Valentina Arrives from Chile


Today a welcoming party from the sponsoring Scottsdale Rotary Club lead by club President Tim Baughman,greeted the first of 4 Rotary Youth Exchange students to come to District 5510. Valentina flew from Santiago and arrived this morning.   Pictured are members of the welcoming party as they greeted her with flowers, balloons and hugs all around.  Yes, she is tired but ready to begin this great adventure.

If you or your club is interested in hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange student, or even just to have them come speak at your club, call Bill Beamish, the District 5510 RYE Chair.  There is also a need for more hands to help ensure the administrative efforts to care for these students is properly handled.

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If you are interested in helping and /or just need more information about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program here is Bill’s contact info: Bill Beamish  C: 480-390-4140 or email

The NGE Adventure Continues


For the 5 New Generation Exchange Students they continue to experience much of our Arizona culture. They have been hosted by the Flagstaff Rotary Club and have enjoyed boating on Lake Powell, Grand Canyon vista, kayaking on Lake Mary, Sunset Crater, the Lowell Observatory, NAU, and the northern AZ Celtic Highland games.

Pictured enjoying a BBQ at the home of Mike Casey, NGE Coordinator, are Stefan Bertelsmann from Germany studying Economics; Hannes Mannich from Germany studying Mechanical Engineering; Sascha Kieltyka from Germany studying Banking and Finance; Maaike Westra from Netherlands studying Accounting;

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and Bastiaan Maliepaard from Netherlands studying Technology Management.

They also had the opportunity to take in the sights in Las Vegas.  Unfortunately, there are no pictures.  As the saying goes……………..

This week they will experience a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon courtesy of the Gran Canyon RC.  This weekend they will visit the good folks in Payson before heading to Mesa and finally warming up to the Arizona summer.

New Generations Exchange team arrives in District 5510

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July 9, 2014

Today marks the first day of a new program in District 5510 as 4 New Generation young adults arrived in Arizona.

The five students are, (not all pictured here), Stefan Bertelsmann from Germany studying Economics; Hannes Mannich from Germany studying Mechanical Engineering; Sascha Kieltyka from Germany studying Banking and Finance; Maaike Westra from Netherlands studying Accounting; Bastiaan Maliepaard from Netherlands studying Technology Management.

The welcoming committee was lead by NGE coordinator Michael Casey from RC of Flagstaff, John Thornton from the RC of Scottsdale and District Governor John Pennypacker from the RC of Mesa Sunrise.

After a welcome here in the greater Phoenix area, these young folks will head up north to Flagstaff, Sedona, Las Vegas, Winslow, the Grand Canyon, Payson and Mesa. They have a jam packed schedule and depart on July 30th.

Be sure to find out what clubs they will be with and do your best to meet these fine young adults!

Let’s Light Up Rotary in District 5510


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Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang has absolutely gotten it right.  “It is better to light one candle than to sit and curse the darkness”.  This squarely puts the finger on many in our district; be it clubs or individuals.

Now how do we light that candle in your club?  You have ideas, concerns, and thoughts about how our district and clubs are being run.  Call me! Tell me what you think and don’t be surprise when I call you to help with an activity.  More hands are needed at the club and district level.

During the past year my eyes were opened to those clubs doing unsung things that, if not for the Rotarians in those clubs, those beautiful things such as supporting our youth would not get done. Projects such as Mentoring, Dictionaries, Choices, SDSK, and countless others all contribute to supporting our communities and our youth.  These projects should appeal to us all.

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If these are not your passion, then tell someone what is.  Maybe that someone shares that passion. Now two mighty fine Rotarians can do something about it.

There is something for everyone.  If you think you do not have the time to do one more thing, I challenge you to take on that one task and I’ll bet you find the time to do it and that you find more time to do other things. Easy for me to say you might opine.  Well, I thought this job would be five times harder than I realized two and a half years ago.  Guess what?  It is twenty times harder and it has forced me to do things I never envisioned.  Yet, I am so lucky to be in this position and, yes, I somehow have found the time. For instance, writing this article has been on the back burner for far too long.  And now here it is.

Enough whining. Back to Lighting Up Rotary in your district and your club.  Get more folks involved in doing things.  If it takes 1 or 2 to do the job, try getting 3 or 4 to do it. Why, you ask? Who knows, maybe they become better friends and perhaps they each know someone who would enjoy doing a project supporting our youth or any other worthwhile endeavor. It is not so much putting too many on a task; it is more a matter of getting more folks engaged in Rotary.  Hopefully, these actions result in membership growth.

As we move forward with an emphasis on membership growth for all Arizona districts, I call your attention to a superb Membership Seminar to be held August 9th in Marana.  Please view the flyer in this newsletter.  There will be outstanding speakers:

  • Brad Howard — RI Director-Elect, Keynote Speaker
  • Rod Belton — Zone 26 Coordinator
  • Wyn Spiller — RI Cadre Trainer and PDG District 5190

Who should attend: Club presidents, club presidents-elect, club membership chairs and committee members, club officers, any Rotarian interested in improving recruitment and retention for their clubs.

As the year progresses I want to elaborate on the various committees in your district and how they can support your club. For instance, our Youth Program Committee is one of the focal points I want to concentrate on during this year. If you were at the District Conference in May or Presidential Inauguration in June, you saw first hand the future of Rotary. We have some outstanding young people in our Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange and Rotoract Programs. Yet so few folks really get involved.  If you want to Light Up Rotary and get your own juices flowing, get involved with the Youth Programs, help establish a New Generations Club, and just plain have fun watching these young people grow.  You cannot tell me we do not have some deserving and enthusiastic young people in our district that would benefit greatly by participating in a Rotary Youth Exchange program.  It will change their lives and perhaps might even cause you smile a bit more, too.

So as we kick-off Rotary Year 2014 – 2015, help me to help you “Light Up Rotary” in your district.  We can do this, but we can only do it together.

The future of Rotary – our youth: your part!

Our communities, our nation and the world desperately need the commitment and effective action of the upcoming generations – and that is where your personal commitment as a Rotarian to “Service Above Self” is required.

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The District 5510 Youth Services Committee is committed to building on the strengths of our youth program in the next two years.   The immediate goal is pulling together a robust committee to strengthen several of the program, and to involve Rotarians in creating the capacity to serve more youth.

Specifically, the district Youth Services Committee needs you and your club to:

  1. Recruit at least one member of your club (you?) to serve on the district Youth Services Committee, either directly on the committee or in one of the six programs.
  2. Seek out, interview and select at least one high schooler to attend the spring Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) at the Salvation Army camp in Heber in April (suggest one RYLA delegate for every 20 members of your club).
  3. Sponsor and actively support, as a single club or in partnership with another club or two, an Interact Club at a high school (or for homeschoolers) in your area.
  4. If you have university or university branch, or community college, in your area, partner with students there to start and support a Rotaract Club.
  5. Talk up Rotary Youth Exchange among your members, their families, and the members of the Interact Club you sponsor, to apply for this “capstone” program to send an Arizona high schooler abroad for nine to ten months, and to host one in return.
  6. And finally, look at your club, and its membership, to find ways to recruit younger members, including those as young as age 18.

Besides Rotarians to serve at the district level in the six current and upcoming youth programs, the committee needs a vice chair, a finance officer and assistant, and a technology officer and assistant.   You?


Please contact John Wintersteen, Youth Services chair, by phone (602.390.3124) or email ( to discuss where you and other members of your club can contribute to the development of our youth today in District 5510, and to the future of Rotary, our communities and the world.

District 5500 Membership Seminar Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Who should attend: Club presidents, club presidents-elect, club membership chairs and all committee members, all club officers, any Rotarian interested in improving recruitment and retention.

Why YOU should attend:

  • Learn new ways to engage and attract members.
  • Strengthen and grow local clubs.
  • Understand why members leave Rotary and what we can do about it.
  • Discover what makes effective orientation programs and how they impact retention.
  • Investigate new options for club membership and club types.
  • Discuss “best practices” in recruitment and retention.
  • Learn how to develop a workable membership plan for your club.

Outstanding Speakers:

  • Brad Howard — RI Director-Elect, Keynote Speaker
  • Rod Belton — Zone 26 Coordinator
  • Wyn Spiller — RI Cadre Trainer and PDG District 5190

Time and Location:

  • Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • 8:30 am – 3:15 pm (registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 am)
  • Highlands at Dove Mountain Club House

o   4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd.

o   Marana, AZ  85658


  • $25 per person – includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.
  • Pay fee at the door on the day of the seminar.


  • Online registration is required by August 4, 2014.
  • Register at:
  • Registration link also available at District website:


Incoming DG Pennypacker joins 4th of July Poop Scoopin’

Every year the Rotary Club of Springerville, in the White Mountains, scoops the poop in their Fourth of July parade. While it’s a dirty job, someone has to do it and it has always been great PR for the club, with standing ovations and even the occasional wolf whistle, (thanks Kara Schroeder). Notable Past District Governors such as Lucinda General, Abe Feder and Greg Podd have all manned the Golden Shovel for their turn at cleaning up and now that honor passes to  incoming District Governor John Pennypacker. All DGs go through rigorous training to learn their jobs, and we feel this is the last bit they can learn as they begin their year.

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Abe Feder scoops in 2012

The question for all the Rotarians in Phoenix is, when the temperatures there are at 110 plus, making a quick drive for a great hometown parade and temperatures around 75 degrees seems like a no-brainer. So why aren’t you coming up? The Springerville club will happily take volunteers to scoop and we will even give you tips on where to stay. Just give Bryon Harrington a call at 928-333-5988.