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Sep 28, 2017
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Chick-fil-A)

Oct 02, 2017
 
Oct 02, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Oct 05, 2017 – Oct 07, 2017
 
 
Oct 12, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
 
Oct 14, 2017
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Zoe's Kitchen)

Oct 16, 2017
 
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(Meal provided by Hamburger Grind)

Smith County long-range road plan.

Oct 23, 2017
 
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Oct 25, 2017
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Oct 26, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
 
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(Meal provided by The Diner)

Oct 30, 2017
 
Oct 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Nov 02, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Newk's)

Nov 06, 2017
 
Nov 07, 2017
8:45 AM – 11:15 AM
 
Nov 07, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Chick-fil-A)

Tyler Certified Financial Planner, Rob Jones grew up in Marlin Texas, is a Baylor Graduate and came to Tyler in April 1974. He has been in the financial advisor field for 47 years.

Jones is the current President of Smith County Historical Society, on the McClendon House Board, and is a member of the sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Rob joined Rotary in 1990.

 

Nov 13, 2017
 
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(Meal provided by On the Border)

Jimmie was born in Tyler in 1947 at the Gaffney-Brown Clinic which is now the Path building. He attended Birdwell, Hogg Jr. High and was in the last graduating class from the Old John Tyler in 1965. He attended TJC.

Jimmie serves on the steering committee for the East Texas Crisis Center Car Show, is the Chairman for the Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Committee and Vice-President of the Friends of the Mayfair group. Mayfair group was founded to save and refurbish the Historic Mayfair building located at the East Texas Fair grounds.

Married to Lynn Higgins Horton in 1966. They have two sons and a daughter and one Grand-daughter. Jimmie retired 5 years ago from Brookshire's after 35 years. His hobbies include old cars, antiques and volunteering.
 

Nov 20, 2017
 
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(Meal provided by Marco's Pizza)

Stewart Fillmore retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2016 following a 29-year career.  He served in the Dallas, Little Rock, Chicago, and Tyler, Texas offices. A career “Street Agent” he worked on practically every type of criminal investigation under FBI jurisdiction.  His primary specialty however was investigating public corruption cases.  In 2017, he wrote and published Tenaha: Corruption and Cover-Up In Small Town Texas, an inside look at how an actual FBI public corruption investigation is worked.  He currently resides in Tyler, Texas with his wife and two children. He is the owner of a private investigation company.

 

Nov 27, 2017
 
Nov 30, 2017
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 

(Meal provided by Jimmy John's)

UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

The School of Performing Arts offers various instrumental chamber ensembles. Coached by applied music faculty members, these groups offer students the opportunity to enhance their individual performance and ensemble skills. 

Dec 04, 2017
 
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Dec 07, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Dickey's BBQ)

Good Vibrations Chorale is an auditioned group comprised of the very best and skilled singers at Lee High School. We perform throughout our area as Ambassadors for our school and for Tyler ISD. Led by Jerry Page.

Dec 11, 2017
 

(Meal provided by Texas Roadhouse)

Dec 18, 2017
 
Dec 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Dec 21, 2017
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
 
 
 
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(Meal provided by Dickey's BBQ)

About Larry
Sheriff Larry Smith has enjoyed a 34 year law enforcement career with the Gregg County, Texas Sheriff's Department; United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF).

Law Enforcement Career Began as a Deputy Sheriff on Patrol
Larry began his law enforcement career at the age of 20 as a Sheriff’s Deputy at the Gregg County Sheriff’s Department where he achieved the rank of Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Since September of 1989, Larry has been with ATF and has been stationed in Tyler, where he and his family now call home. Due to Larry’s extensive career in criminal investigation, he has been involved in numerous high profile investigations ranging from burglary, homicide, sex offenses, drug offenses, firearms offenses and explosives related offenses.
 
Duties, Travels Have Honed Leadership, Team-Building Skills
Since 1997, and until his retirement Larry was assigned as an assistant team leader and member of the ATF National Response Team (NRT) and International Response Team (IRT). The NRT and IRT are responsible for the investigation of large-scale high profile arson and explosives incidents throughout the United States and foreign countries.

Larry has traveled in 48 of the 50 states within the United States, working closely with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. As a result, Larry has had the opportunity to observe and learn management, operations and procedures from the most innovative and pro-active criminal law enforcement agencies in the nation.

Served as Case Agent on Successful Church Fire Investigation
In January of 2010, due to Larry’s vast experience on the ATF National Response Team, he was selected as one of the case agents in the East Texas Church Fire Investigation. Upon the successful completion of that investigation, Larry retired from ATF on January 31, 2011 after 34 years and 4 months of law enforcement service.

Awards Received
Larry was nominated for appointment to West Point Military Academy in 1973 by Congressman Wright Patman. Larry received the Outstanding Peace Officer Award in 1982 with the East Texas Peace Officers Association, and in May 1990, he received the Arial Rios Memorial Award for Leadership, Bureau of ATF. In 1999, Larry received the National Church Arson Task Force award for Leadership from the Bureau of ATF. In 2009, Larry received the Johnny Massengale Memorial Award for Explosives Expertise exhibited in Gerdec, Albania. Larry has also received two Performance Awards from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

Personal
Born in Big Sandy, May 20, 1956. Graduate of New Diana High School where he lettered in four sports.
Turned down an appointment to West Point to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Married 26 years to the former Leslie Leigh Tillery, native of Mobile, Alabama. Larry and Leslie have two children, a son, Landan, and daughter, Lauren.
Jan 08, 2018 12:00 PM
 
Jan 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
 
 
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(Meal provided by Chick-fil-A)

Chief of Police Jimmy Toler is a veteran of the Tyler Police Department with over 20 plus years of service. As the Chief of Police, he commands a department comprised of 247 employees (194 sworn) and oversees an annual operating budget of $26 million dollars.

Chief Toler began his career with the Tyler Police Department in December 1993.  During his years of service with the department, he has had the opportunity to work within the Patrol, Investigations, and Administrative divisions of the department.  Prior to promoting, he worked as a Patrol Officer, a Youth Crimes Investigator, a Crimes Against Children Investigator and District Investigator. 

Chief Toler promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 2001. As a Sergeant, he has performed assignments in the Patrol, Vice / Narcotics and the Integrity Unit.  He promoted to Lieutenant in April 2009 and was assigned to the patrol division as a shift commander.  In September 2009, he attended the City of Tyler Lean Six Sigma training program.  As a Lieutenant, he received his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt certifications. Utilizing the Lean Six Sigma methodology, he focused on making improvements to numerous areas of the department. He is a member of the City of Tyler Performance Excellence Program and continues to work to implement strategic planning principles and best practices throughout the organization.

In July 2013, he promoted to Assistant Chief and assumed command of the Patrol Division.  In this assignment, he supervised Patrol Operations, the Traffic Unit, Training, Career Development and Airport Security. In June 2015, he transferred to the Investigations Division. As the Investigations Division Commander, he supervised Criminal Investigators, Community Response, Dispatch / Communications, Records, and Building / Fleet operations. Chief Toler worked as the departmental liaison during the development and construction of the Faulkner Park Police Station.

Chief Toler received his Associates Degree from Kilgore College in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1993. Chief Toler is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas / Leadership Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) National Academy, 251st Session.  In addition, he is a graduate of Leadership Tyler (Class 28).

Chief Toler’s Professional and Civic Affiliations include: Tyler Police Foundation, Smith County Children’s Advocacy Center, Tyler Sister Cities International, Church and Community Network, Smith County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.), F.B.I. National Academy Associates, and Smith County Peace Officers Association (Vice President), Leadership Tyler, and Catalyst 100.

Chief Toler serves as an Executive Team Leader for the City of Tyler. In addition to the responsibilities of the police department, he oversees the operations of Animal Services and Code Enforcement.

Jan 22, 2018
 
Jan 22, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Jan 25, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by the Burger Grind)

The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is a local, independent nonprofit organization committed to walking beside all those in Smith County on their journeys with Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related illnesses.

Stephanie Taylor: I am honored to support East Texans living with dementia, their caregivers, and our community impacted by this devastating disease. Before joining the Alliance staff in June 2016, I served as the director of community outreach and as the public information officer for the Northeast Texas Public Health District. I've also been recently involved with the Junior League of Tyler, the Texas 211 Advisory Board, and the Tyler Fit City Challenge Steering Committee. I'm a Lindale native and alum of Baylor University, and I currently live in Tyler with my husband and our four children.

Luanne Harms: I am thrilled to be part of the Alliance team and supporting clients and families on brain health and dementia-related concerns. With several years of experience serving those in hospitals, senior living, and hospice care, I'm a passionate advocate for senior adults and meeting their care needs. I'm an East Texas native and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a master's degree in Social Work.

Jan 29, 2018 12:00 PM
 
Jan 29, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Jan 29, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Traditions)

South Tyler Rotarian Dave Sherman sings about real life experiences – family, faith, work, winning the Publisher’s Clearing House and Duct Tape! Dave walks his audiences through a lifetime of creative writing.  He escorts his audiences from Mayberry to see Andy and Barney, to Alaska to witness the Gold Rush and to a hospital corridor to hear a baby girl being born.

Dave’s songs include hard-driving blues and laid-back folk tunes.  His songs are wrapped around a voice that is as much a part of the Mississippi Delta as cotton fields and paddle wheels.  He has shared the stage with such acts as with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Livingston Taylor … and Preston.

Dave joined Rotary in July of 1986.

Feb 05, 2018
 
Feb 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 

(Meal provided by Zoe's Kitchen)

Feb 12, 2018
 
Feb 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
 
 
Feb 22, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
Feb 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Chick-Fil-A)

A Native Tylerite, Don Warren graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Texas Tech University and has been an oil and gas professional for the last 36 years.  He is the owner of Lomoco, Inc., a small oil and gas asset management firm which he formed in 1994.

Don currently serves as a Board Member for Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, the Hispanic Business Alliance, Willow Brook Country Club and is also an Auxiliary Board Member for the School of Arts and Science at UTT.  Don also serves on the Behavioral Health Leadership Team, the Mayor’s Homelessness and Poverty Roundtable and serves as the Chairman of the Bergfeld Park Improvement Project.

Don recently served as a volunteer on the Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission and was Co-Chair of the Tyler Arts Center Task Force. In the past, Don has served as a Board Member of the Smith County Child Welfare Board, Saint Marcus Compassion House and the Tyler Museum of Art.

In 2008, Don and his wife made some “life changing” decisions and realized it was time to make some professional and personal changes in their lives.  The decision was made to start the journey of “giving back” to the community.

Don wants to ensure that Tyler remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.  He has developed relationships with city staff, city officials and civic leaders and believes that with good relationships and friendships comes the ability to make decisions and move the city forward.

Don is married to Chelli and they have two grown daughters and six grandchildren.  Don and Chelli love to travel, cook and play golf.  They are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

 

Mar 05, 2018
 
Mar 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 

(Meal provided by Dickey's BBQ)

Jeremy Davis is a Navy Veteran with a deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and South America on anti drug ops. Jeremy grew up here in East Texas and attended high school in Quitman. He is married with 7 kids ranging from 6 years old to 22 years old. 4 girls and 3 boys. Jeremy is a Drilling Fluids Engineer for Lewis Energy Group and has been in this career field for 6-7 years.

Jeremy has been handling and studying snakes since he was old enough to talk. Snakes are more than a hobby for him and more like a passion. Not only does he  teach folks about snakes but he also am available to do relocates and to take people on Snake Hunts which of course will be catch, educate, and release. 

 

Mar 12, 2018 12:00 PM
 
Mar 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by On The Border)

Recognizing the need to build a college-going culture that will strengthen the workforce of the future, communities nationwide are creating opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

The pioneer of the “promise scholarship” movement – Michigan’s Kalamazoo Promise – was launched in 2005 and has helped almost 5,000 students receive a college education.

In 2014, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise – Texas’ first community-based promise program – was created in partnership with Citizens 1st Bank, the James I. Perkins Family Foundation and Tyler Junior College, offering TJC scholarships to qualifying Rusk High School seniors. The first Rusk Promise cohort graduated from TJC in May 2016.

In honor of TJC’s 90th anniversary, a bold, new scholarship initiative has been established. The TJC Promise provides an earned scholarship to eligible high school students within TJC’s tax district. The program is being developed by leadership of the College and surrounding school districts.

Beginning in 2020, qualifying graduates can receive up to two years of tuition and fees at TJC. Students earn the TJC Promise scholarship by meeting certain standards during their high school years based on academic achievement, persistence and community service.

The scholarship standards of the TJC Promise will promote positive behaviors early on to ensure that students are on the path to success in high school, college and beyond.

 

Mar 19, 2018
 
Mar 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Mar 22, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
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(Meal provided by Marco's Pizza)

The 4-Way Test is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics. The 4-Way Test Speech Contest is held in the Spring of each year. Our speakers this year come from the Interact Club at Robert E. Lee High School. They prepare a five to seven minute speech that illustrates the 4-Way Test of Rotary International and how it applies to their life, activities, interests, or goals, or any combination thereof. Winners at the Club level advance to the District Competition. At each level, students have an opportunity to win scholarship money. 

This year’s topic, as chosen by District Governor Ted Huffines is “How does living by the Rotary 4 Way Test help you in "making a difference" where you live and go to school?”

Those in attendance at the meeting will help select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner.

 

Mar 26, 2018
 
Mar 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM