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Saturday, April 27             Spring Training for Club Officers in Yuma
Saturday, May 4                Spring Training for Club Officers in Green Valley
Saturday, June 1               District 5500 Dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in Hamburg, Germany
Sunday, June 23                Installation of District Governor 2019-2020 Ellie Patterson in Tubac
Best Practices for Inviting, Engaging New Members
The good news is that our membership in District 5500 has grown these past nine months. As of the final week in March, we have a net gain of 17 members since June 30 of last year.
The challenge for us is that we can’t stand still. We need to keep receiving and welcoming new members and helping them get involved in our local clubs. “Of course,” we say, “but how?”
District Membership Chair Sandy Wahl, working with DG Kirk Reed, has prepared a lively and helpful program on “Best Practices for Inviting and Engaging New Members.” It makes an excellent program for your entire club at a regular weekly meeting. Just email Sandy or Kirk, or, and they will schedule a presentation for you at your meeting location.
We Grieve with Ann Marsh-Marten
With gratitude for the life of Rotarian Steve Marten, and with profound grief that we share with his wife Ann, many of us joined in prayer at a moving funeral mass on March 25. Please remember to continue surrounding Steve’s entire family in prayer and in expressions of love and support.
New Grant Management Seminar Available Online
Every Rotary club must have two members complete a Grant Management Seminar each year before July 1 in order to qualify for grants in the upcoming Rotary year. We want to make the process simpler and more convenient for everyone, and so we have developed an excellent online seminar that can be completed at any time before the deadline. Stay tuned for all the details. In the meantime, please make sure that two people in your club are ready to sign up and complete the course. Brief quizzes will be included to help you know that you have mastered the material. (NOTE: To qualify for grants in 2019-2020 there are several other requirements that clubs must meet, including timely payment of the club’s district and RI dues and attendance at PETS, the President Elect Training Seminar.)
Interact Clubs in Action
District Interact Chair Mike Kloehn recently had the opportunity to visit the Interact Clubs of Sahuaro and Mountainview High Schools:
Sahuaro Interact Club
Projects include collections for Native American children (Shoebox project), on-campus painting and clean up, Magee Middle School clean up, and reading to children in Libraries.  On March 16th they will volunteer at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen
Their advice to Interact Clubs is “Don’t be afraid to try something new” and “Don’t hesitate to look for projects close to home.”
Mountain View Interact Club
Projects have included collection for a womens’ shelter, an “adopt a family”, painting of flower pots at an ALF, bottle cap collection to support dialysis funding, and donation to a school employee in need. Future projects include volunteering at a retirement home and a collection for the Marana Food Bank.
Kino Club Gives Spring Character Awards
On April 12, Tucson Kino Rotary Club honored 7 high school students with Character Awards at a breakfast recognition event. These students serve as role models in their schools and in society via service to their community. 
This year, the Awardees were Kitxia Torres, Star Academic High School; Misael Ayon, Desert View High School; Alan Tadeo Ballesteros Carrazco, Sunnyside High School; Evelyn Young,Baboquivari High School; Albert Mazon, Pueblo Magnet High School; Angela Gonzalez Ordaz, PPEP TEC High School; and Jesus K. Martinez, Alta Vista High School.
Kino Club To Host Human Trafficking Event
Speaker:  Gary McCarthy, Arizona Human Trafficking Council
Friday, May 10
7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Los Ranchitos Annex Cafeteria
2054 East Ginter Road, Tucson
Directions: Los Ranchitos
Continental Breakfast will be served.
PLEASE RSVP by May 6 to

How Does Shelter Box Determine Response?

Here are a sample of questions that help prioritize response:
  • Has the local Government asked for assistance? 
  • Will at least 200 families require emergency shelter? 
  • Will it be required for at least 1 month? 
  • Do families have resources to recover themselves? 
  • What is the capacity of local agencies to help? 
  • Can we safely respond? 
  • Where will our support have the greatest impact?
Answer to last month’s question: Shelterbox has deployed most often to the Philippines. For club presentations contact
Submitted by Don Jorgensen, District 5500 Volunteer Ambassador (

Pantano Rotary Implements Ecofilter Project

Pantano Rotary is implementing an Ecofilter project in Union Victoria, Guatemala a village with 110 families.  Through the support of several Rotary Clubs, other donors and a district grant, we are providing the village families, schools, health clinics and community gathering places with 130 Ecofilters. These 20-liter, refillable, hard plastic water containers cost $35. Each participating family and community group must participate in Ecofilter training and commit to contributing 5 quezales (65 cents) monthly into a water filter replacement fund. To date, 95 families have trained and made the commitment. You can contribute an Ecofilter ($35) to the village by going to:


Don't Miss the Fun!

Register for Cruise with a Cause

Enjoy fun in the sun, fellowship, great speakers and breakout sessions at the 2019 Destination District Conferencewhile cruising down to Ensenada, Mexico on the ship “Inspiration.” We sail from beautiful Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, B.C., Mexico, departing Friday, October 25that 6:30 pm and returning Monday at 7:00 am October 28th, 2019.   Experience the internationality of Rotary while working side by side with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors on a service project in District 4100 while docked in Ensenada. Wine-tasting tours, shopping and exchanging new ideas with local Rotarians can also be experienced.
Ocean breezes, great food (24 hours a day), evening strolls on the deck with a gorgeous Baja moon overhead, renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances, what could be better? The deposit is $50.00 -$100 depending on size of cabin. Ocean view cabins are $454-$484 and inside cabins are $404-$409. This reasonable price for the entire trip is all-inclusive. (alcoholic beverages not included).
See you on board the Inspiration! Reserve your stateroom today by emailing fellow Rotarian Mike Sloan : mike@cruiseconnections.comor call him at 800-248-7447 or 336-659-9772. He’s very helpful and planned the District Conference Cruise for us in 2008 which Rotarians still talk about. You can also contact me for additional information:
Reserve Now for Cruise with a Cause

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Upcoming Events
Yuma Teacher of the Year Recognition and Banquet
Yuma Civic and Convention Center
Apr 23, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
2019-2020 Spring Training in YUMA
Yuma Main Library
Apr 27, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Rotary Spring Training - Yuma Apr 27, 2019
Apr 27, 2019 8:30 AM
2019-2020 Spring Training in GREEN VALLEY
Quail Creek Country Club
May 04, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Rotary Spring Training - Green Valley May 04, 2019
May 04, 2019 8:30 AM
District 5500 Party and Dinner in Hamburg
Jun 01, 2019 6:00 PM
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