News Around The District
DG Bob Crouch's Message for May
District Governor Bob Crouch shares his message for May. He talks about the fun had at Conference of Clubs, Mental Health awareness and giving to the Annual Fund. Click to watch.
Grants Management Training - May 18th
The final GRANTS MANAGEMENT TRAINING SEMINAR for Rotary 2024-25 will be held on Saturday, May 18th on Zoom. Both the GMTS and GMTS Renewal classes will be offered. Must register to receive Zoom link. Click to Register.
Register for the DG & Club Leader Installation Lunch
You're invited to attend the District and Club Leadership Installation Ceremony, on Saturday June 22th 11:30AM at the Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N 3rd St, Temple, TX 76501. Join us as we come together as a Rotary family to support and encourage our leaders, to reaffirm our commitment to service above self, and to celebrate the spirit of fellowship that unites us all. Doors open at 11AM. A BBQ lunch with sides will be served. Open to all Rotarians! Cost is $40.
Congratulations to our 2024 District Service Awardees!
Congratulations to out 2024 DISTRICT SERVICE AWARD recipients: Ann Marie Ellis from Rotary Club of Austin, Jim McComb from Rotary Club of South Austin and Kim Kankel from Rotary Club of Marble Falls!!!
2024 Public Image Award Winners
Congratulations to the following Clubs who were awarded for their PUBLIC IMAGE Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club - Impact Award, Rotary Club of Austin Westlake - Biggest Leap, Rockdale Rotary Club - Continued Momentum and for our DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE!
Shining a Light on Mental Health
May is not just another month on the calendar. It’s a month of significance, a time when the world comes together to raise awareness about an issue that often remains shrouded in silence: mental health. As we embark on Mental Health Awareness Month, it's crucial to acknowledge the significance of dismantling the stigma surrounding mental health and cultivating a culture steeped in understanding, empathy, and support.
New Member Retention – Mini Orientation
Serving as Treasurer of my Club for many years, I’ve had several new members, or their sponsors or friends, complain that they were not expecting the Club’s requests / expectations of them.  For me, most of the time it related to fundraising for the Club’s community services projects or the Rotary Foundation.  But this can extend to dues, attendance, Club involvement, etc.  Unfortunately, my Club lost a few of these new members after their admission to the Club. 
New Public Image Tool for Clubs
Discover our latest PUBLIC IMAGE TOOL designed specifically for Clubs: Simplifying the Newsletter Creation Process with Club Runner. Crafting a Club Newsletter is a powerful way to engage members, ensuring they stay updated on upcoming events, programs, and your community contributions.
May Environment Minute - Shorten Your Showers
 Yes, shorter showers can help the environment by reducing water and energy usage. For example, a 10-minute shower uses about 18 gallons of water, while a standard showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons per minute.
Easter Egg Hunt, Not Just for Kids Anymore!
This past Easter the Killeen-Harker Heights Rotary club put a twist on the traditional Easter Egg Hunt affair. We celebrated Easter at the Kids Club off Trimmier in Killeen on the 23rd of March. 
Austin Cosmo Rotary's Clean Out Your Closet Campaign is a Group Effort
March through April, the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club held its Clean Out Your Closet Campaign collecting gently used handbags, totes, duffel bags, and shoes to benefit survivors of domestic violence, foster care youth, and microbusiness. Benefiting organizations included: Handbags for Hope, Partnerships for Children, and Funds2Org. 
Building Smiles: South Austin Constructs Gaga Pit for Sunset Elementary
In a heartwarming collaboration aimed at enhancing recreational opportunities for local schoolchildren, South Austin Rotary proudly announces the completion of a Gaga Pit at Sunset Elementary School. This endeavor was made possible through a partnership with the Girl Scout Troop 1984.
High School Scholarships Awarded
The Rotary Club of Austin awarded 21 college  & vocational scholarships to  very smart and well deserving seniors from high school in and around Austin to  a total of $80,000. The students’ stories were shared today at our Rotary Scholarship event and many of them will be the first member of their family to receive a college education. 
Lakeway/Lake Travis Holds Annual 4-Way Speech Test Contest
Congratulations to the winners of our 4 Way Test Speech Contest! Winners from 1st place to 5th place are left to right: 1st-Meera Menon; 2nd-Sam Self; Tie for 3rd place-Judi Aly and Katie Vo, and 4th place-Radha Sreenivasan. Each winner will receive a cash prize to go towards education expenses.
Pecan Spring Robot weekend
The Rotary Club of Austin served pizza to the students at Pecan Springs that participated in a Robot science weekend at the school. Thanks Rotary for helping.

EarthX Conference - A New Home for Styrofoam
The Rotary Club of Austin Southwest was invited to present at the 2024 EarthX Conference in Dallas recently.
Rotary E-Club Central Texas' DAP Grant 
Rotary E Club of Central Texas, led by Juanita and Juan Lira, have created two peace gardens in Nuevo Laredo at two schools this month to give a sense of dignity and peace to the student body as well as a beautiful natural oasis to give a peaceful place to visit. This was provided with our club DAP Funds.
Pecan Springs EAFK Knighting Ceremony
Pecan Springs Elementary celebrated their knighting ceremony for the trait of honesty. Lady Amber presents each honoree with a medallion when their name is called and their parents come out and surprise them. 
Fiesta of the Rotary Club of Austin NxNE
The Rotary Club of Austin NxNE invites you to their Annual Fiesta Fundraiser on June 13th at Casa Chapala. All proceeds go towards international initiatives to feed the hungry.
Upcoming Events
May Theme - Youth Services
May 01, 2024 – May 31, 2024
Grants Management Training Seminar #5
Zoom Meeting
May 18, 2024 8:00 a.m.
Rotary International Convention - Singapore
May 24, 2024 – May 29, 2024
June Theme - Rotary Fellowships
Jun. 01, 2024 – Jun. 30, 2024
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Training Part I
Hope Church
Jun. 08, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Austin NxNE's Fiesta Fundraiser
Casa Chapala
Jun. 13, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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South Austin
Austin Westlake

EarlyAct FirstKnight

Harris Elementary
RC of Austin University Area & RC of Austin North Metro Passport
Raye-Allen Elementary 
RC of Temple South
Hart Elementary
RC of Austin
RC of Northwest Austin
RC of Austin NxNE
Pecan Springs Elementary
RC of Austin
RC of E-Club Central Texas
RC of Austin University Area 
RC of Austin Cosmopolitan
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