Rotary This Week
Thanks, everyone, for all your hard work on another successful rodeo and for Rodeo Chair Ray Wright’s coordination and leadership with this year’s event! What a great weekend.
 
Laura Hill says our gate count Friday was 2,306. On Saturday, it was 783. Saturday wasn’t bad considering the weather reports during the day. We were blessed to largely escape damage in our area and that the rain quit earlier than expected.
 
Remember, if you helped us put out signs for the Rodeo, those need to be picked up soon and returned to Tyler Rainer.
 
We do not have a meeting this week. Tyler said you can hold onto them and give them to him when we next meet at the Hilton (April 26)  or take them by his office on Airline near Loop 281.
 
We do have a board meeting at noon Monday at Development Services, if you'd like to attend.
 
If I don’t see you before next week, I hope you and yours have a great Good Friday and a Happy Easter.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
 
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WHAT TIME IS IT?
 
Rodeo time is here! So much time has already been spent on preparation, and we’re almost down to the wire.
 
Rodeo Chair Ray Wright can use as much help as possible tomorrow at the Longview Rodeo Arena helping to get everything ready for opening night Friday. They’ll start getting ready at 8 a.m., but if you can’t make it then, he says he can use you through the afternoon. Let’s help him get everything in place as much as we can.
 
DON’T FORGET:  We will be at the Longview Rodeo Arena for our noon meeting on Friday. Food is by Texas Roadhouse. Cost is the same. Don’t miss it!
 
Friday night, be sure to wear your pink shirts. You should already know what time you need to be there and in what area.
 
We’re also going to need as many Rotarians as can be there Sunday morning to help get cleaned up. That doesn’t happen on its own, so please be there if you can. That will again start at 8 a.m.
 
The weather looks less than ideal for Saturday night. Keep praying that it misses us and that we have a great crowd in that arena. And keep in mind why we do this: to provide a fun night for the whole family; to generate funds that benefit our community, and to continue this great Longview tradition!
 
See you soon.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
Rotarians,
 
Keith McIntosh gave us a program last week with something to think about when it comes to heart health. It’s an important issue and was a handy way to get to know a little bit more about Keith. Thanks for doing that.
 
 
Rodeo time is almost here!
 
If you have signs to put out, be sure you’re getting them up. Please also take some posters and help distribute those. Don’t forget about the tickets that are your responsibility. We need to help get the word out as much as we can to be sure those stands are filled!
 
We shared the 2019 commercial spot on the club’s Facebook today. Please also share that on your own pages.
 
There is a rodeo meeting at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) in the VIP area of the arena. This Friday, the club will meet at the Hilton. The following Friday (April 12), we’ll have our meeting at the Rodeo Arena.
 
Important (Rodeo and non-Rodeo) dates coming up:
  • April 6: Rotary District 5830 Training Assembly in Mount Pleasant. There’s still time to register.
  • April 12: Noon club meeting will be at the Rodeo Arena.
  • April 12, 13: LONGVIEW PRCA RODEO
  • April 19: No meeting, enjoy your Good Friday.
  • April 27: Street cleanup. Meet at 8 a.m. at Pine Tree High School parking lot off Fairmont.
This Friday, it is Michael Shirley’s week to bring the prize for Rusty’s Raffle, and it’s Michael Liverman week to get us lined out for the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test.
 
Our program will be a man who needs no introduction, our own John Jetter.
 
See you there.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
Good afternoon, Rotarians,
 
Thanks again to Randy Harris for putting together a very nice program for last week's meeting that helped — I think all of us — learn a little bit more about Rotary and in a way that was fun. 
 
Ray said it with all kinds of enthusiasm last week: WHAT TIME IS IT? It’s Rodeo time, and we have just more than two weeks before it opens on Friday, April 12. It’ll be here before we know it. There's been a ton of work happening up to this point, and there will continue to be before it gets here. But it will get here, we'll be ready, and we've all been praying for good weather!
 
The next Rodeo meeting will be at noon Wednesday at the Rodeo Arena in the VIP area.
 
Rodeo Chair Ray Wright says there are still 25 Rotarians who have not picked up their tickets for the rodeo or bought a business or sponsorship package. We need 100 percent participation to make the rodeo as successful as possible, and business and sponsorship packages must be finalized by Friday to make it into the program.
 
Important (Rodeo and non-Rodeo) dates coming up:
 
  • April 6: Rotary District 5830 Training Assembly in Mount Pleasant. There’s still plenty of time to register.
  • April 12: Noon meeting will be at the Rodeo Arena.
  • April 12, 13: LONGVIEW PRCA RODEO
  • April 19: No meeting, enjoy your Good Friday.
  • April 27: Street cleanup. Meet at 8 a.m. at Pine Tree High School parking lot off Fairmont.
 
This Friday, it is Roger Sage Jr.’s week to bring the prize for Rusty’s Raffle, and it’s Mike Lewis’ week to get us lined out for the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test.
 
Our program will be Keith McIntosh, who has visited the club a couple of times as a guest of Dave Wright. McIntosh is the Executive Cardiology Services Director at Christus Good Shepherd Health System.
 
If you have signed up to help put out yard signs, Tyler Rainer will have them at the meeting Friday. Please get them there or arrange to pick them up from his office.
 
See you there.
 
In service,
Scott
 
Rotarians,
 
I hope you’ve been enjoying the pleasant weather this week.
 
I’ll keep it short(er) in this email. First, a note about lunch. Since we’ve been at the Hilton, we’ve run out of meat a couple of times. Because of that, we had one meeting where the staff was serving meat. They don’t want to do that and we’d rather they not, but that means we’ll have to be mindful of the portions of meat we’re taking. That’s how they base how many people to prepare for.
 
The rodeo is quickly approaching. As Gene recently stated in an email, selling or buying business packages is one way to help attendance. You should have also received your tickets. If not, see Ray Wright.
 
If you have rodeo signs, Tyler Rainer will be collecting those at his office. It’s the Edward Jones office on Airline by Loop 281.
 
A couple of important upcoming dates:
 
April 6: District 5830 Assembly in Mount Pleasant
April 12, 13: Longview PRCA Rodeo
 
It is Charles Rader’s week to bring the prize for Rusty’s Raffle, and it’s Randall Latch’s week to get us lined out for the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test.
 
We’ll have a double-barreled program today with a short rodeo update from Chair Ray Wright and Past Chair and President-Elect Karen Maines. Then, Randy Harris is going to have some fun with a  little Rotary trivia as we also take a look at the importance of Rotary.
 
See you there.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
 
Hello Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone made it through the storms alright. I want to remind everyone that we are NOT meeting this week.
 
I mentioned during the meeting last week that we’d gotten an email from Hollie Bruce at Newgate Mission about the work done with funds raised during our concert this past fall.
 
She writes:
 
"With funds from Greggton Rotary, Newgate Mission has been able to resurface the parking lot. The City removed the curb which was so close to our building that it was difficult to park. This also created a drainage issue, which the City promptly took care of. The City and JR Welborn worked together to make the transition from street to parking seemless, and in doing so have enhanced safety. 
 
We are so thankful to Greggton Rotary for making this possible!"
 
And here are some photos:
 
 
A couple of other reminders:
 
  • The District 5830 Training Assembly is April 6 at Mount Pleasant ISD. If you’re interested in going, let me know. More information is here: https://rotary5830.org/event/district-5830-training-assembly/
  • Remember, the Rodeo is April 12 and 13. If you don’t yet have a place where you’ll be working during the rodeo, please see Ray Wright. There are Rodeo meetings each Wednesday at noon at East Texas Builders Association.
Everyone, have a great week. I will see you at the meeting on the 22nd. 
 
In service,
Scott
 
"Be the inspiration."
 
Hello Rotarians,
 
Thanks to club members and Pine Tree ISD Superintendent Steve Clugston and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Eric Cederstrom for sharing with us last week some of their vision for the next five years of the district. There was a lot of passion for the school district, it’s staff and students in the program.
 
 
The District 5830 Training Assembly is April 6 at Mount Pleasant ISD. This is the first year in recent memory that it’s not on the same weekend as the Rodeo. If you’re interested in going, let me know. More information is here: https://rotary5830.org/event/district-5830-training-assembly/
 
Remember, the Rodeo is April 12 and 13. If you don’t yet have a place where you’ll be working during the rodeo, please see Ray Wright. There are Rodeo meetings each Wednesday at noon at East Texas Builders Association. Tickets will be distributed to members soon, and be on the lookout for other announcements.
 
This week, we’ll hear from Natalie O’Rourke and Jennifer T. Jackson with the Texas Oncology Foundation. You’ll probably remember, they were the recipient of funds raised at this past year’s Chicks ‘N Chaps.
 
We’ll also hear from Karen Maines about the trip she and Donna Sharp made this past weekend to the President-Elect Training Seminar in Dallas.
 
It is Shirley Qualls’ week to bring the prize for Rusty’s Raffle, and Jack Jenkins will get us lined out for the song, pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test.
 
See you there.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
Good morning, Rotarians,
 
If you haven’t seen the most recent issue of Charm/View, the fashion spread in this edition features four of our club members along with information about the rodeo. Not to plug my employer, but Karen Maines, Chapin Miller, Kari Pickering and Tyler Rainer do look pretty sharp in the spread. It’s nice to get to spread the word about the rodeo, too.
 
Here’s a look:
 
 
Karen and Donna Sharp are headed to PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) in Dallas today for the weekend. They will surely come back energized about Rotary and full of ideas for the club. It'll be good to hear about that experience. 
 
We’ve been trying to get some host families for a 14-year-old German girl in the Rotary Youth Exchange, but we’ve come up short. The Gilmer club has two families ready to go and a third that is interested. They are going to take that exchange student this time around. I’m hopeful our club can make it work again in the future.
 
The District 5830 Training Assembly is April 6 at Mount Pleasant ISD. This is the first year in recent memory that it’s not on the same weekend as the Rodeo. If you’re interested in going, let me know. More information is here: https://rotary5830.org/event/district-5830-training-assembly/
 
Remember, the Rodeo is April 12 and 13. If you don’t yet have a place where you’ll be working during the rodeo, please see Ray Wright.
 
It is Steve Pirtle’s week to bring the prize for Rusty’s Raffle, and it’s David Hayes’ week to get us lined out for the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test.
 
This week, we’ll hear from Steve Clugston, club member and superintendent of Pine Tree ISD.
 
See you there.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
Good afternoon, Rotarians,
 
Enjoy this sunshine while it lasts.
 
We had a pretty weak showing at this past weekend’s street cleanup. Thanks to those who did make it. The weather was cool, but it wasn’t as cold as the previous time. Tyler Rainer, Colt Edwards, Chapin Miller, Dave Wright and Steve Pirtle were there. Thanks, y’all.  It was very nice to have four of our Interact members there to help. Let’s see if we can get more Rotarians next time.
 
 
Remember the District 5830 Foundation Dinner is Saturday in Texarkana. If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time.
 
Doug Barnard wanted to make sure the club was aware of an event coming this weekend hosted by the Texas Oncology Foundation. The Texas Oncology Foundation was the beneficiary of funds raised at Chicks N Chaps at last year’s Rodeo. The event is called Survive & Thrive, and is for cancer survivors, loved ones and caregivers. It’s on Saturday. Find more information here: https://www.texasoncologyfoundation.org/event/2019/survive-thrive-symposium-longview
 
Longview Regional has offered the club a complimentary table at their Dine with Docs event next week. It’s Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This isn’t a lot of notice. If you are interested, let me know by 8 a.m. Friday. They are tables of 10. If we get enough to fill most of it, we’ll take it. If not, we’ll pass.
 
It is Kari Pickering’s week to bring the prize for Rusty’s Raffle, and it’s Trey Hattaway’s week to get us lined out for the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test.
 
Our program this week is Kelly Hall, President/CEO of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.
 
See you there.
 
In service,
Scott
 
“Be the inspiration.”
 
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