March 2017 News


Welcome to this month’s RI theme: Water and Sanitation.  As you know, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is putting more and more resources into projects related to clean water all around the world … truly life-sustaining and quality-of-life-enhancing efforts!
All official DG club visits are complete.  If you ever need a morale-booster, visit some Rotary clubs.  You will be so amazed and proud!  Like the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, D5510’s largest club, which does impressive work with local youth.  Indeed, each year they give tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships, they conduct a tremendous Youth Salute program which fosters leadership and presentation skills, and they remain very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  This club is definitely a role model.
And speaking of youth, during my visit to the vibrant ASU Rotaract Club, they had a formal ceremony pinning new members.  So far, this year they hosted the Big West Rotaract Conference for the first time in AZ, raised $500 for backpacks for Turkish elementary students, and have documented over 900 service hours.  Much to be proud of!
First Dude Steve and I are continuing our offer of one day of free labor at clubs’ service projects and fundraisers.  We’ve had fun working with and getting to know many Rotarians serving shoulder-to-shoulder.  If you have not yet requested our participation, please contact me soon. 
As the clock ticks down on this Rotary year, there is still ample time to work on the District Achievement Award and the Kralicek Awards.  Be publicly recognized at the annual Conference of Clubs for the great work your club is already doing.
And about our Conference of Clubs coming up June 23-24 in Flagstaff: Registration is open!  It’s going to be SPECIAL, as we are “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Launching the Future” in our transition from District 5510 to 5495 on July 1st.  Sign up today at the D5510 website:
Keep up the good work, my fellow Rotarians … DG Tonya



OK….PETS was phenomenal — mountains of information and ideas; terrific speakers; great contacts; a deep sense of camaraderie with others who want to make the world a better place and build strong clubs.  Now you have almost everything that you need to succeed.  Almost.
The next step is to help the rest of your Rotary team get the resources, the contacts and the inspiration that will help them do their jobs.  Together you will build a cohesive and creative nucleus for the year ahead.  This is what you heard our PETS speakers refer to as hours of unspectacular preparation leading to spectacular achievement
The brand new Club Leadership Academy is that next step.  Each member of your leadership team will be able to choose from 38 different offerings in a full day of leadership development.  This is the next step to help you lead the most dynamic year in the history of your club. 
Who from your club will find classes and workshops that will help them succeed in their roles?
  • Presidents-Elect and Presidents-Nominee (yes, there is even more to learn and share)
  • Club Secretary,
  • Club Treasurer,
  • Membership Chair,
  • Foundation Chair,
  • Fundraising Chair,
  • Service Chairs,
  • And anyone else interested in expanding their personal leadership skills or knowledge about Rotary
Out of respect for the busy lives of Rotarians, new District 5495 has combined many of the education programs of Rotary into a single day of classes.  CLA sessions include:
  • Grants Management Seminar (to help qualify your club for District and Global Grants)
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (Level 1)
  • Secretary Training
  • Treasurer Training
  • Membership Seminar
  • Foundation Seminar
No more one-size-fits-all!  Each attendee will be able to design their own course of study at levels that respect their experience and prior education. 
Set yourself up for a great year ahead by recruiting and leading your entire leadership team to Club Leadership Academy!   Start recruiting for CLA at your club meeting tomorrow!!!  Forward the attached brochure to all the leaders and potential leaders in your club.
Space is limited.  Early bird discounts available only through March 11
  • April 22, 2017
  • Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 25th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
OH, don’t forget that that right after CLA we will be holding an inspiring dinner to Celebrate 30 Years of Women in Rotary.  This will be a day to remember.  See you there!!
Register for CLA and/or the dinner at
With warm Rotary regards,
David Simmer
Leadership Development Chair, District 5495
District Governor Nominee Designate D.5495 (2019-20)



IT’S OFFICIAL!  As announced at the 4th Annual Interact District Conference, held in Cottonwood on Saturday, February 25, the four AZ Interact Ambassadors to Kenya will be Bridget MacDonaldLoralli JohnsonDylan Boyd and Samantha Hazel McGuffin.
After independently reviewing the statewide applications and letters of reference submitted, and conducting individual interviews with each of the aspiring candidates, the special Rotary Youth Exchange Committee selected these four top Interactors (two from D5490 and two from D5510) to be sent to Kenya in June to represent the Interact clubs of Arizona, assisting their international partners in Kenya and the Rotarian organization, Crutches 4 Africa, with the distribution of the crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices the Interactors here have been collecting.  The RYE Committee also selected Tien Le and Aalayah-Ann Keyes, both Seniors at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, to be the first and second alternates, respectively.
Bridget MacDonald, a Junior from the Interact Club of Mohave High School in  Bullhead City, is currently serving as District Governor of Interact District 5490.  In addition being the Activities Coordinator of the large MHS Interact club, Bridget is the captain of the MHS Swim Team, is on the Speech & Debate Team, and plays on both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball Teams.  Bridget led and presided at the successful 4th Annual Interact District Conference, with 350 registered. 
Loralli Johnson, a Sophomore from the Interact Club of Perry High School, which she organized and is the President, is currently serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Interact District 5510.  Recognized for her leadership abilities, Loralli as a Freshman ably served as the MC for the D5510 Rotary District Conference last year.  She helped organize, RYLA, the Fall Leadership Conference and the Interact District Conference.  Loralli enjoys her horses and volunteers with the annual Ironman Competition, in which her father competes.
Dylan Boyd, a Junior from the Interact Club of Mohave High School in  Bullhead City, is currently serving for the second year, as the Chief Assistant Governor of Interact District 5490.  He was the first Freshman to ever serve on the Interact District Council, after successfully leading for 2 years as the President of his Fox Creek Junior High Interact Club.  Also on the MHS Swim and Speech & Debate Teams, Dylan is heavily involved in student government, enjoys travel, and hope to become a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador to Spain the year after he graduates from MHS.
Hazel McGuffin, a Senior from the Interact Club of Show Low High School in Show Low in District 5510, organized that club and is serving as its President.  She plays violin and string bass.  Her Rotarian Interact Club Advisor says. “Besides Hazel’s academic excellence, she runs a business raising championship goats and sells goat milk...saving the money from her sales to put toward her college savings.  She plans on a career in animal epidemiology.  Hazel is also passionate about music and plays the violin and bass guitar in the Show Low Marching and Jazz Bands.  She is the only violin player I have ever known who is gutsy enough to play her violin in a marching band.” 
All four of these top AZ Interactors selected credit their experiences as RYLA Delegates in helping to inspire and hone their leadership abilities, and increasing their commitment to Interact and Rotary.
Now that the crutches and other mobility devices have been gathered, and wrapped & packed at the Interact District Conference, and the AZ Interact Ambassadors have been chosen, Interact is now turning to their sponsoring Rotary Clubs to help them raise the $18,500 they need in cash to reach their AZ Interact Crutches 4 Africa Project Goal.  Of that amount, $6,000 if needed to underwrite the airfare for the Four Ambassadors, $10,000 to help cover the costs associated with the shipping and distribution of the mobility devices, and $2,500 they have added to help install a solar system to enable their international Interact partners at the Trinity Mission School to be able to read and study after dark at night. 
Contributions for this project should be made payable to Rotary District 5490, designate for the Interact Crutches 4 Africa Project, and sent to Michael Zongolowicz, CPA, the Rotary District Treasurer, 12455 West Bell Road, Surprise, AZ 85378.



RI President Elect, Ian Riseley spoke at the Arizona Tri District President Elect Training Seminar this morning.
RIPE Riseley announced new plans for the 2017-18 Rotary year which include new calculations of clubs service in their communities, so that we can get a real sense of the good we're doing as Rotarians. He also announced the creation of new program called Group Cultural Exchange, based off the old Group Study Exchange program. This new program would focus on the cultural and relationship side of the exchange. There will be more details to come.
The incoming presidents attending this weekend's training, got a real sense of RIPE Riseley's energetic, natural, friendly appeal. It should be a great year going forward.



What an honor to be a part of this abundance of passion.
It was an electric night of generosity towards our mutual commitment to the residentially challenged at tonight's: The Clothes Cabin's "No More Chilly Nights." 
From humble beginnings, providing little more than pajamas and blankets to those with no heat, little to no income, little or no hope . . . to becoming so much more and impacting so many families in our community.
It remains humbling to tangibly make a difference, first-hand, at the ground level, each and every month to those that need it most, providing clothes, comfort, hygiene, and HOPE in the East Valley.
Thank you everyone for an amazing campaign. And, very special thanks to our Chandler Horizon Rotary "boots on the ground" warriors, Pat Willigrod, Kurt Rohrs and Mr. Brent J. Patmos, Emcee. 
"It's a great day to be a Rotarian."



Invitation to Attend the 2017 Community Service Above Self Award Dinner
Hosted by Rotary Club of Scottsdale
Monday, April 24, 2017—5-8pm
McCormick Ranch Golf Club Pavilion
7505 E McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Michael Bankston
Keynote Speaker —My Time in NFL & Working with Young People
Michael Bankston is a former Defensive tackle / Defensive end played NFL nine seasons—for Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1992-1997) and Cincinnati Bengals (1998—2000). He played college football at Sam Houston State University. He serves on Fiesta Bowl Committee and is a champion for youth—focusing on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth who face adversity.
2017 Service Above Self Awardees

Jim Bruner
Rotarian & Community Lifetime Service Above Self Award
Jim Bruner is a visionary who is always ready to do the best for our community. A Scottsdale resident, vet-eran, attorney and banker, Jim has provided civic, political and professional leadership to the Valley for more than 45 years. His leadership affiliations include (to list a few): Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale City Council, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Virginia G Piper Charitable Trust (Trustee), Valley of the Sun United Way Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, Fiesta Bowl Board, Kiwanis Club, Scottsdale Charros, Scottsdale Healthcare Systems Board, Arizona State Retirement System Board, Maricopa Board of Supervisors, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Diocese of Phoenix Finance Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Arizona Judicial Council, Scottsdale Museum of the West (Founding Member & Board Chair), Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society (McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park) and Arizona Sports Foundation.
Ken Brown
Rotarian Service Above Self Award
Ken Brown, a Rotarian for 22 years, has energized many Rotary projects over the years with genuine tal-ent and perseverance—serving for 10 years as chair of Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Ed Adler Memorial Golf Tournament, raising close to $100,000 for education scholarships and introducing to attendees exciting sport celebrities. For 12 years, Ken has twice a year facilitated the BQ grilling for Club’s Rotary Park Days. Ken directs City of Scottsdale’s Rotary Park upgrade projects—including, Ramada and grill areas.
Nick Lowery
Scottsdale Citizen Service Above Self Award
Nick Lowery, a NFL Legend, recipient of NFL’s Byron Whizzer White Humanitarian Award and Scottsdale resident, gives humbly and selflessly back to his community. Since 1996, The Nick Lowery Youth Foundation, Inc has dedicated itself to supporting disadvantaged youth by developing, promoting and sponsoring programs and relationships that foster self-esteem, leadership qualities and skills and encourages youth to be through service positive assets to their communities. Along with several US presidents, Nick helped to launch AmeriCorps and Points of Light Foundation to address youth service, dropout prevention, athletic safety and more. His St. Vincent de Paul support is unending - personally serving meals, hosting and delivering powerful messages of hope to clients. Nick’s Foundation hosted 2017 Future of Football Town Hall on evolution of brain injuries in sports medicine.
Scottsdale’s Detour Community Theatre
Community Organization Service Above Self Award
Scottsdale's Detour changes lives - actors, families, coaches, volunteers, audiences and community as a whole. Founded in 2000, by Sam Detour, Detour Company Theatre’s mission is to create authentic, accessible theater opportunities for adults and youth who have developmental disabilities. Detour is an educational partner with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts teaching high school drama students about special needs. Scottsdale Charros underwrites Detour on Tour Program performances at schools, service clubs and senior centers..
Reservations and Prepayment Required by April 18, 2017
Contact: Patti Miller: 480-945-6158—
Scottsdale Rotarians—Special Pricing/Club Billing
Public/Guests: $50 per person
Event Chair: Dr. Honora A. Norton (602-692-4153) Emcee: John Campbell
Award Presenter: Honorable Jim Lane, Mayor of City of Scottsdale Photography:
Invocation: Dr. Wesley D. Avram, Sr Pastor—Scottsdale’s Pinnacle Presbyterian Church



Club 1246  -  Chartered 1961: The Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain – Apache Junction/Gold Canyon meets in a room off the main dining room at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort  6100 King’s Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon.  The room has a fabulous view of the Superstition Mountains to the north which you will enjoy.   Take U.S 60 into Gold Canyon to the King’s Ranch Rd. stoplight (there is a Walgreens store on the SE corner). Turn left and go exactly 1.0 miles to the entry of the resort which will be on your left.  There are flags at the entry and also a Rotary emblem on a pillar.  Proceed along the resort drive going up and over the hill and circling around the island past the entrance and to the valet parking stop.  Valet parking is free.  Go in the main entry doors past the registration desk and turn right into the dining room.  You will find Rotary at the far end of the dining room in the Sunset Room.
Giving your talk: Plan on a 15-20 minute presentation followed by time for questions.  We typically start the meeting at 12:10 and do club business (pledge, invocation, announcements) prior to introducing the speaker. You should get the floor by 12:20 to 12:30.   Speakers typically speak from the podium but others have stood by the glass doors which allows them more room to move around. 
Thank you for your interest and supporting Rotary – we look forward to hearing your talk! Harvey Clark, Programs, 203.841.7666, Ed Shockley, President 2016-17



Hello Rotarians and Future Leaders of the Free World!
In case you don’t remember what RYLA is, I am here to remind you that it is one of the most life-changing leadership camps for high schools students offered in Arizona and around the world! At RYLA, we help develop leadership skills and incredible self confidence in even the most introverted of students.
This year's RYLA for Arizona’s East Valley students will again be in Heber, Arizona at Camp Ponderosa from Thursday, April 6th to Sunday, April 9th. Buses will depart the Valley with “clueless youth” on that Thursday morning and return with many “miraculously transformed students” on that Sunday evening.
If you are a Rotarian, please ask your club to sponsor some delegates, (preferably freshmen or sophomores), to this year's RYLA. If you are an Interact advisor, talk to your sponsoring Rotary club about sponsoring some delegates! The camp fee is $350 per delegate. If you know a potential delegate who is looking for a Rotarian sponsor, or if you are part of a Rotary club looking to sponsor some delegates, please contact John Wintersteen, our District 5510 Youth Services and Interact Chair, at:, Cell: 602-390-3124, or Sherry Mischel, our D5510 RYLA Chair, at: Cell: 602-510-3339.
If a student has been selected by a Rotary club for sponsorship, the next step for them is to go to: and download the 'Accepted Delegate Form', then upload the completed form as directed. Direct any RYLA related questions to John, Sherry, or myself.
Mitchell Dodell
District 5510 Interact District Governor
Cell: 480-206-2982 E-mail:



Greg Podd, Rotary International Vice President 2015-2016 awarded Paul Harris Fellows to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary members; Mike Locher, Jake Duffy and Keith Walter on February 2, 2017.