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International Convention
District Governor Betsy Robinson is sharing news for those attending the International Convention in Hawaii in 2020
 
Dear District Governors,
 
I hope you are planning to join Lois and me at the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii next June.  And I would like to especially invite you, and everyone in your District, to join us in the Zones 25 and 29 Celebration June 7. This will be a gala event and an excellent opportunity for folks in Zones 25 and 29 to become even better acquainted.
 
Below is a flyer describing the event. For more information and to register, please go to the Zone website www.zones25B-29.org. And please share this information with everyone in your District.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Larry Dimmitt, RI Director
 
 
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Announcement for District Governor Proposals

OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR 2022-2023 DISTRICT GOVERNOR PROPOSALS
 
This is the official notice that District Governor Betsy Robinson has issued a request for all clubs in the district to propose individuals to serve as the District Governor-Nominee-Designate (DGN-D) position, which will determine the governor for our district during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.  As the Immediate Past District Governor, I, John Hathaway, will serve as the Chair of the District Governor-Nominee Committee. 
 
The current Governor succession is as follows:
2018-2019:  John Hathaway – Rotary Club of The Woodlands
 
2019-2020:  Elizabeth Robinson - Rotary Club of League City
 
2020-2021:  Becky Mason – Rotary Club of Beaumont
 
2021-2022:  Jerry Springfield – Rotary Club of Woodville
 
2022-2023:  To Be Determined
 
The application period for District Governor for the Rotary Year 2022-2023 is now open and will remain so through January 15, 2020.
 
 
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Rotary District 5910 Mid-Year Meeting

Calling all Rotary Superheroes!!

Calling all Rotary Superheroes!! It's time to build upon your super strengths and gain new ones! Join us for our Mid-Year Meeting and Pre-PETS training on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Lone Star College--Montgomery.

This meeting is for everyone! Current Presidents, Presidents Elect and Presidents Nominee will build more muscle for their respective years. All will get a laser-focus on Rotary initiatives. Meet other Rotary Superheroes like Past Rotary International Director Greg Podd!

Registration is now open!  $35 will build your Rotary Superhero Muscles! Credit card payments can be made online. Checks can be made payable to Rotary 5910 and mailed to: League City Rotary PO Box 643 League City, TX 77574. Please write Mid-Year Meeting in the memo line.

 

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Honoring Suzi Howe
5910 District Governor Betsy Robinson
invites you to attend a celebration 
recognizing our special Rotary friend and mentor
Suzi Howe
upon her appointment to the Rotary International Board of Directors.
 
See the invitation below for details and click on the image to open in a new window.
 
 
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Council on Resolutions - 2019
RI Council on Resolutions – Recent 2019 Voting Results
 
Posted by: PDG Ulli Budelmann - District 5910 Representative and Member of the RI Council on Legislation 2014-2020
 
 
Rotary Clubs, Districts, the RI Board, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI (Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland) can propose Enactments to the Council on Legislation and Resolutions to the Council on Resolutions.  Enactments seek to change RI’s constitutional documents (that is, the RI Constitution, the RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Bylaws), whereas Resolutions are requests of the RI Board that do not change RI’s constitutional documents.
 
 
The Council on Legislation is the legislative body of Rotary International that has the authority to amend RI’s constitutional documents. The Council meets every three years in Chicago to discuss and vote on proposed enactments. The voting results are binding to RI.  The Council on Resolutions (consisting of all members of the Council on Legislation) meets each year on-line to vote on proposed resolutions. Adopted resolutions are non-binding “recommendations” to the RI Board of Directors.
 
 
Recently the Council on Resolutions voted on 33 proposed resolutions, of which 7 were adopted and 26 rejected. Please click ► here  ◄ i f you are interested in the proposed resolutions and the voting results.
 
 
If you have any questions, or would like more information about the recent resolutions, please contact PDG Ulli Budelmann at budelmann5910@comcast.net 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange

 

 
The most important information first:
 
Although the deadline for applying has already passed,
we still have room for more Long-Term and Short-Term Exchange Students for the coming year, that is, we are still accepting applications for both exchange programs.
 
As soon as possible please contact
Carol Mattingly at 5910rye@gmail.com (or 936-661-3997)
or Doris Lockey at dalockey@msn.com  (or 936-525-9638)
if you know of any student(s) who might be interested in becoming an exchange student and have a life-changing experience in another country next year
or, of course, if you have any questions.
 
And remember, for these exchange programs children and grandchildren of Rotarians are also eligible to apply.
 
 
 
 
For students and parents, who were unable to attend our first informational meeting on September 28 at Lone Star College in The Woodlands, we organized an additional such meeting in the evening of November 7 at the Public Library in Friendswood.  Despite the very (!) rainy weather, it was quite well attended.  A “Thank You” goes to Rotex Willie Xu from League City (who went to Spain for a year) for helping Chris Turner (Friendswood) and PDG Ulli Budelmann (Galveston) to provide the information that the parents and students wanted to know.
 
 
 
Two days later, on Saturday November 9, we interviewed several long-term and short-term applicants at Lone Star College in The Woodlands. The students were sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Friendswood, Nacogdoches, and Woodville.
 
 
As always, not only the students but the parents were interviewed as well.  In addition, help was provided when information in an application was missing or we thought that here and there “a little polish” could improve an application (to make it the most attractive one it could be for the reviewers in the hosting countries abroad).
 
 
After the interviews (and a quick lunch) the members of the Youth Exchange Committee discussed each applicant and tried to find a consensus about how well he/she would fit into the “large shoe” of an exchange student.  No question, it is not only an adventure but also a challenge to go to a foreign country and leave family and friends behind, specifically when going for entire school year.
 
 
As always, a big “Thank You” goes to everyone who has helped with the interviews, in random order:  Chris Turner (Friendswood), AG Birda Gaskin (League City), Marcus and Nisa Gillespie (Huntsville), Wally Lockey (Lake Conroe), PDG Ulli Budelmann (Galveston; who is never seen on the photos because he is the one who takes them), as well as six Rotex from our District: Zoe Garza (Dayton, who went to Thailand for a year); Annemarie Hoffzimmer (Huntsville, who spent a year in Italy); Cynthia Cisneros (Lake Conroe), Irma Castro (Bryan), and Jake Burns (Conroe), who all went to France for a year; and our inbound student Cris (from Spain), who currently lives in Huntsville. All these Rotarians and students “donated” a day of their busy lives to our District Youth Exchange Programs. 
 
 
The most special “Thank You” goes to our District Youth Exchange Officer (aka YEO) Carol Mattingly (Huntsville) and our District Youth Exchange Assistant Chair PDG Doris Lockey (Lake Conroe) for another perfectly prepared event. Without their organizational skills and expertise these meetings would not run that smoothly.
 
 
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CLUB NEWS: Beaumont
The Rotary Club of Beaumont celebrated Veterans Day with a special presentation by Club member Col. (ret.) Randall L. Fluke and the 842nd Transportation Battalion Commander LTC Gordon Vincent, stationed at the Port of Beaumont.  LTC Vincent spoke about the work of those stationed at the Port and the strategic work they do everyday, moving the Department of Defense’s cargo in and out of the Gulf of Mexico, "hidden in plain sight."   Col. Fluke then gave moving remarks honoring the veterans of the club by introducing them with their titles.  Of the Vietnam vets, Randy extended a special tribute with a heartfelt "welcome home" that they did not receive upon return.  Club members saluted our veterans with a standing ovation of gratitude.
 
 
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CLUB NEWS: Cleveland
Rotary Cleveland Announces Fundraiser Winners
 
The annual Rotary Club of Cleveland fundraiser for college scholarships and charitable projects was a tremendous success.  Winners were announced at the Rotary Club of Cleveland on Wednesday, November 13.
 
Robert Howell won first prize, a 2019 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. EPS L.  Second prize, a $1,000 CBS Furniture gift certificate, went to James Leach.  Third prize, a $500 VISA gift card, went to Kody Kennedy, Fourth prize, a $500 VISA gift card, went to Cal Bush.
 
“The Rotary Club of Cleveland would like to thank all who bought tickets for this project and to Martin Powersports, Prosperity Bank, Scott Shuff State Farm Insurance, Southside Bank, Veritex Bank, CBS Furniture, State Farm agents Kari Duggar, Tommy Dunn, Dustin Gatlin, and Kendall Homes for donating the prizes,” said Tommie Daniel, Rotary Club spokesperson.
 
 
Robert Howell (holding ‘Win Me’ sign) is congratulated for winning the Rotary Club’s drawing for a new Martin Powersports Polaris Sportsman.  With Howell are Tommie Daniel, Scott Shuff, Kelley Axton, Brad Browder, Scott Lambert, Ernestine Belt and Larry Middleton.
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF CLEVELAND RECOGNIZES STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
 
On Wednesday, November 20, the Rotary Club of Cleveland recognized two students of the month from Cleveland High School:  Izabella B. and Alan C.
 
Isabella plans to attend either Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas or a school in Arizona and play sports.   Her career path is sports psychology.  Alan has not yet decided where he will go to school, but wants to play professional soccer.  His career path is law enforcement as he would like to be a crime scene investigator (CSI).
 
 
Isabella and Alan are pictured with Ernestine Belt, New Generations chairperson.
 
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CLUB NEWS: Dickinson
 
The Dickinson Rotary Club sponsors the 35th Annual Dickinson Christmas parade on December 12, 2019.
 

The Dickinson Rotary hosted 4 junior Rotarians from Dickinson HS!  

Pictured left to right: Andre Garcia, Elizabeth Soto, Lyric Gonzales, Katherine Terrell
 
 
 
Our speaker on November 13 was Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady.  Mr. Roady spoke about trending topics in criminal justice in our area.
 
 
President-Elect Kimberly Rich, Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady, Vice-President Amanda Flannery. Thank you, Mr. Roady, for speaking to our club and for signing a copy of “Ricky, The Rock That Could Roll” to be donated to K.E. Little Elementary!
 
 
President David Parker with junior Rotarians: Bailee McShan, Dawson Boudreaux, Anthony Cassola, and Lauren Saunders from Dickinson High School on October 25.
 
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CLUB NEWS: East Montgomery County

The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County held its Fall Interact Mixer on Tuesday, November 5th at the EMCID Complex in New Caney.  Approximately 25 students from New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and Caney Creek high schools participated.  The mixer was a good way to celebrate World Interact Week.

Diane Rives from the Kingwood Chapter of Blue Star Mothers, spoke on how the organization helps servicepersons by sending them cards and care packages. 

Interactors brought care package items as their service project and wrote notes to be mailed to servicepersons.   Darbie Lindsey, Youth Service Director, facilitated this mixer.

 
 
In honor of Veterans Day, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County treated veterans to lunch.  The speaker was Judge Jimmie Edwards III, a Vietnam veteran, who now serves as Chairman  Montgomery County Veterans Memorial.
 
 
The Rotary Club of EMC re-launched its Legacy Brick Campaign on Veteran Day.  The community is invited to purchase bricks in honor of loved ones who are veterans or are currently serving in the military.    Bricks will be installed quarterly with the first installation in February of 2020. 
 
 
The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County donated food bags to Northeast Mission for Thanksgiving.  The mission's food and supply pantries were depleted after an overwhelming need due to tropical storm Imelda.

 

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CLUB NEWS: Friendswood
Greg Bonnen Speaks to Friendswood Rotary
 
Friendswood resident and State Representative, Dr. Greg Bonnen, spoke at Friendswood Rotary Club today about accomplishments in the recent legislative session.
 

 

Dr. Monireh Moghaddam receives Presidential Citation with Gold Distinction

Dr. Monireh Moghaddam (left), Past President of the Rotary Club of Friendswood, received the Presidential Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary during her year as President. Activities include growing the club’s membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in the community.

Rotary Club of Friendswood was one of only eight clubs to receive a citation of the 39 clubs in District 5910 from Rotary International President Barry Rassin.

 

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CLUB NEWS: Galveston
 
Jerry Mohn (right) was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow +4 at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Galveston. This special recognition means that Mohn, who initially gave $1,000 to Rotary International's Rotary Foundation to be designated a Paul Harris Fellow, has since given four additional $1,000 contributions to the The Rotary Foundation (TRF.)  TRF is recognized world-wide for transforming one's contributions into service projects that change lives - both close to home and throughout the world.  During the last century - TRF has committed over $3 billion for life-changing, sustainable projects - including the world-wide End Polio initiative. Presenting the PHF+4 pin is Rotarian Neil Nathan.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Galveston donated $1,500 in support of World Polio Day, October 24.
 
 
Rotarian Mary Lou Hollender, who chaired the initiative for the club, is pictured with Club President, Jim Byrom.
 
 
Kristen Carlson, Past President of the Rotary Club of Galveston (center) displays the special tribute she received on behalf of her Club at the recent 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America held recently at Moody Gardens.  The Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, was founded and chartered by the Rotary Club of Galveston in 1919 when 60 members of the club contributed $4,000 to organize Galveston's first Scout council.  Also pictured with Carlson are Club President, Jim Byrom (left,) and Charlie Tinsley, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Bay Area Council.
 
 
Rotarian Jerry Mohn (right) is congratulated by Rotary Club of Galveston President, Jim Byrom, as he acknowledges that Mohn  updated his VIT Membership from "Foreman" to "Trail Boss" with a $1,500 contribution to the Rotary Club of Galveston's Galveston Rotary Foundation, Inc. The Club's Foundation was established almost three decades ago as a 501(c) 3 public charity  to "greatly enhance the Club's ability to fund projects - primarily in the Galveston community - for humanitarian purposes and to promote peace throughout the world."
 
 

For over four decades, The Rotary Club of Galveston has hosted its annual Chili Supper fundraiser, and  this year's event took place November 6th, and again held in the Ball High School Cafeteria. In addition to great “homemade” chili and rice and all the condiments, guests  could purchase tamales to accompany their chili supper, as well as a variety of home-made and specialty desserts.  Many of the delicious desserts available for sale were prepared from club's members' family recipes - handed down from generation to generation, as well as tempting desserts donated by Galveston College’s culinary arts department, Wyndham Hotels/The Tremont House,  Moody Gardens and many of the Island’s best restaurants. Guests could dine in or bring containers for “to go” orders.  For those patrons who chose to enjoy their chili supper with friends in the Ball High cafeteria -  they could return for "refills" as often as they liked.

Free children’s books, again generously donated by Half-Price Books in Clear Lake, were given away throughout the evening, with a great variety of books to interest all age groups of children and youth. 

Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefited the Rotary Club of Galveston’s Galveston Rotary Foundation, which in turn sponsors and supports many essential programs and projects that benefit the Galveston community – including grants this year to include Ball High School's Project Graduation, UTMB Police Department Infant Car Seats initiative, and Galveston Urban Ministries for Backpacks/School Supplies. Since the founding of the Club’s Foundation in 1989, almost $632,300.00 has been granted to support local scholarships, initiatives, programs and projects that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of Galveston’s citizens and community.  (All photos by Robyn Bushong.)

 
Club volunteers preparing desserts to sell at the Chili Supper are (from left), Barbara Winburn, Past President Brett Kirkpatrick, Immediate Past President Ruth Finkelstein Suhler, and Rebecca Saavedra.
 
 
From left, Eric Froeschner, Keith Bassett, Past President and Chair, Chili Supper;  David Norris, Charles Tinsley, Past President Fred Raschke, and Past President, John Zendt.
 
 
Ruth Finkelstein Suhler, Immediate Past President, and Jim Byrom, President, doing a live-remote interview on K-TOR Radio from the BHS Cafeteria.
 
 
 John Augelli (from left), Cissy Matthews, Myles Shelton, and Past President Neil Nathan - all getting ready to working the serving line at the Chili Supper.
 
 
Jennifer Goodman and Ploy Chimmanee, exchange student from Thailand, get ready to distribute books during the Club's recent Chili Supper.
 
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CLUB NEWS: Galveston Island
Welcome to our newest member, Alan Sanders! Alan was inducted on November 19. 
 
Alan Sanders is pictured here with his sponsor and son, Aaron Sanders and Island Rotary President Sam Malchar, with President Elect Selah Tacconi smiling in the background.   Photo credit: Manny Chan
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CLUB NEWS: Lake Conroe
In October, Rotary Club of Lake Conroe started off with our District Grant Project Clothing for Kids we clothed almost all our kids. 
 
 
Thank you to everyone that participated by either contributing dollars to the goody bags or time to help with the Kids shop for clothing.  Special thank you to Service Chair Daniela Mead for all your help on the project! A big thank you goes out Old Navy Conroe for partnering with us on this project -

 
 
 


We even had our first Trash to Treasure Sale!  This was a great event for our first go around. All the profits will go to the Foundation!  Again, thank you to all for your donations and time sorting and getting items ready.  I would like to send a very special thank you to Sandy, Shanon, Monica, Deanna, Pat, Craig, and Pixie.  You all did a great job with our sale!
 
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CLUB NEWS: League City
Rotary Reads
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of League City held Phase I of their District Grant Project, Rotary Reads.  Twelve Rotarians read books and explained the 4-Way test to six second grand classrooms at League City Elementary School.  They also donated books signed by our meeting speakers to each teacher for her classroom library, as well as donated books to the school library.  Phase II of Rotary Reads will take place the first week of December.  Rotarians have committed to buying each of the 800 students in the school a book of their choice. Rotarians will assist the students of League City Elementary School select a book at the school book fair.   Shown in pictures are our District Governor, Betsy Robinson, explaining the 4-way test, Dee Scott reading a book to the class and Rotarians who participated in the project.
 
Flu Clinics
 
 
 
One of the annual service projects for Rotary Club of League City are the Flu Clinics.  League City Rotary partners with CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare Healthy Living Mobile Clinics to provide free influenza vaccines to four elementary schools and surrounding communities in the Clear Creek ISD.  This year 1,003 vaccines were given to help build healthier communities and keep families well this winter.  Rotarians, Interact and HOSA students organize the clinics, and assist in distribution, completion and checking of forms, line control, help with language barriers, and assist the medical professionals.
 
Mobile Food Pantry
 
 
The coldest weather of the year occurred on Mobile Food Pantry Thursday but that didn’t stop Rotarians from coming out in the rain and the cold to distribute fresh food to 78 families to make sure they had food for Thanksgiving.
 
 
Three New Members Inducted
 
 
Paula Brumm, Kim Trammel and Ryan Smith were inducted as new members of the Rotary Club of League City.  Paula is in real estate, Kim is in insurance, and Ryan is Director of Facilities and Technology for the City of League City.   President Sue Rightly led the induction with presentations from District Governor Betsy Robinson, Membership Chair Ava Sloan, and Rotarians Amy Killgore, Kevin Smith and John Baumgartner.
 
Ava Sloan visits Austria
 
 
Ava and Jack Sloan recently took a cruise.  While in Linz, Austria, Ava attended her first international visit to a Rotary Club of 90 men.  She was the only woman and first Texan to visit.
 
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CLUB NEWS: Magnolia
On November 1, 2019, the Rotary Club of Magnolia held it's 2019 Tailgate Party for the 2019 Magnolia Bowl held this year at Magnolia West High School. Pictured above from  left to right is MHS Interact Sponsor Katherine Cantu, three members of the MHS Interact Club and Frank Parker, the Rotary Foundation Chairman for the Magnolia Rotary Club.
 
 
 
 
This year's Magnolia Bowl Tailgate Party was one of the most successful ever with hundreds if not thousands of people in attendance. There were rides, inflatable games, food from Raising Cane's, a large number of local businesses are charity organizations giving out advertising items and answering questions, a tent set up by Montgomery County Constables to answer questions, two classic cars, a boat used by the Montgomery County Constables office, K-STAR Radio, Lone Star College,  and a card board car contest from younger school students.
 
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CLUB NEWS: Nacogdoches

Dr. Scott Gordon, President of Stephen F. Austin State University is Rotary Club of Nacogdoches Speaker

Dr. Scott Gordon was appointed as the nineth president of Stephen F. Austin State University in August 2019.  A native of Malone, New York, Gordon received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Cortland. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in botany and mycology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and holds certifications from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in educational management and leadership. Dr. Gordon comes to Stephen F. Austin from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, where he served as provost. Dr. Gordon introduced his management team and gave an overview of his strategy for enhancing the effectiveness of the university.

 

ROTARY CLUB OF NACOGDOCHES FISH FRY SETS NEW RECORD! - 444 IN ATTENDANCE

An annual event for the Rotary Club of Nacogdoches is the much awaited fish fry.  This fundraiser allows the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks fans to gather and raise money for summer scholarships for the teams.  Held in October, this year’s even hit a record in attendance of 444 as fans met the players and coaches prior to the season tip off.

 

Rotarians Matt Turner and Gregg Nichols headed a group  of Rotarians in the erecting flags in Festival Park for the spectacular Field of Honor of our Veterans. This a biannual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Nacogdoches held on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. 

 

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CLUB NEWS: Orange
 
The Rotary Club of Orange had great programs in November.
 
Ida Schossow, Orange Rotary president, with florist Scott Hasty, Gracie Henry and Maureen McAlpin
 
Captain Chris Horner presented information on the Maritime program at Lamar State College Orange.  The Club also had the opportunity to hear plans from the new city manager of Orange, Mike Kunst. Looking forward to the holidays, floral designer Scott Hasty gave demonstrations showing how he creates dramatic and beautiful floral arrangements.  Three lucky Rotarians were able to take home an arrangement.  Patsy Kemp of the Service League outlined the upcoming Toy Coffee with home tour.  Orange Rotary meets at Robert’s Restaurant on Tuesdays at noon, but will not have meetings on December 24 and 31. 
 
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CLUB NEWS: Palestine
Palestine Satellite Club members have been steadily engaged in monthly service projects since the club was formed in January 2019.  Monthly service to our community is our focus! 
 
 
Our sponsor club The Rotary Club of Palestine members have been enthusiastic supporters and have participated in many of our projects!
 
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CLUB NEWS: Port Arthur
 
The Rotary Club of Port Arthur completed the annual Dictionary Project.  The Club partners with Motiva and provides a dictionary to each 3rd grader in PAISD.
 
 
 
 
 
The Thanksgiving Box Project is completed in advance of the holiday by partnering with a local non-profit organization to  provide those in need with boxes full of canned goods, beans, cereal and either a ham or turkey. 
 
 
 
 
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