Every day is World Water Day with Rotary 

At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water, a grim reminder for Rotary members who make providing clean water and sanitation an organizational priority. While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to provide toilets and latrines and other clean water initiatives in underdeveloped countries. Members also teach these communities to maintain new infrastructure, and organize educational projects to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.

On February 23rd, District 5830 Rotarians gathered at the beautiful Northridge Country Club in Texarkana, TX for the 2019 District Foundation Banquet.  Approximately 120 Rotarians, spouses, and guests shared a lovely meal.  Very generous Rotarians who had attained their first Paul Harris Fellow award and additional levels were honored.  Others were honored as new Paul Harris Society participants. Trey Smith of Longview was honored for his advancing in his Major Donor level to Level II.    PDG Ted and Angela Huffhines were given a standing ovation for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation, achieving Arch Klumph Trustee’s Circle status. 
 
The following were recognized for the PHF advancements: IPDG Ted Huffhines, DGE Jim Finstrom, Carolyn Franks, Amanda Folmar, Diane Kavanaughn, AG John Hart, Bill, DG Judy Guthrie, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt. Clubs were also honored for their Polio Plus and Annual Fund (SHARE) contributions in 2018.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Ann Lee Hussey from Maine.  Ann Lee shared her story as a Polio Survivor and then shared her experiences in being a global leader in the fight to eradicate Polio, having led or participated in over 30 National Immunization Days in various parts of the world.  In each of these, millions and even 10’s of millions of children are immunized within the short space of a week to 10 days.  Ann Lee’s address was truly spellbinding! 
 
Presentation of Appreciation to Ann Lee Hussey - From left to right: PDG & Foundation Chair Carroll Greenwaldt, Ann Lee Hussey, DG Judy Guthrie
 
 
South Tyler Rotary member Tom Perkins was sworn into the Texas State Guard, taking command of 3rd Battalion, 19th Regiment which will be headquartered in Tyler. Rotarians there in support were Bob Westbrook, Jackie Cannon, Amanda Folmar, Mallory Mazarakes, and Sam Scarborough.
Caddo Area Council held a Recognition Banquet February 8, 2019 and honored Sunrise Rotary Club President Elect Mary Wormington and Nash City Mayor Robert Bunch and Co-Owner of BWI for co-sponsoring a new Club Scout Troop in Nash, Texas. They received the Caddo Area Council Whitney M. Young award that recognizes outstanding service by an adult for demonstrating involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for from low-income backgrounds.  
 
 Congratulations to Longview Rotarian Allen McReynolds for a job well done obtaining the Texas Historial Commission Designation and Marker for Fisher Cemetery of Longview cemetery.
Wayne Collins was a dedicated member of the Mineola club. DG Judy Guthrie had the privilege of meeting him twice before he passed. In fact, DG Judy also met his daughter (pictured).
South Tyler Rotary Club had an off campus visit to Breckenridge Village. They were able to visit with the residents, had a panel discussion and toured the facility. Lots of fun! The top picture is  South Tyler RC President Amanda Folmar, Steven Campbell the executive director for Breckinridge Village and our panel of speakers.
 Rotarians pictured took the off campus tour.
The Rotary Club of Paris United had a very enjoyable program during their meeting on Jan 31st presented by Debb Fleming and her Student Team(s) from Crockett Intermediate School in Paris, TX. “Paris Pride” is a program to increase access to Lamar County's history. The students are researching the history of chosen buildings and will link all our documented building's history with a QR Code attached to the building. They are raising money to purchase brass plaques to put on 6 of the downtown plaza buildings with the name of the building in 1917.
Randy Sams Shelter was established as a homeless shelter by the Sams family in memory of their son.  The shelter provides breakfast and dinner, along with separated sleeping areas for men and women.  They also provide limited vocational training, life skills and counseling.  Evening meals are provided by churches and other civic organizations, along with food donations from restaurants and food pantries.  Residents are assigned case managers and are enrolled in 90 day programs of assistance.
Beds of Hope is a nonprofit that provides beds to children in the case of Child Protective Services in Gregg, Rusk, Harrison and Upshur counties. The children cannot be placed until they have a bed.
 
Beds of Hope was one of the recipients of funds raised by the Longview-Greggton club during our October concert fundraiser featuring Amy Grant. The money allowed the group to buy materials to build 40 beds.
 
During the Build Day, club members helped put together bed frames, prepare the wood pieces for the frames and help get them ready for transport. They also got a chance to work alongside some of the members of the Longview Midtown Rotary Club, who were also there for a service project.
  The Rotary Club of Paris United sponsored 12 Juniors from local High Schools and 2 student leaders from Paris Junior College to participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camp the weekend of February 22-24, 2019 in Athens, TX, along with approximately 90 other high school students from NE Texas. RYLA is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people selected for their leadership potential attend a weekend camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.
Atlanta Rotary Club would like you to join them for a fun event! "Sip, Sip, Hooray" at O'Farrell Country Vineyards near Atlanta, March 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.   The cost is $50 for 2 people which will include a couple of glasses of wine, nibbles and music. Please RSVP by calling or texting Fern Porter at 903-691-9717.  Please mail your check payable to Atlanta Rotary Club attention Fern Porter, 1231 FM 251 North, Atlanta, Tx. 75551.  Deadline to send your $50.00 is March 14,  2019 . There is limited number of tickets available, so act quickly!
 
The profits from the winery event will benefit a teacher with a grant.
 
 
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