September 2023 Edition
News From Around District 5810
DG John Curtis' September Message
My goodness, how time does fly! With my wife Janie, we have visited 40 clubs in just under 2 months of leading and learning about the great qualities of our District.  We have had the pleasure of meeting and serving with a wonderful bunch of Rotarians during our visits. They are doing the good works of service to their communities.
September - Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, providing us with the opportunity to learn about and recognize risk factors and warning signs of suicide, support and refer those that struggle and save lives.
The Service Companion Club: A Membership Boost for Your Rotary Club!
Does Your Rotary Club Need a Boost? Ask yourself the following questions: Is your Rotary Club seeking more members? Would you like to involve the club in more service projects? Are you looking to diversify your membership base? If you've answered "YES" to any of these questions, it's time you considered the creation of a Service Companion Club.
Easily Create Your Club Public Image Strategy
World Suicide Prevention Webinar - Sept 9
Get Ready for World Polio Day
World Polio Day, 24 October, is right around the corner. Help us keep up the momentum on our top priority of ending polio by planning an event in your community and by continuing to raise funds for PolioPlus. Every dollar raised will be matched 2 to 1 up to $150 million. Click here for resources to promote your event.
District Award Winners for 2022-2023
Rotary Youth Exchange Students Arrive in Texas

Rotary Youth Exchange is alive and well in District 5810.  After 8 monthly orientations our outbound long-term students are leaving.  Zaley is going to Japan on August 18 and her sister Sydney is leaving on August 5 for Switzerland.

Helping a Celina Resident in Need
A long-time resident of Celina found themselves in need of assistance to bring their yard's trees and debris up to code. Facing limitations in carrying out the work themselves, these residents were in urgent need of help.

Hygiene Bags for Streetside Showers
Grand Prairie Metro Rotary joined DG John Curtis and his lovely wife, Janie, in a service project to benefit Streetside Showers, filling over 100 bags with much-needed personal hygiene items.

Rotary Club of Dallas Honors Three DISD Teachers With “Service Above Self Teacher ” Awards
Three Dallas Independent School District teachers who go above and beyond their job descriptions to help their students were honored by the Rotary Club of Dallas on Aug 9.
Veteran Comfort Bags
At the Melissa Rotary's Aug 10th meeting with District Governor, John Curtis and his wife, Janie, we presented a $250 check to Polio Plus in Janie’s name. We also worked as a group to assemble 60 Veteran Comfort bags which we plan to deliver to the VA home up in Bonham later this month.
Suicide Intervention Training - Sept. 13 & 14
The Suicide Prevention and Brain Health (SPBH) Rotary eClub invites you and your networks to attend the “gold standard” of suicide intervention skills training, ASIST, on September 13-14 in Addison.

DG John Curtis joins Plano Sunrise Rotary for LovePacs!
On Friday, August 11th, District 5810 Governor John Curtis joined Plano Sunrise Rotary for our regular weekly Friday meeting. It was a pleasure working together on packing food boxes 📦 for needy Plano Independent School District families and students at LovePacs in Plano!

Network Volunteer Day
As a service project, Richardson Rotary Club members filled snack bags at Network of Community Ministries, Richardson. A summertime Network program , the snack bags are provided at no charge to qualified Richardson ISD children to ensure “no kid goes hungry during the summer.”

Filling Backpacks for Students
At our club meeting on August 4th, members of the Preston Trail Rotary Club brought in school supplies to fill backpacks for the students of Celina. The club collaborated to pack donated backpacks with much-needed school supplies. Dr. Tom, the Celina Superintendent, personally delivered all the backpacks to our Primary Campus where the need was greatest. Members united to address a community need and exemplify our motto 'People of Action"
North Texas Giving Day Just Around the Corner
We have a committee hard at work to make the most of North Texas Giving Day (NTXGD), coming up on September 21st. NTXGD is a massive regional campaign to raise funds for hundreds of local non-profits, and for the last several years, RYLA 5810 has participated to raise funds to help continue all the on-going district RYLA programs that extend beyond camp and throughout the year.  
Snacks for Coppell's Learners
Suddenly your hungry and you need a know that feeling. Many Coppell learners experience short term hunger but for some reason they are not able to bring snacks to school. That's where Coppell Rotary steps in! Many times a year we provide snack packs with encouraging notes ( we call them "Notes & Nibbles") for students in need of snacks for that short term hunger gap. We enjoy this project and so do our schools. They keep us busy all school year!
Rotarians Help A Family Move 
The Preston Trail Rotary Club teamed up with Helping Hands of Celina to assist a disabled mother in relocating her family.
Rotaract School Supply Drive to Support Teachers in Oak Cliff
As members of the Plano Community Rotaract Club, our commitment to local community service projects in the Dallas area drives us forward. We're excited to introduce an ongoing project that requires your support: a school supply drive aimed at assisting educators in our community. 

Blessing the Teachers' Lounges
On August 8, 2023, the Rotary Club of Duncanville blessed the teachers’ lounges at Merrifield, Fairmeadows, and Central Elementary Schools. With the help of Janet and Joe Veracruz, Gianni LaBarba, Karen Cherry-Brown, Sarena Chism, Jen Lott, and other Rotarians, the Club purchased, provided, and installed 5-gallon water dispensers with refills, commercial coffee makers, and hundreds of snacks for teachers and staff.
Walk With Us to Prevent Suicide - Oct. 21 
Join the Suicide Prevention and Brain Health E-Club at the OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at the Levitt Pavilion. They are walking to raise awareness and protect mental health and lives. To register or donate.
Prestonwood Provides School Supplies
Prestonwood Rotary began their Back-To-School program by providing The ROC (Metro Ministries) with various school supplies for over 330 school children that are served by The ROC in Garland.
White Rock Rotary Volunteers at Senior Health Fair
On Thursday, July 20th, members of Whie Rock rotary volunteered at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Dallas in collaboration with the Northeast Neighborhood Patrol Division of Dallas Police Department as they held their annual Senior Health and Safety Brunch.
Back to School
Members of the Richardson East Rotary Club volunteered at NETWORK of Community Ministries on August 30th to load backpacks with essential school supplies. The backpacks will be distributed to students in need on September 8th.
Dallas' Annual Salute to America’s Veterans
We are pleased to announce that Dr. J.D. Crouch II, CEO & President of USO Global is the keynote speaker for the 19th Annual Salute to America’s Veterans (SAV) event. The event is on November 8th at the Frontiers of Flight Museum and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Dallas, the 1st in Texas. Sponsors wanted!
The Rotary Club of McKinney Continues to PROSPER!
8.25.23 McKinney Rotary Club Weekly Friday Meeting 12-1pm @ Rick’s Chophouse 🙌 JOIN US 🤝 A Full House For Full Presentations & Entertainment 📺
Coppell Throws a Wedding Party
It's not everyday we get to throw a wedding shower. We celebrated the wedding of Rotarian Brandon and Milly at our last club meeting. It's fun to have young Rotarians and to surprise our members with an impromptu party!❤️
Upcoming Events
September Theme - Basic Education & Literacy
Sep 01, 2023 – Sep 30, 2023
September District Roundtable
Scottish Rite Hospital in Frisco
Sep 09, 2023
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
World Suicide Prevention - Webinar
Zoom Meeting
Sep 09, 2023 10:00 AM
Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week
Oct 03, 2023 – Oct 07, 2023
Grand Prairie Metro's Annual Pumpkin Run
Oct 14, 2023
October District Roundtable
Scottish Rite Hospital in Frisco
Oct 14, 2023
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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