District 5870

Central Texas


Lone Star Telegram - July 2017


District Governor Message
To Rotarians of District 5870 Central Texas,

Wow, time really flies, when you are having fun. And when important deadlines keep creeping up on you. That has been the whirlwind life of your new District Governor over the past few months. But as of July 1, 2017, the wait is over. Service in my new role has begun.


My main roles as DG fall into four categories... planner, organizer, cheerleader, and Rotarian.

PDG Bruce Farewell Message

To Rotarians of District 5870 Central Texas:

Wow, what an amazing year we all had!!!!!!!!
Here is a recap of everything we have managed to accomplish this year:
  • Global membership is about 1,227,368
  • 35,000 + clubs
  • TRF celebrated its 100th anniversary
  • Only 37 new cases of polio were reported in 2016
  • Only 5 new polio cases in 2017
  • 100th RI convention in Atlanta was capped off with $1.2 billion dollars in pledges from over 12 countries, the Gates Foundation and other major corporations

Per Capita Foundation Giving - as of June 30, 2017, (Top 25 Clubs)
View the breakdown of the Per Capita Foundation Giving as of June 30, 2017
PolioPlus Contributions – as of June 30, 2017, (Top 25 Clubs)
View the breakdown of the Top 25 PolioPlus Contributions
Historical Giving As Of June 30, 2017
View the breakdown of Historical Giving of the Top 25 Clubs
Foundation Banners 2016-2017
View the breakdown of Foundation banners earned 2016-2017.
The Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust Match Program

The Jerry Johnson Trust Match

District 5870 has a unique method to help you become an initial (first-time) Paul Harris Fellow.   Over the past six years, 692 Rotarians in 54 different clubs have taken advantage of this program, resulting in 389 PHFs.  We hope to be able to help you, too.
The Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust (the “Trust”) will generally match contributions of new cash made during the current Rotary year to the Annual Fund-SHARE on a 1-to-1 basis in amounts of $100 to $500 for any active Rotarian in District 5870 who is not yet a first time Paul Harris Fellow.   
Polio Plus Update
The Gates Foundation is matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $50 Mil/Yr.) Our Rotary-wide 2017-18 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $50 Million + the $2 for $1 Gates Foundation Match
Congratulations To The Winners!
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. 
Branding & PR Training Day
Rotary Night at the Ball Park
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! 
An Evening With The Mandela Washington Fellows
RYLA 2017

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 

Dawson Elementary EAFK 
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. 
Remembering A Rotarian
It’s with deep sadness that I report the passing of a great Rotarian and a good friend, Dr. Earl Walborg of the RC of Bastrop County. 
Burnet Middle School Interact Club Wins National Award and More
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
Rotary Club Total For Scholarships Awarded Exceeds $170,000
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.
Austin-Southwest Celebrates 35 Years of Service
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.
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2017-18 DAP Grant applications accepted
Jul 01, 2017 – Aug 31, 2017
2017-18 Global Grant proposals input into the TRF
Jul 01, 2017 – Sep 30, 2017
2018-19 Global Grant Scholarship applications
Jul 01, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017
July Rotary Theme - New Leadership
Jul 01, 2017 – Jul 31, 2017
2018-19 District Vocational Scholarship
Jul 01, 2017 – Mar 18, 2018
DG visit to LaGrange
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DG visit to Round Rock
Jul 13, 2017 12:00 PM
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Jul 14, 2017
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