Jack and Ava Welge 

Governor 2020 - 2021
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Rotary District 5830

2020-2021 Theme
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RYLA Information
Upcoming Events
DG Jack Official Visit to Overton Rotary Club
Jan 08, 2021
DG Jack Visit with Board Member: Bullard RC
Jan 13, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
DG Jack Official Visit to: Bullard Rotary Club
Jan 14, 2021
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
RYLA Staff Training
Clements Scout Ranch
Jan 16, 2021 9:00 AM –
Jan 17, 2021 5:00 PM
RYLA Session 1
Clements Scout Ranch
Jan 29, 2021 3:00 PM –
Jan 31, 2021 5:00 PM
Foundation Banquet
Location TBA
Feb 05, 2021
RYLA Session 2
Clements Scout Ranch
Feb 12, 2021 3:00 PM –
Feb 14, 2021 5:00 PM
Lone Star PETS
Virtual Meeting
Feb 22, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021
Tyler Rotary Centennial Celebration Rescheduled
Mar 20, 2021
Texarkana Sunrise RC 4 Man Sporting Clay Tourament
Mar 26, 2021 8:00 AM
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Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator
Russell Hampton
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New Year's DG Message
Happy New Year!!  We Grow or We Shrink!

This pointed message from the Convention Speech of Rotary International President Richard L. Evans (1966-67) returned me to reality. You can find reference to it in the August, 1966 The Rotarian, An International Magazine.

In preparing for this month, and the new year, and the rest of our 2020-21 Rotary Year, I was drawn back to PRIP Richard Evans remarks from the Niece Rotary Convention: "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. …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 Niece, France.

The message is still accurate, on point, and sums up our current condition.

It is now past time that we got back to business.
Today is our time. Are we meeting? Are we working on service projects? Are we sharing friendship and fellowship?
Our District Leadership Team is here to help. We are open for business. Share your concerns, projects, and plans with us. Together we are Rotary. Together we make a difference. We are Rotarians. Let’s get vaccinated and get going! We are needed to change the planet.
Jack Welge
District Governor 2020-21
Rotary International District 5830
P. O. Box 3624
Longview, Texas 75606-3624
PDG James "Jim" Fitzgerald

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of PDG James "Jim" Fitzgerald.

Jim was born on Monday, October 12, 1936 in Stamford, TX to Ennis and Mary (Lawrence) Fitzgerald.  From an early age he was fascinated and loved working with machinery and tools. By the age of 8, he spent his free time learning the skills of carpentry alongside his father. At Abilene High School (in Abilene, TX), he was active in Track & Field and shop. But it was the sassy personality of a certain young red head, by the name of Georganna Lee, that caught his eye and captured his heart. The couple spent many 'dates' riding his Triumph Trophy motorcycle along the open roads of Abilene.

On November 24, 1954 Jim and his High School sweetheart, Georganna Lee were married. It was a quintessentially warm and sunny Texas day. Together, they raised three wonderful children: David, Kenneth, and Melody. Life was busy with a young family to support. During the day, while Georganna managed the children and the household, Jim was busy at Bell Helicopter fabricating parts. The evenings were filled with night school at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1968 he received his BA degree.

With the job of running a machine manufacturing facility waiting for him, Jim moved the family to Marshall in 1972 to manage Wesco Valve. In 1978, he joined Ed Baker and started E. Baker and Associates. He had always dreamed of owning his own machine manufacturing business, and so, it was in 1990 that he established Magnum Machine & Mfg.  Magnum Machine & Mfg. continues today under the leadership of his son, Kenneth.

Jim had a passion for serving others. He expressed this service primarily through Rotary – but also in-service projects for First Baptist Church Marshall, The Marshall News Messenger, and Marshall High School Band. In Rotary, he was an avid and contributing member of the Rotary Club of Marshall for over thirty years. During that time, Jim served in numerous positions of the club, including president and eventually as Governor of District 5830. His long service included sponsoring several area Rotary Club formations, scholarships for at risk High School students, guiding the inauguration of a Rotary club at Wiley College, and the Marshall Rotary Flags program - among many others. Across the region, Jim was instrumental in training new club presidents through Texas Rotary President Elect Training. Internationally, Jim and his wife Georganna traveled to the Philippines to commission a Rotary Humanitarian Matching Grant to provide clean water and public toilets with septic systems in the Orani Philippines area. While there, he assisted a surgical mission treating over 300 children and adults. Eradication of polio and preventable diseases were always close to his heart and he was a major donor to the Rotary Foundations Polio Vaccination Program.

Jim was also a patented inventor. A problem solver. His inventive and ever busy mind was always searching for solutions to everyday problems. Like many inventors, not every idea was a winner. But others were huge hits. His inventions revolutionized natural gas engine push rods, wax slabbing, compressed air dehydration and others. His ideas extended beyond work to the community. One recommendation he made – to reduce traffic accidents along Highway 59 – was to widen turn lanes to accommodate long pine logging trucks.

But Jim’s greatest joy was his family and bringing smiles to friends and neighbors. Some will remember Jim for his annual Santa Claus performance. Sitting in the window of his home, dressed as Santa Claus he would wrap presents all evening, as cars and buses passed by. Looking up from time-to-time, to wave, he was eager to see the look of astonishment in the children’s faces. His family will remember him for his warmth, welcoming spirit and generous soul. He and Georganna were never happier than being at family get-togethers surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Dell and his sisters, Freida, Rachel, Eunice, Onita, and Juanita, and only brother, Ralph. He is survived by his wife, Georganna, his three children, David, Kenneth, and Melody. His nine prolific grandchildren, Cullen, Lauren, Erin, Crystal, DeAnna, Chris, Virginia “Gini”, Sarah and Jeremy, and by 14 great-grandchildren, Rocket, Audi, Daxxus, Draven, Alice, Xander, Liedric, Sophie, Mary, Jaxon, Lillian, Ford, Lincoln and Kennedy.

Jim was always concerned for others. Given that concern and his desire for all to stay healthy, there will be no public service. Flowers may be sent to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall, TX, or donations sent to the Rotary Club of Marshall.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James "Jim" Fitzgerald, please visit our floral store.

Membership Minute January 2021
Good bye, 2020! Hello, 2021!
Time for 2021 Resolutions, and from where I perch, my observations and thoughts turn to engagement, retention and flexible meetings. We have lost a number of good Rotarians since July 1, however some clubs have gained membership. Clubs holding onto and growing members are still in service to their community and giving members a purpose for staying with Rotary. If members feel they are wanted, needed and have a purpose, they will stay connected.
Reach out to your members.
More flexible service projects and meetings.
Use virtual platforms.
Reach out to your members you have not seen in weeks. They may be away due to concerns for Covid exposure, but it is most important that we stay connected and offer a service (aka engagement) opportunity.

Think how the service projects and meetings can be more flexible. Many clubs are using virtual platforms. If you aren’t versed in them, contact Sarah Fox who will be happy to show you how. Reach out to clubs close by to see what they are doing in the virtual world. Do we have to do service as a group or can the service be done individually or in small teams with a lot of distancing?

Of course, Lone Star PETS is just around the corner from Feb 22-28. Please register if you are PE or PN or AG. As a Facilitator, I am looking forward to working with the incoming club presidents on Membership. For all clubs, even now, I encourage you to call or write to exchange membership ideas and see if we can offer solutions to the challenges in your local club. Together we can GROW ROTARY for your community and the world. 

Lee Montgomery

District Governor 2016-2017

District Membership Chair 2018-2021

District 5830 Visioning 2021
District Governor Welge has made it a priority for all clubs in District 5830 to complete the Visioning process and establish long range plans in keeping with Rotary International’s (RI’s) Strategic Priorities and Objectives:
  • Increase our Impact
  • Expand Our Reach
  • Enhance Participant Engagement
  • Increase Our Ability to Adapt
RI and DG Welge are not asking Club’s to do something that they have not done themselves: RI’s Vision Statement reads “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” The District’s Vision is “District 5830 Leaders promote the Core Values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity, and Leadership, resulting in Rotary Clubs that are Growing, Vibrant and Engaged; filled with Rotarians passionate about Service.” 
The Rotary Foundation & Charity Navigator
Leaders In Service Club Featured by RI
Our very own Leaders in Service Rotary E-Club has been featured on by Rotary International!
In 1996, Rotary District 5830 held its first ever RYLA. On the 25th anniversary, a group of alumni decided it was time to start their own Rotary club. Rather than creating a traditional club, they chartered an innovative alumni club, Leaders in Service, in February 2020 with 22 Rotary program alumni, all former participants and staff from RYLA 5830. Read their full story on Rotary Voices!
Polio Eradication Update
82 in Pakistan!  56 in Afghanistan! 

Click here to see latest report.

It is not too late to make what could be your most important financial contribution to the POLIO ERADICATION campaign!

District 5830 Rotarians At Work
Find out what has been going on in "The Action District." 
Submit your latest club fundraiser, event, or service project.
  • Food Distribution- Longview Rotary Club, Marshall Rotary Club and Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers- Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club (Athens RC was highlighted in December Bulletin) 
  • Fundraisers-Quitman Rotary Club and Carthage Rotary Club 
  • Support of local students and families- Henderson Rotary Club and Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Tyler Rotary Clubs sponsor the Annual Christmas Parade 
Longview Emergency Food Distribution 2020. Over 37,000 persons were served. A special Thank You was received.
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club partners with 50KSoulsTexas and East Texas Food Bank to pack and distribute food boxes. 
Marshall Rotary Club Canned Food Drive 
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club Supports Salvation Army "Bell Ringers Program".

Quitman Rotary Club sold Poinsettia at the Quitman Drive By Christmas Parade for Scholarship Funds.
Carthage Rotary Club sold Holiday decorated donuts as their December fundraiser.
Henderson Rotary Club supports students and families during the holiday.
Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club Rotarians personally buys Nash Elementary Kindergarteners coats, clothes and toys to make sure they had a Merry Christmas.  The Club funds food baskets for the same families.
Tyler Rotary Clubs sponsor the Annual Tyler Christmas Parade.