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September Edition, #13

Week of September 30, 2019

A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way


   ·    Kudos to Grants Committee Chair, Shannan Marty and her team, for their innovative approach in presenting the Grant Management Seminar online with their training video this past Rotary year. Rotary International is now using District 5500’s GM Seminar training video worldwide!


   ·    A big thank you to the 60+ seasoned and emerging Rotarian leaders who attended our District’s first Leadership Retreat recently. Rotarian Facilitator, Chris Johnson from the Sunset Club, led an energetic group and encouraged the innovative thinking that was palpably felt in the room on that Saturday morning. Lots of exciting ideas were exchanged on successful ways to cope with our changing Rotary world and how change can also be successfully embraced. In 1935, Paul Harris wrote, “This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” 


   ·      D5500's Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Program is well underway! Right now, clubs can accept Outbound Student applications through October 2019. For a full overview of RYE tasks and timelines, you can view a 30-minute video presentation at your convenience: Link to Webinar.   Clubs should direct interested youth to www.scrye.org where they can complete an application.  Clubs should screen applications and interview applicants prior to submitting fully completed RYE applications to D5500 for further consideration. 


The deadline for clubs to send D5500 applications for Outbound Students is November 1, 2019.If you would like to have Aimee Graves, District RYE Officer, present to your club or meet with your club's Rotary Youth Exchange committee members, please contact her at youthexchangeofficer@rotaryd5500.org. Applications should be sent to the same email address with "RYE Application Attached" in the subject line. Be sure to include your club's contact person's name and phone number!


 ·       It is World Polio day on October 24th and our RI President, Mark Maloney, would like to see as many Rotary clubs as possible holding World Polio Day Events in their clubs and/or communities. His first suggestion is to organize a viewing party for friends and club members to watch Rotary’s Online Global update on the 24th. This year they are streaming the program on Facebook in multiple time zones around the world. ***Our District will be holding our World Polio Day event on November 26th with a viewing of the movie Breathe at The Loft Cinema thanks to PolioPlus Chair, Teree Bergman, who is coordinating the event.  Breathe is a biographical drama that tells the story of Robin Cavendish who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28. Tickets will be available soon.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available for an extra charge. This wonderful film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film festival on September 11, 2017. It’s a film not to be missed and carries the message of why our signature campaign is PolioPlus and why we need to continue the work of eradicating polio worldwide.   


   ·        RYLA applications for Delegates, Junior Counselors and Adult Advisors are due November 1. Please go to our District website for application information, www.rotaryd5500.orgSpaces are filling up fast.Speaking of RYLA, this will be Barbara Harrison’s last year as RYLA Chair and we are looking for a new Chair that will accept this busy and very rewarding position for the year 2021. Please email DG Aide, Wendy Hobbs,  at wbtus@aol.com if you are interested and would like more information.


·        Last call for 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 wbtus@aol.com along with your contact number. Contact Wendy for more information about pricing for ad sizes.


·        Save the date for our two Foundation Day events in celebration of The Rotary Foundation.  On November 9th, there will be an informative Foundation Seminar from 10 am-12 pm that will explore how Rotarians make lives better not only in our communities but around the world.  You’ll also learn first-hand how our District Grants and Global Grants change lives and how your club can successfully participate in both.  There is no charge for the seminar. It will be held at Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson.  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.  Please register for both events on our website.


 ·      RIDE TO END POLIOOur 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. You can also join an indoor riding team and pedal for minutes instead of miles! 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! Go to ridetoendpolio.org to register to ride in the 100, 50, 25 mile and fun rides, set up your Personal Fundraising page and keep abreast of jersey production.


 ·       District Governor Ellie will visit Old Pueblo Rotary Club on October 1 and Tubac Rotary Club on October 4th.