A new Rotary year


The power of Rotary is seen all over the world, every day—water wells for clean water, books and supplies for education, immunizations of children to eradicate polio, rotary peace centers for conflict and peace resolution studies! The list goes on and on!
We can see the power of Rotary right here in our own district—each and every club helps people in need and works towards world peace—helping out local food banks, providing supplies for our local schools, assisting our Veterans, “Special Day for Special Kids”, which has been going on for a number of years. Globally our clubs have helped in many ways—a sewing center set up in Bangladesh for women to learn a trade, providing medical supplies and equipment for better healthcare, school supplies for children in Pakistan! This list also goes on and on!

As we embark on a new Rotary year, we should reflect on what we have accomplished and what still needs to be done! A Rotarian’s job is never done! The RI theme for this upcoming year is “Be a gift to the World”! What does that mean? Whatever we can offer to the world is a gift—your skill, your talent, your knowledge, your money, your passion! In return, Rotary gives us the satisfaction of helping people, doing good things—helping our fellow man! What greater gift is there than that!

As we take this journey together, let’s think about what each one of us has to offer, what is our gift to the world! We can always do better! We need to continue to show the power of Rotary, through our gifts!

To accomplish this, we need to continue to grow our clubs and raise money! Only through strong, vibrant clubs can we show the power of Rotary and be the very best gift to the world as we can!

I am anxious to visit each club and see what your gift is or will be! I urge each of you to “show the world the power of Rotary! “ We have a big job ahead of us, but I know we can do it. Most of all, we have to have FUN in whatever we do!
See you on the road!

Yours in Rotary Service,
Sherry Mischel
DG 2015-16

District 5500 Membership Seminar

Saturday August 1, 2015

8:15 am – Registration
Opening Comments 8:50 am
9:00 am-3:10 pm seminar

Highlands at Dove Mountain Club House
4949 W Heritage Club Blvd
Marana AZ 85658

Keynote Speaker: SHIRLEY GRACE – District 5230 Governor 2012-2013


  • Online Registration Required by July 27, 2015 https://d55002015membershipseminar.eventbrite.com
  • $30.00 per Person
    • Includes Lunch, coffee, iced tea & Lemonade
    • Fee will be collected at the door or can be mailed: Liz Coh
  • Tucson Sunrise Rotary, 3018 N Calle Ladera, Tucson AZ 85715
  • Topics covered include:
    • Induction and Orientation (from FIrst Impressions to Engagement)
    • Inspect What You Expect
    • Becoming a Vibrant Rotary Club
    • Social Media
    • Rotary 911

Questions? Contact Joe Hentges at joehentges@d5500rotarian.com or theDistrict 5500 website @ District5500 website at rotaryd5500.org

District 5510 goes to the RI Convention in Brazil


As you all know, the Rotary International Convention was in Sao Paulo, Brazil last month. Over 3,000 clubs were represented by the 14,000 attendees. It was a chance for Rotarians all over the world to gather, rekindle old friendships, and make new ones as well. Outgoing RI President Gary C.K. Huang quoted Confucius by saying “To have friends come from afar is the most joyful thing.”

At the convention we heard from world class speakers, including past presidents from Costa Rica, Argentina, and Ecuador. We heard from not one, but two 10 year old girls on their outstanding humanitarian projects. It is heartwarming to see the dedication to humanity that has been instilled in them at such a young age. It is hard to imagine speaking in front of 14,000 people, much less doing this at age 10. These girls spoke with great poise and their passion for their projects brought tears to many eyes in the audience.

Bill Gates delivered his address via prerecorded video. The good news is that we are only a few months away from declaring Nigeria (and the entire African continent) polio free. There are only a handful of recent polio cases in Afghanistan. However, Pakistan unstable political climate continues to create an unsafe environment for polio workers, but the number of new polio cases is still declining.

Incoming RI President Ravi Ravindran delivered his opening address and gave us his “Rotary Minute”. He has a long history as a Rotarian and hinted at ways that he is going to help RI reduce expenses while still keeping up the standard of giving world-wide. Go to www.rotary.org and read his Presidential Citation. Many of the convention’s break-out sessions focused on member engagement being the key to member retention. So… stay active Rotarians!


Of course, it wasn’t all work and no play. The convention provided us with world-class entertainment every day of the convention. The opening plenary was concluded with the Phoenix Firedancers from Austria. Their mix of percussion, violin, acrobats, fire, fireworks, and lasers left the audience breathless. Sao Paulo has many local samba schools. The Vai Vai samba school performed for us at the convention, and many others participated in the carnival parade on Saturday night.

Our closing concert was Brazilian pop-star Ivette Sangallo. She had the entire convention singing and dancing in the aisles. Even Gary Huang got in on the fun. He joined Ivette on stage and taught her (and the entire band) the Happy Clap. What a way to end his year as RI President!


Although our numbers weren’t large, District 5510 was well represented by outgoing District Governor John Pennypacker and incoming DG Sherry Mischel. Here is a photo of our District 5510 dinner.

Next year’s convention will be in Seoul, South Korea. We got a preview from the convention co-chairs who were dressed as the “Seoul Brothers” (picture Elwood and Jake Blues). The 2016 convention promises world class accommodations and entertainment. If you have never been to Korea, this might be your best excuse to go there.

Have a great Rotary year, and Be a Gift to the World!!!

Obrigado (Thank You)
Ed Koeneman
Mesa West Rotary Club President

TRVFA Student of the Month • July 2015

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TRVFA is proud to announce that Brandy Pittman has been selected as our July 2015 Student of the Month.

“My name is Brandy Pittman and for a couple of years now I wanted to become a dental assistant because of my fascination with teeth and smiles, but more importantly the financial stability, flexible schedule, advancement opportunity and job security. As a single mom this was very important to me, however I didn’t have the money to make my dream happen.

Brandy Pitman
Brandy Pittman

In November 2014, I applied for a TRVFA grant. In January 2015, I met with the Rotary Club of Litchfield Park and was approved for a grant and on May 28, 2015, I graduated from Altrain Dental Assistant Academy.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity I was given as now my family’s future looks so much brighter, and I feel confident that I can build a better life for my children.

Thank you to the Litchfield Park Rotary Club and TRVFA for helping me make my dreams happen!!!”

Arizona Rotarians may assist other worthy candidates through their donations to TRVFA using the online “Donate Now” feature at www.trvfa.org. Please make your donation today.

[TRVFA is a an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. Your donation may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to the amount allowed by state law and may be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax benefits of your donation.]