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 - 
 
        
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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.
Saturday was Veterans’ Day and the Conference opened with a recognition of Rotary veterans and a tribute to all who have served our great nation. Thanks to PDG Bill Hedges for his opening invocation. RI President’s Representative Melissa Ward, PDG District 7190 in 2012-13, provided our Keynote address. A series of 12 breakout subjects addressed multiple interests including Club Runner and Websites, Membership, Fund Raising, The Rotary Foundation, Your Rotary Image and Projects. Thanks to our instructors DG Ted Huffhines, PDGs Carroll Greenwaldt, Pamela Stewart (6190), Barbara Mauldin and Paul Bucerel, and our District Administrator Shirley Pinnix Evans.
 
Members of the Shreveport Opera Xpress  perform during Lunch on November 10, 2017   Shreveport Opera Express program is the educational and outreach touring program of Shreveport Opera.  It is the only program of its kind in the state of Louisiana! SOX brings opera directly to schools throughout Louisiana as well as in East Texas and South Arkansas.  Through SOX, Shreveport Opera works to fulfill its mission to provide educational programming and outreach to children, youth and adults in the Ark-La-Tex region; SOX reaches new audiences and makes opera accessible to everyone regardless of socioeconomic. Saturday lunch was accompanied by numerous door prize drawings and the special musical performance by SOX-Shreveport Opera Express. Four classically trained young singers and their keyboard accompaniest treated the audience to selections from Fidler on the Roof, West Side Story and other favorites.
 
After the afternoon breakouts, we held our own District gathering which included a short business meeting to review financials, verifying the approval of District Governor Designate Jack Welge, and presenting numerous Rotary Foundation awards to clubs for their contributions.
 
PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, District Rotary Foundation Coordinator, announced the prestigious recognitions and provided banners/certificates for the following awards:          
 
Top Three Highest Per Capita Annual Giving Clubs—minimum $50 per capita
 
Texarkana International RC receives Top Award for AF Per Capita Giving, plus awards for 100% TRF Giving and EREY Giving.  Pictured left to right: IPDG Lee Montgomery, Texarkana International President Marion Houff, DG Ted Huffhines.
Texarkana International RC receives Top Award for AF Per Capita Giving, plus awards for 100% TRF Giving and EREY Giving.
Pictured left to right: IPDG Lee Montgomery, Texarkana International President Marion Houff, DG Ted Huffhines. 
 
Kilgore RC receives  2nd Place Award for AF Per Capita Giving, plus awards for 100% TRF Giving and EREY Giving.  Pictured left to right: IPDG Lee Montgomery, Kilgore RC President Terry Booker, DG Ted Huffhines. Kilgore RC receives  2nd Place Award for AF Per Capita Giving, plus awards for 100% TRF Giving and EREY Giving. 
Pictured left to right: IPDG Lee Montgomery, Kilgore RC President Terry Booker, DG Ted Huffhines. 
            
Received the following awards: Received Third Place in the AF Per Capita Giving,   Left to right: IPDG Lee Montgomery, Marshal President Louraiseal McDonald, DG Ted HuffhinesMarshall RC received Third Place in the AF Per Capita Giving, 
Left to right: IPDG Lee Montgomery, Marshal President Louraiseal McDonald, DG Ted Huffhines
 
 
 
 
 
PDG Shirley Griffin was honored by RI for outstanding efforts for Polio Plus Fundraising and work.   PDG John Jetter accepts Polio Plus Certificates on behalf of Longview Greggton RC.  Shirley R. Griffin is a Polio Survivor who has spent her life of Rotary service supporting the efforts of The Rotary Foundation to eradicate polio.  Shirley has now completed 20 years of service to the district Polio Subcommittee and has resumed the position as chair since finishing her year as District Governor in 2011-2012.   Following her year as DG, Shirley made a trip to India to participate in an N.I.D. which she considers the high point of her Rotary Service. Her leadership within the Polio Plus fundraising during the eight years that she has served as Chair now totals over $487,000 with another strong year under way. She is deserving of this recognition for her service to the eradication of Polio.  Pictured: IPDG Lee Montgomery, PDG Shirley Griffin, PDG John Jetter, DG Ted Huffhines
PDG Shirley Griffin was honored by RI for outstanding efforts for Polio Plus Fundraising and work. 
PDG John Jetter accepts Polio Plus Certificates on behalf of Longview Greggton RC.
 
Shirley R. Griffin is a Polio Survivor who has spent her life of Rotary service supporting the efforts of The Rotary Foundation to eradicate polio. Shirley has now completed 20 years of service to the district Polio Subcommittee and has resumed the position as chair since finishing her year as District Governor in 2011-2012. Following her year as DG, Shirley made a trip to India to participate in an N.I.D. which she considers the high point of her Rotary Service. Her leadership within the Polio Plus fundraising during the eight years that she has served as Chair now totals over $487,000 with another strong year under way. She is deserving of this recognition for her service to the eradication of Polio.
Pictured: IPDG Lee Montgomery, PDG Shirley Griffin, PDG John Jetter, DG Ted Huffhines 
 
Other Winners that were announced were:
100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Clubs—every member of a club personally contributing $100 or more to the Annual Fund.
 
Every Rotarian, Every Year Clubs—100% of club membership made some contribution to The Rotary Foundation.
 
End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign Certificate of Appreciation—clubs contributing $1,500 or more to Rotary’s Challenge to End Polio Now.
 
Immediate Past District Governor Lee Montgomery recognized clubs in a variety of categories including: Membership Growth, Foundation Giving, Polio Plus Giving,Governors Challenge for World Polio Day.
 
IPDG Lee Montgomery presents Amanda Folmar with the Certificate of Appreciation for her Leadership in Leading Young Professionals.Rotarian Amanda Folmar, South Tyler Rotary, received a District Certificate of Excellence for her leadership in conducting the Young Professionals Summit and her District Interact leadership of helping other clubs start Interact programs.
 
IPDG Lee Montgomery presents Hershel LyBrand with the Rotarian of the Year Award. Assistant Governor Hershel Lybrand from Wills Point Rotary received the Bill Rains District Rotarian of the Year soaring eagle award for 2016-17 from PDG Lee.
 
 
 
 
 
Lee capped off the 2016-17 awards with the presentation of the PDG Bill Campbell Outstanding Club award to the Rotary Club of Marshall for their accomplishments in member growth, increased Foundation/Polio Plus giving, and service. Marshall President Louraiseal McDonald accepts the Bill Campbell Award for the 2016-2017 Marshall President Craig Vanbiber.  Pictured: IPDG Lee Montgomery with 2017-2018 Marshall President Louraiseal McDonald. Current Marshall Rotary President Louraiseal McDonald accepted the award on behalf of Past President Craig VanBiber and the Marshall Rotarians. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sam Scroggins, District Public Image Chair, presents 1st Quarter Bulletin Contest Winner a Certificate of Accomplish to Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club Bulletin Editor Ralph Waits.   The club will receive 200 recognition points for winning the award. Sam Scroggins, District Public Image Chair, presents 1st Quarter Bulletin Contest Winner a Certificate of Accomplish to Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club Bulletin Editor Ralph Waits.   The club will receive 200 recognition points for winning the award.
 
 
 
DG Ted Huffhines held the long awaited, eagerly anticipated Polio Plus drawing. RI President’s Rep Melissa Ward drew the 5 winning tickets, which were:
  Prize                           WINNER                 SELLING RC
 1st Prize-2017 Ford F-150 Truck- Richard Emerson-Longview Greggton
 
 2nd Prize-$2,000 Amazon Gift Card-Fredna Harris-Longview Greggton
 
 3rd Prize-$1,500 Best Buy Gift Card- Jay Webb-          Marshall 
 
 4th Prize-$1,000 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card-Terry Donnell-Cedar Creek Lake 
 
 5th Prize-500 Academy Gift Card-Lynette Fisher-        Jefferson 
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