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Denton Rotary Club Applauds the Inauguration of Champions Rotary Club
In attendance at Champion's Inaugural meeting were Denton Rotarians, Dick Pittroff, Gene Davenport, DGE Maryann McDuff, Dean Perkins, Gary Henderson, Kathy Langley, Jim Englebrecht, and Jack Thomson.
 

 
 
Twenty-four Denton Rotarians and Rotarators attend the Training Assembly in Ft. Worth, April 16
 

 
 
SAVE THE DATE!  MARY ANN'S INSTALLATION PARTY, June 4, 2016 at the Denton Country Club, 7:00 P.M. Our own Mary Ann McDuff will be District Governor 5790 in 2016-2017. 
 

 
 
Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health for Denton County, informs the Denton Rotary Club about the Zika Virus
Dr. Matt Richardson was appointed as the Director of Public Health for Denton County in the summer of 2014.  Dr. Richardson served as Director of Public Health for the City of Amarillo and Potter/Randall Counties for the previous 9 years.  His prior experience includes public health preparedness and response, corporate health consulting, and private physician practice management. 
 
He has several peer-reviewed publications, and he has testified to the Texas Legislature regarding public issues and continues to advocate for public health practice and resources for Denton County and the state of Texas.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Abilene Christian University and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Public Health from the UNT HSC School of Public Health with concentrations on health administration and health management/policy. 
 
Dr. Richardson currently serves on the site review teams for the Council on Education in Public Health to accredit public health programs and schools across the US.  He lives in Argyle with his wife of 20 years and their two daughters.
 

 
 
Denton Rotary was awarded the Outstanding Contributor  Award for 2015 from CASA of Denton County on Tuesday, April 5 at the CASA Annual Recognition Dinner. 
The award recognized the Denton Rotary Adoption Fair.  Receiving the award were Denton Rotarians Rob Seay and Jack Thomson with recognition also given to other volunteers from the other Denton County Rotary Clubs represented by Mike Brucia and Darhyl Ramsey of Denton Morning Rotary, Angie Cox of Lewisville Noon Rotary, and Dana Haynie of Flower Mound Rotary.
 

 
 
The Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Competition Winners 2016
1st Place $250: Tiffany Wang, Guyer High School 
 
2nd Place $150: Maddie Spears, Guyer High School (With Rotarian Dan Leal, Club Organizer for the project)
 
3rd Place $100: Tévon Bartlett,  Ryan High School
 

 
 
 
Denton Mayor Chris Watts at the Denton Rotary Club on March 31
Denton Mayor Chris Watts spoke to the Denton Rotary Club today. He reported that 26,000 new residents moved to Denton County in 2015.  The enormous road construction on 35E and 35W can't come soon enough.
 

 
 
Dr. Marilyn Wagner and UNT's Emeritus College, March 24
Dr. Marilyn Wagner is Director of Lifelong Learning and Professional Development at the University of North Texas.  Her career focus has been healthy aging and innovative learning opportunities for adults, both through professional development and enrichment courses.  Dr. Wagner’s training and practice as a clinical psychologist have informed her research and led to her passion for programs that support healthy aging.
 
The Emeritus College is the result of years of research into how to support aging well and optimal brain health for adults.  Since 2009, the Emeritus College has provided hundreds of classes and social activities for adults 50+.  These non-credit classes are taught in a wide variety of topics to intellectually curious adults who want to keep learning new things and staying current, no matter how old they are.  The program is taught by active and retired faculty from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, as well as by faculty retired from other universities and area professionals.  In addition to classes, experiential learning outside the classroom is offered in a variety of settings.   Domestic and international travel programs with a focus on learning also are available.
 

 
 
Anita Washburn Certified Laughter Leader - March 17
 

 
 
Please follow this link to important story about Shelter Box!
 
 

 
 
Major General Mary Saunders to Speak to Denton Rotary, February 25
Major General Mary Saunders was the first female general officer selected as the director of Transportation in the Air Force. In this capacity, she provided guidance for 32,000 active duty and civilian personnel and was responsible for a fleet of 115,000 vehicles. MG Saunders is a native of Texas, born in Nacogdoches, and educated in Houston. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Rider University in New Jersey. She attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force in Alabama. Maj. Gen. Saunders was also named a Distinguished Alumni of Texas Woman’s University in 1998 and a TWU Woman of Distinction in 2000.  Maj. Gen. Saunders is one of 5 women inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
 
 

 
 
Our Rotary Exchange Students, February 18, 2016
 
Eloise Picod is a 17 year old exchange student from Burgundy, France. There she lives with her mom, dad, younger brother and sister, and her cat Gribouille. She is a junior at Billy Ryan High School, living with Mary Deihl and her family for the entirity of her exchange. During her senior year back in France, she will go back to her boarding school in Charolles in the region of Bugundy, and will go on to study medical science after high school.
Mary Deihl is an 18 year old senior at Billy Ryan High School; a member of the Ryan Interact Club. She went to Auvergne, France with Rotary's short term Youth Exchange program during the summer of 2015. She will attend the University of North Texas starting in June 2016 majoring in Education.
 
 
 

 
 
ROTARY DAY - FEBRUARY 23
COME AND HELP US CELEBRATE ROTARY'S 111th BIRTHDAY!
Tuesday, February 23 at El Chaparral Grill, 324 McKinney, Denton, TX , 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Happy birthday, Rotary International. 33,000 clubs worldwide; 1.2 million members; all practicing the same mission statement: The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
 

 
 
2015 SPIRIT-of-CHRISTMAS Food Drive
From mid-November through mid-December 2015, the SPIRIT-of-CHRISTMAS Food Drive was conducted in Denton.  The event is designed to provide holiday food stuffs to local families who are food insecure.  This project has been initiated annually since 1982 by Brookshire’s Supermarkets, Inc.  It is facilitated locally by the Denton Brookshire’s Supermarket (I-35 & Teasley Lane), the Denton Rotary Club (Noon), certain DISD schools, and the local LULAC chapter.  The event typically provides a 40+ pound box to 40 senior households and 150 families with young children.
The local Brookshire’s Supermarket offered scan coupons and bagged food stuffs for customer purchase.  Brookshire’s Corporate provided a voucher for a baking hen for each recipient family and packing boxes specifically designed for this event.  DISD Schools and LULAC provided canned items via food drives while Merki & Associates, a local accounting firm, conducted an in-house food drive.  The Denton Rotary Club coordinated the activities, including:  pick-up of donated foods; sorting/packing/delivery of food boxes and; provided fresh fruit for each recipient. Bell Avenue Self Storage provided holding space during the drive and Little Guys Movers transported collections from the collection point to the sort/pack facility and then on to a delivery site.  Sort, pack and delivery took place at Irwin Hall of the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 19 with 68+ volunteers from the community including Rotary, LULAC DISD members.
 

 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Presentation to Bettye Myers
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
 
Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary. The Denton Rotary Club has the honor and pleasure of recognizing Dr. Bettye Myers as she becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Rotarian Rob Seay has chosen Dr. Bettye Myers to receive this Paul Harris Fellowship.  Bettye is actively involved in a number of organizations including Denton Noon Kiwanis, United Way of Denton County, and Denton City-County Day School.  She gives generously of her time and money making an enormous impact on her community.  The United Way of
Denton County has established a humanitarian award named in her honor in 2013.  Bettye has lived her life in service to others reflecting Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.
 
Congratulations to Dr. Bettye Myers.
 

 
 
Guyer High School Interact raised funds for a field trip to Dogwood Estates and interaction with senior citizen residents demonstrating the Rotary Moto, Service Above Self. 
 

 
 
WTG, Denton Rotary Club - Making pancakes and waffles for Fat Tuesday celebration at Cumberland Children's Home in Denton
 

 
 
Rotary Annual Fruit Drive continues to support our local club through fundraising as well as supporting local shelters with fresh fruit during the Holidays.  This season, the fruit was overly scrumptious and perfect.  Temperatures in South Texas remained constant and certainly the flooding rains followed by extended sunshine assisted.  The Rio Grande Valley Oranges and Grapefruit were the “best ever” as some of our patrons stated.  Each year I have the privilege of managing the Fruit Fundraiser and we continue to streamline the processes.  This year, after digitizing the event last year, we were able to receive 99% of orders electronically and had ZERO mistakes in processing. 
 
Our revenue and donations exceeded $10,650.00 this year and beat our goal of $10,000.00 thanks to the supporters in our club and community.  Over 600 pounds of Oranges were delivered to the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive and packed in all meals this year.  More than 250 pounds of Oranges and Grapefruit was delivered to various shelters locally.  There is no better Christmas Present than to see the look on those in need being delivered Fresh Fruit – you can see the salivation in their eyes.  A great addition to the boxes and canned goods each year.  A wonderful blessing to those in need and truly a Rotary Moment for me. 
 
Thank you to all who participate in our annual fruit fundraiser.  Without you all we cannot do all the good that we do.  With you, we are all A Gift To The World.  Adam R. Reese, Chair, Denton Rotary Club Fruit Sales 2015
 

 
Ryan Interact Club president and treasurer present a check to our Kenya Project
One of the great things of Rotary is how it inspires young people to work to better the lives of their peers in developing countries. Here the Ryan Interact club president and treasurer present a check of $615, the result of a lot of hard work and fundraising as a contribution to the $4k+ project in partnership with the Denton Rotary clubs towards the construction of a basketball court in Kenia.
 
Above: 
Youngsters in Kenya working on the construction of the basketball court
Below: Interact presenting their check to Herman Oosterwijk, the international project coordinator
 

 
CONGRATULATIONS DENTON ROTARY CLUB
 

 
 
DENTON ROTARY CLUB RAISES FUNDS FOR DISASTER SURVIVORS A WORLD AWAY
Denton, Texas, July 2015-- The Rotary Club of Denton recently provided funds to benefit ShelterBox, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disaster and humanitarian crises around the globe.
 
“The members of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world place value in “Service Above Self,” said Jack Thompson, president of the Rotary Club of Denton. “We have a commitment to helping others in need.”
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and supplies, such as stoves, blankets, and water filtration systems. Recipients also receive tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
 
Rotary is currently responding to disasters in Cameroon, Chile, Democratic Republic of Korea, Iraq, Nepal, Niger, Paraguay, the Philippines, Syria and Tanzania.
 
“You never know when the next disaster might strike,” said Alan Monroe, Interim Executive Director of ShelterBox USA. “With generous donations such as this one from the Rotary Club of Denton, we can continue our mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world including the most recent earthquake in Nepal.”
 
Those interested in supporting ShelterBox can make tax-deductible donations at www.shelterboxusa.org or by mailing a check to 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.  For information or to make a contribution by phone, call 941-907-6036.
 

 
 
JULY 2015 - UNT ROTARACT ATTENDED RYLA IN WASHINGTON DC
 
 
We had a successful, impactful, and honestly life changing experience for our club at RYLA North America this year. To The Denton Rotary Club, who made this possible for us, we cannot thank you enough! — with Hannah Awa, Arianna Gonzalez, Tucker French, Gavin Aleczander Sterling, Ricardo Gutierrez, Tina Kennedy, Marissa Weddle, Daniel Parks, Courtney Mad and Pasha Mad.
 
What is RYLA?
+ To enable promising young leaders to encounter and analyze critical issues of professional and business ethics and to accept responsibility
+ To confront and resolve critical social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues
+ To develop and refine leadership skills
+ To become more acquainted with the business, and professional worlds
+ To meet and make new friends of different racial, social, and cultural backgrounds
+ To learn about Rotary and its many youth oriented programs (Rotaract, GSE, Ambassadorial Scholarship)
+ To have a FUN learning experience
 

 
 
 
Rotary is for you if you believe. . . 
  • That people with passion can change the world for the better!
  • That empowering young people to great leadership can change the world for the better
  • When people come together they can create even greater change in the world
  • Having fun is the beginning of wonderful change in the world
  • Building relationships through service is a fantastic way to become personally fulfilled 
  • Our guiding principles beautifully stand the test of time
  • Having been so blessed, giving back is the best way to show my (our) gratitude
  • Working with really different kinds of people creates understanding and goodwill
  • Rotary's guiding principles help us focus & guide our lives to do great work in the world
  • Fun-filled service blesses (rewards) both the giver & the receiver!
 

 
 
  
John “Jack” Thomson, Denton Rotary Club President, 2015-2016
 
 
Jack Thomson is a retired Presbyterian Minister who has lived in Denton for 22 years. He has served on various non-profit boards, and served three terms on the Denton City Council. 
 
His wife, Sue, died in October, 2013. He has two married daughters who live in the area and a son in the Chicago area and four grandchildren.  He enjoys playing tennis.  He has owned and restored five Model A automobiles, one with which he won a trophy at Antiques on the Square.
 
He has been a member of Rotary since 2008, and he says it’s because the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” resonated strongly with him.  He really became a Rotarian after travelling with Rotary to Chinandega, Nicaragua, where he helped feed “the children at the dump” and helped build a health clinic there. 
 
As a result of his trip to Nicaragua, he became one of the sponsors for a Nicaraguan student, Dressel Cruz, to come to study at UNT three years ago, and who is now a senior with almost a four-point grade average. Dressel will graduate in May 2016.
 
He believes that Rotary should be great fun and fellowship as we do good in our community and in the world.   He especially loves the various youth projects of the club like RYLA, Youth Exchange, Rotoract, and Interact. 
 
Jack encourages every member to be involved.  Jack says, “What we give through Rotary becomes a gift to us. And we all have a choice whether to keep our gifts to ourselves or give them to others and ‘Be a Gift to the World.’”  He wants you to “Be a Gift to the World.”
 
 

 
 

Vocational Service Award 2015

Presented annually to a non-Rotarian business or business individual whose business ethics and standards of practice best typify the Rotary Four Way Test and “Service Above Self.” This year's award goes to Tim Crouch.  Nominations are solicited from club members by completion of a nomination form developed by the Vocational Service Award Committee.  Past honorees have been Moms on Main, Denton Depot, and Dr. Glenna Harris.

Tim Crouch is the founding partner of The Crouch Group, Inc., a full service advertising and public relations firm based in Denton, Texas.  It was established in 1996 and provides public relations services, graphic design, video production, web design, marketing advertising planning and promotional products to clients throughout the United States.  Tim is a 1980 graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  His background includes advertising sales and management, radio and television news, talk shows, sports play-by-play and commercial production.  He has served as the public address announcer for University of North Texas Football and Basketball since 1999. 
 
Tim served as Co-Chair of the 2014 City of Denton CIP Bond Committee, Co-Chair of the 2013 Denton ISD School Bond Committee, Co-Chair of the 2012 City of Denton Street Bond Committee, Co-Chair of the 2002 Denton ISD School Bond Committee, Transportation sub-committee chair 1999 City of Denton CIP Bond Committee, Middle and High School sub-committee chair 2007 Denton ISD Bond Committee, Member 2004 Denton ISD Bond Committee, Vice-Chair  North Texas Public Broadcasting Board of Directors (KERA), Chair of KERA Denton Nominating Committee, KERA Strategic Planning Committee, President Denton Parks Foundation, President DHS Tennis Booster Club, Chair of the Serve Denton Board of Directors, United Way Board of Directors, Member Denton Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair Chamber of Commerce Sports Committee, 2011 Strategic Plan Committee, and Member of the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo Association.
 
Tim’s honors include: Denton ISD Volunteer of the Year 2013-14; Denton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year 1998; Denton Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year 1999; The 2004 Denman Evangelism Award; The United Methodist Church Lay delegate; The United Methodist Church General Conference 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016; Chair of the North Texas Conference Delegation to the United Methodist General Conference 2016; one of 33 people selected nationally as a trainer for the “Igniting Ministry Campaign,” a national United Methodist Media Campaign; and he was Keynote luncheon speaker at the 2008 Collaborative Law Institute Spring Conference.
 
Tim is married to Denton Attorney Camille Milner.  He is the father of two, Charles Wesley age 25 and William, age 18. 
 
The Crouch Group was founded in 1996 by Tim Crouch and Ron Ray and provides ad campaign consultation, graphic design, web design and internet marketing, video production and promotional products to its clients.  The Crouch Group provides marketing and public relations services for political, automotive, financial, insurance, and legal clients.   In addition, The Crouch Group works with United Methodist Churches throughout the United States developing and implementing advertising and marketing campaigns.    
 

 
 

Brock Community Service Award 2015

The Brock Community Service Award is presented to a non-Rotarian for exemplary community service.  This year's award goes to Bob and Bette Sherman. This award was initiated 2010 by Mark Burroughs and the Denton Rotary Community Service Committee. The award was named for Horace and Euline Brock, the first recipients.  Past honorees have been Martha Len Nelson, Joe and Betty Roy, Virgil Strange, and Dr. Derrell Bulls. 

Bob and Bette Sherman retired to Denton in July, 1995.  They each had successful banking careers in Chicago where they met.  Bob was President/COO of First Colonial Bankshares Corp, a 17 bank holding company.  Bette was Chairman/CEO of First Colonial Investment Services. Inc. and Senior Vice President of First Colonial Bankshares Corp.  Bob grew up in Denton and graduated from Denton High School.  Bette is an army brat and graduated from Heidelberg American High School in Germany.

Upon arriving in Denton, the couple built the Sherman building on Denton’s square and opened the Longhorn Gallery LLC, a business that they sold in 2000. They became community volunteers in 1996.
 
Currently Bob is on the University of North Texas Foundation Board and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He is also on the Northstar Bank of Texas Board and a member of the board’s Audit Committee.  He is an Elder of St. Andrew Church. Bette is currently Chairman and Co-Founder, Denton Animal Support Foundation, Inc.  She is also a member of Denton Benefit League, Ariel Club, and Emeritus Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. 
 
Bob served as Chairman, Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home Board of Trustees; Chairman, Denton Regional Medical Center Board; President, Denton Community Theatre; Treasurer, Denton Country Club Board; Member, Denton Chamber of Commerce Board; Team Chairman, UNT College of Arts & Sciences Capital Campaign Committee; Co-Chairman, UNT 2009 Emerald Ball; Member, UNT Arts and Sciences Development Advisory Board; Board Member, KERA; and Board Member, Denton Housing Authority.  He is also past Program Chairman of the Denton Rotary Club.  Both Bob and Bette served as Co-Chairmen of the Denton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as well as Co-Chairmen of the CPCH $6.0 million Capital Campaign.
 
Bette’s volunteer activities include:  Chairman of DASF’s $2.0 million Capital Campaign; President, Denton Benefit League; Chairman, United Way of Denton County; Chairman, Salvation Army Denton Advisory Board; Co-Founder and Event Chairman, American Cancer Society You’re Beautiful Fundraiser; Vice-President, Greater Denton Arts Council; Member, UNT Emerald Ball Committee; Member, UNT Arts and Sciences Development Advisory Board; Treasurer, Historical Park Foundation of Denton County; Member, The Arts Guild;  and Vice President, Denton Main Street Association.
 
Bob has a BA from Washington University, St. Louis; and Post Graduate Studies, Washington University School of Law.  Bette has a BA from Northwestern University, Chicago; and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
 

 

The Four-way Speech Contestants 2015

We are honored to have heard some amazing speeches from a group of super talented high school students.

These are your future leaders.....

 

 
 

Here's a great story about our

Christmas Food Drive

Thanks to All who Rotarians who help with this!
 
DTV included a story about us on their latest broadcast...
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Thank you from the Denton Rotarians for your support of this project!

All proceeds are reinvested into our local community, local district, and internationally for Rotary International Foundation.
 
 

 
 

2014 IN REVIEW

 
 

Celebrate the Spirit of America on six patriotic holidays.

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