March 2019 Newsletter

Another month has gone by and our District clubs continue to operate in full activity mode.  Make sure you check out the District calendar and Weekly Email Blast to see what’s going on.  You might be interested in one or more of the numerous golf events coming up.  Or maybe you’d have an interest in the Gilbert Rotary Trivia Event or the Wickenburg Crab Fest.  Try to support your fellow clubs in their activities.  The importance of collaboration cannot be overstated.
Is your club qualified to receive grants in 2019-20?  Find out the requirements and your club’s qualification status:
District Grant applications for 2019-20 begin April 1, 2019.  Here is the information link:
Global Grant applications are open all year.  Go to the District 5495 website:
Click on Foundation/Global Grants.  If you are considering a Global Grant , please first contact the District Rotary Foundation Committee.
Global Grant #11529067 - Hepatitis Free Mongolia
This is a collaborative project between the Flagstaff Rotary Club, Ulaanbaatar Rotary Club and FIRE - Flagstaff International Relief Effort. Meredith Potts We raised $112,264 from 31 Rotary Clubs, 17 individuals, 8 Districts, representing 6 countries. You can view a complete list of donors here.
September 11 – September 25 - $2,950 
(plus airfare to Mongolia) 
Join us for a special two-week trip in Ulaanbaatar, Bayan-Olgii and Khovd, Mongolia built around this project. Enjoy 10 days of sightseeing and travel in Mongolia and 5 days of volunteer Rotary work. The sightseeing includes a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay with an eagle hunter’s family in Western Mongolia, explore the Kazakh culture, and attend the world-famous Altai Eagle Festival. As a Rotary volunteer, you will take part in the Community Awareness Fair and opening celebration for “Hepatitis Free Mongolia, Phase 2”. Health care workers can help with health care worker training. There will also be opportunities to teach English and work with local community organizations.
March 22 - 23, 2019
The Chandler Rotary club in partnership with Chandler High School has been the proud sponsor to this invitational track and field meet since 1941. This year over 3,000 athletes from more than 145 schools are expected to compete.
Chandler High School Track field. 350 North Arizona Ave, Chandler
Gate open at 8:00 am each day. With the events scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Ticket price are:$10.00 per day  $5.00 per day for seniors & students.
Two days passes: $15.00
The Perry High School (Gilbert) Interact Club recently participated in Feed My Starving Children at the location in Mesa. 
Gilbert President Scott Jones and wife Yolanda (on the right) and past president and club sponsor Curt Ward (on the left) helped. 
With teams from other schools and groups, we packed enough food packets to feed 200 children for one year.  It was the second highest ever production during a two-hour packing event. 
Way to go Interactors!
Grant Management Seminar (GMS)
REQUIRED by The Rotary Foundation to qualify for Global Grants and District Grants
For a club to qualify for grants funds in the Rotary year 2019-20, at least one club member must have attended GMS. (See all qualification requirements posted on the District website.)
Register now for the Rotary District 5495 Conference, to be held on June 21 & 22, 2019 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley Scottsdale.
On Friday June 21, the morning will begin with the Annual Meetings of the e-Clubs, and Council On Legislation. Conference will officially open with lunch at Noon on Friday. The day will be capped off with the Surf’s Up! Party, featuring live music from the Southwest Surfers.
Conference continues on Saturday with highlights such as Rotary Under 30, Keynote speaker Judge Tommy Webb, and Rotary’s Got Talent- Season 2! The fun weekend will continue with Toga Party Hospitality Night!
For more information and to Register, go to the District web site and click on Conference Registration is OPEN! Or go to the dropdown menu under District. Or go directly to this address:
Watch your email box for upcoming announcements about Rotary District 5495 Conference 2019. See you there!

Incredible!  There is no other way to describe it. 

Over 250 Rotarians from across our District are anticipated at the third annual Club Leadership Academy on Saturday, April 27th.  They’ll share ideas, gain inspiration and discover more about Rotary’s work in Arizona and around the world than at any other single event. 




Author, cowboy and horse lover - H. Alan Day was keynote speaker at a Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club.    When introducing Alan Day, Rotarian Don Loose stated that Alan's upbringing branded him a cowboy from the day he was born. Alan is part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of Southern Arizona and New Mexico.  Alan's granddad settled on the ranch near Duncan AZ in 1880.  As settlers, many firsts were initiated - first jersey cow, orchard, bank, schoolhouse... After graduating from University of Arizona, Alan returned to manage the Lazy B for the next 40 years. 
Our RYLA program is just a month away! 
Please get your students signed up on
There is a lot of great information on this website.
Please don't miss out on this opportunity of sending students to this life changing event! 
Please plan on visiting the program on Saturday, March 30, in Heber.  A staff member will take you on a tour of our program.  Some activities you will see: climbing tower and zip line, food packing project, ethics and public speaking classes, team challenges, and much more!
Whether you send a student or students, your support is needed!
Thank you!
Sherry Mischel

The 41st Annual Kingman Festival of the Arts will be returning to Metcalfe Park, Kingman, AZ.
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Local artisans will display their creations including paintings, ceramics, photography and jewelry. Live musical entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend. Also featuring food vendors, and children’s art area.
Presented by Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation, with net proceeds going towards Rotary local and international service projects. For further information contact Karen Brown at 703-599-1520.
Rotarians, we have yet another opportunity to make a positive impact in the world! 
Every year we are invited to identify individuals who may be candidates for a fully-funded fellowship to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers.   Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.
Claudia Pavlovich, the Governor of the State of Sonora, Mexico, was spoke at Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  The Governor's presentation highlighted her continued partnership with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, in which together they are building understanding and cooperation between Arizona and Sonora.  Governor Pavlovich praised Rotary Clubs for their work in Sonora and in Arizona.   Matching grants from the Rotary International Foundation, Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs provide funding of humanitarian projects that address poor health, children, women, and poverty.  
In Interview with John Blount
2019 Rotary International Convention chair

What was your first convention?
It was in 1988 in Philadelphia. I took my mom, my daughter, and my wife, so it was a family trip as well as an excuse to go to the Rotary Convention. I went to a couple of sessions, and then we enjoyed Philadelphia. It was a great t rip, but it's not a memorable convention to me because I really didn't partake in it.
But when I was incoming governor a few years later, I went to the convention in Portland, Oregon. It was amazing. I heard speakers like Robert Fulghum, whose famous for writing the book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. He was fantastic. I end most of my speeches with a quote I got from him. That convention broadened my understanding of what I was getting into.