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

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.

Click on the following link for more information: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/providing-clean-water

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 Louraiseal McDonald accepted the Award. 
Please view the District Photo Album to look for your picture! 
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?
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 rotary5830da@gmail.com.   It will be added to the Photo Album. 

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
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 tylerrotaryaa@outlook.com or call 903-714-4472.
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 postpose due to the current COVID-19 situation.  
This is a very disappointing turn of events, but the members believe it is the right decision at this time.
Current ticket holders will be contacted individually regarding commuting their tickets to the new date or refunding tickets. We will keep you posted on the new date as soon as one is determined. We will reschedule! Look there is no way we are not going to have a huge party celebrating our 100 year mark!
Gai Bennett
President of Longview Rotary Club 
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 
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.
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.
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.  
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.

Call me at (903) 787-8275 for help logging in or e-mail me at: rotary5830da@gmail.com. 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