Rotary District Governor, John Deacon, visited Heber Springs this week, starting out at a District Summer Seminar on Monday night. “This is a great area for our District. They have such passion here.” Deacon said.

Clubs from Cabot, Heber Springs, Jonesboro, Clinton, Cleburne County, Batesville, Marshall, Fairfield Bay, Wynne, Searcy, Hughes, West Little Rock and Bald Knob were represented. Four Previous District Governors were in attendance, Nancy Leonhardt, Paul Roberts, John Carter and Darlene Andrews.

After dinner the clubs went into breakout sessions led by Don Rodgers, Beverly Parker, John Carter and Darlene Andrews. Breakout sessions were on membership, foundation, youth panel and Rotary 101.

Nancy Leonhardt presented about increasing and retaining membership and talking about being a club of ACTION. A-agile and adaptive, C-collaborative and community action, T-tenacious and persistent, O-open-minded and N-nurturing.

On Wednesday, Deacon and District Governor elect, George Fray, visited The CALL to find out more about what they do and how Rotary can help. They were given a tour by Amanda Bush, Coordinator for The CALL, who explained when children are brought in a DHS worker calls them and they will meet at their offices which are a more inviting environment, while the paperwork is being done. “We love our DHS workers,” Bush told them.

“The reason we are successful is because we have strong, foster family support.” Bush said.

Bush also explained their “Nurturing Families” which allows parents, who have had their children removed from their home, or are at risk, to have counseling. They also have a room where children can have supervised visits with their parents in a home environment.

On Thursday, during the Cleburne County Rotary meeting they presented The CALL with a check to help support them.