April is Maternal & Child Health Month
An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation.  All these causes can be prevented.
Rotary expands access to quality care so that mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.  We provide education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics.  Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast feed and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
Rotary projects focus on providing lifesaving hospital equipment, sustainable programs that heal scars of war, clean births, keeping children alive during their first year, telemedicine, mobile prenatal clinics, cancer screenings, and many more.
I’d like to suggest a renewed focus, as well, on Empowering Girls.  How do we create a safe and more resilient world for girls as we reopen societies post-pandemic?  While progress in girls’ education, health and status has been made, since Covid-19 access to education, health, and health systems has been limited and the incidence of early child marriage has increased significantly.
There are so many ways Rotarians can help.  See how our members are strengthening these efforts by visiting Rotary Showcase on
And finally, don’t forget to register for District Conference to be held April 29-May 1st in beautiful Lake Tahoe.  You’re sure to have a great experience as we reconvene for the first time at a district conference since 2019!  Come for the fun, and for the celebration of all you’ve done this past year in serving to change lives!  See you there!
“Boating…like serving others….is about the journey, not the destination.”
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.
News from Area 4
People of Action…Lance Amaral, Allen Ostrofe & Larry Davis, current and former members of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South assisted Mike Fondiller of the Nevada County Senior Wood Project to clear and haul away fallen trees from the home of the mother of another past member of the Grass Valley South Club, Scott Smith.
Community Service…Members of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley helped spruce up the Nevada County Fairgrounds during February. It was good to have some many who care so much for this valued treasure of Nevada County.
Learning together…Members of the Rotary Club of Penn Valley volunteered at Williams Ranch School’s Science night helping with experiments, making slime, making planes and pinwheels…the annual tradition was halted during the pandemic so it was good to get back.
Honoring our front line workers…Area 4 clubs are honoring members of the community who served steadfastly during the pandemic.  Lead by DGN Dennis Geare, this program will acknowledge employees nominated by the various agencies and businesses for their exemplary service.
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.
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
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!
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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