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2016-17 District 5840 Conference

May 4-7, 2017

Fredericksburg, Texas


Building Peace

Every Rotarian and Spouse in District 5840 is invited to attend this year's District Conference in Fredericksburg, Texas.
We have a wonderful time planned for you with a golf tournament to kick things off! If that is not your game, then sign up for the wine tour, car rally, or bike ride.
Our speakers this year hale from Australia-Rotarian Kay Danes; from Colorado-Greg Podd, Past RI Director and from Maine, PDG Elias Thomas.
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My Two Cents
Penny C. McBride, President & CEO
A few days ago, I met Olga Tyhonova, a gifted translator who is the team facilitator for a Ukrainian group visiting Fredericksburg this week as part of the Open World program, hosted by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club. I agreed to host Olga as my house guest and the experience has been incredibly rewarding.

Global Scholar Send-Off

Local Rotarians wish the best to the Global Scholar Paola Martinez, as she departs for her graduate studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She will be studying for a Masrter's degree in Public Health. Her sponsoring club is the Rotary Club of Boerne Sunrise.
Pictured are left to right: Tuffy Burton, DRFC Joe Ramirez, Paola Martinez, Jane Burton (District Global Scholarship Committee Chair), Ellie Seiferth, Mike Seiferth.

President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley

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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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