August 2023 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Monica Gutierrez's August Message
With the first month into the new Rotary year already gone, I must admit it went by faster than I anticipated. It started by planning a few joint club District Governor visits and attending a club Board meeting via Zoom.
Rotary's Mental Health Initiative 
Rotary has long been involved in mental health and wellness initiatives. Our culture of Service Above Self builds community and promotes acts of kindness, two proven methods to build and maintain mental wellness.
Rotary Rockstar Challenge 2023-2024
We are excited to announce the rollout of our new ROTARY ROCKSTAR CHALLENGE! The Rotary Rockstar Challenge was designed to help Clubs increase their public image skill set. The more you promote your Club, the better the odds are at increasing your membership. It is a win-win all around! 
Each level game introduces you to tools and resources to promote your Club to your members, around the District, your community and Rotary International
Rotary Leadership Institute - September 16th
There will be a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) on Saturday, September 16th, 2023 from 8:30AM to 4:30PM at the Spring Creek United Methodist Church, 28970 Old Fredericksburg Rd, Fair Oaks, TX 78015.  Classes will begin at 9AM. The institute is $50 and is open to all RotariansClick to Register.
Celebrate Community Service Week - Sept. 11, 2023
Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs will cooperate in community service projects the week of September 11th – 17th. Plan now for your Rotary and Rotaract clubs to build on existing relationships with other like-minded services or develop new ones to impact your communities.
District Leader Spotlight - Assistant Governor Rosie Ramirez
What was your most memorable Rotary service project? My most memorable Service Project was the Guatemala Project helping a friend from Guatemala collect shoes for the children. Guatemala had experienced a very painful and dramatic disaster when a volcano named “Volcan de Fuego” erupted and the families lost everything.

4th of July Fun
Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary sold breakfast tacos during the Kiddie Parade on 4th of July and hot dogs and sausage wraps during and after the regular 4th of July parade. It was a great turnout and everything sold out.

Winston Interact in Uvalde
The Winston School Interact Club attended the Christmas in July Festival in Uvalde, Texas on Saturday, July 8, 2023. This event was started last year to help the Uvalde community following the Robb Elementary tragedy. The focus of the event is to promote health and well-being. The Interact Club helped the Texas Diaper Bank pass out diapers.
San Antonio Pearl Feeds Over 168 Homeless Individuals
On Sunday, July 9, 2023, the Rotary Club of San Antonio Pearl handed out food, including plates of lasagna and salad, as well as essentials, such as feminine hygiene products and other toiletries. On San Antonio’s Near West Side, the lunch benefitted about 168 individuals in need (and 2 pets), and was coordinated by Under The Bridge, Inc., a local nonprofit that has served San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations a warm meal every Sunday since 1988.

Funds for JROTC
Nimitz Rotary and Texas Heritage Vineyard teamed up to raise money for the JROTC program at Fredericksburg High School. Texas Heritage had their quarterly VIno and Bingo for a Cause event and Nimitz Rotary provided food by donation along with a raffle for some great gift baskets. All proceeds from the bingo, food and raffle went to the JROTC. A check for $2,500 was presented to Devin Mullen from the JROTC. Pictured are Deb Bowen, Susan Johnson (THV owner) Devin Mullen, Jimmy Culp and Ralph Bowen.

SA South and Habitat for Humanity
The Rotary Club of San Antonio South members laid sod with new homeowners, Saturday, July 22, at a new Habitat for Humanity home. We are excited for our forever home to be complete in August, said the couple. The house will shelter a family of five when complete. It was hot and hard work, but rewarding, said the Rotary members.

Youth Exchange: The Cycle Continues
The five long term inbound students to D5840 during the 2022-23 exchange year have all safely returned home after completion of their 11 month exchanges to Fredericksburg, Boerne, New Braunfels (x2) and Seguin.
Fair Oaks Ranch Couple Shares Vision of Service
Past District Governor Kathy Hubbard swears in her husband, Ron Hubbard, at the Annual Installation Dinner. Mrs. Hubbard was also the first President of the Fair Oaks Ranch Club when it was chartered in 2012. Ron and Kathy share a deep commitment of doing good in the world!
San Antonio Pearl Golf Tournament
You're invited to the Annual Rotary Club of San Antonio Pearl Golf Tournament on September 15th at historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course, located minutes from the historic Pearl Brewery district. Lunch will be provided as we golf for a cause! Click to Register.
Kerrville Rotary at the UGRA - River Clean
The Rotary Club of Kerrville along with other volunteers participated in the 20th Annual River Clean Up at Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA).
Connecting with our Community in Fair Oaks Ranch
When the Home Owners Association of Fair Oaks Ranch wanted to spread Patriotism with a patriotic Golf Cart Parade on July 4th, they looked no further than the Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary Club for Volunteers! Our members provided traffic control, Emcee services, even participation in the "Best Decorated" contest... proving Rotarians are leaders and servants in our community.

Charity Golf Tournament
Nimitz Rotary is having their 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Lady Bird Golf Course on October 9th, 2023. Funds raised are earmarked toward their major project of replacing the historic cross at Cross Mountain Park. There will also be a Bunco Party held in the clubhouse on the same day. Sign up can be done online at or by contacting Mike Strolle at Seeking sponsors and players.
Get Your Rotary Landmark on the Map!
Has your Club completed a project and left behind a Rotary Wheel? Or a Plaque? The District is building a Google Map with Rotary Landmarks from across the District!
Upcoming Events
August Theme - Membership & Club Development
Aug 01, 2023 – Aug 31, 2023
Rotary Multi-District Training Institute
Courtyard By Marriott
Aug 04, 2023 – Aug 05, 2023
District Interact Training Seassion
Winston School
Aug 12, 2023
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Deadline District Grant Applications
Aug 15, 2023
September Theme - Basic Education & Literacy
Sep 01, 2023 – Sep 30, 2023
San Antonio Pearl's Golf Tournament
Brackenridge Park Golf Course
Sep 15, 2023 1:30 PM
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San Antonio Pearl
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