APRIL 2020
News From Around District 5840
DG John Hutcherson's April Message
TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE ACROSS THE GLOBE, IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN OURSELVES! This phrase from the Rotary International Vision Statement sees the positive efforts Rotarians bring to improve our world. The appearance of Covid-19 late last year and its slow and steady spread across the globe brings a very different message of change and a call to action for us as Rotarians.  
A Message from Rotary President Mark Maloney on COVID-19
Click on the photo to listen to video message
Rotary Foundation News
Cruise Raffle:  The drawing will be May 2, as printed on the tickets, and instructions were sent in March to all clubs about where to send the stubs for the drawing.  The winners will receive Royal Caribbean vouchers with no expiration dates; so, you may be using it two or three years from now.  All money goes to The Rotary Foundation--same as your personal contributions.
RI Convention Cancelled
Rotary International just announced that the Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 6-10 June 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, has been canceled in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Read more at riconvention.org
San Saba Distributes Food To Community
Rotary Club of San Saba partnered up with the United Methodist Church, The Central Texas Food Bank, and other members of the community to distribute food to over 300 families this morning. This was especially helpful to the community because their only grocery store burned down last week.
Eagle Pass Rotary Club & Interact Clubs Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day at Local Elementary
In their efforts to promote literacy in their community, the Eagle Pass Rotary Club as well as the CC Winn and Eagle Pass High School Interact Clubs read Dr. Seuss books to the students of Ray H. Darr Elementary. 
Book Buddies Service Project 
During the District 5840 Youth Exchange Committee Outbound Orientation, outbound and inbound students performed a service project consisting of assembling book shelves and labeling books for Book Buddies, a Literacy Project of the Rotary Club of Fredericksburg. 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Visits Working Sheep Ranch
Annabelle Heins, from Belgium, hosted by the Rotary Club of Fredericksburg, enjoyed the privilege of visiting the Von Netzer Ranch at Luckenbach, Texas, owned and operated by Rotarian Garet Von Netzer. 
Use Virtual Meetings To Stay Engaged With Members
Consider the creative use of technology to host “virtual meeting” experiences for your members until you can resume in-person meetings and events.  
There are many free and paid options for hosting virtual meetings. See below for some free options:
District Zoom account—  Clubs may use the District Zoom account  to hold their virtual meetings. Each meeting allows for up to 100 participants and no time cap. To access/schedule your Club Meeting using the District Zoom account, contact DG John Hutcherson at  5840dg1920@gmail.com.
San Marcos Awards $20,000 in Scholarships
 The Rotary Club of San Marco awarded $20,000 in scholarships to SMHS and Academy seniors. $17,500 of the money came from income from our local Rotary Foundation endowment. The other $2500 was added by their Board of Directors at their meeting earlier in March.
Alamo Heights Awards Perfect Attendance
On March 10, Perfect Attendance awards were presented to the following Alamo Heights Rotary Club members (from the left): Rich Braune: 23 Years; Ed Dylla: 20 Years; Kerry Keisling: 9 Years;Ron Maulsby: 5 years; Greg Drew: 2 years; Rick Berchin (not pictured): 31 Years
GVTC Foundation Donates to Blanco County Fundraiser 
GVTC foundation donated $3000 for the Rotary Club of Blanco County April fundraiser. The Rotary Club of Blanco County is so very grateful for all of the support the GVTC foundation has given us over our first year of activation.With their support we have been able to continue our Hygiene kits for Johnson city and Blanco City needy children. 
District 5840 Youth Exchange Committee Conducts Outbbound Orientation Camp
During the period of March 6-8, 2020, members of the District 5840 Youth Exchange Committee, assisted by four inbound Rotary Exchange Students, conducted an extensive orientation for 13 students from throughout District 5840
Alamo Heights Night Postponed
As a result of the current COVID -19 situation in the US, the 2020 San Antonio Fiesta celebration has been postponed until early November 2020. As one of the larger official Fiesta San Antonio events, Alamo Heights Night 2020 will be one of the events postponed.
Wimberley's Teacher of the Month for March
Congratulations to Mr. Caleb Hall!  Mr. Hall, who is the Math Department Chair, the Head Girls Basketball Coach as well as the Pole Vault Coach at Wimberley High School, was recognized as the Rotary Club of Wimberley’s Teacher of the Month.  
Upcoming Events
April Theme - Maternal & Child Health
Apr 01, 2020 – Apr 30, 2020
District Conference Warm-Up
Zoom Meeting
Apr 04, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
May Theme - Youth Service
May 01, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Club Leadership Training
Kroc Center - Kerrville
May 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June Theme - Rotary Fellowships
Jun 01, 2020 – Jun 30, 2020
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