On July 1, 2017, Districts 5490 and 5510 merged to form Rotary District 5495.
District 5495 is now one of two Rotary districts in the state of Arizona, USA. Our district covers the northern portion of the state, everything north of the I-10, plus one city in California (Needles) and one in Nevada (Laughlin). District 5500 covers the southern portion of the state, south of I-10.
Rotary International is a group of over 1.2 Million members, in over 30,000 Rotary Clubs organized in 530 Districts in ??? Countries around the world. Rotary International has been offering Rotary Youth Exchange to high school students for over 50 years. Each year around 8,000 students go abroad to spend a year in a high school in another country, where they speak a different language, and live in a different culture.
There are other exchange program available from many other organizations. Because Rotary invests money in the program, rather than profiting from it, Rotary Youth Exchange is generally considerably less expensive than other program.