Doug McDonald
District Governor
2017-2018
 
 
 
 

District Governor’s Message-July 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 Rotary year! We’ve just wrapped up an incredible year of Rotary and this month we kick off the new one.
 
Congratulations to the newly “demoted” past presidents, club officers, committee chairs and members on last years accomplishments in service to our communities and around the world. Over 400 Rotarians attended May’s District Conference at the Atlantis Resort in Reno to celebrate our successful year under DG John Sullivan! Awards and thanks were presented to so many clubs and Rotarians. Thanks, PDG John, for a great year.
 
Over 100 District 5190 Rotarians joined over 30,000 Rotarians from around the world in Atlanta for the annual RI Convention last month. We were addressed by Bill Gates, who committed to continue his 2 for 1 matching of Polio Plus contributions. The Gates Foundation and many countries and health organizations around the world announced their total commitment of $1.2B of the $1.5B it’s going to take to finish our work of eradicating polio from the face of the earth in the next few years! Will this be the year no new cases of polio are announced? And we heard from actor Ashton Kutcher and others about the growing problem of human trafficking and how we can help stem the tide.
 
We were joined by 285 Rotarians from four Northern California and Hawaii districts for a multi-district cocktail reception one evening. What a great gathering of friends, both old and new.
 
We begin our new Rotary year with renewed excitement. Our challenge, as shared with the club presidents at this spring’s training events, is for clubs to adopt a new youth program that they haven’t been involved in before, such as the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership program, RYLA, RYE, Interact or Scouting; and to become more involved in Rotary internationally, such as adopting a sister or twin club, or to start or contribute to a global service project, or start a friendship exchange.
 
We’re looking for each club to grow its membership this year, to continue our great record of Foundation giving, and adopt the new public image graphics on webpages, brochures, social media pages and other means of communication.
 
All of this will mean an increased pride in being a Rotarian, more meaningful community service projects impacting especially youth and families, and increased recognition of Rotary’s importance in the community.
 
Karen and I are looking forward to visiting your club this fall! We hope to induct new members, present Paul Harris Fellowships, recognize a Quiet Rotarian in each club along with presenting a Making a Difference Award, and raise some funds for Polio Plus. We’re excited to learn about how clubs are making a difference in their communities through their service projects, and how they are using District Service Grant funds.
 
We look forward to working with you and your clubs this year!
 
Stories
It is with a heavy heart that Rotary District 5190 announces the passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori. Owori passed away on July 13, 2017 after complications from surgery. 
 
Owori was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda. He joined Rotary in 1978, and served as District Governor in Uganda, working tirelessly to engage women within Rotary, as well as youth participants, alumni, and community members.
 
Owori was CEO of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, and served in managing roles with the Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd. and Uganda Development Bank. He had studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the U.S., including Harvard Business School.
 
Beyond serving as Governor of District 9200, Owori had served in a number of positions within Rotary, including regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional membership coordinator, and RI director. He also served as the Rotary Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat. He also served as member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He also served as chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee.
 
Owori is survived by his wife, Norah, their three adult sons, and three grandchildren.

 
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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