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2021 DISTRICT CONFERENCE - APRIL 15-18, 2021 - HORSESHOE BAY RESORT
GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND!
Stories About Our Projects & Events
                                                                                          DG Michelle with her son, Luke, and her mom, Ginny
 
E. Michelle Bohreer is an attorney and founder and Managing Member of Bohreer Law Firm, PLLC and the proud mom of her AUsome son, Luke.
 
July 1, 2021 officially begins our 2021-2022 Rotary Year, and Michelle will installed as our District Governor for Rotary District 5890 at her "Peace, Love, Funk" Installation Celebration. 
 
Michelle joined Rotary in 1999 and was honored to serve as Club President of the Rotary Club of Houston for 2008-2010.  Michelle will tell you she became a real Rotarian on January 12, 2010 when she was in Haiti on a Rotary service project trip and a 7.4 Earthquake hit.  After being their Assistant Governor in 2010-2012, she joined and remains a proud member of  the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline, a self described drinking club with a service problem.
 
Michelle has served the District in numerous ways, including District Conference Chair for the Geaux Rotary Conference and All Club Chair for many of our Past District Governors.
 
Michelle has been recognized as Rotary District 5890 "Assistant Governor of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year".  Most recently she received the "Service Above Self Award", Rotary International’s highest individual recognition.
 
Michelle is a Paul Harris Society Member, Major Donor and Bequest Society Level II to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Check out Michelle's theme song, Uptown Funk, which shows how Michelle brings her energy, passion and fun in all she does for Rotary and life.
 

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! 
 
 
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!”
Our 2021-2022 District Governor, Michelle Bohreer, is very excited about a project she is planning for the next few months, “Rotary Grove Empowerment Park.”   This will be an all accessible playground in the heart of Houston that will allow children of all abilities to play together and just be kids. 
 
DG Michelle and her team are are working with Mayor Turner and Commissioners to obtain the location and will partner with organizations around the city to make the park a reality.  Funding for the project will come from local Rotary clubs, plus from contributions made to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 
 
The vision for the “Rotary Empowerment Park” along Columbia Tap Hike and Bike Trail gets clearer every day! If you or your organization/club want to get involved, please send us an email!
The Rotary Fire Fighters Home, which provides accomodations for first responders undergoing cancer treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, is excited to announce that it will be opening its fifth apartment the end of September this month, courtesy of the Texas State Association of Firefighters.  They are paying for the lease and utilities for this new apartment for two years! (This is in addition to the other apartment, which they are also sponsoring).
 
As we have done with our other 4 apartments, we have established a "registry" with Target.  On this registry, we have selected items we still need in order to finish furnishing the new apartment.
  
 
The Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Greater Houston Veterans, and Pasadena held the "ribbon cutting" for their Peace Monument at a Patriot Day event on 9/11/21.  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 was held on the 20th Anniversary of September 11th and included tributes to the bravery of those that were lost that day, 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 Region 36 (Zones 25B & 29) Public Image Webinar
Thursday, September 23rd
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
 
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, SEPTEMBER 23RD AT 4:00PM
CLICK HERE to register! 
(Pre-registration is needed…this is not your link to join)
 
Some of the topics we’ll cover September 23rd: how a grant to build a clinic in Kenya has resulted in increased membership and several clubs coming together to participate, how a new public image team leader has hit the ground running, and a deep dive into World Polio Day and what our clubs and districts can do to promote our polio eradication efforts!
 
And…SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming webinars (all at 4pm central unless otherwise updated):
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28TH: Planning for Rotary Foundation Month & using Brand Center/People of Action templates to tell our stories
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH: Social Media Best Practices
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16TH: Our Zone Public Image Holiday Party (we need to have some fun sometimes, right!?)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH: Communicating with Media
 
Do business with those you serve with! 
 
Thank you to everyone that attended our January 12th "Online Networking Event" celebrating Rotary's Vocational Service month. We hope that Rotarian's will do business with Rotarian's, and hire Rotarian's when the job matches.
 
If you were not able to attend the Networking Event, please see the recording on our District YouTube Page at the link below:

 

 
 

Join us for World Polio Day on October 24th as global health experts and partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication.

Let's make 2021 the biggest year ever for D5890 to bring awareness and raise funds to END POLIO NOW!! We are encouraging all Rotary clubs in District 5890 to hold a World Polio Day event. 
 
 
 
If your club is holding an event on or around October 24th for World Polio Day, please notify our D5890 Polio Committee Co-ChairsWayne Staton at  wayne_staton@yahoo.com or PDG Scott Rainey at srams@aol.com If you would like a Polio program for your club meeting please contact Wayne or Scott. 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
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!
 
 
 

OUR JOURNEY TO THE MOTHERSHIP DISTRICT CONFERENCE HAS BEEN DIVERTED, AND POSTPONED TO APRIL 2022!

As we face the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, we are once again required to adapt and pivot.  I have heard from the Mothership and unfortunately we will not be able to connect and hold our District Conference on Oct. 14-17. 
 
The City of Evanston is implementing new restrictions and our hotel would not be providing food and beverage or house keeping and could not confirm that we would be able to even use the ballroom.  All of this is second to the health and safety of our members. 
 
So, we will not be journeying to the Mothership, but we will have District Conference.  Right now, we are looking at combining our All Club, which was scheduled for April 30 with District Conference.  Save the dates April 28 - May 1, 2022.  Our District Conference Committee will meet tonight to outline alternatives and provide new details as soon as possible.  We will be going to a location that doesn't require a flight. 
 
Stay tuned, please don't cancel your conference registration, you will not want to miss our District Conference.  More to come soon.  In the meantime, stay safe and well and continue to Serve to Change Lives.
 
Michelle Bohreer a/k/a the LOVE GOV
District 5890 Governor 2021-2022
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.
 
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