Superhero Training Camp: Membership, Foundation and Public Image/Brand

Grab your capes and join us for a Superhero Training Camp: Connecting the Three Essentials... Membership, Foundation and Public Image/Brand. 
When: August 7, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon
What: Special training focusing on the three essentials for our Rotary Clubs: building our membership, increasing our Foundation giving and getting our story out to our local communities.
Who should attend? All club presidents, membership chairs, Foundation chairs and public image chairs (and, as always, any other club members who can benefit from this training!)
Why attend? New club leadership needs this time together to refocus, re-energize and renew their club's efforts on how to grow membership, best approaches to building Foundation support and knowing how to get your message out to the community about all the wonderful things Rotary does!   
Registration is now open: register by clicking here
Superhero Training Camp: Membership, Foundation and Public Image/Brand 2021-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Record Breaking Giving!

Last year's support for Rotary Foundation from District 5180 blew through a 26-year-old landmark!
In our 2020-2021 Rotary year, all 37 clubs in District 5180 contributed to both the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and PolioPlus! That had not happened in 26 years (since we became D5180 in 1995)! 
Under the able leadership of District Governor Brent Hastey and District Foundation Chair Joe Scheimer, our Rotarians  showed their support for The Rotary Foundation, which is the lifeblood of Rotary.  It is what allows us to continue “doing good in the world.”
The RI Annual Fund provides funding to support our global grants and district grants. During the past Rotary year, (ending June 30, 2021), D5180 Rotarians donated a total of $297,280 to the Annual Fund!
In addition, our support of PolioPlus, Rotary’s main objective since 1988, saw our district donate $198,085 (with the World Fund match) for our fight to eradicate polio!
To show how effective the PolioPlus effort has been, only two cases have been reported this calendar year, one each in Pakistan and Afghanistan – never before have we seen so few cases so far into the calendar year! We must continue and cannot declare the world free of polio until three years after the last known case has been identified.
A BIG thank you to our D5180 Rotarians!! You are truly Foundation Superheroes! For this year, let’s commit to surpassing the great numbers we achieved last year and ensure that District 5180 Rotarians make an even bigger impact in improving the lives of others!
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And the Winners Are...

2020-21 was quite a year - and the efforts of Rotarians in District 5180 made it a year worthy of serious recognition.
At the Virtual District 5180 Conference in May, the annual club and Rotarian awards were given out. Congratulations to all of the winners! 
And the Winners Are... 2021-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Soul Food - Peace and Understanding Movie Night

To celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, The District 5180 peace movie discussion this month is the film, “Soul Food.” You can rent the movie for $3.99 on Amazon Prime, or it is free for subscribers.  Click here to watch the trailer
Watch it at your convenience, or, better yet, organize a club social event and watch it with members of your club and share some of your own soul food! Then, join the discussion on Zoom June 16 at 8 p.m.  

Meeting ID: 883 3871 1866
Passcode: 022285

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Registration is Open for the 2021-22 District Conference

There's no time like the present to reserve your seat at the 2021-22 Rotary District 5180 Conference - IN PERSON - at Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa in lovely South Lake Tahoe! 
Join us April 29 - May 1, 2022 for a weekend of celebration, awards and fun. Our theme is "Creating Today's Super Heroes."
We've already lined up our keynote speakers: 
To register for the conference, click here!
Registration is Open for the 2021-22 District Conference 2021-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

We Need Your Help!

Have you ever wondered how to get involved at the district level, work on a district committee or just wanted to expand your service beyond your club? We’ve got the answer for you!
Several district committee chairs are looking for additional committee members for next Rotary year (starting July 1, 2021) to assist in supporting clubs and members in our districts…are you ready to step up?
Below are the opportunities to expand your service within our district.  If something looks interesting to you, contact the chairperson of that club for more information.
  • Attraction
  • Retention
  • New Club Development
Bill Tobin
Rotary Alumni
Beth Hastey
International Services
Christina Dyer
Public Image
Marsha Vacca
Community Services
Angela Spease
Youth Protection Officer
David Tarke
Vocational Services
Rita Gordon Anderson
Polio Plus
Tom Cicchini
Peace Committee
Lynette Andersen
Young Professionals
Samantha Hoshida
Remembrance of Service
  • Memorial at District Conference
Diane Woodruff
Foundation Dinner
Angela Spease
We Need Your Help! Desiree Wilson 2021-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Club Commercial Contest

We challenged you, and many of your clubs really rose to the occasion! As part of our virtual conference this year, we decided to encourage clubs to promote themselves to their communities with a video commercial contest. The rules were pretty simple: 
  • It had to be three minutes or less in length
  • It had to be posted on the club website or Facebook page so the rest of the world could see it.

We had 3 prestigious judges, we’d like to thank them for their time:

  • Mike Teselle of KCRA – Channel 3 News
  • Dennis Shanahan of Fox40 News
  • Nick Janes, of JComm, Inc. – a video production company, who used to work for KOVR Channel 13 News

The judges scored on three criteria: creativity, content and execution.

The competition was really close, but congratulations to East Sac Rotary for taking the bragging rights! Click the image below to see their winning commercial.

Club Commercial Contest DeDe Cordell 2021-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Spring has Sprung!

And just like that, it's spring! You can certainly tell change is in the air - both the weather, and the vibe, the pace of things seems to be picking up and more things are opening up.
I certainly hope that you're all experiencing the positive changes as more people get vaccinated and the case count continues to remain low. It's been a rough year+, but clubs are beginning to meet in person again, projects and fundraisers are being planned, and it seems like a sense of normalcy is beginning to return - or is at least in our sight.
The Festival of Learning is underway. I sure hope you're all signing up for the many offerings throughout the month. Please register today for the virtual conference May 22-23rd. It's just a couple of hours each day, but we're packing a lot of fun, great speakers and activities into those few hours! (and did we mention the goody bag?!) In preparation for the conference, the Pinewood Derby car races will be held at 10:00 a.m. on May 1st at Fairytale Town in Sacramento to see which club wins the trophy! I can't wait to see how creative you've been with your cars. 
Looking forward to engaging with many of you in all the great things we have in store in the next few months. 
Happy Spring!
-DG Brent
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Peace and Understanding Movie Night

Join us for the first ever D5180 Peace & Understanding Movie Night. 
On April 21 at 8:00 p.m., we’re kicking things off with a discussion of the movie, “My Name is Khan.”
Here is a link to check out the film's trailer.
You can rent the movie on Amazon Prime for $3.99. After you watch the movie at your convenience, join us on April 21st at 8:00 pm for a thoughtful discussion.
The Zoom info is:
Meeting ID: 813 0485 2830
Passcode: 917832
We hope you'll join us! 
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Let Your Club's Star Shine Bright!

Submissions must be three minutes or less in length and posted to a club website or Facebook page by April 30th. Email a link to where your commercial can be viewed to DeDe Cordell to let the committee know it's posted. Our rock star panel of judges will be selecting a winner, to be announced at the virtual conference May 22nd!
Let Your Club's Star Shine Bright! 2021-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Blood Donations Needed

Vitalant, our local blood provider, shares a message that blood donation is an essential public health action, even during a pandemic! Thousands of Vitalant blood drives have been canceled due to COVID-19. With schools and businesses no longer hosting blood drives, we Rotarians can do our part by scheduling an appointment to donate soon.
The need for blood donations continues for people injured in serious motor vehicle accidents, diagnosed with cancer or living with blood disorders. Blood is needed for moms with serious post-childbirth complications and for premature babies whose blood systems need a bit of help to get started.
Vitalant follows rigorous safety precautions in the era of COVID-19 including mask requirements for donors and staff, temperature checks upon arrival, social distancing and frequent sanitizing. Of course, you must be healthy to donate blood and appointments are strongly encouraged! Visit or call 877-25-VITAL (877-257-4825).
Blood Donations Needed 2021-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

A Vaccination for Polarization

Posted by Lynette Andersen
February was Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. On February 20, 2021, the D5180 Peace Committee sponsored a very special program on Zoom: a Braver Angels Fishbowl. If you missed it, you are in luck. We recorded the entire event. You can watch it here. 
Just as masks, social distancing, and vaccinations comprise our toolbox to combat COVID, Braver Angels is one of many strategies to inoculate us against political polarization. We are painfully aware that political polarization and divisiveness threaten our democracy, not to mention our personal relationships. Few among us have not suffered an estranged relationship or two, or three, from friends, associates and, even family members.
Polarization occurs when people refuse to associate with others who do not share their values, opinions beliefs and political views. The consequences of political polarization are misinformation, disinformation, governmental dysfunction, and violence.
A Vaccination for Polarization Lynette Andersen 2021-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Festival of Learning - Register Today

The customary District Assembly to train new club officers and committee chairs was canceled because of the pandemic. But instead, we’re offering you, for the entire month of April, a Festival of Learning that can all be done safely online!
Our District 5180 Festival of Learning is 28 workshops. It’s newly created by more than 50 of your friends from more the 20 clubs throughout the district on almost every topic of concern to Rotarians like you and me! All this at no cost to you. The only thing you have to give is your time.
The district website Festival of Learning page shows you all of the opportunities offered. When you click on the box with the workshop of interest, you’ll be swooped away to the registration page for that workshop. You can register for all that interests you. Just submit the registration, which takes about 30 seconds, and you’ll receive an email confirmation instantly.
Take a look by going to the Festival of Learning page on the website today! Your Rotary world will thank you for it!!
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What Rotary Isn't!

Posted on Aug 26, 2019
Shanti Landon from the Rotary Club of Lincoln created this lovely video explaining some of the misconceptions about Rotary and what we truly are as an organization.
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