Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

 
 
Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 35 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS

 
Happy New Year!!
 
We’re here! And regardless if you do a new year’s resolution, it’s hard to not think about what will be different this year. What opportunities/unknowns might be in store for my job, my family, my neighbors? It’s year three of COVID and regardless how you feel about it, it’s touching all of us. It’s impacting our jobs, our family and our neighbors. So why bring it up? Well, as I travel to each of our clubs, I’m blessed to know that we are all rallying around our communities. I see problem solving at the highest levels where Rotarians are innovating community impact making sure that regardless of the adversities, they are present as people of action where it’s needed.
 
If you’re one that is still looking for that new year’s resolution, allow me to challenge you that this is the year to reach out to your neighbor, friend, co-worker, and ask them how they are doing? We’re not here to judge, but to listen. When the time is right, and they’d like a safe place to share their background, bring their ideas, and act on the same passion you have for the community they live in, don’t hesitate to let them know Rotary is here and not going anywhere.
 
Thank you for all you do and Happy New Year and blessings to you, your family and your neighbors…let them know I said so 😉
 
Matt Tipton
District Governor 2021-2022
 
 
Rotary is all about connecting with others to serve our communities – and Global Grants let us do that on a worldwide scale!
 
We’ve all learned new lessons about the importance of connections during the past months of the pandemic. From quarantines and lockdowns to Zoom calls and new styles of gathering, our world has both expanded and contracted in surprising ways. Throughout, our Rotary networks have shown their value as we continue to engage in the world.
 
Connect with Rotarians
Join with Club 29 as we build on these networks through three new Global Grants. All are in the beginning stages and in need of your leadership, ideas, and support.
  • Uganda Malaria Elimination Initiative Phase I: Develop the public health infrastructure to eliminate malaria in eastern Uganda by training and equipping community health workers, establishing data collection systems, and expanding public education, testing and treatment of malaria. Malaria Partners International, World Vision and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partners in this program building on the success of Rotary’s first Program of Scale.
  • Healthy Start Guatemala Phase 2: Support holistic village development in a rural area of central Guatemala by developing smallholder agriculture and animal husbandry, a network of community health promoters, and women-owned small businesses. 
  • Water Systems Upgrade for La’angum Learning Center, Ghana: Increase the quantity and quality of water for drinking, washing and cleaning for students and staff of the La’angum School by building water capture and storage facilities. The school, located in rural northeast Ghana, is run by PAMBE Ghana which has close ties to Oklahoma.
 
From agriculture in Central America to public health in Uganda to water programs in West Africa, your talents and interests are needed to benefit specific projects that have impact. Each of these Global Grants has a network of Rotarians and implementing partners that will value your participation.
 
Take the First Step
  1. Learn more about these Global Grant projects by contacting Steve Shepelwich at shepelwich@gmail.com. You will be connected to the Rotarians leading each project.
  2. Schedule presentations about the projects of interest for your club meeting and World Service Committee members.
  3. Share this article with your club president, World Service Committee members, and fellow Rotarians.
 
Please contact Steve Shepelwich, Club 29 World Service Committee Chair, at shepelwich@gmail.com for more information about ways you and your club can partner with these Global Grants.
Peace is more than the absence of terrorism, violence, and conflict. Peace is the norms and institutions that allow people to meet their needs, collaborate and thrive. While this ‘positive peace’ may seem to be a new framing, it has long been the focus of Rotary.
 
Rotarians come together in service to create a better world. Local and global service to fight disease, expand education, grow local economies, and protect the environment provide immediate benefits for many. These actions support Rotary’s highest calling of laying the foundations for peace in our communities.
 
The Rotary Peace Fellowship
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is a unique program to accelerate this work. Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fellowships to community leaders from around the world to pursue a master’s degree or professional certification at one of five Rotary Peace Centers.
 
The fellowship covers all tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, and study related expenses – all with no cost to your club or the district. 
 
Do you know a Peacemaker?
Who could be a Rotary Fellow? It could well be your child’s principal that is creating an anti-bullying campaign, your city planner that is expanding local greenspace, or a business owner passionate about hiring justice-involved individuals. Any community leader, that is not a Rotary member, with a commitment to expanding their impact for peace could benefit from this program.
 
Now is the time to identify candidates in your community. The next application round opens in February, giving you and your club time to learn about the program and promote it in your community.
 
Take Action for Peace
  1. Share this article with your club president and members.
  2. Learn more about the Peace Fellowship on the Rotary website.
  3. Sign up for the free Rotary Positive Peace Academy course.
  4. Schedule a club presentation on the Peace Fellowship by contacting Steve Shepelwich, District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee Chair, at shepelwich@gmail.com.
 
Please contact Steve Shepelwich, District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee Chair, at shepelwich@gmail.com for more information on the fellowship, resources for candidates and how to get involved.
Rotary District 5750 is pleased to announce the selection of Jeanean Yanish Jones from Rotary Club of Oklahoma as the District Governor Nominee Designate to serve in 2023-24 as District Governor. 
 
With more than 25 years of professional, visionary, enthusiastic, relational and results-oriented nonprofit leadership, Jeanean leads the Health Alliance for the Uninsured with a passion for helping those in need providing more than 3,000 physician specialist services and $3.5 million of medication assistance annually for more than 17 free and charitable clinics in Central Oklahoma.  Through her doctorate work, she is the founder of the Live Love Laugh Leadership Curriculum and Podcast program focused on whole person – mind, body and spirit health and leadership integration.
 
Her past expertise in leadership, fundraising and strategic planning as a non-profit professional includes the Green Shoe Foundation, Oklahoma Christian School and The Salvation Army.  Jeanean was selected as the Journal Record’s 2020 Healthcare Hero, Edmond Chamber’s 2017 Woman of the Year finalist and the Journal Record’s 2018 Woman of the Year’s Woman Making a Difference recipient.  Jeanean has deep expertise in turning visions into successes by serving people and giving back to her community.  Jeanean served on the boards with the Oklahoma Charitable Clinic Association statewide chairman and as an agency director with the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
 
Jeanean is a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and her Rotary background includes serving as President at the Rotary Club of Edmond in 2016-2017, past secretary of Rotary Club of Edmond and Community Service Chair. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served Rotary District 5750 as its District Membership Co-chair and currently serves as an Assistant District Governor. 
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