Denton Rotary Club

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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.

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.

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.....



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Christmas Food Drive

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