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District Corporate Board:

District Governor Chair: Randy Brooks
Immediate Past District Governor: Michael Drake
District Governor-Elect: Nancy Cassel District
Governor Nominee: Sally Montagne
Member at Large: Kim Norris (3-year term)
Member at large: Wendy Hobbs (2-year term)
Member at large: Blaine Moyer (1-year term)
President Foundation Board: TBD

District Finance Committee:

Past District Governor – Chair: Steve DiMuzio
Past District Governor – Valerie Scanlan (1 year appointment)
Past District Governor: Tony Brockington (3-year term)
Past Club President: Debbie Haddock (3-year term)
Past Club President: Randy Kidder (2-year Term)

Past Club President: Virginia Leavitt (1-year term)
Ex-officio: DG Randy Brooks
Ex-officio: IPDG Michael Drake
Ex-officio: DGE Nancy Cassel
Ex-officio: DGN Sally Montagne
Ex-offico: District Treasurer - Dan Contorno
Ex-officio: PDG Sandy Goodsite (past chair)

District Foundation Board:
District Foundation Board – President: TBD Past District Governor: PDG Steve DiMuzio

Past District Governor: PDG Tony BrockingtonPast District Governor – TBA

At Large Director: Stu Katz (last year)
At Large Director: Mark Grady (2-year term)
At Large Director: Joyce James (1st of 3-year term)
Treasurer: TBD

Ex-officio: DG Randy Brooks
Ex-officio: Immediate PDG Michael Drake
Ex-officio: DGE Nancy Cassel
Ex-officio: DGN Sally Montagne
Past Chair Finance Committee: PDG Sandy Goodsite

Rotary Events in District 5500
         Feb 2013         
Randy's Corner
Randy's Corner
Events Calendar/Registration
Texas Hold'em Poker Event - Saguaro Rotary Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort
Jan 27, 2013 - Mar 30, 2013 05:00 PM
Peace Forum Feb 23, 2013
Grant Management Seminar - Yuma Mar 23, 2013
Posted by Randy Brooks

Rotary District 5500 District Governor Randy Brooks

District 5500 will help clubs achieve the four characteristics of effective Rotary clubs. Click on (more) for further information.

Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear


At the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Oklahoma  luncheon, January 16, 2013, Past Club President Bob McKenzie was surprised with an award for raising nearly $70,000 toward the fight to end polio by participating in the nationally recognized bike ride, El Tour de Tucson.  Visiting from his southern Arizona district, Governor Randy Brooks told club attendees, “This wonderful Rotarian  – from a district and Rotary club far away from ours in Arizona – cares enough to participate year after year, all for a great cause, a Ride to End Polio.”  Governor Randy presented Bob with a traveling trophy that recognizes Bob McKenzie’s fund raising success.  “Bob raised nearly $70,000 this past year,” said the visiting governor.  Bob is a wonderful Rotarian and is leaving a legacy of support for Michael Harris (founder of Ride to End Polio) and the children that because of his efforts will not suffer from polio.  

Thank you,



Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

Posted by Randy Brooks


Rotary D5500 Peace Forum

What Peace means to me, my Rotary Club, and my community

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013


Where: Wheeler Taft Abbett Branch Library

7800 N. Schisler Dr.

(Southeast corner of Silverbell and Cortaro Roads)
Marana (Tucson), AZ 85743
(520) 594-5200

To reduce the need for travel, this event will be webcast to Rotarians and friends in Sierra Vista and Yuma

Speakers and panel discussions will focus on how your club can promote our Rotary 12-13 theme – PEACE THROUGH SERVICE

Rotary Peace Centers – the role they play in Rotary’s mission to promote peace in the world
Rotary Foundation area of focus Peace and Conflict Resolution – how your club can develop and execute projects
What peace means to me, my Rotary Club, and my community
Special invited guests and beneficiaries of Rotary Club projects 

Attendance at this event (in Tucson or Sierra Vista or Yuma) will allow your club to meet the 2012-13 Presidential Challenge

and thus help your club earn the 2012-13 Presidential Citation

Questions? Please Call Liz Cohn 520-886-9191 

Click Here to Register on-line at Eventbrite ($20)

Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

Business Networking with Tucson Rotarian Business Owners
You are invited to The Big R Event
Now is your opportunity to use Rotary to grow your business. You 
are invited to attend The Big R Event, a strictly business networking 
affair for Tucson-area Rotarians. Make new contacts. Create new 
business opportunities. Find new service providers. Meet new 
people. Have fun!
The Big R Event is FREE. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar 
will be open.
It will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the 
Viscount Suite Hotel located at 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 
Speed Networking will start promptly at 6 PM. Speed networking 
is a sure-fire way to meet more people in a small amount of time. 
Join us for this fast-paced event.
Bring business cards, marketing materials and your thirty-second 
elevator speech.
Registration is required by March 1, 2013 online at
. After March 1, 2013 a $5 donation is 
required at the door. Please bring exact cash only.
The Big R Event is sponsored by the Tucson area Rotary clubs. All 
Rotarians are welcome.
For more information and opportunities for sponsorship, please 
contact Catalina [Tucson] Rotary Club President Dan Blumenthal at 

[email protected] or 323-3121. 

Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

Date: Saturday: March 30, 2013
Location:Hotel Tucson

475 N. Granada AveTucson, AZ 85701 | Phone: 520-622-3000 | Fax: 520-623-8922
Time: Doors open at 5pm – Play begins at 6pm.
Hosted by Saguaro Rotary and open to all!  Net proceeds will benefit the Saguaro Rotary Foundation.
Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

Posted by Wendy Hobbs


Posted by Randy Brooks

Dear Rotarians:
Three qualified, committed and wonderful Rotarians interviewed, January 6, 2013, to be Governor of Rotary District 5500, effective July 1, 2015.  The committee, made up of Past District Governors and representatives from 11 of the 13 regions in our Rotary District  had the daunting task of selecting one of these superior Rotarians to be our voice and face in the District and worldwide in the future.  Thank you to all the Governor Selection Committee.  All three candidates can be proud of their presentation during the interview and more importantly of the work and commitment they demonstrate to Rotary.  They are all good and wonderful people. Three candidates were considered were: Frank Presson, Sheryl Christenson and Eugene Friesen went through this interview process.
I am pleased to announce that Frank Presson, of the Rotary Club of Catalina (Tucson) was selected to be our Governor Nominee Designate and has the complete support of the Rotary D-5500  leadership team as he prepares for this adventure toward becoming the chief executive officer of the district.

Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

4-Way Test District 5500



The 2012-2013 Four-Way Test speech contest gives local Rotary Clubs an opportunity to interact with schools and youth in a project that benefits all. This year’s topic is “The Impact the Application of the Four-Way Test Had, or Might Have Had, on An Important Historical Event”.

Contest rules and information for student participants are in the 2012-2013 Participant Guidebook.

The contest will be held in three steps: the Club competition, the Regional competition, and the District competition. Clubs are responsible for the Club-level competition, and Assistant District Governors are responsible for Regional competitions. Delegation is fine, even encouraged. Club presidents may assign the competition to an individual or a committee. Assistant District Governors are free to appoint a Regional speech contest coordinator.

Dates. The Club competitions should be completed by January 31, 2013, and the Regional competitions by March 31, 2013. The District competition will be held April 20, 2013, at Pima Community College, Northwest Campus, in Tucson

Click here to download 4-Way Competition Suggestions and Checklist
click here to download 4-Way Competition Guidebook 
Click here to download 4-Way Participant Guidebook


Posted by Ernest Montagne

Posted by Ray Naylor

Ray Naylor

District 5500 Rotary Literacy

The Rotary Foundation has identified six areas of focus as part of the new “Future Vision” for Rotary.

One of the areas of focus is “Basic Education and Literacy”.

The Rotary Foundation promotes Education and Literacy for all by:

·               Ensuring that children have access to quality basic education

·               Reducing gender disparity in education

·               Increasing adult literacy

·               Strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy

       ·               Supporting studies related to basic education and literacy

Contact Info: [email protected]
Home: 520-299-6643  Cell: 520-730- 9943

“Literacy, like Water, is an essential ingredient for human life”
Betty Stauffer a Literacy Leader in our community

                     Click more below to view the entire article

Posted by Ellen Patterson

Submitted by Ellie Patterson, Rotary Club of Tucson
The CEO of a large and well-respected international biotechnology firm located in northwest Tucson has charged her 1000+ employees with the goal of DLB. Why do I bring this up in an article on Future Vision?

Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

When in 2009 then DG Steve DiMuzio asked me to put together a program on The Legends of Rotary in Southern Arizona for his district conference, one of the first people I thought of was Tim Creedon.  Tim died on January 14 and was laid to rest here in Tucson today, January 20.  By some kind of divine or leprechaun nudging, we had the opportunity to chat with Tim and Joan this recent Christmas--to do some reminiscing and to say 'thank you' to them for their kindnesses and for being role models over the years.


Tim was not only one of the all-time great business leaders in Southern Arizona and in Phoenix, he was a dedicated Rotarian and very skillful Rotary Leader.  He is in the Legends of Rotary because he is the only Rotarian to have served as the president of the two largest Rotary clubs in Arizona--Tucson and Phoenix.  More than that, he helped to bring all of Arizona Rotary more tightly together--by bonding with his 1994-95 "Be a Friend" DG classmates, Ken Rawson and Frank Crane--a bond that continues in the Rotary Club of Beyond and Forever.  For many years, he was a Rotary 'rock star' in Arizona.  When Tim was on the agenda of club meeting, a PETS or an Assembly, it assured a great turnout and rapt audience.  Yes, his Irish stories in his native brogue of his 'Uncle Sully' were always entertaining and so funny that most of us suffered tears of laughter.  But it was Tim's passion for Rotary that really endeared us to him.  Tim's belief and passion for the work of Rotary made all of us stronger in our beliefs and our passion.  For this, we cannot thank him enough.


As his obituary said: "Good night, Uncle Sully."  And thank you, friend Tim, for stirring our belief and passion for Rotary service.  You are the genuine Rotarian.


Phil and Kathleen Silvers

Posted by Diane Ventura-Goodyear

Posted by Robert Shogren on Aug 07, 2012

Posted by Kirti Khalsa



We have had comments about the length of articles and the need to include photographs with your submissions.  We have had restrictions in order to keep the newsletters a reasonable length.  After receiving suggestions from readers – we have decided to loosen our restrictions (to a degree) to see if you enjoy a more robust newsletter.  It will be interesting to obtain your feedback.

New District 5500 Newsletter!   Guidelines: 

- Email both Sheryl at  [email protected]  and Kirti at [email protected]

- Send articles in MS Word format – preferably under 450 words.


Posted by Tonja Greenfield

Brazil Friendship Project

If you have never been on a Friendship Exchange or a Friendship Project here is your opportunity.
Join 25 of your fellow Rotarians, their partners, and Non-Rotarians for a one-week Friendship Project leaving April 16, 2013 to Natal, Brazil, returning on April 24, 2013.  If you want to play on the beach with us for another week, then we will return May 1, 2013 or make your own second week schedule. We are working to obtain a group rate for our airfare for those who will not be doing their own scheduling.
Brazilian Rotarians will home hoist us where at least one will speak English in each home. The purpose of our trip is to assist in developing projects to help those in poverty develop skills leading to a better life.

The District Website has a new look!
Problems? Email
How to Submit Articles/Events  to the District Website   http://www.rotaryd5500.org
Since the new website will be hosted on Clubrunner, if you too are currently using Clubrunner, events will show up in the Calendar if you are synced with the district.
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Thank you all for your support and co-operation while we go through this transitioning phase.
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