On October 5, 2021, District 5910 Governor, Jerry Springfield spoke to the Magnolia Rotary Club membership about Rotary Districts, Zones and Regions as well as "Opportunities to Grow our Club" and "Human Trafficking". Pictured above from left to right are Kelly McDonald (President of the Magnolia Rotary Club), Roschelle Springfield (wife of DG) and DG Jerry Springfield.
To show the difference in size between Rotary Districts, Zones and Regions, DG Jerry Springfield showed us maps showing all of the districts in Texas as well as all the districts in our zone (see below).
The definition of each is as follows:
At the core of Rotary is the club, which can have anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of Rotary members.

Each club belongs to a District.  Rotary District 5910 (our district) currently has 40 clubs and a geographical area that extends over a wide range of far east Texas (See map above).  Other Districts come in a variety of sizes (both clubs and members) and geographical areas. 

There are roughly 535 Districts in the Rotary world, which are then organized into Zones.  The Zones usually have around 18 Districts and there are 34 Zones. Since that's still a large number, the Zones are paired in two's.
DG Jerry Springfield then spoke to the membership about opportunities to grow our club including the following:
  • Face to Face
    • January 15, 2022: Mid Year Meeting
    • April 22-25, 2022: District Convention at Margaritaville Resort, Lake Conroe
    • June 4-8, 2022: Rotary International Convention in Houston
  • Online
    • Rotary Leadership Institute 1 (RLI)
      • October 25, 27, November 1, 3 from 5:30-7:30pm (Register online through the district website)
    • MyRotary.org
      • Learning Center
      • Webinars
    • District Webpage
  • At Home
    • Read the "Rotarian" Magazine
    • Read the District emailed newsletter and other emailed information.
DG Jerry Springfield then spoke about the Four Areas of Emphasis that RI President, Shekhar Mehta wanted clubs to focus on:
  • Days of Service
  • Presidential Conferences
  • Each One Bring One
  • Empowering Girls
DG Jerry Springfield then spoke about Human Trafficking and showed statistics that showed that Texas is #2 in human trafficking and #2 in child trafficking. He specified that:
  • This is not a problem only in large cities.
  • This is not just people being moved through our area.
  • This is endemic to every county in our district.
  • What can we do?
    • Be aware of the warning signs.
    • Stay alert to those around you and what they may be trying to tell you.
    • Alert authorities.
DG Jerry Springfield than showed everyone what the universal hand sign for "I need help!" is (see below):
DG Jerry Springfield than handed out a list of warning signs of human trafficking for everyone in the room (see below) before ending his talk.
At the end of his presentation, DG Jerry Springfield also gave an award to our own Ted Cummings for achieving a Paul Harris +5 award (see below).