Speaker Date Topic
No meeting - MLK Holiday Jan 21, 2019
Bob “Pic” Billingsley - Sanderson Farms Jan 28, 2019
(Meal provided by Lola's)

Bob (Pic) Billingsley,

Sanderson Farms

Director of Development and Engineering

Meeting at Breckinridge Village Feb 04, 2019
(Meal provided by Chick-fil-A)
(Meal provided by Chick-fil-A)

We're taking a field trip! Join South Tyler Rotary at Breckenridge Village for our February 4th meeting. We'll take a tour of the facility and meet the residents. Meal provided by Chick-fil-A. 

15062 County Rd 1145, Tyler, TX 75704

Breckenridge Village of Tyler is a caring residential community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. BVT programs and activities are designed to help residents develop the skills they need to achieve their God-given potential.

The tranquil 70-acre campus of Breckenridge Village is located just west of Tyler, Texas among the tall trees and rolling hills of scenic East Texas. Campus facilities include residential houses, chapel, administrative building, candle workshop, greenhouse, swimming pool, physical fitness room, computer lab, RV park, indoor activity areas, and plenty of space for outdoor activities. Excellent facilities are tools which enable us to offer a wide range of programs that meet the individual needs of our residents.

Breckenridge Village of Tyler operates six cottages for individuals with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Four homes are for females and two are for males. BVT residents are provided with their own private bedroom, two closets for transitioning seasonal clothes, and share a bathroom with one other resident. Each cottage has a spacious living room, kitchen, dining room, and plenty of additional space for recreational activities. Each home is uniquely and beautifully decorated and well maintained by BVT staff.


RYLA Feb 11, 2019
(Meal provided by Dairy Queen)
(Meal provided by Dairy Queen)

Attending today's meeting are students sponsored by South Tyler to attend the RYLA program the weekend of 2/8-2/10. We'll hear about their experiences and take aways from the camp. Our students are from Robert E. Lee High School, Bishop TK Gorman High School and The Brookhill School.

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-expense-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:

Problem Solving
Decision Making

No meeting - Presidents' Day Holiday Feb 18, 2019
Mayor Martin Heines Feb 25, 2019
(Meal provided by Kawa's)
(Meal provided by Kawa's)

Heines, is a Tyler native, a small business owner and property manager/investor. He earned a BBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and the MAI Appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute in 2000. Heines has served two terms as Tyler City Councilman for District 4 before becoming Mayor in 2014.

His involvement in the community has been diverse; serving the City of Tyler as a volunteer on several committees including Chair of the City of Tyler International Existing Building Code Committee, on the Steering Committee for Tyler 1st, as a member of the Mayor’s Tyler Leadership Roundtable as well as a member of the Midtown Area Development Committee. Heines is a board member of the TJC Foundation and has served on the Advisory Committee of the University of Texas at Tyler’s Small Business Institute Program. In the past, Heines has served as President of Heart of Tyler/Main Street, and as a Board Member of the Literacy Council, Historic Tyler and Tyler Board of Realtors. A graduate of Leadership Tyler Class XV, he also chaired the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee in 2001 and 2002 and was a member of the Chamber’s Vision 2000 and Vision 2010 Committees.

“Our growth and prosperity today is the result of careful planning by several generations. It is up to us to honor our past by strategically planning for the future. The growth that we are realizing requires not only an investment in industry, but a renewed investment in our infrastructure, some of which dates back to the early 20th century. This includes investment in both the things we can see, such as parks and streets, as well as the nuts and bolts of our community that are just as important, but not quite as visible, such as water and wastewater lines. To not only sustain, but improve our quality of life in the future, we must be willing to make these investments.”

Heines and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of a son and daughter and attend the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

No meeting - Memorial Day Holiday May 27, 2019