The Rotary Club of San Saba held their first "Purple Pinkie" Project at their High School football game this past Friday evening. We had a couple of things going in our favor as the game was against our arch rivals, the Goldthwaite Eagles, and our team colors are purple and gold. We did well for a first time event but there was more that went on than just raising a little money and awareness.
San Saba's Purple Pinkie Project 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
On September 12, 2019 the International Boundary and Water Commission celebrated the 50th anniversary of Amistad Dam, in Del Rio, Texas.  Speakers from the United States and Mexico presented remarks about the dam and spoke about the importance of the relationship between our two countries. Rotarian Fred Bowers was one of four guest speakers from the United States at this special anniversary event. Fred worked for the general contractor Perini during the construction of Amistad Dam from 1965 to 1969.
Rotarian Fred Bowers Speaks at Amistad Dam Celebration  2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Are you seeking dynamic speakers for your Rotary meetings &/or special events?  Are YOU a dynamic speaker with an engaging message?  Please contact -- to get your (& others') names, contact information & topic(s) onto our Rotary 5840 Speakers' Bureau list. 
Speakers Wanted! 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Jourdanton Rotary Club participated in our local National Night Out on October 1st, 2019. We had a Festive Fall Bean Bag Toss and gave away assorted colored pencils with ours club’s name engraved on them. We had lots of fun and even let the kids play after our members tried their hand at tossing a few. We are looking forward to participating again next year.
Jourdanton Rotary Participates in National Night Out 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Chris Kailipaka (top left), Genevieve Flores (far left photo, middle) and (photos directly above, from left) Diane Cosgrove, Johnette Dixon and Trinket Milward all of The Rotary Club of Hondo-D’Hanis, traveled to Del Rio and Acuña, Mexico, joining Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club, Fredericksburg Morning Rotary and Rotary Club of Del Rio to partner with two Rotary clubs in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, to pack and deliver school supplies provided by the clubs to four kindergarten and elementary schools in Acuña. It was a great two-day international service project which promoted good will and better friendships between our countries and encouraged fun and fellowship between the Rotarians.
Rotary Acuna Project 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Five members, from the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch, recently participated in the Foundation Training that was given in Kerrville.  Pictured below are FOR members, Jackson Moss, Jane Burton, Tom McKeown, Mary Thompson and Bill Fusco with District Governor John Hutcherson and Foundation Chair Jerry Hardy.  
Foundation Training  2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
 At the annual Zone Institute in Kansas this week the generous contributions of District 5840 in 2018-2019 earned recognition for the third highest per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund.  The certificate was presented by Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack and Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones. 
District 5840 Rotary Foundation Recognition Award  2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
San Antonio Rotary Club and Alamo Heights Rotary Club worked together for the Snack Pak program.  The blue bags are filled with  7064 jars of peanut better collected from local high schools. The clubs job was to sort and place all those jars in the green bins.
Joint Labor Day Project 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
San Antonio Northeast Holds Diaper Drive 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Kyle aims efforts toward helping homeless students in Hays County over the next year. Hidden homelessness is hard to define; however, it is a reality to 200+ students within Hays County. Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, who share housing with others due to economic hardships or similar reasons may be identified as homeless.

“Although we may not meet the students or their family directly, we are working with Hays CISD representatives to fulfill specific needs” stated Jason Nebgen, President of the Rotary Club of Kyle. “This is an effort that all of our members believe we can make an impact by working together with the entire community.”

Kyle Rotary Directs Focus On Homeless Students 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Eighteen years ago, Kerrville Rotary – Morning (Morning Rotary) initiated a program to annually distribute dictionaries to Ingram ISD students. For the last several years, Harper ISD was included in the distribution as well. The dictionaries are provided to the students at no cost for their personal use in order to assist them in their studies and to help prepare them for future careers.
Kerrville Morning Donates Dictionaries 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
On September 13th, we celebrated the official induction of the Rotary District 5840 Passport Club. The Passport Club is a new approach in a new time for Rotary clubs. WELCOME!!
D5840 Passport Charter Club is Official! 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
This past Saturday we had 35 attendees for our RLI. There were 21 in Part I, 8 in Part II and 6 in Part III. We had 2 attendees from out of our district. Facilitators included 3 Past District Governors and the current District Governor. 
September Rotary Leadership Institute 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
It is with much sadness we share the loss of David Flack, from the San Antonio Rotary Club . David was a true Rotarian and dedicated his life to service. He was at every meeting (perfect attendance) since 2002 and was always willing to help in a pinch. He was the first to sign up for a service project or a social. He had a kind word for everyone and expressed his appreciation to others for their service. He will be missed.
David's memorial service will be Friday, September 20 at 2pm in the Sanctuary at Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave., with a reception following in the Fanning Foyer. Our condolences to his wife Diane and entire family.
In Memoriam - David Flack 2019-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Blanco Middle School Receives Grant for Computers  2019-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians deliver school supplies across the border 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0 Education,Literacy

This week the Bahamas took a direct hit from category 5 Hurricane Dorian, with winds that reached 180 miles per hour. This storm has battered these islands and the rebuilding process will take years.

Grand Bahama island has 5 Rotary clubs and is part of Rotary District 6990. Rotary District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and begun the efforts to fill four (4) 20-foot containers with needed supplies to aid in the Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts. The local Rotary Clubs will be collecting items and packing them for the first shipment by this weekend.  Click here to see how you can help.

Hurricane Dorian Relief 2019-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Blanco County in partnership with the Blanco County Emergency Medicals Service (EMS) are providing “Save a Life Kits” for citizens in our community . The population of Blanco County is over 11,000 people and the effort is being made by the Rotary for each family home to have a kit. 
SAVE A LIFE KITS just may SAVE YOUR LIFE 2019-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Did you know that Seguin Rotary Club has hosted OVER 76 inbound and outbound exchange students all over the world!? Last week, they said goodbye to the club’s outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student Reid Skinner, as he sets off to the Canary Islands, Spain. Reid’s parents Melissa and Mike have hosted many exchange students here so this is not there first experience with our program! Pictured here is Kathy Meurin who is involved with our youth in Rotary District 5840 - South Central Texas and inbound student Melodie from France. A previous exchange student Bibiana Klasz who was in town visiting and Reid our outbound student!
Rotary Youth Exchange
Bon Voyage to RYE Outbound Student 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary Youth Exchange
The Rotary Club of San Antonio ended the month of August with their service project for the Haven for Hope. On Saturday, They made 3,120 sandwiches, served 488 people at lunch and even cracked 800 eggs in preparation for Sunday breakfast. It was a great day of service. 
Rotarians At Work At Food Bank 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Greater San Marcos gathered last Friday at the community classroom at CTMC to organize school supplies, prepare 340 individual packets of supplies, and pack them in banana boxes for delivery to 2 isolated villages across the border in Mexico (in partnership with Mision De Candelilla) , as well as to the Hays Caldwell Women's Center and the Crisis Bread Basket.  
Back To School With Rotary 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
OUR WHY... the Rotary Club of Kyle is happy to report that our focus over the next 12 months will be on helping our homeless students. Stay tuned for for details. Until then, we are sharing our WHY.. here's a message from this years President, Jason Nebgen.
Rotary Club of Kyle's - WHY ROTARY 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of San Antonio Presents "Rotarian Malaria Partners" Project Terri Politi 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
September 14, 2019 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Terri Politi 2019-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2019
Want double recognition points for contributions to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation?  Our D5840 Past District Governors are offering their personal recognition points as a match for District Rotarian contributions until 30 September 2019.  Click here for details.
Matching Foundation Contribution Points Offer For This Summer Terri Politi 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD is our theme for this Rotary year.   Service in our communities and across the globe is our focus in District 5840.  Through service we build positive relationships around the world and in our communities.
Greetings from District Governor, John Hutcherson 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2019
A note from Rotary District 5840 Foundation Chair Jerry Hardy...
My sister in Atlanta found out Rotary sends these neat tribute cards when you donate in somebody's name; so she surprised me with one.  It is all online, the greeting cards are first-quality and it is a great gift for somebody who (a) already has plenty of stuff and (b) likes Rotary.   Click here to find out more information.   
A Great Way to Recognize a Birthday Terri Politi 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation bestow this honor in recognition of   outstanding efforts   to promote the   Foundation’s many programs dedicated to international understanding.  Only 50 are awarded worldwide each year.  We are proud to announce our own PDG Sherri Muniz is a 2019 recipient.  
   Sherri's dedication to Rotary is apparent in everything she does.  Her leadership in the club, district and beyond is inspiring.  Sherri's work with international service projects has made a huge difference in the lives of others.  Congratulations, Sherri!
RI Distinguished Service Award 2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Miguel Segura (President Select of new Passport Club) and Jackson Moss (District 5840 Assistant Governor 2019-2020-Passport Club) welcome guests to the first orientation/recruiting “After Work Happy Hour” hosted by the newly forming club. Membership is open to any currently inactive Rotarian in District 5840. 
New Passport Club has Orientation Meeting 2019-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2019
The Sun met the Moon in the hot waters south of the border. Don Jones and Rusty Meador of Boerne Sunrise Rotary joined Robert Cisneros, Jennica Colvin, Cathy Cisneros Viera, and Ron Cisneros of Boerne Moontime Rotary at the Aguascalientes Rotary Club in Mexico. The Rotarians were there to look at the Banco de Ojos project that has been ongoing for the last twenty years.
Boerne Clubs Join Forces in Mexico Terri Politi 2019-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Dominion Rotary Club Featured in Local Magazine Terri Politi 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Zone Newsletter Terri Politi 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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 write an original Greek myth that explains how something in nature came to be.  The runner up with her myth about Jacob’s Well and Mount Baldy was 6th grader, Maia Martin.  Maia received $50.  The winner of a crisp $100 bill was 6th grader, Gus Dussler, with his entry The Myth of Honeybees.
Wimberley Rotary Club Presents Student Awards 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Text to 9-1-1 service now available in Atascosa, Bandera, Frio, Gillespie, Karnes, Kendall and Wilson counties Terri Politi 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2019
Let the Fiesta Fun Continue with These Excursions!
Here is a list of activities that you and your spouse may choose to participate in during the Rotary 5840 District Conference weekend in San Antonio!  Some are free while others have a cost associated with them. The DC Committee has worked hard to negotiate special pricing for all the “extracurricular” events! Please note that MOST require you sign up in advance. Please adhere to this requirement as the hosts of the event MUST have a head count!  Click here for a full list of activities.
Fun Activities Announced for District Conference Terri Politi 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 25, 2019
LoneStar PETS 2019 is only a couple of days away.  Thank you for registering.  I look forward to serving with you as we seek to make Rotary even stronger.  We have a full program in place to produce the best trained future presidents possible. 

If you haven't already done so, I invite you to download the mobile app that you will use throughout the event. To download the app follow these instructions -
President Elect Info for PETS Terri Politi 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 05, 2019
Dominion Rotary Club of San Antonio recently sponsored two students for the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Conference.  Stephanie Gish, Past President of the Dominion Club hosted a podcast for TMI and featured the two students.  To listen to the podcast, click here.
TMI Podcast Highlights RYLA Students Terri Politi 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
33rd Annual Alamo Heights Night at UIW Terri Politi 2019-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-Elect Announces Theme Terri Politi 2019-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Politi on Jan 17, 2019
Reconnect with Rotary through the new District 5840 Rotary Passport Club! 
This is a unique type of Rotary Club with flexible attendance where members participate in meetings and events of multiple clubs of their choice helping in service projects, fundraisers, and most of the things traditional club Rotarians do. The new Club's membership focus is on former Rotarians and Rotarians who are considering leaving a club due to schedule commitments.
DISTRICT 5840 PASSPORT CLUB Terri Politi 2019-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2019

Sign Up Now for P.E.T.S. 2019 Before Early Bird Registration Ends on February 10th

Please take a few moments and visit the Lone Star P.E.T.S. website at to learn more about your upcoming President Elect Training Seminar (P.E.T.S.).  To register, click here.
The dates for this year are February 28 - March 3, 2019.
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Early Registration Deadline Nears for PETS 2019 Terri Politi 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0 PETS
Posted on Dec 15, 2018
A recent District 5840 symposium on Human Trafficking, presented in San Marcos, was highlighted in The Wimberley View newspaper on November 29th.  With permission from the paper, we are including Part 1 of a two part article, "Under Our Noses", written by Lance Winter, the Publisher. 
The Wimberley View Highlights Human Trafficking Symposium Terri Politi 2018-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Brady Rotary Club had their third successful annual “Warm up with Rotary” project.  The club works with Keith’s Ace Hardware to purchase heaters at cost and raise money throughout the community to purchase them.  This year they hit their goal of 75 heaters. 
Brady Club Warms Up McCulloch County 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2018

Dear Rotary Friend,  

WE NEED YOUR HELP…we still need USD 6,900 DDF (or cash)…

The Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone will participate as International Primary Partner​ in another​ Global​ grant​ (GG) project​ during this Rotary year, focussing​ on​ CKD, for​ a Hospital​ in​ Rachaburi province in Thailand, with the Rotary Club of Bangkok Pattanakarn as Host Club…4 Dialysis​ machines​ including​ training​ for​ a GG total budget of USD 55,000.​

To Save Lives...Help With Global Grant! Terri Politi 2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 21, 2018
Congratulations to Mrs. Lesley Skrovan at Scudder Primary!  Mrs. Skrovan, who teaches Kindergarden, was recognized as the Rotary Club of Wimberley’s November Teacher of the Month.  Mrs. Skrovan was selected for this honor for the following reasons:
Wimberley Club Announces November Teacher of the Month Terri Politi 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor Kathy Hubbard is pleased to announce the selection of Kristy Vandenberg as the District Governor Designate.  Past President Kristy will serve as District Governor in 2021-22. She is a valued member of the Rotary Club of Kerrville.
New District Governor Designate Announced 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
PDG Judy Hutcherson wanted to make our District members aware of this project, regarding solid waste management.  Christtel Cáceres Torres, Secretary 2018 - 2019, Club Rotario Tegucigalpa Sur - Honduras, District 4250, reported that along with fellow Rotarian Carlo Palmese, they created a presentation that they are sharing with clubs.  
Tackling Solid Waste Management Terri Politi 2018-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary recently entered into a service partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to help enhance our service activities. Committed to the belief that every person deserves a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity International began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in Georgia, USA.
Rotary Service and Engagement Terri Politi 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Del Rio Makes Donation in Honor of Local Resident Terri Politi 2018-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Sponsors Human Trafficking Seminar Timothy Gikas 2018-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarian,

We have recently become aware that multiple accounts impersonating RI President Barry Rassin and General Secretary John Hewko have been created on such channels as email, social media (Twitter and LinkedIn), and WhatsApp. Please note that these are not authentic Rotary communications; they are phishing and spoofing attempts to obtain money and other
Rotarians Beware 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - October 24, 2018 2018-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Weekly - A Roundup of Rotary News Terri Politi 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2018
The International Rotary project to memorialize the Great Western Cattle Trail began in 2006.   It was featured as the Cover Article of the “Rotarian Magazine” in the December, 2017 issue.   Now, on October 8, 2018, Monday, Columbus Day,  one of those posts will be rededicated
Great Western Cattle Trail "Drovers Reunion" Terri Politi 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
OCTOBER IS POLIO PLUS MONTH Terri Politi 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2018
The Rotary Club of San Antonio, at the Dominion, was recently featured in the August 2018 Dominion Magazine.  A nice article on "Service Above Self", showcased information on Rotary as well as the Dominion Club.  David Wiechmann, current President of the club, penned the informative piece that describes Rotary and even
Rotary Club of San Antonio, at the Dominion, Featured in Local Magazine Terri Politi 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2018
At the Zone meeting in Boise, District 5840 won an award for having the most new members for Zone 21b for 2017-2018. Past District Governor Carol Holmes said, after receiving the award, "Thanks to all our presidents and clubs for making this happen and a special thank you to our
Membership Award Given to District 5840 Terri Politi 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Del Rio, Boerne Sunrise, Hondo D'Hanis, and the Rotary Club of Cd Acuna, Mexico joined forces to distribute school supplies to several schools in Cd Acuna, on September 7, 2018.  
Project Crayola a Big Success Terri Politi 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Oct 31

To All District 5840 Members & Friends:
It is that time again.  Are we ready to help our currently projected attendance of 3500 handicapped children at Morgan's Wonderland on Halloween evening October 31, 2018?  Hopefully the answer is - YES WE ARE!!
Morgan's Wonderland More Delightful than Frightful Terri Politi 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
September is Literacy Month Terri Politi 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
DGE John Hutcherson Introduced at Zone Institute Terri Politi 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2018
   Have you ever dreamed of...     
  • Traveling internationally?
  • Living in another country?
  • Being fluent in another language?
  • Having a network of friends from around the world?
You must be 15 to 18.5 years of age upon departure...
Click here to learn more!
For more information on Rotary Youth Exchange, see our webpage here.
Rotary Youth Exchange Terri Politi 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Register today, to join us for the 2019 District 5840 Conference, May 3-4, in San Antonio, Texas.  The weekend will be filled with lots of fun activities, to include Wine Country Tours, local shopping, a golf outing, great speakers and breakout sessions.  Something for everyone!  EACH PERSON ATTENDING MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY.  To register, click here.  For a schedule of meeting activities, click here.  For a list of excursions, click here.
Registration Now Open - District Conference 2019 Terri Politi 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Nov 10

Attend the District 5840 Interact Clubs for the annual conference, Nov. 10, 2018 at The Winston School of San Antonio.  Cost for Rotarians is just $10.00.
District Interact Conference Terri Politi 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Last Chance Discount for 2019 RI Convention Ends March 31 Terri Politi 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Global Scholar Grants for Graduate Students Terri Politi 2018-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Two Brothers, Two Clubs, One Mission! Terri Politi 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2018
Barbara Baldwin, a member of the San Antonio Dominion Rotary Club, is passionate about "Safety Whys", a program she developed for training babysitters.  So much so, she had a table at the 2017 Atlanta International Convention. 
Member Focus: Barbara Baldwin Terri Politi 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
2019 Rotary International Convention is in Hamburg, Germany Terri Politi 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2018
Welcome to Rotary District 5840, covering 44 counties in beautiful South Central Texas. We now have 2521 Rotarians in 57 clubs and 3 satellite clubs. We began as District 584 in 1912 with The San Antonio Rotary Club organized by Herbert J. Hayes.
Greetings from District 5840 Governor, Kathy Hubbard Terri Politi 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2018
District Governor Kathy Hubbard is trying to increase awareness about Human Trafficking.  To learn more about this growing issue, take a moment to view this video, from the Texas Attorney General.  Click here to view the video.
Human Trafficking Video Terri Politi 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2018
District Governor Kathy Hubbard, and her District Officers, were installed into office, June 22, at the Cana Ballroom, St. Peter's Church, in Boerne.  Over one hundred Rotarians and guests were in attendance.
District Governor and Officer Installation Terri Politi 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
2018-2019 Rotary International Theme Terri Politi 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Advertise Fundraisers on District Website Terri Politi 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2018
  • Improve synergy between Clubs and District
  • Enhance communication by leveraging ClubRunner, Rotary Club Central, & intermittent text/email communications [Business G Suite]
District Goals 2018-2019 Terri Politi 2018-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
60 Years of Rotary Service Terri Politi 2018-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2018
The U. S. Rotary Club and District Liability Insurance Program provides general liability (GL) and officers’/employment practices (D&O/EPL) insurance coverage automatically to active U. S. Rotary Clubs, Districts, club and district foundations, Interact clubs, RYLA, PETS, Rotary Youth Exchange, and other organizations on file with Rotary Risk Management. 
Procedure to Obtain Certificate of Insurance Terri Politi 2018-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Technology Newsletter Tim Gikas 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE: June 22, 2018 - District 5840 Governor and Officers Installation Terri Politi 2018-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals Terri Politi 2018-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2018
Greetings from Rotary Club of Madras Midtown, RI Dist 3232, Chennai, India.
On the occasion of 23rd February being World Peace and Understanding Day, it gives us immense pleasure in introducing our Rotary World Peace Project, A global project to effect World Peace.
World Peace and Understanding Day Terri Politi 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Doing Good in the World Terri Politi 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
DGE Kathryn Hubbard Attends International Assembly in San Diego Terri Politi 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 28, 2018


MAY 4-6, 2018
To receive the Room Block rate you must make your reservation by April 3!
Dress code:  Business casual except Saturday night: Business/Cocktail/Black Tie optional
Youth may now sign up for the Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.  Register with the Youth Option.  

Rotary Club of Greater San Marcos Early Act Program Terri Politi 2018-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators Terri Politi 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year to All from DG Carol and Doug Holmes! Terri Politi 2018-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 12, 2017
Many Rotarians from District 5840, recently attended events in Chicago, Illinois, including a visit to Rotary International Headquarters.  To see pictures, click here. Pictured above are DG Carol Holmes and her husband Doug, at RI Headquarters.
District 5840 Rotarians in Chicago Terri Politi 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2017
Are you a great photographer or just happened to take a great shot of one of your club's fundraisers or events?  Why not submit it to the 2018 Rotarian Photo Contest?  Your picture could show up in a future Rotarian Magazine. Find out more here.
Rotary Photo Contest Underway Terri Politi 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 27, 2017
Rotary raises money to eradicate polio in many ways.  One way is the "Ride to End Polio" sponsored by Rotary District 5500 and held in Tucson Arizona in November, each year, as part of El Tour de Tucson.
DGN Hutcherson Rides to End Polio Terri Politi 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2017
PDG Sherri Muniz will be taking a group to India in March, 2018.  If you would like more information on this trip, please click here for more information.  The offer has been extended to December 15, 2017.  
Rotary in India Trip Terri Politi 2017-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Important FYI: Upgrades to Rotary International Servers 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
To All District 5840 Members & Friends:
As the Community Service Chair for District 5840, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that participated in "Morgan's Wonderland More Delightful than Frightful 2017" Event.  Thank you for your candy donations, monetary donations and most of all for coming out and giving of yourselves.  
Successful Year at Morgan’s Wonderland Terri Politi 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2017
The SA Downtown Rotary Club members volunteered to sew blankets for the Autism Treatment Center’s “Autism Uncovered” project.  They hope to bring awareness to autism by building a Blanket Fort that is going for a Guinness World Record .  The event will be held November 19 at Toyota Field.
San Antonio Downtown Club Builds Blanket Fort Terri Politi 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2017
The Rotarian Action Group for Peace is an action-driven group of Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses and Rotaractors working together for the purpose of advancing peace and preventing wars throughout the world. Learn more about the Rotary Action Group for Peace here.
Rotary Action Group for Peace Terri Politi 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
NEEDED: Chair for 2018-2019 D5840 At-Large Peace Scholar Process Terri Politi 2017-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Rose Bowl Parade Float Holiday Party TP 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
NEW: GULF COAST DONOR ADVISED FUND Terri Politi 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Morgan's Wonderland-More Delightful than Frightful Terri P 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Fredericksburg Rotary Exchange Student Tim Gikas 2017-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 17, 2017
If you are in charge of your Rotary Club's newsletter, there is now an easy to use club newsletter creator that works seamlessly with your club's membership list.  
bulletins newsletters
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Attention Club Newsletter Writers Tim Gikas 2017-09-17 05:00:00Z 0 bulletins,newsletters
Hays County Meet & Greet Huge Success TP 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0 club outings,fellowship
Winston Interact Has Heart canales 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Find Speakers For Your Club Meetings TP 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 speakers bureau
Posted on Sep 03, 2017

2017-18 Club Officers:

Greetings from Rotary. Your Club and District Support (CDS) team is contacting you today to remind you of the IRS annual filing requirement for all Rotary clubs in the U.S. and U.S. territories.  
IRS Filing Requirements Terri Politi 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 5840 DISASTER RELIEF PLAN tp 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
To:                  All District 5840 Rotarians
From:              Carol Holmes, District Governor
Subject:           Information on Disaster Relief
I have been in constant contact with Jim Overman, our Disaster Chairperson, and it looks like, at this point, our District is in pretty good shape.
disaster relief
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INFORMATION ON DISASTER RELIEF TP 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0 disaster relief
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New and Improved Rotary Club Central Terri Politi 2017-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor, Carol Holmes, will be visiting clubs all around the District during the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Here is her schedule as of 1/1/18.
January 2018   
San Antonio Airport1/10/18 Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.
San Antonio1/17/18 Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.
Hondo/D'Hanis1/18/18 Thursday, 11:45 a.m.
District Governor Club Visit Schedule 2017-18 2017-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
If your Rotary Club has changed their meeting time, date, location or any other pertinent information, please contact the District Website Manager, Terri Politi, as soon as possible, to make the changes on the District website. In addition, it is important that you visit the Rotary International website at to update your meeting information. Thank you!
HELP VISITING ROTARIANS FIND YOUR CLUB Terri Politi 2017-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
#1DistrictAllHeart Workshop
November 12, 2016
District 5840 is offering a dynamic workshop for your club focusing on
Public Image, Membership and Foundation
Location: Northern Hills United Methodist Church
3703 N Loop 1604 East - Bulverde exit
San Antonio, TX 78247
            Time: 9am-3pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)
            Cost: $15-lunch included
Here’s what you’ll get when you attend:
  • Dynamic speakers who will share their experience and expertise in Public Image, Membership, and The Rotary Foundation
  • An opportunity to collaborate with other clubs
  • To hear about and share best practices and tools available from Rotary International
  • New ideas fresh from the recent Zone Institute
#1DistrictAllHeart Workshop Bobbe Barnes 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Support the Rotary Foundation--Buy Cruise Raffle Tickets Now! Jerry Hardy 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hutcherson on Nov 13, 2013

ShelterBox is currently working in the Philippines following what meteorologists are calling the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. 

With winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines Nov. 7, is reported to be the largest storm ever recorded, surpassing Hurricane Camille in 1969. 

Several thousand people are feared dead and thousands more left homeless. 

ShelterBox currently has teams working in the country, responding to both the typhoon and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. The teams are focusing efforts in three of the badly affected regions, including Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol.

To learn more about how you and your club can help, please click ShelterBox in the Philippines.  There is a DONATE NOW button right on the page which will accept credit card donations.


ShelterBox's mission is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide. ShelterBox was founded in 2001 by a British Rotarian, and now has affiliates around the world. ShelterBox is the world's largest Rotary club project; the American affiliate, ShelterBox USA, is project of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Florida. 


For more information, contact ShelterBox Ambassador Judy Hutcherson (Rotary Club of Fredericksburg Morning) at or (830) 456-7323.



 Above: Contents of a typical ShelterBox. Contents can be customized to meet specific needs of the area where disasters take place, such as cold-weather equipment or mosquito nets, for example.

More on ShelterBox's response:

  • So far, ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the Philippines
  • Supplies previously positioned at Clark Air Base on Luzon have all been deployed
  • Additional aid positioned in neighboring countries are en route to impacted areas
  • 504 ShelterBox tents have now arrived in Manila, Philippines.
  • 224 ShelterBoxes and 576 ShelterBox tents are currently en route to Cebu
  • Nine response team members are on the ground with more members on the way
  • An extra 200 ShelterBoxes were packed by warehouse volunteers at ShelterBox HQ

Our vision
 is of a world in which basic emergency needs for survivors of disasters are rapidly met. 

Our goal is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year.

Help the Philippines with a ShelterBox Donation Judy Hutcherson 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Sign Up Now for Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise for Zones 21 and 27! Alfred Muniz 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Want to learn more about how to promote giving to The Rotary Foundation? A webinar designed especially for Districts 5840 and 5930 Foundation Chairs was held recently, and you can view a video of the entire 45-minute program. Just click HERE to view. You will need to Register with GoToMeeting to view the video. You'll also find this video under the Rotary Foundation Site Page (look on the Home Page, top of the left-hand column) and click on Promote the Foundation Like a Pro under Links.
Promote the Foundation Like a Pro Sherri Muniz 2013-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Aug 02, 2013

DGE Jan Livingston is our District 5840 Convention Promotion Chair and she has some great options for your trip to Australia. PDG Ross Butterworth of Melbourne (District 9800) was GSE Team Leader to D5840 in 2010-2011, and he's invited District 5840 Rotarians to spend some time in Melbourne before or after the convention. Jan will have more details soon; check here on the website and watch your email for the latest. Questions? Contact Jan at for all the details.




For more information about the convention, click "More" below--

Make Plans for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney! Sue Whinnery 2013-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Jul 22, 2013

The District 5840 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for Governor of District 5840 for the Rotary Year 2016-2017. Application deadline is October 1, 2013.

All suggestions must be submitted on the Club Suggestion for District Governor Form and Governor-nominee Data Form which can be downloaded from the District website. Both forms are available in "Download Files" on the right side of the Home Page.

Please note that suggestions must be approved by the club’s Board of Directors. Fully completed application forms accompanied by a recent digital photograph should be submitted via email to:

or mailed to:

Sherri C Muniz, PDG

Chair, District 5840 Nominating Committee

5602 US Hwy 87 E #2

San Antono, TX 78222

District 5840 Nominating Committee Accepting Suggestions for Governor 2016-17 Sherri Muniz 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Feb 10, 2013

Our Rotary District 5840 will be hosting a GSE team from District 3212 in India from April 10 until May 10, 2013.  At this time we are taking applications from Rotary Clubs to serve as hosts to this team. What is needed to apply is a tentative agenda including a vocational day and a list of potential host families.

If you club is interested in hosting the Team based on the tentative schedule below, please provide the following information NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17TH

 1.       Name of Rotary Club, Club President’s contact info and GSE Club Chair’s contact info

 2.       A brief outline of activities for the team, including Rotary club meetings and/or projects as well as cultural activities

 3.       A brief outline of at least one day’s activities devoted to the vocations of the team

 4.       Verification that your club has host families available to meet the needs of the team

 Send your TENTATIVE ITINERARY by e-mail to:

 Sherri C Muniz at

 Your request to host will be considered and you will be notified at once if your club is selected. At that time, a full itinerary giving names, street addresses and contact information of each host family, a schedule of host families and all planned activities, specific locations of all planned activities, names and contact information for any Rotarians escorting the team, details of at least one day’s activity devoted to the vocation of each member.

District Seeking Host Clubs for GSE Team from India Sherri Muniz 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Dec 19, 2012

In the past few days, several polio immunization workers have been killed in Pakistan. Here is a link to a recent CNN story about this tragic event:

 CNN: Polio Workers Killed

Here is a message from Rotarian Bob Scott, Chairman of the International PolioPlus Committee:

Dear Rotary Leaders:

 Over the past 48 hours, several polio vaccinators have been killed in Pakistan. You may have heard about this through media reports as news of this tragedy is quickly spreading and garnering global attention. I am sharing the official statement that has been issued as Rotary's immediate response. Please be assured that Rotary and its partners within the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are actively monitoring and responding to these events as they develop.

 I have spoken with Pakistan Polio chair Aziz Memon who has visited some of the relatives of the deceased to express his personal and Rotary's sincere condolences indicating that Rotary will continue to eradicate polio so that the loss of these victims will not be in vain.

 We will work to keep you and the Rotary world advised, particularly through Rotary's social media channels which allow for the speedy dissemination of updates.

 Yours sincerely

 Bob Scott

 Chair, International PolioPlus Committee

Below is the text of an official statement from Rotary international:

Rotary condemns attacks targeting polio vaccinators in Pakistan

Rotary International joins the Government of Pakistan and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in condemning the recent attacks that have killed and wounded health workers in Pakistan. The shooting victims are among the thousands of health workers and volunteers – including members of Pakistan’s 151 Rotary clubs – who are committed to saving children by stopping the transmission of polio in Pakistan, one of three countries where the crippling virus remains endemic.

 The attacks prompted the Government of Pakistan to temporarily suspend the vaccination campaign due to concerns over the safety of health workers.



POLIO WORKERS KILLED IN PAKISTAN Sue Whinnery 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Join us at Pints for Polio! Monica Gutierrez 2012-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phyllis Fischer on Aug 12, 2012

Members of the Rotary Club of Kerrville Morning welcomed DG Lisa Herring to join them in the annual Upper Guadalupe River Authority River Clean-Up on July 28 in Kerrville. Rotarian John Aceti figured out how to escape cleaning up anything since he was the photographer. The club shared in cleaning up more than 11,000 pounds of trash from the Guadalupe River that morning from Hunt to Center Point. Once the job was done, great Rotary conversation and good food was enjoyed.

To see all the photos, along with captions, click on "Kerrville Morning Club Cleans Up" under Photo Albums in the left column. Hover your mouse over a photo to see the caption. For a larger view, double-click the photo or click Slide Show.
Kerrville Morning Rotary Cleans Up with Help from DG Lisa Phyllis Fischer 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Aug 09, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the District 5840 Group Study Exchange Team, which this year will visit District 3212 located in the south of India in the state of Tamil Nadu. District Governor Lisa Herring announced that the team will leave for India on Dec. 26, 2012, and return on Jan. 27, 2013. A team from India will visit District 5840 later in the spring of 2013.

The district is looking for the right person to lead the team. The Team Leader must be an experienced Rotarian, especially in the area of international service, and must be able to spend time with team members before the exchange as well as after the trip.

Team Members should be outstanding young non-Rotarians, aged 25 to 40, who are employed full-time in a recognized business or profession. Applicants must be U. S. citizens who live or work in District 5840.

Applications for Team Leader and Team Members are available on the District 5840 website in the Downloads section on the right side of the home page. A brochure explaining the GSE program to employers is also available. All these documents are also available on all club websites using Club Runner.

The purpose of a Group Study Exchange is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact. While abroad, team members stay in Rotarians' homes and have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. During the four-week visit, team members share their personal knowledge of their own country and experience the customs, vocations and lifestyles of the host country. The team will also give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups about their life and work in Texas. The Rotary Foundation provides round-trip airfare, and hosting Rotarians provide meals, lodging and group travel. Team members are responsible for their personal and incidental expenses.

Interviews for Team Leader are scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 in San Antonio. Applicants will be advised of the exact time and location once their application is received. Team Members will be interviewed on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Rails Event Center, 615 Schreiner Street, Kerrville. Interview times will be assigned when applications are received.

For questions, please contact GSE Subcommittee Chair, PDG Sherri Muniz, at or (210) 639-0295. Applications may be scanned and emailed to PDG Sherri, faxed to her at (210) 568-1982, or mailed to her at 5602 US Highway 87 E #2, San Antonio, TX 78222. 
Group Study Exchange Applications Now Being Accepted Sue Whinnery 2012-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
RI President Banerjee Presents Top 15 Rotary Districts at Bangkok Sherri Muniz 2012-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Jun 15, 2012

From the Governor’s Desk:

June 15, 2012

I walked a tiger!  A real, live, 450 pound , fully grown adult, male, Tiger! . . . on a leash!  With my hand on his back! Yes, he had all of his teeth!. . and as we walked the thought came into my mind that indeed this could be the very last thing I ever do on the face of this earth!

And at that moment I thought, “at least it can never be said that I led a humdrum life!”

The very next thought was, “This tiger smells . . . and now I’m going to smell just like him.” . . .and the only reason it mattered was that I was in Bangkok, Thailand and just a few days away from representing all of you on stage as RI President Kalyan presented the top 15 districts in our Rotary world!

Well, showers in Thailand work very well, and by the time the stage day came, I no longer smelled like a tiger! . . . but as I exited the stage I realized that in many ways, I have been walking a tiger all this Rotary year!.  . .



Tiger Walking and Other Rotary Adventures Sherri Muniz 2012-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Jun 15, 2012
All District 5840 Rotarians, spouses and friends are cordially invited to District Governor Lisa Herring's induction in Boerne on July 7. For complete details, and to register online, click on Lisa Herring's Induction under Events on the left side of this page. You can register online and pay online with a credit card ($46.50 per person) or register online and send a check or pay at the door ($45.00 per person). Hope to see you there!

You're Invited to DGE Lisa Herring's Induction Sue Whinnery 2012-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Jun 04, 2012
Rotarians at the Gala Dinner Saturday Night during DistrictFest celebrate that we're "This Close" to ending polio.

A huge thanks to Paul Conner of the Rotary Club of Canyon Lake for taking photographs during DistrictFest in San Marcos on June 1-3. Paul has posted the photos on Picassa; you can find them at 
DistrictFest Photos. You can download photos and save them to your computer. Thanks for a job well done, Paul!
DistrictFest Photos Posted on Picassa Sue Whinnery 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on May 13, 2012

Welcome to the Group Study Exchange Team from District 7030 in the Caribbean, who arrived in San Antonio on May 12. Left to right are Laura Jn. Pierre from Saint Lucia, Ivor Carr from St. Kitts and Nevis, Team Leader Gupta Supersad from Trinidad, Tandi Flood from Saint Lucia, and Mark Brown from Antigua and Barbuda.

GSE Team from D7030 Arrives Sue Whinnery 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on May 01, 2012

What a great way to start off the month of May!  Al and I have arrived in Bangkok for the Rotary International Convention – Rotary’s biggest annual event.
This celebration of Rotary fosters fellowship, creates learning opportunities, and helps attendees experience the scope and power of Rotary – we have enjoyed several such conventions, but none will be as special as this one . . .

On Wednesday, May 9th, our Rotary District 5840 will be recognized on stage as one of the top 15 districts of our Rotary world for 2011-12! 

If only all of you could be there with me for that special moment! . . . It is your hard work this year and your accomplishments in the area of membership and Foundation support that earned this award! To be one of the top districts out of over 531 districts worldwide is an honor for each of us to be extremely proud of! 

Just what have we been doing in our clubs this year to lead us to this point?  I’d like to believe we have been shooting high – shooting for the stars!  Our upcoming DistrictFest (June 1 -3 in San Marcos) will allow all of us to get a glimpse of all that has happened around our district, especially Friday evening when we have the opportunity to attend the  “ClubCrawl” – a road tour of our district where each club showcases its accomplishment s for this year!  The entire weekend is packed with opportunities to celebrate all that is Rotary in our great district . . .and to see just how much we have accomplished!  Saturday evening the tight race for Best in District will end with the winning club being recognized – along with several very special Rotary International awards being presented – believe me, you will be impressed to see the impact we have had in helping change our word for the better!

Registrations are available at – just click on DistrictFest 2012 and either register on line or select the offline forms to download, fill in and mail.  Either way, be sure to get your reservations in before May 6th to enjoy the special full package pricing that includes 2 nights at the hotel along with your registration for the event itself.  The full package is the best value – but it is only available until May 6th!

Harriet Tubman wrote:  "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."  Rest assured that all we celebrate – both in Bangkok and in San Marcos – is  the evidence that Rotarians are indeed dreamers.  Dreamers with strength, patience, and passion – with a willingness to shoot for the stars . . and just look at all you are doing!

From the Governor's Desk (in Thailand!) Sherri Muniz 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Apr 19, 2012

Be sure to check out the District 5840 GSE Team blog  HERE. Below is an excerpt from one of their adventure-filled days in Suriname, on the northern coast of South America:

Monday was a well needed day of rest. Our hosts Cees and Ed took us for an exciting trip south, into the wild interior of Suriname.

As Kristin noted, we passed through a roadblock on our way, but even the well armed police officers were smiling and friendly and didn’t mind posing for the camera. We also stopped to examine a tarantula crossing the road. It seemed more annoyed than friendly, probably because our vehicles were blocking its path and we all know how aggravating it can be when your travel plans get delayed.

Our first destination was the enormous Afobaka Dam, where we donned hard hats and ear protection and got an inside peek at Suriname’s largest power supplier. Afterwards we drove up to a lookout point to view the vast Brokopondo Reservoir, a beautiful lake larger than San Antonio and surrounded by thick jungle.

Next we continued to the Bergendal Resort, where we enjoyed a buffet lunch, including some amazing fish in green curry sauce. Shortly after lunch it started to rain (who knew it would rain in a rainforest?) and the downpour was so intense that there was little else we could do but take shelter in the resort and look out at the small boats passing by on the Suriname River. The rain got so hard that one of the boats pulled in so its passengers could take cover in the resort as well.

On the return trip to Paramaribo, we marveled at the strange cola colored creek at Carolina, watched wild parrots fly over the jungle treetops, bought handmade souvenirs and purchased a strange local fruit that was very tough and stringy but tasted like bubble gum. For dinner we paired some tasty fast food roti with delicious homemade cuisine made by Ed’s family.

By the end of the evening everyone was well rested… ready for the next day, which would be our first vocational exchange and first Rotary Club presentation…

GSE Team Explores Suriname Sue Whinnery 2012-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
So You Think You Can Cook! Sue Whinnery 2012-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Apr 09, 2012

"Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it." wrote W. Clement Stone. 

In just a few short days the four-member GSE team led by Rotarian Scott Rote of the Rotary Club of San Antonio begins their journey to District 7030 – home to more than 2,000 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors in 14 countries of the Southern Caribbean, speaking English, French and Dutch.  District Governor Lara Quentrall-Thomas writes “Rotarians of District 7030 are amongst the most unique and remarkable in our Rotary world – not only because of (their) passion for, and commitment to, service, but because (their) spirit of kindness and fellowship is beyond compare.”

I am certain that as they learn about the culture, the ways their own vocation is practiced in the four countries they will visit, and as they meet the Rotarians who will become their family, they will learn firsthand the truth in Stone’s words.  I am sure you each join me in well wishes for our team – and ask them all to return home with new ideas and new project ideas as we continue to “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.”


From the Governor's Desk Sherri Muniz 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Apr 05, 2012


GSE Team members pose at the Alamo before taking off for the Caribbean; left to right are Team Members Edwin Blanton, Arnold Ferguson, Kristin Brown, Peter Johnson and Team Leader, Rotarian Scott Rote.

The District 5840 Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team leaves Saturday, April 14, for Trinidad, Tobago and other exotic Caribbean locales in District 7030. If you'd like to visit with them one last time before they leave, here's your chance:

On Friday, April 13, the team will meet at 8:00 p. m. for dinner at the Texas Land and Cattle Restaurant, 9911 I-10 West, just north of Wurzbach on the westbound side of the highway.

The team will be at the San Antonio airport (Delta terminal) about 6:30 a. m. to 6:45 a. m. on Saturday, April 14, for an 8:00 a. m. flight.
Keep up with the team's travels at their blog: GSE 5840 Blog

Please let Team Leader Rotarian Scott Rote know if you will be joining the team for dinner or at the airport no later than Tuesday, April 10; contact Scott at 210-838-0493.

Bon Voyage!
Two Chances to See District GSE Team Off to the Caribbean! Sue Whinnery 2012-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Apr 04, 2012
DG Sherri Muniz has contacted district governors in the areas of North Texas affected by the tornadoes earlier this week to see what District 5840 Rotarians can do to help. Right now, the affected areas are overwhelmed with willing volunteers and no immediate help is needed. DG Sherri will keep the district informed as opportunities arise where Rotarians can help out.
Disaster Relief for North Texas Sue Whinnery 2012-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Mar 20, 2012
Rotary's newest club, the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was admitted to membership in Rotary International on March 15, 2012. Kathy Hubbard, former member and former president of the Rotary Club of Boerne, will serve as the new club's founding president. Congratulations to Rotary's newest club!
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch! Sherri Muniz 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Mar 06, 2012
In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. Literacy continues to be one of the focus areas of Rotarians and our Rotary Foundation – and so March is named “Rotary Literacy Month”.

Literacy is the foundation for virtually all forms of education and a crucial component of effective social and economic participation, human development, and poverty reduction. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) nearly 800 million people over the age of 15 lack even basic reading and writing skills worldwide. In addition, there are roughly 137 million school age children who are illiterate around the world. Sadly, over 64% of all illiterate people in the world today are women.

As some of you have heard me comment, when visiting India I am struck by the thought, “But for where I was born . . .” Because over the 4 visits I have realized how few girl children are finishing school, and how low the illiteracy rate among women in India is. My education and my love for reading and learning has framed my life – and when our 2010 Texas Team to India learned that one of the barriers to female education was the lack of private toilet facilities, proudly the Rotarians and Interacotrs of our district stepped forward in support of the “Pints for Polio . .and Potties Too!’ event last October. And as a result one toilet block (for girls and boys!) was funded. The work of our district Rotarians resulted in the addition of funds and hands-on-work of the Rotarians in Agra India to provide a second school with new toilet facilities, and when the Rotaract members from Salt Lake City learned of the need, they stepped forward and raised the funds for yet a third school to have new toilets. 
From the Governor's Desk Sherri Muniz 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Houde on Feb 23, 2012

Fredericksburg Mayor Tom Musselman declares Thursday, February 23, 2012 "Rotary Day in Fredericksburg, Texas" in honor of Rotary's one hundred seventh birthday!
Feb. 23 is "Rotary Day" in Fredericksburg Joe Houde 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Feb 10, 2012

Glenn E. Estess Sr., who served as 2004-05 RI president during Rotary’s centennial year, died on 7 February. He was 84.

In 1993, Estess retired as chief executive officer of Glenn Estess Associates Inc., a sales and marketing personnel consulting firm, to devote himself full-time to Rotary.

“I am sure the word most often used to describe Past President Glenn is ‘gentle,’” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair William B. Boyd. “He was strong in his beliefs but always gentle in expressing them and treated all people with respect and courtesy. He served the world through Rotary in many ways and always with a smile. The Rotary family will miss him. Our hearts go out to his wife, Mary.”

Estess, who joined Rotary in 1960, was a member of the Rotary Club of Shades Valley, Alabama, USA. In addition to his term as RI president, he served in numerous capacities including Rotary Foundation trustee chair, RI vice president and director, president’s aide, PolioPlus national coordinator, RI Audit and Operations Review Committee chair, International Assembly group discussion leader, and district governor.

For the complete obituary, please click here to go to the Rotary International website: Estes Obituary
Past RI President Glenn Estes Dies Sue Whinnery 2012-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Feb 09, 2012
February is a very special month for Rotarians – February 23rd marks the anniversary of the very first Rotary meeting held in 1905! One hundred seven years of service – one hundred seven years working to make our world a better, more peaceful place!

As Rotarians, we join hands with special individuals the world over – in more than 200 countries and geographical areas belonging to one of over 32,000 clubs. And during the month of February, we stop to reflect on how Rotary helps us reach the goal of world understanding leading to a more peaceful world.

For Al and me, February marks another important event as well – it is the annual International Toy Fair held in Nuremberg, Germany.  While it is an important buying trip for our business and a lot of hard work, we also look forward to a very special part of the trade show – the Rotary lunch table sponsored by the local Rotary clubs.  The Toy Fair is attended by people from around the world all engaged in a vocation related to the toy industry. Every day at lunch time, one table in one of the many restaurants within the complex of the trade show is reserved for Rotarians who are exhibitors or buyers at the Toy Fair.  Over the years, we have met some wonderful people from around the world at that table – sometimes even some of our suppliers who we never realized were Rotarians! During that luncheon, we get the opportunity to share some of the things our clubs and districts are involved in – and some of the traditions each of our clubs have.  Every year I think of the words of Jean Baptiste Moliere who said, “Men are alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they are different."

Taking the opportunity to understand the differences in how we each go about the promise to our world to make it a better place – a more peaceful place – is a huge step toward world understanding.  We have so many opportunities in Rotary to do just that .. from spending a few hours with one of our Youth Exchange students and listening to their hopes and dreams and to how things are alike and how they are different between their two homes . . . to spending a weekend with our Ambassadorial Scholars (with a special opportunity this year to spend time with our inbound Scholar, Lamis from Lebanon!) . . . to working with another club in another part of the world on one of their projects or on one of our own projects . . . to attending the upcoming Rotary International Convention in Bangkok where Rotarians from all corners of our globe come together to celebrate the ways we are the same as well as the ways we are different.  The ways to move toward world understanding are limited only by your imagination . . . it is only in the deeds we undertake that we are all different . . the promise is the same for all of us as we Reach Within to Embrace Humanity!
From the Governor's Desk Sherri Muniz 2012-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Volunteers Needed! Sue Whinnery 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Make Plans for Bangkok! Sue Whinnery 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Jan 01, 2012
JANUARY – Rotary Awareness Month
"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big." --Donald Trump
January – the start of the second half of our Rotary year begins! And with it the Rotary Theme for the month is “Rotary Awareness” . . a time to look at how we can raise the awareness of Rotary and what Rotarians do in our communities and our world.
As we travelled in India in November, I noted how aware the common person was of the presence of Rotary and what Rotarians were accomplishing.  To a person, everyone we talked with had heard of Rotary and most knew two or three projects that local Rotarians were involved in -- projects in addition to Rotarians’ work to eradicate polio.  And as we travelled through 4 different cities, over and over again we saw Rotary logos on all kinds of projects – and BIG logos that were plainly visible to everyone passing by.
It is that “BIGness” that may be the key to the awareness Indian Rotarians have created in their country – BIG signs on BIG projects that address needs local Rotarians have identified – needs that are not being met by other agencies or groups. 
From the Governor's Desk Sherri Muniz 2012-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Nov 02, 2011



Assistant Governors will be bringing Cruise Raffle tickets to all District clubs in the next couple of weeks! Tickets cost $10 each, with all proceeds going to The Rotary Foundation. You will be able to get Paul Harris Fellowship credit for your ticket purchases. The winner of the Cruise has a choice of locations. The seller of the winning ticket will also win a cruise out of Galveston. Stay tuned for more details! 

Cruise Raffle Returns! Proceeds Benefit Rotary Foundation Sue Whinnery 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Nov 01, 2011
PDG Doug Whinnery, Chairman of the District Rotary Foundation Committee (l) and District Governor Sherri Muniz (r) present a symbolic check for $1.07 Million to Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee at the District's Million Dollar Dinner on Oct. 28 in San Antonio. The money raised goes to the Permanent Fund of the Rotary Foundation, ensuring the work of the Foundation can continue in the future.  
District Raises $1 Million for Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund Sue Whinnery 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Oct 05, 2011
Early Saturday morning, November 5, 2011, hundreds of teenagers from a 44-county area will converge on The Winston School San Antonio for a New Generations Conference of leadership training, sharing accomplishments and international community service.  High school Interact clubs in central and south Texas have volunteered many week-ends over the past year to better their local communities and the world through hands-on volunteer projects, raising money and collecting items to help those in need.  Interact members develop a world-wide network of friendships and learn the importance of:
  • Developing leadership skills;
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others;
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work; and 
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill
As one of the most significant and fast-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Approximately 200,000 young people are now involved in Interact.
For details about the conference, click on District 5840 New Generations Interact Conference in the District Events section of the Home Page. 
Pictured with the Winston Interact Club are (back row from left) Past Centennial District Governor John Peterson, Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club President Charlie Wetherbee, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Lebanon, Lamis Lamareddine. Back row right: Rotary Executive Assistant District Governor Dr. Yvonne Soliz-Valdez, Rotary District Governor Elect Lisa Herring,
and Professor/Interact Club Sponsor, Mike Canales. 

The Winston School Interact Club recently received acknowledgment from the White House as five members were awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Winston Spanish teacher and Interact Club Sponsor, Mike Canales, adds, “Our Interact Club logged over 3,000 community service hours and collected over $7,000 in cash and in-kind donations for nonprofit agencies/organizations last school year. This is an increase of service hours and funds raised compared to the prior year. ” South Texas Money Management is the conference facility sponsor.  Other underwriters include the Boerne Sunrise Club.

Interact Students Ready to Change the World Will Gather for Conference Nov. 5 Sue Whinnery 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Sep 30, 2011
Just before the start of this Rotary year, Rotary International President Kalyan wrote to give all District Governors of our Rotary world a focus for this year of Rotary service.  I was certain that the letter would talk about Membership – so critical to being able to increase our service to humanity; and if not talking about membership, he would surely remind us of the importance of support to our Rotary Foundation – the fuel that helps keep our Rotary wheel spinning.
How surprised I was when I read his words – “give added emphasis to one important Avenue: Vocational Service.  Vocational Service is what makes Rotary unique. It is the foundation of all of Rotary.”
From the Governor's Desk Sherri Muniz 2011-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Sep 27, 2011

Congratulations to Past District Governor Jim Berg of the Rotary Club of San Antonio on being selected as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC). This role will require a significant commitment of time and energy from PDG Jim.


As RRFC, PDG Jim will work with the district governors and the district Rotary Foundation committees to promote The Rotary Foundation, to train and manage his Zone team and the district leadership, and to ensure district fundraising and program goals are met. Promotion of The Rotary Foundation's Future Vision Plan will also be an important aspect of this position during his term as RRFC.


Please take a moment to email or call Jim and congratulate him on this great achievement. 

PDG Jim Berg Named Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Sherri Muniz 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery #5 on Sep 06, 2011

District Governor Suresh Pahwa of District 5870, which includes the Austin and Bastrop areas, thanks fellow Rotarians for their concern. Several Rotarians have lost their homes in the Bastrop fire, and one exchange student has lost everything except the clothes on his back and his passport. Among the items he lost were an acoustic and an electric guitar. Fortunately, he and his host family are safe. The following Facebook link is the best source of up-to-the-minute information about how we can help our fellow Rotarians. (This is a public Facebook page; you don't have to be a Facebook member to view the page.)


Follow this link to a Facebook page, Rotary D5870 2011 Brush Fire, to learn the latest news from our Rotarian brothers and sisters:


Rotary D5870 Brush Fires


Fred Hansen is the District's Commander for this disaster. He can be reached at (512) 659-6019 or


DG Suresh Pahwa can be reached at (512) 458-8855 or

Rotarians rally to help those affected by brush fires Sue Whinnery #5 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery #5 on Sep 04, 2011
Check out our monthly video feature, 5840 Speaks. This month features Interact students telling about why they serve--this is the future of Rotary!
New Generations--5840 Speaks! Sue Whinnery #5 2011-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherri Muniz on Sep 04, 2011
 “Teenagers volunteer 2.4 billion hours annually in the
United States.
Youth volunteering has increased steadily over the past ten
years, with 30% of youth participating in volunteer activities at least once a
month in 2000.
Out of 13.3 million youth, 59.3% volunteer an average of 3.5
hours per week, versus 49% of the adult population who volunteer an average of
4.2 hours.
When youth volunteer, adults tend to volunteer also.”
  Above cited in University of Nevada
Reno – Fact Sheet 03-23
We find ourselves now in Rotary’s “New Generations” Month – focusing on our Rotary programs:
RYLA, Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange, as well as related
programs such as EarlyAct or EarlyAct FirstKnight.
Throughout this month’s district newsletter As the Wheel Spins you will find
articles about the amazing programs Rotary offers – programs that can change
the lives of those who participate. Young people who are active in service
organizations are less likely to abuse alcohol, or become pregnant – they are
more likely to do well in school and graduate – and through Rotary’s programs
they learn about the Four Way Test and develop ethical leadership skills.  Each young person involved in Rotary’s New
Generations programs has their life changed for the better in some way . . .
From the Governor's Desk . . . Sherri Muniz 2011-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Register Now for District Conference! Kenneth Donoughue 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery #5



On January 7, 2012, District 5840 will present a unique concert featuring noted tenor Donald Braswell and Gli Unici at the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University to benefit Haven for Hope. Good news--all ticket proceeds go toward Haven for Hope due to the generous support of underwriters! Click on the link at the end of this article for more information and to reserve your tickets.



Time is running out to get your DATE NIGHT packages for $500 which includes 2 premium tickets, a hotel room at the Marriott Courtyard and a listing in the event program for the Gli Unici Concert on January 7, 2012 at Laurie Auditorium.  Hurry and book your night, tickets are going fast!  You don’t want to miss it!  This offer ends Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 3 PM.

We would like this event to be a success for Rotary’s commitment to Haven for Hope and are encouraging Corporate Sponsorships.  If you or anyone you know are interested, we have four sponsorship levels:

1)      Presenting Sponsor ($25, 000)

a.       100 tickets

b.      3 full page color program ads (Including inside covers)

c.       Logo displayed at the event

d.      Recognition announcement at the event by talent

2)      Platinum Sponsor ($10,000)

a.       40 tickets

b.      1 full page color program ad

3)      Gold Sponsor ($5,000)

a.       20 tickets

b.      ½ page program ad

4)      Silver Sponsor ($2,500)

a.       10 tickets

b.      ¼ page program ad

Block seating of 20 or more can be arranged if your club would like to join in on the fun this night!  Please contact Brenda Carrasco for more details.   

For questions please contact Rob Mitchell, Jerry Hardy , Kenneth W. Donoughue or Brenda Carrasco 

You will not want to miss this night of entertainment!

Click on the poster, once there click Ticketmaster to go directly to that link.  Click on the map to know those details, click each individual’s picture to read a personal bio, and listen to the advertisement at the same time. You can also look at the Gli Unici Bio and scroll around.  This is for everyone everywhere.  Very good online tool.   

Click here for more information about an evening Concert with Gli Unici



Don't Miss This Unique Concert to Help Haven for Hope! Sue Whinnery #5 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery




During December, many clubs cancel meetings or hold special holiday parties in place of regular meetings. If you're looking for a make-up opportunity, be sure to check the specific CLUB web site for any schedule changes. If you click "Where Clubs Meet" in the column to the right, the list is arranged by days; click the little house icon next to a club to go directly to its homepage. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Check Club Web Sites for Holiday Meeting Schedules! Sue Whinnery 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery #5

Five Winston School San Antonio Interact Club students received the President's Volunteer Service Award on Aug. 30, 2011, from Rotarian Dr. Yvonne Soliz-Valdez. Minerva Abrego-Sanchez, representing Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, read a letter and presented certificates of congratulations to each student.


Cory Weinberg received a gold award and Lauren Rosnack, T. J. Gold, Lisa Luna and Marcos Kauffman received bronze awards.


 Pictured with the Winston Interact Club are (back row from left) Past Centennial District Governor John Peterson, Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club President Charlie Wetherbee, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Lebanon, Lamis Lamareddine. Back row right: Rotary Executive Assistant District Governor Dr. Yvonne Soliz-Valdez, Rotary District Governor Elect Lisa Herring, and Professor/Interact Club Sponsor, Mike Canales. 

Winston School Interact Students Receive Presidential Service Award Sue Whinnery #5 0
5840 Speaks! Leroy Alloway 0
Posted by Leroy Alloway

 Welcome to the new Rotary 5840 District website.

 Over the coming weeks we will be rolling out new features, new options, and new ways for you to stay in touch with our District Governor and members of her leadership team.



Welcome to our new website! Leroy Alloway 0
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