Welcome to Rotary District 5500

Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.

Home Page Stories

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies


Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years. "Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was," said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. "In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, the Owori family, and Sam's millions of friends around the world in your thoughts." Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

Under Sam’s leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. 

Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU), whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd. (UCB) and director of Uganda Development Bank.  He has also served as corporation secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda (BOU).

He had served as member and chairman of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd (now Opportunity Bank), The Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies (CAFS), Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.

Sam also was the currently vice chair of the Hospice Africa Uganda, and member of the board and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication and Education) in Uganda.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community and the world,” Riseley said. “In addition, we are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.” 

Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honor and will provide further details soon.


Joe Hentges Installed as District Governor

Joe & Brigitte Hentges
Joe Hentges of the Rotary Club of Marana - Dove Mountain was installed as 2017-18 district governor at a celebration on June 25. A Rotarian for the past 32 years, Joe is currently a member of the Marana-Dove Mountain Rotary Club, AZ.  In addition, he has served as a member of the Cannon Falls, MN, and the Woodstock, IL, Rotary Clubs.

He also served as Assistant Governor and District Membership Committee Chair.  He has served as a club president three times: Woodstock, Il, 1995-1996; and Marana-Dove Mountain, AZ, 2011-2013.  Both Joe and Brigitte are Paul Harris Fellows and are members of the Bequest Society.  Joe is a member of the Paul Harris Society.

3rd Annual Arizona Rotary Water Summit

The summit will convene on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in central Phoenix. Our guest speakers include water project champions in Arizona, as well as, Christina Welch, Rotary Scholar to UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. Her expertise relates to water resources in conflict areas; you may read an article by her here.
Register for the Summit today at https://2017azrotarywater.eventbrite.com
To speak at this summit, or for more information, please contact Chuck Fitzgerald at (623) 229-7674 or chuckfitzgerald@gmail.com
The Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA) is an exciting and innovative distance learning approach to leadership development. Through this vehicle, selected Rotary Club Past-Presidents obtain exceptional training at home, via their computers, under the guidance of some of our most capable and experienced Past District Governors and senior Rotarians. Students will be able to work at their own pace and on their own schedules, within the guidelines of the program. To be eligible to attend RLA the nominee must be a Rotary Club Past-President.
Nominations must be received no later than August 31, 2017
For more information, visit www.ArizonaRLA.org or contact
Chuck Fitzgerald at chuckfitzgerald@gmail.com or (623)229-7674.

Nominations sought for district governor 2020-21

Please open the two attachments and consider who in our Rotary district would be an excellent candidate for district governor in 2020-2021. Nominations must be submitted on or before July 31, 2017, as described in the first attachment (“Call for District Governor Nominations”).
Assistant Governors may have recommendations which can be submitted by the club to which the recommended Rotarian belongs -- or by the AG’s own club (provided the nominee’s club concurs).
If Rotarians are unsure about whether they would like to be considered for leadership as district governor, any of the past, present, future governors in our district would be very pleased to answer questions.
Note that all candidates who are nominated will be interviewed during the month of September  2017.
Guided by the findings, six focus groups with women in rural communities, this Community and Economic Development project  trained 35 women of child-bearing age from four Ugandan communities in Empowerment skills. Topics such as: Disease Prevention, Gender Issues, Computers and Business Development on the Internet, Education for Female as well as Male, Antenatal Health, Genito-Urinary Fistulas, and Strategic Planning for Community Development of Village Businesses, Domestic Violence, Micro-Credits, Social Justice, and Solar Power were a few that took place.This opened up discussions and ideas that would be taken back to their villages as well as neighboring villages. "spreading the information"
During the Rotary Family Health Days April 28-30th, the trainees designed and staffed "Women's Interests" booths providing information and referrals to women from rural villages on health, education, domestic violence, business development, and social justice.
Lead Trainer PDG Dr. Phil Silvers PhD.
The VTT Members
Lead by Dr. Indumati Gopinathan. Included in Photo Left to Right: Jemimah Semakadde,Dr. Indumati Gopinathan, Sarah Mbekeka,Dr. Anil Bradoo, Theresa Osei-Tutu, Dr. Phil Silvers PhD, Margaret Atyro, Diane Ventura-Goodyear. Missing in photo, PDG Stephen Mwanje, Flavia Nakayima Miiro, and Dr. Fulgensio Jjuuko