Club reservations are available NOW for RYLA 2024. Please note there will only be TWO sessions of camp with NO session in July.
Spots will fill up FAST, so get your reservations in PDQ to make sure your students have a slot at this year's camps! Click here to submit your reservations.
Click here for details on both RYLA (high school camp) and REGL (eighth grade camp). The District website (very top: D5190 Youth Programs) also has camp details
It Takes a Village
The Rotary Club of Sparks is taking on a huge challenge in honor of their 75th anniversary. President Paul Kaplan created the 75 for 75 campaign, wherein the club would perform 75 acts of service this Rotary year, 2023 - 2024, to celebrate 75 wonderful years as a club.
They already have over 30 projects on the books and they are looking for more ways to contribute to the community and hit their goals. This is where YOU come in! They have a project proposal form available for other Rotarians to submit HANDS-ON service projects they could use some help with.
Each proposal will be reviewed by the 75 for 75 committee for approval.
Click here for the proposal form and contact Jennifer Powers for further information at
Let's help this long-standing club reach this tremendous goal!
Global Grant Scholar: Evani Radiya-Dixit
My name is Evani Radiya-Dixit, and I had the incredible opportunity to conduct research at the University of Cambridge from 2021 to 2022 with the support of the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship. At Cambridge, I examined the risks and harms of police use of facial recognition surveillance in the UK. Specifically, I developed an audit to assess the ethics and legality of police use of facial recognition technology, and then applied this audit to three British police deployments of the technology. This experience has led me to my current work on the societal impact of technology.

Following my research at Cambridge, I have been pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology at Stanford University. Here, I have been focusing on the impact of surveillance technology on society, especially on communities of color and other marginalized groups. In April of this year, I organized a panel on this topic, where I brought together activists and researchers whose work I had read in the UK. This work drew on the engagements that I had with activists, civil society groups, and researchers in the UK. In August, I published a brief discussing takeaways from the panel with the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
At Stanford, I was also a teaching assistant for a course on tech ethics and policy. Additionally, I have taken courses on social science methods, the sociology of science, and the role of race in education. Over the upcoming months, I will continue to take classes that build on the learnings and experiences that I had through the Rotary scholarship!
Feeling left out because you don't have one of the cool shirts with the 23-24 District theme?
Well, you're in luck because you can order your very own Rotary from the Heart shirt here!
These are perfect to show your District 5190 pride at District Conference in May ;)
Wrenn Cleary - Global Grant Scholar Update
My first term at Oxford, or Michaelmas Term, has concluded and I've completed courses in Water and Health, Economics Law and Governance of Water, Climate and Catchment Processes, and one elective - Climate Change and the Media.
While most of my time is spent reading for classes, I've managed to take a few small trips including to nearby Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, and into London. I attended a holiday meal with my host club of Abingdon, where I got to pull my first Christmas cracker, and I have had several opportunities to meet with Rotarians of clubs in Oxfordshire. Colleges at Oxford facilitate a social community with dinners and get-togethers. My college, Kellogg College, hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner that I attended and they managed to get almost all the meal staples, except for the interesting and daring twist of a cranberry pie in place of pumpkin. As far as communication challenges there haven't been so many except for a slight difference in vocabulary. Although we did have a guest lecture by an Irish professor once and most of the time his accent was completely unintelligible to me - luckily they gave out class notes! I also officially matriculated and wore our required Oxford subfusc attire.
For the full update report on Wrenn's experience, click here.
Afghanistan Grant 2022 Update
On August 15, 2021, the US began a major shift in their relationship to Afghanistan. They pulled out all of the military support that was in country in a short and expedited manner, leaving behind thousands of individuals that had supported the US in a variety of ways.  Many were on the path to a US permanent visa;  dependents of US citizens, Doctors, Lawyers, interpreters, human rights proponents, secretaries, students, cooks…. Into this chaos and unknown stepped many courageous individuals and organizations, trying desperately to ferry individuals into more friendly countries.  Many Non-profit organizations came into existence for the purpose of keeping the US promise to those individuals that had been loyal to the US for the last 20+ years.

Operation Snow Leopard and EVAC are two such organizations that came to the attention of Rotary-Grass Valley read the full article, click here.
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