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Dear 5830 Rotarians,
 
I hope you are actively seeking opportunities to be engaged in Making a Difference in your communities. We have just had a group led by PDG Carroll Greenwaldt return from Guatemala where they saw the work done with the District 5830 Global Grant Hospital for Mothers and Children. This was a fantastic trip, and the people of Tekal, Guatemala and the local Rotarians were very appreciative of all that had been done to improve the quality of life there by your generosity. I encourage our clubs to reach out to Carroll for a program on this visit. We will have more local Rotarians heading down to Honduras later this month to participate in a local water project that will supply close to 1000 people with fresh running water. Again, your generosity is making a difference and improving the quality of life for people in desperate need.
 
I have really enjoyed visiting the clubs in 5830. As of today, I have made 39 of 44 visits. It is so very encouraging to see the commitment to helping others and service above self. It is inspiring to talk and discuss about ways to grow and attract new members. It is motivating to see and hear about the service you are doing locally. I am continually impressed with the ways you raise funds to help your club do good in the world! I want to say, “Thank You” for the hospitality and generosity you have shown to Angela and me.
 
This month’s Rotary focus is on Economic and Community Development. It is a great time to talk with your community leaders and identify some problems or challenges your community faces and put together a plan on how to address and correct these issues. Rotarians are leaders and problem solvers! We do this best when we collaborate and work together.
 
We will also celebrate World Polio Day this month- October 24th-. Please make every effort to hold some type of event, large or small, to increase the sharing of information about this ongoing battle and how we are truly this close //. So far, in 2017 there have been 11 new cases of polio worldwide. Last year, there were 37 cases.

 

 
 
I am pleased to formally announce, in accordance with Rotary International By-Laws, that Jack Welge (wife Ava) from Longview RC- is the District Governor Designee for District 5830. Jack will serve as District Governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. No challenges were received, and we have waited the required number of days to make this official announcement. Jack is an excellent Rotarian and will provide strong leadership for our clubs.  I encourage everyone to congratulate Jack for his willingness to take on this responsibility, go through the training, and be the leader of our district in 2020-2021. 
 
Service Above Self,
DG Ted Huffhines 
 
   
Three weeks ago, on September 12th, a community event, hosted by the Tikal’ Peten Rotary Club and the National Hospital of San Benito, was held at the Hospital celebrating the completion of a multi-year Rotary Global Grant that provided life supporting and infant saving instruments for a Neonatal NICU, nursery, and maternity facility there.  The hospital serves a region 687,192 people including northern Guatemala and Belize.  Included in the speakers at celebration was the Mayor of San Benito, the Governor of the region, the Director of the Hospital, the President of the Tikal’ Peten Rotary Club, Moya Stenton, the District 4250 Governor Nominee Francisco Viaiu, District Governor Julio Grazioso, and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, representing the International Rotarian partners from District 5830.  That District 5830 team of Rotarians was Dee Bandel and PDG Jo Ann Parkman from the Paris United Rotary Club and Bill Bartlemay, Mary Greenwaldt, and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, Team Leader, from the Longview Rotary Club.  
 "WOW!" Cedar Creek Lake's President Bill Burnett said,  " The only expression I know to describe the Club Visioning Event the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake just had with District 5830 facilitators.  David Cartwright and his team made up of Louraiseal McDonald, Nathan Reves, and John Jetter did an outstanding job in getting attending club members involved. When the evening was over there was definitely excitement on what they felt their club could accomplish.  Club President, Bill Burnett encourages every Rotary Club to hold a Club Visioning Event. 
As West Bowie County Rotary Club wraps up their annual dictionary project in which they provide dictionaries to every third grader in West Bowie County, they would like to shed light on a special arm of our club, Hooks High School Rotary Interact Club.  

The Hooks High School Rotary Interact Club consist of service minded high school students who serve their community through assisting West Bowie County Rotary with our projects as well as performing their own community service projects. Pictured above are members of the Hooks High School Rotary Interact Club delivering dictionaries to 3rd graders at Red Lick Elementary School.
The Rotary Club of Mt Pleasant held its Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, September 23, 2017. More than 60 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at Mt Pleasant Country Club while helping to raise funds for Rotary projects. The Tournament was led by Rotarians Bob Hourahan, Buddy Marshall, Jey Yancey, and a team of other Club members. Everyone is now looking forward
to next year's tournament!
Members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake recently spent several days volunteering at Mabank Area Good Samaritan food pantry, one of the local food pantries they donate to.  This food pantry serves over 700 people each month. 

This is part of a program where the club visits activities they donate money or they have the activity come to a meeting to brief how they used a donation.
Picture:  Left to right - Bill Burnett, club president. members; Jay Eckert, Sean Medina, Ronnie Davis, and Carter Hallmark were volunteering one of the service days.
Members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake recently visited Jake E's Round Up in Kaufman for fun and service.  The club got to see firsthand how equine therapy is used to help children with special needs.

The Rotary Club has sponsored four scholarships at the facility that offers P.E.A.C.E. - People thru Equines Achieving Courage & Empowerment. The non-profit also works with military veterans, at-risk youth as well as special needs individuals.

Those that went on the trip included Rotarians, Interact Club members, family members of Rotarians. and friends of Rotarians.  Rotarian Robert Blaase provided his party bus which made the trip even more fun.

Pictures 1st- Jana Ewing, founder and director of Jake E's.  Jake was her son who died in a swimming pool accident at a young age.

2rd- On horseback, one of the scholarship students Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake sponsors.

3rd- Club group picture with scholarship student and her helpers.
Fay J. Durrant PDG and sponsor of  District 5830 Rotary Means Business Fellowship would like to spread the word about Rotary Means Business Fellowship meeting that will be held at the Fox Stephens Field Gilmer Municipal Airport in Gilmer, Texas on October 6, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

A Rotary Means Business Fellowship is being formed in District 5830.  Anyone interested in learning of the benefits of this organization can reference info@RotaryMeansBusiness.org.  District 5830 Rotary Means Business Fellowship was chartered on June 21, 2017.  
 
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.
 
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. 
Dear 5830 Rotarians,
 
It has been extremely inspiring as I have visited so many of our clubs across the district. The good works our Rotarians are doing or plan to do this year make me feel good to be working alongside each of you! Your support for school children, the hungry, and the less fortunate is so very uplifting. Besides the difference you are making in your communities, you also have fun together! Angela and I have seen how much members of the clubs like being together! I really believe this is one of the most attractive aspects of Rotary membership.
 
September is Rotary focus on Education and Literacy. Our clubs do this very well. From dictionaries for elementary students to scholarships for seniors and school supplies for the needy, we are all really involved with improving the educational opportunities for children and students in our communities. Continue to find opportunities and identify needs in your schools that your club can work to find solutions for. I challenge every club to find opportunity to volunteer in your schools. I’m confident every elementary school principal would love to have adults to come read to their students, or even better, listen to a youngster read to you. This type of service is invaluable to building confidence in young students.

 
The  Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake's Celebrity Waiter fund raiser was another smashing success.  This year's theme was "Heroes and Villains" with guest dressing in costume to represent their favorite hero or villain.  Supergirl was the costume worn by many of the women while Superman seem to be everywhere. This is the 21st year for the Celebrity Waiter fundraiser and by far the most profitable for the club.
 
There were 136 silent auction items donated that brought in over $9,700 and 28 live auction items sold for more than $28,000.  Ticket sales and the different sponsors levels help bring the grand total collected to over $67,000. Special guest were DG Ted Huffhines and his wife Angela and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt District Director TRF Programs.