Rotarians in Wichita Falls

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Rotary members from across Texas are in Wichita Falls for District 5790’s annual conference.

They’re seeing up- close some of what local members care about and donate their time to help improve.

Carol Murray/ Rotary Member:  “It’s a sense of community, a sense of helping, a sense of giving back, and there is also a lot of networking and a lot of meeting people in the community and that’s the fun part as well.”

Murray has been a member of the Rotary Club for six years and says she’s proud to be part of a club that can give back to its community.

Murray:  “There’s a lot of personal satisfaction with doing things for the community and that’s what we do.  We just help out the community and do a lot of different things and meet a lot of different people.  But again, its about helping the community.”

The Rotary District 5790 conference happens every year to celebrate the over sixty clubs in the district and all those involved and their accomplishments.

District Governor Larry Petrash wants this conference to be fun.

Petrash/ District 5790 Governor:  “We wanted it to be entertaining and educational and we are well on our way to accomplishing that this time.”

Petrash says one of their most successful donation projects was working with Shelterbox USA.

They raised  $40,000  for Shelterbox, which provides disaster relief to victims, and includes tents, blankets, cooking equipment and more.

It’s these opportunities to help others Murray finds most rewarding.

Murray:  “It’s just a lot of fun.”

While in town, members experienced River Bend Nature Center, and Whispers of Hope Horse Farm.
        
And, they helped separate food for those at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

The Rotary is also an international program that right now is donating money raised toward the eradication of polio.

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