April 2017


April is Maternal and Child Health month. Did you know: An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented! The Rotary Foundation, via education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics, expands access to quality care so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. 
This year's RYLA is upon us, April 6-9! Every Rotarian is welcome to join us in Heber on that Saturday or Sunday for a VIP tour. Everyone who sees and experiences the RYLA delegates and counselors in action truly understands the lasting value of the program. Contact me to make arrangements.
Clubs may still apply for PI/PR mini-grants of $100 to promote an event or project. The application takes ​only two minutes and we'll get a check in the mail the very next day. Contact me for details.
Join approximately 50 Rotarians from our district in Atlanta for the RI Convention, June 10-14.  It is jam-packed with activities to fit all possible tastes. Register at http://www.rotaryconvention2017.org/.
First Dude Steve and I are having fun working on service projects and fundraisers with many clubs. Please let us know if you can use some 'free labor' for one of your club's efforts.
Now's the time to work on this year's awards. Club presidents have the criteria for the RI Presidential Citation, the District Achievement Awards, and the Kralicek Awards. These are tangible opportunities for clubs and individuals to be recognized for their hard work this year. Contact me with any questions.
And the MUST-DO event to wrap up this year is the 2017 Conference of Clubs. What better way to spend the final weekend in June than to be in lovely Flagstaff! It's going to be a memorable district conference, one for the ages. Register and book a room now at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017.
Keep Rotary alive in your hearts and hands ... DG Tonya, RotaryTonya@gmail.com



Seeking Door Prize & Raffle Donations

We are seeking donations for door prizes and raffle items for the 2017 Conference of Clubs  in Flagstaff, June 22-24.
This is a GREAT opportunity to showcase your business’s services or products that represent and promote you – while benefiting Rotary.
Please contact Prize Coordinator Lynn Gustke
Cell: 480-236-9327




As a member of the PHOENIX-CAMELBACK ROTARY CLUB, I invite you to be part of the 21st ANNUAL “BOOTS-N-SADDLES” fundraiser event!  Each year we provide substantial funding for local charities supporting children and families in need.  This year’s primary contributions will go to FEED OUR BABIES USA.  Financial assistance will also be given to various local schools and other worthy charities and organizations throughout the year.
BOOTS-N-SADDLES 21st ANNIVERSARY GALA EVENT will be held this year at the Stone House Pavilion at the Phoenix Zoo, located at 455 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Please join us for the event by relaxing as the cocktail hour kicks off this FUN-FILLED benefit at 5:30 p.m.  A Silent Auction is followed with a delicious dinner, a live auction led by Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian, and western entertainment for a great evening.  Western wear is preferred—so make it a cowboy, cowgirl night!  City slickers are most welcome, too!!  Event tickets are $125; tables of 10 can be reserved for the dinner.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of the children and families that benefit from FEED OUR BABIES USA and learn about their purpose in your own community.  PLEASE ATTEND BOOTS-N-SADDLES 21st ANNIVERSARY EVENT that will provide the financial support so critical to meeting the needs of children and families.  The event’s SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, including many exciting donations—from trips to restaurants to sporting events and equipment—provide value for you while assisting others.  The Phoenix-Camelback Rotary Foundation, holding the event, is designated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Please fill out your request for tickets and return the completed Attendance Request Form with your check to the Phoenix-Camelback Rotary Foundation at the street address below or send your reservation request to ANNE@ANNEKLEEFISCH.COM.  A confirmation of the reservation will be sent to you by e-mail.  Thank you for considering how you can help meet the needs of children and families in your community while having a great evening!  Please contact me with questions.




Our next Rotary Leadership Institute will be Saturday, May 6 at Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott.
This will be a great time to escape the heat of the Valley! If you've completed RLI, or are already signed up for May 6, please encourage others in your club to attend.
You also have an opportunity to attend session one at Club Leadership Academy on April 22, then take session two in May. To find out more about CLA, go HERE.
Questions? Call Beth at 602.604.8221
The registration form is HERE.
What does 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 Club; Membership Orientation and Activation; Introduction to Leadership; Creating Service Projects; Problem Solving Workshops; Vocational Service; Effective Committees; Membership Development; The Rotary Foundation; Analyzing a Rotary Club; The Object of Rotary; The District International Service; Problems of Leadership; Creative Service; Written Communications; Motivating Rotarians; and Effecting Change.
Should your 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.org
or call Kevin Pitts, RLI Coordinator at 928.713.2906.
You may email Kevin at kpitts@stratoswp.com


Retired Law Enforcement Needed

We are in need of a Rotarian retired law enforcement officer, who would be willing to serve as the Youth Protection Officer for the new merged District 5495.  Anyone who might be interested in assisting us in this way should contact either Art Harrington, arthts@msn.com, (928) 245-0411, or John Wintersteen, jdwintersteen@gmailcom, (602) 390-3124.



The Rotary Club of Apache Junction/Gold Canyon/Superstition Mountain, honored Chiefs Tom Kelly and Paul Bourgeois.
Rotarians have a tradition of supporting The Rotary Foundation through gifts of $1,000 made to the foundation in the names of people club members wish to honor.  The gift results in the honoree being named a Paul Harris Fellow. This year, the Superstition Mountain Rotary club honored Apache Junction Police chief Tom Kelly and Superstition Fire and Medical chief Paul Bourgeois for the excellence of the public safety services provided by their two organizations and for their leadership.  Both men received a Paul Harris Fellow award certificate and pin from club past-president Bryant Powell, recognizing the club's gift of $2,000 to The Rotary Foundation in their names.
Rotary International, the largest service organization in the world, has as its causes promoting peace, fighting diseases (notably polio), providing clean water and sanitation, supporting education, helping mothers and children and growing local economies.  The local club meets Wednesdays at noon throughout the year at the Gold Canyon Resort on King's Ranch Rd.



That's right...We're talking about the District 5510 Conference of Clubs!
The 5 W’s of Wrapping Up this Rotary Year …
WHAT:           2017 Conference of Clubs
WHEN:          June 23 – 24 (optional activities on June 22)
WHERE:       Lovely Flagstaff, AZ at Little America Hotel
WHO:            YOU!  Every Rotarian, along with partners and families
WHY:             It’s THE most important event of this year for D5510
Friendships and Fellowship
Looking forward
HOW:            Register at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017



1. Meet the most inspiring people in the world.  Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention every year. This is your unique opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and share stories about your club’s current and future projects.
2. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary.  The general sessions and breakout sessions offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. In the House of Friendship, you’ll find new ideas, learn best practices, and share project successes — it’s where the Rotary world comes together!
3. Join The Rotary Foundation celebration.  The culmination of a yearlong celebration of the Foundation’s centennial takes place in the city where it all began. Join the festivities at The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party. Attend a book signing and meet the author of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” See all the activities we have planned.
4. Explore the American South.  Bask in the sun on the Atlantic and Gulf shores. Test your game at some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Experience the magic of Florida’s Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.  Explore the natural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg. Sample the sophisticated charms of New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. Learn more
5. Enjoy special tours and events offered by the Host Organization Committee.  Watch for more information about special activities like Restaurant Night, Host Hospitality Night, and a screening of "Gone with the Wind" at the historic Fox Theatre. Visit the Host Organization Committee site to find more activities.
REGISTER TODAY AT:   riconvention.org



RYLA camp is right around the corner!  If you have not chosen your students by now, please do so ASAP!
Registration packet can be found at:  rotaryazinteract.org/district-5510-ryla. Follow instructions for completing packet.
Cost is $350/student
Send completed packet to:  Brian Martin at cpd515@msn.com
Checks should be made out to Rotary District 5510 RYLA, and mailed to:
Sherry Mischel, 8602 N 84th St, Scottsdale, AZ  85258
This is a life changing opportunity for a student!  Please do not delay—Act now!
Any questions, please contact Sherry Mischel at 602-510-3339



YOUR VOICE CAN BE HEARD at Rotary International & YOU can make a difference!
Do you have concerns about how things operate at Rotary International?  Your Rotary Council on Legislation representatives, Don Schiller, Representative or alternate John Pennypacker will carry your message for discussion with the over 500 Rotarians from around the world representing every Rotary District make up the Council On Legislation. Every three years the COL as the legislative body of RI discusses and approves or dis-approves changes submitted by Rotarians from all Districts.
Please review the information below. Contact Don or John for further information regarding how you can help to create a Resolution or Enactment or to find out how you can provide your opinion regarding proposed legislation.
Don will be submitting your resolution changes proposed by our District’s Rotarians by 30 June 2017 and enactments by 31 Dec 2017.  Please help us out and get your proposals to Don as quickly as possible.  Resolutions will be reviewed by the RI committee after 30 June, Enactments after 31 Dec. Then in 2019 Don will be going to the Council on Legislation at RI Headquarters where he will join the other representatives in discussing, lobbying and voting on your proposals and all the others too.
Please contact Don or John with any questions or if you need additional information. He will be pleased to respond to any inquiries. 
Yes, your voice can and will be heard.
Thanks and best regards in Rotary,
Don  & John
Council on Legislation - COL
·  COL meets every 3 years at RI headquarters (Next meeting April 2019)
 ·  Purpose – The COL is the legislative body of RI, which has the authority to amend the RI Constitution documents
 ·  Why is this important to you? The COL can effect changes to membership, dues and support to programs of RI
 ·  How are changes to RI Constitution and By-laws made?
Enactment – a proposal to seek amendment to the Rotary International Constitution
Proposed enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents (the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution)
Proposed by member/club
Approved by majority of clubs in a district
Submitted to RI NLT 31 Dec 2017
Resolution - The Council on Resolutions has the authority to adopt resolutions. Most adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees.
Council on Resolutions – COR – to meet annually thru electronic communications
Resolutions submitted to RI NLT 30 June 2017
Example: Enactment to change the number of minimum charter members for a new club to 20.
ADOPTED ENACTMENT 16-83 to provide for a minimum number of charter members for new clubs. To amend the BYLAWS of Rotary International as follows (page 131 MOP) Article 2 Membership in Rotary International 2.010. Application for Membership in RI. A club seeking admission to membership in RI shall apply to the board. The application shall be accompanied by the admission fee as determined by the board. The fee shall be in US currency or equivalent currency of the country in which the club is located. Membership shall become effective on the date such application is approved by the board. 2.010.2. New Clubs. The minimum number of charter members for a new club shall be 20.
Example: Resolution to change the Interact Club Constitution so that membership in Interact terminates at the time of graduation and not upon reaching the age of 18
ADOPTED RESOLUTION 16-132 To request the RI Board to consider revising the membership age limits for Interact WHEREAS, each country has a different age for the first year of school, from five to seven and older, which leads to students graduating from high school at different ages, from 17 to 19, meaning that at the age of 18, Interact club members from both school based and community-based clubs have either graduated or are still students, and WHEREAS, as a result, in Article IV, section 5 of the Standard Interact Club Constitution, there is discrimination against Interact club members in different types of clubs in terms of membership termination, which leads to inequity, frustration and Interact club administration problems IT IS RESOLVED by Rotary International that the Board of Directors of Rotary International consider amending Article IV, section 5 of the Standard Interact Club Constitution so that membership termination in both school and community-based clubs (in connection with several schools) occurs at the time of graduation and not upon reaching the age of 18. In this way, in the final year of high school, a student can still be an Interact member and handle an officer position at the club or district level, even if he or she is already 18. In Article IV, section 5 of the Standard Interact Club Constitution (page 21 of the Interact Handbook)
Please send your resolutions to Don Schiller or John Pennypacker no later than June 1, 2017 to meet RI’s June 30th deadline.
CONTACT Don or John for assistance or further information regarding the Council on Legislation.
District 5495 representative – PDG Don Schiller schiller@commspeed.net 928-710-2383
Alternate representative – PDG John Pennypacker jpennypacker@cox.net 480-981-6541



Due date: All activities must be reported by 30 June 2017
You can help strengthen your club and Rotary's reputation for doing good by taking part in the Presidential Citation program. All activities must be completed between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.
Since Rotary will verify your club’s accomplishments using information your club enters on My Rotary, there are no forms or reports to submit. Please note that Rotary is unable to extend the due date or make exceptions to the online reporting requirement.
Click here to read the requirements



On April 30, 2017, a District Achievement Awards Committee will announce the winner of these special awards based on this Rotary year up to April 15th. Each winner, both individuals and clubs, will receive 1,000 Foundation Points to use however they choose. This is the equivalent of a full Paul Harris Fellow award!
All but a few of these awards are quantitative in nature and will be based solely on figures reported by the clubs online via Rotary Club Central (RCC). These awards will be formally recognized at the 2017 District Conference, June 23-25.
Note: For the Club Awards, there will be three awards based on club size: Small, Medium and Large Club. Small Clubs are defined as 20 members or less; Medium Clubs: 21-49 members; and Large Clubs are 50 members or more.
Click here to download the Award Requirements


District Achievement Award 2016-17



32nd Annual Special Day for Special Kids sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 was the 32nd Annual Special Day for Special Kids held at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park with over 3,000 in attendance.  This is a day where special needs kids and their families enjoy a FREE fun filled day including lunch, drink, popcorn, ice cream, pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy things, climbing wall, games with prizes, train rides, carousel rides, and just a day to be themselves and not be judged for being different.
We would like to thank our sponsors, Raising Special Kids, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Mechanical and Railroad Society, Live Steamers, Kiita Foundation, Forever Living, First Things First, Baird Wealth Management, BHHS Legacy, Albertson’s, Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Reddy Ice, Shamrock Ice Cream, Penske Trucks, and District Governor Tonya Watson and Steve.
Our thanks to all Rotarians and the Friends of Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary for making this another successful Special Day for Special Kids.

10th Annual Rotary Beer & Winefest & Raffle













CLA Early Bird Discounts extended to April 1!  For more information, visit: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ndpnk
So who should go to CLA?  Check out the charts below!




The holidays can bring the best out of people, but when the annual “Season of Giving” is over, the majority of people once again become absorbed with day to day routines. However, the members of the Mesa Rotary are committed to serving their community in a variety of ways throughout the year. Many of the Rotary members have demonstrated the Rotary mission of service before self, throughout the length of their professional careers, and in many cases well into their retirement years. These men and women enjoy assisting those that need assistance, as well as making their community a better place.
During the past few months the membership of the Mesa Rotary has provided assistance in the free installation of smoke detectors in homes and apartments that need this life saving device. As Rotarians they have dedicated both time and personal resources to complete the annual dictionary project, where the East Valley Rotary Clubs provide each third grade student in Mesa with their own personal dictionary. Rotary members prepare the dictionaries for distribution by inserting a bookmark and adhering a label so that each student can write their name in the book. After the dictionaries have been prepared, thanks to the yearly coordination of Joe O’Reilly, Associate Superintendent of Mesa Public Schools, the Rotary members hand deliver these dictionaries to the different third grade classrooms throughout Mesa. These volunteers not only hand each student their own dictionary they take the time to explain how to use the dictionary, and what additional resources are contained in the book.
During the City of Mesa’s Make a Difference Day this past October 22nd the Mesa Rotary accepted the project of painting a disabled veteran’s home. While much of the work was done by Rotarians and the student Rotaract Club of Benedictine University on that Saturday, the complete project lasted over a week to accomplish what was needed for this Air Force veteran. Local Rotaract clubs bring together young people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas and work side by side with community leaders to provide service in the community. The Interact clubs bring together even younger people ages 12-18 to start developing leadership skills while they learn the meaning of Service Above Self.
Some of the other activities the Rotary Club does each year is to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the elderly citizens of Mesa. Shortly after the Thanksgiving event, Rotarians can be seen ringing the Salvation Army bell next to the donation kettles. The Rotarians work with other non-profit organizations in the East Valley, such as the Mesa United Way (MUW). Rotary has been instrumental in raising donations and purchasing gifts for foster kids through Helen’s Hope Chest. The list of volunteer work continues with events related to Feed My Starving Children, and working with the MUW free income tax assistance for lower income Mesa residents.
Through the continued efforts of the men and women in the Mesa Rotary Club positive change has become an annual occurrence. It has been my pleasure to stand and work beside these Rotarians who are bankers, doctors, lawyers, school superintendents, university administrators, and other professionals that live and work in our community. Through their actions a lasting change is taking place in our community.  The Mesa Rotary Club meets at the Mesa Hilton every Wednesday from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM.


Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide Fellowship

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