District Governor's Message: October

Rotary’s theme this month is Community Economic Development. There are many factors that come into play as to why economic development is such a challenge in areas of the world. One key factor is the health and well-being of a community’s families who provide the workers, as well as consumers, for a local economy. Thus, Rotary’s commitment to eradicate polio is just one part of helping communities grow and remain economically strong and stable.
 
As fall arrives so has World Polio Month with October 24th being World Polio Day. We have a lot to celebrate this year. As I write this, new cases of polio identified in the world this year are… 2! Yes, only two new cases – one each in Pakistan and Afghanistan. And, it’s been more than 35 weeks since the last case was identified! 
 
In 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year!
 
We are truly close to eradicating this disease from the world…thanks to Rotary and our partners. But, we cannot let up on our efforts…we must continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine until the World Health Organization proclaims us polio free!
 
One of my Rotary moments was participating in a polio immunization trip to India in 2018. What an amazing feeling to be able to hold a child and put the drops of vaccine in their mouth knowing they would not be affected by this disease! It was a life-changing experience for me, and eradicating polio became my Rotary passion.
 
In support of our polio eradication efforts, I will be bike riding 100 miles in the ”Ride to End Polio” in Tucson, AZ, on November 20. Several other Rotarians in our District will be joining me on the ride, including Joe Scheimer (Fair Oaks Rotary), Steve Brozosky (Folsom Rotary), John Messner (Folsom Rotary), and Martha Ng (Midtown Rotary) – we’ll all be riding to raise funds to continue our fight of this disease.
District Governor's Message: October Desirée Wilson 2021-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Want an Easy Way to Donate to PolioPlus?

You’re in luck!  Join the PolioPlus Society by donating $100 this year to the PolioPlus Fund. You can also commit to donating at least $100 per year to the fund until the World Health Organization declares the world polio free! That makes you a PolioPlus Society member!
 
Rotarians and others (remember, non-Rotarians can donate as well!) who donate to the fund will be recognized with a framed certificate, special PolioPlus Society lapel pin and an End Polio Now wristband.  Donations to the fund will also count towards becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.

So, here’s all you need to do: go to the End Polio Now donation page and fill out the online form. You can determine the amount you want to give and set it up as recurring or a one-time gift. If you would prefer to download a form and fill it out by hand, you can go to the District 5180 End Polio Now page on our website and click the link on the left to download the PolioPlus Society commitment form.
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Rotary Youth Exchange

If you've ever wondered what the experience is like for students that participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange, meet Sofia, an outbound exchange student, and hear first hand from her about the life-changing experience. 
 
 
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District Governor's Message: September

Welcome to September... and Rotary’s Basic Education and Literacy Month! The ability to read, write and comprehend is critical to economic development for individuals and communities. Literacy helps a person navigate the world with dignity, and allows them to take control of their lives, advocating for themselves, their families and for their community.
 
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 
 
Here are some of the ways we, as Rotarians, can help others through literacy and education:
  • Tutoring/mentoring children or adults
  • Building Little Free Libraries
  • Participating in District 5180’s Dictionary Project
 
{Image: DG Desirée Wilson with John Paul Jones, of the Fair Oaks Rotary, during August's Superhero Training Camp}
 
Those are just a few of the opportunities we have to make a difference in the world. Let’s use this month to focus on and implement some of these ideas and projects, building on the passion we have for helping others.
 
District Governor's Message: September Desirée Wilson 2021-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Oak Park Rotary House provides hope, free accommodation for patient families

From UC Davis Health Press Release:
 

(SACRAMENTO) — For more than eight years, Oak Park Rotary House has been a beacon of hope for patient families at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“This house is a huge hug for a lot of families that come in,” said UC Davis social worker Courtney Corbitt, who has partnered with the Oak Park Rotary House Foundation to identify patient families in need of long-term temporary housing.

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Don't Miss the Foundation Dinner

 
Please join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration, marking the great work of our district, both locally and globally!
 
When: Oct. 30th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree Inn - 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento
 
Guest Speaker: Bob Rogers, Zone 27 EndPolioNow Coordinator and member of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol. Bob, a polio survivor will share his personal story of how he came to be a Rotarian and his commitment to raise funds for PolioPlus.
 
Cost: $70 per person
Register: by clicking this link

Register early for the best table selection.
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District Governor's Message: August

And just like that, the first month of the Rotary year has gone by and we’re in August! Rotary has named August as the “Membership/New Club Development” month. Membership in our District is off to a fabulous start with several clubs inducting new members. How wonderful it is to share the gift of Rotary with someone and give them the opportunity to become a Super Hero!

Now that a new member has joined, what does your club do to keep them engaged? Just after their induction is when a new member will feel the most excited about their decision to join your club. Engaging them to keep that feeling high will enhance their experience, for the new member and the club. Don’t leave a new member alone to try and figure out how they fit into your club – invite them to join your club’s activities, service projects, fundraisers and socials as soon as possible.
 
(This is a photo captured during my presentation to the Carmichael Rotary Club, which has a fun tradition of giving visiting district governors a Stetson cowboy hat!)
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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!
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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! 
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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!
 
Hotel reservations: MontBleu Hotel, Resort and Casino
Special conference rate - use code: STRDC2
To reserve your room(s), call (800) 235-8259 or click here to reserve online
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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.
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