D5930's Million Dollar Dinner

March 11, 2017
Time is running out to make your commitment and visit personally with Rotary International President John Germ.
Give DGN Andy Hagan a call now at (956) 592-0944.

Is Your Club Ready for 2017-2018?

Next Year's officers should be elected and posted in your club website, the district website and Rotary's as soon as possible.
Your President Elect needs to be listed as soon as possible and should register for LSPETS. Remember your Hotel Room - they go fast >>>>
DGE Betty Ramirez-Lara has developed a dynamic program of information to share to LEAD YOUR CLUB for RY 2017-2018.

Membership Seminar

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Laredo, TX
Sign In & Breakfast 8:30 am
Program from 9 am to 1 pm
RPM - Rotary Polio Moto

Fundraiser & Fellowship Motorcycle Ride

through Rotary District 5930 to end polio March 25-26, 2017

Printable Brochure

Visit Easy Fundraising Ideas


Rotary Polio Moto

Route Log

Read the Full Story below


Click Here for
Polio Information

Click here for pledge/donation form for

Rotary Polio Moto

Watch our Numbers rise with the thermometer to the left.




Youth Luncheon

Saturday, April 1, 2017

TAMU Kingsville
Campus Tours, Luncheon, Guest Speaker
Four Way Test Speech Contest
More details in February

Conference 2017

We are planning a CELEBRATION!!
It's been a fantastic RY and we are half way through. More activities to come and then at the District Conference.
Start Saving the dates now.
May 4-7, 2017
Registration will open Feb 15, 2017.


Save the Date and start working on speeches.
Contest is combined with our Youth Luncheon.
More information coming soon.

Read the 4 Way Test Speech Contest Rules and Guidelines NOW.


Start / Support a Rotaract or Interact club

Do you want to empower young people in your community to take action, become leaders, and gain a global perspective? Sponsor an Interact club! Get information here.

Do you want to be part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change? Are you looking for the chance to share your ideas and look at the world’s challenges in a new way? Join a Rotaract club.


Save the Date - April 22, 2017

The District's Annual Foundation Awards Luncheon will be held on April 22, 2017.
More details will be coming soon.
Followed by Grants Management and Certification for 2017-2018 District Funded Grants and Global Grants.


Celebrate with us in Atlanta

It's just a few months until we'll be together at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta -  June 10-14 - celebrating The Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary, networking with old and new friends, and enriching our Rotary experience. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time, and you can save if you register by 31 March. If you've already registered, be sure to invite your Rotary friends.

You're invited to a special event in Atlanta, hosted by our Zone  - Southern Dinner in the Park. View the printable flyer here.
Important Information from the District

February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month”


Rotary International’s 112th anniversary on the 23rd of February

Rotary All Stars – Rotary makes amazing things happen such as:
  1. Improving Quality of life
  2. Raising awareness of bullying and
  3. Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families.

Happy Birthday to Rotary in February 

The RI President in his monthly message ponders how much has changed in our world and our organization since the first Rotary Club met 112 years ago.  As he notes there are many obvious things that have changed, but there are things that we just can’t compare or know, we must believe that the world is a better place because we as Rotarians are here.

In Memoriam - Past District Governor Obie L. Etheridge

Rotarians and friends in D5930, who knew Past District Governor Obie L. Etheridge, were deeply saddened by his death on January 24, 2017.  Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Obie's family. 
He joined the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi in 1968, serving as president in 1976-77. He was chosen as Governor of District 593 for Rotary year 1981-1982, an area with 45 clubs, stretching from El Campo to Rio Grande City. (Now District 5930.) The Rotary Presidential theme was World Understanding and Peace through Rotary. The District Governors must visit and meet with every club during the first half of their year. Obie declared that the missions of Rotary and Masonry are so much alike that he had to think twice to remember which he was visiting.
Obie will be affectionately remembered as a valuable friend and a truly ‘great Rotarian’.  Our thoughts are with his family.
Rest In Peace Past District Governor Obie
Service Information
Visitation was held on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Seaside Funeral Home.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
Thank you for thoughts and prayer for PDG Obie's family and friends,
Seminar Focus:  “Trilogy Squad” - membership, foundation, and public image in a mutually supportive manner.
Date, Time, Place: Seminar Scheduled for February 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at 110 Calle del Norte

2nd RI/Zone 21b/27 Cadre Membership Training to be offered for areas 6, 7, & 12 – Laredo and beyond.

You do not want to miss this new and innovative consulting experience!

Register Now

Cost is Free but we need a food and Materials count.

Lone Star President-Elects Training Seminar  - February 23 – 26, 2017

Where:  Hyatt Regency DFW Hotel
Attend LSPETS and make your Presidential Year (RY 2017-18) the best it can be:
  • Leadership Training
  • Outstanding Speakers
  • Rotary Fellowship
If you are reading the newsletter or missed the graphic near the top of the website - here it is again.

D5930's Million Dollar Dinner

March 11, 2017
Find out who can come to this special dinner.
Find out who is coming to this special dinner as the Keynote Speaker.
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”


Have you asked yourself, I want to empower young people to get engaged ….BUT HOW??
If you want to spread your Rotarian leadership wings and empower young people in your community
  • to take action,
  • become leaders, and
  • gain a global perspective?
Sponsor an Interact club! Whether they’re
  • carrying out a service project,
  • organizing a Twitter chat, or
  • planning a meeting,
Interact club members develop skills that can last a lifetime.

What if together we wage peace? 

Just imagine, Rotarians building a world beyond war. Learn more about our organization and how you can join us as ‘We Wage Peace’.
  • Find peace education tools,
  • peace service projects,
  • handouts,
  • slideshows and
  • other presentation materials. 
  • Make sure the names of all current (RY 2016-17) and all future officers (RY 2017-18) are entered in ClubRunner as soon as possible and no later than 1 February.  Minimum  - President, President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Add your “Trilogy Squad”:  Membership, Foundation and Public Image chairs/directors. Add all other executives and directors. Directions on “how to”
  • Confirm that e-mail addresses for all members are current
  • Update RY 2016-17 goals in Rotary Club Central (Membership, Foundation Giving, Service) Access to and Entering Goals in Rotary Club Central
  • Second half of Rotary International Dues payment due to RI upon receipt.
  • Review and update your club’s progress towards earning the RI Presidential Citation in Rotary Club Central.  Checklist for Presidential Citation Award
  • Review your club’s progress towards earning the Governor’s Exemplary Club Award.   Progress & Application Chart for District 5930 Exemplary Club Award
  • Ensure The Rotary Foundation  (TRF) contributions collected to date are submitted to TRF.
  • E-mail your club’s IRS confirmation notice that your Federal tax return was submitted – Nancy Ross Ross5357@aol.com  (if you have not already done so)
  • President Elect (and Nominee) register for Lone Star President-Elects Training Seminar at http://lonestarpets.org
Fellow Rotarians, I am EXCITED to announce that we will be rolling out a Motorcycle Ride around District 5930 to raise funds and awareness to support Rotary International’s END POLIO NOW campaign. We will start on SATURDAY, MARCH 25th in LAREDO, TEXAS.

The Ride ...

The plan is pass by or stop at many Rotary cities within District 5930. Rotarians and non-Rotarians can get involved by riding, donating, or hosting an event.
This motorcycle ride and fundraiser is part of something bigger than our South Texas District. This is a part of a global initiative to eliminate this crippling disease from the planet. View the whole Route log (as of 1/31/2017, subject to change).

Join in On Fundraising ...

  • Every dollar counts and the dollars you contribute could be the dollars that finally help the Polio Plus program achieve its goal of complete eradication.
  • All donations are a tax-deductible contribution.
  • Plus! Rotarians will receive credit for a Polio Plus donation, so please make a note of your Rotary club name & member number as your donation dedication.
  • Make Check Payable to: RI Foundation FBO Polio Plus (FBO means For Benefit Of)

Other Ways You Can Help ...

Click the Read More link to find out ways you and your club can help.
News from the Clubs of South Texas 5930
In 2015-2016, The Rotary Club of Kingsville organized a  project to raise rabbits for food and income in a poor village in Nepal  which had been devastated by an  earthquake.   The project was carried out by Mr. Ujjwal Chapagain, owner of the Himalayan Rabbit Farm, under the supervision of the Rotary Club of Tripureshwor, Nepal.   Professor Steven Lukefahr, a noted expert in rabbit projects at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, suggested that we contact Mr. Chapagain, and was good enough to provide technical advice.    

The Rotary chartered bus for RYLA will pick-up students

Friday, February 3, 2017

  • 12 noon Brownsville Convention and Visitors' Bureau, 650 Ruben M Torres Sr Blvd
  • 1:00 pm Texas Travel Information Center at Harlingen. 2021 West Harrison Avenue
  • 2:00 pm  Main Event Entertainment Center Parking Lot, Pharr next to Burger King Restaurant

Transporting RYLA students to Camp Zephyr, Mathis, Texas before 5:00 PM


On Sunday, February 5, 2017

3:00 PM return RYLA students from Camp Zephyr, Mathis, Texas to:

  • 5:00 pm Main Event Entertainment Parking Lot, Pharr next to Burger King Restaurant
  • 6:00 pm Texas Travel Information Center at Harlingen. 2021 West Harrison Avenue
  • 7:00 pm Brownsville Convention and Visitors' Bureau, 650 Ruben M Torres Sr Blvd
In 1916, The Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) four games to one in the World Series. Woodrow Wilson was elected the 33rd President of the United States; in Europe, World War I was raging and the Battle of Verdun claimed more than 900,000 casualties; in the Rio Grande Valley, the Rotary Club of Brownsville was founded and officially chartered.
On December 1, 1916, that charter was delivered by the president of the Corpus Christi Rotary Club; the new club, Rotary Club No. 255, boasted 40 members. The club first met at the historic Miller Hotel on Elizabeth Street. Since that time the Rotary Club of Brownsville has more than lived up to its dedication to “service above self.”
Area 4 Four Way Test Speech contest has been schedule for Tuesday, March 8 at 5:15 pm to be held in the library at Calallen High School.
Contact person: Donna Weiss, Corpus Christi Northwest
RLYA 2017 will be held February 3-5, 2017 again at Camp Zephyr on Lake Corpus Christi.
All RYLA information has been updated on website at www.rotarycc.com under Youth Services – RYLA
Several Rotarians and clubs have asked where certain information is on the District Website. Some of what is asked for is on the District website and some of it is on Rotary International site.
Here is a list of what has been asked for: (where it is on the District website - www.Rotary5930.org, no login required)
Click the Read more to see if I answered your question.
Hi All --
As I wear my End Polio Now shoes for club visits I have gotten several requests for the shoes and clubs have been collecting donations for Polio Plus
I have been asked, "How do I get a pair of End Polio Now shoes like yours?”

Rotarian Art Bautista (District 5890 - Houston Metro Area)

What a deal he has for you. You will be able to help End Polio Now and get your pair of shoes
Upcoming Events
District Sponsors
The Rotary Foundation

Your District Needs Your Help

Please search your files for project pictures and stories that were beneficiaries of Foundation Funds.
Send your stories to Ellison Crider at
We also need stories of Women in Rotary.
The 30th Anniversary will be celebrated as part of our District Conference.
Send your stories to Eddie Bartnesky at


The Rotary Foundation Alumni Testimonials from District 5930

To donate go to rotary.org/give


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