Important Information from the District
March is Water and Sanitation Month

D5930 Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND

A Great deal has happened since last month, the Stewardship Reports are coming in from our Rotary Clubs in District 5930.   As of February 24th, a total of 47 Grants were awarded totaling $408,561.74.   Corpus Christi Rotary Club was awarded the highest Grant Award of $53,000. 
On Saturday March 10th, Camp Aranzazu in Rockport received 100 trees to replace the damage in their campground.  Camp Aranzazu is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization in Rockport, Texas, that provides therapeutic recreation programs that are designed to enrich the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs. Since 2006, they have served more than 20,000 campers from more than 50 counties in Texas.   Our Disaster Aid USA trailer has been picked up and delivered.  We will be having a Disaster Team Training at our District Conference at the South Padre Island Convention Center. I don’t know about you but I get the warm fuzzies knowing that we made a difference with our D5930 Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND.   Lt. Governor Public Image/Rotary Awareness Aleda Reyes is busy getting together the projects along with Asst. Governor Area 11 Elaine Hernandez for Rotary Showcase.  Please reach out to Aleda Reyes for information regarding the “People of Action” Campaign.  Please feel free to email her -


Lt. Governor Luis Cavazos has recently reported that our Rotary District 5930 has a total number of 1923 Members a +48.  Our Goal is to HIT 2000 by June 30th, 2018.  KUDOS and BIG “TOOT YOUR HORN” to THE Laredo Rotary Club with their NEW Satellite Club with a RECORD Number of 35 NEW Members!!  With Rotary International’s Council of Legislation Member flexibilities, some clubs have opted for this exciting and innovative way to attract younger members at different times and venues.  A “Sprint for Membership” Challenge is in place with a deadline of May 31st, 2018.   Please reach out to Luis Cavazos for further information on HOW to GROW your Membership.  Luis will be sending out updated reports to inspire and motivate our clubs to GROW< GROW<GROW!!    Please feel free to email him –

Rotary Foundation

Congratulations to Laredo Gateway Rotary Club for achieving 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.
I was honored to visit the club for such a Momentous occasion on Monday Feburary 12th.  Every member committed to donate $1000 towards our Rotary Foundation to be named a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.
Grant Certification Dates are posted on the District Website to sign up:
Please send in your committed pledge monies to The Rotary Foundation as soon as possible.  It is recommended to be sent now and not wait until the month of June as it creates a bottleneck and havoc.  You will be able to receive your pins and awards in plenty of time.  Imagine over 35,000 clubs worldwide sending in their monies in June.

RPM Roto Polio Moto Ride 2018

Our District 5930 2nd Annual Polio Moto Ride will take place March 24th and March 25th.  Rotarians and Non-Rotarians will ride our motorcycles 850 miles around our district and raise monies for Polio Plus.
For more information:  Contact J M Dickerson
Lt. Governor for Youth Services 2015-2018 District 5930

STUDENT 4-Way Test Speech Competition

Our Annual Competition is chaired by Tim Dowling, Corpus Christi Rotarian.  The plaques and awards have been ordered and we have our 5 Judges ready for the Competition.  Be sure to have your Area Winners ready for Saturday April 21st at the South Padre Island Convention Center.  Our Rotary District will pay for 2 adult and the student participant’s lunch at the ALL CLUB Luncheon.  The Student winners will be announced then.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  I am a phone call away.
Thank you for Making a Difference and Continue to Be The Inspiration.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Betty Ramirez-Lara
District Governor 2017-2018
PROUD Member of District Premiere Club McAllen South Rotary Club
Our Rotary District year end financial statement has been reviewed by an independent District 5930 Audit Committee. 
The Annual Statement and Report shall be presented for discussion and adoption at the Rotary 5930 District Conference Annual Business Meeting
Saturday April 21, 2018
South Padre Island Convention Center
All clubs are entitled to send a representative and for which 30 days notice has been given that the Statement and Report of Rotary Year 2016-2017 District 5930 finances will be presented. 
Thank you, 
Deborah G. High
Rotary International District 5930 Immediate Past District Governor
Congratulations to Eddie Bartnesky selected as District Governor Nominee Designate 2020-2021!
Eddie is a 27 year Rotarian - member of Harlingen Rotary Club
Club President Year 2000-2001
Service Above Self Award 2014-2015
Asst. Governor 2014-2018
District Grants SubCommittee Chair
Paul Harris Fellow +5
Paul Harris Society
Bequest Society Member
Married to Sue for 39 years
Children - Jennifer - Rotarian - member at Harlingen Rotary Club
                 Christopher - Rotarian - member at Harlingen Rotary Club
Grandchildren - 4
Good Afternoon,
To all my family and friends on the other side of the pond and around the world . I hope you have not forgotten about me. The last two months have been heavily busy with life and the MPH program. I just realized that yesterday was the 6-month mark of me living in the UK! I landed in the Edinburgh Airport on August 26, 2017. Today, I am happy to share another blog update with you.
Going forward I will not be putting as much super personal information on the blog since it is now very opened to the public. My blogs are now featured on the University of Edinburgh school website now along with other student bloggers
You are  still able to access my blogs from the Wix website Guided Pathways:
Thank you all for your support, love, and prayers. Feel free to write me back!
Dear D5930 Rotarians,
As you might recall last year a group of Rotarians and Non-Rotarians, rode our motorcycles 850 miles around our district and raised $10,500 for Polio Plus. We then received matching dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and turned that $10K into $30,000!!  This year we are doing it again, but we need your help to surpass last year’s results.  This year half of the proceeds will go to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.  There are several ways your club and individual members can help.  
BE A RIDER, sign up to ride the event.  Fill out the attached participant form and send it back to me with your registration fee.  You are also encouraged to raise funds. You can ride the full ride starting in Laredo, or you can jump on the ride as we make our way around the district.  Either way we need your form and waiver.
BE A DONOR, fill out a donor form and agree to support our cause, as a club or individuals.
BE A SPONSOR, fill out the sponsor form and send us your forms and logo so we can put you on the t-shirt and shout out on social media.
BE ON THE ROUTE,  come out to the route to see us and help us create a photo opp at the different stops.
I hope you will spread the word to your clubs and get behind this FUNdraiser.  Thank you.
Best Regards,
J M Dickerson
Lt. Governor for Youth Services 2015-2018 District 5930
Related Documents
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
*Early Bird Registration has been extended for 10 DAYS District 5930 District Conference!
Rotary Trilogy – Membership, The Rotary Foundation, Public Image/Rotary Awareness
Luis Cavazos, Lt. Governor of Membership has been busy presenting across our District 5930.  He hosted our Rotary Continuing Education Call last month with the Now or Never video with facts and figures.  Our Rotary International Council of Legislation has allowed our Rotary Clubs to exercise membership flexibility.  We have numerous Rotary Clubs in our District taking advantage of this strategy to grow and give options to their members.   In addition, A “Jumpstart” Membership Conference Call was facilitated by Kelly Atkinson, Rotary Coordinator and we were honored to have Julie Aubry, Regional Membership Officer as well on the call.   I am sharing this  open to Rotarians all over our District.  Our District website has a link under Membership – Membership Matters Webinar for easy reference.
Register in advance for this webinar:
Rotary JumpStart Webinar
Monthly membership seminar on various topics to assist District Membership Chairs and Club Membership Chairs to grow, expand, and retain membership in their clubs and districts.
Feb 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Mar 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Apr 24, 2018 7:00 PM
May 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Jun 26, 2018 7:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
Ellison Crider, District Foundation Chair/District Governor Nominee hosted “Focus on the Foundation” on January 13th at Texas A & M Kingsville.  We had a Full House of Rotarians along with Global Grant Scholar Amanda Lewis presenting her experience in The Netherlands.  Amanda Lewis is currently working on her PHD at Texas A & M Kingsville.
It is with Great Pleasure to announce that PDG Maxie Houser will be serving as
District Rotary Foundation Chair for years 2018/2019/2020.  THANK YOU Maxie!
Public Image/Rotary Awareness
Aleda Reyes, Lt. Governor of Public Image/Rotary Awareness has been posting on Face Book on how to promote your Club Events and your Public Image/Rotary Awareness.  Are you checking off the requirements for the 2017-2018 Presidential Citation and the Tootie Awards?
This month’s 3rd Monday Rotary Continuing Education will focus on criteria for the Club Tootie Awards and Presidential Citation.  Deadlines are quickly approaching!
Are your Rotary Club signs updated with the New Rotary Branding?  Are you promoting your events with Social Media, newspapers, flyers, members?  Are you promoting your Service Projects to create Awareness to encourage growing your Club membership?  Are you inviting potential members to your Service Projects?  Are you inviting potential members to your  “Students of the Month” Awards ceremonies?  Are you inviting your RYLA candidates’ parents to a Club Social?
As the only Goal for 2017-2018 To Help & Support Our District 5930 Clubs – What can we do to help you?
Kudos and a TREMENDOUS Thank You to our Corpus Christi Rotary Club for an AWESOME Event.  We had a record number of participants – 275!!  Also a BIG Kudos to Sandra Langley from Brownsville North Rotary Club & Marilu Gorecki of The Laredo Rotary Club for Volunteering at RYLA.  They have signed up for NEXT YEAR!!!!
Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief FUND
As of February 1st, 2018, we have awarded 41 Grant Requests totaling $311,222.81.
Total of $438,949.78 has been raised to help Hurricane Harvey affected communities in our Rotary District 5930. 
Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or concerns.  I am a phone call away.
Honored and Humbled to serve you as 2017-2018 District 5930 District Governor.
Betty Ramirez-Lara
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary Foundation Month has come and gone and there were some great celebrations of the Foundation in November. I was privileged to attend the Rotary Foundation Awards Banquet in McAllen on November 11 where we recognized outstanding club performance for the 2016-17 year.  PDG Debbie High and I were proud to recognize the top contributor clubs for both the Annual Fund and End Polio Now campaign. Now it’s time to earn those awards for this Rotary year!
Another great Foundation related event in the district this month was the awarding of scholarships made possible by Foundation donations. On November 18 the District Scholarship Committee met and awarded three scholarships to the Costa Rica Global Health Team, two scholarships to deserving veterans, and two $30,000 scholarships to our newest Global Scholar. Congratulations to those recipients. We will feature articles on them in future postings.
I want to ask you to mark your calendars for a Foundation Focus event on January 13 at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, in the Founder’s Room. There is a downloadable flyer on the district website, Any Rotarian will benefit from this seminar, especially presidents, president-elects, and Foundation Chairs. We will start at 9 in the morning and be done by 1:30. Our luncheon keynote speaker will be Amanda Lewis, a two time Rotary Global Scholar, who is studying for her doctorate at Texas A&M Kingsville. Thanks to the generosity of Texas A&M Kingsville there will be no charge for this event! Please make plans to join us then.
We are at the mid-year point of the Rotary year and the end of 2017. We have survived Hurricane Harvey and life goes on, although it is a different life now for some of our District Rotarians. I would encourage you to consider making a gift to the annual fund to insure we can continue to do good in our district in the years to come. Remember, half of what we contribute to the annual fund comes back to the district in 3 years to be spent on district grants, global grants and scholarships. The amount of money we receive back depends solely on the amount of money Rotarians contribute to The Rotary Foundation.
Have a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

District Conference Hotel Info

Make hotel reservations for the Rotary 5930 District Conference in South Padre Island!
Contact one of the following hotels to set up your reservations. Rooms will be held until March 30, 2018
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Use Promo Code: Rotary International
7000 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 772-7000 Ext. 2
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Use Group Code: ROI
6502 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-8844
La Copa Inn South Padre Island
350 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-6000

Dear District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair:

There are fewer polio cases today than at this time last year, and the virus is endemic in only 3 countries, but our goal is to reach zero.  

We cannot stop until we completely eradicate polio, which is why on 18 November, a team of Rotary staff and I will join Rotary Senior Leaders, Rotary members from Arizona (D5500) and around the world in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. The 106-mile ride, which attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, is one of the top cycling events in the United States. This year, our Miles to End Polio fundraising goal is $10 million, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2-to-1 match.

Your district may help us reach this goal with a special Miles to End Polio DDF donation. The district that contributes the most DDF to Miles to End Polio will receive a visit from President-elect Barry Rassin. In addition, the top five DDF giving districts for PolioPlus (including any giving to Miles to End Polio) from 1 July
until 30 April
 will be announced on stage at the Rotary Convention in Toronto.

To donate DDF to Miles to End Polio, please complete and return this form by 30 November. Personal contributions to the ride may also be made and are eligible for Paul Harris Recognition Points. All donations to Miles to End Polio will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

There are many ways to support the effort, and there’s no better way to take up the challenge than by joining us on the ride. Would you like to join the team? If so, feel free to encourage fellow Rotarians to register here and ride with us in Tucson. Alternatively, you can take part in the Indoor Ride to End Polio! Register today to ride a stationary bike at your local gym or at home any time from 12-18 November..  Thank you for participating in these great opportunities and supporting PolioPlus. With your help, we are this close to eradicating polio.

John Hewko
General Secretary

Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
First, I want to begin by recognizing our local and international communities for coming together to help support disaster relief efforts. Families were impacted by the extreme weather in different ways. The rebuilding has been in process and is far from being over. Because of this, I ask that we continue to give to Rotary District 5930’s Disaster Relief Program. You can learn more on the ways the program has helped our brothers and sisters by visiting and reading the content on this website. You can also get updates and photos on our district’s Facebook Page. Together, our giving can help us make a stronger impact with rebuilding. We are a District United.
In addition, I ask for help by liking, following, and sharing the Rotary District 5930 Facebook Page on personal, business, and club pages. Also, it is very important to share the Rotary District Website on social media platforms and through email by sending the web link to contacts.
Since, I am on the topic of websites and improving Rotary presence, I would like share an easier way to check the “health” of our Rotary Clubs’ web presence. It’s called a Rotary Web Report Card. I want to give credit to fellow District 5790 Rotarian, John Pokorny for giving me the resource at a district training in Austin, Texas. Also, to our District Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara for reminding me of the crucial tool. Governor Betty would like all clubs to have websites and social media platforms and use them to improve presence and engagement. Click to read the Rotary Web Report Card.
I encourage Rotarians and friends to contact our District leadership and fellow clubs to connect, learn, and take action. This will help enhance club experience, increase visibility, and createloads of fun! Most importantly, a strong Rotary visibility within our communities can help build trust. This can help Rotarians have a greater impact with service projects, disaster relief, and more. Rotarians are PEOPLE Of ACTION. You can connect with me via email, text, or on social media.
The advent of a new Rotary year means several things for our Foundation, which I will cover in this brief update.

Entering goals

For those clubs that have set goals in Rotary Club Central (RCC), thank you. We need to know what numbers we are shooting for so we can track our progress throughout the year. Remember, half of what we contribute to the annual fund will come back to the district in 3 years to be spent on local and international projects. As of this writing there are 18 clubs that have not entered their goals in RCC. If you are one of those clubs please get something entered as soon as you can.

Scholarship applications

Juan Lira out of the Laredo Club is our Scholarship chair for the district. He is soliciting applications for our three scholarship opportunities this year – Costa Rica, Veteran’s, and Global Scholars. Please promote these opportunities within your communities, especially to local community colleges and universities. These are amazing scholarships funded through District Grants and our Rotary Foundation.
You can find links to these scholarship applications on the home page of our District 5930 website –

World Polio Day

World Polio Day is Saturday, October 21. The idea is to create an awareness event focusing on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio in the world on that day. You can get creative, team up with other clubs in your area, and have fun with it!
For some ideas on events for this day you can go to You can even register your event on this page!

Contribute throughout the Year!

As you know the Rotary year runs from July – June. I would encourage you as a club and individual to contribute throughout the year, not just at the end. This makes the contributions more manageable and allows you to track your progress as the year goes by.
Thanks for all you do and let’s continue to “Do Good in the World”!
From Rotary International to District Rotary Foundation Chair
Hi Ellison,
Please encourage donors to send in their contributions per the instructions on the contribution forms and encourage them to make gifts online. Sending donations directly to staff slows down the processing of contributions. If a club is sending in one check that needs to be credited to multiple donors, club officers should make sure to include the multiple donor form to ensure the gifts are credited appropriately.
For your information, here are the year-end contribution deadline dates. I will be sending these out to all district leaders today or tomorrow. Last year, I also sent these to club leaders and plan to do so again this year.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Dear club presidents, club presidents-elect, and club secretaries,
In response to feedback from Rotary clubs around the world, I want to let you know about an important change that may affect your annual Rotary membership number. This change will ensure that all 2016-17 membership achievements are accurately recorded and that your club’s July invoice reflects the correct membership at the beginning of the new Rotary year.
Previously, our policy included new members added with a 1 July effective date in the calculation of the annual 1 July membership start number, which was also used for recognizing membership achievements for the immediately previous Rotary year. This calculation method resulted in substantial confusion and frustration for clubs that expected these new members to be counted in their net membership increase for the new year rather than the previous year.
Hurricane Relief Fund

Temporary Meeting Sites

Rockport Rotary Club (Thursday at 12:00 PM )
Aransas County Library
701 E Mimosa St 
Rockport TX 78382
United States
Port Lavaca Rotary Club (Thursday Noon)
Grace Episcopal Club
Contact:  Michael Rivet (361-920-2934)
Aransas Pass Rotary Club (Monday Noon)
No change in location - Bakery Cafe
Contact:  Karen Gayle (361-758-2136)
Portland Rotary Club (Tuesday Noon)
Mike Cotton’s BBQ
Contact:  Stephanie Turany (361-877-7287)

Rotary District 5930 has partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund - a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.

Donate Online Now Hurricane Relief Plan Donation Form
If You'd LIke to Help Please Make Checks to Rotary District 5930 
c/o McAllen North Rotary Fund -  Fed Tax Id# 27-3855943
501 W. Nolana
McAllen, TX  78504
If You Have a Project that Requires Funds from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Please Fill Out the Form Below and Send to

Important Documents

What's Happening in Rotary District 5930
The Superintendent of Victoria ISD and its Board of Trustees expressed appreciation to the efforts of the Rotary Clubs of Victoria and Rotary District 5930 for their assistance in restoring families and students at four elementary schools in the District.

Each Trustee was given a framed Rotary Four Way Test presentation. Each student in the 14 elementary schools hosting Rotary sponsored Early Act First Knights programs in VISD receipt the Four Way Test each morning as they begin their day.

The Board honored The Downtown Victoria Rotary Club, Kim Phillips, President; the Victoria Northside Rotary Club, Jim Stokes, President and The Victoria Rotary Club, JJ Craig, President.

Northside members Vice President Jessie Pisors, Secretary Linda Caldwell and Sargent at Arms Adam Mahan.

Northside members Past President Bret Baldwin, Secretary Hugh Hanes, President Elect Donald Jirkovsky and Asst. Governor Kent Grier.

Downtown's Secretary Bryce Scott, President Kim Phillips and President Elect Jim Kiening
District Governor 2017-2018
Roberta "Betty" Ramirez-Lara, McAllen South
Upcoming Events
Rotary International Convention


Celebrate with us in Toronto, Canada

Inspiration around every corner

There’s a world of opportunity waiting for you at the Toronto convention

District Partners
  • The Del Barrio Family

Blood Donations
Adoption Awareness
Contact Cornelia Garza, Faith Based Recruiter and State of Texas CPS worker for more details
District Conference

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Youth Peace Conference

Register Online HereDownload Youth Peace Conference Form


Download Youth Conference Waiver/Release Form

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District Conference Hotel Info
Make hotel reservations for the Rotary 5930 District Conference in South Padre Island!
Contact one of the following hotels to set up your reservations. Rooms will be held until March 30, 2018
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Use Promo Code: Rotary International
7000 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 772-7000 Ext. 2
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Use Group Code: ROI
6502 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-8844
La Copa Inn South Padre Island
350 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-6000
Rotarian Four-Way Test Speech Contest