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August has been a Momentum filled month! Perfect for a Rotary, People of Action news release.

First, we received news of the selection of Jennifer Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, as the first Woman selected for the Presidency of Rotary International. She will serve during the Rotary Year 2022-23.

Next, the Nominating Committee of District 5830 Chaired by IPDG Jim Finstrom selected Karen Maines, of the Rotary Club of Longview-Greggton as the DGN Designate, to serve as District Governor during Rotary Year 2023-24.

 
 
John Oakley Childs of Tyler went to be with his savior on August 18, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. A memorial service was held Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Green Acres Baptist Church Chapel, with Dr. David Dykes, Rev. Warren Culwell, and Rev. Woody Woodward officiating. A private burial took place prior to the service at Rose Hill Cemetery.
 
Congratulations to Karen Maines, Past President of the Longview-Greggton Rotary Club who has been selected by the District 5830 Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee Designate.  She has been selected to serve during the 2023-24 Rotary Year.
 
Karen is the 2020-21 Rotary Alumni Chair of District 5830 and serves on the RYLA Board of Directors. Karen also serves on the Arts! Longview Executive Committee and is Secretary of the Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Longview Executive Committee of 100 Women Who Care, and on the City of Longview Walk of Honor Committee, as well as the City of Longview Police Training Advisory Committee.
Please " Save the Date" of Saturday, October 31, 2020 and sign up when you receive an email letting you know that the zoom registration is opened.

You will be asked to pre-register and select two breakout sessions you will attend.  There will be no fee to attend, but I do request that you make a donation to the Foundation and/or Polio Plus of at least $25.00 or more. Please let Shirley know how much you contributed so we can publish the total donation made. Bring a snack to enjoy as you participate in the conference.  You will have plenty of time after the conference for Halloween.   
 
 DGE Mike Groom participated in a planning meeting with other Lone Star PETS District Governors Elect and the PETS Planning Committee on Saturday, August 22. Key takeaways from the meeting are: 1) Lone Star PETS 2021 will be virtual; and 2) registration fees for participants will be $50 (spousal program will be free) with District 5830 reimbursing clubs this cost.
Although Membership Growth is a year round part of Rotary, I hope each club also took time during August Membership Month to celebrate the current members. It's never too late, so think about having members offer Vocational Talks to give new members new insights, celebrate Rotary anniversaries, member birthdays, plan a club social, take a club survey to learn what existing members would like the club to do. 
 

 

Rotary International District 5830. which encompasses Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma, awarded a $17,000 disaster grant on August 12, 2020 to the East Texas Food Bank and $3,500.00 to Harvest Regional Food Bank on August 19, 2020. In addition to the donation, area Rotarians from the District volunteered to package meal kits for use in After School Snack Programs. Thank you to all the Rotarians who joined the fight against hunger!