January Letter to District 5500

The year 2020 has been one for the record books. It has been all-things-COVID, which back in January was something the vast majority of us had never even heard of. Technology has certainly been beneficial for Rotary Club meetings. Our whole world has been shaken, but for the most part, we are all learning to cope.District 5500 Rotary clubs have done an extremely good job with projects such as Handbags for Hope, online auctions, virtual runs, and games for fundraisers, in spite of this situation. Rotary clubs are “teaming up” and working together on projects and fundraisers. As they say, “teamwork makes the dream work”.
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District Governor Decemeber Message

     Living in Tucson now and when we lived in El Paso, December has always been a magical month. The decorations and the luminarias that outline people’s homes, the smell of mesquite wood as well as the lights at Winter Haven in Tucson and Los Paseos neighborhood in El Paso illuminated the sky.     December in Rotary is the month in which we are all getting ready for festivities.
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RI President Holger Knaack ... urged members to embrace change so Rotary can expand and thrive. Rather than setting a specific target for increasing the number of members, Knaack said he’s asking clubs and districts to think about how to grow in a sustainable and organic way. He wants clubs to focus on keeping current members engaged and adding new members who are the right fit for their club  Read More


District Governor's November Message


November always reminds me of Thanksgiving back in Geneva, NY; turkey, pumpkin pie, and all the fixings including my Mom’s special stuffing. (Never did get that recipe) Then there were the 40+ family members who descended on our house to help us devour all that food! Five courses, maybe six, was very traditional every Thanksgiving. A few games of Mad Libs, laughing so hard you cried, became another tradition after all that gorging.     Make the best of Thanksgiving this year, it may be a little different than before,
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September is the month I always love because of the Fall foliage back in upstate NY and here in AZ, particularly in Flagstaff where my son attended NAU. The colors are so vibrant and warm - golds and oranges, reds, and deep purples. Do you know what the “Just for Fun Days” in September are?
National Happy Cat Month
September 8: National Hug Your Hound Day
September 13: Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
September 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 24: National Punctuation Day

More importantly, September is Rotary’s Basic Education and Literacy Month. Here are some statistics you might not know: worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotarians support educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams,
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Online Grant Management Training

D5500 Grant Management Training Now Available Online

District 5500 is offering a new way for Rotarians to get grant management training. The webinar format used for the past few years has been replace with online learning  courses. In order for a club to qualify to apply for any Rotary Foundation grant, including District Grants, at least two members of the club must successfully complete the 3 courses.
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Grant Management Seminar Announced

Grant Management Seminars Changes Announced:

Required for Grants in 18-19 Rotary Year

Registration is now open for the 2018 Grant Management Seminar. Each club wanting to apply for a grant in the 2018-19 Rotary year must have at least 2 members attend one of these seminars by June 30, 2018. Both District and Global Grants are partially funded by The Rotary Foundation, and the seminar is a requirement of the Foundation. The first was held May 30. The final webinar will be on June 30. Rotarians may register using the link below:
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Sign Up for RLI

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) January 20 in Tucson

Joe Guyton, Coordinator Rotary Leadership Institute District 5500

”RLI IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS TO ENGAGE, EDUCATE AND RETAIN OUR MEMBERS.” - Monty Audenart, PRIVP and Trustee, Past Chair of the R.I. Membership and Retention Committee

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a training program established to improve the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of Rotary Clubs. RLI is a great place to start for a new Rotarian looking to find their niche in the world of Rotary. The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.

The Rotary Leadership Institute training program consists of three full-day sessions, followed by graduate seminars. Our next District 5500 program will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Visount Suites in Tucson.  Sessions 1, 2 and 3 will be offered at that time.

 Because Rotary Club leadership changes on a yearly basis there is a constant need for new leaders who are knowledgeable about the world of Rotary International. It is difficult at the Club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary. Furthermore, leadership skills in a voluntary organization are quite different from business or military leadership skills.

Cost is $65.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Many clubs budget RLI costs to cover members attending.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 will be offered. Please indicate which level you are taking when you enter your membership data. If this is your first time attending you will start with level 1.

Click here to register

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Your Club News

What is your Rotary club doing this year? Let the entire District 5500 know how dynamic your club really is! Share your ideas! Give helpful hints for membership, community projects and even spotlight your signature events!  The District 5500 newsletter would like to highlight your Rotary club and Rotary members. Create synergy, enlighten clubs and spread the news! Include a photo of your event, or a link to your Rotary club video or Rotary club webpage. Creativity counts!
Be sure to get your articles in for November by October 20th. Publication will be a little later, so we can include all the news in our District.
Questions? contact Maria Parham at  newsletteraz5500@gmail.com
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Newsletter Deadline and Your Club News

All clubs are encouraged to submit news of previous and upcoming activities for newsletter inclusion. Please keep summaries to about 100 words or so, add a headline and include a photo with a caption if appropriate. Then add a “for more information link” to websites and forms.
Just model your submissions after those in this newsletter and you'll be set.
Additionally, put the name of your club and the month the article will run in the subject line of your email to newsletterAZ5500@gmail.com. Submit the article ONLY as a .doc or .docx. No pdfs please. Typically the deadline is the 15th of each month for publication around the 1st of the next month.

For the month of November the deadline will be October 20th, publication Nov. 5th.

Questions? Contact Maria Parham at newsletterAZ5500@gmail.com or   520-975-3335.
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The Governor's Challenge Grant

Our District Governor has issued a challenge for all District clubs that has the potential to have a major positive impact on the quality of education in Southern Arizona and benefit children and families across our District.  We know from major research studies that for every $1 spent on Early Childhood Development, the community receives a $16 return in reduced poverty, school dropout reduction and community economic development.
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Districts 5500/9211/3141 - Global Grant - VTT Empower Women in Rural Uganda

Posted on May 07, 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
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District 5500 Rotary Literacy

Posted by Ray Naylor
Ray Naylor

District 5500 Rotary Literacy

The Rotary Foundation has identified six areas of focus as part of the new “Future Vision” for Rotary.

One of the areas of focus is “Basic Education and Literacy”.

The Rotary Foundation promotes Education and Literacy for all by:

·               Ensuring that children have access to quality basic education

·               Reducing gender disparity in education

·               Increasing adult literacy

·               Strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy

           ·          Supporting studies related to basic education and literacy

Contact Info: rwnaylor@comcast.net
Home: 520-299-6643  Cell: 520-730- 9943
“Literacy, like Water, is an essential ingredient for human life”
Betty Stauffer a Literacy Leader in our community

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