Dear Fellow 5830 Rotarians,
I trust each of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years holiday break. As we enter the second half of the Rotary year, I hope all of us will continue building the relationships with-in our clubs and searching for new prospects to join our Rotary family. Growth is critical to maintaining a healthy club. New members bring new friendships, new ideas and additional resources for doing good in the world.
I applaud the many clubs that have started new Interact and Rotaract clubs this year. These efforts will allow more service to be done in our communities, create new prospects for Rotary in the long-term, and provide opportunities for us to invest in the lives of young people. If your club has not started an Interact or Rotaract club, I challenge you to do so!
RYLA will be coming very soon. This is another wonderful opportunity to invest in young people and help build their leadership skills. Please be timely and intentional at getting your RYLA candidates signed up and transported to camp.
December 9, 2017 | Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas Police Departments held their annual shop with a cop event. Texas side officers shopped with children at Target while Arkansas side officers were at Walmart. Both departments arrived at the stores with a long convoy of police vehicles with their lights and sirens blaring.
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club participates annually in the Shop with a Cop Program.  Sunrise Rotary President, Patty Collier, said, "I would just say that it was fun and orderly chaos on shopping day! The Police & Firefighters were great! Glad to be a part of the program".  Assistant Governor Ralph Waits encourages all his Area Rotarians to participate in this worth while cause. 

Interact is a service-based club for young people between the ages of 13 and 18. Interact clubs give young people the opportunity to serve their community with meaningful projects, meet new friends, and have fun! Their goals include: developing leadership skills, person integrity, respect for others and ourselves, understanding the value of hard work and service, and fostering fellowship and goodwill throughout the community. Interact Clubs meet these goals by being self-governing and self-supporting. The students have to find ways to fundraiser and plan to ensure their service projects succeeds and has a positive impact on the community. However, they do have some help! Rotarians from local Rotary Clubs mentor Interactors by offering guidance, and donating resources to service projects that clubs take on!  

On Thursday, December 7th, the South Tyler Rotary, Sunrise Rotary and the Rotary Club of Tyler held its annual joint Bike Build at Pollard United Methodist Church. The three clubs have collaborated for several years to assemble bikes for local children. Seaborn Nesbett, a member of the Sunrise Rotary and Pollard United Methodist coordinates the event for the three Rotary clubs. This year, over 75 bikes were assembled by Rotarians in less than an hour. A good portion of the bikes were sponsored by individual Rotarians. 
The popular event is a family affair, as many Rotarians bring their families to help assemble the bikes. From South Tyler, we had sixteen members and thirteen family members or guests participate in the build. We also had nine Interact Club members participate.
2017 is the 30th anniversary of Women in Rotary. To honor this occasion the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held a special program in honor of their women members and women members in all Rotary Clubs.
The program was presented by Andrea Pickens seated center front row in the attached picture. Women represent over 30% of the club's membership.
Pres. Greg Hollen, Ken Pearce and others welcomed community residents as paper, cardboard, plastic and cans were dropped off at Walmart in Mineola. Upper Sabine River Recycling transports the material every 3rd Saturday of the year.
The Rotary Club of Marshall really knows how to "Make a Difference." On Wednesday, December 27th, Louraiseal McDonald, club president, presented a $4000 check on behalf of the club to the Mission Marshall Food Pantry Director, Misty Scott.  The money will be spent at the East Texas Food Bank.  According to Mrs. Scott, “this is the equivalent of $12,000 spent at a local grocery store.  This order of $4000 at the East Texas Food Bank is about 700 pounds of food.  Roughly 300 families of 4 can be served and should last for approximately 4 days.”  A huge thank you goes to DG Ted Huffhines for being available for the presentation.

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Texarkana recently planted 14 trees, one for each member of the Club, in the Nash Industrial Park in support of this year’s 1.2 million tree planting challenge by Rotary International’s President, Ian Riseley of the Nation of Australia.  The Sunrise Rotary Club, which meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. at the Texas Chuck Wagon in Nash, is one of five clubs who meet in the Texarkana and New Boston area.  Rotary, whose motto is “Service Above Self” is committed to serving our local community as well as important international community projects.

Rotarians in Quitman enjoyed “Stories from Christmas Past” as each shared their most memorable events.
Martha Scroggins decorated the Quitman Rotary Club meeting for Christmas.
Members told personal stories of Christmases Past, including the burnt  turkeys, lumpy gravy, and I’ll-fitting clothes. One with several older brothers heard “Don’t worry, you’ll grow into them”.
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: or 903-787-8275.
District 5830 is actively involved with providing Club Visioning to our clubs. We have a large team of trained Rotarians who are ready to come and help all clubs with developing their future vision. This process helps clubs identify what they are known for, where they want to head in the future, and how they can go about getting there. This process is built from the consensus of all club members. This insures everyone has a voice and opportunity to share their opinion. This process intentionally includes a diverse group (old/ young, experienced/ new, male/ female, etc.) to make sure the club builds a sustainable vision for their future. This process benefits clubs by building continuity and consistency from year to year as leadership changes.
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