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The 2017 Float promotes and celebrates the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation empowers Rotarians to travel throughout the world and create and complete projects which serve people in need in six areas of focus which are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.  The spectacular and colorful dragon is clearly a world traveler carrying luggage decorated with the six symbols of the areas of focus.  The Dragon also is proudly wearing a necklace with a medallion marked 100 for the 100 years of service.
To learn more or to donate, go to http://rotaryfloat.org/


Rotary Foundation Global Grants Seminar:

Difference Makers

If you want to change the human condition for the better, then engage in a Rotary Global Grant (GG). Rotarians are committed to serving others above self and GGs are designed to help accomplish this goal through helping to eradicate poverty, diseases, illiteracy and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact on individuals and communities worldwide (RF Goals).  The Rotary Foundation is a source of monetary support along with the tools and staff to help get a GG up and running. This seminar will focus on using learning centered techniques to help engage participants in the learning process to deepen your understanding of what it takes to develop an idea into an actual grant and functioning project.  We encourage you to register early so we can plan for the number of participants. Ask you club for support and the registration fee covers breaks, lunch and facility rental. The following is a brief outline of the day’s events:
  • Location: Pima Community College Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ
  • Registration from 8:30-9:00 with coffee and danish
  • Morning sessions from 9:00-12:00 with morning coffee break.
  • Key morning elements are What is a GG, How a GG works and Ideas for a GG
  • Things You Can Trip On In Submitting a GG 
  • Financing of a Grant and What Works and Does Not Work.
  • Lunch with Speaker: Dana Thienemann Smith, family medical practitioner and Rotary Vocational Training Team member
  • 1:00-3:00 Drafting a Mock Grant with groups of 4-5 morning participants along with a group mentor.



November 5, 2016

5:30 - 8:30 pm
University of Arizona Student Union
Tucson and Catalina Rooms, Second Floor Parking: 2nd Street Garage, Mountain Blvd. & 2nd St.

Featured Speakers:  Past RI Director Phil Silvers and Former Ambassadorial Scholar Prita Tandyasraya




Sierra Vista Walk, Run Event Oct. 1

By Amanda Baillie
Sierra Vista Herald
A touch of the wild comes to the West End  of Sierra Vista next month when runners and walkers gather for a good cause.
Members of the Tombstone Vigilantes will bring the Wild West spirit to this year’s How The West Was Run, now in its sixth year. Hosted by the Sierra Vista West Rotary Club, the 5k and 10k event takes participants on a journey through the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The fundraiser has grown from about 40 to more than 160 people and each year the club adds some pre-event entertainment to get the crowd energized. This year, the Vigilantes will be bringing their distinctive style of rabble rousing to send the runners and walkers on their way. “We’ll also have a photo booth where participants can have their pictures taken with members of the Tombstone Vigilantes. It should be a lot of fun,” said club member Cheryl Cervantes, who owns CerendipiTees, which provides t-shirts for early registrants.
The route starts and ends at Len Roberts Park, next to Carmichael Elementary School, at 101 E. Theater Drive, and meanders through the local neighborhood.
One of the goals of the event on October 1 is to showcase areas of the West End that most people probably never see. “We go through the Soldiers’ Creek area and we utilize the multi-use paths,” explained club president Sharon Gilman. “It’s a beautiful route and one of the things we hear from just about everyone after the race is that they never realized what was there, and how pretty it is.”
The run is the club’s biggest annual fundraiser and all monies collected help to support the non-profit’s service projects. “Our focus is the West End and that’s where we do our service projects,” Gilman said. “We do a lot for Carmichael Elementary School, and we’re hoping to do a project soon at Lori’s Place. We also buy dictionaries for third graders and we help with the West End cleanup. In fact, we try and help wherever we are needed.”
How The West Was Run is open to anyone who would like to run or walk the 5k and 10k routes and there will be awards for the top runners. The entry fee is $30 before October 1, or $35 on the day of the event. There is a $5 discount for military personnel, and the cost for children aged 12 or under is $10. You can register by visiting www.RunSignUp.com or at Len Roberts Park between 6:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on race day. For more information email svwestrotary@gmail.com or stop by a club meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce.





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District 5500 Secretary (RY 2016-2017)

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