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Quitman Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
UTHealth East Texas (Quitman)
117 Winnsboro St.
Quitman, TX  75783
United States of America
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DG Jim Finstrom Being Installed on June 29 by PDG Carrol Greenwaldt


About DG Jim Finstrom

Born the oldest of four children in Davenport, Iowa on November 20, 1943, Jim was raised in Aurora, Illinois. He graduated from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1965 and SMU Law School, Dallas, Texas in 1968.
After practicing law in Dallas, Texas for many years, in 1985 he moved to Jefferson, Texas where he continues his practice.  Jim served as District Attorney from January 1993 to December 2004 in Marion County, Texas. In the summer of 2018 Jim was honored for having practiced law for 50 years.

Married to his wife Patricia for 31 years, they have four children and nine grandchildren.  Jim is an Eagle Scout; a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson, Texas; active in Gideons International; is serving his second term as Alderman on the Jefferson City Council. Joining Rotary in 1993, he has served as president of the Jefferson, Texas Rotary Club twice and as an assistant governor in District 5830.  Jim enjoys gardening and travelling.

A Message from Jim Finstrom
Well, I have been installed as your 2019-2020 District Governor and am eager to go forward.  So that we might all receive the Presidential Citation, this month let's begin by appointing or re-appointing an active club membership committee and an active Foundation committee, with each comprised of no less than five members and report the chairs to Rotary International.  Respective goals could include an increase in club membership and an increased donation to both the Foundation and Polio Plus.  I look forward to meeting with each of your clubs.  Please let me know how I may be of service above self to you.  We will connect Rotary with the world together.
Troop 385 Scout Jaxon (Hoss) Holland attended the July 6 Quitman Rotary Club meeting to tell the club members about his effort to secure 31 body armor vests in 31 days for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Afterwards Club President, Steve Straznicky, presented Jaxon with a $375 check to cover the cost of one of the vests.
More can be found about Jaxson's Service Project at

October 24, 2016, has been established by Rotary International as the 4th Annual World Polio Day.  The 2016 event will be high-lighted by a live-stream World Polio Day program originating at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  Its intent is to help keep focus on the global efforts underway to completely eliminate the crippling polio disease.  

Rotary International, a global organization comprised of nearly 34,000 clubs across the world, including local Rotary Clubs of Mineola, Quitman, Hawkins/Holly Lake, Winnsboro, and Big Sandy, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion to polio eradication efforts.  When the initiative started, more than 350,000 people were stricken by polio every year with nearly 1,000 new polio cases every day. Since that time, largely due to the funding support of Rotary International and the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”, wild polio virus cases have been reduced by 99.9% with only 27 cases reported so far in 2016.   

Only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have been unable to completely control the paralyzing disease. If health workers can root the wild polio virus out of these two last strongholds, polio is poised to be only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. Experts hope to see the last case of polio in these countries in 2016 or 2017, bringing this opportunity tantalizingly close.  However, experts also believe that an additional $1.5 billion will be needed to complete the effort.

In order to help do their part, the areas Rotary Clubs have undertaken various fund-raising efforts designated specifically to contribute to Rotary’s Polio Plus “End Polio Now” campaign.  For example, the Quitman club designated all its profits for Polio Plus from its food booth sales at the last Old Settler’s Reunion.  Additionally, every member present at Quitman’s October 20 meeting contributed $26.50 each towards the campaign (see the attached photo).  Altogether in 2016, Quitman Rotary, has donated over $1100 to the Polio Plus effort.

For more information about World Polio Day and “End Polio Now”, visit

February 2020
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