December 2021 Edition
News From Around District 5840
District Governor Kristy Vandenberg's December Message
December is Disease Prevention & Treatment Month.  What a great time our clubs had in October coming together to raise funds for Polio Plus.  Polio Eradication continues to be one of our main goals as an organization.  Kudos to all the clubs that held a Polio fundraising event and/or helped to share information about this disease.
Of course, COVID 19 is still out there, with new variants probable.  Rotary supports the COVID 19 vaccine while still honoring an individual's right to choose.  We are working with organizations across the world to help get the vaccine to all individuals in all countries.  We have mourned the loss of friends and family to this disease, but continue to work together as Rotarians committed to Disease Prevention & Treatment.
Thanksgiving Community Service
Fair Oaks Ranch Rotarians joined a variety of other local service organizations to cook, pack, and deliver several hundred Thanksgiving meals to families throughout Kendall County.
Bountiful Blessings in Hondo-D'Hanis!
The Rotary Club of Hondo-D'Hanis distributed over 200 Thanksgiving meals to Veterans and Senior Citizens in the Hondo/D'Hanis Communities.  
Steve Darling Selected DG 2024-25
District Governor Kristy Vandenberg and the District 5840 Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the selection of Steve Darling of the Rotary Club of San Antonio as the District Governor for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2024. Congratulations Steve!
Join Us in Houston at the Rotary International Convention!
Last call for reduced rate! The deadline to register at the reduced rate is fast approaching. You have until 15 December 2021, so sign up and pay today to take advantage of significant savings.

Become A People Of Action Club!

You have the power to increase people's understanding of Rotary by showing your members as people of action - telling and showing the public how you make a positive difference in your community.
City Proclamation Honors San Marcos' 100th Anniversary
Mayor Jane Hughson of the City of San Marcos read a proclamation in Council Chambers on November 16 declaring December 1, 2021 as Rotary Club of San Marcos Day in Honor of its 100th Anniversary.
San Antonio Rotary Ice Rink is Back!
Dust off your ice skates, San Antonio. The popular Rotary Club Ice Rink is returning to Travis Park ahead of Thanksgiving. "The Coolest Place in Town" first launched in 2019 but canceled its second year due to the pandemic. 
Blanco County Supports Elementary School Art
Blanco Rotarian and Artist, Leta Garcia and local Artist Betsy Scheffe, along with Jayne Lightfoot and Jan Gass, are volunteering at the Blanco Elementary School as Artists and helpers to introduce and teach kindergartners through second graders art.

Rotary Toy Round-UP!

The Rotary Club of Hondo-D'Hanis kicked off our Toy Round-UP on November 10th!

Honoring a Alamo Area Council - BSA Female Eagle Scout
Pete Siegel, Past President of the Airport Rotary Club and District 5840 International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR) Coordinator, presented a IFSR Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate on November 16, 2021, to Eagle Scout R. Garcia, Troop 3982, San Antonio. 
SA South Day of Giving
Complete Thanksgiving meals for two families was recently provided by The Rotary Club of San Antonio South and RBFCU.

San Marcos Installs First Mini Library
San Marcos Rotary Secretary, Julie Hollar, stands beside the clubs first mini library, installed at Victory Gardens Park in San Marcos.

San Antonio West Spreads Holiday Cheer

The Rotary Club of San Antonio West has been a long-time partner with a local elementary school. 
Alamo Heights Rotary Volunteers Help Build Beds for "Bedless" Kids
Alamo Heights President Kristen Salazar recently told 78209 Magazine, We’re putting more of a focus on doing work in the community by volunteering at least monthly.”

Free Veterans Breakfast
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve our area veterans this morning during our Free Veterans Appreciation Breakfast!
Halloween Service Day
The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch joined a variety of District 5840 clubs to make the day a little brighter for the families who enjoyed the Halloween festivities at Morgan's Wonderland - San Antonio's famous fun park catering to disabled children.

Saluting our Veterans!
State Representative Andy Murr, Gloria Wilson, Bobby Martinez, and Fred Bowers visited the Rotary Club of Hondo-D'Hanis on Veterans Day to help celebrate the day. Current Rotarians, who are also Veterans include: Mayor Jim Danner, Russ Renaud, Paul Guinn, Brian Kanke and Fred Bowers.
Rotary Club of New Braunfels Triumphantly Returns to Wurstfest
After a devastating fire destroyed the Marketplatz building at Wurstfest in New Braunfels in 2019, taking with it the Rotary Club of New Braunfels' main source of income, their German potato pancake booth, the future of the Club’s fundraising abilities seemed uncertain.
SA South Become Axe-perts
Though the Club of San Antonio Souths hasn't been able to fully institute their unofficial #5 motto, "Are we having fun?!" in a long time.
Upcoming Events
San Antonio's Rotary Ice Rink
Travis Park
Nov 19, 2021 – Jan 17, 2022
Dec. Theme: Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
Dec 01, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021
Mission Trail Rotary's Annual Charity Bike Ride
Rotunda Pavilion, Mission Park Pavilions
Dec 04, 2021
San Antonio Pearl's End of Year Mixer & Fundraiser
Senor Fish
Dec 09, 2021
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club election results for 2022-23 officers due to
Dec 31, 2021
January Theme - Vocational Service
Jan 01, 2022 – Jan 31, 2022
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New Braunfels
Del Rio
Oak Hills
San Antonio 
San Antonio South
San Marcos
San Antonio North Central
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