District 5830 VIRTUAL District Conference October 16th 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute 

Congratulations on Club Growth!!! 
The Rotary Clubs of Winnsboro and Henderson led the way for the first two months in member growth! Winnsboro grew by 75%, adding 6 new members. Henderson grew by 64% adding 14 new members from their club’s membership growth plan mentioned last month. Other new members are in the pipeline. As a District, 18 clubs have had growth since July 1!!! Many held steady. Only about 10 clubs saw slight decreases. Overall the District grew from 1,447 to 1,482. 
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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month! 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

DG Mike's September Newsletter 

September is basic education and literacy month in Rotary. Following are some interesting statistics retrieved from Wikipedia. The world literacy rate for all males is 90% whereas for females the rate is 82.7%. Developed nations have an overall rate of 99.2%, with south and west Asia having 70.2% and sub-Saharan Africa at 64.0%. These statistics are dated 2016 but we can see that, in keeping with President Shekhar’s emphasis on improving the lives of girls and women, we need to increase access to education for females worldwide, especially in Africa.
DG Mike's September Newsletter  2021-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Welcome To Rotary International District 5830!

Are you a Business or Professional leader in your community, seeking to make a difference in the world around you?
 
Rotarians are passionate people driven by the ideal of service. As a part of Rotary, you get to network with and give back to communities around the globe. District 5830 is made up of 42 clubs and over 1500 members across NE Texas, SE Oklahoma, and SW Arkansas.
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Why is Facilitated Club Visioning important? 

South Tyler President, Beth Blaisdell said,  “Our club visioning workshop helped us collaborate as a team to define our direction and goals for the next several years.  The visioning team of 15 reported to our club members at our weekly meeting, sharing our vision results.  The enthusiasm and commitment from our club has South Tyler Rotary on a very positive path for community service.”
 
According to District 5830 Visioning Chair, Sam Scoggins,  there are three measures of success for club's that complete a Vision.   (Click on read more for details) 
Why is Facilitated Club Visioning important?  2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

PDG Shirley Griffin honored!

Shirley Griffin, a Polio Survivor and a Past District Governor of Rotary International District 5830 and member of the Rotary Club of Longview, Texas, was awarded the prestigious International Service Award for a Polio-Free World by Rotary International Directongvir Suzi Howe at the Rotary Club of Loew meeting on August 17th. Her award was one of three in the entire world.
PDG Shirley Griffin honored! 2021-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Aaron's Well (Global Service Project) 

 
 
The Mateka Children’s Home Water Well is known as Arron’s Well, in Memoriam of Rotarian and former President Aaron Lemmon of Athens, TX and President Elect of Prosper, TX. Aaron passed away in January. Aaron and Damon Donnell, at the time, PE of Athens Rotary discussed partnering in late 2020 to form an international service project to drill water wells in Kenya as one of Rotary core focus areas: Clean Water and Sanitation. 
 
Aaron's Well (Global Service Project)  2021-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Announcing Jeff Johnston as DGND

Message from DG Mike Groom and Chair of the District 5830 Nominating Committee, IPDG Jack Welge
 
Congratulations to Jeff Johnston, Past President of the South Tyler Rotary Club who has been selected by the District 5830 Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee Designate.  He has been selected to serve during the 2024-2025 Rotary Year.
 
Pursuant to the District’s Bylaws, specifically Article II – District 5830 Committees, the Nomination of Jeff Johnston will be held until September 30th to permit any challenges or re-nominations and will thereafter become final at midnight on September 30, 2021.
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Honoring PDG Carroll Fletcher Shirley Pinnix Evans 2021-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

DG Mike's August Newsletter 

After having officially visited nine of our clubs in the month of July, my faith, not only in Rotary but also humankind, has been revitalized. There are so many good, good people in this organization who I have had the pleasure to meet and so many more that I look forward to meeting.
 
Click below "Read More" for DG Mike's complete newsletter.
DG Mike's August Newsletter  2021-07-28 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Successful Membership Initiative 

Henderson Rotary Club is excited to welcome 11 new members!  They are expecting to induct 3 more new members in the next few weeks. That’s a 50% + increase in membership! Ask PDG & Membership Chair Lee Montgomery for details.   (d5830leem1617@gmail.com)
Successful Membership Initiative  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

District 5830 Polio Posse Fundraising Campaign 

Congratulations, Jacksonville Rotary Club for being the first club for District 5830 to attain 100 percent participation in the Paul Harris Fellow ("PHF") Contest. Tom Trimble, President of Jacksonville Rotary Club presented a check to DG Mike during his official visit on July 21st. 
District 5830 Polio Posse Fundraising Campaign  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Invitation to Club Visioning

The Visioning Process has been widely implemented throughout Rotary to help individual clubs to establish long range plans that are in line with Rotary International’s global strategic priorities: “Increase our Impact, Expand Our Reach, Enhance Participant Engagement, and Increase Our Ability to Adapt”.

District Governor Groom, who is himself a trained and experienced Facilitator, is encouraging all District 5830 Clubs to conduct a Visioning Event over the coming year. To do so, please contact the District 5830 Visioning Chair, Sam Scroggins, via email at scroggins789@gmail.com. 
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Congratulation to PDG Tom DeWitt

PDG Tom DeWitt  receives "The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award."   

The Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding, continuing active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year. Examples are:

•Service on Foundation committees at the club, district, or international level

• Participation in Foundation grants or programs

•Support of Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Peace Fellows, Group Study Exchange teams, or vocational training teams. (Financial contributions, however notable, are not relevant considerations.)

Congratulation to PDG Tom DeWitt 2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulation Shalonda Adams and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt 

Club members Shalonda Adams and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt were the 2021 Unity Honors award recipients. The Unity Honors award is given by the Longview Unity and Diversity Committee and is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes the humanitarian efforts of those who are working at the forefront of diversity and equality in  our community.  The late Jimmy Isaac who was also a member of the Rotary Club of Longview was honored for his membership in and work with the Unity and Diversity Committee.
Congratulation Shalonda Adams and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt  2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

DG Mike's July Newsletter 

July is new leadership month and as we kick off our new Rotary year, I am mindful of all the wonderful leaders we have and have had here. IPDG Jack Welge and his team had a miraculous year, they carried us through the nightmare of COVID-19 by adapting to earth-shattering events and changing and finding new ways to keep us participating and involved. We cannot thank them enough. Another wonderful leader, PDG Robert J. Thompson from District 6170, inspired us on Saturday at our annual District Officer Installation to UNITE TOGETHER, whosoever and wherever, so that we can serve to better lives.  (Pictures taken at the event can be found on the District 5830 Photo Album .)

Our theme for the new year given to us by Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is “Serve to Change Lives”. What an appropriate theme for this moment in time – it gives us inspiration and hope as we carry our Rotary banner forward.
DG Mike's July Newsletter  2021-06-28 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Membership Minute July 2021 

HATS OFF! TO RC HENDERSON!!
 
“HOW TO DOUBLE YOUR CLUB IN 60 MINUTES OR LESS” is the title of Henderson’s PE David Higgs’ pamphlet. My take: How a 20 member club added 20+ members in one fell swoop.
 
At the District Assembly, PE David was inspired to grow his club and took that opportunity to rope in co-conspirators PDG John Henson and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt. They planned and printed invitations for members to hand out to a special meeting, with the luncheon paid by the club.   Their officer installation on June 17th was their special meeting, but you can use any meeting for this invitation.  The goal was for each member to invite at least 5 guests that would make good members.
Membership Minute July 2021  2021-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulation to PDG John Jetter 

The Rotary Foundation’s recognition of PDG John Jetter with the The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award comes after PDG John's years of work on Club, District, Zone and International Projects. Time is always inadequate to appropriately thank a Rotarian with a heart for service.
 
Briefly the award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Rotary Foundation and have received the Citation for Meritorious Service at least 4 years prior.
 
On R I Awards requiring 11 areas of achievement, John is in the rarefied air of having achieved more than that required and more than the proposal for the award would allow.
 
Pictured left to right: IPDG Jack Welge, PDG John Jetter, and Freida Jetter 
Congratulation to PDG John Jetter  2021-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 District Governor Mike and Andrea Groom 

Mike Groom was born in Austin, Texas and was raised in Houston, Texas. He is both a practicing certified public accountant (38 years) and lawyer (32 years). Mike currently resides in Mabank, Texas with his wife of 33 years, Andrea Myntti-Groom. Mike and Andrea have a son and daughter and two grandsons, all of whom they cherish deeply.
 
Mike has served as President of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake twice and in his second term, the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake was awarded the Bill Campbell Award as the most outstanding club in District 5830. Mike joined the Rotary International in 1988 He joined Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake in 1997 and has served in virtually every role in his club. Mike is a RI Foundation Major Donor, member of the Paul Harris Society and a Rotary Foundation Benefactor. Mike believes in community service and has served as a director in the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake, Cedar Creek Non-Profit Housing, Inc. (Genesis Center), Henderson County HELP Center, the Henderson County Library and as a Trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. He has also served as an officer and committee member for a number of community organizations.
 
Mike and Andrea enjoy travelling, salt-water fishing, hunting in the Texas hill country, ranching and rooting for the Texas Longhorns.
2021-2022 District Governor Mike and Andrea Groom  2021-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Introducing 2021-2022 District Governor Mike and Andrea Groom 

Mike Groom was born in Austin, Texas and was raised in Houston, Texas. He is both a practicing certified public accountant (38 years) and lawyer (32 years). Mike currently resides in Mabank, Texas with his wife of 33 years, Andrea Myntti-Groom. Mike and Andrea have a son and daughter and two grandsons, all of whom they cherish deeply.
 
Mike has served as President of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake twice and in his second term, the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake was awarded the Bill Campbell Award as the most outstanding club in District 5830. Mike joined the Rotary International in 1988.  He joined Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake in 1997 and has served in virtually every role in his club. Mike is a RI Foundation Major Donor, member of the Paul Harris Society and a Rotary Foundation Benefactor. Mike believes in community service and has served as a director in the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake, Cedar Creek Non-Profit Housing, Inc. (Genesis Center), Henderson County HELP Center, the Henderson County Library and as a Trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. He has also served as an officer and committee member for a number of community organizations.
 
Mike enjoys travelling, salt-water fishing, hunting in the Texas hill country, ranching and rooting for the Texas Longhorns.
Introducing 2021-2022 District Governor Mike and Andrea Groom  2021-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Disaster Relief 

Pictures are worth a thousand words!  Lake Charles, Louisiana still needs help recovering from devastating floods. More rain fell in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Monday than during the two damaging hurricanes last year.
According to Kenneth Larry Agee, Rotary District 6200 Disaster Committee Chair, the biggest need currently is volunteers to help gut houses.  "It is slow going with 4 or 5 people instead of 20 to 30." After cleanup, many homeowners will be needing supplies to help rebuild as many did not have flood insurance.   A few of the neighborhoods have been there for 50 years, are not in a flood zone, and never flooded before so a lot of expense is coming out of pocket.  
 
Needed are skilled tradesmen like drywallers, and carpenters willing to donate time.  Needed also are donations. 
Disaster Relief  2021-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Register Now- District Officers Installation 

Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Historic Canton Texas
1880 N Trade Days Blvd.
PDG Robert Thompson- Keynote Speaker and Installer
June 26, 2021 ( Deadline to register is June 23, 2021) 
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dress- Casual
$35.00
DGE Mike and Andrea Groom invite you to attend the 2021-2022 District 5830 Officers Installation.
 
Event Sponsors 
                                       
 
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Membership Minute 

Rotary New Year’s Celebrations are COMING!!!
 
All our 43 clubs in Rotary District 5830 will be saying “Hail and Farewell” as they honor outgoing club presidents and incoming presidents this month. It is our ROTARY NEW YEAR’S!!
 
So, here are a couple of tips to for the Incoming Presidents and Membership Chairs.
 
 
Membership Minute  2021-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

DG Jack's June Newsletter 

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." C. S. Lewis
 
Famous author C. S. Lewis’ gave great advice! Thanks to our incredible 5830 membership and Leadership Team, we finished strong!
 
We gave service to those in need through COVID Food Neediness Grants from The Rotary Foundation secured for us by IPDG Jim Finstrom and PDG Ted Huffhines; we gathered safely to pack and deliver food through Food Banks helped along by PDG Carroll Greenwaldt; we participated in both District and Global Grants and our Clubs continued service projects in their communities. When our Clubs were unable to meet in person, we conducted virtual meetings with many thanks to P.I. Dir. Sarah Fox and our dedicated group of Assistant Governors. Ava and I enjoyed visiting with all of you whenever and wherever we met.
DG Jack's June Newsletter  2021-05-31 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

The Rotary Foundation 

District 5830 has had a very productive Matching Points Campaign with over $50,000 towards the Annual Fund and $20,000 given towards Polio Plus over the past two months. We have extended the campaign through June 20th. This will allow any Rotarians who wish to make a yearend donation the chance to do so and receive matching points. We are still working towards exceeding $100 per capita, so every donation counts. I encourage every Rotarian and every club to dig deep and be generous as you support the Annual Fund AND Polio Plus! Your donations allow your club to do local projects through our Club Project Grants. They also allow our District to support Global Grants in worthwhile projects around the globe. This is what makes Rotary International the Number One service organization in the world!
The Rotary Foundation  2021-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Early Registration for 2022 Houston Convention 2021-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Longview, Texas Centennial +1 2021-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome To Rotary International District 5830!

Are you a Business or Professional leader in your community, seeking to make a difference in the world around you?
 
August is membership and new club development month!
 
Rotarians are passionate people driven by the ideal of service.
 
As a part of Rotary, you get to network with and give back to
communities around the globe. District 5830 is made up of 42 clubs
and over 1500 members across NE Texas, SE Oklahoma, and SW Arkansas.
 
Welcome To Rotary International District 5830! Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

4-Way Test Speech Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Rotary District 5830 Four-Way Test Speech Contest that was held in Mt. Pleasant, TX on April 10, 2021. This year's theme was: How does Rotary Open Opportunities with the Rotary 4-Way Test? The top three presenters were awarded $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. A big "Thank You" goes to Amy Hinton, District 5830 4-Way Test Contest Chairman, for organizing the event. We also appreciate Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club for sponsoring this event for the last few years. Additional "Thanks" goes to Judd Marshall, Bobby Rice, and Larry Cannaday, members of Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club who assisted on the day of the event.
 
Pictured from left to right: DG Jack Welge; Ethan Jones, Longview High School, First Place; Kace Murphy, Kilgore High School, Second Place; and Taryn Thurman, Mt. Pleasant High School, Third Place.
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Carthage Rotary Club at work in Their Community

Keri Perot Vance, President of Carthage Rotary Club wants to brag on her club a bit! "As my year as president winds down, I just can’t believe all the fun we have had!" On 4/9/21 some of our members helped unload an 11,000 pound food truck to give to local community members in need.
 
On April 24, 2021, they helped orchestrate "Tunes & Tails" a Crawfish Boil and Live Music outside The Esquire Theater.   The purpose of that event was to help save Carthage “local arts”.
Carthage Rotary Club at work in Their Community 2021-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

21-22 District 5830 Training Assembly

Roundtable Panel Discussion - Rotary Leadership

Our District Training Assembly was held May 1st at First United Methodist Church in Longview, Texas. Our 68 attendees were enthusiastic and attentive. DGE Mike Groom expresses his sincere thanks to all of our attendees and our volunteers who made this a very successful event. The roundtable discussion and breakouts were engaging, as shown by the questions posed by Rotarians in attendance.
 
Pictured left to right: DG Jack Welge, DGN Carolyn Franks, PDG Judy Guthrie, PDG Lee Montgomery, IPDG Jim Finstrom, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, and DGE Mike Groom
21-22 District 5830 Training Assembly 2021-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

May Membership Moment

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April showers bring May flowers--COVID closedowns bring Rotary renewals!

More clubs are opening in-person attendance. Thank goodness!    

Rotarians, please have your RYLA campers and PARENTS come to a Rotary meeting soon. DGND Karen Maines, an 14-year RYLA leader, reported to the District Training Assembly on the recently completed VIRTUAL RYLA (Part 1).

The campers met online and had a great time. By all accounts, they are pumped and can't wait for the live experience this fall. So, NOW is the time to strike while the enthusiasm is high. The parents should be invited to join Rotary!!! Consider having your club pay their first semi-annual dues (giving them 6 months free (trial) membership!) so they can learn what Rotary is all about and especially how we support youth programs like the one their child is enjoying.

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PDG Carroll Greenwaldt Receives "Service Above Self Award"

Congratulations to PDG Carroll Greenwaldt for receiving the Service Above Self Award!
 
DG Jack Welge presented the award at D5830's Training Conference on May 1, 2021. Rotary's highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide each year.
 
Pictured: Mary Greenwaldt, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt and DG Jack Welge
PDG Carroll Greenwaldt Receives "Service Above Self Award" Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Past District Governors, District Governor and GLine 

Pictured are Rotary District 5830 Council of Governors (PDGs) that were able to attend the District 5830 Training Assembly and the COGs Semi-Annual meeting. 
 
Back Row: PDG Lee Montgomery, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, PDG Ted Huffhines, PDG John Henson, IPDG Jim Finstrom & PDG Phil Bandel.
Front Row: PDG Judy Guthrie, PDG Shirley Griffin, PDG John Jetter, and PDG Tom DeWitt 
 
Pictured are PDG, DG and GLine that attended the Council of Governor meeting on May 1, 2021.
Back Row: PDG Lee Montgomery, DGND Karen Maines, PDG Ted Huffhines, PDG John Henson, IPDG Jim Finstrom, PDG Phil Bandel
Middle Row: PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, PDG Judy Guthrie, PDG Shirley Griffin, PDG John Jetter, PDG Tom DeWitt, DGN Carolyn Franks
Front Row: DG Jack Welge and DGE Mike Groom 
 
The Governor’ s Advisory Committee, also known in R.I. as the Council of Governors, is made up of all active past R.I. officers in the district. The committee meets as often as determined by the Governor, with the suggestion that there be at least two formal meetings in the year. The Council of Governors serve as advisors.
Past District Governors, District Governor and GLine  2021-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Clarksville Rotary Club's Celebration Makes the Local News

On April 15, 2021, Jack Welge, District Governor of Rotary District 5830, inducted two new members of the Clarksville Rotary Club.  Rotarian Rob Rowley sponsored new member, Talisha Alsup, who is the Administrator of Clarksville Nursing Center.  Rotarian and club president, Mickey Allen sponsored new member, Catana Yarnell, who is the Director of The Hub
Community Center. Shown in the photo are from left: Rob Rowley, Talisha Alsup, Rotary District Governor Jack Welge, Catana Yarnell and Mickey Allen.
 
On April 15, 2021, Jack Welge, District Governor of Rotary District 5830, presented Paul Harris Fellow plus pins to members of the Clarksville Rotary Club who attained an additional recognition level of giving to The Rotary Foundation in 2021. The recognition, named after the founder of Rotary International, recognizes Rotarians for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Shown in the photo from left are Paul Hines, Paul Allen, District Governor Jack Welge, Nancy Brem and James Vaughan, Jr.  Not shown in photo is Alan Hale.
Clarksville Rotary Club's Celebration Makes the Local News Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Register now for Rotary Club of Tyler Centennial

This is a Special Invitation from Tyler Rotary Club for their Centennial Celebration June 5, 2021!  Register from the following link: https://forms.gle/untCMox6Ka5fHiEZ8
 
The Rotary Club of Tyler - Centennial Celebration RSVP
Date: June 5, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm - Reception ($75)/6:30 pm - Dinner ($50)
Venue: Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Drive, Tyler, Texas 75703

Entertainment: UT Tyler's Jazz Ensemble
Entrée Choices: (a) Prime Rib or (b) Pecan Crusted Salmon

Reception Cost: $75.00 per person with Rotary International Director Suzi Howe (Starts at 5:30 pm)
Dinner Cost: $50.00 per person (Starts at 6:30 pm)

Please contact Holly Lewis at (903) 714-4472 or tylerrotaryaa@outlook.com to prepay by May 27, 2021.

Call Holly Lewis with credit card information or send checks payable to:
Rotary Club of Tyler
PO Box 131444 Tyler, TX 75713
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DG Jack's May Newsletter

5830 Rotarians: we are two months away from our new Rotary year! In Hollywood terms, it’s almost a wrap! But, how it turns out now is completely up to you. As Club members, we are viewed on many levels: the involvement we have serving others in our communities, the nation, and the world; the legacy of service we leave to others; and the ability we have to communicate to others and act as agents of change carrying on our ideals through the Object of Rotary and our Core Values.

You have all impressed me and our District Team by the work done through your Clubs in each of your communities, but it is now urgent that you record your service and the goals you have achieved in Rotary Club Central. If you do not, it is as though it never happened.

Remember President Holger Knaack’s goal was to have all clubs be Citation Clubs. Most, if not all, 5830 Clubs should now qualify.

DG Jack's May Newsletter DG Jack Welge 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

The Rotary Foundation

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The last two months of the Rotary year are always jammed with activity. District Training Assemblies, District Conferences, Club Fundraisers, New Governor Installations, and just as importantly, sending in your Club and Personal Donations to The Rotary Foundation before June 30th! Every year, your District Foundation team works diligently to remind Club Presidents and Club Foundation Chairs to make their donations. This is the time for Clubs to make sure each member donates so the Club will be an EREY Club - Every Rotarian, Every Year. This is a distinction that receives recognition from TRF and is a worthy goal for every club. It requires a $25 or more donation to the Annual Fund from each member. The longtime goal for all Rotary Clubs is to be a Sustaining Club: $100 per capita. We have a large number of Clubs who accomplish this goal every year. Many clubs have done this for many years.
The Rotary Foundation Ted Huffhines 2021-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Bullard Sporting Clays Shoot  2021-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

District Happenings 

District 5830 Rotary Clubs are doing great work in their communities.   Click Here Now to go to the District 5830 Facebook Page to see what is happening in our district!
 
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2021 Rotary Virtual Convention  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute April 2021—APRIL SHOWERS!

May your club be blessed with Showers of New and Renewed Members in April!
 
It looks like more folks are able to get the various Covid19 vaccines and we will soon be getting back to “normal”, or truly a “NEW normal”. Be ready to capitalize on the OPPORTUNITY to REOPEN your Rotary club.
 
Not sure how to make that happen??—get Membership MOTIVATION by doing a QUICK CHECK of www.rotary.org, then MyRotary, Learning & Reference Tab/Learn by Topic, then Membership. Read more for the 3 EASY steps that you’ll LOVE!
Membership Minute April 2021—APRIL SHOWERS! Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

April 2021 Message from DG Jack 

Full Steam Ahead!  We are just a little over 75 days from the end of our 20-21 Rotary Year and from all appearances we are headed for a strong finish. Take a minute and congratulate yourself and the Rotarians next to you for continuing forward in friendship, fellowship, and service against a pandemic and significant adversity. You’ve earned more than congratulations.
 
And now we have just what we need in time to truly make a great contribution, vaccines and States open for business. You can sense the mood change!  The Sporting Clays Fundraiser by Texarkana Sunrise last Friday was fun, well attended and raised plenty of money for reinvestment in the Texarkana and Nash communities. Its success is followed by the District 4 -way Speech Contest in Mt. Pleasant, Bullard’s 1st Annual Sporting Clay’s Event, Longview-Greggton’s PRCA Rodeo, South Tyler’s Reed Franklin Spaghetti Supper, and our District PolioPlus “Fun” Raiser on May 22nd at Rowdy Ranch in Gilmer. Come out, have fun, support Rotary, the Foundation, PolioPlus, and your communities.  See you there!
April 2021 Message from DG Jack  Shirley Pinnix Evans 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG
Register Now: PolioPlus "Fun" Raiser  Shirley Pinnix Evans 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Matching Points Campaign on April 1st

District 5830 started their two-month long Matching Points Campaign on April 1st. This is a wonderful opportunity for every Rotarian to gain additional Paul Harris Fellow recognition. I strongly encourage everyone to take part and make a donation of $100 or more! If you have questions about why this is important, please take a look at all the good that is done by Rotarians locally and abroad through The Rotary Foundation. 
 
Your generous support helped fund over $300 M in grants during 2019-2020. These grants provide for literacy and education, build local economies, fight disease, save mothers and children, promote peace, and provide clean water. Most of the time these grants help people you and I will never meet, but they also provide coats and shoes for local school children, build parks, provide food to the food insecure, send kids to RYLA, and provide college scholarships in communities across our district. Please be generous in your support for the Annual Fund and Polio Plus. You are making a difference!
Matching Points Campaign on April 1st Shirley Pinnix Evans 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Save The Date: Saturday, May 1st : District 5830 Training Assembly 

 “Attention: Club Leaders – this year’s district training assembly is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at First United Methodist  Church in Longview, Texas located at 400 North Fredonia ( Fredonia at Whaley Street). It will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 2:30 p.m.  This will be a LIVE EVENT and all attendees will be requested to take necessary safety precautions including distancing and wearing face masks. Club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, foundation chairs, membership chairs, public image chairs, international service chairs, and Rotaract/Interact chairs are encouraged to attend. Grant certification training will be covered, too and club presidents and foundation chairs are encourage to begin work on their club project grant applications now so that they can be reviewed and completed at this assembly. Cost is $25 which includes lunch. Your district training team looks forward to seeing you there.”
Save The Date: Saturday, May 1st : District 5830 Training Assembly  Shirley Pinnix Evans 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Why Rotary

Take just a minute and ask yourself why you joined Rotary?  Most of us come back with “I was asked”. But why did you respond? Or why did you pursue asking about Rotary until you were proposed for membership? What makes you and all Rotarians so different and driven to perform service?

The reason this is so important relates to membership and the sustainability of our organization. If we can not describe why we are here, we are also at a loss to tell others why they should join. And it goes further.  If we can not explain why we joined and what makes us who we are, we may also be much less likely to stay, and to support The Rotary Foundation, which is the chief engine driving the global work we perform.

Why Rotary Sarah Fox 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Details on the Matching Points Campaign April 1st through June 1st

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District 5830 was NUMBER ONE in Per Capita Giving and in Polio Plus Giving for 2019-2020! This District and our Rotarians have stepped up and generously supported our Foundation and its programs even during the challenges of the pandemic. This has helped maintain a strong trend that has been in place for several years, and WE NEED IT TO CONTINUE!
 
District Foundation team will be holding a Matching Points Campaign from April 1st through June 1st
 
 
Details on the Matching Points Campaign April 1st through June 1st Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator 2021-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Foundation Celebration Recap

Pictured: Judy and John GermThank you to all who attended the 2021 Virtual Rotary Foundation Celebration! Past RI President John Germ (read his bio here) presented a wonderful keynote address and reenergized us all to contribute our funds and service to the efforts of The Rotary Foundation. We also celebrated several clubs and individuals who supported TRF in the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Read more to see those notable contributors and watch highlights of the event (coming soon)!

 
Foundation Celebration Recap Sarah Jenkins 2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0 District Events

John Germ, Foundation Celebration Keynote Speaker
 

Pictured: Judy and John GermPictured: Judy and John Germ

John F. Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and past chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, was President of RI in 2016-17. 

For Rotary to thrive, Germ says, members must face current and future challenges and opportunities with "passion, enthusiasm, perseverance, and above all, integrity."

"I envision Rotary boldly and creatively engaging the success of polio eradication, membership and identity issues, strengthening clubs, work with youth – our future lifeblood, and the creation of critical, strategic partnerships," says Germ. "The 2016-17 Rotary Year was a tremendous opportunity for Rotary International and the Foundation partnership, unified and thriving, on all levels, via the six areas of focus."

Germ says no one should ever have to ask, "What is Rotary?"

John Germ, Foundation Celebration Keynote Speaker  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 District Events

Membership Minute

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Be A Vibrant Club (Calling all leaders!)
This is the title of one of the best pamphlets that Rotary has produced in recent times. It’s short, to the point and packed with great ideas!
Soon, President Elects will be in the first virtual Lone Star PETS and will discuss how their club can be a VIBRANT CLUB. Among many characteristics of a vibrant club, MEMBERSHIP GROWTH is probably the BEST indicator of VIBRANCY.
Are your club members “sold” on Rotary?  Do members not only accept but BELIEVE in Rotary’s ability to open new opportunities by networking/connecting with other individuals, clubs and districts for doing service? Do they support The Rotary Foundation? Are the members SOLD on YOUR CLUB as THE place for fellowship, meeting community leaders, and growing personally and professionally?
 
Membership Minute Sarah Fox 2021-02-02 06:00:00Z 0 District Happenings

February Membership Minute
 

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Celebrate ROTARY on the 23rd—Rotary’s 116th Birthday!  A view from Zones 30 and 31: As you know, District 5830 is part of Zone 31. Our monthly membership report shows 71.43% of our clubs have a membership goal in MyRotary. Check your stats, and add your clubs membership goals. Goals can INSPIRE and FOCUS your activities. We started the Rotary year with 1,536 members and are now at 1,468, a 4.43% drop. We have a 33% female membership and almost a 9% “under 40” membership. Of note is the retention stat: we went from 92% to 88.7%. Now is a good time to review club ENGAGEMENT guidelines to make sure members feel connected, have service roles, and feel valued. Does EACH member have a significant role in the club?
 
 
February Membership Minute  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Pine Tree High School Club Collects Items for COVID-19 Patients, Nurses 2021-02-01 06:00:00Z 0 District Happenings

2022 Convention will be held---HOUSTON, TEXAS!!!!

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Message from Rotary District 5830 International Convention Chair, PDG John Henson
 
I am sure that all of you have heard by now that the 2021 Taipei Convention has been changed to a Virtual Convention due to the ongoing challenge with the Covid-19 situation.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. “RI will refund Convention Registrations and Hotel Deposits will be returned, so relax and wait for the news.”
 
The 2022 convention will be held---HOUSTON, TEXAS!
2022 Convention will be held---HOUSTON, TEXAS!!!! Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2021 Goes Hybrid

Due to the constraints of COVID-19, our RYLA camp has been postponed and adjusted to a hybrid format for 2021. Campers will attend a virtual session on April 24 where they will meet their teams, hear from engaging speakers, participate in various activities, and getting started on their RYLA journey. During the weekend of Sept 18-19, students will attend a 1-day session in person at Clements Scout Ranch where they will get to meet their teammates face-to-face and enjoy many of the traditional aspects of camp, including low- and high-ropes elements.
 
If you would like to join the RYLA staff, please apply online (even if you already did earlier this year) at ryla5830.com/staff.
 
Questions can be directed to our operations team at info@ryla5830.com.
RYLA 2021 Goes Hybrid Sarah Jenkins 2021-01-31 06:00:00Z 0 District Events

RI Convention is now Virtual 

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Message from District 5830 RI Convention Chair, PDG John Henson
 
It gives me some sadness to report out Taipei Convention will now be virtual. For those of you who looked forward to journeying with Rotary to explore the world and opportunities for Friendship, Fellowship, and Service in the warm hospitality of Taipei, to experience the diverse cultures represented there as Rotarians worldwide gathered, we will need to wait a bit. Next year is the Houston R. I. Convention, and it is followed by Melbourne, Australia.
RI Convention is now Virtual  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication Update Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator 2021-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
PETS Registration Deadline Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Voices  Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Register for Foundation Celebration 2021: Deadline Feb. 4 Shirley Pinnix-Evans 2021-01-06 06:00:00Z 0 District Events

New Year's DG Message

Happy New Year!!  We Grow or We Shrink!

This pointed message from the Convention Speech of Rotary International President Richard L. Evans (1966-67) returned me to reality. You can find reference to it in the August, 1966 The Rotarian, An International Magazine.

In preparing for this month, and the new year, and the rest of our 2020-21 Rotary Year, I was drawn back to PRIP Richard Evans remarks from the Niece Rotary Convention: "It sometimes seems that we live as if we wondered when life was going to begin. It isn’t always clear just what we are waiting for but some of us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life just slips by finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time. There is no reason to doubt good intentions, but when in the world are we going to begin to live as if we understood that this is it. This is life. This is our time, our day, our generation, our one chance to do something for someone else. …What in the world are we waiting for?"

"This is all we've got." PRIP Richard L Evans (1966-67) Speech to RI Convention in Nice, France.

The message is still accurate, on point, and sums up our current condition.
New Year's DG Message Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator 2021-01-05 06:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Membership Minute January 2021

Good bye, 2020! Hello, 2021!
Time for 2021 Resolutions, and from where I perch, my observations and thoughts turn to engagement, retention and flexible meetings. We have lost a number of good Rotarians since July 1, however some clubs have gained membership. Clubs holding onto and growing members are still in service to their community and giving members a purpose for staying with Rotary. If members feel they are wanted, needed and have a purpose, they will stay connected.
Membership Minute January 2021 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

District 5830 Visioning 2021

District Governor Welge has made it a priority for all clubs in District 5830 to complete the Visioning process and establish long range plans in keeping with Rotary International’s (RI’s) Strategic Priorities and Objectives:
  • Increase our Impact
  • Expand Our Reach
  • Enhance Participant Engagement
  • Increase Our Ability to Adapt
RI and DG Welge are not asking Club’s to do something that they have not done themselves: RI’s Vision Statement reads “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” The District’s Vision is “District 5830 Leaders promote the Core Values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity, and Leadership, resulting in Rotary Clubs that are Growing, Vibrant and Engaged; filled with Rotarians passionate about Service.”
District 5830 Visioning 2021 2021-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

PDG James "Jim" Fitzgerald

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of PDG James "Jim" Fitzgerald.

Jim was born on Monday, October 12, 1936 in Stamford, TX to Ennis and Mary (Lawrence) Fitzgerald.  From an early age he was fascinated and loved working with machinery and tools. By the age of 8, he spent his free time learning the skills of carpentry alongside his father. At Abilene High School (in Abilene, TX), he was active in Track & Field and shop. But it was the sassy personality of a certain young red head, by the name of Georganna Lee, that caught his eye and captured his heart. The couple spent many 'dates' riding his Triumph Trophy motorcycle along the open roads of Abilene.

On November 24, 1954 Jim and his High School sweetheart, Georganna Lee were married. It was a quintessentially warm and sunny Texas day. Together, they raised three wonderful children: David, Kenneth, and Melody. Life was busy with a young family to support. During the day, while Georganna managed the children and the household, Jim was busy at Bell Helicopter fabricating parts. The evenings were filled with night school at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1968 he received his BA degree.

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The Rotary Foundation & Charity Navigator

For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

"Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work", says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

The Rotary Foundation & Charity Navigator 2020-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Jan 4, 2021 Current Events

District 5830 has been hard at work!!  Find out what has been going on in "The Action District." 
Click here to submit your latest club fundraiser, event, or service project.
 
Highlights
  • Food Distribution- Longview Rotary Club, Marshall Rotary Club and Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers- Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club (Athens RC was highlighted in December Bulletin) 
  • Fundraisers-Quitman Rotary Club and Carthage Rotary Club 
  • Support of local students and families- Henderson Rotary Club and Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Tyler Rotary Clubs sponsor the Annual Christmas Parade 
Jan 4, 2021 Current Events 2020-12-19 06:00:00Z 0 District Happenings
Dec 4, 2020 Current Events Sarah Jenkins 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0 District Happenings

District 5830 Rotarians At Work 

Find out what has been going on in "The Action District." 
Submit your latest club fundraiser, event, or service project.
 
Pittsburg Rotary Club presented a $1,000.00 check to the Rotary Polio Plus Campaign in support or World Polo Day. Each club member wrote a $25.00 check to show their support. 
 
The Tyler Rotary Clubs are preparing for their Annual Christmas Parade on December 5, 2020.
 
 
Carthage Rotary Club  Co-Sponsored The Stellar Speller Bee on November 30, 2020
 
 
District 5830 Rotarians At Work  2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jack

Our Holiday season has officially begun.

As we dodge around COVID-19 with PPEs and full social distancing, it’s important to not forget meaningful family and Club traditions surrounding Christmas, most especially increasing joy in those around you.

This is a time to remember angel tree giving, Coats for Kids (even if you missed the original drive before Thanksgiving), bicycle assembly, and gifts from clubs, charitable organizations, or just anonymously from you. One of the most meaningful Christmas gifts Ava and I gave were the 2 bicycles we purchased for some of her students back when she was working for Longview ISD. The kids' moms were really surprised, and we swore them to secrecy, but I can only imagine the joy when Christmas morning arrived.
Message from DG Jack 2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Lone Star Virtual PETS

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Lone Star PETS was hosted online for 2021. Many D5830 leaders were in attendance, but if you missed out, you can watch key sessions with the links below.
 
Part 1 – March 8, 2021 -  https://youtu.be/OgTb_6JL8d8
Part 2 – March 9, 2021 – https://youtu.be/uB6EuOrtmh4
Part 3 – March 10, 2021 – https://youtu.be/eeeV0-wrSKk
Part 4 – March 11, 2021 – https://youtu.be/F31PIm5M0_8
Part 5 – March 12, 2021 – https://youtu.be/F8tltdsiH64
Part 6 – March 13, 2021 – https://youtu.be/zYe9jH43LFc
Part 7 – March 13, 2021 – https://youtu.be/N8nvuHYdj3M
Lone Star Virtual PETS 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Four Way Test Speech Contest and Theme  Sarah Fox 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute

The topic of Membership at the virtual District Conference October 31st created some lively discussions among the participants. Next are some of the chat comments that give us all some great ideas. 
  1. Membership Types and Dues Structures 
  2. Attracting RYLA Parents as Members
  3. Flexible Meeting Types
Read more to see how clubs are currently attracting new and diverse membership.
Membership Minute 2020-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

District Conference 2020

I want to thank everyone who participated in and attended the District 5830 Conference. If you missed it, you missed some good presentations. Virtual reality is a challenge, but we can use it to grow Rotary and develop as Rotarians. Please let us know your thoughts so that we can integrate them into future virtual programs. 
- IPDG Jim Finstrom
 
A special thank you to our conference speakers. Read More to see those speakers and our award winners!
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Message from DG Jack Welge 

Ava and I have now completed our first visit to all but 11 Clubs in our District. What we found is uplifting and echoed recently in the Awards Ceremony presided over by IPDG Jim Finstrom at our District Conference.

We are an Action District!

When presented with the problems occasioned by COVID-19 restrictions, our clubs saw opportunities, continuing to meet and perform service. While our Clubs were idled, most met virtually through Zoom, continued their fundraisers such as Flag Programs, and held service projects, all with appropriate safeguards.

Rotary Opens Opportunities!

Message from DG Jack Welge  2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Club Events Shirley Pinnix Evans 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations DGND Karen Maines!

Congratulations to Karen Maines, Past President of the Longview-Greggton Rotary Club who has been selected by the District 5830 Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee Designate.  She has been selected to serve during the 2023-24 Rotary Year.
 
Pursuant to the District’s Bylaws, specifically Article II – District 5830 Committees, the Nomination of Karen Maines was held until September 30th to permit any challenges or re-nominations. No challenges or re-nominations have been received so the Nomination was final at midnight on September 30, 2020.
Congratulations DGND Karen Maines! 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Sept 30, 2020 Current Events 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 District Happenings

District 5830 Iron Lung

Thanks to PDG Lee Montgomery our Iron Lung has new signage and a new storage box! 
Contact DA Shirley to reserve for a Club Event
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Plan Ahead For World Polio Day 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jack

Ours is the opportunity to empower Rotarians to change our world.
 

Remember that October is Economic and Community Development Month, October 5 -11 is Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, and October 24th is World Polio Day. That’s a lot for one month, but it underscores what we can do to change lives when we come together in friendship, fellowship, and service.

Ava and I have now seen over half of our District clubs. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our vision of Rotary, a combination of old and new, where we continue to honor traditions such as perfect attendance yet embrace E-Clubs and Satellite Clubs and other new club models coming together to open opportunities.

Message from DG Jack 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

October 31, 2020 District 5830 Conference Update 

After much thought and discussion it has been decided to change the conference agenda so that all participants have the opportunity to participate in all the sessions.
 
The majority change is to not to offer breakout sessions.  Please pre register at your earliest convenience if you have not already registered.   
 
(Click Here to Register) No fee for the Conference; however, a contribution of $25.00 or more will be appreciated.
Deadline to register for the District Conference is Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
 
Keynote Speaker - Eradicating Polio - Rotary International Director Floyd Lancia
Public Image- Sarah Fox 
Visioning-Sam Scroggins 
Membership-PDG Lee Montgomery
Training New Members-Carroll Greenwaldt  
Foundation-PDG Ted Huffhines 
Awards and Recognitions-IPDG Jim Finstrom 
Business Meeting-PDG John Jetter
October 31, 2020 District 5830 Conference Update  2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Economic and Community Development Month 2020-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Sept 1, 2020 Current Events

District 5830 has been hard at work!!  Find out what has been going on in "The Action District." 
Click here to submit your latest club fundraiser, event, or service project.
Highlights
  • Service projects from Carthage, Winnsboro, Quitman
  • Idabel Rotary President Installation
  • TXK Sunrise Recognizes First Responders & Teacher of the Month
Sept 1, 2020 Current Events 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0 District Happenings

PDG "One O'Clock" John Childs Exemplified "Service Above Self" 

John Oakley Childs of Tyler went to be with his savior on August 18, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. A memorial service was held Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Green Acres Baptist Church Chapel, with Dr. David Dykes, Rev. Warren Culwell, and Rev. Woody Woodward officiating. A private burial took place prior to the service at Rose Hill Cemetery.
 
PDG "One O'Clock" John Childs Exemplified "Service Above Self"  2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Emerging Rotary Leaders Seminar

As in past years, we encourage you to include members from your District at the EMERGING ROTARY LEADERS SEMINAR. This year this event will be virtual providing a no cost option for those Rotarians considering serving as Governor in the future. Even though there is limited space, please invite up to ten (10) Rotarians from your district.

The Emerging Rotary Leaders Seminar is designed to provide potential leaders in Rotary with a forum to learn about leadership at the district level and beyond and to consider their options for future service including information on serving as District Governor. ERL Seminar participants will gain insights from some of the most effective leaders in Rotary International in an interactive, engaging format that includes networking, idea sharing, Q & A and mentoring with Past District Governors from across Zones 30 and 31.

The event will be held in two (2) sessions on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 2pm till 4pm and Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9am till 11 am Central Standard Time. Please email Megan Law megan@okrotary.com to register. After registering you will receive the Zoom login for both sessions a few days before the event.

Please contact Ed Hardesty edwinh1313@me.com or Megan Law megan@okrotary.com with questions.

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Rotary Foundation at Work in our Communties 

Rotary International District 5830. which encompasses Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma, awarded a $17,000 disaster grant on August 12, 2020 to the East Texas Food Bank and $3,500.00 to Harvest Regional Food Bank on August 19, 2020. In addition to the donation, area Rotarians from the District volunteered to package meal kits for use in After School Snack Programs. Thank you to all the Rotarians who joined the fight against hunger!
 
 
 
Rotary Foundation at Work in our Communties  2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute

Although Membership Growth is a year round part of Rotary, I hope each club also took time during August Membership Month to celebrate the current members. It's never too late, so think about having members offer Vocational Talks to give new members new insights, celebrate Rotary anniversaries, member birthdays, plan a club social, take a club survey to learn what existing members would like the club to do. 
 

 

Membership Minute 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Together We Fund Projects

By giving to Rotary Foundation, you make a difference.
 
Thanks to you, Rotary members have been making a difference at a time when communities need our help more than ever. We know that donors like you are people of action, and your support is changing lives where it’s needed most.
 
 
 
 
Together We Fund Projects 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

"Save the Date" October 31, 2020 District 5830 District Virtual Conference: 

Please " Save the Date" of Saturday, October 31, 2020 and sign up when you receive an email letting you know that the zoom registration is opened.

You will be asked to pre-register and select two breakout sessions you will attend.  There will be no fee to attend, but I do request that you make a donation to the Foundation and/or Polio Plus of at least $25.00 or more. Please let Shirley know how much you contributed so we can publish the total donation made. Bring a snack to enjoy as you participate in the conference.  You will have plenty of time after the conference for Halloween.   
 
"Save the Date" October 31, 2020 District 5830 District Virtual Conference:  2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Basic Education and Literacy Month 2020-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Announcing Karen Maines as DGND

Congratulations to Karen Maines, Past President of the Longview-Greggton Rotary Club who has been selected by the District 5830 Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee Designate.  She has been selected to serve during the 2023-24 Rotary Year.
 
Karen is the 2020-21 Rotary Alumni Chair of District 5830 and serves on the RYLA Board of Directors. Karen also serves on the Arts! Longview Executive Committee and is Secretary of the Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Longview Executive Committee of 100 Women Who Care, and on the City of Longview Walk of Honor Committee, as well as the City of Longview Police Training Advisory Committee.
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Message from DG Jack

August has been a momentum-filled month, perfect for a Rotary, People of Action news release.

First, we received news of the selection of Jennifer Jones of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, as the first woman selected for the Presidency of Rotary International. She will serve during the Rotary Year 2022-23.

Next, the Nominating Committee of District 5830, chaired by IPDG Jim Finstrom, selected Karen Maines of the Rotary Club of Longview-Greggton as the DGN Designate, to serve as District Governor during Rotary Year 2023-24.

 
 
Message from DG Jack 2020-08-29 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Lone Star PETS 2021 will be virtual! 

 DGE Mike Groom participated in a planning meeting with other Lone Star PETS District Governors Elect and the PETS Planning Committee on Saturday, August 22. Key takeaways from the meeting are: 1) Lone Star PETS 2021 will be virtual; and 2) registration fees for participants will be $50 (spousal program will be free) with District 5830 reimbursing clubs this cost.
Lone Star PETS 2021 will be virtual!  2020-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Public Image: Staying Connected and Remaining Active

Each club in District 5830 has been faced with challenges during COVID-19.  Our approach to staying connected with each other as well in the communities we serve has shifted.  Flexibility, along with trying new techniques, will enhance our chances of success.  The following are avenues to achieve our goal of staying connected and portraying District 5830 as “The Action District”.
 
Have you tried Zoom,YouTube,Facebook?  For assistance with setting up these platforms please contact Sarah Fox at District5830pr@gmail.com.
Public Image: Staying Connected and Remaining Active 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Looking Ahead to Visioning 2.0

Visioning 2.0 is expected to be rolled out in the fall of 2020. 
 
It is hoped that every Rotary Club in the world has the same objective: to become a vibrant organization that engages all its members, conducts meaningful projects, attracts new members, and is willing to try new ideas. Click on "Read More" to learn how Visioning can benefit your club and updates on the current District 5830 Visioning Program. 
 
The President of clubs that are interested in participating in the Visioning 2.0 Pilot should contact the District Visioning Chair, Sam Scroggins, at scroggins@peoplescom.net. Rotarians interested in serving as Visioning 2.0 Facilitators should also contact Sam or their club’s Assistant Governor.
Looking Ahead to Visioning 2.0 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Disaster Grant Approved!

District 5830 Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines, IPDG Jim Finstrom, and DG Jack Welge are excited to announce the recent approval of the $25,000 Food Security Grant. Huffhines and Finstrom made application for the grant in late April. Notification of approval was received in mid July as more funds became available to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary International Disaster Grant Approved! 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
July 30, 2020 Current Events 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0 District Happenings

Nuts and Bolts of Managing a “Hybrid” Rotary Meeting

 
We wanted to share some basic advice regarding managing a hybrid meeting, based on the experience of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club, which has been conducting hybrid meetings since June 2nd and has given us permission to share this with you. The following are some tips they shared for using videoconferencing in a hybrid Rotary Club meeting:
Nuts and Bolts of Managing a “Hybrid” Rotary Meeting 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
August is Membership Month 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Jefferson Rotary Club at Work 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Improved Rotary Club Central

An updated My Rotary that’s faster, easier to navigate, and accessible on your mobile devices launches later this month. What can you expect from this improved site? Quite a bit.
Improved Rotary Club Central 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

DG Jack Welge Visits Marshall Rotary Club 

Marshall Rotary Club President, Jerry Pye welcomes DG Jack Welge to Marshall Rotary Club.  July 30, 2020 was DG Jack's 1st Official Visit during his 2020-2021 Rotary Year.   Please contact DA Shirley at rotary5830da@gmail.com if your club has not scheduled DG Jack visit.
DG Jack Welge Visits Marshall Rotary Club  2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jack

"It sometimes seems that we live as if we wondered when life was going to begin."

"It isn’t always clear just what we are waiting for but some of us sometimes  persist in waiting so long that life just slips by finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time."

"There is no reason to doubt good intentions, but when in the world are we going to begin to live as if we understood that this is it.  This is life. This is our time, our day, our generation, our one chance to do something for someone else. This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done. This is it.  Whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored, givers or takers, this is life. Its all we’ve got and it’s passing.  What in the world are we waiting for?" "This is all we've got." PRIP Richard L Evans (1966-67) Speech to RI Convention in Nice as related by PRIP Rick King.
Message from DG Jack 2020-07-29 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG
Join us in the 2020 Series Empowering Women in Rotary 2020-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Tips on viewing information on the District Website

If you are viewing this District 5830 Website using any device other than a computer, you will need to scroll past the stories to see other important information. Click on READ MORE to view each article in its entirety. Click the YouTube icon to view recorded training sessions. Click the Facebook icon to see District Facebook posts.
Tips on viewing information on the District Website 2020-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute

HAPPY NEW ROTARY YEAR!
 
A big Rotary thank you to all outgoing club officers for their service in 2019-2020. We are excited to see the enthusiasm of the incoming presidents and officers. Make it a great Rotary year!  Keep reading for requested action!
Membership Minute 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Important Notification: Accepting applications for the District Governor Designee 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

District 5830 Installation of Officers Brunch 

IPDG Jim Finstrom welcomes District 5830 Rotarians to the 2020-2021 Installation of District Officers and awarded certificates of appreciation to the District Leadership Team.   
 
PDG Pamela Stewart installed DG Jack Welge as the 2020-2021 District 5830 Governor. 
 
There were approximately 80 Rotarians that attended the event with masks and social distancing.  
 
Please go to the District Photo Album to review the all the pictures taken at the event.
District 5830 Installation of Officers Brunch  2020-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

TXK Sunrise Installation & Celebration

 

A Big "Thank You" goes out to PDG and Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines who inducted 2020-2021 Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club Officers on June 23, 2020 at Silver Star Smokehouse.   Landon Forbes is Sunrise Rotary Club President.
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Introduction of Sarah Fox - District 5830 Public Image and Social Media Chair 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
What are you doing next June 12-16, 2021? 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Athens Rotary Club Board Members 

Robert Nelson Secretary, Dub Hirst Membership, Chris Russell Treasurer, Christy Turner President, Damon Donnell President Elect, Anthony Chiles Vocational, Jason Smith Club Service, Charlie Tidmore Event. and not pictured is Jami Ivey Foundation.
2020-2021 Athens Rotary Club Board Members  2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Act Fast! Book in the Official Housing Block for Rotary 2021 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club Year End Celebration 

 
On June 25, 2020, the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club (TSR) held it's end of the year gala and celebration at one of your members residences.
Thanks to PDG and Membership Chair Lee Montgomery for Installing the Club Officer.  Greg LaMay was installed as the 2020-2021 Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club President.
Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club Year End Celebration  2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

July is Leadership Month

 
In Rotary, July is a time of new beginnings, a time to reconnect with each other across distances and differences and to respond to change, a time to show Rotary Opens Opportunities.
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Message from DG Jack

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As Rotarians in the time of COVID-19, we can all benefit from the inspiration of C. S. Lewis.

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." C.S. Lewis
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Pittsburg Rotary installation of officers on June 24

PDG Judy Guthrie installed Gary George as President of Pittsburg Rotary Club.  Gary is shown with outgoing President, Kay Green.  Kay presented Woody and Karen Ray and Ian and Wibke Griffin with Paul Harris Fellows.
Pittsburg Rotary installation of officers on June 24.  2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Update on the District Matching Points Campaign

The District 5830 matching Points Campaign, which ran from May1st through June 15th, was a smashing success! DG Jim Finstrom and District Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines are extremely proud and grateful for the hundreds of very generous Rotarians in the district who took advantage of the MPC and gave to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Pictured: Angela and PDG and Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines
Update on the District Matching Points Campaign 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

 Paul Harris Points Match Challenge Update 

We are now entering the final 15 days of the Paul Harris Points Match Challenge and the last thirty days of this troubled Rotary Year. The month of May saw us generate $30,000 in donations to The Rotary Foundation from our individual members and clubs in District 5830.
 
REMEMBER; every dollar ($100 or more) you give to TRF, during the campaign,  either to the Annual Fund (where District Project Grant Funds come from) or Polio Plus (to be matched by the Gates Foundation) will be matched accelerating your completion of your Paul Harris Fellowship or an advancement of it.
 
And those of you whose gifts have to date been less than $100 still have time to make an additional contribution to qualify for the match. We can do this together!
 Paul Harris Points Match Challenge Update  2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Canton Rotarians at Work in the Community

Canton Rotary Club President, Sandra Plaster led her Club on Memorial Day by putting out American Flags in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the U. S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
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A Lifetime of Service

Longview polio survivor works tirelessly to help eradicate disease: By Sherry P. Shephard sshephard@news-journal.com -

PDG Shirley Griffin remembers the tears streaming down her mother’s face in 1951 as she rubbed the legs of Griffin and her older brother, trying to ease the pain brought on by polio.

“The pain was unbelievable — you’ll remember that pain,” said Griffin, who was 9 at the time. “My mother really didn’t know whether she would have two children or not because it was such a bad virus.”

Years later, fighting polio is still a part of Griffin’s life as she works tirelessly to help eradicate the virus. Griffin, a member of the Longview Rotary Club, also is a past district governor.

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Kilgore Rotary Club honours Gordon Reed 

What a beautiful afternoon it was on Thursday, May 28, 2020! The Rotary Club of Kilgore was able to drive to the home of Gordon Reed and surprise him with being named the Rotarian of the Year 2019-2020. Gordon has 35 years perfect attendance in Rotary and loves Rotary. He was also presented with his Paul Harris +7 pin which shows his commitment to the Rotary Foundation and the good that Rotary does worldwide. He was presented certificates, posters and signs, helium filled balloons, flowers, and a chocolate cake and cookies, and had his family to help with the celebration. We want to thank the Rotary Club of Henderson for being represented also. Gordon would makeup missed meetings at the Henderson club. This was such a wonderful afternoon celebrating one of our faithful members. Congratulations, Gordon Reed!! Your Rotary club loves you.
Kilgore Rotary Club honours Gordon Reed  2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotarians at Work in the Community 

Oaklawn Rotary Club purchased lunch from a locally owner restaurant Julie's Deli and had it delivered to Hospice of Texarkana to show appreciate for their work in the community during the Covid-19 crisis.  This is an on going effort by the club to support local non-profiles and local restaurants. 
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotarians at Work in the Community  2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Longview Rotary Club " People of Action"

Congratulations to Longview’s Rotary Clubs, participating with the National Guard, Longview Police Department and East Texas Food Bank, through whom 1525 families were served!
 
Ava Welge from Longview Rotary Club is pictured with the National Guard volunteers.
Longview Rotary Club " People of Action" 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

I thank each one of you for what service you have provided to and through your Rotary Clubs this past Rotary year. Internationally, we have reduced the Polio numbers and are gaining. Please donate liberally to PolioPlus, and take advantage of matching Paul Harris points until June 15th. The end of that disease is in sight. Stay in touch with each other, and renew friendship in a responsible manner, with social distancing and masks in mind. Be safe in all your endeavors. Take advantage of the online training, and participate in the International Convention online as instructions come to us. Having been to several International Conventions, I assure you that your participation will be a blessing to you. I look forward to becoming a PDG and will be glad to attempt to assist any of you with your goals this coming year, if you will contact me. We are going forward with excellent leadership, and I can attest to the work that Jack Welge and the DG line are accomplishing. We will succeed wonderfully if we keep our Service Above Self and govern our conduct and decisions by the Four-Way Test. Finally, let us keep each other in our prayers. God bless.
 
DG Jim
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June 2020 Membership Minute

President Elects are encouraged to honor their club’s work with a Rotary Presidental Citation. Further, President Elects are reminded to have their 5 member Membership Committee appointed and Membership goals entered into Rotary Club Central. Beginning 1 July, it will be easier than ever for Rotary clubs to set and report goals for the Rotary Citation.

In 2020-21, you’ll be able to go into Rotary Club Central and choose goals that are relevant to your club. You’ll need to achieve at least 13 goals out of 25 to receive the citation. While a few of the goals are data-generated, such as membership numbers and Rotary Foundation giving, most of them you can report by marking “Achieved” in Rotary Club Central.
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Message from District 5830 Leadership - 2020 Census 

Greetings! We are encouraging all of our Rotarians here in the community to help spread the word about the 2020 Census and making sure that everyone takes the time to self-respond as soon as possible to save the Census walkers from coming to your door. Below is a link to a handy brochure to share with your respective clubs, organizations and groups. We would appreciate it if you would help to spread the word. Thanks for your efforts! https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2020-01/Fact_Sheet_for_Civic_Organizations.pdf Let’s make it count!
Message from District 5830 Leadership - 2020 Census  2020-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

June 2020 is Rotary Fellowships Month 

Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

How do I join a fellowship?

Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the links below.

https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships

How do I form a fellowship?

June 2020 is Rotary Fellowships Month  2020-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jack 

Fellow Rotarians of District 5830,
 
We are all returning to business as usual, checking on our friends and fellow Rotarians at club meetings and events, and emerging from battling a pandemic as we approach the end of our Rotary Year in June. 
 
Due to the continuing threat of COVID-19, many plans are still on hold, many events have been postponed or canceled, and even our Rotary International Board has voted to meet only through virtual (phone and  online) meetings through December. Rotary executive’s travel has been discouraged, canceled, or severely restricted.
 
That brings us to the question of how we celebrate being Rotarians in fellowship and service and how we keep our Clubs and District moving forward, continuing to make an impact in our communities and in the world.
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2020-2021 District Training Assembly Recap

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;
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Longview Rotary Club at Work 

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. 
Longview Rotary Club at Work  2020-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim Finstrom 

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 tells 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 online meetings with platforms 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. 
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 2019-2020 D5830 TRF Matching Points Campaign

   PDG, VG, & District 5830 Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines announces "The Rotary Foundation Matching  Fund 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
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Happy Birthday Longview Rotary Club 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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!
Happy Birthday Longview Rotary Club  2020-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Jefferson Texas is Flying American Flags! 

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.
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Members of Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club at Work in the Community 

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.
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Texarkana Oaklawn RC supports "Frontline Heroes"

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:
 
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Tyler Rotary Club Centennial Celebration on August 8, 2020

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.
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May Membership Minute 

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?
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PDG Tom DeWitts thoughts on being prepared

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?
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May 2020 is Youth Service Month 

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.

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 2020-2021 DG Jack's Club Visits Options Available 

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.
 2020-2021 DG Jack's Club Visits Options Available  2020-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DGE Jack

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 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 online meetings. But the incredible part is that 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.
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BWI & Companies provide breakfast for First Responders

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".
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April is Material and Child Health Month 

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:
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Stay Connected 

IPDG Judy Guthrie shares how her DG Class of Zone 30 & Zone 31 are staying connected with a Zoom Meeting every other week.               
             
   
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                               
                               
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Lone Star P.E.T.S. Rangers 

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!
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Marshall Rotary Club at Work in the Community

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. 
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Past District Governor Charles Tullis, 1978-79 2020-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

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
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“Membership Minute” by PDG Lee Montgomery
 

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!
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Message from DG Jack Welge to the PEs and PNs 

My thanks personally and on behalf of the District to all P. E.s and P. N.s who attended Lone Star P. E. T. S.  While possible to train for club leadership outside of P.E.T.S., it is next to impossible to build the type of friendships and relationships and synergy in one-on-one training.  If you’ll pardon the sports analogy, it’s the difference between a coach cheering a team on to victory at halftime and talking to one key player at halftime. You now have the tools and know the keys players to assist you in achieving the Club Citation and more during your year.

Our District Leadership exists for you. Please use us when needed, and have a fun and successful year!

DGE Jack Welge
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Rotary Club of Tyler at work in their Community 

Rotary Club of Tyler had all six students who attended RYLA Camp provide insight and share their experiences with their members.  These students, 4 from John Tyler High School; John Tyler - Julia Argote, Francisco Leon, Miguel Bailon, and Christopher Clark; 2 from All Saints Episcopal School Sarah Huckabee and Ben Kiblinger were probably the most outstanding participants we have had in many years. 
Read more about their:   RYLA Program, Carter Blood Care Service Project and Rotary Club of Tyler Paint by Number Project
 
 To register for Tyler Rotary Club 100th year Centennial Celebration on  August 1, 2020  contact Holly Lewis at tylerrotaryaa@outlook.com or call 903-714-4472.   Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=100990106126
 
 
Rotary Club of Tyler at work in their Community  2020-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Lone Star PETS 

DGE Jack Welge kicks off the District 5830 Meeting at Lone Star PETS 2020 welcoming 29 President Elects and 7 President Nonimee. 
 
Rotary is Family!  DGE Jack thanked DG Jim Finstrom, IPDG Judy Guthrie, PDG & VG Ted Huffhines, DGN Mike Groom, DGND Carolyn Franks, PDG Lee Montgomery and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt for their help and participation as they facilitated and led session topics.  Additional District support was acknowledged for PDG John Jetter who represented the District as 2020 Lone Star PETS Operating Chair, and District Adminstrator - Shirley Pinnix-Evans for teaming up with PDG Jetter co-presenting/teaching two Thursday night sessions on MyRotary and Rotary Club Central.  Our DGE hopes you enjoyed the M&M’s at PETS. His goal: MAKE MEMBERSHIP MEANINGFUL!
 
RI President Holger Knaack visited District 5830 President Elects and President Nominees on Friday, February 27, 2020 at Lone Star PETS.
 
 
Please review additional pictures taken at PETS on the District Photo Album.   If you have a picture that was taken at PETS please send to Shirley at rotary5830da@gmail.com.   It will be added to the Photo Album. 
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Texarkana Oaklawn RYLA Students

Texarkana Juniors and Seniors who participated in RYLA from 4 area schools hold Rotary coins in the shape of the Rotary cog.  It has the "4 way test" printed on it.
 
 
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Paul Harris Society Awards Presented at PETS  2020-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Gilmer Rotary Club Feb. 5th Program 

February 5, 2020 Gilmer Rotary Club introduced Lane Burks as the student of the month from Ore City High School.  Pictured are Lane Burks, Junior at Ore City High School; Denise Burks, parent; and Lisa Wright, Counselor at Ore City High School.  
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Paris United Rotary Club Partner with Local Dentists

The Rotary Club of Paris United Happy Smiles Dental Program has been serving the children in Lamar County elementary schools since 2008.  The club supplies portable dental sets, equipment and materials in order to provide dental exams for all Lamar County 2nd grade students – approximately 550 students.  Several local dentists and staffs support the program.  They perform the exams and apply sealants as needed.  This is the only dental exam some students receive.  The schools, parent and students have been very appreciative.
 
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West Bowie County Rotary Club at Work 

West Bowie County Rotary Club members are " People of Action" as 10 volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash and a spool of twine that was completely unraveled.   
 
Pictured is Club President, Kevin Cauley 
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Message from DG Jim

Early Spring Greetings to District 5830 Rotarians. Our monthly Rotary theme is Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Let us look around us for a service project recognizing the theme, and then share the idea with all. March 9 - 15 is Rotaract Week. I ask each club in the District to reach out to a Rotaract Club nearby, thank them for the service they do, and invite them to join one of your meetings, as they are able.  March 31st is the deadline to pre-register for the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu. I encourage you to come if you can. The Lone Star PETS training for 2020-2021 officers was excellent, as always. As near as I could tell, everyone attending left excited to put new ideas into practice at their clubs. And please save the dates October 30-31 for the District Conference which will be held in Jefferson. You will receive more information soon. Keep up the good work.
 
DG Jim Finstrom
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Longview Rotary Clubs Presidents Honored 

All three Rotary Clubs in Longview are featured in the March/April issue of local lifestyle magazine, Charm. For the first time, all three Longview clubs have women presidents.
 
President Gai Bennett of the Rotary Club of Longview, President Karen Maines of the Longview Greggton Rotary Club and President Christina Hollwarth of the Longview Midtown Rotary Club are gracing the cover of this local lifestyle magazine. As the Rotary Club of Longview celebrates its 100th anniversary, this issue will feature the impact Rotary has had on Longview and the evolution and growth of these local clubs.
Rotary Rules!
 
As the magazine highlights ," This isn't your grandfather's Rotary.      
 
The Rotary Club of Longview Centennial Celebration is postpose due to the current COVID-19 situation.  
This is a very disappointing turn of events, but the members believe it is the right decision at this time.
 
Current ticket holders will be contacted individually regarding commuting their tickets to the new date or refunding tickets. We will keep you posted on the new date as soon as one is determined. We will reschedule! Look there is no way we are not going to have a huge party celebrating our 100 year mark!
 
Gai Bennett
President of Longview Rotary Club 
Longview Rotary Clubs Presidents Honored  2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Foundation Banquet 

PDG Tom DeWitt introduced and presented Patrick Mahoney sign to Larry Lundsford, Past RI Director who served as our guest speaker for the 2020 District 5830 Foudation Banquet. 
 
DG Jim Finstrom presents a gift of appreciation to Larry Lundsford who spoke on G - P - S (Growing Rotary, Partnering and Serving).
 
   IPDG Judy Guthrie awarded the "Bill Rains" Award to Amanda Folmar, Past President of South Tyler Rotary Club during the Foundation Banquet on February 8, 2020.   The award is presented to the District 5830 Rotarian that is outstanding in Membership, Foundation Giving, Public Image and Leadership. Congratulation to Amanda who is a well deserved recipient of the Award!
 
 
IPDG Judy Guthrie also awarded the Top Three Per Capita Giving Awards for 2018-2019
*Third Place was Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club, Club President Steve Collier- 2019-2020 Club President Mary Wormington accepted the Award.
* Second Place was Carthage Rotary Club, Club President Doug Spradley- 2019-2020 Club President Mary Moss accepted the Award. 
* First Place was Marshall Rotary Club, Club President Jay Webb- 2017-2018 Club President Louraiseal McDonald accepted the Award. 
 
Please view the District Photo Album to look for your picture! 
2020 Foundation Banquet  2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

March Membership Madness!!!

Membership is Up!! Membership is Down!! Ugh?? From July 1st through Feb 15th, 33 of 43 clubs added 129 new members! Yea! But we also lost 129 members! WHAAAT? Thanks to readmitting a couple of former members, we are up a NET 2 total! See why there needs to be a constant focus on membership. The average club lost is 10% a year. Do you have a membership PLAN to gain back that loss AND GROW?
 
March Membership Madness!!! 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club Donates to Local Non-Profits

Texarkana-Oaklawn Rotary awarded $600 donations to 11 nonprofits in the area on February 18.  Representatives from each organization attended to receive the donation which they can use where most needed.  The $6,600 was raised in the fall at Oaklawn’s annual Draw Down event.  The Club’s President is Jennifer Stuart who is pictured on the far right.  The recipients included: Caddo Area Council of Boy Scouts; CASA; Domestic Violence Prevention; Habitat for Humanity; Harvest Regional Food Bank; Hospice of Texarkana; Main Street Texarkana; Mission Texarkana; Opportunities Inc.; Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter; and the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans.
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club Donates to Local Non-Profits 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

March 2020 Water and Sanitation Month

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.

Click on the following link for more information: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/providing-clean-water

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February 2020 Membership News 

Do you LOVE Rotary? February gives us a perfect pairing to celebrate: Valentine’s Day the 14th and Rotary’s 115th birthday on the 23rd . Why not have a celebration of both and promote membership development around these annual milestones? Even though the 23rd is on Sunday, have a special program the week before or after. Get a Rotary birthday cake and INVITE GUESTS for a special program on your signature service project and fund raiser. Tell them about your club’s impact on your community and the world. So much to tell…so little time! Many hands make light work, so won’t you join us?!! Invite your mayor to attend to present a declaration of (your town’s) Rotary day for your club on February 23rd and get social media/newspaper/tv coverage to build recognition. Any other bright ideas?! 
February 2020 Membership News  2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

February 2020 Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month 

With bloody conflicts raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central Africa, the message of nonviolence and reconciliation that nations worldwide will observe on 21 September demands more urgent and collective attention.
 
In 2001 the United Nations designated the September date as an annual International Day of World Peace "to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence" according to a General Assembly resolution.

 

February 2020 Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month  2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

Hello District 5830:  February is upon us, and I hope to see as many of you as can make it at the District Events set out and described in this newsletter. I believe the more you attend, the more you will grow and mature in Rotary and enjoy it.  Our District membership is up 30 members in the past 12 months. If we can increase 3 members per club during 2020 we can have 10% District membership growth. If that is less than your club goal, please reach your goal. If not, please make it your goal, and go to work enthusiastically! And, please review your progress toward receiving the Citation, making sure your progress is reported, and work hard toward completing the requirements. 
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Paul Harris Society Blitz! Feb, March, April 2020 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Pittsburg Rotary Club Welcomes  PDG Ted Huffhines  2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Longview Centennial Celebration 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at work in Kilgore

The Rotary Club of Kilgore, TX provides a pair of shoes and a pair of socks to all students of Kilgore ISD who qualify to receive free school  supplies. If the parents would like for their children to receive the shoes and socks, a Rotarian will measure the student’s feet.
 
Rotary Club members were present for the entire school registration process of two to three days who measure the student’s feet to determine what size shoe the student will need and to have a good starting place for fitting the student’s feet.
 
 
Rotarians at work in Kilgore 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
South Tyler Rotarians At Work in the Community  2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Clarksville Rotarians At Work 

The Clarksville Times published a photo and press release regarding the 2019-2020 Club Project Grant awarded to the Clarksville Rotary Club.

 
 
 
Shown in the photo from left to right are Dan Meehan, Rotary Club Past President, James Vaughan, Jr., Rotary Club Secretary-Treasurer, Roy Stringer, Family Council of CNC, Holly Cooper, Family Council of CNC, receiving a grant check from Bow Willis, Rotary Club President, Paul Hines, Rotary Club Foundation Chair, and Christie Ussery, Rotary Club member.  
Clarksville Rotarians At Work  2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Sunrise Rotarians at Work

Texarkana Sunrise Rotarians joined Coalition for the Homeless for their Annual Chili Cookout event.   Sunrise Rotarians were dressed as superheroes to support their Community and serve the delicious chili made by Sunrise Rotarians Becky Bunch.      
Texarkana Sunrise Rotarians at Work 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club  at Work 

The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake was honored to be able to increase the number of school aged children they were able to help shop for and provide with winter clothing. This year, they shopped for 150 children and allocated $150 per child. We discreetly coordinate with our area’s school counselors to identify children in need. Over the course of 7 calendar days in November, we garner support of over 200 volunteers (Rotarians and non-Rotarians) to help us shop for these children.
 
Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club  at Work  2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Message from: Sarah "Cookie" Jenkins
 RYLA Registrar and Webmaster

In our 24th year of RYLA 5830, staff and campers are gearing up for another life-changing experience at Clements Scout Ranch in Athens, TX. With two sessions of camp, February 7-9 and 21-23, RYLA will host over 200 students from across the district for team building, outdoor activities, group discussions, and more in order to promote the 8 leadership traits of integrity, team building, communication, problem solving, planning, decision making, trust, and self-esteem.
 
 
 
 
Message from: Sarah "Cookie" Jenkins RYLA Registrar and Webmaster 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

New Youth Exchange Information

DGN Mike Groom recently attended the annual SCRYE Winter Conference in Tulsa, OK and discovered some new things in Youth Exchange. On one front, SCRYE, once again, has partnered with World Experience Scholarships (WES) to provide scholarships to outbound youth exchange students from SCRYE member districts who need financial assistance in order to participate in Youth Exchange. Scholarship amounts will be determined on an individual basis by the WES Scholarship Selection Committee and will range from $500-$2,000. Applications are being received now with a deadline of April 15, 2020.
New Youth Exchange Information 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
What is Lone Star PETS? 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

DG Jim's Last Official Visit

DG Jim Finstrom is pictured with Henderson Rotarians with a combined length of service of 150 years.
 
From left, Bill Preston (48 yrs.), Tony Wooster (50 yrs.), you, and Foy Brown (52 yrs.). All have served the club as President and other offices.
 
Brown and Wooster have served the City of Henderson as Mayors, and Preston as a Councilman. These three members have been responsible for 12 Paul Harris Fellows being presented to themselves, family members, and various individuals.
 
 
DG Jim's Last Official Visit 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Last Call! Register NOW for the 2020 Foundation Banquet

District 5830 Annual Foundation banquet is Saturday, Feburary 8, 2020.   Deadline to register is February 3.  This is the event where we celebrate the success of the District's efforts to support The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and Polio Plus. Past RI  Director Larry Lunsford from Kansas City will be our guest speaker and all New Paul Harris Fellows, PH advancements and Club successes will be a highlight of the event.
 
As usual we will be offering a Paul Harris Raffle opportunity for those wanting to leverage their giving in a fun drawing and those contributing in increments of $100 will receive matching points even if they don't win one of the raffle awards.
 
Last Call! Register NOW for the 2020 Foundation Banquet 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Longview Rotarians at Work

Longview Rotary Club's Rotarians, Colby Dickson and Joni Cobb were on hand to lend a hand at Longview's Homeless Resource Day. Wiley and Colby assisted in the Point-in-Time homeless census and Joni helped at the check in desk.

 
Longview Rotarians at Work 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

DGE Jack and Ava Welge at International Assembly 

According to DGE Jack Welge, Rotary International Assembly was a fantasic experience and the ability to share it with Rotarians worldwide was indescribable.  THE 2020-2021 PRESIDENTIAL THEME "ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES".
 
Pictured from left to right: Ava Welge, DGE Jack Welge, 2020-2021 International President Holger Knaack and wife Susanne,
DGE Jack and Ava Welge at International Assembly  2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

DGE Jack Welge attend International Assembly

District governors-elect say they are ready to make the most of Rotary after learning the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, at the International Assembly.

RI President-elect Holger Knaack encouraged the leaders to take advantage of the many options that Rotary provides to create change in the world.

“Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities,” Knaack said Monday, 20 January, at the annual training event held in San Diego, California, USA. “It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree. ... Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”

DGE Jack Welge attend International Assembly 2020-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

Happy New Year to all District 5830 Rotarians and good luck with your resolutions.  For those that have not entered your club Presidents-Elect on ClubRunner, please get those names to Shirley ASAP.  Continue to get your work on the Citation completed early, and work on increasing membership, keeping diversity and flexibility in mind. I saw International President Mark Maloney riding on the Rotary float in the Rose Bowl Parade and was thankful to be a Rotarian, wishing I was there. Forge forward, and let me know if I can help. Thank you.
 
DG Jim Finstrom
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January 2020 Vocational Service Month

THE CONCEPT OF VOCATIONAL SERVICE
The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
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District 5830 Membership Update 

Congrats to 19 clubs for adding 53 new members in the first 6 months of the Rotary year. Interestingly 66% of those 19 clubs had set club membership goals! However, due to some losses, the overall net new membership in the District is up 19 for a total of 1568. Take away: Goals work!! Goals increase the focus of leadership and club members and make it fun! If your club has not set it’s membership goal in MyRotary, please do so ASAP!!
 
Those clubs gaining membership the last 6 months include the following: BIG SANDY, CEDAR CREEK LAKE (+6), CLARKSVILLE, HENDERSON, JEFFERSON, KILGORE, LONGVIEW, MALAKOFF, MARSHALL (+6), MINEOLA, MT. VERNON, OVERTON, PITTSBURG, QUITMAN, SOUTH TYLER, TEXARKANA SUNRISE, TEXARKANA WILBUR SMITH, WEST BOWIE AND WILLS POINT.
District 5830 Membership Update  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club at Work

Texarkana Sunrise Rotarians at work in the Commumity.
1. Serving snacks at the Nash Cub Scout Award Ceremonies.
2. Ringing the Salvation Army Bell -pictured are Rotarians Steve Rogers and Terry Davis- other Rotarians participated are: Sunrise Rotarians Laura Jacobs, Jennifer Studdard, Ralph Waits and Shirley Pinnix-Evans.
3. Adopting Nash Elementary School families. The individuals members purchased Christmas presents for the children and Food Baskets for the Families for Christmas.
 
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club at Work 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Paris Rotarians at Work 

 Paris United Rotary Club was busy in November and December with service projects.
 
To view their website and details of their community work please click on the following: (https://www.parisrotaryclub.com/
1. Twenty-two members/family helped ring bells on Saturday, December 21 at local Wal-Mart. Janna Davis (right) and daughter Izzy.
2. The Paris Kiwanis Club and Paris United Rotary Club accepted "The Turkey Stuffing Challenge".  Both service clubs delivered 1,750 boxes of stuffing to Downtown Food Pantry.  
 
Pictured Left to Right: Denise Kornegay, President of Kiwanis Club of Paris; Alan Hubbard, Director of the Downtown Food Pantry; and Alex Fowzer, President of Rotary Club of Paris United
Paris Rotarians at Work  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Mt. Pleasant Rotarians at Work

Mt. Pleasant Rotarians brings Holiday Cheer to a local Senior Citizen Community and made a donation to a local Non-Profit.
 
 
Mt. Pleasant Rotarians at Work 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Heart 2 Heart Programs Available

PDG & VG Ted Huffhines and DGN Mike Groom are available for giving Heart 2 Heart programs. Mike and Andrea went to Mexico for the annual Heart 2 Heart pilgrimage. They were in Mexico from 11/13/2019 to 11/20/2019 along with nearly 30 other Rotarians from Zones 30 and 31.
 
The Heart 2 Heart Program is a cooperative effort between Rotarians primarily in the "Heart of America" (Zones 30 and 31) and in the "Heart of Mexico" (Districts 4170 and 4140) and The Rotary Foundation to provide humanitarian service, primarily through matching grant projects. The next regular project visit is scheduled for November 4-11, 2020. There is also a medical mission trip to Tlaquepaque from 2/8/2020 to 2/15/2020.
Heart 2 Heart Programs Available 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Action required for PEs that have not registered for PETS 

We in Rotary need your skills and leadership.  Serving as the President of your Rotary Club is one of the most important and enjoyable roles in Rotary International and our Lone Star President Elect Training Seminar (P.E.T.S.) helps make your Rotary Club President year easier and more effective.

Lone Star P.E.T.S. ( Feb. 27-March 1, 2020) is the largest multi-district P.E.T.S. in Rotary International.  Ten Rotary Districts from Texas and Oklahoma come together to plan, prepare, and present club leadership essentials.
Action required for PEs that have not registered for PETS  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Marshall High School Interact Club

1. Marshall High School Interact Members distributed candy to over 750 youth at the local Annual Halloween Festival in downtown Marshall.
2. In November, the Marshall High School Interact Club celebrated their 2nd Anniversary with over 25 members.  During the month of December, member decorated doors at the local nursing home.
Marshall High School Interact Club 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Marshall Rotary Club Makes Donation  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Oaklawn Rotarian George Moore Honored

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotarian George Moore is being named as the Texarkana ISD 2020 Hall of Fame recipient.  George will be retiring from Texarkana Independent School District in 2020. Not only has he been a major asset to the local school district, he has also  been a major asset to Oaklawn Rotary Club. 
Oaklawn Rotarian George Moore Honored 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Interact Signage Tells the Story 

Texarkana Oaklawn Interact Club's signage tell the story of how we can work together to make a difference in the world. Texarkana Arkansas High Interact Club is very active in their community.
Interact Signage Tells the Story  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Pittsburg Rotary Choir

  Rotary Club Choir sang Downtown Pittsburg at the "Home For the Holidays event" on December 7th.
Pittsburg Rotary Choir 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Texarkana Wilbur Smith Rotarians at Work  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Tyler Christmas Parade

Tyler Rotary Clubs continue to participate in the Tyler Christmas Parade to show the community that they care and communicate awareness of the continued fight against Polio.   
 
Tyler Christmas Parade 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

District 5830 Four-Way Test Speech Contest

It is time to notify your School District with the date and location of 2020 Rotary District 5830 Four-Way Test Speech Contest.   A big "Thank You" goes out to Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club, President Adeel Malik and the club members for agreeing to host the event.   Thank you!! Amy Hinton with Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club who will Chair the event again this year.   The District contest will be held on April 25, 2020 at Mount Pleasant Independent School District Administration Building, 2230 North Edwards, Mt. Pleasant.  The speeches must develop the year's theme: " How will the Four-Way Test of the things we think, say and do help successfully connect  you to your community at home and to the world?"
District 5830 Four-Way Test Speech Contest 2019-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Register Now for Foundation Dinner on Feb 8, 2020

 
Message from District 5830 Foundation Chair - PDG & VG Ted Huffhines:
District 5830 will hold its annual Foundation Banquet at Northeast Texas Community College (between Pittsburg and Mt. Pleasant) on February 8th. Our keynote speaker will be Past RI Director for Zones 30-31, Larry Lunsford. Larry and his wife Jill are presently serving as Aides to RI President Mark Daniel Maloney and his wife Gay. Larry is a wonderful Rotarian who will inspire all of us in our efforts to serve more effectively. We will also recognize all of our new Paul Harris Fellows and Paul Harris Plus Rotarians. We will recognize our Clubs for their Rotary Foundation Giving in 2018-2019, and we will hear about opportunities for service in Mexico City. Cost is $40 per person.
Register Now for Foundation Dinner on Feb 8, 2020 2019-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Tyler Rotary Centennial Celebration

The Tyler Rotarians would like to send you a special invitation to Tyler Rotary Centennial Celebration on May 2, 2020, Hollytree Country Club, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 For additional information, please contact Holly Lewis at tylerrotaryaa@outlook.com or 903-714-4472.

Tyler Rotary Centennial Celebration 2019-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Monthly Membership Article 

Membership! Are you excited yet? 
 
New to this newsletter is a section on Membership that will appear going forward. The intent is to keep you up-to-date on trends, successes and tips on membership ATTRACTION and ENGAGEMENT! Remember those terms!!
 
THANKS to all who attended the Nov 2nd Membership and Foundation Seminar in Tyler. (If you ask PDG Ted Huffhines, he would say it was the Foundation and Membership Seminar, but hey, it's my article. Ted can call it what he wants in his article-wink wink!) Our LIVELY group  exchanged numerous ideas on growing membership, including but not limited to, Strengthening Your Club, Flexing & Innovating, Satellite Club opportunities, and the Zone initiative to GROW ROTARY! More to come. 
Monthly Membership Article  2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas. Please note that the last day for early registration for the International Convention and reduced rates is December 15th. Review your progress on the Citation, and see that accomplished goals have been reported to RI. I am down to my last three Club visits and looking forward to the new year. Thank you for all the service you performed this year and your planning for the new year.
 
DG Jim Finstrom
 
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Mineola Rotary Club's Veteran's Day Parade

Mineola Rotarians had a wonderful time participating in the Annual Salute to Veterans Parade in Downtown Mineola.
Pictured: Jim Albritton and Jim Bailey
 
 
 
 
Pictured: Steve Ogueri, Denis Hurst and JP 2 Judge Janae Holland Not pictured Parade Judge Greg Hollen 
 
Mineola Rotary Club's Veteran's Day Parade 2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Clarksville Rotary Club Supports World Polio Day


October 31, 2019, The Clarksville Times, publicized Clarksville Rotary Club's observance of World Polio Day on October 24. 
 
In an effort to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio, Rotarians in the 35,000 clubs worldwide annually observe World Polio Day on October 24.   Polio is a vaccine preventable disease, which still threatens children in parts of the world today.   In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative with an initial fundraising target of $120 million.
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Texarkana International Rotary Club November Service Project 

Texarkana International Rotary Club meets on Monday night. During one of their regular scheduled meetings, they packed 13 boxes for Operation Christmas Child as their November International Service Project. They had so much fun packing the boxes. The boxes will soon be on their way to the distribution center to bless 13 children in counties all over the world.
Texarkana International Rotary Club November Service Project  2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Texarkana's Four Rotary Clubs honor First Responders 

DG Jim Finstrom speaks at the 39th Annual Officers Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by Texarkana's Four Rotary Clubs- Wilbur Smith, Oaklawn, Sunrise and International.  The Keynote Speaker was Brian A. Crawford, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Willis-Knighton Health System.  Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Allen Brown presented the Officers of the Year chosen by the 9 Departments that were represented.  Approximately 250 Officers, Rotarians and Elected Officials attended the luncheon.  
Texarkana's Four Rotary Clubs honor First Responders  2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Aloha! Register by December 15, 2019 and save a few dollars.

Do you know what the significance of December 15, 2019 is in the Rotary world?
 
This is the last day to register for the 2020 Honolulu Rotary Convention and receive a discount! Have you registered? If not, WHY??? From what I am seeing on the Rotary website, this is going to be one of the most exciting conventions in recent memory. AND it is in Hawaii!!!!

If you have never attended a convention, this is an excellent choice to be your first. Not only is the convention going to be outstanding, but the location is one of the top go to places in the entire world. So, you can “kill two birds with one stone.”
Aloha! Register by December 15, 2019 and save a few dollars. 2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Lonestar PETS Training: Register Now! 

Important message from DGE Jack Welge! Calling all Rotary Club Leaders and Board Members, Rotary needs your skills and leadership.  Serving as the President of your Rotary Club is one of the most important roles in Rotary International. It is a most rewarding time in your life. Whether attending as a President Elect or President Nominee coming to your role as multi-year Rotary Board Member or as a recent volunteer, Lone Star President Elect Training Seminar (P.E.T.S.) from February 27, 2020 - March 1, 2020 helps make your Rotary Club President year easier and more effective.

 
Lonestar PETS Training: Register Now!  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Clarksville Rotary Club received the 2019-2020 CPG Award 

The Clarksville Times published the winner of the 2019-2020 Club Project Grant.  
 
The members of the Clarksville Rotary Club contribute annually to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.   A portion of funds contributed by Rotary clubs are returned by The Rotary Foundation to the Rotary International District to which the local club is assigned.   Rotary Clubs are then entitled to apply for a matching club project grant from their District Grant Committee to assist with a local or international project.  The local club matches the amount of the grant requested in the application.  
 

 
 
Clarksville Rotary Club received the 2019-2020 CPG Award  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Mineola Rotary Veteran's Day Parade 

Mineola Rotarians had a wonderful time participating in the Annual Salute to Veterans Parade in Downtown Mineola. Pictured holding the Rotary Banner are: Jim Albritton and Jim Bailey
 
https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050024/Images/Parade-2--Denise-and-Steve--2-.jpg Pictured holding the single Rotary Flag is: Steve Ogueri
Denise Hurst and JP 2 Judge Janae Holland are handing out candy. Greg Hollen was the parade Judge. 
Mineola Rotary Veteran's Day Parade  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

December 2019: Disease Prevention and Treatment Month 

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in under served communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

 

December 2019: Disease Prevention and Treatment Month  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive 

The Rotary Club of Longview continued its years old tradition of assisting with the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive this November. Past President James Roberts who serves on the board of the Food Drive organizes the club’s participation each year which includes a sizable cash donation that helps provide turkeys and hens along with the nonperishable items. For several years the club has moved its regular Tuesday noon meeting the week of Thanksgiving to the Food Drive location at Maude Cobb Convention Center where the Rotarians help sort food donations, check in donation recipients and help them gather and load their food boxes.
 
The annual Food Drive served 858 families in this, it’s 35th year.
 
 
Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Sunrise RC Adopts Nash Resident in need 

Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club and Habitat For Humanity of Texarkana partnered to refurbish a Nash Resident's home. 
 
Pictures front row: Rotarian and Nash Mayor Robert Bunch, Sunrise Club President and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Mary Wormington
Back row: Rotarian and Nash City Manager, Doug Bowers and Rotarian Becky Bunch. Other Rotarians participating in the painting project not shown in the pictures are as follows: Ralph Waits, Landon Forbes, Steve Colliers, Steve Rogers and Shirley Pinnix Evans.
 
Sunrise RC Adopts Nash Resident in need  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Quitman Rotarian PDG Bill Hedges  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Foundation Magic Show visits Longview Greggton Rotary Club  2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

I look forward to November for: (1) my last five club visits; (2) Interact Week November 4 - 10 with Anniversary of Interact on November 5; and (3) Foundation Month coupled with World Polio Month. We had a good meeting in Tyler last Saturday discussing foundation and membership, and I received good comments from attendees about ideas exchanged and learned. Let's keep up the energy working on the Citation, Membership, and support for the Foundation and Polio Plus. I am thankful for the opportunity to put Service Above Self and thank you for sharing that goal. Keep up the good work.
 
Your District Governor, Jim
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2018-2019 Citation Award Winners Announced 

IPDG Judy Guthrie is recognized at the November 2, 2019 Membership and Foundation Seminar for the "Second Highest Net Gain" of members in Zone 31 in 2018-2019.
 
IPDG Judy was very proud to announce the 20 Clubs in District 5830 that received the 2018-2019 Citation Awards.
 
 
1. Atlanta with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Jerry Porter, 2. Cedar Creek Lake with 3 Presidential Distinction Awards-President-Greg Cooley 3. Clarksville-President-Richard Meehan 4. Gilmer with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Pete Herrman 5. Henderson with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Andy Vinson 6. Idabel with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Jerry Ellis 7. Kilgore with 1 Presidential Distinction Award-President Jerry Camp 8. Longview Greggton with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Scott Brunner 9. Longview Midtown with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President April Barker 10. Longview with 3 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Dietrich Johnson 11. Marshall with 1 Presidential Distinction Award-President Jay Webb 12. Mt. Pleasant-President Bob Hourahan 13. Paris with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Andrew Cobb 14. South Tyler with 3 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Amanda Folmar 15. Texarkana Wilbur Smith with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Cindy Marsh 16. Texarkana International-President Marion Houff 17. Texarkana Oaklawn with 3 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Stefanie Brazile18. Texarkana Sunrise with 1 Presidential Distinction Award-President Steve Collier 19. Tyler Sunrise with 3 Presidential Distinction Awards-President Jo Dobbs 20. Tyler with 2 Presidential Distinction Awards-President George Roberts, Jr. 
2018-2019 Citation Award Winners Announced  2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

November 2, 2019 Membership and Foundation Seminar 

The Membership and Foundation Seminar was a tremendous benefit for those in attendance. Many attendees attested to such as they provided "take away" comments and compliments at the end. The engagement of the attendees was fabulous. Those who attended left with the knowledge and skills necessary to grow their club membership and increase support for doing good in the world and supporting the efforts to eradicate polio through the Rotary Foundation. About 60 members from over 20 clubs met at Tyler's First Christian Church for the event.  

PDG and District Rotary Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines was joined by PDG Pamela Stewart from Louisiana and PDG Allen Morgan from Arkansas, both Zone officers for The Rotary Foundation, to lead the four Foundation breakouts. PDG Lee Montgomery led the Membership seminar classes with the students teaching each other.
 
Paul Harris Society members were recognized for their faithful generosity.
From left to right: Louraiseal McDonald, DG Jim Finstrom, Beth Blaisdell, Linda Sartor, Karen Maines, PDG Bill Hedges, PDG Fay J Durrant, Jerry Porter, Danny Carpenter, PDG Ted Huffhines

 

November 2, 2019 Membership and Foundation Seminar  2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

New Interact Club sponsored by Kilgore Rotary Club 

   This is a group picture of the Sabine High School Interact Service Organization officers and sponsors with the certificate and banner that we presented to them on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The Rotary Club of Kilgore is very honored to be able to sponsor this wonderful group of young people.
New Interact Club sponsored by Kilgore Rotary Club  2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

West Bowie County Rotary Club's Run the Rail Event

 
On October 12, 2019 West Bowie County Rotary Club organized their 4th Annual Half
 
 
 
 
 
Marathon Run the Rail Event.  Tobias Daniel our first runner! He Brad ran from New Boston to De Kalb and back to New Boston again to do a whole marathon - 26.2 miles. Wow! They are very grateful to Bates-Rolf Funeral Home and Texarkana Funeral Homes for sponsoring our race. Thank you so much for your generosity!
 
West Bowie County Rotary Club's Run the Rail Event 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulation to Gilmer Rotary Club  2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club partners with BWI 

Texarkana Sunrise Rise Rotary Club is proud to co-sponsor Nash Cub Scout group for the second year with BWI Companies. 
Pictured from left to right: Caddo Area Council District Executive-Taylor Joyce, District Executive-Emily Eudy, Sunrise Club Treasurer-Shirley Pinnix- Evans, Sunrise Club President- Mary Wormington, Caddo Area Council Scot Executive-Anthony Escobar , and Owner of BWI Companies-Robert Bunch.
 
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club partners with BWI  2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Carthage Club's International End Polio Day event

The  City of Carthage made a proclamation on October 24, 2109 as World Polio Day.   The Carthage Rotary Club made the newspaper and posted Polio Plus awareness information on their Facebook page.
Carthage Club's International End Polio Day event 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

 Klothes for Kids

 Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club is proud of their annual Klothes for Kids Project.  This project will help 150 students in seven local schools from Mabank.  They had approximately 53 volunteers that helped with this project including Interact Students and donated approximately $22,500.00 to the project.
 
Congratulations and a BIG Thanks to ALL that helped make this our most successful Klothes for Kids in our club's history! "It took a village!"  
 Klothes for Kids 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana International Dictionary Project 

Texarkana International Rotary Club members are busy labeling over 1300 dictionaries to deliver to area 3rd graders. 
 
College Hill teachers were excited to be a part of the Rotary Club dictionary project.
 
Texarkana International Dictionary Project  2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Pittsburg Rotary Club 

Pittsburg Rotary Club members celebration World Polio Day!
 
 
 
 
The Pittsburg Rotary assisted by the Pitt Rotary Interact Club handed out dictionaries to the third graders in the Primary School, Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Beginning on the left and around the table is Melissa Sierra, Evelyn Ponce, McKenna Wood, Rachel Miner, Gloria Miner, Fernanda Garcia, Mahiro Itchimura, Madison Moore. The club also donated ear-phones for the reading classes, as there were not enough to go around to all the students.
 
Pittsburg Rotary Club  2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Remember the Fallen Heroes 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Wills Point Activities for October

Rotary Club of Wills Point held their annual Adoption Day at Wit’s End earlier in October. This is an annual event to match foster children with adoptive parents. We had a large turnout of both children and potential adoptive parents. Many people expressed appreciation to Rotary for holding this event.
Rotary participating in Wills Point’s Annual Boo on the Bricks Celebration. They held a raffle with a cruise as the grand prize. This event helped raise $1,000 to be donated to Polio Plus. Rotarian David Cartwright (left) and Interact Club Administrator Lisa Zelnick (right)
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Wills Point Activities for October 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

What is an Iron Lung? Written by Karen Maines 

Karen Maines is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Longview, Texas, a passionate local city volunteer and 2019-20 President of the Longview Greggton Rotary Club. 
  
"What's an iron lung?"
This question was asked of me last week -- by a long-time health professional in her 40's. I admit that I didn't say anything for a second. At first, I thought she was joking around, but then it sank in that she honestly had no idea what I was talking about. 
 
After I thought about it later, it made more sense that, due to her age, she wouldn't know about iron lungs, or about Polio. 
 
 
What is an Iron Lung? Written by Karen Maines  2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Iron Lung still being used " Watch Video" 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Mineola

Miss Texas Chandler Foreman at the Golden sweet potato festival.
 Miss Texas Chandler Foreman pictured  at a “meet and greet” luncheon at the Golden Homestead,  taking time to visit with local East Texas Rotarians following Golden Sweet Potato Festival parade on Saturday, October. 26, 2019. Pictured are PDG Bill Hedges, Golden Homestead owner Tony Pegues , Miss Texas and Greg Hollen. 
Rotary Club of Mineola 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

Your District Governor has been trying to get all clubs visited and thanks to you for the reception received to date. Rotary does connect us to people we would never have otherwise met, who are more like us than any we ever could have known. I have shared a Rotary International Proclamation regarding Rotary's work to eradicate polio worldwide and seek public support and commend the clubs I have visited to make this public. I will get the proclamation to the clubs I have not yet visited so that it might be used for World Polio Day or World Polio Month. Please continue to work as a club to obtain the Citation and accept our District Administrator Shirley's offer to train you when needed. Please note the dates for events in this newsletter, and plan accordingly. Keep up the good work to serve above self and implement the Four-Way Test.
 
DG Jim Finstrom
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Wills Point Rotary Club September Highlights

 – Beau Poteet presenting a donation to Gerald and Lyn Haney of Men and Ladies of Honor, a faith-based organization that counsels our youth in combining powerful weekend camps and weekly one-hour discipleship meetings.
 
 
 
 
 – Past club President, Scott Caloss, being recognized for his service (Scott Caloss on left, club President Beau Poteet on right)
 
 
 
 
 
 – Club President Beau Poteet with guests Assistant DG Barbara Turner and District Governor Jim Finstrom
 
 
 
 
 
 
– Beau Poteet with guest speaker Huy Nguyen, Golf Pro at Links at Land’s End. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
– David Cartwright with guest speaker Anna Dodd, Medical Mission Trip to Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 – New member, Doug Mullin – David Cartwright, Herschel LyBrand, Doug Mullin, and James Brown
Wills Point Rotary Club September Highlights 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Paris United Rotary Club Girls Night Out Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Paris United hosted a FUN fundraiser for ladies on September 19th at the Love Civic Center in Paris, Texas.  Girls Night Out was a night of food, fun, fellowship and bingo games to win designer purses.  Approximately 600 women participated.  There were 25 sponsors for the event this time.  This was the second Girls Night Out event hosted by Paris United.  The first was held in March 2019 and was such a success we decided to do it again this Fall.  The club raised over $20,000 for our various local programs as well as to contribute toward polio eradication.
Paris United Rotary Club Girls Night Out Fundraiser 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Marshall Rotary Club Supports "Spelling Bee" 

 The Marshall RC supported the Harrison County Literacy Council Corporate Spelling Bee in early September. The emcee for the event was Marshall Rotarian, Molly Hollis, and another Rotarian, County Judge Chad Sims, served as one of the judges. The club team represented us well. This was a spirited and fun event that pulls our community together. 
Marshall Rotary Club Supports "Spelling Bee"  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Lonestar P.E.T.S "Save the Date" 

Attention: President Elects, President Nominees, Assistant Governors, and Rangers, Save the Date!  Registration begins November 1st. Register early!  Hotel Rooms are Discounted only while Block availability lasts.
Lonestar P.E.T.S "Save the Date"  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Bullard Rotary Club 6th Annual Golf Tournament 

On Monday, October 14, 2019, Bullard Rotary Club will have their 6th Annual Golf Tournament at Eagle's Bluff Country Club, 700 North Eagles Bluff Blvd., Bullard, Texas.   The event will benefit: Bullard Kid's Park, Rotary International Foundation, Community Thanksgiving Meals and additional projects in the Bullard Community. Contact Bryan Willis at 903-316-7699 or bullardrotarytx@gmail.com.
Bullard Rotary Club 6th Annual Golf Tournament  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

October is Economic and Community Development Month

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.

October is Economic and Community Development Month 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
DG Jim visits Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Athens Rotary Club's Annual Golf Tournament

Athens Rotary Club Annual Golf Tournament will be October 28, 2019 at Athens Country Club.   For details on the event please contact Club President Jason Smith at revjbsmith@gmail.com. 
Athens Rotary Club's Annual Golf Tournament 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Register Now! Saturday, November 2, 2019 Membership and Foundation Seminar

Membership and Foundation Seminar will be held on November 2, 2019 at First Christian Church of Tyler, 4202 South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas 75701. The church is located on the NE Corner of South Broadway and Loop 323. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The cost of the training is $15.00 per person and will include a light breakfast, Chick-fil-A lunch, and seminar materials. The dress will be Rotary casual. Registration deadline is October 31st by 5:00 p.m.
 
All Rotarians are invited with special emphasis on Club Officers, Club Membership and Foundation Committee members. 
 
The sessions promote membership attractions, flexibility, innovation along with sessions on ways to support the Rotary Foundation and International Service. 
 
Click Here to register for the Seminar:
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Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club's Dictionary Project 

On September 18, 2019, Sunrise Rotarians from left to right: Ralph Waits, Mary Wormington, Doug Bowers, Steve Collier, Patty Collier, Landon Forbes, Shirley Pinnix-Evans and Terry Davis distribute 120 Dictionaries to all the 3rd Graders at Nash Elementary School.  
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club's Dictionary Project  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club's Interact Club 

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club's Interact Club members  from Arkansas High School with Interact Advisor Tonya Dunphy and Russell Sparks members of Oaklawn Rotary Club volunteered at the Alzheimer's Assocation, Walk to end Alzheimer's!  
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club's Interact Club  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring PDG Bill Hedges 

PDG and Rev. Bill Hedges is honored by receiving the Touchpoint Pacesetter Award for his volunteer services.
 
Honoring PDG Bill Hedges  2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

All Rotary Clubs must file a tax return by November 15, 2019.

Every Rotary club and the district must file a 2018 tax return for FYE 6-30-2019.  File a Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N (depending on your gross revenue total). 
 
If you have lost your tax exemption (there are four clubs in the district) file Form 1041 if you are not incorporated.  (It is due October 15, 2019.)  File Form 1120 if your club is incorporated.  (It was due September 15, 2019.)
 
 

If you have any questions call John Jetter, District Finance Committee chair, at 903-235-6474.

All Rotary Clubs must file a tax return by November 15, 2019. 2019-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Save The Date " Dec. 10th" Longview Greggton Annual Fundraiser

On Tuesday, December 10th at The Belcher Center on the Campus of LeTourneau University in Longview The Longview-Greggton Rotary Club will present Keith and Krystn Getty  in concert with their Irish Christmas Show beginning at 7PM that evening.  Tickets may be purchased via www.Belchercenter.com.  The Gettys are renown musicians and songwriters and will provide a wonderful evening  of entertainment that will put us in the Christmas Spirit.
Save The Date " Dec. 10th" Longview Greggton Annual Fundraiser 2019-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day, October 24, 2019 

Message from PDG & District Polio Plus Chair Shirley Griffin, "World Polio Day is October 24, 2019 and I would like to encourage each of the clubs in the District to have some kind of fundraiser for Polio Plus.  November is Polio month and this will give us additional opportunity to hold an event or fundraiser for Polio Plus efforts. Our goal is to rid of this disease."  The fight is not over we currently have 62 new cases in Pakistan and 16 cases in Afghanistan!  It is not too late to make what could be your most important financial contribution to the POLIO ERADICATION campaign!

 
World Polio Day, October 24, 2019  2019-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

As your District Governor, I am happy to report that club visits are going well with 19 completed. 
 
I want to commend the Marshall Club's recent 100th Anniversary celebration with International President Mark Daniel Maloney and his gracious wife, Gay, attending. Mark addressed the club, recognizing the historic importance of service as a 100-year attribute of the club and challenging the Club to continue with another 100 years of the same.
 
Next, considering the storm damage from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and America's east coast, I challenge each club to "connect the world" and participate in providing relief to the victims of the storm.
Message from DG Jim 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

November 2019:  Part 3 Helpful Hints for Rotary Convention

So you have now attended the convention and had a fantastic time, picked up lots of new ideas, met lots of new Rotarian friends and picked up tons of information, Rotary pins, tee shirts etc. from the House of Friendship. What’s next? After all you are in Hawaii (many of us the first time and probably the last for some of us) you don’t want to take all the time and money to attend the convention and then turn around the next day and go home!!!!
 
November 2019:  Part 3 Helpful Hints for Rotary Convention 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

October 2019: More Helpful Convention Hints

Tip # 2 from PDG John Henson. "Okay, last month I shared with you about registering, securing a hotel, purchasing your Home Organizing Committee event tickets, information about the house of friendship and plenary sessions."

 "So you have arrived at the airport in Honolulu and low and behold you see a table where you can pick up your name badges for the convention. They have been doing this the past couple of conventions and it works great if you happen to be there when they are open. But just because you have picked up your name badges for you and your group, there is more to do. After checking into your hotel you will still need to go to the convention center, locate the registration room –the sergeant at arms will be more than happy to show you the direction—once at the registration room, you will be able to pick up your HOC tickets as well as a goodie bag for you and your group. This is the only place where you can pick all of this up, so get it done as quickly as possible. If your club has designated you as a voting delegate, you will need to locate that booth and show your credentials and get your badge showing you are a voting delegate."
 
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Helpful Hints For The Honolulu  Convention

For those of you who have attended an International Convention, these hints may be old hand, but for the first or second time attendee, I hope these will help you get the most out of the convention.

The very first thing you need to do is REGISTER and do that today!!!!!! CLICK HERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION  I am not sure what the break is financially, but do know that it is less expensive today than it will be in a few weeks/months. If you have attended a convention previously, then most of your information will still be in the system, and if you have a ClubRunner account and you have set up your personal account with Rotary International, then all your information will be in the system.
Helpful Hints For The Honolulu  Convention 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

DGND Interview Committee with DGND Carolyn Franks

​​​​​​Pictured from Left to Right are the DGND Interview Committee that interviewed and selected Carolyn Franks as District Governor for 2022-2023 
IPP Mineola Greg Hollen, PDG & VG Ted Huffhines, IPAG Texarkana Area Ralph Waits, PDG Tom DeWitt, PDG Lee Montgomery, IPDG & Interview Chair Judy Guthrie, DGDN Carolyn Franks, AG Nathan Reves, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt 
DGND Interview Committee with DGND Carolyn Franks 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

IPDG Judy Guthrie with Rotary International President 

IPDG Judy Guthrie and Rotary International President Mark Maloney made the front page of The Marshall News Messenger.   RI Mark Maloney was the Guest Speaker as Marshall Rotary celebrate 100 years. Approximately 240 Rotarians and guest attended the event.  
Marshall Rotary Club President Barbara Judkins presents Marshall Club Banner to RI Mark Maloney and First Lady, Gay Maloney. Other specials guest include Rotary Zone Director, Floyd Lanica and Congressman Louie Gohmert. 
IPDG Judy Guthrie with Rotary International President  2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Jefferson Rotary Club Dictionary Project 

Jefferson Rotarians delivered dictionaries bright and early Friday, August 30, 2019 to Third Graders at Jefferson Elementary and Cypress Bend Elementary schools.  This project, as well as the  Dolly Parton Imagination Library, helps Rotary promote literacy in Marion County.
Jefferson Rotary Club Dictionary Project  2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
Carthage Rotary Club's Dictionary Project  2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation:  Fundraising Resources & Tips

With the beginning of a new Rotary year, and summer coming to an end, I hope that you are relaxed and recharged for the busy season ahead. District events like Membership and Foundation Training and Foundation Dinners are fast approaching. I have included some resources below to help kick start your fundraising efforts.

Rotary Foundation Basics e-learning module
As Rotarians and leaders, you have access to Rotary's online Learning Center which offers several courses to assist you in your leadership role. 
 
The Rotary Foundation:  Fundraising Resources & Tips 2019-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Sunrise RC and BWI Companies 2nd Year to Sponsor Cub Scout Group

Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club is behind Boy Scout of America Caddo Area Council Scout Executive, Anthony Escobar.  Sunrise welcomes Anthony Escobar as he update the Rotarians on the success of the pilot Cub Scout Program at Nash Elementary School.   Sunrise Rotary Club and BWI Companies will sponsor 32 Cub Scouts for the 2nd year beginning in October 2019.  
Texarkana Sunrise RC and BWI Companies 2nd Year to Sponsor Cub Scout Group 2019-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

PDG Bill Hedges at Work 

PDG Bill Hedges volunteered with Dr. Harold Hedges installing a stone wall and stone in flower beds at Episcopal Camp Mitchell on Mt. Petit Jean, Ark. 
PDG Bill Hedges at Work  2019-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

September 2019-Basic Education and Literacy Month 

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Rotary's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN:

September 2019-Basic Education and Literacy Month  2019-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Pittsburg Rotary Members Replace Display Flags

Pittsburg Rotarians had a workday to replace damaged flags for display around Camp County and Pittsburg for special national holidays.  The repair team is pictured L-R, Sabin Warrick, Vee Couch, AJ Mason, Mike Reynolds, Shawn Kennington, Vernon Rowe, Gary George, Eric Fruin, Jim Archer, Harold Holyfield, Chris Lummus.
Pittsburg Rotary Members Replace Display Flags 2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

District Leadership at Zone Training 

District 5830 Leadership attends Zone Training. 
 
From left to right: President of Marshall Rotary Club Barbara Judkins,  PDG & VG Ted Huffhines, PDG & Membership Chair Lee Montgomery, DGE Jack Welge
 
 
District Leadership at Zone Training  2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

DG Jim's Official visit to Pittsburg RC

Pittsburg Rotary Club members welcome DG Jim Finstrom and wife Tricia to their club.
 
From left to right:  AG Nathan Reves, Club President Kay Green, Tricia Finstorm and DG Jim. 
 
DG Jim's Official visit to Pittsburg RC 2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at work in Tyler 

PDG Bill Hedges volunteers at East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, Texas. This project is sponsored by the Tyler Rotary Club.
 
Rotarians at work in Tyler  2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

A & M Fish Camp

PDG Bill Hedges worked at the month long A&M Fish Camp in Palestine, Tex. cleaning up cabins for the 2019 Freshman Class. With broom in hand he joined other volunteers in this worthwhile task.  For non-Aggies, Fish Camp is a 4-day extended orientation program that takes place at Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine, Texas.
 

Fish Camp is led by A&M students who are passionate about making the first year of college a success for freshmen!

Every counselor has valuable personal experience, so they can offer advice about classes, College Station, and anything else you need as you begin your journey as an Aggie!

A & M Fish Camp 2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Kilgore and Lions Club work together

Rotarians and Lions working together at the KISD One Stop registration helping students get ready for the beginning of school. Lions taught the Rotarians how to check the students vision and Rotarians measured the feel of students for a new pair of shoes and socks.
 
 
Rotary Club of Kilgore and Lions Club work together 2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulation! DGND Carolyn Franks 

CAROLYN FRANKS is a native of Pittsburg, Texas and a graduate of Pittsburg High School and the University of North Texas.  District Governor Nominee Designate Carolyn Franks will hold the District Governor position from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
 
From 1987-1998 she taught choir and piano at Pittsburg ISD where she started the piano program which still is being taught today at Pittsburg Jr. High and High School.
 
She currently serves on the boards of the Camp County Historical Commission, the Pittsburg-Camp County Library, the Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Pittsburg Rotary Club and the 20th Century Study Club. 
Congratulation! DGND Carolyn Franks  2019-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

District Leadership Team at Council of Governors Meeting 

2019-2020 Leadership Team at the COG Meeting on August 3, 2019 in Longview, Texas. 
Back Row left to right: PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, PDG Lee Montgomery, PDG John Henson, DG Jim Finstrom, DGE Jack Welge, PDG Tom DeWitt, PDG Dr. Phil Bandel, PDG Jim Archer, PDG & VG Ted Huffhines,
Front Row left to right: DGND Carolyn Franks, PDG John Jetter, PDG Fay J. Durrant, IPDG Judy Guthrie, PDG Jo Ann Parkman, PDG Shirley Griffin, Attended not pictured: DGN Mike Groom 
 
Congratulation to Pittsburg Rotary Club Past President Carolyn Franks for being selected as the 2022-2023 District Governor.  
District Leadership Team at Council of Governors Meeting  2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring Sulphur Spring Rotarian Stan Kent

Stan Kent and his wife Nancy, along with three horses, moved to Sulphur Springs, Texas over several months in 2014.  Stan had retired from the school district in Wichita, Kansas, located a large ranch with a stable (to which he later added riding arena) in the Sulphur Springs area, and started the next phase of his life.   He remarks: ‘June was probably NOT the best time to start the move to Texas!’
 
 

 
Honoring Sulphur Spring Rotarian Stan Kent 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Texarkana International RC Community Involvement  2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Kilgore Rotary Club Shoe Project 

Jerry Camp and Tom Sartor are ready for Day 2 of the Rotary Club of Kilgore Shoe Project.  They measured 397 students for shoes.  
Kilgore Rotary Club Shoe Project  2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Join us in Honolulu June 9, 2020

Now is the time to register for RI Convention 2020.  You will see beautiful scenes, fantastic food and activities and most importantly wonderful fellowship with your Rotary International Family. Register today!   http://www.riconvention.org/en
A Rotary Young Professional Special Event 21 & Up. 
Join us in Honolulu June 9, 2020 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Tyler Policemen at Bergfeld Park 

Thank You! Tyler Police Department for setting a great example and having fun with the Tyler Kiddos.  This was Splasher Grand Opening at Bergfeld Park in Tyler.
 
Tyler Policemen at Bergfeld Park  2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership and New Club Development Month 

STATE OF ROTARY MEMBERSHIP As of 1 January 2019
•1,206,501 ROTARIANS, which is an increase of 11,394 members since 1 July. 
•35,663 CLUBS (down 18 from 1 July). Starting new clubs expands our reach and increases our capacity for service around the world. We know that for many clubs, flexibility has proven a great way to address the varied needs of club members.
•Women now make up 23 percent of our membership, an increase of about 1 percent since 1 July.
•The information in Rotary Club Central suggests that the majority of our members are between ages 50 and 69, though accurate percentages are hard to gauge because 41 percent do not include their age in their membership profiles.
 
Click Here for more information on Membership Development (https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/learn-topic/membership)
 
 
Membership and New Club Development Month  2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Iron House Square in Mineola 

The Rotary Club of Mineola donated 20 Live Oak Trees to Iron House Square in Mineola and this was tree watering day.   " Teaching our future generation to care for our park."
Iron House Square in Mineola  2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

PDG Ted Huffhines at Zone Meeting

PDG, VG and District Foundation Chair, Ted Huffhines was in New Orleans at a Zone Training Meeting.  Ask PDG Ted about his  "Magic Show".   I understand the "Magic Show" explained how District (club) Grants and Global Grants are funded.   
PDG Ted Huffhines at Zone Meeting 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club's Interact Club 

Interact students participated at the monthly Texarkana Opportunities residents special needs dance sponsored by the Arkansas Elks Lodge.  The Interact Club has attended this dance for the last 6 years and been able to develop some amazing friendships. 
 
Interact Students at work at a two day event to raise money for Texarkana Detective Holly Smith. 
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club's Interact Club  2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim

 

Let us keep membership in mind this month and finish forming our club membership committees. Get them working with diversity in mind, and plan an event to invite potential members. We had great Zone Training in New Orleans last month that featured Innovation and Membership and Foundation growth. The program was innovative, and you could see the result of hard work under Chairman Floyd Lancia. I encourage assistant governors who were not there and club presidents and presidents-elect to go to the Zone Training on August 9 - August 10 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  http://www.rizones30-31.org/) I believe you will not be sorry you went. Also, keep World Polio Day, October 24th, in your plans, and support Polio Plus. The end of polio is near, and the needs for inoculation are challenging. We want to remember a successful campaign. Come to the Marshall Clubs 100th Anniversary celebration on August 24th which features International President Mark Daniel Maloney. You will enjoy meeting and hearing him.  Make sure you register soon. I look forward to seeing you at my club visits.
 
Your District Governor, Jim Finstrom
Message from DG Jim   2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG

Marshall Rotary Club's 100th Year Celebration 

 Did you know that the Rotary Club Of Marshall Texas will be celebrating 100 years of Rotary service this coming August 24th, or, that, among the hundreds of projects initiated by the Marshall club, one of the most profound was having the courage to induct two women (Carolyn Abney and Patti Harris) into Rotary as probably the the first two woman in Texas to be inducted into Rotary in August of 1987, and one of those two women, Patti Harris will be present at this celebration event?  
 
The theme of our centennial banquet is "Celebrating a Century of Changing Lives in Marshall and Beyond".  Rotary International President , 2019-1920, Mark Maloney will be our speaker, and his wife, Gay, who is a Rotarian as well, will be present.

 
Marshall Rotary Club's 100th Year Celebration  2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Getting to know your 2019-2020 Governor

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.
Getting to know your 2019-2020 Governor 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Marshall Rotary Club Celebrates their 100th Year 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 District 5830 Leadership Team 

 
 
 
 
 
 
On June 29, 2019 in Jefferson, Texas, District 5830 Leadership Team was installed as the District Officers for 2019-2020.  The District Leaders were challenged to support DG Jim Finstrom and Rotary International President Mark Maloney theme "Rotary Connects the World".  
2019-2020 District 5830 Leadership Team  2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Leadership Change

PDG Carroll Greenwaldt inducts and congratulates District 5830 2019-2020 DG Jim Finstrom.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DG Jim Finstrom congratulates IPDG Judy Guthrie on a successful year and presents a framed art piece of IPDG Judy's Rotary Theme. All the pictures taken at the event will be placed on the District Photo Album. 
District Leadership Change 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
West Bowie Rotary Club At Work In Their Community  2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Lindale Rotary Club & Lindale American Legion Joint Project  2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Oaklawn Rotary Club at work in Texarkana 

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club makes a generous donation to Texarkana, Tx Parks & Recreation to purchase additional picnic benches for the Rotary Splash-Pad at Spring Lake Park. 
 
Oaklawn Rotary Club at work in Texarkana  2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Longview Midtown Rotarians at work  2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulation to Carolyn Franks 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

50 Years of Rotary Service

During the joint end of year celebration of Texarkana's  5 local Rotary Clubs, Oaklawn Rotary Club member Winford Dunn was honored as he celebrates 50 years as a Rotarian!   
Pictures from left to right: Oaklawn Rotary Club President, Jennifer Stuart, Winford Dunn, Past President Stefanie Brazile, PDG & Guest Speaker Lee Montgomery. 
 
 
50 Years of Rotary Service 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Jim 

Well, I have been installed as your 2019-2020 District Governor and am eager to go forward. So that we might all receive the Presidential Citation, this month, let's begin by appointing or re-appointing an active club membership committee and an active Foundation committee, with each comprised of no less than five members. Don't forget to report the chairs to Rotary International. Respective goals could include an increase in club membership and an increased donation to both the Foundation and Polio Plus. I look forward to meeting with each of your clubs. Please let me know how I may be of service above self to you. We will connect Rotary with the world together.
 
I am extending my personal invitation for all District 5830 Rotarians to attend the Marshall 100th anniversary celebration on August 24, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Marshall Convention Center in Marshall, Texas, with our International President, Mark Daniel Maloney, giving the keynote address. This will be a rare opportunity to personally meet and greet an International President, and I think you will love Mark Daniel Maloney. I specially invite members of the Jefferson, Longview, Tyler, and Carthage Clubs, which were begun by the Marshall Club. I would love to give him the biggest Texas welcome we can muster. Please register at MarshallRotary.org, and be a part of this exciting celebration.
Message from DG Jim  2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0 Messages from the DG
South Tyler Rotary Club Wins Bill Campbell Award  2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Club Scout Pack End of Year Celebration 

Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club and BWI Companies, Inc. partnered in September 2018 to sponsor Caddo Area Council Scoutreach Pack 530 at Nash Elementary.  Scoutreach Coordinator Sarah White, Intern Brianna Black and Program Aides, presented awards to the Pack at a year end celebration.  Complete with the pledge, moto and fun snacks from Sunrise Rotary Club. 
Club Scout Pack End of Year Celebration  2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Rotarians  Salutes our Military 

Texarkana Rotarians building America Flags on the 75th celebration of D Day.  After 2 hours of building Amercian flags, Texarkana Rotary Club members Salute our Military.   Texarkana's four Rotary Clubs deliver approximately 4700 flags six times a year to Businesses and Individuals. Displaying that many flags at one time on Holidays is a beautiful site.    
Texarkana Rotarians  Salutes our Military  2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

District 5830 Rotarians in Hamburg, Germany

District 5830 Rotarians enjoyed the 2019 Rotary International Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Rotarians had the opportunity to see some historial places like the remains of the Berlin Wall. 
 
District 5830 Rotarians in Hamburg, Germany 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Cedar Creek Lake RC's 23rd Annual Celebrity Waiter Event

The Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club is holding their 23rd annual Celebrity Waiter Event on AUGUST 17, 2019 at the CR Legacy Event Center, in Gun Barrel City.  This is www.RotaryCCL.org main fund raising event each year.  Please contact Cedar Creek Lake to sponsor a table or click on the link below to purchase an individual ticket for $100.00 per ticket. Supporting KLOTHES FOR KIDS and the continuing effort to eradicate POLIO…
 
Cedar Creek Lake RC's 23rd Annual Celebrity Waiter Event 2019-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Marshall Rotary Club 100th Celebration 

Registration for Marshall Rotary Club's 100 Celebration event on Aug. 24 is now open on the Marshall web site.  Rotary International President's Mark Maloney will be the Guest  Speaker. 
 
Marshall, TX Rotary Club, was Chartered, August 1st, 1919.  We will be "Celebrating a Century of Changing Lives in Marshall – and Beyond",at 5:30 PM, August 24, 2019, at the Marshall Convention Center, Marshall Texas
 
Marshall Rotary Club 100th Celebration  2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Rotary Council on Legislation Actions

PDG John Jetter attended the triennial Rotary Council on Legislation as RI District 5830’s representative.  The Council met at the Hyatt Regency Chicago April 14 to 18, 2019.  The Council (one representative for each of 530 plus districts) considered 117 enactments of which 42 were adopted.
 
The 2019 Council on Legislation was not near as progressive as the 2016 Council.  However, it did take some interesting actions.
 
The Councils actions will effect changes to The Rotary International constitution and bylaws and the Rotary club constitution and suggested bylaws.  These changes will be effective July 1, 2019.  Clubs should be aware that they will be required to adopt the new club constitution and review their bylaws to ensure conformity with the new constitutions and bylaws by July 1, 2019.  When they become available, please download them from the Rotary International website.
 
Please click on “Read More” below to see John’s summary of the significant actions taken.
 
John wishes to thank the Rotarians of District 5830 for the opportunity to serve them as the district’s representative to the 2019 Councils on Legislation.  Attending such Rotary events is always an eye opening and thought provoking Rotary experience!
 
Please feel free to call John with your comments or questions.
2019 Rotary Council on Legislation Actions 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Atlanta RC Next Chapter Book Club

Atlanta Area club has been sponsoring a “Next Chapter Book Club” for the last 2 years. Members Sheri New, David Lester and Fern Porter have been encouraging these “reading challenged” adults to open up the world of books and discover new vistas! This year they read about cats who can walk through walls and horses that can soar over stiles. There have been fun moments of suspense as we read each week.
Atlanta RC Next Chapter Book Club 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

District 5830 4 Way Speech Contest 

4 Way Test Speech Contest winners and sponsoring club.
Winner of the 4 Way Test Speech Contest.  From left to right:
Connelly Cowan 3rd Place Winner from Mt. Pleasant
Jorgann Hulyerson 1st Place Winner from Cedar Creek Lake
Brian Baird 2nd Place Winner from Mt. Vernon. 
 
 
 
District 5830 4 Way Speech Contest  2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Register NOW for DGE Jim Finstrom  and District Officers Installation 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

 Global Scholar

 Connor Lind, 2018-2019 District 5830 Global Scholar.  Clubs can have a Global Scholar coordinator and all members can be on the lookout for possible students looking to pursue a Masters Degree in one of Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus. Applicants  should be accepted by their college/university. Clubs can get applications and information at Rotary.org by searching Global Grants. Nominations can be sent to the District Administrator in the fall of 2019 or no later than January 31, 2020. PDG Lee Montgomery is available for assistance at d5830leem1617@gmail.com
 

 

 Global Scholar 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships Month

Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

How do I join a fellowship?

Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the links below.

Rotary Fellowships Month 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Athens Rotary Club's Scholarship Recipients 

Orval Pirtle Memorial Scholarships-- Athens
Cole Sumrall- Athens, Maribel Figueroa - Athens, Victor Silva - Brownsboro, Ashlyn Gartman - Brownsboro, William Scott Blair Jr. - Cross Roads, Madelynn Arwood - Cross Roads, Zoe Hebrank - LaPoynor, Whitney Berryhill - LaPoynor
Ron Baugh Scholarship-Athens
Bandera Barter - Athens, Caitlin Bomer - Athens, Natalie Harrell - Athens, Yasmin Torres - Brownsboro, Danaleigh Stiles - Cross Roads, Hayley Ned - Trinidad
Athens Rotary Club's Scholarship Recipients  2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

2018-2019  DG  Judy Guthrie Multi-District Conference Cruise

Well....those of you who didn't go on the Multi District Conference Cruise missed a really good time!! We had really good speakers, played games to win prizes, helped the District in Cozumel paint a school, had beautiful weather and wonderful food. All in all, everyone had fun! WE WERE ON A CRUISE Y'ALL and didn't spend all day in a meeting room. We had speakers on Friday and Sunday mornings plus a memorial service for Rotarians in our four Districts who had passed away this past year. We had games in the afternoons if you wanted to play.....hula hoop, shuffleboard, and bean bag throw (also known as corn hole). I'm proud to say that a Rotarian from 5830, Mary Moss and her husband Bill won the bean bag throw!! I hope the DGs following us will do something for their District Conferences that is as much fun as this one was and can manage to get as many good speakers as we had. Please see pictures of the fun on the District Website Photo Album. 
 
In Rotary Service
2018-2019 District 5830 Governor Judy Guthrie
2018-2019  DG  Judy Guthrie Multi-District Conference Cruise 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

In June 1945, Marshall RC sponsors Carthage Rotary Club 

Marshall Rotary Club sponsors Carthage Rotary Club.  Even more relevant than that is the fact that Judy Guthrie is the 2018-2019 District Governor of District 5830.  Judy was the first female member of the Rotary Club of Carthage, having joined in February of 2004!  Written by: PDG Jim Fitzgerald
 
The flash back into the past requires that the stage be set. World War II had ended May 8, 1945, but the war in Japan was still raging. 
 
A little over a month later, in the Sunday, June 17, 1945 edition of the Marshall News Messenger, Marshall club president, Gordon Boone, announced that several members of the Marshall and Center Texas Rotary clubs had met for the first meeting of the new Rotary club in Carthage, Texas, Friday June 15.
In June 1945, Marshall RC sponsors Carthage Rotary Club  2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 District Governor Judy Guthrie  

Well, it looks like this is my Swan Song!  All I can say is that it has been a heckuva a ride!  This past year will be one of the fondest memories I will ever have.  I have seen people I haven't seen in a long time and met some very fine Rotarians whom I didn't know but can now call my friends.  We have a great District with some amazing people who helped me out at every corner....for which I am eternally grateful.  It is with a heavy heart that I say good bye;  but you will see me again in the coming years as I don't intend to disappear!  Yours in Rotary Service, Judy
 
Carthage Rotary Club members from left to right: Back row-Cindy Deloney, Nick Durham, Renee Nolen, Barbara Cordell, Joe Bostick, Jim Young, Tommie Smith, Randy Liedtke, Lynda Seidel, Ray Schieffer, Keri Vance, Front row- Lynn Vincent, Carson Joines, Ann Flowers, Bev Brown, Lincoln King and DG Judy. 
 
2018-2019 District Governor Judy Guthrie   2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

 District 5830 4 Way Speech Contest 

Our annual 4 Way Speech Contest was a great success!  We had 19 contestants this year and being a judge is becoming more and more difficult.  These young people are just getting better and better.  The First, Second and Third Place winners are pictured here.  Congratulations to them and all the contestants for a job well done!

A big "Thank You" to Amy Hinton and the Members of Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club for hosting the event. In Rotary Service,
DG Judy
 
From Left to right: 3rd place winner Connelly Cowan from Mt. Pleasant, 1st place winner Jorgann Hulyerson from Cedar Creek Lake, 2nd place winner Brian Baird from Mt. Vernon.  
 District 5830 4 Way Speech Contest  2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Four Rotary Clubs Honor Area Teachers 

Texarkana Teachers were honored on April 25, 2019 during the Texarkana Rotary Clubs' 26th Annual Cecil Phillips Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  Rotary International's theme for 2018-2019 is "Be the Inspiration" and guest speaker Johnny Key, the Commissioner of Education for the Arkansas Department of Education built upon that theme and spoke about the teachers who inspired him through his educational career. He also commended Texarkana's Teachers on remaining an inspiration in the classroom.
From left to right: Sunrise Rotary member and Luncheon Committee Member assisted DG Judy Guthrie with a gift of appreciation to Keynote Speaker Johnny Key. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Left to right: Oaklawn President, Stefanie Brazile, Johnny Key, Oaklawn President Elect  Jennifer Stuart and Oaklawn Secretary, Tonya Duphy. 
Texarkana Four Rotary Clubs Honor Area Teachers  2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary women who are leading the fight to end polio 

During International Women's Day, Women shared stories of humanitarian service. District 5830 Leadership Team is adding "Our Polio Warrior, PDG Shirley Griffin to list of outstanding women.   

PDG Shirley Griffin who was recently honored by our District 5830  for her leadership in raising over $750,000 over the last 10-15 years to eradicate Polio.

Left to right: Dr. John Griffin, PDG Ann Lee Hussey, PDG Shirley Griffin and DG Judy Guthrie

Clink below to read about the other 5 Women that shared their story during International Women's Day.  https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-women-inspire-international-womens-day .

Rotary women who are leading the fight to end polio  2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Gilmer Interact Club Sponsoring 5 K Run 

The Gilmer Interact Club will sponsor a 5k Color Run to benefit local non-profit Refuge International on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. starting a Gilmer High School and finishing at the Gilmer Square for the Cherokee Rose Festival.  The first 30 runners will receive t-shirts, $15.00 per runner. 
Gilmer Interact Club Sponsoring 5 K Run  2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Services Month 2019-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

CONGRATULATIONS to IPDG Ted Huffhines and PDG Dr. Phil Bandel

  It is my pleasure to announce that Ted Huffhines has been selected as District 5830 member to serve on the committee that will meet on September 15 - 30 to nominate the new Director for our Zone 31. Also, congratulations to Dr. Phil Bandel who will serve as our Member Alternate if Ted can't make it.
 
Congratulations to both of these outstanding Rotarians!!

In Rotary Service, DG Judy Guthrie
CONGRATULATIONS to IPDG Ted Huffhines and PDG Dr. Phil Bandel 2019-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Texarkana Interact Student Honored 

Congratulation to Texarkana Oaklawn's Interact Club member, Kaitlyn Oliver, Arkansas High Senior, for being honored at the annual Leadership Texarkana Lunch with Leaders banquet.  Kaitlyn was one of two recipients presented with a 2019 youth Wilbur Award for Community Leadership!  Kaitlyn has volunteered numerous hours in our community and school through her involvement in Interact, Student Council and other school clubs. She has also attended several community leadership training.
 
Texarkana Interact Student Honored  2019-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Heart to Heart 

Thank you IPDG Ted Huffhines for educating Texarkana's  Oaklawn, Sunrise and Wilbur Smith Rotary clubs the week of April 15, 2019 about "Heart to Heart".  Heart to Heart is Rotary's efforts in Mexico to improve schools
and healthcare in and around the city of more than 20 million people. 
Heart to Heart  2019-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 District 5830 Training Assembly 

DGE Jim Finstrom welcomed 109 Rotarians to the 2019-2020 District Training Assembly that was held at the Mt. Pleasant ISD Administration Building in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on April 6, 2019.  I believe everyone was energized with our Guest Speaker Mitty Chang's motivational presentation on Membership.   A big "Thank You" goes out to Judd Marshall, Superintendent of Education for the Mt. Pleasant ISD and members of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club for all their help and support to make this an outstanding event. 
2019-2020 District 5830 Training Assembly  2019-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring the memory of Cesar Castro and Local Home Town Girl 

Members of Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club gathered in support of  their home town girl, Riley Thompson of Mabank.  Riley, who is only 16, made it to the final 14 on ‘American Idol.  Unfortunately, Riley is out...but she’s staying strong with an extremely bright future.
 
Also fellow Rotarian, Cesar Castro passed away on April 5th. In honor of Cesar's memory all the Rotarians dressed in colorful clothing and costumes to honor a character..liked by all who know him; Cesar was really into the "pirate thing".
Honoring the memory of Cesar Castro and Local Home Town Girl  2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Three Tornadoes hit Alto, Texas

 PDG Bill Hedges is with Emergency Response Coordinator at Alto, Tx tornado site.   Volunteers helped with debris removal after three tornadoes swept through the City of Alto on April 16, 2019.    The path of destruction was a quarter mile wide. Many house were demolished by the strong winds.  Additional volunteers are still needed along with warehouse needs to serve the resident in Alto.  Local logging truck operators and kitchen crews and food donation were plentiful. 
Three Tornadoes hit Alto, Texas 2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulation Longview Rotary Club 

The Rotary Club of Longview’s “ROTAVIEW” has been selected as the District 5830 Rotary Contest Winner for 1Q2019. ROTAVIEW is an excellent example a club bulletin that displays a positive image within its community, serves as a great means of attracting prospective members, and is very effective in communicating current information to its membership.  
(You can find a copy of the winning entry “ROTAVIEW” on the District Website documents downloads.)
Congratulation Longview Rotary Club  2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Tyler Recognizes Smith County Students and Teachers 

Rotary Club of Tyler President George Roberts greet more than 300 Students, Teachers and Guests  at the Annual Young Citizens Awards Banquet the evening of April 16, 2019.  Their Keynote Speaker was Phil Burks who  thanks students for inspiring him to do his best as he hears of their many accomplishments and goals. Seated at the head table are (L) Rotary Club of Tyler Past-President David Jones, Rotary Club of Tyler President-Elect Dr. D.M. Edwards, Keynote Speaker and Founder & CEO of the Genesis Group Phil Burks, and Rotary Club of Tyler President George Robert.  The banquet was held at the  University of Texas at Tyler Ornelas Activity Center.
 
 
Rotary Club of Tyler Recognizes Smith County Students and Teachers  2019-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Henderson Rotary Club welcomes DG Judy  2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Girls Night Out Fundraiser

Bingo! The Paris Rotary Club’s first Women’s Night Out was a hit, raising more than $25,000 to support the organization’s various community service programs. The offering was a night of fun, fellowship and fundraising at the Love Civic Center on Thursday as hundreds of women came to play bingo for the chance to win one of several designer purses. Rotary Club President Andy Cobb said, "more than 500 tickets were sold prior to the event, far exceeding my expectations."
 
Girls Night Out Fundraiser 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

South Tyler RC received "A Proclamation

City of Tyler Mayor Martin Heines proclaimed February 23, 2019 as "The Rotary Club of South Tyler Day".  Mayor Heines presented the proclamation to President Amanda Folmar at their March 4th meeting.  City Council members Don Warren and Bob Westbrook, both members of our club are also shown in the picture. The proclamation coincided with the 114th anniversary of Rotary International.
 
South Tyler RC received "A Proclamation"  2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Athens' Students of the Month

Donna Meredith, President of Athen's Rotary Club, congratulates the Rotary Students of the Month:
 
Fowler- ACPA High School, Heidi Davis -AISD Middle School, Yuvia Leon-AISD High School, Mitchell Koerth - ACPA Middle School
 

 
Athens' Students of the Month 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Local Teacher Benefits from Fundraiser

Everyone had a great time at O’FarrellVineyards 
when the Atlanta Area club hosted the recent event to raise grant money for a local teacher who tells how she will teach the 4-Way Test in her classroom.  Interacters from Queen City High school assisted with parking and delivering glasses of water. Pictured are Fern and Jerry Porter, President of Atlanta Rotary Club with some of their friends. Music was provided by Randy Aterbaumer.
Local Teacher Benefits from Fundraiser 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Oaklawn Rotary Club  " A Club of Action"

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club's Rotarians support the Texarkana Harvest Regional Food Bank.  Did you know that 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger in the Texarkana area and 1 in 4 of those people are children?
 
 
The Club's guest speaker, Doug Dietz  spoke to the members about the role Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank plays across the communities in our regions.  Harvest Regional Food Bank has been in Texarkana since 1989.  Each year they help distribute approximately 3.2 million pounds of food through various programs.  One of those programs is the Backpack Program. 
Oaklawn Rotary Club  " A Club of Action" 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Oaklawn Rotary Club "Charter First Program"

Oaklawn Rotary Club celebrates their youth leaders that participates in the Character First Program.  
 
Receiving the Character First Awards are Jenna Dupree and Jackson Ship. 
Oaklawn Rotary Club "Charter First Program" 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulation to DGE Jim Finstrom

During Jefferson Rotary Club's monthly Service Above Self Meet & Greet, President Brooke Bradley-LaFleur and future Rotarian, Tripp LeFleur presented DGE Jim Finstrom his Paul Harris Fellow +5 pin.
Congratulation to DGE Jim Finstrom 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

April is Maternal and Child Health Month 

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. 

Rotary expands 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.

April is Maternal and Child Health Month  2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

 2019 Longview Greggton PRCA Rodeo

Save the Date! Longview Greggton Rotary will sponsored PRCA Rodeo on April 12 & 13, 2019. Gates open at 5:45 pm both nights.
Visits longviewrodeo.org for more information about tickets, sponsorships and vendor information.
 2019 Longview Greggton PRCA Rodeo 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Wilbur Smith RC Four Way Test  Speech Winners 

 Congratulations to Wilbur Smith Rotary Club's Four Way Test Speech contest winners.  This year's theme is: Using the Four Way Test- How will you be an inspiration to your school and your community?
Upper left: 1st Place Winner - Adison Cummings from Arkansas High
Lower left: 2nd Place Winner - Thomas Stutton from Texas Hight
Upper right: 3rd Place Winner - Alydia Howard with Liberty Eylau
Wilbur Smith RC Four Way Test  Speech Winners  2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Lindale Rotary Club's Annual Fundraiser 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 Leadership Team at PETS 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"We enjoyed meeting 2019-2020 International President Mark Maloney and listening to his energy-infused plans for 2019-2020 and connecting with other DGE's per our new theme "Rotary Connects the World."  Jim" Finstrom, Dist. 5830 DGE.
 
Go to the Photo Album Library on the District 5830 Website to view additional pictures taken at PETS. 
2019-2020 Leadership Team at PETS  2019-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

2019 District 5830 Foundation Banquet 

On February 23rd, District 5830 Rotarians gathered at the beautiful Northridge Country Club in Texarkana, TX for the 2019 District Foundation Banquet.  Approximately 120 Rotarians, spouses, and guests shared a lovely meal.  Very generous Rotarians who had attained their first Paul Harris Fellow award and additional levels were honored.  Others were honored as new Paul Harris Society participants. Trey Smith of Longview was honored for his advancing in his Major Donor level to Level II.    PDG Ted and Angela Huffhines were given a standing ovation for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation, achieving Arch Klumph Trustee’s Circle status. 
 
The following were recognized for the PHF advancements: IPDG Ted Huffhines, DGE Jim Finstrom, Carolyn Franks, Amanda Folmar, Diane Kavanaughn, AG John Hart, Bill, DG Judy Guthrie, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt. Clubs were also honored for their Polio Plus and Annual Fund (SHARE) contributions in 2018.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Ann Lee Hussey from Maine.  Ann Lee shared her story as a Polio Survivor and then shared her experiences in being a global leader in the fight to eradicate Polio, having led or participated in over 30 National Immunization Days in various parts of the world.  In each of these, millions and even 10’s of millions of children are immunized within the short space of a week to 10 days.  Ann Lee’s address was truly spellbinding! 
 
Presentation of Appreciation to Ann Lee Hussey - From left to right: PDG & Foundation Chair Carroll Greenwaldt, Ann Lee Hussey, DG Judy Guthrie
2019 District 5830 Foundation Banquet  2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Paris United RYLA Camp Report 

  The Rotary Club of Paris United sponsored 12 Juniors from local High Schools and 2 student leaders from Paris Junior College to participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camp the weekend of February 22-24, 2019 in Athens, TX, along with approximately 90 other high school students from NE Texas. RYLA is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people selected for their leadership potential attend a weekend camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.
Paris United RYLA Camp Report