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 second Fireside Chat.

I hope you noticed that my dog Buddy has joined me at the fire.  He didn’t catch any rabbits or lizards and is pretty tuckered out.

Have you ever asked yourself: Why am I a Rotarian?

I have and here is what I discovered.
I was raised in the rural Midwest where people really care about their neighbors.  Where we depend on each other to get things done. Where you help your neighbor when times are tough – without thought of gain.
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.
August 2016
District Events
Home Page News Stories
Rotary Means Business in 2016-2017
By PDG Lucinda General - Zone 25/26 Treasurer
Congratulations to Barb Feder and the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown, District 5510.
The 2nd Annual Arizona Rotary Water Summit is August 13th
By PDG Chuck Fitzgerald
Presented by Catholic Charities
Only two weeks away!
When: Aug 13, 2016 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: 4747 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85013

2015-16 Rotary year was fantastic!

By PDG Paul Pulicken

Dear Friends in Rotary:

2015-16 Rotary year finished with golden final lines of Foundation giving, Global Grants and District grants during 2015-16.

The successes of 5490 over the past 26 years has been a storied journey for thousands of Rotarians and their families, working together, and doing good in the world.
What does the Rotary Foundation do in our world?
By PDG Craig Wilson
Do you need a program?  We can deliver a great program to your club about a passion that is shared by many Rotarians.
Everyone who has heard our program responds with ... WOW!
Let us WOW you ...
Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Grants Exchange!
By Kevin Pitts and Don Schiller
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.

Water Project in Cuba

By Joe Prewitt Rotary Club of Phoenix 100


Dear Rotarians:

Here is something that might have a broader interest for the entire District ... a water project in Cuba.

Below is a string of emails with a Rotarian from the Bay Area that has organized projects and trips to Cuba.  He will be our speaker on August 19.  We hope to hear about what is going on in Cuba and how we might have a water project of our own.

We would like inform other clubs in the Phoenix Metro Area, or any other clubs interested in this subject and offer an invitation to join PhxRotary100 on August 19. This is a great opportunity to hear about what Rotary is already doing in Cuba and how other clubs might either get involved in our project or start one of their own.

Please have anyone wishing to join us RSVP Beth in the Rotary office - rotary@rotary100.org no later than wed, August 17. Lunch is $25 but jumps to $30 for those without RSVP’s. (country clubs rule, not ours.

Emerging Leaders Summit

By Amanda Sanchez - President Rotary Club of Surprise


Hello Fellow Rotarians... 


You might have heard that the Rotary Young Professionals campaign is supporting the first Arizona Emerging Leaders Summit on September 9-10, 2016, in downtown Phoenix.

We are looking for emerging leader Rotarians, ages 45 and under, from your own clubs to attend this exciting event! If you are an emerging leader, please take a moment and visit the Arizona Emerging Leader Summit website.


By Don Schiller
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.
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.
Club Runner Training Program!
By Diane Ventura-Goodyear
Are you interested in knowing more about Club Runner?  Diane will schedule a program will provide an overview of club runner at your club meeting.
Diane or one of her team members will come to your club with a power point presentation of the key operations of Club Runner.
Interact Expects Best Year Yet
By PDG Art Harrington
THINK BIG – VERY BIG!  Led by District Governor Bridget MacDonald, and Chief Asst. Governor Dylan Boyd, Interact District 5490 is on a fast track to making 2016-17 their best year so far.  A half-dozen new Interact clubs were added last year, totaling now more than 50 Interact clubs that are either active or in the organizing stages.  A number of them still need to be officially chartered by Rotary International.
After achieving an Interact District Conference registration of 376 last year at Central High in Phoenix, with the merging in of District 5510’s Interact clubs beginning this year, Bridget and her District Council are projecting and planning for a registration of 500 for the 2017 Interact District Conference.  It will be hosted by the Interact Club of Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Membership Update
By Tony Inglese - Membership Chair District 5490
Here it is, the beginning of the end of District 5490!  Wow! What an opportunity we have! Yes, it may seem very challenging but yet it is VERY achievable.
Before we go over some of the membership goals, I would like to say that we have a very talented and informed Membership Team to support whatever need you may have in order to help each club achieve their membership goals.
Update on the Merger of Districts 5490 and 5510
By Nancy Van Pelt - District Governor Elect District 5495
Q- Is there anything my club can be doing right now to prepare as we move toward the official merger date of July 1, 2017?
A- Yes. You can start by taking an inventory of your club’s materials -- your website, pamphlets, stationery, signage, etc. Do they need updating? Do they meet RI’s Public Image guidelines? If updates or replacements are needed, your club’s online and digital materials are the easiest place to begin achieving compliance with Rotary standards. Then, start phasing in updates of your other materials over time, as your club’s printed supplies need replenished.  
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 proposed merger effective date is July 1, 2017 and has been approved by the Rotary International Board of Directors.
Merger Information Website Rotary Arizona Website
District 5510 Website District 5510 Newsletters
Read the July 2016 Merger Update
by Nancy Van Pelt here.