Officers & Directors 2014-2015
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Total Member Count – 101
Guests Present – 6
Rob Seay, Colt Edwards,Randy Sudderth, Rita Burleson,Penny Gee, Max Morley,Dick Pittroff, Mike Pope,Scott Wisenbaker, Jennifer Mears,Randy Skinner, Todd Price - Monthly Board Meeting
Maribel Cantu, Adsriana Cruz - Teacher Exchange to Mexico
Delores Saunders - Canfield OH Rotary Club
Don Hicks - Ft. Worth International Rotary Club
Hannah Awa - Guest of the Club
Krystal Alvarado - Guest of Mary Ann McDuff
Lee Ann Woods - Guest of Gabriel Carranza
Jon Tyree - Guest of Jennifer Mears
James Parker - Guest of April Cain
Lauren Bakker - Guest of Todd Price
Leave of Absence:
Tom has served the Denton community in a number of leadership roles throughout his lifetime. He was elected to the Denton City Council where he held office from 1972 through 1976, spending the last two years on the council as Mayor of Denton.
As a respected attorney and businessman he also held the office of Denton Municipal Judge, Denton Corporation Judge, and past President of the Denton Bar Association. Tom was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and previously served as Chair for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
The law firm of Minor and Jester has been a Denton fixture for decades. At the time of his death Tom practiced law with his daughter, Jill Jester, in the firm
Total Member Count – 101
Attendance Percentage – 77.38%
Guests Present – 5
Visiting Rotarians Present – 1
Dick Pittroff, Alan Klaas,Jack Thomson, Condell Garden, Mark Ragsdale, Todd Price, Max Morley, Vince Baugher, David Hicks, Ken Turner, Dean Perkins, Colt Edwards, Mike Gregory, Bob Moses - Flag Detail
Bill Neukranz Plano Sunrise Rotary Club
Codi Ramon Guest of Rob Seay
Larry Brown Guest of Richard Brown
Michelle Ripeiro Guest of Max Morley
Hector Mendoza Guest of Courtney Kennedy
Leave of Absence:
Doug Hay, Harv Kitchens
Welcome new members
Jennifer Mears & Randi Skinner
pictured with their sponsors Rita Burleson and Joey Hawkins
The Distinguished Service Award
The highest award given by the Denton Rotary Club is the Distinguished Service Award. This award is voted on by the entire club and is awarded annually.
This year’s Distinguished Service Award was awarded in memory to Bruce Burleson in honor of his dedicated love for and service to the Denton Rotary Club.
Rita Burleson accepted the award plaque in Bruce’s honor.
Rotarian of the Year Award
This award is in recognition for outstanding service to the club throughout the current year and is chosen by the Club President.
This year’s recipient is Mike Pope in recognition of his service with Exceptional Student of the Month and the District 4-Way Speech Contest.
Vocational Service Award 2014
The Vocational Service Award is presented annually to a business or business individual whose business ethics and standards of practice best typify the Rotary Four-Way Test and “Service Above Self.” The 2014 recipient is Moms on Main and its owners Steve and Krys Murray of Aubrey, Texas.
MOMS weekly supports area Food Banks and Neighbor in Need. Annually they host and sponsor a Car Show during Labor Day weekend which has benefited the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 920 of Denton TX, and their Green Valley School Project for the past three years. The Murray’s also host the annual event Moms on Main Annual Bike Rally in September. This event fund to gift bikes to deserving kids in community schools. MOMS works directly with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), and Spokes for Hope to raise awareness on child abuse and for the Denton County Children's Advocacy Center.
On their website, the Murrays state, “We aren’t just a business; we’re dedicated to the community. That is why we never miss an opportunity to give back. We truly believe that we can make a difference and are more than happy to help however needed.”
Brock Community Service Award 2014
This award, presented to a non-Rotarian, was initiated four years ago to recognize those who render outstanding service as role models for selfless community volunteerism and leadership throughout the Denton Community. Recipients are selected as having walked in the footsteps of the award namesake – Drs. Euline and Horace Brock, demonstrating the highest level of commitment to community without regard for personal benefit.
This year’s recipient is Dr. Derrell W. Bulls, Faculty Ombudsperson at Texas Woman's University. Dr. Bulls’ list of accomplishments is long and varied and begins with his devotion to education. For fifty-four years, he has been a committed educator. Just a few local organizations where he has been active and engaged include:
The Denton Chamber of Commerce - Multiple positions including Board Chairman.
Leadership Denton evolved from what was originally the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, chaired by Dr. Derrell Bulls.
United Way of Denton County - Multiple positions including President of the Board.
Denton Regional Medical Center - Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees
City of Denton - Multiple Boards including the Denton Housing Authority, Denton ISD
and City of Denton Diversity Task Forces, Denton Economic Development and the City of Denton Civil Service Commission
Kiwanis International Club - Multiple positions including District Chairman
Denton County Facilities Committee
Denton County Alliance Bar Association
Health Services of North Texas
Heroes of Denton County