Important Information from the District
As you have probably aware or have seen on the TV networks, there are numerous cities and rural areas throughout the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) that have been severely affected by recent excessive rain and the subsequent flooding.  The RGV is part of Rotary District 5930.
As a result, many residents have suffered personal losses including damaged and loss of their automobiles, furniture and fixtures, building and structural damages to homes and businesses etc.  Many lack the financial means to repair or replace items either damaged or rendered a total loss as a result of their homes and businesses being flooded.  Others have no flood insurance to mitigate the financial burden imposed by the damage sustained from the floods.
Many individuals, clubs and districts are willing to help and provide financial assistance.  
Please use either of the links below to make a donation.
Please note in the info box that your donation is for RGV Flood Relief. 
Checks can also be mailed to:
DG Andy Hagan, 2018-2019
590 Rancho Escondido
Olmito, TX 78575
United States
June is Rotary Fellowships Month
It seemed it was only yesterday that the Rotary Year was just getting started.  Here we are a year later and WOW, What a Year.  I am absolutely humbled to have served the Rotarians of District 5930 as their District Governor for 2017-2018. I had decided to wait to send this last newsletter until after District Governor-Elect Andy Hagan’s Installation Banquet.  What an Amazing Event….it was wonderful to see and visit with our Rotarians from all over our District.  I pledged to Andy, my help and support with whatever he needs for his year as District Governor.   I had a great conversation with our Keynote Speaker Federal Judge Andrew Hanen and honored guest Dr. Uvaldo Cantu. They both shared how they had been awarded a Rotary Scholarship in High School.  Dr. Cantu went to Weslaco High School along with my brother and I. He was one of my brother’s best friends growing up.  I told them that they were both one of our best returns on our investment.  I told them both they should be Rotarians.  We always need to be looking for members.
Only 2 days later we find that we lose First Dude Joe High due to complications from interstitial lung disease.   Throughout the years of knowing Joe, he was always kidding around.  Just a couple of months ago when we travelled around the District during the Rotary Polio Moto Ride, we arrived in Rockport on Sunday morning by the bay.  PDG Debbie High, Joe, Nancy & Dennis Paulson received us by tailgating with donuts, coffee and juice for the bikers.  As the bikers were moving around taking pictures of the bay, they kept stepping on Joe’s oxygen tubing.  Joe couldn’t stay put to avoid this, he wanted to interact with all of us, so when it happened, he would say “If you see me turning purple, it means you stepped on it too long!”  This past Saturday at Andy’s Installation was the last time I saw him.   I asked him “Can I take a whiff of oxygen?”  He always had a comeback.  We’re all gonna miss you Joe. Rest in Peace Rotarian brother.    Deb, you are our Rotary Family and we are all here for you.
As we wrap up our Rotary Year 2017-2018 in Making a Difference, Our District Leadership Team is working hard behind the scenes like little ants.  They are making calls, sending emails, texts to make sure our Rotary Clubs are updating and submitting their Club Central information to get their Clubs to qualify for the Presidential Citation. 
Our District’s “Sprint to the End” Membership Contest produced the following Winners:
Level I   -  Ingleside Rotary Club    + 3 Members   Silver
Level II   - Edna Rotary Club           + 3 Members   Silver 
Level III -  Laredo Gateway Rotary Club   + 9 Members   Gold
Level IV   - THE Laredo Rotary Club     +39  Members   Gold
According to our Lt. Governor of Membership Luis Cavazos, as of Friday  June 2nd  Our District has grown by 62 members with a total of 1934.  Even though our Membership Contest is over, we need to scout our Communities for those Diamonds in the Rough.   Community Oriented individuals that want to serve. CONGRATULATIONS to Alma Ortiz & Edward Gonzales for chartering Willacy County Rotary Club and J J Gonzalez for chartering the Laredo Frontera Rotary Club.  KUDOS TO YOU ALL AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!
The Rotary Foundation
Has your club sent in Foundation money to Rotary International?  For the month of June, it is the busiest time of the year for processing Paul Harris Fellow points, monies to the Annual Fund Share, Polio Plus money, Endowment.   Foundation money is critical for our District funding for our District grants, Global Grant Scholars, Global Grants.  A total of 5 District Grant Certification Training Sessions were scheduled this year.  Eddie Bartnesky is ready to receive your Club’s MOU and required paperwork to turn the switch ON to submit your District Grant requests. 
On May 14th, we partnered with the Corpus Christi Hooks in the “Strike Out Polio” baseball game.  A BIG Shoutout to Alissa Adkins as she Chaired the Event and Kicked Butt.  She was able to sell the 250 tickets where our District was paid $4 per ticket to total $1000.  We have already received the check from the Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball team.  With this check and the amount we raised during the Polio Moto Ride Chaired by Mike Dickerson, our District will be sending in a total of $10840 that will be turning into $32520 with the match from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Polio Plus.  Throughout this Rotary year, our END Polio Now icon on our website has had updates of polio affecting the most vulnerable countries.  Let us remind ourselves, “Polio is only a plane ride away.”  We are THIS Close and working towards Countdown to Zero.  For this coming year, I asked Mike Dickerson if I could serve on the Polio Moto Ride Committee.  We need to Finish the Fight!
Public Image/Rotary Awareness
For Rotary Year 2017-2018, the Rotary International Theme is “Rotary: Making a Difference” for this coming year on July 1st, the Theme is “Be The Inspiration”.  Rotary branding is very important where logos are changed and kept up to date.  At Saturday’s District Installation, a new team for Public Image/Rotary Awareness was inducted.  The team consists of Aleda Reyes, McAllen Rotarian, Alma Ortiz, Willacy County Rotary Club President and Maribel Guerrero, Historic Brownsville President.  This team is knowledgeable and ready to assist our Clubs to promote Rotary.  Please reach out to them for any assistance and any help your club needs.
Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND
If you visit our Rotary District website, you will see on the left side a section for Hurricane Harvey Grant List.
This list has every Grant awarded from our District 5930 Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND.  We had about $10,000 left in our fund and as a District a decision was made to donate this money in Memorium to the Joseph High Memorial for Houses to Homes, A Project of the Rockport Rotary Club and District 5930.  This will take care of 5 Homes to Families in Rockport. 
Tally for Trees in Rotary District 5930 as of this writing is 1171
Over 20 Rotarians from Rotary District 5930 will be attending the 109th Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada.  Watch out for all the FaceBook postings!!
Lessons Learned in Rotary Year 2017-2018
  1.  Not everybody reads their email.  “I put my emails in my Spam folder!”
  2.  Better to use the phone instead of email.
  3.  Don’t forget your extra pair of shoes, you may never recover them especially if a hurricane decides to land.
  4.  They don’t serve chicken at ALL Rotary meetings!
  5.  GPS doesn’t always take you to your location.
  6.  Take lots of pictures!
  7.  Glad my FaceBook kept a timeline of all my Club visits and followup visits.
  8.  There sure was a lot of driving in District 5930---around 30,000 miles!
  9.  There needs to be more connection to our Rotary Clubs to communicate the message.
  10.   Not all Rotary Clubs “Toot” their Horn
  11.   Rotarians in District 5930 are very engaged in their communities
  12.   Rotarians in District 5930 are My Family.
  13.   Rotarians in District 5930 are very caring.
  14.   Rotarians from District 5930 ARE THE BEST!
  15.   Rotarians from District 5930 are Leaders that Exchange Ideas and Take Action!
  16.   Rotarians from District 5930 are PEOPLE OF ACTION!!
  17.   Rotarians from District 5930 REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
  18.   Rotarians in District 5930 will continue to BE THE INSPIRATION!!
  19.   Rotarians serving in Leadership positions take their jobs seriously and DO THEIR BEST
  20.   I am eternally GRATEFUL to be given the opportunity to SERVE as District Governor Rotary District 5930.
God Bless You All and remember I am only a phone call away.
Betty Ramirez-Lara
District Governor 2017-2018
“Energize Service Thru Rotary”
Rotarians and friends in D5930 who knew Joe High, First Dude, spouse of Past District Governor Debbie High of the Southside Corpus Christi Rotary Club are deeply saddened by his death on June 11, 2018.  He passed away due to complications from interstitial lung disease. He lived life to the fullest.
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Debbie and their sons Brian of San Antonio and Michael (Corisandra) of Houston, grandchildren Madeleine and Iden, and their extended family.  
Dr. Joseph High (CAPT United States Public Health Service) made his mark on humanity, Rotary International, US Army, US Public Health Service, National Cancer Institute - National Institutes of Health and the pharmacy profession. He truly gave his life for his country (CAPT USPHS). Joe was previous Scout Master of BSA Troop 1070, Walkersville, Maryland and a Wood Badge “Owl.” Joe lived our Rotary Motto of Service Above Self. We are proud of his dedication to the pharmacy profession and practice.
Rest In Peace First Dude Joe
Interment will be at a future date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Joe High loved his Rockport/Lamar house. Finally getting to go back for a few weeks after repair of Harvey damage. He was very touched by two projects to help the residents of Aransas County recover. Joe was one of the founders of ACT NOW FOR ROCKPORT, an organization that to date has helped to rebuild 17 homes and 2 businesses in the Rockport / Aransas Area. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
To Donate online go to:
Scroll down and click on ‘Donate’
Scroll to ‘Act Now For Rockport/Joe High Memorial’
To Donate by Check:
Spring Creek United Methodist Church
28970 Old Fredericksburg Rd.
Boerne, TX 78025
Greetings Family and Friends,
 I have had a week to get back on track and create some life updates to share with you .This vlog captures the sweet memories of my family and friends visiting Edinburgh and my travels through the UK, Paris, and Barcelona. This was a celebration of finishing my second semester of the MPH program and a short holiday before I dive into dissertation writing. Having my family and friends come all this way to visit is truly a blessing.
All these videos were captured on my mobile phone and edited using iMovie. Disclaimer: I am a beginner when it comes to video blogs and I don’t really know what I am doing lol.  Most of the videos and pictures I have uploaded honestly do not do these beautiful places justice. If you have any questions or would like me to express my experiences further please feel free to send me an email back.
Blessing and love to you all!
May is New Generation Month
Youth Service Month, Rotary clubs of the world give special emphasis to the many Rotary-sponsored programs which serve children and young people.
Our “Magic of Rotary” District Conference was a Huge Success.  We had 7 Rotary International Districts represented.  Team from India District 3000 as a Friendship Exchange visited our District.
Our Special Invited Guest Dr. Sylvia Whitlock – 1st Female Club President in Rotary International enlightened us with such a personal insight of her challenges to become a Rotarian.  Our Rotary International President’s Representative Johrita Solari also the 1st Female on the West Coast to become the Rotary International Director 2019-2021 Zone 25/26 and her husband Bruce presented District 5930 with a donation of $7500 for our District Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND.  They belong to a Rotary International Scuba Diving Fellowship and members raise funds for International Humanitarian Projects.  Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND is the first to receive a donation from this group in the United States.
Our Annual Student 4 Way Test Speech Competition was a Huge Success.  This is always a Highlight of our Rotary Year in being able to award High School Students Scholarships to continue their education.
Education, one of our 6 Areas of Focus is an important factor in educating our communities to empower them to succeed.
Here are the Winners!
First place student
AREA  5     Rotary Club Corpus Christi - Daya Butler (Class of 2019) Scholarship $1500
Second place student
AREA  3     Rotary Club Ingleside Rotary Club - Maleia Taylor (Class of 2019) Scholarship $1000
Third place student
AREA 11     Rotary Club of McAllen North - Jada Carrera (Class of 2018) Scholarship $750
Here are our Area Winner Participants- Scholarship $250
AREA 2        Victoria Downtown Rotary Club – James “Hank” Mercer
AREA 4        None
AREA 6        Freer Rotary Club – Eric Massey –
AREA 7        Kingsville Noon Rotary Club – Joshua Seals
AREA 8        Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club – Chris Smith
AREA 9        Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club – Eliel Escobedo, Jr.
AREA 10      Edcouch Elsa Rotary Club – Nathania Flores
AREA 12      The Laredo Rotary Club – Danna Moreno
AREA 13      Mission Noon Rotary Club – Andriana De Leon
The Winner of our District 5930 Rotarian 4 Way Test Speech Competition was Dan Worthington, Club President of McAllen South Rotary Club. Special Events Chair, Cat Dickerson of The Laredo Rotary Club facilitated this Event on February 24, 2018 in Mission.
And as we were having our District Conference at the South Padre Island Convention Center, on the other side of the island, the Youth Peace Conference was underway at Schlitterbahn Water Park. 
Chairs Mike Dickerson and Kathy Preddy had over 80 students participating in a “Beach Walk” Polio Awareness, Team Building Exercises, a Passport that required the District Governor’s autograph, a Special Presentation from District 5930 Global Grant Scholar Amanda Lewis that received her Master’s Degree from the Netherlands.  After their lunch, they enjoyed a Waterpark Pass. 
“ROTARIANS OF THE YEAR” were awarded to Mike & Cat Dickerson of The Laredo Rotary Club.
The “TOOTIE AWARDS” were Awarded at the District Conference.  Please visit our website to look at the Photo Gallery and Face Book to check out the pictures. 
Maribel Guerrero, District Conference Chair did an Wonderful job to make sure everything was going smoothly.  THANK YOU Maribel.
Area 5 Assistant Governor Stan Medina shot a video of our District Conference, can be seen on YouTube or Stan Medina’s Face Book.  
KUDOS to Elaine Medina as Chair for Rotary Merchandise.  She does an EXCELLENT job of selling the merchandise even in windy conditions!  THANK YOU ELAINE----YOU ROCK!!
For this Rotary Year 2017-2018, only ONE Goal – To Help and Support our Clubs in District 5930. We are on our last 2 months of Rotary Year 2017-2018 and we need to FINISH STRONG!  Our Lt. Governors, Assistant Governors, District Leadership Team are standing by to assist in any way possible.  Please update your Club’s Goal Center on Rotary Club Central, update your volunteer hours, your Club projects, your Foundation goals, submit your contributions to The Rotary Foundation to get your Paul Harris Fellow recognition points to award and get them in on time for your Club Installations.
Post your Club Service Projects on Rotary Showcase and TOOT YOUR HORN!!
CONGRATULATIONS to Immediate Past District Governor Debbie High as she was selected as a Member of the Nominating Committee for RI Director.  Assistant Regional Rotary Chair/Past District Governor Art Zeitler will serve as Alternate. 
Lt. Governor Luis Cavazos has sent out an invitation email:
We will be holding an important District Membership Development Telephone Conference next week on Wednesday May 2nd at 7 pm.  
Dial 605-475-4120; Access Code: 441 7269
Please join in on the call – if there is one new thing you can learn or have an AHA Moment!  It will be worth your time.
Our END POLIO NOW Campaign has been very successful this Rotary Year 2017-2018.  A total of over $9000 has been raised this year and our Match Challenge 3 to 1 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will turn this into $27000!   Rotarian from Houston Memorial Spring Branch Rotary Rogelio Martinez donated a motorcycle for our District to raffle.  The Winner, Roy Garza from Laredo was announced at the District Conference. 
District Rotary Foundation Chair Ellison Crider is ready to answer any questions and direct you in whatever help you need.  Past District Governor Maxie Houser will be stepping in for Rotary Years 2018-2019-2020.   Send your Club’s contributions NOW!!! 
Lt. Governor Aleda Reyes has been busy promoting the Rotary brand and has done an Excellent job.
She will be presenting at our District Assembly in Robstown on Saturday May 5th.   Please register online for the District Assembly to train your Team.
Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND – we have awarded 50 Grant Requests and have more in the pipeline for a Woman’s Shelter and High School Education Skills Training in Ingleside.  A displaced family from Rockport was discovered last week in McAllen with the dad enrolling in a skills training education certificate.  These grants are in process.
Please REACH OUT if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  I am a PHONE CALL AWAY!
Phone# 956-683-5706
Honored and Humbled to Serve you as District Governor for District 5930.

Betty Ramirez-Lara
District Governor 2017-2018
PROUD Member of District Premiere Club McAllen South Rotary Club
Picture:            James Hollan, Member Aransas Pass Rotary Club
                        Ben Plummer
                        Ramiro Gomez, President, Aransas Pass Rotary Club
Through social media, James Hollan discovered that Ben Plummer and his family were in need of a wheelchair ramp.  Ben, who has had cerebral palsy since birth, lives with his mother and step-father in Aransas Pass.  Like so many, they lost their home to Hurricane Harvey. According to Ben’s mother, Jennifer Johnson, they have secured a mobile home, but the wheelchair ramp they enjoyed with their previous residence has not been replaced.  Ben is able to walk with forearm crutches, but stairs are a challenge and to complicate matters, Ben is to undergo surgery on both feet later this month and he will be confined to a wheelchair for an undetermined length of time.  When James discovered this information, he knew it was a project for our Rotary Club. The Rotary Motto is “Service Above Self”.  So, on Monday, April 2, at our regular meeting, Ben was presented with a check for $1000.00 from the Aransas Pass Rotary Club to cover the cost of building a ramp.
Picture and Article Submitted by Karen Gayle
                               Aransas Pass Rotary Club
March is Water and Sanitation Month

D5930 Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND

A Great deal has happened since last month, the Stewardship Reports are coming in from our Rotary Clubs in District 5930.   As of February 24th, a total of 47 Grants were awarded totaling $408,561.74.   Corpus Christi Rotary Club was awarded the highest Grant Award of $53,000. 
On Saturday March 10th, Camp Aranzazu in Rockport received 100 trees to replace the damage in their campground.  Camp Aranzazu is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization in Rockport, Texas, that provides therapeutic recreation programs that are designed to enrich the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs. Since 2006, they have served more than 20,000 campers from more than 50 counties in Texas.   Our Disaster Aid USA trailer has been picked up and delivered.  We will be having a Disaster Team Training at our District Conference at the South Padre Island Convention Center. I don’t know about you but I get the warm fuzzies knowing that we made a difference with our D5930 Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND.   Lt. Governor Public Image/Rotary Awareness Aleda Reyes is busy getting together the projects along with Asst. Governor Area 11 Elaine Hernandez for Rotary Showcase.  Please reach out to Aleda Reyes for information regarding the “People of Action” Campaign.  Please feel free to email her -


Lt. Governor Luis Cavazos has recently reported that our Rotary District 5930 has a total number of 1923 Members a +48.  Our Goal is to HIT 2000 by June 30th, 2018.  KUDOS and BIG “TOOT YOUR HORN” to THE Laredo Rotary Club with their NEW Satellite Club with a RECORD Number of 35 NEW Members!!  With Rotary International’s Council of Legislation Member flexibilities, some clubs have opted for this exciting and innovative way to attract younger members at different times and venues.  A “Sprint for Membership” Challenge is in place with a deadline of May 31st, 2018.   Please reach out to Luis Cavazos for further information on HOW to GROW your Membership.  Luis will be sending out updated reports to inspire and motivate our clubs to GROW< GROW<GROW!!    Please feel free to email him –

Rotary Foundation

Congratulations to Laredo Gateway Rotary Club for achieving 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.
I was honored to visit the club for such a Momentous occasion on Monday Feburary 12th.  Every member committed to donate $1000 towards our Rotary Foundation to be named a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.
Grant Certification Dates are posted on the District Website to sign up:
Please send in your committed pledge monies to The Rotary Foundation as soon as possible.  It is recommended to be sent now and not wait until the month of June as it creates a bottleneck and havoc.  You will be able to receive your pins and awards in plenty of time.  Imagine over 35,000 clubs worldwide sending in their monies in June.

RPM Roto Polio Moto Ride 2018

Our District 5930 2nd Annual Polio Moto Ride will take place March 24th and March 25th.  Rotarians and Non-Rotarians will ride our motorcycles 850 miles around our district and raise monies for Polio Plus.
For more information:  Contact J M Dickerson
Lt. Governor for Youth Services 2015-2018 District 5930

STUDENT 4-Way Test Speech Competition

Our Annual Competition is chaired by Tim Dowling, Corpus Christi Rotarian.  The plaques and awards have been ordered and we have our 5 Judges ready for the Competition.  Be sure to have your Area Winners ready for Saturday April 21st at the South Padre Island Convention Center.  Our Rotary District will pay for 2 adult and the student participant’s lunch at the ALL CLUB Luncheon.  The Student winners will be announced then.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  I am a phone call away.
Thank you for Making a Difference and Continue to Be The Inspiration.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Betty Ramirez-Lara
District Governor 2017-2018
PROUD Member of District Premiere Club McAllen South Rotary Club
Our Rotary District year end financial statement has been reviewed by an independent District 5930 Audit Committee. 
The Annual Statement and Report shall be presented for discussion and adoption at the Rotary 5930 District Conference Annual Business Meeting
Saturday April 21, 2018
South Padre Island Convention Center
All clubs are entitled to send a representative and for which 30 days notice has been given that the Statement and Report of Rotary Year 2016-2017 District 5930 finances will be presented. 
Thank you, 
Deborah G. High
Rotary International District 5930 Immediate Past District Governor
Congratulations to Eddie Bartnesky selected as District Governor Nominee Designate 2020-2021!
Eddie is a 27 year Rotarian - member of Harlingen Rotary Club
Club President Year 2000-2001
Service Above Self Award 2014-2015
Asst. Governor 2014-2018
District Grants SubCommittee Chair
Paul Harris Fellow +5
Paul Harris Society
Bequest Society Member
Married to Sue for 39 years
Children - Jennifer - Rotarian - member at Harlingen Rotary Club
                 Christopher - Rotarian - member at Harlingen Rotary Club
Grandchildren - 4
Good Afternoon,
To all my family and friends on the other side of the pond and around the world . I hope you have not forgotten about me. The last two months have been heavily busy with life and the MPH program. I just realized that yesterday was the 6-month mark of me living in the UK! I landed in the Edinburgh Airport on August 26, 2017. Today, I am happy to share another blog update with you.
Going forward I will not be putting as much super personal information on the blog since it is now very opened to the public. My blogs are now featured on the University of Edinburgh school website now along with other student bloggers
You are  still able to access my blogs from the Wix website Guided Pathways:
Thank you all for your support, love, and prayers. Feel free to write me back!
Dear D5930 Rotarians,
As you might recall last year a group of Rotarians and Non-Rotarians, rode our motorcycles 850 miles around our district and raised $10,500 for Polio Plus. We then received matching dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and turned that $10K into $30,000!!  This year we are doing it again, but we need your help to surpass last year’s results.  This year half of the proceeds will go to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.  There are several ways your club and individual members can help.  
BE A RIDER, sign up to ride the event.  Fill out the attached participant form and send it back to me with your registration fee.  You are also encouraged to raise funds. You can ride the full ride starting in Laredo, or you can jump on the ride as we make our way around the district.  Either way we need your form and waiver.
BE A DONOR, fill out a donor form and agree to support our cause, as a club or individuals.
BE A SPONSOR, fill out the sponsor form and send us your forms and logo so we can put you on the t-shirt and shout out on social media.
BE ON THE ROUTE,  come out to the route to see us and help us create a photo opp at the different stops.
I hope you will spread the word to your clubs and get behind this FUNdraiser.  Thank you.
Best Regards,
J M Dickerson
Lt. Governor for Youth Services 2015-2018 District 5930
Related Documents
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
*Early Bird Registration has been extended for 10 DAYS District 5930 District Conference!
Rotary Trilogy – Membership, The Rotary Foundation, Public Image/Rotary Awareness
Luis Cavazos, Lt. Governor of Membership has been busy presenting across our District 5930.  He hosted our Rotary Continuing Education Call last month with the Now or Never video with facts and figures.  Our Rotary International Council of Legislation has allowed our Rotary Clubs to exercise membership flexibility.  We have numerous Rotary Clubs in our District taking advantage of this strategy to grow and give options to their members.   In addition, A “Jumpstart” Membership Conference Call was facilitated by Kelly Atkinson, Rotary Coordinator and we were honored to have Julie Aubry, Regional Membership Officer as well on the call.   I am sharing this  open to Rotarians all over our District.  Our District website has a link under Membership – Membership Matters Webinar for easy reference.
Register in advance for this webinar:
Rotary JumpStart Webinar
Monthly membership seminar on various topics to assist District Membership Chairs and Club Membership Chairs to grow, expand, and retain membership in their clubs and districts.
Feb 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Mar 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Apr 24, 2018 7:00 PM
May 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Jun 26, 2018 7:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
Ellison Crider, District Foundation Chair/District Governor Nominee hosted “Focus on the Foundation” on January 13th at Texas A & M Kingsville.  We had a Full House of Rotarians along with Global Grant Scholar Amanda Lewis presenting her experience in The Netherlands.  Amanda Lewis is currently working on her PHD at Texas A & M Kingsville.
It is with Great Pleasure to announce that PDG Maxie Houser will be serving as
District Rotary Foundation Chair for years 2018/2019/2020.  THANK YOU Maxie!
Public Image/Rotary Awareness
Aleda Reyes, Lt. Governor of Public Image/Rotary Awareness has been posting on Face Book on how to promote your Club Events and your Public Image/Rotary Awareness.  Are you checking off the requirements for the 2017-2018 Presidential Citation and the Tootie Awards?
This month’s 3rd Monday Rotary Continuing Education will focus on criteria for the Club Tootie Awards and Presidential Citation.  Deadlines are quickly approaching!
Are your Rotary Club signs updated with the New Rotary Branding?  Are you promoting your events with Social Media, newspapers, flyers, members?  Are you promoting your Service Projects to create Awareness to encourage growing your Club membership?  Are you inviting potential members to your Service Projects?  Are you inviting potential members to your  “Students of the Month” Awards ceremonies?  Are you inviting your RYLA candidates’ parents to a Club Social?
As the only Goal for 2017-2018 To Help & Support Our District 5930 Clubs – What can we do to help you?
Kudos and a TREMENDOUS Thank You to our Corpus Christi Rotary Club for an AWESOME Event.  We had a record number of participants – 275!!  Also a BIG Kudos to Sandra Langley from Brownsville North Rotary Club & Marilu Gorecki of The Laredo Rotary Club for Volunteering at RYLA.  They have signed up for NEXT YEAR!!!!
Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND
As of February 1st, 2018, we have awarded 41 Grant Requests totaling $311,222.81.
Total of $438,949.78 has been raised to help Hurricane Harvey affected communities in our Rotary District 5930. 
Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or concerns.  I am a phone call away.
Honored and Humbled to serve you as 2017-2018 District 5930 District Governor.
Betty Ramirez-Lara
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary Foundation Month has come and gone and there were some great celebrations of the Foundation in November. I was privileged to attend the Rotary Foundation Awards Banquet in McAllen on November 11 where we recognized outstanding club performance for the 2016-17 year.  PDG Debbie High and I were proud to recognize the top contributor clubs for both the Annual Fund and End Polio Now campaign. Now it’s time to earn those awards for this Rotary year!
Another great Foundation related event in the district this month was the awarding of scholarships made possible by Foundation donations. On November 18 the District Scholarship Committee met and awarded three scholarships to the Costa Rica Global Health Team, two scholarships to deserving veterans, and two $30,000 scholarships to our newest Global Scholar. Congratulations to those recipients. We will feature articles on them in future postings.
I want to ask you to mark your calendars for a Foundation Focus event on January 13 at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, in the Founder’s Room. There is a downloadable flyer on the district website, Any Rotarian will benefit from this seminar, especially presidents, president-elects, and Foundation Chairs. We will start at 9 in the morning and be done by 1:30. Our luncheon keynote speaker will be Amanda Lewis, a two time Rotary Global Scholar, who is studying for her doctorate at Texas A&M Kingsville. Thanks to the generosity of Texas A&M Kingsville there will be no charge for this event! Please make plans to join us then.
We are at the mid-year point of the Rotary year and the end of 2017. We have survived Hurricane Harvey and life goes on, although it is a different life now for some of our District Rotarians. I would encourage you to consider making a gift to the annual fund to insure we can continue to do good in our district in the years to come. Remember, half of what we contribute to the annual fund comes back to the district in 3 years to be spent on district grants, global grants and scholarships. The amount of money we receive back depends solely on the amount of money Rotarians contribute to The Rotary Foundation.
Have a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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 –

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 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”!
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.
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.
Hurricane Relief Fund

Temporary Meeting Sites

Rockport Rotary Club (Thursday at 12:00 PM )
Aransas County Library
701 E Mimosa St 
Rockport TX 78382
United States
Port Lavaca Rotary Club (Thursday Noon)
Grace Episcopal Club
Contact:  Michael Rivet (361-920-2934)
Aransas Pass Rotary Club (Monday Noon)
No change in location - Bakery Cafe
Contact:  Karen Gayle (361-758-2136)
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

Important Documents

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
Upcoming Events
Hurricane Harvey Grant List
June Energy Report
Jun 20, 2018
May Energy Report
Apr 26, 2018
April Energy Report
Apr 09, 2018
March Energy Report
Mar 15, 2018
February Energy Report
Feb 06, 2018
Rotary International Convention


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District Partners
  • The Del Barrio Family

Blood Donations
Adoption Awareness
Contact Cornelia Garza, Faith Based Recruiter and State of Texas CPS worker for more details