March is Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month!
One of my favorite causes in Rotary……. water, sanitation, and hygiene!
Clean water, sanitation and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy and productive life.  Rotary has several highly visible action groups that focus on these elements.  WASH is one of these programs that focuses on mobilizing resources, forming partnerships, and investing in infrastructure and training that yields long term change in lives.
Our global grants help communities create and maintain water resources and we’re committed to sanitation projects and educational programs to support clean hygiene.  Rotary-USAID WASH partnerships assist communities and governments to plan, finance and deliver safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services, while sustainably managing water resources.
This year, with the help of the Rotary Club of Nevada City, and support from a multitude of clubs, we teamed up with the Rotary Club of Los Barriles to do a District Healthy Water project in Baja, Mexico.  Unfortunately, for various reasons, it became apparent that the project was not sustainable and therefore would have to be canceled. 
But that doesn’t discourage us.  We’ll look for other worthwhile projects that are sustainable and work toward improving lives in another capacity.  In fact, District International Chair Carolyn Feuille has located four other projects that address water, sanitation and hygiene and is sharing these with clubs in our district.  If you’re interested reach out to her at
See how Rotarians are bringing clean water to the world in Rotary Showcase.  Our actions can speak loud and clear.  Clean water and sanitation can curb disease and save children’s lives.  We can and do make a difference, one project at a time. 
“A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skillful Sailor”
Registration for District Conference is now OPEN!! Click here to be whisked away to the registration page and get dialed in for all the amazing events coming your way.
District Conference will be held IN-PERSON at Harrah's Hotel in beautiful Lake Tahoe!
There are fabulous speakers and lots of special opportunities to reconnect with your Rotary family, in the flesh.
Seating is limited on the Tahoe Dinner Cruise, so act NOW!
Room block discount ends March 29th!! 
See you in Tahoe! Click here for full conference information.
Check Out The Downlaod: a District 5190 Podcast
Tune in, on your time, to get all the district news.
Episodes are archived on the District website. You can also subscribe to the show on your favorite listening app (Spotify, Google Play, Apple Podcasts), or check out each episode when it's posted to all the District social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook).
You'll hear all kinds of great things on the show and experience the District in a whole new way.
LATEST EPISODES: EA+ with Ernie Strobel and information about the Healthy Water Project (currently on hold) 
If you don't know how to subscribe to a podcast, email Shauna Ganes and she will help you! E:
Happy listening!
P.S. Have an idea for an episode, or would like to be on the show? Ad space is also available to promote your business or club fundraiser. Proceeds go to cover production costs and any overages will be donated to Polio Plus. Contact Shauna Ganes at and let her know.
Because of the far-reaching impact of Covid-19, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group’s work is needed now more than ever. 
World Vision released a report last year on the impact of Covid-19, providing the following statistics:
  • 13.6 million more children will suffer from wasting or acute malnutrition by 2022 due to COVID-19 impacts
  • Children suffering from wasting are 11 times more likely to die from preventable diseases than those that are well-nourished.
  • The impacts of childhood malnutrition can last a lifetime, harming their ability to learn, earn and reach their full potential as adults, which also has significant economic implications, nationally and globally.
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Message from the Chair of the

Plant Food Solutions Rotary Action Group


Happy New year to you all!

I am writing this as I listen to the speeches of the Australians of the year, and think about how much we have – food, safety and security, a good health service, education for our children. At the same time, I know there are many people who tonight have no food for their families and do not live in a secure situation. That is why I work for the end of malnutrition in the world. I know it can be achieved. We are making strides bit by bit. Our annual reports from services we have assisted this last year have shown that change can happen.

At the end of last year, in my Message from the Chair, I talked about the effect that COVID was having in many communities in our country and around the world.  So many projects are wanting support, and I understand that all clubs are having difficulty keeping up with demands on their funds. We all, as Rotary Action Groups, are here to support clubs to value add to their projects in many countries, so that we are all providing the best value we can for funds donated to us.


To read the rest of the Food Plant Solutions newsletter, please click here.





Area 13 Update
Like most other clubs in the District, the clubs in Area 13 (Bishop, Bishop Sunrise, and Mammoth Lakes) have been successfully conducting hybrid meetings throughout this Rotary year.  It’s been popular with the members, both for those who are not comfortable with in-person meetings during the pandemic and also for those who are out of town or otherwise unable to attend a given meeting.   It has also allowed for more and varied speakers at meetings.  All indications are that clubs will choose to continue using this meeting format even after the pandemic is over.
The Mammoth Lakes club has a goal of doing one service project every month.  Such projects this year have included participating in a community blood drive, assisting with parking for a blues music festival (Bluesapalooza), and an early literacy experience (Tiny Toes and Little Feet). 
The Bishop and Bishop Sunrise clubs have partnered and been awarded two different district grants for community service projects.  One involves domestic violence prevention education for middle and high school students.  The other involves putting new flooring into a community center focused on expanding knowledge of and enhancing Native culture, specifically of our local Paiute/Shoshone peoples.
Bishop Sunrise will also be helping with exterior renovation of a historic school house building at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site.  And Bishop Sunrise is continuing its long-term work to improve women’s and girls’ maternal health services in rural Chiapas, Mexico, including most recently a project to create and distribute menstrual hygiene kits.  But effectuation of that project has been difficult this year due to the pandemic, which has been particularly devastating to communities such as Chiapas.
Last but not least, the Area 13 clubs will be jointly hosting a Foundation dinner on March 24th that will feature Rotary Peace Fellow Zabit Aimal as the keynote speaker.  Aimal lives in Reno and is presently assisting with resettlement of Afghan refugees.  All clubs are meeting their goals for Foundation giving, and the Bishop club was recently recognized as one of the top three clubs in the District for per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation. 
There are several engaging and valuable Public Image training sessions coming up this year and open for registration. Take advantage of these opportunities to boost your impact in the world of Public Image!
March 10, 2022 - Telling Your Rotary Story - click here to register
April 12, 2022 - Engaging Local Media - click here to register
June 16, 2022 - PI Transition Training - click here to register



Sometimes, a single “yes” can change everything.

I first said “yes” to RYLA in 2007.  I met my newfound friend Rochelle Whellams for coffee, and she excitedly told me, “Dean and I are doing a Rotary leadership program for teens and you need to come be a counselor!  Say you’ll do it!”  I said yes without a clear idea of what I was getting into…but my life has been forever changed because of it.

I first attended RYLA in June 2008. All counselors are encouraged to engage wholeheartedly in every process, activity, and conversation with the students, and first-time counselors get to be surprised and inspired to challenge themselves at every turn.  I got to facilitate and participate in deep, meaningful, powerful connections with both the students and adults, and I came away with a whole host of new tools for my own self-awareness and self-actualization.

When I returned home, my husband naturally asked me to share about my time at RYLA.  I told him, “You just have to experience it yourself,” so he attended in 2009.  Since then, he and I have returned to volunteer nearly every year.  RYLA has changed the way we see and appreciate and interact with one another.  It gave us a new shared language and new means for connecting with our sons. We gained new hope for the future after seeing so many young people blossom and shine with the confidence, skills, and compassion required to change our world for the better.

If you’ve never attended our 5180/5190 RYLA program, you may imagine (as I first did) a traditional “leadership camp” where students learn... CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.





Disasters are Unpredictable.
Become a ShelterBox HERO Today.
As disasters and conflicts continue to dominate the global news, there’s something your Rotary Club can do to help: Step up and become a ShelterBox HERO.
Since its founding by a Rotary Club in the U.K. 22 years ago, ShelterBox has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief organizations. It has provided emergency shelter and living essentials to over 2.2 million people, responding to more than 300 disasters in 100 counties.
ShelterBox is the disaster project partner of Rotary International, it relies on Rotary Clubs around the world for support during disasters. But by becoming a ShelterBox HERO, your club can help ShelterBox due do the critical work of keeping its warehouses stocked and ready to go for when disasters strike.
Click here to read the full article.
Click here to read the latest on how ShelterBox is responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
All Aboard for Inspiration, Fun and Service!
If you are attending District Conference there is a great opportunity to have fun, meet old (and new) friends, and put Service Above Self into action. Sign on for one (or more) shifts as a Sergeant-At-Arms!
What do SAA’s do?
  • Greet arriving Rotarians
  • Direct people to registration and venues,
  • Take meal tickets,
  • And so much more.
Your help is crucial to the success of the Conference. It is fun and you get to wear a red vest too! To sign up, please contact Cathy Wilcox-Barnes at All Aboard!
Even though Rotaract has been a part of Rotary since 1968, many Rotarians still aren’t familiar with the now Rotary Partner. But every day, we Rotaractors are working to change that - to bring awareness to our Rotary Family about the untapped resources they have in their local communities and districts and bring more Young Adults into Rotary.

Rotaract Clubs bring together people ages 18 and over to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is helping Rotary HERE to read the full article.
The 2022 Rotary International Convention 4-8 June in Houston, Texas, USA, is fast approaching, and so is the deadline for attendees to take advantage of the reduced registration rate.  After two years, this is an opportunity for us to meet new friends and reunite with old friends.

The convention organizers have been working tirelessly to prepare a world-class live program for everyone in the Rotary World.  Now we need your help to promote the Convention – to your club members at meetings and through all your communications throughout your district. Please remind all Rotary members to register and pay in full by 15 December 2021 for significant savings. Click here to register.

This will be a convention like none before, showcasing Rotary’s ability to bring people together, connect, share ideas, and strengthen our friendships as we Serve to Change Lives. We have overcome so many obstacles in the past two years, and this is our chance to show the world what Rotary does best. We look forward to welcoming you and your club members to Houston in 2022! 


Shekhar Mehta
President, Rotary International, 2021-22
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