Lone Star Telegram - February 2018


Message From DG Gene Holiman
Last summer, when I started making my official Governor Visits to all the clubs in our district, I related that membership growth/retention was going to be the main focus during my tenure as governor. My "District Governor One" initiatives that I shared with each club included goals that (1) each member would expose at least one new perspective member to Rotary by bringing them as a guest to one of your regular meetings or a service project or a social event, and (2) that each club in District 5870 net at least one new member before the end of the 2017-18 Rotary year.

Per Capita Foundation Giving - as of January 31, 2018, (Top 25 Clubs)

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

PolioPlus Contributions – as of January 31, 2018, (Top 25 Clubs)

View the breakdown of the Top 25 PolioPlus Contributions

Annual Giving As Of January 31, 2018

View the breakdown of Annual Giving of the Top 25 Clubs

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

The Jerry Johnson Trust Match

District 5870 has a unique method to help you become an initial (first-time) Paul Harris Fellow. Over the past six years, 1,207 Rotarians in 76 different clubs have taken advantage of this program, resulting in 619 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.
PDG Rich Kaye Receives Governor's Trophy 
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.
District 5870 Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award
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. 
Abbey Tootle Receives Rotary Foundation Certificate for Meritorious Service
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.
Ft. Hood Operation Vacation
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.
Flatonia Rotary Sponsors Livestock Award
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!
La Grange Supports Habitat For Humanity
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. 
EAFK program in District 5870 for 2018
Below is a list of the EAFK schools and sponsoring Rotary clubs within District 5870
Early Act First Knight
Early Act First Knight happenings around the district.
Polio Plus Update
The Gates Foundation is matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $50 Mil/Yr.) Our Rotary-wide 2017-18 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $50 Million + the $2 for $1 Gates Foundation Match
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