Youth Service Month
This month we celebrate Rotary’s youth service programs.  And we have so much to celebrate!  Rotarians believe in developing the next generation of leaders as our programs help young leaders build leadership skills, expand they’re education and learn the value of service.
Here in District 5190, we have a vast amount of Youth Service programs, including but not limited to:
  • Rotary Youth Exchange
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • Interact
  • Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership
  • Achievement Beyond Obstacles
  • Music & Speech Contests
  • Youth Scholarships
  • Global & Peace Scholarships
Some clubs in our district even sponsor schools in their community and focus on rewarding students at different grade levels for their scholastic and leadership abilities.  The Rotary Club of Grass Valley has a Student-of-the-Month program and invites the students to come to a Rotary meeting along with their parents and be recognized each month during the school year.  I’m sure there are other clubs in our district that do something similar.
Other Rotary clubs sponsor a school garden and work with students to grow produce.  And still other clubs work with Scouts, Boys & Girls clubs, 4-H and FFA to support their leadership programs.
Our children are our future, and I can’t think of a better way to
“ Change Lives”.
Thank you, Rotarians, for what you do for our Youth!
“The best boats are always waterproof!”
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.
Purple Pinkie Trail Run
On Saturday May 7th the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset will host the 13th Annual Purple Pinkie Trail Run.  This event held at Washoe County's San Rafael Park consists of a 10K run as well as a 5K run/ walk. Volunteers staff the event making all of the proceeds available to benefit  the Rotary International Polio Plus Fund,  the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset Foundation and Immunize Nevada. 
Over the years thousands of dollars have been donated from this event to Rotary International to help eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Throughout the world every time a Rotary volunteer administers a polio vaccine a child's pinkie is painted purple, alerting volunteers and the community that the child is protected.
You can register at
Connect with District 5190 on Social Media
Want to stay up to date on all the happenings? Follow the District on social media. The District has profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Be sure to follow/like on the platforms you follow, so you'll get all the District updates in your feed. The District Public Image Committee will be featuring no only District news, but also outstanding Rotarians and community partners; successful fundraisers; tips on best practices, membership retention/attraction ideas; and more.
Our goal is to make the information coming from the District timely, relevant and valuable to every member of District 5190.
If you have content you'd like shared, click here for the submission form.
Attention all Rotarians with dreams of District leadership. I am calling for anyone who is interested in supporting our District Public Image efforts.
I need a strong team of motivated Rotarians with a functional knowledge of social media, or issuing press releases, or graphic design, or just generally creative and willing to lend a hand in the Public Image sphere.
Please reach out to me directly, Shauna Ganes, your 2022-2023 District PI Chair.
Also, if this describes a fellow Rotarian you know, please contact me so we can discuss that human and how to approach them with the opportunity.
Many thanks in advance!!
Contact info: shauna@dmorris,com or 775-327-9987 (no texts).
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
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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