Welcome to Rotary District 5490



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


Dear Rotarians:


Welcome to our 8th Fireside Chat, seems like this year have been going by so fast.


We have accomplished much since July 1, 2016 and January was no different. 


The merger of Districts 5490 and 5510 moving along like clockwork as we move closer to July 1, 2017.  The AGs and PEs are off to a good start as we approach PETS 2017. 

Home Page News Stories
Club Leadership Academy registration is OPEN! 
Space is limited.   Register Today!
By David Simmer - RC of Sedona, DGN
New Rotary District 5495 is launching an innovative concept in leadership development and club support.  Our new Club Leadership Academy (CLA) has drawn considerable praise and attention from Districts and leaders across the western United States for the creative approach it offers to help clubs expand their impact.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) 100th Birthday Party was a BIG Hit!
By Bob Murray
Months of planning went into the birthday party.  Event organizer, PDG Barb Feder, spent many hours putting together the details for this party.  Barb and staff spent hours addressing each detail starting from the idea to the day of the party.
Great things happen when many Rotarians get together for a good cause.
History of The Rotary Foundation is a remarkable read.  Like most endeavors it started out slow nonetheless as it gained ground it became a strong extension of Rotary International.  Past Rotary International President, Arch C. Klumph, is the mastermind behind TRF.  "It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world." -Arch C. Klumph, June 1917.  Read more about TRF here.
Membership Update
By Tony Inglese - RC of Laughlin
Happy February!
I will keep it short this month.
I want to welcome our newest Club to our wonderful District.
The Rotary Club of Thunderbird! With this addition our district year to date has added 1 new Club and 3 Satellite clubs with a couple of more in the works.
Rotary Club of North Peoria Wine-Pairing Event
By Bret McMeand President, RC of Peoria North
When: February 12, 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Arizona Broadway Theatre - 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ  85382
Peoria North hosts wine-pairing fundraiser February  12, 2017
The Rotary Club of Peoria North will join with Arizona Broadway Theatre to present the first annual Peoria North Wine Classic.
The event, billed as the "Valentine's Day Elegance: The West Valley's Premier Wine-Pairing Dinner," takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Attendees will be treated to a full wine dinner -- four full glasses of wine paired with a four-course gourmet dinner.
Changes will be coming for both District Grants and Global Grants
By Jim Bissonett - RC of E-Club of the Southwest
Hello!...  from the new District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee!  Changes will be coming for both District Grants and Global Grants. Here is what you need to know for now:
  •          To receive grant funds, clubs are required to send at least two members to a Grant Management Seminar.  Seminars will be held 2/23/17 (Thursday before PETS) and During the Club Leadership Academy the weekend of 4/22/17.
  •          District Grant applications must be completed by May 30th, 2017.   The maximum District contribution to single-club grants will be $2000. 
More information is forthcoming.   Your new District Rotary Foundation Committee looks forward to assisting you!

Jim Bissonett


Interactors to Gather at Cottonwood
By PDG Art Harrington - RC of Bullhead City
An expected 500 Interact club members and Advisors from around the state, including delegates from Laughlin, NV, and Needles, CA, will be hosted by the Interact Club of Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood on Saturday, February 25.
Headlining the 4th Annual Interact District Conference will be featured speakers David Talbot and Scarlett Zinggeler. 
A Colorado Rotarian and founder of the non-profit Crutches 4 Africa organization, David is a professional photographer and a Polio survivor who will share how lives are being transformed in Kenya by the gift of mobility that he and our Interactors are working together to make possible. 
Using Successful ROTARY Program
By PDG Jim Green - RC of Sun City
Dick and Evie Teegen are Minnesota Rotary Snowbirds who land at the Rotary Club of Sun City every winter. 
They have instituted a Rotary program for disenfranchised high school seniors that has become very successful. 
We have asked Dick to provide a summary of the STRIVE activities so that you can create a similar program in your local communities.
Rotary Microcredit Projects in Sonora Mexico
Update January 2017

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 administered by our Micro-Finance Institution (FinReg), continue to perform well and exceed our long term goal of 97.5% collection. Over 85% of the borrowers are women, and many are single mothers. Portfolio as of Jan 1, 2017:

Should you be in Rotary?
By Jay McCall - RC of Presidio, District 5500 Growth & Membership
Rotary depends upon three elements: leadership, membership and stewardship,
Each embraces the other. They are intertwined for the success of Rotary.
When we have strong leadership we have strong membership. Leadership realizes that membership is the first priority. The more hands, the more community impact.

DONATION for Quotation Program

By Toni Davies - RC of Glendale West


I have a DONATION for Quotation Program I offer via work to help the community. I sell auto, home, life, and annuities. But for every family who gets a free quote, a donation can be made in honor of them to any non-profit of their choosing.


How amazing would it be to ask Rotarians to get a free quote on insurance that takes 10 minutes to review and we make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, with no obligation for the Rotarian to buy. Its super simple. I can even track what club donated the most and do a monthly report in the newsletter.


Rotary Club of Scottsdale Announces its 2017 Scholarship Award Plans
By Bret McKeand - RC of Peoria North, President
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Foundation Board, led by Max Rumbaugh, 2015-16 Past Club President, recently approved increasing the Club's total 2017 Scholarship Awards from $63,000 to $76,000. 
Through the Club's Foundation, annual scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating seniors attending Scottsdale Unified School District high schools.
Students nominated by the five Scottsdale Unified School District high school staffs compete for scholarships in various categories. 
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