Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.


Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Daniel Maloney, of the Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” says Maloney, an attorney. He aims to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth. "With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”
Let me introduce you to 2019-2020 District 5830 Governor, Jim Finstrom, Jefferson Texas Rotary Club.. Born the oldest of four children in Davenport, Iowa on November 20, 1943, Jim was raised in Aurora, Illinois. He graduated from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1965 and SMU Law School, Dallas, Texas in 1968.
After practicing law in Dallas, Texas for many years, in 1985 he moved to Jefferson, Texas where he continues his practice.  Jim served as District Attorney from January 1993 to December 2004 in Marion County, Texas. In the summer of 2018 Jim was honored for having practiced law for 50 years.
NEWS RELEASE (Event open to Non-Rotarians)
Rotary International's four Texarkana Rotary Clubs are hosting a Rotary Foundation Dinner on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 5:00 until 8:00 in the evening at the Northridge Country Club to benefit the eradication of polio worldwide. Deadline to register is February 18, 2019.      
The 2019 Foundation Dinner is open to Non-Rotarians and Rotarians.  PDG Ann Lee Hussey is our Keynote Speaker and she is traveling from South Berwick, Maine to share an important message about the Eradication of Polio.  We want to make sure her message is shared with our community. This is a great time to invite those individual that want to see first hand what Rotary does Internationally and in our Communities. 
It is not too late to join us at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June. This issue of Convention News contains important program updates to help you plan your convention experience. 
District 5830 Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student, Stella, had the opportunity to join nearly 200 other inbound students from across the globe in Tulsa, Oklahoma at SCRYE weekend.  If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Stella yet, I hope you will before the end of her exchange year. She is not only a wonderful ambassador for Germany, but she is also a perfect ambassador for RYE.  In addition to taking advanced placement courses at Pleasant Grove High School, Stella was part of the school's fall play.  She is also part of the tennis team and has started track practice.  Rotary Youth Exchange is a powerful program?  If you would like more information on the RYE program please contact Rachel Trimble at
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club donated $600.00 to Randy Sams from funds raised at their annual draw down.  
The colder weather has seen an increase in people staying at the shelter, which is averaging 100-120 people per night currently.  The Shelter will be utilizing the donation to buy 6 mattresses for cots that currently do not have mattresses, proving additional sleeping space. 
Pictured left to right: Helen Diggs and Rotarian Carol Wilder
Message to Athens Rotary Club members and the Citizens of Athens, Texas from PDG John Henson, " I think I can speak for all of our 5830 Rotary Family when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Athens as they cope with the terrible accident that took the life of a middle school student and sent others to the hospital.  To the members of the Rotary Club of Athens, we are with you."
On January 23, 2019, James Upchurch of Texarkana told the Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club the incredible story of landing at Iwo Jima in the spring of 1945 near the end of WWII.  He was a Navy enlisted sailor on the USS Bollinger, a Navy vessel commissioned just one year earlier to carry 1500 Marines to battle. In 1944, Mr. Upchurch joined the Navy as a 16 or 17 year old youngster.
Pictured from left to right:  Joe Warren, Sunrise RC member, Mr. James Upchurch, Past President Patti Collier 
I am sure you are aware that the RYLA Website has been experiencing problems. The RYLA Board of Directors send apologizes for any inconvenience.  They are hopeful that the problems have been resolved.  The District Club representative is Jeff Miller and he can be reached at  903-245-6202 or email
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