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September 2017
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.

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.  (More meeting details will follow at a later date)

News Release:  A Rotary Means Business Fellowship is being formed in District 5830.  Anyone interested in learning of the benefits of this organization can reference  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: 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  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.                                                                      
Peggy Price of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake was recently awarded a "Life Time Achievement" Award by her club.  Peggy has been a dedicated and active member for 22 Years, but future life plans recently required her to move from the area.  Peggy has served in many capacities in the club, but her co-chair responsibilities for the "Celebrity Waiter" fund raiser was the one she loved most.  This is the club's most important and successful fund raiser and was attended by over 280 people this year, raising over $40,000. To the right of Peggy is Andrea Pickens, " Celebrity Waiter" co-chair and Peggy's long time friend.
On Saturday August 5, the Hawkins, Holly Lake Rotary Club hosted its annual Back – to – School Round Up at the recreation/education center of the Hawkins First Baptist Church. The Club bought and distributed school supplies to 150 Hawkins elementary students with their parents.  
Partners and donors to this project included Ozarka, Fabco, City National Bank, Brookshires Grocery, Southside Bank, and First Baptist Church of Hawkins.  Also participating in the event were the Boy Scouts, and volunteers from the First Baptist church of Hawkins.  At the event, we held a fun walk for the children and a bicycle raffle.  Prizes were donated by Credential Research, Raising Canes, Caldwell Zoo, Discovery Science Place, and Trinity Lutheran Church, TRW Trucking, Hawkins Farm and Auto, and from Lindsey Wilson with Century 21. Six bicycles were presented to 2 winners each in categories K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.


Terry Booker’s father-in-law was a Rotarian for more than four decades, and Alton Holt lived the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.”

“Community leaders like him in over 4,000 clubs across America quietly found ways to help mothers and children, support education, promote peace, grow local economies, fight disease and provide clean water,” Booker praised. “I wanted to join the men and women in this area who also valued those issues, and I want to encourage others to join, too.”

In late-June, Booker accepted the Kilgore Rotary Club’s gavel from outgoing president John Lockman. His first month in the post quickly made way for one of the Kilgore Rotary Club’s busiest seasons – last week, the group held their annual August shoe drive in conjunction with Kilgore ISD’s One-Stop Registration.


Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club joined with the United Way of Greater Texarkana to pack backpacks for students returning to school in August.  The United Way provides new backpacks and new supplies to area students with supplies that correspond to the local schools’ supply lists. This year’s goal is to provide backpacks and school supplies for 1600 students.

With the start of a new school year, West Bowie County Rotary Club is giving a special dictionary to every third grader in our club’s service area just as we do every year.  Third graders from the following schools will receive dictionaries over the next couple of weeks: New Boston, Leary, Maud, Simms, Hubbard, DeKalb, Hooks, Malta, Redwater, and Red Lick.  Pictured below are third graders from Maud and Rotarian Kevin Cauley.
Miss Texas, Margana Wood pictured with Gene Kennon, Lindale Rotary Club Member, presented the program to the Lindale Rotary Club. Miss Wood will participate in the Miss USA contest later this year representing the state of Texas.
ROTARY CLUB OF TYLER recently had an action packed meeting.  To begin the business portion, we presented a $2000.00 check for clean water projects to Danny Carpenter, chair of the Global Humanitarian Project Grants Subcommitee.  
We also reminded everyone of the Polio Plus goal of $5,000 and mentioned the prizes:  2017 F150 Supercrew XLT; $2000.00 Amazon Gift Card; $1500.00 Best Buy Card; $1000.00 Bass Pro Shop Card; $500.00 Academy Gift Card.  Everyone is on board and tickets are selling briskly.  This goal is very doable so do it NOW!

For the program portion of the meeting, Robin Hood Brians kept us rockin' and rollin' and listening raptly as he sang, played the piano, and told stories of his 50 years in the music business of recording many of the popular artists.  
 The Marshall News Messenger reports on Marshall Rotary Club's first African American female President. 
 The Rotary Club of Marshall, Texas, installed its first African American female President - Harrison  County's family and consumer sciences county extension agent, Louraiseal McDonald. 
 Louraiseal is excited about her term as President of Marshall Rotary Club.  "I'll be the club's 98th  President, sixth female President and the first African American female President, she said " What an  honor."
 "This club will be 100 years old in 2019" she added.  "That's a major milestone."

The Carthage Rotary Club's new officers for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.  They are Nick Durham, Secretary, Linda Seidel, Treasurer, Judy Guthrie, District Governor Elec, Cindy Deloney, President and Doug Spradley, President Elect. 

Mike Cromer, member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake, recently invited Rotary members and their guest to his "car barn" to view his collection of antique and street rod cars. Some of his cars include a 1927 Packard Roaster, 1928 Packard Coupe, and a 1953 Jaguar 120 Roaster, his favorite.  Club members are shown standing with his 1952 Ford Roaster. ( Mike is second from the left) After viewing the cars, members went to the Pinnacle Club for lunch and socializing. 
District Membership Chair PDG John Henson recently attended the Zone Membership Seminar in New Orleans.  Here are some great tips from one of the speakers, Thaddeus Rex.
The Annual Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Country Club.  Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club's "Invest in Education" projects.  For more information, see Mt. Pleasant's Tournament Facebook page or 
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