Judy Guthrie

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Gilmer Interact Club will sponsor 5K Color Run Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Gilmer High School. $15.00 per runner. 
Upcoming Events
DG Judy Guthrie Multi-District Conference Cruise
May 02, 2019 – May 06, 2019
Iron Lung Longview Rotary Club
May 11, 2019
Gilmer Interact Club sponsors 5K Run
May 11, 2019 9:00 AM
Rotary Convention - Hamburg, Germany
Jun 01, 2019 – Jun 05, 2019
DGE Jim Finstrom Installation
Jun 29, 2019
Iron Lung-West Bowie RC annual half marathon
Oct 11, 2019 – Oct 13, 2019
5830's Foundation-Membership Seminar
Oct 26, 2019
Iron Lung for Tyler Rotary Club Christmas Parade
Dec 05, 2019
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Shirley Pinnix Evans, District Administrator
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May 2019  
May is Youth Services Month

Interact club’s winning video highlights scope of youth service in Rotary

For the second time in three years, the Interact Club of Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, took the $500 grand prize in the annual Interact video contest, beating 88 entries from 33 countries.


The secret to the club's success isn't just the professional quality of the videos but the stories behind them, says club member Kyle Gomes, who was the director, cinematographer, and editor for this year's three-minute entry, "Our Best Day in Interact." The video, narrated by several Interact members, shows the students decorating Christmas trees at Richmond's City Hall; ice skating to raise funds for the polio eradication campaign; collecting canned goods for a local food bank; participating in a model UN day in San Diego, California, USA; and rebuilding a preschool and orphanage in South Africa in 2013.

The project in South Africa, conducted every other year since 2003, generally includes a team of five Interact members; members of the sponsor Rotary club, Richmond Sunset; teachers from Hugh Boyd Secondary; and firefighters, all of whom spend a month providing assistance to the Refilwe orphanage, located south of Johannesburg.

"We really wanted to emphasize how much of an impact we can make in our community," says Gomes. "Our club is involved in so many projects, it was imperative to us that we show that in our video. We want the Rotary world to know that Interactors enjoy and are motivated to give back."

Club president Melissa Chao was part of the 2013 team that traveled to South Africa, and calls it a "life-altering journey."

The team renovated the preschool that adjoins the orphanage, adding linoleum flooring, expanding the kitchen, creating a patio and awnings, and fixing the roof. "I hope to return to Refilwe to continue the progress I started two summers ago," says Chao.

Gomes will be part of the team traveling to South Africa this July. To raise the $3,500 cost for each student, he and the other Interactors plan to participate in a pledge drive called 24 Without, in which they will fast for 24 hours and refrain from using cell phones and other digital devices. "This will give us a glimpse of what so many children deal with on a daily basis," he says.

Interactors add vigor to small sponsor club

The Hugh Boyd Interact Club, chartered in 2012, has 160 members, almost eight times the total in its sponsor Rotary club, Richmond Sunset.

But what the Rotary club lacks in numbers, it makes up with strength, thanks in part to the Interactors, says Richmond Sunset member and Interact adviser Magdalen Leung. "Their boundless energy motivates our members. We try to include Interactors in all our projects because they add so much enthusiasm," she says.

"It's no surprise the club won the contest again," Leung says. "They represent exactly what Rotary wants from our youth programs. This will help attract more members to their club, which only makes our family bigger and stronger."

Leung says engaging in youth programs is vital to Rotary's future. "Being hands-on with Interactors or Rotaractors by giving them community service opportunities will help these students to be better members of society."

For Chao, the feeling is reciprocal. "Words can't describe how extremely grateful we all are to our sponsor club and Rotary for their leadership, mentorship, and friendship," she says.

Her club plans to use its $500 contest prize as seed money for an upcoming clothing drive for teens at Vancouver Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth.

The three other clubs selected as contest finalists, and their videos are: Interact Club of Marghita, Romania, "Interact Helps the Poor Children"; Interact Club of Geethaanjali, Tamil Nadu, India, "Best Day Ever"; and Interact Club of CSI San Salvador Noroeste, El Salvador, "Serving for Better Days."

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By Ryan Hyland
Rotary women who are leading the fight to end polio 

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.


CONGRATULATIONS to IPDG Ted Huffhines and PDG Dr. Phil Bandel
  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 


2019-2020 District 5830 Training Assembly 
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. 
 Judd not only allowed Rotary District 5830 to use his beautiful facility, he also made sure all the meeting rooms were set up promptly.   He had two of his staff stay at the facility all day to make sure everything ran smoothly.  Additional "Thank You" to President Elect Adeel Latif, who was the photographer of the day and the other Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club members that assisted during the event; Amy Hinton, Malik Latif, Larry Cannaday, Suzie Castillo, Wes Alexander.  Thanks for the breakout speakers, DGE Jim Finstrom, IPDG Ted Huffhines, PDG Carroll Greenwaldt, PDG Lee Montgomery, PDG John Jetter and DA Shirley Pinnix Evans for leading the six breakout sessions.   
Lastly, thank you to the following Rotarians that participated in the membership panel discussion lead by PDG Lee Montgomery:  
Scott Brunner, Amanda Folmar, PDG Ted Huffhines, Mitty Chang, Kristi Bogle-Sherman, Colby Bryant.
Please go to the District Website Photo Album to view all the pictures taken at the event by Adeel Latif.  Thank you again Adeel!
Congratulation Longview Rotary Club 
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.)
In the District Bulletin Contest, all Club Bulletins are rated against the following criteria:
  • Interesting Format & Compelling Content
  • Display of the Correct Rotary Emblem
  • Display of the Current Theme Emblem
  • Meeting Date, Time, and Location Information
  • Identification of RI President and District Governor
  • Identification of Club Officers
  • Schedule of Upcoming Events
  • Highlights of active or just-completed projects
  • Contact Information for Club Members
  • Alternate Locations for Meeting Makeups
  • Club Social Media Links
  • Club Founding Date
With one minor exception of omitting the RI President’s name, ROTAVIEW clearly meets all of the above criteria and is an excellent example for all club’s to follow.
Almost all of the Bulletins submitted by other District Clubs did an admirable job of meeting the above criteria. For 1Q19, ROTAVIEW was simply a cut above.
Sam Scroggins
D5830 Public Image Chair
 District 5830 4 Way Speech Contest 
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.  
Heart to Heart 
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 Recognizes Smith County Students and Teachers 
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.
With excitement and celebration, 80 Tyler area students honorees were recognized at this year's Rotary Young Citizens Awards Banquet.
A young man and a young woman are chosen annually from each of the 40 participating schools in Smith County by a committee of teachers and counselors. The selections are based on important principles, including citizenship, courtesy, loyalty, honesty, service, dependability, sportsmanship, and leadership.
This year’s award winners came from the following area schools:
All Saints Episcopal High School, All Saints Episcopal Middle School, Arp High School, Arp Junior High, Bishop TK Gorman High School, Bishop TK Gorman Middle School, Boulter Middle School, Brook Hill High School, Brook Hill Middle School, Bullard High School, Bullard Middle School, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill Middle School, Christian Heritage High School, Christian Heritage Middle School, Cumberland High School, Cumberland Middle School,
East Texas Christian Academy High School, East Texas Christian Academy Middle School, Grace Community High School, Grace Community Middle School, Hogg Middle School, Hubbard Middle School, John Tyler High School, Lindale High School, Lindale Middle School, Moore MST Magnet School,Robert E. Lee High School, Texas College, Three Lakes Middle School, Troup High School, Troup Middle School,Tyler Junior College,University of Texas at Tyler, UT Tyler, Innovation Academy High School,UT Tyler, Innovation Academy Middle School
Whitehouse High School, Whitehouse Middle School, Winona High School,
Winona Middle School
The Rotary Club of Tyler has sponsored this event for 89 years. Students receive certificates, making them a member of the Tyler Rotary Young Citizens Club. The project has created so much interest among other Rotary clubs throughout the country that it has been initiated in many other cities. Rotary International became interested in the recognition and has recommended the establishment of Rotary Young Citizens Clubs to local Rotary Clubs around the world.
In addition to the certificates that students received, marking their membership in the Tyler Rotary Young Citizens Club, the students also received what our club affectionately calls “The Little White Book”.  This book is also a tradition dating from 1930, in which every Rotary Young Citizens Club member is listed under their school, since 1930. 
“This is one of those annual events that we as Rotarians truly look forward to each year,” said George Roberts, Rotary Club of Tyler President. “We have an opportunity to recognize young people in our local schools that are developing into future leaders of our community. It also gives us a chance to say thank to our teachers who are guiding these students to be successful both in and out of the classroom.”
The evening also included keynote speaker Phil Burks, CEO and Founder of the Genesis Group, and recognition of each campus teacher of the year.
The Rotary Club of Tyler meets every Thursday at noon at the Hollytree Country Club located at 6700 Hollytree Dr, Tyler, Texas.
Honoring the memory of Cesar Castro and Local Home Town Girl 
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'.
Three Tornadoes hit Alto, Texas
 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. 
Texarkana Interact Student Honored 
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.
Texarkana Four Rotary Clubs Honor Area Teachers 
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. 
Gilmer Interact Club Sponsoring 5 K Run 
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. 
Iron Lung is Available for Display!
The iron lung is ready for display by clubs for special events!  Contact DA Shirley Pinnix-Evans to reserve the Iron Lung. 
Please furnish a copy of the driver's license of the individual to pick up the trailer, a copy of their insurance card and the location, date, and name of event. Towing vehicle for the trailer requires a 1 7/8 or 2-inch ball and has a plug-in pigtail to hook up lights.  Shirley will need a pick up and return date.  Contact information for DA Shirley: or 903-787-8275.Each community can only have a priority request for the same event once a year, but they can make a request for the same event every year on the off chance that no one else will want the trailer for that same date. 
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District Administrator Shirley Pinnix-Evans

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