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Danny Messersmith
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Rotary Club Kingman Route 66

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Dear Rotarians:
Welcome to our 11th Fireside Chat, this year has been going by so fast.   I do not have much to say that I haven't already said, it has been a fantastic year ... that is because of you, my family. I'll mention a few things then let Key Rotarians elaborate on the events.
We had a Great Club Leadership Academy (CLA) on the 22nd of this past April.  This was the first of it kind in Rotary thanks to DGND David Simmer and his committee.
Our District Conference is just around the corner and from what I've seen Mary K Clark and her committee have out done themselves once again.  Register here.
The RI Convention is just 1 month away.  We have a record number of people signed up for this event due to the efforts of Elizabeth Mahoney, Jim Bissonett and so many more.  Have you registered yet, if not do so here.  We have a shining light from the West Valley the RC of Sun City West due to the efforts of Jim Dowler and I'll let him tell you all about it.
District 5490 Conference 2017
By Mary K Clark - AKA The Rotary Fairy Queen
                               - RC of Kingman Route 66
and the Rotary Fairy Queen can make your Conference Dreams Come True!
Register NOW for Rotary District 5490 Conference ’17!
Come to the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, May 19-21.
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.
RYE Hosting Families Needed
By Kaley Gilmore - RC of Peoria
Greetings fellow members in Rotary!
Sending a call to action for all Rotarians, friends, and family members in Central Phoenix and Gilbert! 
By Joe Waesche - RC of E-Club of Arizona
The Rotary New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) is a short term (one to six months) cultural and professional exchange for college students and young professions between the ages of 18 and 30.  This program like the former program called Group Study Exchange.
The NGSE Applicants pay for their own round trip travel expenses, visas (if necessary) and medical and liability insurance.  The Hosting Rotary District and Club provide the Applicant with food, housing, transportation, and cultural and professional experiences in the profession the Applicant is studying or starting to practice.
Rotary Club’s Initial Alzheimer’s Symposium a Success
By Tom Tibbitts - RC of Sun City West
On March 31st, the Rotary Club of Sun City West held its first “Alzheimer's Initiative Symposium” at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church. Approximately 200 people and 22 vendors attended this all-day event, which was open to the public, and designed to educate and inform people of the symptoms, research, resources and treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
Kathy Linton, Rotary member and Director of the Symposium, stated: “The event was just fabulous and I was so pleased with its result.
Navajo Water Project Seeks Funding
By Donna Backhaus - RC of Gilbert
The Navajo people are 67 times more likely than other Americans to live without running water or a toilet.  That's an injustice.  Many Natives can't get enough clean water, creating a cycle of poverty that limits health, happiness, educational opportunity, and economic security.  We can fix that problem and it is a problem.  Here's what we propose:
Council on Legislation - COL
By PDG Don Schiller -RC of Prescott Sun-Up
YOUR VOICE CAN BE HEARD at Rotary International, YOU, can make a difference!
Do you have concerns about how things operate at Rotary International?  Your Rotary Council on Legislation representatives, Don Schiller, Representative or alternate John Pennypacker will carry your message for discussion with the over 500 Rotarians from around the world representing every Rotary District make up the Council On Legislation. Every three years the COL as the legislative body of RI discusses and approves or dis-approves changes submitted by Rotarians from all Districts.
Sedona Red Rocks Celebrates 15 Years
By Donna Hawk - RC of Sedona Red Rocks
The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks celebrated turning 15.

The club marked the anniversary at its regular weekly meeting on March 15 at the Sedona Rouge Resort.

Members reminisced while looking over scrapbooks passed around as the meeting progressed. Cake and balloons also added to the festivities.

The club inducted two new members as it looked ahead to its next 15 years: husband and wife Tony and Cindy Hauserman.
RC of Peoria North Accepts Check
By Bret McKeand
Diane Hetrick, the food and beverage director at Arizona Broadway Theatre, presented a check for $1,280 to The Rotary Club of Peoria North during the club's Feb. 22 meeting.
The funds reflect the club's portion of proceeds earned from our first-ever Northwest Valley Wine Pairing held in February at the theater.
The event attracted nearly 100 people and was considered a success by the club. A second wine pairing event has already been scheduled for October.
Photography Discussion Group
By Curtis Ward - RC of Gilbert
Another Gilbert member, Dan Oakes, and I recently joined the Photography Discussion Group in MyRotary.org. 
We found that the MyRotary page does not allow photos to be shared among the members without using a separate web page address, or sharing software such as DropBox.
Donated space breathes new life into local prom dress giveaway
By Bret McKeand - RC of Peoria North
Attending one’s high school prom is a special and memorable time in a teen’s life but sometimes the financial burden associated with the event can prove to be too big of an obstacle for some to attend.
This prom season Michael Pollack and his Valley-based Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments has teamed with a local Rotary Club to ensure as many teens make it to the prom as possible.
Mr. Pollack is donating the retail space and electricity to help My Girlfriend’s Closet, a group that helps outfit high school juniors and seniors with ball gowns and tuxedos for their proms.

My Girlfriend’s Closet was created by MaryAnne Baker six years ago to help outfit young boys and girls who need assistance in finding formal attire for their high school prom.

We are in need of a Rotarian retired law enforcement officer, who would be willing to serve as the Youth Protection Officer for the new merged District 5495. 


Anyone who might be interested in assisting us in this way should contact either

Art Harrington (arthts@msn.com), (928) 245-0411, or

John Wintersteen, jdwintersteen@gmail.com, (602) 390-3124.


Thank You for Your Consideration.

Morbidity Equipment
By PDG Art Harrington - RC of Bullhead City
From Joe in Kenya: Am glad to inform you the morbidity equipment were delivered this evening. Kindly see the attached photos.  We will keep them in store until June when the Interact from there arrives. Our Interact are so excited. 

The equipment will be of great help to the needy here in Kenya. Kindly pass our appreciation to all Interacts and Rotarians.  Thank you all who made it happen. May God continue blessing you. We are humbled.