February 2021 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Xavier Toson's February Message
Dear Rotarians,
This month we celebrate Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution. Did you know that today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations? Half of them are children. Some may hear this news and count it as another statistic for someone else to solve. Rotarians, on the other hand, spring into action!
District Virtual Town Hall - Feb. 11th
Join us for next District Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:30PM with special guest, Dr. Sylvia Whitlock. She is the 1st woman Club President in Rotary International - who changed Rotary leadership through social change. All are welcome! Click to register.
Super Hero Raffle Winners
On Saturday, January 30th during the District Town Hall meeting we held our first raffle for the Rotary Super Hero Challenge. All Clubs that completed MIssions 1-3 were entered into the drawing. The winners are: San Antonio South, Blanco County and San Antonio North Central. Each club won $500! 
PolioPlus Fundraising Ideas in the Virtual Mode
As Rotarians, we can all be proud of the effort we have put in since 1979 with what is now known as PolioPlus. The infrastructure that has been developed for eradication of polio is being adapted to the current efforts to control covid and end the pandemic. The infrastructure has been used to control the Ebola outbreak in Africa a few years ago and the SARS epidemic.
Rotary 2021-2022 Theme Revealed
President-elect Shekhar Mehta encourages members to be changemakers and announces his theme for the 2021-2022 Rotary year, Serve to Change Lives. Learn more: http://on.rotary.org/3j6bVuc
Tapitas for Cash 
Greg & Carmen Buschmann of the Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary Club delivered 225 lbs. of bottle caps to a private charity in Juarez, MX, that assists children whose parents are unable to pay for cancer treatment.
From Rotary Exchange Student to Surgeon
Nearly ten years ago, during the 2011-2012 school year, the Mission Trail Rotary Club sponsored a Rotary Youth Exchange student   Serah – who traveled all the way from Papua New Guinea (PNG), in the western Pacific.
Alamo Heights Supports The Community
As part of our ongoing support for the local community, donations were presented in January to the Alamo Heights School Foundation ($5000); Alamo Heights Little League ($3000); and St Phillips College ($10,000 for vocational scholarships).
Cross Mountain Cross Makeover
On Thursday, January 28th, members of the Fredericksburg Nimitz Rotary club repainted the cross atop Cross Mountain to assist the City as it prepares to kick off a year-long series of events to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the City of Fredericksburg, TX beginning on May 8, 2021.  
Donation for Buckner Shoes
While at the PETS conference I noticed a brochure at one of the booths about giving shoes to children in Kenya. I put the brochure in my folder and forgot about it until one day I was sorting through all the papers from the conference,  I noticed the brochure and began to read all about RI Buckner.shoes. 
District 5840 Breast Cancer Project in Columbia
Pictured is a Cocuta, Columbia surgeon with newly provided equipment for detecting and treating early stage breast cancer.  Your contributions to this 2020 Rotary Foundation global grant added $5,000 to the $118,216 total project and will save countless lives--many of whom are Venezuela refugees in this border city. 
Rotary Club of New Braunfels Provides Hurricane Relief to Lake Charles, LA residents
On Aug. 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Cameron Parish, south of Lake Charles, as a Category 4 storm with 150-mile-per-hour winds. More than two dozen people died in its aftermath.
Canyon Lake Rotary Has Been Busy Forming Alliances!
Starting in November of last year the Canyon Lake Rotary Club decided to do something about the dwindling amount of night sky visible in their community.  
Ingram Tom Moore High School Interact Club’s Coins for Christmas
The Ingram Tom Moore High School Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kerrville-Morning (Morning Rotary) conducted a Coins for Christmas fundraising drive during the holidays.
RotaCare Free Clinics
With the support of several Rotary clubs a free health clinic organization has operated in California since 1989, and in Washington, New York, and El Paso. I wish to chat with anyone that might be interested in possibly being part of the startup process to create similar units in San Antonio and surrounding communities.
Books Fair and Reading with Santa
We will remember 2020 for its changes to our weekly routines. For a while we stopped meetings thinking that the pandemic would soon be over, then we move to online meeting, and then back to in person with an online choice.
Oak Hills Rotary Club Going Strong on Zoom!
Every week our members continue to volunteer and to attend zoom club meetings.  Sure we miss visiting with our friends face to face, however we have adapted with the tools available to us.
Trash Pick Up
Rotary club of Kerrville "Getting Busy" keeping our stretch of the road trash free. Seven Rotarians showed up to help make it happen this last weekend.
Kerrville Morning Rotary Provides Hunting Opportunity for Veterans
In an ongoing effort to give back to those who selflessly gave to us through their military service, The Rotary Club of Kerrville (Morning Rotary) provided deer hunts for veterans this past month, thanks to the philanthropy of Morning Rotarian Randy McClay.
Pearl Satellite Service Project
Members of the Satellite Club of San Antonio at the Pearl and the Young Catholic Professionals Association joined forces to clear brush and pick up trash at the construction site of a future community to shelter the homeless.
Edu-Care Package
As people of Action, our Club in Beeville, Texas is committed to serve above self and every year we strive to increase our impact in our community.
Fredericksburg Morning Completes Final Addition to Play Area
The Rotary Club of Fredericksburg has just completed its final addition to the Old Fair Park Play Area.  The newest addition features a fairly conventional “climb/slide” play unit, but also in that same area, includes a zero clearance “Orbit” Merry Go Round that is Inclusive for all.
Rotary Clubs of New Braunfels and Zacoalco Provide Wheelchairs to Residents of Zacoalco, Mexico  
The Rotary Club of New Braunfels recently partnered with the Rotary Club of Zacoalco, Mexico, and the Wheelchair Foundation to assemble and distribute 270 wheelchairs, each adorned with patches of the three partners.
Wimberley Donates Weekly Meal Budget
Food Insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.  Hays County has a food insecurity rate of 14.3% with 24,710 food insecure people....  8,609 of which are children. 
When the pandemic hit and in person meetings were no longer recommended by the CDC, the Rotary Club of Wimberley voted to donate their weekly meal budget to the Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket.  There are more than 2050 Wimberley residents living below the poverty level.  We are proud to support our neighbors in their time of need, and we encourage those who can, to consider donating their time and/or resources to this worthy cause as well.
Upcoming Events
February Theme - Peace & Conflict Resolution
Feb 01, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021
Virtual District Town Hall - Dr. Silvia Whitlock
Virtual Meeting
Feb 11, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Wimberley's Smooch In A Box Fundraiser
Feb 12, 2021 – Feb 13, 2021
Ballinger's Pancake Supper Fundraiser
Ballinger Community Center
Feb 18, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Lone Star PETS
Virtual Meeting
Feb 22, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021
Rotary's 116th Birthday
Feb 23, 2021
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