Welcome to Rotary District 5490


District Governor
Danny Messersmith
District Governor's Rotary Club
Rotary Club Kingman Route 66


Dear Rotarians:


Welcome to our 7th Fireside Chat, and — 🎉🎉🎉 Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎉


I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year Celebration of your choosing with family and friends to do justice to the potential this new year provides for all of us, particularly in the realm of doing more good in the world.

What a whirlwind the first half of the 2016-2017 year was with all the club visits, events, training and meetings. The Emerging Leader Summit was fantastic. The Big West Rotaract Conference! The Connecting For Good Tour - Wow!  It has been demanding in time and energy, but I would not trade it for anything in the world as I was able to do all of it with you, my family of Rotary .
Happy 100th TRF Birthday
District Conference
Check out the Sneak Peek Video
Atlanta 2017
District Events
January 2017
Home Page News Stories
CALLING ALL CLUB LEADERS --- PETS Registration is now open!
By DGE Nancy Van Pelt - RC of Glendale West
All over the Rotary World President Elect Training Seminars (PETS) will soon start taking place.  Every Rotary Club President-elect worldwide will be a ‘guest of honor’ at these signature events --and our incoming club leaders are no exception! 
Arizona Tri-District PETS will be held February 24 and 25, 2017, at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa. 
PETS includes breakout sessions with PEs from across the state as well as meetings with your district leadership team.  General sessions will feature a star-studded lineup of speakers, including RI President-Elect Ian Riseley from Australia and RI Director-Elect John Matthews, and PDGs Jeff Cadorette and Shirley Grace.
Rotary Leadership Institute, Saturday, January 21
By Beth Sheehan - District 5490 Secretary
Just a reminder that our next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held Saturday, January 21 at DeVry University, Westgate City Center, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. in Glendale - adjacent to the Gila River Arena.
We've had a good response so far! If you've attended, please encourage other club members to attend.
Questions? Call Beth at 602.604.8221
Download the Registration form here.
New District Governor Nominee Designate
By Danny Messersmith - DG District 5490
Dear Rotarians of RI District 5490:
This is our official notice that Mr. David Simmer, member of The Rotary Club of Sedona, is the duly elected District Governor Nominee Designate. 

We wish David well as he transitions through the training and requirements ahead on his journey to be an outstanding District Governor. 
Social Media Team Members Needed
By Amanda Sanchez - RC of Surprise - President
Social Media Team:
  • Develop and maintain check list for social media compliancy analysis
  • Provide presentation to Rotary Clubs on Social Media effectiveness (if requested)
  • Review and provide Social Media tips to clubs (if Social Media exists)
  • Gather information from Social Media analysis
PIDMT Merger Website Committee Needs Help
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
The Public Image, Data Management and Technology (PIDMT) is in need of website reviewers.
Interested persons should contact the PIDMT Website Committee Chairpersons Rusty Pile or Miki Dzugan.
No experience necessary!  Training will be provided.  If you can browse the internet then you're qualified.
Simply click on Rusty's or Miki's name above to send them an email of your interest.
PIDMT Merger Newsletter Committee Needs Help
By AG Bob Murray - RC of Sun City West
The Public Image, Data Management and Technology (PIDMT) is in need of newsletter reviewers.
Interested persons should contact the PIDMT Newsletter Committee Chairperson Bryon Harrington.
No experience necessary!  Training will be provided.  If you can browse the internet or read newspapers then you're qualified.
Simply click on Bryon's name above to send him an email of your interest.
Why Did You Join Rotary?
By DGND David Simmer - RC of Sedona
When I joined Rotary several years ago I had little use for the Rotary Foundation….in fact I encouraged members of my club to think about giving funds directly to our club instead.  
Like many other Rotarians I had joined Rotary to do good in my community….to make my community a better place.  
I was, and continue to be, passionate about making the community where I live and the surrounding communities a better and more desirable place to live, enjoy our life, friends and community events.  We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place and I wanted to make it even better!
Crutches 4 Africa
Interact Project for 2016-17
Interact Districts 5490, 5500 & 5510

By PDG Art Harrington - RC of Bullhead City
A special Note from Candice Talbot
"As you may not know two months ago David Talbot,( Mr. Crutches4Africa ) had a number of heart attacks and organ failures. It is my joy to say he is finally home today, and doing great.  He originally was hospitalized Nov. 4th. We need to pass the word to as many friends, and supporters as we can find as fast as possible. The house is no longer user friendly for him.  www.beatool.org/davetalbot This is a tax deductible organization which will disburse the money as needed to renovate the house to allow David to continue to live at home for good. Any money donated above and beyond the need for the contractors will go to Crutches4Africa.  Yay!. So if you can get this out to your club, and anyone who might care about David I would appreciate it.  This is urgent.  We need the funding in the next two weeks to get it done in a timely manner. - Thanks so much - Candice Talbot
The following is the article that ran in September 2016 ...
Crutches 4 Africa began as the international project of the Mountain Foothills Rotary club, which is based in Evergreen, Colorado.  Rotarian David Talbot, who managed to survive the initial onslaught of Polio, and overcame the prognosis that he would never walk again, lived an active and athletic life until his mid-50’s.  However, due to the debilitating effects of Post-Polio Syndrome, he has spent the past 9 years on crutches.
Our Newest Rotary Club
By PDG Chuck Fitzgerald - RC of Peoria
Fellow Rotarians,
By now you may have heard of the Rotary Club of Glendale Thunderbird, the newest club in Arizona. The Rotary International Board of Directors is scheduled to approve this new club during its meeting in San Diego later this month.
The Thunderbird Rotary Club, as it will be called, is a club on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has been meeting since October. It currently has 35 members - 33 graduate students and 2 faculty/staff members - representing 17 different countries. I am honored, as a Special Advisor, to help facilitate this new club into Rotary.
Adopt A Family
By Ron Roderique - RC of Phoenix West
The Phoenix West Rotary Club has once again completed its long-standing annual Adopt-A-Family Christmas project in conjunction with the Osborn School District located in Central Phoenix.
Each year the club adopts about 12 to 15 families with about 45 to 50 children in order to provide new clothing, food and toys. In early December, members are provided names, ages, sizes and wishes of needy children.  They then shop, purchase and gift wrap these items.
Are able to Teach GED Math Programs
By PDG Jim Green - RC of Sun City
The Phoenix Rescue Mission plays a very important role in the greater Phoenix area.  One of its most important missions is to make its clients self-sustaining.  The GED math program (and other subjects as well) is an excellent example of how we can serve our community.  This request for help is specific to the GED Math program at the Mission.
NOTE:  CPA Kristen Stevenson is one of the very important advisors to our Challenger Middle School Interact Club -- one of our Sun City Interact clubs that has received the Presidential Citation since its inaugural year.  If you know about people who have a recent background or certificate in math and want to have a great deal of fun volunteering at the mission, please ask these folks to contact Kristen directly.
Thank You From Charles Hampton
By AG Mike Conner - RC of Laughlin
Charles Hampton was a recipient of the Rotary Club of Laughlin 2011 Scholarship Award. 
Mr. Hampton is extremely gracious for the scholarship he received from the RC of Laughlin and he wanted to make sure that his gratitude recorded in writing for everyone to see and read. 
Another proof that Rotary is "Doing Good" around the world including our own community.
Below is his profound thank for the scholarship he received.
Peoria North Rotary Clothing Drive
By Bret McKeand - RC of Peoria North, President
Thanks to the efforts of The Rotary Club of Peoria North, three refugee families from Africa will enjoy their first Christmas in the United States with clothes and toys for their children, and a true sense of the generous spirit that exists in their newly adopted country.
The club chose to adopt three families who recently emigrated to the United States to escape their war-torn nations in North Africa. The families are sending their 11 children to the Carol G. Peck Elementary School, a Title One school in the Alhambra District, that is known for serving some of the poorest families in the Valley of the Sun.
The holiday adopt-a-family project was the idea of club’s service project chair Jason Braunstein. Jason’s sister is a teacher at the school and helped the club coordinate distribution of the gifts to the three families.
Our Peace Fellow Working for Peace
By PDG Jim Green - RC of Sun City
Christopher Zambakari came to the USA from war-torn Sudan in 2001, after witnessing the atrocities of one of Africa’s most horrendous conflicts that had cost the lives of 2.5 million people and forcefully displaced millions more.  He and his family became US citizens.  Christopher’s studies led to a MBA in Finance and a Doctorate in Law and Policy.  However, his dream of working toward world peace through conflict resolution had not been realized.  When he returned to Phoenix in 2012, he learned about an academic and practical experience plan that would satisfy his greatest dreams – The Rotary International Peace Fellowship, one of the most coveted Fellowships in the world.
Local Rotary Clubs Support "Books to the Rescue"
By AG Noel DeSousa - Prescott-Frontier
A matching grant funded by local area Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 5490 will supply eight (8) duffel bags costing about $250 each and containing books, stuffed animals, stickers and other child oriented items for use by Yavapai County, AZ, sheriff deputies with children who are experiencing traumatic situations such as involvement in a serious accident or domestic violence situation.
Studies have shown that when traumatic events are ameliorated at an early age, children are more likely to grow up to be contributing members of society. The materials in each duffel - also called Comfort Bags - supply joy, escape, comfort, and reassurance to a young person in crisis. The child is focused on the item(s), not what is going on with adults, thus calming the child and allowing other officers on the scene to do their work more effectively. 
 Amigos de Guatemala
By Jean Herschede
An Ohio native, Jean Herschede has a love for Latin America.  The first introduction was through Rotary as an exchange student to Brazil in the 70's.  During college, Jean spent time in Colombia to learn Spanish.  Armed with a sheep skin from Vanderbilt University in Portuguese, Spanish and Business, her career in software consulting and sales took her to various parts of Latin America including Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.  Pleasure travel took her to Chile, Honduras, Guatemala and Uruguay.  In retirement, Jean's volunteering has focused on students and their education both in Sonoma County as well as in Guatemala.  Active in the Rotary Club of Healdsburg as the international chair and her district’s International Humanitarian award winner in 2015, she is also Director of the Amigos de Guatemala program, on the steering committee for Tomorrow's Leaders Today, on the Student Attendance Review Board and a volunteer in the Cloverdale schools.
When High School Seniors Take Over
By Wes Waddle - RC of Sun City
The year 2016 has been an amazing year of change in the Unites States.  One small change occurred when one Rotarian, Wes Waddle, authored a new book entitled, “Overqualified/Underqualified; “What Will Your Education (and Life Experience) be Worth to You?”.  (see www.overqualified.club
One chapter in that book started a new paradigm of education in Arizona.  The chapter title is entitled, “When High School Seniors Take Over”. 
This chapter teaches high school seniors about different careers that they can start in high school and keep throughout their entire life.  Some careers permitted to eighteen-year-old adults include real estate agents, mortgage officers, insurance agents, and even politicians.  Many of our Rotarians are in these occupations.
The 41st Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge
Presented by  the Rotary Club of Tahoe City
Friday, March 3, 2017
By Gary Meadville - RC of Tahoe City (Event Chairman)

Circle the date! The 41st Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge looks to be better than ever. Check the Fact Sheet for specifics. As has been our aim in the past, this event benefits the many programs of the Rotary Club of Tahoe City and its Foundation. Join us for a day of friendly competition and Rotarian fellowship.
Our race this year will again be held at Northstar California We are offering Apres Ski with heavy hors d’oevres beginning about 3:00 pm just before the awards ceremony. It will still not be an official dinner, but we have a good selection of food. We will have completed all activities by 5:00 pm.
Merging Districts 5490 and District 5510
into the New District 5495
After much discussion, it was determined by the District Governors, District Governors-elect and District Governors-nominee of Districts 5490 and 5510 that the interest of the Rotary Clubs in both Districts would be best served by a merger of Districts 5490 and 5510. The merger effective date is July 1, 2017 and has been approved by the Rotary International Board of Directors.