Welcome to our Website from District Governor Troy Secord

 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 Stories
 
Fort Worth RC Rotarian, Sylvia Mahoney is shown standing in front of a statue of Paul Harris with Ray Klinginsmith at Rotary International In Evanston, Illinois. She is  presenting a copy of her newly released book, Finding the Great Western Trail, to Past Rotary International President Ray. PRIP Ray joined the Rotary project and wrote the Foreword for the book. Texas Tech University Press published the book in January 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Happy New Year! It has now been six months since I became District Governor, WOW what a whirlwind. It started off with my training in San Diego and International Assembly, District Leadership Training, then moving on to PETS training, District Assembly, Installation Dinner, the Foundation/Membership Seminar, The Foundation Gala and not to mention visiting the 67 most fantastic Rotary Clubs in Rotary International. I would first like to say that the experience has been life-changing for Jeani and I. The exposure to the quality of the people we have engaged in our Rotary District is phenomenal from the individual members, the club leaders, Assistant Governors, to the District Leadership and finally and most importantly the support of the Past District Governors. The good works that all of you do for our communities, our District, Rotary and for the World is awesome! 
 
 
 
 LoneStar President Elect Training
 
All Club Presidents Elect and Presidents Nominee are encouraged to attend P.E.T.'s training on Feb 25, 26, 27 & 29, 2015 at the DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel. 
Registration is open now. Click here
 

 
 
 
IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!!
 
It's Four-Way Test Speech Contest time again.  And while the time to line things up is short – IT IS NOT TOO LATE!
As of today, we have 40 clubs participating.
We have 3 regionals planned:
April 9 in Weatherford
April 23 at the Texas Star
April 30 in Lewisville in the CCA Texas Motor Speedway Annex
 
Given the regionals are not until April, there is still time for your club to organize a contest and join the 40 clubs already participating, we still have time to accept more participating clubs. Click on 2nd Quarter Edition 4 Way Test Speech Contests Story.
 
 
 
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Rotarian Action Groups provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs in planning and implementing community development and humanitarian service projects.  Committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotaractors who have expertise and a passion for a particular type of service organize Rotarian Action Groups. Rotarian Action Groups are organized around the principal that our vocations give certain expertise to a particular community development or humanitarian service that can be used beyond their own club.
 
 
 
What is a Rotary Action Group?
 
A Rotarian Action Group is an autonomous group of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as micro-credit or water and sanitation. Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects.
        Example of RAG Project
Computer Assisted Literacy Solution  Literacy Rotary Action Group
 
Why Join?
 
 
 
 
Please Join your fellow Rotarians and Rotoractors on February 13, 2016 to Support International Peace
 
 
 
 
 Shalom Everyone,
My name is Gulin “Eva” Gelogullari. I am originally from Turkey and completed my first master's degree at the University of North Texas. Currently, I have two minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Merchandising. Last year, I received the Rotary Global Grant in Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution area of focus in 2015-2016. This wonderful grant helped me to pursue my second master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University in Israel. I picked Israel to study and practice conflict studies since Israel is considered as the laboratory of conflicts and its resolutions. Our program is an interdisciplinary which helps me to understand conflict resolution and peacemaking through multiple academic disciplines. It is also very practical; for example, in spring semester I will be starting my internship in an NGO in Tel Aviv to practice conflict resolution and peace building. On our campus, I am the only Rotary Scholar so far which is a great honor but also a responsibility. I promote Rotary’s Four Way Test and the humanitarian projects, and encourage young students to apply the Rotary scholarships to further their education and make our world a better place.
 
 
 
 
District 5790 Rotarians have daily opportunities to bring about Peace and find resolutions to conflict. Yet, most of us don't give it a great deal of thought because it pales in comparison to the international conflicts we read about daily. So, how does the average Rotarian become involved? This was the subject of a recent blog post that you can find on the new Rotary District 5790 Blog.
 
 
 
 
"Pakistan PolioPlus Chair Abdul Aziz Memon, PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak, and Global Polio Eradication Initiative Director Hamid Jafari at the International Assembly, 21 January 2016, San Diego,"
 
Could 2016 be the year of the final Polio Case?
The continent of Africa has now gone 17 months without a Polio case and Syria has now gone 2 years without a Polio case.
Pakistan….NO Polio cases reported in 2016 with 53 in all of last year
Afghanistan…NO Polio cases reported in 2016 with 19 in 2015
 
 
 
 
 
On the January 13, 2016 a horrific bomb attack occurred in Quetta, Pakistan, Since then, many Rotarians have asked if there is some way we can assist the families of the victims...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Designed to be the next level of foundation giving for those who have consistently achieved EREY status, being a District 5790 365 Donor provides recognition to those Rotarians who have committed to giving a minimum annual gift of $365 (just $1/day).
 
 
 
 
 
From the desk of Norm King, District 5790 Youth Exchange Officer
 
Hi All,
 
I hope all is going well and your student has settled in and has become a part of your families.  I can't begin to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for opening your homes and your lives to this young men and women. 
 
 
 
 
 
In the last 4 years we have seen several students whose lives are changed as a result of their experience. Bailey Anderson, is one of those students.
Check out her blog by clicking Bailey Anderson Blog to see just how her experience has moved her from insecure 16 year old to person that sees value in every experience and person she meets. Fear if failure is the worst possible excuse for letting opportunity slip by.
Bailey Anderson, Outbound Youth Exchange Student (2011-2012) has already received numerous scholarships and awards and is going to hopefully be a candidate applying for the District 5790 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship upon her graduation from UT in the spring of 2016.  
 

 
 
 
 

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John Pokorny, Webmaster at pokornyja@gmail.com for any questions or comments regarding webpage content.

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Marilyn Pokorny, Editor at jmpokorny@verizon.net for any questions or comments regarding the newsletter content.

 

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
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Governor Troy's Excellent Adventure...read all about it by clicking either Governor Troy's Photo or the Race Photo
September 17...
DG Troy is not one to brag, So, the Webmaster is posting this photo of him leading the way among all his peer DG's at the Zone 21b & 27 Conference.
Governor Troy Secord and Jeani exciting adventure
 
 
Home Page News
2016-17 President John Germ announced the yearly theme as Rotary Serving Humanity. It's "the essence of who we are", he said. A strong emphasis on service, engagement of members and finishing the job of eradicating polio. "We started this more than thirty years ago...we're going to finish it"
See video of announcement - click read more...
 
 
 We are saddened to learn that Marion Scott, Member of the Denton Morning Rotary Club since 2001 and his wife were murdered in their home last week end. As a result of the homicide investigation there presently is no additional information to be shared with the District 5790 community. Please keep the Marion Scott family in your thoughts and prayers as they endure this horrible tragedy. The funeral arrangements are listed below.
 
 
We have just learned that the Arlington Sunset Rotary Club President Bill Sanner has lost his wife Dee to a recent Stroke. Please keep our brother Rotarian and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral Arrangements are shown under read more.
 
 
It is that time of year again to nominate the District Governor for the Rotary Year 2018-2019. Attached you will find and informational letter on the process, qualifications and the application. Note that a nominee must have 7 years of membership in Rotary prior to becoming District Governor for the year 2018-2019. Please seek out those individuals within your clubs that would be qualified and ready to serve our district. Please contact me if you have any questions about the procedure.
 
The nomination procedure officially opened with a letter to the District 5790 Presidents on November 27, 2015. The deadline for submission is January 27, 2016.
 
 
 
 
Sadly the truck serving the Norma Love Foundation which has been used for service clubs and the people the Foundation serves for nearly 10 years is worn out from the rough roads and constant use to further the good works of the Foundation in Gracias a Dios, Honduras.  The Foundation has relied for years upon the truck to provide the logistics for groups traveling to Gracias a Dios as well delivering items provided by Rotary clubs and other groups primarily in the US and Canada to the Miskito indigenous people of Gracias a Dios.  The time has come that the truck must be replaced.  
 
 
 
As of the new year, district 5790 has just completed our sixth Global Grant in the La Moskitia area of Honduras. The last five grants have been primarily 
to provide clean water through the use of filters. With the completion of this last grant, we have now installed over 2300 filters in approximately 50 villages and more than 100 schools providing clean safe water to more than 25,000 villagers and students. As with each grant, we worked with local Health Department to determine where to place the filters for homes and with the mayor of Puerta Lempira Municipality to put the filters in all of the schools in the area.  
 
 
Your Rotary Foundation Dollars at work in District 5790
 
The above video was played during the Lasso the Moon Foundation Gala as participants were seated for the meal.
 
Read more to visit the descriptions of a few of the more unusual club matching grant projects.
 
 
 
Photo's of the recent Lasso the Moon Gala are available
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Donors recognized at this years Lasso the Moon Gala
 
 
 
 

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