May 14, 2024                              District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
ACTION ITEMS
2024 DISTRICT ROTARY CLUB AWARDS  

DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, MAY 15!! 

Nominate your club (or another) for one or more of this year's District Rotary Club Awards by end of day Wednesday, May 15th.
 
Categories include Creative Fundraising, Membership Engagement, 
Global and Local Service Project Awards, and more - including new awards.
 
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony/DG Installation on June 15th.  For more information and links to the nomination forms, read on.
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Don't forget! 👉 Register for our Club Assembly Trainings
Saturday, May 18 • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on Zoom

Let’s Learn and have FUN Together!

Click here to register.

Open to current and future Club Leaders, Secretaries, Treasurers, Public Image Chairs, Membership Chairs, Service Project Chairs, Foundation Chairs, and any D5500 Rotarian wishing to expand their knowledge about Rotary programs. 

 
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District Governor for Rotary Year 2027-28
We are seeking dedicated Rotarians who possess strong leadership qualities, a deep commitment to Rotary's mission, and a vision of the future of our district. 
 
If you are passionate about service, eager to lead, and ready to contribute to the continued success of Rotary, we encourage you to consider applying for this important role. 
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DISTRICT NEWS
Rotary: A Gateway to Living Long and Well
Blue Zones are thriving communities with a high concentration of people between the ages of 90 and 100.
The concept of Blue Zones has been popularized recently in Dan Buettner's series of books and a Netflix special based on his research into the secrets of living longer.
Several of the commonalities of these Blue Zones overlapped with Rotary's core values. Let me share a few of the similarities I see.
 
Strong Social Network: The foundation of living long
One of the main characteristics of Blue Zones is the emphasis on strong social connections. These people have a strong feeling of community, with friends and extended family playing an important role in their daily lives. Rotary clubs cultivate a similar environment. Rotary members gather frequently, forming close bonds of fellowship, friendship, and a robust support system. This sense of belonging goes beyond mere fellowship and camaraderie; it provides a feeling of purpose and security, lowering stress and nurturing emotional well-being –strongly correlated to long life.     
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District Conference 2024 Sponsorships Now Available
If you've ever attended a District Conference, you know how interesting, fun and educational they are.  
 
On October 18, 2024, Casino Del Sol will once again be the location of the Rotary District 5500 Conference of Clubs. Along with dynamic speakers and presentations, a big reason that the conference is so successful is the impressive attendance by so many Rotarians. Thanks to sponsors, our District has been able to keep the entry fee low, allowing many to attend who would not otherwise be able to do so.
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Is Your Club Looking for Speakers?
Since the last IMPACT's call for speakers, we've gotten some great recommendations, so read on for a current list of speaker resources.
 
And if you have a speaker or speakers you'd like to recommend, send their information to
District Administrator Kasia Yuska at kasiarotary@gmail.com
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Rotary Club of Tucson - BSA Camp Lawton Service Day

Saturday, May 18 - Come join the adventure!

Register HERE.

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. Where: Camp Lawton, 12900 Organization Ridge Road, Mt. Lemmon, AZ 85619 (off Catalina Highway behind the Palisades Visitor Center at milepost 18) When: May 18, 2024; Check in begins at 8.30, projects begin at 9.00. Expect lunch at 12.00, and projects and activities wrapped up no later than 3.00 pm. Contacts: Jon Harned jonathan@lynncapital.org; Shannon Roberts shannon.robertsphd@scouting.org; Don Riegger don@rieggers.com

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CLUB PROJECTS
 

Corazon - International Opportunity 

October 26, 2024

What do RC Dove Mountain, Sierra Vista, Tucson and SaddleBrooke Clubs have in common? They will all be coming together in October 2024 to participate in a Turn Key International Project called "Corazon - Build a House in a Day".

We thank RC Dove Mountain for their recent commitment. It's not too late for your Club to help. We need a commitment of $2500, that's all before we have reached our $15,500 goal. This is a perfect opportunity to participate in a One Day international project with other Clubs. All it takes is a small commitment of cash and/or some labor and it's all organized by someone else! Follow this link for a 6 minute video: https://vimeo.com/295461869

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CLUB FUNDRAISERS & EVENTS - THE NEXT 30 DAYS
Taste of Oro Valley Life Auction Benefits Families in Need
Bidding ends May 23, 2024, at 8:00pm
 
Windy weather may have caused our annual Taste of Oro Valley Life event to be cancelled, but our Silent Auction and spirit of giving back to the community lives on! You can still get a “Taste” of Oro Valley Life by bidding on exciting goods and services online in the Taste of Oro Valley Life Auction, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley. 
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PUBLISH YOUR CLUB EVENTS!
 
Let us help you spread the word about your club's upcoming events, projects or fundraisers in IMPACT! Download a fillable form here and email it to kasiarotary@gmail.com by Friday for the following week's newsletter. 
 
WHAT ABOUT PAST PROJECTS & FUNDRAISERS? We'll feature them in our Rotary in Action QuarterlyClick here to download a form. 
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