About District 5810

What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto ...
 

Service Above Self!

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Wondering if Rotary is the right organization for you? Do you possess a high level of integrity? Promote peace and goodwill through out your community and the world? Enjoy hanging out with others that are fun loving with big hearts? Then go ahead and give us a try! We have over 2,500 Rotarians in around 65 Clubs scattered around eight (8) counties in the Northern part of Texas. The counties are: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall. Find a Club near you!
End Polio NowOur top priority is ERADICATING POLIO. Thanks to Rotary and our international partners, the number of polio cases has dropped 99 percent worldwide since 1988. But as long as polio threatens even one child, children everywhere are at risk. Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion to the fight to end polio. Rotarians work tirelessly to leverage this investment, acting as advocates among communities and with government leaders to keep them focused on eradication. Rotary’s partners include UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 

How do I start?

Get the most out of your membership by participating in club projects and activities.

Here are some ideas:

  • Serve on a club committee where you can use your skills
  • Identify a need in your community and suggest a hands-on project to address it
  • Work with a youth service program sponsored by your club, such as Rotaract or
  • Host a student
  • Help organize your district’s programs
  • Recommend a colleague or friend for membership in your club

How can I meet other Rotarians?

Rotary’s global network provides a great opportunity to expand your contacts and friendships to other countries while creating a foundation of support with communities around the world.

Explore Rotary’s global opportunities:

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Rotary support

  • Your sponsor
  • Club members
  • Club committees


The foundation of club activity and its commitment to Service Above Self are divided into the Five Avenues of Service.

Club Service

Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of Rotary clubs. Club Service is the portal to the District’s database of members and activities.

Vocational Service

Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process.

Community Service

Community Service is the opportunity Rotary clubs have to implement club projects and activities that improve life in the local community.

International Service

International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from: Providing disaster aid in the United States, Peru, Haiti, etc. Contributing to PolioPlus Helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.

Youth Service

Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities such as RYLA, Rotaract and Interact club service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.

You will also find "The Rotary Foundation", "Membership", "Public Awareness", and "Leadership." These are included in the Club Leadership Plan recently adopted by most Rotary Clubs.


Rotary International Leadership Institute (RILI)

MISSION: To provide a program for Rotarians that identifies leadership skills that will enhance their potential to lead in order to achieve a purpose or goal whether that be in Rotary, family, community, church, or business.

The RILI Challenge:

INVEST in Yourself


KNOW Yourself As A Leader 


DISCOVER What Makes A Leader


APPLY Your Own Leadership Abilities Throughout Your Life 


LEARN From Leaders Around You


ACCEPT A Leadership Challenge 


CREATE Your Vision in Rotary


The mission of Public Relations to to reach out to new generations through better communications. The Rotary has a strong brand. The Rotary wheel is one of the most recognized symbols on the planet thanks to more than a century of hard work. Our challenge now is to continue telling our story in fresh ways. Communications strategies include:

  • A new website which will be alive, active and vibrant
  • A Facebook community that will connect members and non-members
  • Videos on YouTube featuring the good works we’re doing in the community
  • Traditional media coverage through print, radio and TV news

Join us in providing information on Rotary’s activities.


The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. For more information contact Glen Rowe, Director.

 

Club Assembly - A meeting to discuss the club’s programs and activities. Open to all club members.
 
District Conference - An annual motivational meeting that showcases club and district activities. Open to all Rotarians in that district and their families.
 
Interact - Service and social clubs for youth ages 12 to 18 that are sponsored by Rotary clubs.
 
PolioPlus - The Rotary Foundation program focused on global polio eradication efforts.
 
ProjectLINK - A database at www.rotary.org that lists Rotary service projects needing volunteer or financial assistance. Also highlights model projects from around the world.
 
Rotaract - Service and social clubs for young adults ages 18 to 30 that are sponsored by Rotary clubs.
 
Rotarian Action Groups -International groups of individuals who share a passion for a humanitarian issue or service activity. An example is the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group.
 
Rotary Community Corps - Groups of non-Rotarians who work on service projects for their communities. Organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.
 
Rotary Fellowships - International groups of individuals who share a vocational or recreational interest. An example is the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians.
 
Rotary Foundation, The - The philanthropic arm of Rotary International. Helps Rotarians advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through humanitarian projects and educational programs.
 
Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees - The 15 Rotarians who manage the business of The Rotary Foundation, led by the trustee chair. Appointed by the RI president, with agreement from the RI Board, to four-year terms.
 
Rotary International (RI) - The international association composed of 34,200 Rotary clubs in nearly every country of the world. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, USA, with international offices on four continents.
 
RI Board of Directors - The 19 Rotarians who set policy for Rotary International. Elected to two-year terms.
 
RI Convention - An annual celebration of Rotary and Rotarian accomplishments. Held in a different location around the world each year. Open to all Rotarians and their families.
 
RI President - The Rotarian who presides over the RI Board. Elected to a one-year term.
 
Rotary Peace Centers - Programs at several universities around the world that offer advanced degrees and professional certificates in peace and conflict resolution.
 
Rotary Peace Fellow - A recipient of a Rotary Foundation scholarship for study at one of the Rotary Peace Centers.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange - A cultural exchange program for youth ages 15 to 19. Exchanges can last from one week to one year.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - Leadership training and recognition activities conducted by Rotary clubs or districts for youth and young adults ages 14 to 30.

 

 

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL


Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.


“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”
- PAUL P. HARRIS

OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

 
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
 
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
 
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.
 

NOTABLE ROTARIANS

Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers: 
  • Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
  • Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
  • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
  • Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
  • H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
  • Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
  • Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut
  • Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
  • Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
  • Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
  • Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
  • James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
  • Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
  • Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist

Ready to make history with us? Get involved.

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Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting. They decided to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.

 

Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.

 

In August 1910, Rotarians held their first convention in Chicago. The 16 clubs that existed at that time united to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs.

 

In 1912, the name changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect the addition of clubs in other countries. The name Rotary International was adopted in 1922.

 

By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members on six continents.

 

Rotary’s reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, and composer Jean Sibelius.

As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 

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At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Growth of the Foundation

In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Evolution of Foundation programs

1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.