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Dear Rotarians:
Welcome to our 9th Fireside Chat, seems like this year has been going by so fast.  I'm afraid to blink because I might miss something.  We have already put 3/4 of Rotary Year 2016-17 into the history books for everyone to read about now and for years to come.
We recently completed the PETS for our new district ... District 5495.  The Tri-District PETS staff put on a wonderful learning experience for the eager new Presidents, Presidents Nominee and Assistant Governors.  Check out  incoming AG Jay Schlum's story below ... he says it all very well!  No sense trying improve upon perfection, thank you Jay.
The merger of Districts 5490 and 5510 moving along like clockwork as we approach the finish line of July 1, 2017.  You are about to hear / read a whole lot more about the last District 5490 Conference.  Hence I'll apologize in advance for all the emails you will be receiving nonetheless its something we have to do to get the word about district conference out to our members.
District Grants for 2017-18 Club Project
By Jim Bissonett - RC of E-Club of the Southwest
Greetings from the new District 5495 Rotary Foundation Committee!
Now is the time to start planning your club project in 2017-18 that can be partially funded by a District Grant.   
These awards are available up to $2000, with the club funding at least 50% of the project cost.
Below, at the end, are the names of individuals who can help you  with your district grant.
Please check out the All New Grants Tab on the District 5490 website.
Caborca Polio Vaccinations
February 10, 2017
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
This story should have been in the March Newsletter however is was overlooked.  Nonetheless, it is a great story about Rotarians doing good around the world and close to home.  Pictured on the left is Barbara Murray administering "drops" to a 4 year old boy.
Club Leadership Academy registration is OPEN! 
Space is limited.   Register Today!
By David Simmer - RC of Sedona, DGN
New Rotary District 5495 is launching an innovative concept in leadership development and club support.  Our new Club Leadership Academy (CLA) has drawn considerable praise and attention from Districts and leaders across the western United States for the creative approach it offers to help clubs expand their impact.
AZ Interact Ambassadors to Kenya Announced
By PDG Art Harrington - RC Bullhead City
IT’S OFFICIAL!  As announced at the 4th Annual Interact District Conference, held in Cottonwood on Saturday, February 25, the four AZ Interact Ambassadors to Kenya will be Bridget MacDonald, Loralli Johnson, Dylan Boyd and Samantha Hazel McGuffin.
After independently reviewing the statewide applications and letters of reference submitted, and conducting individual interviews with each of the aspiring candidates, the special Rotary Youth Exchange Committee selected these four top Interactors (two from D5490 and two from D5510) to be sent to Kenya in June to represent the Interact clubs of Arizona, assisting their international partners in Kenya and the Rotarian organization, Crutches 4 Africa, with the distribution of the crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices the Interactors here have been collecting.  The RYE Committee also selected Tien Le and Aalayah-Ann Keyes, both Seniors at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, to be the first and second alternates, respectively.
RYE Hosting Families Needed
By Kaley Gilmore - RC of Peoria
Our 5495 Youth Exchange Committee is working hard on assigning school placements for our incoming 2017-2018 exchange student class.
If you know of anyone who is interested in hosting or if your club will like to be apart of future events, please contact us! 
The Rotary Meditation Garden Bricks Available for Purchase
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
The Rotary Meditation Garden located in Sun City West, Arizona is now open for visitors.
Bricks are being sold to fund the Meditation Garden.  The funds will be used to fund construction costs, future improvements and to support Rotary Club of Sun City West Charities located in Sun City West.  Three different brick sizes will be sold; they are 4 X 8, 8 X 8 and 16 X 16.
The concept was conceived many years ago by the Governing Board of Sun City West.  At the time, it was a pipe dream as there was no name, no location, no budget and no funding.
Making a Positive Difference
By Jay Schlum - AG RC of Four Peaks
Rotary International Leadership, Current and Incoming AZ DG’s, 2017 Arizona PETS team (Distinguished PETS Faculty & PETS Steering Committee),
First, please feel free to pass this "Thank you" along to all that served on the 2017 Arizona Rotary PETS committee.

As an incoming AG and 2017 AZ PETS attendee I am very thankful for the efforts you all placed into making this one of the best PETS conferences I have attended.

Discovery Playground Access
By Mark Anderson - RC of Prescott Sunup
Students of Discovery Gardens Pre-School enjoy improved playground access courtesy of Prescott Sunup Rotary Club with assistance from Northpoint Interact Club. The project allows for handicap access so that all students can enjoy the playground.
Sunup Rotary President Greg Barstad said “we feel this is a great project for our community, a labor of love.”
District Conference Advertising Opportunity
By AG Mike Conner - RC of Laughlin
Rotarians are Business Leaders and Professionals who volunteer to serve in our local communities, and globally.
Your advertisement in the Rotary District 5490 Conference ‘17 program will reach out to Rotarians and their families from all over the State of Arizona, and well as Southern Nevada, Eastern California, and visitors from several other states and countries.
See the image below for all of the information about advertiaing in the District Conference Program then Click on the image below to download your advertising form and follow the instructions.
Rotary Leadership Institute, Saturday, May 6
By Beth Sheehan - District 5490 Secretary
Just a reminder that our next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held Saturday, May 6 at Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301.
This will be a good time to escape the heat of the valley!
Questions? Call Beth at 602.604.8221
Download the Registration form here.
Reflections on Rotary Friendship Exchange to India
By PDG Craig Wilson - RC of Phoenix 100
Did you know that you could became a part of a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE)? Honestly, until PDG Don Schiller called me in May 2016 I didn’t even know what RFE meant. It means a lot.
A RFE is a Rotary sanctioned exchange between Rotary clubs or districts. Last year we, Rotary District5490, hosted six Rotarians from Bhopal and Indore India, RD 3040. We took them to all the special places in AZ and even Las Vegas. They stayed in our homes, met our families and participated in Rotary functions. They then reciprocated with an invitation to come to India. We went.


Polio - Challenges to Reaching Zero Cases
By DG Tonya Watson - District 5510 District Governor
Time: June 9, 2017 1 P.M. TO 5 P.M.
The Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors (We include all healthcare professionals) is holding a seminar at the CDC on Friday June 9 at 1300.  Hosted by the IFRD and the Rotary Club of Clifton/Emory (CDC club) we will be having world experts discuss the research and clinical issues still faced to ending Polio.  It is open to all Rotarian Healthcare professionals and their guests and early registration is advised.  Continuing Education Credit for medical and nursing professionals. There is no way to figure out how many and where these Rotarians are if they do not belong to the fellowship so if you could look at this and give me suggestions and pass it on if pertinent that would be helpful. Thank you.  See you in June or sooner in Atlanta