The District 5500 Club Awards were presented to the following clubs by DG Don Jorgensen during the installation ceremony for DGE Sue Archibald in Sonoita last Saturday.
 
It was notable the impressive number of nominations we received this year, illustrating the incredible impact our clubs have had this past year on our communities and beyond.  
 
 
 
 
And the winners are...
 
 
 
 
  1. Creative Fundraising...............Rotary Club of Tucson Verde - "Earth Day Home & Building Tour"
  2. Member Engagement..............Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke 
  3. Membership Development......Valle Verde Rotary Club - "Mentor/Mentee Club Seminar"
  4. Global Service Project.............Rotary Club of Tucson - "Senegal: The Forgotten Children, Humanitarian Aid"
  5. Community Collaboration.......Casas Adobes Rotary Club - "Flowing Wells Family Resource Center Coat Drive"
  6. Strategic Action.......................Dove Mountain Rotary Club
  7. Community Service Project....Rotary Club of Tucson Catalina - "A New Home for Youth On Their Own"
  8. Mental Health Action (a tie!)..Rotary Club of Tucson Catalina - "Integrative Touch Healing Center"
  9. Mental Health Action..............Valle Verde Rotary Club - "Promoting Kindness"
  10. Multi-club Project...................Rotary Club of San Luis Frontera - "Water Systems for 5 schools in San Luis, Mexico"
A special Governor's Award was also presented to Leo Lawrenson of the Rotary Club of Oro Valley. Leo has gone above and beyond this past year, leading the district's tech team, spearheading the transition from ClubRunner to DACdb, chairing the District Conference of Clubs, and much more. Congratulations, Leo!
 
Leo Lawrenson wtih DG Don Jorgensen
 
L-R: PDG Joe Hentges, RC Dove Mountain; Wendy Guyton & John Oszust, RC SaddleBrooke; Jeanne Zetah, RC Tucson; Marcos Ramirez, RC San Luis Frontera; PDG Anita McDonald, RC Catalina; Ron Darrah, RC Valle Verde
 
Nominees:
 

CREATIVE FUNDRAISING

Catalina Rotary Club:  Rodeo, Queen of Hearts, Phil Four-Way
Rotary Club of Tucson: Classic Car Show
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Community Collaboration Fundraiser
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Paella for Polio
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Rotary Ranch Boutique
Rotary Club of Tubac: Taste of Tubac
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde: Earth Day Home & Building Tour
Yuma Crossing Rotary Club: Paint for a Cause and The Best Taquito 
 

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

Casas Adobes Rotary
Catalina Rotary
Dove Mountain Rotary
Rotary Club of Tubac
Rotary Club of Tucson
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke
Valle Verde Rotary Club (2 entries)
Yuma Crossing Rotary Club
 

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke
Rotary Club of Tubac
Rotary Club of Tucson
Rotary Club of Valle Verde
Yuma Crossing Rotary Club
 

GLOBAL SERVICE PROJECTS

Catalina Rotary Club: Lending a Helping Hand in Tepehua, Mexico
Rotary Club of Oro Valley: Adopt-A-Village
Rotary Club of Tucson: Senegal: The Forgotten Children, Humanitarian Aid
Tucson Kino Rotary Club: The Mwongeti Water Kiosk and ATM Project
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Global Service Project Involvement
Rotary Club of Tubac: St. Andrew's Clinic Cleft Palate Mission
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde: Saving Lake Tuxpan
Valle Verde Rotary Club: St. Cross Border Tours with BCA & Global Grant
Yuma Crossing Rotary Club: Providing Medical Supplies to Border Cities
 

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Casas Adobes Rotary: Flowing Wells Family Resource Center Coat Drive
Mountain Empire Rotary: Patagonia High School Career Fair
Rotary Club of Oro Valley: BNI/Rotary Fashion Fusion Fundraiser
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Membership Development
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Wreaths Across America
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Senior Holiday Luncheon
Rotary Club of Tubac: Free Market
Rotary Club of Tubac: Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
Rotary Club of Tucson: RCOT with Robison Elementary School
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde: Tree Planting with Tucson Clean & Beautiful
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde: Community Glue
Tucson Kino Rotary: Angel Heart Pajama Project
Valle Verde Rotary Club: Valle Verde Rotary Club Blood Drive
Rotary Club of Yuma: Kennedy Park Wall Beautification
Yuma Crossing Rotary: Border Entrepreneurial Challenge 2024
 

STRATEGIC ACTION

Dove Mountain Rotary Club
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke (2 entries)
Valle Verde Rotary Club
Yuma Crossing Rotary
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

Casas Adobes Rotary: 34th Annual 8th Grade Honor Roll Celebration
Casas Adobes Rotary: Sandwich Making For The Homeless
Catalina Rotary Club: A New Home for Youth On Their Own
Green Valley Rotary Club: 13th Year Mentoring Project
Old Pueblo Rotary Club: Send a Kid to Sky School
Rotary Club of Oro Valley: Edge High School and Youth Literacy Projects
Pantano Rotary Club: Sibling Picnic
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: IMPACT Food Bank
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Environmental Project
Rotary Club of Tucson: Tucson Clean and Beautiful Adopt-a-Road
Rotary Club of Tucson: 13 projects
Rotary Club of Tucson Verde: Helping Tucson Rodeo Go Green
Valle Verde Rotary Club: Fisher House Support
Yuma Crossing Rotary: various projects

 

MENTAL HEALTH ACTION

Catalina Rotary Club: Integrative Touch Healing Center
Valle Verde Rotary Club: Promoting Kindness
Tucson Kino Rotary: A Gathering at the Peace Garden 
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Youth Diversion Training Program
Rotary Club of Tucson: Member Assistance
 
 
MULTI-CLUB PROJECT
 
Pantano Rotary Club: Angel Heart Pajama Project 
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: various projects
Rotary Club of San Luis Frontera: Water Systems for 5 schools in San Luis, Mexico
Rotary Club of Tubac: St. Andrew's Children's Clinic
Rotary Club of Tucson: Triangle Y Ranch Camp Day of Service
Yuma Crossing Rotary: Providing Medical Supplies to Border Cities