DISTRICT 5500 AT A GLANCE
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June Edition, #48
Week of June 8, 2020
 
A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect to members in new ways
 
·      Lights, Camera, Action! Rotary is launching their PSA campaign in the U.S. and you can watch and listen for Rotary ads on TV, radio, and read in print that show our members as People of Action. The campaign aims to build awareness and understanding of Rotary and highlight the commitment we have to making a difference in communities around the world. Visit the People of Action Toolkits page on the Brand Center to view the materials that have been shared with media outlets nationwide. Go to: https://my.rotary.org/en.
 
·      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 Rotarian who wants to lead beyond your club, check out www.arizonarla.org, the RLA website and let your district leader know you are interested. It is an exciting and energizing leadership training experience.
 
·      Stay safe! Last week marked the largest week-to-week increase of coronavirus cases in Arizona.  As more clubs in our District are beginning to meet in-person, it’s recommended to check the COVID-19 District and Zone Reopening Guidelines and other 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.    Current Club Presidents and Secretaries need to enter the new officers for 2020-2021 in Club Administration on the RI website so the new officers can begin receiving communications from RI. Go to: rotary.org>MyRotary>Manage>Club Administration>Club & Member Data>/Add, Edit, Remove Club Officers>Assigning Incoming Club Officers. Contact District Trainer Ann Huber, huberaunt@aol.com for questions. After entering all of your incoming officers, send the names of your Membership and Foundation Chairs to District Administrator, Liz Cohn, rotaryliz@aol.com
B.    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. 
C.     Club Officer and Committee Chair Training videos, specifically designed for Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Foundation, Youth Exchange and Public Image are available at this link: rotaryd5500.org/sitepage/training-center. When you finish the training, please submit your name to the District Training Chair, Ann Huber (huberaunt@aol.com) so you can be entered in a raffle drawing. Names must be submitted on or before June 15 to participate. There is also a Training Center tab at the top of District 5500 website for quicker access. The required training is available at all times and you can access them at your convenience.
D.    Club membership updates must be submitted on rotary.org no later than June 30, 2020 to ensure that club dues invoice balance will reflect actual membership.

 
·      Save the date of June 28 for the Governor Installation of Diane Ventura-Goodyear. This will be our first virtual installation in the history of District 5500 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Register on-line for the Zoom Invitation, rotarayd5500.org.
 
·      For those Rotarians in our District who would enjoy learning more about our partnership between Rotary and Toastmasters including the benefits of belonging to Toastmasters, please contact Daniel Stringham of Kino Tucson Rotary. Daniel has had a long history with both organizations and will share how Toastmasters Alliance with RI will offer opportunities to grow your networks, your leadership and communication skills. There are current Toastmasters courses in The Learning Center of the RI website. Daniel’s email: barba_rosa77@yahoo.com. Cell: 520 260-1095.
 
 ·      Zoom Meetings! Don’t forget to send in speakers’ contact information to Teree Bergman (luvgoldens@me.com) for those you enjoyed in your recent Zoom club meetings. They will be listed on the website for other clubs to consider.
 
 ·       HANDBAGS OF HOPE is a service project planned for the September District Conference in which new/used handbags will be collected from Rotarians for women escaping domestic violence or leaving a dangerous situation. Rotarians are also asked to donate various toiletries that will be placed in the handbags during the District Conference in Tubac for distribution on Sept. 12.  Please contact your AG if you would like to participate and designate an area where to keep bags and supplies until September.  Suggestions for recipient agencies are also being accepted at this time. Corporate partners may also be willing to help donate items for this worthwhile service project. Contact is Hank Huisking, DGN, at: talk2Hank@cox.net
 
  ·      Club Highlights from around the District:
 
·      Did you know that the new Satellite club of Sierra Vista teamed up and filled a truck loaded with household supplies, food and other emergency needs for the Navajo Nation? Members of Sierra Vista Rotary drove north and delivered the supplies to the Reservation.
·      Did you know that Superior Rotary club recently donated to their local  Food Bank which has had increased demands due to the COVID-19 pandemic? It is one of the few Food Banks in AZ with no paid staff. Fifteen volunteers do all of the work including fundraising and grant writing.