January 2021 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Xavier Toson's January Message
Fellow Rotarians,
From my family to yours, Happy New Year! We can all say that 2020 brought many challenges, blessings in disguise, and a new perspective on life in one way or another. I've always believed that the end of one thing was the beginning of another. However, It is our perspective that shapes the direction of our future. 
District Town Hall - RI President, Holger Knaack
Join us on Saturday, January 30th at 12PM as we welcome our Rotary International President for an enlightening and encouraging town hall event! This is a District-wide event and all members are highly encouraged to attend. Must register to receive Zoom link. Click to register.
Test Your Rotary Super Powers to Earn CASH PRIZES!
The purpose of this challenge is to provide your club with the tools and resources it needs to thrive. Every club that completes Missions 1-3 by January 29th will be placed in a drawing. We will select up to three (3) clubs for this first round to win $500 each!! The drawing will take place on January 30, 2020, live during a special presentation with RI President, Holger Knaack.
The PolioPlus themed Christmas card program Since every $10 means another 16 children will be protected for life against the polio virus, the total donations will be protecting 11,456 children. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!! has ended for 2020. Rotarians in District 5840 and outside the district donated enough money to pay the $10 a card for 716 cards. That is $7,160 for the fight against polio.
Promoting Your Club As People Of Action
You have the power to increase people's understanding of Rotary by showing your members as people of action! Rotary developed the People of Action Campaign to provide Clubs with tools for telling and showing the public we make a positive difference in your community. 
San Antonio South's Christmas Distribution

Every child looks forward to a visit from Santa. And even though this year’s logistics were a bit different, the Rotary Club of San Antonio South didn’t want to leave two deserving families out.

Fulfilling the Promise to End Polio
RI sends certificates of appreciation, like the pictured one for Canyon Lake RC, for annual financial support for the End Polio initiative.  Our district goal this year is for every club to earn a 2020-2021 certificate and so far 24 clubs have contributed.  Congratulations to them and thank you!   
2nd Danforth Rotary Loves Readers Contest
Rotary Club of Wimberley is happy to announce the winner and runner up of the 2nd Danforth Rotary Loves Readers contest of the school year. 
Kerrville Morning Rotary Rings Bell for Salvation Army
This past week, the Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) served the Salvation Army in their Red Kettle Campaign. Fifteen Morning Rotarians took turns ringing the bell for a total of nine hours.
Rotary NW Breakfast Surprise for Teachers & Staff of Dellview Elementary
Club President Sabrina Avila and Club Treasurer Keith Schmitz delivered a surprise Breakfast to the amazing Teachers and Staff of Dellview Elementary - Northeast ISD for all of their hard work and dedication to our students during this pandemic.
Kerrville Morning Spreads Christmas Cheer
The Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) ends this pandemic-influenced year by sharing the Christmas spirit with several organizations including the Kerrville State Hospital, Christian Women’s Job Corps, and the Doyle School Community Center.
2020 Annual Christmas Party Rotary Club NW-Style
While practicing Social distancing and Safety Pandemic guidelines, the Officers, Members, Family, and visitors celebrated the club’s 2020 Annual Christmas party at Outback Steakhouse.
Ballinger Donates Gift Certificates to Teachers
The Ballinger Rotary Club just donated 129 $10.00 gift certificates to our Elementary,  Jr. High and High School teachers, aides, counselors and nurse in appreciation for all they have done this year.
Fredericksburg Annual Toys For Tots Drive
The Fredericksburg Rotary Club is in the final stages of our annual Toys for Tots (T4T) service to Gillespie county. Our Club Service Committee Chairman Bob Lee along with member Dana Green and and Honorary Member Linda Lee work on T4T all year.
Rotary NW ringing the Bell for Salvation Army
Officers and Members of Rotary NW volunteered to ring the bell and show support for the Annual Salvation Army Holiday event.
Santa's Sleigh to Centinela
On Thursday, December 10th, members (Curtis Allerkamp and Jimmy Culp) of the Fredericksburg Nimitz Rotary in conjunction with the Mision de Candelilla of Fredericksburg along with a sister club from Piedras Negras delivered 50 personalized Christmas packages to the children of Centinela, just outside of Piedras Negras, Mexico.  It was a beautiful day in both weather in both weather and spirit!
17th Annual Alamo Heights Holiday Decoration Contest
The Alamo Heights Rotary Club completed its 17th Annual Sparkle of the Season award contest to recognize the best decorated residences in Alamo Heights. Judging was conducted by club members from 16-19 December. This year’s 2020 winners were:
Dominion Rotary Spreads Holiday Cheer
Dominion Rotary club delivered more toys and 55 boxed lunches from the Leon Springs Schlotzgies this past week to The Children’s Methodist hospital. It takes a community that’s dedicated to serve!
Blue Santa
Kerrville Rotary was able to help with two blue Santa events this year to help feed over 75 families. We teamed up with the Kerrville police department and citizens on patrol who donate clothing and toys.
Donation to Ballinger Humane Society
The Ballinger Rotary donated $500 to the Humane Society of Ballinger. This donation was used by the Humane Society to send adopted dogs to Canada and Pennsylvania. To do this each dog has to have a special paper to send across State lines.
Del Rio Rotary Club Provides Holiday Cheer!
Every year, the Del Rio Rotary Club provides Thanksgiving fixings for the residents of Rotary Village, which is affordable low-income housing for seniors. The groceries include sweet bread, which is a favorite of the residents. The club also provides each resident with a $25 Walmart gift card for Christmas.
Second Mini Library
Members of the Rotary Club of Alamo Ranch supports literacy and installed it’s second mini library in a community garden in Woodard Park.  
Foundation Article
Grants reporting:  Our Rotary Foundation earns high marks for accountability!  For us that means filing those final reports online on the district website for grants that helped clubs provide school supplies, Thanksgiving food and Christmas joy.  If your project is complete, then file the report while it is fresh in your memory.  Return to the same My Club Grant  site where you applied and complete the reports tab (including uploading documents/receipts).
Upcoming Events
January Theme - Vocational Service
Jan 01, 2021 – Jan 31, 2021
Deadline: Super Hero Challenge Mission 1
Jan 03, 2021 11:59 PM
Deadline Super Hero Challenge Mission II
Jan 15, 2021 11:59 PM
Deadline Super Hero Challenge Mission III
Jan 29, 2021 11:59 PM
District Virtual Town Hall - RI President Knaack
Zoom Meeting
Jan 30, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
February Theme - Peace & Conflict Resolution
Feb 01, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021
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