Rotary Club of Arlington Sunrise

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Arlington Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 6:45 AM
Rolling Hills Country Club
401 E. Lamar Blvd. Arlington, TX
PO Box 387, Arlington, TX 76004-0387
Arlington, TX  76011
United States
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Several Sunrise Rotarians got up early to "pretty up" the climbing walls that Arlington Sunrise Rotarians had previously built in Dunlop Park.
Club President-Elect Steve Dixon thanks guest speaker Lance Walker for his presentation about his experience with the Honduras Water  Project.

Colby Van Sickler (l) Welcomes New Member Bill Van Sickler (r)

Sunrise Rotarians and Arlington Police Department Representatives are shown
presenting dictionaries to a third grade class at Thornton Elementary.
Thornton is one of three Arlington schools that Sunrise Rotary supports by
presenting all third graders with dictionaries every year



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.

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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.



On Sunday, November 18th, the Arlington Sunrise Rotarians had the pleasure of serving a hearty Thanksgiving lunch to the residents and guests of the Park Lane Apartments in East Arliongton. Club members Stephanie Gillespie, Samir Ahuja, and Craig Lidell supervised the operation. A good time and a good meal were had by all.
April 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Club. Club members celebrate with new and old and members of the club, including founding members.


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 Mims 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.



Today we inducted our newest Rotarian, Rosa Beck. A dentist in Arlington, Texas.  She was sponsored by Hollis Lackey.  Welcome Rosa to our Club.  We look forward to having you as another great Rotarian.  Rosa will be working on the International Committee for Al Hethcock.

We had the pleasure today to have Melody Rockwell as our program today at the meeting.  The information provided by Melody is the reason that the Arlingotn Sunrise Rotary is holding its first Adoption Awareness Picnic on November 6, 2010 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield Texas.  We will need the assistance of every Rotarian of the Clunb to ensure a successful picnic.  The Picnic will be from 11:00AM to 2:00PM CST.  The Rotary Club will provide the staff and games.  If you have any access to carvival games, bouce houses, etc. please contact Mark Gist or Dub Hirst.

Chris Wade mentioned again that we have the flag program on Monday, September 6, 2010 and again on Saturday, Septemeber 11, 2010.  please check with your team captains about your schedule.

We had two guest brought by Danny Steffer and Tom McGrew (although Tom wasnt there with his guest).  We need to see about inviting more guest if we are going to reach our net 15 goal for the 2010-2011 Rotary Year.

This Club is one of the most active Clubs in District 5790.  Lets all work together to accomplish the goals set forth this year.



Arlington Sunrise through our flag program provides five (5) fifteen hundred dollars ($1500.00) scholarships to high school seniors one to each of the following high schools in our flag service areas: Arlington High, Lamar High, Martin and Summit High. For several years we have provided an at large scholarship through Stephanie Gillespie.
"How many times has your life been enriched by merely reaching out in kindness to those in need. How many of your closest friendships have grown when working side by side in serving others. Isn't it amazing what a unique feeling of satisfaction comes to us when we respond to a real call for help? Rotarian's share a tremendous secret and a universal truth and that is, real happiness, perhaps the deepest of human longings, can be found most easily by helping others." PPRI Cliff Dochterman stated these words in his address to Rotarians around the world as his year as President of Rotary International.
The matching grant with the Rotary Club de Leon for the purchase and delivery of two ambulances to the Red Cross de Leon, Gto. is moving forward. We have received final approval from the Mexican Government for the importation of the ambulances through the port of Nuevo Laredo, Texas, USA on August 5, 2009. Rotarians Don Ferrell, Chris McLucas and Rotarian son Clayton McLucas will attend the wheelchair distribution on August 8, 2009 and presentation of the ambulance to the Red Cross on August 7, 2009.

Rotarian Christopher J. McLucas participated in the National Immunization Day in Mathura India on February 1, 2009.  The eradication of Polio in the world is one of the most profound and prolific endeavors of Rotary International.  Through the assistance and cooperation of other NGOs and Rotarians around the world the eradication of Polio is in site.
Oct 21, 2016
Konni Burton
Our Texas State Senator
Oct 28, 2016
Michael Jacobson
Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Nov 04, 2016
Chip May
Rotary Foundation & Polio Plus
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