February 2018
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South Tyler Rotary

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South Tyler

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
First Christian Church
4202 S. Broadway Ave.
Tyler, TX  75701
United States
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South Tyler Rotary, Tyler Sunrise and Tyler Rotary teamed up with the City of Tyler for this year's Arbor Day Events. Rotary members from all three clubs participated at the Arbor Day and tree planting on January 27th at UT Tyler where over 100 trees were planted on the campus. On February 11th Rotarians helped give away 4500 seedlings to Tyler and Smith County Residents. And, the city invites Rotary members to help at an additional tree planting day on February 24th at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
Each club also plans their own tree planting project to meet the tree planting challenge issued by Rotary International President Ian Risely. He challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
STR member Lynn Holliman is spearheading planting efforts for our club. Watch for more details at upcoming meetings
On Thursday, December 7th, the South Tyler Rotary, Sunrise Rotary and the Rotary Club of Tyler held its annual joint Bike Build at Pollard United Methodist Church. The three clubs have collaborated for several years to assemble bikes for local children.
Seaborn Nesbett, a member of the Sunrise Rotary and Pollard United Methodist coordinates the event for the three Rotary clubs. This year, over 75 bikes were assembled by Rotarians in less than an hour. A good portion of the bikes were sponsored by individual Rotarians.
The popular event is a family affair, as many Rotarians bring their families to help assemble the bikes. From South Tyler, we had sixteen members and thirteen family members or guests participate in the build. We also had nine Interact Club members participate.
The Salvation Army will give anywhere between 600 to 700 bicycles to Angel Tree children this Christmas.
Congratulations to Amanda Folmar and the parade planning committee for another successful parade. City of Tyler officials estimate this was the highest number of people attending the parade. We had over 120 entries, up significantly from our first year. We had over 20 members volunteering at the parade. Thank you to all who served on the committee and volunteered at the event.
South Tyler Rotary members who served on the planning committee include: Amanda Folmar, John Hart, Neal Franklin, Carol Conover, Bob Westbrook, Chris Reynolds, Beth Blaisdel, Art Mullan, Dalton Dickerson, and Roddy Hogan. Please tell each of them thank you the next time you see them.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph did a great article about the parade.
Paul Harris Fellow, Donald Ross Patterson, 32 year member of South Tyler Rotary passed Oct 16, 2017 ending a long battle with Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Systems Atrophy. Don was born in Overton, TX in 1939, did his undergraduate at Texas Tech and graduated from UT Law School and SMU Law School. He served in the Navy's JAG Corp and practiced law in Tyler almost 50 years specializing in immigration law. The highlight of his legal career was having a case selected by and then arguing in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Don served as South Tyler Rotary President in 1998-1999. In 2014 he made his wife Peggy a Paul Harris Fellow. Every year he brought his grandson to the Rotary Bike Build to benefit less fortunate children in our community. In the past three years his weekly attendance at church and Rotary were his only non medical outings. His dedication, humor and generosity will be missed. Members of the South Tyler Rotary are making contributions to The Rotary Foundation in his memory.
Checks made out to The Rotary Foundation or cash contributions will be collected at the 10/23/17 meeting to facilitate this project. If you will not be able to attend, send your gift to Tom DeWitt at 1467 Old Creek Dr., Tyler, 75703.
Don's full obituary

Join South Tyler Rotary on Wednesday, October 25th at Robert E. Lee High School for World Polio Day. The event starts at 10:30 and ends at 1:00.

We plan to display the Rotary Iron Lung to bring awareness to both Rotary and Polio. Our volunteers will hand out flyers to the students and explain about both Polio and Rotary.


Grant applications for proceeds from the 2017 Spaghetti Supper are now being accepted. Non-profit organizations providing services in the areas of "Improvement of Health", "Alleviation of Poverty" or "Support for Education" are encouraged to apply. Maximum request is $1000.00. Applications are due to Alan Brown by October 23rd.
Past District Governor Lee Montgomery presented John Hart with the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society, Level 1, recognition for his estate giving.
Through a planned gift, donors can provide ongoing support to Rotary programs. Donors can choose structured gifts to be made after their lifetimes, and take advantage of financial and tax benefits, which vary by country.
For more information about estate giving, visit https://www.rotary.org/en/donate/planned-giving
Our own Dan Carpenter was featured in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 16th, 2017. Dan received the Rotary International "Service Above Self" award. The honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self,” by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide each year.
Our July 10th meeting included the installation of 2017/2018 officers, a thank you gift presentation to Immediate Past President Tony Raymond and recognition of our South Tyler Rotarian of the Year, Amanda Folmar.
Every year our club has the opportunity to earn what is a called a Presidential Citation.  This means that as a club we were able to complete a list of goals and objectives issued by the Rotary International President.  I feel that the only way we can hit those goals is for the club to be fully aware and engaged in helping us do so. 
Here is a link to read more about the program and see what the goals are.
RYLA is about to happen.  It is a life changing event for a lot of students from all around our district. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Throughout the camp we focus on these eight leadership characteristics:

  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Esteem
  • Trust
  • Teamwork
Click on the link to learn more: http://www.ryla5830.org/
Jeremy Davis (Snake Awareness & Myths)
Feb 26, 2018 12:00 PM
(Meal provided by Newk's)