October 2019
News From Around District 5840
DG John Hutcherson's Message for October
Rotarians are People Of Action!!!!  As I visit Rotary Clubs in our District I learn about the many service projects our Clubs do in their communities and around the world. Positive action to bring lasting change is what we do based on Service Above Self and the fundamental integrity of the Four Way Test! 
District 5840 Rotary Foundation Recognition Award
 At the annual Zone Institute in Kansas this week the generous contributions of District 5840 in 2018-2019 earned recognition for the third highest per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund.  The certificate was presented by Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack and Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones. 
Get Ready For World Polio Day
24 October is World Polio Day! 
World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians all over the world to raise awareness about our efforts to eradicate polio for good. Join us by hosting an event in your community. Not sure what to do for World Polio Day? Here are a few ideas: 
Multi-Club Katoma, Tanzania, Water Catchment Project
Access to clean drinking water in Africa is a critical issue.  Waterborne bacteria and diseases are the number one killer in Tanzania.  Currently village women make a 2 hour round trip walk to a dirty stream to fetch water in buckets.  Recognizing the need for clean water and knowing that Rotary International is keenly interested in providing clean water, the Rotary Club of Fredericksburg initiated a project to provide water catchment tanks for the small village of Katoma, Tanzania.
Kyle Rotary Directs Focus On Homeless Students

The Rotary Club of Kyle aims efforts toward helping homeless students in Hays County over the next year. Hidden homelessness is hard to define; however, it is a reality to 200+ students within Hays County. Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, who share housing with others due to economic hardships or similar reasons may be identified as homeless.

“Although we may not meet the students or their family directly, we are working with Hays CISD representatives to fulfill specific needs” stated Jason Nebgen, President of the Rotary Club of Kyle. “This is an effort that all of our members believe we can make an impact by working together with the entire community.”

Why Rotary Challenge
Do you remember why became a Rotarian? What about Rotary inspired you then, and what inspires you now? We all have our reasons for joining and staying in Rotary, and we want to hear your story! Take a few minutes to share... let's show the world how "Rotary connects the world"!  We are challenging all Rotarians to share their WHY ROTARY story in a 30 to 90 second video. The videos will be shared on social media, uploaded to the District You Tube page and played at the District Conference. Click here for details & to watch WHY ROTARY videos.
D5840 Passport Charter Club is Official!
On September 13th, we celebrated the official induction of the Rotary District 5840 Passport Club. The Passport Club is a new approach in a new time for Rotary clubs. WELCOME!!
The Rotary Ice Rink — The Coolest Place in Town!
The Rotary Club of San Antonio presents the 2019 Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink located in Travis Park adjacent to the annual Christmas tree. The Rink will open the night of the Christmas tree lighting (Thanksgiving weekend) and continue daily through January 2020.
Building The Future - Rotary Club of Alamo Ranch
Did you know that over 150 thousand San Antonio families need affordable housing?  The Rotary Club of Alamo Ranch serviced the local community by volunteering for another great organization, Habitat for Humanity San Antonio.
Rotarians hold Bi-District Convention in Del Rio
Ten Rotary Clubs from seven cities gathered in Del Rio for the first Bi-District Convention. The convention was the brain child of D5840 Assistant Governor Gloria Wilson and D4110 Assistant Governor Jaime Chavez. They met to collaborate on binational projects and ideas that they could work together for international projects both on the U.S. side and Mexico. Attending Cllubs from D540 included: Del Rio, Hondo D'Hanis, Uvalde, Eagle Pass and Boerne Sunrise. 
Kerrville Morning Donates Dictionaries
Eighteen years ago, Kerrville Rotary – Morning (Morning Rotary) initiated a program to annually distribute dictionaries to Ingram ISD students. For the last several years, Harper ISD was included in the distribution as well. The dictionaries are provided to the students at no cost for their personal use in order to assist them in their studies and to help prepare them for future careers.
September Rotary Leadership Institute
This past Saturday we had 35 attendees for our RLI. There were 21 in Part I, 8 in Part II and 6 in Part III. We had 2 attendees from out of our district. Facilitators included 3 Past District Governors and the current District Governor. 
San Antonio Northeast Holds Diaper Drive
The San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club held a Diaper Drive as part of National Diaper Need Awareness Week.  This drive helped provide 500 diapers for families in need.  For more information on how you can host a diaper drive, please e-mail:  procurement@texasdiaperbank.org
San Antonio's Haven For Hope Project
The Rotary Club of San Antonio was honored to volunteer at the Haven for Hope Community Kitchen.  We worked with the great people on staff to help prepare and serve a hot lunch to the residents of Haven for Hope. We served 488 meals, made 3,120 sandwiches, cracked 800 eggs, cleaned up and had a great time! They are always looking for help.  It’s would be an easy service project for your club.
Talent Search for Rotary 2020-21
Do you want to help enhance our district? Do you have a specialized skill that can that can make an impact locally and globally? Are you willing to learn more and collaborate with a team?  We’re gearing up for an exciting 2020-21 Rotary year and we need your support! Help us continue to make the world a better place, by volunteering for one of the subcommittee’s listed below:
Joint Labor Day Project
San Antonio Rotary Club and Alamo Heights Rotary Club worked together for the Snack Pak program.  The blue bags are filled with  7064 jars of peanut better collected from local high schools. The clubs job was to sort and place all those jars in the green bins.
Upcoming Events
October Theme - Economic & Community Development
Oct 01, 2019 – Oct 31, 2019
Ballinger's 7th Annual Gun, Knife & Hunting Show
Ballinger Community Center
Oct 05, 2019 – Oct 06, 2019
Fredericksburg Morning's 10th Annual Kraut Run
Fredericksburg Middle School
Oct 05, 2019 8:30 AM
District 5840 Rotary Foundation Seminar
Kroc Center
Oct 05, 2019
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
North Central's Willie's Fundraiser
Oct 07, 2019 4:00 PM
Poteet's Harvest Hustle
Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds
Oct 12, 2019
Pearsall Rotary Auction
Security State Bank
Oct 15, 2019 – Oct 17, 2019
Kerrville's Peddling For Polio Challenge
Oct 19, 2019 – Oct 26, 2019
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