Why Rotary?
What is your answer to “Why Rotary?” For me, it’s because Rotary gives my life a broader purpose and meaning, even beyond my family. Why Rotary? Because through our service projects and programs, we change the world, one person or one community at a time. One way we do that is through education.
In our district one of the “favorite” club projects is Dictionaries for 3rd Graders. Across the 96,000 square miles of our district, from club to club, we liberally distribute beautifully illustrated dictionaries to third graders in our communities’ elementary schools.  For many children, these dictionaries are the first book they have ever owned themselves. If you have ever been in the classroom and handed out the books, you will have seen the sparkle in the children’s eyes, the look of awe as they begin to turn the pages and seek out words, or have their attention drawn to a picture which in turn leads them to read the definition of the word related to that picture. We see learning in action in those few moments in the classroom.
September is Education and Literacy month for Rotary. The dictionaries we deliver can mean the difference for a child to be interested in reading or not, building a curiosity about words and their meanings and creating a desire to explore and learn that can last the rest of his or her life.  If we can help to instill a desire for learning early in children’s lives, we will have changed their lives forever. If we can ensure that all boys and girls in our communities and around the world have access to learning, we will change their lives and the world forever.
Often, in our country, we take education for granted. Or at least until recently. When the threat of COVID19 shut down our schools to protect our children and their teachers, the job of education shifted back to parents or grandparents, to homeschool their youngsters or, as schools and teachers scrambled to provide alternatives, distance-learning. While teachers are becoming increasingly more innovative, it still requires attention and supervision at home, and for our youngest students, it is not the best way to learn. Parents are being torn in multiple directions trying to cope with working from home while helping their children with school. Distance learning still requires devices – computers or laptops or tablets or phones - and connectivity to the internet. How many families don’t have the devices or connectivity required for all their children to access the education they need? What do they do? How do they cope? How do their children stay on track? How can we support our schools – public and private - and our teachers?
These are real needs that our Rotary clubs can begin to address. Our clubs can provide devices or connectivity or mentorship to our communities’ children.  We need to ask our schools and after-school day-care centers how else we can serve our young people. Perhaps we need to learn more and be role models. Education and learning is not reserved for the young! Of course, there are still many places around the world where young people don’t even have access to schools or books. How can we serve them?
I hope you all read the article last month about the two global scholars from our district – Paige Buell and Elijah Tangenberg – going to Paris and Oxford, respectively - and this month’s article about Global Scholarships and how to get involved. This is education on steroids and a Rotary program of which we can be very proud!
 John F. Kennedy once said “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  As leaders in our communities – and every one of us in Rotary is a leader - WE need to be continuously learning and expanding our ideas and our perspectives. And we need to bring those ideas forward into action.
I found two new words today: abecedarian and philomath. Are you either one of those?
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Rotary Supporting Local Businesses
It was a hot August night in Amador City, the patio with its myriad of plants draping down over the walls and flowing down the rock faces making the patio seem cooler. From time-to-time an occasional breeze flowed across the patio which was welcomed by all.
With the county semi-open The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills wanted to begin doing projects and helping within the community.  But what could be done to honestly help?  On August 18th, the Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills participated in their first project since the shutdown began many months ago.  That project - helping a small family owned restaurant.   This being the first project in the community, it was a two-fold event, the Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills had their first face-to-face meeting in many months, a social gathering and dinner at the Imperial Hotel.  The gathering was held in the beautiful gardens and patio of the Imperial Hotel with approximately 25 in attendance, all wearing face coverings and appropriately social distanced.  The ambiance, the meals, the beautiful gardens; they made the first gathering wonderful.  The most important part was knowing that the Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills was helping, if only in a small way, the owner of the Imperial Hotel.  Mary Ann McCamant, owner of the Imperial Hotel and her wonderful staff did an excellent job. 
The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills has chosen several other small family-owned businesses or restaurants within Amador County they plan to visit.  The Rotarians have fun, enjoy camaraderie, had a wonderful evening while at the same time helping the restaurateur.
District 5190 Now Has a 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.
Click here for the July episode, featuring DG Berta's welcome message.
Happy listening!
Polio Plus Quilt Raffle
Jan Recanzone is more than the President of the Rotary Club of Yerington, she is artist.  Jan, an award-winning quilter and has created a work of art in the form of a silk quilt which she has generously donated to raffle for Polio Plus.  People who know nothing about quilting often think of these creations as a homemade blanket, something made with scraps of fabric that are tossed on the bed to keep them warm.  Often times they are so much more and such is the case with this quilt.  (For clarification quilting is the process of joining at least three fabric layers together using a needle and thread, either by hand or using a machine.  A long arm quilting machine can either digitally or manually create quilt designs).
Jan began her love of sewing at the age of five creating patterns and dresses for her dolls.   Years later while living in Tahoe Jan attended a presentation put on by the Yerington Quilters Guild.  Jan decided when she retired, she wanted to move to Yerington and to purchase a long arm machine.  Both dreams have come true and for the past sixteen years she estimates she has quilted over a thousand quilts, some for herself but most for others.  Jan is well known in her circle and she often has several quilts waiting to be completed.  Though this is a business for her she is extremely generous with her talent and often supports nonprofits and local fundraisers.  Jan has received several best of show awards, numerous long arm quilting awards including the Nevada Quilt Guild Long Arm Quilter of the Year in 2012.
The Polio Plus Quilt is a fifteen-year project.  Jan attended an exhibition of Japanese Silk Quilts in Washington and decided she wanted to create a silk quilt.  She began collecting fabric through her travels and others followed suit collecting silk from all over the world.  Jan being the wonderful person she is decided she wanted to do something special for her club and for Polio Plus thus donating this beautiful quilt. This custom quilt is 81x99 inches.  Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50 and can be purchased by contacting the Rotary Club of Yerington or Jan Recanzone at 775 463-9070 or 775 530-2764.
When asked if she had one “special” memory she said, “It was a cloudy day and was sitting thinking, not sure if I should get the long arm machine and I said a prayer and asked for guidance.  Minutes later the sun came through a cloud and shined on my face”.  Not only was Jan blessed that day but so were so many others that now have one of Jan’s works of art.
$$$$ - District Finance Committee Meetings  - $$$$
As with many District meetings and trainings, the District Finance Committee is meeting virtually on Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Finance Committee meetings have always been open to any interested District 5190 Rotarian and will continue to be.  If any Rotarian from a District 5190 club would like to attend a meeting, please email Finance Committee Chair Tom Hardy at at least one day before the meeting so that you can receive the Zoom log-in information.
The next Finance Committee meetings are scheduled for October 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM and January 8, 2021 at 3:00 PM.  Meetings last for no more than two hours.
The final regular meeting for the Finance Committee is scheduled to be a live meeting held as part of RALLYE 2021, April 30 or May 1, 2021 (the exact meeting time and location will be coordinated with other RALLYE events).
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All Area 8 clubs are meeting on a regular basis with 2 clubs meeting with a Hybrid format (Sparks Centennial Sunrise and Reno Centennial Sunset) with the other 6 clubs meeting virtually via Zoom.  All the clubs are trying social events either monthly or occasionally.  Most of these events are outdoors.
World Polio Day
Area 8 is having an all-Area World Polio Day Event where we will be gathering for a Zoom meeting to hear PDG Dave Bianchi talk about Polio Plus and its benefits to other diseases.  We will then walk for one hour and then re-gather on Zoom to learn how much money was raised from the event.  The club with the highest per capita giving will win a prize.  All participants will be asked to seek donations and to donate themselves.
Virtual Foundation Celebration with PRIP John Germ
We will be holding our Virtual Foundation Celebration (normally Foundation Dinner) on Nov 20 and our Speaker will be PRIP and Current Polio Plus Chair John Germ (photo above).  We will be asking everyone in attendance to donate at least $25 to Polio Plus.  We will open attendance to all Rotarians in our District.  We will be advertising this event in more detail soon.
Click here for the full highlights from all Area 8 Clubs!
Distance Learning is Here!
COVID-19 has changed the world. Rotary is uniquely suited to create solutions during trying times. Knowing creativity thrives in constraint, District 5190 is bringing you more distance learning opportunities to stay on top of best practices, procedures for each executive club role, and much more.
Click here for more training resources and folks to reach out to if you need help or have any questions.
Russell Hampton
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