Say Hello to Our District Governor Mary Ann McDuff

Welcome to Rotary District 5790, composed of sixty-nine vibrant clubs across the Texas North Central Plains area. 
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
Suzi graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education. She owns and operates South Shore Montessori. She is our Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator.
   Suzi and her husband Bill have been married for 40 years and live in Friendswood. When asked how he will support Suzi in her role as District Governor, he said, "I will go wherever she sends me - to play golf!"
Sherri Munoz, an educator and entrepreneur, has been a Rotarian since 1997. she will be serving Rotary as Rotary Coordinator for Zones 21b & part of 27 as will as District 5840 Rotary Leadership Institute Coordinator.   
As club president of a club with 102 members, Sherri ledmembership development initiatives that resulted in a 12% increase in club membership. Later serving as District Membership Chair, District 5840 earned the top membership achievement award in the paired zones, and then when serving as Governor, District 5840 was recognized as one of the top 15 districts in the world for combinedmembership growth and retention along with Foundation support. Along with her husband, Al, she serves as a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisors for the Rotary Foundation, and they have participated in seven polio immunizations in India. 
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Picture this, one of your members just had a wonderful business lunch with a client. Getting to know each other the conversation eventually gets around to "what do you do when you are not working". Your fellow Rotarian takes advantage of the opportunity to brag about your Rotary Club. The clients curiosity is perked and says what's Rotary? Your member hands them the Rotary "see us in action card" tells them the name of your club and invites them to your next meeting. Upon returning to work, the client goggles your clubs name.
If this truly was one of your members and the client did goggle your club name, would that client be inspired to accept the invitation based on what was discovered in the goggle search?
The District 5790 District Services team has been wondering the same thing. So, we performed a very basic study of the Internet presence of every single one of the 69 Rotary Clubs in our district.
There are several categories of awards in Rotary that apply to clubs and individual members. Each year qualification criteria for awards changes depending on the RI President’s chosen theme, the DG’s goals, and the Awards Committee preferences. This year is no different. All awards can be found in the Playbook on the district web site.
The biggest change at the District 5790 level is that we are attempting to streamline the submission process by going all electronic and greatly simplifying the questions and answers. There are two links in the previously referenced Playbook under Awards in the left hand column what allow you to see the questions for each award or to actually play with those live forms.



The 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago 10-15 April. With the Council adjourned, an official report of action will be compiled, sent to clubs, and posted online within two months. Clubs have an opportunity to record opposition to any action during the following two months. If at least 5 percent of the votes entitled to be cast by the clubs oppose an action, the legislation is suspended and the general secretary conducts a ballot-by-mail. A majority vote would cause the proposal to be rejected. All Council actions otherwise go into effect 1 July. Below is a summary of the essential changes.

Grant survey shows solid support for new model
More than 6,000 Rotary members in 154 countries reported on their experiences with the new grant model as part of an evaluation during the 2015-16 Rotary year. The results will help us improve the grant process and learn what impact the Foundation's global grants have on our areas of focus. Among the key findings: 90 percent of respondents support the grant model; 86 percent see it as an improvement over the former model. Grant activity and the average grant award continue to increase each year. Rotary members want more resources to help them apply for grants and design sustainable projects...
Committee members named to nominate 2018-19 Rotary president
The following Rotary members will serve on the 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2018-19. The committee is scheduled to meet on 8 August. Zone 2Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan Zone 4 Sudarshan Agarwal, Rotary Club of Delhi, Delhi, India Zone 6 Noraseth Pathmanand, Rotary Club of Bang Rak, Thailand Zone 8 John B. Boag, Rotary Club of E-Club of District 9650, New South Wales, Australia Zone 10 Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan Zone 12 Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy Zone 14 Ekkehart Pandel,...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of July auctions.
Apply to serve on an RI committee
Would you like to contribute to Rotary by serving on a committee? The 10 committees listed below are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2017-18. Each of these committees works with Rotary leaders to increase efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of our strategic plan. Apply for a committee appointment by 14 August. Learn more about the committees and the application process. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Committees with openings for 2017-18 Audit Communications Constitution and Bylaws Election Review Finance Global Networking Groups Joint Young Leaders...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
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.
Have you uploaded your clubs 2016-2017 Goals into Rotary Club Central yet? We have all the right plays to do so in Rotary Club Central and Rotary Club Central Reference Guide. We have also included the RCC PETs presentation
Why not check out the entire playbook in the Rotary Serves Humanity Playbook. We will be continually updating this playbook.
Watch this corner as Coach Mary Ann and her team of assistant coaches identify more plays to add to your teams playbook.
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From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. 
     Have you been wondering where the District Directory is?  It is right in your computer!!  Yes, all you have to do is download the information punch some holes put it into a binder and you have your very own District 5790, 2016-2017 Directory.  What's in side is more concise then previous directories, yet more information then you probably will need.  To get your very own District 5790 Directory follow the direction below...
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