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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.
From October 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023, our Rotary 5890 District Governor Nominating Committee is accepting applications for 2026-2027 District Governor. (Click for application)
I encourage you to ask questions and consider this rewarding opportunity.
If you have questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Todd Breton, todd.a.breton@gmail.com
One of the most challenging and extremely rewarding positions in Rotary is that of District Governor.  But with a district with the finest Rotary Clubs in all of Rotary and approximately 2,500 Rotarians that astound you year in and year out with their extraordinary accomplishments, it is also one of the most, if not the most, rewarding Rotary positions you will ever hold.  It is a position that I highly recommend you pursue.
  • 6 months as District Governor Nominee Designate
  • One year as District Governor Nominee
  • One year as District Governor Elect
  • One year as 2026-2027 District Governor
  • One year as Immediate Past District Governor
  • District Governor Interest Meeting will be November 2, 2023 at 7pm-8:30pm at Fratelli's, 1330 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055
  • Applications will be accepted October 1, 2023 - November 30, 2023
  • Applicants must be nominated by their Rotary Club
  • The Club and Nominee must be in good standing with District 5890 and Rotary International
  • Mandatory in-person Interviews will be Sunday, December 17, 2023 (more details coming soon.) 
  • Each applicant will be assigned a specific time for their interview.
  • Term of Office of District Governor:  2026-2027
  • Link to the 2026-2027 District Governor Application:  Click here
  • All completed and signed applications must be mailed to Chair of the District Governor Nominating Committee: Todd Breton at todd.a.breton@gmail.com.
  • Though not required, it is highly recommended that you also include your 2-page personal resume with your application to the Committee. 
  • Applicants should review the District Resolutions regarding the selection process which defines good standing for qualification purposes and the application.   
  • It is recommended that the Rotary Manual of Procedure be reviewed regarding the qualifications and duties of the position in Article 16 of the RI Bylaws.
  • Please note that applicants may and are encouraged to discuss the position of DG and the interview process with PDG’s and others in Rotary that can provide them with valuable insight into the position, its duties, time requirements and responsibilities. Applicants may discuss their application with their club members and officers in order to gain their club’s support...But in doing so, applicants must be careful not to campaign for the position of governor.
  • Though not required, it is highly recommended that you include a Rotary resume along with your application.  
  • Please see the District Governor application form for your reference and use.
  • Please note that the applicant and the applicant’s Club Secretary must both sign and date the application. 
  • If you’re not sure what the qualifications are for District Governor, please see them listed below.  Only qualified applicants will be allowed to interview. 
  • All applicants must attend an in person interview before the Nominating Committee. 
  • The in-person interviews will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2023 (more details coming soon)
  • Each applicant will be assigned a designated time for their respective interview.
At the time of selection, a governor-nominee-designate must:
  1. Be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district (RIB 16.010.a.)
  2. Definition of good standing: The Rotarian must be current on dues to their club and to RI (will be verified by the committee chair); the nominating club must also be current on dues. If the Rotarian transferred clubs in the past year, they must also have left that club in good standing.
  3. Have served as club president for a full term or as charter president for at least six months (RIB 16.010.b)
  4. Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a governor in section 16.030 (16.010.c)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of governor as prescribed in the RI Bylaws (RIB 16.010.d) and
  6. Submit to RI a statement that the Rotarian understands those qualifications, duties and responsibilities, is qualified for the office of governor, and is willing and able to assume and faithfully perform those duties and responsibilities (RIB 16.010.e).
Please direct any questions or concerns about applying for District Governor to me at: todd.a.breton@gmail.com
Thank you for your consideration for this opportunity to serve the greatest district in Rotary!
For more information, please contact me.
Todd Breton. Committee Chair

To celebrate Rotary Foundation Month, District 5890 is offering to match our members contribution 1:1 with recognition transfer points. This will help give you credit towards your Paul Harris Fellow and beyond, up to PHF+8.  Sorry Major Donors, point transfer will not help you toward your next level of Major Donor. However your continued personal contribution will.


  • Minimum contribution of $250 and Maximum contribution of $500 qualifies for matching 1:1
  • Designation of contribution must be for Annual Fund (this is the fund that 50% comes back to District in 3 years)
  • All contributions must be mailed directly to The Rotary Foundation (14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693-0142)
  • Contributions must be made between November 15 to December 15, 2023
  • If mailing contribution as a group within your Club, use The Rotary Foundation's Multiple Donor Form.
  • If mailing contribution as an individual donor, use The Rotary Foundation Contribution Form.
  • To obtain the matching, send copy of the above form to Barbara Franklin, via email at bbfranklin@comcast.net 


    Generous gifts to The Rotary Foundation help create lasting change in communities both close to home and around the world. Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month in November by engaging with current and prospective donors in your community and by making your own contribution to support our work. Here’s how:
    1. Support our Foundation on Giving Tuesday, 28 November. Make a gift to the Foundation, and share your support on social media. The top clubs in fundraising, participation, and online giving will be featured on My Rotary. Read about last year’s honorees.
    2. Share our impact. Take time during a club meeting to show members how the Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by fighting disease, improving the quality of education, protecting the environment, alleviating poverty, and doing even more. Invite a Foundation scholarship recipient or a community member who was involved in or benefited from a grant project to speak about the Foundation’s impact on their life.
    3. Thank our donors. The Foundation will be sending special thank-you messages to donors around the world in November. But your leadership offers a more personal connection and deep understanding of the impact their contributions make. Take a moment to write a thank-you note or recognize donors during a club meeting.
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.
It's so close to home, so grab your flip flops & join us!
Attend The District Conference - The Earlier You Register...The More You $ave!
$450 District Conference Registration Fee - See Discounts Below:
$100 Discount if paid by October 31, 2023
$75 Discount if paid by January 31, 2024
$50 Discount if paid by April 1, 2024
Cancellation Policy: 
Cancel by January 1, 2024:  Receive a 100% refund
Cancel between January 1, 2024 & March 31, 2024:  Receive a 50% refund
After March 31, 2024:  No refund will be given
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.    
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.  

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.

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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