April 2020 Edition
News From Around District 5810
DG Beverly's April Message
I usually begin this column with acknowledging the Rotary monthly theme, which for April is Child and Maternal Health month. But instead, with a global pandemic underway, I realize it is just HEALTH MONTH. I urge everyone to strictly follow the precautions of our federal, state and local health officials and perhaps we can soon CELEBRATE GOOD health month as we fight this invisible threat. In spite of the disappointment of sporting seasons canceled, Galas delayed, District Conference and International Conventions canceled- we remember what is important- EACH OTHER.
But Rotary has a way of surviving, just as Rotarians do. I urge every club to meet in a virtual way, and it is exciting for all of us to discover the technologies available to enhance and maintain our bond. We will be having Roundtable in April over a Zoom connection. Presidents have connected in 2 video conferences. Our Virtual Happy Hour was a hit, as we shared anecdotes related to the coronavirus, and we are planning another one. We are finding new ways to Connect, and as that is our theme word for this Rotary year, we not only connect the world but we Connect right here at home in 5810.
A Message from Rotary President Mark Maloney on COVID-19
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District 5810 News and Invitations! 
Well, life gets stranger everyday. With many of us now firmly sheltered in place, it is time to get Rotary  moving again, maybe redefined for 2020. I challenged the Presidents Sunday to go virtual... use Zoom, Vimeo, Facebook Live ... whatever vehicle works. Anyone with a telephone can call in, but on a computer or an IPAD,  we can actually see each other! The cost is low for it the benefit received. Rotary gets a discount from Zoom. Call Lynne McNamee, our District Public Image guru, if you need any help with set-up or acquisition. Let’s get back to the Business of Rotary... it is an essential organization!
Use Virtual Meetings To Stay Engaged
Consider the creative use of technology to host “virtual meeting” experiences for your members until you can resume in-person meetings and events. Below are a few ideas and favorite tools for virtual meetings. Each suggestion includes links to helpful how-to guides and/or other information to assist you in navigating these tools.
Tips For A Zoom Meeting
Here are some handy tips for hosting a Zoom meeting:
· Set an agenda.
· Don’t sit with a window behind you. A little effort of lighting goes a long way.
· Sit close to the screen. Your face should fill the screen.
· When you’re not talking, hit mute.
Mesquite Rotary Creates Personal Care Bag Program for the Homeless 
The Mesquite Rotary Club has created a new personal care bag program that is designed to assist area homeless people in need.  Suggested by John Heiman, a past president of the club, the bags are kits that include such items as
Important Announcement for Camp RYLA 2020
Considering all the implications of the current Coronavirus pandemic on the recruiting and selection of campers for Camp RYLA 2020 we have decided to make some important changes to our schedule and deadlines. Because school closings and shelter in place orders have made it difficult for many clubs to connect with prospective campers we will now accept camper applications until May 1 instead of our original deadline of April 1. 
Carrollton-Farmers Branch Promotes Flag Program
The Rotary Club of Carrollton-Farmers Branch had an opportunity to participate in a City of Carrollton event, sponsored by The Neighborhood Advisory Commission, where close to 500 people attended. 
Mesquite Rotary Sponsored Dentists with a Heart Day Assists Area Citizens in Need
Dental professionals and volunteers worked together for the benefit of area people in need at their 14th annual “Dentists with a Heart Day” on February 15th. The event was sponsored by the Mesquite Rotary Club, and occurred at the Mesquite dental offices of Dr. Byron McKnight and Dr. Ken Taylor, who donated their services and facility for the day.  
Upcoming Events
April Theme - Maternal & Child Health
Apr 01, 2020 – Apr 30, 2020
District-Wide Virtual Pep Rally
Apr 03, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
District-Wide Blood Drive
Apr 06, 2020 – Apr 10, 2020
Rotary Club of Frisco's Blood Drive
Apr 08, 2020 10:00 AM
April Roundtable
Zoom Meeting
Apr 11, 2020 9:30 AM
April Virtual Happy Hour
Zoom Meeting
Apr 17, 2020 5:30 PM
District Grants Final Reports Due
May 01, 2020
Extension to RYLA Applications
May 01, 2020
May Theme - Youth Service
May 01, 2020 – May 31, 2020
May Roundtable
Escape Expert
May 09, 2020 9:30 AM
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Carrollton-Farmers Branch
Park Cities
Greenville Daybreak
Frisco Sunrise
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