District Governor
John Sullivan
 
2016-2017
Governor's Message 
 
 
District Governor’s Message-August
Club Visits Are Underway
As this is being written, my wife Sandy and I have completed two weeks of Club visits.  Or as she calls them, after looking at our schedule, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.  So far we have visited the Rotary Clubs of Tonopah, Ely, Bishop, Bishop Sunrise and Mammoth Lakes Noon.  Each Club was very hospitable, unique and reflective of their community.  Some distinctive projects were discovered.  Information about them and others I learn about from other Clubs will be shared with Club Presidents or articles on the website or in the newsletter.  If we have not been to your Club yet we look forward to those visits. 
August is Membership and Extension Month
Last year 334 members terminated their membership in District 5190 Rotary Clubs.  Of those 38 were honored during the Remembrance portion of the District Conference.  Clubs always have a need for new members just to replace those that terminated.
In a study commissioned by Rotary, Rotarians were asked why they joined Rotary and why they stayed in Rotary?  These are the results: 
 
WHY JOIN?
WHY STAY?
Friendship
30.0%
38.4%
Positively Impact My Community
35.5%
36.1%
Networking
18.7%
5.2%
Recognition
4.3%
2.3%
Training
3.3%
3.5%
Positive Impact Globally
8.2%
14.5%
 
If our Clubs and our District are to grow and prosper the focus needs to be on those things that matter the most to prospective and existing members.  It must start with our attraction criteria, fireside chats and a new induction model that emphasizes friendship, impact on the local community and valuing our members and their work.  This must replace the old formula stressing the international scope and size of Rotary for more of a local focus.  After induction we need to be sure to engage our members and follow-up with both new and existing members to confirm they are receiving value for their membership. Always of critical importance is to have FUN.
The key to making this happen is to insure that every member of our Clubs understands the importance of this new focus.  Old scripts for fireside chats and member inductions need to be replaced with new ones that emphasize what is important to our members. 
 
 
 
Stories
The District has received $99,216.00 from The Rotary Foundation for this year’s District Designated Funds.  The funds can be used for District Scholarships and District Service Grants (DSG) amongst other things.  Approved District Scholarships total $22,500.  These funds will be disbursed as soon as all the paperwork is complete.  That leaves $76,716 available for DSGs.  Qualified Clubs with trained members that have submitted a Member of Understanding may submit an application for a grant via the District website.  Grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  For questions or to submit signed MOUs Vic Slaughter.  His email address is nvdesertrats@charter.net.  These funds are based upon District donations to the Annual Fund during the year 2013-2014. 

 

 
Attention District 5190 RVers!!!  Mel Foremaster and Steve Picha are in the beginning stage of planning an RV trip to Atlanta for the RI Convention next year. Steve is an experienced RV Caravan Wagon Master and recommends we get started on the planning as soon as possible. It is extremely important is to get a good idea of who all is interested in joining us on this trip. This does not mean anyone has to commit at this time, but merely we get an idea of how large the caravan might be to facilitate the early planning process and begin identifying likely RV Resorts that would be good candidates to stay at. It’s much easier to scale back the size than increase the number as we get close to departure.
 
For planning purposes, Steve also said for this trip to Atlanta, we should plan about 10-14 days to get there to take into account potential break downs and weather delays. The plan is to average about 200-250 miles per day as best possible to ensure we have plenty of time for social hours, food preparation, and dining.
 
If you are interested please contact Steve or me as soon as possible. Our contact info follows:
 
Mel Foremaster:  < mel.foremaster@gmail.com >, 775-453-3119
Steve Picha:  <  barkley335@yahoo.com >, (925) 339-3933

 

 
Council on Legislation 2016 April 9-15, the 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago to consider changes to Rotary International's constitutional documents and recommendations to the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. Each District may send one elected Representative. Of the 534 Districts in the Rotary world, 523 delegates were present and certified. The Council considered 117 Enactments and 63 Resolutions. Enactments change the constitutional documents (RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, Standard Club Constitution) and Resolutions request the RI Board of Directors or Rotary Foundation Trustees to consider a matter.
 
Please click HERE to read a summary of Council actions - many enactments affect all Rotary clubs! Our District Representative Wyn Spiller is happy and available to present a program on the 2016 COL. The presentation will include additional background information, specifically on the dues increase, as well as a brief look at the Council in action and what did not pass. EMAIL WYN
 
(Credit Monika Lowzinska ©Rotary International)

 
 

 
 
 
Check out the District calendar of events HERE.
 
Sparks Centennial Sunrise's Golf Tournament - August 27, 2016
Reno Sunrise's Edible Pedal - September 18, 2016
Pollock Pines-Camino's Evening in the Orchards - September 24, 2016
 
See detailed information on these events on the posters below:
 
 
 
    

 
 

 
When you sign up for a live webinar it will count as a make up for you club's attendance!  On-demand videos of these recent webinars can be accessed HERE.
 
 DISTRICT 5190 ROTARY ACADEMY OVERVIEW
 BISHOP 5TH GRADE LITERACY PROGRAM
 WHAT IS RLI?
 FIRE UP YOUR CLUB'S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
BUSINESS PLANNING FOR ROTARY CLUBS
 SETTING UP YOUR CLUB'S FACEBOOK PAGE
 RYE BOOTCAMP
 USING FACEBOOK TO PROMOTE YOUR CLUB PART2
 ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS
 LITERACY
 BUDGETING FOR YOUR ROTARY CLUB
SETTING YOUR CLUB'S MEMBERSHIP GOALS
SHARE YOUR CLUB'S SUCCESS

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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