August 8, 2023                          District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
District Conference Highlight - How's Your Memory?

Meet and hear international Memory Expert Scott Bornstein at the Saturday Breakfast keynote. Scott is the Chief Memory Training Expert to CEOs and executives across 52 countries and will demonstrate in real-time how to unlock your MemoryPower to lead, influence, and engage members. Register now for the District 5500 Annual Conference (October 6&7) at



In recognition of August as Membership and Club Development Month, our District Governor Don is issuing a new challenge to all clubs - right from our new strategic action plan. "We ask each Club to add One New Member by June 2024."  That's it, just one.  To help meet this goal, our District, in partnership with Zone 26/27, is offering the second membership education program on August 12th to help you start off the new year.  The 3-hour session is an expanded version of the one we held in the District in January.

Rotary Leadership Academy - Sign Up Soon!

It's that time. Nominations are now being accepted for 2023-2024 Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy. If you are interested in learning more about Rotary and exploring a leadership role at any level, this course is for you. You will enjoy a great learning experience with fellow Rotarians from all over Arizona. 

Here is the link to the nomination form:  

How Are You, Really?

That's the question RI President Gordon McInally asks. This year President Gordon is encouraging Rotary members to create a 'culture of care' by making mental health a priority.  

Our District Governor Don is now asking for volunteers to create our own District 5500 Mental Health Initiatives Action Group. The team will help identify potential club service projects, provide regional resource information to assist clubs, and help develop a District-wide behavioral health related event in early 2024. 

If you are interested, please contact DG Don at    

An Invitation to Hear Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh of Palestine 
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, President of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem, Palestine, and Founder/Director of the Palestinian Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, is visiting Southern Arizona this month. Prof. Qumsiyeh is being hosted by Tucson Verde and Sierra Vista Rotary clubs for two presentations. This is a rare opportunity for Tucson and southeastern regional club members to learn firsthand about the struggle of Palestinians and Israelis to arrive at a status of peaceful co-existence in the Holy Land, and to sponsor Global or District grants to aid Palestinian refugees and environmental projects in the Holy Land. 
Tucson: Tuesday, August 29, 5:30 pm at the Ward 3 meeting hall, 1510 E. Grant Rd. 
Sierra Vista: Wednesday, August 30, 10:30 am at St Andrews' Kino Hall, 800 North Taylor Ave.
To RSVP and learn more about Professor Qumsiyeh, click on the link.
RYLA Registration Now Open

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a workshop for youth ages 14-18 in grades 9-12. These students come together from communities across District 5500 and are joined by Rotary Exchange students from other countries for a 4-day, 3-night leadership camp experience in Prescott, Arizona. Each delegate is sponsored by a local Rotary Club. We encourage clubs to choose young adults with leadership potential to attend this program designed to build, strengthen, and exercise leadership skills, self-confidence, and character. 

Sahuarita Murder Mystery Dinner
Take a step back to 1932 and set sail on the RMS Titania. 
September 23, 2023 at 4 PM
Dock: American Legion Post 66
1560 W. Duval Mine Rd
Cost: $45 per passenger
SaddleBrooke Monster Mash FUNdraiser

Hold on to your horses, or actually your brooms! Save the date: October 20th at 5 pm. The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke invites you to join in the fun at an amazing Halloween party that will raise funds to serve the Copper Corridor and beyond.

Casa Grande Oktoberfest
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