Congratulations to our Winners of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

DAP Grant Project - Building Butterfly Garden

Rotarians Kent Bohls and Linda Tyler planning the butterfly garden.
As part of Rotary E-Club DAP Grant project a Peace Pole and butterfly garden were installed.  Pictured are Rotarians Adam and Betty Lara. 
DAP Grant Project - Building Butterfly Garden 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

4 Way Test speech contest for High School Students 

The Rotary E-Club of Central Texas will be hosting a Four Way Test Speech contest for high school students on the evening of Thursday, May 12, 2022.  The Four Way Speech competition will be a virtual speech competition for students in grades 9 – 12 based sponsored by our Club with cash prizes ranging from $300 to $100.


4 Way Test speech contest for High School Students 2022-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Giving away Trees ! Joan Bohls 2022-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Green Steps for Rotarians' Service

Green Steps  provides service opportunities through supporting the environment, the newest area of focus in Rotary.  Green Steps is how members of Rotary E-Club of Central Texas does service together while being apart.  We can each do our part and that is our service.   
Green Step #1 is reducing plastic by taking reusable  water bottle and bag with you.
Green Step #2 Meatless Monday focus is on the impact of meat production on the environment.  
 Green Step #3 Plant Pollinator Plants. By replacing grass you don't have to mow, water, fertilize, or use pesticides and that is good for  bees! 
Green Step  #4 Mindful Mowing (wait until wildflowers go to seed. 
Green Step #5 Leave the Leaves on the ground.
Green Step #6 Respect, Reverence, Respect in Relationship to Mother Earth by walking softly, leave no trace, feast responsibility, look to the Seventh Generation.
Step #7 Plant a Tree.   
Step #8 Lunch Local for Love (shop local farmer's markets)
Step #8- Be kind to bees !
Stop #9  Lights out at night for migrating birds.
Green Steps is how Rotary e Club of Central Texas does service individually since  members live apart so we can all make a difference  together.
Green Steps for Rotarians' Service 2021-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Stuff the Truck food drive 

On October 20 the Rotary Club of Central Texas will collect food to take to a Food Pantry to help people in need.  Please bring canned, boxed food to 8207 Summer Side Drive in in Austin between 3:00 and 6:30.  Tell friends and neighbors who may want to help.
Stuff the Truck food drive 2021-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Meatless Monday

 Green Steps- Rotary Supporting the Environment is encouraging all Rotarians as a service project to have at least Meatless Mondays or Beefless Being. Cattle have an outsized environmental impact largely because they belch up methane, a potent planet-warming gas. Studies have found that beef production creates roughly four to eight times the emissions from pork, chicken or egg production, per gram of protein, and all have a larger climate-change footprint than plant-based proteins like soy or beans.

Meatless Monday Joan Bohls 2021-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Green Steps 2021-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Liberia Cervical Cancer Project

Our E-Club International Committee supported the  Rotary Club of Sinkora Liberia and the Liberia Cancer Society  by  providing $1000 for screening and treatment equipment. Above is the presentation of a check for $1500 to the Liberian Cancer Society.  This all could be made possible because of the generous donations of club members to our club foundation:RESCUSA.  Happy Bucks and Change for Change have been one way we have increased our foundation.  Thank you members of the Rotary E-Club. 

The following is information is from the Liberia Cancer Society.  


Liberia Cervical Cancer Project Joan Bohls 2021-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Butterfly Garden

 Members of Rotary E-Club helped plan, prepare and helped in the planting of a butterfly garden at Pecan Springs Elementary School.  Supporting the Environment is the newest Area of Focus of Rotary and the partnership with an Elementary School on such a project has been very exciting for the Rotary E-Club Family.  Linda Tyler has been the expert in planning with the support of Erik Svenkerud.  On Saturday many of our members helped move dirt and prepare the flower beds including Linda Tyler, Erik Svenkerud, Brigitte Pahwa, Betty Lara, Adam Lara, Jerry Lozano, Joan Bohls, Kent Bohls. Sam Haddad,  MaryAnn Walborg  as well as many of the teachers.   Plants that are native are important to the Butterfly life cycle have been chosen for the design.  This project is a perfect learning tool for Science in Pecan Elementary School.  Everyone had a great time working and look forward to a beautiful garden that supports the environment.
Butterfly Garden Joan Bohls 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Tacos for Teachers Joan Bohls 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary E-Club Helps Save the Planet

  Rotary E-Club of Central Texas gave away 650 Virginia Pine tree seedlings as a effort to help save our world.  Rotary E-Club members helped give away the trees both in Austin, Bastrop and nearby.  Members of Rotary E Club, Bastrop Rotary, Smithville Garden Club and many friends and neighbors took seedlings to plant on their own land. Donations to Rotary E-Club foundation were suggested in order to continue doing good in the world.

“We want to make a difference in the world for our children and grandchildren,” Club President Joan Bohls said, “and protecting the environment is one of the very best and necessary ways to do that.  Trees serve as an indicator for the health of the air and the world around us," Bohls said.
Rotary E-Club Helps Save the Planet Joan Bohls 2021-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Foundation Success 

     The Rotary Foundation is the backbone of Rotary work.  Our DAP grant money and Global Grant funding are from The Rotary Foundation determined by what we give as a club.  
     The appeal for foundation giving was a great success and everyone had fun participating in the drawing for prizes.  Thank you to the following for donating prizes: Tiesa, Erin, Joan, Gene and Betty.  The prize winners were Tricia, Brigitte, Linda, Sam, Joan Celeste, Kent, Tiesa, Ashley, Carol and Twyla.  Congratulations to all for giving and winning!  We all win when we give!  Thank you!
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 Making a Difference-

      Dan Leal was our speaker this week and he shared the mission of the Seedling mentoring program.  Children of incarcerated parents are at great risk and Seedling Mentor program provides opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.  Hopefully some Rotary members will become mentors.   
Making a Difference- Joan Bohls 2020-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Picnic in the Pines

   On September 27, the Rotary E-Club of Central Texas enjoyed a picnic at the 9E Ranch Cabins between Bastrop and Smithville. 
Picnic in the Pines Joan Bohls 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger

     Rotary E-Club of Central Texas joined NxNE Rotary in a very successful project packaging rice, beans and dried vegetables to be sent where food and hunger are a big problem.   We bagged 10,152 meal kits and Rise Against Hunger will let us know soon what country it will be sent to.  Members  Martha Myers, Linda Tyler, Joan and Kent Bohls and their grandchildren Conrad and Smith Bohls helped package food at Casa Chapala Mexican Food Restaurant owned by President of NxNE Rotary Lupe Barragan.  Lupe was so generous to provide breakfast tacos, coffee and O.J. for everyone.  It was a wonderful opportunity to serve.  
     This project was funded by our DAP Grant which is a reminder that what we give to the Rotary Annual fund on My Rotary comes back to us to use for projects!  
Rise Against Hunger Joan Bohls 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

EREY Support the Rotary Foundation and Win!

Support the Rotary Foundation

Every member who sets up an automatic monthly donation of $10 or more  in MY ROTARY -Annual Fund or has donated at least $100 since July 1,2020 will be entered in a drawing at the January meeting.  So far the prizes include:  One night stay at the 9E Ranch Cabins Lost Pines, honey from "My Hot Honey" from Tiesa Hollaway and Soap from  http// donated by Erin Bocanegra.        

EREY Support the Rotary Foundation and Win! Joan Bohls 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary E-Club Central Texas Awards Joan Bohls 2020-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Change for Change

 Linda Tyler suggested that we start collecting change in a jar at home and put all our loose change in it and then every few months we take it to the bank and then make a donation to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund or RESCUSA.   Ironically, the next day in the newspaper there was an article that said the banks are short on coins. The banks are limiting the coins a merchant can get. " The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the supply chain and normal circulation patterns for US Coin" the US government  said. So let's take a jar and look around our home for change. Take it to the drive through at the bank, deposit it and make a donation in that amount to My Rotary (sign in and donate to Annual Fund) or RESCUSA on  This last Rotary year was a significant year for our club receiving honors and recognitions for supporting the "Annual Fund"!  Let's do it again a little at a time with "Change for  it! Change" making a goal by this time next year everyone gives $100.  Change for change- we can do !
        We are reminded not only does Rotary connect the World through it's 1.2 million members.  In these challenging, difficult times, we are discovering wisdom that we are all connected.  We catch diseases as individuals who are part of families, and families are part of cities, and cities are part of states and nations.  Our globe can be changed because of our interconnectedness.  Knowing this we become aware of other virus that spread among us from person to person from generation to generation and I am referring to social and spiritual viruses like racism.  I am reading the book How To Be An Antiracist  by Ibram Kend
Change for Change Joan Bohls 2020-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Food Drive



Thank you to everyone who donated to our food drive. It was a great success with over 1000 pounds of food donated.

Rotary E-Club of Central Texas is part of Rotary International, the largest service organization in the world with over 1.2 million members.  We work in our communities and globally to make a positive difference in the world!

Rotary Food Drive Brenda Osbon 2020-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Statement From Rotary International

At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.    We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

Statement From Rotary International 2020-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Response

District 5870 has contributed a total of District Designated Funds of $111,102 to Covid-19 related activities. We created and funded a District DAP Grant in the amount of $61,102.  We were awarded from The Rotary Foundation a District Disaster Response Fund Grant in the amount of $25,000.

This total of $86,102 will be contributed to three hospital organizations who have a footprint in all corners of our District.  These organizations are Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation, Ascension Seton Foundation and St. David’s Foundation.  The donations are exclusively to be used for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment to be distributed to hospitals and clinics throughout our District.

Covid-19 Response 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

RI President Message June

June 2020
My Rotary journey began 40 years ago when I joined the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, at the age of 25, and it has brought my family and me many unforgettable moments. But nothing could have prepared me for connecting with the world as president of Rotary International. My individual Rotary journey has become a shared Rotary journey with each of you.

All of the incredible people Gay and I met this year — Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the extended family of Rotary — will be an inspiration for the rest of our lives. We visited clubs and projects from Uruguay to Ukraine, from Nigeria to New Zealand, and beyond. We were privileged to crisscross the globe, circumnavigating it twice and moving back and forth between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Each country and each stop held its own Rotary magic. While in Zimbabwe in March, we participated in a medical vocational training team mission with Rotarians from India, providing health, hope, and life itself to the thousands who came for treatment. We also felt the energy of more than 300 young people at a Rotary Youth Symposium in Harare. What a thrill it was to be with these young people!

RI President Message June 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation 101 - Gene Davenport

My goal in this writing is to succinctly describe the “big picture” of the Foundation. I also encourage each member to study the Foundation on—there is more detail to reinforce what Kent and I will offer during May. 

Bottom line—We want all members to understand the Foundation and thusly support it with an annual donation. 

In my judgement, the RI Foundation is an ingenious creation designed to support the vision of “World Peace and Understanding.”
It has an “endowment component” made up primarily from bequest gifts to assure the fund well into the future.
It has a “designated gifts” component, that includes support of polio-plus, peace scholars, disaster relief, as examples.
It has a “World Fund” component from which major initiatives attack world wide issues.
It has an “Annual Fund “ component that is designed to create a partnership with local Districts and Clubs. It seeks to generate funds for local community and global initiatives. Each year, each District receives back half of the club donations made three years prior.  These funds are then expended through a grant process let by each Governor. 

If you have not made a donation to the “annual fund” this Rotary year, please do so. A $25 donation goes a long way to serve others above self. 

Yours in Rotary service.

The Rotary Foundation 101 - Gene Davenport 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

 Rotary International President's Message

Mark Daniel Maloney

April 2020

I spend a lot of time thinking of family, not just my own or the extended family of Rotary, but also the families we are helping in the communities we serve. In many parts of the world, mothers and children face challenges to survive that most of us will never comprehend. According to the World Health Organization, the risk of a woman in a low-income country dying during pregnancy or childbirth, or from related causes, is about 120 times higher than that of a woman living in a high-income country. It is encouraging that infant mortality rates are declining globally, yet 4 million babies annually still die within the first year of life.

Rotary International President's Message Brenda Osbon 2020-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

RI International President Elect Holger Knaack

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.




Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.

RI International President Elect Holger Knaack 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
What's It Like To.... 2019-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
Foundation Gala 2019-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Global Grant in Nepal

Rotarians  of E-Club Central Texas are making a difference in their communities and by reaching around the world with Rotary Foundation Global Grants.  We are so excited to be working on our first global grant with four clubs in Nepal to provide teacher training and technology in their schools.   If you would like to donate it will count towards a P.H. award and make a big difference.   Contact Suresh Pahwa on the details. Thank you!

Global Grant in Nepal Brenda Osbon 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Thank You For Joining Us On The Bat Cruise Brenda Osbon 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Equal Exchange Fundraiser

We will be taking orders through the fall until November 19 with distribution of products at the board meeting/social Dec. 3rd (In time for holiday delivery). This is our only fundraiser for the year and we use the funds to support Pecan Springs, RYLA, Interact and so much more! Please consider supporting us! 
Equal Exchange Fundraiser Brenda Osbon 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Are Peacemakers


We don’t always see ourselves this way. We don’t talk much about being “peacemakers” even in times when people most desire peace. People want peace in their home, community, state, nation, or world. We long for it, but don’t usually see ourselves as the “peacemakers.” But it is true. That is who we are.


Rotarians Are Peacemakers Brenda Osbon 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Get Ready For World Polio Day 2019

24 October is World Polio Day! 
World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians all over the world to raise awareness about our efforts to eradicate polio for good. Join us by hosting an event in your community. Not sure what to do for World Polio Day? Here are a few ideas: 
  • Host a gathering for friends and club members to watch the Online Global Update.
  • Organize a fundraiser and invite guests to experience what its like to vaccinate children by viewing Rotary's virtual reality film, "Two Drops of Patience." (Download Rotary's VR app to your Apple or Android device.)
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the importance of ending polio. Send it to the letters or opinion page editor for consideration.
  • Share information about Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Click here for more resources.
Get Ready For World Polio Day 2019 Brenda Osbon 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Early Act First Knight at Pecan Springs

The sponsoring Rotary Clubs for Pecan Springs met with the new Interim Principal, Andrea Williams to kick off the new school year. We are all excited about getting started and helping the students at the school.
Pictured: Vicky Lindsey/ Mary Reynolds (ARC), Brenda Osbon (E-Club), Tony Ruff (Cosmo), Jean Nelle/Hen Koock/Ivan Milman (University), Andrea Williams Interim Principal At Pecan Springs Early College Prep Austin.
Early Act First Knight at Pecan Springs Brenda Osbon 2019-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
Membership Message Brenda Osbon 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

July Planning Session

July 20 was our club planning session for 2019-20.  We had great participation and got lots accomplished.  Thank you DG Jim Henry for your guidance and for inducting our officers.  Members who were unable to attend can view club documents for more information.
New members joined us and contributed greatly.  We are so happy to have them join us. Welcome Carol, Jerry, Celeste, Tiesa and Erin. 
Ashley wore her Rotary shoes!  
Martha was presented with Service Above Self award for her deep commitment to Rotary.                                                                                                                                      
July Planning Session Brenda Osbon 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

DG Jim Henry July Message

When PDG Bruce Golden called me back in February 2017 to let me know I was the District Governor Designee I was thrilled.  I also thought to myself, July 1, 2019 is a long way away.  Well, it wasn’t that far away because we are here now.  A new Rotary year is underway.  My training as well as the training for all District and Club officers is over.  I was able to accompany PDG Jerry Chapman on over 80% of his club visits and met many of you at that time.  I am really looking forward to my visit to all of the clubs and meeting with as many of you as possible.  I am so excited for the year ahead and the things that we can accomplish. 
DG Jim Henry July Message Brenda Osbon 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Marble Falls 70th Annual Fish Fry

Lakeside Pavillion - Lake Marble Falls

July 12, 2019 - 6PM

Adults - $15  Kids - $5

Featured Speaker, Mike O'Krent - Life Stories Alive  and  Music - DJ Billy Scott - Hill Country Recording Studio & Entertainment
Marble Falls 70th Annual Fish Fry Brenda Osbon 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Be A Hero To Your Interact Club Contest Results

During the month of June, a contest was held to challenge the Rotarian advisors of District 5870’s Interact Clubs to register their Clubs with Rotary International in time for the start of the new Rotary year.  Six Rotarians representing ten Interact Clubs entered the contest.  All of the clubs were entered in a drawing for $50 to be awarded to an Interact Club that met the qualifications.
And the winner is… Benold Middle School Interact Club, Mr. Julian A. Grant, Advisor!
If you missed the contest deadline, you can still easily register your Interact Club(s) by going to Complete the information, submit and your annual reporting requirement for Rotary International is finished.
What are you waiting for?  Why not get ‘er done today?
Be A Hero To Your Interact Club Contest Results Brenda Osbon 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Weekly Presentation Carol Brown 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Club Updates Carol Brown 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor and Club Leader Installation

The district installation of officers was a great event attended by our members
Joan and Kent Bohls, Nancy Keck and Bill Piotrowski.  
Our own Nancy Keck was re-installed as District Interact Chair. Her term is 2018-20.  
District Governor and Club Leader Installation Brenda Osbon 2019-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

RI President 2019-20 

President 2019-20

Rotary Club of Decatur

Alabama, USA

Mark Daniel Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.


RI President 2019-20 Brenda Osbon 2019-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

New Manor High Interactor Makes News

Caroline Barboza, far left, a junior at Manor New Tech High School, and Hailey Sherrill, a senior at Smithville High school, were chosen to represent Bluebonnet at the 2019 Government-in-Action Youth tour, which includes a trip to Washington DC and a $1000 scholarship.  Caroline is a member of the Interact club at Manor New Tech High School which is sponsored by Rotary E-Club District  5870. Jacob Neidig, a senior at Elgin High School, center, is the alternative. 
Sarah Beal photo
New Manor High Interactor Makes News 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0


RYLA will be held from June 30-July 5 at McKinney Roughs in Bastrop. We will be involved in a number of events including serving one of the meals. In order to participate you must complete the volunteer form which can be found  here.  You cannot participate unless this form is completed.
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Many thanks again to Joan and Kent for arranging the Shelter Box presentation and for hosting Jessica at their property, 9E Ranch Cabins.  We were delighted that District Governor,Jerry Chapman, was also in attendance. Jessica Metcalf, the Strategic Giving officer, gave an in-depth talk about the organization and its work throughout the globe.
Shelter Box has made such a difference by supplying housing and supplies to those who have been displaced by disaster and conflict. The most recent focus has been as a result of Typhoon Idai in Southern Africa. Over 1.5 million people have been affected by it.
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Conference of Rotary Clubs 2019-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor for 2021-22 Selected

Please join us in congratulating Beverly Luedke of the Rotary Club of Temple South who has been selected by the District Nominating Committee to serve as our Governor for Rotary Year 2021-2022.   
District Governor for 2021-22 Selected 2019-04-10 05:00:00Z 0