Cleveland Rotary welcomes District Governor, new members

Cleveland Rotary Club President Tasha Childress welcomes District Governor John Hathaway to a recent club meeting.

The Cleveland Rotary Club welcomed Rotary District 5910 District Governor John Hathaway for 2018-2019 on Wednesday, July 18. Hathaway, a member of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, said, “I am from Rotary District, which only exists because of local clubs embracing Rotary Ideals.”  Rotary International theme for 2018-2019 is “Be the Inspiration.”

In his address to the Cleveland club, he emphasized that a vibrant Rotary Club must have the three Ps:  Participation, Peace, Polio Eradication.

Participation in local club projects, such as Cleveland’s Don’t Meth with Me, an educational program for fifth-graders about the dangers of meth, and Cleveland’s annual baseball tournament to raise funds for scholarships for students at Cleveland and Tarkington High Schools.  Members should register in My Rotary, join Rotary Action Groups, Rotary Fellowships, attend District/Zone/International meetings/conferences and participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).

Peace:  positive peace.  Rotary International was represented when the United Nations was chartered.  Rotary has over 9000 students in exchanges.  A club should also apply for Global Grants in the six areas of focus and attend the Rotary Peace Conference in Houston early next year.

Polio Eradication:  For polio to completely eradicated, the number of cases must reach zero, then followed with vaccinating 5 million children for 3 years.  District Governor Hathaway has challenged Rotary District 5910 with a goal of $1,000,000 to help eradicate polio. Clubs will raise $167,000 in 2018-2019, which will be matched and re-matched by the Bill Gates Foundation for the next three years, bringing the total to $1,000,000.

DG Hathaway inducted two new members to the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the club recognized two members as Paul Harris Fellows.

Cleveland Rotary Club members posed with District Governor John Hathaway during a recent luncheon.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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