Denton Rotary Club

                                 District 5790 Club No. 1779       Chartered May 1, 1920


Officers & Directors 2014-2015

President Elect
Sgt-At Arms
Past President
Executive Secretary

Upcoming Events

May 2015


We meet Thursdays at noon at

El Chaparral Grill

324 East McKinney Street

 Denton, TX 76201

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News & Stories


Total Member Count – 108

Attendance Percentage – 66.67%

Guests Present – 11

Visiting Rotarians – 0


Rob Seay, Lewisville Noon Rotary Club

Dean Perkins, Ken Turner Meeting Set Up

Brooke Abbott, Interact Bloodmobile at Denton High School

Todd Price, Jack Thomson PETS

Guest Speakers:

Hannah Awa, Tucker French, Rick Gutierrez UNT Roteract


Renit Leibowitz Guest of Randi Skinner

Giovanna Wiecheteca Guest of Gabriel Carranza

Ron Fink Guest of Max Morley

Debbie Merki Guest of Horace Brock

Andrew Aviles, Rolando Aviles, Maria Gallegos, Victoria Romero, Darbie Ahlfinger, Sandra Fensley

Exceptional Student of the Month

Sylvia Acuff

Leave of Absence:

Vicki Smith



Check out the 4 way speech contest participants.

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

These are your future leaders.....


Thank you to the Denton businesses who are supporting #RotaryDay
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Attendance Report Feb 12, 2015


Total Member Count – 108

Attendance Percentage – 74.19%

Guests Present – 24

Visiting Rotarians – 1


Mike Pope, Breckenridge Rotary Club, Lewisville Noon Rotary Club

Bob Nelson, Denton Morning Rotary Club

Laurie Long, Flower Mound Rotary Club

Visiting Rotarians:

Larry Petrash District Governor


Peggy Judd, Sara Pinson - Guests of Joe Pinson

Cheryl Aldridge - Guest of Ron Aldridge

JoAnn Adams Guest of James Adams

Gloria Cox - Guest of Mary Ann McDuff

Sandra Robinson - Guest of Randy Robinson

Veronique Ingman - Guest of Stan Ingman

Debbie Merk -i Guest of Horace Brock

Jane Ruffin - Guest of Jack Thomson

Eunice Mitchell - Guest of Danny Mitchell

Tricia Howell, Eric Seymour - Guests of Elizabeth Seymour

Megan Britte - Guest of Margo Dorris

Hannah Awa, Jeffrey Barnes, Ginny Mac UNT Roteract

Leave of Absence:

Vicki Smith


Lee R. "Tex" Keith passed from this life Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at the age of 93 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton in Denton, Texas.
Lee came from a family of Scottish descent who arrived in America in the mid-1700's and moved to Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma, and eventually settled in Quay Valley, New Mexico in 1909. Prominent among them was Lee's great-grandfather, Abijah Keith, frontiersman, Civil War Veteran, Texas Ranger, member of O'Neal's Company Z, Erath County Minutemen, and Veteran of the Indian Wars. Lee was born May 15, 1921 to Talbert and Laura Keith in Quay County, New Mexico. His professional career and life was varied and service-oriented. He served as a military and federal government aviator, county veterans service officer, American Legion leader and veterans' rights advocate, and cattle rancher. Raised on a cattle ranch in New Mexico, Lee grew to become skilled in ranching, horsemanship, hunting, and fishing. He graduated from Quay High School in 1939 where he starred in basketball and track. Inspired to be a military aviator, he obtained basic flying training from a crop duster pilot and followed his sense of duty and service in joining the armed forces. Lee enlisted in the United States Navy, received training as a naval aviator, where he broke the then-existing time-record for the famous obstacle course, and earned his commission as a First Lieutenant and Naval Aviator's wings in 1943. Lee then answered the call to serve his country by transferring to the United States Marine Corps in which he served as a Marine aviator flying the Vought F4U Corsair fighter and R5D transport aircraft on missions in the Pacific War of World War II, Korean War, and flying transport and F8U Crusader jet aircraft in the postwar era, including the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, until completion of his active and reserve duty service. While serving in the Marine Corps, Lee's comrades-in-arms included major league baseball great, Ted Williams, motion picture actor, Tyrone Power, legendary "Black Sheep Squadron" leader, fighter pilot ace, and Medal of Honor recipient, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, and fighter pilot ace and Medal of Honor winner, Joe Foss. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps active and reserve duty in 1965, Lee had attained the rank of Major, attended the preeminent Naval War College, and received the Air Medal for heroic achievement in aerial flight. In the interval between WWII and Korean War, Lee attended Colorado State University, formerly called Colorado A&M University, and graduated with a B.S. degree in forestry and range management in 1950. Following graduation from CSU, he was recalled to service as a Marine aviator during the Korean War and post-war period. After completing active duty in the Marine Corps in 1956, Lee returned to New Mexico for a time as a rancher and federal air traffic controller at a local airport. A few years later, he returned to full-time aviation with the Federal Aviation Agency and relocated with his family to Denton, Texas, and he enjoyed a fifteen-year career as an FAA aviator specialist in inspecting and certifying aircraft instrument landing systems at major airports in the Southwestern United States from 1960 to 1975. Thereafter, Lee proudly served as the Denton County Veterans Service Officer from 1975 to 1996, as well as continuing his cattle ranching interests in both New Mexico and Texas. As the Denton County Veterans Service Officer, Lee zealously advocated and assisted countless veterans in securing their benefits, established an exceptionally efficient and effective county veteran services office, and was twice elected President of the Veterans County Service Officers Association of Texas for 1992 and 1993. Additionally, Lee was a very active, tireless, and dedicated leader in the American Legion organization at the local, state, and national levels. Among his notable American Legion accomplishments were serving as Post-71 Commander, District Commander, Division Commander, and District Judge Advocate; Post-71 sponsor and advisor to several high school students who won state oratorical competitions sponsored by the American Legion and a few who advanced to the American Legion as national oratorical competition leading to college scholarships for such students, and Local Post 71 chairman of selecting and advising high school students for participation in American Legion-sponsored Boys State programs that promoted student education about constitutional matters, state legislative processes, and Americanis. For Lee's veterans advocacy and services, he received several awards and certificates of appreciation for his services to veterans, including the Texas Veterans Commission Certificate of Appreciation, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission Citation for meritorious service, numerous American Legion certificates of appreciation for service, Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Award, and United States House of Representatives Congressional Veteran Commendation. Active also in the Rotary Club of Denton, Lee was recognized for his devoted and unselfish service above self to the club and community, accorded certificates of appreciation for his sponsorship of several Denton-area Little League baseball teams. The Rotary International recognized Lee with its prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award in appreciation for his furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world. Significantly, Lee was a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery Foundation and he was among those instrumental in convincing the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery as the sixth national cemetery in Texas in 2000. The DFWNC is dedicated as final resting places for Veterans and dependents with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.
Lee will be interred at the DFWNC with full military honors. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denton and an active and faithful member of his Sunday school class at the church. Upon his death, he was still active in American Legion activities as well as his cattle ranching and real estate investment interests. Lee was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 61 years, Kathleen Joy Keith, in 2006. They had married during WWII while Lee was serving as a U.S. Marine aviator and Kathleen was a registered nurse in San Antonio, Texas in 1945. While Lee's time with his family, friends, and community was finite, his legacy is boundless. A devout Christian and great man, Lee will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and he is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for eternity.
He is survived by children, Darrell Keith and wife Susan, of Fort Worth, and William "Bill" Keith and wife Debbie of Denton; grandchildren, Courtney Keith of Fort Worth, and Laura "Lori" Tapply and husband, Kyle of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Carson Conroy; and brothers Neil Keith of Iowa, Tommy Keith of Colorado, Melvin Keith of New Mexico, Alvin Keith of Colorado, and many other extended family members living in the Southwest.

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Christmas Food Drive
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Thank You from All of us for your Outstanding Support of this annual Project!
All profits are reinvested directly back into our local community, local district, and internationally for Rotary International Foundation.


Attendance is Key


Total Member Count – 101

(4-Exempt, 11-Honorary)


Members Present – 50

Makeups – 14

Attendance Percentage – 74.42%

Guests Present – 5



Dick Pittroff -  Roteract & Youth Exchange Activities

Kathy Langley - Denton Morning Rotary Club

Doreen Rue - Wylie Rotary Club

Pat Smith -  Denton Morning Rotary Club


Guest Speaker:

Karla Morton - 2010 Poet Laureate



Leigh Hilton - Guest of Pete Bradbury

Caitlyn Pope - Guest of Mike Pope



Total Member Count – 101

Atendance Percentage – 78.82%

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


Guest Speakers:

Maribel Cantu, Adsriana Cruz - Teacher Exchange to Mexico


Visiting Rotarians:

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:

Harv Kitchens


We sadly announce the passing of a friend and a great Rotarian Tom Jester. As a husband, father, colleague and mentor, he was greatly respected and will be missed tremendously.

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.
He served on several boards as director, including the Denton Chamber of Commerce board and the Denton Country Club board as well as the boards of several local businesses.

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


Visiting Rotarians:

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



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