Jim and Tricia Finstrom 

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Rotary District 5830

2019-2020 Theme
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Upcoming Events
Iron Lung - Big Sandy Rotary Club
Nov 04, 2019 – Nov 08, 2019
DG @ Texarkana Public Safety Luncheon
Nov 07, 2019
District Governor Official Visit Tyler
Nov 14, 2019
Tyler Sunrise DG Official Visit
Nov 14, 2019
Antlers DG Official Visit
Nov 21, 2019
DG Official Visit with Carthage RC
Nov 21, 2019
Carthage RC District Governor Official Visit
Nov 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Canton DG Official Visit
Dec 05, 2019
Iron Lung for Tyler Rotary Club Christmas Parade
Dec 05, 2019
Longview Greggton Annual Fund Raiser
Dec 10, 2019
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Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator
Russell Hampton
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November 2019
Note: D-5830 Members and Website Visitors

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

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District Administrator Shirley Pinnix-Evans

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Message from DG Jim Finstrom 
 I look forward to November for:  (1) my last five club visits; (2) Interact Week November 4 to November 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
November is Rotary Foundation Month

The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities

CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting.


The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention, water and sanitation, and maternal and child health. The ranking also recognized Rotary’s role in the effort to eradicate polio. 

The Foundation ranked No. 5 on CNBC’s list in 2015.

Last month, The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

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


 Immediate Past District Governor Judy Guthrie recognized the 20 clubs that earned the prestigious Rotary International Presidential Citation. District Governor Jim Finstrom presented PDG Judy with the District's second place certificate for membership growth in Zone 31 for the last Rotary year. Longview-Greggton's President Karen Maines was recognized for her outstanding Polio Plus article that appeared in the Longview News Journal on World Polio Day, October 24. A special thanks to South Tyler Rotary's President Jeff Johnston whose restaurant provided the continental breakfast and Chick-Fil-A lunch. ( Please view all the pictures taken at the event on the District Photo Album Page)

Yours in Rotary Service,

PDG and Membership Chair Lee Montgomery and PDG, VG, and Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines

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. 
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. 
I remember being around 6 or 7 years old, and standing in line for what seemed like a really long time, waiting for the promise of a single sugar cube.  I knew at that young age that it must have been very important, because so many people were in line with me and my family. Everyone we knew from church, from our neighborhood, from school, they were all there. In line for a sugar cube. 
It was later, when I was older, that I learned about Polio. Polio was why my mom's friend's daughter went away and never came home. Polio was why a girl about my age missed a year of school and then returned in a wheelchair. Polio was why my dad's coworker couldn't walk without his leg braces and walking sticks. Polio was why the Deacon at church and my junior high science teacher both had one leg smaller and shorter than the other one. I learned in History about how Polio had crippled and later killed President Franklin D. Roosevelt. And on, and on...
My parents and the parents across the country praised Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk for the miracle of a vaccine against the terror of Polio.
That was then. Today's generation in this country is not familiar with the terror of a highly contagious disease that could strike without warning, was able to kill or paralyze within hours, affected the poor and privileged alike, and for which there is still no cure.
At its peak in the 1940's and 1950's, polio would paralyze or kill OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE worldwide every year.
Polio is completely preventable by vaccine. Once mandatory vaccination began in the United States in 1955, it was still 1979 before our country was declared polio- free. Twenty- four years.
Today, Polio is still killing and paralyzing children who haven't been vaccinated, ripping away normal lives forever.
Today, Polio is only a plane ride away. Only three years ago, India was declared polio-free. In the two remaining countries where new Polio cases are diagnosed -- Pakistan and Afghanistan -- political and religious fears have resulted in a doubling of cases from last year to this year.  In Afghanistan, religious leaders are working feverishly to get word to the people that the vaccine can save lives. 
Eighty-eight cases so far this year could become 8,000 or 80,000. In 1988, there were 350,000 new cases. The World Health Organization, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ROTARY INTERNATIONAL have partnered to eradicate this dreadful disease from the planet, just as Smallpox was eradicated.
Polio is completely preventable by vaccination, and yet, having no first- hand familiarity with this devastating disease, more and more parents are willing to gamble with their children's very lives, opting to not vaccinate against Polio and other highly contagious diseases. This also places children too young to have received all 4 Polio doses at risk as well.
The greater the proportion of individuals in a community who are immune, the smaller the probability that those who are not immune will come into contact with an infectious individual.
Mass vaccination to induce "herd immunity" has proved successful in preventing the spread of many infectious diseases. However, the CDC states that "opposition to vaccination has posed a challenge to herd immunity, allowing preventable diseases to persist in or return to communities that have inadequate vaccination rates".
Some parents claim vaccines are linked to developmental conditions. According to our country's Centers For Disease Control -- "Thousands of studies have already been done looking at hundreds of potential risk factors. If immunizations were identified as a risk factor in any of these studies, we would know about it. So far, they have not."
Some parents claim exemption for religious reasons, however, in 1944, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that "The right to practice religion does not include liberty to expose the community or the child to communicable disease or the latter to ill health or death."
October 24 is WORLD POLIO DAY, which the listed organizations use to  inform all about this heartbreaking disease. Please contact your elected officials, urging them to enforce the Supreme Court ruling and mandate vaccinations for all, exempting only those with true health restrictions before future generations in this country watch helplessly as this highly contagious disease claims a single victim.
"What's an iron lung?"  I pray that future generations will never know.
Iron Lung still being used " Watch Video"
Paul Alexander is one of the last few remaining polio survivors that depend on iron lungs—half-century-old machines that force inhabitants to breathe.
Share this video with those that are not aware how important it is to eradicate polio!
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.
Congratulation to Gilmer Rotary Club 
Gilmer Rotary Club's float won 1st place in the 82nd East Texas Yamboree.  
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)
 Guest speaker Anna Dodd with State Senator Bob Hall’s office. Anna shared her experience of visiting Ghana to supply medical help to those in need. Anna Dodd (left) and Rotarian David Cartwright (right)
 Speaker Tonda Curry, Van Zandt County District Attorney. Tonda shared some projects that Van Zandt is working on to make our community safer along with ways that we can help out.
Tonda Curry (left) and Club President Beau Poteet (right)
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.
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.
 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!"  
We have one new member application turned in from Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Kemp Superintendant of Schools, and expect to receive two more tomorrow as a result of this project!    Klothes for Kids has touched the lives of both children and volunteers throughout our community!!!!
Sean Medina | Club President
Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club
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. 
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.  Brad Taylor 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!
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.
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.
Remember the Fallen Heroes

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM, The Rotary Club of Gilmer Texas (TX0767P) will be Sunset Memorial Park to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. Each wreath sponsorship is $15.


Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.

Thank you so much for supporting the The Rotary Club of Gilmer Texas (TX0767P) and Wreaths Across America!

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.