August 2020 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Xavier Toson's August Message
I hope this message finds you all well and in good spirits. I want to applaud you all for finding new ways to serve the communities in which you live and those abroad, fellowship, and fundraise as we navigate uncharted waters. Your willingness to take on the role of selfless service even amid such challenges as COVID-19 is why we are more than mere volunteers; we are Rotarians! Our theme for August is "Membership & New Club Development," and I would like to take a moment to highlight just what that means and why we should focus greatly on it.
District Virtual Town Hall Event Series
We're excited to announce the first-ever Virtual District Town hall event starting Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. The virtual town hall events will bring in special guest speakers from all around the world with varying topics to inspire, inform, and support the work we are doing as Rotarians!
Discovering The Power of Rotary During a Pandemic
I have been a member of my club for two years, but it was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that I learned what it truly means to be a Rotarian. When my state of Texas went into quarantine, our club president, Brandon Logan, set up a ‘virtual happy hour’ on Thursday evenings.
E-Rotarians Give Back
The Rotary E-Club President Eddie Knightington accompanied Mayor Mary M. Dennis made a generous donation of gift cards on May 26 to Live Oak First Responders for all their efforts during the pandemic. The club provided the firefighters with 20 gift cards from Williams Confectionery. 
Blanco County Presents Paul Harris Awards
The Rotary Club of Blanco County is proud to present the Paul Harris Award to many of its members. Joe Garcia was able to present the award personally to Hal Switzer.   
San Antonio South Delivers Meals to Healthcare Workers
The Rotary Club of San Antonio South has been very busy during this time of shut down.
Knowledge Is Power
Over two years ago I joined the Alamo Heights Rotary Club, not fully knowing what I was getting into.  As time went on my curiosity for Rotary turned into fondness, then excitement, and today I have a complete love for Rotary!  My feelings have strengthened not only from the relationships I’ve made with other Rotarians but also from the information I’ve learned in the Rotary Learning Center. 
San Antonio Northeast Rotary Volunteers at Texas Diaper Bank
Members of the San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club volunteered at the Texas Diaper Bank on Saturday, July 25th.  Club members repackaged diapers into 25 count packages for clients that receive assistance from the Texas Diaper Bank and their 54 partner agencies.  
Eagle Pass Rotary Donates to the South Texas Food Bank
On July 21st, Rotarians Mary Frances Gray and Rachel Draeger, assisted with the Maverick County Food Distribution at Quemado Park. 
What is the Plus in PolioPlus
The following article will explain the original derivation of what the “Plus” in PolioPlus is. A lot of the following material has been copied in segments or paraphrased from material on Rotary websites related to PolioPlus - Rotary News Online;, - and culled down to make the article a quick read.
Back to School Backpack Giveaway
Rotary Club of San Antonio South participated in the San Antonio District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran Back to School Backpack Giveaway along with the San Antonio Food Bank on Saturday, July 25.
Vietnam Veteran's Remodel Project
Larry Richard is a disabled Vietnam Veteran who currently uses a walker and possibly will need to use a wheel chair in the future. However, his house was not handicap accessible so Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105 worked with Towers for Troops and Purple Heart Home,
Rotary Donation Drive
Recently, the Rotary Club of Alamo Ranch organized two donation drives to benefit the Bexar County Battered Women and Children's Shelter. The club accepted new/gently used clothing, homeware items, and cleaning supplies, which will be used by survivors of domestic violence as they get a new start and transition into a safe and healthy living situation. 
A Thousand Books Making A Bridge To Literacy
There is great joy when a child is born and again when they can learn about the world through books. In a few short years that child is on a tract to get a good education but if for whatever reason that child is not reading at 3rd grade level by the 3rd grade he or she is on a very slippery sloop that leads to a very difficult life.
Kerrville Successful Golf Tourney
Kerrville Rotary Club held a successful First Responders Golf Tournament Fundraiser on June 15. They had over 82 players which is more than they have ever had before.
Rotarian Creates Volunteer Contact Tracing Project
With a recent rise in local COVID-19 cases, Fredericksburg Rotary Club members are trying to fill the need of contact tracing in town. Morning Rotary Club member Marc Bennett was contacted by Hill Country Memorial Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Partin, who is also part of the Morning Rotary Club.
Kerrville Morning Rotary Honors Original Charter Member
The Rotary Club of Kerrville – Morning honored long-time Rotarian and Morning Rotary charter member, Bob Green, with a tribute for being one of the original founding members of Morning Rotary.
The Rotary Network ... A New Tool
This initiative helps Rotarians connect their business with Rotarians, find assistance for challenges both professional and personal, and access career advice and leads. It's Rotarians helping Rotarians! Check it out now.
Fredericksburg Morning July Food Drive
The Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club is trying to keep members involved during the Covid 19 pandemic.  A challenge was issued to each member to donate food to one of our local "tiny" food pantries. 
Upcoming Events
August Theme - Membership & New Club Development
Aug 01, 2020 – Aug 31, 2020
Multi-District Training Institute
Virtual Meeting
Aug 01, 2020
District Virtual Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
Aug 13, 2020 6:30 PM
Last day to report activities for Interact Clubs
Aug 15, 2020
September Theme - Basic Education & Literacy
Sep 01, 2020 – Sep 30, 2020
Zone Institute in Houston
Sep 08, 2020 – Sep 13, 2020
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