On April 17, 2019 the Rotary Club of Pflugerville members gathered with our amazing sponsors and members of the Pflugerville community to award $35,000 in scholarships to 15 deserving PfISD High School Seniors!
Pflugerville Making A Difference  2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Anyone driving past Murphy Park or Bull Branch Park at night will see lights shining on brand new fountains courtesy of the Taylor Rotary Club. "This is Rotary's gift to Taylor," said Dennis Ritcher.

Taylor Rotary Adds Fountain To Local Park 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary of Club of Temple used a DAP grant to sponsor several college campus visits by Temple High School and Belton High School students.  Temple Independent School District (TISD) and Belton Independent School District (BISD) selected the students to go on these college campus tours.  
Temple DAP Grant Sponsors College Campus Visits 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
This is the 20th year that the East Austin Rotary has help sponsor the "Role Model" fair with elementary schools. This school year 2018-2019 they will be serving around 10,000 students. At the fair, club members talk about the 4-way test to students from 3rd through 5th grades, to stay in school and how to decide what they want to be. Picutured is Nora Comstock, President of East Austin Rotary and Margarine Beaman, treasurer.
East Austin Sponsors Role Model Fair 2019-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
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On February 2, 2019, 404 Rotarians and friends gathered for dinner at the Austin Hilton to celebrate the District’s support to The Rotary Foundation in Calendar Year 2018. The attendees experienced an uncommon treat, as Rotary International President Barry Rassin served as the guest speaker; it is not every day that the RI President visits an event in one of Rotary’s 539 individual Districts!
 
President Rassin shared amazing stories about our progress towards polio eradication, the importance of the Rotary Peace Fellows program, how work within our Areas of Focus helps bring peace to the world, and how Rotary was the first organization to respond to the earthquake in Haiti. He challenged us, as Rotarians, to think bigger - to find even more ways to have impact on our communities and the world.
The Flamingos of Change Bob Crouch 2019-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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It is my distinct honor and privilege to formally announce that Beverly Luedke of the Rotary Club of Temple South has been selected by the District Nominating Committee to serve as our Governor for Rotary Year 2021-2022.  Beverly is a great Rotarian and good friend who I know to be exceptionally well prepared for the job!  Please join me in congratulating  Beverly on her selection as our 107th District Governor.
Selection of District Governor Designee for 2021-2022 Rotary Year 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Register Now For Conference of Clubs Early Bird Pricing 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Over 100 Rotarians and volunteers gathered the morning of Feb. 23 to package 32,616 meals for the hungry and malnourished in our world.  The Rotary Club of Austin doubled the number of meals packed this year!  With strong leadership from Rotarian and Project Manager, Dr. Ann Marie Ellis, the fellowship hall was packed with Boy Scouts, friends and Rotarians with hearts for service.
AUSTIN Feeds The Hungry 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
District Assembly will be held on Saturday April 13, 2019 at Central Texas College in Killeen. Come learn what incoming District Governor Jim Henry has planned for Rotary 2019-1920 and get training that will expand your Rotary leadership skills. Price is $25 and includes lunch. To register: http://bit.ly/2H2o0zN
Time For District Assembly 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Waco Rotarians have been busy promoting literacy with the with 1st and 2nd graders in Waco ISD. Thanks to a partnership with YMCA OF CENTRAL TEXAS and Junior League of Waco we have been handing out personalized books to some precious children!
Waco Rotary Promotes Literacy 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
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A group of Rotary Club of Austin Rotarians spoke to Pecan Springs elementary school children about their respective careers for Career Day.  The children were inspired and in awe of everyone who spoke of their professional lives…paying it forward for our future generations!
Pecan Spring Elementary Career Day 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
What better way to celebrate the month of love by passing that love to our military by bringing them to Austin for a fun complimentary weekend with all the trimmings. The Rotary  Clubs of Austin and Killeen sponsor a program called Operation Vacation
Celebrating the Month of Love with our Military 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
On Friday, February 15th, the Yoakum Rotary Club loaded up a van provided by Marty Garrison of .Wendel Motor Company with 276 teddy bears and headed for Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. 
Bears Sighted Leaving Yoakum  2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
The International Youth Exchange Team piled into Bastrop Rotarian Sarah Brightwell’s new car and trekked to Tulsa for the annual South Central Rotary Youth Exchange Winter Conference.  Sarah and Jennifer Graham (Rotary Club of Temple) attended workshops and classes for two days while our Inbound Students enjoyed time with the 100 other international kids in our region.
South Central Rotary Youth Exchange Winter Conference 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
The Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary received a 2018 DAP Grant from Rotary District 5870 to provide Open Door Recovery House (ODRH) in Marble Falls with two new computers and a new printer. The Open Door Recovery House is a 501(c) non-profit that operates a residential facility for women in Marble Falls who are working on recovery from drugs and or alcohol. 
Marble Falls Daybreak Supports Open Door Recovery House 2019-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
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On Saturday, January 26th, 30 members and friends of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights came together to build a wheelchair ramp for a very special little boy, Edward.

Edward lives with cerebral palsy and spinal scoliosis, which results in him spending most of his time in a wheelchair. Edward’s stepfather, Chaz Dumas, has to carry him up and down a set of stairs to get into their house. Chaz heard about the club’s efforts in serving the community, so he approached several members of the about the potential for getting a ramp built. The family had exhausted every traditional resource for getting assistance for a special-needs child; governmental organizations would not help, and the family’s insurance companies denied every request on the grounds that Edward might “get better” one day and walk on his own.
If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, a Child’s Smile is a Library  Bob Crouch 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Westlake Rotary presents the newly formed St. Stephens Interact Club with their charter. Receiving the charter are President Lillian Sims and Jae Clark (to the right). Westlake Rotarians are David Jessich (presenting) with Lance Hay and Club President, Paul Keith (behind).
New Interact Club 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
The East Austin Rotary Club has a new home! East Austin has seen many changes, including the closing of restaurants that had served as our meeting places for years. In 2019, however, the East Austin Rotary Club found a new home at the perfect location: Huston Tillotson University.
East Austin Rotary Ribbon Cutting 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
We can never thank our military for their service and sacrifices that they make  daily for us. Our Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen partnered with our hospitality industry to set up R&R free weekends each month for military families from Ft. Hood  to say thank you and show our appreciation. This family for this month was Staff Sgt Wing and his family of five.
Operation Vacation Ft. Hood 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-Elect Mark Maloney has revealed the 2019-2020 theme "Rotary Connects The World". In his address at International Assembly, he explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models. Read the story.
2019-2020 Presidential Theme Revealed 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Waco, the YMCA of Central Texas and the Junior League of Waco have started passing out personalized books to all first and second graders in the Waco Independent School District. The My Very Own Adventure Book program promotes reading that provides a personalized book to each student.
Waco ISD Students Receive Personalized Books 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
The Pecan Springs EAFK service club collected gifts, blankets and toiletries for the residences at the Walnut Hills Nursing Home and took them to them the last week before school was out and sang Christmas Carols to them to make their holidays brighter. They were accompanied by members of the Cosmopolitan and Austin Rotary Club as well as their teacher, Mr. Salinas.
Spreading Holiday Cheer at Walnut Hills Nursing Home 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest had their Annual Kids Coat Drive this month. They are proud to report that they met and exceeded their goals in collecting and purchasing Coats for Kids in SW Austin. They had a fun day handing out coats and topped it off with a special visit from Santa.
Coats For Kids 2018 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Copperas Cove Rotary Club members Thomas Pursel and Norm Mitchell hand out dictionaries to Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School third-graders. The club ensures every third-grader in the the Copperas Cove Independent School District receives a new dictionary each year.
3rd-Graders Receive Dictionaries from Rotary Club 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Santa came to the Helping Hands Home on December 18th, complete with Christmas carols, cookies and granted the specific wishes of about 30 abused and neglected children whom have been removed from their homes.  The Rotary Club of Austin gifted the real property and home for this institution close to 100 years ago.  Year after year RCA Rotarians have bought and wrapped the gifts; shopped for the snacks; and, most importantly, shared unconditional love to these children in need.  
Austin Hosts Christmas Party at the Helping Hands Home 2018-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
West Austin Rotary Hosts Christmas Shopping Spree 2018-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Cedar Park Leander helping at Reveal Ministeries Food Pantry. Selflessly serving over 200 families/ week who find themselves in need.
Rotarians At Work At Food Pantry 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Georgetown Sun City's Breakfast With Santa 2018-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Save the date of January 19, 2019 for the Branding and Public Image Training Day held at the Georgetown Health Foundation Community Rooms located at 2423 Williams Dr., Georgetown from 9AM to 2PM. This is a FREE event however, we ask that you register as we are providing lunch. For more details on this event and to register: click here.
Branding & Public Image Training Day 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Taylor ISD Interact Bell Ringing 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Hamburg Early Registration Ends December 15th! 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Temple recently conducted it’s 35th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on November 9, 2018.  Rotarian Jack Morris, who is 86 years young, has led the effort every year since its inception.
Temple's Annual Spaghetti Dinner 2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Hats Off to the Recipients of the Interact Presidential Citation!  Nancy Keck 2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remember those that are special to us. The Rotary Club’s of Austin and Killeen in partnership with County Line and Austin Hotel Lodging Association entertained a delighting Army family from Ft. Hood with a very unique Thanksgiving. 
Thanksgiving Made Special For Our Military  2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Temple recently conducted it’s 35th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on November 9, 2018.  Rotarian Jack Morris, who is 86 years young, has led the effort every year since its inception. 
Temple's 35th Annual Spaghetti Dinner 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
On the Friday before Thanksgiving, volunteers from the Boy Scouts, H.E.B. Grocery Company, and area Rotary Clubs collect food in 9 counties.  Food For Families is the largest one-day food drive in Texas. This year they collected 317,000 pounds of food!
Food For Families 2018 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Yoakum obtained a grant from Rotary International District 5870 to provide additional security measures for St. Joseph school students and faculty.  Each year the club has an opportunity to apply for grant money to benefit some facet of our Yoakum community.  Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez, presented a check to Principal Sean Mooney on November 9th. 
Ensuring Safety At St. Joseph School 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary volunteers to give out free books to children at Pecan Springs 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Corsicana Launches Yellow Dot Program 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
DG Jerry Chapman invites you to attend the Foundation Gala on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Downtown Hilton in Austin with guest speaker R.I. President Barry Rassin. This is going to be an awesome event! Tickets are $80 person. Registration closes January 27! REGISTER NOWhttp://bit.ly/2qjR7VI
Join Us At The Foundation Gala 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
You have all seen the photos and TV coverage of the devastating floods that impacted hundreds of homes in the Highland Lakes area.  Rivers gushing, boats and boat docks flowing over dams, a State Hwy. bridge washing away.  Heavy rains for several days swelled the Llano and Colorado Rivers to historic high levels.
UPDATE: Highland Lakes Area of Central Texas Flood 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
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 DELIA’S Tamales of the same flavor and is packaged in an insulated sport pack. 
It's Tamale Time In South Austin 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
“Thank you for the benches and improvements to the facility. Fortunately, the homeless shelter was available for me, as I am battling cancer and have no place to go. The shelter has been and is a Godsend for me. Again, thanks for your support and help.”
Killeen Heights "A Legacy Of Service" 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Georgetown, Forbes Middle School Interact and Benold Middle School Interact spent a Saturday building a needed wheelchair ramp on Lindeman Lane in Leander, Tx. Thank you for your service! Another great example how as Rotarians, we are people of action!
Ramp Building In Leander, TX 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Keeping up a much-loved tradition, Yoakum Rotary Club began their distribution of "I Like Me" books to Yoakum, Sweet Home and St Joseph Kindergarten students. The books are personalized with the students name, their teacher's name, friends name, pets name and more.
Yoakum Carries On Tradition 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Tickets are going fast! Don't miss your opportunity to win a new car plus a fabulous trip to Germany to pick it up. Tickets are $100 each, or buy 2 get one free. Each Each ticket includes over $200 in special offers for local restaurants and other businesses. To purchase your ticket - go to www.laketravisrotary.org 
Lakeway/Lake Travis's Annual Car Raffle 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from around the District came out this past Saturday to join the Rotary Clubs of Austin NxNE, Northwest Austin and Universtiy Area to pack meals for the Rise Aganist Hunger. The goals was to pack 10,000 meal kits. As always, we Rotarians like to rise to the challenge. Total meals packed for the day were 10,152. Rich Hill of Austin NXNE led the organizing effort, and special thanks to Lupe Barragan for providing space to pack the meals (and margaritas!) at Casa Chapala. 
10,000 Meals Packed For Rise Against Hunger 2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
 
The Rotary Club of Georgetown proudly presents the Field of Honor® in Central Texas presented by Hewlett Chevrolet. This truly inspiring event will pay tribute to our valued veterans, active and reserve duty military and first responders, during the week of Veterans Day from November 4th to November 12th, 2018. Flags are $40 each and may be purchased online at www.georgetowntxfieldofhonor.org.
Flag Sales Open for Field of Honor  2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Record amounts of rain in the Highland Lakes and surrounding areas has led to wide spread area flooding. Many area residents have lost everything, including District Rotarians. Others are experiencing various levels of loss. Marble Falls, Cottonwood Shores, Kingsland, and Granite Shoals are the major towns in this area. Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores have been the hardest hit and have the greatest economic threat to recovery.
Storm's Impact: District 5870 2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Navarro County Rotary Club president, Bob Young, is pleased to announce that as of August, 2018, the club is now a "100% Paul Harris Club".   Special guest at the September 17th meeting is district governor, Jerry Chapman (pictured left), presenting the 100% Paul Harris Club banner to Bob Young.  Congratulations to the Navarro County Rotary Club!
Navarro Country Reaches Milestone 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Every month our Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen partner with the Austin Hotel and Lodging Association to host a military family for the weekend so they can spend quality time with their families. It is always a grand event because we get to thank that soldier for his service and we get to entertain his family and thank them for carrying on when their dad or mom is serving our country. But it is a rare occasion when that simple weekend turns into so much more.
September Operation Vacation 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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World Polio Day Competition – Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects!
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th. World Polio Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus vaccine, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Polio is a disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is mainly spread by person-to-person contact. Polio can also be spread by drinking water or other drinks or eating raw or undercooked food that are contaminated with the feces of an infected person.
Enter the World Polio Day Competition 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Earlier this month, Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary showed off their building skills when they joined the Austin Habitat of Humanity to help build Daniel and Rosa Martinez their first home. What a rewarding project!! #PeopleOfAction #BeTheInspiration
Austin Habitat For Humanity   2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
A big welcome to all those inducted to the La Grange Interact Club. 60 members strong, good things to come this year!!
Youth Leadership In La Grange 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
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For the past two schools years, Pflugerville High School Interact Club has held an Olympic Paint War to raise money for ShelterBox. This year we are excited to have Pflugerville HS Interact,
Pflugerville Interact Paint War Olympics  Barbara Najera 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
All Rotarians and Rotaractors are eligible for this exciting new program, which offers discounts on products and services such as travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, entertainment, and more. Download the Rotary Global Rewards app. Visit Rotary Global Rewards at rotary.org/globalrewards
Rotary Global Rewards Program 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
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You're invited to the the District 5870 Joint Rotary Social hosted by the Killeen Heights Rotary Club on Thursday, September 27 from 6PM-9PM at the Walburg German Restaurant, 3777 FM 972, Walburg, TX. The event will be inside the restaurant. Dinner & drinks at your own cost. We will have the room upstairs for the evening. 
Joint Rotary Social 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
D5870 Helps Bring Literacy To India's Children - GG#1863742 Sharon Golden 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Each year the Marble Falls Rotary Club, with support of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Marble Falls, Texas, holds a ceremony on September 11th, for personal reflection, prayer and thought in remembrance of the victims’ families and rescue workers involved in the 9/11 tragedies, and to honor, remember and reunite with our area First Responders. The public is invited to attend the “Day of Remembrance Ceremony” at 5:30 p.m.  Tuesday, September 11th, at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion to help us honor, remember and reunite with our area First Responders.
Marble Falls 17th Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony 2018-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen were able to  thank a soldier and his entire family of six for serving and protecting our country through a program called Operation Vacation Ft. Hood. The Rotary clubs partner with Austin Hotel Lodging Association, County Line Restaurants, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Toyota Killeen and  Around Austin to honor these Army families from Ft. Hood  every month.
August Operation Vacation 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Several Killeen Heights Rotarians met at the Girl Scouts Building on 2909 Lake Road in Killeen ready to work with their gloves, shovels, rakes, chainsaws, and friends! They worked on the landscape in front of the Girl Scouts Building. Afterwards, They gathered in the Girl Scouts fellowship hall for some amazing smoked meat and banana pudding. GREAT JOB!! 
Rotarians At Work 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
EAFK Kick-Off Ceremonies 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
 Rotary Club of La Grange partnered with the La Grange Volunteer Fire Department for a Community Meal commemorating the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. The LGVFD grilled up 600 hamburger patties and everyone enjoyed a free meal with their friends and neighbors. 
La Grange Commemorates Hurricane Harvey 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Friday August 10, Austin SW Rotary assisted the West Rural Community Center, Travis Co. Pct 3 Constable and Southwest Family Fellowship handing out backpacks, providing fun and food for deserving kids who are headed back to school soon. These kids needed our help in starting school ready to go. We had fun too!
Austin Southwest Lends A Helping Hand 2018-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Members of Austin University Area Rotary Club helped stuff over 1300 kids' backpacks for distribution by Cap City Kids. Every year, Cap City Kids provides backpacks with school supplies to at-risk children.  Having all the supplies they need can make a huge difference for kids who are already struggling with staying in school.  Cap City Kids is one of the groups supported by Austin University Area Rotary Club, and when the asked for volunteers, they stepped up.
Helping At Risk Kids by Stuffing Backpacks for Cap City Kids 2018-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Membership Message from RI President Barry Rassin 2018-08-08 05:00:00Z 0 Membership
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Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Sushil Kumar Gupta Selected To Be 2020-21 Rotary President 2018-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Several members of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights met at Friends in Crisis in Killeen to fulfill another need at the homeless shelter. People using the facility had nowhere to sit when they waited outside so here comes "Rotarians At Work" to meet the need. People standing outside were more than happy to move out of the way for Rotarians to do their work. The Rotary Club of Killeen Heights purchased and installed five amazing Rotary International benches in front of the shelter.
Killeen Heights Donates Benches at Homeless Shelter 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
I have said it before but one of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is an opportunity to thank a soldier for serving and protecting our country and Rotary and the Austin Hotel Lodging Association gets to do it every month with a family from Ft. Hood. SSG Ryan Bentley, his wife Victoria and sons Lincoln (2) and Lyle (8 mos.)  were hosted last weekend at the Residence Inn Hotel Downtown by General Manager Andy Zinni. 
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LaGrange Rotary Supports Back 2 School Festival 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
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RI President Barry Rassin has challenged clubs and Rotarians to Be the Inspiration in 2018-19. One of the ways Rassin would like to see clubs do this is by hosting a Rotary Day. Any club big or small can host a Rotary Day, and several clubs can combine to share ideas, talent, and resources.   
How To Host A Rotary Day 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
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For a number of years, the Jerry Johnson Trust has been asked if there is any way that the Trust can match contributions made by Rotarians who are already a Paul Harris Fellow. While doing that falls outside of the scope of Jerry’s trust, we heard you loud and clear. So, for a limited time starting on August 1, 2018, the Trustees will do the following:
Limited Time Offer 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Night At the Ball Park 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
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Happy New Rotary Year
 
Wow!  A new Rotary year is underway. It started off on a good note with a very successful RYLA camp. One hundred teenagers came from all corners of our district. New friendships were made. Campers learned about service and inclusiveness. There was some work and lots of fun.
Rotary is the only organization that changes leadership annually at all levels; from the Rotary International President to the Club President. For me, the journey to serve as your governor started two years ago. There has been a lot of preparation. I’ve met many of you during club visits along with Rotarians around the world.
DG Jerry Chapman July 2018 Update 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
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It stared with a trickle as great rivers often do; as great hopes do, as great  plans do; as great movements do; as great changes in lives and communities around the world do.
 
Yes, Rotary started in Chicago with just a trickle of four men meeting in an office.  And it grew into a great river of 1.2 million members that circle the globe making great changes.     
Clean Water For Healthy Families Kent Miller 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Austin and Killeen had the great pleasure of hosting the cutest little military family from Ft. Hood in June @ the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel in downtown Austin. !st Sgt. Casey Brinkley, his wife Heather, daughter Aubrey (3) and their new twins Willie Ray & JoLee (5 weeks old) arrived Friday just in time for dinner  and were greeted by Mary Reynolds, the chair of Operation Vacation for both the Rotary Club of Austin and the Board of the Austin Hotel Lodging Association. 
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Caroline received her bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she specialized in Water Resources. While at UVA, she worked on a student-led water and health project in the rural Limpopo Province of South Africa that established a factory to produce ceramic water filters, a cheap but effective point-of-use treatment. 
Meet Caroline Hackett, 2018-19 Rotary Global Grant Scholar  2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
EAFK Program in District 5870 2018-19 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2018 Time!! 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
You're Invited to 69th Marble Falls Fish Fry 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Killeen Heights Rotarians doing great things at Aware Central Texas, an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and family violence. To learn more about Aware Central Texas go to: https://awarecentraltexas.org/
Rotarians At Work 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
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As you read this, we are only 2-3 weeks from the end of the 2017-18 Rotary year. For me, it means I add a final letter to my string of DG titles - from DGN to DGE to DG and finally graduating to PDG - Past District Governor - a title I will proudly wear for the remaining years of my Rotary involvement (Hopefully many).
 
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
Governor's June Message 2018-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
On June 9th, we held the DG and Club Leader Installation Brunch at the Oasis Restaurant at Lake Travis. PDG Rich Kaye officiated the installation of DG Jerry Chapman, DGE Jim Henry, District officers and Club Presidents. A Breakfast Fajita Brunch was served and The Oasis developed a featured “Blue Rotarian” signature drink for our event. See photos
Ringing In The New Year At The Oasis 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Georgetown Rotary Builds 40th Ramp 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Austin Cosmopolitan Team Up With Book Spring 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Books and calculators headed to the school in Reynosa 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
E- 5 David Bucklas, wife Kaylee and two daughters Sophia and Harvey spent Memorial Weekend at the Holiday Inn Express Airport Austin with all expenses paid as a thank you for the soldier’s service and his family’s sacrifices. The family was treated to a fabulous BBQ dinner at the County Line on the Lake, giftcards and passes to the amusement park, Austin Parks & Pizza.  This was a chance for this family to have quality fun time together since this soldier has been on emergency duty for months where he could not be more than 15 minutes from Ft. Hood so a weekend in Austin was a  real treat. Operation Vacation is made possible by the partnerships of Austin & Killeen Rotary Clubs, Austin Hotel Lodging Association and County Line. Let’s thank our soldiers for your service not just on Memorial Day but every day.
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La Grange Rotary was proud to present over $40,000 in scholarships to outstanding La Grange HIgh school students.  Each scholarship awarded was worth $2,000. A big thank you to the La Grange Optimist Club for partnering with them in this initiative.
La Grange Awards $40,000 In Scholarships 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Karen Collins and Liz Ingersoll of the Rotary Club of Austin helping Ms. Williams in library  with Dig It activities. Each child got a book to take home from BookSpring.
Books for Me at Pecan Springs 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Pflugerville Tree Planting Project 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
District 5870 Rotarians at Recognizing Good Ethics in Business Community Awards luncheon at the ATT University of Texas Conference Center in Austin.
Good Ethics Award Luncheon 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

Monday wasn’t a normal school day for a group of juniors at Flatonia High School. Students traveled to Corpus Christi to get a unique tour of USS Lexington.

The Flatonia Rotary Club along with USS Lexington planned the second annual “Heritage Pride Tour.” It’s a tour meant to teach students the value of history, and learning about those who served before them.

Tanner Tipton, who visited the Lexington for the first time, said her classmates recently learned about World War II and the history of the Lexington.

“I’m definitely about all hands-on and going and seeing and learning about, so that this is like a great experience in itself,” Tipton said.

Flatonia Rotary Hosts "Hertiage Pride Tour" 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
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If I was in Northeast Texas today doing the Celebration of Life, I would tell you about Carl.  We met when we were both visitors to the Rotary Club in Angel Fire, New Mexico.  He was 19 years older than me; I was pretty new to Rotary and he had several decades of Rotary perfect attendance.  We found that we both had a love for church, the mountains, art, and music; he was generous and kind; he loved his wife and family.  One day we met up on a walk and right away I noticed his ball cap and instantly realized we were on opposite ends of the political spectrum.  But he and I lived by the motto, “Service above Self”.  Our friendship never wavered because we were bound together by the strong bond of Rotary, service and compassion.
2018 Celebration of Life Kent Bohls 2018-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Click on image to see video on how Rotary District 5870 Central Texas made a difference this past year as #PeopleOfAction #1DistrictStrong
Recap of Rotary 2017-2018 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Public Image Award Winners 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Sgt. Isaias Perez and his wife Callie stationed at Ft. Hood enjoyed a complimentary weekend in Austin on April 6-8 @ the JW Marriott compliments of Operation Vacation sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Killeen and Austin, the Austin Hotel Lodging Association, County Line Restaurants and Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.  This program provides a military family with all the trimmings from meals to entertainment for a fun weekend to thank them for their service and to provide them with qualify time together.  This couple are both members of the Army and their comment when they left was that they had never had such an incredible time and were treated so well.
Operation Vacation 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Georgetown Supports Local Heros 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
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CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Reynolds!! She has been selected 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Pecan Springs Elementary School. WELL DESERVED!! Thank you Mary for your Service Above Self!
Volunteer Of The Year 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
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The District Vocational Scholarship Selection Committee met this past Saturday to interview candidates who applied for a District 5870 Vocational Scholarship.  The following individuals will each be receiving a $5,000 vocational scholarship to start school in the Fall 2018 term:
 
Student
Sponsoring Rotary Club
College
Luke Petru
Shiner
Texas State Technical College (Waco campus)
Wes Jennings
Corsicana
Navarro College (Corsicana campus)
Dajana Karmi
Harker Heights
Texas State Technical College (Waco campus)
Andrew Tovar
Killeen Heights
Texas State Technical College (Waco campus)
Wyatt Allison
McGregor
Texas State Technical College (Waco campus)
Bella Rosenbusch
Georgetown
Texas State Technical College (Waco campus)
 
These scholarships are funded by the generous donations made to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International by the Rotarians of District 5870.
District Vocational Scholarships for RY 2018-19 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Caldwell Rotary Supports Local Ministries 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Georgetown Rotary Club presented the second check to R.O.C.K. (Ride On Center for Kids) ROCK Ride On Center for Kids as a beneficiary of the Patriots Ball, one of the Field of Honor events. This will help pay for a session of Camp Courage this July, a fabulous equestrian therapy camp that helps kids of military families (8 to 12 years of age), some of whom may have a disability. It is a healing and wonderful program at no cost to the families that the Rotary Club of Georgetown is proud to support. 
Georgetown Supports R.O.C.K 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Hutto Rotary braved the cold and the wind Saturday, April 7th, along with 400 other volunteers to help with the 2018 Great Hutto Cleanup. An annual event put on by the Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation, the Great Hutto Cleanup is a day for citizens to help make Hutto a cleaner, better place to live. Citizens can drop off trash, hazardous waste, brush, etc to be disposed of properly. Volunteers line every street and major area cleaning up trash and beautifying common areas.
Hutto Rotary Participates in the 2018 Great Hutto Cleanup 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Marlin has partnered with the city of Marlin to develop and maintain a community garden. Awesome service project!
RC of Marlin’s Community Garden 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
The community service committee for Fulmore Middle School's Interact Club performed a park clean-up project on Saturday, April 7.  Two of the kids in the Interact Club - Colby and Nate - along with Colby's dad Brian and Andy Swanson picked up trash and debris at Little Stacy Park.  Thanks to Sherry Workman for providing gloves to all of the volunteers! 
Fulmore Middle School Interact Club Cleans Up 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Joint service project led by the Rotary Club of Centennial Rotary and included Club of Austin, South Austin, University Club and East Austin. They collected 500 handbags for the Texas Advocacy Project Handbags for Hope program. This was a  special collaborative  project from the Presidents Council. 
TAP Purse Project 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Austin Cosmopolitan held a "Flo Party" aimed to help women in need in a particular way: building “flow kits” filled with feminine hygiene products. Flo Code, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to local organizations for women, teamed up with UT’s Texas Rotaract and the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club to host a “Flo Party” at The Clay Pit, during which participants packed kits using menstrual products purchased for the event and donated by Rotary members. 

 

Austin Cosmopolitan "Flo Party" Service Project 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
The E-Club of District 5870 was joined by the Manor New Tech Interact Club to plant 25 tress at Burnet High School. Awesome job!!
E-Club Tree Planting 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
This past weekend, Killeen Heights Rotary built two ramps for neighbors in need - one in Killeen and the other Copperas Cove! This club loves to show how they are #PeopleOfAction! For the ramp in Killeen,  they partnered with members of First National Bank and the Central Texas College Rotaract Club. For the ramp in Copperas Cove, they partnered with the Rotary Club of Copperas Cove, and led them through their first ramp project! They were also joined by members of the CTC Rotaract Club.
Killeen Heights Helps Neighbors 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club Of Pfluggerville likes to do things in a big way! For the tree planting challenge, they have decided on a total of 55 trees - 10 of these will be at the Pfluggerville Animal Shelter and other 45 will go to the new 1849 Park. They had a great time Making A Difference and adding more beauty to their community. 
Pfluggerville Plans For 55 Trees 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Taylor responded to RI President Ian Riseley's Tree Planting Challenge with the planting of 25 sapling trees - 15 Eastern Red Cedar and 10 Arizona Cypress on city land. Awesome job!! 
Taylor Responds To Tree Planting Challenge 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Foundation of Evanston, Illinois has awarded a $50,000 Global Grant to the Rotary Club of Marble Falls and the Huejutla (way-hoot-la) Centenario Club of Huejutla de Reyes, Mexico. The purpose of the grant is to establish water purification stations primarily in the indigent Sierra Madres Mountains just outside of Huejutla. The program will be a joint effort of the Rotary, the County of Huejutla and the CECyTE magnet school also located in Huejutla. In addition to the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club, the project is also being funded by other area clubs including the Rotary Daybreak Club of Marble Falls, The Rotary Club of Burnet and the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis.
Area Rotary Clubs Helping to Control Cholera in Mexican Mountains  2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Skeeter Miller, the owner of the County Line Restaurants  In Austin was presented a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for his Continued support for one of the Rotary Club of Austin’s most important service projects, Operation Vacation. The club sponsors a military family from Ft. Hood for an R&R weekend in Austin once a month for the past twelve years and the County Line furnishes a BBQ dinner with all the trimmings for their Saturday night dinner and makes them feel very special. We appreciate the continued partnership with County Line and Skeeter in thanking our soldiers. You are truly a role model for Service Above Self!
Skeeter Miller Receives PHF 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
In accordance with District 5870 Resolution #2, Section #2, the attached proposed changes to Resolution #5, Section #5 and Resolution #5, Section 8, and a proposed new Resolution #14 have been forwarded to the clubs for review and discussion.  These proposals will be voted on at the annual business meeting to be held at the District Conference in San Antonio. This year’s business meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 pm on the afternoon of Saturday, May 5, 2018.
 
Please contact PDG Rich Kaye at 254-291-4890 or richkaye@hot.rr.com if you have any questions.
Proposed Resolution Changes 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Georgetown Rotary once again has shown how they are #PeopleOfAction! This past week, they used their carpentary skills to build a clothes donation box for for the Clothes Closet at the FUMC. GREAT JOB!! 
Georgetown Supports Clothes Closet at the FUMC 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
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The District Governor Selection Committee, comprised of fifteen members appointed by DG Gene Holiman to equally represent grouped clubs in fifteen geographic sectors within District 5870, each comprising approximately the same numbers of Rotarians, met in Georgetown on Saturday, March 17, with three candidates nominated for the position of DG 2020-21. After extensive interviews, the committee voted to recommend Rick Stacy of the Marble Falls Rotary Club as their selection.
 
Per the printed selection guidelines available on the District 5870 website, any formal written objections from the clubs which formally submitted candidates for consideration, must be received within 30 days (prior to April 20) by District Governor Gene Holiman. Pending the resolution of any objections, Rick will officially begin his governing track as District Governor-designate April 20, then automatically become the District Governor Nominee on July 1, 2018.
 
We offer our congratulations to Rick and thank him for his continuing contributions to the growth and strength of District 5870 of Central Texas and wish him well in the new chapter of his Rotary leadership.
FORMAL NOTICE OF SELECTION OF THE 2020-21 DISTRICT GOVERNOR Gene Holiman 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
The 2nd Annual Celebration of Women in Rotary for District 5870 Central Texas was a HUGE success! In collaboration with Todos Juntos Learning Center and 11 different club's throughout the District we were able to paint 3 classrooms, install artificial turf, and build several interactive play stations for the kiddos! In total there were 12 different installations of stations and projects, but with the donations of clubs and the efforts of our volunteers we were able to complete all of them in 1 day! It was a very successful group effort and we appreciate ALL the time, treasures, and talents of everyone involved! Click photo to play video.
2nd Annual Women's Day Project 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Register Now For Celebration Of Clubs Conference 2018-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
District Assembly - Be The Inspiration 2018-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
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In celebration of International Women's Day and 30 Years of Women in Rotary, here is the reaccount of how and when women joined Rotary District 5870. The following is a speech delivered to the Rotary  District 5870 District Assembly at the Sheraton
Resort in Bastrop, Texas in 2012 at the request of District Governor Suresh Pahwa. 
 
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..
Women In Rotary - History of D5870 2018-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
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. 
Ft. Hood Operation Vacation 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
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.
LaGrange Donates To Rebuild KC Hall 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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/
Women in Rotary Project 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Austin "People Of Action" 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

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

Rotary Supporting Scouts 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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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 honor.org.
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: www.rotary.org/give
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 jguerra@guerra.com)
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.

Donate now 

 

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: http://bit.ly/2wKKvnB
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. ShelterBoxUSA.org/harvey

Shelter Box USA In Texas 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
EAFK program in District 5870 for 2018  2017-08-31 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:

https://www.gofundme.com/harvey-response-to-lagrange-victims

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. http://on.rotary.org/2uneguS
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 (hotelsforhope.com) 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
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: http://bit.ly/2m5q388
 
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: http://bit.ly/2m5q388
Early Bird Pricing Extened! Register Now For CORC 2017! 2017-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Ziegler on May 06, 2017
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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
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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
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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:

Foundation:
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 $$s!!! This will be a family fun filled event in Corpus Christi on May 19-21st. Early bird registration $100 but good only thru March!  Special pricing also for first time attendees! To register: http://bit.ly/2m5q388
Register in March for CORC and Save $$! 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,
 
Foundation:
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 area...tools, 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
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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 Rotary.org 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
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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
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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 Hero.org, 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!
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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 ormhickerson@mybanktx.com.

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 
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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
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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
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Are You Ready To Dodge? 2016-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
My Rotary Story Contest Winners 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
ESSENTIAL CHANGES FOR CLUBS AND DISTRICTS 2016-06-22 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.
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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.
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Save the Date for South Austin's "Havana Nights" 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
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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 - https://www.flickr.com/…/shelterbox…/sets/72157651806499948/
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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: http://ow.ly/Jhsfv
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

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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 www.cedarparkrotary.org beginning Monday, January 5, 2015.  There is a nominal $10 application fee per act.  

For further information please contact Club Secretary, Ken Burgess, ken@kfb3.com 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

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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

FT. HOOD SOLDIER AND HIS FAMILY GETS AN EARLY TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN WEEKEND IN AUSTIN

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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

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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

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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 bcurlee20@gmail.com or Ann Graham anngraham@sbcglobal.net  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 http://www.rotaryzones21b27.org/institute14/index.html or contact PDG Ed Mullen, ed.mullen@taptrain.com 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

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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

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

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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

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Austin Centennial is having a Fun Festival/Fun run event www.spiritofsharing.weebly.com 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
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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

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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

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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
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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

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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 mary@thereynoldsclan.com 512-415-6345


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

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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

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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

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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 vantage@austin.rr.com

 

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
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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
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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 richkaye@hot.rr.com) 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 rotary.org.  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 http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=60098&pid=83996

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.

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

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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.


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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
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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

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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

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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