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Rotary District 5830

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Upcoming Events
2020-2021 District Training Assembly (Online Only)
Apr 04, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Zones 30 & 31 Leadership Seminar -Columbus, OH.
Jun 24, 2020 – Jun 25, 2020
DGE Jack Welge Installation Bunch
Jun 27, 2020
Iron Lung- Phil Newsom Granbury Rotary Club
Jul 01, 2020 – Jul 07, 2020
Zones 30 & 31 Leadership Seminar -New Orleans, La
Jul 10, 2020 – Jul 11, 2020
Zones 30 & 31 Leadership Seminar - Decatur, Ala.
Jul 31, 2020 – Aug 01, 2020
Tyler Rotary Centennial Celebration
Aug 01, 2020
Zones 30 & 31 Leadership Seminar - Tulsa, Ok
Aug 07, 2020 – Aug 08, 2020
150 Longview Sesquicentennial Parade
Aug 27, 2020 – Aug 29, 2020
150 Longview Sesquicentennial Parade back up date
Sep 12, 2020
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Message from DG Jim Finstrom 
Here we are in the midst of a pandemic none of us anticipated and having to practice social distancing and self-quarantine.  It strikes me that our international theme "Rotary Connects the World" is particularly appropriate to address this challenge.  We can stay connected through social media and programs like Zoom.  Let us challenge our younger members to guide us in that regard and set up virtual monthly meetings for us.  Also, please sign up for the District Training Conference this weekend, April 4th.  Instructions are on the District Website, or contact our District Administrator, Shirley, and she will help you.  And, let us remember that Rotary's monthly theme this month is "Maternal and Child Health"  and address that as a club this month.  Some small project with "Service Above Self" in mind may make all the difference in the life of a child and mother somewhere locally or in the world.  I pray that this will be behind us soon and we can go forward with more energy than ever.  Limiting the spread of the virus is the key. 
Thank you for your efforts. 
DG  Jim
April is Material and Child Health Month 
Debora Valeria Lucca holds her daughter, Oriana Saucedo, following an infant hearing test at Hospital Raul F. Larcade in San Miguel, Argentina.  Hearing test equipment was paid for in part by Matching Grant 66672.
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.  For more information click on the following link:
“Membership Minute” by PDG Lee Montgomery
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Rotary International just reported that District 5830 LEADS ZONE 31 in member growth!! At times like these we need something to celebrate—so pat yourself on the back (no one else!!)!! Oh sure, you can send congratulatory emails to your club officers and members.
Specifics, you ask? Our 3.29% growth since July 1, 2019 outdistanced ALL our other 16 co-districts growth, the top three being 1.86%, 1.5% and 1.03% in growth. Although it is not a real competition, it does give us perspective to know we ARE heading in the right direction in reaching out, inviting people to check out Rotary and bringing them onboard. Although we are up by 24 members, we still need 82 to reach GOAL!
TWO BIG THINGS:            
  1. JOIN THE DISTRICT’S ZOOM CALL THIS SATURDAY, April 4, 2020 FROM 10:00 a.m. TO 11:00 a.m.  to hear our guest speaker, Allyson Barnes, as well as our own Karen Mains and Amanda Folmar, talk about GROWING ROTARY.
  2. SEE THE ATTACHED “BEST PRACTICES FOR HOLDING ON-LINE MEETINGS”. WE CAN STILL MEET—VIRTUALLY! ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!! Also, for many, being home gives us an opportunity to learn new ways, so check out the Guide to Maintaining Engagement that was released  on March 26, 2020. Click below for the link or go to the District 5830 Download Documents for your copy of the "Best Practices".
Thank you, Dennis and Brenda Keys, Kilgore Rotary, for requesting info on New Member Orientation and guidelines for the role of the Club Membership Chair. Happy to oblige!!
Paul Harris Society Blitz! Feb, March, April 2020
Zones 30 & 31 will have a Paul Harris Society Blitz starting February 1, 2020 and ending April 30, 2020.
Go to the Paul Harris Society Page and choose to join today:
Message from DGE Jack Welge 
What a difference a month made!
Exactly one month ago many of us were at Lone Star P.E.T.S. at the DFW Hyatt Regency visiting and enjoying preparing for our Rotary 2020-2021 year.  The District Training Assembly and its speakers were all scheduled for April 4th at the First Christian Church in Tyler, and all was moving smoothly as expected.
Flash forward by 30 days, and due to a virus that first surfaced on the other side of the world, we have moved all foreseeable District events and many Club events to on-line meetings, but the incredible part is all is still moving smoothly as expected.  We are, after all, still Rotarians. Our ability to adapt and to continue to serve may be our strongest trait.

I encourage each of you to continue to explore that adaptability we have rediscovered, and to push our boundaries, even beyond our current situation. 

Lone Star P.E.T.S.  was a resounding success! District 5830 had in attendance - The Operating Chair, John Jetter; 28 PEs; 6 PNs; 3 Rangers; 8 Facilitators including - 4 PDGs-Carroll Greenwaldt, Lee Montgomery, Ted Huffhines, Judy Guthrie; DG, Jim Finstrom, DGE, Jack Welge, DGN, Mike Groom, DGND, Carolyn Franks and DA, Shirley Pinnix-Evans.
Sadly, according to our records the following District 5830 Rotary Clubs did not send anyone to Lone Star PETS: Antlers, Big Sandy, Gladewater, Hawkins-Holly Lake, Hugo, Malakoff, Mt. Vernon, Overton, Paris, Quitman, Troup, Tyler Sunrise and Winnsboro.  I am working on a plan to train those new club officers not previously having served as President. 
District 5830 Training Assembly, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020 has changed in format due to COVID-19. Rather than an all day, in person, seminar we will have five messaging kernels delivered via Zoom and online learning. Currently, we have 69 registrants. Of those, the Clubs still not represented are; Antlers, Big Sandy, Gladewater, Hawkins-Holly Lake, Hugo, Malakoff, Overton, Paris, Troup and Winnsboro.
Our first segment of the District Training Assembly will be presented by Allyson Barnes, a member of Rotary and Rotaract from The Mid-Town Rotary Club of New Orleans. A panel discussion with Amanda Folmar, Past President - South Tyler Rotary, and Karen Maines, President Longview-Greggton Rotary will follow.
Our first segment will end with a short District Budget discussion and vote led by PDG John Jetter.
Thereafter, we will have five more 1 hour sessions from our District Training Assembly format, discussing The Rotary Foundation, Membership and Visioning, Rotary Youth Exchange and RYLA, Club Finances, and My Rotary, Rotary Club Central and Citation requirements.
All of you are certainly welcome to participate in any and all of the segments from our District Training Assembly and I hope to involve all of you in our thriving District 5830 in the year ahead.
Yours in Rotary,
Jack Welge
District Governor Elect (2019-20)
Rotary International District 5830
Lone Star P.E.T.S. Rangers 
Thank you to the 2020 Lone Star P.E.T.S. Rangers that worked very hard to make the event an success!  Thank you AG Barbara Turner- Cedar Creek Lake RC, Paul Allen - Clarksville Rotary Club and Sarah Fox- Longview Greggton Rotary Club for making District 5830 proud!
Past District Governor Charles Tullis, 1978-79
From the District 5830 Leadership Team, we report with great sadness the passing of District 5830 (583) Past District Governor Charles Tullis, 1978-79. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Longview and served as President 1973-74.
Stay Connected 
IPDG Judy Guthrie shares how her DG Class of Zone 30 & Zone 31 are staying connected with a Zoom Meeting every other week.               
Marshall Rotary Club at Work in the Community
On Sunday, March 15 the members of the Rotary Club of Marshall participated in a local church’s project, Hearts for the Hungry.  Members served a home cooked meal to about 25  homeless adults and 5 youth.  This was a true example of Service Above Self. 
BWI & Companies provide breakfast for First Responders
Robert Bunch, Co-Owner of BWI Companies along with wife Becky Bunch cook breakfast for First Responders, Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning in March 25, 2020. 
Robert and Becky Bunch are members of Sunrise Rotary Club in Nash, Texas. Other Sunrise Rotarians that help out when they can are Steve Collier, Doug Bowers, Landon Forbes, Terry Davis and Steve Rogers.  Due to the COVID -19 Pandemic the locally owned, Texas Chuck Wagon Restaurant is only allowed to provide takeout orders. BWI under the direction of Robert Bunch is a great example of "Service Above Self".
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.  Need help understanding the Rotary Citation Award requirements?  

Save The Dates:  April 4, 2020 - District Training Assembly  and DG Jim's District Conference October 30, and October 31, 2020

 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.  

District Administrator Shirley Pinnix-Evans


For additional information:

Foundation & : PDG & VG Ted Huffhines - 903-930-0524

Membership: PDG & Membership Chair Lee Montgomery- - 903-372-1576

Club Visioning: Susan Mazarakes-Gill - - 903-918-2900

RYLA Website Address: Click Here:

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

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.