Well, here we are in the last two months of our Rotary year and in the midst of a pandemic.  Illness and death are still not decreasing steadily as medical experts indicate and we should maintain our caution and social distancing.  I visited with Floyd Lancia yesterday and he tell me that RI wants us to avoid in person meetings until the end of 2020.  This a great opportunity for us to continue exploring and utilizing on line meets such as Zoom, which has been used successfully for  training in our District and throughout the world, and is being used successfully for club meetings and engagement.  Please give this all the thought, and more, that you would give to in person meetings.  AND, as we near the end of the Rotary year, it is of utmost importance that we review our foundation and Polio-Plus donations as clubs and individuals. 

Water summit urges Rotary members to invest in youth

Almost 200 million days of school attendance are lost every year because of the lack of proper sanitation. Many  diarrhea cases in children result from transmission of disease in schools rather than at home.

“A school is a place where children should feel safe, not a place where they are susceptible to infection,” says Lizette Burgers, senior adviser of UNICEF’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools program.

But the message at the World Water Summit on 4 June in São Paulo was positive: Rotary members and their clubs can make schools healthier places through programs that provide clean water and better sanitation.

 

Many thanks to all who made our 5830 District Training Assembly Zoom Seminars this past month possible.
 
Our training journey began with Allyson Barnes of the New Orleans Mid-City Rotary and NOLA Rotaract on April 4th with her presentation on Rotaract and Rotary Partnerships, and Karen Maines, President of Longview-Greggton Rotary, and Gai Bennett, President of the Rotary Club of Longview on Increasing Membership and Having Fun in Rotary the Easy Way. 
 
We then covered Opportunities for Service Through The Rotary Foundation and Heart To Heart with PDG Ted Huffhines;
 
 
"PDG, VG, & District 5830 Foundation Chair announces "The Rotary Foundation Matching Funds Program from May 1st through June 15, 2020. In an effort to encourage Rotarians in District 5830 to make contributions to the Annual Fund & Polio Plus of The Rotary Foundation in this Rotary Year, there will be a matching points campaign for all donations equal to or in excess of $100 from May 1st until June 15th.  We realize many have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but we want to incentivize your  donations as we strive to reach $100+ per person in our District.Donations must be for $100 or more to either Annual Fund or Polio Plus
Ideas for staying connected during social distancing
During this time of physical separation and social distancing, it’s more important than ever to keep our social connections, says Ingrid Waugh, Assistant Rotary Coordinator and Past Governor of District 9920. Members stay because of the connections they make in their clubs and districts. Our relationships are paramount and we need to strengthen the ones we have, in addition to building new ones. What might this look like in our changed world?
 
District 5830 Rotarians,

As we get closer to the new Rotary year beginning July 1st, I wanted to make each of you aware of the various options available for DG Club Visits that were discussed at Lone Star P.E.T.S.

Your Club PE should be receiving an email from me shortly describing the available visits in detail.

Briefly, they are:

1.  The Regular Rotary Club Meeting Visit, just like we’ve always done. I will visit your regularly scheduled club meeting and give a presentation after the meal. I will also want to visit with the Board Members prior to or after the meeting.
 
Let's start a conversation! Let's think about what we can be doing or thinking about in anticipation of getting back to whatever the new "normal" will be as we reopen the economy.
 
I've never been the sharpest knife in the drawer, but have been good at identifying folks with diverse skills to tackle problems and come up with win/win solutions to personal and communal challenges. What are the steps that your organization should use to start the ramp up process for your business or organization?
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Longview was chartered on May 1, 1920.  They are 100 years old on May 1, 2020.  They had to postpone their Grand Centennial Celebration due to the COVID - 19 pandemic but they will reschedule! 
 
The Rotary Club of Tyler (RCOT) was chartered on May 1, 1920, with 25 members.  It was the fifth club chartered in Northeast Texas and was one of only 530 clubs in Rotary International. 
 
Centennial Club President Dr. D. M. Edwards says "Rotary Club of Tyler leads the way." What would it take to change the world?  Rotary Club of Tyler members believe it starts with a commitment to the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” and continues through donations of volunteer time and financial support to numerous charitable causes.
 
 
 
 

 
Russell Sparks a member of Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club and Owner of Hightech Signs volunteered to make yard signs to sell as a fundraiser to help local frontline heroes (police, fire dept, EMT’s).  Russell also delivered hygiene product for students to some of our local middle/junior high schools.  Each school district will decide how to distribute the product donated to their students.  Club Members Carla Dupree, Principal at Texas High School,reported they have already distributed some of the hygiene products they received.
 
To order your 18"tall and 24" wide yard sign for Frontline Heroes. Contact Hightech, 3502  New Boston Road, Texarkana, Tx. 75501 at 903-939-8999 or click on the Facebook link:
 
 
 
Gai Bennett, President of the Longview Rotary Club and other Rotarians were on hand working with New Beginnings Baptist Church, the Texas Army National Guardsmen plus their local Police Officers to distribute food from the East Texas Food Bank. 
Why did Jefferson Rotary Club fly American Flags on March 26th.  
 
March 26 was National Spinach Day, National Epilepsy Awareness Day, and National Nougat Day! 
 
Epilepsy Awareness Day - Purple Day.  Epilepsy Awareness Day on March 26th aims to increase the public's knowledge of a neurological conditions affecting nearly 50 million people world wide. 
 
 
Congratulations to the adaptability of Sweet Shop USA in Mt. Pleasant, Texas the largest hand-made chocolate manufacturer in the USA has converted to make medical face shields to supply hospitals with personal protective equipment needed to fight COVID- 19.
 
 
Oaklawn Rotarians At Work - Shawn Davis ( wearing blue Rotary t-shirt) and Brad Bailey picked up food from Big Jake's BBQ and delivered the food to LifeNet Employees.   This is an effort the club is doing where they take the funds they would normally spend on our Club's lunch meeting and spend it at a locally owned restaurant to provide lunch for a local non profit.  Thanks Shawn and Bran, both in leadership at Texarkana Independent School District. 
 

Call me at (903) 787-8275 for help logging in or e-mail me at: rotary5830da@gmail.com. I will help you find what you need on the District 5830 Website or Rotary International Website.  Need help understanding the Rotary Citation Award requirements?  

Save The Dates:  DGE Jack Welge Installation Brunch and DG Jim's District Conference October 30, and October 31, 2020

 If you are a visiting guest, feel free to browse this website.  If you are interested in finding, or joining a Rotary club in our district please call me at (903) 787-8275.  

District Administrator Shirley Pinnix-Evans

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