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Nigeria's  Polio-Free milestone is cause for celebration.
 
Read Houston Chronicle article here on how Rotary Clubs have played a major part in achieving this milestone. 
 
 
 
DISTRICT 5790 FOUNDATION / MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR
 
Saturday, August 22, 2015    8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Tarrant County Community College, North West
4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas
 
 
 
 
 
I’m pleased to introduce Rotary Global Rewards – a new member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services like travel, hotels, dining and entertainment. Rotary Global Rewards is designed to make membership even more rewarding for Rotarians and is an exciting way Rotary can give back to those who give so much. Rotary Global Rewards help Rotarians:
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to all Clubs for the following awards
 
Presidential Citations:
 
Arlington Great Southwest
Keller
Denton
Grapevine
Lewisville Morning
Burkburnett
Arlington
 
Rotaract Presidential Citation
 
UT Arlington (sponsoring club:  Arlington Great Southwest)
 
Interact Presidential Citation
 
Colleyville Heritage. (sponsoring club:  Grapevine)
 
 
District 5790 Awards
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Having fun with Troy!
Thank you Randi Skinner for sharing video with us.
If you missed the district conference in Wichita Falls you missed one heck of a lot of fun.
More stories to follow.
 
 
Conference attendees were greeted with flags from all over the world including our Rotary Flag
 
District Rotarians Serve, Laugh, and Learn
If you didn’t make it to the 2015 District Conference in Wichita Falls, here is what you missed.
Rotarians had the opportunity to serve local nonprofit organizations, enjoy moving and even hilarious entertainment, and learn more about Rotary on the local as well as international level.
 
 
 
PDG Larry Petrash Recognizes District 5790 Rotarians
 
for their outstanding service
 
We all recall fondly PDG Larry's visits to our clubs as he encouraged us with the Hummingbird Parable.
As the parable goes the hummingbird was trying to put out a forest fire with one drop of water at a time.
The bear said, "What are you doing you fool".
Without stopping, Dukdukdiya, the hummingbird, looked down at...
all of the animals. She said, “I am doing what I can.”
 
Congratulations to the 11 Recipients of the Hummingbird Award!
 
 
Governor Larry Patrash Visits the newly Chartered Aledo Rotary Club
 
 
Larry and Paula Petrash
District Governor 2014-2015
Well, another big day in the life of a District Governor has arrived.   July 1, 2015 I officially became a Past District Governor.  The journey to PDG was absolutely incredible.  Thank you District 5790 for the rare, and incredible, opportunity to be your District Governor for the past year.  Thank you, more specifically, to the, now, Past Presidents that helped to make 2014-2015 a fantastic year for their respective clubs as well as to my Lieutenant Governor Deb Wey District Secretary Darhyl Ramsey, my  Assistant Governors, and my committee chairs for doing their part to make the past year successful.
 
 
While at the RI Convention then DG Larry & wife Paula stop by a local hospital to visit an Old Friend
Okay, not that old
Many or our members will remember Marcello visiting Rotary District 5790 as a member of the last GSE team from Ige Bra-usa.
 
 
The Grapevine Rotary Club wins the Governor Cup for 2014-2015
 
Congratulations to the Grapevine Rotary Club for a fantastic year!
 
 
 
 

Our District Governor


District Governor Troy Secord   
                       District Governor Home Club: Wichita Falls North
Welcome to Rotary District 5790, composed of sixty-six vibrant clubs across the Texas North Central Plains area.  The Rotarians in our area truly exemplify Rotary's motto of ''Service Above Self'' with projects in local communities as well as international projects around the world.  Rotary International is working diligently to cross the finish line of eradicating Polio worldwide and District 5790 is working hard to aid in that effort.  So whether your passion is in environment, literacy, hunger, health, or peace, Rotary has something to offer you.
I encourage you to explore our website for local events and service opportunities as well as information about District 5790.  There are a variety of clubs that meet for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour; and we even have an e-Club for those people who travel for work or have limited time for weekly meetings.  There is a place for you in our Rotary family.
The Rotary International theme this year is “Be a Gift to the World”. “Rotary members give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. “Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."  Join us in District 5790 as we have fun this year as we give the gift of hope both locally and around the world.  I promise that you will receive the biggest gift of all by serving others.
Thank you for visiting District 5790 and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Yours in Rotary,
Troy Secord
District Governor  2015-2016
 

District 5790 Announces Foundation & Membership Seminar

                 
Saturday, August 22, 2015    8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Tarrant County Community College, North West
4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas
 
 

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District 5790 Rotarians Participate in National Immunization Day in India

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Rotarian's Chris McLucas (Arlington Sunrise RC) and Reyna Castillo (Highland Village RC) have just returned from India where they participated in National Immunization Day by administering the Polio Vaccine in Ghaziabad, India on February 23, 2014.

We in District 5790 know Chris and Reyna as the couple that is deeply committed to Rotary not only through their financial support but through their hands on support of several different Rotary projects they are are involved in completing. Having been recently inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society by Rotary International President Ron Burton in January (see related District Story), they have shared their fantastic Rotary experiences (see Chris & Reyna Adventure under District Stories of this website)

 

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A dozen ways to make a difference
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it's time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. Make the most of your membership. Here's how. Learn more about Rotary Global Rewards, a new member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services – travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, and entertainment. Visit the Member Center. Identify a need in your community and work with your club to design a hands-on project that addresses it. Learn how to apply for a grant to implement a project. Know a young...
New delegation tool launches
As part of several recent updates to My Rotary, we've launched Delegation, a new tool that will help you carry out your responsibilities more efficiently. If you have a club, district, or regional role, you can now delegate your role-based access in Rotary.org with fellow Rotary members so that you can share tasks and responsibilities to better serve your club. See an example of the Delegation landing page. Go to My Rotary to learn how it works. If you have questions, contact us at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.
Join a Twitter chat on membership with General Secretary John Hewko
Kick off Membership and New Club Development Month by participating in a Twitter chat with Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko on 5 August at 10:30 Chicago time (UTC-5). Get tips and resources for gaining members and becoming more involved in your club. Share your own ideas and expertise on how Rotary members can encourage their friends to join. Use #RotaryChat to participate and follow @Rotary and @JohnHewko. 
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Out of tragedy, some people create something good
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian What's the worst that could happen? For most of us, that's a simple question. We might be late for a train. We might miss out on a promotion, or even lose a job. But for some, the worst is unimaginably worse. An unfortunate few endure what Ani Kalayjian calls "true trauma." War. Fire. Flood. A daughter disappears. A son contracts Ebola. When faced with such disasters, "people feel anger, guilt, sadness, frustration – feelings that can poison the body and spirit," says Kalayjian, a trauma specialist at Columbia University. "Trauma survivors may think...
San Diego students tackle vaccine controversy
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian A group of teenage journalism students in suburban San Diego were in the early stages of a new project – an educational film funded by a Rotary grant – when their teacher's phone rang. A prominent blogger had caught wind of what they were doing from a local news story, and wasn't pleased. The fledgling film came under fire almost overnight as ripples of protest spread through the blogosphere. With calls pouring in before shooting had even begun, the advisers considered halting the project, questioning whether it would be worth the controversy...
What happens when what you know turns out to be wrong?
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian One evening, sitting in the back seat of the car, our two girls, ages six and eight, were discussing the show we were on our way to attend. Called The Illusionists, it featured seven of the world's top magicians. The debate consisted of whether there would be real magic involved, or just tricks. "When they cut the man in half," our younger daughter asked, "how do they keep the blood in?" She was convinced there was true magic. Her older sister, a little wiser, wasn't buying it. "Easy," she said. "R-o-b-o-t." She rolled her eyes at how obvious this...
A conversation with Caryl Stern
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian The six-day-old baby shuddered with convulsions. Her mother, Memunatu, had given birth at home and cut her daughter's umbilical cord with what she could find – a sharp piece of metal. When the newborn contracted tetanus, Memunatu walked miles to reach a clinic. That's where Caryl Stern encountered the pair. Stern was on a field visit with UNICEF in Sierra Leone and stayed with Memunatu, trying to comfort her, until the child died. The image of the baby in pain, hypersensitive to light and sound, stayed with Stern as she got off the plane in New York...
From success to significance
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian Robb Knuepfer should be in a hurry. It's Monday morning and his day is full of appointments, a client meeting, and an evening board meeting. Instead, he's found time to have coffee with me at a Starbucks near his home in Hinsdale, Ill., outside Chicago. He's a busy guy, and he likes it that way. He's been involved in dozens of volunteer endeavors, including decades in the Rotary Club of Chicago. A well-respected and civic-minded lawyer, he reached the top of his field. Still, he's ready for more. "I want to go from a life of success to one of...
The lost girls of South Sudan and the Rotarian who found them
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian The girls were alone. Their families were dead, or gone, or lost in the broken landscape of southern Sudan. They had nowhere to turn, and no one to turn to. Some lived in the market, others in the cemetery. When Cathy Groenendijk saw them, she couldn’t help herself. She offered them tea, then some food, then a place to sleep in her guesthouse. “In the morning, we would sit together and talk about what had happened the night before,” Groenendijk remembers. “And what I heard I could not believe. I could not believe it.” One girl’s father had died, and...
 
 

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Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
 
No Polio cases reported this week.  See the updated numbers attached.
What is that Polio Picture?  It's a photograph of an End Polio Now campaign by the Rotary Club of Lahore Garrison with Rotarian friends from Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand at the Pakistan-India Wahga border.  Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Lahore Garrison have had the honor of inviting and hosting many Rotarian friends from Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, UK, and USA as they participate in the polio related activities in Pakistan.  PDG Shehzad Ahmed wishes everyone Eid Mubarak and says "We will continue our efforts till we achieve our goal of Polio-Free World."  And I wonder Could 2015-16 be the year of the final Polio case?
 
Quote of the day - "It is impossible to have a great life unless you have a meaningful life and it is impossible to have a meaningful life without serving others".  Author Unknown
 
 
 
 
This years Foundation and Membership Seminar is an exciting opportunity for all District 5790 club members regardless if you are a seasoned Rotarian or a newly inducted member just learning the ropes. This years event is being hosted at the beautiful Tarrant County Community College Northwest Campus in Fort Worth
 
The seminar will be of particular interest to all club executives in particular those with responsibility for Foundation issues and Membership Growth. The agenda for the seminar is shown below.
To Register, Click here
 
 
 
     Want to Grow your Club?                                                                                                                                                                              Dave Hurt (District Membership Coordinator)
I was recently asked by a new incoming club president my thoughts on growing a dynamic club.  My answer was to look at the club as a building with four pillars that provided the strength of a good foundation for long-term success. 
 
 
 
 
Rewards and recognition for membership growth is always a nice incentive to your club members!  R.I. has a nice recognition program...but the details to receive the new member pin are important to follow.  Last year a few recognition pins were not shipped because a sponsor was not linked to the new member...there are other details too...see below.  Please pass this on to your current club president and membership chair...
 
FYI, the leadership and membership train-the-trainer course is underway...it is designed primarily for your AG’s but club presidents and membership chairs are also welcome.  Ask your AG for the date, time, and location where your area will meet...this is FREE advanced quality training to develop leaders and grow your club at the same time...your club will reap the benefits!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Dave Hurt, District 5790
Membership Coordinator
 
 
 
 
 
 
TRF Areas of Focus Featured at August 22 Seminar
Your Rotary Club is focused on making a positive difference in your community as well as around the world.  You know that if you Club had more money you could mount or improve a project that is really needed.
If that’s the case, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about The Rotary Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus and how your club can prepare for a District or Global Grant.  Facilitators will present concepts, tools and resources needed for an effective and sustainable project.
 
 
 
 
Larry and Paula Petrash
District Governor 2014-2015
Well, another big day in the life of a District Governor has arrived.   July 1, 2015 I officially became a Past District Governor.  The journey to PDG was absolutely incredible.  Thank you District 5790 for the rare, and incredible, opportunity to be your District Governor for the past year.  Thank you, more specifically, to the, now, Past Presidents that helped to make 2014-2015 a fantastic year for their respective clubs as well as to my Lieutenant Governor Deb Wey District Secretary Darhyl Ramsey, my  Assistant Governors, and my committee chairs for doing their part to make the past year successful.
 
 
 
                                                  
Troy C. Secord, Governor 2015-2016
Rotary District 5790
 
Dear Rotarians,
It is my pleasure to serve you during the Rotary Year 2015-16 as District Governor. Our theme from our Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran is “Be a Gift to the World."  Over the past two years of training by Rotary International, Zone 21B/27 Leadership, and the insight of Past District Governors to hold this position, I have come to appreciate the dedication of the previous District Governors in their efforts in building the great Rotary District 5790. My hope is to build on the foundation that has been laid before me, so I need your help and assistance as we progress into this year. 
 
 
 
While at the RI Convention then DG Larry & wife Paula stop by a local hospital to visit an Old Friend
Okay, not that old
Many or our members will remember Marcello visiting Rotary District 5790 as a member of the last GSE team from Ige Bra-usa.
 
 
 
Please help us identify all the Rotarian Vets that have served during the Korean of Vietnam Wars.
Pull out your box of tissues and watch this video...
 
 
 
 

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Rotary is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service, both in their own community and around the world.  A top priority of Rotary is the global eradication of polio.