District Governor’s Newsletter- April 2018
 
This is a busy time of year for clubs in District 5830. There are numerous projects and fund raisers going on all across our district. Rotarians are “Making a Difference” in so many ways, and it is very encouraging to see the hard work being done. We also have our District Training Assembly on April 21st at North East Community College in Mt. Pleasant. I encourage all clubs to be represented at this district wide event! Gather your club officers and come join in the excellent training that will be provided! DG Elect, Judy Guthrie, has a wonderful program planned! The last Saturday of the month, April 28th, we will be holding the District 4-Way Speech Contest in Mt. Pleasant at the MPISD Administration Building. This is a great opportunity to see some of the top students in northeast Texas as they share how living the 4-Way Test helps one Make a Difference! We owe a huge “thank you” to the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club for hosting this event again this year.
 
Every club should have received the information on the Membership Contest we are holding over the last three months of the Rotary Year- April, May & June. Make every effort to grow your club over these last three months. We have cash prizes for the winners along with banners and plaques. Contact your Assistant Governor or myself if you need help in identifying potential new members or attracting potential new members for your club. We are eager to help! You can also go to rotary.org website or the rizones30-31.org website for additional assistance and ideas on membership. The contest is set up so that large and small clubs have the opportunity to win!  Why shouldn’t it be Your Club that wins!
 Lone Star PETS is the premier training event that prepares Rotary Club President-Elects for their year of service as President of their Rotary Club in Texas and Southern Oklahoma.   There were approximately 800 Rotarians that attended the LoneStar PETs in Dallas, Texas March 1 - March 4, 2018. 
District 5830 Leadership Team:  
 
DGE Judy Guthrie, said, "The 2018-2019 PETS at the DFW Hyatt went extremely well.  It was very well attended and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and learned a lot in the process.  We also had 33 people stay for the Sunday Foundation Certification".  We are definitely “The Action District”. "The speakers were again Top Notch....informative but still entertaining.  I sat in on one of the Saturday morning breakouts sessions and was very impressed.  Not only were the facilitators good, but the PEs in the room really participated." "All in All,  I would say it was the best PETS I have attended."
A large crowd of Rotarians gathered to celebrate the Rotary Foundation, recognize District 5830’s 2017 contributions and Global Humanitarian work, to be inspired by Past RI Director Brad Howard, and to honor those who have generously contributed to the Rotary Foundation in the calendar year 2017. 

New Level 1 Major Donors ($10,000 in lifetime giving) were Charlie Tidmore from Athens, R. Michael Groom from Cedar Creek Lake, DGN Jack and Ava Welge from Longview, and PDG Lee Montgomery from South Tyler.  New Level 2 Major Donors ($25,000 Lifetime giving) were PDG Shirley and Dr. John Griffin from Longview and DG Ted and Angela Huffhines from Marshall.  New Level 3 Major Donors ($50,000 Lifetime giving) were PDG Phil and Dee Bandel from Paris United.
DG Ted Huffhines addressed over 180 Teachers, Principals, Superintendents and Rotarians, Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Texarkana Rotary Clubs' 25th Annual Teachers Appreciation Luncheon.   This year's Rotary International Theme is: "Making a Difference".   Teachers do make a difference in the lives of our children everyday. 

Keynote Speaker, Texas State Representative Gary VanDeaver asked the question to the audience of Educators, " Does what you say matter?"  Rep. VanDeaver, told a true story of two young ladies that had the same first name.   The rest of the story is yes, what you say does make a difference. 
 
District Teachers of the Year
Left-right
Connie Green, Jamie Blain, Anne Formby, Cynthia Gauntt, Summer Gibson, and Franshicka Banks-Brown. 
(Please refer to the District Photo Album for Campus Teachers of the year, etc.)
 Bill Burnett, President of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake, was recently honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution with their Excellence in Community Service award. Bill serves as chairperson for the local HUD Housing Board and as a board member with Forever Families, a faith based program for women who have been incarcerated or coming from drug rehab programs.
Idabel Rotary Club held their annual trash pick-up day on Saturday, March 24. The group collected 37 bags of trash, a tire, and a bucket along the south Bypass in Idabel.
 
Pictured are Rotarians, Linda Bell, Dennis Wilson, Kerri Eickel with daughter, Alyssa, Carolyn White, Corey Green, and Linda Potts.  Also participating but not pictured were: Heath Green, Jerry Ellis, and Micheal McElroy.
Jefferson Rotary Club accepts the challenge made by Ian H. S. Riseley, the 2017-2018 President of Rotary International.  He challenged the members of Rotary Clubs worldwide to plant trees in their communities as a service project.
Texas Country Ford presented checks from their Drive One Program. A check for $6000 was presented to the Winnsboro Rotary Club of which the Interact Club received half. Rotary uses the money for student scholarships each year, and the WHS Interact Club presented $1500 each to Memorial Middle School and Winnsboro Elementary School for playground improvements. In addition, Texas Country Ford presented an additional $3,060 to Winnsboro Elementary School for their participation in Drive One for Your School.
On Tuesday, March 6th, Rotary Club of Marshall President Louraiseal McDonald and Rotary Club of Marshall member David Robertson distributed 116 dictionaries at William B. Travis Elementary to 3rd grade students.  Also, during the months of March and April other Rotary Club of Marshall members will distribute an average of 800 dictionaries to other 3rdgrade students in Marshall, TX and Hallsville, TX.
  Ian H. S. Riseley, the 2017-2018 President of Rotary International, challenged the members of Rotary clubs worldwide to plant trees in their communities as a service project.  The Clarksville Rotary Club recently planted Shumard Oak trees in three city parks: Fireman’s Park, Grove/3rd Street Park and Cheatham Hill Park on Magnolia Street.   Rotarians shown planting one of the four trees designated for Cheatham Hill Park on Magnolia Street are:  Front row from left:  Bow Willis, Ben Black, Rotary Club President,  Donna Jessee and David Lee.  Back row from left:  Dan Meehan, James Vaughan, Jr., John McPeters and Rob Rowley.
The Rotary Club of Marshall Texas accepted the Challenge of 2017-18 Rotary International President, Ian H.S. Riseley, to develop projects with Rotaract and Interact Club support and collaborate with community partners and local experts by planting a tree for every member of the club. The goal was to PLANT A TREE by Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  Since it was organized in 1919, The Rotary Club of Marshall Texas has been a strong supporter of education for boys and girls of Marshall and Harrison County. 
Quitman Rotary Club serving Special Olympics. 
PDG Bill Hedges, Pres. Steve Straznicki, Sam and Martha Scroggins, and  Becky Crump joined community volunteers to put on the Pilot Club’s Special Olympics Track Meet for over 200 athletes from NE Texas schools. 
Throughout the school year, the Rotary Club of Tyler recognizes outstanding high school seniors from schools throughout the Tyler area.
The club has been honoring students for more than 20 years. The students are selected by the guidance counselors of each school for their grades, school involvement and community service. Tyler Rotarian Mary Burch presented each student to the club and shared their accomplishments, goals, and the college they plan to attend. Students are presented with a plaque as a token of appreciation. The students’ parents, principals and counselors were also present.
Jay Webb, Lieutenant, Harrison County Sheriff's Office
 
Marshall Rotary Club, President Elect, Jay Webb gave  weekly dramatic reading of Standing on the Shoulders, our dip into the written history of Marshall Rotary Club. 
 
But first, Mr. Webb waxed a bit sappy on the topic of the regional PETS (President Elect Training Seminar), where he learned how to be the 2018-2019 Marshall Rotary President.

The following week the speaker was Dr. Christopher Medina and a few members of the Wiley College debate team. 
Pictured: Christopher Medina, Jaeme Orfanos, Emmanuela Wade. Debaters Emmanuela Wade and Jaeme Orfanos read dramatic short pieces of their own choosing, and Rotarians agree that they were the most energetic and emotional speakers we've had in some time.  The future speakers will have a hard time living up to the energy, thought, depth, and beauty of these performance?
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
 
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach. “Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”
 
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announces his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.
 
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