How do we as Rotarians promote peace?  We promote peace by carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships.  Our members can take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tensions, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources with projects that address these issues.
In our Rotary world we are fortunate to have numerous action groups that support various causes.  The Rotary Action Group for Peace is one such group.  Their mission is …” serves as a resource to the Rotary community and is on a mission to engage, educate, and empower the Rotary network to advance peacebuilding worldwide.  Check them out on their website
Our district also has a Peace Initiative committee and Peace Fellowship committee. District Chair Oliver Grosz has provided some insight into Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in his article in this month’s district newsletter.  Check it out!
I recently came across a wonderful list of the ten “Paradoxical Commandments” created in 1968 by Dr. Kent M. Keith, and often attributed to Mother Theresa because she adopted and posted them as a motivational on the wall of her Children’s House.  In the form of a poem, it reads:
  1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.  Love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.  Succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.  Be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.  Think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.  Build anyway.
  9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.  Help people anyway.
10.Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.  Give the world the best you have anyway.
The point is that we find meaning when we love and help people, no matter who they may be, or how difficult they may be.  We find meaning by helping them anyway through Rotary.
“Life is like sailing.  You can use any wind to go in any direction.”Robert Breault
Check Out The Downlaod: a District 5190 Podcast
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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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Global Grant Scholarship
Candidates Sought
WHAT CAN ROTARY CLUBS DO: Identify and mentor candidates. Many candidates are often self-selected as this group is highly motivated, intelligent and successful. Most often they research the Global Grant Scholarship program on-line and then contact a Rotary Club in their area of residence, work or study.  Clubs can also promote the scholarship and invite applications by recruiting and inviting previous outbound  Rotary Youth Exchange students, RYLA and Interact students and previous club college scholarship recipients. Rotaract members are also prime candidates for the Global Scholarships. The Key is to respond with basic information and begin to qualify the candidates and guide the application process to the District Scholarship Committee.
Global Grant Scholarships provide up to $32,000 to offset the cost of graduate study for no less than one and no more than four years of study in a foreign country. The scholar’s area of study, professional goals and previous work or volunteer experience, must strongly align with one of Rotary International’s Seven Areas of Focus”:
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Supporting the Environment
The ideal candidate will “demonstrate a long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change” and have concrete ideas for advancing in his or her chosen field.  Further, the ideal candidate will possess excellent leadership skills and potential for further growing in leadership and will be familiar with Rotary projects and meetings.  The candidate will have excelled in academics and/or a vocation.  The candidate will present himself professionally and show a commitment to community service.  The candidate will also have realistic well-defined goals, follow The Four-Way Test and be conscientious about meeting deadlines.  A Global Grant Scholar cannot be a Rotarian, spouse or a lineal descendant of a Rotarian or a person employed by a Rotary club, District or Rotary international.
Applications are due to the District by March 1, 2022
For more information contact Ramona Delmas Global Scholarships, Chair  760-920-3795.
Area 11 Update
The far-flung Rotary Clubs of Area 11 are all doing their best in the new “normal” during the COVID era. All four clubs are meeting in person most of the time but have used hybrid methods as well. We’ve all lost some members and gained new members, but overall, our numbers are steady. All the Rotarians remain enthusiastic, and we continue to strive to demonstrate “Service about Self”.
The Rotary Club of Ely under the leadership of President Mary Kerner, is looking forward to their biggest fund raiser, the Annual Ice Fishing Derby in early February. After a promising start to the winter, they are hoping the weather stays cold enough! The funds have been valuable to support many service projects from scholarships, to support for Breast cancer organizations to new firepits at the fairgrounds and many other activities.
Click here to read the full article.
Alturas and Alturas Sunrise Rotary Clubs sponsor a 3-day high school basketball extravaganza, the Modoc High School Block M Tournament, in December. Working as a team with MHS staff, tasks include preparing the program, ordering and sorting t-shirts and tournament awards, staffing the entrance gate, and so much more. A first-class VIP room provides meals for athletes as well as coaches.
During the tournament Alturas Sunrise offers an opportunity for visitors and the community to win four outstanding cuts of beef, two forequarters and two hindquarters.  This is a highly anticipated event; people need to prepare for a lot of freezer space!  The animal is donated by Wilson Ranches with Bill Wilson being a long time member of this club. This fundraiser has been popular for many years and proceeds always stay in the community.
 Six or eight members of the club process the meat which is wrapped and delivered to the winners in early January. Many Rotary members as well as the community are always anxious to be a part of this special offer.
For many years Alturas Rotary has sponsored a Holiday Tea in December. The event serves as a fundraiser and a time for guests to relax and enjoy fine food, fellowship, and entertainment.
The Club members prepare all the food and the Modoc Middle School Interact Club members not only serve the food, they attend to any needs of guests: filling the tea cups, serving the multi-course meal, removing used dishes, and any other tasks related to this special event. This year four students entertained guests with their special rendition of Jingle Bells, to the delight of everyone.
Proceeds from the Tea allowed Rotary to donate 45 comforters to the Skilled Nursing Facility, one for each resident to help keep them warm during the chilly winter months.
Comments are already being received from those who want to be a part of the next Holiday Tea, an occasion that is unique to this area.
Alturas Sunrise members as well as the Wilson Ranch cowboys who help with processing the beef.
Alturas Rotary members along with Warnerview Skilled Nursing Facility staff preparing to distribute 45 comforters to residents.
The amazing Modoc Middle School Interact Club members, all proud to be a part of the Holiday Tea as well as many other Rotary functions.
District Music Contest - 2022
Our 2021-2022 Rotary year is seeing us get back to some semblance of normalcy and I am hopeful that many clubs will participate in the 2021-2022 Music Contest.  Randy Rascati and I have been busy updating the forms and I am pleased to announce all the information is now uploaded to the District Website and available to access. Here is a link to all the information.
Please get with your club programs chair and schedule your club contest for completion by February 28, 2022.  Area Contests should be completed no later than March 31, 2022.  This scheduling allows for ample time for clubs and participants to plan. All Area winners must be available to participate in the district competition at District Conference.  District competition is at 2:00 pm and the district winner will perform at the keynote dinner that evening. 
A reminder on some of the basic participant qualifications:
  • Be a high school student (grades 9-12) or a home-schooled/non-traditionally schooled student, ages 14 to 18, located in District 5190 with a love for music.
    • Have a reasonable ability to play a musical instrument.
    • Be sponsored by a District 5190 Rotary Club.
    • Be able to commit, if Club winner, to attend and compete in the Area contest. If winner of Area contest, be able to commit to attend and compete at District Conference at time TBA
    • THIS IS A SOLO/INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION: Contestant will be responsible for an accompaniment, if needed, but only their individual performance will be graded
I am available any time to assist with your program. 
Chip Lindloff - District 5190 Music Chair
Click HERE to register
February Is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
Rotary Peace Fellowships
After World War II Rotary, through the Rotary Foundation, wanted to do more to advance the cause of world peace through education. At various times, Rotary members had proposed creating a university to promote peace, but the concept never seemed feasible. In the 1990s, Rotary leaders were inspired by the 50th anniversary of Paul Harris’ death to consider an alternate approach.
The idea was simple, but the impact would be tremendous: Rotary would encourage people already engaged in peacebuilding as a career to apply for graduate-level study in the field, and The Rotary Foundation would provide scholarships to peace fellows that would allow them to enroll in established peace programs at existing universities.
Click here to read the full article
The E-Club, Rotary Club for Global Action, is sponsoring  an international Rotary Means Business online event February 26th.
You can RSVP and join by clicking here.
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
Between the months of December through March each year, Rotary invites high school aged students residing in the District 5190 boundaries to participate in a speech contest that is written and presented to local Rotary clubs.  These speeches are 5 to 7 minutes long, written and presented by each student.  The speech topic varies each year and is designed to coordinate with the International theme.  With the 2021-22 International Theme- Serve to Change lives, our own District Governor Anita Daniels, chose this year's speech topic. The topic this year is: "Share with us a time that you have served others and how were lives impacted, including your own."  These speeches are judged on the Development, Originality, Appropriateness, Interest and Delivery.  Several clubs hold their own speech contests, and winners advance to an area contest held sometime between February and mid-April.  The area winners are then invited to the District Conference to share their area winning speeches during a morning break out session.  There are cash awards at each level and these events are often labelled favorite meetings for those attending.  It is inspiring to listen to these young people share from their personal experiences and aspirations for their future. We would like you to consider joining us at the district conference the morning of April 30, 2022, 9:30 am at Harrah’s Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.   The finalist of the District level will be a featured guest at the conference luncheon.
      If you know any students in grades 9-12, attending school and residing within the the district, please encourage them to look up the speech contest information and contact their local Rotary club.  If I can be helpful in anyway, by directing you to the person that is heading up the Area contest in your area, feel free to call Jeanne Schmidt Herron, (530) 913-9784.  Here is the link that will take you to the materials.  You will find several tools attached to this link that could answer several of the pertinent questions.
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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