Current news blast from District 5500
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October Edition, #15
Week of October 14, 2019
A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way
·          The District Directory has been recently updated thanks to Jim Nook who is in charge. The Directory is located on our District Website under Members Only found under Links in the right-hand column.  Please contact Jim if you have other changes that need to be made for next month. Jim’s email:
·          This is a quick reminder to please get all of your articles, announcements and live action photos to our newsletter editor, Tony Spear,, by the last day of the month which this month would be Halloween, 10/31. All submissions must be in a Word document of 150-200 words max.  Please, no pdfs. Thanks!
·          The District Four-Way Test Speech Contest will be held on Saturday April 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Social Hall in Tucson. For all Clubs who are participating, please send the contact information of the member in charge to our Four-Way Test Speech Contest Coordinator, Deb Haddock, Deb would like that information now.
·          The RI Convention in Honolulu is now less than nine months away. Over the past few years, many Rotarians from many districts have verbally said that they would help, and the RI Convention Committee  thanks the districts that have committed financially and with volunteers. They are in need of more volunteers for this upcoming Convention.  If  you are going or plan to attend the RI Convention and would like to volunteer, please send me your name and contact information. Thank you very much.
·          D5500's Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Program is well underway! Right now, clubs can accept Outbound Student applications through October 2019. For a full overview of RYE tasks and timelines, you can view a 30-minute video presentation at your convenience: Link to Webinar.   Clubs should direct interested youth to where they can complete an application.  Clubs should screen applications and interview applicants prior to submitting fully completed RYE applications to D5500 for further consideration. 
·          The deadline for clubs to send D5500 applications for Outbound Students is November 1, 2019.If you would like to have Aimee Graves, District RYE Officer, present to your club or meet with your club's Rotary Youth Exchange committee members, please contact her at Applications should be sent to the same email address with "RYE Application Attached" in the subject line. Be sure to include your club's contact person's name and phone number!
·          It is World Polio day on October 24th and our RI President, Mark Maloney, would like to see as many Rotary clubs as possible holding World Polio Day Events in their clubs and/or communities. His first suggestion is to organize a viewing party for friends and club members to watch Rotary’s Online Global update on the 24th. This year they are streaming the program on Facebook in multiple time zones around the world. ***Our District will be holding our World Polio Day event on November 26th with a viewing of the movie Breathe at The Loft Cinema thanks to PolioPlus Chair, Teree Bergman, who is coordinating the event.  Breathe is a biographical drama that tells the story of Robin Cavendish who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28. Tickets will be available soon.  This wonderful film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film festival on September 11, 2017. It’s a film not to be missed and carries the message of why our signature campaign is PolioPlus and why we need to continue the work of eradicating polio worldwide.   Tickets will be available soon.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available for an extra charge.  Sponsorships are available at the following levels:  Gold, $500; Silver, $250; Bronze, $100; Friend, $50.  Sponsor names will listed on the big screen at The Loft and will also go in all publicity and the event program.  Contact Teree Bergman at
·          RYLA applications for Delegates, Junior Counselors and Adult Advisors are due November 1. Please go to our District website for application information, Spaces are filling up fast.Speaking of RYLA, this will be Barbara Harrison’s last year as RYLA Chair and we are looking for a new Chair that will accept this busy and very rewarding position for the year 2021. Please email DG Aide, Wendy Hobbs, at if you are interested and would like more information.
·          Registration for the District Conference Cruise is now closed because we have reached our maximum numbers.  Many thanks for all those adventurous Rotarians & non-Rotarians who are participating in the Cruise With A Cause II
·          Save the date for our Foundation Day events in celebration of The Rotary Foundation.  On November 9th, there will be an informative Foundation Seminar from 10 am-12 pm that will explore how Rotarians make lives better not only in our communities but around the world.  You’ll also learn first-hand how our District Grants and Global Grants in District 5500 change lives and how your club can successfully participate in both. There is no charge. It will be held at Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave. In the evening we’ll put on jeans and cowboy boots or whatever you feel like wearing for the western-themed dinner with music at the fun roof-top entertainment center at the Playground in downtown Tucson. Festivities start at 6:30 pm.  Please register for both events on our website.
·          RIDE TO END POLIO. Our District 5500 ‘Ride to End Polio’, part of El Tour de Tucson, is right around the corner. On November 23rd, you will find Rotarians on bikes, at aid stations, cheering riders on by supporting those who ride, and celebrating at the Finish Line Booth in downtown Tucson. You can also join an indoor riding team and pedal for minutes instead of miles! This year is very special since we are a Presenting Sponsor and you can be sure you’ll see Rotary District 5500 on shirts, posters, and all promotional pieces! Last call for ordering the new jerseys! The Ride to End Polio Jerseys are now available to order through Friday, October 18 so you can receive them in time  for the ride.  Please go to and find the link to the Pactimo store to purchase the new jerseys. This year you have two designs, the traditional and the commemorative jersey.  These designs are compliant with the new Rotary branding, thanks to the help and support of the Rotary International Marketing Department. The Pre-Ride Dinner registration is available and ready for you to sign up. You can register for this very fun Pre-Ride Dinner event which takes place on November 22. Enjoy the evening with fellow Rotarians riders!  The link is  Pre-Ride Dinner registration.
If you haven’t registered for the ride yet, please do so NOW. Go to to register to ride in the 100, 50, 25 mile and fun rides, set up your Personal Fundraising page and let others know you’re raising money for PolioPlus!
 ·       District Governor Ellie will visit Green Valley Rotary Club on October 15 and the Rincon Rotary Club on October 17.
Ellie Patterson
District Governor
District 5500
Rotary Club of Tucson
Cell 520 360-7181
Message from Governor Ellie
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month and I’d like to take this theme in a different direction.  When club president, Melissa Dunn, of Yuma Foothills Rotary was asked what her main focus was this year she said: “What I want to concentrate on is educating the community about Rotary and the things that we do in the name of Rotary. I want to bring more attention to membership and getting more people involved with the projects we do this year.”

How do we educate the community about Rotary? How do we get the community to recognize our logo and even to recognize the name Rotary? Far too many people ask: “What is Rotary?” We must build a strong BRAND, and in Vicki Puliz’s words, brand is the club experience—the Rotary Brand Experience. It’s now easier than ever to strengthen Rotary's image in your community with the user-friendly materials, tools and resources available in the Rotary Brand Center. 
Our Public Image Chair, Gary Hirsch, is available for additional brand help such as brand guidelines, how to post project photos with great impact and how to create the message the club wants to share. He will also offer marketing tips. Yes, let’s educate our communities so one day our logo can be as recognizable as the swoosh in Nike. 
Two of Gary’s goals for the Rotary year are:
  • To help clubs maintain consistency with Rotary International’s Brand Standards. This ensures that wherever we are and whatever we do, we can cement the association with Rotary International, its goals, and its accomplishments.
  • To ensure that the public is far more aware of what Rotary accomplishes—not to boast, but as an aid to secure members.
Please see the rest of this month’s District Newsletter for updates on the District Conference, The Ride to End Polio, RYLA, memorial services for PDG Dick Palmer, some membership best practices and some noteworthy accomplishments from some of our many great clubs throughout District 5500.