Rotary District 5890
Greater Houston Area

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Dear District 5890:
 
It is Mine and Debbie’s honor and privilege to serve as your District Governor and First Lady for 2017-2018. 
 
During the previous 2+ years leading up to now, I’ve visited many clubs and met many Rotarians.  I’ve witnessed firsthand your passion for Serving Humanity.  I’m in awe of and inspired by all that you do.  I am thankful to be a member of our great Rotary District.  A District referred to during PETS training this past February by Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones as a “Kick Ass” District.  Yes, Jennifer, we are.  And we’re proud of it too!
 
Our 2017-18 Theme is “Rotary Making A Difference.”  We’re going to “Make A Difference” by emphasizing Membership Growth, Engagement and Retention.  We will work especially hard on attracting young and diverse new members without leaving behind new members with a little more “seasoning.”  We will engage our new members and re-engage those veteran members that may feel left by the wayside.  For engagement and participation are the secrets to retention.  And retention is the key to membership growth.  We’re going to “Make A Difference” doubling down on our Foundation Giving by hosting a Million Dollar Dinner held on January 27, 2018 with RI President Ian Riseley as our Keynote Speaker.   And we’re going to bolster our PR/PI Campaign using the new slogan “People of Action” to make sure everyone in our community knows we are Rotarians and that what we do is “Making A Difference” in people’s lives.  
 
I look forward to working with you in these areas of opportunity for our District and in “Making A Difference” in our communities through Rotary Service.  If my leadership team or I can be of any assistance to you or your club, please do not hesitate to call upon us.  We exist to assist you!              
 
DG Bill and Debbie
 
 
One of District Governor Bill Palko's goals was to try to have District 5890's District Grant application approved by July 31, 2017. As a reminder, clubs who are part of the District Grant application can only be reimbursed from funds that are spent after the approval date. Consequently, clubs with approved District Grants are now free to spend their funds as outlined in their District Grant Application.
 
July 24, 2017 is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, district Grant Application approval dates since District 5890 began using the new District Grant model during the 2010-11 year. The District Rotary Foundation Committee wants to think all of the clubs that participated in the process. We look forward to hearing about the projects as the club's complete them.
 
A copy of the application can be found on the District Rotary Foundation Committee website: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/SitePage/district-rotary-foundation-committee-2017-18 Hint: That site can be found up above this article under the webpage banner.
 
Clubs are reminded that the projects must be completed, and a final report form filed no later than April 30, 2018.
 
 
Rotary District 5890
ZONE ALL CLUB LUNCHEON: The Future is Now
Friday, September 15, 2017
Featured Keynote Speakers: Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori
Crowne Plaza near NRG
 
District 5890 Out of this World Exposition 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
 
Luncheon and Presentation 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 
Table Sponsorship Opportunities
 
 
Make a Difference by Embracing the Future $1,000
RIP Ian’s theme “Rotary: Making a Difference” resonates with Rotarians.  To truly make a difference Rotary must remain the preeminent service organization for the future and the Future is Now.  This year you and your club will show your support for RIP Ian’s commitment to Rotary Making a Difference with your “Make a Difference by Embracing the Future” sponsorship. This sponsorship includes a premium placed and decorated table for ten (10), recognition in the event program, two (2) exposition tables for your club to display its great accomplishments and a photo of your entire club with RIP Elect Sam Owori or General Secretary John Hewko at your club’s expo table, or after lunch.
 
Visionary $750
This sponsorship includes a reserve table for ten (10) and one exposition table for your club to display how your club makes a difference now and in the future.
 
Rotary Star Couple $200
Premium Seating for two (2) and a photo with RIP Elect Sam Owori or General Secretary John Hewko at your club’s expo table or after lunch.
 
 
District 5890 Out of this World Exposition
Highlight your projects and activities to your fellow Rotarians and guests, including RIP Elect Sam Owori.  RIP Elect Sam Owori will be visiting expo booths following the VIP Reception (display space only and can be added to any level)
 
Exposition Table (non-Rotarian) $35                             Exposition Table (Rotarian) $25
                                                                                               
                                                                       
General Admission Galaxy Partner $58.90
Non-Reserved General Admission with seated lunch as part of Zone All Club “The Future is Now” Luncheon.
 
 
The only guaranteed way to sit with your fellow club members is a table sponsorship.
 
 
To Register go to Club Runner or the link below:
 

 

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 5890 are invited to send participants to an interactive leadership workshop in northwest Houston on September 23-24, 2017. In this workshop participants will learn how to improve their personal leadership skills that can be used in their club, their vocation and in any community organizations in which they hold a leadership position.

The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:

Social Styles Listening Skills

Challenges in Leading Diversity Group Activities and Presentations

Problem Solving Empowerment of Others

Inspiring Leadership Team Building

Conflict Management Meeting Management Skills

Ethics Visioning Boards

Clubs may send a maximum of 2 members and the class will be limited to the first 24 who send in a registration fee of $250 by September 15. Registrations received after September 15, 2017, will be $300. The Institute will be held at the Courtyard Houston Northwest Marriott located

at 11050 Louetta Rd., Houston, Texas 77070. Information on the hotel may be found on their website at www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hounw-courtyard-houston-northwest.

Attendees must attend both days of the training and stay overnight at the conference center. The registration fee for the two-day Institute is $250 and covers all materials, four meals beginning with lunch on Saturday, September 23rd and the cost of lodging. Participants will be billeted two per room in non-smoking rooms. Smoking in the room will incur a substantial charge to room occupants beyond the registration fee.

Attendees should arrive at the Courtyard Houston Northwest Marriott no later than 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and be prepared to stay until the workshop concludes at about

5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Dress for the institute is business casual. If there are questions about the Institute or to receive a registration form, please contact Gayle Jircik at (713) 594-6305 or djircik@sbcglobal.net.

 
ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 CONFERENCE
April 26, 2016 - April 29, 2018
Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205
 
 
 
Cancellation Policy:
Full Refund if submitted in writing by March 15, 2018
25% cancellation fee if submitted in writing by March 30, 2018
50% cancellation fee if submitted in writing by April 15, 2018
No refund if cancelled after April 15, 2018
 
 
 
At the 2017 Interact District Conference at Sealy High School, Rotarian Ron Fitzwater was presented with the "Interact District 5890 Service Above Self" Award by District 5890 Interact Committee Co-Chair, Charlie Buscemi. 
 
Ron has served as the Interact Adviser at the Alvin High School Interact Club for years, plus he has served as the District 5890 Four-Way Test Essay Contest Scholarship Committee Chair, and as an District 5890 Area Membership Chair.  His commitment to serving his community, school, family and Rotary is outstanding.
    
The award was given to Ron with sincere appreciation and great respect for his years of dedication to strengthening the foundations of goodwill, peace, and fellowship through service with Interactors in his community, and beyond.  For years, he has unselfishly given his time, energy, and talent to further the principles and ideals of Rotary, plus the importance of Rotary's Four-Way Test and Service Above Self, in the hearts and minds of our world's future community leaders.
District 5890 and 5910 Rotarians and families with specific needs arising from the widespread flooding may contact Wayne Beaumier (281-923-4085 / wbeaumier@att.net / 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.
Rotary District 5890 Global Scholar Anja Nikolova completed exams for her first year at Yale University last week and began 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 returned 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 attended the Carbon Expo workshop in Cologne, Germany.

At CPLC Anja worked directly with companies such as BP, Shell, IKEA, Royal DSM and Unilever and the governments of Canada, India, France. The insights she produced helped these companies to design and implement their carbon pricing strategy as a business driver and towards achieving their environmental goals. 

Over the summer, Tandem Language Café, the program Anja co-founded, received investment capital and is expanding - they are currently hiring 4 new staff and partnering with Yale’s numerous departments - it’s very exciting, and has become her entrepreneurial experiment! They also launched their website:  https://tandemyale.wordpress.com/about/

 

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.
The Rotarian Magazine has agreeed to conduct a Q and A with Anja for publication this coming winter.

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 . . . 

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.
 
 
 
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