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A large part of The Rotary Foundation’s program includes ways for clubs to secure grants for their Local Communities through District Grants.
All clubs are eligible to apply but all must meet the requirements and deadlines.
Be a part of making a difference in your community - consider a District Grant today!
The 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Seminar will be held April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Kitaki near Louisville NE.  High school juniors are eligible to apply. 
RYLA encourages clubs to nominate students.  Many clubs partner with local high schools to identify potential applicants.  The application forms are available on the District 5650 Website - RYLA page. 
Clubs are asked to nominate 2 students (ideally, one male and one female).  The cost to clubs is $200 per student.  This year the district is reimbursing clubs up to $100 for one student. This is a wonderful development.
Sign Up Today for the next Rotary Leadership Institute
The next session of The Rotary Leadership Institute will be March 21, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.  Sign up today!
The purpose of The Rotary Leadership Institute is to provide an educational opportunity for Rotarians.  Courses foster Rotary knowledge and leadership skills.  The program also motivates the participants to be enthusiastic, creative and dedicated Rotarians.
For more information or to register go to or contact

Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

Rotary Clubs and Members are doing amazing things!  We want to recognize those efforts through the Awards program.
Rotary District 5650 has an effective awards program in place providing both objective and subjective awards. There are opportunities for everyone.  
The District Awards Committee also wants to ensure that we nominate qualified Members and Clubs for International level awards available through Rotary International. This presents a challenge due to the varying submission information and deadlines. But, it is worth the time and effort when we are able to present these prestigious awards.
The awards page of the Rotary District 5650 website has been updated to reflect all of the awards. As well periodic emails will be sent to ensure clubs are aware of the nomination opportunities. Everyone likes a little recognition - thank you for your help in making this happen.


Attention Current Club Leadership!  It is now time to report your 2015-16 Club Officers to both Rotary District 5650 and to Rotary International.  

You can report your club’s officers to District 5650 by logging in to this site and clicking “Edit Executives and Directors” under the “District, Clubs and Membership” category.  Once there, click on “Define Next Year Executive”. If your club subscribes to ClubRunner, you can also update your 2015-16 officers through your club’s website.  If you prefer, you can fill out the attached form and e-mail it to

In order to report your club’s officers to Rotary International, your current Club President or Club Secretary must log in to “My Rotary” at  If you need help with the Rotary International website, please contact John Hannes, or David Massey,  Both can also be reached by calling 1-847-556-2197.

This information was due December 31, 2015.  A timely response is appreciated.


A new category this year for the Presidential Citation is Light Up the Family of Rotary! and there is no better way to light up Rotarians than through hosting or participating in a Rotary Days Event!  
If you had the opportunity to attend an event with RI President Gary C.K. Huang, you heard his passion about Rotary Days – having fun and creating new ways to positively present rotary in our communities.
Rotary International has provide a Rotary Days Brochure and the Rotary Days information is briefly mentioned in the 2014-15 Presidential Citation Brochure.
Rotary District 5650 has outlined some additional criteria and guidelines for events to qualify as Rotary Days events. 
There is an entire page on this website dedicated to Rotary Days, located just to your left under the "Site Pages" heading.  We hope that you will share your photos and event information so that we can fill this page with ideas and success stories!  

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The U.S. Rotary Club and District Liability Insurance Program automatically provides US Rotary clubs and districts with general liability ("GL") and directors' and officers'/employment practices liability ("D&O/EPL") insurance.  It is paid for by U.S. Rotarians on the July Semi-annual Report.  For clubs needing insurance for an event, please view the "Liability Insurance for Clubs" document.  There are a couple changes for the 2014-15 year.


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