Thursday - June 23
Hands-On Work In the Park Service Project (attire: Work clothes)
BBQ in Buffalo Park with local Flagstaff Traditional/Folk Music quartet (attire: Casual)
"Pints for Polio" Pub Crawl in downtown Flagstaff
Friday - June 22
Registration opens
Lunch - General Session 1
Opening Lunch Buffet (attire: Rotary Casual)
Opening Ceremony
Greetings from DG Tonya Watson
Welcome from Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans
Keynote Speaker: "Shift Happens" - Presented by Michael Caruso
Make a Memory / Project Showcase / Networking
General Session 2
Honoring Past Club Achievements
Past District Governor Tableau
Merger Task Force Recognition
Clubs Spotlight #1
Awards and announcements
Celebration of Life
Make a Memory / Project Showcase / Networking
General Session 3
RI President's Representative Bob Hagan
Our Rotary Foundation Accomplishments
East Lawn
Cash Bar and Musical Break
See List for Suites
Hospitality Night
Star Gazing in the Woods
Saturday - June 23
Registration opens
Breakfast - General Session 4
Continental Breakfast Buffet (attire: Rotary Casual)
Clubs Spotlight #2
Arizona Gift of Life
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA)
Awards and announcements
Make a Memory / Project Showcase / Networking
Breakout Sessions
Flagstaff Room
Secrets of Healthy Clubs -- Panel of Club Presidents
Ballroom C
The New Rotary - Attracting Younger Members
Transition to 2nd Breakout
Flagstaff Room
Beyond our Borders: Rotary News & Tips from Outside AZ 
Ballroom C
Hoping is Not a Strategy - Planning Is
Lunch - General Session 5
Doors open for lunch, Buffet open
Clubs Spotlight #3
Building The Future of Rotary -- RI President's Rep Bob Hagan
Awards and announcements
Membership Achievements
Clubs Spotlight #4
DG Tonya Remarks
Introducing District 5495 - Induction of DG Nancy Van Pelt
Make a Memory / Project Showcase / Networking
 General Session 6
Opening and Awards
Bring on the Youth!  Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange and Rotaract
Make a Memory / Project Showcase / Networking
(Optional) "Learn a Line Dance" Lessons
Western Gala Celebration - General Session 7
Open doors for mix, mingle, music and dance (attire: Western Wow)
Dinner buffet
Rotarian of the Year  & RI Service Above Self
Farewell by DG Tonya
Keynote Speaker: RI Director Brad Howard
Gala / Dancing
After Party / President's Suite
District Conference Agenda 2017-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
I hear so many excuses why Rotarians don't go to the District Conference each year: It's too far, It's too expensive, I don't know anyone, It's not that important and on and on. REALLY???
Maybe you should think a little harder!
If you're not completely offended, then please read on.
What's Your Excuse? 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Our four absolutely amazing and inspiring Arizona Interact representatives, who spoke on Saturday morning at the District Conference in Laughlin, along with their two accompanying advisors, will be boarding their United Airlines flight and leaving from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport just before noon on Friday, June 16, winging their way to Nairobi, Kenya.  They will be returning on Sunday, July 2.
Arizona Interact Ambassadors leave for Kenya 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Well, this is my final newsletter article as DG.  It’s been quite an eventful Rotary year!  We can be VERY proud of our district’s accomplishments. 
A Final Word from DG Tonya 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Want to toot your club’s horn?
Want to recruit partners?
The 2017 Conference of Clubs is THE perfect place to do just that!  You can get highly-visible space right in the main ballroom – for free – as long as you are a registered attendee.
Please contact Lynn Gustke today at lynnski701@hotmail.com to reserve a table.
If you have not yet done so, please register for the conference – at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, June 23-24 -- at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017.
Want to Spread the Word about Your Club's Project? 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Promote Rotary and help support our Foundation with the Rotary International credit card. Just by using your card, you’ll be helping The Rotary Foundation do good in the world.


The New Rotary Credit Card 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
This year we instituted several one-time "Kralicek Awards."  These were based largely on the generosity of Arch Klumph Society member Carole Kralicek (Mesa West).  This is the culmination of a year-long campaign to incentivize our clubs and members to improve giving to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), and membership, service, public image, and youth programs throughout our district.  We are awarding the points now so that the clubs will be able to utilize them – hopefully using matches – to their full potential before the end of this Rotary year.
These awards total 59,000 TRF Recognition Points -- enough for AT LEAST 59 Paul Harris Fellows (PHFs)!!
Kralicek Awards Announced! 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
by Jim Bissonett, Chair, District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee
Now is the time to start submitting your club project in 2017-18 for a District Grant.   These awards are available up to $2000, with the club funding at least 50% of the project cost.  The application period for a District Grant starts April 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2017.                
District Grant application Deadline is June 30 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
To All Presidents, AG’s or Rotarians,
Please contact Eileen Klecka regarding any members that have passed away so they can be remembered at the District Conference.
Her email is:  eklecka@cox.net
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Rotarians Who Have Passed On 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
We put the following article in our local Sun Lakes paper. Hopefully, it will stir the souls of some to want to come take a look at our Club.
Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? That’s the focus of Rotary. The members of Sun Lakes Rotary Club are dedicated men and women who share a passion for community service and friendship. Many members are retired and this is the first chance they have had to “give back.” Talk about a good feeling!
Is Rotary for You? 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Microcredit Projects in Hermosillo Mexico continues 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 April 1, 2017:
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico Update Q1 2017 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale helped to facilitate Rotary International District 5510's $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship candidate interviews and selection of Carlyn Harris. Per the Grant Team Chair, Rotarian Sara Crosby-Hartman, the Global Grant Scholarship will fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.  Carlyn plans to serve as an global ambassador between the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and the Rotary Club of Edinburgh Scotland and the two Rotary Clubs collaboration on public health initiatives. Carlyn will graduate in May 2017 from Barrett's College ASU.  
Scottsdale Rotary Club Foundation Awards $107,000 in 2017 Scholarships 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

On May 20th, the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club President Roger Morsch, congratulated (L to R) Chad Smith, Cynthia Cannaert and Dennis Peters, winners of their 2017 Hole-In-One Shootout.

There was an exciting finale with a tie for first place when Cynthia and Dennis BOTH had final shots 17'1" from the $100,000 hole! Offered the opportunity of a shoot-off for the $5000 alternate prize, they opted to split the first and second place alternate prize of $2,500. Each walked away with $3,750!!

Special thanks to Michael Rus, Matt Rusch and their crews at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, as well as all of our sponsors and participants.

"It's a GREAT day to be a Rotarian!"

Chandler Horizon Golf Tournament hands out Big Bucks! 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
The members of the San Tan Crown Rotary Club in Chandler, AZ have just closed the books on their 2nd Annual “Hooked on Healing” Veterans ride, raising over $9,400.00 for distribution to three local NGOs whose focus is helping wounded and homeless veterans with healing, housing, and other needs.
San Tan Rotary Foundation, Inc. Sponsors Motorcycle Benefit for Veterans 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
On April 24th, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosted its 4th Annual Scottsdale Community Service Above Self Award Dinner at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. City of Scottsdale's Mayor Jim Lane was on hand to present awards, congratulate and thank honorees for sharing their gifts within our community and for representing Rotary International's motto and golden rule tenant of "service above self." The Honorees were:
Rotary Club Hosts 4th Annual Scottsdale Community Service Above Self Award Dinner Rotary Club Hosts 4th Annual Scottsdale Community Service Above Self Award Dinner 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
What are the Top 10 Reasons to attend this year’s District Conference?  Click here to find out in an enjoyable three minutes: https://youtu.be/R8fxnooLxTE.
Register NOW for the conference – at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, June 23-24 -- at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017.  The Early Bird discount registration rate ends after May 15th.
And if you have a bit of extra time, arrive in cooler-than-the-rest-of-the-state Flagstaff on Thursday, June 22 for a pre-conference afternoon and evening of activities: hands-on service project, picnic in the park, pub crawl, and telescope viewing.
Join us for this very, very special opportunity to review our time together as Rotarians and family in “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, & Launching the Future.” 

Prepare to have the TIME of your life!
D5510 Conference of Clubs – A MUST-DO Event! 2017-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
May is here, flowers are blooming, and we’re all young at heart.  Apropos, as this month in our Rotary International world is Youth Service month.  Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as InteractRotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange, and Rotaract.  D5510 just wrapped up another wildly-successful RYLA in Heber a few weeks ago.  PDG Sherry Mischel, John Wintersteen, Larry Horton and their hard-working team did a fantastic job in planning and executing a four-day event in which 85 high schoolers were helped to transform into tomorrow’s leaders.
DG Tonya's May Message 2017-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Here's your opportunity to buy advertising space in the program for our D5510 Conference of Clubs in Flagstaff, June 23-24.  Get your company name or product/service in front of hundreds of Rotarians from all over the state AND help support this year's VERY special conference.

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer & details.  Contact Pam Cohen at PamCohen@cox.net or (602) 989-5677 for more info.

If you have not yet done so, please register to attend the conference at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017.

See you at the top!
Envisioning a Robust Rotary for All Ages … D5510 District Governor Tonya
Calling All Smart Business Folks & Proud Rotarians! 2017-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Plan to host a HOSPITALITY SUITE at our upcoming D5510 Conference of Clubs, the evening of Friday, June 23rd!
This is the ultimate Rotary fellowship/friendship opportunity!  Clubs take responsibility for hosting a room, usually including decorations, costumes, music, food, and drinks, based on a theme.  These Hospitality Suites are located near each other so that conference attendees stroll around amongst them.  What a FANTASTIC way to connect with old friends and make new ones!
Sticking to our conference theme of time (“Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, & Launching the Future”), the theme for the Hospitality Suites is: ‘Your Favorite Era’, e.g., Civil War, Victorian, Old West, Gangsters, Roaring ‘20s, Swinging '40s, ‘50s Rock-and-Roll, Motown, Groovy Times, Disco, Yuppies, Grunge, etc. – or make up your own.

Keep in mind that the hotel rooms can also serve as lodging for up to four attendees, as a way of trimming costs.  And feel free to partner with other clubs to host a suite.  Please contact Conference Chair Kara Schroeder to make arrangements at karalyn61@yahoo.com or (928) 600-9574. 
If you have not yet done so, please register for the conference – at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, June 23-24 -- at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017.

Prepare to have the TIME of your life!
Hospitality Suites are Fun for All! 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
In May or June of every year the annual meeting of Rotarians occurs in a major city somewhere in the world.  This year, I hope you’ll join us June 10th-14th for some genuine Southern hospitality in Atlanta, Georgia.  RI Pres. and First Lady John & Judy Germ will be there along with 40,000 of your Rotary friends, some who you already know and others you have yet to meet.
Join Us in Atlanta for 2017 Rotary International Convention 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Our next Rotary Leadership Institute is just around the corner, Saturday, May 6 at Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott. This will be a great time to escape the heat of the Valley!
Next Rotary Leadership Institute 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Does your club manage members and officer updates online? Did your district buy a club management system for the clubs in your district, such as DACdb, but your club uses a different vendor, like ClubRunner?
How to Spend Less Time Managing Club Data 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale North on February 25th performed a major yard clean up and exterior painting of a home in Desert Hills, AZ.  We cleaned up the yard, painted an outside wall to the home and installed a new US Flag for the owner.  We received the person’s name from the Caring Corp in Carefree.  There were 15 Rotarians from our club and four students working on the project.  Here are some photos from the project.
RC of Scottsdale North Cleans Up for Needy 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
On April 4, The Rotary Club of Scottsdale, along with Paradise Valley Rotary Club, selected the 4 winners and 1 alternate to receive scholarships and trips to a Youth Salute Leadership Town Meeting on Tomorrow Conference held on October 21-24, 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Youth Salute is a recognition program for high school juniors who are leadership achievers. The program is designed to applaud young people who are good citizens, have at least a B grade point average, and have been elected to leadership positions by their peers, in their schools and or community organizations.
RC of Scottsdale Announces 2017 Youth Salute Awards 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Brilliant sunshine and perfect temperatures on Sunday, March 26th greeted one-hundred seventy golfers gathered at Oakwood Country Club to participate in the Sun Lakes Rotary Charity Golf Tournament. Just before tee time, a helicopter hovered over the practice tee where a green had been constructed. Then, 1,500 marked golf balls fell out of the sky, destined for the green below. A few of them made it into the cup. And from this clutter of balls, six winners emerged: Roy Moser - 1st Place; Don Robins - 2nd Place; Allan Grady - 2nd Place; Landon Osborn - 3rd Place; Bill Schink - 3rd Place; Ross Dupuis - 3rd Place.
Sun Lakes Rotary Golf Tournament Breaks Record 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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
Seeking Door Prize & Raffle Donations 2017-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
And now a word from our...District Governor, Tonya! 2017-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
21st Annual Boots n Saddles is back! 2017-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Next Rotary Leadership Institute - May 6 2017-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

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.

Retired Law Enforcement Needed 2017-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Apache Junction/Gold Canyon/Superstition Mountain honored Chiefs Tom Kelly and Paul Bourgeois.
Rotary Honors Chiefs 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
That's right...We're talking about the District 5510 Conference of Clubs!
Let's Talk About the DCC..... 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Top 5 Reasons to attend the Rotary International Convention 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA camp is right around the corner!  If you have not chosen your students by now, please do so ASAP! 
Last call for RYLA Delegates! 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotarians: Your Voice Can Be Heard! 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

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.

Presidential Citation for Clubs 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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!
The Kralicek Awards - 2016-17 District 5510 Special Awards 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
District Achievement Award 2016-17 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
32nd Annual Special Day for Special Kids sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise.
32nd Annual Special Day for Special Kids 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
CLA Early Bird Discounts extended to April 1!  For more information, visit: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ndpnk 
Club Leadership Academy - Who Should Go? 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
10th Annual Rotary Beer & Winefest & Raffle 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Mesa Rotary Provides Community Service 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Check out this cool Rotary Fellowship for Beer Lovers! rotarybrew.org
Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide Fellowship 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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!
District Governor Tonya's Word 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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
After PETS...the Next Steps 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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."
Clothes Cabin Outstanding Event! 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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 MacDonald, Loralli Johnson, Dylan 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.
AZ Interact Ambassadors to Kenya Announced 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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
Community Service Above Self Award Dinner 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
RC of Superstition Mountain/AJ/GC is Looking for Speakers 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Hello Rotarians and Future Leaders of the Free World!
RYLA..... 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
New Paul Harris Fellow 2017-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Greetings from the new District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee!
Now is the time to start planning your club project in 2017-18 that can be partially funded by a District Grant.   These awards are available up to $2000, with the club funding at least 50% of the project cost.
District Grants for 2017-18 Club Projects 2017-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Get Moving For A Good Cause Annual PARC Walk is just around the corner 2017-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Announces its 2017 Scholarship Award Plans 2017-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Winter Greetings from the snowy northland!  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!
Message from District Governor Tonya 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

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.

Club Leadership Academy registration is OPEN! Space is limited. Register Today! 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Calling all District 5510 Rotary Clubs! 
It is time to choose your students for RYLA camp! 
RYLA! RYLA!! RYLA!!!! 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
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:
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico Update January 2017 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
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.
RC Scottsdale Hosts Tennis Tournament 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
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.
RI President Riseley announces 2017-18 theme 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
For all of the clubs that have helped change an Arizona student's perspective on life by sending them abroad on a year-long Rotary Youth Exchange, below is a link to some photos from our 2016-2017 group of outbound students from D5510. All of our outbounds are doing a fantastic job as our Arizona Ambassadors. Here's the lineup:
Youth Exchange Outbound Student Update 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The D5500 & D5510 Youth Exchange trip to California and the Rose Parade was a big success! Special thanks to Cindy Harrison for organizing all of the logistical details of the trip. All of the students did an excellent job of gluing flowers, berries, seaweed, leaves, and other organic matter to the cute Rotary International float. The students received many compliments from the float committee and Rotarians. Here is a link to Bill's photos of the student decorating team and of the parade: https://tommytar.smugmug.com/RYE-2016-2017-Photos-and-Video/. Use password: Rotary, to view the video.
RYE Students Help Decorate Parade Float 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
CALLING ALL CLUB LEADERS--- PETS Registration is now open!
All over the Rotary World President Elect Training Seminars (PETS) will soon start taking place.  Every Rotary Club President-elect worldwide will be a ‘guest of honor’ at these signature events --and our incoming club leaders are no exception! 
PETS Registration is now Open 2016-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 26, 2016
A UK Rotary Santa 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 26, 2016

San Tan Crown members are completing plans for the second annual “HOOKED ON HEALING VETERANS” motorcycle charity ride. The ride which is slated for Saturday, February 25, 2017 benefits the Phoenix Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing [ www.phx-phwff.org  ] and the AZ Stand Down Allaince [ www.arizonastanddown.org ], both 501 [c] [3] charities supporting homeless and returning injured service men and women.

San Tan Crown Rotary Club boosts hopes of Valley Vets again 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 26, 2016
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale identified a problem: Children may have access to plentiful food but are malnourished due to contaminated water.  Nearly 5,000 children die every day from a water-related illness.... that's one nearly every 20 seconds.  The Club's international service water projects, led by Rotarians, James Hann and Sara Crosby-Hartman, give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water systems and support studies related to water and health.
Rotarians Volunteer to Solve Contaminated Water Problem in Las Minitas Mexico 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 26, 2016

On Saturday January 14 Superstition Mountain Rotary Club is holding its 16lh Annual Charity Golf Event.

This tournament raises fonds for local organizations like the Apache Junction Food Bank, the local Boys & Girls Club, Project Help, Empowerment System's annual turkey drive. CAAF A (the local family violence agency), and scholarships for Apache Junction student.

16th Annual Golf Tournament 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tonya Watson on Dec 26, 2016

Happy New Year!  2017 holds tremendous promise for Rotary in Arizona ... just wait and see!  

Unbelievably, we are at the halfway mark of this Rotary year.  It's a good time to step back and see if we are are where we want to be.  Take a moment to assess your club -- your amount of service,  your number of members, your level of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) giving, the overall health of your club -- and see if you need to make adjustments.  There is still time to achieve, or even exceed, your goals!

From DG Tonya Tonya Watson 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
The next time you log on to Amazon, be sure to start your shopping experience at http://smile.amazon.com/.
Here's a Great Shopping Tip! 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
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.  
Rotary Club of Fountain Hills Supports Save the Family 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Save the Family Donation List 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Check presentation of $10,000 to the City of Apache Junction for a new splash pad at their new downtown park.
Superstition Mountain presents $10,000 Check 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

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
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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.
Arizona Interact Ambassadors to Kenya 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation 100th Birthday Party 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Save on Holiday Shipping and Shopping with Rotary Global Rewards 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Interact 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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.
From the District Governor 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotary Foundation Named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
What Would Be a Good Gift for Your Club? 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona is teaching recipients to fish! 
The Rotary Vocational Fund 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
And now, from the International Service Chair… 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
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 Finishes Polio Ride 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
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:
Getting ready for District Grants and Global Grants for Rotary Year 2017-18 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2016
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2016
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0