June 2019 Newsletter

This is my final message to you as District Governor.  The year has gone by very quickly and has been very fulfilling.  Despite a rather aggressive travel schedule early in the year, I enjoyed thoroughly my visits to each and every club.  Each club in our District is so unique.  All clubs have their own culture, their own traditions, their own sense of purpose within their community.  All clubs are valuable assets within their communities, providing service and funds that otherwise might not be available.
ALERT to 2019-20 club Presidents and Foundation chairs:   Don’t miss this money opportunity!
Apply a for District Grant before June 30!  If your club is qualified, there is no reason not to request grant funds from the Rotary Foundation to support your club community project in 2019-20.   
Please contact Jim Bissonett, if you have any questions or need assistance!
Is it ‘practical’ for a Rotary club to focus on peace when our projects of choice already serve basic needs in our community?  Do we have time to add peace to the mix?  How do we do that??
Designed for Rotarians, The Peaceful Places Symposium at 12:30 p.m. on June 20th at the Doubletree Scottsdale will feature Beth Brady, Director of Training and Public Relations at the Crisis Response Network, and Andrea Moseley, owner of AWE Corporate Interiors and the President-Nominee of the Phoenix 100 Rotary Club.  It will showcase Rotary projects that have promoted peaceful places in our communities.  You’ll be introduced to facts and anecdotes about creating peace amid everyday stress and conflict.  This half-day event is hosted by our own District 5495 Peacebuilders Network and will include refreshments, lunch, and afternoon snacks.
The Peaceful Places Symposium is open to all interested Rotarians, guests, and members of the community! Register thru the District Conference June 21-23 website.   To share your own club’s Peaceful Places projects for possible inclusion in the showcase or for more information, please contact  Mary Zongolowicz  zongo6@cox.net or Nancy Van Pelt nancyvanpelt@cox.net.
Take Time for Peace!
On May 9th 2019 Tempe South Rotary club hosted the 1st “We Serve Tempe” Luncheon at the Embassy Suites. Bringing together representatives of all of Tempe’s Service organizations, the luncheon focused on the concept of; Together, let’s recognize the success of our Service Clubs, our Beneficiaries and our Benefactors.
Help ensure that Rotary will continue to do good in the world for the next 100 years by encouraging club members to make a contribution to The Rotary Foundation prior to 29 June 2019. Donations made this Rotary year will be applied to your club fundraising goal, will help your club qualify for a Foundation banner, and will be applied to a donor's individual giving record. As a reminder, the fastest and most secure way to make a gift is online at www.rotary.org/donate
Dominic DeMartino, Postmaster of Scottsdale Arizona, was keynote speaker at recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  When introducing Postmaster DeMartino, Rotarian Christopher West noted that the Postmaster has oversight of 5 large Post Offices in Scottsdale with Scottsdale Main, Fountain Hills, Kachina, Hopis and Airpark stations and a team of 510 employees. The delivery area constitutes 175 city routes, 90 rural routes and 130 Highway Contract Routes, covering 184 square miles and over 200,000 daily deliveries. 
The 26th Annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Club "Thank You Breakfast" was held May 1, 2019 at San Marcos Golf Course Clubhouse.   A deeply moving event, CHRC presented over $25,000 to deserving local charities raised during their February Hole-In-One event.  The Thank You Breakfast was held outside and attended by community leaders from many organizations, including Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe, Council Member Sam Huang, and Chandler Police Cadet Program leader Officer Kevin Quinn, among others.
We are very excited to announce the District 5495 Charitable Fund is organized and ready for our clubs to utilize.
Rotarians in our district have expressed the need to have access to a district wide 501 (C) (3) for tax purposes to support their fundraising needs.  They asked for a fund that was managed by Rotary members in our own district and cost effective. 
It is now available!!
A simple participation agreement is all that is needed to get started.  A member of our board would be glad to visit your club or organize a phone conversation or even Skype to get you all the information you may need to make a quality decision. 
To learn more please visit www.rotary5495.org or email Rex Albright at charitablefund@rotary5495.org. We are looking forward to assisting all of you with your fundraising dollars and allow you to increase the donation opportunities for you to continue to support your local communities. 
Rex Albright
President, District 5495 Charitable Fund
Greetings Fellow Rotarians!
We only need to raise $5,500 more to meet our budget.
We would love your support. Please let us know if you can help us in this very final stretch!
The funds will not be collected until 2019-2020 fiscal year, probably late summer. So it could come from this year or next year’s club budget.
Thanks for your support and interest in the project!
Best wishes,
Flagstaff Rotary Club
I am following the advice of Bonnie and Clyde, who once said, “Let’s get out of here before we get shot!” (Or, at least I’m sure they said something like that at one time.)
While the job has been challenging and rewarding, I have done all I can do in this task and am ready to move on. I’m sure whoever incoming District Governor Simmer chooses to replace me, will do an amazing job as District Newsletter Editor and far surpass what I have done over the last 5 years.