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Rotary District 5830

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Upcoming Events
Iron Lung- Terrell Rotary Club
Mar 14, 2020 – Mar 21, 2020
2020-2021 District Training Assembly
Apr 04, 2020
Iron Lung- Longview Greggton Rodeo
Apr 16, 2020 – Apr 18, 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
DGE Jack Welge Installation Bunch
Jun 27, 2020
Iron Lung- Phil Newsom Granbury Rotary Club
Jul 01, 2020 – Jul 07, 2020
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Message from DG Jim
Early Springs Greetings to District 5830 Rotarians.  Our monthly Rotary theme is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.  Let us look around us for a service project recognizing the theme and then share the idea with all of us.  March 9th to 15th is Rotaract Week.  I ask each Club in the District to reach out to a Rotaract Club near it and thank them for the service they do and invite them to join one of your meetings as they are able.  March 31st is the deadline to pre-register for the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu.  I encourage you to come if you can.  The Lone Star PETS training for 2020-2021 officers was excellent as always.  As near as I could tell, everyone attending left excited to put new ideas into practice at their clubs.  And, please save the dates October 30-31 for the District Conference which will be held in Jefferson.  You will receive more information soon.  Keep up the good work.  DG Jim Finstrom
March 2020 Water and Sanitation Month

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.

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2020 Foundation Banquet 
PDG Tom DeWitt introduced and presented Patrick Mahoney sign to Larry Lundsford, Past RI Director who served as our guest speaker for the 2020 District 5830 Foudation Banquet. 
DG Jim Finstrom presents a gift of appreciation to Larry Lundsford who spoke on G - P - S (Growing Rotary, Partnering and Serving).
   IPDG Judy Guthrie awarded the "Bill Rains" Award to Amanda Folmar, Past President of South Tyler Rotary Club during the Foundation Banquet on February 8, 2020.   The award is presented to the District 5830 Rotarian that is outstanding in Membership, Foundation Giving, Public Image and Leadership. Congratulation to Amanda who is a well deserved recipient of the Award!
IPDG Judy Guthrie also awarded the Top Three Per Capita Giving Awards for 2018-2019
*Third Place was Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club, Club President Steve Collier- 2019-2020 Club President Mary Wormington accepted the Award.
* Second Place was Carthage Rotary Club, Club President Doug Spradley- 2019-2020 Club President Mary Moss accepted the Award. 
* First Place was Marshall Rotary Club, Club President Jay Webb- 2017-2018 Club President Louraseal McDonald accepted the Award. 
Please view the District Photo Album to look for your picture! 
2020 Lone Star PETS 
DGE Jack Welge kicks off the District 5830 Meeting at Lone Star PETS 2020 welcoming 29 President Elects and 7 President Nonimee. 
Rotary is Family!  DGE Jack thanked DG Jim Finstrom, IPDG Judy Guthrie, PDG & VG Ted Huffhines, DGN Mike Groom, DGND Carolyn Franks, PDG Lee Montgomery and PDG Carroll Greenwaldt for their help and participation as they facilitated and led session topics.  Additional District support was acknowledged for PDG John Jetter who represented the District as 2020 Lone Star PETS Operating Chair, and District Adminstrator - Shirley Pinnix-Evans for teaming up with PDG Jetter co-presenting/teaching two Thursday night sessions on MyRotary and Rotary Club Central.  Our DGE hopes you enjoyed the M&M’s at PETS. His goal: MAKE MEMBERSHIP MEANINGFUL!
RI President Holger Knaack visited District 5830 President Elects and President Nominees on Friday, February 27, 2020 at Lone Star PETS.
Please review additional pictures taken at PETS on the District Photo Album.   If you have a picture that was taken at PETS please send to Shirley at   It will be added to the Photo Album. 
Message DGE Jack Welge  to the PEs and PNs 

My thanks personally and on behalf of the District to all P. E.s and P. N.s who attended Lone Star P. E. T. S.  While possible to train for club leadership outside of P.E.T.S., it is next to impossible to build the type friendships and relationships and synergy in one on one training.  If you’ll pardon the sports analogy, it’s the difference between a coach cheering a team on to victory at halftime and talking to one key player at halftime. You now have the tools and know the keys players to assist you in achieving the Club Citation and more during your year.

Our District Leadership exists for you.  Please use us when needed and have a fun and successful year!

DGE Jack Welge
Paul Harris Society Awards Presented at PETS 
PDG, VG and Foundation Chair, Ted Huffhines presented Donna Sharp, Beth Blasidell  and Diane Kavanaugh with their Paul Harris Society Chervon at 2020 Lone Star PETS.
March Membership Madness!!!
Membership is Up!! Membership is Down!! Ugh?? From July 1st through Feb 15th, 33 of 43 clubs added 129 new members! Yea! But we also lost 129 members! WHAAAT? Thanks to readmitting a couple of former members, we are up a NET 2 total! See why there needs to be a constant focus on membership. The average club lost is 10% a year. Do you have a membership PLAN to gain back that loss AND GROW?
To help each club in their effort to attract and engage members, each club president, president elect and club membership chair will be contacted in the next month and given an invitation to host a District Membership Facilitator. The Facilitator has been trained to take each club through a brief process of condensing the vast number of Rotary membership strategies down to 3 strategies (each) for attraction and engagement. The club’s membership committee (5 members and the club president) chose the strategy that BEST  FITS YOUR CLUB’s CULTURE. The CLUB picks what they would like to do. The second benefit, is that each club will have a PLAN for their chosen strategy when the 2-hour session concludes. The President Elects at Lone Star PETS were given a flyer outlining the process.
Congratulations to the TOP 12 of 33 clubs for new member attraction, year to date:
South Tyler 11
Mineola 8
Pittsburg 8
Marshall 7
Texarkana (AR) Wilbur Smith 7
Cedar Creek Lake 6
Mt. Pleasant 6
Tyler 6
Athens 5
Kilgore 5
Longview 5
Texarkana Sunrise 5
Thank you, DGE Jack Welge, for the M&M’s at PETS. His goal: make MEMBERSHIP MEMORABLE!
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:
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club Donates to Local Non-Profits
Texarkana-Oaklawn Rotary awarded $600 donations to 11 nonprofits in the area on February 18.  Representatives from each organization attended to receive the donation which they can use where most needed.  The $6,600 was raised in the fall at Oaklawn’s annual Draw Down event.  The Club’s President is Jennifer Stuart who is pictured on the far right.  The recipients included: Caddo Area Council of Boy Scouts; CASA; Domestic Violence Prevention; Habitat for Humanity; Harvest Regional Food Bank; Hospice of Texarkana; Main Street Texarkana; Mission Texarkana; Opportunities Inc.; Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter; and the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans.
Rotary Club of Tyler at work in their Community 
Rotary Club of Tyler had all six students who attended RYLA Camp provide insight and share their experiences with their members.  These students, 4 from John Tyler High School; John Tyler - Julia Argote, Francisco Leon, Miguel Bailon, and Christopher Clark; 2 from All Saints Episcopal School Sarah Huckabee and Ben Kiblinger were probably the most outstanding participants we have had in many years. 
Read more about their:   RYLA Program, Carter Blood Care Service Project and Rotary Club of Tyler Paint by Number Project
 To register for Tyler Rotary Club 100th year Centennial Celebration on May 2, 2020 contact Holly Lewis at or call 903-714-4472.
A huge thank you to Youth Service Directors Bill Paschall and King Ramey, Mary Burch and Hemant Patel for interviewing many students and selecting these fine individuals.  The universal theme with all of them is how RYLA has made them a better person and they have made lifelong friendships.  They are ready willing and able to return to RYLA next year as counselors!
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tyler participated in a “paint by number” event at our local Carter Blood Care Facility.  The project was spearheaded by the Director of Operations, Clinton McCoy, a member of our club, and Community Service Director Ashlea Wilson.  Rotarians met for fellowship, dinner,  and a tour of the facility prior to painting the wall that was designed by Ashlea Wilson.  Clinton McCoy put the finishing touch on the wall with the Rotary Wheel and quote.  Patrons are sharing positive comments when they walk into the lobby to see such a bright colorful wall and the Rotary message!
Tyler Rotary Club's 100th year Centennial Celebration on May 2nd, 2020 will be at Hollytree Country Club.  Tickets are $50.00 per person or $75.00 per person for a Patron seat that will include a reception with keynote speaker Past International President Ray Klinginsmith. For any questions, please contact Holly Lewis at or call 903-714-4472.
Longview Rotary Clubs Presidents Honored 
All three Rotary Clubs in Longview are featured in the March/April issue of local lifestyle magazine, Charm. For the first time, all three Longview clubs have women presidents.
President Gai Bennett of the Rotary Club of Longview, President Karen Maines of the Longview Greggton Rotary Club and President Christina Hollwarth of the Longview Midtown Rotary Club are gracing the cover of this local lifestyle magazine. As the Rotary Club of Longview celebrates its 100th anniversary, this issue will feature the impact Rotary has had on Longview and the evolution and growth of these local clubs.
Rotary Rules!
As the magazine highlights ," This isn't your grandfather's Rotary.      
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 a link to our Facebook Event page.
Gilmer Rotary Club Feb. 5th Program 
February 5, 2020 Gilmer Rotary Club introduced Lane Burks as the student of the month from Ore City High School.  Pictured are Lane Burks, Junior at Ore City High School; Denise Burks, parent; and Lisa Wright, Counselor at Ore City High School.  
Paris United Rotary Club Partner with Local Dentists
The Rotary Club of Paris United Happy Smiles Dental Program has been serving the children in Lamar County elementary schools since 2008.  The club supplies portable dental sets, equipment and materials in order to provide dental exams for all Lamar County 2nd grade students – approximately 550 students.  Several local dentists and staffs support the program.  They perform the exams and apply sealants as needed.  This is the only dental exam some students receive.  The schools, parent and students have been very appreciative.
Texarkana Oaklawn RYLA Students
Texarkana Juniors and Seniors who participated in RYLA from 4 area schools hold Rotary coins in the shape of the Rotary cog.  It has the "4 way test" printed on it.
West Bowie County Rotary Club at Work 
West Bowie County Rotary Club members are " People of Action" as 10 volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash and a spool of twine that was completely unraveled.   
Pictured is Club President, Kevin Cauley 
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.