Rotary Club of El Campo

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017
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Heath Clawson, Louise High School Athletic Director & Head Football Coach, gave us a presentation of the Hornet's football season. Thank you, Coach, and good luck to the Louise Hornets!
 
 
Heath Clawson - Louise Hornet Football 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2017
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Today, ECHS Varsity Football Coach Wayne Condra and Coach James Harp introduced the 2017 Varsity Football Team Seniors to Rotary. Coach Condra gave a rundown of what has happened so far in the season and of the remaining schedule. Go Ricebirds!
Wayne Condra - ECHS Varsity Football Team Seniors 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Bailey Kovarek - The Crisis Center's Child Advocacy Center 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2017
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Clayton Ryan gave a presentation today about Everyday Heroes, Inc. Everyday Heroes is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving the men and women who have served our country in the military.

El Campo Rotary donated $1000 to Everyday Heroes. Thank you for serving those who have sacrificed to serve all.

Clayton Ryan - Everyday Heroes, Inc. 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2017
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Today, District Governor Bill Palko paid the club a visit.  He discussed upcoming events and related a personal story of how Rotary can make a difference in someone's life. He also discussed district goals for the coming year.
 
Click here for more information on District #5890 and about District Governor Bill Palko.
Bill Palko, District Governor 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2017
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At the August 17th meeting, Lindsey Backen discussed her book, Across the Distance.  Thank you for the great presentation!
 
Click here for a link to her book on Amazon!
Lindsey Backen - Across the Distance 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2017
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Today, Betty McCrohan, President of Wharton County Junior College, gave everyone an update on what is happening at the college.  There is a lot going on, such as renovations, additions, new students, new technology, athletics and more.  Last year, WCJC was ranked the best Junior College in Texas.  It truly is the hidden gem of Wharton County!
 
Betty McCrohan - WCJC 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
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At this week's meeting, El Campo City Manager Mindi Snyder gave updates on the progress of the rail spur warehouse project and the skate park.
Mindi Snyder - City Project Updates 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Randy Clapp & Richard Kerzee - 2017 Margarita Cup 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2017
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Sonya Heath, Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 5890, was the presenter for last Thursday's meeting. She spoke about new RI President Ian Riseley's theme for this year, "Rotary Making A Difference."
Sonya Heath - Rotary Making a Difference 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Shane Bonnot - Texas Oyster Fishery Industry 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2017
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At the lunch meeting today, Wharton County Sheriff Shannon Srubar discussed a new fingerprint system that would allow jail staff to check the immigration status of violent offenders.
Shannon Srubar - Immigration Program 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2017
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Today was the last meeting William Key would preside over as President of the El Campo Rotary Club.  We'd like to thank William for his years of service to Rotary and the community.  A special thank you for serving as President over the past year.
William Key - Last Meeting as President 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 22, 2017
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At this week's lunch meeting, Debra Medina and Chef Hector discussed Provisions Bistro and Market in Wharton, TX.  The majority of the food at Provisions is made from scratch with the best possible ingredients.   The dining experience is like none other in the area.  Take a trip across the river to check them out!
 
Click here for more information about Provisions Bistro and Market.
Debra Medina - Provisions Bistro and Market 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2017
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Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath gave an update on what has been happening in the Texas Legislature and also an update on the state of county government.
Judge Spenrath - Legislative Update 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
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Today, Penny Hornsby discussed the City's downtown revitalization effort.  Penny is the Planning Director for the City of El Campo.  Everyone is encouraged to review each of the 8 concept plans created by Texas A&M students for the revitalization plan and give your feedback.  Click here to review the plans.
 
 
Penny Hornsby - Downtown Revitalization 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Romane Biname' Presents Her Year in Review 2017-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2017
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Congratulations to the 2017 Rotary Scholarship recipients:  Ally Ann Ener, Grant Fuechec, Aaron Gonzalez, Amber Kocian, Harrison Linzza, Weston Lutringer, Micah McComb, Kelley Peterson, Lauren Rod and Hope Williams.  
2017 Rotary Scholarship Recipients 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Carol Wooten and Terry Rutherford - Wharton County Cares 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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At Thursday's meeting, Joseph Bramante, CEO of TriArc Properties, unveiled plans for a modern 250-unit gated apartment complex to be located on 18 acres between Legacy Fields and Business 59.
Joseph Bramante - TriArc Property's Big Announcement 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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On Thursday, ECVFD Fire Chief Jimmy George gave a presentation about the upcoming ESD#1 vote for Proposition #1:  Tax Rate - To authorize in Wharton County Emergency Service District No. 1 a maximum ad valorem tax rate of six cents on each $100 of taxable value of property.  For more information about the vote, click here.
Jimmy George - Upcoming ESD#1 Vote 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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Today, Shannon Crabtree was introduced to the Club as the newest member.  She is the publisher for the El Campo Leader News. Welcome to the club, Shannon!
 
Pictured are El Campo Rotary President William Key and Shannon Crabtree.
NEW MEMBER: Shannon Crabtree 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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At today's luncheon, WCYF Fair Coordinator Cindy Blaha discussed this year's youth fair.  It is expected to be bigger and better than ever!  It is always a great family-friendly event.  For a schedule of fair events and entertainment, click here.
Cindy Blaha - 2017 Wharton County Youth Fair 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
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On April 6th, Jason Coleman from Moonbow Farms discussed his dream of a community farm.  They use as many natural methods as possible for a gulf coast farm to enact natural viable growing methods for the healthy growth of our wonderful heirloom plants.  They do not use GMO crops because They believe in genetic diversity for the longevity of field crops not genetic manipulation for an easy out in a mono culture conformed society.
 
To learn more about Moonbow Farms or possibly buy shares, please click here.
Jason Coleman - Moonbow Farms 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
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At the March 30th Club luncheon, Courtney Sladek gave a review of the City's Food Truck Dining Event from March 28th.  Seven food trucks offered a variety of food in front of Evans Park.  The event was a success with a future event planned for October 2017.
 
Click here for video of the Food Truck Dining Event.
 
 
 
Courtney Sladek - Food Truck Dining Event 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2017
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Kate Holman from LCRA gave a very interesting presentation on the Lane City Reservoir, which will be completed in 2018.  She also discussed the Prairie Conservation Reservation scheduled to be build in Colorado County near Eagle Lake.  
 
http://www.lcra.org/water/water-supply/Pages/new-water.aspx
Kate Holman - LCRA Lane City and Prairie Conservation Reservoir Projects 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2017
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El Campo Rotary President William Key introduced the students who recently attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).  The students each thanked the club members for their sponsorship and told them what they got out of the experience.  The 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program were sponsored by Rotary International District 5890 on February 10-12, 2017 at Carolina Creek Camp located in Huntsville, Texas
 
In the photo, from left to right, are:  Will Swensen, Carly Oldag, Romane Biname' and William Key.
 
https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/SitePage/ryla/rotary-youth-leadership-awards
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2017
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Today, El Campo Public Safety Director Terry Stanphill gave an update on the soon-to-be completed Public Safety Building.  Detective Sergeant Justin Soza assisted with the presentation.  The new building is located at 1011 West Loop.
 
 
Terry Stanphill - Public Safety Building Update 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2017
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Michael Hansen gave a presentation today on Manna Meals. They provide free meals to anyone on Mondays and Thursdays, 5pm - 6:30pm. They are located at the 500 block of Foerester. Various churches in the community support teams that cook and serve the meals.
Michael Hansen - Manna Meals 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Sheriff Shannon Srubar - Wharton County Sheriff's Office 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2017
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Claire Preston, CEO of Sound Training, gave an overview of what her company does to help people learn. Sound Training is a UK-based company which provides individuals with the strategies they need to achieve higher results and to maximize their potential.  The program is suitable for mainstream students ages 10 and up. Programs are tailored to enhance exam results and work readiness for all students.
 
Claire Preston - Sound Training 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2017
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At our weekly luncheon today, Aaron Wilson discussed the ECHS Welding Program.  He brought along two of his students, Brycen and Trevon, and the school's virtual welding machine.  The three demonstrated how the simulator worked.  The virtual welding machine was purchased by El Campo Rotary for the ECHS Welding Program.  Money well spent!
Aaron Wilson - ECHS Welding Program 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
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Russell Kacer with YK Communications gave a very informative presentation on their fiber optic infrastructure investment in El Campo.  The entire project is being conducted in phases with a completion date within the next four years.  They just completed the first phase of fiber optic installment for parts of the city.  Phase 2 begins soon.  Fiber optic cables provide much faster internet speeds and greater reliability.  
 
Russel Kacer - YK Communication's Infrastructure Investments in EC 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2017
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Today, we heard of all of the exciting projects the City Development Corporation has been working on over the past year.  CDC Director Carolyn Gibson told the Club of businesses coming to town, some that are expanding and all are investing in the future of El Campo.  Great things are happening in EC!
Carolyn Gibson - 2016 CDC Year in Review 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2017
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Today, the Club took care of a little business.  El Campo Rotary President William Key presided over a vote to approve the officers taking control in July.  He also discussed preparations for the annual Fundraiser on March 2nd at the El Campo Civic Center.  Further information will be coming soon about the Fundraiser, raffle tickets and meal tickets.
 
William Key - Club Business 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
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The El Campo High School Choir performed holiday concert music for the Club today!  A spectacular performance that was enjoyed by all.  
ECHS Choir Performs Holiday Concert Music 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Steve Lyford - Toys for Tots 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2016
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At this afternoon's lunch meeting, Jim Janek, Interim CEO of El Campo Memorial Hospital, discussed the hospital's planned renovation of the emergency room area and the benefit of having a local hospital. District Judge Randy Clapp, President of the ECMH Board of Directors, and Don Naiser, ECMH Foundation Board Member, joined in with the panel discussion.
 
    
Jim Janek, Randy Clapp, Don Naiser - ECMH Future Plans 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2016
 
El Campo Rotary Past-President and Game Warden Scott Blackburn gave a presentation on the Deer, Duck and Dove hunting seasons. He also answered questions from club members concerning hunting regulations.
Scott Blackburn - Hunting Season 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Romane Biname', El Campo Rotary's current exchange student, discussed her life in Belgium. She shared some information about her home country, such as traditions, food & drinks, and what to see and do. Romane also shared a little bit of what she has been doing around Texas with her host families.
 
Romane and Travis Cobb, President-Elect, exchanged Rotary flags. The club sponsoring Romane on her journey to Texas is Herve, Belgium.
 
Romane Biname' - My Life in Belgium 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
At today's luncheon, Luke Trammell gave a presentation about Disciplined Investing in a Changing World. Luke is the Senior Vice President of American Funds. Very informative presentation for all investors! He showed that throughout history the political party occupying the White House had little to no affect on investments over time.
 
 
Luke Trammell - Disciplined Investing in a Changing World 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Wharton County District Attorney Dawn Allison 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2016
At the Oct. 6th lunch meeting, Susan Richards and Scott Linebrink discussed Water Mission. They are a nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions, through a Christian world view perspective, to people in developing countries and disasters.
 

For more information:

https://watermission.org/

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Posted on Sep 28, 2016
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Today was the annual joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wharton. Good food and fellowship was shared by all! Police Chief Terry Stanphill gave an update on the Public Safety Building and the upcoming Trunk-or-Treat event. Community Services Officer Mark Biskup discussed National Night Out and the Drug Take-Back Program. Matt Sweeney, the Co-President of Wharton Rotary, talked about events happening in their club, such as their recent 2016 Rotary Gala. El Campo Museum Director Cheri McGuirk discussed the upcoming Run Wild 5K Fun Run on October 1st.
 
 
Wharton - El Campo Joint Meeting 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Coach Condra Discusses Ricebird Football! 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2016
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Homero Ponce-Lopez, a retired Houston Fire Department Captain, discusses Rotary's Firefighter Home Project. The project is to provide temporary fully-furnished housing at little or no cost to firefighters and other first responders while they are undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center for any work related medical condition or injury.

For more information about the Rotary Firefighter Home Project or to make a donation:

http://www.rotaryfirefightershome.org/

Rotary Firefighter Home Project 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2016
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District Governor Eric Liu visited the Rotary Club of El Campo today. He shared his goals and vision for District 5890 for the coming year. He also reiterated Rotary's commitment to serving our local communities and the world as a whole. This year's motto is Rotary Serving Humanity.

During his visit, DG Liu presented local Rotary President William Key with a plaque of The Four Way Test.

http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025

 

District Governor Eric Liu Visits El Campo Rotary 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Prairie Village Apartments 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2016
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This morning, Northside Elementary fourth-graders and fifth-graders traveled to the Crescent Fairgrounds for the the opening ceremony of the Early Act FirstKnight program. EarlyAct FirstKnight® (or EAFK) is a powerful, daily character education program for elementary and middle schools, made available by The Knights of The Guild and Rotary.

For more information about the EAFK program, click the link below.

http://www.eafk.org/

Early Act FirstKnight Opening Ceremony for 2016 Admin 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2016
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Today, David Bright, Asst. Superintendent of Finance for ECISD and fellow Rotarian, talked about the Tax Ratification Penny Swap Vote.  
 
Thank you, David, for a very informative presentation.  Early voting is now until August 23rd.  Regular voting is on August 27th.  Don't forget to vote!
 
For more information on the Tax Ratification Election, click on the video below.
 

TRE VIDEO - El Campo ISD.m4v

 
 
 
 
David Bright Talks Tax Ratification Penny Swap Vote 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Marin Croix Presents Red Ruby Treats 2016-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Monty Chamberlain Presents Hiring People With Disabilities 2016-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Clint Pustejovsky for the interesting program on Texas snakes yesterday!
Texas Snakes 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2016
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We inducted 3 new members into our Rotary club yesterday: Jim Van Antwerp, Guy Stovall IV, and Chris Pustejovsky. Welcome to the family of Rotary!
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Posted by Trista Lauritsen
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A tremendous "thank you" to Jill Stafford, Chief Professional Officer, and Ja'Vonna George, Youth Development Professional, for the program on the Boys and Girls Club. They shared great information on all the wonderful club services they provide. We also received a "subliminal message" about their Hamburger Supper, taking place this Thursday, February 18 from 4 - 6. Contact the club for ticket information. (979) 543-8320
http://www.bgcelcampo.org/
Boys and Girls Club update Trista Lauritsen 2016-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Join us Thursday, March 3 for our Annual Fundraiser 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2016

Seeking Event and Corporate sponsors for our upcoming Rotary Fundraiser, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Our annual event is one of the most highly attended functions of its kind in Wharton County.

Sponsorship levels:

$1200 Event Sponsor - Exclusive recognition as a key event underwriter on event marketing materials, 1 reserved table that includes 8 meal tickets, 8 sheets of bait bucket raffle tickets, plus choice of refreshments and set ups

$600 Corporate Sponsor - 1 reserved table, 8 meal tickets and 4 sheets of bait bucket raffle tickets, and recognition for sponsorship in the printed event program

Contact Mindi Snyder for more info (979) 541-9215 or MSnyder@cityofelcampo.org

Seeking Sponsors for 2016 Fundraiser 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2016
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Wonderful time at the Rotary Christmas party last night! Thanks to the El Campo High School Culinary Arts students, led by teacher Lindsey Poenitzsch, for the excellent food and to John and Anna Schmermund for hosting the party! John Schmermund was also the winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest...congrats!
Rotary Chrismtas Party Fun 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Beryl Southall Shares Thoughts 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2015
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Great job by the El Campo Middle School Interact kids! They raised $155 during the Pennies for Polio campaign, which will be matched by the Rotary Club of El Campo, and then matched 2 to 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation, resulting in $930 raised for Polio Plus. Way to go!

El Campo Middle School Interact Raises Pennies for Polio 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2015
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We were honored to hear District Governor Nick Giannone share Rotary International and District goals with us today! He presented our President, Scott Blackburn, with a certificate for our financial support of the End Polio Now campaign.
District Governor Nick Giannone 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2015
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Excellent program today by El Campo High School FFA students, led by teacher Casey Wilson. The team is competing in Area competition this weekend with their District-winning program debating the pros and cons of drone use in agriculture. Best of luck! Pictured from left to right: Essence Allan, Blair Watz, Kody Martin, Kayla Rachunek, and Abby Anderson

 
Excellent program today by El Campo High School FFA students, led by teacher Casey Wilson. The team is competing in Area competition this weekend with their District-winning program debating the pros and cons of drone use in agriculture. Best of luck! Pictured from left to right: Essence Allan, Blair Watz, Kody Martin, Kayla Rachunek, and Abby Anderson
El Campo High School FFA Debate 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2015
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Today we inducted new member, Hollis Yackel. We are pleased to welcome you to Rotary! Pictured from left to right: Sponsor, Karen Meinardus, Hollis Yackel, and President Scott Blackburn.
Welcome New Member - Hollis Yackel 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Major Changes In Dentistry by Dr. John Richards 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Mr. Angel Jimenez Talks International Service Projects 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Kyle Smith was honored for his years of dedication as the Chairman of the Program Committee. As Program Chair, he lined-up and organized the ever-changing programs each week for our club and did this for many years. Thanks for your dedication to Rotary, Kyle! Pictured are Chase Nielsen, current Program Chair; Kyle Smith; and President Scott Blackburn.

Kyle Smith Honored 2015-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Clay Harris and Scot Powell for the information on the city's GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping platform. The City of El Campo GIS mapping system aims to bring together accurate and current geographic information in an easy to use format, while increasing the efficiency of city government. From water and sewer line information to the street repair program and flood hazard zone information, all this detail is easily accessible in a database and can be viewed and analyzed as needed. To access the GIS mapping system, see http://cityofelcampo.org/GIS_mapping.php
Clay Harris and Scot Powell Share GIS Platform 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

Last week our Club President and local Game Warden, Scott Blackburn, shared information on the infestation of feral hogs across Texas. As we witnessed in several videos, feral hogs are destructive and invasive and wreak havoc across the state.

As an added bonus, Scott also shared photos and information regarding the Game Wardens' role on assignment as they patrol the Mexican border. Thanks for all the great information, Scott!

Scott Blackburn - Feral Hogs and the Border 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Happy 18th Birthday, Julia! We celebrated Julia's birthday a little early because she will be out of town on her special day.
Happy Birthday Julia! 2015-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Kenny Price for the information on the El Campo ISD auto department. Kenny is the new Automotive Technology teacher at the high school. He teaches solely from an online curriculum to stay current with technology and is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with his students.
Kenny Price Discusses Auto Technology 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
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We enjoyed having the undefeated Louise Hornet football team at our meeting! Louise Head Coach David Lucio introduced the players and discussed the season. We wish them continued success as they host Kenedy to open district play tonight.
Coach David Lucio Talks Lousie Football 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Monica Carroll and Rodeo Sweethears 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to El Campo Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Wayne Condra, for the updates on the 2015 football season. Coach Condra introduced the seniors and shared a bit about each player. The Ricebirds are headed to play Tomball Memorial this Friday, and then play at home again on the 18th for homecoming vs Wharton. Go 'Birds!
Coach Wayne Condra Shares Information on the Varsity Football Team 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Monica Carroll Discusses Cub Scouts 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2015
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Welcome to Texas, Julia Forssblad!! Julia is our foreign exchange student from Sweden. She arrived last week and was introduced to the club today.
Mindi Snyder Intrduces Exchange Student 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center Presentation 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2015
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Last week we witnessed "a never before released and secret" Rotary video, presented by Rick Marik and narrated by Bubba Parker. The video was from the 1992 Rotary fundraiser, featuring 32 Rotarians who are still in our club today! Wow! In case you missed it, Rick has delivered the video to the Computer Center and copies are available.
Never Before Released Rotary Video 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Wesley Lange discusses WCEC encounters with raptors 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Delores Kimball, Director of CASA and Rotarian Chuck Kimball's wife, shared the awesome works of CASA . When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA is hosting its big fundraiser next Thursday, August 6 at 5:30 pm - Casino Night at Wharton Civic Center. For more information on CASA, visit their website. http://casa-mw.org/
Delores Kimball Presents Information on CASA Trista Lauritsen 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Roxanne Marek Discusses Probation Department Trista Lauritsen 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Jul 01, 2015

Congratulations to the following El Campo Rotary members who achieved Perfect Attendance.

CHRIS BARBEE – 39 years
FRANKIE NOVAK 28
P.J. HERRMANN 15
KYLE SMITH 15
RAY VIKTORIN 15
RICHARD JALOWY 9
DAVID BRIGHT 6
JENNIFER SVETLIK 6
EDMUND KRUPPA 5
SHERRY RODDY 5
MINDI SNYDER 5
EDDIE POOL 3
RICK MARIK 2
CHERYL ROITSCH 1
STEPHEN ZETSCH 1

Congratulations to Perfect Attendance Recipients Trista Lauritsen 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Jul 01, 2015
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Rotary members gathered at the home of Jeff and Mindi Snyder to swear in the incoming officers and directors for the 2015-2016 year. Pictured are: front row, l-r, Cheryl Roitsch, director; William Key vice president; J. Scott Blackburn, president; P.J. Herrmann, treasurer; Courtney Sladek, director and Shawn Freeman, sgt.-at-arms. Back row, l-r, Terry Stanphill, director, Richard Chomout, Jr., director and Travis Cobb, secretary.

Rotary Welcomes New Officers-Directors Trista Lauritsen 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2015
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Congratulations to J.J. Croix on receiving the Paul Harris Society pin. As a Paul Harris Society member, J.J. is committing to giving $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Thanks for you commitment to Rotary, J.J.!
JJ Croix Receives Paul Harris Society Pin 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2015
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The Boys & Girls Club of El Campo raised $1,505 tonight as a big crowd enjoyed the Showdown at Sundown basketball challenge. It was the Rotary Club of El Campo VS Lions Clubs of El Campo and the Lady Lions Club of El Campo benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. The Rotary won 25 to 18. The losing Presidents had to take a pie in the face - that honor went to Mark Cochrum and Stacie Dluhos. Great time was had by all.
Rotary vs Lions Benefitting Boys and Girls Club 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2015
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Mindi Snyder honored her son Colby with a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his graduation. Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational programs. Mindi donated $1000 to the Rotary Foundation in Colby's name. Thank you for your continued support of the Rotary Foundation, Mindi!
Mindi Snyder Honors Son with Paul Harris Pin 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2015
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The Rotary Club of El Campo hosted the 10 scholarship recipients during their Thursday meeting. Fund for the scholarships are made possible by the club's annual fund raiser held every March. Pictured, front row, l-r are: Kaitlin Davlin, Jessica Gaines, Lindsey Jones, Kyle Kerzee and Colby Snyder. Back row, William Jenkins, Clint Kruppa, Ross Raybon, and Ridge Whitley. Not pictured was Craig Cerny. Each recipient received $750
Rotary awards 10 scholarships 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of El Campo, in conjunction with Collins Music Center, recently made a donation of $1,000 worth of instruments to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music located in Musician's Village in New Orleans. Rotary District 5890 chose the Center as their District Project during the recent District Conference, which was held in New Orleans.

The Center, which is a performance, education and recording venue, offers free music lessons for children in the 9th ward of New Orleans, which was the area damaged the most as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
Collins Music Center helped to coordinate the donation with the Center and sent much needed trumpets and stands for the jazz curriculum.
Pictured l-r are Rotarians Randy Collins, (Collins Music Center owner), directors Jennifer Svetlik, Trista Lauritsen, Cheryl Roitsch; and Sherry Roddy, president. Back row, Dana Foster, sgt-at-arms, Terry Stanphill New Generations director; P.J. Herrmann, treasurer and William Key, secretary
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Rotary Club of El Campo recently made a donation of $5,500 to the El Campo Museum of Natural History, which allowed the Museum to upgrade the Rocky Mountains, The Bears, Arctic, Africa, and New Zealand exhibits. The Donation was made possible by the club's annual fund raiser held every March. Pictured, front row, l-r, Cheri McGiruk, Rotarian and Museum executive director, Rotarians Trista Lauritsen, director; Sherry Roddy, president, Cheryl Roitsch, director, Tammy Smith, Museum board president and P.J. Herrmann, Rotary treasurer. Back row, l-r, Rotarians Jennifer Svetlik, director, Dana Foster, sgt-at-arms, Terry Stanphill, New Generations director and William Key, secretary.

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Congratulations to Donald McDonald on receiving the Paul Harris Society pin. As a Paul Harris Society member, Donald is committing to giving $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Pictured with Donald is Mindi Snyder, our Rotary Foundation Chair.
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We enjoyed a joint meeting with the Lions Club this week. We were honored to have Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath discuss county news and information.

Rotary Club and the Lions Club are playing each other in "Showdown at Sundown", a basketball challenge reminiscent of years past. The game is set for May 14 at 6 pm at the Boys and Girls Club in El Campo. All proceeds from the event will go to the Boys and Girls Club of El Campo.

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Peter Johnston was our guest speaker yesterday and he shared an intriguing topic: "Leading Yourself: Each Leader's Enduring, Exciting, Exasperating, Essential #1 Challenge- Leading Yourself!!" Rotarians were offered the opportunity to attend 5 weekly 1 hour sessions on Wednesdays during the lunch hour in El Campo to learn more. Class size is limited to 10 and there are only a few spots remaining. Contact Kyle Smith to sign up.
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Joe Freeman Shares Information on Oilfield Industry 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 08, 2015
Welcome new members, Kevin Cadenhead and Clay Zboril! Pictured from left to right, President Sherry Roddy, Clay Zboril, sponsor Dana Foster, Kevin Cadenhead, and sponsor Wesley Lange.
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Christian Bustamante is Rotary Club of El Campo's outgoing exchange student. He is traveling to Turkey in August for a year to serve as an ambassador, representing our country and our community, and to immerse himself in the Turkish culture. We look forward to hearing all about his trip when he returns in the summer of 2016!
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Cindy Blaha Discusses Wharton County Youth Fair 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Heather Raun and Malia Willis are active members of Interact at El Campo High School and were chosen as RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) participants. They attended the RYLA Conference held in Huntsville in January and shared their experiences with us today. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities.
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The community of El Campo rallied and supported the Rotary Club of El Campo's efforts to the tune of $174,000 during the annual Seafood Dinner and Auction held March 12, 2015. In addition to a delicious meal, the event included a live auction, silent auction, bait buckets, and raffle ticket winners.   Some highlights of the evening included the auctioning of a specialty rifle donated by the family of late Rotarian Bob Melanson for $10,000.  Additionally, the students of Northside Elementary were recognized for their efforts as they raised $2200 for Polio Plus.  After the Rotary Club of El Campo matched the students' funds, the audience participated and increased the total to $6100. With the Bill Gates Foundation 2-1 matching funds, Polio Plus will gain $18,300.  The event was held in honor of Joe E. Richards for his 71 years of service to Rotary.    The evening culminated with the raffle ticket drawing. Raffle tickets are sold in advance of the event for $100 each. The grand prize winning ticket of $20,000 was won with a split ticket between El Campo Rotarian Paul Curran and Wharton Rotarian Landon McClain.
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Dick Hudgins Shares News and Events at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen

You're Invited

 
 Join us for our 35th Annual Seafood Dinner and Benefit Auction, Thursday, March 12. For tickets or donations, simply print the form, fill out and deliver to R&R Printing or reach out to the respective contact person. Thank you for your continued support!
You're Invited Trista Lauritsen 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

El Campo Rotary/Museum Iron Lung Exhibit Addresses Worldwide disease Eradication Efforts

 
In their final surge to eradicate polio, the El Campo Rotary Club and has enlisted the aid of several other local organizations to coordinate a new health-related exhibit at the El Campo Museum of Natural History.
The “End Polio Now” exhibit begins Tuesday, Jan. 20 and runs through Saturday, March 14.
“We have on display an iron lung, a walk-through informational photo display and an animated booklet for the children,” Museum Director Cheri McGuirk said inviting all to the exhibit.
Disease prevention and treatment is one of Rotary International’s main focus of interest, with the eradication of polio at the top of the list.
“In fact in 1985, RI took the lead in the fight to eradicate polio which is now in the final stages,” said El Campo Rotary President Sherry Roddy.
“This is an exhibit to enlighten generations of people about the devastating effects of polio and how they can help wipe it from the earth for good.”
“Polio was eradicated from the United States years ago, but it remains prevalent in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan today. Reintroduction to the U.S is a simple airplane ride away,” said Roddy.
Each year, Rotary sponsored school organizations, Interact and EarlyAct, participate in the “Pennies For Polio” campaign.
Through exposure to this exhibit, the sponsors hope children get a clearer picture of how important those pennies are.
“Each penny that is raised, is matched by the local Rotary Club,” Roddy said, adding Rotary International then matches that amount and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation then doubles the match, 2 for 1. So one penny turns out to be 12 cents.”
An average single dose of the oral polio drops costs between 11 and 14 cents, Roddy added, so one penny pays for one dose.
“It (the exhibit) helps kids see what their pennies do,” McGuirk said.
Roddy found an iron lung through an online auction site.
“I found an iron lung on Craig’s List for $3,000,” Roddy said. “When I called to inquire about borrowing or renting the apparatus, the seller told me someone else was also interested and had first choice.”
Upon further questioning, Roddy was able to contact the buyer, Michael Riddle Jr., a doctor and founder of The Riddle Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
“Riddle had previously received an iron lung unit donated by a Houston Rotary Club,” the president said.
“He then spent $15,000 to completely rebuild it because it was headed to the scrap heap.”
Riddle agreed to rent the machine to the Rotary Club for it’s exhibit.
“It’s probably the best functioning iron lung in the world,” Riddle commented. “It is completely restored - every nut and bolt.”
At the Riddle Institute, the machines will aide research in creating organs such as lungs, tracheae, livers and hopefully kidneys.
“I originally bought and restored the iron lung to make a special negative pressure pump to use with an incubator to grow lungs,” Riddle said. “Engineered lungs are more fragile. The institute is looking at potentially using it with a pig transplant.
The iron lung would be used to ventilate the pig once the transplant to complete”, he said, adding they hope to perform the experiment this summer.
The exhibit is sponsored by Rotary Club of El Campo, The Riddle Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Memorial Hermann Medical Group, El Campo Elks Lodge 1749, and El Campo Museum of Natural History.
 
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Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Jan 08, 2015

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Rotary Club is seeking sponsors for the March 12, 2015 fundraiser at the Civic Center. This event is one of the most highly attended events in Wharton County, with over 1000 guests each year. Your support is needed to underwrite the cost of the event.

With the success of our annual fundraiser, Rotary has been able to make a positive impact in our community with recent donations to many causes, including Early Act and Interact programs in ECISD, the El Campo Heritage Center, the Crisis Center, the Boys & Girls Club, scholarships for ECISD graduates, and many more. In addition to the various causes, our Club also chooses a local project that will benefit from the majority of the funds raised at this annual event. Our current focus is the New El Campo Little League Baseball/Softball Complex.

Please consider one of the sponsorships below. Thank you for your support!

$ 1,000 Event Sponsor
Includes exclusive recognition as key event underwriter on event marketing materials, 1 reserved table, 8 meal tickets, 2 sheets of bait bucket raffle tickets and your preferred beverage and set-ups.

$ 500 Corporate Sponsor
Includes 1 reserved table, 8 meal tickets, and recognition for sponsorship in the printed event program.

Seeking Sponsors for Annual Fundraiser, March 12. Trista Lauritsen 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
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We inducted our first new member of 2015 this week. Monica Carroll, District Executive for Brahmann Dist., Sam Houston Area Council, is sponsored by Kyle Smith. Welcome to the family of Rotary, Monica!

New Member, Monica Carroll Trista Lauritsen 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rev. John McCord Presented "The Dreaded Sign of Life and Its Antidote" Trista Lauritsen 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Paul Sherland for the informative presentation on "Three Tactics to Market Your Business Online Now and in 2020”.

Paul Sherland Discusses Marketing Tactics Trista Lauritsen 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Oct 27, 2014

ImagePINTS FOR POLIO - BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1-30

Purchase a 16 oz pilsner glass for $20 from any participating establishment during their designated Pints for Polio hour and drink your favorite brew for 5 cents a glass.  100% of the proceeds will be matched by the Bill Gates Foundation - 2 to 1 match!

Participating Establishments:

  • Pincher's - Tuesdays 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Britt's Bar and Grill - Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sunnyside Saloon - Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Greek Brothers - Thursdays 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
  • Wild Hibiscus - Nov 5-8 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST POLIO

Pints for Polio Announced Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
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We are thrilled to announce our newest member was inducted yesterday: Linda Joy Stovall. Linda Joy is sponsored by Terry Stanphill. Welcome to the family of Rotary, Linda Joy!

Linda Joy Stovall New Member Induction Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Jay Stanka for the program on the works of HUMANI (a magazine for medical humanitarians) and the Austere Medical Program (http://www.austeremedicine.com/). Jay has over 23 years of combined military and government contracting experience, including the Marine Corps Reconnaissance and the Army Special Forces Reserves and National Guard. He has extensive training in medicine, anti-terrorism, and languages, and he now trains medical humanitarian workers what to expect and how to thrive in the 3rd world and emergency situations.

Jay Stanka Presents Information on HUMANI Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Diane Pavey with the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council for the presentation on the Girl Scout Camp being built in the Nada area.

 
Diane Pavey Updates Us On Girl Scout Camp Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Peter Johnston for the program on the "Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions and Beyond". Peter shared the Rotary ideals and code of conduct, asked some thought-provoking questions and had our club brainstorming on our accomplishments and potential areas for growth.

Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Lisa Faith Massey inducted our new member, Daniel LaBruyere, Asst. District Attorney.  Daniel is sponsored by Terry Stanphill.

Welcome New Member Daniel LaBruyere Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Lisa Faith Massey presented Mindi Snyder with a diamond lapel pin for achieving the Foundation Major Donor Level 1 status. This signifies her personal commitment and substantial donations to the Rotary Foundation thereby promoting international understanding and peace. Congratulations, Mindi!

 
Mindi Snyder Receives Major Donor Pin Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
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We were honored to have our District Governor Lisa Faith Massey lead our meeting as part of her "official visit" to our club. Lisa shared her history as a Rotarian, her vision and goals for this year as District Governor, and commended our club for the successes in our membership drive and our camaraderie and fellowship as a team.

Lisa also presented our President, Sherry Roddy with a guitar to decorate as an auction item for the District Conference in New Orleans in April 2015.

District Governor Official Visit Trista Lauritsen 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to 2014 Paul Harris Fellow recipients, Chandra Spenrath and Shawn Freeman. Standing alongside them is our Club Rotary Foundation Chair and Paul Harris Society Member, Mindi Snyder. Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational programs.

Congratulations to 2014 Paul Harris Fellow Recipients Trista Lauritsen 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Mindi Snyder Shares Details About the Rotary Foundation Trista Lauritsen 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Sep 23, 2014

ImageDid you know? In 1951, the Rotary Club of El Campo started the first Summer Youth Program for Special Needs Children. Bob Meisel was chairman. This is just one of the many projects that Rotary has done in our community since chartering in 1939.

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Denim and Diamonds Raffle ends Oct. 11 Sherry Roddy 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Heritage Center Benefit Raffle Sherry Roddy 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Donoritaville Blood Drive Returns Sherry Roddy 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Sep 15, 2014

ImageDid you know? In 1950, Rotary Club of El Campo began the Junior Rotarian Program. Currently there are several Rotarians who were active Junior Rotarians in high school. This is just one of the many projects that Rotary has done in our community since chartering in 1939.

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Interested in hosting a "Block Party" for National Night Out? The event is Tuesday, October 7. Mark Biskup is the coordinator and can be reached at the Police Department. Contact him for more information. 979-543-5311 http://natw.org/

National Night Out Coming Soon Trista Lauritsen 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
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We enjoyed a visit from our Asst. District Governor, Tom Crayton and our District Membership Chair, Alicia Casias. Tom shared his story about his Rotary moments, when he witnessed first-hand the power of Rotary and Alicia discussed some of the top 20 reasons to join Rotary. They are pictured with our President, Sherry Roddy. http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5890/3927/HTML/230428//20ReasonstoJoinRotary.pdf

Asst. District Governor and Membership Chair Visit Trista Lauritsen 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Tremendous thanks to Tamara Rodriguez, M.Ed., Continuing Education Corporate Coordinator at Wharton County Junior College, for the presentation on employee training grants for small businesses.

Employee Training Grants for Small Businesses Trista Lauritsen 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Sporting Clay Benefit Shoot Sherry Roddy 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Mark Pool, Superintendent ECISD, and David Bright, Assistant Superintendent for Finance, for the informative presentation on the Campus Facilities Improvement Plan and proposed funding.

Campus Facilities Improvement Plan Trista Lauritsen 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Donoritaville Blood Drive Sherry Roddy 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Today we welcomed two new members - Jordan Gresham, sponsored by team 3 member, Chip Jenkins, and Steve Zetsche, sponsored by Marauder Team member, Chris Barbee;

New Members to the Family of Rotary Trista Lauritsen 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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A very warm welcome to our new members: Mary Arrendondo, sponsored by Wesley Lange and Mark Biskup, sponsored by Terry Stanphil. Welcome to the family of Rotary!

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Thank you to Mindi Snyder, City Manager, for the excellent program, "Life, Well Run", which is the ICMA's (International City/County Management Association) material revealing what the local municipal government does for its citizens and the role of a Professional City Manager in the day-to-day operations of the city. She reviewed current city projects and highlighted the efforts and accomplishments of her staff.

Mindi Snyder, City Manager, shares "Life, Well Run" Trista Lauritsen 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Dr. David P. Stapenhorst for the informative presentation on skin cancer. He discussed types, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Dr. Stapenhorst is a plastic surgeon with Memorial Hermann Medical Group. His primary office is in Sugar Land and he also visits patients in Wharton.

Dr. David P. Stapenhorst discusses skin cancer Trista Lauritsen 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Jul 23, 2014

We had an excellent program yesterday with "Cool Jazz" by Charles Herring on sax and Demetrius Hollins on keyboard. Here is a snippet of what we enjoyed.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=802115716489343&set=vb.124459000921688&type=2&theater

 

Cool Jazz by Charles Herring and Demetruis Hollins Trista Lauritsen 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Great program by Austin Viktorin who shared his story about his participation in the Lone Star Leadership Academy Camp, sponsored by the Rotary Club of El Campo and Dr. Ross Anderson. Lone Star Leadership Academy Camp is offered to outstanding 4th-8th graders and participants travel to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio or Houston/Galveston to develop leadership skills and experience what they are learning in school through visits to significant Texas sites. In the photo, Austin is pictured with his mom, Charlene Viktorin.

Austin Viktorin shares details about his time at the Lone Star Leadership Academy Camp Trista Lauritsen 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Huge thank you to Gary Williamson and Justin Soza with the El Campo Police Department for the discussion and live demo of a Taser Electronic Control device. Sgt Soza explained the details of how the taser works and Asst. Chief Williamson took one for the team! Gary was tasered, while being held by Chief Terry Stanphill and Community Services Officer Mark Biskup in what he described as "a long five seconds."

Gary Williamson and Justin Soza discuss and demonstrate the Taser Trista Lauritsen 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill for the insightful program on the El Campo Police Department. Chief Stanphill shared the history, staffing, training, and responsibilities, etc. of the department. Chief Stanphill is striving to achieve "Recognized" status from the Texas Police Chiefs Association, whereby the department has to achieve and demonstrate compliance with 170+ Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices.

Police Chief Terry Stanphill Reports on the Police Department Trista Lauritsen 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you so much to Sanah Jivani for sharing her truly inspirational story. Sanah was diagnosed with Alopecia (a hair loss condition) at age 3 and by 7th grade, her condition worsened and she hit an all-time low. She shared how she recognized that she needed to make a change and how she overcame her struggles. From her website, "My true beauty came from letting go of my insecurities and loving myself – and that is when I realized the power of being natural." She is currently a senior at Klein Collins High School in Spring. She founded "Natural Day", an international movement that takes place on February 13, a day to love yourself as you are. To learn more about Sanah and her story, visit her website. http://www.internationalnaturalday.com/

Sanah Jivani Shares Her Inspirational Story Trista Lauritsen 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Super program by Katrese Skinner, ECHS Speech/Debate teacher, and One Act Play Director. In UIL competition this year, El Campo high students performed very well! One of her students, Matthew Graff, was on-hand to give his Student Congressional Debate speech. Matthew is competing in the National Student Congressional Debate competition this summer. Good luck Matt! In addition, the ECHS One Act Play team advanced to State for the first time in school history. Great job!

Katrese Skinner discusses One Act Play and Speech/Debate Competition Trista Lauritsen 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Update on Tenaris Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Bill Garth with Indeck Energy gave a presentation regarding their proposal to build a gas driven electric peaked plant near Danevang. Many questions were asked by attendees regarding tax incentives, employment numbers, local property tax impacts, capital investment, environmental impact, water usage, noise and possible emissions, etc.

Indeck Energy Discusses Plant Near Danevang Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Mindi Snyder honored her niece, graduating senior Paxton Lutringer, with a Paul Harris Fellow. This Paul Harris fellow is in recognition of Mindi's $1000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in Paxton's name as a thank you for all of her time helping with our Rotary Exchange Students.

Mindi Snyder Honors Niece with Paul Harris Fellow Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
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2014 El Campo High School Rotary Scholarship recipients.

Front row l-r: Kaycie Capak, Alexis Crowell, Kari Wilkins, Lauren Herrman, Taylor Fuechec, Ally Thonsgaard. Back row, l-r: Benjamin DuFour, Paxton Lutringer, Ross Curran, Erin Niemeier.

Rotary Scholarship Recipients Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Doug and Beth Reed of Lavaca Bluffs Winery for the terrific program today. As former educators, they "aspire to honor this rich Texas Gulf Coast history through story labels and quality wine worth of the legacy and history of the area". For details, http://lavacabluffs.com/

Lavaca Bluffs Winery Presentation Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Excellent program today by Glen Frels, "turning a lifelong hobby into a business". He brought his UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), a quadcopter mounted with a GoPro camera, and explained how he operates it for aerial video and still photography, and showed a demo video.

Glen Frels presents "Turning a Lifelong Hobby into a Business" Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Michael Petter for the presentation on "Fatal Errors in Retirement Planning" during today's meeting!

"Fatal Errors in Retirement Planning" Trista Lauritsen 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Great program from Angelina Brown-Hudson with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Greater Houston. Their mission is to improve the lives of all persons affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy.

Angelina Brown-Hudson with NAMI Trista Lauritsen 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you Alan Alatkovic, left and Matt Hernandez, right with the Houston Astros for being the awesome Rotary program today.
Alan is the Director of Season Ticket Services.
Karen Meinardus, center, is a lifetime season ticket holder of the Astros. Way to go Karen!

Suprise Guest Speaker! Trista Lauritsen 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Great program and delicious ice cream from our friends at the "Little Creamery in Brenham". Thank you to Larry Gibbs, Blue Bell Regional Manager, for sharing the history of Blue Bell and providing dessert, a refreshing serving of their best-selling Homemade Vanilla ice cream.
Larry Gibbs discusses Blue Bell history and updates Trista Lauritsen 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Stephen Goetsch, Pct 3 Wharton County Commissioner, for the updates on county activities during last week's meeting.
Stephen Goetsch shares county news Trista Lauritsen 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Walter Branson, Rotarian from Lake Jackson, shared stories of the Guerrero Medical Clinic in Chihuahua City, Mexico.   Walter is the Director of the clinic that provides eye and dental care to indigent people in Mexico.   Two five-day clinics take place each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Care reaches people in need throughout approximately 60% of the state of Chihuahua.  A group of Rotarians and other volunteers are headed to the clinic 3/25/14 - 3/30/14 to give of their time and talents, helping those in need.  For more information, take a look at the website: http://guerreroclinic.org/
Walter Branson discusses Guerrero Medical Clinic Trista Lauritsen 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Mar 12, 2014

Jodie Socha and Cindy Blaha presented an informative program on the history (35+ years) of the Wharton County Youth Fair and brought us back up to our current time with the location in Crescent, Texas. Cindy told us about some of the new events planned for this year's event and reminded Rotarians and guests of the importance and the economic impact on Wharton county youth for scholarships, not to mention the leadership skills they learn through FFA and some of the other programs. It's a great reminder each year and something we should not take for granted! Thanks to all of the volunteers and local citizens who participate unselfishly of their time and resources, and make it happen despite the challenges of weather and other things!

Wharton County Youth Fair Trista Lauritsen 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Gordon Sorrel for the program last Thursday on the Wharton County Community Foundation. Their mission is to meet the needs and enhance the quality of life in Wharton County through grants to charitable organizations. For more information, http://whartonccf.org/
Wharton County Community Foundation Trista Lauritsen 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to Ann Strarup for the program today about Helping Hands Ministry of El Campo. Helping Hands Ministry is a local 501(c)3 organization that serves to help the economically disadvantaged. Helping Hands completely furnished 5 houses in 2013 and helped numerous families with housing repairs, transportation, etc. Helping Hands relies strictly on donations and fund raisers. For more information, you can email astrarup@yahoo.com.
Ann Strarup discusses Helping Hands Ministry of El Campo Trista Lauritsen 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of El Campo began supporting the Women's Crisis Center in 1997 by collecting toys or money from members for the displaced children of families being served by the Center. Rotarian Donald McDonald was chairman of the project, serving under then president Rick Davis. The club continues to support the Center to this day with Rotarians Lance Lurker and Kyle Smith, who deliver between 60-100 wrapped toys, along with money, clothing and other needed items. Pictured above are Rotarians, Jennifer Svetlik, Trista Lauritsen and Mindi Snyder, directors; Dana Foster, Sgt.-at-Arms; Crisis Center Executive Director JoAnne Shimek; Chandra Spenrath, Rotary president; J.j. Croix, immediate past president; P.J. Herrmann, treasurer and Sherry Roddy, president-elect.

El Campo Club Sends Toys/Support to Women's Crisis Center for 16th year Sherry Roddy 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Roddy on Jan 16, 2014

Rotarians in District 5890 are participating in two international projects during the 2014 District Convention, which will be held May 1-4 in Cozumel. Centro de Autismo Cozumel is dedicated to the diagnostic and treatment of children with Autism and Center of Hearing and Speech "Manos y Voces, whose primary objective is to promote the early detection of the loss of hearing, make hearing aids available and provide the proper hearing and speech therapy, including sign language. Rotary Club of El Campo members passed-the-hat to raise $1,000 toward the project, which will be presented at the District Convention. Pictured are Rotarians, Jennifer Svetlik, director; Sherry Roddy, president-elect; Mindi Snyder, New Generations director; Dana Foster, Sgt.-at-Arms; P.J. Herrmann, treasurer; Chandra Spenrath, president; J.J. Croix, immediately past president; and Trista Lauritsen, director.

 


E Campo Club supports District 5890 Convention Projects Sherry Roddy 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Roddy on Jan 16, 2014
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The Rotary Club of El Campo recently contributed $3,000 to the Children's Resale Store that will be benefiting CASA of Matagorda and Wharton counties. It is a joint project with Bay City and Palacios Rotary Clubs. CASA services both Wharton and Matagorda counties and currently serve 70+ children who have been either abused or neglected and are in foster homes, residential treatment centers or group homes. Pictured above, l-r, are Rotarians Jennifer Svetlik, Mindi Snyder, Beryl Southall (Rotarian and CASA Executive Director), Russell Rasmussen, PJ Herrmann, Dana Foster, Trista Lauritsen, J.J. Croix, Sherry Roddy and Chandra Spenrath, president. CASA is in need of volunteers to help advocate these children. CASA contact is Beryl Southall at 979-997-0527

Rotary Club of El Campo Gives $3,000 to CASA Children's Resale Shop Sherry Roddy 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Roddy on Jan 15, 2014
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Rotary Club of El Campo joined forces with Rotary Clubs in their district and across the globe to support the Botswana HIV/AIDS with Baylor Pediatric Aids Initiative by donating $2,000 through a Global Matching Grant, which will yield an $8,000 donation, once matched on all levels. The Botswana Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence (COE) is a partnership between the Government of Botswana and the Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI).  The COE provides free of charge, state-of-the-art paediatric HIV care, treatment and support to children and their families throughout Botswana.  These services include: Screening Clinic, Paediatric Infectious Disease Clinic (PIDC), Family Model Clinic, Adolescent Programme, Outreach and In-reach services, Training, Research and Psychosocial Interventions.  Today, over 4,000 children in Botswana receive care and treatment at the COE in Gaborone or at one of its affiliated outreach sites. Pictured, l-r, are Rotarians Jennifer Svetlik, director; Dana Foster, Sgt.-at-Arms;  Mindi Snyder, New Generations director; P.J. Herrmann, treasurer; J.J. Croix, immediately past president; Trista Lauritsen, director; Chandra Spenrath, president and Sherry Roddy, president-elect.

Botswana HIV/AIDS/Baylor Children's Centre receives funds from El Campo Club Sherry Roddy 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Roddy on Jan 15, 2014

 

Rotary Club of El Campo joined forces with Rotary Clubs in their district and across the globe to support the Botswana HIV/AIDS with Baylor Pediatric Aids Initiative by donating $2,000 through a Global Matching Grant, which will yield an $8,000 donation, once matched on all levels. The Botswana Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence (COE) is a partnership between the Government of Botswana and the Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI).  The COE provides free of charge, state-of-the-art paediatric HIV care, treatment and support to children and their families throughout Botswana.  These services include: Screening Clinic, Paediatric Infectious Disease Clinic (PIDC), Family Model Clinic, Adolescent Programme, Outreach and In-reach services, Training, Research and Psychosocial Interventions.  Today, over 4,000 children in Botswana receive care and treatment at the COE in Gaborone or at one of its affiliated outreach sites. Pictured, l-r, are Rotarians Jennifer Svetlik, director; Dana Foster, Sgt.-at-Arms;  Mindi Snyder, New Generations director; P.J. Herrmann, treasurer; J.J. Croix, immediately past president; Trista Lauritsen, director; Chandra Spenrath, president and Sherry Roddy, president-elect.

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Botswana HIV/AIDS/Baylor Children's Centre receives funds from El Campo Club Sherry Roddy 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
John Schmermund introduced Celeste Harrison, CEO of MEHOP, Matagorda Episcopal Hospital Outreach Program Trista Lauritsen 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Dec 18, 2013
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The El Campo High School Choir, led by Choir Director Stanley Petrisky, entertained us with Christmas carols and the Star-Spangled Banner today. Fantastic job by a great group of kids!
El Campo High School Choir Concert Trista Lauritsen 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Dec 04, 2013
Our guest speaker today was Shane McAuliffe, Emmy-award winning host of The Texas Bucket List. He hails from the Bryan-College Station area but has made it a point to visit all eclectic and interesting sites around the state, especially where invited. We look forward to a return visit in a few months and another program. They are on a perpetual search to locate and consume THE best burger in Texas!! Today, after our meeting they visited the El Campo BigGame Wildlife Museum and the Danish museum in Danevang. That piece should run in mid-February, KPRC Ch. 2, airs at 5:30 am!! Thanks to Cheryl Roitsch, today's program chairperson. BTW, Shane visited Germany with a Rotary Group Study Exchange team. He commented the liquid refreshment there was "better than average"!
Shane McAuliffe, Emmy-award winning host of The Texas Bucket List Trista Lauritsen 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Nov 20, 2013
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We were honored to have Wayne Staton as our guest speaker Thursday. Wayne is the 2013-14 Polio Plus Chairman for our district and is a polio survivor who shared his inspirational story. The world is now 99% polio-free, but we need help to finish the fight. If we don't finish the fight now, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by polio in the next 40 years. Wayne asked Rotarians to join him in sharing the message, "Will you give me $1 to end polio?". Every $1 raised is matched by private foundations and becomes $3! Just 60 cents will protect a child for life. For more information, http://www.endpolio.org/
Wayne Staton, Polio-Plus Chairman Shares Polio Eradication Update Trista Lauritsen 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Brent Bubela discusses El Campo Field of Dreams Trista Lauritsen 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Nov 06, 2013
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Richard Morrison, Fort Bend County Commissioner, joined us Thursday to discuss growth in the Fort Bend area, I-69, the ongoing development with the Kendleton switch yard and water issues.
Richard Morrison, Ft. Bend County Commissioner Trista Lauritsen 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Oct 30, 2013
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At our meeting Thursday, Michael Strotheide, EDC Director for Matagorda County and Debbie Morris, Port of Palacios Director provided a presentation on recent economic and industrial activity in Matagorada County.
Matagorda County Economic Activity Trista Lauritsen 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Wharton County Judge Spenrath discusses new fiscal year Trista Lauritsen 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Oct 09, 2013
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Today two randomly selected teams vied for the title "Rotary 101 Jeopardy Champion" Thank you to emcee, J.J. Croix , and participants, Cori Radley, Cheri McGuirk, Ed Erwin, Richard Young, Wesley Lange, and Dana Foster. It was an even match, but team Young, Lange and Foster pulled out a victory with the Final Jeopardy question. Thanks for participating and for the laughs!
Rotary 101 Jeopardy Trista Lauritsen 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Oct 02, 2013
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Thank you to Paul Sherland, with IX Brand SEO Services Company, for the presentation on "Search Engine Optimization", Internet Tips for Small Business Marketing in 2013. Paul discussed the history of Internet Marketing since 1998 and gave us valuable tips to creating an online presence today.
Internet Tips for Small Business Marketing Trista Lauritsen 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Sep 25, 2013
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Thanks to Coach Bob Gillis and the 2013 Ricebird Varsity football team for joining us this week. Coach Gillis introduced the players and discussed the season. The Ricebird's next game is against Bellville next Friday, Oct. 4. Go 'Birds!
Bob Gillis presents the 2013 Ricebird Varsity Football Team Trista Lauritsen 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Sep 18, 2013
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Thank you to Brady Peterson for his interesting discussion on his recent backpacking adventure.  Brady and his brother went on a 10 day, 120 mile trek in July "thru-hiking" (without a supply drop) along the Wind River Range in Wyoming. He shared his adventures and the amazing vistas with photos and video and shared his tremendous passion for hiking. What an adventure!

Brady Peterson presents "Backpacking the Wind River Range" Trista Lauritsen 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Sep 11, 2013
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Thank you to Game Warden, Scott Blackburn for the educational presentation on Game Warden duties, the information on mountain lions, and the updates to 2013 hunting regulations.
Game Warden Scott Blackburn shares information Trista Lauritsen 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trista Lauritsen on Aug 01, 2013
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Congratulations to the 2013 Margarita Cup winners, Captain Randy Clapp and the Polasek Construction Team. Second place was, defending champion, Shawn Freeman’s team, followed by Captains, Ed Erwin, Ralph Gold, Koeki Willis, 2010 Champion J.J. Croix, Dick Ottis, Billy Rioux and Randy Collins, respectively.
Winner of the First annual Margarita Cup Captain Confidence Raffle was Tyler Williams. Ironically, Williams was also on the winning team. The pot raised $2,500. Williams won half with the remaining going to the Club.
Congratulations to the 2013 Margarita Cup Winners Trista Lauritsen 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Margarita Cup Fishing Tournament Sherry Roddy 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Officer/Director Installation & Social Sherry Roddy 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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34th Annual El Campo Rotary Seafood Dinner and Benefit Auction Sherry Roddy 0
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The Rotary Club of El Campo has reached out to Bolivia, South America by donating $3,000 to the Aqua Tuya Water Project through the Rotary International Foreign Relief program. Aqua Tuya is a civil engineering firm in the area of Cochabamba, Bolivia that specializes in water and sanitation projects that provide safe drinking water and proper sanitation to the poorest of areas in Bolivia. Rotary members, pictured left-right include: P.J. Herrmann, treasurer, Diane Hill, District 5890 assistant governor, Jennifer Svetlik, sgt.-at-arms; Chandra Spenrath, president-elect 2013-2014; Richard Kerzee, immediately past president and Sherry Roddy, secretary.

Rotary Club of El Campo, Texas Arms Reaching To South America Sherry Roddy 0
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The El Campo Rotary Club presented the El Campo Little League Association board with a check for $325,000 as the first payment of the club’s $550,000 commitment toward their new baseball/softball complex. This money comes from several years of fundraisers. Pictured left to right are: Little Leaque board members Kelly Garner, JaLynn Kocurek, Brent Bubela, Bryan Rasmussen, Pat Krpec, Little League president; Rotarians Keith Rioux,  J.J. Croix, president, Scott Rod, Scott Blackburn, P.J. Herrmann, treasurer, Sherry Roddy, secretary, Richard Kerzee, ex-officio and fundraiser chairman and William Key.

Rotary Club of El Campo Awards $325,000 to EC Little League Sherry Roddy 0
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Local scholarships, one of the many projects to benefit from the Rotary Club of El Campo's annual fundraiser, were presented to 10 high school seniors recently. Each recipient was presented a $750 scholarship to the college of their choosing. Pictured left to right are: Tyler Rasmussen, son of Russell and Elizabeth; Savannah Stockton, daughter of Kenneth and Susan; Benjamine Haas, son of Milton "Bo" and Jennifer; J.J. Croix, Rotary 2012-2013 president; Hannah Weinheimer, daughter of Ed and Lisa; Pedro Hernandez, son of Alfredo and Maria Vargas; Angel Rodriguez, daughter of Paul and Kristie and Jimmie Triska, Rotary scholarship committee chairman. Not pictured are Samantha Counts, Stephen Gaines, Montray Johnson and Tim Pflughaupt.

Rotary Club of El Campo Awards $7,500 In Local Scholarships Sherry Roddy 0
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