March 2022 Edition
News From Around District 5840
District Governor Kristy Vandenberg's March Message
Our March Rotary Theme is Water & Sanitation.  There are many Global Grants that address this critical issue all over the world and right here at home.  As Rotarians know, these grants can be completed in any country of the world, as long as there are at least two Rotary Clubs willing to donate funds, which can then be matched through their District and Rotary International upon approval.  District 5840 has been a partner in several of these types of grants.  If your club is interested in getting involved with a Global Grant which is focused on water and sanitation, check out to find an international partner who wants to help make the dream of safe water a reality.  There are also Rotary Action Groups you can support.  These are listed on too!
Rotary's Official Statement on Events in Ukraine
It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world. At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there.  Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world. 
Rotary Assistance to the Ukraine
Several of you have asked about what Rotary is doing in support of the humanitarian crises brewing in Eastern Europe.  Here’s what’s been released so far:
  • Rotary is in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies. 
Rotary Rockstar Challenge - Level 5 
An important goal to a Club is to achieve geting media attention for their upcoming fundraiser/service project. The first step is to create a press release. Once developed, it is your "bible" for the language that is used for your website, social media and flyers. 
Rotary Rockstar Challenge - Level 5 is about how to create a Press Release.
District Raffle Tickets Are Now Available!!!
We’re excited to announce that the Rotary District 5840 – Annual Share Fund raffle tickets are now available! If you’re familiar with this amazing raffle, then you know how much our annual go-to fundraiser is to The Rotary Foundation’s mission. The money raised during this time comes back to our District and funds our District Grants (important, right?!).
Club Runner Mobile App
Free to download and use, this app will let you access the key information you need while on the go. Password protected just like your website, the Club Runner Mobile app allows you to view your member directory, contact member and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website, learn more about upcoming speakers, view meeting details and track attendance statistics, right from your smart phone or tablet.
Take a Featured Course in the Learning Center
Discover these courses in the Learning Center this month:
Our District 5840 Rotarians have enrolled in 2,871 online courses in The Learning Center offerings available on the Rotary International website. Find all of our Learning Center courses in the updated course catalog.
Rotary Zone End Human Trafficking Meeting Feb 17
CHARLIE TEBOW - Charlie is a survivor who has dedicated her life to serving others like them. In their day job, they are an advocate working with runaway and exploited youth to help them overcome complex and compounded trauma. Charlie has also served on various working groups. Click photo to play interview.
Blanco County Supports BHS Powerlifters
The Rotary Club of Blanco County recently presented the Blanco High School Powerlifting Team a check for $1000 for purchase of needed safety equipment such as back braces, or weightlifting belts, bench shirts, wrist wraps, etc. - all necessary powerlifting equipment.  
Volunteers Needed - Rotary Day SA 2022
Rotarians from across the district will be joining forces to clean up Brackenridge Park on March 26 in time for the spring.  Duties will include trash removal, painting park benches and mulching.  Rotarians are asked to wear their Rotary gear, appropriate shoes and bring gloves. Click here to register online:
Everyone (over the age of 10) is welcome to join us! Contact the Rotary office at or 210-222-8242, x12 with any questions.
San Marcos Sponsors Tree Planting in the Park
The Rotary Club of San Marcos placed one of two Rotary mini libraries in the Victory Garden Park in San Marcos. At a dedication of the little library, club members noticed that the park lacked shade trees and ornamentals. It has a huge playscape but little else. The club purchased six shade trees and four ornamental trees to improve the park aesthetics and environment.
Rotary Club of New Braunfels presents the 2022 Hill Country Craft Beer Festival
Craft beer enthusiasts rejoice – everybody's favorite craft beer festival is back for another year!
Helping Fill Beneficial Boxes
Seven stalwart members of the San Antonio Airport Rotary gathered with a large group of volunteers at the San Antonio Food Bank on February 5, 2022.

Winston Interact at Basura Bash
The Winston School Interact Club participated in Basura Bash 2022 on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

Rotary SA South Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of San Antonio South will host their 10th annual golf tournament at Mission Del Lago Golf Course March 25.
Blessings in a Backpack
The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch is very proud to be among the supporters of the Boerne Chapter of "Blessings in a Backpack."

Rotary of Boerne Supports Community
The Rotary Club of Boerne, meeting at noon on Fridays, has supported the Boerne community through service projects and grants before and throughout the COVID era.. The Club proudly supports important projects and initiatives like the Boerne Strong Program, BISD student scholarships, local food and health nonprofits, and many more.
Jourdanton Rotary Club Golf Classic
On Sunday, March 27, 2022 the Jourdanton Rotary Club will be hosting their annual Golf Classic.
Mission Trail Participates in Basura Bash
Since 1995, San Antonio community members gather every February to participate in a one-day, all volunteer event to clean the San Antonio Watersheds. The event known as Basura Bash brings awareness to the hazards trash can cause in our community when it is not disposed of properly.

San Marcos Supports School Fuel Program
Araceli Aguilar presents a $1,500 check to Michael Pigg, President of School Fuel, a nonprofit that provides needy school students with food for weekends and holidays.
Rotary SA South and Habitat for Humanity
"Are we having fun yet?", our unofficial fifth of the four-way test. 

Oak Hills Participates in Basura Bash
Oak Hills Rotary Club gathered at OP Schnabel Park to participate in the 27th Annual Basura Bash on February 19th. This volunteer event is the largest single-day waterway clean up in Texas!
Upcoming Events
March Theme - Water & Sanitation
Mar 01, 2022 – Mar 31, 2022
Uvalde Palooza
Mar 19, 2022
San Antonio South's Golf Tournament
Mission Del Lago Golf Course
Mar 25, 2022 11:30 AM
Hondo D'Hanis Golf Tournament
Alsatian Golf Course
Mar 26, 2022
Rotary Day SA
Brackenridge Park
Mar 26, 2022
Jourdanton's Annual Golf Classic
Mar 27, 2022
View entire list
Del Rio
San Antonio Airport
New Braunfels
Rotary News

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created a channel for members to contribute funds to support relief efforts.


Rotary projects around the globe March 2022

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