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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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.


The next knighting ceremony will be held  Friday, May 19.  The first ceremony for the younger grades begins at 8:15 am followed at 9:00 for the older group.  Come support the kiddos who are learning great character skills thanks to Rotary!

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 shoe sale is here….

As Rotarians, our hands and feet are made for service to our  communities and our world.  Let’s rock 2017 with cool Rotary shoes.


There are three styles being offered:  Rotary, End Polio Now and 100 year TRF celebration.

Please look at the shoe chart for best sizing.  The shoes are unisex and are made based on the chart.

Questions? Contact Brenda Osbon at brendaosbon.rotary@gmail.com

Order here

ryla 2We are busy preparing for RYLA 2017.  Camper interviews start soon.                           

July 2nd – 7th, 2017
McKinney Roughs in Bastrop

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It is my pleasure to announce that PDG Melinda Osburn has been selected as the 5870 representative to the Council of Legislation and Council of Resolutions. Help me congratulate Melinda on her new role representing 5870!  DG Bruce Golden

    District Events/Deadlines

May 19-21 Conference of Rotary Clubs, Corpus
May 27 – Grant Management Training (final)
May 30 – Deadline for Presidential Citation
June 3 – Rotary Fest (dinner/dance) Sun City
June 8 – 11 – RI International 100th Convention
June 15 – Deadline for 2016-17 DAP Report
June 17 – DG and Club Leaders Installation







Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating

The Rotary Foundation earned a top score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S., in the most recent ratings, reflecting our organization’s commitment to financial health, accountability, and transparency.

See how Rotary compares with other charities


 May 2017

As you read these lines, final preparations are well underway for our 108th Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June in Atlanta. We’re looking forward to one of the biggest and best Rotary conventions yet, as we celebrate not only a wonderful year of Rotary Serving Humanity, but a full century of Doing Good in the World through The Rotary Foundation.

If you haven’t already made plans to attend, it’s not too late to register at riconvention.org. There is simply no better way to round off another great year in Rotary than by coming together with 40,000 or so of your fellow Rotarians to share ideas, find inspiration, and have a great time together.

We’re excited to have Bill Gates, a friend and partner in our work to eradicate polio, speaking at our convention this year. And it’s worth arriving early to attend a special Presidential Peace Conference, scheduled for 9-10 June and featuring Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

I’m proud to host a convention that is practically in my own backyard: Atlanta is a vibrant, modern state capital just a two-hour drive from my home city of Chattanooga, Tenn., and it’s a great place to experience the famous hospitality of the American South. Our Host Organization Committee has a great week planned, starting with the “Blue Jeans and Bluegrass” kickoff event on Saturday night.

Come on over to Centennial Olympic Park, right across from the House of Friendship, and get in a dancing mood with Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder band. Meet up with friends old and new at the Centennial Celebration Block Party or on the Peace Tour of Atlanta. Roll up your sleeves for the Habitat Home Build, or tie up your laces to take part in the 3K Walk/Run to End Polio Now. And before you say goodbye, come back to the House of Friendship for one more party: our Foundation’s 100th birthday party, with (of course!) cake and ice cream.

It’s going to be an incredible experience, and Judy and I are looking forward to celebrating with you – or, as we say in the South, with y’all! See you in Atlanta!