June 2018 District Governor’s Newsletter
We will end the 2017-2018 Rotary Year at the end of this month. Without a doubt, District 5830 has Made a Difference both locally and internationally on so many levels. Our District is made up of so many wonderful people who have a heart for service. Service above self is lived out every day. People are fed, clothed, sheltered, provided medical help, given resources to go to school, furnished with clean water, and cared for because of your hard work and financial support. I have been blessed to serve as District Governor this year and see your good works first hand.
Several members of our District will join with over 30,000 other Rotarians from around the world later this month in attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada. This will be a great experience! The opportunity to celebrate all that Rotary has accomplished, enjoy the Canadian culture, see old friends, and meet new ones is worth the effort to attend. Every Rotarian should attend at least one RI Convention in their lifetime. I promise it will change your view of Rotary! Next year is in Hamburg, Germany followed by Honolulu, Hawaii, and then Houston, Texas.
The Membership Contest is in its last month! I encourage every club to really emphasize reaching out and inviting prospective members to your clubs! The number one reason people do not join Rotary is because no one asks them. Identify some one you know who has a heart for service and offer to buy their lunch (or breakfast!). We will have six winners- three for Net Increase April 1st to June 30th and three for Percentage increase from April 1st to June 30th. Each of these six clubs will receive $200. The two overall winning clubs will also have their club meal payed for by the DG! As of May 31, here are the leaders in each of the three areas:
RED- Idabel, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon, Pittsburg, and Texarkana International- all with +2
WHITE- Tyler (5) has a slim lead over Gilmer (4) and Gladewater (3)
BLUE- Henderson, Malakoff and Troup all +1
I want to say, “Thank You!” to all the clubs who have already made their donations to the Foundation. We have made progress towards our goal, but we still have a way to go! Please make sure this is on your agenda and try to get your gifts sent in prior to June 15th. The money you give this year will come back as District Designated Funds in 2020-2021. These are the funds clubs apply for Club Project Grants. D5830 also uses a portion of these funds for International Service like what we are doing down in Guatemala and Honduras.
Our D5830 goal is to exceed $100 per capita to the Foundation AF!
The 2018 D5830 District Conference will be held October 19th and 20th in Longview, Texas at the new Holiday Inn Express Infinity Event Center. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of clubs, individuals, and our district. There will be fun, food, entertainment, and fellowship. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT! Attached is the flyer for the event. I encourage every D5830 club to purchase a program advertisement and recognize the good work your club is doing! It would also be a great opportunity for Rotarian businesses to advertise among their fellow Rotarians. All advertising funds will help defer the event costs and keep ticket prices to a minimum! All advertisers will receive multiple recognitions at the conference.
The Installation for incoming DG, Judy Guthrie, will be June 16th at the Carthage Country Club. This will be a brunch from 10:30 a.m.-1p.m. Please come and help Judy celebrate! You can register on the District 5830 website: www.rotary5830.org
In Rotary Service,
Ted Huffhines
District Governor
District 5830