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Mark your calendars for June 20-26 for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first FREE ONLINE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION!

Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.

With the cancellation of the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Honolulu Host Operating Committee (HOC) has suffered a huge loss.  With the International Convention coming to Houston in 2022, Past District Governor Rhonda Kennedy and her committee are working very hard to raise money for a variety of expenses we must cover.  Honolulu is the same.  Their HOC has worked hard to advertise and encourage folks to register for the convention.  Now that it is cancelled, they have no way to recoup their losses.  Many small businesses will be hurt.
I’d like to ask for your help.  With our climate Hawaiian shirts are always appropriate.  Rotary shirts are a great way to tell the world you are a Rotarian.  How about a Hawaiian Rotary shirt? is one of those vendors we can help.  PLEASE order a Rotary Hawaiian shirt or a Bobble Head of President Mark wearing his Rotary Hawaiian shirt.  Their products are marked down dramatically because there won’t be 40,000 Rotarians there to buy them. 
Everything is on sale now! Please go to and order one today.  You will be helping fellow Rotarians who have worked hard, invested their money but cannot have the convention they planned.  It’s a great price and it's helping fellow Rotarians so I’ve ordered 4. Please join me!  We’ll wear them at District Conference.   Gary Gillen
Rotary District 5890's Installation Banquet will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, June 27.
The new RI Strategic Plan calls for us to ADAPT.  Well, this COVID-19 experience has given us all ample OPPORTUNITY to ADAPT!!
The District's #1 focus for the annual banquet is to plan an event that puts the safety and well being of our members as our first priority. Kenny Vernor of the Brazosport Club has kindly offered to host the event at his office facility in the Freeport area.  He has a huge Texas sized meeting room that will work well for this event. Preliminary planning is underway, so check back for updates as details are confirmed.
Space will be limited to comply with all regulations at that time. So, please mark your calendars and hang tight for more 411!!  2020 - 2021 will present us with fantastic OPPORTUNITIES, this is just the first of many.

Message from Gary Gillen, Rotary Governor, District 5890:
We have listened to your comments and have redesigned District Conference with your concerns in mind! The Circle of Governors and the District Conference Committee are proud to offer you the New District Conference on July 4th!  Beginning at 10 am at Veterans Memorial Park in College Station, Texas, we will dedicate the Outdoor Music Park, we will honor Vietnam era veterans and tour the monuments at the park. Then we will have the first-ever Governor's Awards Picnic! At this picnic you will enjoy a boxed lunch, see the awards presentations, witness the District raffle drawings, have a chance to win door prizes, but most important, let's celebrate the many successes we have achieved in this crazy Rotary year. 
After that picnic you can travel home or join us in Bryan and College Station for self guided events such as fireworks, Safari Aggieland, Mesina Hof winery, and much more.
Registration including Lunch is an affordable $25 per person. 
Vietnam Era Veterans: (those who served between November 1957 to May 1975) to be honored with a certificate and pin please send your names as you want it on your certificate, years of service, branch of service and pay grade to PDG Bob Gebhard at by June 15We would like to honor ANY Vietnam era veteran at this event. Veterans from Bryan/College Station are welcome to send their info to Bob too!
Golfers: The golf tournament will take place Friday at 1pm. $100 inlcudes boxed lunch, two drink tickets and cart.
If you would like to stay overnight, our host hotels, the George and Cavalry Court offer great amenities at valuable rates.  The George is dark wood, leather and classy elegance. Cavalry Court is World Ward II chic.  Both hotels are offering us preferred rates of $119 for a Classic King and $129 for a Classic Double.
Register for hotels here:
The hotels offer: 
As far as family-friendly things to do here at our hotels specifically:
  • Lawn Games at Cavalry Court – washers, corn hole, ping pong and large Jenga.
  • Bikes at Cavalry Court and The George – guests can take a ride around Century Square on our custom bikes. We have enough for families to ride together also.
  • Pools at Cavalry Court and The George – kid friendly pools at either property with great outdoor pool spaces for guests to enjoy with their kids and loved ones.
  • Courtyard Areas at Cavalry Court – TONS of outdoor space at Cavalry Court for kids to run off some energy without having to go and be around a ton of people and still be within the properties gates.
  • Fire Pits at Cavalry Court – 2 large fire pits at Cavalry Court where families can hang out and relax. We also can provide complimentary smores kits for parents to enjoy with their kids.
  • Shuffle Board at The George – Another fun game that families can play together and kids always love!
Family friendly things to do in Century Square:
  • Century Square Green – They always have lawn games set up on the green in Century Square that kids and families can go enjoy. On special weekends they also sometimes have live music, or other fun things for people visiting to do.
  • Star Cinema Grill – Dine-in movie theater right across from both hotels. VERY family-friendly and you can do dinner and a movie all in one.
  • Sub-Zero – A really cool nitrogen ice cream bar. Kids will love going and having their own ice cream made and you get to watch them do it!
  • In general, there is plenty of space to walk around Century Square and tons of shops and places to stop in and eat.
Our properties, and Century Square as a whole, are very family-friendly and try to provide lots of different options for those wanting to bring kids and spouses to the area!  
From Golf Friday at 1pm to First Friday in Downtown Bryan that evening, District Conference Saturday morning, self-directed activities Saturday evening to fireworks Saturday night, this will be a fun weekend. Whether you join us for the day or the weekend, let's celebrate the end of a great, crazy and meaningful year! I hope to see you there!
Gary Gillen
District 5890  
Enjoy the folllowing video message from Gary Gillen outlining the 2020 District Conference!

About a year ago we met Rotarian Damir Karin for lunch when he brought a visiting youth baseball team to Houston. We have heard recently that their club has met misfortune related to Coronavirus. The Rotary Club of  Karlovac-Dubovac in Croatia held a fundraiser on March 9. It was a tennis tournament and dinner afterward to raise funds to help less fortunate attend summer school programs. Two attendees were positive for Covid-19 without symptoms. In a few days there were six Rotarians who became ill. Damir was one who suffered with fever and body aches for several days. Two more remain hospitalized with fever, and two are critical and on respirators. Another Rotarian, Zeljko Belavic, has lost his battle after two weeks of fever and pneumonia. Damir has been re-tested to determine if he is not clear of the virus. Like many of us, he is working from home and his children are completing schoolwork online. Their Rotary club is now meeting online va zoom like our own e-club. Our sympathy is extended to our Rotary family in Croatia. Our world changed suddenly and unexpectedly with the pandemic and it is important to stay connected with others just to let them know they are thought of and missed. Many of our Rotary family will be struggling with losses, losses of business or losses of friends and family members. If you know of someone who is struggling, lets try to be supportive and caring, and encourage them to let us know of their needs. Robin Charlesworth
The Rotary e-Club of Houston is proud to announce that our first shipment of boxes to Barquisimeto, Venezuela have arrived! These boxes contained materials and supplies for the implementation of the pilot project ‘Deworming Venezuela’.
This program aims to implement a mass deworming strategy to reduce the state of malnutrition associated with intestinal helminth and protozoan infections in school-age Venezuelan children. And why start with deworming you may ask?
A study from National Bureau of Economic Research ( estimated that the average weight gain per dollar expenditure from a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) is more than 35 times that from school feeding programs. Why? Because parasites rob children of the few essential nutrients they may be consuming from feeding programs.
As we move along with this project, we are also seeing an urgent need for adequate access to hygiene in public spaces, such as schools and hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an imminent risk because schools and hospitals do not have adequate access to clean water and soap. We are looking at the possibility of donating a small Electrolyzed Water System that can generate hypochlorous acid for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, with only salt and water!
If you are interested in participating, please contact our President Elect, Dr. Isis Mejias
In the name of the "Deworming Venezuelan" team, we want to thank all the contributing donors that have made this possible so far. Watch this video to learn more about this exciting project!
Cristal Montanez's interview with Mike Bell during the Rise Against Hunger Giving Tuesday Live broadcast. Our partnership with Rise Against Hunger enabled the Rotary e-Club of Houston "Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project” and the Rotary Club of Cúcuta 1 to respond to the food insecurity emergency by providing RAH meals to thousands of Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and walkers ‘caminantes,’ and Colombian returnees in Cúcuta and Pamplona through the existing food distribution centers and shelters preparing and serving food to this target population. Please watch the interview at this link
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 - Our partner, Sister Rocio and her volunteers from the food distribution center Comedor Santo Domingo Savio, distributed food bags to Venezuelan refugees, Colombian returnees and extremely vulnerable Colombian families in Los Olivos in Cúcuta.The Rotary e-Club of Houston and Rotary Club of Chanhanssen made possible this donation. Thanks to Cristal Montanez for the update and photos. 
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 - 
Rosmery Mendoza of the Centro de Apoyo Mery prepares boxes with a nutritious meal and drinks for the Venezuelan refugees walking back to Venezuela and those fleeing from the regime and walking to other cities or countries. This is the first meal many of them had as they walk between cities since the refugees and migrants don’t have any money. This critical situation is a combination of migration crisis+pandemic=emergency humanitarian tragedy!! Cristal Montanez
Unfortunately, due to the flow of hungry and desperate regufees, Albergue Fundar 1 just ran out of food. The only product they have is a rice donated by the Diócesis of Cucuta. Cristal Montanez
Our most sincere appreciation to Val Thompson, Editor of International Focus IF Magazine for highlighting e-Club of Houston member, Cristal Montanez, in publishing the article “My Humanitarian Work in Pakistan Prepared me to help Venezuelan Refugees in Colombia.” Thank you for creating awareness among our diverse international community of the crisis affecting thousands of Venezuelan refugees in Colombia and how the Rotary e-Club of Houston, Rotary Club of Cúcuta 1, Rise Against Hunger, and partners are responding to this humanitarian emergency. Cristal Montanez
You can read the article below. 
Back in 2010, composer/conductor Eric Whitacre created a virtual choir with 2,000+ singers from around the world. Who knew that 10 years later the entire world would be communicating in much the same way. Here is Eric's TedTalk about the amazing process to create his virtual choir. 
Calling all e-Club members! We've added another new photo to our member mosaic! Please email your photo to Charles Mickens for our online Member Directory and to be included with the group below! 
As we continue to add to our collage of e-Club members, we need the help of every member to make this happen. What will it take? A photo of yourself. The better the quality or the higher the resolution the better the end product will be. 

If you have a photo of yourself or want to take one with your phone, that will be fine. And one thing, if you take a photo with your phone, remember to take the photo in portrait/vertical position to ensure that the photo will upload into ClubRunner and display in portrait format. Please send your photo to Charles Mickens, e-Club Secretary, at and let him know if the same photo can be used for our e-Club Directory on ClubRunner.  Thank you Charles for coordinating this project!
Members, please send us articles about your service or community projects and include a photo or video of you doing Rotary work. We would love to receive feedback from our subscribers on how we are doing, and content you would like to see published. Be the inspiration! Please send your info to Lori Prouty at Thank you!

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