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Rotary Action Groups and Fellowships

Water and Sanitation Action Group:  WASRAG
For a complete listing of Action Groups, click here.

Rotary Global History Fellowship:  RGHF
Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship: ROSNF
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Club News & Events


District 5810 Welcome

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District 5810 Stories, News, and Events

Training for next year's club leadership will occur during the District Conference on Saturday, May 10th at the Rockwall Hilton.  Sign up for the Assembly using the Conference registration.  If all you are attending is the Assembly, just select Ala Carte and select only the Assembly.  Click HERE for registration.
PARTY AND TRAIN! Come Celebrate Rotary with all of District 5810.  We have a full weekend of fun and training planned to celebrate all our accomplishments of the past year.  It kicks off with an outdoor concert on the lake! Come make new friends and renew old ones all in the spirit of Rotary fellowship. 
A Rotary tradition at District Conference is to honor those Rotarians who have passed away during our year. Please submit names and their Pictures to Beverly Grogan or Sandra Moudy at or Also, please let us know whom from your club will be attending the service on Sunday, May 11, to place a remembrance flower for this distinguished Rotary Servant. The time of passing is from April 2013 to now. Plus, if you have additional names once you turn this in, please get those to us asap. Yes, that Sunday is Mother’s day, but we will be through well before you take Mom to lunch!

GREAT NEWS!!!  District Operations is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd.
Greater news!  The makeup class for Global Ops from December is scheduled for April 26th.  This was the class canceled due to the polar vortex.
Retaining Members:  Imagine if you had attended PETS training when you first became a Rotarian.  Well, this is your chance to send your Rotarians to training that far exceeds PETS training when all of the Rotary U courses are combined.  This training gives your members an insight into Rotary as they launch or further their Rotary career.  The more they know, the more Rotarians are ENGAGED.    
SARASOTA, Fla., April 1, 2014 – As National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, approaches, Bruce Heller, a member of the Rotary Club of Allen Sunrise of Rotary District 5810, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2013 to assist disaster survivors.
When disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help. Heller took action for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.
Through Heller’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to respond to more than 25 disasters in 19 countries last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment. In one of the longest responses in ShelterBox history, ShelterBox has sent aid to support over 5,000 families affected by the Syrian crisis in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan. Already in country, ShelterBox was able to respond immediately when Typhoon Haiyan hit and have distributed shelters and other supplies to help 5,900 families to date.
 “I am incredibly honored to work alongside our volunteers, including Bruce,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “It is through their continuous efforts that we are able to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to so many fa mili es displaced by disaster around the globe.”
 The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Barack Obama. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.
 National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.
About ShelterBox USA
ShelterBox is an international, nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises. Since 2000, the organization has delivered boxes of aid and supplies such as tents, water filters, stoves, blankets and other tools to help families survive and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of more than 230 disasters in over 90 countries worldwide. Donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at, by calling (941) 907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.

.  This spring session is the perfect time for President-elects or any incoming officer to come discuss leadership ideas for Volunteers!  This 2 day seminar is an investment in your club, your business and other organizations to which you might belong and  your personal life!   
The cost is $250 and we highly encourage the club to pay for your tuition.   Costs  includes your hotel stay (double occupancy) , food and training materials at the Best Western Hotel in Forney, Texas
Don’t let this opportunity go by without some member  of your club reaping the benefits!  Spend some quality time with other dedicated Rotarians in the District … and beyond! You’ll learn a lot and have some fun as well. You can register on line on the District Website.



More than 480 Rotarians and their guests made REVEALED, District 5810’s Gala and fundraiser, a huge success on Saturday, February 22.  The event’s patrons celebrated Service Above Self, the Rotary Foundation, Rotary members, volunteers, and donors at the 4th Annual Humanity in Motion Gala.
The event themed REVEALED, A Masquerade Ball, was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The night began with a “red carpet” walk for patrons to take selfies and have their photos taken in front of District 5810’s new photo booth backdrop.  A silent auction, accompanied by cocktail reception, was followed by dinner and the celebration of Rotary International’s 109th birthday.
The crowed was wowed by tango dances provided by an international group of 24 professional and amateur dancers, arranged by Richardson Rotary’s Dr. Glenn Burnett II. Then came presentations REVEALING Rotary’s dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self, shared by Andy Smallwood, Rotary International’s Treasurer. Smallwood provided an update about the global effort to End Polio Now. Noel Bajat, a Past International Vice President & Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, shared his program entitled Rotary’s Crown Jewel, which REVEALED the Foundation’s commitment to critical and widespread humanitarian needs.
The evening concluded with dancing to the sounds of the Bobby Young and Unique Band. The annual Humanity in Motion Gala represents our District’s largest single fundraising event each year benefiting The Rotary Foundation. Funds were raised via ticket sales, sponsorships, a wine pull, silent and live auctions and direct contributions.
Once a month, Park Cities hosts a networking happy hour at different venues around Dallas and this month we were at the Inwood Theatre Bar.  As we were all mingling, a 35 year old patron asked several of us what we were doing and we told him we were with Park Cities Rotary and that we were having a networking happy hour.  He got a very confused look on his face and said isn’t Rotary a bunch of guys from the 1930’s and 1940’s and not relevant for him.  Several of us talked to him and then another guy who was at the bar and talked about different projects that Rotary had done from Kenya to Nicaragua to Childs Play at Bachman Lake to the 4th of July Parade.  He came across very intrigued and might actually show up to our meeting on Friday.  He was also very impressed by a potential new member of Park Cities who was at the happy hour and was talking about his time spent in Pakistan and Afghanistan giving the polio vaccine to people
I am not sure the best way to circumvent the perception that people have of Rotary other than showing them where it is different.
Rob Banes

Has your club planned your FUN activity for the upcoming Adoption Awareness Carnival on Saturday May 17th? 
Every year 28,000 children in foster care leave the system without ever finding a permanent family to call their own.  Nothing more impacts the life of a child than having a permanent, loving family.  As Rotarians, let's reach out and help children in the North Texas foster care system, find their forever families by providing a fun filled event where these children and prospective parents can meet and get to know each other.
It's as simple as 1 -2-3
1.  Plan a "carnival booth" type activity for your club to host.
2.  Contact Leslie Clay at and tell her your plans.
3.  Show up on Saturday May 17th in Grand Prairie and have fun!
  • All Rotarians MUST have a newly completed CPS Texas Background Check verified before the Carnival
  • Please start submitting your club members background check forms soon.   No check,  No Entrance.
  • If you plan to attend, you must complete the attached CPS forms and send to PDG Linda Elliott at or bring them to the April round table.  Do not send to CPS. 
  • Only those who have an approved CPS background check will be permitted in the building..
Questions?  Contact Leslie at
Still need some motiviation?  Check out this video from the Dave Thomas Foundation:


  See the Jan/Feb 2014 edition by clicking on "Read more."

Location Changed - Please take note!
The District Four-Way Test Speech Contest will be held on Saturday,  April 26, 2014 at South Grand Prairie High School, 301 West Warrior Trail, Grand Prairie TX 75052 
There are many talented students among our clubs which always share new perspectives on life and Rotary
Wow! What an opportunity to visit Australia and attend the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney.
Make your decision now to attend the “Aussie friendly” convention June 1-4, 2014. Register on-line here.  
See updates by reading more.

Honor Flight


Honoring those who saved the world
Honor Flight DFW is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans living in the North Texas area for their service and sacrifices. The all-volunteer group takes veterans to Washington, D.C., for a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid trip to reflect at their memorial and to share that moment with the only people who could possibly understand – other veterans. Priority is currently given to veterans who fought in World War II. The time to thank these veterans is quickly running out, with existing WWII veterans well into their 80s and 90s, and the average age of a veteran on the Honor Flight DFW waiting list at 89 years old. The time is short, and the mission is big: Honor Flight DFW has more than 400 WWII veterans on its waiting list.
If you ever wonder if your contributions to The Rotary Foundation make a difference, take a look at this short video which documents a dental mission trip by Grand Prairie Rotarians to Nicaragua.  By the end of the video you will learn that everyone changed as a result of the trip.  Obviously the children of Nicaragua were changed with the procedures done but just as important, the Rotarians were changed as well.  Grand Prairie will be a better community because of this project funded by The Rotary Foundation.
Click HERE for the video.

Carter BloodCare’s check for $ 4,000.00 was presented to the District supporting multiple projects taking place in our District: Peace Symposium, Gala, and District Conference.  It was for all of the great work that our many members & clubs in Rotary District 5810 did in and for all of the blood drives in 2013 - 2014  (1 Apr 2013 - 31 Mar 2014)

RI Theme Announced: ”Light Up Rotary” for 2014-2015

Our theme for 2014-2015 has just been announced here in San Diego during International Assembly. 
RI President Elect Gary Huang's theme is "Light Up Rotary". 
Just as Confucius said: It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness. So we in Rotary need to Light our candles and share the life changing work we as Rotarians do.
So join me in "Lighting Up Rotary" for 2014-2015 as we continue to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. 
It is an honor and privilege to serve you, our clubs and our members.  
THREE years ago, on January 13th, Rukhsar Khatun, then 15 months old, was diagnosed with polio. She now has a crippled leg and struggles to keep up with her friends. But this little girl, from a West Bengali village, can claim some fame: she is, with luck, the last Indian to be infected with the wild polio virus. Enough time has passed with no new case for India shortly to be certified as free of Polio.
Did you know that the Presidential Citation awarded each year is recognition granted by the RI President to qualifying clubs?  It is not recognition of club presidents.  Learn more about the awards and how to qualify your clubs. Read the email I received from RI.
Ean Sullivan, DG 2013-14
I revieved this email from RI President Ron Burton and I wanted to share it with all Rotarians in District 5810.
Ean Sullivan,
DG 2013-14

ShelterBox Response Teams delivering aid in the Philippines following major typhoon

November 14, 2013
Rotary Club of Desoto project to support Project Hand Up
As Rotarians you know about fundraisers.  There are so many types.  Golf tournaments and flag programs are great examples of tried and true methods.  At the last District Roundtable, however, we all saw something completely new.
It's an animatronic character that sings and dances and teaches ethics to children.


A project of the Rotary Clubs of Districts 5890 (Houston, TX), 4110 (Mexico) and hopefully 5810.
Clinic Founded over 30 years ago by an Optometrist from Lake Jackson Texas

We have two types of clinics – Eye/Dental and Craniofacial.

Important: Keep your Profile Information Current
We want to stay in touch with all club members in our district for email, newsletter distribution and event registration.  In addition, the online district directory is published based on the data we have on you in the ClubRunner database.  It is important that we have correct information.  Your club secretary works hard to enter much of this information, but you also have a role in maintaining current data.  There is no charge to you or your club to maintain this database.  Please make necessary changes in your ClubRunner Profile when you have a new email, a new physical address or phone number.  Here’s how:

How Rotary Rules Are Created

Ean Sullivan, DG 2013-14
Click on the picture to read the October 2013 Newsletter.

The 2013 RI Convention was held June 23-26 in Lisbon, Portugal.  Approximately, 24,000 Rotarians attended the convention which turned out to be the largest event the City of Lisbon has ever hosted.  

Rotary District 5810 and Veterans Coalition for North Central Texas Veterans Career Development Program

Our Veterans futures are important. They served us and gave of themselves to protect our freedom, now it is our chance to ensure their future. You can make a lasting impact in the life of a veteran through a new mentoring program.

Mission Statement: To provide Military Veterans with services and resources through participating Rotary and Coalition members so our heroes can make a transition towards success.



The 23rd annual Rotary District 5810 Camp RYLA completed in June with its usual success. The clubs of District 5810 provided scholarships for over 180 high school juniors to participate in the six-day leadership camp. At the end, the most common review by campers proclaimed it a “life changing“ experience.



Not our Recently Past District District Governor Sandy Forster.

Our own District Governor Sandy Forster has been elected to serve a three year term on the board of directors for the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group. (WASRAG) or  

The links below are for videos that have been created to raise awareness about Rotary for members and non-members alike.  Please feel free to use them as you see fit. As we find more videos they will be added to the top of the list.


See the promotional videos for Rotary in the DFW area featuring Chad Hennings, former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman and three time Super Bowl champion. is our latest web site where information about Rotary clubs in both district 5810 and 5790 can be found.

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