Jack and Ava Welge 

Governor 2020 - 2021
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Rotary District 5830

2020-2021 Theme
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Upcoming Events
DG Jack Official Visit to: Wills Point Rotary Club
Nov 05, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
AG Training
Nov 05, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Idabel RC Museum of the Red River Celebrity Waiter
Nov 05, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Jack Official Visit to: Atlanta Rotary Club
Nov 12, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DG Jack Official Visit to: E Club
Nov 17, 2020
DG Jack Official Visit to: Wilbur Smith RC
Nov 19, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Iron Lung for Mineola RC 80th Celebration
Nov 23, 2020
Mineola Rotary Club 's 80th Anniversay
Nov 23, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
RYLA Additional Reservation and Payment Due
Nov 30, 2020
Iron Lung-Tyler Christmas Parade
Dec 03, 2020 – Dec 05, 2020
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Bulletin Editor
Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
November 2020 
Upcoming "Save The Date" 
To get more information about the events listed below, please contact the Club President or DA Shirley.  To view all District Events go to the District 5830 Calendar. Also send DA Shirley your fundraising events to be posted on the District Website.
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! Our Clubs are back meeting and performing service. While our Clubs were idled, most met virtually through Zoom and continued their fundraisers such as Flag Programs, and service projects all with appropriate safeguards.

Rotary Opened Opportunities!

Several Rotarians in our District truly distinguished themselves in Service Above Self since last April.

Congratulations go to PDG Ted Huffhines and IPDG Jim Finstrom for their work on the COVID Relief Grant from The Rotary Foundation, allowing us to distribute $25,000 to relieve food insecurity over Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma.

Congratulations also go to PDG John Jetter, DA Shirley Pinnix-Evans, and Social Media Chair Sarah Fox, who with the assistance of Sarah Jenkins, President of the Leaders in Service E-Club, helped our District move from in person meetings to virtual meetings in record time.

And congratulations to PDG Tom DeWitt and PDG Lee Montgomery, who seeing the need, completed the display trailer for our Iron Lung Polio Display.

Of course it is impossible to list all the Clubs and Club members who helped continue fundraisers and projects during the pandemic, but many thanks to those of you who pressed on regardless with your fundraisers, like West Bowie County Rotary with their Run the Rails, the Rotary Clubs of Tyler and Rotary Clubs of Longview with their help and assistance to the East Texas Food Bank, and Rotary Clubs of Athens and Cedar Creek Lake and the Rotary Club of Carthage who Raised funds for Polio Plus for World Polio Day.

The only thing noticed repeatedly in visits to clubs was the lack of publicity received for all the good done in their communities.  We as Rotarians have come to expect Service Above Self of ourselves and our clubs.  The problem comes when we become so caught up in service that we fail to take any credit at all. That is where your District Leadership can help, and most specifically Sarah Fox and Shirley Pinnix-Evans. Please forward information on your projects, fundraisers and celebrations to us so the whole District can join in to celebrate your successes. Then please take photos to memorialize these events on social media so the entire community can celebrate with us.

It is truly an honor to serve you.
Yours in Rotary,
Jack Welge
District Governor 2020-21
Rotary International District 5830
P. O. Box 3624
Longview, Texas 75606-3624
Cell 512.773.5163 
Polio Eradication - 2020 Update
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Rotary Foundation Month


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Lone Star Virtual PETS

for Lone Star Virtual PETS
February 22, 2021 - February 28, 2021
Cost is $50.00
The 2021 Lone Star PETS will be an opportunity for Club Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Nominee, Rotaractors, AGs and PDGs to learn about new trends in Rotary and cover essential topics to ensure success as a leader in your club. Your Governors have selected outstanding speakers who will challenge you and inspire you. There will be plenty of time for discussion and sharing of ideas-- all from the comfort of your own home. Yes--that's right! We're going virtual this year. We have scheduled the sessions outside of work hours, so you can join us.
See you in February!
2020 Operating Committee
Virtual District 5830 Conference 2020
I want to thank everyone who participated in and attended the District 5830 District 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 for the following  conference speakers:
Keynote Speaker: Floyd Lancia, Rotary International Director - Eradicating PolioSarah Fox - Public Image
Sam Scroggins - VisioningPDG Lee Montgomery - Membership
PDG Ted Huffhines - FoundationPDG Pamela Stewart - Endowment Fund
PDG Bill Walker - District Service Tips
Congratulations to our award recipients:
Sarah Fox
Bill Rains Rotarian of the Year 
Jennifer Stuart and Texarkana Oaklawn
Bill Campbell Rotary Club of the Year
Read More to see all of the 2019-2020 Citation Winners!
32 Citation Clubs
Club President
Presidential Distinction
Cedar Creek Lake
Leaders in Service (E-club)
Hawkins-Holly Lake
Linda Sarton
Longview Greggton
Mt. Vernon
Paris United
South Tyler
Texarkana AR-TX (Wilbur Smith)
Texarkana International
Texarkana Oaklawn
Texarkana Sunrise
Tyler Sunrise
West Bowie County
Wills Points
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 to consider for your club: 
2.Attracting RYLA Parents as Members
3.Flexible Meeting Types: 
Keep reading to see details by club members. 
Membership Types and Dues Structures to consider for your club: 
We have Texas College and TJC corporate memberships in our Tyler Rotary Club. Holly Lewis
Mount Vernon has done spouses with only RI and Dist dues plus minimal local, about half. We have three couples at this time. Nathan & Lillie Bush-Reves
And we offer student membership for those in college. Their dues cover their RI dues and that's all. Sarah Jenkins
I also think, especially right now, all clubs should consider sliding scales for dues based on current income. People are hurting economically. I'd rather see our clubs get lower due amounts than lose people completely or never recruit them at all. Again, COVID is shining a light on all these problems that already existed. Meredith May
Attracting RYLA Parents as Members
The Marshall Club always hears from the RYLA students. Louraiseal McDonald
Carthage has always invited the RYLA parents to come when the kids do! PDG Judy Guthrie
Flexible Meeting Types: 
Texarkana International uses at least one meeting a month to do a service project. We have packing boxes for our Operation Christmas Child coming up next week. Pres Sundee Braley 
And we vary our meeting types - one networking a month and two guest speakers or open discussion meetings on topics such as diversity and managing conflict. Sarah Jenkins
The e-club, Leaders in Service, meets in the evenings because we have members in 5 states and 3 time zones. We do all of our meetings online and record them to post on YouTube for those who can't attend live. Sarah Jenkins
Since July 1st, District 5830 saw 20 clubs add 44 new members!! Kudos to the Rotary Clubs of South Tyler, Tyler, Texarkana Wilbur Smith, Cedar Creek Lake, Paris United and E Club Leaders for leading the pack with a total of 26. Over the past 4 years our female membership has grown by 10% to 488 ladies, representing 32.73% of the total membership. Our "under 40" membership has grown a whopping 240% from 60 to 144 members. Keep attracting a more diverse membership!
By separate emails to Presidents and Membership Chairs, two great resources will be shared: 1. How a club can create a Satellite Club in 90 days and 2. Handbook for Membership Survival During the Covid-19 Pandemic (authored by District 6200 Membership Team, and happily shared within our Zones).
For programs, idea exchanges or challenge solutions, call or write Lee Montgomery at 972-365-3757 or
Look what our District 5830 Rotarians are doing!
The 2020 Run the Rail event, held on October 10th, 2020 and hosted by the West Bowie County Rotary Club, was a great success! Eighty three people sign up to run the race, and it was their biggest year yet! All of our participants received a t-shirt, finisher medal, and a fantastic fajita feast furnished by the fine folk at Farmer's Bank. Approximately $12,000.00 Raised. They are already making plans for next year's event, which will take place on Saturday, October 9th, 2021. Save the date so that you too can run the rail.
Quitman Rotary Club shared Halloween candy with Wood County residents as they drove by.
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club delivered Dictionaries to Nash Elementary School 3rd Graders. Due to COVID the Rotarians delivered the Dictionaries and a Club generated Video to help the students know about the Rotary Club and how to utilize their dictionary.  Many students have never had a book to call their own.  
Longview Greggton Food Drive 
 Manning an exhibit of an iron lung in front of Longview Public Library for Polio Awareness!
Athens Rotary Club Polio Awareness and Fundraiser Event 
Marshall Rotary Club Delivers Dictionaries 
On Thursday, October 8th, Knightley The Scarecrow, Trinity Episcopal School Harvest Mascot, and their teacher accepted 3rd grade dictionaries.
West Bowie run the Rail: 
The overall winners of the 2020 race were Conner Schreher, male, and Erica Vernon, female. Conner finished the race in 1:26:19 (hours: minutes: seconds). Erica finished the race in 1:47:02. The course record is still held by Levi Jones at 1:23:27. It was set in 2019.
They also had teams of four and teams of two run the rail. The four-person overall team winners were: Andrew Bryuns, Zoe Duffer, Hadley Hawkins, and Josh Martin with a time of 1:48:07. The two-person overall team winners were: Joshua Ward and Savanah Ward with a time of 1:49:12.
The West Bowie County Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who came out to support the race and all of our generous sponsors: City of New Boston, Farmer's Bank, Bancorpsouth, Guaranty Bank and Trust, State Bank of De Kalb, Red River Credit Union, Bates-Rolf Funeral Home, State Farm Brandon Lloyd Agency, D&D Guns, Texarkana Tractor, TNM Lumberworks of Texas, Racquet and Jog, and Ledwell. We would also like to give special thanks to the City of New Boston Volunteer Fire Department and the Simms Volunteer Fire Department for helping to direct traffic.