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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
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South Tyler Rotary was honored to be the host site of the Rotary District 5830 Fall District Training Assembly on Saturday, November 2 at First Christian Church, Tyler. Approximately 65 District 5830 Rotarians attended the full day of planning, discussions, discussions and networking; STR proudly had 12 members present! 

A special thanks to Dalton Dickerson, STR Service Director, for organizing and leading our “adopt a park clean up” of Bergfeld Park on October 28. STR started cleaning Bergfeld Park on a quarterly basis almost two years ago. A large variety of STR members have taken the time to serve our community by cleaning the very popular Tyler park location, which also includes the Rotary splash pad.

During the remaining months of 2019 and the early part of 2020, STR will continue to find ways to serve the greater Tyler community with the upcoming Christmas Parade on December 5, bike build on December 12, Salvation Army bell ringers during December, planned Blood Drives, and quarterly park clean-up projects. 

Thank you for all of the South Tyler Rotarians for coming out for the grand opening of the Splasher the Dolphin Splash Pad at Bergfeld Park to celebrate our first ever Rotary project grant..  See article below from Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The following are the Holiday weeks for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  We will not meet on the Monday’s during the following weeks:
September 2, 2019 - - Labor Day
October 14, 2019 - -  Columbus Day
November 11, 2019 - - Veteran’s Day
November 25, 2019 - - Thanksgiving Day  
December 23, 2019 - - Christmas 
December 30, 2019 - - New Year
January 20, 2020 - - MLK Day
February 17, 2020 - - President’s Day
May 25, 2020 - - Memorial Day
Please Note: We will be meeting Monday, July 1 (week of July 4, which is Thursday)
South Tyler Rotary gave Community Awards to the following recipients on June 24th at our End of the Year Celebration:
  • Early Educator – Aerial Jones, W.D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Awards
  • Secondary Educator – Debbie Elrod, Robert E. Lee High School
  • First Responder – William “Bill” Steinmiller, Tyler Police Department
  • Community Care Giver – Grady Stewart, Hospice of East Texas
  • Service Above Self – Josh Hill, Smith County Sheriff’s Office
Congratulations also to the following award recipients:
  • South Tyler Rotarian of the Year –  Diane Kavanaugh and Tom Seale
  • Perfect Attendance - Marla Boren, Amanda Folmar, and Kaylee Lynn Schmidt
  • Newcomers of the year- Tom Perkins and Hagan Patterson
  • Honorary Rotarian -Tyler Acker (Tyler has been helping at First Christian Church for 22 years and sets up and cleans up for our weekly meetings.)
Join South Tyler Rotary on May 18th for the 1st annual ETX Brewing Co. 0.5K Pints for Polio Beer Run.
ETX Brewing Co. and The Porch present a one-of-a-kind 0.5K Beer Run Benefiting Polio Plus.

This is not your average race! Sign up for our 1st annual 0.5K raising money for Polio Plus. The RACE is SHORT, just circling the block and returning to the starting point. Not too fast…You will race with a full pint of beer. If you spill too much, you will be disqualified. Finish with your beer above the “spill line” and the fastest time for a cool prize.

There is a prize for BEST COSTUME, too! For those who simply finish, we’ll have lots of fun, entertainment, games, raffles and more for you to enjoy a great afternoon.

There will also be a ROOT BEER run for the kids!

***DEADLINE***Must register through Event Bright by April 25th!!

Sponsored by ETX Brewing Co., The Porch at ETX, South Tyler Rotary, Roberts & Roberts Law Firm, Republic Services and Jim's Jewelers

City of Tyler Mayor Martin Heines proclaimed February 23, 2019 as "The Rotary Club of South Tyler Day".. Mayor Heines presented the proclamation to President Amanda Folmar at our March 4th meeting along with City Council members Don Warren and Bob Westbrook, both members of our club. The proclamation coincided with the 114th anniversary of Rotary International.
Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Roddey Hogan. Roddey joined South Tyler Rotary in early 2014 and quickly became a valuable member of our club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He will be greatly missed. Please keep Roddey's family in your prayers.
He was born June 5, 1945 in Waco to Eddie W. and Barbara Ann Hogan.

Roddey was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, Junior Achievement, Rotary Club, and Boy Scouts of America, where he received many awards throughout the years. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1970, and was in the Corps of Cadets. He was self-employed as a CPA for over 30 years.

Roddey was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his older brother, Walter Louis Hogan. He is survived by his loving wife, Denise Cates Hogan; his son, Matthew Hogan and wife Sara; grandchildren, Isaiah and Abigail; his son Cameron, as well as his sister, Suzie Bogard and her husband Dewane.

If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701, The American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75701 or the charity of your choice.
Congratulations to South Tyler Rotarian Tom Perkins on being sworn in as the new commander of the 3rd Battalion of the Texas State Guard's 19th Regiment.  Thank you for your service!
South Tyler Rotarians Bob Westbrook, Jackie Cannon, Amanda Folmar, Mallory Mazarakes and Sam Scarborough attended Tom's swearing in ceremony.
Congratulations to South Tyler Rotarian Jeff Johnston on his election as President for the 2019-2020 Rotarian year. Jeff is a long term member of Rotary since 1988 and came to South Tyler in 2015. He currently serves as our Services Chair and assists the District with Club Visioning. Jeff and his board start their term on July 1st.
President Elect - Jeff Johnston
Secretary - Marla Boren
Treasurer - Tom Seale
President Nominee (2020-2021) - Diane Kavanaugh
Thanks to the generosity of South Tyler Rotary members, we raised $900.00 during pass the hat for the Holiday of Hope program for the Children's Advocacy Center. Holiday of Hope allows the CAC to partner with generous supporters and share Christmas with clients and their families who do not have the resources to afford this celebration.
Members of South Tyler Rotary and the Bishop Gorman Interact Club went shopping on Thursday, November 15th to buy gifts for the 9 children we adopted through the program. With our help, children who have experienced the unthinkable will wake up Christmas morning to gifts and everyday necessities that will be cherished.
Santa's helpers included STR members Mark Roberts, Brandie Henderson, Carol Conover and Amanda Folmar and Bishop Gorman Interact Club members Olivia Roberts, Lindy Navara, Sloane Salitore and Emma Schuermann.,
Join South Tyler Rotary at our first Women's Self Defense Class Thursday, October 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The class is at First Christian Church in the Family Life Center gym.
This is a free women's self defense class for all women! South Tyler Rotary is hosting this class for any woman wanting to learn safety techniques that could potentially keep her and her family safe in emergency situations. Tyler Police Department will teach and facilitate the class!
During the month of August we will hold a back to school supply drive benefiting Champions for Children of Smith County. We will collect items at our August 6th, 13th and 20th meetings. We will present the supplies to Champions at our August 20th meeting.
Items needed:
pencil box/pouch
notebook paper
construction paper
composition books
glue/glue sticks
hand sanitizer
children's books (new or used)
The South Tyler Rotary Club (STR) had several reasons to celebrate at its club meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018:
South Tyler Rotary Club honored outgoing President Nancy Crawford with the inaugural SPIRIT OF TYLER award. This annual award honors individuals who personify the Rotary motto "Service above Self" and serve the Tyler community. Crawford distinguished herself through continuous service as Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT) for over 25 years. LCOT began in 1990 serving 100 students in its adult literacy program. Under Crawford's leadership, LCOT has expanded its program offerings and now serves over 2000 students a year in 19 locations. LCOT has been honored as an "Elite" program by the State of Texas and has received numerous other awards. In Rotary, Crawford led STR to new highs during her tenure as President. Through her professional and public service accomplishments in serving the needs of the residents of Tyler, Crawford exemplifies the true SPIRIT OF TYLER. Therefore, South Tyler Rotary Club has bestowed its first annual SPIRIT OF TYLER award to Nancy Crawford.
In addition, the South Tyler Rotary Club installed Amanda Folmar as its 2018-2019 President.  Notably, she is the youngest President in this club’s 52 year history. Charles "Pic" Pickens, STR’s very first President, was there to pass the gavel (“Pic” served in 1967-1968). In addition, there were 20 past South Tyler Presidents in attendance, including Curt Boldt, Tom Eckert, John Hart, Rob Jones, Terry Brannon, John King, Tom Seale, Jim Guay, Mark Roberts, Jesse Acosta, Bill Coates, Rich Davis, Dave Sherman, Tom DeWitt, John Hart, Steve Taylor, and Nancy Crawford.  Performing the installation was Judy Guthrie, incoming Rotary 5830 District Governor (she was the first woman in the Carthage Rotary Club). Other officials from Rotary District 5830 included current District Governor Ted Huffhines of Marshall, District Governor Nominee Jack Welge of Longview, several Past Rotary District Governors: John Childs (Tyler Rotary); Shirley Griffin (Longview Rotary); Carroll Greenwaldt (Longview Rotary); Tom DeWitt (STR); and Lee Montgomery (STR). Also present to show support for the South Tyler Rotary Club were Todd Froebe, incoming President for the Rotary Club of Lindale, and George Roberts, incoming President for the Rotary Club of Tyler.
South Tyler Rotary awarded local non-profit organizations over $12,000.00 in grants from the proceeds of their April 2017 Spaghetti Supper. Grant recipients include:
Breckenridge Village
Champions for Children
Children's Advocacy Center
Discovery Science Place
East Texas Crisis Center
KTBB All Stars
Meals on Wheels
North Tyler Developmental Academy
Royal Family Kids' Camp
Salvation Army
Samaritan Counseling
Smith County Historical Society
STR Interact Clubs
Texas Asthma Camp
UT Tyler Athletic Dept
Thanks to the hard work of all of our members, another Reed Franklin Spaghetti Supper is in the books! We had almost 100% participation in either volunteering at the event and/or raising funds. Congratulations to President Elect Amanda Folmar on a great job organizing this year's event!
By the numbers:
$45,266 donated
821 meals served
165 volunteer hours
48 members volunteered
14 Interact members volunteered
Congratulations to Team Kavanaugh on pulling out a close, but hard fought victory on raising the most money. Pictured are team members Dave Sherman, Breck Watson, Diane Kavanaugh, Nancy Crawford and Stephanie McLean. Not pictured are Tifffany Hawkins and Alan Brown.
Breck Watson took home the Spaghetti Supper Trophy for individually raising the most money.
Carl Watson's name was selected from those selling over $1000.00 for the Paul Harris Fellowship.
Seventeen South Tyler Rotary members, one spouse and six future members met at Bergfeld Park on Monday, April 30th for our first ever Adopt A Park clean up. Teams dispersed through out the park with litter grabbers and trash bags.
Thanks to our newest members, Lori Scott, Stephanie McLean, Pat Flanagan and Brandie Henderson, for coming out. She's so new she hasn't even filled out the application, but thank you also to Hollie Paul for jumping right in to help. Marla Boren's husband, Curtis Boren, helped as well. Our young helpers for the day were the kids of Stephanie, Brandie, Hollie and Amanda Folmar. Other South Tyler Rotarians helping out include Art Mullan, Alan Brown, Tom DeWitt, Lee Montgomery, Kimberly Ashley, Carol Conover, Jeff Johnston, Roddey Hogan, Nancy Crawford and Diane Kavanaugh
To see pictures from the event, click here.
South Tyler Rotary officially adopted Bergfeld Park and will conduct quarterly clean up events.
On behalf of South Tyler Rotary and our members, a large "THANK YOU" to all of the 2018 Reed Franklin Spaghetti Supper sponsors!
Adams & Coker, PC
Atkins North America
Clint Steven Cook
Douglas and Nancy Crawford
El Charro on the Ridge
Lorri Loggins Real Estate, Inc.
Republic Services
Cable's Roofing & Construction
Carol Conover
ET Fasteners
Jeff & Debra Johnston
Kimberly Ashley
Landmark Title, Inc. 
Manny's Tex-Mex Café
Advantage Roofing
Amanda Folmar
Carter Blood Care
Chris Johnston Architect 
Citizens National Bank
Citizen's State Bank
Construction.PM, LLC
Double Star Investments, LLC
Greater Texas Capital Corp.
In honor of T K Gorman Students 
John McDougald
Jonathan & Diane Kavanaugh
Judith K. Guthrie
Real Edge Realty
Roddey Hogan, CPA
Royal Lube
Saleh Development, Ltd.
Southside Bank 
Tyler Independent School District
Your Philanthropy / Dawn Franks
South Tyler Rotary Foundation
Spaghetti Supper
Thursday, April 26th from 5:00 to 7:00
First Christian Church Family Life Center (Loop 323 & Broadway)
South Tyler Rotary hosts the Reed Franklin Annual Spaghetti Supper on Thursday, April 26th. Since 1992 this annual fundraiser helps South Tyler Rotary supports local non-profit organizations and causes. Each year, 50 percent of the funds raised each year are immediately applied to programs and services in the local area. The remaining 50 percent are held in the South Tyler Rotary's Foundation for use in future endeavors.  
Sponsors and attendees enjoy a huge helping of homemade spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage - dine in or carry-out.  Individual tickets are $10.00 each and sponsorships are available starting at $100.00.
Reed Franklin was a former club president, a founder of the spaghetti supper and a great champion of civic causes in the community. Franklin died in April 2015.
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
Dr. Juan Mejia
Jan 27, 2020
(Meal Provided by Mr. Gatti's Pizza)