Posted on Dec 07, 2018
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
2019-2020 Officers Elected 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
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.,
Holiday of Hope - Children's Advocacy Center Diane Kavanaugh 2018-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
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!
South Tyler Rotary hosts Women's Self Defense Class Diane Kavanaugh 2018-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
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)
Back to School Supply Drive Diane Kavanaugh 2018-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Grant applications for proceeds from the 2018 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 but must be sponsored by a South Tyler Rotary member.
Deadline to submit grant request is Monday, September 10th
Please submit completed application to Carl Watson
South Tyler Rotary to notify all applicants of grant status by October 10th
Please contact Carl with questions either via email or phone (903) 590-6555
Click below to open grant application in a word file. Please save as with your organization's name and 2018 grant application
2018 Grant Applications due by September 10th Diane Kavanaugh 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
South Tyler Rotary in the news: South Tyler Rotary elects its youngest president in history Diane Kavanaugh 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2018
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.
Presidential Installation and Spirit of Tyler Award Kimberly Ashley 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
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
South Tyler Rotary Awards Grants Diane Kavanaugh 2018-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Another Successful Spaghetti Supper Diane Kavanaugh 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Bergfeld Park Clean Up - April 30th Diane Kavanaugh 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
Thank you to our sponsors! Diane Kavanaugh 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.
26th Annual Reed Franklin Spaghetti Supper Diane Kavanaugh 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
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
Tyler Rotary Clubs team up with City of Tyler for Arbor Day Events Diane Kavanaugh 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
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
John Hart recognized by Rotary Foundation, Bequest Society 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
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.
South Tyler Rotary in the News - Dan Carpenter "Service Above Self" award Diane Kavanaugh 2017-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
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