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 third Fireside Chat.

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

We now have the domain name Rotary5490.com thanks PDG Paul's assistance.  Our editors have included all of the events that were sent in for the newsletter and website.  You can read about them below in this newsletter on our district website.  Simply go to our website then select the tab then choose the calendar or Events or better yet just click here.

Our individual Rotarians and clubs are the reason our district exists and I am but a temporary ambassador with the lucky job of attending at least one club meeting of every club in the district. It has been the highlight of my short term as your DG.

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.
September 2016
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9th Annual Brews and Brats Oktoberfest
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club
October 7th - 8th, 2016
By Jo Ann Oxsen - RC of Kingman Rout 66
The 2016 Brews & Brats Oktoberfest presented by the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club, will take place on Friday October 7th, 3pm to 10pm, and Saturday, October 8th, 10am to 10pm, at Locomotive Park in Downtown Kingman.
Rotary Means Business in 2016-2017
By PDG Lucinda General
      Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 26
Congratulations to Barb Feder and the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown, District 5510.
14 Passenger Van currently in use at Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa
By Bob Solis
Below are a few photos of a new 14 passenger van currently in use at Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa. 
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.
International Day of Peace – Rotary and Peace
By PDG Chuck Fitzgerald
Each year on September 21st the international community rallies for the International Day of Peace. This Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
Zone 25/26 Webinar
October 4
5:30 pm Pacific
Bullhead City River Regatta
By Art Harrington - PDG
It seemed like a good idea.  I had heard the City was planning to launch a new event — a River Regatta — and was looking for a community service organization that they could pay to serve a hot dog, chips and drink lunch to the registered Regatta participants.  The idea was that it would be an annual event, with a different theme each year.  Floaters would compete for awards with their creatively decorated and linked floating devices, which would be launched at Community Park, and float down the Colorado River several miles to Rotary Park, where they would disembark, be served a lunch, and catch a bus back to where they had parked their vehicles.
The Nile Institute for Peace and Development
By Christopher Zambakari - RC of Sun City West
The Nile Institute for Peace and Development (NIPD) cordially invites you to the Community Forum entitled "In Search for Stability and Durable Peace in South Sudan."  A team assembled by the NIPD Board Chairman will be presenting the latest findings from its research on the topics of governance, conflict resolution, and a way forward for South Sudan. This event is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at 1500 W Maryland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015. All are welcomed to attend and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to <info@nileinstitute.org>
Official District Governor Club Visit
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
DG Danny's Official Club Visits got off to a good start the week of July 11th with the Area 1 Clubs.
As you can see from DG Danny's Fireside Chat he is enjoying the club visits.
If you have pictures of DG Danny's club visit, please consider sending them the editors.
Membership Update
By Tony Inglese - Membership Chair District 5490
Last month I laid out some of the goals that we have as a District for membership growth.  I discussed Retention, New Members, Emerging Leaders, Young Professionals, Baby Boomers, and New Clubs.
The first month of the Rotary year has come and gone.  Club Boards and Committees are starting to get their feet wet in their new positions, and maybe even discussing Membership.
Meeting with Rotary International President John Germ
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
While this story is not about Rotary in Arizona, it is about a Rotarian in Arizona, yours truly, who had his start in Rotary in Northern Nevada.  I joined Rotary in 1994 in the Rotary Club of Sparks, Nevada.  Rotary got its start in Nevada during August of 1916.
Recently my wife, Barbara, and I were fortunate enough to attend the 100 year anniversary of the Rotary Club of Reno where we had our picture taken with RIP John Germ and his wife Judy.
The Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada was Chartered on August 1, 1916.
Rotary Club of Sedona Sending Books to Africa District
By Linda Clark - PR for RC of Sedona
August 3, 2016Sedona—Rotarian John Crawford (in the photo shown below) finishes packing 4,000 pounds of books for the first stage of the journey to a needy school in Africa and/or India. Nearly 4 tons are now awaiting transport.
            This new Rotary Club of Sedona project collects used school books to send to its sister club in Houston, Texas, which gathers books from around the U.S., shipping them regularly to Rotary clubs in Africa and/or India, which distribute them to the neediest schools.
Rotary Club of Sun City West Sponsors a Foreign Exchange Student
By Tom Tibbitts - PR Chairman for RC of Sun City West
The Rotary Club of Sun City West welcomed at its August 5th meeting Charlotte Verzini, an exchange student sponsored by the club.  Shown in the photo below is President Dick Stuckey (right) who introduced Charlotte to the members present, and gave her a monthly stipend for expenses. She will be in the United States for approximately one year.  
Crutches 4 Africa
Interact Project for 2016-17
Interact Districts 5490, 5500 & 5510

By PDG Art Harrington - RC ofBullhead City
Crutches 4 Africa began as the international project of the Mountain Foothills Rotary club, which is based in Evergreen, Colorado.  Rotarian David Talbot, who managed to survive the initial onslaught of Polio, and overcame the prognosis that he would never walk again, lived an active and athletic life until his mid-50’s.  However, due to the debilitating effects of Post-Polio Syndrome, he has spent the past 9 years on crutches.
Update on the Merger of Districts 5490 and 5510
By Nancy Van Pelt - District Governor Elect District 5495
Q- Are there ways I can use my professional skills and experience to have a role in the new District 5495 ?
A- Absolutely!  There are going to be dozens of ways you can engage in “Vocational Service” during the coming weeks. Be watching for the “Help Wanted” communications that will be start being announced soon. .  
Ice Cream Social for Nadaburg School
By Roger Bowen - RC of Sun City West
Our club has "adopted" The Nadaburg School in Wittmann Arizona, about half way between Sun City West and Wickenburg.
We have provided 100s of books for their Library.  We started off providing 2 books a week 3 years ago.  The books were donated in the name of the speaker at our weekly meeting.  The speakers really appreciate that we are donating books in their name to a school who enjoy the books.
By PDG Lucinda General - Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 26
Below are important bits of information from your Zone 25/26 leaders.
Rotary Arizona Outbound Youth Ambassadors 2016-17
By Bill Beamish - RYE Chair D5510 (2014-2017)
At times we feel that our work with these "Cream of the Crop" Rotary youth does not make a difference.  Those feelings are a natural phenomenon.  Our efforts can be likened to that of a gardener who prepares the garden soil then plants the various seeds.  As the gardener cares for the newly planted garden, signs of the care and nurturing become slightly evedent at first but as the care continues the seeds grow into mature productive plants providing all sorts of good stuff.
Likewise, leadership is developed not born and the Rotary RYE counselors are a huge part of the process of forming these Cream of the Crop Rotary youth into future leaders. 
Grapes for Grades!
By Ronald C Williams - RC of Prescott-Frontier

Prescott Frontier has a major fundraiser in June.  It is a garden party/wine tasting called Grapes for Grades!  We earn about $35,000 for the  summer reading and math program in Prescott plus several other Rotary projects!  This is about our twelfth year with this project!

Read the story as it appeared in The Daily Courier on July 1, 2016
New Interact Club
By Michelle Pahl
This past week members from the Rotary Club of Grand Canyon went to our local high school and junior high school.  The Rotarians presented an assembly to kick off a new Interact Club. We had 32 students sign up!  Below are a few pictures from the very energetic event.
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.
Verde Valley Rotary Clubs expand FREE book program for preschoolers
By Linda Clark - RC of Sedona
All three Verde Valley Rotary Clubs are partnering to provide free books to preschoolers through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Children from birth to their fifth birthday living in the Verde Valley are eligible to receive a free, new, age-appropriate book each month mailed directly to their home.
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 Merger Update
by Nancy Van Pelt here.