve Goldston saw a need to replace many of the elders’ old and worn out wheelchairs. Through discussion with club member Bob Withers, Bob took the lead in the task of fund raising and providing wheelchairs. 
Phoenix Rotary 100 Provides Wheelchairs to Navajo Elders 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
May Peace Prevail on Earth
Those simple words are a prayer, a vision and a powerful tool for healing ourselves and our planet. People all over the world are taking these words into their hearts; joining in a thought wave of light and love that is growing brighter every day.
I will share with you my experience of when I saw my first Peace Pole.
Peace Poles 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
International relief organizations cite lack of education as the principal cause of poverty. Often, the only thing that stands between a good student’s achieving the education he or she seeks is the ability to cover the costs. Your funding of one or more scholarships assures that bright, deserving young people are not doomed to a life of poverty due to circumstances beyond their control. Project Amigo junior high and high school scholarships are available to poor children who graduate from rural primary schools in the state of Colima, Mexico, with a grade point average of 9.0 out of 10.
Educational Scholarship for 7-12th Grade 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Mesa West helps United Food Bank 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
One of the requirements of the district grant that was awarded to United Sound and announced at The Mesa West Rotary Club’s October 5 meeting is that members participate in a work project related to the grant.  The mission of United Sound is providing musical performance experiences through peer mentorship for students with special needs. 
Rotary Club of Mesa West – United Sound Work Project 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
For twenty-five years, the Mesa Baseline Rotary Foundation and the Mesa West Rotary Club have sponsored a team of audiologists and doctors that conduct a medical mission to help the people of Guaymas, Mexico with their hearing problems.  Although the city has approximately 130,000 citizens, there are no ear, nose and throat surgeons, audiologists or hearing aid dispensers in Guaymas. 
Guaymas Medical Mission 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
The year was 2007 and Gift of Life – Arizona, was ready to save another child from Mexico – Alicia.  Her heart was suffering from Tetralogy (teh-TRAL-o-je) of Fallot (fah-LO) - a serious congenital heart defect affecting four different areas of the heart. This is a problem, present at birth, that changes the normal flow of blood through the heart and detrimentally affects oxygen levels in the blood.  Her case was submitted to Gift of Life – Arizona and successfully received her open heart surgery through St. Joe’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Alicia's Story 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Prescott Sunup once again came to the rescue of the elderly and/or disabled by helping a woman living alone who was being threatened with eviction. The Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), an organization with whom Sunup works closely, contacted the club with an appeal to save a woman’s home from being removed from the mobile home park because she was in violation of the park’s paint code.
Rotary Club of Prescott Sunup Saves Woman from Eviction 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
LPN Grateful for Phoenix East Rotary Club and TRVFA Support 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Flagstaff club’s Global Grant – “Hepatitis Free Mongolia” – has successfully completed its first of three hepatitis and liver cancer screening trips.
This project is savings lives right in front of our eyes. Most of the people they are screening are uninsured and very poor. They would not be able to afford these tests if the Flagstaff club was not making them available for free.
Rotary Club of Flagstaff Completes First of Three Hepatitis Screenings 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Camelback Crossroads, the satellite club of Tempe Rio Salado, was looking for a challenge and a way to engage potential young Rotarians. They will be planting 105 shade trees on Saturday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Trees for Tempe 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International is, first and foremost, an organization of Rotary Clubs. It is Rotary clubs that belong to Rotary International, not individual Rotarians.  Individual Rotarians are members of their local Rotary clubs. Whether you are the president of Rotary International, or the most recent Rotary inductee, you are a member of a Rotary club, and not a member of Rotary International.
It is the purpose of Rotary International to support the work that Rotary clubs are doing. It is Rotarians, volunteering in their Rotary clubs, who come up with the project ideas, the fund-raising opportunities and the fellowship events. And it is Rotary International that supports them.
Structure of Rotary – Behind the Scenes, Supporting the Clubs 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Good Morning Fellow Rotarians,

For the past couple of years, RYLA 5495 has been actively involved in packing 40,000 meals for hungry families in Arizona. With RYLA just around the corner, I would like to ask you to consider giving your Arizona Tax Credit to this great program. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

1.      Sit down and write a check today to RYLA 5495 – Kids Against Hunger in the amount of $800 (joint tax filers) or $400 (single tax filers);

2.      Mail the check to PO Box 371, Cottonwood, AZ  86326;

3.      Take a nap because we will do the rest (mail you a receipt for your taxes).

A Message from Dennis Van, RYLArians Emeritus 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris said, “In the promotion of Rotary, it is important to reach large numbers, and you cannot reach them privately.”
When Rotary International’s directors approved the first entry in the Tournament of Roses parade over 39 years ago, they saw in it an unrivaled opportunity to bring Rotary’s name into public view. They reasoned that an eye-catching float would capture the interest of broadcast commentators and remind the world of Rotary’s good works. And so it has!
Why a Rose Parade Float? 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
As a community partner in Alli Ortega Empty Bowls 2017, Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary invites you to attend the November 29 event at Scottsdale Community College Cafeteria. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. a handcrafted ceramic bowl and simple pasta lunch are available for $10. All proceeds go to Vista del Camino Social Services to provide basic assistance to Scottsdale residents in need.
Fight Hunger in Scottsdale in November 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Arcadia Rotary Club, under the leadership of President Kevin Kovaleski, is growing and thriving at their new location, The Henry, at 44th Street and Camelback. Once a month they also have a social gathering at a local establishment for a fun evening for members, spouses and guests. 
Rotary Club of Arcadia Balances Work and Play 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Squaw Peak Rotary Club, under the leadership of President Brian Shackelford, is having another great year.
The club raised over $14,000 with their Football Fever raffle fund raiser and expects to raise another $15,000 with their annual Skeeter McFee Golf Tournament at Stone Creek Golf Course on April 7 of next year. 
Rotary Club of Squaw Peak Goes for Football Fever and Golf 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Paradise Valley Rotary Club members recently distributed dictionaries to every third grade student in the Paradise Valley School District. Nearly 2,600 dictionaries were handed out this year, the 13th year that the club has been involved in the Dictionary Project.  
To support its many projects, the Paradise Valley Rotary Club is planning its 45th Annual Western Night at the Merlino Ranch this Friday, November 3. The event’s silent auction will provide funding for the club’s charitable events.
Rotary Club of Paradise Valley Distributes 2,600 Dictionaries 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Prescott Sunup Unites to Support Tragedy-Stricken Family 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Squaw Peak Rotary Club expanded their normal dictionary project this year. In addition to distributing over 700 dictionaries to every third grader at five different schools in Phoenix, they also sent 26 Spanish/English Dictionaries to students in the cities of Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. This extends our previous projects in Mexico helping an orphanage. The dictionary service project has been very popular with the kids and schools in Phoenix, and now they have extended the project internationally. Thanks to Darren Desmond for his leadership in this important service project that touches so many kids.
Darren Desmond, Dictionary Project Lead
Lee Long, International Chair
Brian Shackelford, President
Squaw Peak Dictionary Project Expands to Mexico 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
November ushers in a season of gratitude and reflection.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I reflect on who we are as Rotarians. We may think of ourselves as ordinary people, but in actuality, we are quite extraordinary! As Rotarians, we have made the choice to devote time, treasure and talent to making a difference in the lives of others in communities near and far. Wherever I visit clubs I meet the kind of people who open up their homes, give up their leisure time, spend hours planning and hosting events—and more, so that others can benefit. I hear people saying, “I can do that!” “We can help” and “Let me show you.” I am grateful to be a part of that kind of positive energy and impact.
District Governor Nancy's November Message 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
For anyone who has participated in a Caborca PolioPlus trip, it is a great opportunity to take part in one of the primer projects that Rotary International has undertaken, as well as a chance to get to know Rotarians on both sides of the border, and have lots of fun! 
It’s time to start planning for this popular trip, scheduled for Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, 2018. As a Rotarian in District 5495, you are invited to apply to attend. Below is an overview and information about how you can be selected to attend.
Caborca, Mexico, PolioPlus Trip 2018 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Phoenix East and Flagstaff Rotary clubs, along with support from a D-5495 grant, presented $4,000 to the Arizona Ophthalmologist Society to supply equipment for the Mobile Eye Unit.
Mobile Eye Unit Funded 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Scottsdale holds annual golf tournament 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
District 5495 has a team heading for Sydney, Australia, for a Friendship Exchange that will be 17 days. This is the first exchange 5495 has been on, but the 20th for the former District 5510. This time most of the team in on a ship for 22 days, which ports in Hawaii and some Polynesian Islands. More info coming later.
Frank Wiley District Co-chair
Friendship Exchanges on the Horizon 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Sixth Annual Big West Rotaract Conference was held at Cal State in Long Beach October 20-22. ASU Rotaractors Abdul Alkhudhayr, Elise Machado and Emily Vega attended and shared some of their feedback about the experience (below). We are proud to announce that Phoenix Rotaract member Abbey Hawthorne, Big West Rotaract director, completed her two-year term of office at the event.
Thanks, Rotaractors, for your leadership!
District 5495 Rotaractors attend “BIG WEST” 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) is a short-term (one to six months) cultural and professional exchange for college students and young professionals 18 to 30 years old. The NGSE is similar to the Group Study Exchange, but the NGSE applicants pay for their own round trip travel expenses, visa (if necessary) and medical and liability insurance.
An outbound NGSE applicant needs a sponsoring Rotary district and club to sign their application and a hosting Rotary district and club in another country to sign their guarantee form.
Rotary New Generations Service Exchange 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
We have two districts joined into one – D5495 – but we still offer two terrific RYLA programs!
Same programs, different names – formerly RYLA 5490 is now called Camp Pinerock, and is still held in Prescott over Martin Luther King weekend in January. RYLA 5510 is now called Camp Ponderosa, held in April in Heber.
  D5495 Offers Two RYLA Camps   2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Can Interact clubs help Rotary eradicate polio? You bet they can! The recent challenge by the Mohave High Interact Club to the Lake Havasu High Interact Club to a “Clash of the Pinkies” raised more than $2,000 for this purpose. When matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that translates to an impressive $6,000+ raised to purchase polio vaccines, to help assure that those children inoculated will never be crippled or killed by this devastating disease.
Interact “Clash of the Pinkies” Nets Big Bucks 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Hola Rotarians:
The Microcredit Projects in Hermosillo, Mexico, continue to be very successful. The two Global Grants in Hermosillo, administered by our Micro-Finance Institution (FinReg), have now been closed by RI. They continue to perform well and exceed our long term goal of 97.5 percent collection. Over 85 percent of the borrowers are women, and many are single mothers. We will continue to report the Microcredit Mexico activity on a quarterly basis; portfolio as of Oct. 1, 2017:
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora, Mexico 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Some months we get more than 25 articles, which is the limit for the front page. If you are looking for the rest of the news, please follow this link to the full newsletter.
Looking for More News? 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Prescott Sunup Rotary Club once again came to the rescue of the elderly and/or disabled by helping a woman living alone who was being threatened with eviction. The Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), an organization with whom Sunup works closely, contacted the club with an appeal to save a woman’s home from being removed from the mobile home park because she was in violation of the park’s paint code.
Rotary Club of Prescott Sunup Saves Woman from Eviction 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Squaw Peak Rotary Club expanded their normal dictionary project this year. In addition to distributing over 700 dictionaries to every third grader at five different schools in Phoenix, they also sent 26 Spanish/English Dictionaries to students in the cities of Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. This extends our previous projects in Mexico helping an orphanage.
Squaw Peak Dictionary Project Expands to Mexico 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Opportunity to Serve
District A/V Support Technician
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
We have a few opportunities for YOU to serve other Rotarians in District 5495 as it relates to Audio / Visual.
We are looking for a "Key Technician" and individuals with other levels of expertise.  ANY Rotarian, new or seasoned, would be welcomed at these positions.  These are volunteer positions only.
District 5495 Rotary 5495 Rotary District 5495
Read more
2017-10-01 Want Ad A/V Technician Bob Murray 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 1 District 5495,Rotary 5495,Rotary District 5495
The state of Arizona is leading the way through a private/public partnership plan in utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Healing Arizona Veterans (HAV), a charitable organization, has been established to collect donations to treat the first 50 veterans at the two six-person HBOT chambers, one in Tucson and one in Cave Creek. Arizona is unique in the US in having such large-capacity facilities. To learn more about the Arizona effort, read the PDF summary (link). Additional information on HBOT and the opportunity to donate can be found at
Supported by Sa’ad Allawi, Board member of HAV and past president of Oro Valley Rotary.
Arizona is leading the way for Treatment of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale holds two Paul Harris Days each year at multiple meeting sites.
These meetings – one in the fall and one in the spring – are an excellent opportunity for club members to learn more about each other by gathering in small groups, in members’ offices or other locations, just as our founders (including Paul Harris, pictured on the TV Monitor) did a century ago.
Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, was the founder of Rotary, the world's first and most international service club. On February 23, 1905, Paul Harris formed the first club with three other businessmen in Chicago. Through Paul Harris's vision of service and fellowship, Rotary has grown to be a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change at home and abroad. "Rotating" between members’ offices is actually how the name Rotary was established.
For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, go to Active and retired business professionals are always welcome.    
Photo: Rotary Club of Scottsdale Paul Harris Day at Arizona Best Real Estate Scottsdale office: L-R Alex Cimochowski, Rick Robinson, Craig Miller, David MacIntyre (host), Kevin Bollinger, David Bertelli, James Siket, Jim Vieh and Jeff Kaplan (host)
Rotary Club of Scottsdale recreates History 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
On September 5 the Fountain Hills Town Council recognized Four Peaks Rotary and Fountain Hills Rotary for the club's participation in creating the Town's Musical Harmony Park. Fountain Hills received awards from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association and the "Best Facility" award was given to the musical instrument park.
Shown in the attached picture are members of both Four Peaks and Fountain Hills Rotary receiving the award at the Fountain Hills Town Council meeting on September 5.
Buzz Ponce
Image Committee
Four Peaks Rotary
City Council recognizes Rotary Clubs of Four Peaks and Fountain Hills 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
“Every Rotarian Every Year” status is achieved by clubs when, during the Rotary year:
  • EVERY member of that club personally contributes at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund
  • The club’s total TRF Annual Fund contribution averages at least $100 per capita
NOTE:  When your club’s Foundation goals are entered in Rotary Club Central, your achievement will be automatically recognized!
For more information about this and many other Rotary topics, please go to the District Resource Contact list, available on Club Runner:
What is Meant by EREY CLUB Recognition ... and How Does a Club Qualify? 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
From the Hualapai Mountains overlooking nostalgic Route 66, across a Golden Valley to the mighty Colorado River, “Rotary is Rumbling” throughout District 5495 Area One! We are a group of six clubs, including two satellite clubs, spread out across more than 50 miles. Starting with Kingman, Kingman Route 66 and Route 66 Satellite Club in the southern portion, and 40 miles to the north along the Colorado River is Bullhead City Rotary and, in Fort Mohave, the Laughlin Satellite Club with Laughlin Rotary on the state line in Nevada.
Due to article length constraints, please CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the entire article.
“Rotary is Rumbling” throughout District 5495 Area One! 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Short Term Summer Reciprocal Exchange opportunities available NOW!  Is someone in your club ready to get fired up about Rotary’s incredible summer exchange opportunity for students in your area?  What would you do?  Become a Youth Exchange Officer (YEO), qualify students and families for participation by making home visits, interviewing students and parents, witnessing signatures and facilitating the process.  Help create a  summer of a lifetime!  Promotional flyer attached.
Short Term Summer Exchange 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Congressman Tom O’Halleran Rep Visits Snowflake Senior Center 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
DG Nancy’s annual official visit to Area 17 was a smashing success with 61 Rotarians from the area’s four clubs attending the evening event held at The Collective in VOC Sedona. The multi-club visit opened with an hour of fellowship bolstered by an abundance of BYOB adult beverages. Hearty appetizers filled the attendees’ plates – all from local restauranteur, John Ramagli of J Wine Bistro. The presentations for the evening began with each of the four club presidents giving a five-minute talk about their clubs. It was amazing how composed and concise they all were, knowing that AG Donna Hawk had her timer running. Jennette Bill (Sedona Rotary) and four cohorts from the Verde Valley Imagination Library team gave a brief overview of that program’s success.
DG Nancy visits Sedona 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Bob Zarling, Matt Rotty, Allan and Polly Cady and Greg Okonowski and his family responded to the call for volunteers to report for work at the Midwest Food Bank Saturday morning, September 9. They helped stack goods to go to Texas the next morning for flood victims. The boxes contained everything from personal hygiene items to paper goods to cleaning supplies. Others were packing boxes with canned goods, water, tea, coffee, and fresh dates.
Mesa West Rotarians at Work for Flood Victims 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
PDG Tonya Watson’s theme for 2016/2017 was “Assist the Elderly,” and District Grants Coordinator Don LaBarge challenged clubs to take part.
Mesa West led the charge and 10 other clubs were up for the challenge. Using District matching grant funds, each contributed $1,010. Each club received $510 from the District and matched it with $500.
Mesa West Leads Club in 11-Club Joint Project 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Peoria North will hold its second-annual Peoria North Wine Classic on October 7 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria.
“Harvest Elegance,” billed as the West Valley’s premier wine-pairing dinner event, benefits the Peoria North Rotary Foundation and the Arizona Broadway Theater Children’s Academy.
Peoria North Rotary hosts Second Annual Wine Fund Raiser 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Rascals played in a Miracle League of Arizona (MLAZ) Whiffle Ball fund raising tournament on Saturday, September 9. They played two games to assist MLAZ in raising money for their upcoming season for special needs kids being able to play baseball. The team was represented by: David Ortega, Rosemary Gampm, David Lewis, Mary Holman and Jay, Keith Walter, Duncan Jensen, Barbara Bakwin, Steve and John Clasen, Jake Duffy, Terry Kutzbach, Mike Locher, Craig Rethwill, Neil Sutton, Cindy Weisser, Dennis and Evie Haberer and Maeve from our Saguaro Interact Club. It was a fun experience and a great way to give back to one of our favorite charities.

Rotary Rascals Play in MLAZ Whiffle Ball Fund Raiser 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Sedona Red Rocks Rotary rocked local fashionistas with its inaugural Red Rocks Fashion Show on Thursday evening, September 7. The event was held in the Sedona Public Library’s Community Room in West Sedona. Models from seven area boutiques strutted the runway, each showing off four amazing fall outfits. The fund raising event offered a $5 per glass wine bar plus light snacks, and each boutique displayed fashions for sale as well. Two bartending teams comprised of members of Red Rocks Rotary vied for tips from the crowd. Team Nick Hastings and Allen Bradley tromped Team Rick Wesselhoff and Tony Hauserman $127 to $43, with the total of all tips finding their way to RI’s PolioPlus fund. Immediate Past President Denise Dedrick was the vibrant announcer. All 70 available seats were filled, and $945 was the net take. Not bad for a first try – but things can be streamlined for next year.
Photo: Judy Arizona located at Hillside Shops in Sedona.
Sedona Red Rocks Fashion Show 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Join Sun Lakes Rotarians, Family and Friends GoingCruising 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek Charter Night Dinner & Celebration 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Vocational service in a Rotarian’s life allows for the Rotarian to hold high their chosen vocation; to proudly represent themselves with their high level of ethical standards and to share their knowledge with others who can benefit.

The broad goal for this year’s Vocational Service Committee is to create greater awareness of the value of vocational service and to encourage individuals and their clubs to utilize their vocations as an opportunity to serve others.




You and Vocational Service 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
"The world’s progress in fighting polio might be one of the best-kept secrets in global health."  - Bill Gates
The partnership (Rotary, WHO, UNICEF, the CDCP, and The Gates Foundation) is incredibly close to eradicating Polio, which would be just the second disease to stay permanently in the history books.
Miles to End Polio 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
The STEAM Bus will swing into Litchfield Park and will open its classroom doors to the Estrella Rotary Club at noon, October 31, 2018, at our regular meeting in La Bona Pasta Ristorante.  This is a fabulous opportunity for all members and friends to see firsthand, cutting-edge STEM educational technologies.  The function of the Avondale Elementary School District Mobile STEAM Bus will be explained by the District's staff.  
Please mark your calendars and bring a couple of friends.  The cuisine is magnifico!
Prior to the arrival of STEAM, we will set aside several parking spaces for the mobile classroom.  This is one meeting that will inspire the scientist and artist in you.
The Steam Bus is Coming! 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
October heralds that season in Arizona when desert-dwellers leave the confines of air conditioning and join the rest of the state in the glorious outdoors!  This is a busy month for Rotary Clubs across our district, as we host events like Oktoberfests, Golf Tournaments, Wine Tastings and more!
DG Nancy's October Message 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Peoria Rotary Club hosted a ceremony, led by PDG Chuck Fitzgerald, in recognition of the International Day of Peace. The club's "Peoria Peace Initiative" partners with the Peoria Unified School District and the City of Peoria to encourage conversations and actions in the pursuit of peace in our homes, our neighborhoods, our schools, our city, and around the world. A press release was distributed by the school district to announce the ceremony (see photo).
International Day of Peace Brings Peace Pole Expansion 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
The third-annual Tour De Tonopah will take place Saturday, October 28, offering rides ranging from 13 to 60 miles surrounded by the peaceful desert and beautiful Saddle Mountains.
To reach the 300-rider goal, the Buckeye and Goodyear White Tanks clubs are offering $10 per rider to clubs who provide a team of at least five riders. More riders means more funding for your club!
Buckeye and Goodyear White Tanks Clubs Offer Cash for Riders 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
September has been off to a good start for our Youth Exchange Students! Over Labor Day weekend, our inbounds and a handful of volunteers and ROTEX traveled to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Students hiked Cathedral Rock, participated in a service project cleaning up a local school, networked with Rotarians and explored one of the natural wonders of the world. A big THANK YOU to the Bill Family, Rotary Club of Sedona and Grand Canyon Rotary Club for making this special weekend happen. 
Youth Exchange September Update 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Led by District Governor Loralli Johnson, our Interact District 5495, with its 90 Interact clubs, will be sponsoring two major conferences this year for Interact and Rotaract clubs. The Fall Leadership Conference is being hosted by the dynamic Interact Club of Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix on Saturday, November 4. The fifth annual Interact District Conference will be hosted by the Interact Club of Perry High School in Gilbert on Saturday, February 24, and is expected to have a record 500 registrations.
Interact Announces Exciting Fall Leadership Conference 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Whether you agree or disagree, social media is an important part of the world that we live in today. It really depends on how we choose to use it. Social media provides a platform for sharing thoughts, ideas and, in some instances, it is a mechanism for change. It has become a communication tool spanning not only cities and states, but countries and continents. For these reasons, it is important for us as Rotarians to embrace this opportunity and use these tools to our advantage.
Social Media Liaisons Wanted 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians,
It warmed my heart to see so many. Rotarians at Glenn's. Memorial Service. I'm sorry I did not get around to seeing each one of you. Thank you also for all the wonderful cards. It is the hardest thing I have gone through but am taking it one day at a time. I will return to Payson after the 1st of the year. The kids just could not leave me there. Will get through the holidays this way without my Gentle Glenn by my side.
Thank you again.
Glenn's DG Sidekick
Thank You from a PDG Sidekick 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I am overwhelmed, but not surprised, by your outpouring of generosity and responsiveness to the tragic disaster in Texas and the Gulf Coast.  So many of you have contacted me about how you or your clubs can best donate.  The Rotary Foundation has now established another option for those of you who would like to provide support directly through your own account with the Rotary Foundation.   The exact name of the Fund is The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund #608   Go to
Every time I have the privilege of visiting a club, I am reminded anew why I love Rotary.  For me, it’s about the people, the projects and the power.  Rotarians are people of action with generous spirits and integrity. We share our diverse thinking, skills and resources to be a global force for good.  Our projects, whether large or small, are impactful and we make a difference in countless lives. Our power lies in our ability to collaborate and multiply our capacity, using resources like District and Global Grants, and the Rotary Foundation.
From the Desk of DG Nancy 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Almost everyone loves a parade. There are many annual community parades in Arizona every year, which draw significant numbers of spectators.  Several of these parades take place in the winter holiday season and there is a group of Rotarians currently looking into the possibility of constructing a Rotary float that could be used in multiple parades to bring a little extra recognition to Rotary and all of the great things we do in Arizona and around the World.
Arizona Rotary Parade Float 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian, Tony Siebers, introduced Jason Bagley, Director Government Affairs at Intel Corporation, to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at the Club's luncheon held at McCormick Golf Club's Pavilion. Bagley, a public affairs professional, currently manages government affairs for Intel Corporation's U.S. Southwest Region. This region includes approximately 85 percent of Intel's leading-edge manufacturing capacity, as well as, significant research and development. He leads Intel's public policy strategy and engagement with government officials at the local, state and federal level for this region.
Rotarians Learn About Intel's Investment in Arizona 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Club Updates 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Washington High School Interact, Glendale, AZ supporting orphaned children at Open Arms Home for Children, South Africa. Throughout the school year Washington Interactors participate in making “kid-sized” quilts - 68 of them this past school year!  These quilts recently make the journey (over 10,000 miles!) from Glendale to the Open Arms Home for Children near East London, South Africa (
Washington HS Interact Support Orphaned Children 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
USA-Mexico Friendship Conference 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

The Phoenix Walk to End Alzheimer’s happening November 11, 2017.  We are currently looking for presentation opportunities to let everyone know about the walk.  This is our largest fundraising event of the year and are looking for help in fundraising along with many volunteers to make this event run smoothly.

Phoenix Walk to End Alzheimers 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Scottsdale 2017 Scholarship Golf Tournament at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale.  Start early, finish early with 7:30am Shotgun and done by 1:30pm.  Featuring Silent Auction with top-level gifts & experiences. Fee just $100 per player - includes golf, drink tickets, snacks, and awards luncheon with many surprises. All proceeds are directed towards 2018 scholarships.  Learn more and register at
Rotary Club of Scottsdale 2017 Scholarship Golf Tournament 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian/Past President of Rotary Club of Scottsdale. David Arriola, presented to former Club member, John Wintersteen, his Paul Harris Fellow Plus Two Recognition pin, as well as, his "wings" insignia to add to his Paul Harris pin for his becoming a Rotary International Foundation Benefactor. John, a Rotarian since 1966, is currently a member of Southwest USA E-Club Rotary Club and serves at Rotary District 5495 District Youth Services & Interact Chair. Rotary Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. 
Rotarians Honor John Wintersteen's Gifts to Rotary International 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Eclubs of District 5495 are great resources to clubs through the ability to help share information online through our programs that can be accessed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our constant online presence enables us to help promote your ongoing efforts and serves as an additional media channel to promote the good you are doing in the world.
Rotary District 5495 Area 13 Update 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Our youth exchange year is underway! Our first class of District 5495 Outbounds are making their way across the world to stay with their host families and attend school in their host country. We welcomed our new Inbound students to Phoenix and Las Vegas on July 29th. 
District 5495 Rotary Youth Exchange Update 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Wu, Wen-Yi (also known as “Anita”) a New Generations Service Exchange young lady from District 3520, in Taiwan, Sponsor by the Tamsai Rotary Club and being  hosted by District 5495 and the Frontier Rotary Club, Prescott, arrived in Phoenix on August 3, 2017.
New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary delivered dictionaries all third graders in six Scottsdale Elementary Schools, Kiva, Navajo, Pima, Pueblo, Tavan and Yavapai.  Teams of Rotarians met with the third graders and explained the dictionaries and walked through a couple of uses for this fantastic book.  Everyone was excited to get their dictionary.  This is a wonderful project for our club.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise delivers Dictionaries 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
In an effort to promote club interaction and get to know each other better, during the inaugural D5495 year there will be three travelling friendship trophies to be circulated throughout the district. The clubs will be responsible for passing the cactus to the next designated club. This could be done either at a regular joint meeting, a joint club social or some other gathering. The details are up to each club.
Pass the Cactus 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
By: AG Donna Hawk
Things were literally on fire at the August 2 meeting of the Sedona Red Rocks club with the surprise celebration of member Raye Speirs’ birthday. A cupcake display was set ablaze with all 90 of the candles necessary to commemorate Raye’s nine decades of life. Sedona Fire Marshall Jon Davis, sporting full firefighter gear, rushed in amid much laughter to help control the conflagration. Raye is not only an active board member but got things rolling for the club’s first Red Rocks Fashion Show which will showcase styles from seven local boutiques at the September 7 fund raiser. Other fund raising events on the Red Rocks calendar are Glow Golf the night of September 15 and its annual Oktoberfest event October 21.
District 5495 Area 17 Fired Up! 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Are you looking for an international project? 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Scottsdale is honored that its global grant application for funding to provide a scholarship to Ms Carlyn Harris to receive a Master of Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, submitted by the Club and the Rotary Club of Edinburgh, has been approved by The Rotary International Foundation. The award is in the amount of $30,000. Thanks to the generosity of the Hartley and Ruth B. Barker Endowed Global Grant Scholarship, the two Rotary Clubs and Ms Harris will be receiving $30,000 in funds from this gift to finance the grant. Ms. Harris's area of focus is disease prevention and treatment.   
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Announces Global Grant Endowment Winner 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sun City Satellite Fundraiser 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
When RI President Ian Riseley challenged Rotarians around the world to plant a tree for every Rotarian last spring, Sun City AZ Rotarians responded immediately. They met with members of Sun City PRIDES, a community service organization of volunteers who maintain Sun City’s public areas.  The Desert Canopy Project was the perfect project for everyone -- planting new drought-resistant, broad-leaf trees to beautify and shade the City’s streets. 
Sun City Rotarians Respond: Trees for Our Town 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
UPDATE: $1300.00 Raffle prize drawn by Guest Cindy Weiss picking for Jim and Ron Congratulations!
Will the elusive Queen survive another week?  
In spite of a $1350 plus bounty,  the reclusive Queen of Spades remains under deck awaiting some lucky winner.
Ramblings from Scottsdale Sunrise 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Remembering PDG Bill Snedecor
By Kevin Cloe - PP RC of Wickenburg
Bill had already been a District Governor while he was involved in the Lake Havasu Rotary Club, therefore when he moved to Wickenburg and joined the Rotary Club of Wickenburg, we expected he would be a great resource of information regarding district and international projects and processes.
He was just that ... and much more
Bill Snedecor Los Caballeros Merger Finance Task Group PDG Bill Snedecor Rotary 5495 Rotary in Wickenburg Wickenburg Wickenburg Rotary
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2017-08-10 Remembering PDG Bill Snedecor Kevin Cloe 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0 Bill Snedecor,Los Caballeros,Merger Finance Task Group,PDG Bill Snedecor,Rotary 5495,Rotary in Wickenburg,Wickenburg,Wickenburg Rotary,
District 5495's FIRST Rotary Foundation Dinner Celebration is coming up on November 4th. Let's make it a grand occasion with a BIG turn-out from our clubs! This is our Foundation and our biggest tool to "Do Good in the World"! Join your Rotary friends to celebrate the "Abundant Harvest" our Rotary Foundation provides near and far. Register today and be sure to bring another club member with you!
Rotary Foundation Dinner - Plan Now 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Past District Governor of D5510, Glenn Smith passed in his sleep last night from heart failure. PDG Glenn had been going through many abdominal surgeries and was in a recovery hospital in Phoenix. Unfortunately his heart just couldn't take it. He will be missed.
He was a member of the Payson Rotary Club.
Glenn's wife Sherry, their daughter and son, wanted to thank everyone for their good wishes and prayers. 
2017-08-01 Passing of a Great Rotarian 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Just to clarify,
RYLA 5495 Pinerock (which was 5490) will be held January 12-15 in Prescott.
RYLA 5495 Pinetop (which was 5510) will be held in April 2018.
Details on each will be coming as the dates approach.
RYLA Dates 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day is October 24 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Clubs were off to a fast start in July with events, fundraisers, service projects and planning meetings.
Thanks to the five clubs in Area 4 (Northwest Valley) for inviting me to their Celebration Dinner. It was my first official function as D5495 Governor and what a treat it was getting acquainted with so many Rotarians in a social setting! Witnessing the synergy between the Presidents, Immediate Past Presidents and Presidents-elect from five clubs was amazing—talk about continuity of leadership
From the Desk of DG Nancy 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) is a short-term (one-to-six months) cultural and professional exchange for college students and young professionals 18 to 30 years old.
Rotary New Generations Exchange 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Gary McEachern Memorial Golf Tournament 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Prescott Sunup Rotary Club once again gathered at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza in the early morning hours to provide their annual renovation of the All Veterans’ Memorial statue and the surrounding garden. The statue, erected by the Yavapai Vietnam Veterans Association, portrays a Marine stretching one arm to the sky as he shouts for a medic, while clutching a wounded Marine at his side with the other arm. Tony Shaw, a fellow Sunup Rotarian and Vietnam veteran, performed the dedication at the 1989 unveiling ceremony.
Prescott Sunup Rotary Provides Annual Renovation of All Veterans’ Memorial 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
USA-Mexico Friendship Exchange 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Here are some arrival photos of the 2017-2018 D5495 Inbound Chilean Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ambassadors, Xiomi (to Buckeye) and Vale (to Scottsdale). They were met at Sky Harbor Airport by our volunteer RYE Rotarians, Rotex, (previous exchange students), and Host Families after a very long flight from Santiago. Both girls departed Chile in the middle of a very cold, dry winter and arrived in Phoenix during a very warm, humid, summer. 
RYE Students Arrive 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
by Jim Bissonett
Greetings from the District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee (DRFC)!  Now that D5510 and D5490 are officially merged, we are working to step up communications from our committee.  
Please visit the information on the new D5495 website:  Go to the Rotary Foundation tab at the top of the page and, by scrolling your courser over the sections in this tab, you can find the most useful guides, forms and links.  Except for links, all these can be downloaded into PDF.  Contact information for our team is under Team Roster.  Additionally, you will find the Rotary Foundation Guide, a link to TRF Resource Guide,  Recognition Opportunities and the Rotary (Foundation) Contribution Form. The Grant sections provide general information and details about District Grants and Global Grants.  There will be some additional information added to the Rotary Foundation tab over the next month to help you find international projects, TRF speakers for a club program and more.
Our committee is here to serve clubs and club members!  Please contact us for any assistance you need with The Rotary Foundation or grants!
DRFC Communication 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone a long time ago planted a tree" – Warren Buffett
Buffett's simple yet thoughtful quote conjures the image of one of life's simple pleasures and, indeed, of one of our most important natural resources— trees. It conveys our connectedness and the importance of positive action to enhance the lives of others and communities. Moreover, to me, it suggests the need for vision, forethought and sustainability.
President Riseley's Tree Planting Challenge 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Hola Rotarians:
The Microcredit Projects in Hermosillo, Mexico, continue to be very successful. The two Global Grants in Hermosillo, administered by our Micro-Finance Institution (FinReg), have now been closed by RI. They continue to perform well and exceed our long term goal of 97.5 percent collection; over 85 percent of the borrowers are women, and many are single mothers. We will continue to report the Microcredit Mexico activity on a Quarterly basis.
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
District 5495 Area 4 Clubs Celebrate Leadership
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
The Area 4 Rotary Clubs, Sun City, Sun City Del Sol, Sun City West, Surprise and Wickenburg have been blazing new trails for the last Rotary Year in many ways.
The five club Presidents, Presidents-elect, Presidents-nominee and Assistant Governor meet monthly.  We rotate the meeting place using the presidents homes or restaurants.  We always meet on the same day and the same time that way it becomes a "standing meeting" monthly.
The meetings are used to discuss current Rotary business, club projects, district projects,  international projects, and club situations which can benefit from a "round table" discussion.
2017-07-12 Area 4 Clubs Celebrate Leadership Bob Murray 2017-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Opportunity to Serve
ClubRunner Assistance Group
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
We have several opportunities to serve other Rotarians as it relates to ClubRunner
We will fit the need to your level of expertise. 
2017-07-01 Want Ad Club Runner Bob Murray 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
2017-06-23 Convention 2017 Bob Murray 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians:
Well it is June and this will be our last Fireside Chat.  The year has passed quickly with a year full of Rotary events, fundraisers, friendships new and old and a greater knowledge and respect for all our district clubs do for their communities and the world with the work they do every day.  Thank You.
The final 5490 District Conference was outstanding with some fantastic programs, breakouts and was  well attended.  I am sorry if you missed 5490’s final conference as it was the last of it's kind and I would like to give you a short recap.
2017-06-01 Danny's Final Fireside Chat Bob Murray 2017-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Peoria Wine-Pairing Event
By Bret McMeand President, RC of Peoria North
When: February 12, 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Arizona Broadway Theatre - 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ  85382
Peoria North hosts wine-pairing fundraiser February  12, 2017
The Rotary Club of Peoria North will join with Arizona Broadway Theatre to present the first annual Peoria North Wine Classic.
The event, billed as the "Valentine's Day Elegance: The West Valley's Premier Wine-Pairing Dinner," takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Attendees will be treated to a full wine dinner -- four full glasses of wine paired with a four-course gourmet dinner.
2017-02-01 Peoria North Wine Paring Event Bret McKeand 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Using Successful ROTARY Program
By PDG Jim Green - RC of Sun City
Dick and Evie Teegen are Minnesota Rotary Snowbirds who land at the Rotary Club of Sun City every winter. 
They have instituted a Rotary program for disenfranchised high school seniors that has become very successful. 
We have asked Dick to provide a summary of the STRIVE activities so that you can create a similar program in your local communities.
2017-02-01 What is STRIVE Jim Green 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Social Media Team Members Needed
By Amanda Sanchez - RC of Surprise - President
Social Media Team:
  • Develop and maintain check list for social media compliancy analysis
  • Provide presentation to Rotary Clubs on Social Media effectiveness (if requested)
  • Review and provide Social Media tips to clubs (if Social Media exists)
  • Gather information from Social Media analysis
2017-02-01 Want Ad Social Media Team Amanda Sanchez 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Technology Team Members Needed
By Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West - AG Area 4
Technology Team:
  • Develop and maintain check list for technology support
  • Provide guidance for integrating technology
  • Provide technology support as requested
  • Provide guidance with Club Runner as needed
  • Gather and maintain district / club domain name information  
2017-02-01 Want Ad Technology Team Bob Murray 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Interactors to Gather at Cottonwood
By PDG Art Harrington - RC of Bullhead City
An expected 500 Interact club members and Advisors from around the state, including delegates from Laughlin, NV, and Needles, CA, will be hosted by the Interact Club of Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood on Saturday, February 25.
Headlining the 4th Annual Interact District Conference will be featured speakers David Talbot and Scarlett Zinggeler. 
A Colorado Rotarian and founder of the non-profit Crutches 4 Africa organization, David is a professional photographer and a Polio survivor who will share how lives are being transformed in Kenya by the gift of mobility that he and our Interactors are working together to make possible. 
2017-02-01 Interactors to Gather at Cottonwood Art Harrington 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Club Leadership Academy registration is OPEN! 
Space is limited.   Register Today!
By David Simmer - RC of Sedona, DGN
New Rotary District 5495 is launching an innovative concept in leadership development and club support.  Our new Club Leadership Academy (CLA) has drawn considerable praise and attention from Districts and leaders across the western United States for the creative approach it offers to help clubs expand their impact.
2017-02-01 CLA Registration is open David Simmer 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Membership Update
By Tony Inglese - RC of Laughlin
Happy February!
I will keep it short this month.
I want to welcome our newest Club to our wonderful District.
The Rotary Club of Thunderbird! With this addition our district year to date has added 1 new Club and 3 Satellite clubs with a couple of more in the works.
2017-02-01 Membership Update Tony Inglese 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico
Update January 2017

By Terry Lubsen

District 5510 Microcredit Project Coordinator


Hola Rotarians:

The Microcredit Projects in Hermosillo Mexico continue to be very successful. The two Global Grants in the Hermosillo Project administered by our Micro-Finance Institution (FinReg), continue to perform well and exceed our long term goal of 97.5% collection. Over 85% of the borrowers are women, and many are single mothers. Portfolio as of Jan 1, 2017:

2017-02-01 Microcredit Project Update Terry Lubsen 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Announces its 2017 Scholarship Award Plans
By Bret McKeand - RC of Peoria North, President
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Foundation Board, led by Max Rumbaugh, 2015-16 Past Club President, recently approved increasing the Club's total 2017 Scholarship Awards from $63,000 to $76,000. 
Through the Club's Foundation, annual scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating seniors attending Scottsdale Unified School District high schools.
Students nominated by the five Scottsdale Unified School District high school staffs compete for scholarships in various categories. 
2017-02-01 RCS Foundation Scholarship Award Plans Bret McKeand 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) 100th Birthday Party was a BIG Hit!
By Bob Murray
Months of planning went into the birthday party.  Event organizer, PDG Barb Feder, spent many hours putting together the details for this party.  Barb and staff spent hours addressing each detail starting from the idea to the day of the party.
Great things happen when many Rotarians get together for a good cause.
History of The Rotary Foundation is a remarkable read.  Like most endeavors it started out slow nonetheless as it gained ground it became a strong extension of Rotary International.  Past Rotary International President, Arch C. Klumph, is the mastermind behind TRF.  "It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world." -Arch C. Klumph, June 1917.  Read more about TRF here.
2017-02-01 TRF 100th Birthday Party Big Hit Bob Murray 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0

DONATION for Quotation Program

By Toni Davies - RC of Glendale West


I have a DONATION for Quotation Program I offer via work to help the community. I sell auto, home, life, and annuities. But for every family who gets a free quote, a donation can be made in honor of them to any non-profit of their choosing.


How amazing would it be to ask Rotarians to get a free quote on insurance that takes 10 minutes to review and we make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, with no obligation for the Rotarian to buy. Its super simple. I can even track what club donated the most and do a monthly report in the newsletter.


2017-02-01 Donation for Quotation Program Toni Davies 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Should you be in Rotary?
By Jay McCall - RC of Presidio, District 5500 Growth & Membership
Rotary depends upon three elements: leadership, membership and stewardship,
Each embraces the other. They are intertwined for the success of Rotary.
When we have strong leadership we have strong membership. Leadership realizes that membership is the first priority. The more hands, the more community impact.
2017-02-01 Should you be in Rotary? McCall 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0

Dear Rotarians:


Welcome to our 8th Fireside Chat, seems like this year have been going by so fast.


We have accomplished much since July 1, 2016 and January was no different. 


The merger of Districts 5490 and 5510 moving along like clockwork as we move closer to July 1, 2017.  The AGs and PEs are off to a good start as we approach PETS 2017. 

2017-02-01 DG Danny's Fireside Chat Danny Messersmith 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Changes will be coming for both District Grants and Global Grants
By Jim Bissonett - RC of E-Club of the Southwest
Hello!...  from the new District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee!  Changes will be coming for both District Grants and Global Grants. Here is what you need to know for now:
  •          To receive grant funds, clubs are required to send at least two members to a Grant Management Seminar.  Seminars will be held 2/23/17 (Thursday before PETS) and During the Club Leadership Academy the weekend of 4/22/17.
  •          District Grant applications must be completed by May 30th, 2017.   The maximum District contribution to single-club grants will be $2000. 
More information is forthcoming.   Your new District Rotary Foundation Committee looks forward to assisting you!

Jim Bissonett


2017-02-01 District Grants and Global Grants Jim Bissonet 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Glendale Thunderbird
By PDG Chuck Fitzgerald - RC of Peoria
By now you may have heard of the Rotary Club of Glendale Thunderbird, the newest club in Arizona.  The Thunderbird Rotary Club, as it will be called, is a club on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has been meeting since October. It currently has 35 members - 33 graduate students and 2 faculty/staff members - representing 17 different countries. I am honored, as a Special Advisor, to help facilitate this new club into Rotary.

The idea behind the club came from Clef Peterson (Past President of Phoenix Rotary 100) and Ken Boyd (Past RI Director). Graduate students who are members, will be able to return to their home communities ​around the world ​upon graduation and have the opportunity to more-easily transfer to a local Rotary Club as full Rotarians.

2017-01-23 Thunderbird Rotary Club Bob Murray 2017-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Grape Arizona VIP Lunch
By Yousef Hawash - RC of PHXRotary100
Date: Sunday January 29, 2017
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Place: Heritage Square
           113 N 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85004

Here's a little bit of info on Chef Nobuo Fukuda who is hosting the VIP Lunch- and attached is the flyer.


Born and raised in Tokyo, Nobuo Fukuda has worked as a chef in Arizona for 30 years, evolving from a wide-eyed 20-year-old at Benihana to a self-assured iconoclast who honors Japanese traditions as he breaks them.


Also hosting will be award winning Winemakers Sam Pillsbury of Pillsbury Wine Company and James Callahan of Rune Wines.


BELOW is a description of the VIP ticket:

2017-01-23 PHX100 Grape Arizona VIP Lunch Bob Murray 2017-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Social Media Team Members Needed
By Amanda Sanchez - RC of Surprise - President
Social Media Team:
  • Develop and maintain check list for social media compliancy analysis
  • Provide presentation to Rotary Clubs on Social Media effectiveness (if requested)
  • Review and provide Social Media tips to clubs (if Social Media exists)
  • Gather information from Social Media analysis
2017-01-01 Want Ad Social Media Team Amanda Sanchez 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0

Dear Rotarians:


Welcome to our 7th Fireside Chat, and — 🎉🎉🎉 Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎉


I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year Celebration of your choosing with family and friends to do justice to the potential this new year provides for all of us, particularly in the realm of doing more good in the world.

What a whirlwind the first half of the 2016-2017 year was with all the club visits, events, training and meetings. The Emerging Leader Summit was fantastic. The Big West Rotaract Conference! The Connecting For Good Tour - Wow!  It has been demanding in time and energy, but I would not trade it for anything in the world as I was able to do all of it with you, my family of Rotary .
2017-01-01 DG Danny's Fireside Chat Danny Messersmith 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
Crutches 4 Africa
Interact Project for 2016-17
Interact Districts 5490, 5500 & 5510

By PDG Art Harrington - RC of Bullhead City
A special Note from Candice Talbot
"As you may not know two months ago David Talbot,( Mr. Crutches4Africa ) had a number of heart attacks and organ failures. It is my joy to say he is finally home today, and doing great.  He originally was hospitalized Nov. 4th. We need to pass the word to as many friends, and supporters as we can find as fast as possible. The house is no longer user friendly for him. This is a tax deductible organization which will disburse the money as needed to renovate the house to allow David to continue to live at home for good. Any money donated above and beyond the need for the contractors will go to Crutches4Africa.  Yay!. So if you can get this out to your club, and anyone who might care about David I would appreciate it.  This is urgent.  We need the funding in the next two weeks to get it done in a timely manner. - Thanks so much - Candice Talbot
The following is the article that ran in September 2016 ...
Crutches 4 Africa began as the international project of the Mountain Foothills Rotary club, which is based in Evergreen, Colorado.  Rotarian David Talbot, who managed to survive the initial onslaught of Polio, and overcame the prognosis that he would never walk again, lived an active and athletic life until his mid-50’s.  However, due to the debilitating effects of Post-Polio Syndrome, he has spent the past 9 years on crutches.
2017-01-01 Crutches 4 Africa Art Harrington 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute, Saturday, January 21
By Beth Sheehan - District 5490 Secretary
Just a reminder that our next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held Saturday, January 21 at DeVry University, Westgate City Center, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. in Glendale - adjacent to the Gila River Arena.
We've had a good response so far! If you've attended, please encourage other club members to attend.
Questions? Call Beth at 602.604.8221
Download the Registration form here.
2017-01-01 Rotary Leadership Institute Beth Sheehan - District 5490 Secretary 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
The 41st Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge
Presented by  the Rotary Club of Tahoe City
Friday, March 3, 2017
By Gary Meadville - RC of Tahoe City (Event Chairman)

Circle the date! The 41st Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge looks to be better than ever. Check the Fact Sheet for specifics. As has been our aim in the past, this event benefits the many programs of the Rotary Club of Tahoe City and its Foundation. Join us for a day of friendly competition and Rotarian fellowship.
Our race this year will again be held at Northstar California We are offering Apres Ski with heavy hors d’oevres beginning about 3:00 pm just before the awards ceremony. It will still not be an official dinner, but we have a good selection of food. We will have completed all activities by 5:00 pm.
2017-01-01 Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge Gary Meadville 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
New District Governor Nominee Designate
By Danny Messersmith - DG District 5490
Dear Rotarians of RI District 5490:
This is our official notice that Mr. David Simmer, member of The Rotary Club of Sedona, is the duly elected District Governor Nominee Designate. 

We wish David well as he transitions through the training and requirements ahead on his journey to be an outstanding District Governor. 
2017-01-01 DGND Mr. David Simmer Danny Messersmith 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
PIDMT Merger Website Committee Needs Help
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
The Public Image, Data Management and Technology (PIDMT) is in need of website reviewers.
Interested persons should contact the PIDMT Website Committee Chairpersons Rusty Pile or Miki Dzugan.
No experience necessary!  Training will be provided.  If you can browse the internet then you're qualified.
Simply click on Rusty's or Miki's name above to send them an email of your interest.
2017-01-01 PIDMT - Website team needs help Bob Murray 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
PIDMT Merger Newsletter Committee Needs Help
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
The Public Image, Data Management and Technology (PIDMT) is in need of newsletter reviewers.
Interested persons should contact the PIDMT Newsletter Committee Chairperson Bryon Harrington.
No experience necessary!  Training will be provided.  If you can browse the internet or read newspapers then you're qualified.
Simply click on Bryon's name above to send him an email of your interest.
2017-01-01 PIDMT - Newsletter team needs help Bob Murray 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
Local Rotary Clubs Support "Books to the Rescue"
By AG Noel DeSousa - Prescott-Frontier
A matching grant funded by local area Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 5490 will supply eight (8) duffel bags costing about $250 each and containing books, stuffed animals, stickers and other child oriented items for use by Yavapai County, AZ, sheriff deputies with children who are experiencing traumatic situations such as involvement in a serious accident or domestic violence situation.
Studies have shown that when traumatic events are ameliorated at an early age, children are more likely to grow up to be contributing members of society. The materials in each duffel - also called Comfort Bags - supply joy, escape, comfort, and reassurance to a young person in crisis. The child is focused on the item(s), not what is going on with adults, thus calming the child and allowing other officers on the scene to do their work more effectively. 
2017-01-01 Local Rotary Clubs Support "Books to the Rescue" Noel DeSousa 2017-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
By Stan Kaufman - RC of San Tan Crown
San Tan Crown members are completing plans for the second annual “HOOKED ON HEALING VETERANS” motorcycle charity ride. The ride which is slated for Saturday, February 25, 2017 benefits the Phoenix Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing   and the AZ Stand Down Allaince, both 501 (c) (3) charities supporting homeless and returning injured service men and women.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing assists injured veterans with physical, mental, and spiritual rehabilitation by engaging veterans in the basics of fly tying, rod building, casting, and practical “on the water” catch and release fishing skills. 
San Tan Crown members are completing plans for the second annual “HOOKED ON HEALING VETERANS” motorcycle charity ride. The ride which is slated for Saturday, February 25, 2017 benefits the Phoenix Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing [  ] and the AZ Stand Down Allaince [ ], both charities supporting homeless and returning injured service men and women.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing assists injured veterans with physical, mental, and spiritual rehabilitation by engaging veterans in the basics of fly tying, rod building, casting, and practical “on the water” catch and release fishing skills.  Arizona Stand Down is an alliance of community-based organizations that come together to provide annual one to three day events that bring together the State’s homeless and at-risk veterans, connecting them with services ranging from healthcare, mental health services, clothing, meals, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing and myriad other services and resources. 
Our motorcycle ride has been dubbed the “HOOKED ON HEALING VETERANS” ride which is a fitting moniker considering the veteran-focused organizations benefitting from this event.
PLEASE COME RIDE WITH US…………. WE would love to see dozens of Rotarians register and ride with us.    Don’t ride or won’t be here 2/25/2017?  You can still participate in this worthy fundraiser.  Rider or interested Donor …. Simply go to and follow the links to on-line Registration or the Donate Now link to PayPal Charities.  For those Rotarians who might wish to involve their small business as a corporate sponsor of this event we have many participation options available or we can build a program to suit you. 
For more information on how you can participate in or support  our veterans please call Stan Kaufman 480-339-0247, or contact us at     
Stan Kaufman
San Tan Crown Rotary Club
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