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The Rotary District 5650 annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 14 at 7:00 PM.  It will be conducted as a virtual meeting using the Go-To-Meeting platform.  All participants will be able to speak, vote and view documents with this online utility.
Any proposed resolutions or amendments to the District By-Laws are to be submitted to the District Governor, Brian Moon (, no later than April 14, 2015. 
The documents needed for participation in the meeting were sent by email to voting delegates but can also be found in the Download Files section of this website.
The 2015 RYLA youth leadership event was held April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Kitaki again this year and went very well.  The camp is geared towards high school juniors and focuses on leadership development and ethical principled behavior in life.
This year we had 41 students and 4 student counselors (past participants that came back to help).
The staff included Tom and Jenny Cardwell, Jim Pink, Jason Smith (Kitaki Executive Director), Sue O’Connell, Emira Ibrahimpasic,  Matt Horak, Ryker Jen Yung Lee, and Paul Ehernberger.
We were assisted by Former RYLA alumni who came back as counselors.  They included Mia Azizah, Ray Ramone, Kristian Rocha, and Kristi Einspahr. The counselors were a great help assisting students and staff with projects and activities.
District Governor-elect Rod Bates visited and did an excellent job introducing Rotary and its importance in the world.  He filled in for Brian Moon who was out of state.  The weekend was packed with activities and speakers.
Congratulations to the clubs that completed the required training* to apply for District Grants in 2015-16.  Clubs must also submit the 2015-16 Memorandum of Understanding and, finally, the 2015-16 District Grant Application which is due May 31, 2015.
Projects cannot start before July 1, 2015 (and cannot start until official notification of approval by Rotary International) and must be completed by March 31, 2016.
See the Grants page of this website for details and forms.
How to get more out of Rotary
How to engage members . . .
Making our projects more successful . . .
Understanding the value of The Rotary Foundation . . .
When asked what participants want to get out of Rotary training and meetings, we hear things like the statements above. 
Meeting all of those needs is a challenge - but there is an answer – the Rotary Leadership Institute.
Activities of Rotary District 5650 clubs can be submitted for posting to the Spotlight on Clubs page of this District 5650 website. Find the page on the left or click here to see the activities of the clubs in the District.


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.
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.
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