While the power of Rotary is in the local clubs, there is strength in numbers. The Rotary clubs of Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa are members of District 5650, which provides leadership, representation, and direction.
News and Happenings
Happy New Year!
The saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun”. I think I can say that’s very true for me over the past six months. As your District Governor, I have visited all but three clubs and have enjoyed meeting all of you, getting to know more about your clubs and your communities.

The Rotaract Club at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a project that they are working on that will change the lives of many people who live in the Ivory Coast. They are raising money to purchase and deliver 120 wheelchairs to survivors of Polio in that region. This project fits well with the Rotary International PolioPlus program.

They are working with The Canadian Wheelchair Foundation and that foundation has stated that no one else has sent chairs to this country and the need is great!  They require the Rotaract club to purchase a half-sized shipping container and that helps determine the cost. In turn, they will help deliver and fit the chairs at no extra cost.

UNL Rotaract members are already working with the Rotary Clubs in Abidjan. They have delivered a wheelchair to prove the connections will work. To date, they have collected $9,000 of the $18,000 needed from fundraisers and contributions from the Lincoln Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and members.

Now they need help to reach the finish line. You will be receiving an email in the next few days with much more detail and a request for a donation. Please take a moment to see if it is something your club could get behind and take it to your board for consideration.

Their hope is to deliver the wheelchairs by the summer of 2020.

A former member of UNL Rotaract - Koko - is from the Ivory Coast and a polio survivor. He tells the story of how getting a wheelchair changed his life. Read the story - click here.
If you would like to support this cause you can contact the Rotaract liaison - Keith - click here.

Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Click here for more information from Rotary International.
Rotary International reported that, as of December 31, our worldwide membership has grown by 11,394 new members for a membership number of 1,206,501 Rotarians!  Rotary District 5650 is the only district in our zone that has shown a membership increase since July 1, 2018. Our District is part of Zone 28 which includes 11 other Districts.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Here is a link for more details of how The Rotary Foundation efficiently promotes world understanding, goodwill, and peace - click here.  
The Club Recognition Profile program of Rotary District 5650 is used to determine the progress of the clubs in the district in various activities and programs of Rotary. The program has evolved over the years with criteria adjustments and a move to electronic tracking. 
Information about the program and the latest standings of the Top 10 Clubs based on the Club Profile program have been posted - click here. Participating in the 2019-20 Pre-planning meeting qualified clubs for event attendance points.
The District Directory information is available online to ALL ROTARIANS in Rotary District 5650. Select My District Rotary then District Directory. You will be required to logon* to view the directory.
Note: The use of the Rotary District 5650 Directory is for official Rotary District 5650 business only. 
Have you tried the ClubRunner App on your phone?

Access it using the same logon as on the District website. There is a section for your Club and a section for the District where you can find information about Clubs in the District and even search the members.
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 Learning & Reference Menu / Topics or click here to see the activities of the clubs in the District.
For more stories, see My District Page
February 2019
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Interested in helping the Clubs and Rotary District 5650 in a District position? Here are the current positions that we are filling: