This is the story of where the Rotary Club of West El Paso fits in the world of Rotary.
Rotary District 5520
There are over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, in over 35,000 clubs. These clubs are organized into 529 geographical areas called “districts” containing on average, about 65 clubs.
The Rotary Club of West El Paso is a part of Rotary District 5520, a grouping of 69 clubs covering all of New Mexico and West Texas from El Paso to Fort Stockton.
The Organization of Rotary District 5520
Each Rotary district is overseen by an organization, commonly referred to as the district, made up of Rotarians from various clubs across the district. The purpose of the district organization is to help the member clubs be as successful as possible. To this end, Rotary District 5520 is structured to support the clubs with key people in several areas such as:
- Public Relations
- Youth Programs
- International Youth Exchange
- RYLA (youth leadership) camps
- Foundation and Grants
- Rotary Education
To find out specific leaders, go to Rotary5520.org and click on the item “Organizational Chart” in the left column.
The district appoints Rotarians to fill various leadership roles. The following are the three roles most important to support of the club.
- District Governor – The district governor oversees all activities of the district organization that support the clubs directly in the programs described above. The District Governor makes a yearly visit to every one of the clubs in the district. This year’s District Governor is Linda Woodward, a member of the Rotary Club of Anthony, TX/NM
- Lieutenant Governor – The lieutenant governors help the district governor with various tasks in support of the clubs, notably coordination of efforts of the assistant governors. This year’s lieutenant governor assigned to the Rotary Club of West El Paso is Mike Hackett, a member of the Rotary Club of El Paso.
- Assistant Governor – The assistant governor is the Rotarian in the district organization for the direct support of the club. The assistant governor is expected to make at least 4 visits to each club during the Rotary year. Each assistant governor has been a club president and generally has many years of experience in Rotary. The assistant governors job is to help the clubs find answers to Rotary questions and to help the clubs in whatever way they can. The approaches vary significantly based on the background and skills of the individual. This year’s Assistant Governor for the Rotary Club of West El Paso is Martin Gomez of the Camino Real Rotary Club.
The Projects of Rotary District 5520
Besides the support described above, Rotary District 5520 coordinate activities that are beyond the scope of a single club.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) – Rotary District 5520 holds two youth leadership camps each year, one for boys and one for girls. All clubs in the district are invited to participate in these camps by identifying boys and girls and by providing adult leadership.
- Youth Exchange – Rotary district 5520 oversees the exhcange of high school students between clubs in district 5520 and clubs in other countries.
- Training – Rotary District 5520, as well as all all Rotary districts, has the responsibility of training Rotarians for leadership roles. This is done notably through PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) to train President Elects, District Assemblies to train other club leaders, and other sessions in focused areas, such as membership, and grants.
- Rotary Leadership Institute – In addition to the common training sessions discussed above, Rotary District 5520 holds training sessions all over the district to help all Rotarians understand Rotary better.
- Rotary Friendship Exchange – Rotary District 5520 is very active in Rotary Friendship Exchanges. These are events in which Rotarians from one district go to another district for 1-2 weeks. At a later date, the districts reverse roles with one sending
For Further information on Rotary District 5520, go to rotary5520.org