UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS!
Every six weeks of the school year, Arlington Sunrise Rotary presents digital tablets
to the two students with the best attendance.
Shown here are the winning students & their parents. The school Principal is on the left and
Arlington Sunrise Rotarian Debbie Hogan is on right.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Veronica Rodriguez gave our club program
on December 20, 2013. She went to Santiago Chile and studied
International Trading. She is from Arlington and was sponsored by
The Rotary Club of Arlington, also known as the Downtown Rotary Club.
Early in 2013, Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club and Arlington Parks and Recreation
Department started a round of major maintenance on the playground that was
constructed by Sunrise Rotary in 2005. The bulk of the playground was
constructed of plastic and wood fiber material that was selected for minimum
weather deterioration, and the material has held up very well.
But some hangers, hinges and supports were metal. All of the wearable parts,
mostly the working metal connections, have now been replaced and all of the
painted surfaces were repainted. The chain bridge (or chain ladder) shown
in the photos was the last item scheduled for replacement
This project was led by Sunrise Rotarian Jack Thornton. Jack has
monitored the playground for needed refurbishment and organized
work teams when needed.
The top two photos show the chain bridge before and after replacement.
The bottom photo shows Sunrise Rotarians Don Mims, Jack Rogers, and Richard Lucas (L-R).
Jack Thornton is behind the camera.
At our regular club meeting on October 11, 2013, many Rotarians volunteered to donate blood.
Carter Blood Center brought their enormous bus to our meeting location at the Division Street Diner.
Shown below are Randall Coburn in the left picture and David Bryant & Danny Steffer in the right picture.
Many Club Rotarians generously rolled up their sleeves for this effort. The other folks are Carter technicians.
A major feature of the District 5790 Conference was the Polio Eradication Panel discussion. This panel was comprised of representatives from The Center for Disease Control (CDC), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a Rotary District 5790 Assistant Governor who has personally participated in polio prevention efforts in all of the current endemic countries. The panel discussion was moderated by PDG Phil Silvers.
Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Robert Linkins (CDC), Jeff Bates (UNICEF), Dr. Carolina Danovaro (WHO), District 5790 AG Chris McLucas, PDG Phil Silvers and Lea Anne Hegg (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
Pictured below are photographs of the recently installed Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration system. This project was done in concert with the City of Arlington Water Department. The system collects rainwater and provides it to the raised planting beds through a gravity-fed drip irritation system. The site is located at 1100 SE Green Oaks Boulevard, located one block East of Cooper Street. There is a marker stone that identifies it as a Sunrise Rotary Club project.
Sunrise Rotarians Stephanie Gillespie and Kelly Curnutt recently read to Thornton Elementary students as part of the "Read Across America Program". Stephanie read to sixth graders, Kelly read to third graders.
Pictured are Sunrise Rotarians that recently repaired several swing sets at Dunlop Creative Playground. This was the first major repair to the playground since it was completely rebuilt by Arlington Sunrise about seven years ago.
Pictured from left to right are Jack Rogers, Cecil (Parks & Playground Coordinator), Kelly Curnutt, Henry Armstrong, Bill Verkest, Jack Thornton and Mike Nix.
This project was done in cooperation with The University of Texas at Arlington. Long time Arlington Sunrise Club Charter Member Jack Thornton and UTA representative Kurt Beilharz led the effort.
The project started Friday, October 14th and was completed at 4 pm on Saturday. More photos will be shown at club meetings.
Sweat equity was provided by Don Mims, Dave Swaringin, Don Ferrell, James Watson, Curt Osiek, Matt Hines, Rick McVay, Rob Asplet, Kurt Beilharz, Shane Madsen, Will and Grayson Ross, Steve Dixon and Mark Thornton. Lunch and liquids were provided by UTA.
Special thanks to Don for planning the process, building the necessary jigs and patterns, and directing the all-volunteer work force.
Drive by and see it. It is just off UTA Blvd between Davis Drive and Summit Avenue .
Arlington Club Sunrise President Dwayne Lee and members Bill Verkest and Dub Hirst present school supplies donated by club members to representatives of West Elementary School in Grand Prarie. The presentation is in conjunction with a District Simplified Grant the club received which will result in more school supplies being purchased and donated to the school.