May 2024 Edition
News From Around District 5840
DG Monica Gutierrez's Message for May
April started with a service project that included all our D5840 Interactors. While each club contributed to folding 20 cranes for our Cranes for Hope effort, the Interactors were tasked to help string all 1000 cranes. It was so great to see them work together as teams and collaborate with Interactors from other schools.
District Leadership Spotlight - Public Image Team, Bruce Smith
What was your most memorable Rotary service project? My favorite service project happened every year at my club in South Dakota. We bought bicycle helmets for all 2nd graders, and Rotarians custom fitted helmets to tiny heads, also providing assorted decals so kids could customize their helmets, and then did a lesson on bicycle safety. The goal was to reduce traumatic head injuries from bike accidents.
Shining a Light on Mental Health
May is not just another month on the calendar. It’s a month of significance, a time when the world comes together to raise awareness about an issue that often remains shrouded in silence: mental health. As we embark on Mental Health Awareness Month, it's crucial to acknowledge the significance of dismantling the stigma surrounding mental health and cultivating a culture steeped in understanding, empathy, and support.
New Public Image Tool for Clubs
Discover our latest PUBLIC IMAGE TOOL designed specifically for Clubs: Simplifying the Newsletter Creation Process with Club Runner. Crafting a Club Newsletter is a powerful way to engage members, ensuring they stay updated on upcoming events, programs, and your community contributions.
You're Invited to Attend the District Installation 
You're invited to attend the Installation Dinner for 2024-2025 District Governor Kristen Salazar on Wednesday, June 26th at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara Dr, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA. The evening will begin at 6PM for cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30PM. Dress code is Roaring 20's. Cost is $40/person or $300 for a table of 8. Click to Register.
Fabra Early Act Club Beautifies Their School 
The Rotary Club of Boerne  and Boerne Sunrise sponsor the Fabra Elementary Early Act Club under the guidance of Rotarian Naomi Jendrusch. With the help of Kathy Webster, Certified Master Naturalist, approximately twenty Fabra students put native plants in 3 areas at their school this past month. 
Winston Interact at Walk for Autism
The Winston School Interact Club was on hand to support the Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Palo Alto College. The Interactors helped set up the VIP area and later participated in the Walk. The event attracted over 10, 000 participants. The Winston Interact Club has been supporting this Walk for over 12 years.
Funds Raised for Local Mom Group 
Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary President Debbi McCurdy (center) presents a check for $2,145 to Linday Closson representing FBG Mopco by MOPS, a local faith-based group for moms. The funds were raised at Texas Heritage Vineyards quarterly Bingo and Vino for a Cause event held in March.
Beeville Promotes Literacy Through Various Initiatives
The Beeville Rotary Club has been actively promoting literacy through various initiatives. One of their successful projects is donating the "I Like Me Series" to kindergartens in the city, which has brought joy to many school children.
Fredericksburg Clubs Come Together for Tri-Club Mixer
The Rotary Club of Fredericksburg was the host for a Tri-Club "Spring Fling" mixer held on April 3 at the Western Edge restaurant in Fredericksburg. Approximately 120 members and guests from the three Clubs--Rotary Club of Fredericksburg, Rotary Club Fredericksburg Morning and Fredericksburg Rotary Club Nimitz attended the event.
Rotary Night at Missions Baseball
The Rotary Club of San Antonio enjoyed a beautiful night at Wolff Stadium watching Missions baseball. Nearly 100 Rotarians, family and friends filled the private party deck for a great evening of fun and fellowship
Easter Celebration
"Service above self.” Fellow Rotarians Gloria Wilson, Ruben Cantu, Lupita McDonald, and Pat Bowers, Wishing the residents of Rotary Village a very happy Easter!  Let's celebrate this joyous occasion with love, laughter, and lots of chocolate eggs! 
A Shelter of Warmth and Love
We are thrilled to announce a wonderful partnership between Del Rio Rotary Club and Casa de Amor shelter in Acuña! Thanks to the generosity of our members, we were able to donate not one, but TWO commercial dryers to support the incredible work being done at Casa de Amor.

RYLA in District 5830
Recently, I attended the Rotary Club of Hugo, Oklahoma. This club is located in southeast Oklahoma just north of Paris, Texas and is in Rotary District 5830.
First Responder Luncheon 
The Rotary Club of Kerrville hosted their annual First Responder Luncheon today, presenting members of local fire departments and law enforcement departments with special awards. Thank you to all first responders. 
Jourdanton Interact Club International Service Project 
On Monday, April 8th the Jourdanton Interact Club met at Fairy Tale Books to donate items that were collected for “For God’s Children,” an international service project!
Blanco County's Annual Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Blanco County is sponsoring its annual Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17th, at Blanco’s Vaaler Creek Golf Course.
Cranes for Hope Project 
Forty one Interactors and their sponsors responded to the call from the District Governor to string 1,000 origami cranes. At the start of her Rotary year, District Governor Monica challenged every Rotary club to fold 20 cranes as part of her wish to bring mental health awareness to our communities as part of our RI President’s goal for Mental Health. 
Environmental Protection in Fair Oaks Ranch 
Fair Oaks Ranch Rotarians helped 237 families dispose of their sensitive documents at the communitywide Shred Day. Every ton of regenerated paper can save 17 trees!
Sock Drive for Families in Need
San Antonio Oaks Hills Rotary Club donated 171 socks towards the combined efforts with District 5840 during P.E.T.S. Club members provided the socks to PE Derek Matthys to help assemble bags for those in need.

Catholic Charities Volunteer of the Year
Mike Canales, member of the San Antonio North Cenral Rotary Club was selected as the Catholic Charities' Volunteer of the Year!
 Bingo Night Success: Empowering Youth Sports in Junction
On March 23rd, 2024, Rotary hosted an electrifying Bingo Night, uniting our community in a spirited evening of games and goodwill. Through the incredible generosity of our attendees and the dedication of our members, we triumphantly raised $6000 in support of local initiatives.
Trash Pickup 
The Rotary Club of Kerrville did our quarterly trash pick up this last weekend. We had a great turnout of Rotarians and Rotaract students show up to help. 
Create our Rodeo Shirt
Saddle up, designers! It's time for the Rotary Independence Day Rodeo T-shirt Design Contest! Calling all artists and creative minds! Want to see your design showcased at the heart of our Independence Day Rodeo? Now's your chance!
Jourdanton Interact Club Elects New Officers
On Monday, April 29th the Jourdanton Interact Club met to elect new officers at Fairy Tale Books.  Congratulations to President Laney Briones, Vice President Hailey Sralik, and Secretary/Treasurer Josiah Reyna.
A Shelter of Love 
Rotarian Cheryl Simmons & TJ Moore Lumberyard, donated building materials to the Rotary Club of Cd. Acuña for the Casa de Vision de Amor children’s shelter. These materials will be used to help them expand the shelter based on their need.
Save the Date for Fair Oaks Ranch Upcoming Fundraiser
Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch is having it's 12th Annual Charity Golf Classic to be held on Monday, October 7, 2024, at the Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club, which recently hosted a PGA tour qualifier round of golf for the PGA Valero Texas Open. Sponsors are wanted!
Upcoming Events
May Theme - Youth Services
May 01, 2024 – May 31, 2024
District Conference Cruise
May 02, 2024 – May 06, 2024
Kerrville's Veterans Free Appreciation Breakfast
Hill Valley Veterans Center
May 03, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Train)
San Antonio Peace Center at Northwest Vista College
May 09, 2024 8:00 a.m. –
May 10, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Club Leadership / Vibrant Club / One Summit
UTSA Race Center
May 11, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
D5840 Cranes For Hope Ceremony
San Antonio Peace Center at Northwest Vista College Live Oak Hall 2nd Floor
May 15, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
View entire list
San Saba
Fair Oaks Ranch
New Braunfels
Rotary News

On TikTok and on campus, students with mental health struggles are finding support among each other.


As a warming world takes a mental toll, collective action can help ease eco-anxiety.


When a hospital system in Colorado declared an emergency on youth mental health, Rotary members stepped up.

Submit your stories and events for the newsletter and social media!
Contact Pam Blankenzee
Advertisement for Russell Hampton
Advertisement for ClubRunner
Advertisement for ClubRunner Mobile
Please add to your safe sender list or address book.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7