Lone Star Telegram - March 2018


Message From DG Gene Holiman
Have You "Done Your One" Yet This Year?
Realize it or not, we're now two-thirds of the way through the 2017-18 Rotary Year. It's been great! And continues to be so.
When I delivered my District Governor Official Visit speech to your club last summer/fall, I challenged each club - and each individual member - with a series of "DG One Initiatives" that I hoped District 5870 Rotarians would strive to achieve this year. I highlighted several I really wanted us to focus on, then added many other options for members and clubs to target as they felt appropriate. One success at a time.

Per Capita Foundation Giving - as of February 28, 2018, (Top 25 Clubs)

View the breakdown of the Per Capita Foundation Giving as of January 31, 2018

PolioPlus Contributions – as of February 28, 2018, (Top 25 Clubs)

View the breakdown of the Top 25 PolioPlus Contributions

Annual Giving As Of February 28, 2018

View the breakdown of Annual Giving of the Top 25 Clubs

Foundation Banner Status Report
Below is the Foundation Banner Status Report.
The Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust Match Program

The Jerry Johnson Trust Match

District 5870 has a unique method to help you become an initial (first-time) Paul Harris Fellow. Over the past seven years, 1,277 Rotarians in 77 different clubs have taken advantage of this program, resulting in 646 PHFs. We hope to be able to help you, too.
The Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust (the "Trust") will generally match contributions of new cash made during the current Rotary year to the Annual Fund-SHARE on a 1-to-1 basis in amounts of $100 to $500 for any active Rotarian in District 5870 who is not yet a first time Paul Harris Fellow.
All Aboard the Rotary Express
Conductor Gene Holiman is calling for all Rotarians to join him on the "Rotary Express" for the Celebration of Clubs on May 4, 2018 to the Eilan Hotel & Spa in San Antonio. For more details & pricing - click here. To register: http://bit.ly/2FaBlq0
District Assembly - Be The Inspiration 
Strengthen your club leadership and get inspired for Rotary year 2018-2019 at District Assembly in Killeen at Central Texas College. To register: http://bit.ly/2CPDwJG
Women in Rotary Project
JOIN US, SATURDAY MARCH 10 9AM-3PM! ALL members of District 5870 Central Texas are invited to join us for a day of service in celebration of women in Rotary! (this includes the guys!). This was SUCH a FUN & SUCCESSFUL project last year and we all agreed it should be an annual celebration.

This year's project will be to landscape and install interactive playground features and we will also have a crew painting inside classrooms at TODOS JUNTOS Learning Center.  To register to join us please click here: https://1districtstrong.wufoo.com/forms/z1t9x7bk1wikw5h/
Mayor Presentation of Rotary Arbor Day
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. 
District Conference Celebration Of Life Service
One of the most inspirational facets of the District 5870 District Conference each spring is the Celebration of Life Service on Sunday morning (May 6 this year) to remember those Rotarians in our district who have passed away during the current Rotary year (since July 1, 2017). A short synopsis of their Rotary life is read, a bell is sounded, then a yellow rose is presented to a member(s) of their club in attendance.
Rotary Club of Austin "People Of Action"
The Rotary Club of Austin worked together to package 22,000 thousand meals for Rise Against Hunger!! Thank you for your #ServiceAbove Self! Great job!! 
D5870 Arbor Day Tree Planting Challenge Was A Success!
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
LaGrange Donates To Rebuild KC Hall
It's been over 6 months since Hurricane Harvey and rebuilding efforts are still needed in the community of La Grange. Rotary Club of La Grange is worked hard to make a differrence - donated $2,500 towards the rebuilding of KC Hall. KC Hall was submerged in water due to the raising floods from Hurricane Harvey.
Ft. Hood Operation Vacation
One of the greatest and most valuable projects our Rotary club does is Operation Vacation.  Every month Ft. Hood selects a family to be honored with a free R&R weekend in Austin.  The Austin Hotel Lodging Association Partners with the Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen and the County Line Restaurants  to make this a fun, worry free and all expense paid event for the soldiers so they can have quality time with their families. This month we actually had two families: one hosted by The W Hotel and the other by the Hilton Austin Airport.  Both families were treated to dinner at the County Line Saturday nite with all the trimmings. What a great way to thank our military for their service and let them know they are appreciated. 
South Austin Rotary Celebrates 60yrs!
South Austin Rotary celebrated 60 yrs of #ServiceAboveSelf on February 12, 2018! 
Rotary Supporting Scouts

Meet Rotarians Lee Chesney (left) and Michael Holmes (right), both of whom are long-term volunteers in the Waterloo District of the Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Austin, Texas. Between them is Jericho Reymundo, the Senior Patrol Leader of The Great Troop 8. TGT8 is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austin-NXNE

EAFK program in District 5870 for 2018
Below is a list of the EAFK schools and sponsoring Rotary clubs within District 5870
Early Act First Knight
Early Act First Knight happenings around the district.
Polio Plus Update
The Gates Foundation is matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $50 Mil/Yr.) Our Rotary-wide 2017-18 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $50 Million + the $2 for $1 Gates Foundation Match
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2018-19 District Vocational Scholarship
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Women In Rotary Service Project
TODOS JUNTOS Learning Center
Mar 10, 2018
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Flatonia's Pints For Polio Fundraiser
Henry K's, Wine Haus, & Red Vault Bistro
Mar 10, 2018
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World Rotaract Week
Mar 11, 2018 – Mar 17, 2018
Club's February Attendance Report Due
Mar 14, 2018
Grant Management Training Seminar (GMTS) #2
Georgetown Healthcare Foundation Community Rooms
Mar 24, 2018
Pflugerville's 11th Annual Casino Night
Pflugerville Hall
Mar 24, 2018
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Public Image ZOOM Webinar Training
Mar 26, 2018
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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