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October 2018

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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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A few words from Kim:

We are over half-way through our club visits. I am overwhelmed with the response to the message of raising awareness on the subject of human trafficking in our district. Through this effort, clubs are realizing that this human travesty is in our own back yard and they are concerned and engaged. Numerous clubs have made sure that a member of law enforcement is in attendance to hear the message. Through this awareness effort, we have learned of various church groups, hospital officials, law enforcement groups, and non-profit organizations that are taking this problem seriously and acting to reach out and rescue victims of human trafficking. Contacts have been made between individuals, communities and cities across the district to collaborate and offer support and services to one another in this fight to end human trafficking in our communities. Human beings are not commodities to be bought and sold and yet…that is exactly what is happening right here in our district. In one small town we visited, I was told by a Rotarian who works with victims….”we have actually had cases in this town where parents have pimped out their own children.” I end each presentation with this quote….”All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” We as Rotarians are not “do nothing” people….what will you do?

A few words from Dan:

We are amazed at the local service projects that clubs are doing in their respective communities. Clubs large and small are making a difference in their towns. From giving dictionaries to 3rd graders, to bicycles for perfect attendance to 4 years of scholarship support for college students as Lamesa is doing. Truly amazing!

As I have mentioned from the beginning, increasing our public image is a goal I have for our District. It is working! So far we have met 2 new Rotarians that have told us that they visited and joined their respective clubs simply by seeing that club's Facebook page and becoming interested in knowing more about what Rotary was doing in their community.

A couple of experiences recently that stand out is inducting 7 new members into the Big Spring Club. Now the Wilkerson family has 3 generations of family in this club. In the same week, we inducted 3 new Rotarians into the Greater Big Spring Club. When Kim and I started our club visits, we asked that if a club wanted to present us with any kind of a gift as a token of thanks for us visiting their club, that a donation be made to either

Polio Plus and/or the Wheelchair Foundation. We were blown away when one club we recently visited made a $1,000 donation to Polio Plus in our honor and another club gave $2,500 in our honor to the Wheelchair Foundation! Of course with the Bill Gates 2 for 1 match, the $1,000 donation to Polio Plus became $3,000.

Please sign up to attend the Foundation and Membership training being held in Lubbock October 27th, followed by an evening of fellowship and dinner. We look forward to seeing you there!!!!

Be the Inspiration!!
Dan and Kim
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We had a wonderful time of fellowship with Greater Big Spring club. New members Christian Fair, Marisha Beck, and Cody Hughes were inducted. They were gearing up for the Rotary Homecoming Tailgate party at which they cook and sell steak burritos as a fundraiser. Much of this money goes to buying bikes for kids with perfect attendance. They are also looking forward to their very successful "Pints for Polio" in March 2019. Such an excited club and Brent Strande is willing to assist any club that might be interested in implementing this fundraiser. In 2018, they raised over $30,000 with this fundraiser. Half went to local projects and half to Polio Plus. With the Bill Gates 2 for 1 match...this translated into $45,000 to Polio Plus! Go Greater Big Spring!!!
DG Dan & Kim visited Childress Rotary Club on Wednesday, Oct. 10th. A good group was in attendance for some great chicken fried steak. DG Dan presented the district and theme banners to President Elect Gerardo Garcia. This club is gearing up for a fun fundraiser that they say funds most of their projects in one evening... a High School All-Star Football Game. Plans are underway now for this fun event. We ARE still in Texas!

DG Dan & Kim visited Dalhart Rotary on Thursday, Oct. 4th. This was a busy club! They shared news of the XIT rodeo that the club helps with in August. This is a city wide reunion that celebrates the heritage of the XIT Ranch. Dan & Kim visited the XIT Museum which is something to see. In addition to the spectacular rodeo, live music, and many fun events, the city hosts the World's Largest free BBQ. The pictures of it in the museum are amazing. Rotary of Dalhart has it's hands full during that exciting Dalhart weekend with ticket sales etc. Dan & Kim hope to attend this event in the future.

Additionally, the club participated in packing snacks for kids (Snack Pak 4 Kids) in the school district that need food over the weekend. This was a great project that Dan & Kim got to participate in with members of the club. This was followed by a meet and greet social at the XIT Woodfire Grill.

Dan & Kim visited the club and new member Tami Moore was inducted. DG Dan presented the Rotary theme banner to President Sherri Haschke. Thank you for the southern hospitality Dalhart Rotary!


DG Dan & Kim visited the Levelland Noon Rotary club Tuesday, October 2nd. They enjoyed a wonderful lasagna lunch and Dan presented club president Landon McCormack with the District 5730 banner and the "Be the Inspiration" banner. The second picture is the board with DG Dan & Kim. The Levelland club will be working in a combined effort with the morning club to host a Home for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Show on Nov. 11 & 12. They are also planning for their Chili Supper coming up January 22nd. Most of the proceeds for these fundraisers go to support scholarships and Camp Ryla kids. This is the home club of AG Phelps Blume who was in attendance as well. Keep up the good work Levelland!!

Attached is a picture of Brandt Stewart, Club President receiving the Be The Inspiration banner. The Lamesa club is very focused on awarding 4 senior scholarships per year which continue throughout those students' college years as long as their grades are kept up. They are dedicated to the topic of literacy in their commun
If there was ever a District "Perseverance Award" it would be awarded to the Lamesa Rotary Club.  When they made the commitment to the community to provide these scholarships in perpetuity, the required endowment was projected to be much less that what is now required with lower interest rates.  Rotarians finish what they start and the much larger required endowment has not diminished Lamesa Rotary's focus and they are nearing their goal and I am proud of their resolve and commitment to literacy.
AG Chris Atkinson, DG Dan and, Snyder club president, Josh Ortegon
AG Chris Atkinson, DG Dan and Kim

DG Dan & Kim had a great meeting with the Snyder club. They are an energetic club that has both new and long term members. They have a very strong flag distribution program for 6 major holidays which raises money for projects such as Books for Babies, Dictionaries to 3rd graders, and to support other local humanitarian efforts. They were excited to learn about the success of Big Spring's club project "Pints for Polio" and are interested in working on a similar project for Snyder.

Pictured are AG Chris Atkinson, DG Dan and, Snyder club president Josh Ortegon.


It was a cold wet evening when DG Dan & Kim visited the Hereford Rotary club on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, but the fellowship and friendliness of the Hereford club was warm! DG Dan & Kim enjoyed hearing from the Hereford Rotarians during the evening social with spouses. This is a monthly occurrence for this club which they report has been a success for them in terms of getting to know each other. They have numerous projects and fundraisers coming up for their community such as Dictionaries for 3rd Graders, annual shoe give away in November for junior high students, and in January...their Crisis Center fundraiser which is a pulled pork dinner. This year they will also auction off a TV to raise additional funds for this worthy cause. Hereford Rotary also collaborates with other civic groups in town to better their community.


On Monday, Sept 24, DG Dan Linebarger visited the Big Spring Rotary Club.  This was their 90th Year Anniversary. Under Hardy Wilkerson's leadership, the Club is growing! He inducted 7 new members (16 total new members since July 1). One of the new members was Heath Wilkerson. This induction created a unique membership of 3 generations in the same club. Heath's dad (Hardy Wilkerson) is the club president and his grandfather (Homer Wilkerson) is a member as well. There were 2 PHF's + 3 awarded: Cheri Sparks & Delbert Donaldson.


October 24th is World Polio Day. Request time at City Council for the Mayor to proclaim October 24 in your Community as "World Polio Day". Link to sample proclamation: https://www.endpolio.org/resource-center#templates

October 27th, District Foundation Fellowship in Lubbock. Evening event with cash bar, tea, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres. Prior to the evening (6:30'ish) we will have optional membership and foundation grant training.

Feb. 28th-March 3rd 2019 is President Elect Training in Dallas. I strongly urge you to sent your PE's and President Nominees to this valuable training.

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
While attending the 2018 Rotary International Zone Institute for Zones 21B & 27 in Boise, Idaho,  some District 5730 familiar faces got together for this photo op. From left to right are: DG Dan Linebarger, PDG César Caro, PDG Diane Anderson, PDG John Sc ott, PDG Charles Starnes, and DGE Steve Long. Great time and wonderful fellowship.
DG Dan was fortunate to make his Club Visit on the day that Denver City Rotary delivers food from South Plains Food Bank.  They do this every month.  A family receives a "dry" box and a "refrigerated" box of food plus on this day, one or two water melons.   Denver City Rotary under the outstanding leadership of Stan David, is aiding in the feeding of approx. 250 people!!!!
President Retha Pittman and the board shared information about the recent Harvest Festival on Sept. 8th where they annually sell Fredericksburg sausages on a stick and have a raffle. Tahoka Rotary club raised $3,086.51 this year to go toward their senior high school student scholarships.
They also have upcoming recurrent projects that include:
Giving shoes and coats to kids in need at Christmas
Senior Santa day…they put together baskets for low income and disabled senior citizens in their community. They hand deliver these boxes. One gentleman last year got tears in his eyes when they came and said, “I didn’t think you were coming this year.” He was so glad to see them….heartwarming!
Another neat story from Tahoka is that recently AG Cal Brints visited the club. The club has invited law enforcement to come eat a meal when they are on shift during meeting times. Cal patted the policeman on the shoulder and thanked him for his service. The policeman teared up and said, “No one has ever said that to me before.” He had been in law enforcement for a number of years. This prompted the club president to develop a law enforcement appreciation project.  Another heartwarming story of Rotarians doing what they do best!
DG Dan is pictured presenting the RI theme banner to President Retha Pittman and visiting with the board members along with AG Cal Brints.
DG Dan presented Paul Harris pins to the following: David Kemp (PHF +1) , Richard Gower (PHF +3   ), Art Spikes (PHF +1), John Notestine (PHF +1). Not present for picture was Beth Duke (PHF +5) and Scott Bentley (PHF +1).
 DG Dan meeting with board members The Rotary Club of Amarillo.  Pictured are David Elizalde, president, AG Karen Hicks, and other club board members.
Outgoing president Joseph Tillery (on right) hands off the gavel to incoming president Keith Marble (on left). 
This was a dynamic club that showed up for the DG visit decked out in their Rotary shirts. DG Dan also inducted new member Brandon Bowman with sponsor John Roley looking on. DG Dan was also presented with a beautiful metal cutout of a Rotary Wheel made by a member of the club. Dezi Vargus is the Club president.
Look what the Littlefield Rotary Club earned for their membership growth. With 100% growth, president Dezi Vargas and his team were recognized by RI Director Larry Dimmitt as the top club in Zones 21b-27. Award was presented to PDG Charles Starnes on behalf of the club in Boise, Idaho.Congratulations.
Went to Seagraves. We had good attendance. Photos show the whole group present. Also President Josh Goen receiving the District 5730 banner. The club just recently helped with a pregame dinner for football. Other activities they are involved in are:
Dictionaries for third graders
Sponsorship for speakers for a kids summer program
Support for FFA and 4H students
Attendance incentive for students
This club has a strong focus on literacy and the local schools.
District Governor Dan Linebarger gave a wonderful Rotarian message. DG Dan's wife, Kim also a Rotarian, spoke about human trafficking. Borger Rotarians Ben Conner, Benjamin Conner, Courtney Marrs, and Norma Luginbyhl were presented perfect attendance awards for the month of July and Reverend Bobby Wilson was inducted as a new member.
DG Dan Linebarger (https://twitter.com/DanLinebarger), The Governor of Rotary District 5730, and the First Lady of the District, Kim Linebarger, visited the Rotary of Amarillo. They are very passionate about service to the community.

DG Dan is helping to raise money for wheelchairs through an organization called Mobility for Mexico. He says they are about half the way towards a goal at $42000.

Kim’s passion is raising awareness about human trafficking. She urges you to get to know your local law enforcement, visit a website called www.rotariansagainsthumantrafficking.org, and look up Jim Womack who is the CEO of Family Support Services.
— at Polk Street United Methodist Church.
On October 13, 2018 the Dumas Rotary Club will be hosting a very special event--Oktoberfest 2018!!!! We will have live music with Velvet Funk!! Drinks, dinner and more!! It is a great opportunity to get out with your friends to enjoy live music, fellowship with friends, and enjoy our glorious panhandle autumn evenings!! It will be held under the large awning on Witt Motors south lot. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased from any of the following Rotarians. There are only 200 seats that must be purchased before the event. Don't wait too long to get your tickets!!

Look for one of these members-- Jamie Slater, Bob Brinkmann, Wanda Brooks, John Brunson, Laura Brunson, Laura Copp, Cody Barrett, Mike or Brenda DeBons, Shawn Frische, Dale Hallmark, Chad Henry, Patsy Long, Shane Nelson, Grace Pierson, Pat Kreutziger, Mike Running, Larry Riseling, Bethany Scroggins, Jo Strobel, Steve Walthour, Kirk Welch, Sandra Witt


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!

World Polio Day is just around the corner.  It is recommended by Rotary to have Clubs ask their local civic leaders to proclaim October 24th as World Polio Day.

In my opinion, where there are more than one Rotary Club in a city, it would make a bigger statement for the Clubs to act as one in representing Rotary's message.

I have been distributing the attached sample proclamation to the clubs I have visited but will not cover them all in time.  Therefore, I need for you to contact your club Presidents now and share this request, or for some, t.

Also, our October 27th Foundation Evening at Lubbock Country Club is coming together.  We will have Foundation and membership training beginning at noon on Saturday the 27th, followed by fun and fellowship, wine and beer tasting, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres followed by an excellent speaker, Art Zeitler.  Art will have a short powerpoint of what our District is doing abroad with global grants and then share an inspiring story of his experiences with Rotary in Action.  Much more information on this is coming soon.

Be the Inspiration!

DG Dan

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The Pampa Rotary Club will have a World Polio Day Proclamation on Wednesday, October 24th at Pampa City Hall. Here is the information:

Event:                Pampa Rotary Club World Polio Day Proclamation

 Date & Time:    October, 24th 2018 at 11:45 am

 Location:          City of Pampa

    Commission Chambers – Third Floor

    200 W. Foster Ave

    Pampa, TX, 79065

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.

Every Thursday morning, I receive an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. It contains a wealth of information, country by country: where and how immunization campaigns are being conducted, how many millions of children are being vaccinated, and where environmental surveillance has found evidence of circulating virus. But every week, when that email appears in my inbox, my heart seems to stop for just a moment until I read the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralyzed by wild poliovirus that week.

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!
17,0700,000 Children Saved from the Paralysis of Polio Since 1988

Polio Eradication Update
For The Week Ending 09/15/18

Total Paralysis Cases  YTD 2018   LYTD 2017   Total 2017   Total 2016  Total 2015 
Globally 17102237 74
 Endemic Countries17102237 74
 Non-Endemic Countries  00000

Wild Polio cases reported this week:

Pakistan 1, Afghanistan 1, Nigeria 0

2018 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2017 Totals)
Endemic Countries
4 Pakistan (3), 13 Afghanistan (14), 0 Nigeria (0)
ImageSeptember 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.

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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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