What is Rotary?

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.


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We are doing Equal Exchange as a fundraiser.  They offer exceptional coffee, tea and chocolate.  Check out the catalog! 

The planning meeting for the 2017-18 Rotary year was well attended and was very productive. The meeting followed with installation of officers with the installation conducted by District Governor Gene Holiman.

District Governor Elect Jerry Chapman installed our newest member.

RYLA began on Sunday, July 2 and as usual it was an exciting start.   These campers will learn so much about leadership and service during this camp.


Guatemala Update by Tricia Johnson

The trip has been productive and very worth while. Our trip itineraries are typically very full, and this one is no different. A list of our tasks and site visits and the reasons for each are below:

CAP in LA Parroquia, La Zona Reyna – Rotary project, celebrated the completion of purchasing and outfitting the clinic with their new medical equipment, project includes training of midwives and nurses for maternal and child health. Los Gozosos, Chimaltenango – UbF project, celebrated the donation of a transport van to an orphanage for special needs kids. A majority of the kids are lifelong residents of the facility, as they have no families that claim them.

Caracol, Caracolito, Joya Large – Rotary project, celebrated the completion of a water supply project and the eventual completion of latrines. Uspantan Hospital – Past Rotary and UbF projects, checked on past projects that have included supplying an ambulance, industrial washer and dryer for cleaning hospital linens, and ultrasound and other equipment.

Semutz and Tamborcito, La Zona Reyna – Rotary project, celebrated the start of a new   water project in these two remote villages. The residents were much more accepting of us as visitors than they were the first time we visited last year. We have developed some trust in the community.

In addition to the above projects, we visited a number of proposed project sites where communities requested either a school or water project. After leaving Uspantan, the team then reviewed the list of potential projects to assess which projects are viable for Rotary and/or UbF.

 Pecan Springs Elementary School

The students are gone for the summer and gone are those who water the plants.  If you can help with watering over the summer, please contact Brenda.

There is an opportunity for us to help with third grade math tutoring, one on one with the Pecan Springs  student’s. Frank Lynn from the University Area Club is coordinating this project.  Please reach out to him if you are interested.



Rotary International President
Ian Riseley

There are as many reasons to come to Rotary as there are Rotarians – maybe even a few more. But each of us has stayed in Rotary because it adds something to our own lives. Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.

What kind of difference Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians make through their service will always be their own decision. As an organization, we are guided by the three strategic priorities our Board has set in our strategic plan: to support and strengthen our clubs, to focus and increase our humanitarian service, and to enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

In the year ahead, our clubs will have the support of a greatly augmented array of online tools, including a refreshed Rotary.org, a simplified Rotary Foundation grant application process, an improved My Rotary experience, and a rebuilt Rotary Club Central. As we look to strengthen our clubs, two specific challenges stand out in our membership: our gender balance and our average age. To keep our clubs strong, we need to build a membership that reflects the communities we serve and that will continue to develop knowledgeable leaders for generations to come.

For many years, one idea has stood at the heart of all our service: sustainability. Sustainable service means our work continues to have a positive impact long after Rotary’s direct involvement has ended. We don’t dig wells and walk away; we make sure communities can maintain and repair those wells. If we build a clinic, we make sure that clinic has a way to keep running without ongoing support from us. And when it comes to polio, we aren’t working to contain it; we’re working to end it.

Eradicating polio is the ultimate in sustainable service. It is an investment that will yield not just a long-lasting but a permanent benefit, on a global scale. It is and must remain our No. 1 priority until the job is done.

For 112 years, Rotary has made a difference to more lives, in more ways, than we can ever count or will ever know. Today, each of us bears a torch, its flame lit by Paul Harris, that has been passed forward from generation to generation, in Rotary: Making a Difference.




District Governor’s Message

As I write this article I have visited fourteen District Rotary clubs, and met with most of their boards. Some larger clubs, some newer clubs. Some are in our major metropolitan areas, others are far flung into the smaller communities. But one commonality exists throughout all: all are excited to be Rotarians, and are eager to seize the opportunities they have to make a difference in 2017-18 in their communities and in the world. I applaud their rabid enthusiasm, and their acceptance of my District Governor challenge goals for the new year.

As I’ve stressed in all my official governor visits, District 5870 exists to help all of the clubs in our district; YOUR CLUB does not exist for the benefit of the district. The District is support… all the service, fellowship, fundraising, camaraderie and goodwill occurs at the club level. We need both to be successful. We need both to make a difference. We here in District 5870 are People of Action, Clubs in Action, Making a Difference One Action at a Time. Gene Holiman

2018-2019 Peace Fellowships

Posted by Laraine Lasdon

Each year, Rotary awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.

  • Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
  • Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.

More than 1,000 peace fellowship alumni are working in over 100 countries.

This year our District had several enquiries and ultimately we submitted to RI one applicant seeking a three month certification scholarship.

The applicant was referred to us by Texas State.  University Study broad programs often keep in touch with their graduates and can be a good source for recruiting applicants.

Community Colleges, Chambers of Commerce and various volunteer groups like the Peace Corps are also good candidates for finding applicants.

The RI website has maps, applicant criteria, and a list of entities offering the Peace Fellowship courses.

If your club would like more specific help working with this worldwide program please email me  – remember this is zero cost to your  club but should be a line item under Global Services/International Avenue.   My email address is larainelasdon@gmail.com.    I look forward to hearing from you.

Multi-Club Service Project

Great multi-club service project from the Austin, Austin University Area and E-Club of 5870! They supplied a new book van for Bookspring. Great example of why we are #1DistrictStrong!