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A Note From District Governor
Becky Mason
 
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Vocational Service focuses on:

- Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
 
- The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
 
- The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
 
Click Read More to find out how you and your club can focus on Vocational Service this month.
 
5910 Rotarians,
 
Hopefully, you and your family found meaningful ways to celebrate the holiday season this year while still keeping everyone in your families, your clubs, and your communities safe.  It’s an ongoing challenge in a multitude of ways. 
 
Please send your assistant governor any updates on what your club has been doing and is planning for the new year to adapt your meetings, your service projects, and your fellowship activities within the current health guidelines.  And as the COVID-19 vaccine begins to roll out, how can your club be involved in encouraging your members and your community at large to be vaccinated when their time comes?
 
Thanks to Rotary’s experience with the polio eradication campaign, we are natural leaders in this effort.  Brainstorm with your members and talk to healthcare leaders in your area to see if there is a role you could play, and share your ideas with us all!  And be sure to post your activities on FaceBook.  If you’ll send me a friend request and tag me when you post something, we can share it on the district Facebook page.
 
This effort is just beginning, and we hope to have some visuals or articles that we can use as we go forward.  
 
There is a movement within the district governors in the seven districts in Texas to be able to say that Rotary in Texas promotes and encourages everyone to be vaccinated.  Will you join me and the other clubs in our district and around Texas?  Remember that we are #People of Action!
 
 
As we work our way through this crisis, keep in mind that isolation is a major issue for many people right now.  The article below talks about ways we can counteract the effects of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping everyone safe:
 
Wishing you a healthy, happy, and service-filled 2021,
 
Becky
Rotary.org
 
Dear Rotarians,

In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the single question we hear time and again as we traverse the virtual world is, “Are we getting involved with COVID vaccination?” Considering the success and expertise we have gained in our polio eradication effort, this question is both natural and timely.

The answer is yes. We will have an important role in the months ahead.

This does not mean we will deviate in any way from our avowed commitment to eradicating polio, which remains our highest priority and will continue to be our only corporate program. Polio vaccinations and surveillance activities must continue unabated, as must our effort to raise $50 million per year for this effort.
 
But as we know, there is a pandemic sweeping the world. The Board of RI and the Trustees of our Foundation met in joint session and have agreed that we have a role to play.

We ask you, then, to encourage your clubs to:
 
  • Utilize Rotary’s knowledge of vaccine safety and efficacy based on our polio eradication experience to conduct vaccination education and communication outreach in your communities. This will need to be tailored to local contexts to address unique cultural and regional needs. Your leadership will be critical in crafting the appropriate messages and strategies.
  • Engage, where appropriate, with our current polio eradication partners WHO and UNICEF at the country level to offer Rotary’s support to COVID-19 response activities, including vaccination efforts.
  • Partner at the local level with governments, corporations, and foundations to support Rotary activities at the country level.
Through hundreds of global grants and projects, Rotary members have demonstrated what we can accomplish to raise awareness, deliver critical personal protection equipment, and provide support for frontline health workers. As you learn of work being done in your area, please encourage clubs to add to the more than 3,000 projects already registered on Rotary Showcase (please log in to My Rotary first, and navigate to Rotary Showcase). We would like to know about them.

We have one final call to action: Help us combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation. Our advocacy in our communities will be critical — we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to save lives.

Working together, we have done so much to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, to care for our communities, and to prepare Rotarians for the work ahead.

We do this for ourselves and for future generations. We do this as part of our obligation to support our world as it faces the most significant challenge of this generation.

Thank you.

Holger Knaack                                 K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International         Chair, The Rotary Foundation

 
 

December is Disease

Prevention and Treatment Month

As Rotarians, we are leaders in our communities, and December is an appropriate time to think about our response to the pandemic from this perspective.
 
Rotarians find ways to help the vulnerable people who need assistance by supporting food banks in this time of deep need, we deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to families so they can enjoy these special holidays, we support blood drives, and we identify needs specific to our communities and seek ways to assist.
 
According to Johns Hopkins University:
"1 million new coronavirus cases have been added to the U.S. total -- in only 5 days. It took almost 100 days to reach 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases after the virus was first reported in the United States in January. Now, the country has added more than 1 million cases to its grim total in just five days."
 
These numbers include some people who have been infected with no symptoms or problems, others who have been mildly sick, still others who were sick for many weeks and sustained serious damage to their organs that will cause problems the rest of their lives, and too many others have died.
 
Health experts are warning that we must stop the spread of this virus before it overwhelms our hospitals and the entire healthcare system.
 
What can we do? How can we do our part to keep our communities safe? The graphic above shows how each simple action contributes to the overall safety of our most at risk citizens. 
 
Please consider what we are modeling to our community: are we doing what we can to keep people safe and healthy? 
 
What is your club already doing to keep your members and your community safe? What more can we do?
 
We are community leaders. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to follow the recommendations of the health experts and to encourage others to do so as well. Simple steps taken by all of us can make a huge difference.
 
Now is the time. We can make a difference. After all, it's what Rotarians do!
 
In Rotary service,
Becky Mason
2020-21 District 5910 Governor
 
 
In-Person/Zoom Meeting Training, Small and Large Meeting 
Tech Set-up Videos and Support Documents
 
District 5950 held an in depth, one-hour Going Hybrid Training in in-person/Zoom hybrid meeting to teach, train and model the hybrid approach to running effective meetings. We’ve created support documents and an equipment Buying Guide to download along with several short, comprehensive “How to do the Tech Set-Up” videos for both small and large meetings. Links for all these resources are on this page! Gain the confidence, knowledge and technical resources to jump-start your hybrid meetings.
 
Click Read More to access resources to help your club go hybrid.
 
Rotarians are "People of Action", and each of the clubs in District 5910, make an impact in their community. Together, they're making a difference by working together as a team to solve issues, make changes, and partner with like minded individuals and organizations. 
 
 
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Rotary’s official website, Rotary.org, offers information about membership, scholarships, Rotary events, online giving opportunities, the latest Rotary news, and stories of Rotary service and other activities all over the globe.
 
Click Read More to learn about what resources you gain access to when you register an account.
 
 
 
 
 

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve.

We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world.

 

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Darbie Lindsey
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For the health and safety of all participants, District 5910 will conduct all district level events virtually in place of in-person meetings, at least through the end of December.  Rotary International strongly encourages clubs to consider virtual meetings as well, but leaves the final choice to the individual club based upon local conditions and health advisories.  Rotary is monitoring updates and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safest and most appropriate actions are taken for our members.  Read the latest RI response to COVID-19:
 
 
5910 Tech Team
 
 District 5910 is looking for some tech savvy Rotarians who would be willing to work with and mentor clubs and individual Rotarians who are struggling to transition to virtual meetings.
 
If you would be willing to serve on the first ever
5910 Tech Team,
let Assistant Governor Coordinator
Tim Andrews know
tjandrews1956@gmail.com