“October is Economic and Community Development Month”
Rotary All Stars, we enter the second quarter of Rotary year 2016-2017, with a focus on basic economic and community development, “Gear up!  Fly High!”
How is your club making basic economic and community development a priority, both locally and globally? 
Read the rest of my story this month. Some exciting and new information provided.
Remember to share your photos and stories for our District newsletter (due date 24th of each month) and also on Rotary Showcase

Doing Good:  Growing Local Communities

Rotary members help Indian weavers achieve better wages and working conditions.
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day.  Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in under-served communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

"Gear Up! Fly High!”

Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Youth Exchange attended the 3 ‘n 1 Seminar on September 24th in Kingsville.  We had Fun, Fellowship and good Food, while increasing our Rotary knowledge and leadership skills.   
Christine Grodecki, Annual Giving Officer, Zones 21b & 27, The Rotary Foundation and Sherri Muniz, Rotary Coordinator, Rotary International Zones 21b & part of 27 also shared their expertise and resources with us.
Sherri challenged our Rotary clubs to “Gear Up! Fly High!
Sherri’s keynote address at lunch related how an airplane is just like a Rotary club – unless we pull up the gear to a fully retracted position, unless we cast off all that keeps us low and slow with shakes and constant vibrations – our Rotary club will never Fly High!
To Fly High with Rotary Serving Humanity, Rotary clubs need a:
  1. Strategic plan and annual goals  (Rotary Club Central tracks your progress)
  2. Plan to communicate and use the resources
  3. Plan to watch for signs that things are not going as they should
  4. Plan to adapt and take time to make the changes.
Sherri closed by sharing “Your vibrant Rotary club has no barriers to flying high – it is ready, willing and able to pull its gear up – make the changes needed – provide new and more meaningful service.  So Gear up and Fly High!”
A “Rotary High-Five” to the 3 ‘n 1 Planning Committee, District 5930 Leadership team, Facilitators (including Christine and Sherri), Rotary Club of Kingsville for logistical support (extra kudos to their SGT at Arms), Caren Adamson (RC of Victoria Northside), AG Craig Hollingshead, the set-up and take-down by Rotarians, and TAMU-Kingsville for providing the great seminar facility and tech support.   A “Rotary High-Five” for all of those that attended and participated!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ramkumar Raju - Rotaractors at the Presidential New Generations Conference in Chennai, India, organized the world’s biggest high-five. A total of 7,084 people participated in the challenge, which was recognized by Guinness World Records. 


District 5930 Foundation Centennial Celebration Dinner

Date:  November 12, 2016
Time:  6pm – 7pm Fellowship and Showcase
            7pm – 9pm Dinner and Program
Place:  Corpus Christi Country Club
Flyer and registration information is on the District website
A SELL OUT crowd is expected! 

NO on-site registrations – pre-payment required securing your reservation.

Club Visits

What a fun time I continue to have as I make my official clubs visits and board meetings.  The First Dude, “Joe,” and Governor’s Aide Nancy Paulson were even able to join me on a few visits.
It’s so exciting when clubs share the remarkable things they are doing to serve their members and local and global communities.  Thank you for the warm hospitality as I continue the official clubs visits and board meetings.
Together we will continue to Fly High with Rotary Serving Humanity.
Rotary International District 5930
District Governor 2016-17
Deborah High