December 2016 News

From the District Governor

Holiday Greetings! Isn't "Rotary Serving Humanity" a perfect theme for this giving time? I hope everyone's holidays are filled with family, fun and safe travels.
 
Speaking of traveling, Steve and I were on a 24-day Rotary road trip, visiting clubs, attending special events, and participating in service projects. Twice, before and during this year's Zone Institute in Santa Barbara, we took part in the Connecting For Good tour. First, we helped package nutritious meals, and later we helped paint an entire playground. We also took part in the dedication of the wonderful, new Rotary Musical Park in Fountain Hills (more on that next month).  Additionally, we attended the Phoenix 100 Gatsby Gala. Though they are in District 5490, I encourage everyone to start mingling with our sister district; after all, we're about to be one 5495 family.
 
 
 
Holiday Greetings! Isn't "Rotary Serving Humanity" a perfect theme for this giving time? I hope everyone's holidays are filled with family, fun and safe travels.
 
Speaking of traveling, Steve and I were on a 24-day Rotary road trip, visiting clubs, attending special events, and participating in service projects. Twice, before and during this year's Zone Institute in Santa Barbara, we took part in the Connecting For Good tour. First, we helped package nutritious meals, and later we helped paint an entire playground. We also took part in the dedication of the wonderful, new Rotary Musical Park in Fountain Hills (more on that next month).  Additionally, we attended the Phoenix 100 Gatsby Gala. Though they are in District 5490, I encourage everyone to start mingling with our sister district; after all, we're about to be one 5495 family.
 
We also had the pleasure of visiting several clubs.  DID YOU KNOW ...
 
The Fountain Hills club conducts an innovative mentoring program. Their Mentoring Program was implemented to provide adult support and guidance to students who are struggling academically in the FH elementary and middle Schools.  FH Rotarians have actively supported the program by volunteering as mentors and with annual financial support.
   
Mesa RC distributes 7,000 dictionaries each year! As they say on their website, "Students really love their dictionaries. For some it is the only book they own. For others, it becomes a family resource that is shared with parents and siblings. And Rotarians get as much from it as the students as [when] they see their excitement and curiosity about all the information."
 
Chandler RC has a great brochure for prospective members. With their fresh focus on attracting and orienting new members in a high-quality fashion, I'm confident their ranks will grow.
 
Mesa West RC is taking full advantage of the state tax credit program for contributions to the working poor by raising $10,000 for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA). Because this is a credit and not just a deduction, this is a cost-free donation from the members! More clubs should definitely consider doing this as an easy way to support this powerful program which makes a tangible difference to so many deserving, hard-working Arizonans.
 
I wish everyone a magical and memorable holiday season ... DG Tonya
 
RotaryTonya@gmail.com

 
 
 

Rotary Foundation Named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

Rotary News

15-Nov-2016
 

 
 

What Would Be a Good Gift for Your Club?

I have an idea!            
 
What about naming the new baby! No, no, no I am not advocating that someone gets pregnant and has a baby, I am advocating that your club takes the time to elect a club president to serve in 2018-2019.
 
 
I have an idea!            
 
What about naming the new baby! No, no, no I am not advocating that someone gets pregnant and has a baby, I am advocating that your club takes the time to elect a club president to serve in 2018-2019.
 
All clubs have their current presidents in 2016-17 and in December 2015all clubs should have named the person to serve in 2017-18. Now as we enter December 2016 it is time to pick the next person. Some of you are shaking your heads that this sounds nutty. But really and truly this is correct as stated in the standard Rotary Club Constitution. Presidents shall be elected 18 months to 24 months before taking office. And yes, Rotary International follows this same pattern. Here are the current and incoming Rotary International Presidents who will be leading us internationally.
 
Many of you know I have worked on the Arizona PETS committee for many years. Based on that, I can tell you that in all three Arizona districts, there are numerous clubs who lag behind in the election process. My best guess is that 60% of clubs are playing catch up and will now be electing the 2017-18 person. Pease prove me wrong! Blow the statistics out of the water and get your club on track.
 
Please as a gift to the future strength, stability and success of your club, catch up the process! Even if you have to name two people in this election cycle. Rally your members together, step up and reach for the future.
 
Wishing You Safe and Happy Holidays
 
Lucinda General
Assistant Rotary Coordinator
Arizona – Zone 26

 

Getting ready for District Grants & Global Grants for Rotary year 2017-18

Hello!...  from the new District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee!  Changes will be coming for both District Grants and Global Grants.  Details of those changes will be announced in early January.   Here is what you need to know for now:
 
Hello!...  from the new District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee!  Changes will be coming for both District Grants and Global Grants.  Details of those changes will be announced in early January.   Here is what you need to know for now:
  • In order to receive grant funds, clubs are required by The Rotary Foundation to attend a Grant Management Seminar.  The dates for the seminar will be announced in January.
  • District Grant applications must be completed by May 30th, 2017.   District Grant awards will be up to $2000.   All applications will be submitted through an on-line process.
  • The Rotary Foundation has made changes to Global Grant application effective December, 2016.
Your new District Rotary Foundation Committee looks forward to assisting you!

 
 

15 Year Old Finishes Polio Ride

15 year-old Gabe Fowler completed his 2nd Tour de Tucson representing the Kyrene Rotary Club in D5500's Ride to End Polio. Gabe completed the 106-mile course in 7 hours & 13 minutes and raised $2,122 for TRF Polio Plus and D5500 Foundation from teachers, friends and family, and Kyrene Rotarians. Gabe is a sophomore at Gilbert’s Campo Verde high school where he just won his 2nd varsity letter in swimming. He's a grandson of Kyrene Rotarian Harry Short.
 
15 year-old Gabe Fowler completed his 2nd Tour de Tucson representing the Kyrene Rotary Club in D5500's Ride to End Polio. Gabe completed the 106-mile course in 7 hours & 13 minutes and raised $2,122 for TRF Polio Plus and D5500 Foundation from teachers, friends and family, and Kyrene Rotarians. Gabe is a sophomore at Gilbert’s Campo Verde high school where he just won his 2nd varsity letter in swimming. He's a grandson of Kyrene Rotarian Harry Short.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

And now, from the International Service Chair…

From the 27th till the 30th of November, 90 Rotarians from Mexico and Arizona representing 18 Rotary clubs, descended upon Vera Cruz, Mexico to attend the 16th Annual Mexican-American Global Grants and Friendship Conference-and made history!
 
During that period of time 27 projects were reviewed for a possible commitment of $1,500,000 and while that did not take place, funding for projects in the form of cash and district designated funds in the amount of $732,000 did happen. Club and district designated funds in from Arizona and Mexico were nearly equal for the event.
 
From the 27th till the 30th of November, 90 Rotarians from Mexico and Arizona representing 18 Rotary clubs, descended upon Vera Cruz, Mexico to attend the 16th Annual Mexican-American Global Grants and Friendship Conference-and made history!
 
During that period of time 27 projects were reviewed for a possible commitment of $1,500,000 and while that did not take place, funding for projects in the form of cash and district designated funds in the amount of $732,000 did happen. Club and district designated funds in from Arizona and Mexico were nearly equal for the event.
 
6 projects were completely funded and they are:
  • Recovery and storage of rainwater for 7 schools in Taxco, Mexico
  • A newly developed clinic for the treatment of rheumatic patients in Puebla
  • Home underground cistern systems and a well on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico
  • To create additional vocational training classes and a job placement path for Cecati 42 a school that works with mentally and physically challenged individuals in Vera Cruz Mexico
  • To create and support a peace conference planned by a Rotary Peace Fellow in Mexico
 
4 projects that were partially funded are:
  • A well for a village in Kenya, Africa-Prescott Sunup Rotary club
  • Screening and early treatment of Hepatitis in Mongolia-Flagstaff Rotary Club
  • To supply medical equipment for a clinic to support individuals undergoing chemotherapy- Puebla Industrial Rotary
  • A mobile unit that will tour schools providing education on how to prevent burns and other types of injuries
  • Funds were set aside in the form of district designated funds for the second phases of two other projects in the 2017-18 Rotary year they are:
  • Creation or completion of school libraries-Boca Del Rio/Veracruz Rotary
  • The treatment of waste water-to safe water-Zacatlan Rotary
 
But it was all not work-with their usual flare our Mexican hosts created sightseeing and host events that would rival those at an international conference, they included:
  • A tour of San Juan De Ulua: Famed fort and notorious prison, where tales of torture abound
  • A visit to the Aquarium of Veracruz
  • A walk through and a visit to Plaza de Las Armas
  • Tour of Fort Baluarte Santiago
  • A visit to the city center- to be part of and see Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead exhibits and procession.
  • And yes…to visit the beach and some outstanding restaurants!
  • With all the work that was done that was a lot to pack into to 3 days-but worth it!
For 2017, the conference will be headed back to the Phoenix Metro Area October 26-29
Want to be part of it? Contact Abe Feder International Service Chair-abefeder1@gmail.com  602-622-7289

 
 
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona is teaching recipients to fish! 
 
Consider becoming a “Friend of the Fund” when you donate your tax credit allowable maximum,
$800 for joint filers or $400 for individual filers.
 
  “Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. 
Teach a person to fish and they feed themselves for life.”
 
   
 
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona is teaching recipients to fish! 
 
Please donate today at ………………….trvfa.org

 
 

 
 
 
 
Four of our top high school age Interactors from Arizona will be selected to send to Kenya for two weeks in June 2017 to assist with the distribution of the 3,500 crutches and other mobility devices being collected and shipped to that country by the Interact clubs of Arizona.  The four Arizona Interact representatives will be hosted by the Interact Club of Trinity Mission School and their sponsoring Rotary Club of Gilgil, Kenya.  Applicants to serve as one of these representatives must be an active member of an Interact club in Arizona, Needles, CA, or Laughlin, NV, and submit with their application a recommendation from an Advisor to their Interact club.
 
Four of our top high school age Interactors from Arizona will be selected to send to Kenya for two weeks in June 2017 to assist with the distribution of the 3,500 crutches and other mobility devices being collected and shipped to that country by the Interact clubs of Arizona.  The four Arizona Interact representatives will be hosted by the Interact Club of Trinity Mission School and their sponsoring Rotary Club of Gilgil, Kenya.  Applicants to serve as one of these representatives must be an active member of an Interact club in Arizona, Needles, CA, or Laughlin, NV, and submit with their application a recommendation from an Advisor to their Interact club.
 
From the funds being raised this year by the combined Interact clubs and districts in Arizona, including Needles, CA, and Laughlin, NV, the airfare for these four Interact Ambassadors to Kenya will be paid.  The selected Interact representatives and their families must be willing to pay the remainder of the costs of their trip, including insurance, passport & visa, required inoculations, luggage charges, travel meals and any spending money (estimated to be approximately $750).

 
 
Did you know Rotary Global Rewards is a benefit of Rotary membership?  The Global Rewards program offers you hundreds of discounts on purchases.  This holiday season, discounted shopping is a welcome benefit of Rotary membership.
 
Doing some holiday shipping?  United Parcel Service (UPS) offers a 9% savings for ground shipping and an 18% savings for air shipping.  FedEx Express offers up to 54% off of ground and international shipping rates.  These are unbeatable offers available to you every day as a Rotary member.
 
 
Did you know Rotary Global Rewards is a benefit of Rotary membership?  The Global Rewards program offers you hundreds of discounts on purchases.  This holiday season, discounted shopping is a welcome benefit of Rotary membership.
 
Doing some holiday shipping?  United Parcel Service (UPS) offers a 9% savings for ground shipping and an 18% savings for air shipping.  FedEx Express offers up to 54% off of ground and international shipping rates.  These are unbeatable offers available to you every day as a Rotary member.
 
Many stores will give back a percentage of your purchase to Rotary when you shop online or in the store including: Amazon, Microsoft, Ebay, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Petsmart, Kohl’s, Bed, Bath and Beyond and many, many others. Additionally, many stores offer discounts on your purchases at any time of year. 
 
Be sure to visit https://www.rotary.org/globalrewards first and click through to the deals you want to use.  This ensures you get the best deal and Rotary receives a percentage back.   Happy shipping and shopping this holiday season!
 
Kymla J. Eubanks

 
 

What does the Rotary Leadership Institute offer?

The Institute offers a leadership development program in three full day sessions (Parts I, II and III). The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations. Some examples of course sessions include: The Perfect Meeting A Look Outside the ClubMembership Orientation and Activation Introduction to LeadershipCreating Service Projects Problem Solving Workshops Vocational Service Effective CommitteesMembership Development The Rotary Foundation Analyzing a Rotary Club The Object of RotaryThe District International Service Problems of Leadership Creative Service Written Communications Motivating Rotarians and Effecting Change
 

Should our club participate?

If your club cares about its future, it will want the best leadership possible. This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people, who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership. The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.
 

Who should be nominated to attend the Institute courses?

The Institute recommends that clubs nominate those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for club leadership, not necessarily as future presidents. They should preferably be at least 3-4 years away from a possible presidency or other key leadership post. Candidates should certainly have a strong interest in Rotary and be ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. The Institute requests each club to nominate one or two Rotarians each year and to support previous nominees in completing Parts II and III.


What are the teaching methods?

The Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/participation as possible. Discussion breakout sessions are limited to approximately 10-15 persons. Lectures are strictly limited. Course methods include discussion groups, role-playing, problem solving workshops, creating projects and audiovisual presentations. Everyone participates during one of the Institute’s sessions. A course workbook containing an Institute Manual, session program agendas, faculty listings and course outlines and materials, is provided to each attendee.
 

How do I learn more?

You may visit the Rocky Mountain Rotary Leadership Institute web site at: www.rmrli.orgor call Kevin Pitts, RLI Coordinator at 928.713.2906. You may email Kevin at kpitts@stratoswp.com
 
To download the Registration form, click here.

 
 

Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Check presents $10,000 check to the City of Apache Junction for a new splash pad at their new downtown park.

 
Ed Shockley – Club President, Matt Ruppert – Prior Year Club President, Bryant Powel – Apache Junction City Manager, Liz Langenbach – Parks Director, City of AJ, Mayor John Insalaco, Len Laflesh – Prior Club President and Matt Busby – Assistant City Manager, Apache Junction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Rotary Club of Fountain Hills Supports Save the Family

 
The Rotary Club of Fountain Hills helps support a number of important and high impact community service projects. One of our projects is working with and assisting Save the Family in Mesa.
 
Save the Family is a nonprofit organization that since 1988 has been equipping families in Maricopa County to address poverty, overcome homelessness, and achieve self sufficiency.  Last year, Save the Family with its 300 + housing units served more than 600 families facing a multitude of challenges including  domestic violence, divorce, job loss, foreclosure and poverty. About two of every three families served are homeless as a result of domestic violence. The average age of their homeless client is six years old... young families.  Save the Family provides a variety of support services and tools to help transform lives, nurture families and end the homeless cycle. Clients receive career development support, budgeting workshops, parenting classes, financial literacy education,  self esteem coaching, and many more productive options.  Families experience a structured, nurturing environment to conquer homelessness, attain and sustain stability, and flourish as a family unit. 
 
There are many ways you can also help support Save the Family: Volunteering for individual or group projects, Donating supplies like clothing, food staples, hygiene and cleaning products, and household goods; and donating cash with a dollar for dollar Arizona tax credit for donations up to $800. Contact Save the Family at 480 898 0228, extension 205  or at www.SavetheFamily.org
 
The Rotary Club of Fountain Hills will match up to $2000 in community donations to Save the Family made through our Rotary Club Foundation. Your contribution will be tax deductible.  Please send your check payable to Fountain Hills Rotary Club Foundation and mail to Fountain Hills Rotary Club Foundation,  Attn:  Save the Family,  P.O. Box 18188, Fountain Hills AZ 85268.
 
You are cordially invited to be our guest for lunch to learn more about and participate in this and other interesting and vital service projects in our community and internationally.  Rotary Club of Fountain Hills meets Tuesday at 11:45 am at Fountain View Village upstairs dining room, 16455 E Ave of the Fountains.  Rotary is Service Above Self, affordable, social, and welcomes all members of our community. For questions regarding this project or Rotary Club of Fountain Hills please contact Wayne Rish 480 664 4820.