Hurricane Relief Fund

Temporary Meeting Sites

Rockport Rotary Club (Thursday Noon)
First Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall Cafe
301 Hwy 35 North
Rockport, TX
Contact:  Nancy Paulson (361-463-8791)
 
Port Lavaca Rotary Club (Thursday Noon)
Grace Episcopal Club
Contact:  Michael Rivet (361-920-2934)
 
Ingleside Rotary Club (Tuesday Noon)
Carries Eats And Treats
2826 Main St
Ingleside, TX
Contact:  Dan Korus (361-816-9750)
 
Aransas Pass Rotary Club (Monday Noon)
No change in location - Bakery Cafe
Contact:  Karen Gayle (361-758-2136)
 
Port Aransas Rotary Club (Thursday Noon)
Not currently meeting - no site available
When repairs made, will be at same location
Contact:  Steve Shullenberger (361-800-3578)
 
Portland Rotary Club (Tuesday Noon)
Mike Cotton’s BBQ
Contact:  Stephanie Turany (361-877-7287)

Rotary District 5930 has partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund - a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.

 
Donate Online Now Hurricane Relief Plan Donation Form
 
If You'd LIke to Help Please Make Checks to Rotary District 5930 
c/o McAllen North Rotary Fund -  Fed Tax Id# 27-3855943
501 W. Nolana
McAllen, TX  78504
 
 
If You Have a Project that Requires Funds from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Please Fill Out the Form Below and Send to bettylararotary@gmail.com

Important Documents

 
 
Important Information from the District
Greetings District 5930 Rotarians,
 
We have finished the 1st 120 days of our Rotary Year 2017-2018.  I have visited all our 52 Rotary Clubs and met with each individual Board of Directors in our District equaling 102 meetings in 120 days.   I had mentioned that my schedule was aggressive to be able to maintain our only goal.   Only one goal for District 5930 is to “Help and Support Our Clubs”.   I have truly enjoyed my Club Visits and travelling across our Wonderful Rotary District.  Rotarians across our District 5930 are involved in our local communities and really want to “Make a Difference”!  
 
After meeting with our District Leadership Team, our Real work is just getting started.   Your Team is ENERGIZED and READY to Help our Clubs.   I shared Discoveries and Opportunities within our District to make our Clubs Vibrant and have a Successful Year.
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month and we have a GREAT deal to Celebrate.  During my Club Visits, I mentioned about our Rotary International Convention in Atlanta eating ice cream and birthday cake with over 42,000 Rotarians to CELEBRATE 100 Years of “Doing Good in The World”.   As Rotarians we have much to be proud of with our 6 Areas of Focus.  This year’s initiative on Literacy/Education – our Clubs have inaugurated a Reading Room, Little Libraries in our Communities, Read Alouds and partnered with local Literacy Centers.  Another one of our initiatives, Peace.  Our District have dedicated 2 Peace Poles, one in Laredo at TAMIU and the other at Carmen Anaya Elementary School in Pharr with Georgia Rotarians in District 6910.   World Polio Day was a HUGE Success with our Clubs enrolling their event.
We need our “END POLIO NOW” campaign in front of us to keep reminding us that we need to Finish this Fight.  Please read our updates on our website.  We have one more case this week at 14 for this year.   Mike Dickerson, Lt. Governor of Youth Services has committed to the 2nd Annual Polio Moto Ride for March 24 – 25, 2018.  Let’s Welcome the Bikers riding into our Communities and have another Successful Ride.  More details to follow.
 
On November 11th, our Past District Governor Debbie High will be Hosting and Awarding Rotary Year 2016-2017 Presidential Citations and District Exemplary Awards.  Ellison Crider, District Foundation Chair will be awarding Rotary Foundation Certificates of Appreciation.  True Highlights of our Event, Awarding our Clubs for their hard work in Rotary Year 2016-2017.  They are diligently notifying our Clubs to present them their Awards.  Please join us to Celebrate and Congratulate by supporting them.  On our Agenda, “A Conversation with Paul Harris” a First for the Rio Grande Valley.   You can register individually or by Club invoice.  Enjoy Rotary Fellowship and we will have ROTARY SWAG for purchase, cash, check or credit card. 
 
Update: Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND – we have funded over $148,889 with 23 Grant requests in our District 5930.   We are currently reviewing several other requests in the pipeline.  As of today, our FUND has raised $382,733.25.  Children and education as our 1st priority, we have assisted displaced families throughout our District in our cities of Rockport, Victoria, Portland and surrounding areas to make sure the start of their school year was an easy transition along with libraries.   Economic Development has been addressed to train and certify bus drivers, a/c technicians, welders, plumbers and electricians. 
 
We also partnered with Disaster Aid USA and equipped our District 5930 with the necessary tools and equipment to assist our communities for cleanup.  Harlingen Rotary Club Rotarians Eddie Bartnesky, Kathy Preddy and Wayne Lowry have raised their hands to take care of this worthy project. 
 
District Governor-Elect Andy Hagan – District 5930 Task Force Chair for the Gulf Coast Donor Advised  Fund along with 4 other Districts affected by Hurricane Harvey with donations of over $396,000 is currently working on requests to acquire monies from this Fund. 
 
As we continue Rotary Year 2017-2018, the District Conference Committee is working hard behind the scenes.  “Discover The Magic of Rotary” will be the new theme with 2 Rotary Conferences taking place on South Padre Island on April 20-22, 2018 with a 1 day only Youth Peace Conference on Saturday April 21st at Schlitterbaun Water Park.  We will have much to celebrate as Hurricane Harvey was a real “gut punch” for me however the response from our Rotary Family has been overwhelming and so positive. 
It is about “MAKING A DIFFERENCE!”
 
I make myself available for our Clubs’ needs and Annual Events or training opportunities to fulfill Rotary Year 2017-2018 goal of “Helping and Supporting District 5930 Clubs”.
 
 
Betty Ramirez-Lara
2017-2018 District Governor
Rotary District 5930

Lt. Governor of Membership

We completed 120 days of the Rotary year and I want to thank all Rotarians in our district for all the work that you do.   The membership numbers as of today are at +11 members in our district.  Our goal for this year is to grow by +90 net members.  This is 1.73 members per club.  If we round off to 2 members per club, we will end up growing to +104 members.  Let’s take the challenge!!!!
 
3 issues I want to communicate this month:
 
  1. Communication/Education: I want to make sure that if I am not reaching any of the stakeholders on issues of membership, please reach out to me at 956-592-2145 or email at lrcavazos@aol.com.  Membership stakeholders defined as: Assistant District Governors, Membership chairs, Presidents or any other Rotarian that is interested in Membership Development. The mode of communication has been: Assembly/Training/Education in Robstown, RI Zone Membership Webinars, Adam’s monthly telephone education conferences, District emails, newsletter, & RI leads.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
 
  1. Culture – Old way vs New way:  As we communicate with different members throughout the district, there is a common denominator regarding obstacles that prevent the development of a vibrant culture in some clubs.  This has to do with some Rotarians that are resisting change. My response to this is very simple, if you do not adjust the club will eventually become irrelevant and will die a slow death.  This is a video that motivated me to get involved at the district level back in 2014.  I understood that the changes were critical to the survival of Rotary in North America. I also realized that Rotary International was supportive of this initiative.  I invite you to Google “Part 1: Membership: It’s Now or Never on Vimeo” and view the video.  I also encourage you to show it during a regular meeting at your club. This can help for some Rotarians to see the light and realize that we need to change!!
 
  1. Ignite Best Practices:  It is very important that if you have not implemented the Ignite Program in you clubs that you do so as soon as possible.  We had a training in Robstown on Ignite.  This will implement best practices in membership development in your club.  Please call me or email me for a quick start training.
 
Thank you for what you do for Rotary and let’s keep growing the right way.

Dear District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair:

There are fewer polio cases today than at this time last year, and the virus is endemic in only 3 countries, but our goal is to reach zero.  

We cannot stop until we completely eradicate polio, which is why on 18 November, a team of Rotary staff and I will join Rotary Senior Leaders, Rotary members from Arizona (D5500) and around the world in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. The 106-mile ride, which attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, is one of the top cycling events in the United States. This year, our Miles to End Polio fundraising goal is $10 million, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2-to-1 match.

Your district may help us reach this goal with a special Miles to End Polio DDF donation. The district that contributes the most DDF to Miles to End Polio will receive a visit from President-elect Barry Rassin. In addition, the top five DDF giving districts for PolioPlus (including any giving to Miles to End Polio) from 1 July
until 30 April
 will be announced on stage at the Rotary Convention in Toronto.

To donate DDF to Miles to End Polio, please complete and return this form by 30 November. Personal contributions to the ride may also be made and are eligible for Paul Harris Recognition Points. All donations to Miles to End Polio will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

There are many ways to support the effort, and there’s no better way to take up the challenge than by joining us on the ride. Would you like to join the team? If so, feel free to encourage fellow Rotarians to register here and ride with us in Tucson. Alternatively, you can take part in the Indoor Ride to End Polio! Register today to ride a stationary bike at your local gym or at home any time from 12-18 November..  Thank you for participating in these great opportunities and supporting PolioPlus. With your help, we are this close to eradicating polio.

John Hewko
General Secretary

Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
 
First, I want to begin by recognizing our local and international communities for coming together to help support disaster relief efforts. Families were impacted by the extreme weather in different ways. The rebuilding has been in process and is far from being over. Because of this, I ask that we continue to give to Rotary District 5930’s Disaster Relief Program. You can learn more on the ways the program has helped our brothers and sisters by visiting and reading the content on this website. You can also get updates and photos on our district’s Facebook Page. Together, our giving can help us make a stronger impact with rebuilding. We are a District United.
 
In addition, I ask for help by liking, following, and sharing the Rotary District 5930 Facebook Page on personal, business, and club pages. Also, it is very important to share the Rotary District Website on social media platforms and through email by sending the web link to contacts.
 
Since, I am on the topic of websites and improving Rotary presence, I would like share an easier way to check the “health” of our Rotary Clubs’ web presence. It’s called a Rotary Web Report Card. I want to give credit to fellow District 5790 Rotarian, John Pokorny for giving me the resource at a district training in Austin, Texas. Also, to our District Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara for reminding me of the crucial tool. Governor Betty would like all clubs to have websites and social media platforms and use them to improve presence and engagement. Click to read the Rotary Web Report Card.
 
I encourage Rotarians and friends to contact our District leadership and fellow clubs to connect, learn, and take action. This will help enhance club experience, increase visibility, and createloads of fun! Most importantly, a strong Rotary visibility within our communities can help build trust. This can help Rotarians have a greater impact with service projects, disaster relief, and more. Rotarians are PEOPLE Of ACTION. You can connect with me via email, text, or on social media.
 
The advent of a new Rotary year means several things for our Foundation, which I will cover in this brief update.

Entering goals

For those clubs that have set goals in Rotary Club Central (RCC), thank you. We need to know what numbers we are shooting for so we can track our progress throughout the year. Remember, half of what we contribute to the annual fund will come back to the district in 3 years to be spent on local and international projects. As of this writing there are 18 clubs that have not entered their goals in RCC. If you are one of those clubs please get something entered as soon as you can.

Scholarship applications

Juan Lira out of the Laredo Club is our Scholarship chair for the district. He is soliciting applications for our three scholarship opportunities this year – Costa Rica, Veteran’s, and Global Scholars. Please promote these opportunities within your communities, especially to local community colleges and universities. These are amazing scholarships funded through District Grants and our Rotary Foundation.
 
You can find links to these scholarship applications on the home page of our District 5930 website – www.rotary5930.org.

World Polio Day

World Polio Day is Saturday, October 21. The idea is to create an awareness event focusing on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio in the world on that day. You can get creative, team up with other clubs in your area, and have fun with it!
 
For some ideas on events for this day you can go to https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day#findEvent. You can even register your event on this page!

Contribute throughout the Year!

As you know the Rotary year runs from July – June. I would encourage you as a club and individual to contribute throughout the year, not just at the end. This makes the contributions more manageable and allows you to track your progress as the year goes by.
 
Thanks for all you do and let’s continue to “Do Good in the World”!

Lt. Governor of Membership

First and foremost, I want to express to all the areas in our district affected by hurricane Harvey that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you now and until full recovery is attained.
 
We are well into our 3rd month of the Rotary year.  The membership number as of September 10, 2017 shows that we are at -2 members.  Further analysis shows that we have the majority of the clubs at no growth due to clubs not yet having their induction of new members reflected for this year and some cleanup was done. With your help, I have no doubt that we will meet our Net 90 members by the end of the Rotary year. If all clubs grow by Net 2 members we will surpass this goal.  In order to grow a Net 2 members in a club, you need to bring in at least 4 new members to cover for the natural attrition.  My experience has been that you lose by natural attrition about 50% of what you bring in.
 
My job as Lt. Governor of Membership is to facilitate membership development to our clubs and to assimilate the latest ideas from Rotary International and our district.

 
Dear Fellow District 5930 Rotarians,
 
I was not prepared for what happened on Friday August 25, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey.
 
We decided to travel on to Laredo on Thursday the 24th as I was scheduled to arrive for Club Visits on Sunday to meet with the 5 Laredo Rotary Clubs on Monday and Tuesday.  Every hotel room in Laredo was booked!  It was a good thing we arrived on Thursday. 
 
I made every effort to reach Club Presidents in the Coastal Bend to make contact.  I wasn't successful in reaching them all.  I was constantly on the phone and staying on top of the weather.   Our Communities of Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Port Lavaca were hit the hardest.  Goliad and Victoria also received damage.  I had to make some quick and tough decisions.  I developed a Monetary Fund where I knew that our Rotary Communities could access funds immediately.   The Relief Request Form has been sent to our Rotary Clubs that were directly impacted where they can receive funds as soon as this week.  The outpouring of help has been tremendous and it is very heart warming to witness Humanity in Motion.  Since Rotary District 5930 was quick in developing our Relief Fund, Rotary International Ian Riseley promoted our website District 5930 on Facebook and on the Rotary International website www.rotary.org .
 
Rotary International and our Rotary Foundation have also developed a Gulf Coast DAF (Donor Advised Fund) #608.  I will be meeting with Rotary International Pres-Elect Barry Rassin and Greg Podd in Dallas next Friday September 15th and Saturday September 16th along with other District Governors in the affected areas of Hurricane Harvey.  We will also have access to these funds for our Rotary District 5930.  
 
I have visited 28 out of the 52 Rotary Clubs in our District.  As I mentioned, my schedule is aggressive but I am glad I had visited the Clubs that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  I could only see the faces of our Rotarians that I had met there.  I had made the connections and created relationships with them.  
 
Our work has only started to help our Rotary Communities for recovery and rebuilding.
I have made my donation to our Rotary District 5930 Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Please keep in mind that 100% of the monetary donations will be used for relief efforts.
 
For those of you that have made a donation - THANK YOU!  
 
Please visit our Rotary District 5930 FaceBook Page for Updates.  
 
LET'S MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
 
Betty Ramirez-Lara
2017-2018 District Governor
Rotary District 5930
Welcome to the Rotary District 5930 ENERGY Report.
 
WOW! The first 30 days have been full of excitement and a “Things To Do List”.  Our Rotary Club Central has finally Launched and it proves to be easier and more efficient.  I want to THANK our Rotary Clubs that worked diligently to post their goals for Rotary Year 2017-2018.  I also want to THANK our District Trainer, Adam Lara along with our Leadership Team of Rotary ROCKSTARS.  As of July 28th, I have performed 5 Club Installations, 10 Club Visits , 3 Club Socials, oh and attended a Corpus Christi Hooks baseball game.
I also want to THANK District Secretary/Asst. Governor Area 4 Nancy Ross for making the arrangements for my Club Visits.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the Texas Hospitality and getting to know our District 5930 Rotarians. 
 
I have shared that I want to finish my Club visits by October 28th.  This would give me an opportunity to do a 2nd visit to some of the clubs if time permits.
 
Please INK the Date of Saturday September 9th for our 1st Rotary District WEB EX Trilogy Conference.  Your Lt. Governor of Promotions J.J. Gonzalez-Club President of Laredo Next Generation Rotary will be sending out more information.  We will be covering Membership, The Rotary Foundation and Public Image/Rotary Awareness.  You will have 6 Different OFF-Site Locations to Attend throughout our District.
 
Please schedule a “World Polio Day” Event for Saturday October 21, 2017.  Be Ready to SHOWCASE your Event.
 
A “Heads Up” for our Rotary District Conference Celebration EARLY BIRD Registration of only $150 for a Period of August 1st through August 31st.  This will include meals for Saturday April 21st, 2018 – a Light Continental Breakfast before the District 4-Way Speech Competition, ALL CLUB Luncheon and the Conference Celebration “Tootie Awards” Dinner at the South Padre Island Convention Center.  The District Conference Dates are April 20 – 22, 2018 at South Padre Island, Texas.  A Golf Tournament on Friday while the Ladies enjoy an Island “Shop Around”.  Be ready to enjoy the Icebreaker on Friday Evening April 20th at Texas’ Biggest Beach Bar – Clayton’s Beach Bar.  Saturday has several activities scheduled with Sand Castle Building Lessons, Youth Conference Polio Walk on the Beach and a Youth Luncheon to follow with Water FUN at Schlitterbaun.  Fireworks on the Beach – Saturday Evening April 21st after the Celebration Dinner with a Birthday Surprise.  Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, 1st Female Club President in Rotary History will be Keynote Address Speaker on Saturday Evening.  On Sunday Morning, the District’s Celebration of Life Ceremony and a Dedication of District 5930 Birdbath as we also Celebrate World Earth Day April 22, 2018.
 
I will be travelling to the City by the Bay Corpus Christi this coming week along with Portland for a total of 5 Club Visits.  Oh and The ‘Boys will be playing on Thursday evening after the Corpus Christi Evening Rotary Club meeting.   Wish them Luck!
 
 
 
Betty Ramirez-Lara
2017-2018 District Governor
Rotary District 5930

I want to personally Thank and Congratulate Past District Governor Debbie High in leading our Rotary District 5930 for Rotary Year 2016-2017.

As we close one year and begin a new one, our mission continues the same to Service Above Self. Every Rotary International President announces their annual theme with Past Rotary International President John Germ of Rotary Serving Humanity. For Rotary Year 2017-2018, Rotary: Making a Difference. Your District Leadership Team has been in training sessions since January 2017. They have dedicated evenings, weekends and been in Conference calls to brainstorm new ideas and find better ways to Energize Service Thru Rotary. I am impressed and very Proud of their Professionalism and eagerness to Serve our Clubs to have a Successful Rotary Year 2017-2018. OUR MAIN GOAL FOR 2017-2018 IS TO HELP AND SUPPORT OUR CLUBS!

As your District Governor for 2017-2018, one of my main goals is to not keep Rotary a Secret. I have developed and initiated a “TOOT YOUR HORN” Campaign to let our Communities and the World know How we have served them and continue to Serve them. We have several Clubs in our District that have celebrated their Centennial Anniversary and several more that are almost there. That means that they have served our Communities for over 100 years. WOW! 100 YEARS! With daily developments and evolutionary methods of communication such as Social media, it is not only critical but important to Be Connected and STAY Connected. We all need to do OUR part to have our database profiles updated with the most recent information. Our Members need to know What is Happening and the Impact they are having in Our Communities and The World. We will be having Training Conference Calls every 3rd Monday of each Month as a Continuing Rotary Education opportunity. Your Assistant Governors are ready to help and assist you setting your Club Goals in Rotary Club Central by July 18th.

In 2016-2017, we celebrated our Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration in Atlanta and our Rotary Foundation continues to be Strong with receiving the Highest rating in Charity Navigator as The BEST in the World. We now concentrate in our Next 100 Years. With our Growing Membership, it is up to US as Rotarians to sell the Value of Becoming a Rotarian and Keeping and Engaging our Newest Members as well as our Seasoned Members. We need to ENERGIZE Service Thru Rotary to Attract New Young Members to continue the GREAT Works of Rotary for another 100 More Years!

From Rotary International to District Rotary Foundation Chair
 
Hi Ellison,
Please encourage donors to send in their contributions per the instructions on the contribution forms and encourage them to make gifts online. Sending donations directly to staff slows down the processing of contributions. If a club is sending in one check that needs to be credited to multiple donors, club officers should make sure to include the multiple donor form to ensure the gifts are credited appropriately.
For your information, here are the year-end contribution deadline dates. I will be sending these out to all district leaders today or tomorrow. Last year, I also sent these to club leaders and plan to do so again this year.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Christine
Dear club presidents, club presidents-elect, and club secretaries,
 
In response to feedback from Rotary clubs around the world, I want to let you know about an important change that may affect your annual Rotary membership number. This change will ensure that all 2016-17 membership achievements are accurately recorded and that your club’s July invoice reflects the correct membership at the beginning of the new Rotary year.
 
Previously, our policy included new members added with a 1 July effective date in the calculation of the annual 1 July membership start number, which was also used for recognizing membership achievements for the immediately previous Rotary year. This calculation method resulted in substantial confusion and frustration for clubs that expected these new members to be counted in their net membership increase for the new year rather than the previous year.
 
What's Happening in Rotary District 5930
The Superintendent of Victoria ISD and its Board of Trustees expressed appreciation to the efforts of the Rotary Clubs of Victoria and Rotary District 5930 for their assistance in restoring families and students at four elementary schools in the District.

Each Trustee was given a framed Rotary Four Way Test presentation. Each student in the 14 elementary schools hosting Rotary sponsored Early Act First Knights programs in VISD receipt the Four Way Test each morning as they begin their day.

The Board honored The Downtown Victoria Rotary Club, Kim Phillips, President; the Victoria Northside Rotary Club, Jim Stokes, President and The Victoria Rotary Club, JJ Craig, President.




Northside members Vice President Jessie Pisors, Secretary Linda Caldwell and Sargent at Arms Adam Mahan.




Northside members Past President Bret Baldwin, Secretary Hugh Hanes, President Elect Donald Jirkovsky and Asst. Governor Kent Grier.




Downtown's Secretary Bryce Scott, President Kim Phillips and President Elect Jim Kiening
 
 
District Governor 2017-2018
Roberta "Betty" Ramirez-Lara, McAllen South
 
 
 
 
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