DISTRICT 5190 ROTARIANS - PEOPLE OF ACTION

Our district covers over 96,000 square miles of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, and is home to 60 unique Rotary and Rotaract Clubs. Our clubs focus on community and international service, youth programs and exchanges, leadership development, and fellowship activities. Our members are People of Action with hearts of service. The photos in the carousel above highlight a very small slice of all we do in the communities across the thirteen areas of our District.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR`S MONTHLY MESSAGE

December is Disease Prevention & Treatment Month!

 

For the past 30+ years, Rotary has attacked the polio virus with a vengeance. Our Polio Plus campaign, along with the support of numerous other health organizations and the  Gates Foundation, have vigorously worked to eradicate polio.

At each of my club visits we have auctioned off a box of Rotarian Mark Leiser’s (Reno Centennial Sunset) delicious chocolate candy, which he donated to the cause.  As of December 1st, your candy dollars have raised over $29,000 towards our Polio Plus campaign! Thank you for your support, Rotarians!!

Sadly, on November 10th we were notified that 2 more cases of wild polio virus (type 1) had been identified in October, both cases in Afghanistan. While this is disappointing, the incident was not totally unexpected, as the area in this country, Kunduz province, has been inaccessible for house-to-house vaccinations since 2019. Additionally, the two new cases are genetically related. One piece of good news in this situation is that the district where the cases occurred, was just covered by house-to-house vaccination teams during the nationwide polio vaccination campaign in November. 

We cannot afford to give up our fight against polio. We’ve come a long way, and we should not allow the Covid pandemic to undo these achievements. Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free…… If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

Every donation helps us obtain the vaccines, transport, and materials needed in the fight against polio. A donation of $100 or more signifies your status into the Polio Plus Society.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!

Anita Daniels

District Governor 2021-22
Rotary International District 5190

What’s Happening?

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DISTRICT 5190 HEALTHY WATER PROJECT

The Healthy Water Project for District 5190 Rotarians

A simple five-gallon bucket.  The kind you buy for a few bucks at your local hardware store.  It’s so common you never pay any attention to it.  But, in the hands of Rotary it can change lives - and for families in the Baja region of Mexico and yours too.

Heard about our District 5190-sponsored project in Baja, Mexico coming soon?  It’s called the Healthy Water Project.  This project takes the ordinary to extraordinary!

 

 

 Read all about it!

FIRE DISASTER RECOVERY INFORMATION

Caldor/Dixie/River/Tamarack Fires
District 5190 - People of Action
District 5190, in conjunction with our respective clubs/partner organizations has established ways for you to contribute to those affected by the many fires occurring within our district. Please download the press release by clicking on the link below. Direct links to donation accounts are contained in the attached press release. Clubs are encouraged to distribute this press release to their local media.
 
Were you or someone you know impacted by one of the fires? The application for aid is now available. 
 
#RotaryResponds
FIRE DISASTER RELIEF INFORMATION/FORMS
FIRE DISASTER RELIEF NEWS
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With two additional donations received last week: $3000 from the Jackson Rotary Club and $7000 from the Rotary Club of Porterville, in District 5230 - the donations to the District 5190 Community Fund for Fire Relief now exceed $100,000!  While the needs continue to be felt in our fire-ravaged communities, the generosity of Rotarians and non-Rotarians is heartwarming.

Thanks to Chico Rotary for their gift of $3000! Very generous. And Minden Rotary contributed another $1750 to the District Community Fund for Caldor Fire victims.

Total contributions to the District 5190 Community Fund for fire response have totaled over $75,000. Add that to the GoFundMe pages for the Dixie and River Fires, we have raised over $150,000.

On October 18, 2021, the Rotary Club of Greenville held their first fundraising/community event since the Dixie Fire destroyed the town of Greenville on August 4, 2021.  Two Rotarians, one prospective member, and two appreciated volunteers worked in the first snow of the year and temperatures to chill the bone.  This year's drive through clinic was moved from Greenville to Crescent Mills due to the fire damage.
 
Greenville Rotarians - Cheri Prior, Kest Porter Tani Preston, John Banks, Dave Preston
 
 
We recently received $5900 from the Rotary Club of Lincoln in District 5180 to benefit victims of the Dixie, Caldor and other fires. The Community Fund fire response fund total is now over $33,000! Gift cards of $500 each are being provided for approved fire victim applicants and are being hand-delivered by Rotarians as one way of helping victims with their immediate needs such as food, gas and clothing.
Thanks to the Rotary Club of China Lake and their charitable foundation for the recent contribution of $3000 to the District 5190 Community Fund to benefit fire victims in our District! What a great show of Rotary support!
We heard that Plumas County radio held two events in Susanville and Chester to raise funds for the Dixie Fire victims. $29,000 is being contributed to our Rotary district community fund to be distributed to those in need! Thanks to Plumas County residents for helping their neighbors in need.
LATEST D5190 NEWS

Greetings District 5190 Rotarians!

I’m excited to share with you our 2021-2022 District-wide “Clean Water Project” in Los Barriles Mexico.  Your club and members will have the opportunity to participate in this project. Please click the “Learn More” button below to read more about this project from District 5190 International Chair Carolyn Feuille.

Hope you can join us!

Anita Daniels - District Governor

On October 18, 2021, the Rotary Club of Greenville held their first fundraising/community event since the Dixie Fire destroyed the town of Greenville on August 4, 2021.  Two Rotarians, one prospective member, and two appreciated volunteers worked in the first snow of the year and temperatures to chill the bone.  This year's drive through clinic was moved from Greenville to Crescent Mills due to the fire damage.
 
Greenville Rotarians - Cheri Prior, Kest Porter Tani Preston, John Banks, Dave Preston
 
 
Rotary Zone 26/27 has compiled a listing of possible sources to aid with on-line fundraising for clubs.

NOTE: These are examples of online platforms clubs can use for various types of events. There are many platforms available, so it is important to do your own research to determine which platform is best for your event. This list is not meant to be comprehensive and is NOT an endorsement for any platform or product. Rather, these are examples of what platforms are available. Some charge for their services and some are free. For the paid services, such as the online event and auction platforms, make sure you examine and compare all services and costs, including subscription costs, user fees, transaction fees, credit card fees, and availability of support. It is up to you to determine whether these events are legal in your area. Submit platforms you have found useful to virtualfundraising@zone2627.org.

As a Rotarian and supporter of Polio Eradication, Rotary’s Number One Priority, you can participate in the Countdown to History as a member of the PolioPlus Society of District 5190. PolioPlus Society members can help Rotary make history by continuing to contribute a minimum of $100.00 per year until the World Health Organization certifies that polio has been fully eradicated because … 

Until the world is polio-free, every child is at risk.

Society members will receive a PolioPlus Society membership pin, certificate and an End Polio Now wristband.

Please click here to download the PolioPlus Commitment Letter. Return completed form to Phil Mahoney at the email listed on the bottom of the Commitment Letter.

UPDATE ON POLIO ERADICATION IN AFGHANISTAN - Dateline: 8/25/2021

Eradicating Polio in Afghanistan

Michael K. McGovern, Rotary International PolioPlus Committee Chair

As the sun rose on 1 January 2021, we all worried about what this new year would bring. For those of us who closely follow polio eradication progress, it was an especially worrisome time. 2020 and 2019 had seen an uptick in wild polio virus cases and in circulating vaccine derived cases. Polio vaccinations had had to be suspended for a while in 2020 due to the coronavirus and vaccines for Covid-19 were just starting to receive early use approvals.

The polio news was especially bad in Afghanistan. On the very first day of 2021, a wild polio virus case was reported. In the next week, the national health minister was fired due to hints of corruption on non-polio matters. Before month’s end, the government of Afghanistan ordered the UNICEF polio lead to leave the country relating to a verbal spat that had occurred in the President’s office. Then in March and June there were coordinated attacks on polio workers and their security teams leaving eight families having lost loved ones. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attacks, and it appeared the attacks were tied to elements who supported ISIS or ISIL as they are also known. We also noted that some areas of the country had been subject to over 30 months of a ban on house-to-house polio vaccinations.

While all this was going on other activities were occurring which have been mostly unreported. On January 17th, the Regional Directors of WHO and UNICEF met at the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar to discuss polio vaccinations and covid response in the areas controlled by the Taliban. While house to house polio vaccinations were not agreed to, the seven senior members of Taliban leadership indicated support for other measures to provide vaccination activities. In all areas of the country, health screenings continued unabated which showed no new wild polio cases and no positive identification of polio viruses in the environment. In a zoom call of polio partnership leaders the week of 17 August, Aidan O’Leary, the global WHO polio director, noted that Afghanistan has one of the best programs for polio surveillance in the world and it was not finding polio anywhere.

After the fall of the Afghanistan government in mid-August, the new leadership has agreed to keep on the acting health minister who has been effective in righting the program since February. Taliban leaders have visited the national and regional polio offices and pledged their support for the polio eradication program. On 23 August, a Rotary sponsored roadside vaccination hut provided vaccinations to children under five with local Taliban providing the needed security. For security reasons, I will not share the photos I received but it was good to see the Rotary logo doing good in the world.

Rotary has just 35 members in Afghanistan. They inspire me daily with their courage and perseverance. The polio program has always been politically neutral in every country. Rotary and our partners work with the leaders who are in charge. We now work with new leaders in Afghanistan. Rotary funds WHO and UNICEF. We do not send any funds to the governments nor to groups other than WHO and UNICEF. We monitor the spending they do on our behalf very closely. We have never been closer to eradicating polio in Afghanistan. We will continue to work with the Afghan people and our partners to finish what we began over 35 years ago.

8/25/2021 - AFRICAN REGION MARKS ONE  YEAR OF BEING POLIO FREE
Please click on the links below to learn more about this important milestone in the eradication of Polio