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JULY 30 - STUDENTS TO SPEAK TO DRC ABOUT THEIR RYLA EXPERIENCE
2015 marked the fifteenth year that Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) has been sponsored by the Denton Rotary Club. One hundred and thirty-three rising high school seniors attended this year's three-day event in Denton. All the students attended by way of scholarships provided by local Rotary Clubs in District 5790 - Clubs in Denton to Fort Worth and west to Abilene.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program that brings together youth and young adults, ages 14-30, to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary. RYLAs often take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop, generally 3-10 days in length, organized by Rotarians at the club, district, or multi-district level.
 
Participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs and cover all expenses. For these young adults, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills.
 
RYLA gives Rotarians the opportunity to mentor promising young leaders serving their own communities and beyond. Rotarians serve as resources for participants on the path to becoming professional and community leaders. In turn, RYLA can bring new energy to a Rotary district, inspire ideas for service, increase support of community service projects, and develop future Rotarians.
 
Originating in 1959 in Queensland, Australia, RYLA was created as a festival highlighting local youth organized in honor of a royal visit by Princess Victoria. Through Rotarians’ constant belief in the potential of youth, RYLA has since become an opportunity to help the next generation of leaders define themselves and expand their skills. Officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, this exciting program engages Rotary clubs and districts around the world.
 

 
 
JULY 23, 2015 – SHARELL CLAY AND DANIELLE SHAW TO SPEAK TO DENTON ROTARY
 
 
Sharell Clay is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University. She has served as Program Manager and Case Manager at Giving HOPE, Inc. for the past nine years. She assists individuals and families with housing and the prevention of homelessness.  Her cases include households currently served by Salvation Army, Denton County Friends of the Family, Solutions of North Texas, the Monsignor King Outreach Center, Denton County MHMR, and clients that are living on the streets, as well as households that are pending eviction. 
 
Sharell's activities include fishing, gardening, travel, and cooking cultural dishes.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
 
Danielle Shaw is the Human Services Coordinator for the City of Denton. Dani has spent more than 20 years acquiring extensive experience in human development programs; including for-profit, agency, parks and recreation and camps. Over the years, she has accomplished much in the areas of program quality, education, advocacy, and public policy.
Dani is committed to serving the community and is passionate about building relationships, connecting people, growing organizational resources and providing the resources, tools and opportunities that empower people to achieve excellence and continuous self-improvement.
 
Prior to joining the city, she spent 12 years serving as the Executive Director of the American Camp Association, Texoma providing education to industry professionals; quality assessment through accreditation of programs and research; advocating for the value of the camp experience in the life of a child; and public policy advocacy.  
She has also provided training and support to programs across the United States in such areas as Risk Management, Staff Development, Performance Management, Technology and the Impact of Camp on Youth Development.
 
 

 
 
 
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!
 

 
 
ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT RECIPIENT GÜLIN "EVA" GELOĞULLARI TO SPEAK JULY 16, 2015
 
 
Eva is an International graduate student from the Republic of Turkey. She is about to graduate with her first Master's Degree in Film Studies at the University of North Texas. In October 2015, through a Rotary Global Grant, she is going to pursue her second Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
 
Eva's awards during her study at UNT: Rotary Global Grant Recipient in Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking, 2015, from Rotary International District 5790 & District 2490; Texas Bluebonnet Society Grant, 2015, "Wearing the Burden," a Humanitarian Project for women and children in conflict from Rotary International; Outstanding International Student, 2014, from UNT International and Honors College; Great Global Citizen Award, 2014, from UNT International and Multicultural Center; Outstanding Foreign Student Award, 2014, from DFW Consular Corps; Outstanding M.A. Graduate Student, 2014, from the UNT Department of Media Arts; Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society Award, 2014; U.S.A. Study Abroad Scholarship for Paris and London from the UNT Study Abroad Office; International Education Scholarship, 2014-2015, from the UNT International Charn Uswachoke Scholarship, 2013-2014, from the UNT International European Union; The Erasmus and Socrates Student Exchange Scholarship, 2009, from Germany.
 

 
 
  
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.”
 
 

 
 

Welcome District Governor Troy Secord

Troy and Jeani Secord
Welcome to Rotary District 5790, composed of sixty-six vibrant clubs across the Texas North Central Plains area.  The Rotarians in our area truly exemplify Rotary's motto of ''Service Above Self'' with projects in local communities as well as international projects around the world.  Rotary International is working diligently to cross the finish line of eradicating Polio worldwide and District 5790 is working hard to aid in that effort.  So whether your passion is in environment, literacy, hunger, health, or peace, Rotary has something to offer you.
 
The Rotary International theme this year is “Be a Gift to the World”. “Rotary members give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. “Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."  Join us in District 5790 as we have fun this year as we give the gift of hope both locally and around the world.  I promise that you will receive the biggest gift of all by serving others.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Troy Secord
Home Club: Wichita Falls North
 

 
 

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.
 
 

 
 

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