Andrea and I wanted to take a few moments to thank Henry Moy, Vickie Smith, and Stephen Ratcliff with the Museum of the Red River along with the members of Idabel Rotary Club for all their work making the conference run smoothly.  A special “Thanks” goes to the 2021-2022 District 5830 Conference Committee for assistance in planning the event.  The museum is a hidden gem and I encourage you to visit it if you have not toured the museum.   It was very disappointing to us that COVID hit our family and we were not able to attend but we left it in good hands with the Event Committee and District Leadership Team.
We appreciate the inspirational message delivered by our guest speaker Enrique Garcia.  I understand “Sweet Sounds” was the hit of the Saturday program. We are sorry we missed these sweet children.
Congratulation goes out to the clubs and members that received special recognition for their work in their clubs and communities during the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.  For pictures taken at the event go to the District 5830 Photo Album.  Below is a listing of the awards presented on Saturday.
Paul Allen received the Special Service Award for many years volunteering at LoneStar PETS as a ranger.
Greg Hollen received the District Rotarian of the Year
Quitman Rotary Club received the Bill Campbell Award
The District Service Awards by Area where as follows:
Ralph Waits – Area #1 – Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club
Michael Nickey – Area #2 – Paris United Rotary Club
Malik Latif - Area #3 – Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club
Toni Woods – Area #4 – Jefferson Rotary Club
Linda Sartor – Area #5- Kilgore Rotary Club
Shelbie Glover- Area #6- Lindale Rotary Club
Mart Hooper – Area #7- Henderson Rotary Club
Damon Donnell- Area #8- Athens Rotary Club
Sam Scroggins – Area #9- Quitman Rotary Club
Polio Posse Awards:
Large Club Winner: Longview Rotary Club – John Cromer, President
Medium Club Winner: Henderson Rotary Club – David Higgs, President
Small Club Winner: Texarkana International RC – Sil Gomez, President
Presidential Citation Awards:
         Club                                                   Club President
  1. Athens                                               Damon Donnell
  2. Carthage                                           Cameron Phillips
  3. Cedar Creek Lake                            Tonya Chapman
  4. Clarksville                                         Tara King
  5. Gilmer                                               Michael Blanks
  6. Gladewater                                       Luke Kimbrough
  7. Henderson                                        David Higgs
  8. Jefferson                                           Toni Woods
  9. Kilgore                                               Megan Hamner
  10. Longview (Greggton)                       Colt Edwards
  11. Longview                                           Jon Cromer
  12. Marshall                                            Hanna Luce
  13. Mt. Vernon                                        Pat Bass-Wright
  14. Paris United                                      Julie Anderson
  15. Pittsburgh                                          Rachel Miner
  16. Quitman                                            Richard Gardner
  17. South Tyler                                       Beth Blaisdell
  18. Texarkana International                   Sil Gomez
  19. Texarkana Oaklawn                         Mark Luckett
  20. Texarkana Sunrise                           Landon Forbes
  21. Tyler                                                  Bill Paschall
  22. Wills Point                                         Brian Kirik
Because of the generous sponsors we will be able to send over $6,000 to the Rotary Foundation from the net proceeds of the conference. (We will have final amounts when all revenues are collected and expenses paid).
Platinum Sponsors
Tri-County Ford
Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club
Longview Rotary Club
South Tyler Rotary Club and PDG Lee Montgomery, PDG Tom DeWitt and DGN Jeff Johnston
Museum of the Red River
Trey Smith
Gold Sponsors
IPDG Mike and Andrea Groom
DG Carolyn Franks and Pittsburg Rotary Club
DGE Karen and Randy Maines
Silver Sponsors
PDG Ted and Angela Huffhines       PDG Fay J Durrant                          PDG Jack and Ava Welge
Quitman Rotary Club                         Idabel Rotary Club                          Jefferson Rotary Club
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club       Athens Rotary Club                          Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club
Longview Greggton Rotary Club      Antlers & Hugo Rotary Clubs           Lindale Rotary Club
Door Prize Sponsors
Carthage Rotary Club                      Paris United Rotary Club                   Overton Rotary Club
AG Diane Kavanaugh                      Henderson Rotary Club                     Kilgore Rotary Club
DA Shirley Pinnix-Evans                 Mt. Vernon Rotary Club                      Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club
DGE Karen Maines                          Holly Lewis