Say Hello to Our District Governor Mary Ann McDuff

                             
Welcome to Rotary District 5790, composed of sixty-nine vibrant clubs across the Texas North Central Plains area. 
 
A Fort Worth, Texas native, Mary Ann McDuff, has made Denton, Texas her  home for over 40 years. McDuff retired as Director of Academic  Financial Services at Texas Woman’s University several years ago after more than 30 years of full-time service. For these past several years, she has immersed herself fully into fulfilling her retirement goal and dream – expansion of community engagement, activism, and service in the North Central Texas area through Rotary.
 
 
 
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Texas Connects Us: Lewisville School Food Pantry
Lewisville Harmon High School has a pantry where students whose families are struggling to afford a meal can find a snack, no questions asked.

Check out this story on NBC 5. Wonderful story about a Lewisville ISD school that are feeding their free and reduced students who don't have food at home through the efforts of the staff, students and the local business community. If you watch the video carefully, you will see that Lewisville Noon Rotary is among those that are are contributing to the Harmon High School Grub Room to collect and distribute food to those children. We are Rotary proud.
There is an old saying within the Rotary Folklore that stipulates that in order to have a great Rotary meeting, 3 things are required:
A Nice Venue
Good Food
A Great Speaker
 
Of those 3, the greatest challenge for a Club Service committee is consistently coming up with great speakers for every meeting. Speakers that are interesting, relevant and meaningful for your club members that speak on topics that will expand Rotary member horizons are not always easy to find week in and week out. And, it is for that reason that the District 5790 District Services team has instituted a Speakers Bureau. We have a list of 71 tried and true speakers that have spoken at Rotary meetings just like yours. The list was assembled from recommendations from Rotary members that have heard them speak. This list is updated periodically to add folks you have recommended and delete folks that are no longer available to speak. The Dec 1, 2016 update is now available on the District 5790 Website. Click here to view. Please feel free to contact Speakers Bureau chair Derrick Kinney with suggestions for this list.
 
Ben Bruce is a new Rotarian.  He is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Arlington Highlands that was chartered this year. He is a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam era.  He is a long-time resident of Arlington, and he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He retired from Siemens Corporation in 2007 as a Senior Vice President of a business subdivision in Postal Automation.  Since retirement, Ben has founded his own logistics-consulting firm, Trinity Technical Group, and serves as Chief Operations Officer.  Ben retired in 2015 after volunteering 30 years to law enforcement in Arlington and Dalworthington Gardens.

Ben Bruce is receiving the Rotary Builder Award for the amazing work he has done with the Bowie High School Mentoring Program.  Thanks to his work with the project, we are now starting up the Interact Club there again.  
 
Betty Bengo from Arlington Southwest Receives the Rotary Builder
Betty is the Director of New Generations, and she has coordinated the 4-Way speech contest and recruited students for RYLA.
 
She has been responsible for recruiting new Rotarians, and she is on the District Speakers Bureau, speaking on behalf of Malaika Children’s Orphanage in Uganda. She and her husband, Peter, are owners and directors of this orphanage that cares for AIDS children. 
 
Betty represents Arlington Great Southwest in powerful and positive ways.
Diana Mendell, Mansfield, Receives the Rotary Builder Award
Diana Mendell is a fairly new member of the Mansfield Rotary Club having joined after moving to Mansfield from San Antonio.  A fellow Rotarian recommended Rotary to Diana as a way to give back to her community. 
 
Upon joining Rotary, her friend presented her with a Paul Harris Fellowship to celebrate her involvement in the club.  Since then, Diana has jumped in with both feet and without asking how deep the water is.  In her first year, she took charge of the silent auction held in conjunction with the club’s first Casino Night fundraiser, and she created a fantastic team that resulted in a very successful auction. 
 
As she entered her second year of Rotary membership, she accepted the position of Community Service Director without hesitation and again without asking how deep the water is.  As a director, she is working to maintain and grow the club’s current community service programs. She is also working to extend the club’s reach to the Mansfield ISD Phoenix Academy to provide a new level of support to its students. 
 
Diana is an enthusiastic member of the club.  When she takes on a project, you can count on her to get it done at a very high level.
Mark Cloud from Arlington Sunrise receives the Rotary Builder Award
Mark Cloud is a son of the Republic of Texas.  He was born in Houston, grew up in El Paso and Alice, and he moved to Arlington in 1990.  He has a microbiology degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has put this to great use in the mortgage business for the last 18 years.  He has been married to Nora Cloud for 16 years and has two lovely girls, ages 10 and 13.
 
Anytime we ask Mark to do something, he is always there to help and the first to sign up.  That is the reason Mark is receiving the prestigious Rotary Builder Award as a member of the Rotary Club of Arlington Sunrise.
Susie McAlister from the Arlington Club Receives the Rotary Builder Award
Susie McAlister was born in Fort Worth.  Her grandfather, Sam Wine, was the first president of this Club.  After graduating from Arlington High School, she cheered for Arlington State College and then the University of Texas at Arlington before graduating from TCU.  She taught Art and coached cheerleading for many years in Midland where she was in Junior League with Laura Bush before moving back to Arlington in 2001 to care for her mother. 
 
Susie worked for Special Olympics in Fort Worth where she started their annual fundraiser, “Steaks and Stetsons.” Today, she attends grandkids’ events, and serves on the Arlington Veterans Day Observance Committee. She also serves on the boards of Theatre Arlington, Advocates for Special People, and Rotary.  As the Club Secretary, Susie is the glue that holds our Club together.  She is always thoughtful in her contribution to our Club and her work behind the scenes makes the day-to-day flow of our Club seamless.  We are very lucky to have Susie McAlister!
 
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.
 
Picture this, one of your members just had a wonderful business lunch with a client. Getting to know each other the conversation eventually gets around to "what do you do when you are not working". Your fellow Rotarian takes advantage of the opportunity to brag about your Rotary Club. The client's curiosity is piqued and says what's Rotary? Your member hands them the Rotary "see us in action card", tells them the name of your club and invites them to your next meeting. Upon returning to work, the client googles your club's name.
 
If this truly was one of your members and the client did google your club name, would that client be inspired to accept the invitation based on what was discovered in the Google search?
 
The District 5790 District Services team has been wondering the same thing. So, we performed a very basic study of the Internet presence of every single one of the 69 Rotary Clubs in our district.
 
There are several categories of awards in Rotary that apply to clubs and individual members. Each year qualification criteria for awards changes depending on the RI President’s chosen theme, the DG’s goals, and the Awards Committee preferences. This year is no different. All awards can be found in the Playbook on the district web site.
 
The biggest change at the District 5790 level is that we are attempting to streamline the submission process by going all electronic and greatly simplifying the questions and answers. There are two links in the previously referenced Playbook under Awards in the left hand column what allow you to see the questions for each award or to actually play with those live forms.
 

Rotary International releases 2016 Manual of Procedure

 

 

 
Rotary Serving Humanity Team Playbook
Our 2016-2017 Rotary Team is Ready - Let's make the 2016-2017 Rotary Year the Best Ever
 
Watch this column for links to the most important plays in the Rotary Playbook
 
The 2016-2017 Digital District Directory is now available. Members that prefer a printed version of the District Directory can download the files they prefer.
 
Check out the 2016-2017 RI President John Germ's Presidential Citation Brochure.
 
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See the Rotary Serves Humanity Playbook. We will be continually updating this playbook.
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Detective Hartsell shown here with DG Mary Ann McDuff &Juneria P. Berges on his right and Captain Eddie Saleme in his left.  Detective Brent Hartsell has been employed by the Grapevine Police Department for 12  years.  After spending 10 years in patrol he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he has excelled in his new role. 
 
 
RI President John Germs August 1, 2016 Membership Month memo was amended to include the following comments regarding RI's new membership materials being offered to support club membership growth and retention:
 
Providing you with the materials to help cultivate and maintain membership is something Rotary is striving to do, now more than ever. Clubs can use our new Rotary Club Health Check and Membership Assessment Tools to identify their problem areas and develop strategies to address them. Also available is Impact Begins with You, a regionalized brochure for prospective members available on shop.rotary.org. As part of our Membership Month celebrations, Rotary is offering a 20% discount on orders of this prospective member brochure (up to 20 packs of 5) through August 31.
 
 
 
    
     Have you been wondering where the District Directory is?  It is right in your computer!!  Yes, all you have to do is download the information punch some holes put it into a binder and you have your very own District 5790, 2016-2017 Directory.  What's in side is more concise then previous directories, yet more information then you probably will need.  To get your very own District 5790 Directory follow the direction below...
 
 
 
 
 
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