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November Edition, #17
Week of November 4, 2019
A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way
·        On behalf of the District Conference Cruise Committee, we want to say thank you to those who attended the District Conference Cruise With A Cause the weekend of October 25. We hope you all had as great a time as we did putting it together and seeing it happen with the 175 Rotarians, family members and friends on board.  You all made it possible and for that we are grateful.
·       The 2019 Mexican USA Friendship Conference takes place November 7-11 at the Squire Inn at Tusayan at the Grand Canyon. More informationcan be found at
 ·        The Foundation Dinner event planned for November 9 has been cancelled since the minimum required number was not met for the venue.  District Rotary Foundation Chair, Randy Brooks, regretfully made this announcement over the weekend. Those who have registered and paid will be refunded. The Foundation Workshop will still be held from 10 am—12pm on November 9. There is no charge. The Seminar will explore how Rotarians make lives better not only in our communities but around the world. You’ll also learn first-hand how our District Grants and Global Grants in District 5500 change lives and how your club can successfully participate in both.  It will be held at Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave. (just south of Prince).
·        Please mark November 15 on your calendar as the deadline to submit IRS Form 990 for your Club and your Club's Foundation if applicable.
 ·        The RI Convention in Honolulu is now less than nine months away. Over the past few years, many Rotarians from  districts have verbally said that they would help, and the RI Convention Committee thanks the districts that have committed financially and with volunteers. They are in need of more volunteers for this upcoming Convention.  If  you are planning to attend the RI Convention and would like to volunteer, please send me your name and contact information,  Thank you very much.
·   In recognition of World Polio Day, our District will be holding our World Polio Day event on November 26th with a viewing of the movie Breathe at The Loft Cinema thanks to PolioPlus Chair, Teree Bergman, who is coordinating the event.  Breathe is a biographical drama that tells the story of Robin Cavendish who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available for an extra charge. This wonderful film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film festival on September 11, 2017. It’s a film not to be missed and carries the message of why our signature campaign is PolioPlus and why we need to continue the work of eradicating polio worldwide. Tickets can be purchased on our website or on The Loft Cinema website. cause/    
·       We are currently looking for a new RYLA Chair or Co-Chairs that will accept this busy and very rewarding position for the year 2021. Please email DG Aide, Wendy Hobbs, at if you are interested and would like more information.
  ·      RIDE TO END POLIO:  Join the other currently registered 105 Rotarian riders and friends in the  Ride to End Polio ( aka El Tour de Tucson).  There are several distances to choose from: 100, 50, 25 miles and the Fun Ride.  This year El Tour de Tucson will be a 3-day Festival that will run Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 9 pm.  Saturday, Ride day, the Festival will go from 10 am to 7 pm.  Our District will have an interactive booth Thursday and Friday that will transform into our traditional Finish Line Booth on Saturday.  The actual location of the booth is TBD but will likely be in a different location from last year.  This year’s Dedication Recipients are  Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation.  There isn’t a dedication dinner the Wednesday prior to the Ride; instead, the  Dedication Recipient Award will be presented during the Rotary Pre- Ride Dinner Friday night from 5pm to 9 pm at Hotel TucsonCity Center.  Corey Peak,representing the Gates Foundation, will be accepting the award.  He will also be riding on Saturday.  So, don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement.  Register to ride and to attend the Pre- Ride Dinner on the RTEP  You can also register for the pre-Ride dinner on the District website.  Again this year, the Rotary Fellowship Cycling to Serve will be hosting a casual warm-up fellowship ride on Friday morning starting at Hotel Tucson City Center. The warm-up ride is open to all Rotarians and guests. Register here:
 ·        District Governor Ellie will visit the Rio Rico Rotary Club on November 6, the Nogales Rotary Club and the Valle Verde Club on November 7.  
Ellie Patterson
District Governor
District 5500
Rotary Club of Tucson
Cell 520 360-7181