February 2017 News


Winter Greetings from the snowy north land!  The sparkling-white snow looks so peaceful.  Apropos, as February is RI’s Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month.  Spread some peace all month long!
Congratulations to David Simmer, member of The Rotary Club of Sedona, the duly- elected District Governor Nominee Designate.  We all wish David well as he transitions through the training and requirements ahead on his journey to be an outstanding District Governor.  He will serve as the 2019-2020 District Governor for RI District 5495.
* Can you believe we are over halfway through this Rotary year?  All of our clubs have been active and doing good throughout their communities.  Keep up the great work!
Now is the time to take a close look at your club’s progress and recalibrate, if necessary.  Some tools that can help are:
Awards -- Strive for each of them -- all are achievable!
Public Image / Public Relations Mini-grants
       D5510 is offering clubs an easy way to get $100 to use for promoting your club and its activities. 
      Contact me for the two-minute application and a check will be in the mail.
Free Labor
       First Dude Steve and I are still available to work with clubs at fundraisers or service projects -- for free! 
       If you haven't already, email me with any requests for bodies/hands/time and we'll get you on our calendar.
Upcoming events:
Stay warm and safe, and keep Rotary in your heart ... DG Tonya


New Rotary District 5495 is launching an innovative concept in leadership development and club support.   Our new Club Leadership Academy (CLA) has drawn considerable praise and attention from Districts
and leaders across the western United States for the creative approach it offers to help clubs expand their impact.
Who should attend?  The program will be incredibly beneficial for those who hold leadership positions. CLA will offer skill-building and support for Presidents-Elect, service chairs, secretaries, treasurers, foundation and membership chairs and committee members.  But CLA will offer classes that every Rotarian (and even some non-Rotarians) will find helpful, thought-provoking and inspirational as they consider how to build leadership skills, how to strengthen their club and how to best serve their community.
What is Club Leadership Academy (CLA)?  CLA is an innovative education program that will allow Rotarians to choose their unique course of study from over 35 different leadership and club-building offerings.  CLA workshops and classes will help clubs and its leaders to:
  • expand their club’s impact in their community
  • conduct productive and interesting club and board meetings
  • explore new ideas for service
  • engage local youth in character building programs
  • learn about best practices for large, mid and small clubs
  • use goals and tracking to build success and pride in the club
  • engage new members
  • build collaborations with others in Rotary and in their community
  • integrate the ethics of Rotary into members’ business and personal life
  • build a welcoming culture in the club
  • and much, much more
When and where is Club Leadership Academy being held?  CLA will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at the beautiful Black Canyon Conference Center located at 9440 N. 25th Avenue in Phoenix (just off Interstate 17 in northern Phoenix).
And there’s MORE:  Make it a full day of inspiration, or join us just for dinner, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Women in Rotary featuring keynote speaker, Mary Berge.  Mary will share her reflections and projections on how Rotary has been strengthened by inviting women to help us change the world. 
How can you register?  


RYLA!    RYLA!!   RYLA!!!!

Calling all District 5510 Rotary Clubs! 
It is time to choose your students for RYLA camp! 
This event will take place on Thursday through Sunday, April 6-9 in Heber, Arizona at Camp Ponderosa!  It is a life changing opportunity for our students!  Don’t miss out!
The cost is $350/student, checks to be made out to District 5510 RYLA and mailed to: Sherry Mischel, RYLA Director, 8602 N 84th St, Scottsdale Arizona, 85258
Students who have been chosen need to fill out the delegate packet at the following link:    http://www.rotaryazinteract.org/district-5510-ryla
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  If you have too many delegates and not enough monies, or more monies and not enough delegates, please let me know!  We want any student who wants to attend to be able.
Thank you!
Sherry Mischel
RYLA Director, District 5510



Hola Rotarians!
The Microcredit Projects in Hermosillo Mexico continue to be very successful. The two Global Grants in the Hermosillo Project administered by our Micro-Finance Institution (FinReg), continue to perform well and exceed our long term goal of 97.5% collection. Over 85% of the borrowers are women, and many are single mothers. Portfolio as of Jan 1, 2017:
Currently the Tempe South RC is sponsoring Global Grant #1637450, with the Host Club in Nogales, Nogales Sur RC, for RY’s 2017/18/19. This Grant has been placed on hold due to DDF issues with District 4100. We hope to resolve the issue by Mid-Feb once D4100 determines how much DDF is available. I will provide an update to this Grant as soon as the final determination is made.
Future Rotary Microcredit lending Projects in Sonora Mexico with our MFI Partner, “FinReg”, will allow us to expand Rotary Micro-lending to more locations in 2017/18/19/20. We are looking at several new Projects, one in Miguel Aleman, where we hope to team up with the RC of La Jolla CA, to provide a Microcredit and Educational Project targeted to a large population of indigenous Indians from Oaxaca. These people migrated to Miguel Aleman to work in the fields, but most don’t speak Spanish, only their native dialect, and many of their children do not attend normal school. This new project will be sponsored by the Mesa RC and the Milenio RC in Hermosillo. Other Project locations we are exploring are Agua Prieta, Gauymas and Puerto Penasco, more on these as we get sponsor Rotary Clubs interested in participating.
We are in the process of organizing a Microcredit Steering Team with members from all three AZ Districts to better facilitate the Microcredit Program going forward. If you are interested in getting involved contact me for more information.  
We have a scheduled trip to the Hermosillo Project for Feb 10/11 ‘17. Due to the Project delay the one day trips to Nogales have been canceled for now. Join us and see firsthand how small loans really do make a big difference. Tours are limited to 8 visitors on a first come basis; if you would like to participate please contact me at; 480-699-9649; 480-250-8159; or at mexicomicrocredit@gmail.com.
If you would like a presentation for your club or other civic organization or are interested in learning how small amounts of money loaned make a big difference to overcome poverty, contact me, at mexicomicrocredit@gmail.com, or call 480-699-9649; 480-250-8159. You can always visit our website at: “www.RotaryMicrocreditMexico.org”.
All Rotarian contributions to a Global Grant will earn Rotarians Paul Harris credits, be 50% matched by the Rotary Foundation, are tax deductible through our 501C3 Foundation, and help us reach new borrowers who have no other source of capital to support themselves and their families. Microcredit is the most effective and sustainable poverty intervention program available. Join us in this Rotary International Community Development Project and make a big difference in the lives of the people we support. “Help People Help Themselves, Provide for their families and their future”
Thank you for your support!



The Rotary Club of Scottsdale is currently completing plans to hold its annual Tennis for a Cause Tournament on April 1, 2017 at La Camarilla Racquet Fitness & Swim Club.
Now in its 9th year, Tennis with a Cause is an annual charity tennis event that provides scholarships to local high schools and promotes youth tennis programs in the community. Organized by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale in collaboration with USTA Central Arizona, the event, open to the public, includes mixed doubles round robin tournament, as well as, a raffle and silent auction.  The event has gained in popularity and outreach very year.  See www.tenniswithacause.org for online registration.  For information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale programs see - www.scottsdalerotary.org.
  • 2016 Tennis with A Cause Tournament Players mixed doubles competition.
  • Tennis with a Cause Committee making plans for its next Tournament fundraiser



Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at
Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said. Environmental degradation is one of the major threats listed by the UN’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change.
Riseley added, “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.” 
The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
Securing Rotary’s future.
In his address to the 2017-18 class of district governors, Riseley also urged clubs to improve their gender balance and lower the average age of their members. Only 22 percent of Rotary’s members are women, up from 13 percent 10 years ago. At that rate, Riseley said, it will take another three decades for Rotary to achieve gender parity. “Three decades is far too long to wait to achieve a Rotary that reflects the world in which we live. We need to make it a priority now,” he said.
Noting that 103 of the 539 incoming governors are women, Riseley said they are the type of women we need in Rotary, “leaders who will help Rotary connect with, and represent, and better serve, all of the members of all our communities.” Riseley also believes it is imperative that clubs find ways to attract and engage younger members. Today only 5 percent of reported members are under 40, and a majority of members are over 60, Riseley told the audience.
“Consider what Rotary stands to look like 10 or 20 years from now if we don’t get very serious, very soon, about bringing in younger members,” Riseley said. Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, said Riseley, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future. “We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone,” he told incoming governors. “I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.”



An expected 500 Interact club members and Advisors from around the state, including delegates from Laughlin, NV, and Needles, CA, will be hosted by the Interact Club of Mingus Union High School in
Cottonwood on Saturday, February 25.
Headlining the 4th Annual Interact District Conference will be featured speakers David Talbot and Scarlett Zinggeler.  A Colorado Rotarian and founder of the non-profit Crutches 4 Africa organization, David is a professional photographer and a Polio survivor who will share how lives are being transformed in Kenya by the gift of mobility that he and our Interactors are working together to make possible.  Scarlett, who has been an Interact leader, a RYLA delegate and Junior Counselor, who experienced an incredible Rotary Youth Exchange year in Poland, and is now spearheading the formation of a Rotaract club at Grand Canyon University, will be challenging the assembled Interactors to take full advantage of the incomparable opportunities Rotary offers youth, which she has personally experienced.
The winner of this year’s Interact District Video Contest will be announced, and the top three videos submitted by the Interact clubs for the annual competition will be shown at the Conference.  Interact clubs that have earned the new Interact Clubs of Distinction recognition will also be announced and honored.
Perhaps most anticipated will be the revealing of the identities of the four Interact Ambassadors to Kenya who have been selected from the Interact applicants from around the state who have been vying for one of the four positions.  These Interact Ambassadors will be traveling together in June to Kenya to assist our Arizona Interactors’ international partners in Gilgil, Kenya,
with the distribution of the crutches and other mobility devices to disabled recipients in the Rift Valley of Kenya.  Interactors throughout the state have been working this year to collect these mobility devices for shipment to Kenya, and the Conference delegates will be participating in the wrapping of the cutches to prepare them for shipment.
This Interact Conference will be led entirely by Interact District Council members from Interact Districts 5490 and 5510,  including their serving as facilitators for the breakout discussion sessions on three key topics designed to help strengthen the participating Interact clubs.  And, as always, the Conference will include the popular Advisors’ Roundtable sessions, where Club Advisors can share best practices and learn from each other.
Online registration for the Interact District Conference must be accomplished via the Interact website, www.rotaryazinteract.org.  The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $25.  Checks are to be made payable to Rotary District 5490 and be mailed to Kathy Rossetti, Interact Registrar, 21405 W. Brittle Bush Lane, Buckeye, AZ 85396.  The registration deadline is February 15.  If you have questions, contact Ken Kelley, District Interact Chair, ken@kelleysinsurance.com, (623) 221-1956.  The Conference is from 9:00 – 4:00, with check-in at 8:30 a.m. at MUHS in Saturday, February 25.



The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Foundation Board, led by Max Rumbaugh, 2015-16 Past Club President, recently approved increasing the Club's total 2017 Scholarship Awards from $63,000 to $76,000.  Through the Club's Foundation, annual scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating seniors attending Scottsdale Unified School District high schools. Students nominated by the five Scottsdale Unified School District high school staffs compete for scholarships in various categories.  Each school may nominate no more than two people in each category. Students must attend an accredited educational institution. Scholarships will be paid directly to the institution on the winner's behalf.
The Club's 2017 scholarship award categories will be: Park Shaw Scholarship for $2500 - paid out over one year to student interested in military and/or EMT professions; Bob & Louise McCall Visual Arts Scholarship for $10,000;  Performing Arts Scholarship 1st place $7,500 and 2nd place $5,000; Athletic Scholarship 1st place $7,500 and 2nd place $5,000; Business Scholarship 1st place $7,500 and 2nd place $5,000; Science-Technology Scholarship 1st place $7,500 and 2nd place $5,000; Vocation-Trade Scholarship 1st place $7,500 and 2nd place $5,000; and, Norval O. Tyler Scholarship for $1,000 to the best overall scholarship applicant runner-up.
Scottsdale Rotarians provide financial support to their youth and community projects through the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation.  The Scottsdale Rotary Foundation is a separate not-for-profit corporation whose officers and board of directors are elected by the members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.  All contributions to the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation are tax deductable. At a recent meeting, Bob Murray, Rotarian and Scottsdale Rotary Foundation Board member, announced a donor-matching program through March 2017 in which an anonymous non-Rotarian donor will again match donations to a goal of $12,500.
The Club's Scholarship Chair, John Campbell, announced that the scholarship interviews which will be held on April 26, 2017 starting at 5pm at Chaparral High School.  Teams (4-6 interviewers) led by Rotarians will conduct the individual student interviews. Nominees will be asked to bring samples of their work [trophies, medals, videos, instrument, etc.] to the interview and/or actually perform during his/her 10-minute interview.   As the students wait to be interviewed, Rotarian Roger Rohrs will provide students with insights into skills needed to complete successful interviews.  Application packages may be obtained from high school guidance counselors.  For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation and its scholarship programs see club's website - www.scottsdalerotary.org




Join the Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Charities (PARC) Walk Saturday morning, April 29th, as we raise money for two extraordinary Phoenix-area nonprofit organizations: Gift of Life, AZ and Miracle League of AZ.
Gift of Life, AZ provides life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital diseases at no cost to their families. Miracle League of AZ (located in Scottsdale) provides children, youth, and adults with physical or mental disabilities access to a modified baseball facility, allowing them to experience the sport in a state-of-the-art ballpark.
The PARC Walk is located at the Phoenix Zoo. Walkers get access to the zoo before the general public and are granted free admission for the whole day.  It is an excellent event to bring along the kids or grandkids!
Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for kids 6-17, and free for children 5 years old and under. All proceeds from the event go to charity.
Register at www.parcwalk.org. All registrations and donations are tax deductible.
What: Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Charities (PARC) Walk
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7 a.m.
Where: The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Why: To support two wonderful charities: Gift of Life, AZ and Miracle League of AZ.