Rotary This Week
Here’s a quick update to remind everyone that we are not meeting this week.
I’ll see you all next week when we’ll hear from club member and Superintendent Steve Clugston about Pine Tree ISD.
Thanks to those who were able to help at the Beds of Hope Build Day this past Saturday. We had fun building some beds, and Colt did not hurt anyone with that drill.
Thanks to Wayne Tramel for sending along this photo of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission's new van paid for with funds raised at our concert fundraiser. That makes another vehicle traveling around Longview with the Rotary gear and our club's name on it. We're still finalizing details of how Newgate Mission will use concert funds. 
Remember, services for Mr. Rusty are planned for Monday. Funeral services for Rusty Roberts will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2018, in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home with visitation with family starting at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery.
In service,
“Be the inspiration.”
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Thanks to everyone who made it to the meeting this past week, and that is most of you. We had excellent attendance for our first official meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn. We do have some adjustments to be made. I had a couple of people offer suggestions after the meeting, and I sure appreciate them. We’ll be making some changes for this week. If you see a way we can best utilize the space to our needs, please keep the suggestions coming.
Laura Hill tells me we had 47 people eat at last week’s meeting. That is probably the largest number we’ve had since our meeting last April at the Rodeo Arena. That’s exciting.
Remember, we have a service opportunity coming this Saturday. Beds of Hope is having a Build Day Saturday. It’s scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the group is consider a later start due to expected rain that morning. I’ll keep you updated as I see information. Colt Edwards plans to be there. I plan to be there. Do you plan to be there? I hope several others of you do. Let Colt or I know. It’s at 692 Sunnybrook Drive.
We had a Rodeo meeting today at East Texas Builders. The next one is set for noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the same location. If you can make it, please plan to be there. That is especially so if you are in charge of one of the areas. 
It is Vince Dulweber’s week to lead us in the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test. If he gets held up in court, I’ll be asking for help on this one. It is Chapin Miller’s week to provide the prize for Rusty’s Raffle.
Our program this week is Judge T. Sheldon Parker. Phillip P. says he is a retired Oklahoma state judge and retired general. He was a Court of Indian Appeals Judge who joined the Oklahoma Guard after his service in Vietnam.
It promises to be an interesting program. I’ll see you there.
In service,
“Be the inspiration.”
Welcome to 2019, Rotarians,
I hope everyone has a great and blessed year.
Remember, this week is our first meeting at the new venue – Hilton Garden Inn. They say they’re ready for us on Friday.
There is a Beds of Hope Build Day scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12. We’d like to get a group of our Rotarians to help with the build day. Beds of Hope has been a recipient of Rodeo funds. If you can help, please see Colt Edwards or me.
It is Jay Dean’s week to lead us in the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test, and Michael Liverman will supply the prize for Rusty’s Raffle this week.
Our program this week was scheduled to be Richard Manley, but he’s been called out of town for a family emergency. Randy Harris and I are working on coming up with a backup. If you have ideas for a late-breaking program, please let one of us know.
The menu at Hilton Garden Inn will be chef’s choice, similar to how it was when we had our test meeting.
See you there,
"Be the inspiration."
Good afternoon, Rotarians,
Remember we will not meet this week or next. Enjoy your break as you spend time with family and friends. If I don’t see you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks again to Michael and Julia Tubb for offering their lovely home as a venue for our Christmas party. It was a great time. You can find a few photos taken at the party by President-Elect Karen Maines by clicking here.
It’s been a challenging and rewarding first half of the Rotary year for me. With help from all of you, we’ve made it this far and helped our community considerably along the way, and we continue to do so. Thanks for all you do. This club and this city are better because of you.
In service,
"Be the inspiration."
Remember, we will not have a club meeting this week in light of our Christmas party tomorrow at the home of Michael and Julia Tubb. Thanks so much to the Tubbs for offering up their home for our party, and for Donna Koerner for her work on the party!
We had a damp and chilly time this past weekend ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the Gilmer Road Walmart. Here are photos of some of the bell ringers that I forgot to post on Facebook last weekend:
I’m helping Donna Sharp this week by sending out the winners of the Cowboys pot for their game against the Eagles. Quite an ending to that game with the deflection catch by Amari Cooper. Here are the winners:
Q1: Mary Ann Miller
Q2: David Yowell
Q3: Michael Tubb
Q4: Shirley Griffin
Congrats to our winners.
As Gene wrote in an email a couple of days ago, great work to everyone in the club who has donated to The Rotary Foundation. Reaching $400,000 in total donations to TRF since the club’s beginning is quite a milestone. Don’t stop now.
Stay dry today, and I hope to see most of you tomorrow at the Christmas party for some fun and fellowship.
In service,
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