Rotary This Week
Well, the time has come to PASS THE GAVEL -- at this week's Club meeting, President-Elect Donna Sharp and her officers for 2020-21 will be inducted, and the Action Club of the Action District will continue to positively impact lives locally and abroad.  I'm looking forward to the Induction Ceremony this week and celebrating our Rotary year 2019-2020. It has been one of firsts, for sure!
Highlights this week:
1)  Longview Greggton donated $1000 to support a District 5830 International Project in partnership with the Tikal', Guatemala Rotary Club.  Multiple clubs from across District 5830 combined funds for a total of over $8000!  Our club has supported projects at the San Benito Hospital in the past, and these funds will go to providing a Triage area that can be a sanitized screening area. COVID is as real in their area as it is in ours. 
2)  Membership continues to grow, and another new member will be inducted at this Friday's meeting. That makes three new members since the new world of COVID began.  There are likely others in the community who wish to belong to a vibrant club focused on service -- part of 1.2 million members world-wide. Contact us for more information on our Facebook page or here on our website.  
Our Club meeting this week is again at the Hilton Garden Inn. My apologies for the bumpy start last week. Discussions with Acting Manager/Chef Joshua should result in smoother sailing. 
You may have heard that COVID cases in our area continue to climb. Therefore, we must be MORE STRICT about requirements to keep each other safe. 
Ask yourself before you come:  Are you or anyone you live with over age 65 or at risk of severe illness? The risk of getting a serious infection from COVID-19 increases with age and certain medical conditions.
MASKS OR FACE-COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE. No exceptions. If you are unable to comply with these requirements, STAY HOME.
  • Wear a face covering at the restaurant at all times. Remove it for eating, the PUT IT BACK ON, even when seated.
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from others who don’t live with you. Remember to follow this social distancing rule when entering, exiting, using hallways, and hanging out in a waiting area.
  • Expect to see an empty tabletop. Napkins, straws, silverware, and glassware will be given to you when you’re seated.
  • Joshua and his staff are required to plate and serve your food and beverage. You can ask for refills, sweetener, etc. 
These requirements come from Rotary International, the CDC, the FDA and your Longview Greggton Rotary Board. If we cannot comply, then we may have to suspend in-person meeting again for a time, as other Clubs are doing. I think we can SHOW THE WAY to others.
I'm so glad I said Yes when asked to serve as your President for 2019-20. It's a good thing that I like roller coasters, because has felt like one at times, but I have never had more fun as a Rotarian. Thank you to each and every one of you, especially my dedicated officers and Board. We really are the Action Club in the Action District!
Karen Maines
President 2019-20
"My life is blessed with some of the most amazing people. Thank you for being part of my journey."                                          -- km
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AT LAST -- we will resume our in-person Club meetings THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 19. Our President-Elect Donna Sharp and I met with Stephanie Gullett and Chef Joshua from the Hilton Garden Inn and came up with a strategy. 
COVID numbers are still rising in Texas and we must remain respectful of each other's risks. We must also remember that we are the face of Rotary to the community. Therefore, these step will be taken in order to meet in person:
*  Everyone will wear a face covering when arriving to the Hilton Garden, AND at all times until seated. 
*  The Hilton will have us in a larger room, with tables spaced so that chairs are at least 6 feet apart when occupied. The number of chairs per table will also reflect the physical distancing recommendation. 
*  Food and beverages will be served by the Hilton staff.
Longview Greggton can be counted on to respect each other. We don't know everyone's risk level or comfort level, and our behavior will be judged by those outside the Club. We will strive to be the best examples of Rotary as we can during these unusual times.
Our Club continues to grow and serve during this most unusual year, and if you're interested in checking out the "Action Club in the Action District", join us for lunch and hear more about this wonderful service club that's part of the largest service organization in the World!
We are geared up and excited about the December 12 CHRISTMAS SHOW--A CHRISTMAS CAROL!  You may have seen the LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY BELCHER CENTER announcement in Sunday's Longview News-Journal. Event Co-Chairs are Braden King and Chad Harkey, and we're hopeful that there will be another member's name added to the team soon!
District 5830 Officer Installation Brunch, June  27, Pinecrest Country Club, Longview, honoring incoming District Governor Jack Welge and the new slate of District officers. Go to for information and registration.
In service,
Karen Maines
President 2019-20
"The gift of respect - is the most desired, least given, the greatest hope of humanity."       ---Ronovan Hester
It definitely feels like Spring in East Texas, and Longview Greggton Rotary members celebrated the gorgeous weather by meeting at the Rotary/AMBUCS Park today. Social distancing has become routine for everyone, so there were extra tables and chairs, masks and boxed lunches.  What a joy to see everyone in person for the first time in weeks!
The Rotary/AMBUCS PARK, 500 Baylor Drive, got its start in the 1980's as a City park for disabled/special needs citizens. Members of Longview Greggton partnered with the City, and donated money and labor.  The Park has continued to grow and be updated, and now offers a picnic area, covered pavilions, restrooms, play areas, water fountains, water connection, and access to the Guthrie Trail section of Longview's trail system. Check it out!
Our club may be meeting via ZOOM on Fridays, but the service continues. Yesterday, several members joined members of Longview Rotary, the National Guard, several area churches, and the East Texas Food Bank to distribute food boxes and produce bags to OVER 1,500 families. This was the second food distribution in Longview due to COVID 19, and our Club was honored to do our part. 
Not only is Longview Greggton Rotary serving our community, we're adding NEW MEMBERS. Two members have been added during this pandemic: HOLLY FULLER and TEXAS RUEGG. Welcome, Holly and Texas!
If you have the heart of a servant and want to join with the world's largest service organization, with over 1.2 Million members in over 200 countries and territories, contact us through this website or our FaceBook page.  And visit to see stories of how Rotary International is responding to the COVID pandemic around the world.
Service Above Self,
Karen Maines
President 2019-20
Longview Greggton Rotary Club
"Rotarians are very much more favorably disposed to action than they are towards words."
                            ---Paul Harris, founder of the first Rotary Club
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