March 2023 EDITION
News Around The District
DG Shannon Coleman's March Message
At the Foundation Gala, I reported that Foundation Annual Fund giving is down and asked for help from our Rotarians. I announced a fun promotion running from January 28 - April 29, to encourage more giving. To date, 79 Rotarians from 25 clubs have contributed to our Foundation Annual Fund via Raffle Mania through the Raffle Mania registration or Gonzolo Garza match.
Join Us in CELEBRATION at the Conference of Clubs
Make plans to join us in CELEBRATION at the Conference of Clubs on April 28-30, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina! This year, we have focused on re-connecting, sharing ideas and imagining what we want our Rotary club experience to be. As we approach the end of the '22-'23 Rotary year, it is time to prepare for a district-wide celebration of our clubs. Register Now
Grants Management Training - March 18th
Our next Grants Management Training Seminar will be held on March 18th, 2023 on Zoom. Both the 3hr and 1hr sessions are available. Check this page to see if you qualify for the 1 hr session. Must register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Click to Register.
Club Leader Training - April 1st at Temple College
Mark your calendar for April 1st for the Club Leader Training-District Assembly. This year the event will be held at Temple College, 130 E. Marvin Felder, Temple TX 76504. 8AM-9AM is registration and a continental breakfast. Sessions start at 9AM. Cost is $30. Open to all Rotarians! Click to Register.
February Membership Moment
The Art of Retention has been THE topic of conversation and debate for member based organizations like Rotary Clubs for years.  You want to know a secret … there is no silver bullet.  What works for one Club may not work for the other.  This is the dilemma when trying to share the sure fire formula on how to keep the numbers strong.
BUT, we can offer suggestions of what your Rotary Club should consider when addressing the importance of member retention.  Understand all of the ideas are important and work.  Some build upon success of others.  What works for your Club is what you should embrace, enhance and build upon. 
PDG Gonzalo Garza Memorial Match
Dr. Gonzalo Garza was born on a farm near New Braunfels, Texas on January 10, 1927.  He was the 6th of 9 children.   Gonzalo dropped out of school at age 17 to join the Marines in 1944.  He served his country with distinction in World War II and Korea, earning the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart in combat.
2022-2023 Public Image Rockstar Challenge
Are you up for the task of the 2022-23 Public Image Rockstar Challenge? There are only five tasks. We KNOW you can get them all done before the May 1 deadline.
Midway  Academy EAFK
Wayside Academy in South Austin held their Early Act First Knight knighting ceremony to honor those students who displayed the trait of self discipline. Each student selected was recognized in an assembly of their peers and teachers, walked the red carpet to receive a medallion  from Lady Amber and were joined with their family for a picture which is displayed  at School during the next 6 weeks. This character program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austin and two members ( Mary Reynolds, Carl Noble)were there to cheer on the honorees. Thanks Rotary!

Rotary Helps Clean Up Cemetery
In 2022, the Rotary Club of Pflugerville embarked on a project to clean up brush and overgrowth at the Pflugerville Historic Colored Addition Cemetery as well as help mark unmarked graves.
Cedar Park-Leander's Doggie Fashion Show - Fundraiser
Come join the fun on Saturday, March 25th for the Cedar Park-Leander's DOGGIE FASHION SHOW at Twin Lakes Family & Camp Twin Lakes YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park Texas! Calling all dog owners!! Come strut your stuff with your pup on stage!! There are many categories to choose from. Entry fee is $25. Want to be a vendor at this community event? Click here to register.  Sponsors are wanted!
RC of Austin-Southwest's Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest will hold its 24th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT on Friday, April 21 2023 at the Falconhead Golf Course. Register now for early bird pricing which ends on April 10. Click to register.  They are also selling drawing tickets for $20 each. 1st prize: University of Texas basket: game tickets to the UT vs. Iowa State on Oct.15, club passes, parking pass, UT related items (approx.value $900)
Operation Vacation February
SPC Tanner Lee Guidry and his family were hosted for an R&R at the Hilton  Austin Airport Hotel arranged by Operation Vacation, a project of the Rotary Club of Austin and Killeen  to thank our military.  The family had a great time enjoying some of Austin’s many attractions and had a very special BBQ dinner Saturday night hosted by County Line on the Hill. Rotary appreciates our Ft. Hood soldiers and the risks they take for our safety and USA.

Glo Run 5k for Backpack Friends
The Rotary Club of Pflugerville partnered with the Rotary Club of Round Rock to be a $1,000 level sponsor for the Backpack Friends Glo Run. This event helped raise awareness of the charity our District sponsored this year and helped fill 100 bags of food to feed kids. Moreover, we had a great time in fellowship with each other and the community as well!
Cameron Rotarians Clean-up Pioneer Cemetery
Cameron Rotarians met on a chilly Saturday morning to clean up the Cameron Pioneer Cemetery on Hwy 36/190 just east of Cameron. The cemetery was established in the 1830's, and hadn't been well maintained in the recent past. See before and after pictures. We look forward to making a difference in this historic cemetery's upkeep.

Career Day in Marble Falls
On January 26, Marble Falls Rotary in conjunction with Marble Falls ISD coordinated the annual career day for approximately 160 high school juniors.
66 Years of Pancakes
What is thought to be the longest-running fundraiser in District 5870, the La Grange Pancake Supper, was a huge success on Feb. 2, 2023.
Georgetown Rotary Invitational Tees Off April 7 at Cowan Creek
The Rotary Club of Georgetown once again will hold its Georgetown TX Rotary Invitational golf tournament sponsored by SportClips at Cowan Creek Golf Club in Sun City, TX.  
Service Above Self was the Theme for the Rick Edwards Day of Service
On February 24, members of the Rotary Club of Marble Falls hit the streets to partner with two different non-profit organizations for the Rick Edwards Day of Service.
Yoakum Rotary Feeds the Hungry
Yoakum Rotarians,  Interact club members and other interested community volunteers joined in a Rise Against Hunger event sponsored by the Yoakum Rotary Club to package 10,000 meals on Saturday, February 18th.   Among the participants was Yoakum Mayor Carl O’Neill pictured “ringing the gong” as we reached the 8,000 meal mark!
Lake Brazos Rotary event raises money for projects, students
The Waco-Lake Brazos Rotary Club will host “Together by the Brazos,” a wine-pairing dinner 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Diamondback’s to raise money for local service projects. 
Project Valentine
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary partnered with Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) to participate in Project Valentine and completed 70 Valentine cards for kids to shower them with love. The mission of CC4C is to enhance the quality of life for children in Texas with rare and undiagnosed conditions. 
Rotary Club of Pflugerville Presents Wild West Brew Fest
The Rotary Club of Pflugerville is bringing the award-winning Wild West Brew Fest to Central Texas, April 6 to 8, 2023 at the Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Pflugerville.  Tickets for Wild West Brew Fest in Pflugerville are on sale at
Marble Falls Rotary Wins Award
The Rotary Club of Marble Falls was voted the Marble Falls area’s Favorite Club/Organization in the 2023 Local Love Us contest.
Caldwell Club Honors Former Presidents
In recognition of the 88th anniversary of the Caldwell Rotary Club, a special lunch, honoring all living former presidents of the club was held on February 21, 2023 at the Caldwell Civic Center.
Celebration of Life - February
Upcoming Events
March Theme: Water and Sanitation Month
Mar 01, 2023 – Mar 31, 2023
Grants Management Training Seminar #3
Zoom Meeting
Mar 18, 2023 8:00 AM
Cedar Park-Leander's Dog Fashion Show Fundraiser
Mar 25, 2023
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Deadline for Discounted Registration RI Melbourne
Mar 31, 2023
April Theme: Environmental Month
Apr 01, 2023 – Apr 30, 2023
Grants Management Training Seminar #4
Apr 01, 2023
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