District 5495 Youth Services News

You are enthusiastically invited to play in the annual Phoenix Rotary 100 Interact Golf Tournament 5-8 p.m. Saturday night, November 13, 2021.
This tournament promises a rollicking good time of fun, humor, mystery, tasty treats, no-host bar and prizes while raising money for high school Interact students who, like many of us, could definitely use a better year than last year!
For the first time, this tournament will be played at night with fancy glow in dark balls that are sure to transform the Encanto Short 9 Golf Course into a life-size pinball extravaganza as 20 teams of 2 players per team swing and putt their way through the course.

Entry Fee/Donate/Volunteer

You may have heard rumors circulated in past years that the entry fee for this tournament was priceless, but this year we are offering this amazing experience for the discounted rate of $60 per player! If you can't participate, but would like to make a donation to support the Interact clubs, please register and select the donation option. Volunteers are also needed to help with registration, food, and directing golfers. Register to sign up as a volunteer.

Tournament Format

The format is two-player teams. Scramble off the tee – alternate shots thereafter AND one club and a putter per player. The entry fee includes:

·        9 holes of golf

·        a night golf glow ball

·        entry into the closest to pin and long drive contests

·        a raffle

·        tasty treats, no host bar, and great prizes!


Click here to register to play, donate or volunteer! (https://Registrations.DACdb.com/Register/index.cfm?EventID=77555286&NoCaptcha)

Click here  to view and/or print the GLOW BALL Night Tournament flyer. Questions? Email the John Gerace (johngerace@zoho.com) or Phoenix Rotary 100 (rotary@rotary100.org)

RYLA Pinerock is now accepting applications for Student Delegates, Junior Counselors and Adult Volunteers.
As we were not in person last year, we really want to make this year a great success as we return to on site RYLA!  Applications can be completed at  ryla5495.org. Please reach out to your local schools and Interact clubs to help spread the word.
All adult volunteers must have received the Covid-19 vaccination.  
Student applications will close soon so please reach out!  Also, we are hoping to participate in the Meal Packing service project again this year with Manzanita Outreach (RYLA Pinerock in 2020 packed over 45,000 meals!).  We depend upon the contributions of the wonderful Rotarians in this district to help supplement the costs needed to make the meal packing project happen at RYLA -- it's a win-win all the way around. 
If you are interested in making a tax credit donation, you may do so at the link listed on the RYLA website above. 
If you have any questions, please reach out to the RYLA Pinerock program Chair Tammy Sabinsky at 623-640-0838.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the youth of our community !!
Hi everyone! The year has been off to a great start! Many Interact Clubs have started hosting in person meetings once again. Agua Fria, Centennial, and Barry Goldwater High Schools have kicked the year off by helping food banks and hosting food drives! The BASIS Scottsdale Interact Club was able to test WAPI’s in preparation for our upcoming Ambassador trip next summer. Canyon View High School is continuing their monthly park clean up, and Washington High School recently prepared and served over 400 meals to those in need. To stay updated on our clubs’ projects be sure to follow us on Instagram (@interactaz5495) or Facebook (Interact District 5495).
Recently, the District Council has been working hard on the development of our Fall Leadership Conference. Registration for FLC is officially open; the link can be found on our website (rotaryazinteract.org). Join us October 30th, 9:00am-12:00pm via Zoom to hear a special report from our 2021 Kenya and Mexico Ambassador Teams, receive ideas for service projects, and learn leadership skills to bring back to your club. This year the Fall Leadership will be a costume party, so we hope to see everyone dressed up for the occasion (this is not mandatory)!
Ryla applications are open now and close October 31st. If you know an Interactor who is looking to make new friends and have lots of fun, all while learning new leadership skills, then encourage them to apply!
Rotary has a new area of focus: Helping the Environment! Join the Environmental Committee, led by an Interactor, Chloe Lyons. If you know an Interactor, Rotaractor, or Rotarian that’s passionate about the environment and is looking for new ways to give back to their community, have them email the head of the committee, Chloe Lyons (roxy35@cox.net).
As always, if you have any questions my email is briannar2460@gmail.com.
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village held its first Youth Salute Awards Ceremony, Wednesday evening September 22, 2021, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Four local high schools were asked to nominate candidates: Verde Valley, Mingus, Camp Verde & Sedona. The students from the junior class were nominated for their exemplary leadership skills and needed at least a B average.

Forty Students were nominated among the schools. Nominees completed an application and submitted an essay to participate. Rotary Club members and volunteers interviewed each candidate, who were asked to treat the process as a professional interview. The top nine candidates were selected to compete for the Award.

At the Awards evening, moderated by Sara Crosby, the nine candidates were sequestered and one by one called back to answer an impromptu question for two minutes in front of the audience and a panel of judges.

The judges included: Heather Hermen, President of the Rotary Club of Sedona Village (RCSV), Jennette Bill, Past President RCSV, Dr. Tina Redd, Dean of the Verde Valley District, Yavapai College, & Eric Young from Rotary Club of the Verde Valley. The judges then chose four winners after comparing notes and deliberating.

While the judges were deciding the winners, Patrick Schweiss, Artistic Director of the Sedona International Film Festival & Mary D. Fisher Theatre addressed the audience for 15 minutes about leadership and shared his experience.

The four winners are usually awarded an all-expense paid trip to the annual National Council Youth Leadership Conference, “Town Meeting on Tomorrow” at the University of Washington, St. Louis. Because of COVID this year the in-person conference has been cancelled. Instead, the winners are invited to a four-hour Zoom leadership meeting October 21, 2021.

In addition, The Rotary Club of Sedona Village awarded $500 to each finalist. The official name of the program sanctioned by the National Council of Youth Leadership is Rotary Club of Sedona Village Youth Salute. Youth Salute has been implemented in communities across the country.

See www.ncyl.org for complete details about the program.

(Photo: Three of the four winners with President Heather Hermen. (One of the winners competed remotely)
After a long hiatus because of the pandemic, in person RYLA Ponderosa is back! 

Originally scheduled for October 8-11, 2021, it has been moved to the Spring 2022, April 7-10.  This will give staff more time to promote the program, and more time for the current COVID picture to improve.
Our website is ryla5495ponderosa.org.  Please contact Sherry Mischel at sherryfmischel@outlook.com or John Wintersteen at jdwintersteen@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Thank you!
RYLA Ponderosa Staff
The Interact District Council's Corporate Partner, American Furniture Warehouse, has temporarily stopped accepting wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other mobility-assistance devices at both of its warehouses in Gilbert and Glendale, due to increased need for the storage space for its business.   
The Arizona Interact Crutches 4 Africa has more than a full load for a 40-foot container to ship overseas, and no scheduled date to load and ship the container. 
When American Furniture Warehouse resumes accepting mobility devices, district Interact and Rotary Clubs will be notified. American Furniture Warehouse and the company's representative Lauren Lukas have been strong supporters of the Interact Crutches 4 Africa program and a partner with the district in other activities.
In the meantime, there is a critical need for temporary storage around our Rotary District. Each Interact and Rotary Club will have to make their own arrangements for storage, but if there is a location where larger numbers of mobility devices can be stored, that would be helpful. 
If you have storage space for mobility devices for Crutches 4 Africa, please email District Interact Chair Art Harrington, art@harringtonfinancialservices.com.
ASU Rotaract this summer successfully initiated a “Traveling Trophy” fundraiser, a project they hope to reintroduce every year moving forward.
The fundraiser acts as a friendly competition amongst various Rotary clubs to raise money for a non-profit organization. The Rotary club with the highest donations overall receives a trophy to champion until the next Traveling Trophy fundraiser!
The trophy, a lovable little robot, was donated by a Rotarian who hoped to see this tin companion be used in a donation drive for veterans.
For this iteration of the Traveling Trophy fundraiser, the organization of choice was Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping in physically and emotionally healing veterans through fly fishing as well as various educational activities and outings.
For veterans suffering from PTSD, the solace of calm waters and companions who can relate to their experiences is a godsend. Tying fishing line also helps those with prosthetic limbs exercise their motor skills. The major positive impact that PHWFF has had on numerous lives couldn’t have been made possible without the help of generous donations and volunteers.
For this reason, ASU Rotaract is proud to announce that over $1,000 in donations were raised to help PHWFF. In addition to that, Tempe South Rotary Club was the reigning king of the fundraiser, providing the most donations out of all participating Rotary clubs.
ASU Rotaract hopes to have another successful launch of this fundraiser next year! For that, any candidate suggestions for non-profit organizations to fundraise for would be greatly appreciated.
Contact ASU Rotaract at asu.rotaract@gmail.com to send in your suggestions.
If you’d like to learn more about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, check them out at https://projecthealingwaters.org/.