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The Four Way Test 

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Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Posted by César Caro on Oct 01, 2012

The New District 5730 Website is Currently Under Construction.

Browse At Your Own Risk! Some Information Might Not Be Current or Updated.

Be Patient! ... The Launch Date is July 1, 2013.


New Stories (News) and Minor Calendar Updates (1/26)

Added Future Vision Site Page with Downloadable Information (2/11)

Added ClubRunner Help File Site Page with Downloadable Information (2/12)

Click here to visit the current site.

Posted by David Norris

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. 

Posted by César Caro

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Posted by César Caro on Jan 27, 2013

$75,000,000 Committed to Help Close the$945 Million Polio Funding Gap!
Polio Plus: Rotary’s obligation to the children of the world
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!
8,000,000 Children Saved from Polio Paralysis Since 1985

Polio Eradication Update
For The Week Ending 02/7/13


Total Paralysis Cases   Year to Date 2013  Year to Date 2012  Total 2012  Total 2011 
 Globally  1 12 222  642
 - in endemic countries:  1  11  216  335
 - in non-endemic countries:  0  1 6  307

New Polio cases reported this week:
Niger 0, Pakistan 1, Afghanistan 0, Nigeria 0
2012 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2012 Totals)
Endemic Countries – 1 Pakistan (2012-58), 0 Afghanistan (2012-37), 0 Nigeria (2012-121)
Importation Countries (2012 & 2013) Chad (2012-5), Niger (2011-1)

Special Thanks to: Terry Ziegler, [email protected] District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

Posted by César Caro on Jan 21, 2013

RI President-elect Ron Burton announced the 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Rotary International/Alyce Henson

RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14.

He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.

“If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued."

Burton said the July launch of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model, Future Vision, makes it an exciting time to be a Rotarian. He said the new grant model, which has been used by about 100 pilot districts since 2010, represents a new era for the Foundation, and will help Rotarians get excited about Rotary’s ability to change lives.

“It takes everything that is wonderful about Rotary and raises it to a new level — by encouraging bigger, more sustainable projects while providing increased flexibility for local projects, both of which address the needs of the community being served,” he said.

Burton asked the incoming district governors to take the lead in helping their clubs through the transition, with the assistance of their district Rotary Foundation chairs, who also attended the assembly this year. The training sessions are focusing heavily on equipping these leaders to go back to their districts as experts on the new grant model.

Before the assembly, Burton asked each of the incoming governors to make a donation in their name to The Rotary Foundation in order to demonstrate leadership by example. At the assembly, he announced that all 537 governors-elect had complied; along with donations from all RI Board members and Foundation Trustees, the contributions totaled US$675,412.

“Now, I have to believe that some of this is money that The Rotary Foundation probably would not have received had I not asked. And I think that this is an important lesson” he said. “If you want somebody else to do something, you can just sit around and wait for them to get the idea, or you can ask.”

Burton applied that lesson also to membership development, which he insisted is the responsibility of every Rotarian. He told the audience that although he had been an active member of the Key Club, a youth program of Kiwanis International, he went on to join Rotary simply because the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, invited him to.

“You have to ask,” he said.

But Burton emphasized that the job doesn’t end when a new member joins: “It’s not done until that new member is engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary, and uses the power of Rotary service to change lives.”

Posted by César Caro on Jan 21, 2013

Dear fellow Rotarians,

In December, I spoke at the first of the three Rotary Global Peace Forums we have planned for this Rotary year. This first event, with the theme “Peace Without Borders,” was held in Berlin, the home of the Berlin Peace Clock. The clock, intended as a piece of art, is 3 meters high and weighs over 2 tons. On its side are inscribed the words, Time bursts all walls asunder.

The clock was unveiled on 9 November 1989. That was the day the Berlin Wall fell. It was a wonderful coincidence that the moment the hands on the clock began to move, the orders were given to open the border to West Berlin. The words written on the side of the clock had come true.

In Rotary, we do not divide our work by nation, culture, or language. It does not matter what is printed in your passport. What matters is that you believe in Service Above Self. But even in Rotary, it is easy to think in terms of countries or communities. This project may help someone in my own community, or that project may help someone from Germany, or Kenya, or South Africa. Sometimes we think of different types of borders. This project, we think, helps the young. This helps the elderly. This helps people who are hungry, poor, or sick, or who have disabilities.

The truth is that Service Above Self does not know such borders. When we serve, the impact is not limited to our community, or the community we are helping. We are not only helping the young, or the elderly, or this school, or that orphanage. When we serve, we are helping all of humanity. The effects of what we do go on and on.

When we put Service Above Self, we are making a choice. We are choosing to put other people’s needs ahead of our own desires. We are saying, “Your problems are my problems, and I care enough to help you.”

Rotary brings peace by addressing the needs that cause conflict: the need for clean water, for nutrition, sanitation, and health care. When these needs are met, there is opportunity. And there is hope. Hope has no borders. It is the garden from which peace can grow.

Peace Through Service brings out the best in us. It makes us aware of the borders we set up around ourselves – and it helps us tear them down.


Posted by César Caro on Jan 21, 2013

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Posted by César Caro on Nov 28, 2012

100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

Rotary clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows can be certified as a 100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Club and are eligible to receive a one-time special recognition banner from The Rotary Foundation.

To obtain this recognition 

A club representative must contact the district governor after determining that all current, dues-paying club members are Paul Harris Fellows. 

The district governor must confirm that all members are Paul Harris Fellows and notify: The Rotary Foundation OA400; One Rotary Center; 1560 Sherman Ave.; Evanston, IL 60201-3698 USA. Confirmation and banner requests can be made by email to: [email protected] Honorary Rotarians and former club members do not need to be Paul Harris Fellows for clubs to receive this recognition.

Annual club banner recognitions

The following recognitions are awarded annually at the conclusion of the Rotary year and are based on active dues-paying membership as of 30 June. The eligible clubs will be determined by The Rotary Foundation and the appropriate recognitions sent to the current district governor for presentation.

100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club

This recognition honors clubs in which every dues-paying member personally contributes US$100 or more to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year. Read more about individual recognition for Sustaining Members.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club

This recognition is awarded to clubs that achieve a minimum US$100 per capita from active dues-paying members and 100 percent participation with every active member contributing some amount to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year.

Top three per capita in Annual Fund giving

Banners are given to the top three per capita giving clubs in each district. To be eligible, clubs must achieve a minimum $50 per capita to the Annual Fund.

Posted by César Caro on Nov 15, 2012

1. A five percent membership increase using the IGNITE program.

2. One "new" project, either local or international.

3. That every club have the goal of "Every Rotarian Every Year.”

4. A renewed emphasis on the "Four Way Test” in learning it and in living it.

5. Two “new” clubs: either Rotary Clubs, Rotary Satellites, Rotaract, or Interact.


Posted by César Caro on Nov 06, 2012

Member Access isn’t just a tool for updating your contact information or paying dues. It’s an online destination offering a variety of useful information and functions that can enhance your Rotary experience.

If you haven’t explored the site for a while, here are three reasons you should log in to Member Access.

1. Track club goals. Launched in July, Rotary Club Central makes it possible for you to monitor your club’s progress and achievements in three key areas: membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. Once you’ve entered this data, your club members, district governor, and assistant governor can also follow your accomplishments.

2. Publicize your projects. Through Rotary Showcase, you can promote your club’s achievements to other Rotarians and Facebook friends. Add your project or browse the site to see the good work other clubs are doing.

3. Sign up for training. Learn about Rotary’s Strategic Plan, six areas of focus, and how to apply for the Foundation’s new grants. Each course includes resources and its own online community where you can talk with other participants and course moderators. Go to learn.rotary.org and register for a course today.

Posted by César Caro on Nov 06, 2012

Over the past four years, the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset, Hawaii, USA, has averaged $803 in per capita giving. District Annual Giving Subcommittee Chair Richard Zegar offers his top tips for increasing your club’s giving:

1. Select committed Rotarians to serve in fundraising positions for several years in a row. This consistency contributes to an “atmosphere of giving.”

2. Meet one-on-one with members to discuss The Rotary Foundation’s work. Then ask them to join you in supporting the Foundation.

3. Recognize new members by making donations to the Foundation in their names. Not only will you introduce them to individual recognition opportunities, but you’ll also encourage their continued support.

4. Use Foundation reports to inform members of their current recognition levels and encourage them to reach the next level. Acknowledge club members who attain higher giving levels.

5. Explain how effective and efficient The Rotary Foundation is compared with other charities. For example, tell members that 100 percent of their donations fund programs

Read more about the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative.

Posted by César Caro on Oct 15, 2012

District 5730 Map IIWe are now accepting nominations for District Governor of District 5730 for the Rotary year 2015-16. The deadline for submitting the application is January 24, 2013. The application can be found HERE and should be mailed or emailed to:

PDG David Norris
District Governor Nomination Committee Chair
1004 Crockett
Amarillo, TX 79102
[email protected]

Qualified candidates include Rotarians in good standing who are members of a club in good standing with Rotary International. The candidate must have served as the president of a club for a full year.

We also invite you to email names of potential applicants to PDG David Norris!

Posted by César Caro on Oct 15, 2012

Tom Plumb of The Port Isabel, Texas Rotary Club in District 5910 spent over 4 years pursuing the creation of a Texas Rotary International license plate. They are now a reality. The specialty license plate fee is collected in addition to the regular registration fee and any other applicable fees. From the $30 specialty plate fee, $22 goes to the Texas Department of State Health Services to help fund Tuberculosis (TB) prevention and for improving the delivery of TB prevention and control services. This plate is available for Passenger,Truck, Motorcycle, Trailer/Travel Trailer, and Private Bus.The plate can be purchased on-line at the TxDMV Website.

Texas DMV Link - Click Here

Posted by César Caro

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