District Conference May 1-3, 2020 in Corpus Christi.
Friday, May 1 -
  • All Club Lunch
  • Dinner & Family Fun at the Texas State Aquarium
Saturday, May 2 - 
  • Business Meeting
  • 4 Way Test Speech Contest
  • Luncheon
  • Governors Banquet
Sunday, May 3 -
  • Celebration of Life
Registration opens February 1, 2020 with Early Bird Specials
Omni Corpus Christi & Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas
Looking for the following assistance. Contact Ellison Crider ellisoncrider@rotary5930.com or Alissa Adkins aadkins@stx.rr.com if you can help.
  • Sponsors
  • Youth Activities
  • Storytelling coordinators and helpers
  • Ads for Program book - contact Nancy Paulson nancy@rockportwebsites.com
  • Decoration helpers
  • Sargent-At-Arms helpers
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   I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!
   Just before Thanksgiving we celebrated the opening of a new school in the remote village of Las Cabras in Trujillo.  The children there had to walk long distances to get to the nearest school.  Now they will have a community school.  It is a one classroom school....remember those...with one teacher teaching all six grades.  25 children will attend this school.  This was made possible thanks to a generous donation to Hands to Honduras from Nianna Gustovich, a member of the McAllen, Texas, Evening Rotary Club.  The community provided the labor.
Hands to \Honduras update..dedication of the new school in Las Cabras 2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Repairing Angels Wings
Brownsville Sunrise
Moody Clinic Roof Renovation
Corpus Christi
Rural Healthcare Access in Guatemala
CC Evening
Elementary Swimming Lessons
CC Northwest
Renovation of School
Harlingen Sunburst
Backpacks for Kids
Laredo Daybreak
Sacred Heart Children's Home Project
Laredo Gateway
Reading & Playing Los Altos Quetzalten
McAllen Evening
Girl Scouts Camp Bayview Improvements
McAllen South
Caritas Shoe Drive Project
Port Isabel
Animal Shelter Kennel Construction
Adopt A Teacher
Back to School Backpack w/Supplies
CC Southside
Wheelchair Ramp
Instructional Materials for School
West CC
Good Samaritan - Bunk Beds
Mid Valley Christian School Track
Historic Brownsville
Camille Playhouse Sound Upgrade
Veterans Scholarships
2 Veterans Scholarships
Costa Rica
2 Scholarships to Costa Rica
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Awards to be presented and Clubs Receiving an Award 2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
If service is the beating heart of Rotary, then the Rotary Foundation is its very lifeblood.
It is in and through the Foundation that we are able to support projects locally and throughout the world.
It is through the Foundation that Rotary is made real in the lives of millions:
  • working for peace,
  • supporting clean water and sanitation projects,
  • providing for maternal and child health programs.
This is all a result of Rotarians throughout the world generously sharing their resources.

Help Us Celebrate The Rotary Foundation


The Giving and Good Works Done by Our Clubs

during the 2018-2019 Rotary Year
Date:     Feb. 08, 2020
Location:   Harlingen Convention Center
                    701 Harlingen Heights Dr
                    Harlingen, TX 78550
Event 1:      Grants Certification for 2020-2021 - 9AM to 12PM - No Charge, but please Register for materials
Event 2:      Peace Pole Presentation - 2PM to 3PM - Valley International Airport
Event 3:      Annual TRF Dinner & Awards Ceremony REGISTER NOW
                    Cost - $50 per person  (Reserved Table Sponsorship for 8  - $500)
                    6PM to 7PM (Reception & Cash Bar)
                    7PM to 9PM Dinner
                    Business Attire
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn & Suites, 109 Bass Pro Dr., Harlingen, TX 78552 - 956-230-1662 - $94 per night
Read other associated stories:
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From JD Simpson, member and a Past District Governor:
After a long battle with Alzheimer's, my very loving Dad passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon (10/3/2019) at his home in College Station. He was 91 years old. 
As you know he was a dedicated Rotarian for many years.  I'm going to miss him as will others.
January 8, 1928 – November 3, 2019
James Hendley “Jim” Simpson, Jr. was born in Hallettsville, Texas on January 8, 1928 to James Hendley Simpson, Sr. and Alma (Carpenter) Simpson.  After completing high school he attended Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 1949 with a B. S. degree in Business.  Jim was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band during his college years.  After college he served in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  There he met the love of his life, Lois.  They were married in Springfield, Missouri in 1954 and returned to Hallettsville that same year.  Jim joined the First National Bank of Hallettsville, where he ultimately retired as Chairman of the Board in 1983. Jim and Lois moved to College Station in 1984 to become “fulltime Texas Aggies.”  They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on November 6th.
Jim was active in a number of civic organizations throughout his life.  His primary focus was as a member of Rotary International, where he served as President of the Hallettsville Club in 1960-1961 and as Governor of Rotary District 5870 in 1962-1963.  He served for more than 60 years in Rotary, and traveled all over the world participating in Rotary projects, including leading a Group Study Exchange group to Australia in 1993 and traveling to Kenya to help deliver school supplies to local children in 2000.  He was the epitome of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”
Jim is survived by his wife Lois; his children, Scott (and Stephanie George Simpson) of College Station, JD of Rockport, Texas; and Stephanie McDonald of Buena Vista, Colorado; and his grandchildren, Matthew McDonald of Nashville, Tennessee, and Jamie McDonald (and fiancé Troy Johnson) of Kirkland, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley (hospicebrazosvalley.org), the Texas Aggie Band Association (tabaonline.com) or the Bryan Rotary Club (bryan-rotary.org).
Visitation will occur between 5 pm and 7pm Sunday, November 10, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, in Bryan, Texas.  Funeral service will begin at 11:30am Monday, November 11, also at Callaway-Jones.  Interment will immediately follow at the College Station City Cemetery.
A Member needs our Thoughts 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
As we go into the busy Holiday season,
I want to wish the Rotarians of District 5930 Happy Holidays! It’s a time to be with family and celebrate the successes of the last year. For many of us our Rotary friends are a big part of our family. And we are all part of the Family of Rotary. In this newsletter article I want to remind you of several events we are gearing up for as we start the New Year.
On January 18 we will offer Rotary Leadership Institute Sessions 1 and 2. This is a great opportunity for upcoming club leaders as well as new Rotarians
A Leaf to the Tree from the DG - December 2019 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarian,

In today’s technology-driven world, members are turning to Rotary.org, our social media accounts, and other online Rotary channels to get the information they need. Fewer and fewer members are using Rotary Shop to order printed materials or to purchase Rotary-branded merchandise. Because of our members’ changing needs, we will cease operating Rotary Shop in April.

Instead, our most popular publications will be available digitally on various Rotary websites. Some publications will even be offered as print-ready files that you can take to a printer to produce locally. Rotary merchandise can be purchased directly from approved, licensed vendors.

More information will be available in the coming months.

If you have any questions, contact rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.

Michele Berg
Deputy General Secretary
Rotary International

Change to where/how we can get Printed Materials from RI 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Council of Resolutions Summary Report 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Victoria Northside used October to raise $1,616 for Polio Plus in memory of Rex Horst. JoAnn Settles delivered Thursday's World Polio Day message at Victoria Northside.
Visiting Rotarian's were President Elect Marilyn Horst of Port Lavaca, President Patricia Rehak of Downtown Victoria, President Elect Eric Balsadua of Cuero, Victoria Rotarian Bud Oliver, CEO of the YMCA of the Golden Crescent.
Pictures and display information are available by clicking the Read More Link.
Victoria Northside's Polio Event 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
On September 9, 2019 Meg Reese was inducted into the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass.  On October 28, 2019 Meg was presented with her New Member Badge and the Rotary Shirt she had purchased to wear at upcoming Rotary Events.  Watch for Meg in November at the Aransas Pass Feast and on December 14 at the Rotary Club Comedy Night, an event to raise money for the Early Act First Night Program.
Submitted by:
Karen Gayle
Secretary and Treasurer
Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
October 29, 2019
Pictures are available by clicking the Read More Link.
New Member for Aransas Pass Rotary Club 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Happy November to everyone!
Last month we welcomed 7 Russian Rotarians to the District on a Peace Exchange arranged through the Russia-USA Intercountry Committee. Although communication was challenging at times we ended up making new friends from Russia and the Peace Exchange was successful in Connecting the World through Rotary. The reports we have gotten back from Russia from our visitors is that they thoroughly enjoyed their visit to South Texas and have invited a group of us to come over to Russia. I want to thank Alissa Adkins, past president of the Corpus Christi Evening Club, for having the vision to arrange the Peace Exchange and making sure it was successful. Great work!
I want to congratulate the San Benito Rotary Club on a wonderful
A Leaf to the Tree from the DG - November 2019 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Building Effective Leaders

Join us for a set of seminars on how to effectively build leaders in your club. Facilitators will share experiences and knowledge on how to move beyond simply managing to truly leading your club by building effective leaders. These seminars will provide the basics on powerful strategies you can use to boost morale and energize your club.
Registrations must be paid in advance and with a credit card.
Cost: $50 for each part (Breakfast & lunch included)
Time:  8am (Registration and Continental Breakfast) - 4:00pm
Space is limited - sign up early
Click the Read More link for location and topics covered.
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Rockport Rotary Club hosted a Peace Exchange group from Russia for the day on October 8, 2019. The group is part of a Peace Friendship Exchange under the auspices and guidelines of the Russia-United States lntercountry Committee (ICC). The hosting Rotary districts are South Texas 5930 and District 5020 in Washington State with an assist from the Houston District 5890.
They spent the day in Rockport and Fulton. Activities included a meal at Paradise Key, visits to the Texas Maritime Museum and Rockport-Fulton Visitor Center, shopping time on Austin Street, and a dinner hosted by the Rockport Rotary Club at the Rockport Beach Park. A signature event that was a highlight was the planting of a Peace Pole at the Aransas Pathways Pavilion area.
The Rotary District represented by the Russian delegation made donations to the cause of humanitarian needs in response to Hurricane Harvey impact in Rockport and Fulton.
There will be seven visiting Russians, additional persons (our leaders, translators, and other participants) and local Rotarians.
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On October 8 & 9, 2019, the Early Act First Knight (EAFK) program was kicked off in the Faulk and Charlie Marshall Elementary Schools.  This positive, behavior modification program was brought to the Aransas Pass School System by the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass in September 2012.  It was initially introduced in Charlie Marshall Elementary, but due to the positive behavior changes noticed, the program was expanded to include Kieberger Elementary in September 2013. This initially covered grades 2 – 5.  However with the construction of the new Faulk Elementary, the EAFK program was expanded in 2018 by the Rotarians to include the first grade.
First 2019 EAFK Awards Ceremony 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

The 2020 High School Student Four-Way Test Speech Competition/Contest

will be held during our District Conference.
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Location: Omni Hotel, 900 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Who: The winners from the 13 Areas will complete for the the 2020 District Championship.
Updates to the 4 Way Test Speech Competition for 2020 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Lone Star P.E.T.S., Inc. (Lone Star PETS or LSPETS) – the premier training event that prepares Rotary Club President Elects for their year of service as President of their Rotary club in Texas and Southern Oklahoma.  P.E.T.S. (PETS) is the acronym for “President Elect Training Seminar”.
Lone Star PETS is the combined efforts of ten Rotary International Districts. They all converge on the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the DFW International Airport to jointly provide the best possible training for future Presidents of Rotary clubs.
DGE Eddie Bartnesky is planning valuable and exciting training for all President Elects. This is required training before taking office. Please contact DGE Eddie is you are unable to attend.
Registration will open some time in November at www.LoneStarPETS.org
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February 16 – 22, 2020
Rotarians are improving lives in communities around the world every day through thousands of service projects.
Do your members know what you do and why you do it?
One Week. One Focus: Rotary Showcase Week
share your projects and good work that your Rotary club is doing locally and globally.
Just DO IT ! 3 Places
  1. Write your story and use it as your Meeting Program during this week.
  2. Send your story (video, PowerPoint, word doc, list) to the district website (nancy@rockportwebsites.com)
  3. Post your story on RI's Rotary Showcase
MAKING A DIFFERENCE - Showcase Week 2019-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Our latest Global Grant request Rigores water district 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Russian Peace Exchange to Visit South Texas District 5930

South Texas District 5930 will be hosting a Peace Exchange group from Russia for two weeks. The group is part of a Peace Friendship Exchange under the auspices and guidelines of the Russia-United States lntercountry Committee (ICC). The hosting Rotary districts are South Texas 5930 and District 5020 in Washington State with an assist from the Houston District 5890.
A signature event in Rockport that will highlight the primary purpose is the planting of a Peace Pole at the Aransas Pathways Pavilion area.
The full agenda can be read by click the Red More Link.
View the Photo Album - pictures will be added as the visit progresses.
The Russians are Coming! The Russians ARE HERE! 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Who will be the next in line to be District Governor for Rotary District 5930? 
Will it be a member of your Club? Will it be someone you know? Will it be you?
Now that your first few Rotary months are out of the way, I’d like to ask you and your club members’ assistance in identifying potential candidates for our District’s 2022 – 2023 Governor.  I know that seems like a long way into the future but in order to comply with Rotary International’s Manual of Procedure, this is the required protocol.
The deadline for 2022-2023 Nominations for District Governor is December 15, 2019.
Interviews will be conducted on Jan. 11, 2020 at La Quinta in Kingsville.
Nomination of District Governor 2022-2023 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Questions and Answers from our other Global Scholar from Leslie Ochoa 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
I wanted to share this email message relating to our International Peace Pole (IPP) initiatives with Suzi Howe and Larry Dimmitt to follow up about the many extraordinary and impactful things Rotarians are doing in addition to our collaborative International service projects and recent International Project Fair in Brownsville!
Our IPP dedications at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas and CalAllen, Texas occurred in February 2019 to compliment our District sponsored Peace Symposium held in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Cameron Chisholm, our Rotary Peace Scholar alumnus accompanied us and spoke with elementary, high school, and University students as part of the International Peace Pole dedication ceremonies.   
Peace Pole Review from our IPDG Hagan 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
As Andy Hagan, 2018-2019 District Governor Rotary District 5930, completed his term of office, he made a special gift to all Rotary Presidents in District 5930 who served under his term. He presented all with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Everyone who donates $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation, or to whom $1000.00 is donated in their name, becomes a Paul Harris Fellow and is presented with an Award. The monies donated are used by the Foundation to promote good Health, reduce Hunger and promote Humanity throughout the world. 
The 2018-2019 Rotary Club of Aransas Pass President was Robert Branch.  Robert was already a Paul Harris Fellow so he became a Paul Harris Fellow + 1, which means an additional $1000.00, has been donated to the Rotary Foundation in his name. 
Unfortunately Andy was unable to come to personally present Robert with his Sapphire Paul Harris Pin, so on Monday, September 23, 2019 the presentation was made by 2013-2014 District Governor Maxie Houser.
Submitted by,
Karen Gayle
Aransas Pass Rotary Club
September 25, 2019
Picture:  Left to Right
Maxie Houser, 2013-2014 District Governor Rotary District 5930
Robert Branch, PHF + 1, 2018-2019 President Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
News from Aransas Pass 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
DG Ellison Crider and ARPIC Aleda Reyes accepted the Public Image Award for 2018-2019 at Zone Institute in Kansas City.
District Gets an Award at Zone 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
It’s hard to believe it is already October. We continue to have a busy District schedule. Fay and I just returned from the Zone Institute in Kansas City and are filled with excitement and ideas for the rest of the Rotary year to come. And DGE Eddie Bartnesky, along with his wife Sue, was formally presented as our District Governor Elect. Eddie, we are looking forward to your leadership next Rotary year!
A group of 20 Rotary Leadership Institute graduates will gather on October 5 for RLI facilitator training. I want to thank all those who have taken the time to participate in this program and are now ready to step up to the plate and become leaders in it. We will be offering RLI Sessions 1 and 2 on January 18 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi. Please plan to attend and join this dynamic group of Rotary leaders.
I want to thank those who helped organize the first annual Multi-District Project Fair in Brownsville last month. Special thanks go out to Brownsville Sunrise member Enrique Medellin for leading the effort. And to the Brownsville Sunrise club for providing the bulk of the manpower during the event. It was a wonderful example of how we are “Connecting the World” in our District.  We are already planning next year’s Project Fair on September 26, 2020. Stay tuned for more details.
On October 6 a group of 7 Russian Rotarians will arrive in Houston and be brought down to Corpus Christi. They will spend 2 weeks in our District meeting Rotarians and enjoying our South Texas culture. I hope if there is an event with them in your area you will take a little time to get out and meet them. Their goal is to meet as many Americans as possible. We need to show them our South Texas Rotarian hospitality! And a special thanks to Corpus Christi Evening Club member Alissa Adkins for leading and planning this visit.
I will be visiting many of your clubs in October. I’m looking forward to seeing you and hearing all about how your clubs are doing good in the world and our District. Have a great October!
A Leaf to the Tree from the DG -October 2019 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
This annual event is a way for D5930 Rotarians to network with Rotarians & discuss & share ideas.
Discover the Rotary connection between membership, public image, and service & how leveraging that connection can make a difference for your club.
September 21, TAMU-Kingsville, 8 am-3:30 pm
Your Choice: 1 OR 2
  1. Attend the Green highlighted track – 4’n1 Training Seminar
  2. Attend the Orange highlighted track – RLI Part 1 PRE-registration is required.
Are you Ready? We Are. 2019-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
   This week we had the dedication of the new kindergarten in Maranones.  Donations to construct the kindergarten were provided by numerous Rotary Clubs and the labor was provided by the community.  It seemed fitting to recognize the original club that sponsored the creation of Hands to Honduras, Inc. 21 years ago after the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch...my original club in Middlebury, Vermont.  They have funded our efforts in Honduras the longest and most reliably every year since then.
Hands to Honduras update--Maranones kindergarten dedication 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

To give blood is to save lives


That is why our Rotary Action Group Global Network for Blood Donation is committed to promoting voluntary blood donation around the world.

Probably many of your Clubs are already involved in community motivation, promoting or organizing voluntary blood drives or collection sessions (we would be interested in receiving some information about these collections).

Thank you for encouraging them to do so: they actively implement the motto of Rotary International ‘Service above Self’

We invite you

Global Network for Blood Donation 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

From Victoria Northside Rotary Club

Our Rotary meeting on Thursday, August 22 was profoundly sad and a difficult one to get through. 

Rex Horst… our friend, colleague, mentor and this year’s President, passed away earlier that week.  All of us still in shock and a state of disbelief, we gathered together to be close to each other and share our grief. 

We hugged each other.  We told each other “you matter to me”.  We shared stories about Rex.  “Rex saved my life bringing me into his Church.”  “Good times on Harley road trips.”  “Rex introduced me to Rotary.” “Rex built my home.”  “What struck me most was his devotion to his family and his church.”  Many members had been given a book he liked to share “Muscle and a Shovel”.  So instead of our usual business meeting, we put aside an agenda, we didn’t have a guest speaker.  We took time to honor Rex and strengthen the bonds of friendship we have with each other.  Rex, we miss you.  We thank you for your years of service in Rotary, rarely missing a meeting or event.  We’ll miss your smile, your laugh, your devotionals, your encouraging words, the way you would kick us in the pants when we needed it.  Rest in peace dear friend.   

By: Roslyn Faust

Rex Horst - A Friend, A Rotarian 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

My dear friends and Rotarians:
It is important that every Rotary club has the tools and tactics needed to fulfill our goal of eradicating polio worldwide. I am pleased to share with you two new videos that have been developed to help ensure that your club is in-the-know about the global fight to eradicate polio and Rotary’s decades-long role in that effort.
These special programs on polio give background on the status of our efforts, provide historic insight into Rotary’s contribution, and outline the actions we can take to join together to end polio. The two videos, which are 10 and 15 minutes long, can serve as a program for your club’s meeting, or can be shown at public events to ensure that your community is familiar with Rotary and polio.
We have come a long way since we started PolioPlus in 1985, but we still have work to do, and I need your help in empowering Rotarians in your club to join the fight.
I challenge each of you to use these videos as a tool this year to help raise funds and build awareness for Rotary’s flagship cause.
Click here to view or download the videos on Vimeo and see descriptions of the videos.

Yours in Rotary,

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-2020

New Videos for Polio Awareness 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
On Monday, August 5, 2019, outgoing Rotary Club of Aransas Pass President, Robert Branch presented incoming President, James Hollan with his President’s Name Badge.  Shortly thereafter, President James Hollan presented outgoing President Robert Branch with a plaque recognizing his one-year of service as president of the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass.  Karen Gayle continues as Secretary-Treasurer, Juli Blanda serves as President-Elect, and Robert Branch continues as Sergeant at Arms.
Picture by Karen
Article submitted by Karen Gayle
Rotary Club of Aransas Pass - New Officers 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Hi all,
I will be in south Texas from September 3 until the 14th and have 11 clubs (including PI) and the Zone project fair booked.  I will be running between Laredo and Port Lavaca and most points in between.
I have agreed to act as liaison between Engineers Without Borders: Portland, Oregon--and the community of Guadalupe Carney for a.water project they are funding that will serve over 3500 people.  EWB headquarters has determined Honduras is too dangerous for them to allow their engineers to come to Honduras...which is odd because, well, I feel perfectly safe here.

Hands to Honduras update--water project in Guadalupe Carney 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
By IPDG Andy Hagan and RC/PDG Debbie High
Congratulations to the first District 5930 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) graduating class.  Twenty-one Rotarians, representing all of our “population” hubs, 13 Rotary Clubs, and two Districts, completed RLI 3 on Saturday August 17, 2019.  
For more information on RLI go to: Lone Star Division RLI
Interested?  Register for Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 on 21 Sept 2019 at TAMUK
RLI Trailblazers – The First D5930 Graduating Class 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Who is your hero?  The Rotary Club of Corpus Christi invites you to honor your hero by sponsoring an American flag during our annual Flags for Heroes event.  1,000 flags will line City parks along Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi November 9 – 17, 2019 honoring heroes of all types. 
You can sponsor a flag for only $50.  Each flag will have a recognition tag with the sponsors name on it and the individual’s name they are honoring.  Sponsors will receive their recognition tags after the event.
Also, join us for a special dedication ceremony on Veterans Day, November 11th, at Ropes Park in Corpus Christi at 5:05 pm.  This emotional display is definitely worth the drive. 
More information may be found at: www.flagsforheroescc.org.
Flags for Heroes Corpus Christi 2019 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings from our Dist. Governor of Dist. 3190, Rtn. Dr. Sameer Hariani, his gracious First Lady Rtn. Dr. Roopa Hariani and the Public Image team of Dist. 3190.
On our DG's behalf I am privileged  to extend this invitation to you and the talented singers of your District. Come January 2020 Rotary India is looking forward to celebrate 100 years of Rotary service in India. 
As part of the celebrations for this historic moment in our District, a mega event, Rotary Idol International 2020 been scheduled on 1st February 2020  This is a singing contest to crown the best singer in Rotary worldwide.  I am sure there are great singers in your Dist. who can walk away with this prestigious title.
Rotary Idol International 2020 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

DG Newsletter Article for September 2019

Happy September to everyone! August was my first full month of club visits. We have a diverse group of clubs in District 5930 and I’ve enjoyed all the visits. The Rotarians have been welcoming and eager to hear what is going on in the larger Rotary world. And thanks to all the assistant governors who have made arrangements for each visit. During the visits I’ve been telling my Rotary story with the hope that those who hear it will be inspired to think about and tell their story. To motivate others to join and “Grow Rotary” we must tell our stories, which are as varied as the Rotarians that tell them.

A Leaf to the Tree from the DG - September 2019 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Port Isabel, Texas, and Trujillo, Honduras, Rotary Clubs are preparing a Global Grant to provide clean water to 872 families comprising 5000 people in 5 rural communities near Trujillo.  These communities currently receive their water primarily from a 200,000 gallon tank that was built in 2006.  It serves 7 additional communities.  Ilanga Viejo and Rigores (and its 3 barrios) only receive water every 2-4 days if at all.  10 hand pumps spread around Rigores provide water as available and many homes have created their own pumping systems on their properties.  
                Please consider funding this matching grant water and sanitation project.  If interested contact me at tomplumb315@yahoo.com.  I have attached a project description and photos.
Rigores Global Grant to provide clean water for 5000 people 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0


What is a Rotary International Multi-District Project Fair?
It’s an event where Clubs from multiple countries (in this case Mexico and the United States) showcase their Projects to with the objective of potentially partnering with each other.
What’s the purpose of a Rotary International Multi-District Project Fair?
There are 3 key purposes:
  • Promote friendship between all clubs of different international districts.
  • Help small and/or new Rotary Clubs get involved in International Projects, learn how District and Global Grants work and can help them with their community projects
  • Partnership with Clubs to leverage Rotary Foundation funds to maximize funding possibilities for projects. In some cases this may lead to completion of a project that otherwise could not be completed because of lack of funding.
Who can attend a RIPF?
Whether or not your club has a project, all clubs are invited.
How can a Club showcase a Project at a RIPF?
 Clubs presenting Projects must be prepared with complete information. This would include type of project, location, how many people will be benefit, if there are more sponsors, how much time will it take to complete, total cost, who will be in charge of the completion, how much money is the club investing, how much money is needed for completion, type of grant requested, pictures, video, etc.
Can a Club with no projects to showcase attend?
Sure, the RIPF needs Clubs with no projects and clubs with projects, to explore working together for a completion of a project.
Are there other benefits for Rotarians that attend?
Yes, all attendees will Connect with Rotarians from their District and Districts from other areas and countries. You will share ideas and plan future partnerships for the 2020 Rotary International Multi-District Project Fair.
Can a Club partner with another Club?
Yes, one Club can partner with another for years, but need to be open to participate with other Clubs too. The purpose of the RIPF is that all clubs participate with different clubs not just one.
Bi-District Project Fair 2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
The U.S. Rotary Clubs and Districts Liability Insurance Program ("Program") provides all U.S. Rotary clubs and districts and Rotaract clubs with general liability (GL) and directors' and officers'/employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) insurance. 
The Program’s insurance policies have been renewed for the policy term 1 July 2019-2020. The 2019-20 Certificate of Insurance is posted on the broker website, Gallagher Insight. Rotary July Club Invoice includes insurance assessments (for general liability and D&O/EPL), which pay for this Program.

General liability insurance coverage remains the same, with exception of the changes noted in this letter and on the Gallagher Insight broker website. There are no changes to D&O/EPL insurance coverage.
Our District Insurance Specials are:
District Insurance Specialist 
Chris Bartnesky
C: 956-571-3445
District Insurance Specialist
Jack Alspaugh
Corpus Christi Evening
C: 361-445-7905
Risk Management and Insurance 2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Membership Video 2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
As you approach the new Rotary year, your Zone Regional team has three (3) exciting opportunities for your club's Trilogy Continuum (Foundation, Membership, and Public Image, Chairs).

1. October 24, 2019: World Polio Day: One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

2. February 16-22, 2020: Rotary Showcase: One Week. One Focus: Rotary Showcase Week

3. People of Action Planning Tool for Rotary Clubs

World Polio Day and Rotary Showcase Week 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Pints for Polio Corpus Christi 2019 October 22nd at Brewster Street

Rotarians—Feel free to change the form with your club’s contact information.  But if you don’t, that’s fine—I’ll make sure Lysa credits the correct Corpus Christi club for sponsors.
This is not a District 5930 event.  The monies raised through sponsorships and ticket sales are donated by the CC Clubs to Polio Plus.
Last year was a smashing success and this year will be even better!  Save the date and plan to attend.  We look forward to seeing you! 
We are “this close” to eradicating Polio.  Let’s get this done.
Alissa Adkins
District 5930 End Polio Now Coordinator (Central)
Past President, Rotary Club of Corpus Christi Evening
(361) 244-8944
(Ok to text —please tell me who you are)
Pints for Polio Corpus Christi 2019 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
In May 1919 several businessmen in Victoria, TX began organizing a Rotary Club.  It was chartered on June 1919 and be came an official Club of Rotary International on July 1, 1919.  The Victoria Rotary Club celebrated its Centennial on June 20, 2019.
As I reflected back on the amazing journey of our Rotary Club vis-à-vis mementos such as past bulletins, a piece of sheet music written for the club in 1919, photos and stacks of miscellaneous, I hoped to find a project that would secure our legacy for the next 100 years.  I realized that among my personal prized possessions, there is a Mickey Mouse watch my Dad gave me when I was 5, a grandfather clock that has been wound by the Caldwell clan for over 100 years and a cuckoo clock that hung in my grandmother’s house.  The significance of these timeless heirlooms, obviously, is they are all designed to keep track of time, yet they are timeless.
One day in November I was reading the Rotarian and stumbled on a post clock made for another Rotary Club.  It caught my eye and I approached our Club President, Neal Stevenson, about making that our centennial project.  We proceeded in the planning, selecting the entry to DeTar Hospital as the ideal location.  We introduced the project at the Centennial Party in June and invited our members to have their names cast in bronze at the base of the clock with a donation of $500 per line (25 characters including spaces).  We raised $17,000 that evening and are on our way to being able to purchase the clock.
We are extending an invitation to all Rotarians throughout the district to become part of this project.  If you would like to have your name on the clock, please send me an email, secretaryvrc@gmail.com. We can invoice you or charge your credit card. 
We also invite your club to consider having its name on the base of the clock with a $500 donation.  Of course, all donations of any size will be gratefully accepted.  Our goal is to have the clock in place for the Christmas season which requires the order be placed by September 1.  Visualize your great grandchildren seeing a clock with their ancestors embedded on the base. 
Victoria Rotary's 100 year Honor 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Tune up your wing-shooting skills on Saturday, August 24, 2019 before the Whitewing-Dove Season in south Texas at the North Brownsville Rotary Club's 12th Annual Whitewing Tune Up Shoot at Loma Alta Trap & Skeet Club on Old Port Isabel Road in Brownsville.  Proceeds from the event go towards funding Jerome “Jerry” Jokl Educational Scholarships for area college and associates’ degree-bound students with over $250,000.00 having been awarded since 1985.
Event registration begins at 8:00 AM. with commencement at 9:30 AM.   Entry fees are:  Adults - $125.00, Junior - $75.00, Teams - $500 for teams (4 participants).  Mulligans are $10.00 each.  All entries include a unique and challenging multi-station sporting clay course, tacos and beans a-la-charro lunch, refreshments and lots of door prizes, like ice chests, wine basket, shotgun shells and beach gear.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Teams, Individuals (Men’s, Women’s & Youth Divisions), plus Modified Lewis Class A, B, C & D.  Adult entry fee includes entry in the Calcutta with $1,500.00 guaranteed payout.
Shotgun Raffle tickets available from club members at $100.00 each with drawing on the day of the event.  1st Prize is a performance sporting clays shotgun – a new Cesar Guerini Summit Sporting Over/Under 12 Gauge with 32” barrels.  2nd Prize is $500.00 cash, 3rd Prize is 50 boxes of Clever Mirage T1 12 Ga. Ammunition, and 4th Prize is an Artic Backpack Soft-side Cooler.  Only 100 tickets will be sold.  Need not be present to win! 
Register at the event or entry forms are available from committee members and on Loma Trap & Skeet Club’s Facebook pageNo experience is necessary as we have knowledgeable “clay shooters” who will be glad to help you if needed.  Additional BBQ plates available for non-participants at $10.00 each at the event. 
Practice rounds available at the club on the Wednesday prior from 5 PM. until closing at a special $6 per round.  
12th Annual Whitewing Tune Up Shoot 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
District Foundation Committee Meeting 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
   Hands to Honduras has three school projects going on now.  The new kindergarten in Maranones has been completed except for adding logos and recognitions...we will have the dedication soon.  The new school in Las Cabras has just broken ground.  
   And, last week we had two volunteer electricians rewire the kindergarten in Trinidad near Trujillo.  The light serving the kinder was turned on by connecting two wires and there were no fans.  Our volunteers installed a light switch, corrected other electrical problems and installed three fans.  Previously we had providing the cyclone fencing (to keep the children on school grounds and horses and dogs outside.  We also provided the paint the kinder and my wife, son and I helped local volunteers do the painting.
   I have attached some photos of the Trinidad project. 
   Thanks for your support for the past 21 years!
                                                    Yours in Rotary,
                                                      Tom Plumb, Hands to Honduras, Inc.
                                                      Port Isabel Texas Rotary Club
                                                      PO Box 1733
                                                      Port Isabel, Texas 78578
Hands to Honduras update--Trinidad painting, fencing, electricity, fans 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
   Our latest school construction project is in Las Cabras (the goats). A rather remote area in Trujillo....down some terrible dirt roads.  Construction began this week..  I have attached some photos of the foundation work.  It will be 21x29 feet and will serve 25 students from grades 1-6 utilizing one teacher for all six grades.
   Thanks for your 21 years of support for our efforts in Honduras!  Please consider supporting us again in the coming year!
                                        Yours in Rotary,
                                             Tom Plumb, Hands to Honduras, Inc.
                                             Port Isabel, Texas Rotary Club
                                             PO Box 1733
                                             Port Isabel, Texas 78578
Hands to Honduras update-Las Cabras school construction 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Friend of Camp Aranzazu,
In two weeks, our summer session will be over, and we will have served more than 900 children and young adults with special needs and chronic illnesses. Not surprisingly, it will then be time to tidy up! And with 104 acres and 32 different buildings and structures, we could use some help. 
“Camp Care Days” will take place on Saturday, August 24th and Saturday, September 21stfrom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will help with light-duty maintenance and landscaping projects. We will supply lunch.
I would be very grateful if you would share this email your co-workers, friends and family. I also have attached flyer that you can post. Please let me know if you prefer that we communicate with someone else in your office.  
If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please email Bianca Hernandez at bhernandez@camparanzazu.org. Thank you for your support of Camp Aranzazu and the children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses whom we serve.
Virginia C. Ballard
Camp Location:
5420 Loop 1781, Rockport, TX 78382 / 361-727-0800
Camp Aranzazu "Camp Care Days” 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
August is Membership and New Club Development month. To celebrate, I would suggest you invite guests to attend your Rotary meetings and invite them to become a member. Also, for New Club Development, Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Andy Hagan is working on several new satellite clubs. One of them that should come to fruition soon is at Rancho Viejo in Olmito and will be a satellite of the Brownsville Sunrise Club. The year is just getting started but I already see some positive membership growth momentum. One of the symbolisms of the green theme shirts this year is positive growth so let’s be in the “green” at the end of the year.
A Leaf to the Tree from the DG - August 2019 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Each year Rotary Clubs in their respective districts get a new District Governor.  Aransas Pass and 50 other Clubs are in District 5930.  So, on Monday, July 15, 2019 Ellison Crider, the current District 5930 Governor, visited the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass.  The purpose of his visit was to make us aware of the incoming Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney’s 2019-2020 Rotary Theme, “Rotary Connects With The World”.    He also informed us of his Rotary District 5930 theme, “Rotary Rooted In Service”, and explained the reasons for his selection of that theme.  While visiting. DG Ellison went over our Club’s upcoming goals, service projects, and budget.  He expressed that he felt our Club was sound and productive.  He was particularly impressed with the number of service projects we provide considering we have only 10 members. 
ADG Terri Whitman accompanied DG Ellison.  Her job is to help our Club whenever and wherever necessary to meet our 2019-2020 Goals.
Before departing, DG Ellison presented President James with a Certificate verifying his attendance at the 2019 Lone Star P.E.T.S. (President elect Training Seminar) that was held in Dallas in February 2019.
Submitted by Karen Gayle, Sec.
Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
July 15, 2019
Picture Left to Right:  Ellison Crider, 2019-2020 Governor Rotary District 5930
                                    James Hollan, 2019-2020 President Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
                                    Terri Whitman, Assistant District Governor Rotary District 5930
Official visit of DG in Aransas Pass 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
MCALLEN, TEXAS July 16, 2019 - South Texas College, in collaboration with Rotary District 5930, is hosting an exhibit entitled “Rotary Art Olympiad” displaying student art work from India.

This exhibit will run all summer in the Rainbow Room at the STC Pecan Campus Library, and will be celebrated with a public reception on Tuesday, July 16, from 5-6 p.m.

“Rotary International’s theme for 2019-2020 is Rotary Connects the World and this exhibit provides an example of just how closely connected we all are. Students from Edinburg had their posters displayed in India in March 2019, and now we have student art from India reciprocated,” said Dr. Elaine Hernandez, the Rotary District International Service Chair and Regional Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative.
Printable Flyer         Click Read More for more information and pictures

Rotary Art Olympiad 2019-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
With the changes in the Standard Rotary Club Constitution voted on by the 2019 Council on Legislation (COL), Clubs need to take a close look at the new Attendance section and its reporting implications.
Click on the Read More Button to see the full text from the revised Standard Rotary Club Constitution.
The complete revised Standard Rotary Club Constitution can be found in the ToolBox in the General Resources section. All clubs should review their Constitution and Bylaws to make adjusts to being them in line with the revised constitutional documents, that incorporate all the enactments adopted by the 2019 Council on Legislation (COL).
Please review this document also - 2019 Council on Legislation Essential Changes For Clubs and Districts. It is also in the ToolBox in the General Resources section.
New Attendance Reporting 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
MHP Salud Rotary Inspirational Award 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Andy Hagan acknowledges Melissa Perez, Rio Grande City Rotary Club president elect, Hammer Flores, Assistant Governor, and Sonata Sanchez, Rio Grande City Club President in June at their club meeting for their leadership and support!
Rio Grande City Rotary Club Leadership 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Post Hurricane Harvey, Rotary District 5930 received $448,870.64 in donations from concern Rotarians and Citizens throughout the United States.  This money was made available to District 5930 Rotary Clubs that had viable community projects to help their community recover.  All a Club had to do was apply for a specific amount of funds for a project that met the Hurricane Harvey Grant Criteria.  An application form was provided and once submitted was reviewed by the District. 
Aransas Pass Rotary Club Chromebooks Presentation 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant to provide clean water to 5000 people in 5 villages

Hi all,
    As we near the completion of the construction of the water system serving 8 rural villages (1128 families) in the Agua Amarilla water district....we are developing our next Global Grant proposal for submission to the Rotary Foundation.  It will serve 5000 people in the Rigores water district.  We will not have a grant number until we submit the grant but please consider setting aside funding for it in the coming Rotary year...or saving remaining club funds from this Rotary year into the next Rotary year.  Also, for Rotarians who plan to give the Foundation in the coming year...please consider assigning your donation to this Global Grant.
Hands to Honduras update 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year District 5930 Rotarians! It’s hard to believe but the new Rotary year is here. Thanks to immediate PDG Andy Hagan for his inspirational leadership this past year. A job well done!
Moving forward it is time to “Connect the World”, emphasizing all year how Rotary Connects the World through Global Grants, District Grants, friendships, Inter Country Exchanges, and more. If you discover a unique way that Rotary connects your world please let me know so we can share it.
Our District theme for the year is “Rooted in Service”. Service is at the root of all we do as Rotarians. We will discuss this more as the year goes on.
A Leaf to the Tree from the DG - July 2019 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
My dear friends, Rotary leaders, and Rotaract leaders:

A new Rotary year is upon us, and let us say one final thank you to former President Barry Rassin for his outstanding leadership. Barry, we will miss you, but we know and appreciate that you will continue to lead Rotary in important ways for years to come.

I have spoken for several months about how Rotary Connects the World, and the time has now arrived to put our words into action. We have an exciting year ahead of us, a year when we begin to implement the new Strategic Plan, what I call the Rotary Action Plan and when we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.
Mark Daniel Maloney
Rotary International President, 2019-2020
Welcome to the new Rotary Year from RI President Maloney 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Are you a veteran Rotarian who has been there, done that, & has the t-shirt?
Are you a new Rotarian who want to learn about Rotary?
Are you trying to move ahead in your job, but are missing some skills and training?
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for "potential" leaders of Rotary CLUBS. It is a three part program of sessions.
Rotary Leadership Institute in D5930 2019-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Good morning everyone.  Elsa and I are so appreciative of all the compliments,  comments, texts, phone calls, and emails we have received about our recent District Conference and Youth Summit. 
Please read all the stories, watch the videos and check out the photo albums for all activities from the District Conference 2019.
We realize none of this would have been possible without your help and hard work.  We extend a heartfelt  “thank you “ to each of you!  You all are awesome!
Thank you again for your assistance and most importantly for your continued support and engagement to mentor and inspire our community at large and youth of all ages!
Andy & Elsa
RI District 5930
District Governor
Mobile: 592-0944
Thanks for your Inspiration 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and community leaders gathered on Friday, May 3, during the District Conference, to raise awareness about food insecurity in our south Texas region, and to celebrate the many local solutions to hunger provided by non-profit agencies, universities, school districts, and food banks in our communities.
Rotary END HUNGER Summit 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Earning the Rotary Citation is an honor that RI President Barry Rassin hopes clubs strive to achieve. To earn the citation, please complete all activities and report your accomplishments to Rotary by 30 June.

Where should I enter my club’s accomplishments? 
The 2018-19 Rotary Citation Achievement Guide explains how and where to report each citation goal. If a club member who isn’t an officer wants to record citation progress in Rotary Club Central, you can learn to delegate your level of access temporarily to allow the member to do so.

How can I see my club’s progress?
Members who have My Rotary accounts can view the Rotary Citation Recipients Report by signing in to My Rotary. Then, under Manage, in Club & District Administration, go to Reports and, in the Awards section, you’ll see Rotary Citation.  

What about the citation for Rotaract and Interact clubs?
The Rotary Citation for Rotaract Clubs and the Rotary Citation for Interact Clubs include goals that will help clubs keep members energized and attract new ones. The Rotaract Citation Achievement Guide and Interact Citation Achievement Guide explain where these achievements can be reported and how to view progress.

Rotaract and Interact clubs cannot be nominated by email, mail, or phone. Nominate Rotaract and Interact clubs for the citation by 15 August.  

This year’s district governors will receive certificates by email in September to distribute to Rotary clubs that have earned the citation.

If you have questions about the citation or any of these resources, write us at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org. Good luck achieving this year’s goals!
2018-19 Rotary Citation resources and deadline 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Three local senior students participated in the Area 6 4-way speech contest Sunday for the chance to win scholarship money.
Eric Massey, a student at Freer High School, gave his speech on cyber bullying along with the effects that it has on individuals, especially teenagers and young adults, across the nation. 
  • Massey took first place and a $275 scholarship. He will represent Area 6 Rotary Clubs at the Rotary District 5930 Conference in Rancho Viejo in May. At the conference, Massey and other contestants will compete for more scholarship money.
  • Second place was Madison Pope, a senior at Three Rivers High School. She received a $175 scholarship.
  • Third place was Megan Rios, a senior at Alice High School. She received a scholarship of $150.
Photo: (L-R) Dee Dee C. Arismendez, Area 6 Assistant Governor, Eric Massey, Madison Pope and Megan Rios
Area 6 4-Way Test Speech Contest 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Hi to all the incoming Rotary Presidents,
    For those that don't know....Hands to Honduras, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Port Isabel Rotary Club.  We have been working in Honduras since 1999 and in Trujillo since 2007.  We currently primarily build schools (using donations from Rotarians and clubs) and water systems (using Global Grants with local matches from clubs and Rotarians).
    As we near the completion of the construction of the water system serving 8 rural villages (1128 families) in the Agua Amarilla water district....we are developing our next Global Grant proposal for submission to the Rotary Foundation.  It will serve 5000 people in the Rigores water district.  We will not have a grant number until we submit the grant but please consider setting aside funding for it in the coming Rotary year...or saving remaining club funds from this Rotary year into the next Rotary year.  Also, for Rotarians who plan to give the Foundation in the coming year...please consider assigning your donation to this Global Grant.
Corpus Christi's KRIS 6 News recent did a story about this project. Hands to Honduras has brought schools and water as well as waste water treatment to Trujillo, a city in Honduras.
Hands to Honduras has brought schools and water as well as waste water treatment to Trujillo, a city in Honduras.
Hands to Honduras 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
RI Vision and Strategic Priorities and Objectives 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
On Thursday evening, May 16, 2019, at the “APISD Scholarships Senior Award Night 2019”, the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass presented four (4) $1000.00 scholarships to deserving Seniors of the APISD Class of 2019.The Rotary Club consists of eleven members who work hard throughout the year generating funds to give back to the community.  Deserving projects are Literacy Donations, Aransas Pass For Youth, Project Graduation, an International Project, Bikes for deserving Charlie Marshall and Kieberger students, the Early Act First Knight program in both Charlie Marshall and Kieberger schools, the Four-Way Speech Contest, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, the Tri County Christian Service Center, Continuing College Scholarships, and of course, High School Senior Scholarships.  This year the Rotary Club was able to increase their scholarship amount from $500.00 per scholarship to $1000.00.  The Rotary Club is proud to be able to support not only the APISD School System, but also the Community of Aransas Pass.
Submitted May 20, 2019 by Karen Gayle, Secretary/Treasurer
                                                                                Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
Picture:  Robert Branch, President Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
               Jurnee Peikert
               Shelby Mock
               Dylan Samora
               Monique Evans
               Karen Gayle, Sec./Tres. Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
Rotary Scholarship Awards in Aransas Pass Rotary 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
In 2011, Trujillo Rotarán Hector Mendoza was  designated as my Rotary contact for Hands to Honduras.  He wanted to come to our Rotary District 5930 Conference Celebration to thank fellow Rotarians and supporters for assisting with projects in Trujillo, Honduras since 2007.  In 2017, Hector Mendoza was elected Mayor of Trujillo. It was an upset victory ousting the previous Mayor. During his tenure as my contact, we have built 18 classrooms in 12 communities with one more underway.  We completed 6 water projects serving about 11,410 people and currently have another water project underway serving 5500 people in 8 rural villages.  Additionally, we are planning another water system serving 5 rural villages, serving 5000 people.
Other projects we have completed together include latrines at 6 schools, a microloan program providing loans to people living with disabilities to help them start businesses, replaced a school roof and repaired another school roof, painted two schools (not counting the ones we built), provided funding for a school library, provided 65 desks to a school, and provided sports equipment to two schools.
Hector is also a Rotarian.  A true Rotarian with heart. He is a dedicated public servant and he is proud of our Rotary and our partnerships.
----Tom Plumb
Rotary Club of Port Isabel
Esteemed Conference Guest, Mayor Hector Mendoza 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Pre-Conference All Club Luncheon was held at Ortiz Center Corpus Christi on Thursday May 2- with an attendance of 182 Rotarians. It was an exciting traditional format All Club Luncheon planned by a committee of local Club Presidents. Many Clubs brought their Club Bells and Banners. The  event started with the simultaneous ringing of the Club Bells and  with music provided by the musician members of the Rotary  Club of Corpus Christi. Following a delicious Chicken fajita buffet, PDG Art Zeitler, the event MC, recognized Rotarian guests from all over Texas plus Michigan and Russia. DGE Ellison Crider provided information on the extraordinary scholarships funded by the Rotary Foundation and introduced two of the scholarship recipients who explained how the scholarship funded education opportunities had and will change their lives .The keynote speaker, PDG Sue Goldsen of Michigan, provided the message on behalf of R I President Barry Rassin and also shared her extraordinary involvement in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. DG Andy Hagan completed the program by recognizing various Rotary Clubs for their prior accomplishments.
During the Friday afternoon conference session, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Art Zeitler with the assistance of Rotarians Deborah Simon(Santa Fe) and Tom Plumb(Port Isabel) facilitated a workshop on Global Grants including “Ten Steps for a Successful Global Grant” and “Road Map for Navigating the RI Grant Portal”. In addition, there was a very interactive discussion to answer questions from the participants. RRFC Art also provided a list of projects that needed sponsors or co-sponsors for Global and District Grant projects. Approximately 30 Rotarians were in attendance.
Pre-Conference All Club Luncheon 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Team Rotary RAAMs Polio

 $630,000 for PolioPlus, Goal of $1.2 million

Dear Governor,

We are less than four weeks away from the start of “Race Across America”!!  RACING now! So far we have raised over $630,000 for PolioPlus and hope to make it over ONE MILLION.

Since the cost of a dose of the polio vaccine is 60 cents that $630,000 equates to 1,050,000 children that will be vaccinated!!  Wow!!  If we reached the goal of $1.2 million dollars that would be an addition 950,000 children to be vaccinated, for a total of 2 million children vaccinated!

Thank you to many of you for your contribution and/or your work to get others to give.  There is still time to give (of course there is always time to give) before the race to be counted as one of our supporters. 

Donations can be made via: http://ideas.rotary.org/Project/Profile/06f1e187-8ae8-458b-b58f-8025c3bf4c57
Please help us put an end to POLIO! DONATE now - IT NEVER TOO LATE

Track us Live!!!
  1. Go to the Race Across America and the website via raceacrossamerica.org/live-tracking.html
  2. For pictures follow us on Instagram our name is RAAMPolio
Our team name is "Team Rotary RAAMs Polio" (T416)

In the Best Bonds,
Bob McKenzie
Team Rotary RAAMs Polio
Team Rotary RAAMs Polio 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Hundreds of families continue to benefit from Rotary Partnerships
Thanks to Deborah Simon with The Rotary Club of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for bringing more awareness on the need to end suffering of families in Guatemala and for inspiring others to help eliminate the disparities. Women and children suffer and die in Guatemala. They have inadequate medical care, weak nutrition, and poor water. Through service projects funded by rotary grants and partnerships, many families have survived serious illness and death. Many families have been able to access improved medical care, safer water, and better nutrition.
Deborah’s efforts to save mothers and children were heard by me at a rotary function in Boise, Idaho. In addition, clubs in my district had already partnered with Deborah and District 5520 on projects. Because of this connection, I invited Deborah to be our keynote speaker at the governor’s banquet and to help facilitate a panel at our Rotary District 5930 Conference Celebration in my hometown of Rancho Viejo, Texas. I had been so inspired by Deborah’s efforts and that of all our Rotary partners that I wanted to get more of our Rotary clubs involved in maternal and child health as well as water and sanitation projects. 
TOGETHER WE SAVE LIVES 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Give Now Challenge
from DG Andy Hagan to
Donate Now to our Rotary Foundation
Support Rotarians “Doing Good Worldwide” by Giving Now!
District Governor Andy Hagan is challenging 100% of our Rotarians to donate personally to the Rotary Foundation!
Rotarians Have Heart... I just donated will you?  DONATE NOW
Give Now Challenge 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
The District 5930 high school Four Way Test competition was held on Saturday, May 2, 2019 at the Retro Veijo resort immediately south of Harlingen. This is a competition where high school students speak for between 5-7 minutes applying the Four Way Test to something meaningful in their lives.
Four Way Test Speech Contest 2019 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
As this article is released Fay and I will be in Hamburg at the Rotary International Convention celebrating the Rotary successes of the past year worldwide. We will also kick off the new Rotary year by being officially voted in as the next District Governor. Additionally, we will renew old Rotary connections and make new ones. In the seminars and House of Friendship, we will be looking for new ideas to bring back to the District for future implementation. These events are a great way to experience and see the impact that Rotary makes worldwide. Next June we invite you to join us in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 2019-20 International Convention.
This month, we transition into the new Rotary year and theme. I am grateful for the counsel and guidance of District Governor Andy Hagan this year as I prepared to serve you in 2019-20. Andy has truly lived out the 2018-19 theme of Be the Inspiration. I am also grateful to those past Governors who came before him who have blazed a path for all that follow.
Also I want to thank all those who helped lead the District Assembly as well as our first District led RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) Session 1 on May 18 at Texas A&M Kingsville. By all measures it was all a great success. For me, this confirmed we have a very dedicated team committed to helping us in the next Rotary year. One of the major contributors to the Assembly's success was our keynote speaker Dr. "Bowtie" Todd Jenkins. We were so privileged that he joined us to share his message of diversity and inclusion. Truly a message to remember and implement as we search for and bring in new members this Rotary year. 
Finally I hope you will join us at the District Governor and Leadership Installation Dinner on June 29 at the beautiful Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi. We will also be doing a ceremonial pinning of 2019-20 presidents. Most of all it will be a fun evening of Rotary fellowship. Sign up today at www.rotary5930.org. See you there!
Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
Ellison Crider
District Governor, 2019-20
Message from DGE Crider 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Dear District Leaders,
Greetings! In this month’s email, I’m sharing information on the membership breakout sessions at convention, a new resource on satellite clubs, Membership Leads statistics, and membership data. Everyone who receives this message is noted at the top of the email, but don’t hesitate to forward this message to anyone you think should be aware of this information (including club membership chairs, assistant governors, and other key membership leaders in your district). 
May RMO Membership Update - Current Zones 21B 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
District Assembly 2019 Agenda 2019-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
REPORT OF ART ZEITLER, DISTRICT 5930 COUNCIL OF LEGISLATION VOTING DELEGATE on changes effective July 1, 2019 to the Standard (Required) Rotary Club Constitution (and other relevant changes) that directly affect the operation of Rotary Clubs:
1.  Adopted Proposed Enactment 19-18.  Added the following to Section 4.070 of Rotary International Bylaws:  “Each Club shall endeavor to build a well balanced membership that celebrates diversity.”
Use the Read More link and these documents for the full story and report.
Council of Legislation Report 2019 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Andy Hagan would again like to recognize the work - you the Rotarians and clubs of 5930 - are doing in the area of Membership this year. Listed below are all the new members to our clubs since the last update. Transferring members are marked with an asterisk - some came from outside our district and some were internal transfers. We're glad they found a home.
Here are three reports from the Zone level showing how we - District 5930 - compare with other districts in our zone.
A Very comprehensive link for Rotary club membership recruitment, orientation, development, engagement, growth, and retention resource guides!
New Members - 28Feb2019-03Apr2019 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary is Family.  We annually celebrate the lives of those Rotarians and spouses of Rotarians who have passed from this life.  Do you know of such Rotary Family Member who passed SINCE APRIL 14, 2018?
Your contribution of the following information, concerning those who have died, will ensure that recognition of our Rotary Family Member is given.
Please submit the following information as soon as possible:
  • Full Name
  • Club Name
  • Date of Birth and Date of Death
  • Rotary club Offices/Positions held and any other noteworthy Rotary achievements
  • A JPG photo in color, if possible, of the deceased
The information is currently being compiled by Maxie Houser and all information can be sent to her at MaxieHouser@gmail.com.
If you are unable to provide all of the requested information, please send what you have.
The above information is needed ASAP and prior to April 15th, if possible.
Please watch the website and email for the details of time and location of exactly when the Celebration of Life will be held.
Thank you for your kind cooperation in planning for this special Celebration of Life.  Please email info or questions to me at maxiehouser@gmail.com, or phone my office at 361-387-4500 (please leave a message if we are unavailable at that time).  
--Maxie Houser, District Governor 2013-2014
Celebration of Life at District Conference 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
In the latest Zone newsletter of April 2019, our district was highlighted not once, but twice !
A Life-Altering Experience
by Juan Lira & Ellison Crider
Can one person’s dream make a profound difference in the lives of others? In 2014-2015, Art Zeitler (District 5930 Governor) shared with the District Scholarship Committee (DSC) a dream he had. College students from District 5930 who had completed at least 2 years of college work and were working towards a degree in a field connected to one of the Rotary Foundation’s Areas of Focus could apply for a scholarship. The scholarship would allow them to spend two weeks in Costa Rica (a stable and democratic country) as members of an interdisciplinary medical brigade that would treat individuals in need. The Committee agreed this experience would be invaluable. Read the full story in the newsletter, page 10.
District 5930 Gifts Peace Poll to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
University campuses are more than just a place of learning – they are a place of self-discovery, pushing boundaries, and making life-long connections with people from different corners of the map. This spirit of unity, as well as diversity, was celebrated during the Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi Peace Pole Dedication as student leaders from a variety of Islander clubs, along with campus representatives and members of South Texas Rotary District 5930 joined together to commemorate the pole’s permanent placement on campus. Read the full story in the newsletter, page 11.
D5930 gets recognized by Zone 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Southside Corpus Christi - Professional Administrative Day Luncheon 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings, Rotarians:
See below and attached for this week’s report.  More good news as we (again) have had ZERO cases of wild polio this week.  One new case of cVDPV in Nigeria.
Note that we continue to see quite a number of positive environmental samples in Pakistan and Afghanistan (5 and 7, respectively).  This means the wild virus is still quite active and continued diligence is required.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Continue to promote polio eradication efforts and our Polio Plus campaign in your clubs and districts.  Funding continues to be critical, and our year end is rapidly approaching.
For funding motivation, make sure your districts and members know that we are wanting to take Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s matching money!  Without their contributions, we will not obtain the match.  Please make sure your clubs and districts know that we don’t want to leave that money “on the table”!
Here’s hoping we can extend the run of zero polio cases for another week!
Polio weekly global updates, 20 March 2019 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Each spring, local Rotary Clubs hold a Four - Way Speech Contest where High School Juniors or Seniors have the opportunity to compete for scholarship money.  The participating students must prepare a 5 – 7 minute speech that illustrates the Four - Way Test of Rotary International and how it applies to their life, activities, interests, or goals, or any combination thereof.
          1. Is it the truth?
          2. Is it fair to all concerned?
          3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
          4. Will if be beneficial to all concerned?
This year’s local contest held on March 25, 2019 consisted of one contestant, Alyssa Hinojosa, who delivered an excellent speech where she applied the components of the Four - Way Test to her life, including real life scenarios.  On April 13, 2019 Alyssa will travel to Rockport and represent the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass at the 5930 Area Contest.  The contestant who places first at the Area Contest will travel to Rancho Viejo in May to compete for the 2019 Four Way Speech District Championship.
Since Alyssa is a Junior at APHS, she will be presented upon graduation with Rotary Scholarships for each level of contest she wins.  And, since Alyssa is a Junior, she is eligible to compete again in 2020.
As you see Alyssa about campus and town, be sure and congratulate her. 
Picture and Article submitted by Karen Gayle
Picture Left to Right:
         Alyssa Hinojosa, Winner Local Four Way Speech Contest
            James Hollan, 2019 – 2020 President Elect Rotary Club of Aransas Pass
Aransas Pass 2019 FOUR-WAY SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Greeting to Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, family, and friends.  April is designated as Maternal and Child Health month, appropriately so as we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day in May. 
Rotarians worldwide are actively engaged in a multitude of humanitarian efforts to provide a higher quality of healthcare, better living conditions, food security, proper nutrition and education for mothers and children.  Rotarians collaborate with local leaders, governmental and nongovernmental health service organizations, and many other partners to help identify and address these most pressing community needs. 
With the support of The Rotary Foundation, we seek solutions to address the lack of or inadequate health care services, poor sanitary conditions, hunger and malnutrition.  Working together, we can ensure that families live longer and grow stronger with the peace of mind and a renewed hope knowing that they are not alone.
See how Rotary Supports Mothers and Babies by visiting https://youtu.be/6CqI1LhKiVI
I invite all Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, family and friends to our upcoming District 5930 conference beginning May 2-5, 2019 to learn more about Rotary’s impact and share your Rotary stories about ways that we are improving and saving lives through our local and international humanitarian efforts. 
Deborah Simon. a member of the Santa Fe Rotary club who is recognized as a Rotary Zone 27’s Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award recipient, will be our keynote speaker on Saturday evening, May 4, 2019 at the Rancho Viejo Conference center, Rancho Viejo, Texas.  Deborah Simon will provide an inspirational update about her humanitarian work in collaboration with our Rotary District and hers to improve maternal and child health in some of the most remote villages in Guatemala.  I assure you that you will not want to miss it. 
Please register online (www.rotary5930.org) today to attend our District Conference and plan to participate in various plenary sessions and activities that we have planned for you, our Rotaractors, and Interactors.
Other District sponsored events include invitations to attend our upcoming District Assembly for all Rotarians assuming or interested in learning more about the various club leadership roles and responsibilities.   In addition, we will offer Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training Part One for the first 20 persons to register online.  Both District sponsored events will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Texas A&M University- Kingsville campus in Kingsville, Texas. It promises to be informative, inspirational, and fun. Please refer to our District website (www.rotary5930.org) for more information and online registration(s).
DG Andy Hagan's Message April 2019 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Here is one of the most compelling and moving appeals from our newly formed Satellite Club of Port Isabel in Los Fresnos lead by Donald Henderson, Satellite Club chair requesting to be an active participant in some capacity during our upcoming All District & Club conference.
Our Los Fresnos Satellite club has established a Rotary FB, Rotary Club website, already organized and collaborated in several local community events one where they served over 1,700 meals in one afternoon to local families, attended our District Sponsored Peace Symposium and Peace Scholar luncheon, assisted in our Sunrise Brownsville parking lot project that is our major fundraiser.
Donald attended Lone Star PETS for President elects Training with the hope of increasing his club to 20+ members before June 30, 2019 so his club can be chartered as a full blown Rotary Club and he would be qualified to become their first club president.
Such commitment and engagement from so many of our Rotary Clubs makes me proud to be in Rotary and fuels the flames that ignite the Rotary spirit in me! Truly an Inspiration, Andy Hagan
Fueling the flames that ignite the Rotary spirit 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rockport Rotary Club is holding a Taste of Rockport-Fulton 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
The training on Sat., the 18th of September is set up as two tracks.
Are you an engaged or new Rotarian with your club, but maybe looking for more to do that doesn't take a lot of time?
This track is for you - Register NOW
Track one is designed for club membership and leaders for find out specific actions and programs they can use now in their clubs in the areas of
  1. Membership Development & Retention,
  2. Taking the Mystery Out of the Foundation,
  3. POA - People Of Action - What and How,
  4. Club Officers - President, Secretary & Treasurer for 2019-2020,
  5. Final grant Certification for 2019-2020 DDF Grants, and
  6. Fellowship with District Rotarians and guests.
Times are 8:00 am - 3:30 pm and cost is $20. (Fellowship/check-in, Program starts at 9 am)  This includes lunch with our Keynote speaker - Dr. Todd Jenkins.
Are you a veteran Rotarian who has been there, done that, & has the t-shirt?
Are you a new Rotarian who want to learn about Rotary?
Are you trying to move ahead in your job, but are missing some skills and training?
This track is for you - Register NOW
Track two is a new program to our district called Rotary Leadership Institute. RLI is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for "potential" leaders of Rotary CLUBS. It is a three part program of sessions.
We are offering Part 1 on the 18th. Times are 8:00-3:30 and cost is $50. (Fellowship/check-in, Program starts at 8:30 am) This includes lunch with our Keynote speaker - Dr. Todd Jenkins.
You can read more about RLI here - https://rotary5930.org/page/rotary-leadership-institute. This is a page on the District website explaining the program. Most of the skills are transferable to our workplaces and the training looks great on our resumes. Certificates of Completion are awarded at the end of each part.
These are two district Rotarians who our coordinators.
District Assembly for 2019-2020 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Deborah Simon was raised in Guatemala. She came to the United States and joined Rotary in 1992.  She is a Rotary past president and a member of the Rotary club of Santa Fe. In 1996, while participating on medical teams in Uspantan, Guatemala, her assistance was requested in eliminating cholera in the region. She obtained a grant from the Rotary Foundation for a clean water project.  The project was very successful she has been coordinating Rotary global grants ever since. In 2004 Deborah founded a non-profit called United by Friendship, to better respond to international needs that Rotary does not fund, such as the construction of schools and clinics. The result has been that, between Rotary and United by Friendship, 22 Guatemalan communities now have clean water systems, and many others now have adequate schools and medical care.
Deborah and her husband Tom are active in Rotary.  She was also named “One of 10 That Made a Difference” by the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.  In 2015 and 2016, she was honored by Rotary Zone 27 as one of 15 persons worldwide to receive the Rotary Alumni Global Service Award.
Deborah Simon Bio 2019-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Andy Hagan would like to recognize the work - you the Rotarians and clubs of 5930 - are doing in the area of Membership this year. Listed below are all the new members to our clubs. Transferring members are marked with an asterisk - some came from outside our district and some were internal transfers. We're glad they found a home.
Future months will be highlighted in the side bar.
New members in 2018-2019 2019-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Moto Ride for Polio 2019 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
During a recent ramp build by the Ramp Champs of Southside Corpus Christi Rotary, they dedicated the build to our District Governor Andy Hagan. They even asked him to come and help build it!
Southside Corpus Christi Rotary “Ramp Champs” at it again.  On January 12th we built a ramp to honor our District Governor, Andy Hagan, whose presence at the ramp building was most appreciated. The ramp beneficiary, as always, is a disabled local Corpus Christi individual.  Also assisting were the TAMUCC Rotaract Club, the St John Paul II HS Interact Club and friends of Rotary.  
Southside Corpus Christi honors our DG 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words then this video provided by our Rivera Early College High School Interact Club in Brownsville says it all!!!  
Here is the video of Rivera High School students in Brownsville. We met at St. Eugene Catholic Church Friday at 5pm to prep ham & cheese sandwiches, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, water bottle, fruit and chips in a bag. Then met at Immaculate Conception Church downtown to deliver the sandwich bags to the homeless people in the area or to people that just want a meal.

We will be doing this permanently once a month. This process is done everyday but different Church groups rotate every day. Rivera Interact Club will be part of the rotation.

Sal Garza
Historic Brownsville Rotary Club
I felt it appropriate to share this special message with you as it exemplifies one of so many of our altruistic community outreach/service efforts throughout our District.

I want to thank everyone, all Rotarians, Rotary families, University and School administrative staff, parents, collaborative partners, and most importantly all of our students who support and participate in all of our Rotary programs. 

Today, I want to highlight our Rotary Youth programs having just received this awesome video clip.  The impact and benefits of our Rotary youth programs are far reaching from Early Act (EA), Early Act First Knight (EAFK), Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Youth Exchange, our 4 Way Speech Contest, Rotaract, Global and Costa Rica scholars, Peace Scholars, Peace Fellowships, just to name a few.  

People changing  lives serving as a catalyst for Peace and Hope worldwide.  I extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone for Being An Inspiration and focusing to make this Rotary Year one of the best ever!

By the way, Rotary International was founded on February 23, 1905 and now celebrates 114 years of Service today.  Happy Birthday & Best Wishes Rotarians and Rotary International!

Respectfully yours,

Andrew J. Hagan
Rotary International District 5930
District Governor
Rotary Year 2018-2019
Rivera Early College High School Interact Club, Brownsville, TX video 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
    The Port Isabel Rotary Club has partnered with the Trujillo Rotary Club since 2007 on all types of projects…including water, power, school construction, and computers.  Water projects have been carried out with Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and Global Grants as well as with direct donations from Rotarians in Barrio San Martin (6000 people/Matching Grant), Barrio Cristales (3000 people, Matching Grant), Barrio Buenos Aires (1500 people, Matching Grant), Barrio Eduardo Castillo (3000 people, Global Grant), Barrio Capiro (58 families, one Rotarian), and the villages of Bonito Oriental (60 people, California club), Silin (135 families, Port Lavaca RC), Moradel (150 people, Rotarians, primarily Jim Moser formerly of the Edna Club and Bill Mann, McAllen).  A current Global Grant is providing water for 5,503 people in 8 rural villages.  All told about 20,000 have received water from these projects.
   Port Isabel  Rotary Club  has received Global Grants for two of these projects totaling $238,273.00 serving 8,803 people.  Its Rotary donors have come from all around the world…Canada, Taiwan, as well as clubs in Texas, South Carolina, Florida, and Vermont in the United States.  The communities are expected to provide all the labor through local assessments or labor in lieu of assessments.
   The Barrio Eduardo Castillo project serving 3000 people was for $120,475.00.  The existing source of river water had dried up and a new source of water was identified 1.8 miles away in the mountains.  The project consisted of a new dam and sediment filter, 1.8 miles of pipeline, a 54,000 gallon storage tank, distribution line to all the houses, and a chlorination system.  A sustainability plan has been implemented and is funded through monthly water fees…it pays for a reserve fund, three employees (a water technician, a bookkeeper/secretary, and a health worker), maintenance, and chlorine.  The community provides office space.  The health worker monitors water purity throughout the community and helps families maintain sanitary water practices and pursue medical attention for persons with water borne diseases.
   The Agua Amarilla Global Grant is providing $135,798.00 to make major improvements to a system originally destroyed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and inadequately repaired over the years.  The greatest need addressed by this project serving 5,503 people in 8 rural villages was leaky pipes…and a piecemeal replacement of pipes with odd sizes…6 inch pipe into 8 inch pipe into 4 inch pipe etc….destroying any hope of water pressure resulting in households at the end of the lines seldom having any water.  The existing dam (12 kilometers from the dam) was deepened, widened and heightened, the sediment tank was repaired, and the distribution box is being replaced and enlarged, the pipes are being correctly sized (10, 8 and 6 inch pipes, reinforced with cement where necessary) and replaced (already resulting in an increase of water pressure for those at the end of the line…the communities span about 6 square kilometers).  Still to be done are repairs to a 45000 gallon reserve tank and a chlorination system placed on top of the existing 90,000 gallon tank.  This project also assesses fees for the labor and assesses monthly fees for the sustainability.
Port Isabel Rotary Club project update 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Julie Heinrich, Texas A&M Corpus Christi Rotaract club President and her members visited with Andy Hagan, District governor this evening.  We discussed the various community service projects that Julie’s club has already undertaken and those that are scheduled for the remainder of this Rotary year.
We talked about the importance of being of a Rotaractor and when the time is right becoming a Rotarian in the future.  In the meantime, the district governor encouraged all members to consider how Rotary could enhance their academic learning experience by taking advantage of the many Rotary educational programs.
DG Hagan thanked all the Rotaract club members for engaging in the community and for their willingness to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
DG Hagan invited the Rotaractors to join him in Rancho Viejo, Texas for the upcoming district conference scheduled on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Andy Hagan acknowledged and thanked members of the Rotaract club and the University for supporting peace and conflict resolution by installing an international peace pole on campus. 
The lighting around the peace pole is particularly noteworthy as it illuminates the words: May Peace Prevail on Earth, inscribed in a multitude of different languages. 
It is symbolic much like a beacon to guide us through the darkness with the hope of a brighter tomorrow that begins today! 
Be The Inspiration,
Andy Hagan
RI District 5930
District Governor
DG visits the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Rotaract club 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
One of the students the Rockport Rotary Club sent to RYLA this year decided to write about their experience and submit it to the local paper. We also go a copy, so here are words from one of our student leaders.

Rotary leadership program impacting RFHS students

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that impacts young adults by emphasizing personal growth, leadership, and citizenship. The camp takes place at Camp Zephyr, a Christian Camp and Conference Center located in Sandia, TX. Mary McQueen, referred to by campers as “Momma Mac”, oversees RYLA.

During my junior year of high school, through the help of Rockport Rotary Club member and activist, Adelaide Marlatt, I earned a spot to experience RYLA as a first year camper.  When I arrived, I was greeted by screams and chants from the energetic counselors.

My first thought was, “What have I gotten myself into?”

Little did I know this leadership camp - a camp the local Rockport- Rotary Club sponsors by selecting Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) students, grades 10-12 - would leave a lasting impression on my life as well as other awardees.

Fellow Pirate, Belle Eaton (Class of 2020) was also selected to participate.

During that first year of RYLA, Belle and I both became more aware of ourselves, as well as those around us. Momma Mac has more than 15 years experience at the camp, and strives to ensure campers will understand who they are, what their values are, and what their potential is.

Throughout our stay at RYLA, Belle and I were taught leadership depends on authenticity, something that is not possible without looking at oneself and determining one’s core values, strengths and limits.  I spent time reflecting.  It was at this point I was able to truly appreciate not only who I was, but also the people around me, and the power of diversity. Different people bring contrasting talents and perspectives and together we are able to achieve great things.

This year, A. Marlatt was faced with a strong group of potential RYLA awardees. In the end, she selected Emma Jungman, Caitlyn Ramaker, Alexis Espino and Jade Shuleman (all class of 2021) as RYLA awardees. Belle and I were encouraged to take the next step with the camp and opted to continue our relationship with RYLA as Trailblazer counselors. We became the very faces of those energetic counselors who greeted us the previous year. It was a great feeling, but also quite a bit of responsibility. As counselors, we focused on the organization of the camp, how to improve the daily operations, and in the end, how to become leadership models in practice.

A main objective of RYLA is to take what was learned and bring it back to our respective communities, in this case, RFHS.

Caitlyn said, “The camp was a great way to expand horizons.  It inspired me to be involved in school activities such as student council and the National Honor Society.”

With participation in camps like RYLA, RFHS hopes to enhance the leadership abilities of its students. After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Rockport-Fulton required critical elements of leadership throughout all levels of the community to move forward. The town demanded organization, cooperation, and motivation, which are core values that the students learn at RYLA.

RYLA has impressed the selected RFHS students by taking them out of their comfort zone and teaching crucial life skills. We all discovered in ourselves unique abilities and the ability to empower others. We are all grateful to the Rockport Rotary Club for the scholarship to attend the camp.  Students connected with others both in and outside of their community in a unique and powerful way. We gained a new perspective and, as a result, confidence.

Belle and I plan to go back to camp next year as Junior Counselors to help enhance campers’ overall experiences, as well as to continue to grow and enhance our leadership abilities. We may well see Caitlyn, Emma, Alexis and Jade there, too.  In the end, Momma Mac summed up the goals of the leadership weekend best, noting, “Counselors and participants will be able to lead and empower others as well as build a self-identity.”

Rockport Rotary RYLA students writes an article for the local paper 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0


     The Rotary Club of Aransas Pass congratulates Alyssa Hinojosa, Jaclyn Rios, and Eddy Trout for participating in the Rotary International District 5930 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program held February 1 through 3, 2019 at Camp Zephyr on Lake Corpus Christi. Thomas Ledesma, a 2018 RYLA participant is also congratulated.  Thomas returned in 2019 as a “Trailblazer” counselor.   
       Students from Victoria to the Rio Grande Valley participated in leadership, motivational, and team building events while at RYLA.  150 Students participated in RYLA weekend 2019.  RYLA is Rotary’s leadership training program for youth.  Program activities focus on development of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, and team decision -making skills all through experiential learning. RYLA also highlights and rewards the kinds of character traits demonstrated in positive, effective leadership. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.     
 RYLA aims to:
  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage continued and strong leadership of youth by youth; and
  • Recognize publicly young people who are participating in their community and school activities.
      Alyssa Hinojosa participates in HOSA (Future Health Professionals), NHS (National Honor Society), Robotics and Band at APHS.  She is the Assistant Drum Major in the Marching Band. Alyssa plans to major in Instructional Music Studies and aspires to teach Music at the college level.  Alyssa received the “Motivation” Award at the RYLA closing ceremony.   
      Jaclyn Rios participates in HOSA, NHS, the Spanish Club and Student Council at APHS.  Jaclyn plans to attend the University of Texas and wants to become an Anesthesiologist.
      Eddy Trout participates in FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), NHS, Robotics, Spanish Club, and the Student Council.  Eddy is an officer in the FCCLA, Spanish Club and Student Council.  Eddy has a broad range of interests and continues to decide his future beyond APHS. 
      Thomas Ledesma participates in FCCLA, Student Council, Varsity Cross Country, Mascot, and NHS at APHS.  Thomas plans to attend UTSA upon graduation majoring in Civil Engineering or Architecture.       
      Alyssa, Jaclyn, and Eddy did an excellent job in representing the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass, APISD, and our community as leaders while at RYLA in 2019.  All three students stated that RYLA had a positive effect on their lives and all hope to become RYLA first year counselors (Trailblazers) in 2020.  Thomas was a Trailblazer this year and did an excellent job in representing the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass, APISD, and our community while at RYLA in 2019.    
      Alyssa, Jaclyn, and Eddy attended the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass February 25, 2019 meeting and were recognized for their leadership.   
       To Alyssa, Jaclyn, Eddy, and Thomas, Thanks and Great Job!  Tomorrow’s leaders are today’s youth.    
Picture by Karen Gayle
Article by Bud Lockwood
Submitted February 27, 2019 by Karen Gayle     
Picture, Left to Right: 
                Eddy Trout
                Jaclyn Rios
                Alyssa Hinojosa
                Bud Lockwood, Rotarian
Rotary Club of Aransas Pass RYLA Students 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, February 23, 2019 the 3rd Annual Coastal Bend Showcase was held at the Aransas Pass Civic Center.  The purpose of this free event was to highlight the best the Coastal Bend has to offer as well as providing free door prizes, beer tastings, flu shots, entertainment and more.  James Hollan, President Elect, spent his Saturday representing the Aransas Pass Rotary Club and educating participants in All Things Rotary.
Submitted February 27, 2019 by Karen Gayle, Secretary/Treasurer
                                                               Aransas Pass Rotary Club
Picture:  James Hollan, President Elect Aransas Pass Rotary Club
Aransas Pass Rotary Club educates the public 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Edcouch Elsa Rotary Club is holding a Golf Tournament 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to One of Our Own 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

The first seeds were planted in Ishikawa, Japan where a small gathering of peace workers joined Masahisa Goi to listen to his philosophy and visions for a better world. Masahisa Goi came to be respected as a great master in his field throughout Japan and his ideals for peace on earth gained much support.

Small Neighborhood gatherings grew larger in numbers throughout Japan and the movement started to gain momentum. Stickers and posters started to appear on store fronts, public bulletin boards, and telephone poles.  Supporters handed out literature and stickers to the public in front of train stations and other public locations.


Peace Poles 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – University campuses are more than just a place of learning – they are a place of self-discovery, pushing boundaries, and making life-long connections with people from different corners of the map. This spirit of unity, as well as diversity, was celebrated during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Peace Pole Dedication as student leaders from a variety of Islander clubs, along with campus representatives and members of South Texas Rotary District 5930 joined together to commemorate the pole’s permanent placement on campus.
Island University Celebrates Diversity and Unity with Peace Pole Dedication 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Greeting fellow Rotarians, Rotary International’s Theme for March is Water and Sanitation.  Several of our Rotary club are involved in addressing the need for clean water and sanitation in local and international communities.  There are opportunities for your Rotary club to partner with Rotary Clubs currently involved in projects to provide clean and sustainable water supplies in Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala.
The most effective way to leverage your Rotary club’s project funding is through the utilization of our Rotary Foundation’s District or Global designated funds (DDF).
DG Andy Hagan's Message March 2019 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
It is my honor to announce the nomination of Amando J. Chapa as the District Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year. Amando is a member of the Rotary Club of Edinburg..
Amando is currently retired from the 3M Corporation as a Industrial Business Specialist for the Maquiladora South Texas / Northern Mexico after 30 years of service. A graduate of UT-Pan American Edinburg in 1983 (BBA) Finance Major and currently received his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 2010 from Kaplan University Iowa. Amando joined the Rotary Club of Edinburg in September 2010 and is Past President from 2013-2014. He received the Rotary District Service Award promoting the Rotary Foundation and its Goals in 2015. A Paul Harris Fellow+3, Sustaining Member, and served as District Conference Chair in 2015. Past Assistant District Governor 2014-2017. Amando is currently our Rotary District 5930 as District Trainer. Amando is married to Susana Solis from Harlingen and they have a son, Joseph Daniel Chapa.
District Governor Nominee Designate has been chosen 2019-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5930 South Texas
Contact Person: Aleda J. Reyes
Contact Phone: (956) 566-6379
Contact Email: aleda.j.reyes@gmail.com 
January 25, 2019


Rotary recognizes February as Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month and is inviting the public to the Rotary Peace Symposium being held
at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel on, February 9th, 2019, from 8-4pm
Rotary District 5930 Governor Andrew Hagan, from The Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise, invites the community to attend the Rotary Peace Symposium.  Stressing the importance of peace, Hagan challenges individuals, families, and organizations to work together and serve as solid mediators for, and stronger advocates to build, peace. Hagan states, “People will learn that many Rotary projects address the structural causes of conflict. People don’t know that Rotary provides up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers. Because of Rotary’s unique strategies, Rotary makes a real impact on peace in this world.” The Rotary Peace Symposium follows a Peace Pole Dedication with Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, the Hometown Hero Dinner by Southside Corpus Christi Rotary Club, and a Peace Pole Dedication with Calallen High School.
Speaking at the symposium will be Peace Advocate, Cameron Chisholm, who is President and Founder of the
Rotary Peace Symposium Press Release   updated 1-27-2019 2019-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Peace Symposium 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Cameron Chisholm

President, International Peace & Security Institute  President and Founder of the International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI), an international nongovernmental organization dedicated to training leaders in the peace and security fields to be ready for the challenges that confront them in the real world.  IPSI curricula are designed to be rigorous, substantive learning experiences that provide trainees with the tools they need to make peace reality. Cameron also works with large-scale institutions, governments, and multilateral organizations to develop policies and procedures on best leadership and peacebuilding practices, then designs high-impact tailored training materials (both face-to-face and online) to operationalize that vision. Providing the strategic leadership for IPSI, he built and maintains a high-level Board of Directors and Board of Advisors consisting of the conflict field’s elite theoreticians and practitioners; he is in constant communication with Boards to remain on the cutting edge of thought and practice in the field, then translates that into high-impact adult education structures. Cameron is Chief Editor of the "Peace & Security Report," a weekly free e-publication that provides executive style briefs on global peace and security news; in its 5th year, the publication has an estimated global readership of between 40-60k per week. Before founding IPSI, Cameron worked with the World Bank, CEWARN, the U.S. Department of State, and The Carter Center.  He has a B.A. from Emory University and a M.A. from the University of Bradford, UK.  Cameron is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University and Georgetown University; he is a Rotary World Peace Fellow Alumnus.  Cameron was named as one of the 2012 "top 99 under 33" most influential foreign policy professionals and is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
Please register NOW
Cost for the full day of Activity + Training + Lunch = $35
You are a Rotarian, and you build peace.
This is your call to action.
Cameron Chisholm - Our Keynote Speaker 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and friends in D5930, who knew Past District Governor Joseph Coulter of the Brownsville, TX Rotary Club, were deeply saddened by his death on January 2, 2019. He was our District Governor during 1984-1985. Watch the video from the 100th Anniversary of the Brownsville Rotary Club. Dr. Coulter is both shown and heard several times.
Rest In Peace Past District Governor Joseph
Joseph B. Coulter, DVM, passed from the family, church, friends, profession and city he loved on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The people he leaves behind will forever miss his wisdom, wit and guidance; the animals he leaves behind have lost the most compassionate veterinarian any creature could have sought.
He was truly a Brownsville son, born in a small house east of town in the winter of 1925.
In a whispered conversation during a hospital stay, he shared his version of this tribute. “I regret I don’t have enough time to express my thanks to all who have blessed my life, to those who have helped me along the way.”
A memorial service will be held at Central Christian Church, 1100 E. Alton Gloor Blvd in Brownsville on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to commemorate Coulter’s life and memory may do so via donations to Central Christian Church in Coulter’s name or to Donja’s Dogs, a Brownsville 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization that rehabilitates and rehomes abandoned or abused shelter animals. Donations may be sent to Donja’s Dogs, c/o Becky Haley, 4085 N. Central Avenue, Brownsville TX 78526.
Read More of Dr. Coulter's Life by clicking the Read More link.
In Memoriam Past District Governor Joseph Coulter 2019-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Greetings Everyone! - As we welcome the start of a New Year! Not a new Rotary Year - but the beginning of a new Calendar Year of 2019. We are half-way through our year together in office, with six more months to go. Lots of things have been accomplished, and we all have lots more to do! After some down time over the holidays, it is now time to get back into doing more of the great things we do as Rotarians.
In January many of us feel the energy of a fresh start and the opportunity to think about the year ahead. And with the New Year beginning we often think of those New Year’s resolutions. What are your resolutions as a Rotarian? For Club Leaders: The beginning of a new year is a good opportunity to renew inspiration for the rest of the Rotary year; and to think about the goals that you and your Club members set. It is also time to consider where your club has been this year, and where you are heading.
We are all people of action when we decide to join a Rotary Club; can we all sustain our energy and move forward with new ideas and continue to support others in order to carry on the good work through Rotary?  I believe we can and we will continue to be people of action to inspire ourselves and others to do more, to give more and maybe to start a new project.
BE THE INSPIRATION  with our Hearts, Hands and Hope.
Andy & Elsa
Andrew J. Hagan
Rotary International District 5930
District Governor, 2018-2019
Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club
(956) 592-0944
DG Andy Hagan's Message January 2019 2019-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Here is an update relating to our Guatemala Learning & Nutrition Center funded by our Rotary clubs of Port Isabel, Brownsville Sunrise, McAllen Evening and matched with our Rotary Foundation District grant funds and the help of the local Peace Corps!
Thank you all for making this humanitarian project possible!
Guatemala Learning & Nutrition Center 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

The Rotary International Constitution and By-laws contain sufficient flexibility for districts to make choices, allow interpretations, or develop procedures to implement their provisions.  These Guidelines describe the duties, responsibilities and limitations of District Officers and Committees, and other provisions for the effective operation of the District.  Nothing in the Guidelines is intended to violate or otherwise be in disconformance with the R.I. Constitution, By-laws, or Code of Policies.

The Guidelines are divided into two sections:  Section I addresses operations pertaining to the general administration of the District.  It can be amended by action of the District Executive Committee.  Section II concerns the District Fund provided by assessments on the clubs in the District.  It is amended by action of the District Executive Committee.

The Legislative Committee met and adopted several updates, corrections, and additions. They have been fully transcribed and checked. The document has been uploaded to the site page District Info > Governance Guidelines.

Read the full document by clicking here.

Guidelines Concerning the Governance of Rotary District 5930 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Eddie Bartnesky, DGN and DG Andy Hagan were invited to attend the RC of McAllen South’s signature community project whereby they have partnered with Habitat for Humanity, McCoy’s, and others to fund and build an affordable home for families!
Each Rotarian brought a Christmas ornament for a tree they provided to the family to commemorate this special occasion!
View the Photo Album of this event.
McAllen South and a new Home 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, District 5930 Scholarship Committee members met to interview each of the three candidates who applied for the International Scholarship to Costa Rica.  Afterwards, the Committee carefully considered the results of each interview and thoroughly examined all the documents submitted by each applicant. 
After extensive discussion and careful deliberation, the Committee agreed to the following:
Humberto Garza was selected as the second student to participate in the Costa Rica experience. He will be joining Soraima Pirela, whom we selected at our November 10, 2018 meeting.
Because the Committee is aware that unexpected challenges may occur that may keep one of these students from participating in this experience, a first and a second alternate were selected. These students would be contacted, if it were to become necessary.
Paula Villapando was selected as the first alternate and Friederike Davis was selected as the second alternate.
I will be contacting all three students shortly to inform them of the Committee's decision.
Before closing, I want to thank Andy, Ellison, Eddie, and Richard for joining me and actively participating in our deliberations at the Dec. 15, 2018 meeting.  On behalf of all of us, I want to extend our deepest appreciation to Maxie for securing an excellent venue for the meeting (International Bank of Commerce) and for arranging a delicious meal to be delivered to us.  Maxie, please thank your staff for being so very helpful.
Juanita and I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a terrific new year!
Juan Lira
Costa Rica Scholars selected 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0



Holiday Greetings to all District 5930 President Elect (PE)s and President Nominees(PN). It's hard to believe but PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) is just around the corner. Registration is now open www.lonestarpets.org. There is also a link to reserve your hotel room. Please register now! 
PETS starts on Thursday night with optional seminars on subjects like Rotary Basics, Rotary Foundation 101, Membership Matters, Rotary Public Image, and more! A complete listing is on the registration page on the website.
Friday is "District" Day when all PE's and PN's from our District will meet together in preparation for Rotary year 2019-20. We are planning a full day of interactive seminars and great speakers.
Saturday is when PE's will be grouped with PE's of similar size clubs to yours to discuss issues and ideas that apply to you. PN's will be grouped with other PN's. It's a full day of interactive learning and idea exchange.
All Friday and Saturday meals are included in your registration. Speakers at the meals will inspire and motivate you to lead your club to new heights in your year as president.
We have the opportunity for 2019-2020 to be a banner year for our clubs and the District. Start out right by attending PETS!
Please feel free to contact District 5930 Governor Elect - Ellison Crider if you have any questions.
LSPETS Feb 28-Mar 3 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
On December 4, 2018, the Aransas Pass Rotary Club had their Christmas Party in the home of Rotarian Juli Blanda.  The party this year was special as 2017-2018 Past District Governor, District 5930, Betty Ramirez-Lara attended to notify Rotarians Dean Thomas, Gary Edwards, and Juli Blanda of their Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Awards.  Everyone who donates $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation, or to whom $1000.00 is donated in their name, becomes a Paul Harris Fellow and is presented with an Award. The monies donated are used by the Foundation to promote good Health, reduce Hunger and promote Humanity throughout the world.  This includes the ongoing project of vaccinating every child in the world against polio.  Post Hurricane Harvey, PDG Betty wanted to do something for the Rotarians in the hard hit areas.  She inquired as to whether every member of the Aransas Pass Rotary Club was a Paul Harris Fellow.  When informed we were short by 3, she utilized the points she had accrued through her personal monetary Foundation donations to dedicate $1000.00 each to Dean Thomas, Gary Edwards, and Juli Blanda making them Paul Harris Fellows.  The Paul Harris Fellow Awards were presented during the Christmas Party.  This allowed the Aransas Pass Rotary Club to become a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club and PDG Betty Lara presented the Club with a banner.
Submitted by,
Karen Gayle
Aransas Pass Rotary Club
December 17, 2018
Picture:  Left to Right
Robert Branch, PHF, President Aransas Pass Rotary Club
Dean Thomas, Newly Awarded Paul Harris Fellow
Gary Edwards, Newly Awarded Paul Harris Fellow
Juli Blanda, Newly Awarded Paul Harris Fellow
Karen Gayle, PHF+1, Secretary/Treasurer Aransas Pass Rotary Club
Betty Ramirez-Lara, 2017-2018 Past District Governor, District 5930
Adam Lara
Aransas Pass Rotary Club's recent Christmas Party and PHF Awards ceremony 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Los Fresnos Satellite Rotary Club 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Our District Governor as Grand Marshall 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Learn how to turn your club project pictures into People of Action Campaign Tools for use in print, on Social Media and your website.
Here are some photos with People of Action Campaign Tools. Enjoy! Find more info on how to use these tools on rotary.org and with me, Aleda Reyes, Public Image/Rotary Awareness for District 5930.
People of Action Campaign 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Elaine Hernandez from McAllen Evening read special Christmas stories with Anaya Elementary School in Pharr, TX.
Reading with Students 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Freer Rotary Club is on Fire as Norman Jenkins, Freer Club President inducted 6 of 8 new members and Recognized a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
This month new member induction and a multiple Paul Harris for Ann Jenkins!
Check out the Photo Album from this special meeting.
Freer Rotary Club is on Fire 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Amazing start of fiscal 2018 for a brand new Rotary Club in Los Fresnos Texas.  Our members listed below have stepped up to the Rotary challenge of Service Before Self! 
Attached are our charter members and our December 21 newsletter and a copy of our speaker list
The speakers help to make us better citizens and prepare us as we serve in our community. 
Be the inspiration!
Donald Henderson, Chairman
Val Champion Charter Member 2018Darlene Pederson Charter Member 2018
Dr. Gonzalo Salazar Charter Member 2018David Armendariz Charter Member 2018
Donald Henderson Charter Member 2018Mayor Polo Narvaez Charter Member 2018
Adan Garcia Charter Member 2018Jaime Barbosa Charter Member 2018
Adan Cruz Charter Member 2018Martin Magallan Charter Member 2018
Orlando Hernandez Charter Member 2018Rick Riggins Charter Member 2018
New Rotary Club in Los Fresnos Texas 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5930 will be placing TWO Peace Poles on Friday, February 8, 2019
A Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth on each of its four or six sides, usually in different languages.
There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace. They serve as constant reminders for us to visualize and pray for world peace.

Peace Poles inscribed with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, is a trademark icon of The Peace Pole Project™.
What is A Peace Pole? 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Here is the Bus schedule for RYLA

Click here to Register - "First Come - First Serve"  Bus Transportation from the Valley

Friday, February 1, 2019  -- PICK UP

      * 6:00 am  Brownsville Convention and Visitors' Bureau, 650 Ruben M Torres Sr Blvd

      * 7:00 am Texas Travel Information Center at Harlingen.  2021 West Harrison Avenue

      * 8:00 am  Main Event Entertainment Center Parking Lot Pharr, TX  by the Marque sign
  Transporting RYLA students to Camp Zephyr, Mathis, Texas by 10:30 AM

On Sunday, February 3, 2019  - DROP OFF

       11:30 AM return RYLA students from Camp Zephyr, Mathis, Texas to:

      * 2:00 PM Main Event Entertainment Parking Lot, Pharr by the Marquee sign

      * 3:00 PM Texas Travel Information Center at Harlingen. 2021 West Harrison Avenue

      * 4:00 PM Brownsville Convention and Visitors' Bureau, 650 Ruben M Torres Sr Blvd  
Valley Bus schedule for RYLA 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Here is an update relating to our Guatemala Learning & Nutrition Center funded by our Rotary clubs of Port Isabel, Brownsville Sunrise, Mcallen Evening and matched with our Rotary Foundation District grant funds and the help of the local Peace Corps!
I thank you all for making this humanitarian project possible!
Guatemala Learning & Nutrition Center 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Greetings Rotarians:
Please see attached for this week’s polio report.
Quick summary: 
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 27
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 22
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 1
Total number of cVDPV cases (all types)  in 2018: 91
Total number of cVDPV cases (all types)  in 2017: 96
Note that we do have one advance notice from Afghanistan, which will show on next week’s report if fully confirmed by then.
Polio update 28 November 2018 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0


On March 29, 2018, Corpus Christi ISD recognized and awarded the Rotary Club of Southside Corpus Christi, with an, “I – Achieve Partners in Education Award” for the EAFK Program at Shaw Elementary.
Southside Corpus Christi Rotary Award 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
RotaryDay at Caritas McAllen and Mission Clubs 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Rockport Rotary Youth Coordinator, Adelaide Marlatt, gathers Rockport-Fulton High School Student Council Officers together for a picture after their meeting with City of Rockport City Planner Amanda Torres, who  met with them to explain the process for create a new comprehensive plan for the city of Rockport.  Student Council officers were given survey forms to contribute their ideas about how the city should grow.  Another meeting is planned in another two weeks. 
Plans are to have the High School National Honor Society go through this process as well. 
Adelaide and the Rockport Rotary Club were asked to do this by Barbara Gurtner, City Council member, and I  did it so the City would get some young opinions for the plan.
Submitted by Adelaide Marlatt
Rockport Rotary Youth Activities 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, membership chairs, and Rotary Foundation chairs:

We have launched Rotary’s redesigned Learning Center, and your new club officer courses are now ready.

First steps
If you don’t have a My Rotary account, learn how to create one. If you do have an account, sign in and:

Rotary’s redesigned Learning Center 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
The holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is evident throughout our Rotary District.  Our Rotary clubs continue to promote membership growth and membership retention to expand our network and impact while emphasizing the importance of supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Many of you have personally contributed to our Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund, Polio Plus, and Endowment funds. 
I am honored to have been invited to Rotary club meetings to thank, acknowledge, and recognize Rotarians and even non Rotarians as Paul Harris Fellow recipients on behalf of The Rotary Foundation and our District. 
Your generous contribution is an investment into our ongoing community service, educational, and humanitarian initiatives. 

DG Andy Hagan's Message December 2018 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
  • Wishing you abundance, hope, peace and a festive holiday season.
  • Thank you for being my heroes and for teaching me how to be a better person.
  • Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times.
  • May your blessings be multiplied this year and throughout all your life.
  • The gift of life is the best blessing of all.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather around loved ones …to be grateful for all that we have been so abundantly blessed with and also to spare a thought for those not so lucky. It is a season of bountifulness and a reason to share the same ….true Thanksgiving is in actually doing that – Giving !!!
Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learnt and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you so much. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones.
District Governor Andy Hagan and Elsa and your Leadership Team.
Happy Thanksgiving 2018 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. 
November is Rotary Foundation month. 
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
DG Andy Hagan's Message November 2018 2018-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

November 2018

One early June, more than 30 years ago, I had a business trip scheduled to Las Vegas. I had been a Rotarian for about six years, and I thought of myself as an active member: I attended every meeting, I’d served as club secretary, I knew everyone in my club. But for me, Rotary was very much a community organization. It connected me to Nassau and perhaps even to the Bahamas — but no farther. 

Presidential message Nov 2018 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Here is a recent updated RI District 5930 membership status report by Area and Clubs as of October 22, 2018.  We are plus 12 membership total to date. Keep up the good work as membership growth and retention is one of the highest priorities in our Rotary International’s Strategic Plan.  
Continue to promote and emphasize the need to recruit, train, and engage new members.  
Ignite is a proven membership process that is supported by our District for membership growth and retention.  Please encourage all of your Rotary club members to commit to asking family members, friends, business associates, business vendors and other guests to accompany you to your club meeting, community service projects, or fundraiser to learn more about who we are, what we do, and most importantly why we do it!  
Let’s keep up the momentum and enthusiasm going!!!!

Rotary Service Above Self
Growth by Area D5930 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Event: , Oct. 8, 2018,
at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas
Longhorns, horses, cowboys, and the Great Western Trail rescued
With longhorns grazing nearby, a Great Western Trail white seven-foot concrete post with red letters was rededicated Oct. 8, 2018, at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The trail was the last and longest of two post-Civil War Texas cattle trails.
            The rededication was a celebration for the documentation of the path of the 2,000-mile trail and recognition of its name Great Western Trail. The name includes all the many segment names used going north into Canada. The name Great Western Trail includes the descriptive word for the area the trail crossed: Great for the Great Plains and on earlier maps, the Great American Desert.
L-R, Hank Sartin, Charlie Mohrle, Bruce Flohr, Weir Labatt, David Mason, Ray Klinginsmith, Sylvia Gann Mahoney, Jeff Bearden, Ed Womack, Roger Townson, Charles Jeffers, Larry Dimmitt, Michael Babb
Great Western Trail Post Rededication 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians have Heart and with their hands and skill sets partner to provide Hope for a brighter tomorrow beginning today.
This is a pic of just some of many McAllen South Rotary Club members who have worked hand in hand over the years with our Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable homes for local families.
Their work should wrap up December 1 with landscaping and scheduled to dedicate the home on December 14, 2018!
Be The Inspiration
Rotarians have Heart and more 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
In order for a club to retain their tax exempt status, you must timely file your Annual Form 990, 990EZ or 990N.  The forms are due to be filed no later than November 15, 2018 for the tax year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  The majority of Rotary clubs file under IRC 501(c)(4).  If your gross receipts for the tax year was $50,000 or less, you can file 990N electronically at IRS.gov.  If receipts are over $50,000, or you are a 501(c)(3) Organization, consult with your CPA on filing the appropriate form.
DG Andy Hagan requests to know that clubs are in compliance, so please send me an email when filed confirming the return has been filed.  A few clubs have already notified me, so you can disregard this email.  For everyone else, I do not need a copy of return, only a reply that the return has been filed for your club.  Clubs that file a calendar year return, please let me know and that you did file the 2017 return.  Thanks for your assistance.
Yours in Rotary,
Nancy P. Ross
LTG Club Administration 
District 5930
Did you file your IRS Annual Form 990, 990EZ or 990N 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
The State of Rotary Membership — updated
The newly revised State of Rotary Membership presentation is now available. Viewing it, you’ll learn about growth, attrition, and the opportunity to enrich membership. The updated slides include 1 July 2018 membership data.
The 16-slide PowerPoint presentation can be given as is, or you can easily regionalize it to create a custom presentation for your members.
Read how Sherri Muniz, Rotary coordinator for region 26 (USA), used this valuable resource, and discover other ways to use the presentation effectively.
Watch a recording of the presentation with narration on our Vimeo channel.
The State of Rotary Membership — updated 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings Rotarians:
See attached and below for the polio report for 10/24/18.  Two additional cases of polio in Afghanistan, bringing the yearly total to 22.  Only one new cVDPV case this week.
As we celebrated World Polio Day, we were aware of 20 cases of polio for the year.  These two additional cases have brought us even with the worldwide total last year, and realistically it seems likely that in the remaining two months of the year we will see additional cases, meaning that this year we will actually see an increase in cases from the previous year.
While this is not good news, this is a scenario we have seen before.  In 2012, we saw 223 cases of polio.  In 2013, this number almost doubled to 416.  A massive vaccination campaign was implemented, and by 2015, the number of cases had dropped to 74.
24 October 2018 Update 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Who will be the next in line to be District Governor for Rotary District 5930? 
Will it be a member of your Club? Will it be someone you know? Will it be you?
Now that your first few Rotary months are out of the way, I’d like to ask you and your club members’ assistance in identifying potential candidates for our District’s 2021 – 2022 Governor.  I know that seems like a long way into the future but in order to comply with Rotary International’s Manual of Procedure, this is the required protocol.
The deadline for 2021-2022 Nominations for District Governor is December 10, 2018
Nomination of District Governor 2021-2022 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
I am happy to report that many Rotary clubs throughout our Rotary District 5930 heeded the call to action during the month of September to support “Education and Literacy” by organizing, starting, and/or strengthening EarlyAct, EarlyAct First Knight, Interact, and Rotaract clubs and other Rotary youth education programs in their communities!  
Read more about three areas who have reached out with their hands and hearts and are providing hope.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE - October 2018 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Clubs sponsored by our clubs may have been terminated at RI if there was no President listed at at Rotary International by September 30. Please contact Stan Petraitis, Rotaract Chair for D5930 stanpetraitis@sbcglobal.net with the following information:
  • Club Name
  • Rotaract Club Name
  • Rotary Club Contact Name
  • Rotary Club Contact Phone
  • Rotary Club Contact Email
  • Rotaract Club Contact Name
  • Rotaract Club Contact Phone
  • Rotaract Club Contact Email
Stan has lots of good information to share about programs and activities to involve our Rotaract members with our service and training programs. Give him a email to find out more.
Did you lose something? 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Ride for Rotary - Historic Brownsville 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
DGE Ellison Crider and Faye were presented at the Zone Rotary Institute in Boise, Idaho. Congratulations Ellison.
DGE Crider presented at Zone 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Join the Celebration

World Polio Day is 24 October!

Now’s the time to start planning your World Polio Day event. Spread the word in your community about the ongoing fight to end polio. Together, we can — and will — make history by ending polio for good. 

You can join our global celebration in many ways:
  • Hold a fundraiser. Consider making virtual reality a part of it so people can see what it’s like to vaccinate a child against polio.
  • Educate your neighbors. Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about Rotary’s work to end polio.
  • Hold a viewing party. Watch the livestream of Rotary’s World Polio Day event as a club or with another Rotary or Rotaract club.
  • Light up your city. Illuminate a local landmark with the End Polio Now logo.

No event is too big or too small. Whatever you’re planning for World Polio Day, be sure to tell us about it.

Find resources to help you plan or promote your event at endpolio.org
See the Club News further down the page for Club Activities for World Polio Day.
World Polio Day is 24 October! 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day is 24 October!


Now’s the time to start planning your World Polio Day event. Spread the word in your community about the ongoing fight to end polio. Together, we can — and will — make history by ending polio for good. 

You can join our global celebration in many ways:
  • Hold a fundraiser. Consider making virtual reality a part of it so people can see what it’s like to vaccinate a child against polio.
  • Educate your neighbors. Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about Rotary’s work to end polio.
  • Hold a viewing party. Watch the livestream of Rotary’s World Polio Day event as a club or with another Rotary or Rotaract club.
  • Light up your city. Illuminate a local landmark with the End Polio Now logo.

No event is too big or too small. Whatever you’re planning for World Polio Day, be sure to tell us about it.

Find resources to help you plan or promote your event at endpolio.org
See the Club News further down the page for Club Activities for World Polio Day.
Join the Celebration 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.
"Rotary Days events will offer you the chance to have an impact in your community, build long-term partnerships, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary’s image," Rassin said.
Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event, and entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day.
Why and how to host a Rotary Day 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Did you know ... Rotary Newsletters 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
We are almost 3 months into the Rotary year or 1/4 of the way! 
  1. Stats: District 5930 has grown by net +1
  2. Clubs have entered 23 membership chairs in Club Runner out of 50 clubs in the district. Membership Chairs need to have a committee to help them. 
  3. Ignite Program:  I have only received 4 Ignite reports so far.  Please implement the Ignite Program in your clubs.  This is a great plan to guarantee solid Membership Development.
  4. Membership is priority!!!
  5. Click to download the RI New report called Club Membership Committee Checklist.  This will be added to the Ignite tool box.  This is an excellent way to help clubs stay in the game and win the game.  Please download and adjust to your club's needs.
  6. Quality not numbers!
Implement, take action, follow up & sprinkled with a lot of Motivation!
Your Rotary Friend,
Luis Cavazos
Lt. Governor of Membership D5930
Membership Development October 2018 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Picture this!  The World 2018! Over 1 million times a week Rotarians from all over the globe are reciting the 4-way test in over 100 languages.  And, here, in Victoria, Texas we have over 5500 students, grades kindergarten thru grade five, repeating the 4-way test or hearing it every school day. 
In a world where truth is hard to come by and the youth seem so misdirected in many parts of the country, we feel fortunate that in Victoria to have a school district, parents and community that recognize the importance of bringing up a child with a good moral compass.  The Early Act First Knight (EAFK) program has given us a beacon of hope.
How the Rotary Four Way Test is Making a Difference in Texas 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Please find attached this week's global update slides as well as the weekly summary.
Poliovirus Weekly Update
26-Sep-2018, World Health Organization
Please scroll to the end for a summary of officially reported cases.
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 18
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 22
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 10
Total number of cVDPV cases (all types)  in 2018: 53
Total number of cVDPV cases (all types)  in 2017: 96
  • Two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) are reported from Niger, linked to an ongoing cVDPV2 outbreak in neighbouring Nigeria.  See ‘Lake Chad Basin’ section below for more details.
  • Featured on www.polioeradication.org:  Coffee with Polio Experts – Head of WHO Chad Dr Jean-Bosco Ndihokubwayo speaks about the ongoing efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine across Chad. 
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan - two new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples; Pakistan – five new WPV1-positive environmental samples; Nigeria – three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) and two cVDPV2-positive environmental samples; Niger - two cVDPV2 cases; Horn of Africa (Somalia) - three cVDPV3 cases and one cVDPV3 positive environmental sample; and, Papua New Guinea - two new cVDPV1 cases. See country sections below for more details.
  • No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 remains 14. 
  • Two new WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week, from Kandahar province, collected on 28 August.
  • Read the latest polio update from Afghanistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.
  • No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 remains four. 
  • Five new WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week, from Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), collected in August and September.
  • Read the latest polio update from Pakistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.  
  • Three new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases were reported this week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2018 to eleven.
  • These latest reported cases all had onset of paralysis in August, from Katsina and Borno states, linked to the cVDPV2 outbreak centred around Jigawa. 
  • Additionally, two new cVDPV2-environmental positive samples were reported in the past week, from Yobe state, collected on 7 and 18 August.
  • No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported. The most recently-detected WPV1 case, from Borno state, had onset of paralysis on 21 August 2016.  
  • The country continues to be affected by two separate cVDPV2 outbreaks, the first centered in Jigawa state, and the second in Sokoto state. 
  • In response to cVDPV2 detection, the country continues to conduct acute flaccid paralysis surveillance strengthening activities including enhanced active surveillance visits and community sampling. The programme has also carried out an extensive search for type 2 containing vaccines (tOPV/mOPV2) in the areas surrounding where the virus is detected.
  • The GPEI is working with regional and country counterparts and partners to support an outbreak response and plan the October sub-national immunization activity.
  • At the same time, outbreak response to WPV1 continues, including efforts to address surveillance and immunity gaps in parts of Borno state.
  • Read our Nigeria country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns. 
Lake Chad Basin
  • Two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) are reported from Niger, genetically linked to a cVDPV2 in Jigawa, Nigeria.  The two cases are from Zinder province, Niger, with dates of onset of paralysis on 18 July and 8 August.  Nigeria is also affected by a separate cVDPV2, centred around Sokoto state.
  • Since detection of the initial isolates in early 2018, outbreak response continues to be conducted across northern Nigeria.  As the risk of potential international spread, in particular to Niger, is considered high, enhanced vaccination activities continue to be implemented in Niger.  An outbreak response is now being planned, including with monovalent oral polio vaccine type 2 (mOPV2).  The exact scale and extent of the response is being determined.
  • WHO and its partners are continuing to support local public health authorities in conducting field investigation and risk assessment to more clearly assess risk of the identified cVDPV2 and to conduct additional response measures as appropriate and necessary.  Active searches for additional AFP cases is continuing, and additional surveillance measures such as increasing the frequency and extent of environmental surveillance and community sampling of healthy individuals is being expanded. 
  • The detection of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) and cVDPV2 in Nigeria continue to pose a risk to the neighbouring countries of the Lake Chad basin.
  • Emergency outbreak response efforts continue across the Lake Chad basin, together with activities to fill subnational surveillance gaps in the region. 
  • These include efforts to vaccinate children at markets, in internally displaced persons and refugee camps, and at international borders.
  • Preparations continue for a cross-border synchronized immunization activity in October.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo)
  • No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week.
  • DR Congo is affected by three separate strains of cVDPV2, in the provinces of Mongala, Maniema and Haut Lomami/Tanganika/Haut Katanga/Ituri.
  • In response to recent geographic spread of one of the strains, including to Ituri province close to the border with Uganda, provincial governors on 26 July convened an urgent meeting and signed the ‘Kinshasa Declaration for Polio Eradication’. The high-level meeting was convened by HE the Minister of Health, as well as the WHO Director-General and the Regional Director for Africa. Provincial governors committed to providing the necessary oversight, accountability and resources needed to urgently improve the quality of the outbreak response being implemented across the country. Outbreak response since cVDPV was first confirmed in 2017 has been marred by operational challenges, as too many children continue to remain un- or under-vaccinated. This level of oversight can help ensure that operational deficits are rapidly identified and addressed. 
  • The polio outbreak response is being conducted simultaneously to an ongoing Ebola outbreak affecting North Kivu province, in the east of the country (close to provinces affected by cVDPV2). As in the past, the polio teams are coordinating closely with the broader humanitarian emergency network, to ensure both outbreaks are addressed in a coordinated manner (as was the case during the recent Ebola outbreak in Equateur province, which was successfully stopped).
  • Partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will continue to support authorities across the country, to ensure that this new level of commitment rapidly translates into operational improvements on the ground.
  • Read our Democratic Republic of the Congo country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns. 
  • Learn more about vaccine-derived polioviruses through this short animation or this ‘Coffee with Polio Experts’ video.
Horn of Africa
  • The Horn of Africa is currently affected by separate outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) and type 3 (cVDPV3), reporting both cases and environmental positives.
  • Three new cases of cVDPV3 were reported in the past week, as well as one cVDPV3 positive environmental sample, from Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Banadir, Somalia.
  • Outbreak response to both virus types is currently being implemented in line with internationally-agreed guidelines. Large-scale supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) have been implemented in Banadir, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions, Somalia, with additional SIAs planned or carried out in the affected zones of the Horn of Africa. Special surveillance activities are being undertaken to determine the origin of the viral circulation.
  • WHO and partners continue to support local public health authorities across the Horn of Africa in conducting field investigations and risk assessments.
  • Read our Somalia country page and Kenya country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns. 
  • Learn more about vaccine-derived polioviruses through this short animation or this ‘Coffee with Polio Experts’ video.
Papua New Guinea
  • Two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cases in 2018 to 14.  These latest reported cases are from Jiwaka and Eastern Highlands provinces, and had onset of paralysis on 13 August and 16 June, respectively.
  • It is important to note that detection and reporting of new cases at this point in the outbreak response is not unusual or unexpected, as surveillance is being strengthened, and reported and confirmed cases had onset of paralysis prior to the commencement of comprehensive outbreak response. 
  • Read our Papua New Guinea country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns.
Middle East
  • No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week in Syria. The total number of officially reported cVDPV2 cases in Syria in 2017 remains 74. There are no cases reported in 2018. The most recent case (by date of onset of paralysis) was reported in Boukamal district, with onset on 21 September 2017.
  • Read the latest polio update from Syria to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns. 
Officially reported wild poliovirus cases as of 25 Sep 2018
Total global cases in 2018: 18 (compared with 11 for the same period in 2017)
Total in endemic countries in 2018: 18 (compared with 11 for the same period in 2017)
Total in non-endemic countries in 2018: 0 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017)
· Afghanistan: 14 cases in 2018 (compared with 6 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 11-Aug-18
· Pakistan: 4 cases in 2018 (compared with 5 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 01-Aug-18
· Nigeria: 0 case in 2018 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 21-Aug-16
· Total global cases in 2017: 22
· Total in endemic countries: 22
· Total in non-endemic countries: 0
Please refer to the attached weekly global update for country-level details of 2017 cases.
Officially reported cVDPV cases as of 25 Sep 2018
Total global cases in 2018: 53 (compared with 49 for the same period in 2017)
· Syrian Arab Republic: 0 case in 2018 (compared with 40 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 21-Sep-17
· Democratic Republic of the Congo: 15 cases in 2018 (compared with 9 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 05-Aug-18
· Nigeria: 11 cases in 2018 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 25-Aug-18
· Somalia (type 2 and type 3): 11 cases (1cVDPV2 and 1 cVDPV3 isolated from the same child) in 2018 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017),
  onset of paralysis of most recent case: 30-Jul-18
· Papua New Guinea (type 1): 14 cases in 2018 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 13-Aug-18
· Niger: 2 cases in 2018 (compared with 0 for the same period in 0), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 08-Aug-18
· Total global cases in 2017: 96
· Total in endemic countries: 0
· Total in non-endemic countries: 96
Please refer to the attached weekly global update for country-level details of 2017 cases.
Polio Update for September 27 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
The six Corpus Christi clubs have joined together to present Pints for Polio on October 23rd (the day before World Polio Day). 
Pints for Polio will be held at Brewster Street Icehouse, 1724 N. Tancahua St., Corpus Christi, TX (corner of Brewster Street).
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.brewsterstreet.net
Or from any of the 6 Corpus Christi Club Presidents.
The event costs $30 per person, plus a ticket surcharge of $6.57.  The cost includes admission to the concert by local favorite The Deadbeats, a 16-oz. pint glass, and a reusable tote bag.
Sponsorships are available at these levels:
Business Platinum $1,000 (includes 8 tickets)
Business Gold $500 (includes 4 tickets)
Individual Silver $250 (includes 2 tickets)
Sponsors may submit written materials (e.g., flyers, postcards or business cards) or promotional items (e.g., pens, buttons) to be included in the tote bags.  They should also submit an electronic version of their logo so it may be included in social media (as well as on the sponsor board at the event).  Contact Alissa Adkins at aadkins@stx.rr.com for sponsorship information as soon as possible.
This event will sell out!  We hope to see everyone there.
Pints for Polio 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
On September 17, 2018, Rotary District 5930 Governor Andy Hagan, made the annual governor’s visit to the Aransas Pass Rotary Club.  The purpose of this visit was to evaluate and encourage the Club in the purpose of Rotary, “Service Above Self.”  This year’s theme, chosen by District Governor (DG) Andy, is “Be the Inspiration”. 
DG Andy emphasized that an important component of Rotary is the Rotary Foundation.   The Foundation utilizes donations by members and non-members for humanitarian and educational programs. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations, and shelter for millions of persons.  These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe. 
All who personally donate, and/or who have a donation of $1000.00 made in their name, to the Foundation are identified as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) and awarded a PHF pin.  The title Paul Harris Fellow was established in 1957 to honor Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary. All who contribute, or have an additional contribution of $1000.00 to the Foundation in their name, are titled Paul Harris Fellows +1 (PHF+1) and are awarded a PHF Sapphire Pin. On Monday, September 17, 2018, DG Andy recognized three Rotarians, Bud Lockwood, Ramiro Gomez, and Karen Gayle who have donated an additional $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation. DG Andy presented a PHF Sapphire Pin to each. During the Governor visit last year, Rotarian Ronnie Yeager received his PHF+1 pin. This makes 4 Aransas Pass Rotarians who have donated or had a minimum of $2000.00 donated to the Rotary Foundation in their name.
Picture Left to Right:
                  Bud Lockwood
                  Ramiro Gomez
                  Karen Gayle
                  Andy Hagan, 2018-2019 Governor of Rotary International District 5930
Picture and Article submitted by Karen Gayle
Paul Harris Fellows in Aransas Pass Rotary 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Ingleside Rotary Club partnered with Ingleside High School and District 5930. We did a grand opening ceremony for rolling out the educational initiative with Hammond's Education Leadership Program (H.E.L.P.) and the Windows to the World  (WoW). This program is an electronic touch screen model that shows students videos of local career opportunities that are available to our students.
The program is part of a pathways model that shows what career tracks look like starting in high school, ongoing training and then what are the next steps and where your career might take a student. These career videos feature local talent, often times, prior students from the area, and what these careers entail for working conditions and cultures.
These videos are aligned with the "Texas Workforce Commission" demanded occupation lists and is I support of the Texas 60x30 program. After the students watch videos and express interest, they are given the opportunity to go on "field trips", as part of this venue, to see the facility and Industries first hand.
The Ingleside Rotary Club is very excited, and appreciated the support from District 5930, to be a partner in this venue. The Ingleside Rotary Club have been giving scholarships to the Ingleside High School for the past 8 years.
YIR, Dan Korus
President - Ingleside Rotary Club
Ingleside Rotary Club with HELP and WOW 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2019  February 1-3, 2019, Camp Zephyr, Corpus Christi
Registration Packets are available at www.rotarycc.com/youth-service/ryla/
  1. RYLA starts earlier this year on Friday morning!  Check-in is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am !!  No late arrivals.
  2. RYLA will end earlier on Sunday morning at 11:00 am to allow for sufficient travel time home.
  3. Application and full payment are due by December 14, 2018
  4. Registration is being limited to 158 first year campers.
Have your Rotary Club be a part of RYLA 2019 leadership training camp.
News about RYLA from Corpus Christi Rotary 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

The highest priority now is for our Rotary clubs to update their Goals in Club Central.  This is critical to ensure that we have a clear vision of where our Rotary clubs and their members intend to accomplish this year and how we as a District team support their initiatives and plans.

Please ensure that we have all Rotary Club Goals updated in Club Central and confirmed by month end.  To date, only 21/50 of our clubs have input their goals.

Ask your club President or a Board member if your club goals are entered at Rotary International > My Rotary > Rotary Club Central > Goal Center - https://rcc.rotary.org/#/goals

Has Your Club entered goals/milestones yet for 2018-2019? 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
September 2018


Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing all of the work Rotary does on a given day. No one – except Rotarians – would believe that a single organization was capable of accomplishing so much. In that snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans, providing clean water, mentoring youth, and countless other actions.

We can do all this thanks both to our geographic reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up of people who are engaged in their communities. As a part of the community that you serve, you know the needs, you have the connections, and you're able to take immediate action. That's why every Rotary club's membership should reflect the diversity of its community.


RI Presidential Message - September 2018 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Good afternoon fellow amazing Rotarians!
I write to you to enlist support for our Laguna Madre First Responder Fund with a Beach Rescue Run on Saturday, September 8 at Clayton's Beach Bar at 8am hosted by the Port Isabel Rotary Club. Please share in your Rotary Clubs and maybe you'd like get a team together to sign up to participate. There will be a One Mile Fun Walk, 5k and 10k. I just got off the phone with Lonnie Gillihan, event organizer and Port Isabel Club member extraordinaire! He would be the one to contact for sponsorship info and/or anything else. Let's support this event honoring and benefiting our local first responders! I have attached the flyer.
Registration link: 
Lonnie Gillihan
Event Coordinator & Vocational Services Chair
Cell: 215-806-8746
Beach Rescue Run - September 8, 2018 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
The training on Sat., the 15th of September is set up as two tracks.
Are you an engaged Rotarian with your club, but maybe looking for more to do that doesn't take a lot of time?
This track is for you - Register NOW
Track one is designed for club membership and leaders for find out specific actions and programs they can use now in their clubs in the three areas of
  1. Membership Development & Retention,
  2. The Rotary Foundation (raising money and getting the money through grants), and
  3. Rotary Awareness and Public Image.
Times are 8:30-3:30 and cost is $35.
Are you a veteran Rotarian who has been there, done that, & has the t-shirt?
Are you a new Rotarian who want to learn about Rotary?
Are you trying to move ahead in your job, but are missing some skills and training?
This track is for you - Register NOW
Track two is a new program to our district called Rotary Leadership Institute. RLI is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for "potential" leaders of Rotary CLUBS. It is a three part program of sessions. We are offering Part 1 on the 15th. Times are 8:30-4:30 and cost is $50.
You can read more about RLI here - https://rotary5930.org/page/rotary-leadership-institute. This is a page on the District website explaining the program. Most of the skills are transferrable to our workplaces and the training looks great on our resumes. Certificates of Completion are awarded at the end of each part.
These are two district Rotarians who our coordinators.
Maxie Houser, PDG, (361) 387-4500, maxiehouser@gmail.com
Debbie High, PDG, (301) 524-7091, debbiehigh@rotary5930.com
4n1 Training Seminar 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
From the Adoption Awareness Chair for District 5930.
Allow me to introduce myself to each of our sitting presidents for 2018-2019.  DG Andy asked that I be involved again with the Adoption Project which delights me.  If you have put up with me in the past, you will recall that I ask very little and expect a lot.  Maybe not too much but I do hope all clubs can find a way to be involved.  You know not all can host a party, but all can help in hosting one.  CPS has graciously accommodated us for these past many years and to my knowledge has never said "no". 
What I really need as soon as your club has "settled in" is who will be participating as 1) the lead club and 2) a participant helping with one of the events.  My email address is lcbglacier@aol.com.  My promise is to assist you in every way possible to make this the greatest year ever.  I am fully aware that there have been some truly awesome years past.  As soon as I have your email, I will stay in touch.  Let me know, as well, if you have a "go to" person in your club in charge of the project.  Let's get ready to party! 
Lionel Betancourt   (956)778-1185
Adoption Awareness Project 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Come find your next treasure!  We have everything from furniture to clothes to houseware items.  There is something for everyone.
Where:       Calallen High School Parking Lot
When:        Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time:          8 AM to 12 Noon
Proceeds to benefit Rotary programs. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi Northwest and the Calallen & Robstown Interact Clubs
For questions or to donate, please call Donna Weiss at 361-548-8485.
Click the picture for a printable flyer.
3rd Annual Tailgate Rummage Sale 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Honor your hero by sponsoring a flag with a $50 contribution.  Heroes may include someone important in your life, whether they be military personnel, first responders, health care workers, grandparent, spouse, teacher, etc.  A hero can be someone who is admired or idealized by you or someone close to you.  If you are unsure of whom to honor, you may recognize all who protect our country or a local first responder.
Flags will be displayed at Ropes Park along Ocean Drive.  Additional parks along Ocean Drive may be included.  The flags will be raised on Saturday, September 8th and will be removed September 16th.
Each flag pole will have a 4″ recognition tag attached.  Each tag will include the name of the individual it is in honor/memory of and the sponsor’s name.  Tags will be given to the sponsors following the event.
Sponsor flags online at: www.flagsforheroescc.org
Join us for a special ceremony
Monday, September 10, 2018
5:05 pm
Ropes Park along Ocean Drive
3560 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX  78411
Proceeds benefit:                
Rotary Club of Corpus Christi
In association with:
City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department
Nueces County Sheriff’s Office
Corpus Christi Police Officers Association
Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters Association
Flags for Heroes Corpus Christi 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
I am pleased to report that our District Governor and Assistant Governor visits are proceeding as scheduled having completed 32 of 50 Rotary Club visits in the first two months of this Rotary year! 
Our Rotary clubs are engaging in local and international service projects, back to school projects, blood drives, Rotary social and family events, club fundraisers, disaster emergency relief and community assistance efforts throughout our District!  Everyone is to be commended for your efforts thus far! 
Several Rotary clubs have already inducted new members.  We congratulate and welcome our newest members and sponsors for your efforts.  More members allows us to expand our Rotary leadership network worldwide.  It also enables us to make a bigger transformational impact locally and globally relative to our humanitarian service projects. 
District Governor's Message for September 2018 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Port Isabel Rotary is working hard to establish at new satellite club in Los Fresnos.  With some names received from Governor Andy and our own club members,  we have the nucleus to get started.  We have been meeting at 7:15 am on Thursdays at Julia's Restaurant on Texas 100 in Los Fresnos.  It is an ideal location.  We have met at least four times and each time we add new prospects.  This is an excited and energetic group which includes a couple of former Rotarians, one even a past member of a club in Taiwan.  They are already discussing service projects to benefit the high school and the community.  
First Responders 5K & 10K Run and One Mile Walk will be held on Saturday, September 8 at Clayton's Bar on South Padre Island.  This will be our second annual event held for the benefit of the first responders (Fire, Police, and EMT).  We have established an endowment fund to help those men and women who put their lives on the line for us.  We sell sponsorships and charge a small entry fee for the runners.  If the tide is low we can run along the beach, but if it is high tide then we run along Gulf Boulevard.   
Be The Inspiration!
Kent Mallquist
PDG 1986-87 
District 6420
Port Isabel Rotary Club
News from Port Isabel Rotary 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Southside Corpus Christi Visits South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind

Southside Rotary met at the South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind on Wednesday August 1 for lunch and a fascinating tour of their manufacturing facilities and warehouses.  The place is massive and we were so impressed at the amount and variety of products they produce.  It was so impressive to meet the folks behind the scenes and see what great work they do.  At times in the warehouses it was like a scene out of the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" there are so many boxes with production materials and/or items ready to be shipped out! 
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Rotary Club of Southside Corpus Christi Visits South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
District Scholarships 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings Rotarians:
A quick report this week:  no new polio cases!  Two new cVDPV cases, one each in Syria and in Nigeria. 
There is a bit of bright news in Nigeria…August 20 marks the two year anniversary of the last case of wild polio in Nigeria!  One more year and Nigeria will be eligible for consideration of a declaration of being polio free.  Note that this is not an automatic “three years and you’re free” declaration.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative will carefully consider all of the evidence in any country before making a declaration that the country is polio free.  The last thing we want to do is certify a country polio-free and then see cases return.  While we hope for the absolute best, and continued success in Nigeria, we will follow the evidence in reaching that conclusion. 
Here’s to one more week of no new polio cases ... we all look forward to the time when the world will be polio free forever.  You are making this happen!
Ken Howell
PDG District 5400 ’15-16, Zone 27 End Polio Now Coordinator
cell 208.371.3483
direct 208.388.4823
fax 208.954.5226
mailing address:
7108 El Caballo Drive
Boise, ID  83704-7321
Polio update for August 23, 2018 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Club Administration Checklist 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
August is Membership and New Club Development Month
It is hard to believe that July which earmarks the beginning of our new Rotary year as come and gone. Rotarians districtwide are busy organizing and planning community and international service projects, various fund raisers, blood drives, back to school activities, and fellowship gatherings.  But equally as important, many of our Rotary clubs have responded to a call to action to provide disaster relief assistance for so many communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey last year and the flood damage to over 15,000 resident homes in the Rio Grande valley this year.  I applaud the efforts of our Rotary clubs that have partnered with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Food Bank, Samaritan Purse, and Habitat for Humanity to address the immediate and anticipated long term needs in these communities.  You have truly embodied the idea of Rotary: People of Action and our Rotary motto: Service Above Self.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE Andrew Hagan 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, July 21, 2018 several members of the Rotary International District 5930 Rotary Foundation Committee met in Corpus Christi, Texas to review The Rotary Foundation District Designated Funds (DDF) available for District grant requests submitted by our local Rotary clubs. 
Maxie Houser, District Rotary Foundation chair convened the meeting and 16 District grant requests were submitted by various Rotary clubs districtwide.  All of the grant requests were approved for funding and the respective Rotary clubs will receive an acknowledgement of the actual DDF dollars allocated for their community service projects. 
More details to follow and will be posted on our District website once the Rotary clubs confirm their desire to receive the DDF dollars. 
The District Rotary Foundation Committee members who represented various Areas included:
  • Maxie Houser, PDG, District Rotary Foundation Chair, Corpus Christi NW
  • Andy Hagan, District Governor, Brownsville Sunrise
  • Ellison Crider, District Governor Elect, Corpus Christi Evening
  • Eddie Bartnesky, District Governor Nominee, Harlingen
  • Debbie High, PDG, Assistant Rotary Coordinator, Rotary International Zones 21b and part of 27
  • Art Zeitler, PDG, Rotary Foundation Rotary International Zones 21b and part of 27, Corpus Christi
  • Elaine Hernandez, District International Service Coordinator, McAllen Evening
  • Juan Lira, Rotary Foundation Grants Subcommittee Chair, Laredo
  • Richard Hartwig, District Scholarships and Global grants subcommittee, Kingsville 
  • Gail Hoffman, Global and District grants subcommittee, Alice
  • Lisa Rogerio, District Annual Givings Officer, Laredo Gateway
  • Michael Dickerson, EPN Coordinator, Laredo 
  • Jo Anne Settles, EPN Coordinator Victoria Downtown
  • Alissa Adkins, EPN Coordinator, Corpus Christi Evening

We had good representation and terrific dialog!  I want to thank everyone on our District Foundation committee who participated this past Saturday
to review and allocate our Rotary District Designated Funds. Rotary clubs district-wide submitted Grant requests for additional funding/support for their community
service projects! Rotary: People of Action
 District Grant Applications 2018-2019 
Club  BudgetRequestDescriptionAwarded
Alice 6,0003,000West Alice Youth Center Improvement2,550
Brownsville Sunrise 8,4904,000CCCAC Renovation Project3,400
Corpus Christi 15,4504,000Driscoll Children's Hospital Prom3,400
CC Evening 6,2003,000Elementary Swimming Lessons2,550
Harlingen 2,022.461,011.23Sheriff Dept. Computer Upgrade1,011.23
Harlingen Sunburst 9,0134,000Pendleton Park Bench Initiative3,400
Laredo Daybreak 10,2004,000Immunization Day3,400
Laredo Gateway 4,6002,300Community Center Computer Lab1,955
McAllen Evening 8,5004,000Community Learning Center - Guatemala3,400
McAllen South 7,0003,500Shade for Shelter Animals2,975
Port Isabel 12,0004,000Fire Fighter Safety Equipment3,400
Rockport 15,0004,000Houses into Homes3,400
McAllen 17,9004,000Carita's Shoe Drive Project3,400
CC Southside 4,0002,000Wheelchair Ramp1,700
Laredo 10,0004,000Instructional Materials & Equipment3,400
Edinburg 10,0004,000Tim's Coats3,400
Veterans Scholar  4,4402 Veterans Scholarships4,440
Costa Rica  6,5602 Scholarships to Costa Rica6,560
Totals 146,37565,811 57,741

Be The Inspiration,

Andy Hagan
District 5930 Governor
Approved District Grants Projects 2018-2019 Eddie Bartnesky 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Because an elementary school in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (Mexico) needs student desks, Club Rotario Villa de Nuevo Laredo approached The Laredo Rotary Club for assistance.   Juan Lira contacted United Independent School District  in Laredo.   UISD agreed to donate hundreds of surplus student desks to The Laredo Rotary Club.  The club, in turn, agreed to donate the desks to Club Rotario Villa de Nuevo Laredo, since they pledged to cross the desks into Mexico.  On July 14, 2018, Rotarians & Rotaract students from Area 12 and Mexico, along with UISD staff, completed this important initiative. All of them are an inspiration to others!

See pictures by clicking the Read More
Rotarians & Rotaract from Laredo & Nuevo Laredo come together 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

The Rockport Film Festival (RFF) celebrates the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast. Showcasing shorts, features, documentaries, animations and student films, Rockport Film Festival is a welcoming three-day event that highlights talent from Texas and all over the country and world.

RFF offers an affordable retreat where art meets environment, where filmmakers and attendees can network and relax, enjoying films that are rarely seen elsewhere without having to wait in long lines or navigate multiple theater venues. The Festival holds outdoor screenings, red carpet parties, and plays host to filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals all in the relaxing environment of Rockport, named a "Top-10 Coastal Art Community" by Coastal Living Magazine.

Co-sponsored and presented by the Rockport Rotary Club and Rockport Center for the Arts.
Rockport Film Festival 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International (RI) District 5930 South Texas leadership team consistent with Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity International announcement in October 2017 agreed to formally partner with our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate(s) effective July 26, 2018 to address the long-term needs resulting from excessive rain and flooding that affected over 10k residential homes in Hidalgo county and nearly 5k resident homes in Cameron County in June 2018. 
In addition, RI District 5930 and Habitat for Humanity representatives agreed that joint efforts would be more effective to address the long term needs of communities negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.  More information will follow as our District partnership is solidified to include all Habitat for Humanity affiliates and local Rotary Clubs.
Click Read More for Full Details
Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity International 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Club and District Leaders,
Stats Report: It looks like we have settled at a total of 1,865 members in our district to start the year.  We had a -21 net loss. 
"For the whole Rotary world our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years. We aren't growing, and our membership is getting older." Barry Rassin, President, Rotary International. 
We need to think outside the box & do things we have not done before in Membership Development.

Membership Report July 2018 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Greetings Rotarians:

See below and attached for our polio numbers this week.  As we knew from last week, an additional polio case in Afghanistan has brought us to 13 cases for the year.

As part of my weekly update, I’m going to highlight a topic or two each week.  This week, there are two items for your consideration:

  1.  How Much Money does Zone 27 (at least the part I’m responsible for) raise for Polio?

Last year, the 12 districts I cover raised $2,142,349.28.  This is an incredible amount, and your work made this possible.  Note that almost half of this was due to a huge donation from district 5420 (Utah) of $1,025,627.  A very large shout-out to Utah and District 5420!

We can exceed this amount this year with good planning.  By now your clubs should have set their goals.  Clubs are asked to set a goal of at least $1,500 per club……so let’s encourage at least that level!

  1. World Polio Day is October 24, 2018

We are going to be making a special push to have districts and clubs celebrate World Polio Day with events and publicity about our efforts to eradicate polio.  Please calendar this date for your clubs and districts, and let me know if you’ve already got something planned!

Polio update for July 26, 2018 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
For the last Saturdays, Rotarians and supporters have teamed up with Samaritan's Purse and other volunteers to provide home improvement service to families in Weslaco, Texas. Volunteers have "gutted and mudded" homes. They have used various tools to remove wall siding, take measurements, and remove building materials. Volunteers have also swept, vacuumed, removed nails, scraped flooring, and more from the affected homes.
Rotarians of Rotary District 5930 join Governor Andy Hagan and Samaritan's Purse volunteers to help families affected by the recent flooding in the Rio Grande Valley.
Members of rotary clubs representing District 5930 are about to engage with our Samaritan's Purse partners to assist residents of the Rio Grande Valley that were impacted by the recent flooding.
Rotary RGV Flood Recovery-club members from D5930 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
District 5930 Governor Andy Hagan emphasizes the fact that  ROTARIANS HAVE HEART!  In every respect, he is RIGHT.  Rotary Founder Paul Harris said:
Heart—our compassion for those with needs.
Head---our intelligence used to fashion a resolution.
Hand---we are PEOPLE OF ACTION.
Governor Andy also reminds that, along with great achievements,  HOPE  is yet another result.
How does the Rotary FOUNDATION fit into this equation? Why is it important?
H + H + H = HOPE Maxie Houser 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the 2018-19 Rotary year!

Congratulations on beginning your year as a club leader! You are stepping in to one of the most important roles in Rotary because the work of Rotary and our Rotary Foundation really takes place within your clubs. Throughout your year as a club leader, I hope you use the resources below to educate members about the Foundation and inspire them with the great work our Foundation does.
Boost TRF giving in your club with these resources Grodecki 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.

"Rotary Days events will offer you the chance to

  • have an impact in your community,
  • build long-term partnerships,
  • increase interest in membership, and
  • improve Rotary’s image," Rassin said.

Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event, and entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day.

Want more information about Planning a Rotary Day  - click the read more link.
Why and how to host a Rotary Day Nancy Paulson 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Attend an upcoming training

Brush up on your Foundation knowledge by attending the Multi-District Training Institute from August 3-4 in Austin, TX. At this event you'll:
To help you prepare for the training, I recommend reviewing my beginning of the year resources message. We'll be covering a many topics from goal setting to Paul Harris Society so come with questions!
Want more information about the training in Austin and the registration link  - click the read more link.
Want More Information about The Rotary Foundation? 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
RI President Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is asking Rotarians to Be the Inspiration this Rotary year.
In addressing the closing session of the 2018 Convention in Toronto, Rassin encouraged Rotarians to take the time to understand the real needs of their communities by talking to people in those communities, and to become agents of change through leading by example.
Meet RI President Barry Rassin Nancy Paulson 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Poliovirus Weekly Update
11-Jul-2018, World Health Organization
Please scroll to the end for a summary of officially reported cases.
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 1
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 12
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 22
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 1
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2018: 14
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 96
Poliovirus Weekly Update July 11, 2018 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Legal Aid Assistance 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Our good friends from Samaritan Purse are volunteering their time and resources to muck out and repair/replace damaged residents affected by recent flooding in the Weslaco and surrounding areas.  
Kristin Koning, Samaritan Purse has sent us a call for action and is in desperate need of additional volunteers to assist them in this effort! 
Please send this message and the attachment out via your Facebook, mobile app and use of other social media  to spread the word to support our Samaritan Purse  friends!
Be The Inspiration
Samaritan's Purse - Volunteers Needed 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
We have and opportunity to collaborate with American Red Cross in the system to provide flood relief to Rio Grande Valley residents that have been impacted by recent rains and rising water.
We have reached out to the American Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, United Way, and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley all of them expressed needs for volunteers for financial support as a result of the recent flooding.
We encourage district and club leadership to answer this call to action by financial means and by lending of your time in volunteering to support these agencies for the betterment of our community in their time of need. 
Miss Cori Tanner represents the American Red Cross and will be our point of contact going forward as per her email below.
I ask that you pass this information to your club members utilizing the most effective communication needs to get the word out!  We are Rotary strong and ready, willing, and able to help our neighbors in their time of need!
Click on images to get a printable version.
RGV Flood Relief - Assist with the American Red Cross 2018-07-04 05:00:00Z 0
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
Rio Grande Valley Flood Relief Nancy Paulson 2018-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
You may have seen news reports indicating that Venezuela has seen new cases of polio.  As these would be the first case in that country in thirty years, this is truly distressing news.  A link to some of these articles can be found at these links:
If true, this is terrible news, not only for Venezuela, but also for our efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. 
Please note that these cases have not yet been verified, and we do not yet know if these are outbreaks of wild polio virus (thought fully eradicated from the Americas), or some type of circulating vaccine-derived virus (cVDPV).  It is suspected that the cases must be a cVDPV, but this will be confirmed by testing results.  Either way, this outbreak illustrates the importance of maintaining full immunization world-wide until after the virus is fully eradicated. 
Additional news will be forthcoming, including official confirmation from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the CDC.  As these news stories continue to circulate, please bear in mind that they represent unofficial and unconfirmed reports of outbreaks, although there is no present reason to suspect they are untrue.  As Rotarians on the front line of this fight, however, it is important that we understand the true situation.  As additional, official, results are made public, I’ll pass them on to you as soon as I receive them.
If you’d like additional information, or need help explaining this situation to your clubs or members, please let me know and I’ll help out as best as I’m able.
Polio Plus June 12th Update 2018-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
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
In Memoriam - Joe High, First Dude Nancy Paulson 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Who will be the next in line to be District Governor for Rotary District 5930? 
Will it be a member of your Club? Will it be someone you know? Will it be you?
Now that your first few Rotary club meetings are out of the way, I’d like to ask you and your club members’ assistance in identifying potential candidates for our District’s 2020 – 2021 Governor.  I know that seems like a long way into the future but in order to comply with Rotary International’s Manual of Procedure, this is the required protocol.
The Deadline for 2020-2021 Nominations for District Governor is February 16, 2018
Nomination of District Governor 2020-2021 2018-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kent Grier on Oct 02, 2017
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
Hurricane Relief Fund Helps Elementary Schools of Victoria, Texas Kent Grier 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Friends in Rotary:
It is soon the 2nd Anniversary of the Memorial Day Flood that forever changed the lives and
landscape of Wimberley.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our fellow Rotarians who reached out to us in our
time of need. Your support, encouragement, and donations made a difference, and we are truly
A Thank you from Wimberley 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary All Stars – it is hard to believe, but the end of the Rotary year has arrived.    
It has been a great year!  “How great you ask?” 
As I prepared this “State of the District” report, originally, I had planned to have one section on the district and one on our clubs. 
I then realized this was inconsistent with the message I have been bringing to clubs all year long, which is –
our district IS our clubs, nothing more and nothing less. 
The district organization exists for one purpose and that is to
  • support and strengthen clubs, as we
  • enhance our public image, and
  • focus and increase our clubs’ humanitarian service.
I will briefly review how our clubs are doing and how that translates to our district-wide results.
I am happy to report that the state of our district is strong! 
Of course, we have our challenges, but most of our clubs are “Flying High with Rotary Serving Humanity.”
Let’s start with what historically has been the biggest challenge:
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High and High Notes from the First Dude 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
DGE Betty Ramirez-Lara talks about club, community 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
With a sad heart - I am sharing that PDG John Bedgood lost his mother Ruth on Sunday, June 18.
Her obituary with service information can been found here - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/caller/obituary.aspx?n=ruth-bedgood&pid=185852785
To PDG John and family - Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With thoughts of peace and courage for you, Your Rotary 5930 family.
Debbie High
Rotary International D5930
District Governor 2016-2017
With a Sad Heart - Notice of a death in our extended Rotary Family 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
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.
A new way to count membership and Calculate Dues 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
RI President John Germ visits South Texas District 5930 - updated 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
“June is The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary”
Rotary All Stars – this month we continue our celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rotary All Stars – together -  our Rotarians, clubs and district have far exceeded our total combined club goal contributions to End Polio Now! Thank you and congratulations. 
The Rotary Year 2016-2017 combined club / district goal for the Annual Fund is $265,000.
We have NOT met this goal yet - but together we will if we ACT soon. 
We will set a new High on ANNUAL FUND contributions with your help. 
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High June 2017 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

There’s a world of opportunity waiting for you in Toronto, home of the 2018 Rotary International Convention.

Join 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley for an unforgettable week of fun, friendship, and discovery as you connect with Rotarians from around the world.
Take advantage of the limited-time registration rate of $295* from 10 to 14 June.
Missed out going to Atlanta next week? Think about Toronto, CA in 2018 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
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.
When and Where Do Clubs Send Their Rotary Foundation Annual Giving 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Clubs - Presidents, Administration Chairs, Membership Chairs, Foundation Chairs and all members:

Read the whole story on the ins and outs of these club awards.
Also Club Officers for 2017-2018 - report in your club - ClubRunner website OR the District website OR in the Club Administration section of My Rotary.
Presidents - You set goals at the beginning of the year - NOW please go to My Rotary > Rotary Club Central and report how your club did in reaching those goals. This is a necessary task for awards and to build a database of information for your club to use in the future.
Deadlines are approaching FAST >>>> 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
How do you eradicate a disease? This is the question that Jennifer will answer as she shares the story of Polio eradication. It is a disease on the brink of extinction and the finish line is in sight.
It is a complex tale complete with heroic and deadly twists and turns. Discover what the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is doing to eliminate this paralyzing disease and in turn keep a promise to the children of the world.

How do you eradicate a disease? 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
I am attaching info on a group trip we are leading to India in March 2018 . . I am hopeful you might be able to join us!  It will change your life forever, I promise!
Also, if you would share this with your district, members and Friends of Rotary - particularly with anyone who has expressed an interest in project opportunities in India - -reservations are open now and will close once we have 40 individuals.
It is a great itinerary with lots of Rotary built in! Read about this trip with this printable flyer.
Best regards,
Sherri C Muniz
Dream • Explore • Celebrate 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Yesterday (Friday, May 26th) Debbie and I were honored to be part of our Rotary Family to celebrate the life of Past District Governor Everett “Ev” Driskill. PDG Ev spent most of his life in Minnesota building and maintaining a grocery store chain. One of his sons described his Dad’s usual 80-hour work week was only part of his life as he wasn’t satisfied with just dominating in his business, but also strived to be active in “doing good”.
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE - June 2017 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and friends in D5930, who knew Past District Governor Bruce Miller of the Portland Rotary Club, were deeply saddened by his death on May 27, 2017.  Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Emma and Bruce's family.  His constant smile and his unwavering commitment to the ideals of Rotary will be missed.

By God’s grace, Bruce fulfilled his priorities in life.

Rest In Peace Past District Governor Bruce
In Memoriam Past District Governor Bruce Miller 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

103rd Annual Rotary District 5930
District Governor and District Leadership Installation

McAllen Country Club, 615 Wichita Ave., McAllen TX 78503

Saturday June 24th, 2017 • $50 per person

Hotel Information - Link for special rate
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
1800 S 2nd Street, McAllen, Texas 78503

Dress: Semi-formal attire

Social Hour - Cash BarDinner and ProgramDanceLate night Botana
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm7:00 pm to 9:00 pm9:00 pm to 11:00 pm11:00 pm
103rd Rotary District 5930 District Governor and Leadership Installation 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
In Memoriam Past District Governor Everett J. Driskill 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Every district selects a representative to serve at the Councils on Resolutions and the Council on Legislation that take place during their Council term from 1 July 2017 through 30 June 2020. The Council representatives will represent their district at the:
  • 2017, 2018, and 2019 Councils on Resolutions
  • 2019 Council on Legislation
At Our District Conference this past weekend, we elected our representative. Congratulations to PDG Arthur Zeitler of the Corpus Christi Rotary Club.
D5930 has selected a Council Representative 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
As an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world," its initial contribution was US $26.50 in 1918.
It was made by Arch C. Klumph.
Paul Harris stated, "Long after Arch's journey is ended other men will be following the trail he has been blazing throughout the years."
Continue Blazing the Trail and don't let Arch walk alone.
Accept a challenge.
Can we have every Rotarian in District 5930 contribute $26.50?
We encourage clubs and individuals to mark their donation for the Annual Fund. This will help funds return to us in 3 years.
$26.50 Challenge 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

April 20 was a special day at the last TAMUCC Rotaract meeting of the semester. We closed the chapter on a Rotaract year of great memories by celebrating memories and seniors graduating in May and December 2017.

We started a new chapter with passing the torch to a new amazing officer group! Chris Mata will be the Fall semester 2017 Rotaract President! Congrats, well deserved to you all.

Thank you Assistant Governor Leo Barrera for your inspiring speech and constant support!

Special thanks to Rotary Club of Southside Corpus Christi for these amazing Rotaract graduation cords and stoles!
TAMUCC Rotaract 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
This is one of the reasons  - 
From Rotary International  - Regional Grant Officer 
Dear Rotarians:
"Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding Global Grant Scholarship for Kayla Stovall, submitted by International Sponsor Club of Southside Corpus Christi, Texas in District 5930 in the United States and Host Sponsor Club of Musselburgh in District 1020 in Scotland, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$30,000." 
Kayla Stoval (FB Post) … "This coming September I will be starting a new and exciting journey to pursue my Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK! I am so fortunate to be the 2017 Rotary District 5930 Global Grant Scholar. Due to the generosity of the local Rotarians and the Rotary International Foundation I get to pursue this amazing opportunity. I never in a million years thought this would be possible.
Much love and thanks to you all!”  
Kayla will be with us at the District Conference on May 6th. 
Congratulations TAMUCC Rotaractor Kayla Stovall! 
Meeting and exceeding our combined Foundation giving goals this Rotary year will ensure we continue to support Global Scholars in the future.  (A good return on our investment to our Youth) 
Why do Joe (First Dude) and I give to the Rotary Foundation - Why are we Rotarians? 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Well we are almost ready for the Grand Finale of the Rotary Year 2016/17.  It is not just the District, but all Club Presidents are looking at the end of their year of service.  It has been Debbie’s and my privilege to serve you.  It has been a busy, exciting, and at times challenging year.  We have been blessed to make many new friends all over our District.  We are so proud to be members of a District that has so many Service Projects in our communities, regions, nationally and worldwide.
Later this week, I hope to get to visit and enjoy your fellowship at the 2016/17 Rotary District Conference.   Taking the time to reflect on the success of this year is a valuable exercise.
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE - May 2017 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Every district selects a representative to serve at the Councils on Resolutions and the Council on Legislation that take place during their Council term from 1 July 2017
through 30 June 2020. The Council representatives will represent their district at the:
  • 2017, 2018, and 2019 Councils on Resolutions
  • 2019 Council on Legislation
District 5930 elects this representative at our District Conference. The three Past District Governors in consideration are: (nominated by their clubs and listed by order of year served a DG)
  • James "JD" Simpson
  • Maxie Houser
  • Arthur Zeitler

Representatives’ Duties

Duties of a Council representative are as follows:
  • Assist clubs in preparing proposed resolutions and enactments;
  • Discuss proposed resolutions and enactments at district meetings;
  • Be knowledgeable of the attitudes of Rotarians within the district;
  • Give critical consideration to all proposed resolutions and enactments and effectively communicate his or her views on such proposals to the Councils;
  • Act as an objective legislator;
  • Participate in the Council on Resolutions;
  • Attend the Council on Legislation for its full duration; and
  • Report on the deliberations of the Councils to his or her clubs following the meetings of the Councils.
Representatives are also required to complete an online representative course and Council training at their 2018 Rotary Institute in preparation for the 2019 Council on Legislation. Their participation at the Institute is not funded by Rotary International.
Each club is entitled to a minimum of one vote, which is determined by using the club’s paid membership as of the most recent club invoice. Those clubs that have over 25 members are entitled to an additional vote for every additional 25 members, or major fraction thereof. All votes from clubs with more than one vote shall be cast for the same candidate; a club may not split its vote. If votes are split in a club, they will be considered spoiled votes.
The candidate who receives a majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast is named the representative. If there are only two candidates, the candidate failing to receive a majority of votes shall be the alternate representative, to serve in the event the representative is unable to serve. When there are more than two candidates, the balloting shall be by single transferable ballot. At such point in the single transferable ballot process that one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the candidate who has the second highest number of votes shall be the alternate representative.
Ballots will be provided to members attending Session 1 on Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 at 9:00 am. One ballot per club with the number of votes listed based on January 1, 2017 membership number. The election will occur during that session with the votes tallied and results provided at the end of the session. Clubs need to have a member present to cast the ballot.

Timeline for the 2017-2020 Council Cycle

A representative’s work spreads across their three-year Council term. The cycle is as follows:
30 June 2017Selection of representatives and alternates
Resolution submission deadline
1 July 2017Representative’s Council term begins
Late 20172017-18 Council on Resolutions (date to be determined)
31 December 2017Enactment submission deadline
31 March 2018Amendments to proposed enactments deadline
30 June 2018Resolution submission deadline
September 2018Council on Legislation book published
Late 2018 2018-19Council on Resolutions (date to be determined)
February 2019Statements of Support and Opposition deadline
April 2019 (tentative)2019 Council on Legislation
30 June 2019Resolution submission deadline
Late 2019 2019-20Council on Resolutions (date to be determined)
30 June 2020Representative’s Council term ends

Selecting a Council on Legislation Representative 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
From Rotary International to Clubs 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Ingleside Rotary Club Fishing Tournament 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Night with the Vipers took place on March 25, 2017 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo County.  The event included six Rio Grande Valley Rotary clubs teaming together with the Western Conference Champions RGV Vipers basketball organization to raise money for the eradication of Polio. 
END POLIO NIGHT WITH THE VIPERS 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Services Month and District Conference”
Rotary All Stars – the link between Rotary and youth for all our clubs is amazing.  
Every club that I visited engages with youth programs in some way or another, such as:
  • RYLA
  • Early Act First Knight
  • Interact
  • Rotaract
  • Scholarships
  • Rotary International Youth Exchanges
  • Literacy Programs
  • Adoption Awareness Picnics and many others.
It is imperative we continue to invest in our youth by sponsoring new Interact and Rotaract Clubs.
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High May 2017 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
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As a Rotary year closes, clubs need to apply or send in information to receive the Presidential Citation from Rotary International or the Club Exemplary Award from District 5930. In the past the deadline was March 31 and there several applications to complete and send. NOT THIS YEAR!
For the Presidential Citation:
Process for entering data at Rotary Club Central (www.my.rotary.com) – please watch this video - https://youtu.be/hNnMW44220c
Tasks can be done by the Club President, Club Secretary or Club Executive Secretary.
For the Exemplary Club AwardsUse this document (also available on the public side of our website and given to your President during the Official DG/Board meeting).
The only data entry needed using ClubRunner is the normal Secretary and Officer work done continuously all year long. Nothing specific for these awards.
However it is best to make sure your officers are listed in ClubRunner for next year. This will ensure that the new District Leadership can reach them and they will have access to ClubRunner and Rotary Club Administration areas and Rotary Club Central. Directions for how to do enter Club Officers in ClubRunner.
Item 3.  Reported club officers for the upcoming Rotary year to data@rotary.org no later than the end of May 2017 (That is also an RI requirement)
How to apply for the Presidential Citation and Exemplary Award 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
The following hotels have special rates for your District Conference - May 4-7, 2017
There are several other groups coming to Rockport and Fulton the same weekend. Please book at your earliest convenience.
Inn at Fulton Harbor (SOLD OUT)
  • 215 N Fulton Beach Road
  • Fulton, TX 78358
  • 361-790-5888
  • www.innatfultonharbor.com
  • $99 per night
  • This location will have the Registration and Hospitality Suite on the grounds
The Lighthouse Inn on Aransas Bay (SOLD OUT)
La Quinta
Hampton Inn and Suites
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Rockport
  • 2950 Hwy 35 North Business
  • Rockport, TX 78382
  • 361-727-9007
  • www.marriott.com
  • Starting at $159 per night
For a house or condo to rent:
Coastline Vacations (owned by a Rotarian)
Check out all the hotels, RV parks and Property management at our Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Hotel Information for Rockport-Fulton Conference 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
This year five of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Rotaract students will be traveling to Atlanta for the Rotary International Convention. We are excited to grow as young professionals and thriving  future Rotarians on a global level.  Our goal is to raise $1200 to cover our traveling expenses. In the next few months we will be working hard to plan bake sales, car washes, and profit share events with local restaurants.

We are open to come talk to  Rotary Clubs or send a short video to  share our efforts. If you can support us in anyway that you can please let us know.

Please contact tamuccrotaract5930@gmail.com for any more information.
TAMU-CC Rotaractors want to go to Atlanta 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
To:              5930 Interact Clubs
From:         5870 District Conference Committee
Re:              Interact Club Projects
To the Interact Clubs of District 5930, we would like to offer our services for any of your club projects that we could assist you with on Saturday, May 20, 2017 while we are attending our District 5870 Conference in Corpus Christi.
Let us know if we can help you in any way.
If yes, please respond to my contact information below.
Thank you,
Bruce Golden
5870 DG / 2016 – 17
512-940-5480 cell
Do you sponsor an Interact Club in Corpus Christi? 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
District 5930 Million Dollar Dinner Weekend
Thank to you RI President John (Judy) Germ, DGN / MDD Chair Andy Hagan, the MDD Committee, District 5930 Rotarians and our families and Friends of Rotary for a historic event March 11, 2017.
Million Dollar Dinner
District 5930's Million Dollar Dinner Weekend 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
District 5930 Edinburg Rotary Club
Cajunfest Fundraiser 2017 andRotary has Heart Campaign
     Rotary Has Heart Campaign was held at the Edinburg Rotary Cajunfest event on February 11, 2017 at the Echo Hotel, Edinburg Texas.    
Rotary has Heart in Edinburg, TX 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians,
The wildfires that swept across the Texas Panhandle beginning on March 6 left in their wake tragic human losses as well as about 440,000 acres of charred land in eight counties, hundreds of miles of burned fences and uncounted number of dead or injured animals as reported by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Rotarians Help Texas Panhandle Wildfire Victims 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Ingleside RC is having a Golf Tournament 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now
Inaugural Rotary Polio MOTO
LTG Youth Services Joseph Michael Dickerson organized our First Annual D5930 Rotary Polio MOTO event March 25th and 26th
  • 819 miles in two days through Rotary District 5930 (and Beeville) with 7 MOTO Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, plus the “Chase SUV” with Rotarian Cat Dickerson and Future Rotarian Charlotte.
  • Fun, Fellowship, Food, Polio and Rotary Awareness, Donations and Pledges
  • PolioPlus Goal:$5,000 – doubled at $10,000 and counting!
“Born to be wild.  And end Polio.”  Rotarian Tim Dowling, Rotary Club of Corpus Christi stated on a Facebook post.
Click on the Read More to see the pictures from across the District.

End Polio Night with the Vipers
On March 25th, the District 5930 Valley Rotary Club network participated, sponsored and attended the 2nd annual End Polio Night with the Vipers.  Organized by Harlingen Rotary Club member, Doyle Clark, it is estimated over $15,250 was raised.  Stay tuned for a full story about the event, the total raised, and photos from Rotarian Doyle. 
In one weekend Rotarians, and friends of Rotary, across District 5930, raised over $25,000 for polio!  “Going the Distance to Beat Polio!” 
District 5930's Weekend of Giving to PolioPlus 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
 “April is Maternal and Child Health Month”
Rotary All Stars – Together we make amazing things happen like:
  • High quality health care for vulnerable mothers and children
  • Education
  • Immunizations
  • Birth kits
  • Mobile health clinics
  • How to prevent mother to infant HIV transmission
  • How to breast-feed and
  • How to protect themselves and their children from disease
What service projects do you and your club participate in to support maternal and child health?  Share how your club supports maternal and child health initiatives on Rotary Showcase https://map.rotary.org/en/project/pages/project_showcase.aspx
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High April 2017 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
I concede my newsletter space to the “Gov” – she had a lot to say this month.
Fly High with Rotary and I’ll see you soon at the District events. 
Life is good!
Yours in Rotary, 
Joe (First Dude)
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you for your efforts and enthusiasm in growing our district membership.  We are at a net positive of 50 members as of February 2017.  We are #1 in Zone 21b.  Congratulations!!!!!
My message to all Rotary members of our great district is that membership development is the responsibility of each and every one of us; and if you have not brought in a members this Rotary year,
District Membership Status 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Club Builder Award -  
Is there a member in your Rotary Club that meets these  requirements? 
1.  The nominee must be an active Rotarian in good standing, with at least five years of membership. 
Club Builder Award 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

The purpose is simple:  Obtain more involvement and engagement between local communities and foreign cultures that includes Foreign-owned Enterprises (FOEs) or those businesses that operate globally, as well as those foreign/ethnic community groups and employees of diverse ethnic backgrounds..

Event:  UHV's International Festival

Please see the  flyer (click the image on the Read More section)  about the International Festival on April 19th from 6-8PM. 

Please contact the International Department at the University of Houston - Victoria for more information at (361) 570-4109 and we hope that some of you can come. 

International Festival 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0



Step 1: Form a Peacebuilder Committee in your club.
ARE YOU A PEACEBUILDER? 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary,1986 – 2017 - a 30 year Journey

Stigma and superstition Hunted for body parts and isolated by fear, Tanzanians with albinism find safe futures with the help of Rotary and Martha Mganga, a 54-year old Rotary community advocate who is one of her country’s most prolific campaigners for the rights of people with albinism. It is one of the ways Rotary is working to improve the lives of women.
Women in Rotary, 1986 – 2017 a 30 year Journey 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

What we need from Clubs:

  • Door prize – value - $50, suggestions - gift basket, gift cards
  • Project Display board of your signature project for fundraising or community involvement to share
  • A list of names with details and a picture of members who passed this year for our Celebration of Life. Send to JD Simpson at jdsrotary5930@gmail.com by April 21, 2017.

What we need from Rotarians:

  • Donation of an item for our Mystery Box. This is a large box filled with all manner of things –pretty things, kitchen things, small appliances, gift cards, games, garden things, TV things, all manner of things. We guarantee that the box contains at least $2000 worth of merchandise. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $10. Only 1000 tickets will be sold. Send it to District 5930, PO Box 51, Rockport, TX 78381. Call Nancy Paulson, 361-463-8791 or Terri Whitman, 361-205-7122 for more information. Winning ticket will be drawn on May 6, 2017 at the Governor's Banquet Dinner.
  • Honor the Women in Rotary – attend a luncheon in Harlingen.
  • Your attendance at a Party – Friday night – Cinco de Mayo.
  • Come to the All Club Lunch on Saturday, May 6.
  • Be an audience member at several performances on Saturday. Especially – Amanda Wirtz
  • Walk on Sunday for Polio.
  • All this will give you a better view of our District and provide some fun for you and your family in Rockport and Fulton.

Available to either Clubs or Rotarians:

  • We are offering a new service of having Rotary merchandise on sale at the conference. i.e. totes, banners, lapel pins, shirts, etc. If you or you club would like a table, we have 5 available at $50 each. We must have your email requesting a table by May 3. First committed, first paid. All merchandise must have the new Rotary logo.
Thank you for for attention to these needs as we plan and prepare for YOUR Conference of Rotary Clubs.
Chairpersons of the Planning Committee for 2016-2017 District Conference of Rotary Clubs
JD Simpson, PDG & Terri Whitman
District Conference Requests 2017-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

April 22, 2017 -

Foundation Awards and Grant Certification Training

  • District 5930 Foundation Awards Lunch - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Special Guest Speaker - Amanda Lewis, Global Scholar, sponsored by Kingsville  Rotary and D5930.
  • Grant Certification Training - 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Both events will be held at the Solomon Ortiz Center, 402 Harbor Dr., Corpus Christi TX 78401

Register Now for the Lunch and Training

Printable Flyer for Foundation Awards Lunch & Grant Training

More information click the read more button.

Foundation Awards Lunch & Grant Training 2017 2017-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

March 13-19, 2017

World Rotaract Week

There is an opportunity to “plant the seeds of growth” in our Rotaract Clubs.  There are approximately 9,522 Rotaract clubs world-wide, with greater than 290 thousand members.  There are possibly as many Rotaract Clubs that have the same type of data integrity struggles as Rotary Clubs. 
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE – March 2017 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

You are invited to the Grants Certification Training Seminar 2017-2018.

Grants Certification Training Seminar 2017-2018
Mar 04, 2017
No charge, but we do need a count for materials and coffee/pastries.
DoubleTree Suites Hotel
1800 S 2nd St
McAllen, TX United States
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Royale I & II rooms at the Doubletree Suites Hotel
This training is for this Saturday morning.  So if you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me immediately.
Eddie Bartnesky
Assistant Governor Area 8
District Grants Subcommittee Chair

eddie@connellybartnesky.com   956-245-2299

You are invited to the Grants Certification Training Seminar 2017-2018 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month”
Rotary All Stars – Rotary makes amazing things happen like:
  1. Strengthening the ability of communities to develop, fund, and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems.
  2. Providing equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene.
  3. Supporting programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  4. Supporting career-minded professionals’ studies related to water and sanitation.
  5. Creating tools and resources that facilitate, measure, and enhance high-quality water and sanitation projects worldwide.
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High March 2017 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

HAPPENING MARCH/RPM UPDATE - End Polio Now D5930 fundraiser

organized by Lieutenant Governor for Youth Services, Joseph Michael Dickerson
We are still working to get the word out to all of our Rotary District. All of your help in spreading the news about this motorcycle ride to raise funds for END POLIO NOW happening March 25-26 throughout our district is greatly appreciated.
More information by clicking the read more button.
RPM - Rotary Polio Moto Update 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
You are invited you to attend the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award Dinner on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  The event honors the life and achievements of Harvey Weil, a longtime South Texas sportsman, attorney, conservationist and Rotarian who dedicated his life to the preservation of nature and sportsmanship.  To perpetuate Harvey’s legacy, distinguished individuals are honored at the dinner as the recipients of the Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist of the Year and Professional Conservationist of the Year awards.  The event raises endowment funds used to award grants that support research and education in the conservation of natural resources.  Since 1998, over $780,000 in grants has been awarded through the financial support of the dinner. 
We are happy to announce Steve C. Lewis is our Conservationist of the Year and Dr. Joan Holt is the Professional Conservationist of the Year
Individual reservations are $200.  For more information, please contact Lysa Chapman at 361.882.8672, Lysa@rotarycc.com, or visit www.rotarycc.com.
An invite to Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award Dinner 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
The Southside Corpus Christi Rotary Club sponsors a Global Scholar - Crystal Nwosu. Here is a letter from Crystal about her experience.
Dear Rotarians of South Side Rotary Club,
It is nearing the half way mark of my Global Grant Scholarship period and all I have to say is: WOW.
Firstly, thank you again for selecting me and giving me the necessary support and funding. My actions will continue to support your organization’s aim to “Do Good in the World.”
A letter from Global Scholar - Crystal Nwosu 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Dear fellow Rotarians,Rotary will be partnering with other service organizations in an International Week of Service, 25-31 March 2017. All over the world, volunteers like you are working to improve their communities. In the spirit of Rotary Serving Humanity, I ask you to invite another local service group to volunteer with you.

RI President John Germ invites us to service 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Rotary Districts 5750 and 5770 are hosting the second annual Sooner Rotaract Institute (SRI) at the University of Oklahoma! SRI is a full-day Rotaract training event featuring experts in the fields of leadership, public relations, communications, club membership, and more. Our mission is to equip Rotaractors with the information, skills, and resources necessary to make their Rotaract clubs and districts as strong as possible.
D5930 Rotaract Clubs are invited to the Sooner Rotaract Institute 2017 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
District 5930 held our second Cadre/Membership Matters workshop in Laredo, Texas on Saturday February 11, 2017.  Rotarian and Cadre presenter Susan Urban from Oklahoma City delivered an award winning training to a captive audience of Rotarians, new, and prospective members, representing eight Rotary clubs.  Our district now has two workshops under our belt and has reinforced again, how important they are for membership development.
Second Cadre/Membership Matters workshop in Laredo 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Dear Funders of two Rotary $30,000 Global Scholarships for Anja Nikolova with copies to other friends in Rotary;
Anja has forwarded to me an advance copy of the March magazine, well OK a picture of two pages from the magazine, and they are attached.
To provide a little background I am sending along my earlier email of February 7.
The Ghana project that Anja refers to in the article was funded on December 23 in the amount of $106,000 with 10 Districts and 12 Clubs contributing.
Thank you for supporting Global Scholarships for Anja Nikolova 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Dog-in Music Fest in Harlingen 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0


All Club Youth Luncheon following the District 5930 Four Way Test Speech Competition will be held Sat. April 1, 2017 at TAMU-Kingsville. The flyer is located on the D5930 Website.

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
Youth Services D5930 - March 2017 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

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,
In Memoriam - Past District Governor Obie L. Etheridge 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

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. 
RotarianActionGroupForPeace.org 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0


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.
Youth Services D5930 - February 2017 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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.”
2017-18 Presidential theme announced 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High February 2017 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

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.
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE – February 2017 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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.”
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.    
Himalayan Rabbit Farm - International Service Project 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
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
Area 4 Four Way Test Speech contest 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

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
Bus Schedule for RYLA for the Valley 2017-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
  • 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
  • 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)
Club Administration Checklist 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
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.
RPM - Rotary Polio Moto 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
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.

Membership Seminar in Laredo 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
The leadership of Rotary District 5930 proudly established the Military Veterans Scholarship Program to help eligible honorably discharged veterans pursue their higher education goals. 
On December 14, 2016, at the meeting of The Laredo Rotary Club, District Governor Debbie High and Assistant Governor Juan Lira presented the first two scholarships to two outstanding and very deserving veterans. They are Richard Zundt and Sergio Hernandez.   
This new Military Veterans Scholarship Program was made possible through a District Designated Fund (DDF) Grant because of the generous donations to The Rotary Foundation by D5930 Rotarians and clubs three years ago.
Rotary District 5930 Presents the First Military Veterans Scholarships 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

Season’s Greetings to All!

I am Mike Dickerson, Lieutenant Governor for Youth Services for District 5930. For those of you who know me, you won't be surprised that I have come up with a wild and fun idea to raise funds for a cause, we as Rotarians, hold dear to our hearts. And this time, I have managed to convince some of my fellow Laredo Rotary Club members to consider joining me! We hope you will too.

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.

Motorcycle Ride around District 5930 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Ingleside Rotary Club invited all to their Paul Harris Christmas Party on Dec 17 at the Ingleside Municipal Airport. By all accounts it was a success. They are even looking to continue and expand for next year.
As Reported:
Nine people were honored recently with the Paul Harris Fellow award, presented by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
About 50 Rotary members, family, and friends gathered Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Third Coast Squadron-Commemorative Air Force Museum to celebrate the recipients.
Paul Harris Christmas Party 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

How do you know that your Job is…well something more than a Job?

As the Governor noted in her January message, it is Vocational Service Month.  Over the years, I have struggled with the Vocational part of Rotary.  Several of the clubs I have been with required a 5-minute classification talk.  I have always avoided these talks until I joined Southside Corpus Christi Rotary Club.  
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE – January 2017 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
EarlyAct FirstKnight® (or EAFK) is a powerful, daily character education program for elementary and middle schools, made available by The Knights of The Guild and Rotary. Created by Dr. Randall Parr and sponsored by local Rotary Clubs, EAFK creatively teaches and motivates students to become more civil, service-oriented people during their most formative years.
Several clubs across the district have established the EAFK program in local elementary schools. The students, schools and clubs are stepping up to the challenge of service projects, giving back to the community and giving to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus.
Read about two projects by clicking the Read More button.
EarlyAct FirstKnight Programs Show Service to others 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Wilson G. from the Corpus Christi Evening Club has a connection for a great presentation that is very near and dear to his heart put on by Mr. Chamberlain. 
It's an overview of the state's efforts to help adults with disability find work.  Mr. Chamberlain travels the state and presents to different organizations, including Rotary clubs.
He's looking for some help connecting with the clubs down here. Please email the webmaster, Nancy Paulson, Nancy@RockportWebSites.com if you and/or your club might be interested in making arrangements to have this guest speaker at your club.
Need a good Program for a meeting? 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
PDG Marilyn Spencer Honored 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor Debbie recent had her official visit with the San Benito Rotary Club. This is a small club of just 11 members, currently. By the look at the two videos in the read more section they have some interesting projects and enthusiastic helpers.
San Benito - Small but Strong 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
The Laredo Rotary Club offers one of the most unique service programs with the Diploma Plus program for high school seniors at-risk of dropping out. 
Working in cooperation with all of the local public high schools, Rotary volunteers and volunteers from the Rotary family, school Counselors recommend students who are most at-risk.
One or two volunteers are designated liaisons for each of the nine high schools. The volunteers mentor the students and track their progress.

Diploma Plus Program - A Worthy program 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
By DG Debbie High
As Rotarians we support many clean water projects around the globe to give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.
On December 14th a Water Crisis hit close to home in Corpus Christi that initially impacted over 320,000 residents.  There was a “no water use” ban in effect.

Corpus Christi Water Crisis ~ Thank you! 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

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
Lone Star President Elects Training 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

 “January is Vocational Service Month”

Rotary All Stars, the Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians.  The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster:”
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High January 2017 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5930 is responding to the water crisis in Corpus Christi. We have been asked to coordinate efforts with the Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Corpus Christi has been asked by the City of Corpus Christi to coordinate and serve as the distribution points for water. 
1.  They desperately need people to work at the distribution sites.
2.  They need cases of bottled water donated.
Gustavo Perez - Business Administrator The Salvation Army - Corpus Christi
(361) 658-5610
D5930 responds to Water Crisis in Corpus Christi 2016-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor Debbie High is honored and delighted to announce that, unofficially, we have a new District Governor for the year 2019-2020. The District 5930 District Governor Nominating team has chosen Ellison Crider of the Corpus Christi Evening Rotary Club
Congratulations to Ellison and to his wife Fay. Ellison is a 30 year Rotarian who is currently serving as the District 5930 Rotary Foundation Chair. Ellison and wife own E Enterprises, LLC, dba Buddy’s Home Furnishings since September 2014. They have two stores franchised as Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Corpus Christi and Robstown.
DG Debbie welcomes Ellison to the District 5930 Leadership Team of DGE Betty Ramirez-Lara (2017-2018, McAllen South) and DGN Andy Hagan (2018-2019, Brownsville Sunrise).
Rotary International rules impose a 14-day challenge time. If there are no challenges Ellison Crider will be officially declared DGND (District Governor Nominee Designate).
Editor's note: DGE Betty's club was listed wrong in the newsletter email. It has been corrected in this story. The editoe is sincerely sorry for the error.
District Governor for 2019-2020 Announced 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
President Elaine Hernandez of McAllen North Rotary Club has been asked to serve as a Technical Reviewer.  This assignment involves a written evaluation of a global grant project application. She will be reviewing a global grant application for a Disease Prevention & Treatment project taking place in the D-4465 Peru and the details are as follows: Project Description: to purchase and deliver 14,000 mosquiteros and organize a community awareness campaign to reduce new malaria infections in several villages of the Loreto Department, in the Amazon region of Perú.
Congratulations, Elaine.
D5930 member to serve as a Foundation Cadre of Technical Reviewer 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Our Lt. Gov of Membership Luis Cavazos recently shared a story titled "The Best Membership Training We’ve Had". He started out this way . . .
For the first time, we hosted an incredibly successful Cadre Membership Training in District 5930 on Saturday October 15, 2016 in Harlingen Texas. 
It was interactive and by the time we finished we had most of the answers on what we each wanted to take back to our clubs to implement immediately.

Get Ready Laredo and surrounding clubs!!

It's coming to your area on February 11, 2017 from 8:30 am to 1 pm

Register Now for this training

Get Ready Laredo and surrounding clubs!! 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

  “December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month”

Rotary All Stars President Rose, Rotary Club Columbia Metro (2015) is my inspiration for this months Governor’s newsletter. She reminds us that during the month of December, all around the globe, peoples of nearly every race, nation, culture and faith will celebrate. Some will feast and dance and sing songs.  Some will make sacrifices, undertake journeys, and offer special prayers.    . . .
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High December 2016 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Did You Know? Where is It? 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and peace. The Rotary Youth Exchange program provides thousands of young students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
As with any Rotary program, volunteer support ensures success. The Rotary Youth Exchange program is administered at the district level under the supervision of the district governor. Rotary clubs interested in sending or hosting students must coordinate their participation through the district-level program. An effective Youth Exchange program relies on the dedication of Rotarians serving in leadership positions.
If the Youth Exchange Program is District 5930 is going to continue to grow and prosper - it needs help NOW. There is a conference at the end of January for interested Rotarians. Details are here - www.scrye.org. More Info on Rotary Youth Exchange
Please check it out and if you're interested, please contact one of the following:
Youth Exchange Needs your Help NOW 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2016

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

  • Presidents, Officers and Directors appointed, elected and installed. This needs to be done and reported by Dec. 31, 2016.
  • 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 by logging into the district website at www.rotary5930.org.       . . .
Getting Ready for 2017-2018 Nancy Paulson 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Clubs are encouraged to support their President-Elect in attending, hopefully by paying for their registration, hotel and travel. There is also a training track for President nominees. Even if your president is serving for a second time, attendance at the PETS for their upcoming year is essential. They will find out the special aspects and initiatives for their year from 'their' District Governor.
Click the READ MORE about the premier training event that prepares Rotary Club President-Elects . . .
LoneStar PETS - President Elects Training Seminar 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Hopefully all clubs filed the required IRS Annual Form 990, 990N, or 990EZ by November 15, 2016.
DG High is required to know that clubs are in compliance, so please send me an email confirming the return has been filed.   Please indicate whether your club files under IRC 501(c)(3) or IRC 501(c)(4).
Also please let us know if your club has a 501(c)(3) Foundation. We need to know if the IRS form was filed for it and its tax number.
Send any questions and your club response to me at Ross5357@aol.com.

Nancy P. Ross, Tax Compliance Chair



IRS tax filing for RY 2015-2016 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

The “Story”

It is this time of year that I think about the stories of our lives.  As I reflect upon those stories, I think of the many different ways they continue to affect my life.  I think that “Story Telling” for me started early in life, as my mother used to say I told some real whoppers.   But those stories (which probably did not pass the 4-Way Test.) are not the stories I initially wanted to discuss this month.  I wanted to relate the importance of acknowledging and telling our own “Rotary Story.”
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE – DECEMBER 2016 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
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.
D5930's Million Dollar Dinner 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
This December Rotary International at www.Rotary.org is making key upgrades to the member database.
  • From 3-5 December, Rotary.org users may experience interruption.
  • Members may be unable to complete transactions online, including making contributions, registering for the convention, running reports, accessing grant information, logging into My Rotary, and updating member information.
  • Rotary staff will minimize interruptions as much as possible.
  • Please be advised and share with your members.
Message from RI staff about their website and My Rotary 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Today was a special Rotary day. Edinburg Rotarians packed 113 shoeboxes filled with toys and other goodies for children around the world.
Edinburg Rotary News 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians, 

I want to personally say “Thank You” to all the Rotarians who supported this year’s Rotary Adoption Awareness Picnic last Saturday.  Many of those attending agree this was possibly the best year yet!  
Rotary Adoption Awareness Picnic 2016 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
The Kingsville Noon Rotary Club, the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Rockport Rotary Club, the Burnet Rotary Club, the Corpus Christi South Side Rotary Club, and a private donation funded a project in Nepal.
Impacting lives halfway around the world 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
This email list is made up of the people who will make this grant to provide clean water to 1128 families (about 5500 people) possible.  You are the source of the pledges and donations.  Thank you all!! 
   So...it is time for a status report.
Global grant to provide clean water to 1128 families 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation named World’s Outstanding Foundation 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Past District Governor Gaylan Duncan

Rotarians and friends in D5930, who knew Past District Governor Gaylan Duncan, were deeply saddened by his death on November 13, 2016.  Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Gaylan’s wife of 58 years, Ella Marie Wepreck Duncan and all the family. 
In Memoriam - PDG Gaylan Duncan 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
The Rockport Rotary Club, led by an idea from the evening meeting members, have created a unique way to bring together several issues - children in need or a crisis situation, interaction with our men/women in blue and the desire to complete a service project by Rotarians. This project is quick and easy, meaningful and touches on several areas of focus.
The Comfort and Joy Bag project is designed to hopefully bring just a bit of those two feelings
Comfort and Joy Bag Project 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

The Month of the “Foundation”

If you are like me you think of the foundation in terms of buildings or education or football.  For example, the foundation of a running game is “blocking”.  So it seemed logical to “Google” the word foundation.*   What I found seems to confirm what I thought I knew. 
HIGH NOTES FROM THE FIRST DUDE – NOVEMBER 2016 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

 “November is Foundation Month”

Rotary All Stars we celebrate the centennial of The Rotary Foundation Rotary year 2016-2017. We are Rotary Serving Humanity!
We Fly High with Rotary throughout District 5930 as we see the impact of your generous donations to our Rotary Foundation as clubs use their District Simplified Grants and work on global grants. 
This month we will interview applicants for the Scholarships to Costa Rica, Global Grant Scholarships for school year 2017-2018, and the new Veteran’s Scholarship.
Fly High with Rotary from DG Debbie High November 2016 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Disaster Aid - A Service Project Idea 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings from Rotary. Your Club and District Support (CDS) team is reminding you of the IRS annual filing requirement for all Rotary clubs in the U.S. and U.S. territories.  
Note: If your club has already completed this requirement this year, please disregard this message.

Whether your club is a subordinate under Rotary International’s 501(c)(4) group exemption or is independently tax-exempt,
IRS Filings - due November 15 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
  • Events
    • Foundation Celebration - November 12 - Register from website homepage
  • News for Clubs - Updates and information on
    • RYLA and a special message about RYLA - on website under Youth Services
    • 4 way Test Speech Contest and Youth Conference - on website under Youth Services
    • Getting Ready for 2017-2018
  • News from Clubs
    • Service Project ideas
    • Invitations to events
    • Outbound Exchange Student Reports
  • Nominations for DG 2019-2020 and Council on Legislation
  • Million Dollar Dinner
  • Proposal for a new District-wide Polio event - Get your engines Ready!
A Quick Recap of the HIGHlights 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Want something to do this weekend that doesn't involve Rotary? 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
I have an idea for a project and I am putting together a committee to implement this project.  The goal is to raise awareness and funding to End Polio Now.  

We will ride motorcycles around the district in a 2 day event. 
Do you Like Rotary, Motorcycles & Hate Polio? 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0