News Around The District
DG Beverly Luedke's May Message
IT’S HERE!!!!!  May….and District Conference of Clubs….We have all been working toward the weekend we get to CELEBRATE all that we have worked so hard for over the last 10 months and it is FINALLY here. 
Do you know where Beverly is? Hint, this place is near and dear to Rotary and District 5870.
Rotary Institute Leadership (RLI) Virtual Training Spring & Summer
RLI is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for “potential” leaders of Rotary CLUBS. While it is an unofficial program of Rotary International, it has substantial support of several past Rotary International Presidents and current, past, and incoming RI Directors.
A Devoted Mom 
Jennifer Ognibene (Rotary Vocational Scholar from the Rotary Club of Marlin) designs a pneumatic device that allows her wheelchair-bound son to hit a baseball. Lukus Ognibene, 11, uses a wheelchair equipped with a HandiBat to take a swing at a baseball. The HandiBat, developed by Lukus’ mother, Jenne, is a pneumatic system that uses compressed air to swing a bat.
Empowering Girls Project A Success!
Our Empowering Girls event on Saturday, April 24 was a great success. The district prepared nineteen kits to be distributed in Honduras. Each kit lasts a girl for three years, giving them back about 60 days for school, work, and living!
Rise Against Hunger Austin Rotary Project
The Rotary Club of Austin in partnership with Westlake, West Austin, Cosmopolitan, South Austin and North by Northeast Rotary clubs  packed 25,000 food bags for Rise Against Hunger. These may look like simple meals  of rice and soy but they represent the battle against world hunger. It is one of the most rewarding Rotary service projects. Service Above Self!
Peaceable Kingdom Camp Killeen
Members of Local Rotary clubs -  ( Austin, West Austin, Northwest Austin, Killeen Heights, Temple South) and our District Governor Beverly Luedke were invited to tour the Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Camp in Killeen.
1st Annual Bowl-A-Thon!
Fundraising Chair for the Rotary Club of Austin North Metro, Sarah Carriker and her team pulled off a very successful 1st Annual Bowl-A-Thon at Highland Lanes in North Austin on Sunday, April 24th.
Feeding the Hungry in South Austin
Members from the Rotary Club of South Austin and Austin Westlake worked for three hours sorting and inspecting donated food prior to distribution to those in need.  2500 pounds were processed which equates to >3,000 meals. A cash donation from Rotary District 5870 was also made which will provide for another 15,000+ meals.
Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser
The Rotary Club of Austin North by Northest invites you to join them at their ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION on May 4th at Casa Chapala from 6PM to 9PM. Tickets are $50 - music, appetizers, margarita foundation and an auction. 
Four-Way Test Speech Contest Live Event!
The Rotary E-Club of Central Texas will host the Four-Way Test Speech Contest via our Club's Facebook Live page on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.  
Thank you from Georgetown Days for Girls
Please give our heartfelt thanks to your Rotary members for the tremendous support we have received. We will make use of every washcloth, bar of soap and underwear to enhance the life of women and girls who do not have access to menstrual supplies. Thank you,also, to everyone who came to the workday. A mountain of work was accomplished and will help us be ready for our next packing day.
Waco Family Abuse Playground Gets Mulched
It was a beautiful day, so Waco Sunrise Rotary Club spent the morning adding tons of mulch to the playground at the Waco Family Abuse Center.  
Operation Vacation
The Rotary of Austin and Killeen Rotary hosted our second military family from Ft. Hood through Operation Vacation.
Fighting Hunger Around The World
Rotary Club of South Austin and Rotary Club of Austin Southwest were joined together with volunteers from the community to fight hunger around the world at the Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event on Saturday, April 23. Meals packed over 15,000 in under 2 hours.
Round Rock Sunrise Pint's For Purpose
The Rotary Club of Round Rock Sunrise invites you to join them at their Pints for Purpose event on May 15 at Third Base 2PM-5PM! Tickets are $20 which can be bought online at or at the door. Proceeds support youth & literacy projects.
Come to the Biggest BBQ Competition Around
The Rotary Club of Bastrop County is hosting an internationally sanctioned barbecue contest on Memorial Day weekend.
Volunteering at R.O.C.K.
Sunrise members volunteered on Friday, April 1st at the Ride on Center for Kids in Georgetown to assist in preparation for their 16th Annual Barn Dance fundraiser.  The Barn Dance financially supports the group's mission of  providing equine-assisted services to children, adults, and veterans with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Members cleaned the arena, set up tables and chairs, moved hay, and set up the concession stand.  Our club enjoyed supporting such a great organization.
DAP Grant Awarded
The Rotary Club of Marble Falls awarded The Boys & Girls Club $3800 DAP Grant on April 12, 2022.
Pioneer Farms is a Living History
Pioneer Farms is a Living History Park in northeastern Travis County given by the grandchildren of the Jourdan Family to honor the early pioneers who settled in the Austin area in the mid-to-late 1800s. The Jourdan cabin is original to the site, and 16 other period structures have been moved to the farm from nearby locations.
Celebration of Life - April
Upcoming Events
May Theme - Youth Service
May 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
Austin NxNe's Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser
Casa Chapala
May 04, 2022
Conference of Clubs
Hilton Hotel & Convention Center
May 06, 2022 – May 08, 2022
Round Rock Sunrise's Pints For Purpose
Third Base (Patio)
May 15, 2022
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grants Management Training #5
Virtual Meeting
May 21, 2022
Bastrop County's BBQ Showdown
Riverbend Park
May 27, 2022 – May 28, 2022
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La Grange

EarlyAct FirstKnight

Rockdale Intermediate
RC of Rockdale
Dawson Elementary
RC of Austin
Pecan Springs
RC of Austin, EClub of Central Texas,
Austin Cosmopolitan, 
Austin University Area
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