Rotary District 5890
Greater Houston Area

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Welcome to Rotary District 5890, composed of 62 clubs surrounding and across the greater Houston Area. The Rotarian's in our District truly exemplify Rotary's motto of "Service above Self" with projects locally as well as all around the world. In Rotary's largest project, we are working diligently to eradicate POLIO from the world and District 5890 is working hard to aid in that effort.

Rotary also has 6 other areas of focus; 1) Peace and Conflict resolution, 2) Clean water for all, 3) Literacy, 4) Health, 5) Growing local economies, and 6) saving mothers and children. Rotary has something for nearly everyone's passion.
I encourage you to explore this website for local events and service opportunities, as well as information about District 5890. We have a variety of clubs that meet for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. We even have an e-Club for those who's work prevents them from attending regularly scheduled weekly meetings. If you are interested, there is a place for you in Rotary.

Mark your calendar for the PolioPlus Society Dinner  It will be on Saturday November 21, 2015 at 5:00pm drinks, 6:00pm dinner, at the Southside Place Clubhouse at 3743 Garnet, Houston, TX  77005.  Registration is $35 per person.  Checks may also be mailed (for the dinner made to Rotary District 5890) or for PolioPlus (made to The Rotary Foundation) to Terry Ziegler at 4903 Pine St, Bellaire, TX  77401.  All previous PolioPlus Society Members (who have pledged in the past to contribute $100 per year to the PolioPlus Fund each year until we reach Global Eradication) and all Rotarians who wish to join us this year, are welcome to attend with their guest.  REGISTER HERE


Get ready to ride to End Polio Now.  On Saturday November 21st we will ride motorcylces to raise money to End Polio!  The motorcycle ride begins at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop at Hwy 288 and Beltway.  We will end with lunch at 12:30pm at George Bush Park off Westheimer and presentation of the funds to End Polio Now! Deadline to register for this ride is November 7th, 2015.  To register please contact Ute Schneider at 713-503-9292 or e-mail at


The Rotary Club of the University Area is proud to announce the Rotary Firefighters Home (“RFFH”) is holding its first (annual) Gala on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at the Royal Sonesta Hotel located at 2222 W. Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027. This event is the first major fundraiser for the building of the home.  The theme for the Gala is "Hope Rises!" This year’s gala promises to be a superb event.  Our keynote speakers are Helen Reisler and Retired District Chief Steve Sparks.  Our MC is Emmy award winning talk show host, Houston's own Ernie Manouse.


Galveston Island has SUN, FUN and sea galore, but that’s just for starters.  Escape with your fellow Rotarians to the perfect year-round destination, a great resort, and an outstanding ROTARY District 5890 Conference at The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, April 28-30, in Galveston.  To register now, click on REGISTER ONLINE

Congratulations to our Rotary District 5890 Global Scholar, Anja Nikolova, on her recent selection as a delegate to attend the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, November 30 – December 11, 2015.  Anja is studying for a Masters in Environment Management at Yale as a Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by our District, with home Club Skopje, Macedonia and host Club New Haven. Anja addressed the District 5890 Foundation Seminar on October 17. She hails from the Republic of Macedonia and will be a member of her home country’s delegation to the conference.


Disaster Aid USA "Americans Helping Americans" a Rotary Club Project, run by American Rotarians is responding to the short term needs for those suffering from the effects of the unprecedented rain and flooding that occurred throughout South Carolina. Disaster Aid USA is asking you for your financial support (large or small) Please go to and make a donation or mail your donation to 9817 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham, MD, 20706., earmarked "South Carolina Flooding" Disaster Aid USA is working with Rotary District's 7620 Disaster Relief Committee and Rotary District's 7770's Governor Rod Funderburk in a fundraising effort. Your donation will provide the short term aid need "today": Such as: (Drinking water in bottles and in gallon containers for cooking - Food for those in shelters - Blankets - Pillows - Flashlights - Toiletry items - Cleaning supplies - Equipment for cleaning up the debris.)

Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotarians uplifted the spirits of elderly shut-ins at a recent party for nursing home residents at the ComForCare extended care facility in Bellaire.  The event kicked off the club’s annual Project GENERATIONS, which decreases elder-isolation with personal visits, cards, flower deliveries, and small gifts throughout the year.  Nan Wagoner of Wagoner Burgert Law Offices and Jesse Moreno of Advantage Funeral Home co-chaired the event.
Over the past six or seven years Bill Davis has enjoyed the privilege of working with five extraordinary young women who have been responsible for creating  TWENTY Rotary water, sanitation, education and health projects around the world with a value of $979,000.   These projects took place in El Salvador, Bolivia, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, Afghanistan, Botswana, Peru and Ghana.  In addition six scholarships were funded for studies towards Master’s Degrees in Nepal, Brazil, Chile, Austria, Yale University and Scotland.
Past Rotary D 2420 (Turkey) Governor Murat Celik recently made us aware that school girls in Kosovo are in a disadvantaged position compared to boys.  Murat is currently responsible, as the R.I. President Rep, for the non-district Clubs in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.  The following email is from the Rotary Club of Prishtina in Kosovo:
“Many municipalities and schools in Kosovo have drawn our attention to an urgent problem of premature ending of schooling, especially among the female population. After finishing 9 years of school (compulsory education), a large percentage of girls don’t continue their education on a secondary level. The main reason is a lack of financial means in their families, many of which have several children and one or both parents are unemployed (in many cases through no fault of their own) or simply don’t earn enough to support the education of all their children.
It is with extreme sadness that I must report that a favorite Past District Governor Paul Jury Sr has passed away.  Paul was 1980-81 District 5890 Governor & member of the Harrisburg Rotary Club.   Paul Jury, Sr. passed away at approximately 3:30 a m on September 28, 2015.  He was surrounded by Gayle, Paul, Jr. and several other close family members.  Gayle said that Paul’s last four days were filled with love, laughter, tears, and many kisses.   Paul was loved and appreciated by all of us.  Keep Paul's family and friends in your prayers as they travel this difficult journey.

Paul’s services will be held at Jeter’s Funeral Home in Friendswood.  Address is 311 N Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546 Visitation will be Friday, October 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  The funeral service will be held at Jeter’s Funeral Home Saturday, October 3, at 10 a m.  Donations in memory to Paul to the W I Stevenson Scholarship program and the Cossaboom YMCA are welcome.  Flowers are also welcome. 

Katy Rotary Club's "Wild West Brewfest" is proud to take the top spot for 2015 and the most desired brewfest to attend in 2016 by  Thanks goes to all of our sponsors, volunteers, team members, the Rotary Club of Katy and our patrons for this distinct honor.  The thing that pleasantly surprised Beer Yeti & the vendors was discovering that all of the net proceeds from the festival went to local charities, with no management fees and this year the event brought in an amazing $113,000, which was given to several charities in the local area bringing the total amount given away in its short 4 year existence to over $250,000.  Congratulations to Katy Rotary Club & its President Nick Schrader for a job well done.

The District 5890 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for Governor of District 5890 for Rotary year 2018-19.  Application deadline is December 1 2015.  All nominations must be submitted on the District Governor-Nominee Application Form (Form H).  The necessary requirements & instructions are available on the left side of this web page.

An Informational meeting is scheduled for Sep 27 2015 at Jesse H Jones Rotary House, 1600 Holcombe, Houston TX.  Potential candidates & Rotarians wanting to learn more about the process are welcomed to attend.


An International Service Project, started in 2000 and supported by Houston Area Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs, is proud to announce the shipment of our 205th 40’ shipping container of books (for a total of over 6-3/4 million pounds), as well as several containers of bicycles & bicycle parts  to Rotarian led literacy projects in Africa and countries around the world.  Would you & your club like to help with the shipment of the next container?


HOUSTON has been selected as the 2022 Rotary International convention city! TImagehis was a lengthy process that involved many people throughout our District, particularly PDG Rhonda Kennedy and her committee, and this selection could not have happened without their dedication to presenting Houston and District 5890 as the only choice for Rotary International. Over the next six years we will be planning a convention that shows Rotarians from around the world exactly why Houston was not only the right choice but the only choice for the best International Convention possible.


Time flies.  We are now over halfway through the 2014-15 Rotary Year.  How is your Club progressing toward your Rotary Foundation Goals?  You can see by clicking on the heading of this article, then click on the Mid-Year Report on the left side of web page.  Want to make a donation to the Annual Fund (which funds our District and Global Grants) or to PolioPlus today?  Just click here to go straight to the Giving page  

I hope you all enjoyed last night's special All Club Meeting with RI President Gary Huang and Corinna from Taiwan.  I never cease to be amazed and inspired by the dedication of our Rotary International leaders.


What is an eClub???  Rotary Int'l made provisions for Rotary Clubs to be formed and conduct meetings on the Internet.  These eClubs are fully recognized, same as our traditional Rotary clubs.  Just think of the possibilities -  Meetings Any time 24-7, Anywhere  Have a busy schedule? Need a flexible meeting time? Live in different places throughout the year? Travel frequently?  Have limited mobility?  Then the eClub of Houston may be just for you.


Great things are happening in District 5890 and your business can gain great market advantage by linking its brand to the amazing brand of Rotary.  District 5890 provides a range of sponsorship opportunities that allow our members' businesses to be front and center every time someone visits the District website or attends a district event like District Conference. Link to our sponsorship opportunities is attached.  If you have any questions, please call or email Michelle Bohreer, (832)622-4400.  A great opportunity awaits you and your business; take advantage of it soon to maximize your value.


District Governor Elect Dr Nick Giannone has been working hard in preparation for his coming year as District Governor.  His DG installation is rapidly approaching, Jun 26 at Safari West Ranch.  DGE Nick has already scheduled all his Official Visits, which you will find in his DG calendar.  He is very organized, ready to hit the ground running, conduct District activities and making the traditional Official Visits.   On the left side of this web page in the download section, you will find 2015-16 DG Nick's busy schedule for this Rotary year.  Let's all work together and make sure that Nick's year is an outstanding year.


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