November 2021 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Kristy Vandenberg's November Message
There are amazing Rotary Clubs and Members in District 5840!  November is a great time to celebrate all the good works supported by the Rotary Foundation!  I have often been asked "Why do you personally give to the Rotary Foundation?"  The answer for me is very simple.
I believe that Rotarians across the world are making a great difference by responding daily to the needs of their communities.  Needs like clean water, food security hygiene facilities, schools, clinics, small business development and many more.  I know that my donations to the Foundation are making dreams come true for millions of people!  When natural disasters strike, I know that Rotary Clubs in that area are responding with basic needs and long term solutions.  My donations are helping with emergency needs like food, housing and medical care, along with rebuilding communities.
Polio Survivor Visits San Antonio West
Donating to Polio Plus is Bill Mann, who as a child survived polio in an iron lung.  Bill said he had the live or die variety and within a month was back to normal.  Now he is coping with post-polio syndrome and shared with San Antonio West Rotarian's Marcia Tinsley and John Sullivan his appreciation for their fundraising efforts and what Rotarians around the world are doing to eradicate polio.
San Marcos Builds Rotary Mini Libraries
Rotarian Larry Hanson completed construction of two mini libraries for the Rotary Club of San Marcos.
Rotary Training Talk - 5 Tips for Effective Virtual Presentations
With so many training events now being held fully or partially online, you too may be planning some virtual lessons. Try these tips from Past District Governor Chris Offer of the Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada:
Walk to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking
On October 16, the Rotary Club of Blanco County and the D5840 Combat Human Trafficking Rotary Club held a walk around the Old Blanco Courthouse grounds to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Seguin’s Oldest and Most Haunted Hotel
The Rotary Club of Seguin is very proud of our town’s many restored historical buildings.
Wimberley Rotary Packs Meals For The Hungry
On Saturday, October 16, several members and supporters from the Rotary Club of Wimberley joined with the San Marcos Rotary Club to pack 15,000 meals to be shipped to Africa’s hungry.
San Antonio at Dominion Membership Drive Party
Thanks to the generosity of several members and local businesses the San Antonio at the Dominion Club hosted an old fashioned "smoker" membership drive.
National Nite Out
Jourdanton Rotary Club participated in our local National Nite Out on October 5th. President Michele Higginbotham had a friendly competition with, fellow member Joyce Steinle’s sister, Barbara Peeler who was representing Jourdanton Education Foundation.
New Braunfels Rotary Clubs Raise Funds to Fight Polio
On the evening of Thursday, October 21st, The Rotary Club of New Braunfels and The Downtown Rotary Club of New Braunfels held their first ever joint Pints for Polio event at Guadalupe Brewing Company. Despite only having just over a week to plan and market the event, it drew 60 to 70 attendees and raised just over $1,300.00.
Rise Against Hunger a Success in San Marcos
More than 150 volunteers came from San Antonio all the way to Georgetown to help the Rotary Club of San Marcos pack 15,000 meals on World Food Day, Saturday, October 16.

San Antonio at Dominion Kicks off new Early Act Year
With the kids back in school in person so too are the Early Act Clubs kicking off a new year. The San Antonio at the Dominion hosts two schools thanks to the efforts of the District's Early Act Chair Darcee Grivel. 

Kerrville Welcomes Fair Oaks Ranch
District Governor Kristy Vandenberg congratulates Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary members Ron & Kathy Hubbard for winning the Wine Wagon Grand Prize while attending the Kerrville Rotary Club Pints for Polio.

A Family Affair
Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary Club President Greg Maxton, had the unique honor recently of inducting his father into his own Rotary club.
Rotary Night Sky
On October 26, the Rotary Club of Canyon Lake and the Comal County Friends of the Night Sky presented a Sky Friendly Certificate to the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake for their building and grounds.
San Antonio at Dominion Membership Donation to Local Food Bank
The San Antonio at the Dominion Club recently donated $1,500 to the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries' food bank.
Piedras Negras Trip
Club members Cindy Turner (President), Carleton Turner and Christina Gonzalez traveled to Piedras Negras recently to donate a washing machine to Asilo de Ancianos San Vincente de Paul, a local group home for elderly and infirmed adults.
Building LEADERS Starts Early!
On Friday, October 1, members of San Antonio Northwest Rotary Club provided special recognition for 12 developing young leaders at Dellview Elementary School (NEISD).
Ballinger Rotary Club Gun and Knife Show
The Rotary Club of Ballinger will be hosting its ninth annual Gun, Knife and hunting show. This will take place at the Ballinger Community Center on November 12-13th.
2021 Veterans Day Tribute
Dripping Springs Rotary is once again hosting our annual Veterans Day Dinner and Dance.

Rotary South Provides Teachers Wishlist
The Rotary Club of San Antonio South provided Columbia Heights Elementary School located in the Harlandale ISD with school supplies on the teachers wish lis
Building Better Lives
On October 16, 2021 Alamo Ranch members volunteered their time to help build homes in one of Habitat for Humanity's newest communities. Rancho Carlota is located in San Antonio's Southwest side just east of Von Ormy and consists of about 90 acres with hopes of having about 250 homes once it's complete. Way to go team, thank you for your service to this amazing organization!
Dripping Springs Rotary Helps Build a Home for a Family in Need
Dripping Springs Rotary had the privilege of working with Hometown Missions on their Home in a Month project in September.
Mission Trail Rotary Supports Local Non-Profits with Annual Charity Bike Tour
On December 4th, 2021, MTR Charities, Inc. will host our signature club fundraiser, the Mission-to-Mission Charity Bike Tour at Mission Park Pavilions (6032 Padre Dr., SATX 78214). The tour raises funds to distribute mini-grants to local non-profits ranging between $100- $1,500.
Blanco Pints for Polio Raises Funds for End Polio Now
Herman Weber and his wife, Nancy, stopped by to make a donation at the Pints for Polio event hosted by the Rotary Club of Blanco County October 27.

Vino and Bingo for a Cause
On Thursday, November 11th the Fredericksburg Nimitz Rotary will team with Texas Heritage Vineyards for their quarterly Vino and Bingo for a Cause Fundraiser.
Upcoming Events
November Theme: Rotary Foundation Month
Nov 01, 2021 – Nov 30, 2021
World Interact Week
Nov 01, 2021 – Nov 07, 2021
Kerrville's Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
Hill Country Veterans Center
Nov 05, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
District Celebration Gala
Nov 13, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
IRS Form 990 due to IRS (all clubs)
Nov 15, 2021
San Antonio's Rotary Ice Rink
Travis Park
Nov 19, 2021 – Jan 17, 2022
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