Fellow Rotarians,
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,
Chuck Fitzgerald
2014-2015 District 5490 Governor
(623) 229-7674
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
National Awards Services Inc.
Calendar of Events
Phoenix Mercury Basketball
Aug 05, 2014
Arizona Membership Seminar
Aug 09, 2014
Membership: It's Now or Never (Webinar)
Aug 13, 2014
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Grants Management Seminar
Lake Havasu City
Sep 20, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership Seminar
Lake Havasu City
Sep 20, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ethics Seminar
Sep 27, 2014
Grants Management Seminar
Oct 04, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership Seminar
Oct 04, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2014
Grants Management Seminar
Oct 25, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership Seminar
Oct 25, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
USA / Mexico Friendship and Grants Conference
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Oct 30, 2014 – Nov 03, 2014
Arizona Rotary Foundation Day
Nov 08, 2014
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Camp Pinerock, Prescott
Jan 16, 2015 – Jan 19, 2015
Arizona Tri-District PETS
Mar 05, 2015 – Mar 07, 2015
2015 Rotary Districts 5490/5510 Conference
May 15, 2015 11:00 AM –
May 16, 2015 10:00 PM
Rotary International Convention
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jun 06, 2015 – Jun 09, 2015
Stories, Updates & more
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.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIBUTE TO OAK CREEK CANYON -  Fire crews save structures, minimize damage and lessen the inevitable after-effects to the beautiful canyon in the Coconino National Forest.
Rotary and Project C.U.R.E. set to team up to bring $1,500,000 of medical supplies and equipment to Rwanda.
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:
Please SAVE THE DATES - Thursday, October 30, 2014 through Monday, November 3, 2014 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
The students at Landmark Elementary School in Glendale will return to a fresh new look in their cafeteria when school resumes next week
Braving the hottest day yet of Sedona's summer, a group of Red Rocks Rotarians visited Sunset Park to see the new Splash Pad that recently received a $3,400 contribution from the club.
Phoenix West Rotary Club donates mini-grants to teachers in the Osborn Elementary School District, honoring Dr. Wilma Basnett-Emerson.
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.
See how Rotary and the Centers for Disease Control have worked side by side for decades to eradicate polio from the earth.  Watch this video.
We are currently looking for a Rotarian to fill the position of District Wheelchair Coordinator.
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)

Armin Iranshahr
(480) 283-4958,
Buckeye, Estrella, Goodyear-White Tanks, Litchfield Park

Stan Mah
(602) 686-4742,
Glendale, Glendale (Kachina), Glendale West, Peoria, Peoria North
Jon Bauman
(602) 809-5600,
Anthem, e-Club of Arizona, North Phoenix, Phoenix Rotary 100, Phoenix West
Alvin Hancock
(928) 231-0101,
Sun City, Sun City del Sol, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg
Noel DeSousa
(603) 496-5809,
Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott-Frontier, Prescott-Sunup, Prescott Valley
Renata Barnwell
(928) 301-2789,
Sedona, Sedona Red Rocks, Verde Valley (Cottonwood)
Clarinda Vail
(928) 606-0360,
Grand Canyon, Williams
Doug Browning
(928) 486-1283,
Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu Sunrise, London-Bridge Lake Havasu City
Jim Richardson
(702) 561-0638,
Bullhead City, Kingman, Kingman Route 66, Laughlin, Needles
Dwayne Peck
(480) 319-4006,
Parker, Parker/Poston Sunrise, Poston, Quartzsite
Rotary International District 5490 - Home of the Grand Canyon
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