ShelterBox Schlepp! COMPLETE!
From the Rotary Club of Reno Midtown, Adam Larson completed his challenge where he carried a ShelterBox from Pyramid Lake to Lake Tahoe, following the Truckee River on the 114-mile long Tahoe-Pyramid Trail (TPT).
His goal was to raise $100 per mile, for a total of $11,400 to support ShelterBox's mission of providing people with emergency shelter and other essential tools for survival, following disasters and conflict.
Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this incredible trek and valuable organization. Every step was worth every penny.
For more information on ShelterBox or the TPT Adventure, or to DONATE, visit the fundraiser website.
NOTE FROM SHELTERBOX: Club and Rotarian donations for TPT Adventure also count towards Shelterbox HERO club awards. Hero clubs are reached with $1000 for bronze level, $3,000 Silver, $5,000 Gold, and $10,000 Platinum. Please note your club name when donating.
Day 1
Tahoe at last!
Last Leg - Day 2
It’s been decided that a second round of District Grants will not be open on November 1.

Because we have several District Grants close to being finalized, and want to give at least another month for clubs to apply for grants, the District Grants Subcommittee has decided that a second round of grants (for clubs who have already received one grant and wish to apply for a second grant) will not open at this time.

Clubs with grants in draft and clubs who still want to apply for a District Grant are encouraged to complete their grant application soon. Remember that District Grants are funded on a first-come-first-served basis, and we are approaching the point where all funds have been disbursed.

For more information or assistance in grant writing, please contact Grants Chair Bill Boon (, Cell 775-636-0384) or District Rotary Foundation Chair Doug McDonald (, Cell 530-632-6536).
Community Viewing Party
The Rotary Club of Cameron Park, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Placerville, hosted a family-friendly viewing party at the Community Observatory on October 5th. 
Those in attendance enjoyed pizza, fellowship, stars, and planets (Saturn and Jupiter were optimal to be view). It was a great opportunity to connect with Rotarians from across the West Slope
Craft Talks: A Vocational Service Marvel
Struggling to come up with a speaker for a future meeting?  Or just looking for a fun way to spice up your meetings?  Consider scheduling a craft talk!  For those who aren't familiar with the term, a “craft talk” typically involves a club member becoming the speaker or program for a given meeting by talking about their vocation (their occupation, profession, or business).  It's a great way for the club to get to know the member better, and for the member to talk about something important to their lives – namely, their vocation.  The craft talk is a classic form of vocational service that is easy and fun to do.  And it definitely passes the 4-Way Test (another vocational service gem).  Here are some variations of craft talks that you may not have considered.
Craft talks are not limited to a member's current vocation; they can include previous vocations, such as service in the military or Peace Corps.  Vocations are viewed by Rotary in the broadest possible light, including volunteer service for other organizations and the community.  So craft talks can literally be done by anyone, regardless of whether they're currently employed, retired, or otherwise.  Everyone has life experiences that can be the subject of an interesting craft talk.  And members shouldn't wait to be asked to do a craft talk; they should offer do one – especially if the vocational topic isn't obvious (e,g. past military service).  Most speaker coordinators would greatly appreciate the offer.
Also, while it's fine to have a member simply speak about their vocation, consider having them do a hands-on training regarding how to create a product or perform a task.  It makes the meeting fun and everyone remembers it and becomes better friends.
And craft talks don't have to be held at regular meeting locations or be limited to club members. For example, they can be held at someone's place of business as a fun field trip.  And when the speaker is not yet a club member, the craft talk can provide exposure to the speaker's business or passion – and may even lead to them joining the club!
So don't wait for a canceled speaker to schedule a craft talk. Do one today!
Paige Buell: Global Grant Scholar

We want to have you learn about Global Grant scholar Alumni and what they are doing now.  Paige Buell’s Area of Focus was Peace.  Below is her report on what she has done so far in her career.
Becoming a Rotary Global Grant Scholar was a turning point in my academic and professional journey. Since graduating with my Masters in International Governance and Diplomacy from Sciences Po Paris, I have started my career working in the field of peace and women's empowerment. I am still based in Paris and now work at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on the Youth and Women Empowerment Team within the Division for Peace. This role has been incredibly rewarding as I get to actively contribute to initiatives that promote peace and gender equality on a global scale.
One of my major responsibilities is coordinating the Women's Leadership for Peace Program at UNITAR. This program empowers women at various levels, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and confidence needed to be effective leaders in peacebuilding efforts. It's been inspiring to see the transformative impact of this training on women from diverse backgrounds. As part of my role, I've had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world, such as Dar es Salam, Tanzania; Musanze, Rwanda; and Geneva, Switzerland to implement and expand the program. Witnessing the positive change that these women bring to their communities is both heartening and humbling.
I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Rotary network which allows me to make connections across the world. The support provided by Rotarians both at home in California and here in France has been an invaluable contribution to my professional and personal growth. The experiences and opportunities I've had through my work at UNITAR and my involvement with the Women's Leadership for Peace Program have made me even more passionate about the global pursuit of peace and empowerment. 
Caldor Fire Replanting
The Caldor Fire left a devastating scar on the Sierra forest.  
On Saturday, Oct 28, a team of Rotarians from across D5190 partnered with Boys Scouts and Sugar Pine Foundation volunteers to replant trees in the Grizzly Flats area, the epicenter of the Caldor Fire. A big thank you to all who participated in bringing new life to Grizzly Flats.
You make hard work look fun being together!
For more photos of this project, click here.
RYE Students Enjoy Nevada Day Parade
Once again, Rotary Youth Exchange students were hosted by the Rotary Club of Carson City for the Nevada Day weekend. The students visited Carson City and Virginia City, they joined local Rotarians in the Nevada Day parade, the Rotary District 5190 Governor, Stacy Graham, and District Governor Elect, Dennis Geare, joined the students this year.
The students made new friends and wonderful memories. It's through the efforts of local Rotarians that other impactful, fun, and valuable experiences are organized.
Please consider getting involved in our District RYE program and hosting or supporting another upcoming RYE event.
Global Grant Opportunities Around the World

Several Clubs/Districts have reached out to us requesting support for their Global Grants in the last month.  In addition, we have a couple of home-grown Global Grants which are in the process of being fleshed out. 

This article will give you a brief overview of these opportunities and to alert you that we will soon be publishing a Special Edition Newsletter dedicated to these grants with much more detail on each opportunity. The Special Edition will include contact information. 

Club participation in these Global Grants can be either as a financial partner where the clubs only contribute funds or where needed offer to serve as the International Partner Club, which has much more involvement. 

Our District will 100% match any club contributions with District grant funds and The Rotary Foundation will match the District Donation at 80% which would leverage your contributions.

This would be a great time for your club to start discussing which Global Grant you want to support.

Questions that you might have should be answered by the Special Edition Newsletter.
Projects Seeking funding now:

Smiles Plus – Objective ($58,500) – Host District 3201
  • Grant is to correct facial deformations of disadvantaged people in India.  The grant will support 50 surgeries. This grant is looking for an International Sponsor Club as well as financial support.

Guatemala Water Project ($800,000) – International Sponsor Cupertino RC/District 5170
  • The grant is in the Western Highland and is a joint project with World Vision which will cover $400,000 of the grant. It is supporting the water issues of indigenous people by protecting water sources and education of the populace.

Building Climate Resilience of Maya-Achi Communities with Agroecology ($247,000)  – International Sponsor Oakland RC/District 5170
  • Project in Rabinal, Guatemala - Under the leadership of trained, local youth agricultural technicians, this project will promote both traditional and modern, culturally appropriate, low-cost sustainable farming techniques to strengthen climate change resilience among 375 families in ten communities.

Nepal Tuberculosis Treatment ($300,000) – International Sponsor Salt Lake City RC/District 5420
  • Tuberculosis causes 1.5 MM deaths annually worldwide and 17,000 in Nepal.  A new innovative treatment is now available, and this grant will introduce it to Nepal.
Bhutan Forest Restoration ($87,500) – International Sponsor E-Club of World Peace/District 5330
  • Reforestation of 100 acres with 50,000 saplings where the previous vegetation has been depleted by development.
Orales Project  ($50,000) – International Sponsor is Nevada City 49er Breakfast RC/District 5190
  • Increase the employability of vulnerable young women aged 15-29 through the provision of high-quality training and job preparation services 
Projects being developed within District 5190:
Senegal Tree Planting – Fallon Rotary Club
  • Project will build on the club’s District Grant last year where they worked with an effective NGO to plant saplings, build nurseries, and educate the populace in Senegal, Africa.
Uganda Project Search – 
  • We have requested project proposals from 10 Ugandan Rotary Clubs active in GGs and awaiting feedback.
Uganda Tuberculosis
  • This grant will leverage what is learned from the Nepal Tuberculosis Grant.
Educational Grant with Victoria Falls Rotary Club, Zimbabwe
  • Work is currently defining the viability of this project.   
Come travel with us on the ELEGANT ELBE (Prague to Berlin) 
NOVEMBER 11-20, 2025 - During the European Christmas Markets!
The trip is 10 days – 4 days of hotel stays, 6 days cruising on the Elbe River on a Viking riverboat (longship) that has a capacity of only 98 passengers!

This will be the second group cruise for many District 5190 Rotarians.  We had such a great time; we’re doing it again!  We’d like to fill the ship with Rotarians and their friends!
Come join us!

-    Standard Stateroom - $2874 pp*  (*Viking clients deduct another $100)
-    French Balcony Stateroom - $3874/$4074 pp *
-    Veranda Stateroom - $4374 pp *
-    Airfare (provided through Viking) starting at $799 economy class from Sacramento or Reno round trip
-    Pre and post extensions available
-    Travel protection insurance available
-    Deposit of $25 per person good through August 31, 2023
-    Full payment due March 2024
-    Anita will donate $100 in the name of each passenger to The Rotary Foundation

530-272-6036 home; 530-913-6036 cell
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!
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