October 2020 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Xavier Toson's October Message
Greetings Rotarians,
Welcome to October! This month we celebrate Economic and Community Development. At this time, our local communities are faced with substantial economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are closing left and right as entrepreneurs fight to keep their doors open.
Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Ron Nirenberg - Oct 8
Join us for our next District 5840 Town Hall event on October 8th at 6:45 p.m. Our very special guest speaker, San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg. Topic: How to Lead in a Time of Crisis and How We Can Support. Click to register
Take Action for World Polio Day - Oct. 24
As of September 23, 2020, there are 102 new cases in 2020 of wild poliovirus Type 1. Type 2 and Type 3 have been declared eradicated from the planet. There is a yearly standing request for all Rotary clubs to have some type of public event on October 24, World Polio Day, to educate the public and celebrate the progress toward worldwide eradication. With Covid-19 pandemic still in full force, this is a hard request to honor.
 Rotary Foundation Training for Club Leaders Coming Oct 29th
 We are hosting a 90-minute online training session on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30pm about two aspects of managing Rotary Foundation programs in your club: fundraising and management reports.  It will be a Power Point presentation led by Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Rich Kaye with  assistance from our district-level team. 
District 5840 Rotary Youth Exchange 
You can find a list of frequently asked questions and the application forms.
But hurry! Applications for the '21-'22 school year are due October 15th, 2020.
Letter to Exchange Students
2019-2020 Rotary Citation Recipients
Congratulations to the following 2019-2020 Rotary Citation recipients: Alamo Heights, Eagle Pass, Fair Oaks Ranch, Fredericksburg, Kerville, New Braunfels, New Braunfels Downtown, San Antonio, San Antonio Airport, San Antonio North Central, San Antonio Northeast, San Antonio Northwest, San Antonio West and San Saba.
San Antonio South Works to Get the Vote Out
The Rotary Club of San Antonio South hosted a voter registration along with the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Bexar County Precinct 4 and Rebecca Viagran, City Council District 3 at Pica Pica Plaza on S.E. Military Drive.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Randy McClay, Rotary Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of Kerrville-Morning (Morning Rotary) and Waverly Jones, Treasurer, made a joint presentation to club members on the purpose and function of the Rotary Foundation.
Randolph Metrocom Rotary Club donated $2000 for Hand Washing Stations is Peru
Randolph Metrocom presented a check to members of the Rotary Club of Piura Oeste for Hand washing stations in their community.  
Fair Oaks Ranch Presents Checks to City’s BISD Elementary Schools
The Fair Oaks Ranch Club presented Van Raub Elementary School a $1500 donation on September 9th.
Rotary Club - Helping Local Students Succeed
In September, Rotarians Cynthia de Luna, who is the Youth Service Chair on the Del Rio Rotary Club Board of Directors, and Rey Sanchez, who is the Coordinator for the Crayola Club Project, distributed much needed school supplies to eight elementary schools in Del Rio. Rotarian Cheryl Johnson and TJ Moore Lumber Yard were also instrumental in the delivery of the school supplies.
2020 Labor Day Walk
On Monday, Kerrville Rotary had 28 Rotarian's volunteer for our Labor Day Walk-A-Fun at Louise Hays Park. We logged more than 125 volunteer hours, handed out 275 bottles of water, told the Rotary Club of Kerrville story along the River Trail and had three possible new member candidates inquire about our club!
Canyon Lake Donation
The Canyon Lake Rotary Club recently donated $10,000 to the Community Resource and Recreation Center in Sattler.  
Jourdanton Rotary Supports Local Economy
This Spring the Jourdanton Rotary supported local and chain businesses during these unprecedented times to boost our economy. 
Alamo Heights Centennial Project
It has taken just over 17 years to get the dedication plaque put in place for The Alamo Heights Rotary Club Centennial Project, but it is finally done. Our Centennial Project was a joint venture with the City of Alamo Heights,  Alamo Heights Little League and Pony League, and the Alamo Heights Independent School District to rebuild the many ballfields and area in the vicinity of the Alamo Heights swimming pool known as the Park at Alamo Heights that had been destroyed during a flood in the late 1990s.
Randolph Metrocom Rotary Club Donates $2000 in Scholarship Money
Randolph Metrocom presented at their September 14th zoom Luncheon to the President of Northeast Lakeview College - Dr. Veronica Garcia. Last year they presented a check, in-person for $1000 however, this year they were able to present them with a check (virtually) for $2000 because of an approved district grant.  
Donor Spotlight
Ralph Bowen and Jimmy Culp of the Fredericksburg Nimitz Rotary Club present a check to Donna at the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.  
Kerrville Morning Supports Ingram Tom Moore Clothes Locker
The Rotary Club of Kerrville-Morning (Morning Rotary) provided almost $800 in new clothes to the Ingram Tom Moore High School clothes locker.
San Antonio Northeast Volunteers at Texas Diaper Drive
San Antonio Northeast Rotarians Preston McKinney, Becky Robles, Mike Canales, Debbie Degollado and Dan Clark volunteered at the Texas Diaper Bank on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
The Rotary Logo is the Face of the Organization
Winston School Interact Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Winston School Rotary Interact Club was chartered on September 22, 1995 under the direction of Dr. Charles J. Karulak, Headmaster of the school. 
Virtual Paul Harris Ceremony
The Rotary Club of Alamo Ranch held a virtual Paul Harris Fellowship Ceremony on September 22, 2020, in honor of inducting four new Fellows. Whitni Toson, Richard Diaz, Dale Goods, and Rosene Goods were recognized and inducted by guest speaker Jerry Hardy, PDG.
Eagle Pass Rotary Club Recognizes Health Heroes
On August 31st, the Eagle Pass Rotary Club proudly celebrated their health heroes at Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center (FDRMC) with a gift of 200 Krispy Kreme donuts that were purchased from a fundraiser for a neighbor club in Piedras Negras.
Madison Interact at Julia Semmes Public Library
The Madison HS Interact Club held a cleanup at Julia Semmes Public Library on Sunday, September 27. Approximately 20 Interact members collected 20 large bags of trash.
End Polio and Covid-19 Now!
For those of us old enough to remember, hearing the word “polio” brings back major discomfort. It brings the vision of young children being crippled for life or crying in agony while living in iron lungs. It was certainly a time of celebration when the Salk vaccine was developed and then widely dispersed. Since that time, tremendous improvement has occurred in most countries of the world in eradicating polio.
Upcoming Events
October Theme - Economic & Community Development
Oct 01, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
Fair Oaks Ranch 8th Annual Charity Golf Classic
Oct 05, 2020 10:00 AM
District Virtual Town Hall - Mayor Ron Nirenberg
Zoom Meeting
Oct 08, 2020
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
E-Club of San Antonio Virtual Annual Fundraiser
Zoom Meeting
Oct 17, 2020
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Rotary World Polio Day & Livestream Event
Oct 24, 2020
Boerne Sunrise Patriot Charity BBQ & Raffle
Tusculum Brewery
Oct 24, 2020
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
San Angelo Golf Tournament
Oct 26, 2020 1:00 PM
Oak Hills Annual Raffle
Oct 28, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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