May 2020 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG John Hutcherson's May Message
ROTARY CHANGED MY LIFE!!!! I heard this again in December at an investment committee meeting of the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation where I served for many years. Jan grew up in Fredericksburg and moved Austin, returning to her hometown as she approached retirement. She said to me “I want you to know that Rotary changed my life.
2020 Cruise Raffle Drawing
Rotarian McKenzie Moellering from the Rotary Club of Fredericksburg Morning was the buyer and seller of the winning ticket of the District Cruise Raffle.  The fundraiser contributed $48,930.00 to the humanitarian programs of Rotary.  Thank you to all that sold tickets!
Register for Club Leader Training - May 16
CLT is where club officers and emerging leaders can learn more about what Rotary has to offer. If you are an incoming Club President, Club Secretary, or chair of Membership, RI Foundation, if you are interested in Grants Management or Strategic Planning for your club, Club Leadership Training is for you. Register Here
4 Ways to Engage Members Online
Are you looking for ideas to engage members while we’re physically distancing ourselves from each other? Has your club started meeting online? Here are some of our favorite resources to help:

Morning Rotary Donates to Doyle Community Center
This past week, The Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) presented a $1,200 check to the Doyle Community Center to assist with meals during the COVID-19 crisis.
Adapting to Service in the Time of COVID
Like most clubs, the Rotary Club of San Antonio is adjusting to what it means to be a Rotarian during this pandemic.  Zoom Webinars have replaced in-person weekly meetings and virtual socials have replaced the happy hour.
Wimberley Rotarians Project Supports Ethiopian Children
What began as the adoption of an infant from Ethiopia by a Rotary Club of Wimberley co-president in 2008 and support of the club has become an international project supporting the education and welfare of hundreds of children.
Boerne Sunrise Rotary Donates to Hill Country Family Services
The Boerne Sunrise Rotary is holding its regular Tuesday morning meetings at 7:00 am via Zoom. Staci Almager, CEO of Hill Country Family Services, was the speaker at the Tuesday, April 14 meeting. She said, “With the sudden and unexpected loss of employment many families are struggling.  We are seeing many new faces as these families turn to HCFS for help with food.” HCFS receives food donations from local merchants, but in the current circumstances must also purchase food and other supplies. Online financial donations can be made at . The Boerne Sunrise Rotary Board has approved a donation of $1,000 to Hill Country Family Services.
Pecan Donation to CAM and Dietert
This past week, The Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) donated 50 pounds of pecans to the Dietert Center’s Meals on Wheels Program and 75 pounds of pecans to CAM (Kerrville Christian Assistance Ministry).
Randolph Metrocom Supports Local Assistance Programs
Randolph Metrocom Rotary Club founded a 501c3 (GRAPIE) ran by a board thats includes all club members.  They gave $2500 each to two local assistance programs - Greater Randolph Area Services Program (G.R.A.S.P) and Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program (RACAP) located in their community.  
Clubs Leading the Way with Foundation Giving
Boerne Sunrise, Fredericksburg Morning and Fredericksburg Nimitz are our first three clubs with 100% of their members marking Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY).  Those gifts represent contributions to the Annual Fund, which means funding for humanitarian programs.  EREY clubs receive a banner at year-end.
Fair Oaks Ranch Supports Hill Country Family Services
The Fair Oaks Ranch Club provided a $1500 grant to the Hill Country Family Services of Boerne to help the organization provide support during the COVID-19 emergency. 
Blanco Rotary Educates on Prevention of Human Trafficking
Tracy Barr, Rotary Club of Blanco project chair Preventing Human Trafficking provided an informational presentation to the Blanco Woman's club.  We all must be involved in order to protect our community of young persons. 
The Days Of Our Lives
What to do with your days of empty hours when they have been so full of swimming every morning at the local gym, grocery shopping, going to the quilt store, etc.? What do I love to do? Sewing! So when this lockdown started, I started making masks. First one was the pleated one. Then I went to a pattern where I needed a template.
Polio and Covid-19
My church history book notes that all church services were cancelled in the week of May 10, 1946 on account of a polio epidemic. Church services were resumed May 19 for adults and lifted August 1, 1946 for those under 21. That summer San Antonio had 85 cases and 11 deaths and epidemics followed until the Salk vaccine was available in 1955.
San Antonio Northeast Response to Covid-19
The San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club held its first Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The main topic of discussion was what we could do as a club to help out our community during these trying times. The club members voted unanimously to donate $2,000 from the club’s checking account to the Texas Diaper Bank, so that diapers, wipes and feminine hygiene products could be purchased directly from the manufacturer.
Project - Volunteer Surge
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed our healthcare system to its limits. We can take action now through a citizen volunteer opportunity called Volunteer Surge! Rotary Clubs across the country are partnering with Volunteer Surge to recruit one million volunteers to participate in a new program that provides training online, for free, to become a Telehealth Worker or a Community Health Worker. Rotarian founded nonprofit The Global Impact Group is leading this effort. Click here to join the effort called Volunteer Surge! 
Del Rio Provides Meals to Front Line Workers
Showing our appreciation to the staff, the Del Rio Rotary Club provided meals to the staff of Val Verde Regional Medical Center and three of their clinics. The 200 hamburger meals were prepared by Skillet's Restaurant and included a inspirational quote. A big thanks to everyone who made this possible.
3rd Danforth Rotary Loves Readers Contest
The Rotary Club of Wimberley is happy to announce the winner and runner up of the third Danforth Rotary Loves Readers contest of the school year. This challenge asked students to read a book about an individual who must overcome adversity, then present an interview of that individual that reveals how he or she prevailed.
Upcoming Events
May Theme - Youth Service
May 01, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Club Leadership Training
Zoom Meeting
May 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
June Theme - Rotary Fellowships
Jun 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2020
Kerrville's 3rd Annual 1st Responders Benefit Golf
The Club at Comanche Trace
Jun 15, 2020
Last day to report activities for Rotary Citation
Jun 30, 2020
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