Rotary Club of Southlake

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Timarron Country Club
1400 Byron Nelson Parkway
Southlake, TX  76092
United States of America
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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. 

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
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

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 Board Meeting
March 8, 2019
11:00 am
Timarron Country Club
Keep Southlake Beautiful Trash Pick-Up
March 9, 2019 at 10:00 am (tentative, depending upon weather)
Silicon Drive --- Meet at Dragon Stadium
Southlake Rotary Club's Happy Hour
April 18, 2019
5:00-7:00 pm
Coal Vines,
1251 E Southlake Blvd #301
Southlake, TX 76092




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)
February 2019
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Upcoming Speakers
Max Schwartzstein
Feb 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Trends in the Real Estate Markets
Trends in the Real Estate Markets

Max has a background full of experience that has prepared him to serve his commercial real estate clients. His experience in managing two highly successful McAlister’s Deli restaurants gives him a thorough understanding of the workings of both restaurants and retail locations, and equips him to approach those transactions with detailed knowledge of what his clients need. He also has experience in manufacturing and city government, and is well prepared to work with clients in those industries as well.

Max started working with the Providential Realty Partners in May, 2008, and specializes in investment sales. His focus is always careful attention to his clients and guarding their best interests in each investment.

817.637.1548 or


BS, Economics, University of Texas, Arlington, TX

Professional Affiliations

  • Texas Real Estate Salesperson
  • North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors
4-Way Test Speech Contest
Mar 01, 2019 12:00 PM
4-Way Test Speech Contest
Rebekah Mitchell
Mar 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Past Speakers
Lyndy Phillips
Feb 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Humorist: Laugh More and Stress Less!
Steve Sanders, M.D.
Feb 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Conquering Joint Pain
Bruce Dale
Feb 01, 2019 12:00 PM
My Experience as a Budding Author
Tonja Wells
Jan 25, 2019 12:00 PM
What Your Body is Telling You
Zach Rohring
Jan 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Lifetime Fitness
Lisa Rose
Jan 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Gatehouse Grapevine
Tracy Southers-Parker
Jan 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Telling Your Story and Building Your Brand
Danny Vegel -- Global Scholar
Dec 28, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on His Continuing Studies at the London School of Economics
Stephanie Melchert
Dec 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Victory Therapy Center
Robert Blake
Dec 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Threats from the Dark Web
Marge Lewis, Author & Writer
Nov 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Author of “When the Men Were Gone”
No meeting—eat leftover turkey!
Nov 23, 2018 12:00 PM
No meeting—eat leftover turkey!
Detective Josh Ellis, Southlake Dept of Safety
Nov 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Active Shooters and our Community
Kevin Archer
Nov 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Trends in the Local, Regional, US and Int’l Real Estate Markets
Michael Perry
Nov 09, 2018 12:00 PM
From Darkness to Destiny
Brad Engel
Nov 02, 2018 12:00 PM
How to Host a Party for 125,000 of Your Closest Friends!
Gary Fickes, Commissioner
Oct 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Local Transportation & Bond Proposal
Randy Mayeux
Oct 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Be a Better You
Angie Byrd, Licensed Professional Counselor
Oct 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Trauma and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Gerald Robinson
Sep 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary District Governor
Author/Speaker Jen Mann
Sep 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Entertaining and Funny
Jesse Jacobs, D.C.
Sep 07, 2018 12:00 PM
“Your Wellness Champion Doctor”
Karl Chester
Aug 31, 2018 12:00 PM
Classification Presentation
Danny Vegel
Aug 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Danny Vegal, Rotary Global Scholar: My Year in Beijing
Tim Schuetz & daughter Cris
Aug 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Trip Report from the XXIII Winter Olympics and Europe
Dr. Nicholas Heyne
Aug 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Brain Science of Addiction
Arlin Gold
Jul 06, 2018
New Rotary Year: Goals, Aspirations
Brandon Fincher
Jun 08, 2018
How to Avoid an IRS Audit
Sarah Meier, Karl Chester, & Alex Dawes
May 11, 2018
New Members’ Classification Talks
Eric Stengle
May 04, 2018
Recognizing and Treating Sleep Disorders
Larry Crowder
Apr 27, 2018
The Mysterious Shroud of Turin
Jon Glover
Apr 06, 2018
The Surprisingly Positive Side of Hospice Care
Amy Alexander
Mar 09, 2018
The Healing Power of Neurofeedback
Dr. Jeff Hockings
Feb 16, 2018
Help Your Diabetes
Gene Mosley
Feb 09, 2018
Become a Valuable Success Story
Pete Snider, Past District Governor
Feb 02, 2018
“I Showed Up”
William Carnegie
Jan 26, 2018
Heroes on the Water
Karl Monger
Jan 19, 2018
Founder and Executive Director, GallantFew, Inc
Pieter Hye
Jan 12, 2018
North Texas Shield Foundation
Michael Pichler
Jan 05, 2018
The U.S. Peace Corps
Arlin Gold
Dec 29, 2017
Women in Rotary: How far we’ve come and where we still need to strive
Daniel Cortez
Dec 15, 2017
Southlake’s Deputy Director of Economic Development
Danny Vegel, our club’s Global Scholar
Dec 01, 2017
Live from Beijing
No meeting
Nov 24, 2017
Turkey sandwiches, family, football, Black Friday, more turkey
Various - Open House
Nov 17, 2017
Rotary - Making the world a better place
Brad Cavnar                       
Nov 03, 2017
Proven ways to increase club membership and overall growth
Sarah Nejdl
Oct 20, 2017
Families to Freedom
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Dan Phillips
    February 21
  • Heather Hancock
    February 26
  • Jim Giffin
    March 12
  • Fluffy Catton
    March 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • David White
    March 21
  • Dan Phillips
    February 14
Join Date:
  • Alex Dawes
    February 23, 2018
    1 year
  • Karl Chester
    February 23, 2018
    1 year
  • Darenda Rangel
    February 26, 2016
    3 years
  • Kevin Archer
    March 1, 2010
    9 years
  • Bruce Dale
    March 10, 2006
    13 years
  • Scott Wicke
    March 10, 2017
    2 years
  • Brad Cavnar
    March 13, 2017
    2 years
  • Dana White
    March 13, 2017
    2 years
  • Tonya Cybuski
    March 13, 2017
    2 years
  • Arlin Gold
    March 29, 2016
    3 years
  • Sarah Meier
    April 1, 2018
    1 year