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!
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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 vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-257-4825).
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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

YOUR ROTARY DISTRICT 5180
FESTIVAL OF LEARNING
APRIL 6 THROUGH MAY 1
 
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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