South Austin Rotary Celebrates 60yrs! 2018-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
On February 10th, Rotary District 5870 accepted the tree planting challenge from RI President Ian Riseley. The Rotary Club of South Austin planted 49 fruit trees at the Community First Village. The Rotary Clubs of Austin Cosmopolitan, Austin Centennial, Austin NXNE along with the University of Texas Rotaract planted 400 saplings a home at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park! The Rotary Club of Flatonia made their tree planting project a community event, with the Mayor of Flatonia Bryan Milson reading a Proclamation “recognizing Rotary Club of Flatonia’s efforts to improve the quality and beautification of the City’s parks” and declared February 10, 2018 as Flatonia Rotary Arbor Day!!!  They planted 31 trees. Click here for photos
D5870 Arbor Day Tree Planting Challenge Was A Success! 2018-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
On February 15th at Austin City Hall , District Governor Gene Holiman received an official Proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler proclaiming February 10th as Rotary Arbor Day.  Rotary is being recognized for all of the amazing tree planting projects that were completed on February 10th throughout Austin and surrounding communities. 
Mayor Presentation of Rotary Arbor Day 2018-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
Governor's Citation: A beloved saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, let me let you in on a little secret. It takes a whole lot more than that to raise a district governor!
 Those of us privileged to serve in this leadership role here in District 5870 walk down an arduous path before we even take the reins as Governor. Usually, several years as an Assistant Governor, other district roles. Then a year as District Governor Nominee. The District Governor Elect title creeps in. Then a full year of continual surprises as the DG itself. This progression is no walk in the park, as I am sure all my predecessors will attest. It's three grueling years of planning... organizing... setting goals... recruiting teams... and continual surprises (fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like). Yes, it's rewarding and fun, but it is also challenging. 
Some District Governor job descriptions and requirements are written down in the Rotary Internal Manual of Procedure - the MOP. Unfortunately, many, many more are not. I - and all the PDGs before me - have had three sources of guidance and leadership to lean on - (1) the aforementioned MOP, (2) the RI website and (3) trusted advisors.
PDG Rich Kaye Receives Governor's Trophy 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Last summer, when I started making my official Governor Visits to all the clubs in our district, I related that membership growth/retention was going to be the main focus during my tenure as governor. My "District Governor One" initiatives that I shared with each club included goals that (1) each member would expose at least one new perspective member to Rotary by bringing them as a guest to one of your regular meetings or a service project or a social event, and (2) that each club in District 5870 net at least one new member before the end of the 2017-18 Rotary year.
Message From DG Gene Holiman 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
The 2018 District Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Nancy Lehmann-Carssow of the Rotary Club of Northwest Austin. 
The District 5870 Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award is the highest award our district can bestow to an individual Rotarian.
To receive the Distinguished Service Award, the nominee must have demonstrated sustained superior service in support of The Rotary Foundation programs.  Financial contributions, however notable, are not a relevant consideration for this award.  The recipient must have shown service on a broad basis with a substantial level of activity. First awarded in 2013, the Distinguished Service Award has been presented six times. 
District 5870 Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Congratualtions to Abbey Tootle from the Austin Cosmopolitan Club for earning the Rotary Foundation Certificate for Meritorious Service! The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service is the second highest award the Foundation gives to individual Rotarians and, since 1975, has only been awarded fifteen times to a member of District 5870.
Abbey Tootle Receives Rotary Foundation Certificate for Meritorious Service 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Foundation Banner Status Report 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Celebrating - Rotary Making A Difference 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Sgt. Chris Hirsch, wife Paige and three beautiful daughters were hosted this weekend by the Courtyard Marriott/ Residence Inn Austin  for a complimentary weekend sponsored by the  Rotary Clubs of Killeen and Austin, Austin Hotel Lodging Association, County Line Restaurant and Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau thanking the family for his service to our country.
Ft. Hood Operation Vacation 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
La Grange Rotary kick starting off the new year in a big way! They donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity for a home that will be built for a family affected by Hurricane Harvey. 
La Grange Supports Habitat For Humanity 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Flatonia sponsored the Senior Hog Showmanship at the Livestock Awards Presentation and Premium Sale at the Carl Smith Pavilion held on Flatonia ISD campus. They presented the award, a beautiful silver belt buckle to the winner, Emma Klozik. Helping Patricia Satterwhite, President of Rotary Club of Flatonia, with the presentation was Jyl Stavinoha and Stuart Mica.  Congratulations to Emma and to all winners at the Livestock Show this year!
Flatonia Rotary Sponsors Livestock Award 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
LCRA presented the Rotary Club of Burnet with a $25,000 check as part of the LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. The grant, with a match of $25,000 from the Rotary Club and up to $50,000 from the City of Burnet, will fund a new pavilion, playground shade cover, resurfaced basketball court and new goals, tables, benches and energy-efficient lighting at Live Oak Park in Burnet. This is a great example of the power of partnerships and the Rotary Club of Burnet making the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" come to life. 
Rotary Club Of Burnet Partners With LCRA 2018-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Taylor spreading the holiday cheer in the community this past month with donations to the Taylor Police Department and Shepherd's Heart. Thank you for all that you do!
Rotary Club Of Taylor Making A Difference 2018-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laraine Lasdon

Citation:  Mike Pfriem – Rotary International

For those of you who are new to this mailing, at the beginning of each quarter I compile and send updated employment statistics about alumni of the Rotary Peace Fellowship.

Here are the Rotary Peace Centers alumni statistics as of 2 January 2018. This update includes all of the 2015-17 peace fellows. Peace fellows from the most recent class at Bradford will be included in the next update.



Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni current stats Laraine Lasdon 2018-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
RI President Ian Riseley has challenged each  Rotarian in each district WORLDWIDE to plant one tree for each member during this Rotary year. It can be planted in your yard, a park, in a business area, wherever your personal desire to plant your tree. It can be a 12" tall sapling or a towering 20' oak. Your choice.
To garner the most publicity possible for our Rotarians' actions, we have designated Saturday, February 10, 2018, as Rotary District 5870 Arbor Day, similar to the district-wide Pints for Polio event last month. So that we can garner the most possible publicity, we are encouraging all clubs in the district to concentrate their planting efforts on or around this specific date. We want to highlight to our communities that Rotarians in District 5870 planted 2500+ dresses locally on a single, united day, to Make a Difference.
More details will be forthcoming.  Regional Urban Foresters from the Texas A&M Forest Service will be working closely with us, via regular communiques (to come) and other helpful hints regarding which types of trees to plant where, etc. They will also guide us through proper planting procedures for our respective regions, to assure strong growth.
Please mark your calendars with this district-wide date so you will be ready to join the initiative when further details are formalized.
ARBOR DAY - 1.2 MILLION TREE CHALLENGE 2018-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year 2018!! 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
For over 90 years, the Rotary Club of Austin has organized a festive holiday party for the kiddos full of cookies, Christmas songs, gifts and even a visit from Santa! This year's party was one for the books. The children couldn't wait for the big party and some of them brought handwritten letters for Santa and his elf. 
Helping Hand Home For Children 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
 Killeen-Heights Rotary Club members and Killeen Police Employee Association teamed us this year to "start a Blue Santa" program that shares the Christmas spirit with local families that are experiencing difficulty this holiday season. Through coordination and collaboration, KPEA members and Killeen-Heights Rotary Club members were able to provide Christmas presents, winter jackets, clothes, and full Christmas meals to 7 families, including 18 children! 
Killeen Heights Rotary and KPEA Team Up in the Spirit of Christmas! 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Cameron's global grant was to provide Medical Equipment to Primary Health Centers (PHC) located at Pedanandipadu and Karamchedu Villages and Eye Hospital located at Macherla. The PHCs and Eye Hospital are not fully equipped with the required Medical Equipment and Patients are required to travel several hours to Guntur to take proper treatment.
Cameron's Global Grant Project With Parchur Central In India 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation has AGAIN earned a perfect 100 rating from Charity Navigator!! As a point of reference, Charity Navigator rates 8,000 of America's best-known and some lesser known, but worthy, charities.  Of these, only 65 have earned a perfect 100 rating.  Our Foundation is one of those 65.  Read More
Rotary Foundation Earns Top Rating on Charity Navigator 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Caldwell making a difference with their volunteer efforts at the KBTX Food For Families Food Drive this past weekend. Demonstrating once again that we are People Of Action in our community! Thank you for your Service Above Self!
KBTX Food For Families Food Drive 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
The students in the Pecan Springs EAFK service club were invited to a big citywide school Christmas party sponsored by the Omni Soithpark Hotel.  Each school had a tree to decorate with homemade decorations that would’ve donated to a needy family for Christmas. Then the hotel escorted all the students in the ballroom for cookies and milk and Christmas entertainment by Ortega. This trip was arranged by the school counselor and the club’s coordinator, Patrick Salinas, 5th grade teacher and three Rotarians(Betty Richardson, Margaret Curtis, Mary Reynolds) who work with the school came to help. Fun for all, a great cause sponsored by the hotel and a reminder to our service kids that there are lots of ways to give back to your community and city.
Pecan Springs Service Club Decorates Tree For Charity 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
The Hotel Van Zandt is hosting our December military couple for Operation Vacation. Sgt. Mitchell and his wife Kate were so surprised to find out about this trip and can’t wait to explore Austin! This program is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Austin and Killeen, the Austin Hotel Lodging Association, County Line and Super Shuttle.
December Operation Vacation 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
On Veteran’s Day, one of our own Rotary Club of Austin members, Mary Reynolds was honored  by the Georgetown Rotary Club with a flag flying in their hero’s garden from November 5th through November 12th, a tribute to “Service Above Self”. The display of 1400 U.S. flags in San Gabriel Park in Georgetown was in honor of heroes whose dedication to the preservation of freedom in our country, and/or protection and service to our communities both locally and internationally. This new Rotary project is called the Field of Honor and Mary was sent the flag and the ribbon attached to the flag that flew in that garden. What a surprise and such a touching moment for one of our own. Congratulations, Mary  and thank s to  Georgetown Rotary Club. For more info: www.georgetowntxfieldof
Great Rotarian Project and An Honor For One Of Our Rotarians 2017-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Killeen Heights Rotary making a big difference in their community with their Annual Food Drive. They kicked off this annual effort during their weekly Club meeting on 10 November 2017, where the members contributed funds for the local food center. Since the Killeen Food Care Center can provide seven meals per dollar donated, their Club effectively provided 31,300 meals to the needy in their community! Next, they had 11 volunteers pack 600 bags of dry goods for sale at the local Walmart on 13 and 15 November 2017. Finally, on 17 November, 36 members of their Club worked at the Walmart selling the bags of dry goods to Walmart customers - they sold all 600 bags in 11 hours; the last 42 were bought by one generous woman who really wanted to help those in need. They also collected $1,365.98 in cash donations that day - the equivalent of another 9,562 meals! What an awesome project!
Annual Food Drive For Families 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
On Nov. 18th, KIlleen Heights Rotary honored PDG Rich Kaye with the Patsy Derr Sustained Service Award.  Rich is the second club member to receive the award, which is awarded to a club member who has distinguished service at the club and district level.
PDG Rich Kaye Honored 2017-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday, 28 November, happens once a year, but your gift to The Rotary Foundation will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a gift to The Rotary Foundation, and together we can continue Doing Good in the World. To donate:
Support Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday 2017-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Northwest Austin Rotary Spreads Holiday Cheer 2017-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Remembering A Rotarian 2017-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
On November 1st, 20117 The Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis (RCOLT) and the Ladies of Charity/Lake Travis Thrift Shop (LOC-LT) entered into a strategic partnership that will leverage both non-profit organizations’ long-term goals in supporting humanitarian projects in the Lake Travis Area. The $60,000 donation from the RCOLT will help the LOC-LT Building, Community, Service Capital Campaign program and in return the LOC-LT will support the 18-year effort of the RCOLT’s Lake Travis High School College Scholarship program.
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary and Ladies of Charity Team Up 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Killeen Heights Rotary putting their talents to use at the "Families in Crisis Domestic Viloence Shelter" on Make a Difference Day. Thank you for your Service Above Self!! 
Make A Difference Day 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Beatriz Zilveti from the Northwest Austin Club for winning the "Like,Share and Comment" Contest for the Multi-District Reunion.
Congratulations to Beatriz Zilveti 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
This week, World Interact Week, we honor the accomplishments of an estimated half a million Interact club members. And we are recognizing the positive impact young people have made through Interact for more than 55 years.  
World Interact Week Oct 30 - Nov 5 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Prizes for Multi-District Reunion 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Central Texas College Rotaract Club making a difference by spending the day helping at the Friends in Crisis homeless shelter. Thank you for your Service Above Self!
Central Texas Rotaract Making A Difference 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Cameron Rotary Club held their Annual Spaghetti Dinner at the YOE Homecoming Game on Oct. 6. Lots of smiles and fun were had by all who attended and worked!
Cameron's Annual Fundraiser 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
New EAFK School - Hart Early College Prep 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Pflugerville held their "Pocket Change For Polio" event on Oct. 12th at the Growler Bar. Local businesses joined them to make this a spectacular event! The Idle Vine Brewry donated a $1 for each pint sold and Garbo's Lobster Truck ATX donated 10% of their sales. This community really comes together to support each other! Awesome job!!
Pflugerville's Pocket Change For Polio Event 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
This year we are proud to announce that we are bringing back DELIA'S Tamales.
Delivery will be December 3rd and orders must be received by November 27th!
Tamale Season is here again... and The South Austin Rotary Club has a great way for you to get the BEST Tamales in Texas and MAKE A DIFFFERENCE at the same time!
Each case contains 2 dozen of the best tamales in Texas packaged in an insulated sport pack. This packaging makes them the perfect Holiday gift for family, friends, neighbors, or clients.

Choose from Pork, Chicken, or Bean each $35/case.
Tamales are also ideal to serve at your Christmas party or family gathering and we do have large order discounts available. (10 or more dozen… please contact Jose Guerra
South Austin's Annual Tamale Fundraiser 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Austin Cosmopolitan Working To Keep Austin Beautiful 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

As part of the ongoing partnership with the Texas Ramp Project, on September 30, 2017, a group of volunteers from the Georgetown Rotary Club completed their thirty-fifth ramp build. These ramps accommodate the special needs of disabled and handicapped people who would otherwise be confined to their homes. The applicants must submit an application and show specific need for such a ramp.

This was just one of over two-hundred ramps built by various organizations under the guidance of Rotarian Larry Baird. With the leadership and guidance of Larry and George Lourigan, a group of Rotarians including Glenn Beck, Felix Boston, Brett Derning, Jim Deuser, Dave Kellermen, Denis Pepin and organizer Myra Page, this Pflugerville project was completed in record time.

Georgetown Rotary's Ramp Project 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the following clubs & groups for earning the 2016-2017 Presidential Citation: Austin Westlake, Killeen, Killeen Heights, Waco Sunrise, Temple South, Harker Heights, Austin Cosmopolitan, Marble Falls, Rotaract - Central Texas College, Interact - Burnet Middle School, Interact - Burnet High School, Interact - Fulmore Middle School and Rotary District 5870. Great job!!!
Congratulations! 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Pflugerville's Adopt-A-Trail Service project is an awesome project that exemplies community spirit, service above self and how as Rotarians we make a difference! The Pflugerville club was joined by the American Legion Kerlin-Lyerly 154, Cele Middle School, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Connally High School Interact Club to help clean the Pflugerville Park this past weekend.  
Pflugerville Adopt-A-Trail Project 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen brought the Stricklin family in from Ft. Hood for a little R&R to thank them for their service to the USA. Sgt. 1st Class Sarah Stricklin and her husband are both in the Army and have a daughter 3 yrs. old and a son 19 mos.  The Doubletree Guest Suites in Downtown Austin provided them with a complimentary stay with meals -thanks to the staff shown in the picture. The County Line on Hill provided a family style Texas BBQ dinner with all the trimming on Saturday nite. This is just a way for us to say thank you to our military for their sacrifices for us.
Operation Vacation September 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Lakeway/Lake Travis and Bee Cave/Spicewood clubs have OFFICIALLY merged!  They received the formal approval from Rotary International this past week.  They are so excited to become one club. 
"The merger between the two clubs will result in stronger support for existing  service project efforts and improved awareness of Rotary impact within the local Lake Travis Community" says Donald Zielinski, former President, Rotary Club of BeeCave/Spicewood.
"Merging our clubs will allow us to support in the Lake Travis Community in a more robust fashion. Together we can be the center of service for our community", says Kris Shelstad, President, Rotary Club Lakeway/Lake Travis. 
Lakeway/Lake Travis and Bee Cave Spicewood Merge 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Top 10 Reasons To Attend Multi-District Reunion 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of La Grange paid the August utility bills ($51,604) for over 300 families residing in the City of La Grange that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is their 2nd grant since establishing their Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
La Grange Rotary Helps Community 2017-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary has a stellar reputation of handling funds and is considered one of the very top organizations to donate to because of the integrity and actions of Rotarians. 

As a District, we wanted to be able to collect and send funds directly to the Club’s in the communities affected. These Clubs are the “Center of Service” in each of their communities and 100% of the funds donated will go directly to those clubs that need support during the recovery in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

Areas currently in need of Recovery Funds: Rockport, Beaumont, La Grange, Port Aransas, Cuero, Victoria & Houston Metro.

Click below now to make a fully tax deductible donation and select an affected area.

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To donate by check, download this form and follow directions.


Your contribution is fully tax deductible as the (District 5870 Keyway Inc.) is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Our tax ID # is 20-0539278.

Center of Service Harvey Recovery Fund 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
You're Invited To Rotary Oktoberfest 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Register now for the Multi-District Reunion for Rotary District 5870 - Central Texas, District 4130 and District 5930 and receive early bird pricing of $130 per attendee - includes meals, entertainment and hospitality suite! This rate ends Sept. 28th. To register:
Early Pricing for Multi-District Reunion 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Austin-Southwest's Literacy Project 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

A ShelterBox Response Team is on the ground in Texas to determine how best to assist displaced families following Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic flooding. 100,000 homes affected by the flood. 32,000 people forced into shelter. More than 1 million students in 244 school districts impacted.

ShelterBox aid has arrived in the form of blankets, groundsheets, school kits, and solar lamps, while a provision of hundreds of tents is expected today. These tents may be used as privacy tents to area shelters where large numbers of families are being housed, allowing for medical treatment, childcare, and a host of other critical options.

A designated fund for ShelterBox's response to the Harvey disaster has been launched. This fund provides support for all costs associated with ShelterBox’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

Shelter Box USA In Texas 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of La Grange is raising money to help with the impact of the flooding in La Grange. Their focus includes helping children displaced from their homes to start school, helping families who have been displaced from their homes, helping small businesses who have been impacted by the floods and cooperating with other organizations in the La Grange area that are supporting these needs .  Their initial concentration will be to help children who are starting school with school supplies, clothing and shoes and then helping displaced families with basic needs for the families. To donate:

La Grange Raising Money For Flood Victims 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Navarro County Coriscana Supports Special Olympics 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
In- spite of a hurricane coming to Texas, Staff Sgt. Thaddeus Sterling and his wife Kelly and daughter Morgan decided to come to Austin for their Operation Vacation free weekend @ the AT&T Conference Center sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Killeen and Austin and the Austin Hotel Lodging Association.  They had passes for the IMAX at Bob Bullock and Austin Parks and Pizza. They were treated to a fabulous BBQ meal with all the trimmings at County Line on the Lake.  Thaddeus said he was so excited about the weekend because it was his  first day off in three weeks.  Operation Vacation was created to give military families quality time with their families all expenses paid and AHLA and Rotary have been hosted a family once a month for over ten years.  What a rewarding experience for all!
Operation Vacation - August 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Harker Heights Rotary Club has thrown down the gauntlet to all Clubs in the District - including Rotaract, Interact and RYLA Alumni - Are you up for the challenge? Registration ends Sept. 15th
Harker Heights Dodge Ball Challenge 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Fairfield Rotary Making A Difference 2017-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, has been selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president. Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
New RI President Selected 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Killeen Evening Support Children In Mexico 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
I am seeking supporters for our bicycle team in Race Across America, better known as RAAM.  We are entering a four person team for Rotary’s Polio Plus program to eradicate Polio from the world. The Race starts June 16th, 2018 in Oceanside, CA and we should finish by June 24th in Annapolis, MD.  3,000 miles and it is one of the toughest events in the world.  
Race Across America (RAAM) Sponsors Needed 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary clubs of Austin and Killeen took on a meaningful  and unique project over ten years ago when They started hosting a military family from Ft. Hood every month.
Military Operation Vacation July 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club celebrated its 25th anniversary June 22. The group plays an active role in the community by sponsoring its annual Lake Travis ISD Special Olympics Banquet, giving more than $450,000 to Lake Travis High School students for vocational career training and college scholarships, and raising $50,000 for the Lake Travis Community Library meeting room.
Lakeway/Lake Travis Celebrates 25 Years Strong 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
With a saddened heart, we report that Northwest Waco Rotary Club has disbanned after 64 years of service. However their spirit, service and legacy will carry on in the community. They have established an endowed scholarship at MCC that will benefit generations of students in perpetuity. That's something that's always been important to the club, giving back through scholarships. 
Northwest Waco Disbans After 64 Years Of Service 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Great turnout for the meeting at UT with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders including Ambassador Peacock and Council Member Ora Houston of the Austin City Council. These young leaders presented how they are creating opportunities for their country.  It was an amazing event with infectious energy of service, courage, innovation, leadership and humanity! Building a Bridge from Austin to Africa.
Meeting with Mandela Washington Fellowship African Leaders 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Great multi-club service project from the Austin, Austin University Area and E-Club of 5870! They supplied a new book van for Bookspring. Great example of why we are #1DistrictStrong!
Multi-Club Service Project 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Killeen Heights Rotary and Central Texas College Rotaract Club joined together to replace the ramp at the Cove House Emergency Homeless  Shelter in Copperas Cove.  #PeopleOfAction #MakingADifference
Killen Heights Rotary Making A Difference 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. 

RI President-elect Sam F. Owori Dies 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
On June 24-26, the Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen along with the General Manager, Chris Coleman  of the Omni SouthPark figured out a way by giving a Ft. Hood military family a fun filled weekend in Austin through Operation Vacation.
Operation Vacation 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

It's official RYLA 2017 is in the books... and here is the RYLA SLIDESHOW to prove it! Congratulations and Thank You to all involved in this very successful year of The Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Click here to view video

RYLA 2017 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the winners of the Club Public Image Awards for 2016-17! Best Facebook page was tied between Pflugerville and Northwest Austin. Both clubs have vibrant and active pages, great use of hash tags and displaying the Rotary brand. Best Overall Media Coverage went to Temple South for their use of social media, website, video and news placements. Best digital newsletter went to Austin Centennial. 
Congratulations To The Winners! 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
On Saturday June 17, 2017, members of the Rotary Club of Austin Southwest (formerly Austin-Oak Hill Rotary) and honored guests gathered to celebrate 35 Years carrying out Service as a Rotary Club and to install the board of officers for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.
Austin-Southwest Celebrates 35 Years of Service 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Save the date of Tuesday, August 1, 2017 for Rotary night at the ball park! Tickets are $8.66 each plus there is a $1 handling fee. This is a great family fun event. The perfect way to spend a summer evening - all for a great cause! 
Rotary Night at the Ball Park 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
The Dawson EAFK service club presented the program at the Rotary Club of Austin meeting  along with Sir Randall and Lady Amber. Then the students celebrated the end of the year with their Rotary service coordinator Karen Waryas at Dawson Elementary with Balloons and party favors. This EAFK service club had a great year doing  a community, local and international project making the world a better place. 
Dawson Elementary EAFK 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
In March, 2017 BMS Interact was one of four schools in the nation to receive a visit from Sandy Hook Promise during "Start with Hello" week.  That was a tremendous honor and fueled empowerment across the BMS campus that was nothing short of awesome to watch.
This program did so well with the students that the "Start with Hello" is now slated to become a Burnet CISD District wide program during the 2017 - 2018 school year, led by BMS Interact and their advisers.  One of the advisers, Sara Te, not only originally located the program but also decided to apply for the 2016 - 2017 Start with Hello national grand prize.  They won!  Read their story
Burnet Middle School Interact Club Wins National Award and More 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Help Us Drop To Zero 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Back Row (l-r) Alexa L. Sanchez, Elizabeth Ann Henry, Lacie Brooke Herrin. Front Row (l-r) Gary Cataldo, Chapter President, Sunmi Kim, Kassidy Blair, Thomas Kyle Dunn, Heather E. Orellana, Jack Gilchrist, Committee Chair
The Rotary Club of Austin - Southwest (formerly Austin - Oak Hill) presented eight $1000 scholarships at Thursday’s, June 8, 2017 awards luncheon hosted at DK Marias Restaurant.
The Rotary Club of Austin – Southwest firmly ascribes to the sentiment expressed by the South African leader Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” In over 19 years, 150+ scholastic and vocational students have benefited from the club’s ‘Lend A Hand’ scholarship program.
This year’s recipients are working adults, many with families. Fields of study at Austin Community College and Baldwin Beauty School include vocational nursing, occupational therapy, chemical dependency counseling, dental hygiene, cosmetology and diagnostic imaging radiology.  Theirs is a common theme of persistence and hard work, overcoming personal and systemic obstacles as they seek to better themselves and the lives of those close to them.
Rotary Club Total For Scholarships Awarded Exceeds $170,000 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bandstand was held at the Sun City Ballroom on Saturday, June 3.  This was an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Georgetown-Sun City that benefits the youth of Williamson County.  CBS Austin celebrity, Chikage Windler, once again was the Emcee at this event and she, and a few others, were decked out in their “poodle skirts”.  A fun time was had by all and the monies raised will be put to great causes by the Sun City Rotary. See newsclip
Swinging Time At Rotary Bandstand 2017-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
New Major Donor, Gonzalo Garza 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary District 5870 - Central Texas World Community Service Project with Grid Earth Project is underway!  There are several Rotary clubs from our district and from Belize working to provide solar lighting to families who normally rely upon kerosene lamps. Solar lighting is cleaner, cheaper, fume-free, burn-free, and sustainable. Audrey Bennett Cochran and her husband Jack are there representin' the us.
D5870 World Community Service Project 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
(Pictured are (from left) Tony Ruff, President of Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, Nicole Watson of Hotels for Hope, and Monique Hodges, member of Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club.

On March 9, 2017, Hotels for Hope presented Austin Cosmopolitan Club with a donation of $11,300 that will be sent along to Rotary International’s Polio Plus Campaign. 
Hotels for Hope ( books hotel rooms for corporate events and, at no cost to the client, sends $2 of each booked room onto a children’s charity.  They have partnered with Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club as a recipient of those donations due to the Club’s work in areas of education and children’s welfare.
Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club partners with Hotels for Hope 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all who attended this past weekend in Corpus. We hope you had as much as we did! But none of that would have been possible without your participation. Our focus was intended to be a celebration of your year in Rotary and we could not think of a better way to do so than with a carnival.
Carnival CORC 2017 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Get Your Rotary Shoes 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
SPC David Floyd got to treat his wife and one year old daughter to a fun filled weekend in Austin thanks to the sponsors of Operation Vacation. The Rotary Clubs of Killeen and Austin set up a complimentary weekend at The W Hotel with all the trimmings for the family  through the Hotel Lodging Association and the County Line on the Hill gave the family the royal treatment on Saturday night for a dinner set for a king. The sponsors put together gift bags with snacks, treats, toys and attraction passes and arranged for the them to have quality family time totally on the hospitality industry as our thank you to the soldier for his service and to the family for their sacrifices. "It is always a heartwarming experience for all of us and we have been doing it every month for over ten years, says Mary Reynolds, the Rotary Club of Austin Operation Vacation chair and an advisor to the Austin Hotel Lodging Association Board and we hope to continue as long as there are soldiers serving our country."
Austin's Operation Vacation 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary District 5870 Governor Installation Banquet will be held at the centrally-located Reunion Ranch in Georgetown on Saturday, June 17, from 11:30AM-2PM. Incoming DGE Jerry Chapman, incoming DGN Jim Henry and DG Gene Holliman will be formally inducted in that ceremony.   All Rotarians and their family are invited.   It will be a family-friendly informal affair in a western-themed venue, so formal attire is NOT required. Come, relax, and have fun.Tickets are $40 for adults; $20 for kids. Click here to purchase tickets.
Join Us For The Big Party! 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Do you still need to register for the  May 19-21 "Carnival 2017" Conference of Rotary Clubs? We have great news! Early bird pricing for tickets has been extend for May. Tickets are ($125) and First Time Attendee pricing ($100).  To register:
This is going to be an awesome event with live music, food and games.  At our "Carnival Night" everyone is a winner! Here is just a sample of the games that will be available: Western Shoot-Out, Racing Derby, Ring Toss, Penny Pitch, Donut Dunk and a twist on the old game, cake walk - "Wine Walk". All guaranteed to be lots of fun! To register:
Early Bird Pricing Extened! Register Now For CORC 2017! 2017-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Ziegler on May 06, 2017
The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35Mil/Yr.) Our Rotary-wide 2016-17 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $45 Million + the Gates Foundation Match
Polio Eradication Update Terry Ziegler 2017-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Kaye
Our 100th Anniversary
This year – 2017 – marks the 100th Anniversary of our Foundation, and we need your help to celebrate this anniversary in a big way. We are asking every Rotarian in the district to help us achieve 100% participation in the 100th year – meaning, we are asking every Rotarian in District 5870 to contribute something (preferably $25 but anything will be appreciated) to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund between now and June 30th.  We’ve never done that before, reach 100% giving.  The best we’ve ever done is 87.5%.  This is definitely the year to make that magic happen! UPDATE:  As of April 30, we are only at 67.3%.  If you haven’t contributed to the Annual Fund yet we NEED your help.
Foundation News For May Rich Kaye 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Waco Rotary donated materials for Early Literacy Kits for Waco McLennan County Libraries. These kits are geared for children ages 2 to 4. 

They are centered on themes like colors, shapes, and numbers. They include books, age-appropriate games, and an activities list so parents can get creative when working with their children. These kits help support the Prosper Waco Initiative on education which aims to build an environment that promotes life-long educational attainment for all residents.

Waco Rotary In Action 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Clubs and districts can now use global grants to build low-cost shelters and simple schools, under a recent policy change that will be in effect through 2019. The construction must be part of a comprehensive project related to an area of focus. (Projects that involve construction alone are still not eligible for global grants.)

Please note that these structures are limited. Low-cost shelters are intended to provide housing for the destitute or homeless. Simple schools provide very modest schools in areas that previously had none; they aren’t intended to enhance existing schools. To get started, see the low-cost shelters and simple schools guidelines and application appendix.

Send any questions you have to Abbey Tootle.
Global Grant - Policy Changes 2017-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Kudos to Harker Heights Rotary for making the news twice with their Early Act First Knight program -  ceremonies  for Willow Springs Elementary and Harker Heights Elementary.  Articles focused on the students being honored for their character trait of perseverance. 
EAFK Program Makes The News 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarian,

Thank you for your continued and valued involvement in Rotary. Your opinions matter greatly to us. 

Rotary is developing a vision for the future so that we can stay relevant and thrive in the years ahead. Our goal is a compelling, inspirational, and aspirational vision that reflects the impact Rotary strives to have on the world.
We're asking for your input on this brief online survey. With your help, we'll better understand what about Rotary excites and inspires you and how we can make the greatest possible impact. 
Your participation will be vital to our success. Thank you for your assistance in shaping our future.
Warmest regards,
Rotary International Strategic Planning Committee
Help Shape the Future of Rotary 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Golden
It is my pleasure to announce that PDG Melinda Osburn has been selected as the 5870 representative to the Council of Legislation and Council of Resolutions.
Help me congratulate Melinda on her new role representing 5870!
Congratulations to PDG Melinda Osburn Bruce Golden 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Joint Brunch social between UT Rotaract and Anderson High Interact at Zilker Park on 4-22-17 - Earth Day - sponsored by Cosmo Rotary and attended by University Area Rotary as well;  a couple of 4-legged Rotarians also attended!  Thanks too all participants!
Rotaract/Interact Social at Zilker Park 4-22-17 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Copperas Cove Bicycle Giveaway 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Black Prince knights honored at the Harker Heights EAFK ceremony with Sir Cass and District EAFK chair Mary Reynolds. This character program is sponsored by Harker Heights Rotary and KISD.
Harker Heights EAFK Ceremony  2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Pecan Spring Book Presentations 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Grants Management Training Sessions 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Golden

To Rotarians of District 5870 Central Texas:

We are getting close to our goal! Currently, we are in 5th place from previous years.
We sure would like to end the year #1!!!!!!!
Our district members have now contributed over $462,000 to TRF ytd!
For first timer PHF’s, if you have not already contributed or taken advantage of the Jerry Johnson trust matching funds, please consider doing so as we are going for 100% district participation.
Message From District Governor Bruce Golden 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Historical Giving Rich Kaye 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
La Grange's EAFK Project 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Attention First Time Attendees! 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Temple-South held its RibbonCutting for thier DAP grant project-The Un-Included Club Greenhouse at Blackland Research Center. A big "Thank You" to their partnering sponsors- The Rotary Foundation, Lowes Temple, USDA-ARS, AgriLife, Boley Smart Foundation Repair and FastSigns.
Soil and Seeds Sprout to Success 2017-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Save the Date for Flatonia's Annual Golf Tournament 2017-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Round Top -Carmine Elementary had their EAFK knighting ceremony for the trait of perseverance with Sir Cass honoring the students.  It was an emotional  event for all and thanks to the La Grange Rotary for their support. 
EAFK Knighting Ceremony 2017-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Register in March for the Conference of Rotary Clubs and save $$s!!! This will be a family fun filled event in Corpus Christi on May 19-21st. Early bird registration $100 but good only thru March!  Special pricing also for first time attendees! To register:
Register in March for CORC and Save $$! 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
In celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8th, and in recognition of 30-years of women in Rotary, members from all over Rotary District 5870-Central Texas came together for a multi-club service project. This project provided the landscape needs and playground beautification of the Temple Area Family Crisis Shelter. The Temple Families in Crisis (FIC) is a non-profit organization that provides housing, offers support, and empowers people experiencing family violence, sexual violence, and homelessness. FIC envisions families and individuals that experience comfort and safety through the shelter and services of FIC, leading to restoration, wholeness and self-sufficiency. A special moment from the day was when we realized that in attendance was Betty Richardson a 30-year member and the District's most tenured woman in addition to the Districts newest induction Abbigail White. Such a FUN celebration of Women in Rotary & SERVICE ABOVE SELF!
Women of D5870 Service Project 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrating World Rotaract Week! 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Sylvia Whitlock - First Female Club President 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
To Rotarians of District 5870 Central Texas,
February was Foundation month and we celebrated it in style. We held the Foundation Gala at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin on the 4th. There were over 380 that attended. The speaker was Paul Netzel, (the incoming RI Foundation Chair) who did a great job of explaining all the good works the TRF has completed over the past 100 years. There was a proclamation read from Honorable State Representative Paul Workman and signed by the Speaker if the Texas House, Joe Strauss. There was both a silent auction and a live auction. Our district members have now contributed over $358,000 ytd!!!!  That leads both zones again. Were still #1
For first timer PHF’s, if you have not already contributed or taken advantage of the Jerry Johnson trust matching funds, please consider doing so as we are going for 100% district participation. Meaning every member in every club has contributed a least $25! Never been done before, so let’s make that happen!
Message From The District Governor 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Golden
It is my distinct honor and privilege to formally announce that Jim Henry of the Rotary Club of Northwest Austin has been selected by the District Nominating Committee to serve as our Governor for Rotary Year 2019-2020. Jim is a great Rotarian and good friend who I know to be exceptionally well prepared for the job! Please join me in congratulating Jim on his selection as our 105th District Governor. Read Bio
Jim Henry Selected District Governor 2019-20 Bruce Golden 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
This story was told by Howard Brunson at the 2012 District Assembly by the request of PDG Suresh Pahwa. "I didn't expect to be before a district meeting twenty-five years later discussing the event of brining women into Rotary.  The expectations might have been either to be expelled from organization or, if not, that  the occurrence be long  forgotten.
But, now we are here, remembering history; and, that is good. But, remember, it is HIS Story, one person's account told from a single viewpoint.  However, I have checked the facts with others who were there.
The advent of women in Rotary is noteworthy.  Let me say this to the many women who registered for this meeting: Possibly, you saved Rotary by increasing our membership to a number that would sustain us through the periods of economic troubles that were to come. You  brought  varied viewpoints toward the services we offer,  You have brought a to our previously all-male organization a depth  to  the Rotary experience.  
Finally and perhaps most important,  it is noteworthy because, it simply had to be done. It was a step that, in the names justice and decency, had to be taken. Females had not excluded from presenting programs; as visitors, they sat at the same table and shared good conversation. To many of us, it just seemed weird that the president of a bank or owner of a business should  prohibited from filling out a membership application
because of gender..
The History of the First Women in D5870 Howard Brunson 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
In celebration of International Women's Day ( March 8th) and to celebrate 30 yrs of Women in Rotary, we think this is a perfect reason to come together from all clubs in SERVICE!

Please Join us at the Temple Public Library 100 W Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76501 at 3:00pm where we will travel to the unmarked location of Temples Family in Crisis Location. We will be cleaning, and spring-ing up their family playground, plants, and supplies will be provided, but bring a pair of GLOVES!

We will wrap up there by 6pm and head over to Belton's newest Wine Bar @ 208 N. Penelope Street Belton, TX and hope to be joined there by many of our ROTARIAN MEN!

More details to come... but for now please SAVE THE DATE AND PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! 

This is such an awesome opporutnity for us to serve together as women, as friends, and as Rotarians!
March 8th - Women of Central Texas Rotary Project 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
LaGrange Doing Great Work In The Community 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Happy Anniversary to Waco Lake Brazos 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Austin, along with friends and family helping others in the world and having a blast.! Prepared 22,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger who will send to those in need around the world. Great service project! 
RC of Austin Service Project "Rise Against Hunger" 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Request for Nominations of Candidates to Board of Directors, ESRAG 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
State of Texas House of Representatives Honors D5870 for TRF100 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

The foundation dinner was a huge success! Over 30,000 dollars was raised for the foundation thru an awesome silent auction with amazing items like the highest bid item  a private chef dinner for six from Chef Heidi Wittenborn of Austin Centennial Club, and the exciting live auction with incredible items including a Crystal Cruise to Alaska which raised 10,000 dollars alone. 
383 Rotarians and their guests attended this special celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation at the beautiful Sheraton Austin Downtown.
The gala was full of fun, fellowship, laughter and a celebration of the amazing work Rotary District 5870- Central Texas does for the community and for The Rotary Foundation's 100 years of amazing works felt around the World.
Foundation Dinner Recap 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
District Achievement Award 2015-16 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Georgetown-Sun City along with the Jarrell High School INTERACT Club sponsors a Career Guidance Program throughout the school year.  This exposes students to different promising, long term careers where there will likely be jobs waiting for them after the post-high school education.
FBI Special Agent Speaks to Jarrell Interact Club 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Pecan Springs Elementary got a great gift from a major corporation.  After sending out a request to find someone to paint a mural on their cafeteria walls for their cafeteria walls, BookSpring found one of their corporate partners that not only would paint the mural but brought 150 of their employees, families and professional landscaping crew to clean out, replant and mulch all the gardens, remove a deteriorating goat pen, Japanese fountain and gazebo, clean up the school grounds and ran off and laminated materials for the teachers.
Pecan Springs Elementary Mural 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
2017-18 Theme Announced 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Staff Sgt. Robert Hoover, wife Stephanie and children Hayden and Riemann were hosted last weekend at the Hampton Inn Oak Hill by the General Manager Cynthia Tirana.  The Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen provide the program called Operation Vacation Ft. Hood and arranged a rent car, free meals, entertainment packages, toys and goodies to let the family know how much Austin appreciates the sacrifices these families make for all of us daily.
January Operation Vacation 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
RI Recognizes District 5870 Grant 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary E-Club of D-5870 is proud to offer you the opportunity to show your Rotarian pride.  We are selling these cool shoes.  They are a canvas shoe that are great for those wonderful service projects we do. There are three styles being offered: Rotary, End Polio Now and 100 year TRF celebration. ContactBrenda Osbon to order.
Rotary Shoes 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations go out to:
  1. The RC of Temple for becoming only the 3rd club in the history of District 5870 to reach the $600,000 all-time giving level.
  1. The RC of Killeen for becoming only the 4th club in the history of District 5870 to reach the $500,000 all-time giving level.
Congratulations to RC of Temple & RC of Killeen 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Visit the NEW 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds
My first involvement with Ana Menchaca was through her Girl Scout troop. They volunteered to work on a project the Rotary Club of Austin was coordinating for BookSpring of Austin which is a literacy organization that works to get books in the hands of children who need them and to create a love for reading.
Gold Award Project on Literacy Mary Reynolds 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
RC of Austin Receives 100% PHF Banner 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
January - Rotary Awareness Month 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary and the Tocker Foundation recently donated $2,000 to the Lake Travis Community Library in support of their new bookmobile service. The bookmobil service targets people in the library district who are unserved or underserved. 
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Literacy Project 2016-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
What a wonderful way to spend Christmas in Austin for a sweet little military family in a beautiful suite overlooking the Capitol with all the holiday lights at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. SSG John Bell, his wife Crystal and daughter Sophie (2 hrs. old) arrived to a giant Christmas tree in the lobby greeted by the General manager, Steve Juscen and two members of the host group, Mary Reynolds and Brad Wiewel of the Rotary Club of Austin.
Christmas in Austin for a Military Family from Ft. Hood 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
These are pictures from the RC of Georgetown Sun City’s 16th annual Community  pancake breakfast w/ Santa.  They provided over 1100 meals for low income families in the Georgetown area. The local fire dept. cooked & employees from Khols dept. store serve while the local interact kids help disperse presents while the kids waited to have their picture taken w/ Santa.
RC of Georgetown Sun City's Annual Breakfast With Santa 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

On Giving Tuesday, CNBC, one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation No. 5.  Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards. The article highlighted Rotary’s tremendous work in eradicating polio.  An excerpt of their reporting:

“They're big and global, with budgets exceeding $100 million and net assets of at least $65 million. Yet these 10 charities manage to do exceptional work throughout the country and overseas, all while maintaining stellar financial management and transparency.

CNBC Names The Rotary Foundation one of its Top #10 Charities in the World 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
RI Recognizes RC Of Austin Grant For Centennial Celebration 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
RC of Austin Oakhill Changes Name 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Foundation Gala Sponsors 2016-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
We are pleased to announce that Global Grant 16-33516: Microcredits for Entrepreneur Women of Tamaulipas, submitted in Melinda’s year (Rotary year 2015-16) by the Rotary Clubs of Georgetown (D-5870) and Ciudad Victoria (D-4130), has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of $40,400 USD.
This Global Grant will make a significant impact that will help alleviate poverty in vulnerable sectors of the population in Cuidad Victoria, Mexico by creating an economic resource and skills development for women entrepreneurs. The microcredit loans will help stimulate successful and sustainable self-employment which will contribute to a better local economy and the reduction of the crime rate in our community.This Global Grant will make a significant impact that will help alleviate poverty in vulnerable sectors of the population in Cuidad Victoria, Mexico by creating an economic resource and skills development for women entrepreneurs. The microcredit loans will help stimulate successful and sustainable self-employment which will contribute to a better local economy and the reduction of the crime rate in our community.
Congratualtions to Georgetown Rotary! 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the Trustees of the Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust, our most sincere congratulations go out to Tonda Campbell, the newest member of the RC of Killeen Heights, for becoming the 1,000th recipient of a Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust match.   This match, along with her contribution, also results in her becoming the newest Paul Harris Fellow in District 5870.
Now in its 8th year, the Jerry Testamentary Trust Match Program has distributed in excess of $203,000 to match the contributions made by 1,000 Rotarians in Districts 5730 and 5870, and to help them earn a total of 528 first time Paul Harris Fellowships. 
So far this Rotary year, the Johnson Trust has distributed $28,093 to help 76 Rotarians become Paul Harris Fellows.
Jerry Johnston Milestone Reached! Rich Kaye 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5870 - Central Texas in conjunction with Helping a, US Senator Ted Cruz, and renowned singer Lee Greenwood partnered to present a new home to medically retire Marine SGT Steve Land who lost both legs in an IED explosion while serving our nation in Afghanistan. The district was represented by members of Rotary Club of Killeen HeightsHarker Heights RotaryBelton Rotary Club, Temple-South and Rotary Club of Georgetown, Texas. The Rotary Club of Killeen Heights presented SGT Land with a Paul Harris Fellowship, and the Rotary Club of Temple-South has make him an Honorary Member.
Rotary District 5870 - Central Texas Supports Local Veteran 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary – a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world – has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

Rotary Named World's Outstanding Foundation 2016 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

According to The Rotary Foundation, District 5870 contributed $540,935.27 to the Annual Fund last year, resulting in a district per capita of $204.20.  Both these numbers lead all 22 districts in Zones 27 and 21b. This coming year – 2017 – marks the 100th Anniversary of our Foundation.  As we begin November, Rotary’s Foundation Month, we looking for every Rotarian to celebrate this anniversary in a big way.
To make this celebration special, we are asking every Rotarian in the district to help us achieve 100% participation in the 100th year – meaning, we are asking every Rotarian in District 5870 to contribute something to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund between now and June 30th.  We’ve never done that before, reach 100% that is.  The best we’ve done is 87.5%.  This is the year to make that magic happen!
November Rotary Foundation Month 2016-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation has just announced they have selected one of our 2013-14 Global Grants (GG 14-11450 between the Rotary Clubs of Austin and San Nicolás de los Garza in D-4130 to help a mobile medical unit for rural medical care) for recognition as part of the Foundation’s centennial celebration.  During the coming months, The Rotary Foundation will be sharing this exciting news throughout the Rotary world and highlighting this project along with the others that were selected. Congratulations to John Braun, Ellen Hunt and Mavi Chapa for championing this grant, and to Ken Adams and Brenda Osbon for creating the conditions that made it successful. 
RI to Recognize Austin Rotary Global Grant for Centennial 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
This past Saturday, Killeen Heights Rotary with the help of CTC Rotaract, Officers from Killeen PD, and other community members worked together at the Friends In Crisis Homeless Shelter for a great cause. 25 bunk beds and 50 mattresses were replaced at the shelter for the less fortunate. #RotaryHasHeart #100ActsOfGood
Killeen Heights and CTC Rotaract Making A Difference 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the District PR Team! They received top honor at RI Zone 21B/27 for their accomplishment in 2015-16. Step and take a bow for your great work!
District PR Team Wins Top Honor 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Taylor's Pints For Polio 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

When you go out to vote on Election Day, plan to indulge in a hot “cup of red,” when the Annual Corsicana Rotary Club Chili Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cook Education Center at Navarro College on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Tickets are $8 each and includes: chili, all the fixings, plus drink and dessert. Tickets will be available at the door or from any Wednesday Rotary Club member. The club will also be making deliveries if you have 10 or more orders.

The money from the chili fundraiser is used to support Food for Fitness, Students of the Month from Corsicana High School, scholarships, sending students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and The Salvation Army.

For additional inquiries about tickets please contact Michael Hickerson at 903-654-4500

Chili on Election Day: Voting and Rotary Fundraiser Go Hand in Hand 2016-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Last weekend the Austin Hotel Lodging Association along with the Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen in partnership with the Greater Austin Restaurant Association did just that-took care of a soldier’s family from Ft. Hood and the soldier got to go along, too and share in the fun. 
October Operation Vacation 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
EAFK Ceremonies at Dawson Elementary 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Georgetown Rotary - Ramp Building Project 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in Austin got to help Samaritans Feet and Movement Mortgage hand out over 500 new shoes to the students at Pecan Springs Early College Prep School on Saturday and it was a heartwarming event for all.  There was a contest and to win Movement Mortgage had to raise $10,000 to get the opportunity to give a non profit of their choice 600 brand new shoes and the company chose Pecan Springs. The event was held that the school and the Rotarians worked hand and hand with the employees of both organizations measuring the kids, washing their feet and then putting on brand new socks and shoes on each kid that arrived and waited their turn. Each student was also given a backpack of goodies and a snack with juice.  It was a grand day at Pecan Springs and Rotary got to help give back to the community.  Thanks Samaritans Feet and Movement Mortgage. And it was covered on Fox News at 9.  

Multi-Club Service Project - Shoes For Children 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to The Rotary Club of Austin Centennial​ members Christine and Kathy Kempff! They were recognized in Los Angeles by LA Style for co- founding Moja Tu, a non profit organization that helps provide scholarships and mentorship to students in Kenya. Also pictured fellow board member and Acrc member Monica Sharp #RotaryHasHeart #1DistrictStrong #100ActsOfGood 
Rotary In Action 2016-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Northwest Austin's Annual Fruit Sale Is Here! 2016-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Get Ready For Annual Multi-Club Monster Dash 2016-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Fun At Multi-District Reunion 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Belton Rotary Club is honored by the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce A bench has been added to the Belton Police Memorial, which allows visitors to reflect on those who have paid the ultimate price. The memorial opened in May, but there was no place for visitors to sit. The Belton Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Belton program added the bench in honor of the Belton Rotary Club’s contribution to construction of the memorial.
The $600 bench was specially designed to highlight what Rotary Club’s values, quoting the organization’s iconic Four Way Test.
“We really want them to be singled out, and really praised, for everything they have done,” said John Burgess of Leadership Belton. 
Belton Rotary Is Honored By Chamber Of Commerce 2016-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundationl Receives Highest Rating 2016-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
The Rockdale Intermediate School students got a real treat today sponsored by the Rockdale Rotary Club.  The Knights of the Guild brought a jousting event to the school for the kick off of their EAFK character building program.
Rockdale EAFK Jousting Event  2016-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Approximately 24’ of wheel chair ramp was built this past Saturday on Duvall in Killeen. We had a GREAT TURN OUT! Over 30 folks gave up their Saturday morning to help someone they didn’t even know. Not only was a ramp built but we had a very special surprise as General (Ret) Pete Taylor pined a Vietnam recognition pin on a well-deserved Vietnam Veteran. Now if that does not make the hair on your hairs go up I don’t know what will! There was two things that stood out: one everyone had a smile on the face and we had a very wide range of ages on this project from the very young to the very mature! This proves there is something for everyone to contribute as once again we had Unity in The Community .
Killeen Heights Rotary Ramp Project 2016-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen and the Austin Hotel and Loading Association  hosted a military families during the summer month of July for Operation Vacation. Sgt. James Spence, his wife Anna and their four kids  Steels(13), Drew(11), Marek(8) and Anna(5) had the time of their lives exploring Austin the weekend of July 29-31. 
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Congratulations to BeeCave Spicewood for being awarded the 11th RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award for their good work in the community, proving that a small group can make a big impact! 
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Congratulations to North West Waco! 2016-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Don't Miss the Marble Falls 67th Annual Fish Fry 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
District 5870 Rotarians,
Happy New Rotary Year!
Sharon and I are so excited to be your DG & spouse for the year as we start to embrace this year’s new RI theme – Rotary Serving Humanity & our districts theme of Serving Humanity in your Community.
This is going to be a FUN year as we celebrate The Rotary Foundations Centennial Year – 100 years of giving back to the world’s needs.
Buckle up – it’s going to be a fabulous ride!
Best regards,
Bruce Golden
5870 DG / 2016 – 17
Happy Rotary New Year!! 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Are You Ready To Dodge? 2016-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
My Rotary Story Contest Winners 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Killeen broke ground at the noon meeting on Wednesday for its new community service project. The Past District Governor Patsy Derr pavilion will be constructed at the Killeen Rotary Children's Park on S. WS Young Dr. The pavilion will honor PDG Patsy Derr's 22 years of Rotary service to the community and international youth programs of Rotary International. Manning the shovels are Killeen Parks and Recreation Director Mr Brett Williams, PDG's Rich Kaye, Mike Pinson, and Rex Weaver, and The Killeen Rotary Club President Jay Early Contributions for inscribed paving bricks are being accepted by the president of The Killeen Rotary Club Foundation, Club President Elect Raymond Perez, at PO Box 1032, Killeen TX 76540-1032.
Ground Break On PDG Patsy Derr Rotary Pavillion 2016-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Ana Menchaca, daughter of Rotarian David Menchaca of the Rotary Club of Austin and Scout leader/ mother Marla, built these permanent collection boxes for gently used or new books for students at Cedar Creek and Spicewood Elementary to donate for BookSpring of Austin to give to children who have no books in their homes or to clinics to distribute during well checks. Ana did this project for her Girl Scout Gold Award and has arranged for the Westwood Rotary Interact Service Club sponsored by Northwest Rotary to monitor the boxes and deliver the books collected throughout the years to the Bookspring office. Thanks, Ana for your support for literacy in Austin and making a difference in your community.
Girl Scout Gold Award Project for Literacy 2016-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Fulmore Middle School Interact club was presented their Presidential citation award at their last meeting of the year. They were so excited and proud to know that not only are they one of the few Middle School interact clubs but they won a Presidential Citation award their first year and did it without knowing there was a citation to earn.  This was a great Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austin. 
Interact Fulmore Middle School Students Receive International Recognition 2016-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

The Trivalent to Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine Switch

Between 17 April and 1 May, the type 2 component of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) is being removed from use through a globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine. This is the first stage of Objective 2 of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 to withdraw OPV in a phased manner starting with the type 2 component following the eradication of wild poliovirus type 2 in September 2015.

Thanks to the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders from Ministries of Health, health workers, volunteers, switch monitors, WHO, UNCEF and partners of the World Health Organization, confirmation has been received that 152 countries have completed the switch.

Breaking Polio News 2016-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Thanked By Students & Staff 2016-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Austin sponsors these darling little toddlers at a day care center for the Reading is Fundamental program so they all get free books several times during the year to develop a love for reading. Making a difference early!

Austin's RIF Program 2016-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Round Rock Rotary Sunrise club which was awarded 1st place for the best 5k in the Best of Round Rock.  The Reindeer Run is their club's biggest annual event that supports the Play for All Abilities Park in Round Rock.
Congratulations to Round Rock Sunrise!!! 2016-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Come Join The Fun at Conference of Rotary Clubs 2016 2016-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
My Rotary Contest Challenge 2016-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Bono's Message to Rotary Members 2016-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The application deadline is 15 June. Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their Rotary club sponsors on a related project to benefit their local community. For more information, review the application toolkit and scholarship terms and conditions.
Rotary/UNESCO-IHE Scholarships Available 2016-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
The Killeen Heights Rotary Club celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 26 at the Courtyard Marriott in Killeen. The featured guest speaker for the gala event was Ron Burton, immediate past president of Rotary International. 

Melinda at RC of Killeen Heights 30th Anniversary celebration with Miok Duranski, Editor of the Korean Weekly News.  
PRIP Ron Burton being presented a memento of Central Texas by outgoing RCKH President Jose Segarra and PDG Rich Kaye.
Killeen Heights 30th Anniversary Celebration 2015-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Save the Date for South Austin's "Havana Nights" 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Join Austin Cosmopolitan's Sunday Funday 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2015
Mary Reynolds was presented Rotary's highest honor, Service Above Self from Hanspeter Tobler, Rotary District Governor and Greg Podd, Rotary International Director at our District Rotary Conference in San Antonio. Only 145 Rotarians out of 1,250,000.00 members get this award. 
Mary Reynolds wins "Service Above Self Award" 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
EarlyAct FirstKnight Trailer Tami Kyle 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
May 9th - Bosque County Golf Tournament 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
View the latest images from ShelterBox's response in Nepal. These photographs have come from two friends of ShelterBox - Nabin Subedi and Ashish Chaulagain who both live in Kathmandu and a 'before the earthquake' picture kindly donated by a climber who has spent a lot of time in Nepal. Your support is vitally needed to allow ShelterBox to help families in need in Nepal and around the world -…/shelterbox…/sets/72157651806499948/
Rotary Joins Other Interantional Agencies in Nepal 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
The members of the Rotary Club of Austin took advantage of a beautiful Austin day and  instead of doing taxes went to the Parmer Half Price Book Give Away on April 15 and received over 2700 books for kids and Bookspring. Rotary’s literacy committee’s  objective is to get books in the hands of children who do not have any so they can develop a love for reading by building their own home libraries. This goal partners well with BookSpring Austin  which  also believes in providing  free books to infant through high school through their clinic and school programs. These two organizations are changing the world one book and child at a time. Thanks for your help-Half Price Books!  Pictured: Todd Coleman (Rotary volunteer), Vicky Lindsey (Rotary literacy chair), Wayne Holstine (Bookspring staff), Mary Reynolds (Rotary volunteer). Not shown: Rachel Ruiz, Laurianne Balkum, Liz Ingersoll-all Rotarians.
Literacy scores hundreds of books for BookSpring through the Rotary Club of Austin and Half Price Books! 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds
Rotarians share their careers with the students at Pecan Springs Elementary in East Austin on Career Day. Laurianne Balkum shows the kids how to do conflict resolution kindergarten style. What great role models. Proud to be a Rotarian! Way to go. 
Career Day at Pecan Springs Mary Reynolds 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee

Today, February 23, marks the 110th anniversary of Rotary. Over our 110 years, Rotary members have created access to education, empowered communities, pushed polio to the brink of eradication and improved lives around the world. Help us celebrate our birthday by sharing your favorite Rotary memories on social media. Read more:
110th Anniversary of Rotary Pam Blankenzee 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Every year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary's mission. According to the Chronicle, the Foundation received $239,576,000 in 20l3, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year. 

The Foundation recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. In the 20 l3-14 Rotary year, 92 percent of the Foundations expenditures were applied to programs, with only 6 percent spent on fundraising and 2 percent on administrative expenses. The Foundation funded $23.5 million in district grants and $47.3 million in global grants. These grants support local and international humanitarian projects as well as scholarships. 

Rotary Foundation Earns Top Honors 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
2015-16 Rotary Presidential Theme Announcement Pam Blankenzee 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Matera on Jan 22, 2015

The Rotary Club of Marble Falls new community giving program is providing local charities a chance to fulfill their goals in 2015. As a result the club has given out a number of cash awards for projects for a variety of local needs.

Among the largest has been a $27,750 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes for a portion of their facilities upgrades to their Marble Falls facility. The award was presented to Boys and Girls club president Randal Dahl by Rotary Club of Marble Falls president Mendy Ritche at the club’s December 11th meeting.

Other awards given recently were a $5000 grant to the Highland Lakes SPCA for a dog run at it’s new facility, $2000 to the Literacy Council of the Highland Lakes for new laptop computers,$2999 for new equipment at Camp of the Hills, $1500 to the Helping Center for Christmas Turkeys and $999 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Highland Lakes for a new laptop and printer.

Marble Falls Rotary Club on pace for record amount of giving! Jeff Matera 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Vision for a Better World Pam Blankenzee 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary of Austin's Memberhsip Soiree Amy Jackson 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jan 06, 2015


SPC Sami Shrestha and her husband Rojan spent the weekend during the Christmas holidays at the incredibly decorated Omni Barton Creek Resort compliments of Rotary Club of Austin/ Killeen and the Austin Hotel Lodging Association. The couple enjoyed local attractions and a BBQ dinner hosted by the County Line Restaurant. Sami is a nurse with Ft. Hood and was so excited to share with special weekend with her husband. This is such a wonderful way for the community of Austin to thank our troops for their service. 

Operation Vacation Ft. Hood Shares the Christmas Spirit in December Pam Blankenzee 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Giddings Rotary Clubs 4th Annual Emmett Hannes Memorial 5k Run/Walk Brandi Lowe 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kenneth Burgess on Jan 04, 2015

The Rotary Club of Cedar Park today announced the 3rd Rotary Student Talent Show set for March 13, 2015.  This special event is a fund raiser for the club and provides support for its many local and international service projects and funds grants to other non-profits in their work to better our world.

The 1st Student Talent Show in March of 2012 provided funding for:

  • A grant to Boy Scout Troop 271 in Cedar Park, to help them purchase a trailer.
  • A grant to the Twin Lakes Family YMCA to help support programs for community youth.
  • A grant to support the work of Libraries of Love
  • A grant to assist Samaritan Health Ministries with some badly needed repairs and remodeling at their Cedar Park clinic.
  • A grant to send high school students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp (a leadership development program held over a week in July)

The club also supports the PolioPlus Program, a joint effort of the Rotary Foundation, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate wild polio throughout the world.

The talent show is in two divisions: The Junior Division is for students in K through 6th grades.  The Senior Division is for students in 7th through 12th grades. 

Auditions will be held the evenings of February 24 through February 26th, 6:30 PM, in the Little Theatre at Leander High School.  The top ten acts from each Division will move on to the finals, with a Dress Rehearsal on March12th and the Finals on Friday, March 13th in the Auditorium of the Tom Tew Performing Arts Center at Leander High School.

Competition rules and application forms will be available for download at beginning Monday, January 5, 2015.  There is a nominal $10 application fee per act.  

For further information please contact Club Secretary, Ken Burgess, or via his cell phone at 713-806-3551.

Rotary Club of Cedar Park Announces 3rd Annual Student Talent Show Kenneth Burgess 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Pflugerville's 8th Annual Casino Night Jim McDonald 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Nov 20, 2014


At Pecan Springs School in Austin Christine Kempff of the Cosmopolitan Rotary Club was knighted by Sir Cass for the virtue of service at the EAFK knighting ceremony.  Congratulations, Christine. 

Cosmopolitan Club - EAFK Mary Reynolds 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Oct 28, 2014



SSG Phillip Moore, his wife Rosalina and his kids, Ariana and Philip were treated to a fun packed  Halloween R&R weekend in Austin in October. The Embassy Central Hotel hosted two nights for the family in one of their suites and the kids loved the fountains and ponds in the lobby. They dined on a dinner at the County Line BBQ on Saturday night with all the trimmings and enjoyed the Thinkery, Austin Parks and bowling for good quality time for the family. Operation Vacation has been hosting military families each month for the last eight years and it is a great way to thank these soldiers and their families for their sacrifices they experience keeping our country safe. It takes lots of generous sponsors and coordination to provide this special weekend: The Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen; The Austin Hotel Lodging Association; County Line Restaurants; SuperShuttle; Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau ; Toyota Killeen and Around Austin but they love being a part of this inspiring project.

Operation Vacation October Mary Reynolds 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
RC of Giddings Rotary Day Wesley Keng 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Rotary Club Mercedes Giveaway Tickets Available Now Melinda Osburn 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Aug 07, 2014


In conjunction with a City of Austin grant, “Love Your Block”,  The Rotary Club of Austin, the Cosmopolitan Rotary and  the University Area Rotary clubs did a beautification project at Pecan Springs Elementary School revitalizing  flower beds at the entrance in preparation for the beginning of the school year. Thirty volunteers donated their time on August 2 to plant flowers, spread dirt and mulch and water the gardens during the summer vacation.  Rotarians giving back to their community and making Austin a better place. 

Beautification project at Pecxan Springs Elementary Mary Reynolds 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Aug 04, 2014


When:  Sept. 6, Saturday

Where:  Georgetown Health Foundation Community Room Suite 101, 2423 Williams Drive, Georgetown

Agenda:  Coffee 8:30 – 9:00 AM   Training sessions:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Who should attend:  president elects and nominees, committee chairs, officers, board members, and member who have Rotary knowledge & are destined to be a club leader.  THIS IS NOT A BASIC "LEARN ABOUT ROTARY" COURSE BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT OR HAVE BROAD KNOWLEDGE TO BE PART OF THIS TRAINING.  Due to the discussions class participants will be asked to share their experiences with others so having some Rotary knowledge is important.

To register: Registration deadline is August 31 (email Barry or Ann Graham  if you need to discuss call Barry 512-346-0511 or Ann 806-470-4002).  The cost is $25 per attendee payable to Rotary District 5870 – you might even consider having the club pick up the tab.  The registration fee will be charged unless cancellation is made 5 days before the event.  (Food and materials will have been ordered by then.)

Rotary Leadership Institute Training - September 6 Pam Blankenzee 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
26th Annual RC of Georgetown Charity Tournament Pam Blankenzee 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jul 30, 2014

The District 27/21b Zone Conference will be held in Denver, September 9-14. The kick-off event is a seminar on Rotary Leadership Institute training led by Director Greg Podd. All Rotarians interested in Rotary leadership are invited to attend. See details at or contact PDG Ed Mullen, or 254 289 1670. District Leadership Registration This registration website is for the 2014 Rotary Zones 21b/27 Training Events, and Rotary Institute, September 9-14, 2014.

District 27/21b Zone Conference - Sept 9-14 Pam Blankenzee 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Jul 29, 2014


Through Operation Vacation, the Rotary clubs of Austin and Killeen along with their industry sponsors arranged a complimentary stay at the Hampton Inn Downtown for SPC Christopher Boyer, his wife Elizabeth and their twin daughters Mia & Erin this past weekend. The family was treated to dinner at two of Austin's most popular restaurants, County Line and Flemings. And the girls got to spend the day at Austin Parks playing miniature golf, video games and go carts before returning to Killeen. This program provides the industry partners: Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, SuperShuttle, Around Austin and Toyota Killeen a chance to say thank you to our soldiers for keeping us safe and protecting our country and for the sacrificing their families must make during their service. The weekend gives these families quality time together in the fun, relaxing environment of Austin and show them how much we all appreciate their dedication!  

Operation Vacation provides fun-filled weekend for a Ft. Hood Military Soldier Mary Reynolds 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rockdale Rotary Golf Tournament Michelle Morgan 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Keng on Jul 20, 2014

The Rotary Club of Giddings is proud to be the sponsor of the Early Act/First Knight (EAFK) program at the Giddings Elementary School.  EAFK has been named the 2013-2014 Youth Organization of the year by the Giddings' Chamber of Commerce.  EAFK will be presented the award at the Giddings' Chamber of Commerce Banquet on August 19, 2014.  Great job to everyone involved in the EAFK program!

Rotary Club of Giddings News Wesley Keng 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Conference of Rotary Clubs 2014 & DG Hanspeter Installation Pam Blankenzee 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Mar 17, 2014


PFC Casandra Tillis, husband Frank and Frank, Jr. (3 months)


Tristan family: SPC Eric Tristan, Wife Deidre, Isabella (9), Sophia(6), Nicholas (5)

Operation Vacation welcomes two family families from Ft. Hood for a special weekend in Austin with all the trimmings. “February was the perfect time to show these families how much we all  appreciates what they do for us and their country and the sacrifices they make,” Mary Reynolds, chair of Operation Vacation Project, Rotary Club of Austin. The families were provided a fabulous private dinner at the County Line on the Lake rovided by County Line Restaurants and the children were provided Austin Park passes sponsored by Rotary Club of Austin. Operation Vacation is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen in partnership with Austin Hotel Lodging Association(Hilton Austin & Intercontinental),  County Line Restaurants, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, University of Texas Athletics, Around Austin and Toyota Killeen.
Operation Vacation February Mary Reynolds 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Mar 16, 2014

The Grants Management Training Seminar will be available at four occasions in the next three months. The seminar is presented in two different formats:

(1)  A three-hour course for those Rotarians who have not attended a Grants Management Training Seminar before; and,

(2)  A one-hour refresher course for those Rotarians who attended the three-hour seminar last year.

The seminars will be presented at the following dates and times:

·         Saturday, April 12, 2014—Only the one-hour format will be available. This will be part of the program of training offered at Club Leader Training (District Assembly) at Central Texas College, Killeen TX (requires registration for District Assembly).

·         Saturday, March 29, 2014—Both one-hour and three-hour formats will be available. Time 8:30 a.m. (start at 9:00 a.m.). Location: Georgetown Health Foundation Community Rooms, 2423 Williams Dr., Georgetown TX.

·         Saturday, May 24, 2014—Both one-hour and three-hour formats will be available. Time 8:30 a.m. (start at 9:00 a.m.). Location: Georgetown Health Foundation Community Rooms, 2423 Williams Dr., Georgetown TX.

No reservations are required for the meetings held in Georgetown

Map to Georgetown Community Rooms 

Grant Management Training Seminars Pam Blankenzee 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Kelly on Mar 11, 2014


Austin Centennial is having a Fun Festival/Fun run event on March 29th where they are providing a free kids/adults .3 mile adventure course, and free bouncy houses, and free hands on charity work for parents and kids to do together, such as coloring cards for the elderly, disabled, and veterans, donating food, blankets, books to others in need, and providing small bags for the homeless or pets in rescue centers.  The 5k is a chipped timed run for only $20.00 including the tshirt and the participants get to select from a list of 17 nonprofits or community groups that need to raise funds for the disabled, veterans, elderly, children, and clean water projects.  This is a free a event to come out and guaranteed lost of family fun!

Run Registration Form

Come Join the RC of Austin Centennial's Fun Fest March 29th Patricia Kelly 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Shiner Rotary Fundraiser - Feb 23 Pam Blankenzee 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Feb 04, 2014

Reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. cash bar beginning at 6:00 p.m.; Foundation Dinner 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. dinner; 9:00 p.m. Rotary International President’s Presentation; 11:00 p.m. adjourn

Foundation Dinner Times Pam Blankenzee 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Jan 10, 2014



The Pecan Springs EarlyAct FirstKight service club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austin, Cosmopolitan and University Rotary clubs collected over 100 pairs of sunglasses for their international project for Africa.  The sunglasses will be distributed by a group of doctors who go to Africa every year to provide eye care and to teach the people how to protect their eyes from the harsh sun.


Pecan Springs EAFK Service Club Mary Reynolds 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Join the Rockdale Rotary Club for Casino Night Gaye Bland 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Dec 07, 2013


The Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen in conjunction with the Austin Hotel Lodging Association hosted another military family from Ft. Hood through the Operation Vacation program. SGT Chris Elkins and his wife Zypla  spent the weekend in Austin hosted by the AT&T Conference Center Hotel. County Line Restaurant hosted the family’s Saturday night dinner with all the trimmings and Super Shuttle provided park passes for Austin’s Park. The family had a fun weekend of R&R as a thank you for their service to our country. The group will host another family in December at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Conference Center.

Program Hosts: Rotary Clubs: Austin/ Killeen; County Line; Austin Hotel Lodging Association: Toyota Killeen; SuperShutte; Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dart Bowl;Around Austin; UT Athletics; AT&T Conference Center

December Operation Vacation Pam Blankenzee 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Dec 03, 2013

Why procrastinate and pay more? Anyone planning to attend the Sydney Convention can save $100 by clicking the registration button BEFORE mid-month. Also check out flight savings and event tickets -- convenient links are in this week's RI Convention Update from the Meetings & Events staff in RI headquarters.

I know most of you are already registered but I hope you will FORWARD this message to those considering participation in this memorable opportunity to give your family a vacation they will never forget.

Jack Mayo, 5870 Sydney Rep

Sydney RI Convention discount expires December 15 Pam Blankenzee 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
3 Clubs One Mission: To Help Samaritan's Purse with Operation Christmas Child. Pam Blankenzee 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Nov 24, 2013

Dear Governor:


The purpose of this correspondence is to announce that we are in the final planning process to organize a trip of about 35 people to travel to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, India in February 2014 to participate in the polio eradication program.  You are receiving this correspondence because, as Governor, we are inviting you to let the Rotarians in your District know that an announcement for such a trip is coming up in the next few weeks.  Even if you are not planning on joining us in February, please share it with anyone in your District who may be interested.

Upcoming Trip to India to Participate in a Polio National Immunization Trip - February 2014 Pam Blankenzee 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Nov 19, 2013


The mission of EarlyAct is to promote goodwill, understanding and Peace through the active participation of its student members so that with committed citizenship and effective leadership they may improve the quality of life of their school, local and global communities.  Early Act teaches;

•       Compassion

•       Respect

•       Honesty

•       Responsibility

•       Tolerance

•       Service

•       Perseverance

•       Discipline

•       Friendliness

•       Confidence


The picture is of the  Early Act First Knight Gallery of Champions At Pecan Springs Elementary with Lady Hannah and the Rotary sponsors (Cosmopolitan and  University Area Rotary Clubs)  with the District EAFK chair, Mary Reynolds


Contact person:  Mary Reynolds 512-415-6345

Early Act First Knight Pam Blankenzee 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Nov 19, 2013


The Embassy North Central heard about the Dawson Elementary EAFK service project for the flood victims of South Austin and donated 18 blankets for the project.

EAFK Dawson Service Club local project Pam Blankenzee 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Nov 12, 2013

We remitted the money we collected to help District 4130 with their flooding in late September.  The final total was $825.00.  Thank you to all of those that contributed!

Mexican Flood Relief Pam Blankenzee 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Nevlud on Oct 21, 2013

The Rotary of Club of Shiner is holding an Election Day Pancake Breakfast on November 5 from 6am to 8am at the Lutheran Church Social Hall. Tickets are $4 for a plate of pancakes, sausage & a drink. Proceeds benefiting Rotary Club projects and scholarships. 

Shiner Rotary's Election Day Pancake Breakfast Melanie Nevlud 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gaye Bland on Oct 02, 2013


Rotary Club of Rockdale gave out over 250 dictionaries to 5 Milam County Schools.  Rockdale, Milano, Gause, Thorndale and St. Paul's Lutheran 

RC of Rockdale Dictionary Project Gaye Bland 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Marlin Rotary Golf Classic - Oct. 11 Pam Blankenzee 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Register for the All Clubs Luncheon Pam Blankenzee 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat O'Farrell on Sep 23, 2013


Put the “FUN” back in FUND RAISING!!!

Join the Northwest Austin Rotary Club by supplementing your fund raising efforts. Fruit from the Rio Grande Valley is a healthy and unique gift at Christmas time. Many clubs have joined in this effort, buy fruit at the best price and share in the profits. No investment, no outlay of cash, just submit your orders and pick up fruit on December 6th. NWAR expects to reach over $1.0 Million in sales in this, its 19 year history, of fruit sales.  All proceeds are returned to the community; education and student scholarships, health initiatives and support for senior citizens. 

Call Tom Perkins (The Fruit Meister) (512) 431-1036 Or


Join the "Fun" Raising at Northwest Austin Rotary Pat O'Farrell 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Austin University Area Fundraiser - Oct 2 W. Dirk Van Allen 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat O'Farrell on Sep 02, 2013

Thanks to an international partnership between two sister Rotary Clubs, students at Lanier High school in Austin are “going green” by saving energy, conserving water and building a community garden.


The year-long Green Project is the result of an alliance between Northwest Austin Rotary and its sister club Monterrey Obispado Rotary Club in Monterrey, Mexico.  Each club made a contribution as did their respective Rotary districts (5870 and 4130), and the total was matched by the Rotary Foundation.

All totaled, Rotary made available more than $23,000 for the following projects:

·         Installation of special light sensitive switches that automatically turn off when rooms are not in use

·         Creation of a Community Garden in which students and residents in the neighborhood around the high school grow vegetables and share the harvest

                         ·         Installation of a rain water collection tank, a water conservation project 

The projects will mean more funding for academic programs, since there will be savings on electricity; an increase in community cohesion around the urban gardening project; and a learning opportunity about conservation methods for electricity and water. Lanier Principal Katherine Ryan says “The Green Project at Lanier has definitely changed the way things are done around here.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lanier High School will be held in the fall of 2013 to commemorate completion of the work.


Lanier High School Goes “Green” with Northwest Austin Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Monterrey Obispado. Pat O'Farrell 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Kaye on Jul 26, 2013

As we go about working to get every single member to contribute to the Rotary Foundation this year, I want to remind you that District 5870 has a method to help you become an initial (first-time) Paul Harris Fellow. 

The Jerry Johnson Trust will match contributions on a 1-to-1 basis in amounts of $100 up to $500 for any active Rotarian in District 5870 who is not a first time Paul Harris Fellow as long as the contribution is made to the Annual Programs Fund-SHARE. 

Jerry was a member of the RC of Killeen Heights who left his entire estate to the Rotary Foundation with the proviso that it is used to help Rotarians achieve their first Paul Harris Fellowship. 

There are some rules:

1.       The Fund will not contribute more than it takes to achieve the PHF.  For instance, if you have already contributed $500 to date, and now elects to contribute $300 more in order to take advantage of the match, the Fund will only match the first $200 so that the donor achieves PHF status.

2.      Before making an eligible contribution, contact DG Rich Kaye (at and let him know how much the donor is intending to contribute. The Fund will establish the contributor's baseline and monitor TRF reports to (1) verify that the funds have been received and posted to TRF records, and (2) determine the amount of the match needed.

3.      Contribute the funds directly to TRF either using the attached form or on-line via Member Access on  Once the new cash contribution appears on the donor's record, the Fund will submit the match.

4.      When the PHF is received, the Fund will coordinate with the donor to determine the best time for its presentation.

 You can check the Jerry Johnson Trust out on the district’s website at

Over the past three years, 109 Rotarians in 21 different clubs have taken advantage of this program.  We hope to be able to help you, too.

Help for members to get their initial Paul Harris Fellowship Rich Kaye 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill McNabb on Jul 22, 2013
The Rotary Club of Bastrop County currently holds an educational project conducted in cooperation with participating Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville public schools in their History, English or Social Studies classes. Students in 9th or 10th grade will participate in the program through research, classroom lectures, discussions and finally writing an essay that will be graded by the teachers and submitted to the Bastrop Rotary Club for judging. See this year's winners.

RC of Bastrop promote Drug Awareness Jill McNabb 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jul 21, 2013

 The New York Times today (22 July) published a major front page story about the polio eradication effort in Pakistan, one of three remaining polio-endemic countries. The New York Times reaches nearly 1.87 million print subscribers daily, and its website hosts more than 15.4 million visitors per month.

The article does a wonderful job highlighting Rotary’s leadership role, and in fact the entire final third of the story focuses on the contributions of Pakistani Rotarians, led by National PolioPlus Committee Chair Aziz Memon, who worked extensively with the writer, Donald G. McNeil Jr., during his visit to Pakistan earlier this year to report the story. Rotarians are accurately portrayed as dedicated and courageous “front line” volunteers, despite sometimes facing personal risks. The story also mentions International PolioPlus Committee Chair Dr. Robert Scott’s trip to Pakistan in March.

While the article discusses recent setbacks and challenges, the overall tone is cautiously optimistic and the information presented is fair and accurate. The print edition of the story includes six photographs, one of which shows Rotary’s End Polio Now logo. The online version links to a photo gallery, which includes an image of a Rotary vaccination team leader and other Rotary visuals.

This article is the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes work by our Public Relations and PolioPlus staff members and Chair Memon’s in-country team. The absolute key was connecting the writer to Chair Memon, who contributed greatly to the success of this major media opportunity. IPPC Vice-Chair Dr. John L. Sever also provided valuable information to the writer in an interview earlier this year.

The New York Times article is the latest in a series of major international print and broadcast stories about Rotary and polio in the past 18 months, since we ramped up our media outreach in order to elevate Rotary’s polio eradication profile.  Other influential media outlets that have covered Rotary’s polio eradication work include BBC TV, the Economist, Time magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. This top tier media coverage greatly enhances the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative by raising the public awareness and support that are absolutely crucial as we implement the end game strategic plan that is the roadmap to our goal of a polio-free world.

Polio Article in the New York Times Pam Blankenzee 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Sparkman on Jul 21, 2013


The Rotary Club of Pflugerville recently sent 5 students from the Pflugerville school district to attend the annual RYLA camp in McKinney Roughs (June 30th thru July 5th).  Upon returning from the camp, they agreed to visit their sponsoring Rotary club and give a presentation of their experience (see attached photo).  One of the highlights of the camp this year was the assembly of prosthetic hands, shipped overseas to those in need.  This was a brand new international project that is being planned again for next year’s RYLA campers.   


News from RC of Pflugerville Matt Sparkman 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jul 10, 2013

The District Foundation Seminar is being held August 17 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Georgetown Community Rooms, 2423 Williams Dr. Suite 101, Georgetown, TX  78628. The intent of the training is to demystify the Rotary Foundation for Club Rotary Foundation Chairs.  It will focus on the “how-dos” of our Foundation such as “How do we send in our money?“ “How we know where we stand, both as a club and as individual members?” and “How do know when reports are due?”. There is no cost to attend this seminar but you must register in advance. Use button below to register.


Time to Register for the District Foundation Seminar Pam Blankenzee 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
It's Time for the Georgetown Sun City's Summerfest John Chenoweth 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jun 06, 2013

The Rotary Club of Austin just recently awarded their Service Above Self Award to Mary Reynolds.  She was recognized for her service heart.  Whether she is delivering books to the city clinics(BookSpring), organizing a special weekend in Austin for our service members at Ft Hood (Operation Vacation), dressed as a squire while recognizing students for their good character (Early Act/First Knight), bringing gifts at Christmas time to children without parents (Helping Hand Home), or serving on various professional and/or community boards, she is constantly giving of herself.  

Rotary Club of Austin Awards Service Above Self to Mary Reynolds Pam Blankenzee 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Photos from Conference of Rotary Clubs' Luau & Award Ceremony Pam Blankenzee 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on May 20, 2013


SPC Ashton Tubbs and his wife Melanie were hosted last weekend by Operation Vacation for a special visit to Austin at the Courtyard Marriott South. This program provides quality free time for one selected military family from Ft. Hood once a month with activities, meals and hotel rooms. The highlight of the weekend is always the dinner hosted by the County Line with the best barbeque in Texas, flowers and spending money for their entertainment. This special weekend is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen and is a huge success due to Rotary’s joint sponsors of the Austin Hotel and Lodging Association, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, County Line Restaurants, Toyota Killeen, Super Shuttle and Around Austin Inc.



Operation Vacation Austin Mary Reynolds 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on May 12, 2013


The Dawson EAFK service club collected over 100 pairs of shoes for their international service project, Souls for Soles and over $600 for their local project, Pennies for Patients, for kids with leukemia. Pictured: The officers and staff of the Dawson Elementary EarlyAct FirstKnight service club and their Rotary Club of Austin sponsors. Left of banner: Rotarians Mary Reynolds, Pam Bratton, John Braziel Right of banner first row: Lupita Santiago, Gabriel Zamarippa, Ariel Coplin, Desiree Perez Second row, teacher Becca Price, Principal Shannon Sellstrom, Rotarian Bruce Golden, teacher Sandra Rodriquez



Children Teach The Adults Mary Reynolds 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on May 06, 2013
Dear Governor Ricky Price:
This donation of USD$200 was made on behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico (District 4130). We are sister club of the R.C. of Georgetown, TX, and have had a long and fruitful relationship of friendship anf Matching Grants in both sides of the border with them.
We hope this donation help some people in West, TX, as we know that rotarians multiply the money in many ways.
Greetings from our President Felipe Rodríguez, and all the members of the Club.
Best regards!
Víctor M. González Salum
Treasurer, RC of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
On behalf of Rotary Club of Ciudad Victoria Pam Blankenzee 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on May 05, 2013


Northwest Waco Rotary Club members recently completed a Ramps and Rails project with Habitat for Humanity at the home of Waco resident Lee Seals. Pictured, from left, are Habitat intern Erica Kundera, Rotarians Kim Patterson, Greg Evans, Bryan Fonville, Fred Brown, and Tom Yows, homeowner Lee Seals, and Habitat for Humanity staff member Robyn Trippe. Not pictured is Rotarian James Jackson.  


News from Northwest Waco Rotary Club Michelle Holland 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Apr 24, 2013
Dear Rotarian Friend, governor Ricky,
Please let me follow up on a telephone conversation from last week. Our district D2240 – Czech & Slovak Republics, has started a public collection to help the inhabitants of West, TX. First amounts are rolling in. As you are probably aware, the town of West is populated by many Czech descendants and therefore the situation there is being followed by local media.
Help from District 2240 Pam Blankenzee 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Apr 24, 2013
Dear Ricky

I sent $2,000.00 USD on my credit card on your web page. $1,000.00 has been donated by Club Rotario Monterrey Obispado my Club. $1,000.00 by myself. I will resend your mail to other Clubs in my District.

Yours in Service

Miguel Yga Canavati
District 4130
Response from District 4130 Pam Blankenzee 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Apr 23, 2013
Dear DG Rick
I was very sorry to hear of the news of the devastating explosion at the fertiliser plant in West, Texas with the fatalities, injuries, damage to homes, infrastructure and therefore widespread effect on the community. Knowing the number of injuries compared to the population of the city, I am sure that has had a devastating impact on the whole community with probably every family affected directly in some way.
I was going to ask if you were going to have a District 5870 / District Governor fund or project in response to help the community, but found the answer in your message on the District 5870 website.
Response from District 9465 Pam Blankenzee 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Keng on Apr 22, 2013
The Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, challenged each of the
34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world to hold a peace forum and promote Peace
Through Service, our 2012-2013 Rotary Theme. The Rotary Club of Giddings held a
Peace Forum at Immanuel Luthern School in Giddings, Texas on March 28, 2013.
Rotarian, Pastor Robert Tiner, spoke to the students about service to each other, their
community, and the world. The focus of the forum was finding peace (both inner and
outer) through service to others.

The forum culminated in a joint project between the Rotary Club of Giddings, the
students of Immanuel Luthern School and Operation Hugs to send care packages to
American troops stationed in war zones overseas. Through the students collection
efforts, eight large boxes containing toiletries, food and other items unavailable to the
trooper were sent directly to them. The students wrote letters and drew pictures to
include in the packages to the soldiers to show their appreciation for their service.
Peace Forum at Immanuel Luthern School in Giddings, Texas Wesley Keng 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Walden on Apr 19, 2013

Two local Texas law firms, The Carlson Law Firm and the Davis Law Firm, are partnering together in an effort to raise money for those injured and displaced in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion that occurred on Wednesday night, the attorneys announced. 

In hopes of igniting others in the community to give, The Carlson Law Firm and Davis Law Firm have pledged $10,000 in an effort to aid those victims of the West tragedy.

“In times of tragedy, it’s vital that our communities come together and we help one another. We’re hoping that by stepping up and donating this money, that we can spark a chain reaction of giving and generosity from our colleagues and neighbors,” Carlson Law Firm Managing Partner Craig Carlson said.
Help For West Residents Steven Walden 2013-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Apr 16, 2013


Members of the Rotary Club of Austin attended the BookSpring Literacy Luncheon today to accept one of the first Literacy Hero Awards for service to the children of Austin through donations of scholarships, books and volunteer hours for literacy programs. (Attending but not pictured: John Braziel, Julia Benkoski, Carl Stuart)


Members of the Rotary Club of Austin attended the BookSpring Literacy Luncheon Pam Blankenzee 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Apr 16, 2013

 Leslie Bagby, wife of the president of the Rotary Club of Austin, Gaines Bagby, accepts the Literacy Hero Award from BookSpring on April 17, 2013


Three Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5870, the Rotary Club of Austin, University Area Rotary and Cosmopolitan Rotary, were recognized today at the BookSpring Literacy Luncheon in Austin on April 17, 2013 as the first Literacy Heroes for their outstanding service to the children of Austin through their donations of scholarships, books and volunteer hours to the Bookspring Literacy program. BookSpring is a program that services children age infant to twelve years old by providing books, reading experiences and tolls to children and their families so they can develop a desire to read and succeed in school. 

Rotary Clubs recognized for their Literacy Service to Austin by BookSpring Mary Reynolds 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Apr 13, 2013


The Rotary Club of Austin in partnership with the Austin Hotel Lodging Association, The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, County Line Restaurants, Rotary Club of Killeen, Toyota Killeen, Super Shuttle and Around Austin hosted a military family from Ft. Hood for an R&R weekend in Austin through Operation Vacation. The family was SFC Julian Benavides, his wife Beatriz and three of their five children. The Hyatt Regency Austin provided lakeside rooms with meals and  parking while the family enjoyed a trip on the Duck Adventures and  a day at Austin Parks. On Saturday night they were treated to a true Texas BBQ at the County Line on the Lake with flowers and all the trimmings. This program was adopted by the Rotary clubs of Austin and Killeen in order to have a way to thank our military soldiers for the sacrifices they make for us every day while  keeping us safe and serving their country. Thanks Austin for showing them a great time and our Austin hospitality.

Operation Vacation with the Benavides Family Mary Reynolds 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by W. Gaines Bagby on Apr 05, 2013

Here are some pictures from this past Saturday's Centennial event. They were taken by Jim Innes, of Austin Images. The largest event (over 435 people) attended this Saturday event, with the incoming Rotary International President keynoting. Lisa Bush, Principal of Fulmore Middle School, accepted a Marquee Sign as a Centennial Project and Adam Nyer, President of the YMBL, accepted a $10,000.00 check for the Sunshine Camps for at-risk youth. Also pictured are our partners from Mexico Rotary District 4610, who accepted $186,000.00 to fund five projects, including eyeglasses, hearing aids and clean water for kids.  

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Rotary Club of Austin 100 Year Celebration of Service to Austin W. Gaines Bagby 2013-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Apr 03, 2013

Please join us as we honor two new youth clubs to South Austin Rotary - St. Edward's University (Rotaract) and Bowie High School (Interact). Installation banquet is April 11, 2013 at 6:30pm at Opal Divines, Penn Field location. No cost to members of Interact & Rotaract. Guests & Rotarians cost is $15 each. RSVP to Amber Scarsborough by 4/10/2013 at or 512.423.6868.

Installation Banquet For 2 New Youth Clubs to South Austin Pam Blankenzee 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Watch the Conference of Rotary Clubs Movie Trailer... Amber Scarborough 2013-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Price on Mar 23, 2013
District Governor-Nominee Selection - Official Notice:
I am very pleased to announce that the District Governor Nominating Committee Chaired by PDG Tom Chamberlain has selected Melinda Osburn, Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis as District 5870's nominee for Governor of Rotary year 2015-2016. Please join me in congratulating Melinda as we pledge our support and best wishes to her and Tim as they begin this wonderful journey.

Would also like to sincerely thank PDG Tom and his dedicated committee members for their hard work and thoroughness in this very important process. There were four OUTSTANDING candidates that were nominated by their clubs, and each is well qualified and thoroughly dedicated to serve. We can all take pride that our District has such skilled and talented leaders dedicated to the work of Rotary, and willing to make the commitment to serve as Governor.
In accordance with District Resolution 3, Sections 13 and 14 if there is any club "whose candidate was not selected by the Nominating Committee, may resubmit, by club resolution at a regular meeting this name as a candidate for the office of District Governor-Nominee. Such resolution shall be in the hand of the District Governor within 30 days after notice of the selection of the committee..........." if a club resubmits the name of their nominee then the Governor Nominee would be selected at the District Conference business meeting scheduled for afternoon Jun 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Bastrop.

District Governor 2015-2016 Rick Price 2013-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Mar 20, 2013

You are invited to join South Austin Rotary Club for their 16th Annual Tee-Up for Rotary Golf Tournament, to be held Saturday April 27th at Onion Creek Club located at Onion Creek Parkway, Austin, TX. Registration opens at 11AM, shotgun begins at 1:30PM (after a boxed lunch). Player entry fee is $125 - includes green fees, golf cart, range balls, player gift bags and dinner & reception.To register online, click here. 100% of the net tournament proceeds go to College Scholarships and local community and international humanitarian projects.


Tee-Up For South Austin Golf Tournament Pam Blankenzee 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Evans on Mar 20, 2013

The Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club team will be raising funds for their Future Vision grant to bring sustainable clean water to the Kasarani community in Kenya by participating in the 5th Annual Shower Strike for sustainable clean water in Kenya and a World Water Day celebration, hosted by Well Aware and the ONE Campaign, presented by Intera. The event is this Friday, March 22 from 6pm to 9pm at the CTC Garden, 1102 E. Ceasar Chavez St., Austin.

Complimentary African cuisine from Cazamance food trailer, African music, complimentary beer from Thirsty Planet Brewing Co., free cupcakes, Greenbelt DJ, raffle, door give-aways striker orientation and more.

Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club making big plans for water projects in Africa Sarah Evans 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Mar 20, 2013

SARASOTA, Fla., March 21, 2013 – Tim Osburn, ShelterBox USA Board member and Rotarian in District 5870, has been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his efforts during 2012 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide.

As we witness the aftermath of disasters like Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines and the Syrian refugee crisis throughout the Middle East, many wish they could make a difference. Osburn knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization, would be on the ground delivering its iconic green boxes containing emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies.


District 5870 Rotarian earns Presidential Volunteer Service Award Pam Blankenzee 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eloise Lundgren on Mar 14, 2013

The Texas Heritage Festival, to be held in conjunction with the first Army Marathon, is set for April 19-20 at the Bell County Expo Center, Belton, Texas. Vendors and entertainment reflecting the rich cultures of Texas will show off their wares and talent, to include polka bands, mariachi music, African American praise dance, Asian Pacific musical groups and the First Cavalry Division Band. The Army Marathon will be held Sunday, April 21, starting in Killeen and finishing in Temple. There will be something that appeals to all age groups. Admission is free. All proceeds will benefit local and international Rotary projects. For more information and/or to be a sponsor, contact either Jennifer McCann, ; Don Nicholas, ; or Nancy Travis, . For more information on the Army Marathon, go to .

Rotary Club of Harker Heights’ first Texas Heritage Festival is Tomorrow - Free Admission Eloise Lundgren 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Kaye on Mar 12, 2013


The Killeen Heights' Rotary Club 15th Annual Crawfish Boil & Silent Auction is set for Saturday May 4, 2013 from 11am to 3pm at the Killeen Special Events Center. Your  a choice of crawfish, catfish, chicken. In addition, to great eats there will be live music from Jerry Haisler & Melody 5. Ticket prices are $12.00; At the Door: $15.00. You can purchase tickets by contacting a Killeen Heights Rotary Club Member

Save the Date for Killeen Heights' 15th Annual Crawfish Bowl Rich Kaye 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Keng on Mar 11, 2013


On March 5, 2013, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 459, a
resolution to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lone Star Opry and
Country Music Monday and recognizing the Rotary Club of Giddings for its
ongoing sponsorship of the event.

Rotary Club of Giddings News Wesley Keng 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Mar 10, 2013

World Rotaract Week, 11-17 March, commemorates the 1968 chartering of the first club, in North Carolina, USA.

During the week, Rotaract clubs are asked to partner with their sponsor Rotary clubs on a service project and to encourage a nearby Rotary club to sponsor a new Rotaract club in the area. Also, members of the Rotaract and sponsor clubs are encouraged to attend each other's meetings.

Rotaract Celebrates 45 Years! Pam Blankenzee 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Mar 06, 2013


Northwest Waco Rotary Club recently awarded scholarships to two Texas State Technical College students for the 2012-2013 year. Pictured at a reception honoring donors and recipients are, from left, Northwest Waco Rotarian Vic Russell, TSTC Automotive Technology student Ryan Winstead, TSTC Automotive Collision and Management Technology student Jovanny Jimenez, and Northwest Waco Rotary Club President Kim Patterson.

News from Northwest Waco Rotary Club Michelle Holland 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gaye Bland on Mar 05, 2013

The Rotary Club of Rockdale is hosting it's 21st Annual Scholarship Golf Scramble, Mike McFalls Memorial. This is a two day event: Friday, April 5th (Fun Night) and Saturday, April 6th (Golf Tournament) to be held at the Rockdale Country Club. Fun Night begins at 6:30pm with a list of activities: food, refreshments, posting to teams, drinks at the "Gab" and Graze and Swap fest. Golf Tournament check-in is 8:45am; 9:15am Shoot Gun start. Prizes include 2013 Buick 1st Hole-in-One and other prizes for any other Par 3 Hole-in-One. For more info contact Homer Mowdy, 512.760.5695. 

Sign Up for Rockdale's Annual Scholarship Golf Scramble Gaye Bland 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Join the Rotary Club Austin Oakhill Annual Golf Tournament Pam Blankenzee 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Mar 03, 2013

The registration for the Conference of Rotary Clubs on May 31- June 2 is now open. The price for this 3 day event is $125 for the first 300 people, after that the price increases to $199. Onsite registration will be $199. The last day to register via the website in May 28. Location: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Bastrop, TX. Come for the networking, friendships, and great entertainment - Authentic Hawaiian Luau & Professional Hula Halau. Use button below to register for conference.



Registration Open for Conference of Rotary Clubs Pam Blankenzee 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Keng on Mar 03, 2013
Phyllis Simmonds asked me to post this on her behalf:

My sincerest gratitude to the members of the Giddings' Rotary for awarding me a PHF. It is my pleasure to be involved with an outstanding group of young people who serve others. I look forward to working with teenagers every day.
I want to commend the members of Rotary who support Interact in every way!

Other communities have asked me how to get an Interact club going and my response is always, " It takes a village!"
It is my pleasure to be affiliated with and supported by Giddings Rotary Club!
Applause for the Rotary Club of Giddings Wesley Keng 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Price on Mar 02, 2013
Today was my 6 month anniversary in this beautiful country. I want to say thank you for everyone who made this possible for me. It has been a while since I have written and a bunch has happened! One thing that has happened is that I have turn nineteen! My birthday celebration was one that I hope I never forget. For my birthday, my new host family invited my last host family to have dinner in honor of my big day. My host sister’s boyfriend, who is studying to become a master-chef, personally made me THREE different desserts! I felt so fortunate, not just because of the desserts, but because I felt so cherished by everything that was done. My host family made some of my favorite food! Beef was the main dish, green beans, cake, nutella macaroons, and so much other yummy dishes. My new host family is really great! They are very different from my last one, but still just as great!
A Note from Ms Genesis Robles, the RC of Mexia's exchange student to France Rick Price 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Feb 18, 2013
This week we're celebrating Rotary's 108 years of humanitarian service.


Share how Rotary has impacted your life on Twitter with the hash tag #ri108 or the Rotary International Facebook page. Or celebrate by donating US$108 to The Rotary Foundation at
Rotary's 108th Anniversary - February 23 Pam Blankenzee 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Feb 11, 2013
We are all very excited to Congratulate the Rotary Club of Round Rock Sunrise for becoming District 5870's first EREY and first 100% Sustaining Member Club of The Rotary Foundation for 2012-2013!! Less than 1,000 of more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs in the world achieve 100% Sustaining Member status. Fantastic accomplishment and testament to the leadership of President Rachel Birkhead, and Foundation Chair Randy Ricklefs, and the entire membership's strong support for the humanitarian work made possible through our Rotary Foundation. Job Extremely Well Done!!

Would also like to Congratulate the Rotary Club of Killeen for becoming the First 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club during 2012-2013. A very prestigious accomplishment that shows the dedications and very strong support for the work of our Rotary Foundations. Special thank you to the leadership of President Allen Cloud, and Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Rex Weaver and the entire membership for this Fantastic Achievement!!

Also.. Very special Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Killeen Evening for becoming the FIRST, and from what appears to be the FIRST EVER 100% BENEFACTOR CLUB in our District. A 100% Benefactor Club is very rare and a status very few clubs in the world have ever accomplished!! I would like to congratulate the entire club for their very strong support of The Rotary Foundation's Permanent Fund, and a very special thank you to President Mark Rogers who, at the beginning of the Rotary Year, committed his club to becoming the First 100% Benefactor Club. True leadership in Making It Happen!! 
Congratulations to Rotary Clubs of Round Rock Sunrise, Killeen, & Killeen Evening Pam Blankenzee 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Feb 11, 2013

The student service club at Dawson Elementary kicking off their pennies 
for patients project and planning their Soles for Souls service project 
and their campus project.
News from RC of Austin - Dawson Student Service Club Mary Reynolds 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Feb 11, 2013

Receiving the PHF is Club President Teresa Minnix, presented by District Governor Rick Price


Receiving PHF are Charles Mooney, Bonnie Mullens and Mynettee Taylor... Presenting the awards are DGE Rich Kaye.

RC of McGregor Receive Paul Harris Pam Blankenzee 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Feb 08, 2013




Two Ft. Hood Soldiers and their families were selected through Operation Vacation for a very special Valentines weekend in Austin. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen, Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Greater Restaurant Association, Country Line Restaurants, Killeen Toyota, Around Austin, Austin Convention & Visitor's Association and SuperShuttle, SSG Christenson and his wife and three children were hosted by the Hilton Austin Hotel and SFC Nelson, his wife and two children were hosted by Four Seasons for a two night stay with all the trimmings(rooms, entertainment, meals and gifts). This is the sixth year these Austin  sponsors have participated in Operation Vacation, an organization that arranges R&R for soldiers who have served tours overseas as a thank you for their service and to give the families quality time together and they have hosted more than seventy families in Austin. What a great way to show these families how much They are loved!

Two Ft. Hood Military Families Receive Early Valentine Surprises Mary Reynolds 2013-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jan 27, 2013

On 01-28-2013, 2011-2012 Itasca Rotary President, Joe Marek and current Itasca Rotary Club President Bob Wilson were presented with a Certificate: Honoring 75 Years of MEMBERSHIP IN ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. The Rotary Club of Itasca, Texas U.S.A. admitted 22 March 1937. The club was founded and started with the assistance of Earl Farrow in 1937. Earl Farrow also was the founder of the Hill County Electric Cooperative which is still going strong and supporting the community to this day.

 Standing on left--Joe Marek-2011-2012 President. Standing Middle--Mike Mabry-District 5870 A.G. Standing right--Bob Wilson-2012-2013 President

Presentation of 75 years of service to Itasca Club Pam Blankenzee 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Jan 23, 2013

Northwest Waco Rotary Club recently donated $780 to Pack of Hope to help provide nutritious food for area schoolchildren who are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. Thanks to a match, this gift will provide food for six children every weekend for an entire school year. Pictured at the gift presentation at the recent Pack of Hope fundraiser are (left to right): Hazel Rowe, Johnny Tusa, Sheree Corn, Jane Bounds (with check), Northwest Waco Rotarians James Jackson and Greg Evans, and James Betts, Cheryl Pooler and Terry Lechler.  

News from Northwest Waco Rotary Club Michelle Holland 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Mayo on Jan 23, 2013

District Historian Jack Mayo provides this obituary courtesy of RGHF = Rotary Global History Fellowship.

From the Chicago Tribune:

January 27, 1947 -- Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International, and its president emeritus, died yesterday in his home, known as Comely Bank, 10856 Longwood Drive, Chicago, Il. He was 79 and has been in failing health in recent years. He was a lawyer in private life. Mr. Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and since then had seen it grow from a single club with a few members in Chicago to 5,638 clubs in 75 countries with more than 259,000 members.

Rotary lost its founder 66 years this month Jack Mayo 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clare Paul on Jan 14, 2013

RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14. He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors. “If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”
RI President-Elect Unveils 2013-14 Theme Clare Paul 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Jan 14, 2013


Students at Dawson Elementary were honored in the knighting ceremony for their EarlyAct FirstKnight character building program. The students were selected by their teachers for exhibiting the character trait of the month. Parents were invited to share this honor with their children. What a great program that is making a difference for the next generation of leaders.  

EarlyAct First Knight knighting ceremony at Dawson Elementary in Austin Mary Reynolds 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Jan 14, 2013
ImageThe Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen in partnership with Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Greater Austin Restaurant Association, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Around Austin, Inc. greeted another military family from Ft. Hood for a weekend of fun in Austin through Operation Vacation . SFC David Hunt and his three children, Sananda(15), Dhaelon(16) and Mason (6 months) were hosted by the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. The children’s mom is stationed in Afghanistan. The family enjoyed dinner at the Roaring Fork and The County Line and the children spent Saturday at Austin’s Park playing video games, driving motor cars and playing miniature golf. What a great way to say thank you for the sacrifices these families make while their parents serve our country and keep us safe.
Operation Vacation January Mary Reynolds 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Reynolds on Jan 12, 2013

On Tuesday, January 15th @ 10:30 am the new Electronic Display Sign at Fulmore Middle School will be dedicated. Principal Lisa Bush has said that a new electronic display sign has been on her wish list for a number of years. With funding tight at AISD, the Rotary Club of Austin agreed to completely fund the purchase, installation, and subsequent maintenance of the new sign. It is one of the Club’s civic projects this year to help celebrate their 100 years of service to the community.

Location: Fulmore Middle School, 201 E Mary Street

Date: January 15, 2013

Time: 10:30-11:00am (30 minutes)

Participants: The whole school and representatives from the Rotary Club of Austin

Contact person: Ronney Reynolds, 206-3141,

Fulmore Electronic Marquee Dedication Ronald Reynolds 2013-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jan 12, 2013
Justice Phil Johnson will be the Capitol of Texas speaker on January 16, 2013. They will be meeting in the Supreme Court Courtroom. The Supreme Court building is directly northwest of the Capitol, and the entrance to the Supreme Court Building is directly outside the north entrance to the Capitol and then to the left, past the rose garden. When you enter, there’s a big foyer and the courtroom is on the left. This is in case someone doesn’t want to meet in the Grill and would prefer to go directly there. Meeting time starts at 7:45am , but since the Grill now opens at 7:00, if anyone wants to eat first, there will be plenty of time. Food is not allowed in the courtroom.
Justice Phil Johnson Speaker for Capitol of Texas Pam Blankenzee 2013-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jan 09, 2013
Ms Lola Margret Focke, wife of the late Herman Focke passed away on Tuesday, January 8th. Herman served as D5870 (587) Governor 1982-1983 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Mexia. Funeral service will be held at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Mexia at 11:00 AM on Friday January 11, 2013. You may leave condolences or share memories at the link below.
Passing of MS Lola Margret Focke Pam Blankenzee 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Jan 09, 2013

Zach Stachura, a 4th grader at Clayton Elementary in Austin was honored today at the Rotary Club of Austin meeting for developing his own service project to help the victims of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster. Zach decided he wanted to figure out a way to help the children who had lost everything in the Sandy storm and would not get to celebrate Halloween and with guidance from his parents, Dave and Jill Stachura, both managers at AMD, Zach recruited his brothers, neighbors and friends to collect Halloween candy. Once they collected one hundred and eight pounds of candy, Zach took it to his orthodontist, Mary Kay Bechee, who paid the kids a dollar a pound for the candy and then matched that amount. So Zach’s service project sent over two hundred dollars to the hurricane area of Sandy through the Red Cross. Then the orthodontist sent the candy that was collected to our servicemen overseas for a holiday surprise. So through a desire to help others, Zach was able to help two groups with his donations. Mary Reynolds, a Rotary club member arranged for Zach to come and share his story at the Rotary meeting because Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self and the club wanted to honor Zach with an award. But to make the event even more special for a ten year old young man, Mary arranged for one of the knights with the EarlyAct FirstKnight Rotary project that teaches service and character to students in elementary schools to come and knight young Stachura with a medallion and a tap on the shoulder with a real sword. When the club asked Zach what his next project might be he said he wanted to start a service club at his school so they could do more projects to help people in need. The Rotary club is going to work with Zach to make that wish a reality.

4th grader honored at Rotary for Service Above Self Mary Reynolds 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jan 06, 2013
ImageThe fight against polio is on the cover of this week’s TIME Magazine. Read about the progress in fighting polio and Rotary’s role in eradicating this crippling disease.

“Thanks to aggressive global vaccination programs led by Rotary International, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and, most recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the year just beginning could be the disease’s last.”

Read more:
The Fight Against Polio is Time Magazine Cover Story Pam Blankenzee 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jan 03, 2013
As one of the top ten recipients of on-line votes, Rotary International gets a big share of United's charity miles. Rotary finished second to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Wounded Warrior Project placed third in the hearts of on-line voters. These miles will help fly our keynote speaker, RI President-Elect Ron Burton, to Austin for our Centennial Roundup Luncheon Saturday April 6. To all who voted in the United Airlines charity miles giveaway, "thanks for voting for Rotary."
Millions of United Airlines miles awarded to Rotary Pam Blankenzee 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Price on Jan 01, 2013
I am very happy to report that Ms Tara Boggaram, a student at the University of Texas has been selected and accepted as our representative to the Peace Conference. Tara is a delightful young woman that enthusiastically embraces this opportunity. Would like to acknowledge and specifically thank Ms Bryn Cain, Rotary World Peace Fellow for recommending Tara, and Rotarian Laraine Lasdon (RC of Austin) for ensuring the applications were completed and submitted to the selection committee in Tel Aviv. Would also like to thank The Rotary Club of Austin for being the sponsor, and Erin Garica and Judy Duer of the Youth Exchange Committee for their efforts in pulling this all together.
District 5870 to be Represented at Youth & Young Adult Peace Conference Rick Price 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Dec 23, 2012

See Rotary’s float on ABC, NBC, HGTV and Hallmark Channel Tuesday January 1 at 10 am. Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1890. The Rose Bowl football game was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. Rotary has had a float in the Rose Parade since 1927. Everybody knows the swoosh stands for Nike and double arches stand for McDonalds. The goal of Rotary’s Rose Parade Float Committee is for everyone viewing the parade to understand that the Rotary wheel is worn by business executives, professionals and civic leaders with high ethical standards who are members of Rotary Clubs advancing international understanding and goodwill. Parade commentators tell the Rotary message while our float passes the reviewing stand. Let your family hear them praise our effort to eradicate polio from the planet.

Rotary's New Years Day Parade Float Pam Blankenzee 2012-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Dec 16, 2012
The Newtown Rotary Club has been active in the Newtown community since 1939. Our youth leadership programs have brought us close to many students and teachers over the years. In this time of need, we are working to provide for the community's short term and long term needs. Please help us by making a tax-deductible donation either by sending a check to the Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund, PO Box 263, Newtown, CT 06470 or through PayPal at
Newtown Rotary Club Seeking Support To Aid Community - Sandy Hook School Pam Blankenzee 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Dec 16, 2012
The Rotary Club of Austin in conjunction with the Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Greater Austin Restaurant Association, Killeen Rotary, Killeen Toyota, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Around Austin, Inc. hosted our December  Ft. Hood military family for Operation Vacation on December 14-16 at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa. 1Sg Mark Pool and his wife Mary and three  children received a  complimentary two nite stay in Austin with a hosted dinner Friday nite at the hotel and Saturday nite at County Line on the Hill. The family also received gift certificates to some of the attractions of Austin as well as gifts, toys and snacks. They had a Christmas holiday in Austin and it is our way of saying thank you to them for their service to our country.

Operation Vacation December Mary Reynolds 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Dec 12, 2012


Northwest Waco Rotary Club members Bryan Fonville, left, and Greg Evans deliver some of the dozens of toys and household goods donated by club members to the Family Abuse Center’s Holiday Helpers program. Along with the Family Abuse Center, Northwest Waco Rotary Club this year has supported the Talitha Koum Nurture Center, Rapoport Academy Meyer High School and Habitat for Humanity, and it has provided five scholarships for students at McLennan Community College and Texas State Technical College.    

Northwest Waco - Spreading Holiday Cheer Michelle Holland 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Dec 02, 2012
This year's Lonestar P.E.T.S. is scheduled to start at 6 P.M. on Thursday, February 28th with a reception and continue through 12 Noon on Sunday, March 3rd. Lone Star P.E.T.S. is held at the DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel. Download P.E.T.S 2013 Program.

Registration is a two part process: First, register for P.E.T.S. at Then, make your hotel room reservation by contacting the DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel at (972) 453-1234 - be SURE to tell them you're attending P.E.T.S. in order to receive the discounted rate.

P.E.T.S., is designed to prepare Presidents-elect to become Club Presidents by addressing the leadership and management skills needed for the position, and by reinforcing knowledge of Rotary International, its programs and opportunities for service. Attendance at P.E.T.S. is mandatory in order to become a Club President.

Lone Star P.E.T.S Registration Now Open Pam Blankenzee 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Nov 18, 2012

Five members of Northwest Waco Rotary Club were recently recognized as first-time or multiple Rotary Paul Harris Fellows, which means they have each contributed a minimum of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation to benefit Rotary causes worldwide. Pictured, from left, are Rotary District 5870 Foundation Chair Ken Adams, Bill Wardlaw (PHF+3), Jill Jones (PHF), Walter Boyd (PHF+2), Vic Russell (PHF+1), Mike Hall (PHF) and Club President Kim Patterson. Since its inception, Northwest Waco Rotary Club has had 58 members earn Paul Harris Fellow status; this is the first time the club has had five members reach the goal simultaneously.

Northwest Waco - Paul Harris Awards Michelle Holland 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Austin Attends San Antonio Rotary Club 100th year Celebration Mary Reynolds 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Nov 08, 2012
In November, Ft. Hood SPC Steven Svach and his wife, Brittany were hosted for a weekend in Austin through Operation Vacation. The sponsors of this program are the Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen, Greater Austin Restaurant Association, Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Austin Convention & Visitors Association, and Killeen Toyota. The Courtyard Marriott South provided a two night stay at their hotel on Friday and Saturday with meals. The County Line on the Lake hosted a private candlelight dinner of barbeque with all the trimmings at their restaurant and surprised the couple with flowers and some spending money. The sponsors provided the couple with a gift bag of goodies and Austin entertainment coupons. This is our way of saying thank you to the men and women who serve our country and the families would the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. God bless our military!
Operation Vacation November Mary Reynolds 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Keng on Nov 04, 2012
The Rotary Club of Giddings is proud to announce that four of its members were awarded the presigious Paul Harris Fellow Award at the November 1, 2012 meeting
Four Paul Harris Fellows Awarded Wesley Keng 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Oct 25, 2012
The Rotary Club of Austin in conjunction with the Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Greater Austin Restaurant Association, Killeen Rotary, Killeen Toyota, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Around Austin, Inc. hosted our October Ft. Hood military family for Operation Vacation on October 19-21 at the Austin Embassy Suites Central Hotel. 1Sg David Yu and his wife, Joo Your and four children received a  complimentary two nite stay in Austin with a hosted dinner Friday nite at the hotel and Saturday nite at County Line on the Lake. The family also received gift certificates to some of the attractions of Austin as well as gifts, toys and snacks. They had a great time in Austin and it is our way of saying thank you to them for their service to our country.
Operation Vacation on Oct-19-21 Mary Reynolds 2012-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Oct 22, 2012
The Rotary Club of Austin in conjunction with Rotary District 5810 and the Rotary Club of Garland were able to arrange a community project for the Meeting Professionals Conference in Dallas October 18-19. The attendees at the conference collected art supplies for the Achievement Center of Texas located in Dallas for an art festival the center holds for their children with special needs to bring community awareness through art for these talented children with special needs. The art supplies were presented to the Director of the Center, Marilynne Seire and a Garland Rotarian, John Johnston during the convention. Rotary makes a difference all over the world.
Rotary Club of Austin Community Project with Rotary District 5810 and Rotary Club of Garland Mary Reynolds 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Oct 22, 2012
EAFK Knighting Ceremony at Harker Heights Elementary was held on October 22. Sir Cass shares the stage with soldiers from Fort Hood, who join together to honor young people for the virtue of "service". EAFK is proud to partner with the United States military, law enforcement, and other agencies who live by a knightly code, to let kids know the kind of character it takes to make a real difference in the world.
EAFK Knighting Ceremony at Harker Heights Pam Blankenzee 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Oct 08, 2012
Northwest Waco Rotary Club recently worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a wheelchair ramp at a Waco home. Pictured on the front row, left to right, are Habitat staff member Angie Moore, Fawn Robinson, Greg Evans, Habitat staff member Robyn Trippe, and Kim Patterson. Back row, left to right: Bryan Fonville, James Jackson, Del Follis, Caleb Follis, Mike Hall, Tom Yows, Steve Smith and Ken Luikart.
Northwest Waco Working With Habitat for Humanity Michelle Holland 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Oct 02, 2012
Please join us for RYLA Roundup, November 3 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Seton Medical Center - Williamson.This will be a great opportunity to learn about R.Y.L.A. if you are a new Club Coordinator, President, or Volunteer.  If your Club has participated in the program, come and share your input or questions. Learn the best ways to reach and select candidates for camp and hear from former campers now serving on staff.Be sure to dress comfortably as there will be some “Interactive Learning Experiences.”

R.Y.L.A Roundup is an entertaining and informative few hours that can help your club make a significant difference in the life of a young person in your community so come and join in the fun!  We’ll provide a light lunch and wrap up in time for you to enjoy your Saturday afternoon. 

Kindly R.S.V.P. to Carroll Sharp (361-550-6457) we want to have plenty of room and refreshments.  On behalf of the entire R.Y.L.A. staff, we look forward to seeing you!

Come Join us at RYLA Roundup Pam Blankenzee 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Sep 30, 2012
The Rotary Club of Austin-Oakhill presents a Murder Mystery Fundraiser to benefit their community literacy projects. The event is on October 13 at VFW Post 4433, 7614 Thomas Spring Rd., Austin from 5:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets are $20 each and includes dinner plus 1 free alcoholic beverage. RSVP to Maria Gavilan by Oct 10.
Rotary Club of Austin-Oakhill Fundraiser - October 13 Pam Blankenzee 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Sep 27, 2012
Rotary Club of Hutto"s Annual Veteran's Memorial Gold Tournament will be November 12 at the Golf Club at Star Ranch, 2500 FM 685, Hutto. This event is Army vs Navy vs Air Force vs Marines vs Coast Guard. For more information contact Doug Killian.
Hutto's Annual Veteran's Memorial Golf Tournament Pam Blankenzee 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Sep 27, 2012
Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, participates in a special EAFK knighting ceremony at North Shore Elementary in Houston, and was knighted, himself, by KoG's Sir William McCoy. EAFK is sponsored by Rotary Clubs everywhere, and for President Tanaka to receive the accolade in our program is a great compliment and high honor. This is a major FIRST.
Top Rotarian in the World Knighted in EAFK Ceremony Pam Blankenzee 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Chavez on Sep 23, 2012
Copperas Cove Rotary Club is hosting their 2nd Annual Veteran's Day Golf Tournament on November 10 at Hills of the Cove Golf Course. Shotgun starts at 8am. The ticket price includes green fee, cart & lunch. Lots of door/raffle prizes, longest drive & closest to pin prizes plus Hole in 1 = $20,000 car. For more information, contact Norm Mitchell 254-371-4334.
Copperas Cove's 2nd Annual Veteran's Day Golf Tournament Teresa Chavez 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Today is the International Day of Peace Pam Blankenzee 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Sep 19, 2012

Northwest Waco Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Rapoport Academy Meyer High School to support book scholarships for college-bound dual-credit students. Pictured, from left, are student council representatives Victoria Acker, Zoe Garman and Anna Schattschneider, Rotarians Bryan Fonville, Greg Evans, Jill Jones and Kim Patterson, and student council representatives Exavier Jackson, Ashley Rodriguez, Paul Schattschneider and Ashley Bardin.  

Northwest Waco Donates to Support Book Scholarships Michelle Holland 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Sep 19, 2012
The Rotary Club of Austin along with our partners Rotary Club of Killeen, Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Greater Austin Restaurant Association, Austin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Toyota Killeen and Around Austin, Inc. hosted a military family from Ft. Hood for this past weekend at The Driskill Hotel. The picture is SSG Isaak Rashkovsky, his wife Kristin and son Ethan. The Driskill provided the family with a complimentary two night stay with meals and a gift basket, the County Line on the Hill hosted their Saturday night dinner, Toyota Killeen hosted a rent car for the weekend and the two Rotary clubs put together spending money, entertainment vouchers and treats for the family. This Operation Vacation project is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen.
Operation Vacation Project - September 15 Mary Reynolds 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Sep 11, 2012
The Rotary Club of Austin sponsored a Splash Day for the children of the Helping Hands Home in Austin. The perfect way to spend a hot day before going back to school.
Rotary Club of Austin Hosts Splash Day Mary Reynolds 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Sep 11, 2012
Rotarians from the Cosmopolitan and University Rotary Clubs were on hand September 10th for the student orientation with Pecan Springs Elementary in Austin for Early Act First Knight. It was a grand day with Sir Cass.
Rotarians for EAFK Pam Blankenzee 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Sep 05, 2012

The Rotary Clubs of Killeen, Killeen Heights, Killeen Evening, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove and the City of Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department are joining together again this year to raise awareness and funds for the eradication of polio with their Monster Dash 5K walk/run, 5K team (four person) competition, 10K run, and 10K hand cycle race event. There will also be the free, ¼ mile, Little Monster Dash for children 10 years old and under. All proceeds from this event will be used by The Rotary Foundation for the eradication of polio. Costumes, especially for the Little Monster Dash, are encouraged. This is a sanctioned race of the Cen-Tex race series. The event is Saturday, Oct 27 at the Harker Heights Community Park. The 10K run and 10K handcycle start at 8am. The 5K walk/run and 5K team run start at 8:30am. Registration forms for both individuals and teams can be found in the "Downloads" section. For more information on this event, contact Tom Malhosky

2012 Monster Dash To Scare Away Polio Pam Blankenzee 2012-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Austin Celebrates 100 years! Ronald Reynolds 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Aug 31, 2012
West Austin Rotary packed 50 backpacks with school supplies for the Wooldridge Elementary Kindergartners. They packed up all backpacks in 26 minutes. JC Penny and HEB donated some of the supplies and the West Austin Rotary Club bought the rest.The attached photo is of a bunch of the West Austin Rotarians (Jerry Goodrich, Carol Gyergyo, Jack Solka, Mark Kurusz, Hilton Hunt and Charlie Jackson, and Mike Wyszkowski) packing the school supplies.
West Austin Rotary Supports Wooldridge Elementary Pam Blankenzee 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Holland on Aug 26, 2012
The Northwest Waco Rotary Club held its 5th annual Beach Party fundraiser on Aug. 10 at Knox Hall in the Texas Ranger Museum, with dance music provided by local oldies band The Morticians. Ticket sales, sponsorships, and silent auction items garnered $9,000, which will be used for scholarships to McLennan Community College and Texas State Technical College. Decked out in their Hawaiian gear, attendees enjoy an evening of good food, music, dancing, conversation, and bidding wars.
Northwest Waco - 5th Annual Beach Party Fundraiser Michelle Holland 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Aug 26, 2012

Rotary hosts a military family from Ft. Hood each month in Austin through Operation Vacation. Ft. Hood selects the family and the Rotary Club of Killeen arranges a rent car from Toyota of Killeen and spending money for the family. The Rotary Club of Austin in partnership with the Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Greater Austin Restaurant Association, the Austin Convention & Visitors Association and Around Austin, Inc. provide the family with a two nite stay at one of our great hotels, all week end meals, entertainment packages and gifts.

In August, the family was 1 SG. Corey McFadden and his wife and they stayed at the Wyndham Garden Inn and was hosted for dinner Friday nite at the hotel and Saturday nite at County Line on the Hill. Thanks for all our sponsors. Mary Reynolds Chair of Operation Vacation.

Operation Vacation Mary Reynolds 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Marble Falls Annual Fundraiser " $10,000 Night" - 1 Chance in 200 to Win $10,00 Susie Keiser 2012-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Cosmoplitan Austin's Installation Ceremony at Z Tejas Andy Barclay 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotaplast Venture to Nagamangala, India Successful Pam Blankenzee 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary Pam Blankenzee 2012-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
This is Rotary Pam Blankenzee 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Aug 08, 2012
The Denim & Diamonds Foundation Gala & Fundraiser is set for Oct. 27. The registration for this event is now open. Tickets are priced at $70 per person - this price includes all food and beverages. This event will be held at the Schwertner Ranch & Event Center in Salado. Register Now.
Denim & Diamonds Foundation Gala Registration is Now Open Pam Blankenzee 2012-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Aug 06, 2012

Share your passion for Rotary with your family, friends, and community during Membership and Extension Month in August. This year you’re invited to take part in two activities designed to help you remember why you joined Rotary, what keeps you coming back, and why others should join.

First, take the Rotary Membership Challenge. Commit to sponsor a new member, tell a friend or colleague about your club’s projects, or volunteer as a mentor to prospective or new members. After you complete the form we’ll email you links to resources to help you meet the challenge!

Second, participate in the first-ever Rotary Moment Tweet Day on 14 August. Tweet about your favorite Rotary memory or event, talk about your club’s activities, or share your community service project. Use hashtag #RotaryMoment.

Take the Rotary Membership Challenge! Pam Blankenzee 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jul 31, 2012
On Saturday, July 28, the Cosmopolitan Rotary Club members handed out boxes of food  to low income families in East Austin along with one of their Community Outreach partners for local projects in Austin: Capital Area Food Bank.
Cosmopolitan Rotary Club Service Project Pam Blankenzee 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Special Room Rate for Bi-District Reunion Pam Blankenzee 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Recap Pam Blankenzee 2012-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jul 25, 2012
There have been 96 polio cases this year compared to to 274 cases at this time last year. We are closer than ever to ending polio.
End Polio Now Pam Blankenzee 2012-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Reynolds on Jul 24, 2012
Operation Vacation sponsored by The Rotary Club of Austin & Killeen, Killeen Toyota, Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Greater Austin Restaurant Association hosted our July military family from Ft. Hood. SSG Enrique Elizalde, his wife and two children Liam (3 yrs.) and Levi (16 mos.) received a complimentary two night stay at the Hampton Inn Downtown including breakfast, a fabulous dinner on Friday nite compliments of The Hill’s Café and Saturday nite at the County Line on the Hill.
Operation Vacation Mary Reynolds 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary Pam Blankenzee 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Edwards on Jul 17, 2012
The Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Club  is hosting its Ninth Annual Skeet Shoot and Barn Dance, with a shoot and barn dance Aug. 24 and shooting starting 9 a.m. Aug. 25. The event, which includes a skeet shoot and a tactical shoot, is at Copperhead Creek Shooting Club, 7030 RR 1431 East (seven miles east of Marble Falls). Click to download a registration form for Skeet Shoot  For more information, contact Ralph Hendricks (830) 613-2324 or Andy Hoffmans (512) 755-1333.
Marble Falls Daybreak 9th Skeet Shoot and Barn Dance - Aug.24 & Aug. 25 Thomas Edwards 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee on Jul 16, 2012
JUST IN: 2012 EAFK effectiveness data report from Hutto ISD. This is the second K-8 district-wide implementation of EAFK: 1,062 students awarded in knighting ceremonies (25% of the eligible student body; $14,313.14 were raised by kids for charities and research; hundreds of food cans donated to area food bank; Disciplinary referrals: Despite 3.4% increase in total students, reported discipline incidents fell 31.5% in their first year of using EAFK. Great job, Hutto.
Hutto ISD Early Act First Knight Effectiveness Data Report Pam Blankenzee 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Keng on May 31, 2012

Rotary Club of Giddings helped at the Lee County Little League closing ceremonies. They passed out almost 500 hot dogs to the community. Members from Left to Right: Ken Weiser, Bill Dodd, Robert Tiner, Lisa Teinert and Michelle Weiser
Rotary Club of Giddings Helps at Lee County Little League Wesley Keng 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Marble Falls Club Award Day Pam Blankenzee 0
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District 5870 is pleased to announce that one of its White Hat Society members has issued a challenge. 

If at least two people in District 5870 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Annual Programs Fund-SHARE as reflected on the records of the Rotary Foundation, the same amount will be posted by the White Hat member offering the challenge.

All gifts made after July 1, 2013 are eligible for this match.

Each of the persons accepting this challenge will become new members of the District 5870 White Hat Society, or will receive additional Concho awards.

If you want to take the donor up on his offer, please contact PDG Suresh Pahwa,, and he will walk you through the process.

Please let your club members know about this most generous offer!

District 5870 White Hat Society Challenge Match Pam Blankenzee 0
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More than 200 business professionals, community leaders, and early childhood literacy supporters gathered at St. David’s Episcopal Church on April 17, 2013, to honor the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club , Austin University Area Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of Austin at BookSpring’s inaugural Storybook Heroes Luncheon.   

Presented by Howdy Honda, the luncheon celebrated each Rotary clubs’ major contributions to early childhood literacy advancement in Central Texas.


BOOKSPRING Honors Rotarians Pam Blankenzee 0
Conference of Rotary Clubs - May 31-June 2 Pam Blankenzee 0
Posted by Pam Blankenzee

By now, many Rotarians and friends of Rotary have read the February 28th edition of The Wall Street Journal, which includes a news report as well as an op-ed column about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to donate US$100 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative through his charitable foundation.

 It’s great to have such leaders join our fight.  As we all know, over the last three decades, Rotarians have contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless hours to end this scourge.  As advocates and fund-raisers in this cause, we welcome help from all who share our vision, and we thank Mayor Bloomberg for stepping forward.  In fact, on behalf of all Rotarians, Dr. Robert S. Scott, chair of our International PolioPlus Committee, publicly thanked the Mayor as soon as the announcement was made last Friday.  At this critical time in the battle, we want and need to encourage other philanthropists and business leaders to join us.

A Perspective on Media Coverage about New Allies in the Fight Against Polio Pam Blankenzee 0
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