Caro the first local Rotary District Governor in 39 years
César Caro, Rotary District 5130 Governor will present a district report at the Sweetwater Rotary Club meeting at noon on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Texas State Technical College in the meeting room north of the cafeteria. Caro is the first Rotary District Governor from Sweetwater in 39 years.Sponsored by the Stamford Rotary club, The Sweetwater Rotary club was admitted to Rotary International on June 3, 1925, under District 13. In its 86 years of service to the community the club has been honored to have had three members of the club served Rotary International as District Governors: Charles Paxton (1942-43) 26th Governor, Rigdon Edwards (1955-56) 39th Governor, and W.W. Pyeatt (1970-71) 54th Governor. Rotary International District 5730 serves the High Plains of West Texas. There are currently 51 clubs and approximately 2,000 club members. District Governors provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to Rotary clubs under the general supervision of the Rotary International Board of Directors. Governors act as officers of Rotary International, fostering achievement in their district at the club level. Under the District Leadership Plan, district governors prepare for and execute their duties over a three-year period. To be eligible for the position of district governor, a Rotarian must be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district, have served as president of a club for a full term, demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to fulfill the duties outlined in the bylaws and, have completed seven years of membership at the time of taking office. During their term of service, governors strengthen existing Rotary clubs, organize new clubs, and promote membership growth, issue a monthly newsletter to each club president and secretary in the district, support The Rotary Foundation, serve as a district and RI spokesperson when appropriate, hold a district conference and other district meetings, ensure that district nominations and elections are conducted in accordance with the RI Bylaws and established policies of Rotary International.César M. Caro currently serves as the 94th District Governor of District 5730 for the Rotary year 2010-2011. César was born and raised on the coastal Western shores of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Jose De Diego high school in 1972.César earned an undergraduate Degree of Arts in English Literature from the Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1977 and a graduate Degree of Science in Occupational Technology from the University of Houston, Texas in 1999. During his undergraduate studies, César enrolled in the Army R.O.T.C program and was initiated into the Honorary Society of Pershing Rifles, a college military fraternity. He was a member of the R.O.T.C. Drill Team and was elected Cadet Commanding Officer in 1975-76.In 1978 César was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He attended the U.S. Army Armor Basic Officer Course and the U.S. Army Airborne Jump School. During his first year as an active Army Cavalry officer in Ft. Hood, Texas, he served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader where he leaded, trained, and supervised soldiers with the First Cavalry Division. When promoted to First Lieutenant he served as the Executive Officer of the Combat Support Company 1/7 Cavalry, First Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, where he oversaw the support and maintenance of Heavy Armored Fighting Vehicles. While stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, César was promoted to Captain and assigned as a Project Test Officer for the U.S. Army Armor & Engineer Board where he analyzed data in the study of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank survivability in battlefield engagements. He received the Army Achievement Medal for his involvement in the project. Due to medical reasons he was retired as an Army Captain.After his release from active duty, César returned to Puerto Rico and started teaching computer programming with Compu*Tec Servicios Educativos, Inc. in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He was promoted to Area Coordinator where he supervised, developed curriculum, and trained company employees on how to instruct computer courses. He was instrumental in implementing Local Area Network laboratories in K-12 schools around the island. He also trained school teachers and administrators in the use of Computer Networks in their classrooms and administrative offices. César relocated his family to Texas in 1989 and in 1993 move to Sweetwater where for 18 years he worked as an associate professor in technical education.César is currently employed by Ludlum Measurements, Inc. in Sweetwater, Texas as the Shipping Department Manager. He is responsible for coordinating and scheduling shipments within the United States and overseas; ensuring on-time delivery, and for the supervision of employees responsible for the process of packing and shipping Radiation Detection Devices and other related equipment. In 1998 César was selected to participate in a Rotary International sponsored exchange program to Rotary District 4750 in Brazil as a team member. He soon joined the Sweetwater Rotary Club. In 2002 he was selected to participate in another exchange program as the Group Study Exchange Team Leader to District 4530 in Brazil. César was elected president of the Sweetwater Rotary Club in 2003-2004. At the District level he has served as District International Service Committee Member, District Group Study Exchange Committee Chair, District Assistant Governor (2004-2008), and District Lieutenant Governor (2008-2009). César is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Major Donor, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, a Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Member, a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, and a District 5730 Paul Harris Society Charter Member. He is also a member of the Global Rotary History Fellowship, a member of District 5890 Polio Plus Society, and a Rotary Leadership Institute trainer. He has received The Rotary Foundation District Service Award. César’s Rotary humanitarian work includes yearly trips to Creel, Mexico to distribute toys, clothes, school supplies, vitamins, and food to the Tarahumara children and their families. He and his wife, Luz, attended the 2010 Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.César is married to Luz (Lucy). She’s currently employed by Cardinal Health as a Pharmacy Technician and works in The Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Pharmacy. She is also a licensed vocational nurse. They have three grown daughters: Annette Marie, Jennifer Marie, Carolyn Marie and two grandsons: Alexander Barnes and Benjamin Barnes. César and Lucy are members of the First United Methodist Church of Sweetwater.