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July 2020
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District Vision  

Provide support and resources for every member to understand, achieve, sustain, and share “Service Above Self."

Governor's Ball - Delayed
District Assembly - Canceled
President-Elect Training - Completed with Zoom
RYLA - Canceled
Pancakes on the Plaza - Canceled
Sunny Yates Kellerman has been a Rotarian since 1997. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Silver City, NM, and was a member of Rotary in District 5130, in Petaluma and Healdsburg, CA, before moving to NM in 2005. She served as President of the Silver City Rotary Club in 2013-14. In District 5520, she has been a Country Contact for Belgium, France, and Taiwan on the District 5520 Youth Exchange Committee and has participated as a facilitator for the Rotary Leadership Institute (formerly the Rio Grande Academy). She also served as an Assistant Governor from 2016 to 2019. She is a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society.
Sunny grew up in Bethesda, MD, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and a J.D., summa cum laude, from The George Washington University National Law Center. She practiced corporate and consumer law for four years and taught commercial law -- in Kentucky, Boston, and Cincinnati -- for 10 years.
She also worked for six years as a Senior Manager for the US office of The Global Hunger Project, an international, strategic nonprofit corporation dedicated to ending world hunger. There she was accountable for volunteer training and development, community education and outreach, corporate fund-raising and event production. She has held numerous positions on nonprofit Boards of Directors.
Sunny and Harry Kellerman met through Rotary (Harry’s son Joe was a member of the Silver City Rotary Club) and married in 2016. They live in Silver City with their two dogs. Both of them enjoy travel, hiking, books, films, and cooking.
It’s time to start thinking about your club’s District Grant for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  This coming year District 5520 will have around $93,000 to distribute for district grants; while this is nearly $25,000 less than we had during this year, it is significantly more than our average District Grant program.
How much could your club expect for a grant for the 2020-21 Rotary Year?  Your club’s grant is based on your giving during the 2017-18 Rotary Year AND whether your club achieves $100/capita THIS YEAR.
  • Your minimum grant (baseline) will be 15% of your 2017-18 Annual Program Fund (APF) giving;
  • BUT, if your club achieves $100/capita (i.e., your 1 July 2019 membership * $100.00) THIS YEAR then you’ll get an equal share of the estimated $51,500 “pot” with all other clubs that also achieved $100/capita… a share is typically at least $2,000.00; AND,
  • The more appealing your project is often results in a greater award; so ask for what you want and the Foundation Committee will distribute what they have.
D5520 usually has about 25 clubs achieve $100/capita… the key to the “kicker pot”
So, what must you do to get a district grant? Your club must:
  • Be in good standing with Rotary International and the District
  • Be current on Rotary International and District 5520 dues
  • Be current on all Global and District Grant reporting
  • Be current on your IRS-990 reporting
  • Have AT LEAST TWO members attend Grant Management Training (most of which will be online (i.e., Zoom))
  • And, of course, complete the agreements and the project application
I have some questions:
  • What if my club wasn’t chartered in 2017-18?  Your baseline will be established at $249.00.
  • Where do I find how much we gave in 2017-18? Look at your club’s Foundation page in Rotary Club Central, access “District Grant Baselines” under “The Rotary Foundation” on the District website or ask District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) Tom Walker or District Grant Subcommittee Chair (DGSC) Peter Falley.
  • When will Grant Management Training be held?  We anticipate there will be approximately 6 online (Zoom) session during the first three weeks of April culminating with a “live” GMT session at the District Assembly in Albuquerque on April 25, 2020.  Dates/times TBD.
  • When will I find out how much money was approved for my grant? The Foundation Committee usually completes its deliberations in early July.
  • Does my club have to match the district grant? NO, but many clubs choose to add funds to maximize the impact of their district grant project.
  • When can my club start work on its project? Your project must be approved by The Rotary Foundation; starting work before you actually have money in hand is a risk that you may choose to take.
For more information, contact me, DRFC Tom Walker (505-237-0237 or ftwalker1@comcast.net) or DGSC Peter Falley (575-388-2004 or falley8@gmail.com).
District Executive Secretary _- Donette Wagner Contact Information: secretary5520@gmail.com 505-269-6585 
District Bookkeeper - Debbie LeMon Contact Information deblemon5520@gmail.com
Public Image - rotary5520publicimage@gmail.com

  Log In Instructions ~ District 5520 Rotarians

As a District 5520 Rotarian, creating a log-in is fairly simple! Follow these steps:
1. Click on the log in button on the right side of the dark blue menu bar on the home page.
2. You will be prompted with a log in window.
3. Enter your email address of record (your email should have been entered and kept current by your club secretary).
4. For your first time logging in, click on “I forgot my password”.
5. You will receive your user Id and password by email to your address of record.
6. Once you have gained access to the website, click on “My Profile”, on the top menu bar and then click on “Change my password”. Now go back to “My Profile” and edit and save your contact data.
7. If you have any problems, please contact Donette Wagner at secretary5520@gmail.com.