Denton Rotary Club

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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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, NOVEMBER 5 - Rick Woolfolk, DRC Foundation Chair & NOVEMBER 12 - Christine Grodecki, Annual Giving Officer for Zones 21A and 27.  
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

Rotary Four-Way Test Student Finalists on Thursday, March 31

  • The Rotary Happy Jar: Randi Skinner
  • Prayer & Pledge: Pete Bradbury
  • Song: Mike Pope
  • introductions of Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rob Aldridge
  • Announcements: Jack Thomson
  • Club Christmas Social at Bob Moses’ House (Thursday Evening, December 10)
  • Fruit Sales:  Order Deadline is December 10.  Pick-up Date is December 17. See Adam Reese.
  • Food Drive:  December 19th.  See Jim Engelbrecht for details.
  • Red Kettle:  December 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside Jupiter House. See Jennifer Mears.
  • Presentation of Nomination Committee Slate & Distribution of Ballots for the Election of 2016-17 Directors & Officers:  Rob Seay
  • Club Attendance Presentation:  Max Morley
  • Awards and Presentations: Jack Thomson
  • Blue Badge Presentation to Carol Fortner
  • New Member Induction Ceremony for Amber Briggle (Sponsor-Rob Seay)
  • Honorary Membership Presentation to Mike Gregory
  • Paul Harris +1 Presentation to Herman Oosterwijk
  • President’s Club Update: Jack Thomson
  • Election Result Report:  Rob Seay
  • Raffle Card Drawing: Joey Hawkins, Jennifer Mears, Ryan Mayer

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. 

October 22 - Ross Paterson, President and Founder, Global Fusion, Inc

Ross has been leading, coaching and focusing organizations for high impact in a wide variety of environments for 20 years.  He spent the first six years of his professional career as an infantry officer in the US Army where he culminated his career as a company commander in the 101st Airborne Division. He then transitioned into the business world leading manufacturing teams, processes and joint ventures inside General Electric’s transportation, appliance and lighting businesses. Since 2003 Ross has been working with small businesses and non-profits as a performance coach and consultant.  He helped found and lead an international development organization, Global Fusion, building networks, coaching, training and mobilizing resources to build schools, medical facilities and businesses in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Africa.
The destinies for Afghanistan and America have become intertwined since the September 11th attacks.  And while our military is doing tremendous work, the rest of America can make significant contributions to their ultimate success by staying engaged with the political and development processes. In this made for Rotary presentation, Ross will share stories from his personal experiences of traveling to Afghanistan more than 14 times in the last 10 years.  Stories of success and breakthroughs, stories of Afghans who are committed to a new future, stories you will never get to see in the media.  There is hope for Afghanistan, but only when the full power of America’s values of Liberty and Justice are built into the leaders who will move the country towards that new future.

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.

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.

Please follow this link to important story about Shelter Box!

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

Rotarian Dorothy Kuhn
“Victoriously Living Dementia Free”
Speaking at Rotary Clubs in District 5790
Do You Want to Stop Worrying About Dementia Now?
Alzheimer’s or otherwise, Worry No More.
“For people over 40 who love their lives but hate the forgetful part.”
Dorothy Kuhn, Middle Market Business Coach, Author of Voyage to Your Vision, Automating Systems Engineering and more.
While our speaker coaches middle market firms to profitable value, her topic is one of broader interest. Dorothy has turned around what is commonly considered a devastating health condition. One for which the best medical minds predict a cure in 15 to 20 years. And where today’s treatment is to “monitor” the slow and costly fade.
Her business skill, confidence in solving tough problems and consistent blessing for meeting the best people – including her doctor – allowed her to regain her memory and her focus. Tenacious, she’s still working on names.
Today Dorothy shares her journey, out of dementia and into life anew. In this action-packed session you’ll learn:
  • How to instantly recognize dementia’s early warning signs
  • What causes most dementias
  • The secrets to designing a dementia-free life – not “the down-hill slide”
  • Your next best step so you can enjoy and even recover your memory

October 15 - Officers from the DCTA to Speak to Denton Rotary


Anita Washburn Certified Laughter Leader - March 17

Tuesday, September 29
10:00 am -- 5:00 pm
Carter BloodCare Bus
On Maple Street across from 
United Methodist Campus Ministry 
The Rotaract Goal = 45 units saving up to 135 lives in our community
Contact Hannah Awa for additional information at 469-288-7248

Scott has been managing editor of The Denton Record-Chronicle since June 2014. He is responsible for all editorial content in the newspaper. He is a Texas native -- went to high school in San Antonio and then graduated from the University of North Texas with bachelor degrees in journalism and political science.
He has spent his entire career in journalism. In fact, he started as a reporter at The Denton Record-Chronicle and then worked for newspapers Wichita Falls, Corpus Christi and Dallas. He left print journalism to go into broadcast journalism and spent eight years as the news director of WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. He followed that with four years as news director of KOTV, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa.
But he missed newspaper journalism and returned to The Dallas Morning News in 1994. During the next 20 years, Scott covered some of the biggest stories of the era -- the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shooting, the Texas Seven prison escapees, the governorship of Ann Richards and the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.
Throughout it all, Scott has always seen Denton as his hometown. His family, on his father's side, came here in 1890 and settled out on Roselawn Road near its intersection with Bonnie Brae.
He is married to Cathy Welty Parks and is the father of three sons, two of whom are UNT grads.      

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. 

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.
Youngsters in Kenya working on the construction of the basketball court
Below: Interact presenting their check to Herman Oosterwijk, the international project coordinator


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 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.




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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
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Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
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