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DG 2014-2015
Arthur W. "Art" Zeitler
800 North Shoreline Boulevard
Suite 1050, South Tower
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
361.882-8086  Office
361.882-2258  Fax
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Important Information from the District

District All Club Luncheon
April 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon
Renaissance Center, Edinburg
Registration Closing Date and Time: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 noon


District Conference 2015
April 17-19 2015

where it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!

Do any of these activities interest you:

  • Kick up your boots or flip flops with a Friday night Country Western Dance (live band), 
  • barbecue dinner from Cotten’s BBQ and a Silent Art Auction to benefit a Rotary Project  in India to provide solar lights to villages that do not have electricity. Childrens’ art class  also provided.
  • A breakfast program to see pictures of D.G. Art’s Rotary trip to India plus the Taj Mahal,  Delhi Spice Market and the Red Fort of Jaipur and related stories.
  • Photo displays of Club humanitarian projects and hear the Rotary stories that make the  pictures come alive - you will be proud to be a Rotarian one more time!
  • Be a part of Rotary Warriors Leadership Engagement - an interactive workshop for  Rotarians on how to recognize and utilize diverse membership interests in order to lead.
  • Attend the Saturday Cheeseburger in Paradise luncheon (used to be called All District  Luncheon) - wear your boots and tropical shirts, listen to Jimmy Buffett music and have  the opportunity to listen to the presentation of R.I. President Representative William  McLaurin. (margaritas and Corona are optional)
  • Participate in a hands on Rotary Showcase - a new style interactive presentation of  Youth programs, membership programs and local club projects.
  • Diverse separate activities for children and youth of all ages.
  • Find out about Shelter Box (actual full box/tent set up), the District’s new Public Relations  Tool Kit, leadership opportunities at the District level and the latest on available grants  and scholarships
  • Enjoy our Hospitality Suite.
  • Keep on your tropical shirts and take the bus ride to the Texas State Aquarium for the Big  Kahuna’s Saturday night Cowboy and Surfer Party. An evening of wildlife shows, dinner  seating in front of marine exhibits and special unique photo opportunities - the whole  Aquarium is ours for the evening.
  • Get up Sunday morning and join your fellow Rotarians for a two mile Polio Awareness 
  • Walk on the beautiful Corpus Christi Bayfront to maximize publicity and raise funds for  our efforts.
  • Take the time to join PDG J.D. Simpson for a moving ceremony to remember friends who  are now with us in spirit.
  • Go back home, refreshed, informed and reinvigorated that Rotary is a wonderful part of  our lives.

You can do all of the above April 17-19, 2015 - at the Rotary District 5930 District Conference in  Corpus Christi. Registration now available on the District 5930 Website (and if you need a hotel  room - act fast!)

Also a big Rotary Thank You to our District Conference Sponsors:

Gold Level:
  • NavyArmy Community Credit Union
  • Johnstone Supply
Silver Level:
  • Bay Area Title Company
  • C.C. Distributors, Inc.
  • PDG Russell and Cherre Cain, 2008-09 - Port Lavaca
  • City of Edinburg, Texas and Edinburg Rotary Club
  • Law office of Arthur Zeitler
  • Rotary Club of Corpus Christi
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Why is “Family” a focus of Rotary?
  • Enjoyment
  • Retention
  • Recruitment
  • Foundation support
Who is our Rotary Family?
  • Fellow club members
  • Spouses, partners, children, grandchildren, parents
  • Spouses and partners of deceased Rotarians
  • Youth Exchange Students and families
  • Interactors, Rotaractors, RYLArians
  • Rotary Alumni (Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Peace Fellowships, Rotary Scholars, Vocational Training Teams / GSE Teams, Ambassadorial Scholars, Grants for University Professors, Rotary Volunteers)
How do we involve our own families in Rotary?
  • At special family oriented social events
  • At club meetings for special programs
  • Assistance at fundraisers
  • In community service projects
  • Hosting Youth Exchange and Vocational Training Teams
How do we care for fellow Rotarians like family?
  • Remember birthdays and anniversaries
  • Assist when they are sick, lonely, or having difficulties
  • Share their grief during and after a death in the family
  • Celebrate at Births, Weddings, and Graduations
How can we care for Spouses/ Partners of deceased Rotarians?
  • Invite them to join Rotary
  • Invite them to special club events
  • Send them “The Rotarian” magazine
  • Send them club newsletters
  • Call on them regularly
  • Celebrate their birthdays
How can Youth Exchange students become family members?
  • Involve other club members to invite them to join them for family functions
  • Communicate with the student’s family back home
  • Lifetime contact after the student has returned home
Invite RYLA, Interact and Rotaract students to join our Rotary family
  • By Participation in:
    • Projects, Fundraisers, Club, and District Social events
    • Christmas parties, change-overs
    • District Conference, Assemblies
  • Have them attend other Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA activities
How do we keep Foundation Alumni involved in the family?
  • Invite them to join Rotary
  • Invite them to speak at meetings
  • Ask them to participate in club projects
  • Communicate regularly when abroad
  • Welcome them upon their return
  • Inform them




What Is Rotary?

Membership Attraction Idea:  Post “What is Rotary” on your Website.  Use this video to show to prospective members.
Congratulations to the Following Clubs who grew 
(01 July 2014 to 31 Dec 2014)
Official membership numbers are in for the first six months of the Rotary year.  The following clubs had the most success: 
Alice +7
McAllen +7
Brownsville North +5
Historic Brownsville +4
Victoria +4
Southside Corpus Christi +4
Donna +4
Aransas Pass +3
Harlingen +3
Laredo 7 Flags +3
Rio Grande City +2
IGNITE Membership attraction and retention best practices program is WORKING!
  • 19 Ignite Clubs - Net gain 42 Members (4.3% growth) vs Non-Ignite Clubs net loss (9) 
  • 89.5% of Ignite Clubs maintained or grew membership vs 63.9% of Non-Ignite Clubs. 
  • 73.7%  of Ignite Clubs saw growth vs 38.3% of Non-Ignite Clubs saw growth
  • Clubs with no or negative growth
    • Non-Ignite 61%
    • Ignite 26%
From DG Art Zeitler:  "D5930 had a net gain of 33 members, which is good, but we still have a lot of work to do to obtain our District goal of +100 for the full year.  This is an area where leadership does make a tremendous difference."  
There are tremendous opportunities to share the gift of Rotary with our community members and engage and retain our current members.
Why do members leave our clubs?
1.  They “don’t know what they don’t know about Rotary.”
      Engagement & Retention: 
  • Provide your new members with orientation training – “Fireside Chat” and continued opportunities for learning about Rotary, their club and District through various activities. 
  • Hold a Club Assembly focused on membership
  • Invite a District Membership Committee member to be a speaker at your club
  • Your own ideas
2.  They were NOT provided an opportunity to get engaged in a club activity within their first week of joining Rotary. 
      Engagement & Retention: 
  • Get your new members involved with a committee assignment
  • Get your new members involved in a service project
  • Provide your new members with a mentor
  • Your own ideas
Your District Membership Team is available to work with you and for you on:
- Ignite – the D5930 best practices membership attraction and retention program.
- Ignite Light – an alternate membership program for those clubs not using the full Ignite program
- Alternate Membership Programs – your own membership program.
Debbie High LT Governor Membership


The Rotary Foundation 2014 Major Donor Video

Why are Rotarians in over 200 countries and geographical areas focusing on the Rotary Foundation this month?
The short answer is: because it’s time to give to the Foundation so the Foundation can give back to us.
But wait! Most people join Rotary to meet people and volunteer in their own communities. Who needs a Foundation to do that?  WE DO, so we can make positive, lasting changes in our communities and the world.
The Rotary Foundation funds international activities such as Rotary International’s partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, the CDC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. In 1988, polio existed in 125 of 196 (64%) of the countries in the world. Today, there are 3 Endemic countries left and 2.5 Billion children have been immunized against polio.  c from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed over $1.2 billion to end polio. That happened because Rotarians gave to the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation works on the local level as well. Each club may apply for a Foundation grant to support their own humanitarian projects, scholarships and training. We give to the Foundation so that all clubs may benefit.
The Rotary Foundation does not spend money to make money. Donations are invested for three years and then disbursed to programs and grants. A portion of the interest income pays for promoting and managing the Foundation. All – 100% – of the donations made by Rotarians goes to projects, scholarships and training.
Why are we focusing on giving to the Rotary Foundation in November? 
Because now is the time to make a positive difference that will last for years.
See your club president, foundation chair, or our District Foundation Chair, Andy Hagan, to become a part of that difference today.
Rotary Foundation Month 2014 PowerPoint Presentation


Rotary brings together people like you — from all walks of life — who want to use their expertise for good. People whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to their communities.   At Rotary, we connect for good — and form lifelong friendships in the process.
Together, we work as Rotarians to…
  • Construct Playgrounds
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Honor our Veterans
  • Build Dog Parks
  • Clothe Mothers and Children
  • Fight to End Polio
  • Beautify our Parks
  • Teach Children How to Read
  • Provide Access to Homes
  • Promote Adoption Awareness
  • Give Humanitarian Relief
  • Educate the Next Generation through Leadership Programs
Rotary makes a significant difference in the lives of the people we touch.  And, we all have full time jobs!
With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our global community’s impact has never been greater —and it continues to grow.
Have you thought about joining Rotary? 
Belonging to a Rotary club provides members with an opportunity to give back to their communities and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends.
People join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction you gain from making a real difference in your community and in the world.
We need your help!  Your community needs your help!   Now is the time!  Join Rotary Today!  


Ready for 2015-2016 ??

Hopefully these tasks and activities have been completed to start the next Rotary year.

  • Presidents, Officers and Directors appointed, elected and installed.
  • Presidents, Officers and Directors entered into the district website, so they can receive the notices and information from the district and RI. This is a function available to the current officers (may also be the 2013-2014 officers if you didn't do this before June 30, 2014) by logging into the district website at If your club has ClubRunner, then entering the information there will allow the names to migrate to the district. If you enter the information at RI through My Rotary, it will NOT migrate down.
If these tasks were not completed prior to June 30, your club may not have access to any of the services provided by ClubRunner, the District and Rotary International. Your President and Secretary will need access at some point during the year. Contact your Assistant District Governor for assistance. Not sure who that is - check out the District Organization Chart.


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