Jim and Tricia Finstrom 

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Rotary District 5830

2019-2020 Theme
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Upcoming Events
RYLA - Session 1
Clements Scout Ranch
Feb 07, 2020 – Feb 09, 2020
Foundation Banquet - NETCC, Mt. Pleasant
Northeast Texas Community College - Whatley Ctr.
Feb 08, 2020
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
RYLA - Session 2
Clements Scout Ranch
Feb 21, 2020 – Feb 23, 2020
Lone Star PETS - Dallas Texas
Feb 27, 2020 – Mar 01, 2020
2020-2021 District Training Assembly
Apr 04, 2020
Four Way Test Speech Contest
Apr 25, 2020 8:00 AM
Tyler Rotary Centennial Celebration
May 02, 2020
Rotary Club of Longview Centennial Celebration
May 09, 2020
Rotary Convention - Honolulu Hawaii
Jun 06, 2020 – Jun 10, 2020
Zones 30 & 31 Leadership Seminar -Columbus, OH.
Jun 24, 2020 – Jun 25, 2020
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February 2020 
Polio Eradication - 2020 Update
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DG Jim's Message 
Hello District 5830:  February is upon us, and I hope to see as many of you as can make it at the District Events set out and described in this newsletter.   I believe the more you attend, the more you will grow and mature in Rotary and enjoy it.  Our District membership is up 30 members in the past 12 months.  If we can increase 3 members per club during 2020 we can have 10% District membership growth.  If that is less than your club goal, please reach your goal, and if not please make it your goal and go to work enthusiastically!  And, please review your progress toward receiving the Citation, making sure your progress is reported, and work hard toward completing the requirements. 
There is a new e-club forming for RYLA alumni and I whole-heartedly encourage all of you who are RYLA alums to join.  Contact Sarah Jenkins at to look into joining this e-club. 
I know that all that I am pushing is work in one sense but also growth in Rotary at the same time and it is the time of the year to push forward.  Thank you for all that you do and your Service Above Self and making decisions which accord with the 4-Way Test.  DG Jim
February 2020 Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month 
With bloody conflicts raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central Africa, the message of nonviolence and reconciliation that nations worldwide will observe on 21 September demands more urgent and collective attention.
In 2001 the United Nations designated the September date as an annual International Day of World Peace "to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence" according to a General Assembly resolution.


The day's devotion to peace connects closely with what Rotary members have been fostering since The Rotary Foundation's mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace, was proclaimed in 1917.

Rotary's goal of worldwide peace and tolerance has been an unwavering pursuit: conducting global forums, hosting international peace symposiums, advancing peace through its 60-year collaboration with the UN, as well as grassroots initiatives such as the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.

But Rotary's most significant effort to wage peace is the Rotary Peace Centers program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master's degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities.

Today, more than 900 peace fellows are applying their expertise in various fields. They're settling border conflicts in West Africa, developing aid programs at the World Bank, drafting legislation to protect exploited children in Brazil, providing security for U.S. diplomats, and many other career paths devoted to peace.

To commemorate the International Day of World Peace, Rotary Peace Fellowships alumni share how the program has shaped their lives:

David Chick, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Duke/UNC), 2005-07

Director, Peace and Conflict Section, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

"It can really be a life-changing program. There is rarely a week that goes by where I don't use the skills that I gained. My studies of conflict resolution and negotiation assist me in thinking through options to support preventive diplomacy in Australia's neighborhoods. You never leave the peace program! After so many years of operation, there is a real community of peace fellows out there, dedicated to the cause."

Jane Kellum, University of El Salvador, 2007-09

Last Call! Register NOW for the 2020 Foundation Banquet
District 5830 Annual Foundation banquet is Saturday, Feburary 8, 2020.   Deadline to register is February 3.  This is the event where we celebrate the success of the District's efforts to support The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and Polio Plus. Past RI  Director Larry Lunsford from Kansas City will be our guest speaker and all New Paul Harris Fellows, PH advancements and Club successes will be a highlight of the event.
As usual we will be offering a Paul Harris Raffle opportunity for those wanting to leverage their giving in a fun drawing and those contributing in increments of $100 will receive matching points even if they don't win one of the raffle awards.
Additionally we are soliciting "silent auction" items to generate additional contributions. Those clubs or individuals that submit an auction item valued in excess of $100 will earn 100 PH recognition points!
If you or your club is interested in contributing an auction item please contact Shirley Pinnix-Evans or PDG Tom DeWitt by February 3, 2020.
I look forward to hearing from you and seeing everyone in Mt. Pleasant on February 8th! 
In Rotary Service,
PDG & Foundation Chair Ted Huffhines  and DG Jim Finstrom 
DG Jim's Last Official Visit
DG Jim Finstrom is pictured with Henderson Rotarians with a combined length of service of 150 years.
From left, Bill Preston (48 yrs.), Tony Wooster (50 yrs.), you, and Foy Brown (52 yrs.). All have served the club as President and other offices.
Brown and Wooster have served the City of Henderson as Mayors, and Preston as a Councilman. These three members have been responsible for 12 Paul Harris Fellows being presented to themselves, family members, and various individuals.
Paul Harris Society Blitz! Feb, March, April 2020
Zones 30 & 31 will have a Paul Harris Society Blitz staring February 1, 2020 and ending April 30, 2020.
Go to the Paul Harris Society Page and choose to join today:
February 2020 Membership News 
Do you LOVE Rotary? February gives us a perfect pairing to celebrate: Valentine’s Day the 14th and Rotary’s 115th birthday on the 23rd . Why not have a celebration of both and promote membership development around these annual milestones? Even though the 23rd is on Sunday, have a special program the week before or after. Get a Rotary birthday cake and INVITE GUESTS for a special program on your signature service project and fund raiser. Tell them about your club’s impact on your community and the world. So much to tell…so little time! Many hands make light work, so won’t you join us?!! Invite your mayor to attend to present a declaration of (your town’s) Rotary day for your club on February 23rd and get social media/newspaper/tv coverage to build recognition. Any other bright ideas?! 
As for numbers, District 5830 is a net 9 new members for the Rotary year. If you have a special membership incentive or contest, please share your ideas/plans with PDG Lee Montgomery at Other clubs could benefit from your actions and inspiration!
In Rotary Service 
District 5830 Membership Chair and PDG Lee Montgomery
What is Lone Star PETS?
Click on the following link to register for the training and hotel.
DGE Jack and Ava Welge at International Assembly 
According to DGE Jack Welge, Rotary International Assembly was a fantasic experience and the ability to share it with Rotarians worldwide was indescribable.  THE 2020-2021 PRESIDENTIAL THEME "ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES".
Pictured from left to right: Ava Welge, DGE Jack Welge, 2020-2021 International President Holger Knaack and wife Susanne,
New Youth Exchange Information
DGN Mike Groom recently attended the annual SCRYE Winter Conference in Tulsa, OK and discovered some new things in Youth Exchange. On one front, SCRYE, once again, has partnered with World Experience Scholarships (WES) to provide scholarships to outbound youth exchange students from SCRYE member districts who need financial assistance in order to participate in Youth Exchange. Scholarship amounts will be determined on an individual basis by the WES Scholarship Selection Committee and will range from $500-$2,000. Applications are being received now with a deadline of April 15, 2020.
And on the other front, RI has a new program, New Generations Service Exchange. It is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30. Todd Jenkins, one of the presenters at this year’s SCRYE, participated in this and spent three months in Brazil.
Message from: Sarah "Cookie" Jenkins
 RYLA Registrar and Webmaster
In our 24th year of RYLA 5830, staff and campers are gearing up for another life-changing experience at Clements Scout Ranch in Athens, TX. With two sessions of camp, February 7-9 and 21-23, RYLA will host over 200 students from across the district for team building, outdoor activities, group discussions, and more in order to promote the 8 leadership traits of integrity, team building, communication, problem solving, planning, decision making, trust, and self-esteem.
Campers should come prepared with their medical forms (if not already emailed to, warm layers of clothes, and a positive attitude! Parents and campers will receive an email with general reminders of what to expect, but club coordinators can help by confirming students have everything they need before heading off to camp. Check-in begins at 3pm and activities will kick off at 5pm, sharp.
As part of our goal to carry RYLA into our lives beyond the weekend(s) we spend at camp each year, several alumni are working to charter a new kind of Rotary club, the Leaders in Service E-Club. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join, so we’ll be encouraging students to look into this exciting new opportunity as they finish high school.
For RYLA questions, contact Sarah Jenkins at And for more info on the new e-club, email Sarah at
Sarah "Cookie" Jenkins
Registrar, Webmaster
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Pittsburg Rotary Club Welcomes  PDG Ted Huffhines 
PDG & District Foundation Chair present DGDN Carolyn Frank with a Paul Harris Society chevron.
PDG & District Foundation Chair presents "Foundation Magic Program"
Longview Rotarians at Work

Longview Rotary Club's Rotarians, Colby Dickson and Joni Cobb were on hand to lend a hand at Longview's Homeless Resource Day. Wiley and Colby assisted in the Point-in-Time homeless census and Joni helped at the check in desk.

Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club  at Work 
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake was honored to be able to increase the number of school aged children they were able to help shop for and provide with winter clothing. This year, they shopped for 150 children and allocated $150 per child. We discreetly coordinate with our area’s school counselors to identify children in need. Over the course of 7 calendar days in November, we garner support of over 200 volunteers (Rotarians and non-Rotarians) to help us shop for these children.
Texarkana Sunrise Rotarians at Work
Texarkana Sunrise Rotarians joined Coalition for the Homeless for their Annual Chili Cookout event.   Sunrise Rotarians were dressed as superheroes to support their Community and serve the delicious chili made by Sunrise Rotarians Becky Bunch.      
Clarksville Rotarians At Work 
The Clarksville Times published a photo and press release regarding the 2019-2020 Club Project Grant awarded to the Clarksville Rotary Club.

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.  
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.  
South Tyler Rotarians At Work in the Community 
South Tyler Rotarians celebrate 3 new Paul Harris Fellows and donate $1000 to Junior Achievement.
Rotarians at work in Kilgore
The Rotary Club of Kilgore, TX provides a pair of shoes and a pair of socks to all students of Kilgore ISD who qualify to receive free school  supplies. If the parents would like for their children to receive the shoes and socks, a Rotarian will measure the student’s feet.
Rotary Club members were present for the entire school registration process of two to three days who measure the student’s feet to determine what size shoe the student will need and to have a good starting place for fitting the student’s feet.
On Saturday after registration, the students came to a designated location and Rotarians provide a new pair of socks and let the student pick out their shoes from the selection and fit the student’s feet with a new pair of shoes. 570 pairs of shoes were requested, but only 444 were picked up by parents and students.
Our Rotary Club made contact with the nurse on the Chandler Elementary campus and a counselor on Kilgore Middle School campus and supplied the remaining shoes for their closets to be handed out to students in need throughout the school year.
Rotary Club of Longview Centennial Celebration
The Rotary Club of Longview Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th at the Summit Club in Longview.  Tickets are $100 and are available on Eventbrite.  Here is link to their Facebook Event page.
Note: D-5830 Members and Website Visitors

Call me at (903) 787-8275 for help logging in or e-mail me at: I will help you find what you need on the District 5830 Website or Rotary International Website.

Save The Dates: February 8, 2020 District Foundation Banquet and April 4, 2020 - District Training Assembly 

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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.