Jack and Ava Welge 

Governor 2020 - 2021
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Rotary District 5830

2020-2021 Theme
CLUBRUNNER SUPPORT:  Call 1-877-469-2582; Option 2  These people are so NICE and helpful and know how to do the ABC,123 of helping you . They are patient and really listen.  Try them, I have - many times!
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Online Training:
Rotary Club Central and Understanding Citation Requirements
Email: to receive training link and training material. 
Upcoming Events
DG Jack Welge Official Visit to Marshall RC
Jul 30, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Zone Virtual Seminar - Foundation Part 2
Aug 01, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
DG Jack Welge Official Visit to South Tyler RC
Aug 03, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DG Jack Welge Official Visit to Lindale RC
Aug 04, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DG Jack Official Visit to: Tyler Sunrise Board Mtg
Aug 05, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
DG Jack Welge Official Visit to Tyler Sunrise RC
Aug 06, 2020 6:30 AM
DG Jack Welge Official Visit to: Cedar Creek Lake
Aug 07, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Zone Virtual Seminar-Club & District Mtgs.
Aug 08, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
DG Jack: Service Project with Tyler Rotary Clubs
Aug 12, 2020
1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
DG Jack Official Visit to: Henderson Rotary Club
Aug 13, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Bulletin Editor
Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
August 2020 
DG Jack's Message: Have you thought? When life was going to begin.
"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.
The message is timeless and sums up our current condition.

Today is our time.  Are we meeting?  Are we sharing friendship and fellowship?

If health concerns of club members remain, are we making plans to meet through Zoom or Google Meet?  Are we still participating in service projects?

Remember, the magic of Rotary lies not in our meeting places or restaurants or halls, but in each of us. It is our interaction that creates the magic that impacts and saves lives.

Our District Leadership Team is here to help. We are open.

Share your concerns, projects, and plans with us. Together we are Rotary.  We make a difference.

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.

Here are five ways the new My Rotary will make your job as a club officer a bit easier:

  1. Streamline accounts with ease. The updated registration process makes it possible to match existing records and eliminate duplicate accounts for the same person.
  2. Quick access to your club pages. When a member signs in, their home menu will provide access to pages that display information about their club, including its finances, goals, and reports. As a club officer, you can easily update meeting information, add club officers, and make changes to your club’s roster right from your homepage.
  3. Add detailed meeting information. Not only can you add the time, place, and format of your club meetings, you can also list the many ways your club interacts. This level of detail makes the new meeting search capabilities more robust.
  4. Find members and clubs quickly. Looking for a Rotarian you met at the Rotary International Convention? Thinking of visiting another club’s meeting during your vacation? You can use My Rotary to search for a member or club. Member profiles may include a person’s name, club, role, and contact information, depending on their settings. Club profiles, which are displayed on a map, include meeting times, locations, and the meeting language.
  5. Secure your personal information. When you create your member profile, you determine what information you want to share and with whom.
  6. If you don’t already have a My Rotary account, create one now.
  7.  My Rotary: Club Administration course in the Learning Center will have how-to guides that will help you use the new My Rotary
August is Membership Month 

August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.


    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.
    This type of grant was created to help respond to the impact of COVID 19. Approximately $13 M has been distributed around the world to respond to the pandemic. Grants were limited to $25,000. The money received by our district will be used to help the food insecure across Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Money will be given to East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, Harvest Regional Food Bank in Texarkana, Downtown Food Pantry in Paris, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and Community Chest of Sulphur Springs. The funds should be distributed in the next thirty days. The funds will be used to purchase food for distribution at various Food Banks across the District. These funds are a direct result of monies given by Rotarians around the world to support The Rotary Foundation. The generosity of our D5830 members help support these types of projects, and we encourage our clubs and members to continue their generous support of The Rotary Foundation
    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 Rotarians interested in serving as Visioning 2.0 Facilitators should also contact Sam or their club’s Assistant Governor.
    Vibrancy means that every member feels engaged and that the club is moving forward with common goals. A truly vibrant club has set these goals with a three to five year vision and a strategic plan to achieve them.
    In the fall of 2016 DG Lee Montgomery, DGE Ted Huffhines, and DGN Judy Guthrie called upon the Assistant Governors to help identify members for District 5830’s Club Visioning Facilitation Teams.  The purpose of the Facilitation Teams was to help the clubs define their longer range vision, thus leading the club to revitalization and the development of their own strategic plans. Once the Facilitator candidates were identified, leaders from Zone 30-31 were called upon to provide Training in the Club Visioning process. This training took place in June 2017 and the first Club Visioning Event followed in July with the Longview Greggton Rotary Club leading the pack. By the end of 2018, more than a dozen District clubs followed suit with Visioning Events.
    During a Visioning Event, each participating club member is called upon to advance the current clock by 3 years and to project where they believe the club should be with respect to Rotary’s avenues of service. These ideas are collected and the Facilitators help with an extraction and prioritization process to identify the club’s consensus vision for each avenue. Afterwards, the club puts together its strategic and tactical plans to progress towards its vision. Each year, the plans (and the vision) are formally reviewed and adjusted by club members as needed for revitalization.   
    In 2019, after hundreds of clubs across the Zone 30-31 had undergone successful Visioning Events, Zone Leadership initiated an effort to make the Club Visioning program stronger by incorporating a greater emphasis on turning the club’s vision into a meaningful strategic plan. That work is underway as the “Z30-31 Visioning 2.0 Project”.  According to the Visioning 2.0 project leader, Glen Vanderford, the development team is currently in the process of completing the procedural manual and streamlining the Visioning Event so that most if not all of the Event processes can be handled on-line. Glen indicates that Visioning 2.0 is expected to be rolled out in the fall of 2020 when the revamped Facilitator Training Program is ready.
    As a part of the development, District 5830 has been invited to identify a club for participation in the Visioning 2.0 Pilot along with 5 or 6 other Zone clubs. To participate, a club must commit 15 or more club members that are willing to participate in two on-line Pilot Sessions. Each session could last up to 3 hours. The dates and times for these on-line sessions will be jointly agreed between the development team and the club, but they will likely occur in late August or early September. The outcome should be a true win-win arrangement between the participating club and the development team.    
    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
    Due to COVID-19, in person meetings have become challenging.  If your club has been unable to meet in person, this is the platform several clubs have chosen to host meetings. This platform works best when the meeting is completely virtual. Rotary International has provided training and information on how your club can meet completely virtual.
    Each club should have their own YouTube Channel.  This is a free platform.  For Clubs who may have the ability to meet in person but would like to include those who may not be able to meet, this platform works best for several reasons.
    • It is easy to set up a YouTube Channel for the Club.  Click here to view our District 5830 YouTube Channel.
    • Zoom Meetings can be recorded and uploaded to the YouTube Channel for members to view at a later time.  The District YouTube Channel will feature any District Training Assemblies. 
    • When Live Streaming an event, club members can join in on the meeting by clicking a link without having to create an account.
    • In person meetings broadcasted as Live Streams are recorded automatically and meetings can be viewed at a later time by other club members, clubs and Rotarians.
    Each club should have their own Facebook Page.  This is a free platform with the potential to reach our communities through social media.  Social Media may be new for some clubs, but it is easy to manage by having one or two club members dedicated to the page. There may be some confusion on how to best utilize Facebook.  The following are guidelines the District recommends following to align with Rotary International Branding while also enhancing the Club’s Public Image.
    Page vs. Group
    • Create a Facebook Page for your club. Pages were designed to be the official profiles for organizations. “Facebook Pages enable organizations to create an authentic and public presence on Facebook. This is a public page that anyone has the ability to view” (Facebook, 2010). 
    • Some Clubs may have created a Facebook Group.  What is the difference?  “Facebook Groups are the place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests and express opinion” (Facebook, 2010).   Groups are not intended to be the considered the official representation of your organization.  
    News Feed
    • A News Feed is the content Facebook Users see when they open Facebook.  A user’s newsfeed is refreshed with new content each time the user returns to Facebook.  
    • When an individual “likes” your club’s page, they automatically will begin to follow your page.  The content posted to your club’s Facebook page will automatically show up in the News Feed of users who have liked your page. 
      • Invite users to like your page.  The Page Administrator can automatically send an invite to their Friends.  Club Members who like the page can also invite their friends to like the page as well.  The more likes your page gets, the more potential exposure your club receives.  I
    • When your Official Club Page shares content, that post can then be shared to the District Facebook Page by the District Page Administrator.  This will allow the District to display your Official Rotary Club Page’s posts rather than posts of Individuals. 
    • In order for the District to Share your Club’s Official Posts, they need to come directly from the Club’s official Facebook Page and not a personal Facebook Account.
    • A perfect Facebook post contains four factors:
      • A link
        • Any time your Club is featured in the press, that link can be shared to your Club’s Page, making the story look more official. 
        • To share a link, copy and paste a URL into the post window, Facebook will automatically display the link’s information.  After that has occurred, you can delete the URL from the window.
      • Is brief – contains 40 characters or less
        • Describe the link with a caption. For example, “Jefferson Rotarians Take Action!” is short, sweet and to the point.
      • Gets published at non peak times
        • Your Club Page is competing with other posts seen in a user’s newsfeed.  If your post is shared during non peak times, you have a better chance at reaching the user.
        • The best window for a workday is 5pm – 1am or any time on the weekend.
      • Follows other posts on a regular schedule.
        • Ideally, posting once a day will keep users engaged.  Whether it’s a link from RI, The District Page, or a news article featuring other Rotarians, consistently posting will increase the likelihood of a Facebook User seeing your content.
        • Encourage your Club members to share the Club’s Official Facebook Page post to their newsfeed, shares enhance visibility.
    • Not all Facebook Posts will contain all four elements of a “Perfect Post”.  Additionally, here are some tips and ideas for effective posts.
      • Photos showing Rotarians taking action, rather than still shot of a group meeting, make for more interesting and engaging posts.
      • Upcoming service projects.
      • “Thought of the Day/Week” – A post that can be scheduled on a regular basis with a quote or thought from your Club President.
    These guidelines were designed to help your club’s public image, stay connected within your club, your district, and with the communities we serve. 
    Join us in the 2020 Series Empowering Women in Rotary

    This inspirational series is for all to learn and grow as Rotarians in support of the Difference we can make when working together.  Each of these sessions will leave you inspired and challenged as we hear from these incredible leaders and hear the impact they are making to empower us all.
    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 if your club has not scheduled DG Jack visit.
    Look what local Rotarians are doing right now!
    Athens Rotary Club gave out $15,500 in Grants to their community!
    Jefferson Rotary Club Rotary Club of Jefferson’s “Mini-Service” Project.
    More about Athens Rotary Club Project.  We appreciate everything each of these organizations do to make Henderson County better. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.   Helen Keller Partners in Service with Rotary and Rotaract Club. Link to our Facebook page slide show. Additional contributions were made to Rainbow Room, Meals on Wheels, Matthew 25:35, Labor of Love, Love in Action, The King's Rein, Keep Athens Beautiful, Henderson County Preforming Arts Center, Henderson County Help Center, Family Peace Project, East Texas Arboretum, Casa, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Disciples Clinic of Athens, Athens Soup Kitchen. 
    More about Jefferson Rotary Club Project: Instead of meeting for lunch, we met at Jefferson Historical Museum and moved some heavy furniture and displays in their basement. We are asking the community to help us locate areas we can perform these in an hour or so during the work day.
    Note: D-5830 Members and Website Visitors

    Call me at (903) 787-8275  or e-mail me at: if you need training or have questions. Need a Make Up CLICK HERE! or Make Up with District 5830 1st EClub (Leaders In Service Rotary Club) CLICK HERE

    District Administrator Shirley Pinnix-Evans

    District Administrator, Shirley Pinnix-Evans, will help you find what you need on the District 5830 Website or Rotary International Website! Need help understanding the Rotary Citation Award requirements? If you are a visiting guest, feel free to browse this website. If you are interested in finding, or joining a Rotary club in our district, please call me at (903) 787-8275.  

    For additional information:

    Foundation: PDG & Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines - 903-930-0524

    Membership: PDG & Membership Chair Lee Montgomery- - Phone: (903) 372-1576

    Club Visioning: Sam Scroggins -Phone: (903) 497-6887

    PR & Social Media Chair: Sarah (512) 914-8962

    RYLA Website Address: Click Here:

    D-5830 Rotarians log in to the website using the "Member Login" link in the upper right corner of the page.

    Iron Lung is Available for Display!
    The iron lung is ready for display by clubs for special events!  Check the District Calendar for availability. Contact DA Shirley Pinnix-Evans to reserve the Iron Lung. 
    Please furnish a copy of the driver's license of the individual to pick up the trailer, a copy of their insurance card and the location, date, and name of event. Towing vehicle for the trailer requires a 2 inch ball and has a plug-in pigtail to hook up lights.  Shirley will need a pick up and return date.  Contact information for DA Shirley: or 903-787-8275. Each community can only have a priority request for the same event once a year, but they can make a request for the same event every year on the off chance that no one else will want the trailer for that same date.