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November Edition, #19
Week of November 18, 2019
A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way
 ·       RIDE TO END POLIO THIS COMING SATURDAY, 11/23IT’S FINALLY HERE! You can still register for the Ride to End Polio (aka El Tour de Tucson). The deadline to register at the special Rotary rate of $145 is tomorrow, 11/19/19.There are several distances to choose from: 100, 50, 25 miles and the Fun Ride. This year El Tour de Tucson will be a 3-day Festival at Armory Park that will run Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 9 pm.  Saturday, Ride day, the Festival will go from 10 am to 7 pm.  Our District will have an interactive booth Thursday and Friday that will transform into our traditional Finish Line Booth on Saturday. The actual location of the booth is TBD but will likely be in a different location from last year. This year’s Dedication Recipients are Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation. There isn't a Dedication Dinner on the Wednesday prior to the ride; instead, the Dedication Recipient Award will be presented during the Rotary Pre-Ride Dinner Friday night from 5pm to 9 pm at Hotel Tucson City Center. Corey Peak,representing the Gates Foundation, will be accepting the award. He will also be riding on Saturday.  So, don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement.  Register to ride and to attend the Pre-Ride Dinner on the RTEP  You can also register for the Pre-Ride dinner on the District website.  Again this year, the Rotary Fellowship Cycling to Serve will be hosting a casual warm-up fellowship ride on Friday morning starting at Hotel Tucson City Center. The warm-up ride is open to all Rotarians and guests. Register here:
·        As a result of the Council on District Legislation Elections held during the District Conference Cruise with PDG Michael Drake presiding and District Secretary, Candy Pardee assisting, the following Rotarians who were elected and who will take office July 1, 2020 are: Don Jorgensen, PP of Marana Rotary who will sit on the District Corporate Board, as a Member at Large; Kirk Reed, PDG of Catalina Tucson Rotary, and Wendy Hobbs, PP of Rincon Rotary, will join the Finance Committee; Lisa Price, Club President of Sierra Vista South Rotary will sit on the Charitable Fund Board; Michael Drake, PDG of Tucson Sunset Rotary, will represent us at the RI Council on Legislation in 2022 and Randy Brooks, PDG of Marana Rotary, will serve as the alternate. 
·        There is an immediate opening for District Rotaract Chair due to a relocation of our current Rotaract Chair, Chris Johnson.  Please contact DG Ellie at if you are interested in applying for this position. Some of the responsibilities of this position include:  promotes the formation of university or community based Rotaract clubs; provides assistance, training, and counsel to Rotaract clubs; facilitates and inspires young adults ages 18 - 30 to undertake fellowship and service activities, and to develop leadership skills; promotes cooperation between Rotaract and Rotary clubs, and appoints the liaison between the Rotaract club and its sponsoring Rotary club.
·        Registration for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will soon be available. It takes place January 25th at the Viscount Hotel in Tucson. RLI seeks to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation.
·        The RI Convention in Honolulu is now less than nine months away. Over the past few years, many Rotarians from 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 plan to attend the RI Convention and would like to volunteer, please send me your name and contact information,
·   In recognition of World Polio Day, 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. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available for an extra charge. Starting time is 4:30 pm with the movie starting at 5:30 pm. 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 for this PolioPlus fundraiser can be purchased on our website or on The Loft Cinema website.    
   ·        District Governor Ellie will visit the SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club and the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club on November 21. 
Ellie Patterson
District Governor
District 5500
Rotary Club of Tucson
Cell 520 360-7181