Jim and Tricia Finstrom 

Governor 2019-20
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Rotary District 5830

2019-2020 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
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Upcoming Events
Canton DG Official Visit
Dec 05, 2019
Iron Lung for Tyler Rotary Club Christmas Parade
Dec 05, 2019
Carthage' RC's 1st Annual Holiday Color Run 12-7
Dec 07, 2019 9:00 AM
Longview Greggton Annual Fund Raiser
Dec 10, 2019
Clarksville DG Official Visit
Dec 12, 2019
Henderson RC District Governor Official Visit
Dec 19, 2019
RYLA - Staff Training
Clements Scout Ranch
Jan 24, 2020 – Jan 26, 2020
RYLA - Session 1
Clements Scout Ranch
Feb 07, 2020 – Feb 09, 2020
Foundation Banquet
Feb 08, 2020
RYLA - Session 2
Clements Scout Ranch
Feb 21, 2020 – Feb 23, 2020
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Bulletin Editor
Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator
Russell Hampton
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December 2019
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.  And, please 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 years.  Jim Finstrom
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.


Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care. For more information click the following link:
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. 
Also, in this edition you will see the first report on club membership status, up or down. This is to recognize the clubs that are growing their membership. If there is a club experiencing slippage or loss, feel free to reach out to me or the clubs with gains on the list. Let's all working together to "give the gift of Rotary" to those not with us. 
One last thing--and it's a REALLY BIG THING--GOALS! Please, PLEASE! go into Rotary Club Central and enter your membership goal for 2019-2020. You need it to qualify for your Rotary Presidential Citation and its EASY!! If you need help, don't call Ghost Busters, call District Administrator Shirley Pinnix Evans. She will breeze you right though it. Only 53% of clubs have annotated their goals. Let's get to 100%!! Also, enter your 5 member membership committee--I know that for some 10 member clubs that's a lot, but don't let that stop you!! 
Lee Montgomery, PDG
District Membership Chair
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.

Lone Star P.E.T.S. 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. When you come to Lone Star P.E.T.S. you meet with 500 President Elects and 125 President Nominees, who together with partners/spouses, presenters, facilitators, District personnel, and support staff make up the 900-1000 attendees.
Your experience will begin with seminars you select for Thursday evening, then continue with an all-day District training seminar Friday, teaching
-    How to Become a Vibrant Club Leader
-    How to Become a Vibrant Rotary Club
-    How to Grow and Engage Club Membership
-    How to Support Your Rotary Foundation to Increase Humanitarian Service
-    How to Use Fundraising that Works
-    How to Promote Your Rotary Club
-    How to Become a Leader Who Really Leads
Saturday, your training continues with Multi-District Facilitators tackling real world issues, and on
Sunday you will each be qualified by Club so your Club may join in Rotary Foundation Programs to more effectively participate in changing the world.

Most importantly, training is required but your registration fee as a President Elect is reimbursable.

Registration is now open at and hotel rooms in the discounted room block are filing fast.
We’ll see you there!
Jack Welge
District Governor Elect (2019-20)
Rotary International District 5830
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.”
Every Rotarian needs to attend at least one International Convention. It will open your eyes to the Internationality of Rotary. It will show you what Rotarians are doing around the world to change the lives of those less fortunate. I promise the first International Convention you attend will change your Rotary life. It will make you a much better Rotarian, and the information you bring back from the convention and share with your club will make your club stronger.

Register by December 15, 2019 and save a few dollars. Attend the Honolulu Convention and become a better individual Rotarian and help make your club stronger. For your convenience click on the following link for more information:
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 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. 
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.  
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.
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.
In 1988, when there were an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which is a public-private partnership was launched and now has five partners fighting to eradicate polio worldwide……..Rotary International, the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8  billion toward the eradication of polio worldwide and over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated in 122 countries.  Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.  With no new wild polio cases reported in over three years, Nigeria may soon be declared polio-free.  In support of the World Polio Day event, the members of the Clarksville Rotary Club contributed $500.00 to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  
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.
Last year a Texarkana Sunrise Rotarian brought a concern to the club. She had stopped to assist an elderly gentleman walking into his home. Upon regular visits delivering food and other items she discovered he did not have a sink in his kitchen. This fits the Habitat for Humanity Repair Program, and the request was taken to Habitat.  Habitat for Humanity of Texarkana applied for a grant to install a sink, and to add running water. The gentleman was born and raised in the home without running water in the kitchen, he didn't know any different. With the grant, he also received a walk in shower, new ADA toilet, new heat and air units, new counter top, and a new porch.  Texarkana Sunrise continued the project by scraping off the old paint, priming, then painting the exterior of the home and porch.  
According to Nash Mayor Robert Bunch, " Mr. Allen was very grateful and appreciative of the painting of his home and porch." "He said, I can not remember how long it's been since it looked this good".  He was feeling better and got outside to look at the new paint job.  Thanks to Sunrise Rotary and Habitat for Humanity of Texarkana for a great project for a Nash Resident in need. 
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.  

For the 2019-2020 Rotary year, the Family Council of Clarksville Nursing Center will receive a Club Project Grant in the amount of $1,688.00 and has agreed to serve as the cooperating organization to work with the members of the Clarksville Rotary Club in a project, which will provide winter clothing and spring/summer clothing for the residents.  The members of the Family Council are very supportive throughout the year in assisting the nursing facility with many items to enhance the lives of the residents. 
Rotarians recently met with Family Council members at the nursing facility to present a grant check reimbursing The Family Council of Clarksville Nursing Center for the purchase of the winter clothing to be distributed to residents.   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.  
Foundation Magic Show visits Longview Greggton Rotary Club 
 On November 8, PDG and District Foundation Chair, Ted Huffhines mesmerized Longview Greggton Rotary Club with his Foundation Magic Show. Per Club President Karen Maines, " No club members disappeared."  
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.
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 
Quitman Rotarian PDG Bill Hedges 
PDG Bill Hedges helping  Operation Christmas Child in Quitman. Over 3,000 boxes from the East Texas area were sent abroad.
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SAVE THE DATE: April 4, 2020 - District Training Assembly - Location TBD

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Need help understanding the Rotary Citation Award requirements?  Email me or call me to get the link to the recorded training and the training documents on Rotary Club Central and Understanding how to achieve the Citation Award.

District Administrator Shirley Pinnix-Evans

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