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.


Mark your club calendars for Rotary's West Coast Connect for Good Tour volunteer event Monday, November 7th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join visiting West Coast Rotarians to pack food for the hungry at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa, Arizona.
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Red Rocks Oktoberfest
October 22, 2016
By Rick Wesselhoff
The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting the Red Rocks Oktoberfest on October 22, 2016 at the Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. This Craft Beer version of a traditional German celebration features 10+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers.  Tickets to attend will be $30 at the door or $25 per if bought in advance online. All proceeds will support the club's Red Rock High School Scholarship program and their mission of supporting programs for local children’s charities.
Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Grants Exchange!
By Elizabeth Mahoney, Kevin Pitts and Don Schiller
We have exhausted  the limited funding for financial assistance of up to $200.
Thank you for taking advantage of the assistance.
Save the Dates: October 27 – 31, 2016
The Mexico USA Friendship and Global Grants Exchange will be held this year in the fabulous port city of Veracruz, Mexico.
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona
Funded Entirely by Donations & Grants
By Lee Dueringer - President TRVFA
Donations made to TRVFA may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to $800.00 for joint tax filers and $400.00 for individual filers may be deducted on their Arizona tax returns and may be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax benefits of your donation.  Donate here.
The mission statement of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, Inc. (TRVFA) is, to partner with Rotary Clubs to provide assistance to Qualified Candidates in obtaining education, training, and skill development so they may, in turn, attain career oriented employment and financial stability, and contribute to their communities.
By PDG Abe Feder - RC of Mesa West
In Rotary each of us has the opportunity to find our passion, whether its youth, working to improve our community, increasing education, feeding the hungry, working with our seniors or international service.
I am pleased to announce that the District Governor Team of 5510, 5490 soon 5495 asked me to serve as International Service Chair through 2017.  It’s an area that I am passionate about because international service truly made me a Rotarian.  It was a trip down to Mexico to give polio drops to children that really made me understand what Rotary is and what it does.
Look at all of these Membership Goodies!
By PDG Lucinda General
      Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 26
Did you know there is yet another resource on our Zone 25-26 website that’s easy to use? Sure there are videos, powerpoints and other things but this Membership Resource Guide will blow you away with its valuable content.
Connecting for Good Tour
By Katie Mills
Connecting for Good Tour - Phoenix Chair
Rotary’s Connecting for Good Tour is a goodwill road-trip starting October 29, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii and ending November 11, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California! From Honolulu, the tour team will fly to Seattle and drive to cities across the West Coast in a Rotary RV. At each stop, they will connect with Rotarians to volunteer at local community service projects.
Youth Exchange Application Cut-Off
By Marla Lazere - RC of Peoria
      RYE 5490 Outbound Chair
In our recent online meeting for the merged District 5495 RYE program which took place Thursday evening we had some very lively discussions.  One of the discussions surrounded a cut-off date for applications.  While District 5510 has always had a cut-off date for applications, District 5490 has never had cut-off date.  So this is a new policy they have just instituted for the merged district,  -- expected to be backed up to October 15th for next year. 

Opportunities for Leadership Beyond the Club

By David Simmer

As we prepare for our new District we are rethinking EVERYTHING!  We plan to make new District 5495 a model for Rotary Districts across the country.  We are searching for team-oriented individuals who have an interest in helping Clubs become vibrant, impactful, action-oriented organizations in their community and beyond.  District 5495 is seeking applicants for the following positions:

Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico
Update September 2016
By Terry Lubsen
District 5510 Microcredit Project Coordinator
Hola Rotarians:
The Microcredit Projects in Hermosillo Mexico continue to be very successful. The two Global Grants in the Hermosillo Project portfolio, at our Micro-Finance Institution (FinReg), continue to perform well and are within our long term goal of 97.5% collection. Below is a matrix of the two active Rotary Global Grants in Hermosillo, as of July 2016:
By Diane Ventura-Goodyear
On November 19 Rotarian cyclists, friends and family will once again hop on their bicycles and Ride to End Polio, collecting donations for each mile ridden. And during the week leading up to the Ride, we expect hundreds of Rotarians around the world to jump on stationary bikes in their homes or gyms and join in the effort, collecting donations for minutes ridden Indoors.
By PDG Don Schiller - Prescott-Sunup
Join us for a Rotary Friendship Exchange and you will be inspired, dazzled and enriched!
Rotary Friendship Exchange is an outbound and inbound time to meet new Rotarian friends from around the world in a relaxed atmosphere. We host our guests here in our district and they host us in their district.

A New Day for Leadership Development

By David Simmer - AG RC Sedona


It’s an new day for Leadership Development in Arizona.  But we need your help.  We have a bold new plan.  Now we need an energetic, innovative and team-oriented “posse” to make it happen.  Together we are going to use the merger of Districts as a fresh start to develop leaders and strengthening clubs as we expand networks and friendships across Arizona.

Kids Against Hunger
By Dennis Van - RC of Bullhead City
As you may or not may not know, over the past 3 years RYLA has been actively involved in the "Kids Against Hunger" program. Each year, RYLArians have packed approximately 35,000 meals at a cost of $0.25 per meal.
This year, we are attempting to raise $10,000 in Arizona tax credits to fund approximately 40,000 meals. 100% of these meals will stay in Arizona for our hungry families.  The meal packing will take place on January 14, 2016
Membership Update
By Tony Inglese - Membership Chair District 5490
As I sit down to write this I can’t believe that the 1st quarter of the year is already done!
A lot of activities are going on with the growth of this District; we have a couple of new Satellite Clubs starting up!
Last month I mentioned that we would discuss some Recruiting ideas.
Here are a couple that I have picked up through my travels to other clubs and the Emerging Leaders Summit that was held the weekend of September 22, 2016 wow!  What a great event!
Rotary Reconnect Week
October 9th - October 15th
By Laura Higgs - RI Alumni Relations
     Rotary Youth Exchange student ’04
Across the world, people who recognize and are proud of Rotary wait for an invitation to become involved again. They are the former youth exchange students, the young professionals who moved out of Rotaract and Interact, Rotary scholarship recipients, and many more who have been touched by the programs that Rotarians provide in their districts and globally.
Update on the Merger of Districts 5490 and 5510
By Nancy Van Pelt - District Governor Elect District 5495
LOTS of progress has been taking place as we move toward the July 2017 kickoff date for our new District 5495-- and all the while, we are actively enjoying all the events and activities associated with our current Rotary year! 
Two resources where you can get up-to-date information are
Done In A Day
By Ronald Roderique
Recently nine Phoenix West Rotarian/ spouses, along with Rotarians from other clubs helped pack approximately 1000 Kitchen on the Street Bags of Hope.
These bags contain shelf stable foods like pasta, fruit snacks and granola bars to be handed out to children on the weekends when foods from schools are not available. This volunteer work was Phoenix West’s Done In A Day project for September.
A place for peace in Peoria
Rotary Club Peace Pole creates space to ‘explore peace’
By Bret McKeand - RC of Peoria North (President)
Officials behind Peoria’s first Peace Pole project are hoping the effort to “explore peace” locally expands to a worldwide initiative.

The Peoria Peace Pole, a collaborative effort between several Rotary clubs and the Peoria Unified School District, was officially unveiled Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave., in Peoria.

The eight-foot pole is located on a concrete slab in front of the school’s auditorium. Surrounded by four benches, the space is meant to be used by students, faculty and residents to simply enjoy a quiet moment and appreciate the value and importance of peace.

Village of Oak Creek Satellite Club

By Linda Clark - RC of Sedona


The Rotary Club of Sedona celebrated the launch of its new Village of Oak Creek Satellite Club on Sept. 20 with District 5490 Governor Danny Messersmith (far right).


Inductees received their badges and special Village Satellite pins. Club President Jennette Bill and Assistant District 5490 Governor David Simmer rolled out the club's banner and Four Way Test flag. The satellite club held its launch event on Thursday, Sept. 22 with 14 charter members.

Rotary Club of Sun City West
Responds to Food Bank’s Needs
By Tom Tibbitts - RC of Sun City West
The Rotary Club of Sun City West invited Jesse Ramirez, President and Founder of Valley View Community Food Bank, to its meeting on Friday, September 16th to demonstrate its support for the El Mirage facility.
District Peace Committee
By Nancy Van Pelt - DGE District 5495
Dear Rotarians,
Here’s a chance to get involved on the ground floor of a new District-level Committee.  The forming of our new District has provided opportunities for all of us to use our experience and creativity to follow our interests.  
For more information ...
Battle of the Badges
By Bret McKeand
The Rotary Club of Peoria North. Along with a local retirement center, we helped organize a blood drive on September 20, 2016.
Members of the Rotary Club of Peoria North co-sponsored the “Battle of the Badges” blood drive held Sept. 20 at Freedom Plaza Retirement Center in Peoria. The blood drive, which pitted members of local police departments against local firefighters in a quest to generate blood donations for the American Red Cross, was the brainchild of club members John and Belinda Moore. Rotary Club members volunteering at the event included, from left, Rebecca Wilks, Belinda Moore, Cheryl Palmer and Gary Connelly. During the event, the club also conducted a mini-book sale to help raise funds to support local libraries in the Peoria School District.
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 recently had severe computer problems on my production computer which was preventing me from working on my computer.  More on the computer problem later.
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.