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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.
Sheriff Larry Smith
Jan 08, 2018 12:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Jan 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
MLK Holiday - No Meeting
Jan 15, 2018
 
 
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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.

City of Tyler Police Chief Jimmy Toler
Jan 22, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Jan 22, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Jan 25, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
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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.

Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County
Jan 29, 2018 12:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Jan 29, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Jan 29, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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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.

Dave Sherman, Singer/Musician
Feb 05, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Feb 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
RYLA Students
Feb 12, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Feb 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
President's Day Holiday - No Meeting
Feb 19, 2018
 
 
Feb 22, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Feb 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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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.

 

Don Warren - Bergfeld Park Splash Pad
Mar 05, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Mar 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 

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. 

 

Jeremy Davis (Snake Awareness & Myths)
Mar 12, 2018 12:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Mar 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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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.

 

TJC Promise Scholarship
Mar 19, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Mar 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Mar 22, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
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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.

 

4-Way Test Speech Contest
Mar 26, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Mar 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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Pat Stacey was born and raised in Dallas.  He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches with a major in Radio / Television and a minor in business management.  Pat interned at KDFW-TV in Dallas during his college years which cemented his interest in the television business.  Pat started his career with KLTV in 1986 and has held numerous positions in operations, promotions, research and advertising sales.  Pat has served the East Texas community through involvement with the American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Children's Village, University of Texas at Tyler Patriot Organization and the United Way.

In August of 2009 he was named as VP/ General Manager for KLTV and is committed to keeping KLTV in a position of leadership throughout the communities the station serves.

Pat is married with a daughter and son.

 

Pat Stacey, KLTV
Apr 02, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Apr 02, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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Rabbi Neal Katz grew up in Virginia Beach, VA.  His father is a jeweler and operated his own small jewelry business for nearly 50 years.  His father is a Navy Veteran who served in Vietnam, and his father’s belief in the power of small business and a strong work ethic has been a great influence on Neil. 

Neil’s mother was a nurse for 35 years – and she worked in the same hospital where she was born!  Most of her nursing career was in Labor and Delivery, but she was also a private childbirth educator for many years.  Her compassion as a nurse combined with her medical expertise was always a source of inspiration to Neal.  In her retirement, she is an active volunteer in her community – proving that the loving heart never rests.

Neal graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a degree in political science. He continued his graduate studies there in counseling before heading off to Israel to begin a five-year training to become a rabbi.  After finishing seminary in Cincinnati, OH, he moved to Tyler, TX to serve as the rabbi at Congregation Beth El. 

During his 15 years in Tyler, Neal has been honored to serve on numerous local and state-wide non-profits and civic boards.  He received the T.B. Butler Award for "Most Outstanding Citizen in Tyler 2004" by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, he was honored again by the Tyler Chamber of Commerce with the W.C. Windsor Award for Outstanding Community Service by a citizen under the age of 40.

Neal also taught full courses at both UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College over the years.  And he is an active speaker to many local schools, churches, and civic groups.  In addition to all this, he is a performing musician. 

He is married to his amazing wife, Jennifer, and they have three wonderful children, Micah, Lila, and Rebecca – all of whom are proud students in Tyler public schools. Neal is currently running as an Independent candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives, District 6.

 

Rabbi Neil Katz
Apr 09, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Apr 09, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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Paul Gleiser, President of Gleiser Communications has had the good fortune to spend his life doing what he likes to do. As a young boy, two passions took hold of Paul — radio and photography. With those two interests, he has been able to own three radio stations in Tyler, Texas since 1991 and has traveled the world making photographs.

 

Paul Gleiser, KTBB
Apr 16, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Apr 16, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Apr 19, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
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Born and raised in the Dallas Metroplex, Deborah attended the University of North Texas and obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Deborah moved to Tyler in 1992 upon graduating from South Texas College of Law in Houston and began working as an Assistant District Attorney under Jack Skeen.  In 1995, Deborah started a private Family Law practice serving clients in Tyler and surrounding counties.  In 2002, together with her husband David, they formed the law firm of Dobbs & Tittle PC which is located near UT Tyler on University Boulevard.

In 2010, Deborah founded the SPCA of East Texas and has served as President and CEO since its inception.  Deborah reports to a 23 member Board of Directors and takes no salary for this position. 

Her initial service in animal welfare began in 2005 as a volunteer with the Humane Society of East Texas.  Working closely with that organization, Deborah provided pro-bono legal counsel and contract negotiations with the City of Tyler and Smith County. Deborah continues to be licensed to practice law in Texas and has been responsible for the civil seizure proceedings and re-homing of abused and neglected dogs, cats and some horses in Smith, Wood, Cherokee and Rusk County. 

Since forming the organization in 2010, we have grown from a one room office with one part time employee to a staff of 15 employees with 3 facilities in Tyler. Deborah has participated in animal welfare work on a full time basis since the formation of the SPCA of East Texas in 2010.

 

Deborah Dobbs - SPCA of East Texas
Apr 23, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Apr 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Apr 26, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

Tasneem Raja is an award-winning journalist who writes for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, NPR, and other national outlets. She is also the Executive Editor of The Tyler Loop, a digital news and culture magazine that focuses on policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR's Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She's a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of digital journalism, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler, Texas with her husband, her stepson, and two imperious terriers.

Tasneem Raja - The Tyler Loop
Apr 30, 2018
 
South Tyler Rotary weekly meeting
Apr 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Apr 30, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Meeting at Cascades at 11:30
May 07, 2018
 
More details coming soon.
May 07, 2018
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary Club Meeting
First Christian Church (corner of S. Broadway and the Loop)
12:00 noon
May 14, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
May 17, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary Club Meeting
First Christian Church (corner of S. Broadway and the Loop)
12:00 noon
May 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
May 21, 2018
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary Club meeting
First Christian Church
12:00 noon
Jun 04, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary Club meeting
First Christian Church
12:00 noon
Jun 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary Club meeting
First Christian Church
12:00 noon
Jun 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Jun 21, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
South Tyler Rotary Club meeting
First Christian Church
12:00 noon
Jun 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM