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Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polio

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polioEVANSTON, Ill. (June 10, 2019) — Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed

Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes

Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes; one of Hamburg’s most multicultural, non-profit gatheringsMore than 26,000 registrants representing 3,605 Rotary clubs in 170 countriesRotary commits US$102 million

mytaxi donates proceeds from rides to Rotary

mytaxi donates proceeds from rides to RotaryHAMBURG, Germany (31 May 2019) — To multiply the impact of the 25,000 Rotary members expected to attend the service organization’s international convention 1-5 June, mytaxi will donate all

Value of Rotary volunteering

A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year.

Rotary 110th convention brings world to Hamburg

Rotary brings the world to Hamburg  One of the city’s largest and most multi-cultural conventions will bring €24 million HAMBURG, Germany (30 April 2019)

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Beloved friend and family member, Don Shinn, 83, of Odessa passed away at home May 17 2019. A memorial service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church on May 21, 2019 at 11am.
Don was born in Oklahoma City, grew up and was educated in the Oklahoma school system including the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. As a boy he was active in scouts achieving Eagle Scout honors. He was always active in his church wherever he went serving in many capacities on various committees, but always being in the choir as he loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. Besides his family and singing,
Don had two other passions, cooking and baseball. He loved to cook for groups especially breakfast and smoking meats which he did quite often for church events and his family. He was an avid fan of the Texas Rangers and for many years he and Barbara held season tickets to the Ranger games traveling to Arlington whenever they could. Don came to Odessa in 1980 and immediately joined the choir at St. Luke’s UMC where he met the love of his life, choir director Barbara Ackerman whom he married in 1981 and they have had 37 wonderful years together.
Don was a people person and loved helping others. He served on the board of many local organizations including the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale, the Salvation Army, Odessa College Scholarship, Friends of the Library, and Rotary International where he served as president of the Greater Odessa club and later served as District 5730 Governor in 2002/03. Don was recognized for his Rotary work in Mexico and in the district with the highest honor a Rotarian can receive, The Service Above Self award. For his work in Odessa he and his wife Barbara were recognized with a plaque on the Rotary Wall of Fame in Centennial Park. Don was also recognized for his community work with the Community Statesman award that is presented annually by the Heritage Foundation of Odessa.
Don is preceded in death by his parents B. Claude Shinn and T. Chole Moore Shinn and his first wife Lois Shinn. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his son Terry Shinn and wife Janet, daughter Tori Chandler, brother Bob Shinn, and grandsons Jason Chandler (Melanie), Travis Shinn (Bridget) and Tanner Shinn and great grandson Brysen Chandler.  If you choose, in lieu of flowers that fade away, the family asks that you honor Don’s love of service to others with a donation to either Rotary International or to Asbury UMC permanent fund.
On Saturday, April 6th, District 5730 PDG Advisory Council had a meeting in Plainview Texas which was conducted by our District Governor Elect, Steve Long. Both Steve and our sitting DG Dan Linebarger gave us l an update on the district and plans for the future. Nice meeting, saw friends and had a wonderful lunch at the President’s House in Plainview, Tx. Several spouses attended also. Pictured are PDG Michael Graves, DGN Bonnie Pendleton, PDG Susan Brints, DGE Steve Long, PDG Ken Patterson, DG Dan Linebarger, PDG Roger Sepulveda and PDG Cesar Caro. PDG Charles Starnes also attended, but had to leave a bit early (before we had an opportunity to take this pic).
PDG Jim inspired and led so many good works. Actively involved as an Aggie alumnus, Jim coached a series of Kids Inc. and Y ball teams. At various times he served as president of
    the Amarillo Executive Association
    the Amarillo Toastmasters Club
    the Amarillo Veterinary Medical Association
    the Amarillo West Rotary Club
    High Plains Baptist Hospital’s Area Advisory Board

He served on the boards of
    the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center
    the Better Business Bureau
    Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
    Amarillo YMCA
    Tascosa Country Club
    Horn Creek Conference Grounds (Westcliffe, CO)

PDG Jim taught Feedlot Management courses at WTAMU. He was honored by the City of Amarillo for his leadership roles in SPSCA.

While serving as District Governor of Rotary District 5730, PDG Jim led in the establishment of a freeze-dry plant (the Breedlove Plant) that shipped hundreds of thousands of meals to distressed areas all over the world, and he coordinated the shipment of truckloads of medical supplies and equipment to isolated areas of Mexico. Jim’s Rotary service took him to cities all across the continent as he helped coordinate multiple projects to assist people worldwide.
PDG Jim was an active Gideon, and he served in just about every lay leadership role possible in the Amarillo congregation known as Paramount Community Church, where he raised his family.

PDG Jim said goodbye to his dear Sue about eight years ago. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Sue Ann Dean and his son Dr. James D. Cook. Jim took his own final breath in Amarillo on November 21, 2018.
What a great night for Brownfield Rotary!!!!
20 new Rotarians were inducted into the family of Rotary at the Brownfield Rotary Club.  Special thanks to ADG Phelps Blume, as well as PDG Dianne Anderson and PDG Charles Starnes. They have provided so much support to see this special event happen.
The inductees were:
Ricky Dill
Bruce Woods
Kathy and Leon Pope
Ken and Amy Cole
Ed Pfiffer
Herman Wheatley
Barbara Willis
Judge John Didway and Maria Didway
Eddie Olivas
Dr. Kelly Riley
Jeff Davis
Eldon Jobe
Anna Reid
Randy Anthony
and Scott Jackson
Justin and Kelly Hesse
Not all were present and not all had new member packets but we will take care of that.
Tom Hesse is President
Officers are Ed Pfiffer and Linda Hesse
Directors are Ricky Dill and Herman Wheatley
LOVE TO TRAVEL??   ENJOY ROTARY FRIENDSHIPS??  Then consider a Rotary Friendship Exchange!!
Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) is an international program for Rotarians, including  spouses and partners, which provides a unique opportunity to forge lasting international friendships and experience another culture first hand in the homes of Rotarians in another country!    The goal of the exchange is to advance international understanding and peace through visits to Rotary districts around the world.  Exchanges are reciprocal and usually last 2 weeks.
Our district 10 member Rotary Friendship Exchange team has just returned from a wonderful 3 week trip to Thailand.  We were able to experience the beautiful Thai culture hosted by Rotarians from   Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Nan, and the northern mountains of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, visiting elegant temples, riding elephants, rafting down a river, projects with the youth, tea plantation, history museums and so much more.     Not only did our team visit project sites and present programs to 11 Rotary Clubs but also visited with Clubs and hospital personnel about serving as the international partner for 4 future humanitarian grants.  So many lovely memories made while forming lasting friendships and sharing Rotary ideas for “doing good in the world”.
The Thailand RFE team will be visiting in our District from September 9 – 24, 2019.  We plan a huge Texas welcome!!
Our next D5730 RFE team will be during the 2019-20 year!!  Dates to be announced!
D5730 Global Grant Water Filter project in Mexico
(Photos are from the community of Tebelchia, Mexico)
Recipients of the water filters have available water in their communities but the water is not potable. Community health personnel determine the recipients in the program based on family need, income, etc. During water filter distributions by Rotarians, health personnel instruct the adults and their children on good hygiene practices, how to maintain the filters, and distribute tooth paste, toothbrushes and soap.
Recipients provide a 5-6 gallon clean plastic bucket, and Rotarians drill a ½” hole towards the bottom of the bucket. One end of a 14” long hose is secured to the ½” hole and the other end is attached to the 6” filter with a hook that is slipped over the bucket rim to keep the filter above the bucket’s water level. Contaminated water is poured in the bucket, the filter hose is unhooked from the top of the rim and lowered into a clean receptacle. Clean drinking water is the result!
Last year Rotarians distributed just under 1000 water filters in small communities within a four hour drive around Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This year we have distributed about 450 so far. Rotarians have about 800 more to go and the plan is to complete the Global Grant this year, 2019. When completed we will have distributed about 2200 water filters providing about 8800 people with inexpensive clean drinking water. The filters will last 10 years or more as long as they are properly maintained. An additional Global Grant is be written to continue these distributions.
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PDG Michael & Kim Brown
Michael Brown is a Past District Governor (2012-13) for district 6690 covering Central and Southeast Ohio compromising 59 clubs and 3500 members.  He currently serves his district as the Council on Legislation Delegate for both the 2016 and 2019 councils. In Zones 30-31, Mike further serves Rotary as Technology Specialist for Zones 30-31.
Brenda DeBons
District Governor 2021-2022
Brenda was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Dumas, Texas.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1970 and passing the CPA exam in 1977, Brenda began working with her father in his accounting firm in Dumas.  Brenda worked for Keeney, Hembree & Company for 30 years and upon her dad’s retirement in 2003, Brenda began working at Lovelady, Christy + Associates in Amarillo.



A few words from Dan and Kim:

Let us begin by saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Mele Kalikimaka, Feliz Navidad and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The past 5 months have been a real whirlwind of Club visits, inducting officers, new members and seeing parts of Texas for the first time. As we near the Holidays, we pray for everyone's safety that must travel and pray for comfort for those experiencing this Season while missing a loved one.

During the Holidays, please watch the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day. Our own Rotarian and Assistant Governor Les Gattis from Plainview will be riding on the Rotary Float!!!!!! Les had already planned to take his family to the parade and then by chance saw where the Rotary Float committee was selling 120 tickets with the single winner getting a seat on the float. Les bought is $100 ticket and "BINGO", just a few days ago he learned that he was the lucky winner!!! So. please watch the parade and give Les a big wave as he represents District 5730 on the Rotary Float.

It is now time to sign up for PETS: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/101525

We encourage all President Elects and President Nominees to attend.

Enjoy the Holiday Season and be safe.

Be the Inspiration!
Dan and Kim
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May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2019 is our combined District Assembly/Celebration Conference in Ruidoso, NM.

June 1st-5th, 2019, International Convention Hamburg, Germany.


  • To be included in the District's texting announcements, text the words: district5730news to 33222.
  • District FaceBook news and announcements should be emailed to Jean Jones email address: jeanjones5007@gmail.com Cell: 432-557-6400
  • District website news and announcements: Cesar Caro, email address cmcaro@live.com Cell: 325-864-3230
  • Cesar is also our district's "District Manager". A great source for information and assistance.
  • James Durbin for social media development. jamesdurbin555@gmail.com Cell: 314-609-1652
  • For Insurance Certificates needed for fundraisers and events, Contact Tiffany Blakely or her manager Lisa at: lisa.tblakely@farmersagency.com
  • To utilize the District 5730 Foundation Inc., contact David Elizalde 1-806-681-2418 or email: david.elizalde@att.net
  • To participate in the Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust $ for $ match for a first time PHF, contact Rich Kaye: richkaye@hot.rr.com https://rotarydistrict5870.org/stories/the-jerry-johnson-testamentary-trust-match-program
  • Rotary Rewards link to RI: https://my.rotary.org/en/member-center/rotary-global-rewards/offers?#/offers/featured District representative is Rodney Sutton in the Shamrock Club. Email: rdnysutton@gmail.com Cell: 1-330-260-219


Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.

The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary districts often honor new members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a district or club event.

I participate in the Paul Harris Society because I care. These contributions demonstrate our commitment to serve others.

What your giving supports

By giving from your heart each and every year, you’ll support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:

  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali
If you are already contributing $1,000.00 or more to the Rotary Foundation and not a member of the Paul Harris Society, then fill out the Paul Harris Society Brochure and mail it, fax it or email it to address indicted on the form. If you are not sure if your are an active member of the Paul Harris Society, contact the PHS District Coordinator PDG César M. Caro by email.
If you are not a Paul Harris Society member then please consider joining today and help make a difference in the world. Be the Inspiration!
In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.
"Rotary Days events will offer you the chance to have an impact in your community, build long-term partnerships, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary’s image," Rassin said.
Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event, and entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day.

One of the things I appreciate most about serving as president of Rotary International is the people I get to meet. Much of my time is spent traveling and visiting Rotary clubs around the world. A Rotarian welcome is something quite special. But let me tell you, there's nothing so warm as the welcomes that have been rolled out for me by Rotaractors. These are young people who are committed to Rotary ideals, who are pouring their hearts into service, and who, in the process, don't forget to have fun.

RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
  1. Meeting Presidential Citation Criteria - 30 Clubs.
  2. Pay Dues On Time - All Clubs.
  3. Access RRC to post volunteer hours, projects, and download training material - All Clubs.
  1. Attain Rotary Citation membership goals for 30 Clubs.
  2. Hold 3 membership cadre training sessions,.
  3. Form at least 3 new Interact Clubs,
  4. Form at lease 1 new Rotaract Club.
  5. Create a Friendship Exchange.
  6. Increase District membership to 1,700+.
  1. Annual/Share Fund - $163,000.00 - 1,639 members @ $100 each.
  2. Polio Plus Fund - $76,500.00 - 51 Clubs @ $1,500 per club.
  3. Paul Harris Society Members - $48,000 - 48 PHS Members @ $1,000 each.
  1. Continue to support club level socail media development.
  2. Hold A World Polio Day Event & Publicize In Local Media - 75% of Clubs.
  3. 50% of the Clubs host an "Honored Guest Day" with PHF recognition.
  4. All clubs 'poll" their communities for a hands on service project
  5. 100% RYLA participation.


The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed
(Up to $50Mil/Yr.)
Our Rotary wide 2018-2019 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $50 Million + the $2 for 1$ Gates Foundation Match
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!

Polio Plus: Zero Is The Magic Number
Advocate-Donate-Educate to End Polio Now & Forever!
18,000,000 Children Saved from the Paralysis of Polio Since 1988

Polio Eradication Update
For The Week Ending 3/2/19

Total Paralysis Cases  YTD 2019   LYTD 2018   Total 2017   Total 2016  Total 2015 
Globally 6332237 74
 Endemic Countries6332237 74
 Non-Endemic Countries  00000

Wild Polio cases reported this week:

Pakistan 0, Afghanistan 0, Nigeria 0

2019 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2018 Totals)
Endemic Countries
4 Pakistan (12), 2 Afghanistan (21), 0 Nigeria (0)
ImageFebruary Attendance Report Due


Your club is required to report monthly attendance numbers and membership numbers in accordance to Rotary International’s by-laws:


Article 4 Membership in Clubs


4.090. Attendance Reports.

Each club shall forward monthly attendance reports of its meetings to the governor within 15 days of the last meeting of each month.


Club Secretaries, through the District web site, can use the on-line database functions to report their club's attendance for the month by login in and selecting the Attendance option in the Launch Pad or from the Attendance Tab.

District 5730 Welcome
Welcome to Rotary District 5730 and our Website. District 5730 is composed of 51 energetic and vibrant clubs across the Giant Size of Texas from Dalhart and Perryton on the north to Sweetwater and Pecos on the south.  We are 1800 Rotarians and 51 Rotary Clubs strong and are proud to be part of Rotary International, which is the world's first service club organization with a worldwide membership of over 1.2 million Rotarians.  Our motto is Service Above Self and we volunteer both here in West Texas and the world to make a difference in the lives of people by working in the following areas of focus:

·         Disease prevention and treatment

·         Water and sanitation

·         Maternal and child health

·         Basic education and literacy

·         Economic and community development

·         Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

If you have a Heart of Service, then come join us. We all have a new chance to change the world for the better, Be The Inspiration.

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Rotary Showcase Impact Tracker

Rotary Showcase is an online application that allows Rotarians and Rotaractors to share stories of their clubs’ successful projects with people around the world. In addition, project stories are a source for features in Rotary International blogs and newsletters.

The Showcase’s Impact Tracker shows the impact of each Rotary project in terms of volunteers and volunteer hours, cash contributions, and in-kind donations. It also shows the collective impact of all reported projects.

Success stories posted on Showcase can serve as an inspiration and a model for other Rotary and Rotaractor clubs. Check out this "Impact Tracker" by clicking here.
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The 2019-20 Memorandum of Understanding, the District Grant Guidelines, and the Global Grant Guidelines are available to view or download under the District & Global Grant Information section of the Foundation pull down menu located on top of the Main Page. Instructions on how to Submit and Close a District Grant are also located there.

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Please enter all information concerning your members though your club website (if you have ClubRunner) or through the District Website. Information flows up - Club > District > RI, but not down.

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"Rotary has a long way to go. One who thinks of the movement as a finished product is indeed short sighted; there is nothing in the past to justify such a view; those who have been long identified with it think of it as having made a beginning only; the grandeur of Rotary must be in the days to come".

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