February 21, 2024                        District Governor Don Jorgensen 2023-24
Arizona Rotary Days of Service April 13-20

Mark your calendar for April 13-20! 

During Arizona Rotary Days of Service we're calling all District 5500 Rotary clubs to engage in a common service project at your choice of community food bank or food pantry. Collectively, we will make an impact in serving individuals, families, and seniors in our communities. 

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is thrilled to welcome Rotarians to help them build healthier, hunger-free communities across southern Arizona. 

Read on for links to detailed information on volunteer opportunities at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona located at 3003 S. Country Club Rd.

Mental Health Action: Members Respond

RI President Gordon recently shared member feedback from a survey by the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives on how to improve the personal well-being of members. 

The top suggestions are illuminating. Rotary members are asking for more fellowship, camaraderie, conversation, cohesiveness, and connection. They also want more recognition, validation, and integration. They are seeking more service opportunities, and they want more wellness activities, including mental health speakers, awareness efforts, and education.

Small Club Membership Meetings
Please mark one of the following dates on your calendar for a District membership training session focused on clubs under 20 members. 
March 12th (Tues) 5:30- 8:00pm.  Click HERE to register for this session!
March 16th (Sat) 8:30- 11:00am    Click HERE to register for this session!
The content will be the same for both sessions.
Small clubs have unique challenges that larger clubs typically do not.  We will discuss enhancing the club experience and a plan to target new members.
Pass this along to your presidents-elect and membership chairs, but anyone is eligible to attend.
Hear UA Football Coach Speak at RCOT
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - 12pm 
Guests must call 520-623-2281 or email the Rotary Club of Tucson office to register for the event.  Lunch will cost $35.  Space is limited.
District 5500 Initiates New Branding Protocol
The Rotary brand is an important one throughout the world and deserves to be properly used to preserve its recognition and impact. 
Many of the flyers and other items submitted by clubs for publication in the D5500 weekly newsletter IMPACT! have had artwork (mainly logos) that does not comply with Rotary International branding requirements. 
Starting now, any article submitted for publication MUST correctly use the Rotary wheel (Mark of Excellence) and have proper club logos using the Rotary Masterbrand to be included in IMPACT! Those articles not complying will be returned for corrections. 
District 5500 is Looking For...
There are currently three key leadership openings in District 5500: 
District Treasurer
District Membership Chair
District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND)
If you or anyone you know who is qualified and interested in serving in any of these roles, please contact DG Don Jorgensen at donjorgensen@comcast.net  
Tucson Presidio - District 5500 3rd Annual Rillito River Clean Up
March 23, 2024, 8-11 am
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
Let's bring Rotary 5500 together again to clean up the Rillito River! Click here to register.

Dove Mountain - Casino Night
Saturday, March 16 - 5pm
Purchase tickets at DoveMountainRotary.org
Coolidge Rotary - Trap Shoot Fundraiser
Saturday, March 23 - 9am
Florence Rotary - Country Thunder Raffle
Drawing: April 4
Tubac Rotary - Taste of Tubac 
Sunday, April 21

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 Quarterly. Next issue deadline is February 10, 2024. Click here to download a form. 
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