During International Women's Day, Women shared stories of humanitarian service. District 5830 Leadership Team is adding "Our Polio Warrior, PDG Shirley Griffin to list of outstanding women.   

PDG Shirley Griffin who was recently honored by our District 5830  for her leadership in raising over $750,000 over the last 10-15 years to eradicate Polio.

Left to right: Dr. John Griffin, PDG Ann Lee Hussey, PDG Shirley Griffin and DG Judy Guthrie

Clink below to read about the other 5 Women that shared their story during International Women's Day.  https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-women-inspire-international-womens-day .

DGE Jim Finstrom welcomed 109 Rotarians to the 2019-2020 District Training Assembly that was held at the Mt. Pleasant ISD Administration Building in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on April 6, 2019.  I believe everyone was energized with our Guest Speaker Mitty Chang's motivational presentation on Membership.   A big "Thank You" goes out to Judd Marshall, Superintendent of Education for the Mt. Pleasant ISD and members of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club for all their help and support to make this an outstanding event. 
Our annual 4 Way Speech Contest was a great success!  We had 19 contestants this year and being a judge is becoming more and more difficult.  These young people are just getting better and better.  The First, Second and Third Place winners are pictured here.  Congratulations to them and all the contestants for a job well done!
In Rotary Service,
DG Judy
From Left to right: 3rd place winner Connelly Cowan from Mt. Pleasant, 1st place winner Jorgann Hulyerson from Cedar Creek Lake, 2nd place winner Brian Baird from Mt. Vernon.  
  It is my pleasure to announce that Ted Huffhines has been selected as District 5830 member to serve on the committee that will meet on September 15 - 30 to nominate the new Director for our Zone 31. Also, congratulations to Dr. Phil Bandel who will serve as our Member Alternate if Ted can't make it.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding Rotarians!!

In Rotary Service, DG Judy Guthrie
The Rotary Club of Longview’s “ROTAVIEW” has been selected as the District 5830 Rotary Contest Winner for 1Q2019. ROTAVIEW is an excellent example a club bulletin that displays a positive image within its community, serves as a great means of attracting prospective members, and is very effective in communicating current information to its membership.  
(You can find a copy of the winning entry “ROTAVIEW” on the District Website documents downloads.)
Thank you IPDG Ted Huffhines for educating Texarkana's  Oaklawn, Sunrise and Wilbur Smith Rotary clubs the week of April 15, 2019 about "Heart to Heart".  Heart to Heart is Rotary's efforts in Mexico to improve schools
and healthcare in and around the city of more than 20 million people. 
Rotary Club of Tyler President George Roberts greet more than 300 Students, Teachers and Guests  at the Annual Young Citizens Awards Banquet the evening of April 16, 2019.  Their Keynote Speaker was Phil Burks who  thanks students for inspiring him to do his best as he hears of their many accomplishments and goals. Seated at the head table are (L) Rotary Club of Tyler Past-President David Jones, Rotary Club of Tyler President-Elect Dr. D.M. Edwards, Keynote Speaker and Founder & CEO of the Genesis Group Phil Burks, and Rotary Club of Tyler President George Robert.  The banquet was held at the  University of Texas at Tyler Ornelas Activity Center.
Texarkana Teachers were honored on April 25, 2019 during the Texarkana Rotary Clubs' 26th Annual Cecil Phillips Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  Rotary International's theme for 2018-2019 is "Be the Inspiration" and guest speaker Johnny Key, the Commissioner of Education for the Arkansas Department of Education built upon that theme and spoke about the teachers who inspired him through his educational career. He also commended Texarkana's Teachers on remaining an inspiration in the classroom.
From left to right: Sunrise Rotary member and Luncheon Committee Member assisted DG Judy Guthrie with a gift of appreciation to Keynote Speaker Johnny Key. 
From Left to right: Oaklawn President, Stefanie Brazile, Johnny Key, Oaklawn President Elect  Jennifer Stuart and Oaklawn Secretary, Tonya Duphy. 
 PDG Bill Hedges is with Emergency Response Coordinator at Alto, Tx tornado site.   Volunteers helped with debris removal after three tornadoes swept through the City of Alto on April 16, 2019.    The path of destruction was a quarter mile wide. Many house were demolished by the strong winds.  Additional volunteers are still needed along with warehouse needs to serve the resident in Alto.  Local logging truck operators and kitchen crews and food donation were plentiful. 
Members of Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club gathered in support of  their home town girl, Riley Thompson of Mabank.  Riley, who is only 16, made it to the final 14 on ‘American Idol.  Unfortunately, Riley is out...but she’s staying strong with an extremely bright future.
Also fellow Rotarian, Cesar Castro passed away on April 5th. In honor of Cesar's memory all the Rotarians dressed in colorful clothing and costumes to honor a character..liked by all who know him; Cesar was really into the "pirate thing".
Congratulation to Texarkana Oaklawn's Interact Club member, Kaitlyn Oliver, Arkansas High Senior, for being honored at the annual Leadership Texarkana Lunch with Leaders banquet.  Kaitlyn was one of two recipients presented with a 2019 youth Wilbur Award for Community Leadership!  Kaitlyn has volunteered numerous hours in our community and school through her involvement in Interact, Student Council and other school clubs. She has also attended several community leadership training.
The Gilmer Interact Club will sponsor a 5k Color Run to benefit local non-profit Refuge International on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. starting a Gilmer High School and finishing at the Gilmer Square for the Cherokee Rose Festival.  The first 30 runners will receive t-shirts, $15.00 per runner. 
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