Welcome to Rotary District 5490


District Governor
Danny Messersmith
District Governor's Rotary Club
Rotary Club Kingman Route 66


Dear Rotarians:

Welcome to Rotary year 2016-17 and our fourth Fireside Chat, where does the time go?  It seems only yesterday that I was inducted as your District Governor in the mist of a "Star Wars Theme".

October is upon us and there is still lots going on in our Rotary world and our district.

May I be the first to wish you a Happy Halloween! A great favorite time for many Rotarian families with children or grandchildren to share in the fun.

As I travel the district visiting clubs and attending service projects or club events, I continue to find myself in awe of what I observe and hear.


Happy 100th TRF Birthday
District Conference
Check out the Sneak Peek Video
Atlanta 2017
District Events
December 2016
Home Page News Stories
Phoenix Rotary 100 has a block of 50 rooms at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, which is about a 15 minute walk to the convention.
Drawing for Sedona International Film Festival Gold Passes
By Miki Dzugan
Rotarians who love films and support childhood literacy have an unusual opportunity to win a pair of Gold Passes to the 2017 Sedona International Film Festival and support the Imagination Library in Arizona.
We have four (4) 2017 Sedona International Film Festival Gold Passes (two sets of 2).
The Sedona Women have joined forces with The Rotary Club of Sedona to raise funds for The Helen Wolfe Scholarship and the Verde Valley Imagination Library Project.  

Peoria North Calendar Fundraiser

By Anonymous contribution


The 2017 edition of the PNRC calendar marks its third year.  This 9X12 wall calendar contains 15 full-color photographic images made by Peoria North Rotarian Rebecca Wilks, whose work can be seen in Arizona Highways magazines and its other publications, as well as Outdoor Photographer, Budget Travel, and Cowboys and Indians Magazines.

The cost is $15 per calendar and $18 if mailed.

Contact Rebecca Wilks; info@drwilks.com, or send a check made out to Peoria North Rotary Foundation to 7558 W Thunderbird Road #132, Peoria AZ 85381.

By PDG Don Schiller - Prescott-Sunup
You get to genuinely experience another culture guided by friends in Rotary.
Exchange participants take turns hosting and visiting one another, forging friendships that last a lifetime. 
Two new opportunities are available now!
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico
Update Hermosillo, Sonora October 14/15, 2016
By Terry Lubsen
District 5510 Microcredit Project Coordinator
Hola Rotarians:
A group of Rotarians from Arizona went to check out the Microcredit (MC) program Rotary has been working on in Hermosillo since 2014.  Terry Lubsen, District 5510 coordinator of the MC project in Sonora, Mexico, led a group of Rotarians from District 5500 and 5510 to meet with the host club, Pitic RC in Hermosillo Mexico on the weekend of October 14/15th.
"Making a Difference" to thousands of Villagers in the Foothills of the Himalayas
By Bob & Carrie Hemme - RC of Lake Havasu City
To our Fellow Rotarians:
Husband and Wife team Bob and Carrie Hemme are co-chairs of International and members of the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club. Together they have over 60 years of Rotary service/compassion.
By PDG Abe Feder - RC of Mesa West
By the time you read this the 16th Mexican American Friendship and Global Grants Conference will be over-look for a complete write up and pictures along with a list of global grants that we are engaged in next month .
Also in this newsletter please review the article by Terry Lubsen our Microcredit grants chair, about our recent visit to Hermosillo Mexico. The purpose of this trip was to engage with both our borrowers and with our lender-FinReg and its staff. If your club has any interest in micro credit this trip is a tremendous learning experience. We will be starting a program in Nogales in 2017 and are now working on building funding for a micro credit program in Auga Prieta Mexico in 2018 .
Membership Update
By Tony Inglese - Membership Chair District 5490
Well the first quarter of the year is gone and now we move into probably the busiest quarter of the year with holidays, family and trying to wrap up your business goals for the year.
But it’s also a great time to talk about Rotary with your friends and family
October was a busy month for training and I want to thank all of you that made the commitment to help your clubs grow.
Look at all of these Membership Goodies!
By PDG Lucinda General
      Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 26
So here we are in November - Rotary Foundation month. Often there are programs, rules and systems Rotary programs that seem too complicated to bother with.
Rotary - Global Grant Partnership Opportunity for your District & Clubs
By PDG Gary Olsen - District 6270
The purpose of this global grant is to greatly expand a proven program of giving cell phones and training to community health workers in Kenya to improve health and provide medical assistance to thousands.  
I am asking for District 5490’s participation in this proven and successful program to use cell phone technology to improve the health of mothers and children in Kenya. 
Rotary Club of Sun City West
Completes Annual Distribution of Dictionaries
By Tom Tibbitts - RC of Sun City West
The Rotary Club of Sun City West annually provides dictionaries to third grade students enrolled in the 15 elementary schools within the Dysart and Nadaburg School Districts.  This year dictionaries were also distributed to third graders at five Charter schools and 11 Native American mission schools.
Peace Fellow for 2017 Announced
By PDG Jim Green - RC of Sun City
On October 20, the Trustees of the Rotary International Foundation announced that Osee Romero Njacheun will be a Peace Fellow in 2017 with studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. 
Osee is sponsored by Sun City (PDG Jim Green), Rotary 100 (PDG Craig Wilson) and Peoria North (PDG George Wheeler) Rotary Clubs.   
Rotarian Green, Osee’s application sponsor, stated that to his knowledge Osee is the first Peace Fellow from this district sponsored by more than one club.
The Rotary/Alzheimer’s Initiative Symposium
By Kathy Linton - Rotary Club of Sun City West
Save the date - March 31, 2017.
Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church
13658 W Meeker Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Marwan Sabbagh
Interact’s Statewide Crutches 4 Africa Project
By PDG Art Harrington - Youth Services Chair 5490
“We need the help of every Interact and Rotary Club in Arizona to reach our goal,” says Bridget MacDonald, District Governor of Interact District 5490.
“We need the help of every Interact and Rotary Club in Arizona to reach our goal,” says Bridget MacDonald, District Governor of Interact District 5490.
One thing you learn, when working with Interactors, is that they “Think Big,” and they believe in the power of the Family of Rotary to be able to accomplish incredible things to meet needs.
Team Rotary RAAMs Polio
By Bob McKenzie - RC of Tulsa (District 6110)
My idea in doing the Race Across America is to raise awareness about Polio and MONEY to help “End Polio Now”. 
2017 will be our second year to compete.  We hope to do a better job of raising money for Polio this time around.  We raised over $100,000 in 2016, which became $300,000 with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match. 
By getting each Rotarian in your district to give just $31 dollars to commemorate the 31 years that Rotary has worked to eradicate Polio we can raise $10 million.
Website Update Information
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
      District 5490 Webmaster
First and foremost, I want to apologize for the later arrival of this news letter.  I was hoping to have the newsletter ready to go before I left for the USA Mexico Conference in Vera Cruz, Mexico.
The purpose of this article to to talk about technology topics.  Everything we do today involves some form of technology.  
Merging Districts 5490 and District 5510
into the New District 5495
After much discussion, it was determined by the District Governors, District Governors-elect and District Governors-nominee of Districts 5490 and 5510 that the interest of the Rotary Clubs in both Districts would be best served by a merger of Districts 5490 and 5510. The merger effective date is July 1, 2017 and has been approved by the Rotary International Board of Directors.