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District Governor Dan & Kim Linebarger


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December 2018

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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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A  few words from Kim:
As Dan has told many of you, when I told him I wanted to be a Rotarian...part of the reason was because I had never met nicer people anywhere. In winding down to the last of our visits I am more convinced of this than ever. We have met so many wonderful people and heard their hearts of passion as they told us about their projects and plans. I wish all of you could have the opportunity that Dan and I have had in getting to know the Rotarians of District 5730. Even though we have just a few remaining club visits I look forward to the months ahead with PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) being our next big event for District 5730. If you are a leader in your club and have never attended PETS....you don't know what you are missing. District Governor Elect Steve Long will have information, classes, and teaching you need to be most effective leader you can be. But it is not all just classroom time. You will experience great fellowship. Dan and I will host the hospitality room so hang on and get ready for some fun!  People have asked me if I'm tired of all the travel. No...not one bit! You all have inspired and blessed me and I'm having a great time learning more about this great district and organization. But....it is always good to get home. We returned home from the Amarillo area a few hours ago....so guess what....I have laundry to do! By the way....Dorsey Jones, the survivor of human trafficking that spoke at the International Convention in Atlanta in 2017, will be speaking at the District Conference in May. I do hope you will join us...her story is worth hearing!
A few words from Dan:
As Kim and I near the last segment of Club visits I am a bit sad.  Getting to meet every club member and learn more about the Club's towns and the community's history has been the icing on the cake so to speak.  We will catch a couple more clubs before Thanksgiving and then resume in December with our last club visit scheduled for December 11.
Our October 27 Foundation Celebration and training in Lubbock was a big success.  All that attended took an online survey and they rated the event an average of 4.5+ on a scale of 0 to 5.  All felt their time was well spent in learning more about how to access the resources of the Foundation and learn how to grow the membership of their respective Clubs.  We will have two more membership training opportunities before the end of the Rotary year.  One in the panhandle area and a second in the south. 
At the Foundation event in Lubbock, a Rotarian handed me a Wheelchair Presentation Folder where their Club had purchased a wheelchair in memoriam of my Dad's recent passing.  The lump in my throat felt like a Volkswagen.  Thank you.
Speaking of membership, The top three slots for clubs in membership growth since July 1, 2018 are:  Post is up 24%, Big Spring is up 13% and Pecos and Canyon are tied at 11%.  During our club visit in Tulia, The Rotary Club of Tulia had me sign the application for them to start a new Interact Club at Tulia High School!
Camp RYLA information is now up on www.rotary5730.org
PETS is around the corner and details for future membership training and our combined District Assembly/District Conference in Ruidoso are being finalized.
There are now 17 Rotarians from our District signed up to attend the International Convention in Hamburg.  I hope to see you there!!
Be the Inspiration!
Dan and Kim
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DG Dan & Kim visited Colorado City Rotary Club October 17th. President Sterling Burleson was presented with the theme banner. Even though it was a cold rainy day there was a good turnout for the meeting where local mexican food was enjoyed. This club is gearing up to do an annual project which is to deliver meals and presents to families in need over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. This club also awards scholarships to high school seniors. Their major fund raiser is a golf tournament every summer.

On October 16th it was a wet rainy ride to Post Rotary Club. They were planning a social for November 13 at the Community Recovery Center at 6 PM. They are looking forward to pizza and popcorn while watching the movie "The Arroyo". President Linda Puckett was presented with the theme banner and DG Dan inducted new members Kaaren Huffaker & Susan McDonald into the club. Two unique fundraisers that Post Rotary Club host are Cooking On The Square at which members cook hamburgers or brisket during Homecoming festivities, and Smokin in the Park. This event is their major fundraiser and is a state championship cook off sanctioned by Lone Star BBQ Society. They average 30-40 cooking teams and pay out to the top 10 teams in July of each year. Another neat event they have hosted was a pool party to honor 1st responders in their community. What a great idea to honor those that serve and protect us.

After the Post meeting, President Linda Puckett invited DG Dan & Kim to visit the Garza County Historical Museum of which she is the director. A lovely museum...but we were particularly touched by the "hospital room" where a portable iron lung was on display. This iron lung was discovered while renovating the building which was the former hospital. The little girl in the pictures was a victim of polio and was from Post, Texas. Such a poignant reminder of why we keep pushing to rid this world of polio.

On October 12th, DG Dan & Kim Linebarger visited Shamrock Rotary Club. The evening before the meeting a lively cornhole toss tournament was enjoyed as a social evening to meet and greet with Dan & Kim. The Shamrock Rotary Club also sponsors a cornhole toss tournament as a fundraiser in March at the town's St. Patrick Day Celebration. Their biggest fundraiser is placing flags out for 7 holidays. New members Alicia  Parks and John Hankins were inducted to the club by DG Dan. President Ed Berngen receives the banner for the club.
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.


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!!!!


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 early June, more than 30 years ago, I had a business trip scheduled to Las Vegas. I had been a Rotarian for about six years, and I thought of myself as an active member: I attended every meeting, I’d served as club secretary, I knew everyone in my club. But for me, Rotary was very much a community organization. It connected me to Nassau and perhaps even to the Bahamas — but no farther.

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)
ImageOctober 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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