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Above:  Heather Rimato and her son, Rylan Morrison
Heather Rimato, a proud Brazosport Rotarian, lives in Pearland with her son, Rylan Morrison, who is a frequent flyer in District 5890 and a champion for polio eradication. Heather is an insurance agent and owner of Rimato Insurance in Lake Jackson, Texas where she has worked for 25 years.
Heather joined the Brazosport Rotary Club in September of 2007 where she has worn many hats including Secretary, Youth Services Chair, Fundraising Chair and  served as Club President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Interact has been a passion, and Brazosport Rotary has chartered several clubs. She was recognized as Rotary District 5890 Interact Advisor of the Year in 2018 and continues to mentor Interact students.
Having not yet added the word “No” to her vocabulary, she has served as an Assistant Governor from 2019-2021, said “yes” to a 3-year seat on the District Finance Committee starting in 2021, and stays active with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  
Sharing Rotary with Rylan has been and will continue to be the great Rotary moment for her.  
Heather is a Paul Harris Society Member and a Major Donor, and Rylan has earned his PH+3 and has a goal of becoming a Major Donor before he becomes an official Rotarian.
On Saturday, June 17th, Heather Rimato was installed as our 2023-2024 District 5890 Governor.  In addition, her leadership team was also installed. 

Heather's installation ceremony was held June 17 in the Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Sugar Land, with members of her club, family, friends and Rotarians from around the State of Texas.  The event was absolutely beautiful.   

Heather's 13-year old son, Rylan, shared his personal story about the importance of protecting all children from polio.  His commitment to helping raise funds to provide polio vaccines is remarkable and he inspired everyone to help End Polio Now.  

Special thanks to Walter Ulrich, CEO & President of Medical Bridges in Houston for his following message to Rotary District 5890:
To  our dear friends at Rotary… Medical Bridges treasures the relationship and friendship that we have with each of you and with Rotary. You have made a blessed difference for us in our biotech lab, in our rural Texas program, in response to international prices, and with your gifts for Ukraine.
Rotary District 5890 and local Rotary Clubs are an integral part of the rich flow of desperately needed medical items to Ukraine and that is gratefully appreciated. As a result, Rotary is part of this very special award given to Medical Bridges for its service providing medical supplies and equipment for the people of Ukraine. You provided funding and some volunteers, and Medical Bridges did what we do best. This would not have happened without the generous gifts from Rotary. This war is grinding on, and more help will continue to be needed.
This gracious and precious recognition by President Zelensky is special, but every day is special because with your long-standing support of Medical Bridges, you are improving health and saving lives in Ukraine and 104 countries whose needs are dire throughout the world… Walter.
District 5890's Global Grant Scholarship Application are now available. The deadline for clubs to submit to the District Global Grant Scholarship Committee is October 31, 2023.
The scholarship is worth up to $30,000 USD for a year of study outside of the USA. The goal of the selection process is to recruit highly qualified and deserving candidates. This exclusive scholarship will help fund a student, from the Rotary District 5890 area, to pursue graduate studies and service dreams that will have an impact in one or more of Rotary's areas of focus.
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
  • Protecting the environment
Click here to visit the District 5890 Global Grant Scholarship webpage to learn more and download the application, etc.
We're having our 2023 Rotary Youth Exchange Information Meetings (via Zoom) during September and October for high school students, parents, Host Families, Teachers, and Rotarians to learn more about the District 5890 Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  Click here to Register.  We invite you to learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange by visiting https://www.ryehouston.com/ or

Have you dreamed of…

  • Traveling the World? 
  • Seeing What Life is Like In Another Country?


Exchange are either Long-Term (a whole year abroad) or Short-Term ( a two-way exchange between a student in the United States and a student from a foreign country in the Northern Hemisphere and typically range from 6 to 8 weeks.)  Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs for an adventure of a lifetime!


Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

The long-term Rotary Exchange scholarship is valued at over $20,000 for the year:

Click here to visit our Rotary District 5890 Rotary Youth Exchange website for more info/
The offers scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Applications for the 2024-2025 high school year are open now to high school students in Rotary District 5890, including children and grandchildren of Rotarians.
Please join us at our 2023 Information Sessions via Zoom for Parents, Students, Teachers and Host Parents to learn more about the experience and the scholarship opportunities. This event is open to all - must sign up in advance at https://www.ryehouston.com/info-sessions/

RYLA Student Application Due:  Nov 15, 2023

2024 Rotary District 5890 Camp RYLA
Friday, February 9th (8 PM) thru Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2024
Location:  Carolina Creek Camp, Riverside, TX
Click here for the 2024 RYLA Camper Application (Due Date:  November 15, 2023)
The $350 Registration fee should be considered by the Rotary club as a "RYLA Scholarship" they award to each student they sponsor.  The $350/student is paid by the Rotary club directly to the "Rotary District 5890 RYLA Committee."
It's that time again!  Our 3-day weekend RYLA Camp is a great opportunity to learn important lessons in leadership, lessons in communication, and well, overall it's also just a great reason to spend some time in nature (don't worry, we have cabins and running water). 
I know that I can speak for the many coaches who are excited to see you in person this year. This year, RYLA will be held once again at Carolina Creek Camp in Huntsville, Texas.
There are a few writing components so students should allow give at least 15 to 20 minutes to complete the RYLA application. Once the application is complete the District 5890 RYLA Committee will coordinate with the Rotary Club.
Want to volunteer to be a RYLA Team Coach, CIT, Chaperone or Support Person?  Click here for the application!
application link to volunteer as a Coach, CIT, Chaperone, or Support Person
Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Thanks, Camper!
Quinn Edgecombe
2023-2024 Rotary District 5890 RYLA Committee Chair
At our Rotary District 5890 Vibrant Club Workshop the every first recipient of the "Buscemi Award For Public Image", was presented the Rotary Club of Harrisburg as our  "District 5890 Public Image Club of the Year" for 2022-2023. 
The "Buscemi Award for Public Image"mage" Awarded To The Rotary Club of  Harrisburg
The improvements they've made in the last few years on both social media and their club website have been incredible.  They are proof positive that any club, when they make an effort, can create a vibrant website and social media that makes everyone aware of the positive work their club does in the community.
Special thanks to their entire team for all their efforts to make this happen, and especially to Karla Bozka and Vicky Heileman Pink for their dedication to excellence when it comes to promoting their remarkable Rotary club.    
2023 District 5890 Installation of 2023-24 District Governor Heather Rimato & District Leaders
Saturday, June 23rd
6 PM to 9 PM
Marriott Sugar Land Towne Square
You're invited! As this Rotary Year comes to a close...It's time for our District 5890 Installation of Heather Rimato as our 2023-24 District Governor, and her leadership team.
See the invitation below and use this link to register:
We are having a WHITE OUT so wear a Tux or Toga or anything in between.....you do you!

Ever wonder why 1 July is the beginning of the Rotary year? Initially, our conventions played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary’s first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

Annual 2023 "Magic of Rotary" Vibrant Club Workshop
Saturday, July 22nd
- 9:30 AM (Check-in) -
- 10 AM Workshop Starts -
- 1:30 PM Workshop Ends -
Houston Community College-West Loop Campus (Bellaire), 5601 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77081
$25 Per Person (includes beverages, donuts, and snacks)
This is the last training for the 2023-2024 Rotary Year!  ALL Members are encouraged to attend!
Vibrant Club Workshop will give your club an opportunity to learn, connect, and most of all, get inspired.
Ward | Causing Communication, which wasstarted 30+ years ago in Houston by Deborah Ward Buks, was selected and hired by Rotary International to promote the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston.  We'll hear from them about emerging technologies and tactics to help your club become irresistible!
You'll hear from experts regarding Membership, Public Image, Rotary Foundation, Youth Service, International Service.
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.
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.
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.

Click button below to learn more about this service project!