¢  The District Virtual Installation went off without a hitch. Thank you to all who attended. Over 100 registered for the event. Many thanks to Gwen Calhoun of the Sierra Vista South Rotary Club who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and to Bruce Monro of the Tubac Rotary Club who gave the invocation.  And of course many specail thanks to PDG Julie Reppenhagen, who performed a wonderful installation ceremony. . This is our very first District 5500 Virtual Installation and yes, we can “think outside the box”!



¢  Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA) is an exciting Leadership Training Opportunity for those interested in “going beyond” your Rotary Club. Over the next three months, our Past District Governors, Current Governor, Governor-Elect, Assistant Governors, and graduates of the Rotary Leadership Academy will be nominating candidates for the Academy Class of 20-21. If you are an interested past or present club president, a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, or a Rotarian who wants to lead beyond your club, check out the RLA website,www.arizonarla.org, and let your district leader know you are interested. It is an exciting and energizing leadership training experience. For further information contact Gene Medina otivar2@gmail.com. Nomination forms are due August 24.


¢  Please follow updated safety guidelines and mandates in the cities, towns, and counties of Southern Arizona. The health and safety of our members are our top priority.  As more clubs in our District begin to meet in-person, it’s strongly recommended to check the COVID-19 Guidelines and other updated coronavirus pandemic communications that are now available. Let’s keep members connected yet safe!


¢  Breaking News!!  Announcing Rotary’s seventh area of focus: Supporting the environment that compliments the existing categories of service activities, supported by global grants. This new category joins peace-building and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.


¢  Need a Zoom Meeting set up for you? Email ggoodyear@gmail.com to organize it for you.




¢  There is no better time than now to apply for District Grants. Applications for RY2020-2021 are requested by July 15, 2020 (email to Joe Puett at jmpuett1@aol.com). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact District Grants Chair, Joe Puett. 


¢  Applications are now being accepted for the District Governor position for the Rotary year 2023-2024.  For information, including qualifications and how to apply, please go to the D5500 website, rotaryd5500.org.





¢  Make Membership Matter (make M & M’s) a 1-hour presentation by Jason Browne in August. Further information available soon. Watch his pre-recorded video on the rotaryd5500.org located in the Training area 


¢  The District Conference is still scheduled for Sept. 11-12 at the Tubac Resort. We will evaluate this date very carefully; our Plan B will be a Spring Conference May 21-22nd. Please mark your calendars – we want it to be “fun with friends and family”.



¢  The Vibrant Club workshop will be held on Oct.3rd Saturday, at Quail Creek. Currently, it’s planned to be in person. Further information available soon.








ü  Thinking Out Side The Box



£  Collaboration

£  Virtual Fundraisers

£  New Club Ideas

£  Peace Poles

£  Peace Clubs

£  Social Media

£  Public Image

£  Donation To The Rotary Foundation