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.

Join us at Minute Maid Park for Rotary Night at the Astros on Sunday, May 22nd, 1:10pm.  CHEER ON DG NICK GIANNONE AS HE THROWS OUT THE FIRST PITCH!  PLUS - the Astros are giving away “Bat & Ball Play Set” to the 1st 10,000 fans that Sunday! Inside Champion Pavilion, Rotarians and their guests will enjoy an exclusive reception with snacks, drinks, and cash bar. The great location  overlooks the ballpark and provides a unique view of the Downtown Houston skyline. Special Mezzanine seating is priced at $30 per person. Discount code: rotary  CLICK FOR FLYER.  For more information, contact (281-391-2147). Christian Liebenow (713-259-8315) of the Astros organization,

Rotary District 5890 Global Scholar Anja Nikolova completed exams for her first year at Yale University last week and will begin the second year of her scholarship in September. A condition of her Yale studies is that she must complete an internship between her two years of studies and she will return to the U.S. on June 7 from her family home in Skopje, Macedonia to begin work with the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition(CPLC) in Washington. CPLC is a World Bank and International Finance Corporation led intitiative focusing on climate change. Before returning to the U.S.  she will attend the Carbon Expo workshop in Cologne, Germany. District 5890 shares sponsorship of Anja's second scholarship year with Rotary Districts 5930 (Texas), 5840 (Texas), 5770 (Oklahoma), and 7980 (New Haven). Her first year Rotary Global Scholarship was funded by our District 5890.

District 5890 and 5910 Rotarians and families with specific needs arising from the widespread flooding may contact Wayne Beaumier (281-923-4085 / / Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks) for disaster aid assistance. You also may phone 311 to report damage and/or ask for assistance, as well as the Southwest TX Flood Cleanup Hotline (1-800-451-1954) for help cleaning up homes or property only. The Southwest TX Flood Cleanup Hotline will share your information with local agencies, community leaders, and volunteer relief agencies but cannot guarantee assistance or timing.  Medical emergencies should be reported to 911. For any other kind of help, please dial 211 for the menu of statewide services available, including benefits and help evacuating property.


Congratulations to Galleria Rotarians on their $5000 award for school uniforms to Houston’s Lee High School, which inspired Lee’s journalism students to showcase the Rotary commitment to education and literacy. Budding Lee journalists Juliette Acevedo and Augustin Cantero’s article was published by The River Oaks Examiner Newspaper, as well as in their high school paper, web site, and on Twitter, according to journalism instructor and yearbook advisor David Fanucchi. Noting that the new uniforms will feature Rotary's logo on the sleeve, the youthful literati wrote . . . 

Interested in a trip to Russia this May?  Join Rotary's Russian Friendship Exchange excursion!  Among other things, you'll visit St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg (city where Tsar Nicholas II's family was murdered by Bolsheviks), and Volgograd, which is one of the most beautiful ancient cities of Russia and located on the Volga River.  Tentative dates are May 28 - June 12, 2016. For more information contact American Team Leader, Sonya Heath (281) 507-2424, or Carmen Cuneo, Secretary, Russia – USA Intercountry Committee (713) 416-5025.
Dear Fellow 5890 Rotarians,
Recently, at the District 5890 Interact Conference at Sealy High School, we recognized our district winners of our Four-Way Test Essay Contest.  Congratulations winners!!!!
Congratulations to our District 5890 Global Scholar Anja Nikolova on launching a groundbreaking "Tandem Language Cafe" at Yale. The new program pilots in February 2016 and is designed to foster intercultural communication and understanding on campus through enhanced foreign language acquisition.
We are proud of PDG Deepa Willingham, spouse of the University Area Rotary Club's Dick Willingham, for presenting "Education of the Girl Child" at the World Bank in New York City as part of the 2016 Celebration of International Women's Day.  Deepa founded PACE Universal, which is dedicated to educating girls and women in extreme poverty.  

At our district conference each year, the Rotary district governor selects a service project so our D5890 Rotarians can make a positive impact in the local community.  At this year's conference, District Governor Nick has selected TWO great community service projects benefiting the Galveston community.
Since some Rotary clubs have blood drives in their own community 8-weeks before or after the district conference, they won't be able to donate blood.  Another option for your club would be to participate in our "Educational Supplies for Parker Elementary School for International Studies" Service Project.
Service Project #1) 
Parker Elementary School for International Studies, Galveston (perfect for those that can't donate blood): 
On Friday, April 29th, our Inbound District 5890 Rotary Youth Exchange Students will spend the morning being goodwill ambassadors at this elementary school visiting each classroom and speaking to the students about Rotary, their home country, and their experiences as a RYE student.  On behalf of our District 5890 Rotarians, they will present much needed educational supplies to the school.
How can D5890 Rotarians help?
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 $1,009,000.   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.

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.


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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