Upcoming Events
District Governor Visits Spindletop(Beaumont) Club
Sep 03, 2019
District Governor Visits Beaumont Club
Sep 04, 2019
District Governor Visits Hardin County Club
Sep 05, 2019
District Membership, Foundation & PI Seminar
Levin Hall
Sep 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
District Governor Visits Liberty Club
Sep 10, 2019
District Governor Visits Cleveland Club
Sep 11, 2019
District Governor Visits Dayton Club
Sep 12, 2019
District Governor Visits East Montgomery County
Sep 17, 2019
District Governor Visits the Woodville Club
Sep 18, 2019
District Governor Visits Livingston Club
Sep 19, 2019
RYE Information Meeting
Lone Star College
Sep 28, 2019
District Governor Visits Port Neches-Groves Club
Oct 01, 2019
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Betsy Robinson
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District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary District 5910
Foundation, Membership & Public Image Training
You are invited to the Rotary Round-Up--Membership, Foundation & Public Image Seminar. Please register using the link you received by email or the event lising on the District website.
Event:   Rotary Round-Up--Memb., Foundation & PI Seminar
Date:     Sep 07, 2019 8:00 AM  - Sep 07, 2019 3:30 PM
Fee:       $32.00
Location:   UTMB Levin Hall
102 Market Street
Galveston , TX   77550
Join us for Rotary Round-Up! This is our annual Membership, Foundation, and Public Image Training Seminar. Everyone is invited to come and sharpen their skills in these areas. Keynote and closing addresses will be given by 2017 Rotary Peace Fellow Scott Martin. The following workshops will be offered:
Foundation--Global Grants and End Polio Now Update with screening of Dare to Dream
Membership--Innovative ways to recruit new members and engage current members
Public Image--How to create a press release (please bring information about an upcoming project or recent project to create a press release during the session) and Being a guest at your own club
About Scott Martin
Scott is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders Int. (MBBI) and former Co-Leader of the Rwanda Team; working with survivors of war, genocide and sexual abuse to develop training in trauma awareness and non-violent conflict resolution. Scott is now working on the Cambodia Project focused on using social entrepreneurship to build capacity for community mediation centers and is the Lead Trainer for Peace Conversation Program which is system for addressing intra-group conflict through dialogue and facilitation skill building. 
Registration is $32 and can be paid by credit card, cash or check. If paying by cash or check, please be sure payment is received by the seminar date.
Amy K. Killgore and Ava Sloan
Rotary District 5910
District Trainers
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Rotary Youth Exchange
Our 2019-2020 Inbound Students have arrived! 
The month of August is always an exciting month for everyone involved in Youth Exchange: our new Exchange Students have arrived in Texas. This year District 5910 hosts 9 students (8 girls and 1 boy) from 7 countries. Welcome Alice (Brazil), Baptiste (France), Cris (Spain), Ploy (Thailand), Eloïse (France), Greta (Germany), Laura (Brazil), Leti (Italy), and Sophie (Switzerland).  They all came together for a mandatory orientation, held on Galveston Island August 23-25; they were joined by 4 former Exchange Students (called Rotex) from our District: Irma Castro (Bryan > France), Cynthia Cisneros (Lake Conroe > France), Zoe Garza (Dayton > Thailand), and Willie Xu (League City > Spain).  
Of course, several members of the District Youth Exchange Committee were there as well: District YEO Carol Mattingly (Huntsville), PDG Doris & Wally Lockey (Lake Conroe), Chris Turner (Friendswood), Nisa & Marcus Gillespie (Huntsville), Birda Gaskin (League City), PDG Hugh Summers (Palestine), and PDG Ulli Budelmann (Galveston).
After a welcome lunch on Friday at the popular “The Spot” restaurant on Seawall Boulevard, the students had their first orientation session at the Rosenberg Library, which provides wonderful and well-equipped seminar rooms for such an event.
Later in the afternoon everyone continued to Indian Beach at the west-end of Galveston Island and settled down in two beach houses that we rented for the weekend.
A special “Thank You” goes to our District Governor Betsy Robinson who joined our group on Friday evening to welcome our students to Texas and District 5910.
Certainly not that much appreciated by the students but mandated by the exchange program, the orientation continued the next morning, after a great breakfast prepared by Doris and Wally Lockey.
Students always enjoy listening to former exchange students when they talk about and actually “play situations” that they have experienced while they were abroad themselves. Thank you Cynthia, Irma, Willie, and Zoe for helping us to make the orientation for the students so much more “relevant” than we, the Rotarians, can do.   
In the afternoon everyone enjoyed an Imax Film, the Rain Forest, and the Aquarium at Moody Gardens, thanks to the generosity of John Zendt, its President and CEO (who “luckily” is a member of the Rotary Club of Galveston). 
In the evening a dinner reception followed at Palisade Palms, as every year sponsored by the Galveston Rotary Club. “Thank You” Christina and Bill Rathbun, and grand-daughter Trinity, for allowing us to enjoy the amenities of Palisade Palms, including the pool that was quickly taken over by all our students.
More time at the beach was enjoyed by the students on Sunday morning and, as every year for us adults it was amazing to see how quickly young people from different parts of the world, who have never met each other before in their life, can become close friends in just a few days. That is what Rotary Youth Exchange is all about and keeps us, the Rotarians, involved Youth Exchange for so many years.  
A sincere ”Thank You” goes to all who made this weekend such a wonderful event and specifically to our Rotex students, who were such a great help, and to our chefs Doris and Wally Lockey, who fed us so well.
But most importantly a heartfelt “Thank You” goes the Carson (Galveston), Gillespie (Huntsville), Hammerle (Friendswood), Kaspar (College Station), Long (Livingston), Martine (Palestine), Martineau (The Woodlands), Rowse (College Station), and Wiley (Montgomery) host families, who have accepted our students into their homes as new family members, and to the Rotary Clubs of Bryan, College Station, Friendswood, Galveston, Huntsville, Lake Conroe, Livingston, Palestine, and The Woodlands, who are hosting our students. Without them our Youth Exchange Program would not exist!
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RYE Informational Meeting
Rotary Regatta
Second Annual Rotary Regatta on Clear Creek
The Rotary Clubs of Friendswood and League City are excited to host The Second Annual Rotary Regatta on Clear Creek Sunday, October 20, 2019. It is a 7 mile canoe/kayak race that begins at 1776 Park in Friendswood and ends at Countryside Park in League City. This race was established to bring some fun and awareness to Clear Creek and the two Rotary Clubs.
The Regatta kicks off at 9:00 am at 1776 Park at 450 FM 2351 in Friendswood.  There will be refreshments and festivities with live entertainment after the paddle at Countryside Park at 100 Alderwood in League City. Registration is open with a $35.00 fee. For more information send an email to or visit the face book page
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CLUB NEWS: Angelina
Members of Angelina Rotary Club partnered with the Junior League of Lufkin to participate in a Poverty Simulation to see how people live under the poverty line in Angelina County. 

We also celebrated Perrin Teer earning his Eagle Scout and was presented with the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians Eagle Scout Certificate! Pictures with him is PDG Charda Bronaugh, Charter Member of Angelina Rotary Club.
We were honored to present our First “Hero of Excellence” where we honor a non-Rotarian that is furthering the mission of Rotary. This month We honored, Taylor Commiato, the Director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau! 

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CLUB NEWS: Beaumont
The Rotary Club of Beaumont invites you to attend Wine Down With Rotary and enjoy some fine wines and delicious appetizers on October 3.  Proceeds from the event help to fund college scholarships, literacy project with Martin Elementary, donations to The Rotary Foundation to End Polio Now, and more.  Get tickets by calling 409-842-1913.
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CLUB NEWS: Cleveland
Only 750 $20 tickets will be sold for this year’s Cleveland Rotary Club drawing.  So get tickets now if you want an opportunity to win one of the four big prizes.
The top prize is a 2019 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. EPS L provided by Martin Powersports, Prosperity Bank, Scott Shuff State Farm Insurance, Southside Bank, Veritex Bank, and Rotary Club of Cleveland.
The second-place is a $1,000 CBS gift certificate, donated by CBS Furniture of Cleveland.  Third prize is a $500 Visa gift card donated by Edward Jones financial consultants Kari Duggar, Tommy Dunn, and Dustin Gatlin.  Fourth prize is a $500 Visa gift card donated by Kendall Homes.
All tickets will be sold by November 13, 2019, and only four will be picked for the top prizes that day during the Rotary Club’s regular weekly luncheon.  Winners do not have to be present to win.  Taxes will be the responsibility of the winners.
Rotary Club members typically are out at football games for Tarkington and Cleveland to promote the fundraiser.  Proceeds of the drawing go toward the Rotary Club’s scholarship program for Tarkington and Cleveland high school seniors and other charitable projects.
For more information on tickets, send an email to
The Rotary Club of Cleveland welcomed its newest member, Dawn Moody.  Dawn works for Bergman Law Firm in Cleveland, and was sponsored by her boss, Jennifer Bergman.  Ernestine Belt inducted Dawn Moody into the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
Pictured left to right: Ernestine Belt, Jennifer Bergman, Dawn Moody
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CLUB NEWS: East Montgomery County

The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County donated 385 pairs of underwear to elementary schools in the New Caney and Splendora school districts.  This donation will help when students have accidents and spare underwear is available.  Students can get back to learning without the need to contact parents for a change of underwear.


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CLUB NEWS: Friendswood
Installation Banquet
At the end of June, we had our installation banquet at the Beldon, the facility is beautiful and I wanted to personally thank Brett Banfield for the use of his amazing facility. We were honored to have me and the incoming Board of Directors installed by our District Governor, Betsy Robinson. We were also able to have our Honorary Member Ron Cox join us. The following day, Rotary Member, Craig Hall took Betsy and her husband Travis to the Astros game for a day of fun and it was topped off with an Astros WIN.


Laura Bernardes PaDua, Friendswood Rotary Club's Foreign Exchange student from Brazil, visited our club today. Laura will be a junior this year at Friendswood High School. We hope she has a wonderful and memorable year here!


Proceeds from the fundraising efforts for the 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 - Friendswood Splashdown Celebration were donated today to the STEM programs at Clearbrook High School and Friendswood High School. Thank you to Bridget Christmas from CBHS and Thad Roher from Friendswood ISD. STEM education focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Also pictured are Club President Robin Hall and Mike Foreman, Friendswood Mayor.
Friendswood Rotary Club hosted a social gathering for District Governor Betsy Robinson at President Robin Hall's home. Friendswood Rotarians thoroughly enjoyed her visit.

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CLUB NEWS: Galveston
Members of the Rotary Club of Galveston were recently introduced to the club's new exchange student  - Ploy Chimmanee from Thailand. 
Pictured with Ploy are Past President, Kristen Carlson, who will host Ploy for part of her school year at Ball High School; and Ulli Budelmann, Executive Secretary and also longtime coordinator for the Club's student exchange program.  (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
Rotarian Gary Peters (center) was recognized as a VIT "Foreman" at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Galveston for his additional contribution to the Rotary Club of Galveston's Galveston Rotary Foundation, Inc.  The VIT (defined as "Fifth in Texas") initiative was created to encourage contributions to the Club's Foundation which in turn provides grants to non-profit organizations committed to improving the health, education and welfare of the Galveston community. In 2019 alone, the Foundation granted requests totaling over $32,000. 
Presenting the award was Rotarian Neil Nathan (left) and Club President, Jim Byrom. (Photo by Robyn Bushong.)
Jim Byrom, Club President,  presented Ruth Finkelstein Suhler, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Galveston, a 2018-2019  Rotary International themed banner - signed by each of Suhler's board members - as a special memento. (Photo by Robyn Bushong.)
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CLUB NEWS: Galveston Island
Past President Jason Hardcastle Announced the 2018-2019 Island Rotary Perfect Attendance Awards on Tuesday, August 20 at the San Luis Resort. 
Art Wilcox: 39 years of perfect attendance 
Eddie Walsh: 35 years of perfect attendance 
Barry Rochkind: 34 years of perfect attendance 
Scott Kusnerik: 33 years of perfect attendance 
David O'Donohoe: 30 years of perfect attendance 
Leon Kaplan: 29 years of perfect attendance
Cindy Schulz: 23 years of perfect attendance 
Chris Meyers: 15 years of perfect attendance 
Hal Rochkind: 8 years of perfect attendance 
Becky Trout Unbehagen: 7 years of perfect attendance 
Sharon O'Connor: 3 years of perfect attendance 
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CLUB NEWS: League City
On August 1, 2019, 9-year old Jace Duggan and his grandfather, Mark Higdon, spoke to the Rotary Club of League City about how he collected 235 gently used and new coats for those in need.  Jace has a goal for this year of 500 coats and asked for our help.  Collection will begin in October.
On the second Thursday of each month, the Rotary Club of League City, in partnership with the Galveston County Food Bank, distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need.  August sponsor was Associated Credit Union of Texas.  Each month we serve approximately 135 families. 
Pictured are Rotarians, volunteers and ACU Texas employees who provided water for everyone.
On August 2, Rotary Club of League City distributed 222 children with back packs and school supplies at the CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic Back to School Bash.  The clinic for the uninsured were able to give 37 school physicals and 139 immunizations, all at no charge. 
Pictured with physician, Dr./Sister Ricca Dimalibot are Rotarians Teresa Vencil, Julia Gallager, Carl Brynstad, John Baumgartner and Sue Rightly.
What a fun evening our Social Chair Julia Gallagher planned for our first Family of Rotary social. 
League City Rotarians enjoyed a fun evening of good conversation, lots of laughter, good Italian food, painting and wine  for our fifth Thursday social. 
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CLUB NEWS: Magnolia
Magnolia Bowl
The Magnolia Rotary Clubs Annual Fundraiser is the pre game to the showdown between Magnolia Hight and Magnolia West, the two high schools in Magnolia.
This year we are going to the carnival with carnival games, entertainment and a nugget eating contest.  The sponsorships sold raise money for scholarships, community service projects and our District Project in which we partner with Reflective Life Ministries to create and distribute 2 PSA's on Teenage Suicide.  Teenage suicide is at epidemic levels and we recognize the need to take this conversation public for the kids and the parents sake.So if tugs at your heart contact us to be a sponsor.
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CLUB NEWS: Nacogdoches

This group gathered to feed the Fredonia Elementary School faculty on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.  This was their back to school, welcome breakfast from the Rotary Club of Nacogdoches. 

Left to right:  Robin Dawley (Fredonia Rotary Club Reader), Milton Moorer, Farrar Bentley, Jimmy Partin, Rick Craig, Melinda Weibold, Fredonia Elementary School Principal, MaryAnn Bentley and Donna Finely.  

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Rotary Club of Orange began August with a service project. 
Rotary participated in the community wide project to provide school supplies for any Orange County student.  Rotary provided funds to give supplies to all Pre-K children.  We also had a booth to give additional notebooks with Rotary logo.  The project served hundreds of students.
Orange Rotarians at Back to School, left to right back, Chris Burch, Stacey Brister, Jessica Hill and Ida Schossow with future Rotarian
August is always a fun time for programs because the theme is Football.  Each week a coach from a local high school gave an update on the team and its prospects.  Speakers were Cornell Thompson, West-Orange Stark; Josh Smiley, Orangefield; and Randy Crouch, Little Cypress-Mauriceville.  County Judge John Gothia also spoke on the Backwater Challenge Fishing Tournament. 
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CLUB NEWS: Spindletop
Spindletop Rotary recently hosted the 35th annual swim meet for the special needs community. Held at the Lamar State College swimming pool and organized in conjunction with Spindletop MHMR and other group homes, the swim meet gives Adults with Individual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) a chance to compete in a safe and fun environment.
Swimmers are treated to a sack lunch and an awards ceremony after the races are completed. Winners receive gold, silver and bronze medals for first, second and third place. Approximately 85 participants took part in this year’s event.
Chris Lanier, 2019 co-chair along with Richard Carey said, “I believe the swim meet is important to these individuals because it gives participants a sense of accomplishment. They are fiercely competitive, and Spindletop Rotarians love to watch these athletes show off their skills.”
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CLUB NEWS: Texas City
Each year the Rotary Club of Texas City volunteers to serve hot dogs at the Chamber of Commerce Shrimp Boil for those who cannot or do not eat shrimp.  Another way of showing “Service Above Self.”
L to R - Rick Sharp, Courtni Tello, Trudy Broiles, Summer Chapman, Mandy Johnson, Christina James and Dorthea Jones
Trudy Broiles, Christina James, Mandy Johnson, Summer Chapman and Courtni Tello
Six new members were inducted last week. 
Pictured are Lisa Watson and Nathanael Doria and proposer Randy Dietel; Courtni Tello, husband Fernando, son Trey and proposer Charlie Scruggs; Proposer Chris Sharp with Rick Sharp; Peggy Davenport, Emken Linton, proposer Kitty Potter with Carol Etheredge; Karen McWhorter and proposer Judy Slocumb.
The Rotary Club of Texas City raised approximately $500.00 for a school supply drive.  The funds were used to purchase needed supplies for the students in Texas City Schools.
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