July 2017 News
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Each July 1 marks the beginning of a new year for Rotary International. So, Happy New Year to the 71 clubs 6 satellites and 2473 members of our new District 5495!
Thank you to the dozens of talented Rotarians who have stepped up to serve as 2017-18 Club Presidents, Assistant Governors, Club Leaders, Committees/Program Chairs and District Officers.  Your leadership during this, our inaugural year, will be the foundation for our success!
The application period for a District Grant has been extended to July 15, 2017.

Please identify your club project for 2017-18 and complete the District Grant application on the website as soon as possible. These additional grant funds are available up to $2000, with the club funding at least 50% of the project cost.
Chandler's Hancock Elementary School, home of the Heat, is an A+ school, as designated by the Arizona Education Foundation. The job of the teachers is to educate the students in the basics; to teach relatively simple concepts, to teach social skills, to teach children how to learn ... to teach them age-appropriate lessons. 
The summit will convene on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in central Phoenix. Our guest speakers include water project champions in Arizona, as well as, Christina Welch, Rotary Scholar to UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. Her expertise relates to water resources in conflict areas; you may read an article by her here.
The Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA) is an exciting and innovative distance learning approach to leadership development. Through this vehicle, selected Rotary Club Past-Presidents obtain exceptional training at home, via their computers, under the guidance of some of our most capable and experienced Past District Governors and senior Rotarians. Students will be able to work at their own pace and on their own schedules, within the guidelines of the program. To be eligible to attend RLA the nominee must be a Rotary Club Past-President.
The next round of foreign Rotary Youth Exchange students will be arriving at the end of July to attend our Arizona high schools and immerse themselves in the "American culture" Various District 5495 Rotary clubs will be sponsoring 17 Arizona outbound students and hosting 17 foreign inbound students for the 2017-2018 school year.
Last month, The Mesa Rotary Club, through the generosity of it’s members and Thompson Auto Repair & Towing’s Tow Truck & driver James, was able to donate & deliver just over 5,500 bottles of water to the Mesa’s, United Food Bank in cooperation with the Mesa Chamber and their support of the Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign.
We’re looking to build a team of expert consultants who are familiar with Go To Meeting and/or Fuze. We’re hoping to build a team of a minimum of seven members who will help facilitate video conferencing for our District.
The Rio Salado and Camelback Crossroads clubs are hosting "The Great Tempe Bike Race" fundraiser, July 29th at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex.  We are looking for stationary bike riders and hope to fill many of those spots with our fellow Rotarians.  This will be a fun and exciting event with prizes, food and a live DJ. 
Dear Club Presidents,
Every club wants to leave a legacy of impact! As incoming Club President, this is an opportunity to lead your club in leaving such an impact, sustain member growth AND participate in a meaningful Zone-level initiative.
FELLOW ROTARIANS:  Thank you for the honor to have served as your District Polio Chair for these past three plus years.

Thank you for your generous support of the effort to ENDPOLIONOW.