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Above:  Mindi and Jeff Snyder
Mindi Snyder and her husband Jeff live in the rural city of El Campo where she was raised.  They enjoy spending time with their children, Shelby (who married Colby Kane) and Colby Lee who is married to Morgan, and their beloved grandsons Matthew and Watson.  They are also excited to be welcoming another grandson, Jackson, in the fall.  All love outdoor activities and traveling.  Mindi is a CPA and is now working with Gunda Corporation as a Client Services Manager after 24 years in Municipal Government roles as Finance Director and City Manager. 
Mindi joined Rotary in 1995 and has been a member of Wharton, Rosenberg and El Campo Rotary Clubs where she served in many roles including Club President for 2004-2005.   Her home club, El Campo Rotary, chartered two Interact Clubs at the High School and Middle School and started an EarlyAct FirstKnight program under her direction as New Generations Chair.  One of her continued roles for many years in El Campo has been Foundation Chair and she was very proud that El Campo Rotary achieved 100% PHF status.  Mindi served as Assistant Governor twice and has been on the District Youth Exchange Committee and served in various roles from Inbound Coordinator to Youth Exchange Officer since 2001.  
Mindi and Jeff have hosted many Rotary Exchange Students and their daughter did a short-term exchange to The Netherlands.  Mindi has served as the Chief of Staff Youth Services to help facilitate the communication between all youth service areas and District Leadership and as Club Advisor for the community based Rotaract Club of El Campo and the newly chartered El Campo Literacy Advocates Rotary Club.  Jeff has been a long-time supporter, chaperone and driver for the Youth Exchange Students at the District level and he transferred his membership to the El Campo Rotary Club this year so both are excited to be serving our community together going forward.
Mindi has been recognized as Rotarian of the Year twice by the El Campo Rotary Club in 2004 and 2019 and, most recently she received the District Rotarian of the Year honor for 2018-2019.
Mindi and Jeff are both Paul Harris Society Members, Polio Plus Society Members, Major Donor Level II and Bequest Society Level I donors to the Rotary Foundation.  Jeff and Mind were recognized as members of the White Hat Society last year.
Interested in learning more about Rotary's efforts of "Protecting the Environment"?  Click here
Each month, District Governor Mindi Snyder will have a video version of a newsletter, "The Gov's VLOG", on YOUTUBE where she will share exiting news and stories here in our Rotary District 5890.  
Please watch her video below about May being "Youth Services" Month.
Interested in Rotary's Youth Programs?  Click here
At our recent District 5890 Conference held in Fort Worth, District Governor Mindi Snyder presented awards to Rotarians and Rotary clubs for their outstanding service during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.
Each of these special people and clubs went above and beyond on a regular basis to make our world a better place and are very much appreciated and worked especially hard this year.  A very special heartfelt THANK YOU to each of them and please congratulate and celebrate them for they are a big part of the success we have had as a District this year. 
"Service Above Self Award" – Wayne Beaumier, Cypress-Fairbanks
Each year there are only 150 Rotarians, out of 1.4 million members, awarded this special recognition worldwide.  This prestigious award for Rotarians and Rotaractors who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.
Art Bautista, University Area Rotary Club
Art received this award in recognition of his dedicated service and outstanding service for helping save and change lives.
  • Small Club of the Year:  Austin County
  • Medium Club of the Year:  Weimar
  • Large Club of the Year:  Bellaire/Southwest Houston
  • Small Club President of the Year:  Sarah Davis, Spring Klein
  • Medium Club President of the Year:  Quinn Edgecombe, Houston Skyline
  • Large Club President of the Year:  Rocky Blair, Katy
  • Assistant Governor of the Year:  Phil Hampton, Houston
  • #1 per capita giving TRF Annual Fund - Richmond $856.10
  • Going the Distance Award – Interact, Kim Scofield, Seabrook
  • Going the Distance Award – Interact, Frank Parilla, West U
  • Going the Distance Award - Growing Interact, Emi Chemat, Cypress Fairbanks
  • Going the Distance Award – Rotary Youth Exchange Mentor, Alan Wylie, Space Center
  • Going the Distance Award – Rotary Youth Exchange Mentor, PDG Nick Giannone, e-Club
  • Going the Distance Award – Bill Haglund, Memorial-Spring Branch
  • Going the Distance Award – Rebecca Maddux, Harrisburg
  • Going the Distance Award – Judy Harwell, Bellaire/ Southwest Houston
  • Going the Distance Award – Raleigh Bales, Jr., Sugar Land
  • Going the Distance Award – The Rotary Foundation, Barbara Franklin, Brazosport
  • Going the Distance Award – Membership, Stacy Brevard, Cypress-Fairbanks
  • Going the Distance Award – Public Image, Tommie and Charlie Buscemi, Kingwood
We congratulate all of the above Rotarians for their outstanding service, and commitment to improving the lives of people in their own communities and abroad.
Congratulations to Mindi Snyder, our 2022-2023 Rotary District 5890 Governor, for being recognized and honored as one of "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women in 2022" by Houston Woman Magazine!
Mindi has always been an inspiration and a remarkable leader that is loved by all that know her, so we congratulate her on this prestigious award!
Here is a link to read the digital version of the magazine: https://online.fliphtml5.com/lctmo/asjg/#p=1.
According to Beverly Denver, publisher of Houston Woman Magazine, “Those selected as Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2022 have earned an enviable reputation for their expertise in a particular field or arena. They are knowledgeable and trustworthy. The thoughts and actions of these women influence the thoughts and actions of others. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce these remarkable women to our readers and to others in our community.”

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We're proud to congratulate Ruby Powers, a member of the Rotary d-Club of Houston, was named one of Houston Woman Magazine's "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women in 2022". 
Ruby works tirelessly to help those in need and make a difference in their lives.  In Rotary, she has served in several leadership roles and was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. 
Congratulations, Ruby!
Our Annual District 5890 "Gardening With The Governors" Community Service Project brings together Interactors, Rotaractors and Rotarians to work together to help make an impact in the community.
Thank you to all of the Rotarians and Interactors who joined us for the annual Gardening with the Governors Day of Service at Harvest for the Hungry - Texas.
What a beautiful day it was and the fact that we planted fruit trees donated by Seabrook Rotary and pepper plants and then had a cooking demonstration of a dish with the peppers was awesome! This farm to table project is simply life changing.
Our 2023 District 5890 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp was a HUGE success!  We want to thank all the coaches and chaperones, our amazing and inspiring guest speakers, and the Rotary clubs that gave scholarships to the high school students so they could attend.
Rotary clubs carefully select recipients to receive scholarships to attend RYLA Camp for their leadership qualities, scholarship and excellent moral standards.  By working with today's leaders, Camp RYLA is trying to help guarantee a bright future for tomorrow's generation.
Our District Camp RYLA strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through three days of physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges through problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students, volunteer counselors and motivational speakers.
RYLA Camp is one of Rotary International's Youth Programs.  RYLA Campers gain an appreciation for how important the Object of Rotary and the Rotary 4-Way Test are in establishing moral and ethical values and the ideals of Service Above Self.  RYLA includes programs on topics designed to teach those things seen as vital ingredients in successful leaders such as fundamentals of leadership, problem solving and conflict management, building self-confidence and self-esteem, elements of community and global citizenship, sportsmanship, competition, physical fitness, spirituality and character.  
What an honor it was to welcome the 2023-2024 Rotary International President Gordon McInally, and his wife to Houston for our Texas Rotary Club All-Club Celebration and take them to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo!
Beforehand, there was a special private BBQ Buffet for our District 5890 Rotarians and guests. 
Getting to experience a "Texas-Size" event like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo gave them the opportunity to see how millions of dollars have been raised for student scholarships.
While here in Rotary District 5890, they were also given an opportunity to visit many other projects plus an extra special "behind the scenes" of NASA and Mission Control.
Grab your boots...pack your bags & saddle up! 
Our herd is headin' to Fort Worth for our 2023 Rotary District 5890 Conference on April 27-30, 2023!
The District Conference Committee has been working together to plan an "District 5890 Texas-Size Celebration" to help all of us celebrate the great work that our clubs have done to help others.
Watch Video For Details:

Click here for our District Conference website with all the details!

Date:  April 27-30, 2023
Location:  Hilton Fort Worth - $179/night - Hotel Reservation Link
Conference Registration:  $350 (Thru April 1, 2023)
$395 (Beginning April 2, 2023)
Rotaractor:  $225
At Tierra Verde Golf Club!
A Message From Mindi Snyder, District Governor for Rotary District 5890:
Huge THANK YOU to all that gave of their time to come and to our Imagine Rotary Presidents that answered the call to get their clubs there.  We had a large number represented and I think that a great time was had by all from the longhorn picture opportunity; to checking out the wonderful exhibit booths; to visiting with each other; and of course hearing the inspirational speeches from our Zone Director and incoming Rotary International Vice President Pat Merryweather-Arges and Rotary International President Elect Gordon McInally.  
We got to honor our special donors that had achieved milestones at the reception beforehand and as a reminder to all, the White Hat Society which is a special recognition for donating at least $5,000 in a Rotary Year, is only tracked through self reporting to PDG Bill Palko as he does not get a report that provides that level of detail.  If you did not hear your name called, please share prior to the District Conference and we will definitely make sure to recognize you there.  Thank you to all of our special donors that make what we do possible and remember that is very easy to donate directly to TRF and set up recurring giving so that you will achieve the various giving milestones of Paul Harris Fellow+ and Major Donor before you know it. https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
If you were not able to attend, please join me in congratulating our very own Wayne Beaumier of the Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks who was selected for the prestigious Service Above Self Award this year.  Each year there are only 150 Rotarians awarded this special recognition worldwide.  Wayne, you are a true servant in so many more ways than just Rotary, but we are very honored to have you as a part of our family.  Thank you for all that you do so selflessly.  We will honor you with the actual award at District Conference since I managed to leave that behind in my hotel room.  You deserve to be honored twice!


It's A Trip to Evanston, IL - Headquarters of Rotary International - on June 28th - July 1st, 2023 - Click here for Flyer!

A unique opportunity to Run the Bases in Sweet Home Chicago!
See the birthplace of Rotary! This will be an experience like none other for all of those that have never had the thrill of visiting the Mothership as PDG Michelle termed it.  Anyone is invited to join the fun by paying their way and getting to travel with a great group of Rotarians.

Winner will be drawn April 30, 2023

Here's how to qualify to get your name put in a drawing for a $800 travel voucher toward your expenses From July 1, 2022 to April 29, 2023:

  1. Complete EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) (1 entry)
  2. Become a TRF recurring donor through Rotary Direct (1 entry)
  3. Become a Paul Harris Fellow or step up to the next level (5 entries)
  4. Donate $1000 to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Program (5 entries) – Earns purple shoes also!
  5. Become a Benefactor or Bequest Society member (10 entries)
  6. Become a Rotary Foundation Major Donor or step up to the next level (25 entries)
  7. Become a White Hat Society Member or achieve next level (30 entries)
  8. Create a Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund (35 entries)
  9. Create a Rotary Endowed Fund (click to learn more) (Listen to our District 5890 Endowment Fund Chair, PDG George Yeiter, explain the Rotary Endowment Fund) (50 entries)
Learn more about ways to give to The Rotary Foundation - Click here

The itinerary is being finalized. Tours will include:

Tour Paul & Jean Harris Home, with lunch in the Visitor Center
Fellowship dinners with local Rotarians
Giving back to the communities is one of the greatest rewards and joys that a Rotarian can experience. 
Every Rotary project anywhere in the world always starts out with just one Rotarian that had an idea - and then they were able to grow and develop that idea by getting other Rotarians engaged.  From there, they used the powerful network of Rotarians to really change the world because of that one idea.
On CHRON.COM, there is a wonderful article about Rotary here in the Greater Houston area in Rotary District 5890.  Please read the article, then CLICK HERE to find a Rotary club near where you work, or live.
2023-2024 Rotary International President Gordon McInally & 2023-2024 Rotary International Vice President Pat Merryweather
Gordon McInally, 2023-2024 President Rotary International plus Pat Merryweather,  2023-2024 Rotary International Vice President, are coming to Rotary District 5890 in March 2023 for our 2023 "Texas Rotary Round-Up All Club Meeting!   This is a huge honor, and we all look forward to having the opportunity to give them both a huge "Welcome to Texas" greeting (again).
PDG Eric Liu
District 5890 All Club Committee Chair
2023 Rotary at The Rodeo!
March 9, 2023
Seating in Section 522
Limited to only 150 Seats!
Tickets are available now by going to March 9th on the District Calendar.
To purchase tickets, Click for link 
Our DG Mindi Snyder is so excited to have this opportunity to get to enjoy a night of fellowship together as a Rotary District at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!  Come join the fun and remember this is a great way to introduce prospective members to the FUN we have.  It's also a great event for family, friends, Interactors, Rotaractors, and Rotary Youth Exchange Students!  
It will be Thursday, March 9th with seats in Section 522 - but our Rotary District 5890 Block is limited to the first 150 to register!   The Rodeo starts at 6:45 PM and Ashley McBryde will be the performer during the Live Concert at approximately 9 PM!  Your Rodeo ticket gets you access to all of the activities going on that day including commercial exhibits, livestock show, carnival area, etc.
  • Ticket Options:
  • $75/person "Full Ride" which includes one (1) Rodeo Ticket in Section 522 & one (1) BBQ Buffet Ticket
  • $35/person BBQ Buffet Dinner only (Buy this option if you purchased Rodeo tickets elsewhere for March 9th and want to eat with us!)
  • The rodeo ticket block is limited to the first 150 to register. 
  • Parking is not included.
Before the Rodeo performance we will have a traditional BBQ Buffet Dinner dinner for $35/per person which you must purchase in advance.  The dinner can accommodate more so if you've already purchased tickets from a different vendor but want to have some fun and eat dinner with us before the Rodeo starts, please order this option. 
Tickets are available now by going to March 9th on the District Calendar.
To purchase tickets, Click for link 
March 9th Schedule:
4:30 PM - Doors Open for our D5890 Social & BBQ Buffet Dinner Room (in NRG Center)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Social & Cash Bar
5:30 PM BBQ Buffet Dinner Opens
6:40 PM Cash Bar Last Call
6:45 PM Rotary Starts in NRG Stadium
7 PM Buffet Room Closes
9 PM (Approximately) Ashley McBryde Concert Starts
The contact person is Genevieve Rowland with Memorial-Spring Branch Rotary Club, and she can answer your questions.  Once you purchase your ticket(s), she will send your ticket(s) electronically plus details on dinner location.  
Genevieve Rowland
281-904-7014 - cell
On December 3 the Rotary Club of Houston International held a unique event, Art & Eats Festival, in partnership with The Watermark at Houston Heights. This charity festival features an afternoon of culinary delights, an art silent auction, and unique art & crafts.  Everyone that attended this exciting international art and culinary experience supported programs benefiting Houston-area foster care children.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the number of children without placement in the foster care system has skyrocketed more than 1,100% since October 2019.
Click here to read more about this wonderful event in International Focus Magazine on pages 24-26.
Instead of being hosted in anonymous buildings while awaiting their forever families, Isaiah 117 House provides physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement and adoption. The proceeds from the Art and Eats Festival will support children with toiletries and school supplies.
Do business with those you serve with! 
Our District 5890 Yellow Pages is designed and accessible to all Rotary and Rotaract members in our district for FREE. Any Rotarian or Rotaractor that has a business, working for a corporation, is self-employed, non-profit, retired, homemaker, Rotaractors...etc. should all join! We can all benefit from each other as Rotarians. Let's connect!!!
We have a Business Directory, Jobs Board (for those seeking jobs, and employers looking for employees to hire), and Club Events - visit District5890YellowPages.com
Click here to register so you can join our Rotary District 5890 Yellow Pages.
The District 5890 Yellow Pages district wide launch on Zoom was October 1, 2021.  If you were not able to attend or want more information, Click here to watch the recording of meeting to learn more.
We congratulate the Austin County Rotary Club for their recent honor.  The voters of Austin County selected them as the 2022 "Best Non-Profit" in Austin County!
Their Rotarians are making an impact in their community and beyond through their service projects. 
Through regular club programs, projects, and neighborhood activities, their Rotarians learn about the issues that face their community and exchange ideas about how to take action to respond to them.
As our 2021-2022 Rotary District 5890 Governor, Michelle Bohreer has the extraordinary job of welcoming 11,000+ Rotarians and guests to the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston in June 2022.
If you know this dynamic business woman, you know that she does everything full blast and with an energy level that is extraordinary. 
We could not have had a better person to represent our greater Houston area Rotarians here in District 5890.
Michele had a one-on-one interview to share her thoughts and excitement about the 2022 Rotary International Convention, what it meant to her, and what it meant to the Family of Rotary that flew to Houston from all over the globe to attend.
To read the entire interview, go to pages 5 & 6 in the Summer Issue of Houston Woman Magazine:  https://fliphtml5.com/lctmo/yfre
Jennifer Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, will be the first woman to take office as Rotary International President in the service organization’s 117-year existence on 1 July 2022.
Jennifer wasn't selected because she is a woman, but rather because she is an outstanding Rotarian with leadership skills that are second to none. 
Congratulations, Jennifer!  For all of us that know you, and the ones that haven't had the opportunity to meet you yet, just know that your Family of Rotary is very proud to support you!
Everyone that knows and loves Michelle Bohreer has always known that she is not an ordinary person.  She has always been was our "Woman of the Century" and we are so proud that Houston Woman's Magazine honored her as one of their "50 Most Influential Women of 2020-2021."  Click here to read the Houston Woman's Magazine issue featuring Michelle and the other awe inspiring women.
The ceremony was held at The Junior League of Houston and included women that are change makers that are creating a difference in their communities, in their vocation, and the lives of others.
As Beverly Denver, Public of the Houston Women's Magazine said, "Each in this year's "class" is intelligent and interesting.  Each spends her time and energy doing what she loves most.  Each speaks of her interests enthusiastically and with great joy.  Each is actively engaged in activities that move her forward in her career and in live and, at the same time, allow her to make significant contributions to our community.  Each gives generously of her time and talents to help local charities and other nonprofits and the clients they serve.  Because of their knowledge and expertise of these honorees, others listen when they speak and follow when they lead."
The Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Greater Houston Veterans, and Pasadena held the "ribbon cutting" for their Peace Monument.  The monument is styled after the Freedom Tower with "May Peace Prevail On Earth" written on each of the 8 sides in a different language is approximately 25 feet tall and will be lit at night. 
This beautiful monument is located in Clear Lake Park, Landolt Pavilion located at 5002 E. NASA Parkway, Seabrook TX. 
The dedication included tributes to the bravery of those that were lost on 9/11, those that served our country, and also those that continue to keep our great county the land of the free, and the home of the brave!  See the KPRC TV news coverage of the monument, and the Veterans service.

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