The month of December emphasizes Disease Prevention and Treatment across the Rotary world. This certainly fits in District 5830 as we have recently completed our PolioPlus Truck Raffle! I want to first thank all of the clubs and individual Rotarians who sold or purchased their tickets and supported this district wide fundraising project! The District raised just over $60,000 which will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2 x 1 for a total of $180,000! These funds will help provide vaccines for well over 300,000 children! This will truly Make a Difference as we pursue the eradication of polio! I also want congratulate Richard Emerson of the Longview Greggton club for winning the new Ford F-150 Pick-up Truck! The Atlanta Area, Jefferson, Longview Greggton, Marshall, Texarkana Oaklawn and Texarkana Sunrise clubs sold 100% or more of their tickets!
 
The recent District Conference in Shreveport was very enjoyable! The opportunity to network, have fun, and also learn about Rotary was very successful. I really appreciate all of the clubs who made the effort to be represented. I feel certain that everyone who attended benefited from being there. I want to congratulate immediate PDG, Lee Montgomery, for all the work and planning that was done. I also want to recognize Herschel Lybrand as winner of the Bill Rains Rotarian of the Year for 2016-2017. Congratulations also goes out to the Marshall Rotary Club for receiving the Bill Campbell Award as Club of the Year for 2016-2017! Hats off to Craig Vanbiber who served as Club President of the Marshall Club!
Award-winning artists Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey will ring in the holiday season together again this year on the Celebrate Christmas Tour, presented by Medi-Share, a national healthcare-sharing organization. Following a successful run of Christmas dates in 2016 where they performed for multiple sell-out crowds, Natalie and Danny will co-bill their popular Christmas tour again this season, sharing the stage each night in a fully integrated set. A six-time Grammy nominee and five-time Dove Award-winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant and eight-time Dove nominee and two time K-LOVE Male Artist of the Year (2016 and 2017) Danny Gokey are a quintessential vocal pairing, setting the stage for an unforgettable Christmas experience.

2016-2017 District 5830 and District 6190 Joint "I've Got Talent" District Conference was held in Shreveport, La. November 10 & 11, 2017                                                                                                                                                        

District Conference Wrap Up 
- Club and District Honors -
- Member Recognition - 
 
        
Go to the Home Page Photo Album for all the Conference Pictures 
District Conference 2017 was one of a kind! Sorry that so many missed it. Those in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to visit Shreveport to network, meet some vibrant young Rotarians, dance and enjoy the music of the Hurricane Levee Band, take advantage of a series of classes, hear inspiring words from the RI President’s Representative Melissa Ward, participate in Rotary Leadership Institute and dozens of other cool aspects of our joint conference with District 6190 representing 33 clubs in northern Louisiana.6190 District Governor 2017-2018 Paula Weaver Gates RI President Representative PDG District 7190 Melissa Ward 5830 District Governor 2017-2018 Ted Huffhines  5830 Immediate Past District Governor Lee Montgomery
 
Pictured left to right: 6190 DG 2017-2018 Paula Weaver Gates, RI President Representative and PDG for District 7190 Melissa Ward, 5830 DG 2017-2018 Ted Huffhines, 5830 IPDG Lee Montgomery. 
 
Rotary Leadership Institute welcomed 31 Rotarians to deepen their understanding and knowledge of Rotary International. This is a program worth bringing to District 5830. In the afternoon, the Young Professionals Summit greeted a number of 5830 and 6190 attendees to discuss things that attract and engage younger members. Friday night the conference opened with fellowship, a greeting from the President of Centenary College and brief remarks from Past District Governor Melissa Ward, the representative of RI President Ian Riseley. After a terrific Cajun catfish dinner we were entertained by the Hurricane Levee Band.
This was an environmental project that allows local citizens to recycle items that would end up in landfills, dumb in unauthorized areas, etc. A large commercial paper shredder, truck mounted, was provided along with a large truck to haul off electronic items, TVs, computers, etc. Large dumpsters were also provided for other items citizens needed to rid themselves of.  The Rotary Club and Interact Club worked together to make this a successful project.
 
Pictures: Recyclable electronics being loaded and truck mounted shredder.
Marshall High School students plan to do more recruiting according to Stacy Adams, Marshall RC Interact Leader.  Stacy made the initial contact with Marshall Independent School District in October to start a new Interact club at the high school.   Marshall RC has several Members lined up to be Interact Counselors, and the club now has over 25 member signed up.
 
What is Interact?  Interactors take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.  They develop leadership skills while they discover the power of Service Above Self, and find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun!

November 16th was "Joel Campisi Day'' in the city of Texarkana, USA.

After 17 years the Chairman of the Texarkana USA Flag Project for the Texarkana Rotary Clubs, Joel Campisi, has retired and received a certificate from the cities at the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club meeting last Thursday. Mayor Ruth Penney Bell read a proclamation Thursday afternoon officially naming Joel Campisi Day.

“Campisi as chairman,” Bell said, “has had an indelible impact on the area economically and physically with all the flags he's built and placed around Texarkana. It is beautiful and uplifting to see our streets and homes lined in flags and patriotism 6 times a year. His hugely impactful, behind-the-scenes efforts to make a difference in this community are highly admirable.”

The following was a facebook posting from one of the Teachers at Sabine Elementary School about the Kilgore Rotary Club Dictionary Project.
 
The Kilgore Rotary Club gave a dictionary to every second grade student at Sabine Elementary. Those kids were so very happy! I had to give the kids some free reading time, so they could “read” their dictionaries. Many students were using the sign language chart to teach themselves sign language. Some kids located the maps and state information. There were a few students who started at the first page and started reading one page after another. We have been working with prefixes and suffixes. The kids were so excited to see them listed in the dictionary. Computers and technology are great, but there is nothing like holding your own book in your hands. I had to keep reassuring those babies that those dictionaries now belonged to them and they could take them home. Thank you so very much Kilgore Rotary Club! Your generosity is greatly appreciated and you brought joy to my entire class today!

Thousands of people flooded downtown Thursday night, November 30, 2017 for the annual Tyler Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Tyler.  Families, many wrapped in blankets, lined the streets to watch the parade, standing or sitting on the curbs or in foldout chairs. Over 130 groups and individuals from the community participated in this year’s parade with floats and displays of Christmas cheer.

 

  Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake recently held their  annual Klothes for Kids event in which winter clothing for over 75 children was purchased.  Because of the number of children involved from two different schools districts it took three days to complete the project.  Each child was paired up with two to three adults to help them shop. Although the club organized and funded the project, it is considered a community wide project in which over a 170 volunteers from the local Cedar Creek Lake community; churches, clubs, etc.came together to make it happen.  The local Mabank High School Interact Club provided a number of students to help out. Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake "Super Hero" volunteers were also there to help out.
Pictures: Children posing with the bags of clothing they received and a group picture of some of the volunteers.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake recently sponsored two of their Rotary members to take part in a water project in Honduras.
 
Working with District 5830 and the Rotary Club of Lake Wells, Florida, Jay Eckert and Cesar Castro traveled to Honduras with Rotarians from other clubs to participate in the water project and in helping with several other building projects. The two will be putting together a power point presentation to present to the club later.

Picture: Rotary President Bill Burnett, center, is shown presenting Jay Eckert, left, and Cesar Caste with club trading banners to present to the local Rotary Club while in Honduras.
The iron lung is ready for display by clubs for special events!  Contact DA Shirley Pinnix-Evans with a request including a copy of the driver's license of the individual to pick up the trailer, a copy of their insurance card and the location, date, and name of event. Towing vehicle for the trailer requires a 1 7/8 or 2-inch ball and has a plug-in pigtail to hook up lights.  Shirley will need a pick up and return date.  Contact information for DA Shirley: rotary5830da@gmail.com or 903-787-8275. 

Each community can only have a priority request for the same event once a year, but they can make a request for the same event every year on the off chance that no one else will want the trailer for that same date. 
THE WINNERS OF DISTRICT 5830 POLIO PLUS RAFFLE
 
          PRIZE                                    WINNER                          SELLING RC
2017 Ford F-150 Truck                      Richard Emerson              Longview Greggton
 
$2,000 Amazon Gift Card                Fredna Harris                    Longview Greggton
 
$1,500 Best Buy Gift Card                Jay Webb                             Marshall 
 
$1,000 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card    Terry Donnell                    Cedar Creek Lake 
 
$   500 Academy Gift Card               Lynette Fisher                   Jefferson 
 
 
 
 
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