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June Edition, #50

Week of June 22, 2020


A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect to members in new ways


·      Rotary’s first ever Virtual International Convention opened Saturday morning, June 20, with a warm welcome by RI President Mark Maloney and other key leaders of Rotary International. Host, Mark Wright, news anchor and Rotarian from Seattle Rotary, kept the program running smoothly.  Special recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations was covered highlighting the fact that many Rotarians acted as consultants in the formation and were included in the signing of the charter, June 26, 1945. Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, gave an important message to all viewers on current conditions.  Entertainment, polio updates, inspiring videos and stories on how Rotary clubs responded to the crisis of COVID-19 and more were captured in Saturday morning’s General Session. Sunday brought the second General Session that included engaging speeches from the incoming RI President Holger Knaack and our General Secretary, John Hewko.  Breakout sessions will take place all week long beginning today, June 22. Just go to www.riconvention.org/signup and you can join the Convention. 

Plans are being made for a District 5500 Virtual Social Gathering on the last day of the Virtual RI Convention, June 26, from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Having a fun District party has been the tradition for all RI Conventions in the past and there is no reason why we can’t continue the tradition even if it’s virtual. Details are at the end of this bulletin. Sign up now. Dress code is Hawaiian. Location? Your favorite chair.


·      Next Sunday, June 28, beginning at 2:00 pm, will be our first ever Virtual District Governor Installation of Diane Ventura-Goodyear.  Our District Governor-Elect and Governor-Nominee, other District Officers, AGs and the Executive AG will be sworn in at this time. Register on-line for the Zoom Installation, rotaryd5500.org. Don’t miss this exciting Zoom celebration for incoming District Governor Diane and her Leadership team!


·      Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA) is an exciting Leadership Training Opportunity for those interested in growing as a Rotary leader. 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, 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. Nomination forms are due August 24.


·      Stay safe! Arizona recently set another record for week-to-week increases in coronavirus cases. These are records we don’t want to break. 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 District and Zone Reopening Guidelines and other updated coronavirus pandemic communications that are now available on our District website, rotaryd5500.org. Let’s keep members connected and safe!


·      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


·                       IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR CLUBS:

A.    Two members from each club must participate in the District 5500 Grant Management Seminar (GMS) for 2020-2021 (deadline, June 30, 2020) in order for their clubs to be eligible to participate in both District and Global Grants and receive funding for their grants. Go to rotary.org/learn.  CLICK HERE for downloadable instructions. Instructions are also on our District website, just click the Training Center tab. You can contact Teree Bergman, at: luvgoldens@me.com for questions. When you have finished the GMS, please contact Teree or Gary Friedman at: grfriedman@yahoo.com to let them know you have completed the training. Thank you. 

B.    Club membership updates must be submitted on rotary.org no later than June 30, 2020 to ensure that the club dues invoice balance will reflect actual membership.

C.     There is no better time than now to apply for District Grants. Over the years many clubs have done amazing District Grants that change lives for the better and help their communities become stronger and healthier. 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. 


·      Three winners of the Club Office and Committee Chair Training raffle were drawn last week.  This raffle was open to all members who completed the training and entered their names in the raffle. The winners were: John Pilger of Valle Verde Rotary, Dan Mace of Casa Grande Daybreak Rotary, and Jane Klipp of Pantano Rotary. Each member will receive a gift card of their favorite local restaurant. And, thank you to all new and returning club officers who completed the District online training modules. If you have any feedback you would like to share, please contact Ann Huber, District Training Chair (huberaunt@aol.com). We are always looking for ways to improve the training experience.



 ·      At this late date in the Rotary year, there is one more hurdle to jump. As an organization our Rotary International Director, Johrita Solari, and our End Polio Now Coordinator of Zone 26 and District 5500 PDG Ernie Montagne, remind us that there is still the need to maximize the 2:1 match with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Please watch this video https://bit.lyMeetTheMatchEndPolio which is just over ten minutes long and explains why it is so important to donate and meet the match before the end of June. Our help is needed to meet the Gates’ Match Challenge for $100 million to TAKE OUT POLIO! $20 becomes $60 with the match and any amount helps.


·      Let’s welcome all new members who have recently joined Rotary clubs in our District. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Karen Riddle and Paul Wagner of Old Pueblo Rotary; Mo Sheldon and David Conger of Willcox Rotary; Lynn Devou of Tucson Rotary. We are so happy that these members are now part of our Rotary family here in District 5500!


 ·       Our new District Directory Editor is Gary Friedman, grfriedman@yahoo.com. Please send your updated changes such as contact information, meeting locations or time of meetings to Gary  so the updated information will be entered in the new District Directory, 2020-2021 found on our District website. 


  ·                                   Club Highlights from around the District:

·      Did you know that Yuma North End Rotary club had a very successful golf tournament this past Saturday? Having a golf tournament fundraiser during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the best fundraisers a Rotary club could have since it allows for social distancing and the golf courses are open! If golf isn’t for you, take a look at virtual fundraiser ideas on this link.  There are so many fun ways to raise money online and our incoming District Governor, Diane, and her team, will help you get started.  https://www.soapboxengage.com/blog/1863-virtual-fundraising-ideas.