The new year flutters in
On a whisper of wind, a sprinkle of rain, and a feathering of snow.
It carries a powerful gift:
One of anticipation, and revival, and hope.
Our hands have been busy
Helping others, defining needs, spreading joy
Wherever we could, as much as we could,
Given the closures and safety concerns.
Yet in our minds
We have still been waiting, waiting for more,
Waiting for openings, waiting for gatherings,
Waiting for the day we can throw our arms around those we love
And dance in the streets and sing in the puddles,
And join in bigger groups and make a bigger difference.
And now the new year is here.
One of the Four Agreements*
Is to always do our best every day, even when our best is different from day to day …
And so we have!
I am so proud of the courage and commitment
Effort and engagement and beautiful hearts of service
That characterize the Clubs of District 5190.
Our communities continue to be blessed by the good works of our Rotarians.      
And now, the new year offers hope of even more.
Rotary opens opportunities
To make transformative changes in our communities, around the world, and in ourselves.
And as we do, we grow, from the inside out.
Welcome, 2021!  Happy New Year everyone!  The JOurneY continues.
“Hope. Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson
*The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
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Reno Sunrise Service Project
Reno Sunrise Rotary donated over 100 water bottles to the students at Virginia Palmer Elementary School on December 11th.  Students are unable to use the water fountains to reduce the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus.  They are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school  Sometimes they forget or do not have one of their own.  The donated water bottles will be given to those students.  
Pictured on the right is Reno Sunrise Rotarian John Albrecht and his son Ben is on the left.  Ben is a 2015 graduate of Reno High School and a 2020 graduate of UNR in Mathematics.
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$$$$ - District Finance Committee Meetings  - $$$$
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 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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News from Bishop
The Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise and Club Rotario Oriente de Tuxtla Guiterrez , Maternal Health Vocational Training Team Global Grant project has been selected to be a part of the World Health Organization Rotary Day at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland!  This exciting day is taking place on February 27, 2021 and our Global Grant project will be among those presented to Rotarians around the world.
The meeting will be held under the auspices of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO and Holger Knaack, President of Rotary International.
As a part of this project, our combined clubs provided the following in Angel Albino Corzo Chiapas, Mexico:
  • Operating room equipment to the local hospital.
  • Maternal medical kits to the Community Maternal Health Educators
  • Trained local healthcare providers in practical medicine skills  and obstetrical  medical emergency skills.   
This is a three- phase project.   We are currently in phase two which involves ongoing healthcare provider trainings and elective life-improving surgeries for women.
We are honored to be selected and we are looking forward to sharing our project with Rotarians from around the world.
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Global Grant Scholarship Candidates Sought
Global Grant Scholarships provide up to $32,000 to offset the cost of graduate study for no less than one and no more than four years of study in a foreign country. The sponsoring club will need to contribute $2000 and be qualified to sponsor a global grant.  The scholar’s area of study, professional goals and previous work or volunteer experience, must strongly align with one of Rotary International’s Seven Areas of Focus”:
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Supporting the Environment
The ideal candidate will “demonstrate a long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change” and have concrete ideas for advancing in his or her chosen field.  Further, the ideal candidate will possess excellent leadership skills and potential for further growing in leadership and will be familiar with Rotary projects and meetings.  The candidate will have excelled in academics and/or a vocation.  The candidate will present himself professionally and show a commitment to community service.  The candidate will also have realistic well-defined goals, follow The Four-Way Test and be conscientious about meeting deadlines.  A Global Grant Scholar cannot be a Rotarian, spouse or a lineal descendant of a Rotarian or a person employed by a Rotary club, District or Rotary International.  
Applications are due to the District by April 30, 2021.  The District will hold interviews in May. For more information, click here.
Even in these times of COVID-19, the Rotary Club of Placerville is very involved in their community parks, signage, and keeping the fairgrounds clean and presentable. Under the steady leadership of Kurt Raffetto, they are the recipient of the 2019-2020 Gold Presidential Citation and the Club Award for 2019-2020 Membership Growth.

The Rotary Club of Placerville often cleans up and decorates the “Gateway to the Sierras” landscaping project and Welcome Sign at Highway 50 and Canal Street in downtown Placerville. One recent Rotary work party got together with Scott Smith, Paul Doerr and President, Kurt Raffetto. This time they installed the Welcome to Our Purple Heart Community signs and did a little cleaning. They then returned and planted Cyclamen for a little Christmas color. Thanks to the Thompson and Raffetto families and the Rotary Club of Placerville. Other folks that helped with the planting are prospective member Amy Wilson and her daughter, Megan, Glen Webb, George Osborne, and Paul Doerr.
RALLYE 2021 is coming! Hopefully it will be in-person and we can have a weekend full of fellowship and learning. Check the website for updated information as the date approaches.
Russell Hampton
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