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2021 DISTRICT CONFERENCE - APRIL 15-18, 2021 - HORSESHOE BAY RESORT
GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND!
Jan 21, 2023 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Houston Community College -West Loop
Apr 15, 2023 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Houston Community College -West Loop
Apr 27, 2023 May 01, 2023 12:00 AM
Jul 22, 2023
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Stories About Our Projects & Events
Above:  Mindi and Jeff Snyder
                                                                               
Mindi Snyder and her husband Jeff live in the rural city of El Campo where she was raised.  They enjoy spending time with their children, Shelby (who married Colby Kane) and Colby Lee who is married to Morgan, and their beloved grandsons Matthew and Watson.  They are also excited to be welcoming another grandson, Jackson, in the fall.  All love outdoor activities and traveling.  Mindi is a CPA and is now working with Gunda Corporation as a Client Services Manager after 24 years in Municipal Government roles as Finance Director and City Manager. 
 
Mindi joined Rotary in 1995 and has been a member of Wharton, Rosenberg and El Campo Rotary Clubs where she served in many roles including Club President for 2004-2005.   Her home club, El Campo Rotary, chartered two Interact Clubs at the High School and Middle School and started an EarlyAct FirstKnight program under her direction as New Generations Chair.  One of her continued roles for many years in El Campo has been Foundation Chair and she was very proud that El Campo Rotary achieved 100% PHF status.  Mindi served as Assistant Governor twice and has been on the District Youth Exchange Committee and served in various roles from Inbound Coordinator to Youth Exchange Officer since 2001.  
 
Mindi and Jeff have hosted many Rotary Exchange Students and their daughter did a short-term exchange to The Netherlands.  Mindi has served as the Chief of Staff Youth Services to help facilitate the communication between all youth service areas and District Leadership and as Club Advisor for the community based Rotaract Club of El Campo and the newly chartered El Campo Literacy Advocates Rotary Club.  Jeff has been a long-time supporter, chaperone and driver for the Youth Exchange Students at the District level and he transferred his membership to the El Campo Rotary Club this year so both are excited to be serving our community together going forward.
 
Mindi has been recognized as Rotarian of the Year twice by the El Campo Rotary Club in 2004 and 2019 and, most recently she received the District Rotarian of the Year honor for 2018-2019.
 
Mindi and Jeff are both Paul Harris Society Members, Polio Plus Society Members, Major Donor Level II and Bequest Society Level I donors to the Rotary Foundation.  Jeff and Mind were recognized as members of the White Hat Society last year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary District 5890's very own Past District Governor Susan "Suzi" C. Howe serves as one of nineteen members of Rotary International's 2020-2022 Board of Directors.  All of us here in Rotary District 5890 admire and respect Suzi and we are so very proud of her for being an outstanding role model for all of us. 
 
We're all extremely proud of RI Director Suzi because has worked tirelessly to improve her community and our world, and she will continue to make a positive impact as a RI Director. Together with her husband, Bill, they exemplify "Service Above Self."
 
RI Director Suzi is a proud member of her home club, the Rotary Club of Space Center in District 5890.
 
Director Suzi dedicated her career to education after graduating from the University of Kansas. She owned and operated South Shore Montessori, a private school, until her retirement inf 2019. It was during the construction of that school that she learned about Rotary through her broker, architect, and others involved, all of whom were Rotarians. She joined Rotary in 1992, and within six months was serving on her club's board.

WE'RE HAVING THE WORLD'S LARGEST CREAM PIE FIGHT AT OUR APRIL 2022 DISTRICT CONFERENCE!

Together, we're going to help END POLIO NOW!
 
DGE MICHELLE'S GOAL: Break a world record by having the World's Largest Cream Pie Fight! 
What will it take to break the world record?  1,300 cream pies!!!
 
 
Interested in Sponsoring a Cream Pie?  To make a $100 donation to The Rotary Foundation's "End Polio Now" program (a 501(c)(3) - Click Here To Donate!
 
Spend Bill Gates' money with a 2-For-1 Match! 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match your donation $2-for-$1 getting us even closer to a polio-free world! 
 
 
Everyone that knows and loves Michelle Bohreer has always known that she is not an ordinary person.  She has always been was our "Woman of the Century" and we are so proud that Houston Woman's Magazine honored her as one of their "50 Most Influential Women of 2020-2021."  Click here to read the Houston Woman's Magazine issue featuring Michelle and the other awe inspiring women.
 
The ceremony was held at The Junior League of Houston and included women that are change makers that are creating a difference in their communities, in their vocation, and the lives of others.
 
As Beverly Denver, Public of the Houston Women's Magazine said, "Each in this year's "class" is intelligent and interesting.  Each spends her time and energy doing what she loves most.  Each speaks of her interests enthusiastically and with great joy.  Each is actively engaged in activities that move her forward in her career and in live and, at the same time, allow her to make significant contributions to our community.  Each gives generously of her time and talents to help local charities and other nonprofits and the clients they serve.  Because of their knowledge and expertise of these honorees, others listen when they speak and follow when they lead."
 
 
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, was nominated and selected to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
 
Jennifer wasn't selected because she is a woman, but rather because she is an outstanding Rotarian with leadership skills that are second to none.  CLICK here to read a wonderful article on the Rotary International website about her.
 
Congratulations, Jennifer!  For all of us that know you, and the ones that haven't had the opportunity to meet you yet, just know that your Family of Rotary is very proud to support you!
 
 
 
Do business with those you serve with! 
 
Our District 5890 Yellow Pages is designed and accessible to all Rotary and Rotaract members in our district for FREE. Any Rotarian or Rotaractor that has a business, working for a corporation, is self-employed, non-profit, retired, homemaker, Rotaractors...etc. should all join! We can all benefit from each other as Rotarians. Let's connect!!!
 
We have a Business Directory, Jobs Board (for those seeking jobs, and employers looking for employees to hire), and Club Events - visit District5890YellowPages.com
 
Click here to register so you can join our Rotary District 5890 Yellow Pages.
 
The District 5890 Yellow Pages district wide launch on Zoom was October 1, 2021.  If you were not able to attend or want more information, Click here to watch the recording of meeting to learn more.

DG Michelle Bohreer, Sonya Heath and Maggie Sharma lead us in a discussion regarding Rotary International's Empowering Girls Initiative.

 

This is an opportunity for your Rotary club to engage in service projects that enhance the safety, health, education and well-being of girls in your local community and across the globe. President Mehta is wanting each Rotary club worldwide to have a project to address the empowerment of girls.

 

The 1-hour Zoom meeting gave us an opportunity to hear about great projects that Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary clubs can get involved with to help empower girls.

 
We came, we saw, and we had an amazing day!  Special thanks to Rotarian Jay Alteri with the Rotary Club of Columbus for hosting this day of family fun for 50+ of us.  We had great food, wonderful fellowship, and a chance to see exotic animals at the 1,500 acre E & P Refuge in Columbus.
 
We saw zebras, camels, several species of antelope, Axis Deer, Aoudad, Blesbok, Nilgai, gazelle, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Impala, and more!
 
The Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Greater Houston Veterans, and Pasadena held the "ribbon cutting" for their Peace Monument.  The monument is styled after the Freedom Tower with "May Peace Prevail On Earth" written on each of the 8 sides in a different language is approximately 25 feet tall and will be lit at night. 
 
This beautiful monument is located in Clear Lake Park, Landolt Pavilion located at 5002 E. NASA Parkway, Seabrook TX. 
 
The dedication included tributes to the bravery of those that were lost on 9/11, those that served our country, and also those that continue to keep our great county the land of the free, and the home of the brave!  See the KPRC TV news coverage of the monument, and the Veterans service.
 
 
 
Rotary International Director  Suzi Howe is proud to announce the Region 36 (Zones 25B & 29) 2021-22 Rotary Coordinator Leadership Team and congratulate them on their appointments. “These fantastic individuals are key resources for clubs and districts in our regions and will work hard to elevate Rotary in the coming year. 
 
As a member of this team, we congratulate District 5890 Rotarian, Jenna Buscemi (RC of Houston Energy Corridor), on her Rotary International appointment to serve again on this Rotary Region 36 Rotary Coordinator Leadership Team!  As a former Interactor, Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Rotaractor, Dual Rotaractor/Rotarian, Rotaract DG, current Rotary club president, and incoming Assistant Governor, she exemplifies how a how Rotary's youth programs give Rotary Alumni an opportunity to use and apply their leadership skills.
 
“Congratulations to Region 36 (Zones 25B and 29) Rotary Coordinators Dian Edward’s and Debbie High who have assembled this talented team to assist our districts and clubs as we work together to Grow Rotary!”
 
Rotary Region 36 (Zones 25B & 29) Public Image Webinar
2nd Webinar in the series:  Thursday, October 28th
4 PM - 5 PM (Central) Via Zoom
Free event, but you must register to receive the Zoom link
 
Who's invited:  Club and District Public Image Committees, Club Presidents, President-Elects, plus Club & District Membership and Foundation Chairs...and anyone interested in learning more about promoting Rotary.
 
We do great things in Rotary, and the more we tell our members and the public about our accomplishments, the more impact we will be able to have.  That’s why it’s so important for Public Image, Membership and The Rotary Foundation to work together in all we do, and why our Public Image efforts are integral in all we do in Rotary.
 
That’s why our Zones 25B & 29 Public Image Team is excited to introduce our monthly Public Image Webinar series! 
These webinars, which will typically be held on the 4th Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00pm Central, will give any Rotary leaders tips, tricks, and ideas that you can implement to enhance your image within your club and within your community!  Each webinar will have several components: examples of how PI/Membership/TRF work together to increase our impact, best practices that your colleagues in other districts are implementing significantly, a deep dive into a particular topic that you will find interesting, and time for Q&A and other idea sharing.
 
You don’t have to be your district’s Public Image Team Leader to attend…these are open to anyone in Zone/District/Club leadership, so please pass along the details to anyone you think would benefit from hearing about how we can enhance our public image.  We’re excited, and hopefully you are too!
 
Our first webinar will be THURSDAY, October 28th 4:00PM
CLICK HERE to register! 
(Pre-registration is needed…this is not your link to join)
 
 
Cristal Montañéz-Baylor, a member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston in our Rotary District 5890, has a featured story in the July 22, 2021 "Rotary Voices", which is Rotary International's Blog that shares stories of service from around the world. 
 
Cristal serves as the International Coordinator for Hope for Venezuelan Refugees, a pilot project led by her Rotary e-Club of Houston, District 5890 International Committee in partnership with Rise Against Hunger (RAH), Rotary Cucuta, Diócesis de Cúcuta Banco Diocesano de Alimentos, and eight beneficiaries organizations, is saving and changing lives.
 
Working tirelessly for years to help the refugees fleeing to Colombia because of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Cristal, and her colleagues, responded by distributing meals and supplies needed for protection against COVID. When grant money stopped, she continued her response, but can now only offer soup  and, she wishes, some hope to the refugees.

 

 
 

Thank you to everyone that joined us on World Polio Day on October 24th as global health experts and partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication.

We raised $11,000!  Our goal for this event was to make 2021 the biggest year ever for D5890 to bring awareness and raise funds to END POLIO NOW!! A huge thanks to Art Bautista and his Rotary Club of University Area Houston for hosting this event, and to all Rotary clubs in District 5890 that also held a World Polio Day event. 

 
 
Ending a disease is a massive effort and Rotary and our partners can’t do it alone. Learn how you can join us in our efforts to end polio.
 

This is is one of the best opportunities to tell the Rotary Polio Story. World Polio Day is a chance for Rotarians across the world to come together to fight polio. There are many ways you could mark the day in 2021. Start planning now!

 

Dedicate your club meeting to focus on Rotary’s work to end polio that week or hold a community fundraiser.  Partner with your Interactors and Rotaractors for a Purple Pinkie Project!

 

Need more ideas?  To help you and your club mark World Polio Day, a number of resources have been put together for you to download.

Click here to visited the EndPolio.org website

Click here for World Polio Day Resources

Click here to download Rotary's World Polio Day Toolkit
 
This is an ideal opportunity to engage with your local community, celebrities and media to remind them about the Rotary Polio Story and how everyone can get involved.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then.
 
 
Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.
 
 
 
 
There is a great article by Vicki Brentin (Rotary Club of Houston Skyline) in the May 11th issue of Rotary Voices, which is the official blog of Rotary International.
 
Vicki served as the COVID-19 Vaccination Coordinator for Rotary District 5890 and organization volunteers at multiple vaccine sites here in the greater Houston area.  Her article gives a heartwarming peek into her efforts, and the connection she had with the volunteers, plus those receiving their vaccination.
 
"I knew I wanted to volunteer and be part of this historic moment as we help our communities return to some sense of normal. The more I shared this feeling with friends, the more I heard similar sentiments." —Vicki Brentin
 
 

You Only Get One Chance To Make A Great First Impression!  Does your club website reflect your club's story?

ClubRunner was designed by Rotarians specifically for Rotarians that have zero web design knowledge!  Zero coding knowledge is required, so even professional web designers need to watch ClubRunner training videos learn how to use Clubrunner!   With training, any Rotarian can become a webmaster using ClubRunner!  You're not alone - As the D5890 webmaster, I also watch ClubRunner training videos and attend their webinars on a regular basis to learn new tips, tools and ideas.
 
Below is a link to the recording of our November 2020 District 5890 Training Webinar with ClubRunner about designing your club website:
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of El Campo and Rotary Club of Wharton worked with First Book, Disney and ABC 13 to help organize this book distribution project. Special thanks to DG Scott Rainey, and especially to Rotarian Sheila Armstrong (RC of Houston) with "First Book", and Jon King (RC of Sharpstown), for making this project happen.
 
Click here to watch Disney's "Rally For Reading" which features ABC13 anchors, Disney Channel actors and actresses talking about this literacy project in El Campo and Wharton ISD, PLUS our very own DG Scott Rainey and Rotarians Sheila Armstrong and Jon King!
 
"Thank all the Rotarians, teachers and staff for your special part in making this event one that first served about 3,000 children directly, and then I would guess around 12,000 people when you include all the family members." said Scott Rainey, District Governor of District 5890.  "Part of the magic was seeing the parents, who took time to bring their child to get the books.  One mother, at around 10:30 AM, said "My son woke me up so we could come get the books".  How many story lines are inside that statement!" Rainey said.
District 5890 Rotary clubs....Let's support each other!  Let's visit and "LIKE" each other's Facebook pages!
 
CLICK HERE for the list, and please share with your members so they can also support all of our clubs. See what the other clubs are doing, and if you see a project you like or would like to help them, please contact them. If they have friends or family that live in the community where the clubs are located, encourage your members to share the link to the club's Facebook page.  It's a great way of sharing Rotary!
 
 
 
 
We have a great opportunity to get boots on the ground and staff the volunteers at the Harris County NRG location and at the various Methodist Hospital locations.  District Governor Scott Rainey has sent emails to all 5890 Rotarians for both opportunities on February 25th.  Please help to support this effort in your location and around the district. 
 
Photo on right is DG Scott Rainey at the Methodist Hospital ready to volunteer as a trained Rotary Volunteer at their COVID-19 process.  #ServeLikeAChampionToday!
 
Rotary volunteers are needed starting Monday, March 1st through April 24th.
 
All questions should be sent to:  Vicki Brentin, Rotary District 5890 Vaccine Volunteer Coordinator, Email:  vbrentin@gmail.com
 
HDD - NRG Stadium Location:        Rotary District 5890
 
 
 
Giving back to the communities is one of the greatest rewards and joys that a Rotarian can experience. 
 
Every Rotary project anywhere in the world always starts out with just one Rotarian that had an idea - and then they were able to grow and develop that idea by getting other Rotarians engaged.  From there, they used the powerful network of Rotarians to really change the world because of that one idea.
 
On CHRON.COM, there is a wonderful article about Rotary here in the Greater Houston area in Rotary District 5890.  Please read the article, then CLICK HERE to find a Rotary club near where you work, or live.
Rotary clubs are located in small and large cities around the globe, and here in Texas our neighboring Rotary District 5870 is located in the Austin, Texas area.  Just like their Austin area Rotarians, our Houston area Rotarians in Rotary District 5890 have a commitment to serving others with our local and international service projects.  Rotary is an organization that is non-religious, non-political, and non-denominational and focuses on helping others and making an impact in the world.  We're People of Action that are committed to "Service Above Self"!
 
Our friends and fellow Rotarian from Austin, Patrick Harrison and Amber Scarborough, recently appeared on "Talk 1370AM" Radio in Austin to share their Rotary story and tell why they are Rotarians with the topic:  "Your Local Rotary
Here's some great opportunities to attend on-line meetings of other Rotary District 5890 club meetings.  Rotarians, if you need a proof of a Rotary meeting make-up for your club, use your cell phone to take a photo of yourself onscreen, and email it to your club secretary.
 
 
 
Watch this video to learn how to join a Zoom meeting                                                                                                                                                                              .
Global Rotary Club Virtual Meetings!  Interested in a list of online Rotary and Rotaract club meetings around the world? A list has been created by the Rotary Club of Mount Lawley, Australia, so you can attend an online Rotary Zoom meeting around the globe, or register your club's online meeting information. Maybe you'll have an international visitor at your next meeting!  The information you enter will be public, so do not fill out the form if you do not want the information to be public: https://bit.ly/OnlineRotaryMeetingsDatabase

LIST OF OUR ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 VIRTUAL MEETINGS THIS WEEK

MONDAY ZOOM MEETINGS:

ROTARY CLUB OF SPACE CENTER -  Monday's at Noon on Zoom (each week, use same Zoom link as below).
Time:   11:55 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 935 7356 0173
Password: 200194
In Rotary, we believe in #Diversity, #Equity, and #Inclusion. Now more than ever, we need to continue have ongoing conversations about accepting and respecting one another. 
 
Rotary District 5890 and the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline continue with our Critical Conversations series.   On Monday, October 26th, a special discussion entitled, "Critical Conversations:  Inclusivity" was held with experts in this field. 
 
We invite you to watch the recording below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
District 5890 has thoughtfully considered how to engage with the issues facing our society with respect to all human rights and dignity.  We will always remain non-political in our endeavors and will seek to find common ground and understanding among all people.
 

Our first step was to take an introspective look at how Rotarian's see and feel they are seen.  We must first ensure we are not only respecting each other, however we must also seek to understand one another.  The District supported this initiative of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline and the Rotary Club of Houston with several collaborating clubs to host a panel discussion titled: A Conversation About Being Black - Stories You Don't Know From Rotarians You Do.      

 

This event was recorded, and captures the stories from Rotarians which graciously shared their stories and struggles which opened our hearts and minds.  To listen to the recording, please CLICK HERE.
 
Recently, a Dinner and Exclusive Wine Tasting was hosted at the home of Stan and Susan Galanski (Rotary Club of Space Center).  10 Rotarians from across the District attended and were served a three-course meal, that featured different wines from Chateau de Pommard (Beaune, France).
 
For the occasion, the Chateau’s Private Client Wine Advisor, Cedar Stoltenow, flew in to provide an educational presentation on the Burgundy Region, and describe the multiple facets of the five wines served throughout the meal.  None of the wines presented are distributed in the U.S., as they were delivered direct from the Estate.  The meal was completed with a Key Lime Pie for dessert and the pouring of a 25-year old Chateau d’Yquem, a Bordeaux Sauternes.

Historic: 47-Countries in African Region
Declared Free of Wild Poliovirus!

 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region.
 
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
 
Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monument achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians. 
 
This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.   The GPEI’s challenge now is to eradicate wild poliovirus in the two countries where the disease has never been stopped: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 

DELIVER GROCERIES & MEDICINE TO SENIORS AND VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS

Rotary District 5890 and Disaster Aid USA is joining forces with other districts in our Zone and with District 7620 (Central MD and DC) to deliver needed groceries and medicine to vulnerable people at risk of fatally contracting COVID-19. 
 
Through volunteers of Rotarians, Rotary & Rotaract clubs, the Rotary Club, individuals wanting to serve others, plus good friends, we want to build a network of people committed help those in need.
 
Join our effort to help our neighbors most at risk during the COVID-19 quarantine.
 
"ROTARY HAS HEART" PROJECT:  THANKING NURSES/MEDICAL STAFF/CARE GIVERS

Click button below to learn more about this service project!