Here we are in the midst of a pandemic none of us anticipated and having to practice social distancing and self-quarantine.  It strikes me that our international theme "Rotary Connects the World" is particularly appropriate to address this challenge.  We can stay connected through social media and programs like Zoom.  Let us challenge our younger members to guide us in that regard and set up virtual monthly meetings for us.  Also, please sign up for the District Training Conference this weekend, April 4th.  Instructions are on the District Website, or contact our District Administrator, Shirley, and she will help you.  And, let us remember that Rotary's monthly theme this month is "Maternal and Child Health"  and address that as a club this month.  Some small project with "Service Above Self" in mind may make all the difference in the life of a child and mother somewhere locally or in the world.  I pray that this will be behind us soon and we can go forward with more energy than ever.  Limiting the spread of the virus is the key. 
 
Thank you for your efforts. 
DG  Jim
Debora Valeria Lucca holds her daughter, Oriana Saucedo, following an infant hearing test at Hospital Raul F. Larcade in San Miguel, Argentina.  Hearing test equipment was paid for in part by Matching Grant 66672.
 
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
 
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.  For more information click on the following link:
 
 
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Hear Ye about MEMBERSHIP GROWTH!!
Rotary International just reported that District 5830 LEADS ZONE 31 in member growth!! At times like these we need something to celebrate—so pat yourself on the back (no one else!!)!! Oh sure, you can send congratulatory emails to your club officers and members.
 
Specifics, you ask? Our 3.29% growth since July 1, 2019 outdistanced ALL our other 16 co-districts growth, the top three being 1.86%, 1.5% and 1.03% in growth. Although it is not a real competition, it does give us perspective to know we ARE heading in the right direction in reaching out, inviting people to check out Rotary and bringing them onboard. Although we are up by 24 members, we still need 82 to reach GOAL!
What a difference a month made!
 
Exactly one month ago many of us were at Lone Star P.E.T.S. at the DFW Hyatt Regency visiting and enjoying preparing for our Rotary 2020-2021 year.  The District Training Assembly and its speakers were all scheduled for April 4th at the First Christian Church in Tyler, and all was moving smoothly as expected.
 
Flash forward by 30 days, and due to a virus that first surfaced on the other side of the world, we have moved all foreseeable District events and many Club events to on-line meetings, but the incredible part is all is still moving smoothly as expected.  We are, after all, still Rotarians. Our ability to adapt and to continue to serve may be our strongest trait.

 
IPDG Judy Guthrie shares how her DG Class of Zone 30 & Zone 31 are staying connected with a Zoom Meeting every other week.               
             
   
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                               
                               
Thank you to the 2020 Lone Star P.E.T.S. Rangers that worked very hard to make the event an success!  Thank you AG Barbara Turner- Cedar Creek Lake RC, Paul Allen - Clarksville Rotary Club and Sarah Fox- Longview Greggton Rotary Club for making District 5830 proud!
On Sunday, March 15 the members of the Rotary Club of Marshall participated in a local church’s project, Hearts for the Hungry.  Members served a home cooked meal to about 25  homeless adults and 5 youth.  This was a true example of Service Above Self. 
Robert Bunch, Co-Owner of BWI Companies along with wife Becky Bunch cook breakfast for First Responders, Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning in March 25, 2020. 
 
Robert and Becky Bunch are members of Sunrise Rotary Club in Nash, Texas. Other Sunrise Rotarians that help out when they can are Steve Collier, Doug Bowers, Landon Forbes, Terry Davis and Steve Rogers.  Due to the COVID -19 Pandemic the locally owned, Texas Chuck Wagon Restaurant is only allowed to provide takeout orders. BWI under the direction of Robert Bunch is a great example of "Service Above Self".
 
 

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:  April 4, 2020 - District Training Assembly  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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