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September Edition, #10
Week of September 9, 2019
A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way
·        Mark your calendar, Presidents-Elect. Southwest Rotary PETS registration opens today, 2019. SW Rotary PETS will take place at LA Airport Marriott on Feb. 7-9, 2020. https://southwestrotarypets.org/reg/ Details will be forthcoming.
 ·        Our good neighbor to the north of us, District 5495, is holding its 2nd annual Pursuing Peace Conference on September 20, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Rio Vista Rec Center, Peoria, AZ. The program, JUSTICE – PREREQUISITE FOR PEACEwill examine why Justice is critical for Peace. Registration can be found at www.pursuingpeace.org.
  ·        RYLA applications for Delegates, Junior Counselors and Adult Advisors are due November 1. Please go to our District website for application information, www.rotaryd5500.org.
·        Update on District Conference Cruise! Cabin pricings are starting to increase so it’s still a good time NOW to reserve a cabin. We will be sailing from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico, October 25th-28th. Break-out sessions and speakers will be featured on the first day of sailing. On the second day, there will be a service project in Ensenada fixing up an education center that serves special needs children.  We’ll team up with local Rotarians from District 4100 and then enjoy a nice luncheon afterwards in a nearby vineyard.  Reserve a cabin now by contacting Mike Sloane at Cruise Connections, 336-414-1997or mike@cruiseconnections.com.  Register on www.rotaryd5500.org.  Registration is free but you’ll be able to sign up for the Charter Bus ($114/pp) and the Vineyard lunch ($25).  ***There is also a perfect opportunity to promote your business District-wide. The Cruise With A Cause II Conference Program will include ads of various sizes starting at just $50.00. Individuals can advertise their business. Clubs may also use this opportunity to promote a fundraiser or a service project. Choose your level and then simply submit your Word document or PDF file to Wendy Hobbs wbtucson@gmail.com along with your contact number. Contact Wendy for more information about pricing for ad sizes.
·         Our first District Leadership Retreat is right around the corner! If we want Rotary to survive, our clubs have to change to grow. How do we do that? Find out on Saturday, Sept. 21st, 10am-1pm at the Habitat For Humanity branch on Mountain Ave. in Tucson. There is no charge and lunch will be served.  All Presidents, AGs, PEs, and PNs are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please register on our website: www.rotaryd5500.org (on the left side, click on “Training (Including PEs)".   There will be links for "Leadership Retreat Registration” and “Leadership Retreat Information" which will answer many of the questions you and/or your club leaders might have.
  ·           We are in our final days for submitting applications for our District 5500 Awards program. They are due September 15.  This program was designed to recognize the accomplishments of District 5500 Rotary Clubs and was created by PDG Joe Hentges. The Awards program is being carried forward by our most recent PDG, Kirk Reed, and there are seven categories for the year 2018-2019. Clubs may apply for more than one. The application and guidelines are on our District website. Contact 2018-2019 District Awards Chair, Barbara Kiernan, at barbarakiernan@cox.net. for questions or additional information.
·           Save the date for our Foundation Day events in celebration of The Rotary Foundation.  On November 9th, there will be an interactive Foundation Seminar from 10 am-12 pm that will explore how Rotarians make lives better not only in our communities but around the world. There is no charge. In the evening we’ll put on jeans and cowboy boots or whatever you feel like wearing for the western-themed dinner with music at the fun roof-top entertainment center at the Playground in downtown Tucson. Festivities start at 6:30 pm.  Registration is available on our website.
·       Our District 5500 ‘Ride to End Polio’, part of El Tour de Tucson, is right around the corner. On November 23rd, you will find Rotarians on bikes, at aid stations, cheering riders on by supporting those who ride, and celebrating at the Finish Line Booth in downtown Tucson. This year is very special since we are a presenting sponsor and you can be sure you’ll see Rotary District 5500 on shirts, posters, and all promotional pieces! To register, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/y5hsqdj5.
 ·       District Governor Ellie will visit Casa Grande Rotary on September 10, Benson Rotary on September 11, and Oro Valley Rotary on September 12.