District 5520
70 Rotary clubs serving New Mexico and Far West Texas!



Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran announces this Presidential theme for 2015-2016, Be a Gift to the World, at the opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego, CA USA.
 District 5520
2015-2016 President, President-Elect & Secretary
Training (PETS)
March 12-14, 2015
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
(click here for online hotel registration)
To make reservations by phone, call 877-622-3056 and reference "Rotary PETS"



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 District 5520
2015-2016 President, President-Elect & Secretary
Training (PETS)
March 12-14, 2015
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
(click here for online hotel registration)
To make reservations by phone, call 877-622-3056 and reference "Rotary PETS"

Creating Rotary Awareness

By D/G Lonnie Leslie
Rotarian Frank Denver reminds us of a little verse intended to promote retail sales but has application to promoting Rotary Awareness.
He who whispers in a well
About the things he has to sell
Will never earn as many dollars
As he who climbs a tree and yells.
Just as a successful salesman must communicate his message, as Rotarians we must climb that tree and yell the message of Rotary to fellow Rotarians and non-members alike.
For much of Rotary’s history our service activities were “whispered in a well.”   Now is the time for all of us to “Create Awareness of Rotary” in our communities and the world.  As Rotarians we should all be in agreement that Rotary is something worth telling about.  Rotary has a mission, but Rotary also has a message and both the mission and message can be summarized in the word “Service.”
Telling Rotary’s story should be both internal and external.  It starts internally with new member introduction and mentoring in the early months of membership.  It continues with keeping members informed about worldwide membership, fellowship, and service. 
Public relations become external when we tell the public about Rotary.  If we don’t tell them, they won’t know that Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases of polio from 400,00 to fewer than 250 and will remain committed until every child is safe from the disease. Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $9 billion to the effort.
Rotary Days was a great success in District 5520 this year.  Clubs around our District made the public aware about our work, met potential members and raised over 25,000 dollars for End Polio Now.  When matched with a generous donation from a local Rotarian and the Gates Foundation, over 135,000 dollars were made available to make our world a safer place for the world’s children.
Rotary Awareness is promoted in January, but it is a constant challenge.  It is the job of all Rotarians to “Create Rotary Awareness” of our great organization.  The District Public Chairman is Mike Antiporda, a member of the Carlsbad Rotary Club.  He is a great resource and can be contacted at mike.antiporda@gmail.com.



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Ardeth and DG Lonnie Leslie 






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Rotary International has released their free mobile app for your convenience.  Click below for a full list of features and direct links to download directly from the Apple app store, Google Play, and BlackBerry App World.  It’s called the Rotary Club Locator from Rotary International.
The Rotary Club Locator app helps you find a Rotary club meeting when you’re on the go.
* The “Near Me” search locates clubs within a physical radius of 100 miles. (Note: Actual driving distances may be further.)
* A keyword search for clubs. This search looks for the keyword in either the club name or meeting location address. This is useful for finding clubs that are outside of the 100-mile radius from your current location.
* A map showing a club’s location and driving directions
* The ability to save search results to a list of favorite clubs
* The ability to add a club to your phone’s contact list
* The club’s website and primary phone number, if available
* A search function to find clubs by district
You can download the App depending your device by following the following links:
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