Welcome to Rotary District 5790 composed of 70 vibrant Clubs across the
North Central Planes area of Texas.
 
 
Meet 2016-2017 District Governor Mary Ann McDuff
A Fort Worth, Texas native, Mary Ann McDuff, has made Denton, Texas her  home for over 40 years. McDuff retired as Director of Academic  Financial Services at Texas Woman’s University several years ago after more than 30 years of full-time service. For these past several years, she has immersed herself fully into fulfilling her retirement goal and dream – expansion of community engagement, activism, and service in the North Central Texas area through Rotary.
 
 
McDuff graduated from Western Hills High School in Fort Worth where she was recognized with the honor of First Class Girl Scout.  She earned a bachelor’s  degree in history, with a minor in education, and a master’s degree in sociology, with emphases in teaching and applied sociology and women’s studies,  from TWU. Beginning work as an administrative assistant in the division of Academic Affairs in 1981, she was named to a director’s position in 2000. She is a life member of the TWU Former Students Association.
 
A proud 22 year member of the Rotary Club of Denton, McDuff’s classification is Higher Education–Academic Services, Retired. She served as the Denton Rotary Club’s first female president from 1998-1999. Recently completing 15 years as the Denton Club’s Chair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Committee, she led efforts to partner with educational, civic, and community groups to build a university centered program. The City of Denton is the home of RYLA for District 5790.
 
McDuff credits the beginning of her love affair with Rotary to her Group Study Exchange (GSE) experience and to PDG Paul Geisel, 1993-1994.  A member of  the GSE team to Southern Africa (South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland), District 5790 to 9250, she was immersed in university vocational experiences and observed firsthand the 1994 national election process in South Africa.
 
Honored to serve as District Governor for 2016-2017, McDuff claims many activities, responsibilities, and accomplishments in District 5790. These include Assistant Governor; District Trainer; Chair of Membership Development and Retention, RYLA, and Women’s Issues Committees; and PETS Discussion Leader and Facilitator and Strategic Planning Committee member.  She serves currently  on the District Foundation, Finance, and Strategic Planning Committees.
Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Club Builder Award, from the Rotary Club of Denton, McDuff has received also the Distinguished Service Award from the Rotary Club of Gainesville. Participating in numerous programs, training sessions, assemblies, seminars, and conferences throughout District 5790, she is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor.
 
McDuff is an active member of the Denton County community, completing a full term of service (2008-2014) on the City of Denton Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). During her two-year service as chair of this committee, McDuff worked for increased city funding for agencies assisting individuals in need, focusing on sustainability, human services development, and neighborhood empowerment. She held appointed membership on the City of  Denton  2014 Citizen Bond Committee, Leisure Services Subcommittee.
 
A life member of United Way, McDuff was campaign chair of the United Way of Denton County (UWDC) in 2007-2008, and was chair of the UWDC Board of Directors in 2009-2010. Prior to these offices and from 2003-2006, she was chair of a five-county area for the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) with oversight for Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, and Montague counties.
Other community service affiliations include Serve Denton Board of Directors (charter member), Denton Benefit League, and Denton Parks and Recreation Foundation.
 
First United Methodist Church of Denton, located on the Historical Downtown Denton Square, is her church home.
 
 
District Stories
 
Plan to join us for the 2017-18 Governor's Installation Ceremonies and meet Past Rotary International President Ray Klingingsmith.
 
Register now for the 2017-18 District 5790 Installation of our District Governors and Officers and Club Presidents. Details are listed below. Please register by clicking registration here. Those that register before June 1st will receive early bird pricing of $40 per person.
 
Feature Speaker
Ray Klingingsmith
Past Rotary International President
 
We are so honored that PRIP Ray Klingingsmith is going to attend our installation event.  He used his "cowboy logic" when he lead Rotary International in 2011-12. His down home demeanor fits right in with our district. 
 
Not only will he have a keynote speech, he will install the Governor, Directors, and provide pins for all the Club Presidents in attendance.  Not may people can say that a Rotary Past President honored them in such a way!
Check out the latest Membership Madness Dispatch (Volume I, Issue VIII). Congratulations to  the 17 District Rotary Clubs that have achieved the district goal of 10% or greater net growth for the year. With a little over a month left in the Rotary year, lets keep the pedal to the medal, invite guests to join us at meetings and our community service projects.
A Satellite Rotary Club is an officially sanctioned by Rotary International Club under the charter of a parent club. The Satellite Rotary Club will operate under the parent Rotary Club Charter until such time as the satellite is large enough to petition RI for its own charter. The Satellite Rotary Club will have its own community service projects and fund raisers to support the community service initiatives established by the satellite clubs own board.
 
Satellite club members are listed as Satellite Club members of the parent Rotary club. Instead of a club president, there is a Satellite Club Director who is serving as one of the parent club Board of Directors and working closely with its president and membership committee. 
 
District 5790 now has two officially sanctioned Satellite Rotary Clubs; The Rotary Club of Lewisville Satellite Rotary Club of Little Elm and the Rotary Club of Cleburne Satellite Rotary Club of Cleburne Evening.
It seems there has been a plethora of articles about the millennial generation lately. How are we to include them in the work place, our churches and ultimately our community. As Rotarians we are concerned about inclusion of all members of our community in our Rotary clubs. Perhaps one of the best known proponents of young professionals in Rotary is Evan Burrell. Many of us have seen is super Rotary Man image on various face book posts and articles in Rotary International's Rotary Voices. The following is a summary of a round table discussion moderated by Evan 2 years ago.
 
Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia participated in Rotaract, RYLA, and Rotary's Group Study Exchange.
 
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Congratulations to the newly chartered Denton Evening Rotary Club and their Club President Glen Farris.
 
The Denton Evening Rotary Club chartered Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen with 42 members. Stop by and congratulate our newest club at their next meeting.
They meet every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6;30 PM at Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen at 115 S. Elm St in Denton.   
Club President
Glen Farris  
Current District Governor, Mary Ann McDuff has issued the following announcement to all District 5790 Rotary Members:
 
I am honored and pleased to share with you that the 2016-2017 District Governor Nominating Committee met on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Denton Country Club in Argyle, Texas. The Nominating Committee, composed of myself as Chair, and the five immediate Past District Governors, interviewed applicants for 2019-2020 District Governor.  I am privileged to announce that longtime Rotarian and member of the Rotary Club of Arlington (chartered 1923), Assistant Governor Peter Scott, was chosen to serve in this esteemed role for 2019-2020. 
Check out the wonderful Rotary International Support Resources available to help club grow and retain members.
Also, click on the "membership" tab of the main menu bar above to discover the support provided by your District 5790 membership team.
The Rotary Club of Aledo, was very motivated and educated from their vision training, and have implemented several of the suggested ideas. Our brand new Champions RC had a similar experience earlier this year. It would be very beneficial to the district clubs to schedule this program as soon as the club and Visioning team schedules permit. Would you like more information? Please e-mail Gene Davenport.
Starting her 3rd year as the District 5790 Membership Chair (she was co-chair last year two years), Kay has demonstrated a great deal of success both as a Rotarian and a member of the Parker County business community where she works as the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing and Events.
 
Kay Huse has been an active member of Rotary Club of Weatherford since 2007 and served as president from 2011-2012. She has served on the District 5790 Membership Committee from 2013 to 2017. Her most influential experience in Rotary was the celebration of 100 years of Rotary at the 2009 Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England. Her visit to the House of Friendship and realization of the diverse projects being carried out by over 2 million Rotarians in the world, won her heart. “So many needs being met by so many Rotarians was a powerful moment and I knew I would always be a Rotarian. My love for humanitarian work and the work of Rotary was an excellent pairing,” she said.
 
Andy Eads is a member of the District 5790 Membership Committee where he helps the district grow through Membership Extension. His primary roll is to work with Rotarian members and Rotarians-to-be in the formation of new clubs. Andy brings is rich experience as a founding member of the hugely successful Cross Timbers Rotary Club. He is the founding president of Cross Timbers Rotary Club and is past president of the Flower Mound Rotary Club.
Rotary District 5790 Membership Committee member Lori Fickling is committed to helping as many of our 69 clubs as possible achieve a 10% net increase in membership. Lori Fickling is a 24-year Rotarian and current president and founding member of the new Cross Timbers Rotary Club in Flower Mound, Texas.
Lori has 30+ years background in Sales and Sales Management primarily in the Staffing Industry.  She spent the last 14 years as an “Agent of Change” working with companies to spur on new growth and profits for their organizations.  Currently she is the President and CEO of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
Lori is incredibly forward thinking with a constant focus on changes ahead and how to adapt to those changes in order to thrive.
 
Lori has been in Rotary a little over 3 years.  She is currently Treasurer for the Mansfield Rotary Club and has served on the District Membership Team the last 2 years.
When asked how she planned to help other Rotary Clubs in District 5790, she said " by Training & Speaking on topics for Membership Growth and Retention". Are you ready for Lori to help your club? Just e-mail Lori Williams now. 
RI President John Germs August 1, 2016 Membership Month memo was amended to include the following comments regarding RI's new membership materials being offered to support club membership growth and retention:
 
Providing you with the materials to help cultivate and maintain membership is something Rotary is striving to do, now more than ever. Clubs can use our new Rotary Club Health Check and Membership Assessment Tools to identify their problem areas and develop strategies to address them. Also available is Impact Begins with You, a regionalized brochure for prospective members available on shop.rotary.org. As part of our Membership Month celebrations, Rotary is offering a 20% discount on orders of this prospective member brochure (up to 20 packs of 5) through August 31.
 
Here is your Rotary International Calendar including Monthly Rotary Themes
 
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Rotary Serving Humanity Team Playbook
Our 2016-2017 Rotary Team is Ready - Let's make the 2016-2017 Rotary Year the Best Ever
 
Watch this column for links to the most important plays in the Rotary Playbook
 
The 2016-2017 Digital District Directory is now available. Members that prefer a printed version of the District Directory can download the files they prefer.
 
Check out the 2016-2017 RI President John Germ's Presidential Citation Brochure.
 
Upload  the new Rotary Serves Humanity Theme Logo to your website and newsletters.
See the Rotary Serves Humanity Playbook. We will be continually updating this playbook.
Plan your clubs TRF Centennial Year Celebration by clicking on logo below
 
 
The 2017-2018 District Governor's Club Visit Schedule Availalble
In order for the incoming 2017-2018 President's to begin planning the 2017-2018 meetings, the 2017-18 District Governor Visit Schedule has been released by District Governor Elect Chris McLucas. Any questions regarding the schedule, should be directed to DGE Chris McLucas.
 
Home Page News
On Thursday March 23, 2017 a formation group of Little Elm business leaders and citizens voted to seek status as the Rotary Satellite Club of Little Elm sponsored by the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club. At that same meeting they elected Chairman Lori Krouskos (right in photo), Vice Chair Person Claudia Stooksberry (left in photo) and Club Secretary Sandi Sabonis. Members of the group completed satellite club membership applications and the Club Application that will be submitted to the Rotary International District and Club Support Representatives to confirm their status.
 
The Rotary Satellite Club of Little Elm will meet 6:30 pm every 2nd and 4th Thursday at Bella's Cafe in Little Elm. Please plan to travel across the beautiful Lewisville Lake Bridge Thursday evening, April 13th and congratulate Lori, Claudia, Sandi and the rest of the Little Elm folks on their brand new Satellite Rotary Club.
One new Polio case reported this week.
2017 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Numbers in parenthesis are 2016 Totals)
Endemic Countries –2 Pakistan (2016-20), 3 Afghanistan (2016-13),
0 Nigeria (2016-4)
 District 5790 Rotarians, your 2017-2018 District Governor, Christopher J McLucas and his wife Heather, attended Rotary International Assembly January 19-25, 2017 in San Diego California with 543 fellow District Governors from more than 200 countries in the world representing the District Governor Class of 2017-2018.
 
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