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.

January is Vocational Service Month!

Happy New Year Everyone! 
The Holiday Season is behind us.  But the holiday spirit lives on!  We should always look to bring joy to others throughout the year.  Serving….to change lives, happens every day in our Rotary world.  Making a difference in people’s lives is what we do best.
Vocational Service is the recognition of all occupations and the contribution of your vocational talents in solving the problems of society, as well as meeting the needs of our communities.  I encourage club members to put their skills to work as a Rotary volunteer.  Please refer to DGN Stacy Graham’s article below for ideas on how to grow Rotary through Vocational Service.
Rotary International Founder Paul Harris said, “Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession.”  It is the ideal of Rotary to put Rotary to work where you work and into all your life.
Don and I have now visited almost all the clubs in our district.  We have one left to visit in January.  I am in awe of the awesome Rotarians we’ve met in every club!  It has been a pleasure to meet you and to get acquainted as friends.  Each of the clubs are serving to change lives in various ways.  And I’m so very proud to be associated with you!


Anita Daniels

District Governor 2021-22
Rotary International District 5190

Happy New Year and thank you for taking your time to read this article. As we start the New Year it only seems fitting that it is also Vocational Service Month, a month that we can work on making some resolutions, not just for ourselves, but also our Rotary Club Members.
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Because of Covid, many clubs are just starting to plan and conduct service projects in their communities, and District Grant funds are available to assist. The District Grant completion date has been extended to the end of the Rotary year, June 30th with final reports due July 15th.
This means that there is more time to apply for a District Grant which will match your club up to $2000 for a single club project! If your club partners with another club, an extra 25% will be added to the match! But wait, there's more: Bonus Grant dollars are available recognizing your club's contribution to the Annual Fund (which is the source of our grant funds) and no club matching dollars are needed.
Qualified clubs can apply for District Grants on the District website by clicking on the link below
Need assistance or information?? Contact me or Grants Chair Bill Boon today. 
PDG Doug McDonald
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 2021-24



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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. 
Please click on individual story titles to see or leave a comment.
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.
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.

Captain Encouragement is the face of Call to Inspire's Youth Program, a program which goes to schools across to teach children (Pre-k to 3rd grade) about the values of non-violence, compassion, and how to properly deal with situations involving bullying. The program reaches children through various programs ranging from the Introduction to Superhero Training program all the way up to the complete Superhero Training Course, as well as through the comic book based on the Captain Encouragement character. As a result of Covid-19 the school assemblies were halted and other means to keep the program alive was used including educational videos.  In order to encourage the Captain Encouragement program, the Rotary Club of Jackson provided funds for videos and other materials as part of a District Service Grant. 
These and other videos can be found on the Captain Encouragement YouTube channel at:

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.

Please click on the links below to learn more about this important milestone in the eradication of Polio