Speaker Date Topic
James Everett Aug 23, 2017
Cabeza de Vaca in Texas
Cabeza de Vaca in Texas


“Cabeza de Vaca in Texas”

 In many respects, the Historic Period in Texas began with the arrival of Cabeza de Vaca in 1528. For the next 7 years, Cabeza and 3 companions traveled through South Texas and northern Mexico, working their way toward Spanish settlements in New Spain.  During their years in Texas, they lived with several Native American groups and had contacts with many more.  Cabeza became the first European to write about the natives of South Texas and the Rio Grande, including their ritual weeping, stone boiling, and consumption of prickly pear cactus and mesquite.  On August 23, James Everett from the Tarrant County Archeological Society will examine the context for Cabeza’s expedition and what Cabeza had to say about the Native Texans with whom he came in contact.

Representative Giovanni Capriglione Aug 30, 2017
2017 Legislative Update
2017 Legislative Update

Representative Giovanni Capriglione was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012 and is serving his second term representing District 98 which encompasses all or part of Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Westlake, North Fort Worth and Haslet. He currently serves on the following committees: Appropriations where is Chair of the subcommittee for Budget Transparency & Reform; General Investigating and Ethics, Vice Chair of Government Transparency & Operation, and Local & Consent Calendars Committee. He voluntarily serves on the House Energy Caucus, the IT Caucus and on the Public School Finance work-group during the interim session where he has become a champion for public education, particularly focusing on equitable funding for robin-hood districts.



Christopher McLucas Sep 06, 2017
District Governor's Visit
James Davis Sep 13, 2017
Decoy 24 *Inside the Undercover Operations of Law Enforcement
Decoy 24 *Inside the Undercover Operations of Law Enforcement

A little boy grows up in a Midwestern farm town.  He spends many of his childhood days pushing a red wagon up a small hill, then jumping in it and steering it furiously down that hill.  All the time he dreams of being a police officer.  Remember, “Don’t quit your day dream.”  By high school, he’s transplanted to the West Coast.  His senior year of high school he attends a Career Day.  He decides once again to become a police officer.  He studies police science at college and hopes to continue his education towards his bachelor’s degree … but Vietnam comes calling!  He is dramatically affected by President Kennedy’s statement in a speech to the nation: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”  He enlists, volunteers for Vietnam, does a tour in Vietnam, and eventually he’s back in the USA and back in college.

He’ll finish a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, and work on a doctorate.  He’ll work at the county and state levels in the law enforcement profession.  From working cases he’ll eventually move into advanced field training.  He’ll be acknowledged in the journal Young Men in America.  He’ll lecture at three different universities.  Over a period of time he will receive numerous commendations, including the Medal of Merit for Heroism.

He continues to speak publicly throughout the country.  He has been married for forty seven years and is the father of two daughters and a son.  He is active in his community and does volunteer work for his church and for disabled veterans.

GCISD Coaches Sep 20, 2017
Friday Night Lights
Sylvia Whitlock Sep 27, 2017
Women in Rotary
Women in Rotary

Sylvia Whitlock was born in New York City but was educated, through high school, in Kingston, Jamaica. After returning to New York City she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. Sylvia worked for the United Nations, as a Statistical Clerk, at the Secretariat Building in New York, before moving to California to start a career in Education. In California she went on to earn a Masters Degree, cum laude, in Education from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Ph.D., cum laude, in Education, from Claremont Graduate School. Subsequently, she earned another Masters Degree, in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Azusa Pacific University, and began a second career as a therapist. She is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.

In 1982, while an Elementary School Principal in Duarte, CA., she was invited to join the history-making Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte. Sylvia became President of that club in 1987, the year the United States Supreme Court ruled that the club be reinstated, thus making her the first woman in the Rotary World to head a club as President. She has served as President twice, Secretary, Treasurer, and Foundation Representative. At district level, she chaired the Four Way Test Speech committee for six years, the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for six years, receiving a Service Award from DG Don Aikin, and Simplified Grants for two years. She has been an assistant governor, presenter in Governors Institutes, and speaker in Rotary Clubs conventions and meetings, here and overseas, including South Africa, Jamaica, Washington and Texas

Chris Coy Oct 04, 2017
Mayor William D. Tate Oct 11, 2017
City Update
City Update
Col. J. P. Hogan Oct 18, 2017
The Battle of Vicksburg
Eddie Salame Nov 01, 2017
Club Assembly
Dr. David Smith Nov 08, 2017
100th Anniversary of World War I
100th Anniversary of World War I


Dr. David A. Smith is a senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, and his Ph.D. in modern American history from the University of Missouri in the year 2000.

In addition to his work at Baylor, he has been a fleet professor for the Naval War College since 2002.

He is the author of a biography of George Patton, a book on presidential leadership in the 19th Century, and is currently working on a new biography of Audie Murphy.  He has contributed many essays to larger studies of leadership, World War One, and the navies of European colonial powers in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

He also writes about art and culture in history and is the author of Money for Art: The Tangled Web of Art and Politics in American Democracy.  His essays on art, culture, history and politics have appeared in the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, and he writes a weekly column on arts and culture that appears in the Waco Tribune-Herald

He has spoken at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and to civic organizations ranging from art galleries to the Rotary Club, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Fort Worth World Affairs Council, and the Audie Murphy Museum-World War II Museum.  His book reviews have appeared in outlets from the Washington Times to the Naval War College Review.

 He has won awards for his teaching at Baylor and at the University of Missouri.

TBA Nov 15, 2017
Rotary Foundation Presentation
No Meeting Nov 22, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!
No Lunch Meeting Dec 13, 2017
Christmas Party
No Meeting Dec 27, 2017
Happy Holidays!
No Meeting Jan 03, 2018
Happy New Year!
Ogie Shaw Jan 10, 2018
What to do about American and Childhood Obesity