Rotary Club of Southlake

Rotary Connects the World

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Southlake, TX  76092
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Southlake Rotary Club’s announces Marjorie Herrera Lewis as it’s "Rotarian of the Quarter" -- 2nd Quarter of 2019
 
 
 
Under the auspices of the 2019-20 Rotary International’s presidential theme, “Rotary Connects the World,” the Southlake Rotary Club began a program to recognize each quarter a "Southlake Rotarian of the Quarter," one who best exemplifies the "Rotary Connects the World" theme. With the theme of ‘connection’ to our communities and helping those in need at the heart of each Rotarian’s commitment, the Board of the Southlake Rotary choose Marjorie Herrera Lewis, inducted into our Club on December 7, 2018, as our second quarter “Southlake Rotarian of the Quarter.” 
 
Marjorie Herrera Lewis, an accomplished sports writer and novelist, recently published her historical novel When the Men Were Gone, set in WWII and chronicling the first female football coach in the state of Texas, Tylene Wilson! Based on a true story, When the Men Were Gone is a powerful and vibrant novel of perseverance and personal courage under severe oppression. Marjorie generously donated every cent of her per-book royalties (about $1/book) for books sold between January 14-20 to the Rotary Literacy Program, raising $500 for the Rotary Literacy Program. A BIG THANK YOU to Marjorie for her generosity AND for her wonderful book.  You can order the book online here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-the-men-w…/1127273390… #wearerotary.
 
Marjorie exemplifies the values of Rotary, including service above self, fellowship, leadership, and the passion for diversity and understanding. She has shared her gift of writing, her thinking, her time, and her awesome talent to our club and in support of our community and world. Marjorie also exemplifies a Member who selflessly DOES for the Club with no intent for accolades or recognition.
 
Marjorie has a lifelong passion for sports.  She wrote for many newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas Morning News.  She even becoming a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys at age 29.  Throughout her career, Marjorie covered college and professional sports, including the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks, as well as tennis and golf.  She also covered the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and several college bowl games. While writing When the Men Were Gone, Marjorie even tried her hand at coaching football and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff!!!! She presently teaches media ethics as a university professor at the University of North Texas.
 
Marjorie has received numerous reviews lauding her book including in Sports Illustrated and the D Magazine. There is already a contract for the movie rights!!!! We give a big SHOUT OUT to Marge and her well-deserved success in this endeavor!!!  Please join us in congratulating Marjorie on her recognition as our “Rotarian Connects the World” Advocate for the 2nd Quarter of 2019.
 
 
 

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Southlake Rotary Club’s announces Marjorie Herrera Lewis as it’s "Rotarian of the Quarter" -- 2nd Quarter of 2019
 
 
 
Under the auspices of the 2019-20 Rotary International’s presidential theme, “Rotary Connects the World,” the Southlake Rotary Club began a program to recognize each quarter a "Southlake Rotarian of the Quarter," one who best exemplifies the "Rotary Connects the World" theme. With the theme of ‘connection’ to our communities and helping those in need at the heart of each Rotarian’s commitment, the Board of the Southlake Rotary choose Marjorie Herrera Lewis, inducted into our Club on December 7, 2018, as our second quarter “Southlake Rotarian of the Quarter.” 
 
Marjorie Herrera Lewis, an accomplished sports writer and novelist, recently published her historical novel When the Men Were Gone, set in WWII and chronicling the first female football coach in the state of Texas, Tylene Wilson! Based on a true story, When the Men Were Gone is a powerful and vibrant novel of perseverance and personal courage under severe oppression. Marjorie generously donated every cent of her per-book royalties (about $1/book) for books sold between January 14-20 to the Rotary Literacy Program, raising $500 for the Rotary Literacy Program. A BIG THANK YOU to Marjorie for her generosity AND for her wonderful book.  You can order the book online here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-the-men-w…/1127273390… #wearerotary.
 
Marjorie exemplifies the values of Rotary, including service above self, fellowship, leadership, and the passion for diversity and understanding. She has shared her gift of writing, her thinking, her time, and her awesome talent to our club and in support of our community and world. Marjorie also exemplifies a Member who selflessly DOES for the Club with no intent for accolades or recognition.
 
Marjorie has a lifelong passion for sports.  She wrote for many newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas Morning News.  She even becoming a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys at age 29.  Throughout her career, Marjorie covered college and professional sports, including the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks, as well as tennis and golf.  She also covered the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and several college bowl games. While writing When the Men Were Gone, Marjorie even tried her hand at coaching football and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff!!!! She presently teaches media ethics as a university professor at the University of North Texas.
 
Marjorie has received numerous reviews lauding her book including in Sports Illustrated and the D Magazine. There is already a contract for the movie rights!!!! We give a big SHOUT OUT to Marge and her well-deserved success in this endeavor!!!  Please join us in congratulating Marjorie on her recognition as our “Rotarian Connects the World” Advocate for the 2nd Quarter of 2019.
 
We have an update from our Global Scholar, Danny Vegel.  Danny graduated from Carroll High School in Southlake and subsequently graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2017.  His mother, father and older brother are also US Naval Academy graduates  Here is the latest from Danny:
 

I just wanted to update you on the past two weeks. I had a great time attending the Rotary District Conference the previous weekend! District 1130 brought in some great speakers and chose a great location by the ocean. I had fantastic time meeting all the Rotarians based in London and interacting with the other Rotary Scholars at the conference. Unfortunately I did not meet anyone from the Hammersmith Club. Nevertheless, I was able to secure a chance to present to the Enfield Rotary Club in November! I have also enjoyed the chance to meet Rotarians at my host club. Stella Russell took great care of us at the conference. Last night, I also had a great time grabbing dinner with my councilor Anil Dhiri. Overall, it's been a great two weeks of Rotary events and meetings! On a separate topic, would it be possible to visit the Southlake Rotary Club during Christmas break? I plan to be home from December 17th to 28th. I would love to come visit on the 21st or 28th if there are meetings!

Very respectfully,

Danny Vegel

 
Please come to our meeting today at noon to hear from Danny Vegel, Rotary Global Scholar, who has spent the past year studying in Beijing, China. This fine young man will be telling us all about his incredible adventure and giving us a firsthand glimpse at one way that Rotary—and our club in particular—is promoting greater cross-cultural understanding. 
 
OUR NEW VISION STATEMENT: Why Should You Care?
 

By Stephanie A. Urchick, chair of Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee

We are now more than a year into the process of revisiting Rotary’s strategic plan, a process that will allow us to examine our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in order to move the organization in a direction that will allow Rotary to thrive in the years ahead. Our new vision statement is the first lap in that three-year journey.

You may have seen the vision statement and wondered what its relevance is to you. If Rotary were a ship approaching land, our new vision statement would be the lighthouse that keeps us from running aground. Our vision statement explains what we want to achieve, in the same way that our mission statement explains our focus, and our strategic plan represents how we are going to get there.

Strategic planning is a process, not an event. And it is certainly not limited to activity conducted in the board room. Almost 30,000 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and alumni participated in the 2017 triennial strategic planning survey sent out last January. Our strategy office and our consultant partner, Grant Thornton, then conducted countless focus groups, in-depth interviews, and discussions with Rotarians, non-Rotarians, Rotary leaders, alumni, Rotaractors, and others to gather more insight. Over the course of all these sessions, more than one million individuals had an opportunity to provide input.

Out of these focus groups, different elements emerged that were then tested around the world to be sure they were culturally appropriate to both a Rotarian and non-Rotarian audience. These elements became our 24-word vision statement.

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

President-elect Barry Rassin did a masterful job of unpacking the vision statement to incoming district governors and other leaders at the 2018 International Assembly in January. More and more leaders and members are having a chance to see and hear the vision statement and think about how these words reflect the impact we wish to have on the world.

Entering the second year of the process, we will begin to test “priority concepts” that will move Rotary toward our vision statement. These concepts are being tested in every part of the world through additional focus groups, to ensure these concepts resonate in all geographies, all languages, and all cultures. In the third year, the rubber will hit the road. Strategies and tactics will be created and approved, and districts and clubs will be asked to try them and give us feedback.

Why is all this important? Let’s look at Amazon, a great example of the power of strategic planning. Amazon was the very first company to endorse free shipping. Amazon, researchers have noted, rose to power not by inventing a new product or service, but by analyzing the entire industry and making multiple moves into the future, much like a chess game.

Our three year-process allows for many checkpoints along the way to determine if we are still on the right track, if external or internal aspects have changed, and if a response to these changes requires altering our trajectory. When the strategic plan finally rolls out two years from now, there will be more than one million people who — because they had input — can say, “I helped shape that plan.”

What would we like you to do? Share the vision statement with your fellow club members. Think about what it means to your club. And look for opportunities to give your input into our strategic planning process. Help us chart a course for taking action to create lasting change.

 
Awesome Southlake Rotarians at the August 9th Happy Hour at Coal Vines. A very big thank you to Brad Cavnar on taking care of the first round. <3
#wearerotary. Seeking professional guidance and assistance with our club’s goals, organization and activities can be a FUN event, as our Southlake Rotary Club recently discovered. A big THANK YOU to Rotarian Gene Davenport and his awesome team, who helps small clubs like ours develop their strategic planning programs. We are looking forward to presenting a summary of our findings to our club very soon....
Arlin Gold-Stegmair was inducted as President of the Southlake Rotary Club. Service Above Self. #Wearerotary

Everything is going great here in Beijing! I have one more month of class to go and then I have my thesis defense. I should be all finished up with this part of the program by early July! With the end of the semester in sight, it's hard to believe how quickly time has flown by. At this point, I'm comfortably settled into life in Beijing.

 

It's been a great experience making friends with people from all over the world. I've particularly enjoyed getting to know some of the Chinese students better this semester and getting the chance to be more involved with everything that is happening in Beijing. I was able to organize a clothing drive among international students earlier in the year to donate to a local charity. We were able to muster a few bags worth of winter clothes. Hopefully we can organize another one this summer as people are moving out.

 

I've also really enjoyed my classes so far this semester. I am currently taking courses on China and the Global Economy, China's Foreign Policy, East Asia and International Relations, and a Mandarin Chinese course. Given the US-China relationship right now, it is a very fascinating time to be in China and hearing Chinese opinions on everything going on. 

 

In addition, I've was able to get in contact with the London Rotary Club and joined in on one of their meetings in March! It was very cool to join a video chat with so many people from all over the world. I am excited to have been scheduled in for a presentation to them on June 21st! 

 

Please extend my thanks and greetings to everyone at the Southlake Rotary Club! This has been an amazing experience so far and I look forward to seeing everyone again in person when I get back home to Texas. 

 

Sichuan, China

 

On April 13th, we welcomed our newest member, Sarah Meier, to Rotary. Sarah is a Fine Wine Specialist with Republic National Distributing Company, calling on several restaurants and retailers in the Southlake and Mid-Cities area. Sarah and her husband live in Northeast Keller and enjoy spending time with friends, family, and their two pups. She joined Rotary to build stronger ties to her community and practice Rotary’s values daily, putting Service above Self.

 

 

Russell Maryland (3x Super Bowl winner with our Dallas Cowboys – among many other accolades) regaled our club with humorous and encouraging stories from his football life, stories whose lessons transcend football. Thanks again, Russell. How ‘bout that Cowboy!

 

We distributed more than 1,000 dictionaries in 9 elementary schools this year. It was hard to tell who had more fun – the students or the Rotarians.

Thanks to our many generous sponsors and volunteers, Rotary’s 13th Annual DPS Appreciation Event was a huge success. Saturday October 30th, in Southlake Town Square, hundreds of people had fun, while honoring our public servants in the Department of Public Safety.  We joined forces with the City of Southlake to present the DPS Appreciation event in conjunction with National Night Out and Fire Prevention Safety at Southlake Town Square.  

 

 

We awarded $6,000 in scholarships to four children of DPS employees (for a total of $59,000 over last 11 years). Southlake Firefighter/Paramedic, Jay Nunnally, was recognized as the Officer of the Year and received a gift basket filled with gifts and certificates donated by numerous local merchants. More than 400 people ate free burgers, BBQ, hot dogs, and sandwiches. In addition, there were various family-friendly activities, including a balloon artist, face painter, petting zoo, police and fire vehicles and personnel, as well as safety give-aways. 

 

Thank you to everyone who made the Blood Drive a success. Carter Blood Care collected 14 units (which can be used to help save 42 lives) and arranged for more donations.

 

 

 

 

Please join us in thanking our sponsors, including:

Southlake Firefighter/Paramedic, Jay Nunnally, has been selected to receive the DPS officer of the year award. He was selected based on his continued efforts in teaching and mentoring new fire department personnel. Mr. Nunnally is one of Southlake’s EMS Field Training Officers, whose primary task is providing emergency medical education to new fire department members and current employees.
 
 

Danny Vegel (SL Rotary Sponsored Global Scholar) reported on his recent visit to the Beijing Rotary club, emailing that “It was great to meet people from all over the world with a desire to serve others.” Vegal has been busy with orientation and his classes, which recently began.

 

Beijing Rotary Club president, Russell Brown OBE and Southlake Rotary Global Scholar, Danny Vegel, exchange rotary banners.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

Last week we bid adieu to Elena Morata, our exchange student, before she returned to her home in Spain.  This week we will welcome back Rod Hall’s daughter, Emily, who very recently completed a ten-month immersion in Sardinia, Italy.

 

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families. Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

For more information, visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
 
 
Changing of the guard: Out-going President Marshall Ryan hands the gavel to Brandon Fincher.
 
 
Board members John Pichler, Sue Brown, and Arlin Gold.
 
Thank you all for your service to our club!
 

Rotary Global Grant Scholarship recipient Danny Vegel at his graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis on May 26, 2017.

 

 

The Blue Angels flyover started off the program. Thank you, Danny and classmates, for your service to our country.

We are excited to announce that we inducted seven new members on March 17th: Brad Cavnar (insurance), Chris Monroe (insurance), Dana White (lawyer),  Kristina Guzman (residential real estate), Russell Wilkens (realtor), Scott Wicke (financial advisor), and Tonya Cybuski (insurance). 
 
Jim Giffin (Secretary), Brandon Fincher (President Elect), Scott Wicke, Russell Wilkens, Tonya Cybuski, Dana White, and Sue Brown (Treasurer)
 
Welcome all!

We are proud to announce that at the District Conference (May 13), our club was recognized as the Rotary Club of the Year for small clubs.

 

 

There are about 25 clubs in the district that qualify as small clubs. Southlake Rotary was recognized and awarded in almost every category:

 

Vocational Service Award – 1st Place

Foundation Award – 1st Place

Public Image Award – 1st Place

International Service Award – 1st Place

Youth Service Award – 2nd Place

Membership Award – 2nd Place

Club Service Award – 2nd Place

 

Although we don't do it for awards, it’s nice to be recognized by our peers and fellow Rotarians for our achievements. Thanks to the team efforts of our growing membership and others the community, we have been able to accomplish a lot for a small club. With your help, we look forward to accomplishing more in the years to come.

We’re so close to ending polio. Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. Last year, we only saw wild polio cases in three countries. For more on polio and Rotary’s efforts to end polio click here or visit www.endpolio.org.

At our February 10, 2017 meeting, we heard 5 excellent speeches from Southlake high school students who competed in the club level of the 4-Way Test speech contest. Many thanks to these students and their Speech-Debate teacher, David Brown. 

Southlake Rotary and the City of Southlake joined efforts in presenting a successful DPS Appreciation event in conjunction with National Night Out and Fire Prevention Safety this fall.  The evening was filled with food, entertainment, children activities, tours of DPS vehicles, balloon artist, superheroes and more!  

 
The Southlake Rotary Club hosted 3 Rotarians, Toshimitsu Takahashi, Nobuhiro Onodera and Aikihiro Oikawa, from the Sanuma Rotary Club of Tome, Japan May 12-15.  Tome, Japan is also the City of Southlake's Sister City.  Southlake Rotarians hosted a welcome reception at The Marq in Southlake in their honor.  
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Southlake Rotary Club Assembly
May 3, 2019
12:00 pm
Timarron Country Club
 
Southlake Rotary Board Meeting
May 10, 2019
11:00 am
Timarron Country Club
 

 

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Southlake Rotary wins 6 awards at the  2018 District Conference (Small Club category):

1st place International Service

2nd Membership

2nd Club Service

2nd Community Service

3rd Foundation Score

3rd Vocational Service

 

Community Service Projects

Keep Southlake Beautiful Trash Pick-Up
DPS Appreciation Day
Student Scholarships
Salvation Army
Community Store House
Meals on Wheels
Blood Drive
Wine Discovery Fund Raiser
International Exchange Student
Toasty Toes (socks for the homeless/destitute)
 

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Club Service
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Speakers

Upcoming Speakers
Linda “Mama” Gold (Arlin Gold's mother)
Apr 26, 2019 12:00 PM
My Rotary Story
My Rotary Story

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THE NEXT ROTARY MEETING!!!! Linda “Mama” Gold (Southlake Rotarian Arlin Gold-Stegmair’s mother), will be featured as our long-awaited and highly anticipated speaker, sharing with us her undoubtedly phenomenal “Rotary Story” this Friday (April 26, 2019) at 12:00 pm at Southlake’s Timarron Country Club.  

Passions close to Linda’s heart encompass the empowerment of and public policy advocacy for women and families, and particularly the empowerment of women and girls--locally and internationally.

As a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Rotary Club of San Jose for over 14 years, Linda has served in numerous volunteer capacities within Rotary, including the Membership Committee;  International Services Committee; Public Relations Committee; and Rotary Play Garden Donor. Linda has traveled to Guatemala extensively for cleft palate missions as well as Africa for TB vaccinations within her San Jose, Ca Rotary Club.

Linda’s life epitomizes the zest, exuberance and vitality of an authentic, faithful and dedicated public servant, giving back to the community and sponsoring numerous worthwhile causes.  She unambiguously has made serving others and her community a mission of utmost importance, as exemplified through her numerous service and volunteer roles  --- those she has fulfilled OUTSIDE of her many roles within Rotary, as follows: (1) Founding Member of United Way’s “Women Leading Change” taskforce; (2) Founding Coalition Member/Research Committee Member for the Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties; (3) Board Member/Board Chair for Monarch Services whose mission is empowering individuals, families and communities to take action against violence and abuse; (4) Women’s Leadership Forum Committee Member for the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce; (5) Board Member of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce; and (6) Board Member of Sacred Heart Community Service, among many others.

Linda’s professional life is also one of triumph and accomplishment. She is the Founder, President & CEO of M3iworks, a serial award-winning web development and consulting firm in Silicon Valley/Santa Cruz County serving high-tech, financial institutions, waste management, zero-waste energy corporations, local government, small business communities, and local and international nonprofits.  The website link to M3iworks is:  https://www.m3iworks.com

Linda also holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.   She has been recognized for her numerous  accomplishments and achievements, including:

  • Woman Business Advocate of the Year, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • 50 Most Influential Women in Business, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
  • Top 24 Women of Influence, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
  • Woman of Distinction” (Marketing/PR), Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
  • Enterprising Woman of the Year, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley Chapter
  • YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Awards
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. “Mover of Mountains” Award
  • Women’s Initiative 20th Anniversary “Pacesetter Award”
  • President’s Award, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • 2018 Phenomenal Woman Award, Building Peaceful Families

Please come to our meeting to hear an inspirational story from the phenomenal, philanthropic and accomplished Linda Gold.  The Southlake Rotary Club is especially grateful for Linda’s example as she instilled her servant heart  within her daughter, Southlake Rotary Club’s President, Arlin Gold, who serves as another phenomenal example to others. This will definitely be a meeting you do not want to miss!

Dagmar Fleming
May 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Three Mistakes That Cost Entrepreneurs a Bigger Income
Arlin Gold - President of Southlake Rotary Club
May 24, 2019 12:00 PM
An Exercise in Fellowship
Past Speakers
Tracy Herbert
Apr 19, 2019 12:00 PM
“Achieving Audacious Goals While Overcoming Setback.”
Jerah Hutchins
Apr 12, 2019 12:00 PM
“Something a little different and it will be fun” --- by Southlake Rotarian Jim Giffins
Timmy Newsome-Former Dallas Cowboy/Owner of Newtec
Apr 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Football/Technology
Membership Drive
Mar 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Featuring Rotarians from the Southlake Club & the Singapore Club
Steve Longo
Mar 22, 2019 12:00 PM
“What Every Parent of a College Student Should Know.”
 

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Dana White
    May 7
  • Marjorie Lewis
    May 22
  • Todd Martin
    May 26
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Margie Ryan
    May 27
  • Carlo Troia
    May 28
Join Date:
  • Sarah Meier
    April 1, 2018
    1 year