It is hard to believe the first month of the Rotary year is now behind us. Has it been a good month for you and your club?
It has been an excellent month for Susan and me! We have been busy preparing for our visits to all the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in our District, and we've been busy planning how to "Light Up Rotary" in our own community. I hope you've given some thought to how your club might shine the Rotary light in and around your community too!
There are so many great Rotary projects and events happening. You'll see many of them in our Calendar of Events on the right and you'll be able to read about club successes in the list of Stories located below. I'd like to highlight one of these projects and two of these events here.
First, Susan and I attended the "Slide Fire Story" at the Sedona Arts Center earlier this month. The Sedona and Sedona Red Rocks Rotary Clubs collaborated to bring this amazing photographic display together to show their community the heroic efforts of fire fighting professionals who worked this devastating fire in Oak Creek Canyon. It was an honor to attend this event and to see how Rotarians demonstrate leadership in their community. Well done! Please read the full story below for more information.
Secondly, in September and October we will be conducting Grant Management Seminars in Lake Havasu City, Sedona and Peoria. In order for your club to apply for District or Global Grants in the 2015-16 Rotary Year (next year), at least two of your club members must have attended one of these seminars. Each club must meet the attendance requirements each year. Look at the Calendar of Events on the right, and select the one you wish to attend for registration information.
Lastly, on the same days and at the same locations as the Grant Management Seminars, we will be conducting Membership Seminars designed to prepare club membership committees for attracting and retaining Rotarians. These Seminars are perfect for jump starting new membership initiatives and for strengthening existing efforts. Please register for the Membership Seminar you wish to attend, by selecting it in the Calendar of Events on the right.
In the "Did You Know..." section below, you'll notice that August is Rotary Membership Month. During this month, you can keep your club and membership active and thriving by evaluating your club’s membership, finding new members, and engaging current Rotarians. You can find a lot more information at How Strong is My Club?, and What is Ignite?.
Here are a few words from the song "Burn Baby Burn" by MercyMe; they seem to fit what we are all about: "We are the light, light of the world. Light up the night, when will we learn. Now is our time, now is our turn. To burn baby burn."
Thank you for all you do in your club and your community. Make it a great month as together we "Light Up Rotary!"
Yours in Service,
2014-2015 District 5490 Governor
Did you know...
...Rotary International has designated monthly themes? Should individual clubs opt to plan theme-based activities, speakers, events or PR opportunities, they will be doing so along with Rotary Clubs all over the world.
July - No theme
August – Membership and Extension
September – New Generations
October – Vocational Service
November – Rotary Foundation
December – Family of Rotary
January – Rotary Awareness
February – World Understanding
March – Literacy
April – Magazine
May – Community Service
June – Rotary Fellowship
You are invited to attend a very special Rotary Club Meeting featuring speaker Dave Berry of the Rotary Club of Ala Moana, Hawaii. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, DeVry Institute, Westgate Center, Glendale, Arizona.
Tears of Joy on completion of matching grant with India - In our life unexpected incidents do happen without our knowledge. Latha and I experienced one such incident during our vacation to India last year.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a High School Leadership Development program sponsored by Rotary International. Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs held worldwide. Check out this short video:
New Generations Service Exchanges are cultural and professional exchanges that provide young adult travelers a chance to learn about another country’s culture and, often, to experience their vocations in that country. Exchanges are short term, from one to six months. District 5490 exchanges are generally one to three months.
During the time they are our guests, New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) participants are expected to do a service project as a part of their exchange. Normally it involves helping the applicant's hosting club with whatever service project the club or district is doing.
Interact District Council off to fast start. Under the dynamic leadership of District Governor Raquel MacDonald, the District Council for Interact District 5490 held its first on-line monthly meeting on July 2nd.
To receive special recognition at the 2015 District Conference, participating Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs will perform two or more activities in one or both of these initiatives by April 30, 2015: The 2014-2015 District 5490 Ethics Initiative; The 2014-2015 District 5490 End Sex Trafficking Awareness Initiative
Assistant Governors (and the clubs they support)
(480) 283-4958, firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckeye, Estrella, Goodyear-White Tanks, Litchfield Park
(602) 686-4742, email@example.com
Glendale, Glendale (Kachina), Glendale West, Peoria, Peoria North
(602) 809-5600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthem, e-Club of Arizona, North Phoenix, Phoenix Rotary 100, Phoenix West
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Sun City, Sun City del Sol, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg
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Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott-Frontier, Prescott-Sunup, Prescott Valley
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Sedona, Sedona Red Rocks, Verde Valley (Cottonwood)
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Grand Canyon, Williams
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Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu Sunrise, London-Bridge Lake Havasu City
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Bullhead City, Kingman, Kingman Route 66, Laughlin, Needles
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Parker, Parker/Poston Sunrise, Poston, Quartzsite
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