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Welcome to the Rotary Club of East Dallas!

East Dallas

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Seasons 52 - Dallas NorthPark
8687 N Central Expressway
Suite # B307
Dallas, TX  75225
United States

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(972) 310-4028
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James Wallace joined us today to discuss adolescent drug abuse in Texas.  We’ve heard from past speakers about the opioid epidemic across the nation.  James echoed this issue through his experience in Texas.  People, including youth, who are addicted tend to show common behaviors.  It may be difficult or impossible to know when someone you love is addicted, but these behaviors may provide clues that they need help:
 
  • Keep their habits private in the beginning to avoid being confronted with their actions.
  • Mood swings and major changes in sleep cycles.
  • Change in energy levels can also be associated with chemical imbalances.
  • Memory loss.
  • Withdrawal from social activity.
  • Noticeable physical changes in afflicted individuals.  Could include extreme changes in appearance and fluctuations in weight.
Thanks James!
 
Wendy Kelly is a teacher who takes effective education to a new level.  Wendy transitioned from teaching in a class room to teaching teachers how to create experiences outside in the garden as a member of REAL School Gardens.  Through this innovative national program, schools can apply to have a learning garden installed.  These gardens are sponsored by local companies and monitored by REAL School Gardens. 
 
Mentors, like Wendy, are on hand to help teachers make the best use of these gardens by taking a hands-on approach to match, science, literature and art.  By providing experiences that engage all of the senses, teachers are able to more effectively reach children who may otherwise struggle in school.  This program has been proven to increase national testing scores by 15%.  Thank you for joining us today, Wendy!
 
East Dallas Rotary ended August with a bang!  A Burgers 'n Beer party at Bill and Barbara Perryman's house doubled as a collection point for school supplies.  In addition to an evening filled with fun, fellowship and amazing burgers, we also supported a project for Uganda by buying handcrafted items from Janette (visiting Rotarian), and we filled Wlad's car with lots of school supplies for Dan Rodgers Elementary.
 
This was quickly followed with a donation of supplies for hurricane refugees given to the local police department.  Thanks to Barbara Perryman for organizing this effort and buying all of the supplies!
 
Max Davis spoke on behalf of “For The Love Of The Lake” today.  There are three primary ways For The Love Of The Lake helps White Rock Lake:
 
  1. Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce Up
    1. Register from 8 to 9am at 1152 N. Buckner Blvd.  Clean up lasts 2 hours.
  2. The Celebration Tree Grove
    1. Donations are used to provide irrigation for newly planted trees.  A plaque can be placed with the name of someone you want to remember on the Celebration wall in return for your donation.
  3. Water Monitoring Programs
    1. Volunteers are trained to test water in cooperation with TSU, Meadows Institute for Water & the Environment, TCEQ, and the EPA.
 
To find out how to help, go to whiterocklake.org
 
District Governor Rick Amsberry gave an inspirational speech today.  His focus was how Rotary benefits our lives.  Think about the opportunities, social connections and civic impact you have due to your involvement in Rotary.
 
Take the next step:  “Shut out the noise and consider who you are, and why you are here.”  How can you take advantage of these opportunities?  What are your passions?  Is there a way to build your passion into an opportunity?
 
Even small acts of service, like making a salad for a community meal can make a difference.  How can you make a difference?
 
Today we heard from our Ryla campers!  Barrett Wright and Molly Smith joined us to share what they gained from their camping experience.  Both students said they felt awkward at first, but quickly loved everything about the camp.  Barrett’s favorite activity was the board breaking exercise, while Molly loved the obstacle course (YIKES!). 
 
Cheyanne Patterson also joined us today to talk about her Ryla experience.  She was a camper in 2010.  Since then she has worked for the foundation, and this year worked as a camp counselor.  She credits her initial camp experience with her confidence in public speaking and her professionalism.
 
Rebecca Cowle joined us today to provide an update on the Texas Bullet Train.  Here are a few facts from this interesting presentation:
  • Construction should start late next year (pending final environmental and design approvals).
  • It will take 4 to 5 years to complete, so the inaugural ride is expected late 2023.
  • Ride pricing will be variable depending on demand, type of seat, available discounts (senior, military, student, etc).
  • Train will provide a 90 minute ride between north Texas and Houston.  Seats will be wide with plenty of leg room to make them comfortable.  WiFi will be available through the entire route.
  • Train is designed using 50+ year experience from Japan.  The Japan train has a 100% perfect safety record after more than 50 years.
  • This project is paid for with 100% private investment.  No government or tax money will be used.
Thanks Rebecca!
 
Thank you Andy Raub for helping us understand the biggest retirement dangers that money can't fix.
 
Did you know:
- 20% of Americans over the age of 65 have depression
- Men over the age of 75 have the highest suicide rate
 
The top 3 retirement dangers include:
1. The Decline Curve
     - When your past becomes bigger than your future.  We only remain young to the extent that our ambition is greater than our memory.
2. The Loaded Backpack
     - Take the lessons and wisdom from your pack to carry you into the future.  Dump the rest.
3. The Habit Hole
     - Are you stuck in a rut?  Create a purpose.
 
How do you create an Encore Curve to get back on track? "GPS"
G= Giftedness - What are you gifted at doing?
P= Passion - Where does your passion lie?
S= Standards - Why is this passion important to you, and how can you use your gifts to create a meaningful purpose?
 
Congratulations to our newly installed East Dallas Rotary Officers!  Wlad was welcomed into his new role by our outgoing President Jason Kendall.  Thank you Jason for a great year!
 
2017 - 2018 East Dallas Rotary Officers
 
President - Wladimir Meskelis
Executive Secretary - Jason Kendall
Foundation Chair - Bill Perryman
Club Membership Chair - Bill Perryman
Secretary - Paul Ferguson Sr.
Treasurer - Kenneth Meaders
Sargent of Arms - John Sebastian
 
 
 
At the annual officer initiation today, we also had the pleasure of welcoming three new members!  We are very happy to introduce the following East Dallas Rotary members:
 
Simone Meskelis
Barbara Perryman
Steve Robinson
 
David Kelly dropped by today to tell us about a Rotary 5810 collaboration with Orant Charities.  This collaboration is focused on providing secondary education for girls in Malawi.
 
Orant Charities began focusing on the needs of Malawi in 2007.  They started with providing clean water and medical care.  This effort escalated with the purchase of 39 acres that provides a medical clinic and farming school.  They now provide care for 3,800 patients per month (over 70% are malaria cases) and deliver approximately 50 babies per month. 
 
The Malawi is considered one of the poorest areas in the world and the AID’s rate is 11%.  They have destroyed much of their natural resources and the culture discourages economic growth.  In this environment Orant works with students to improve education to help them learn how to be more sustainable.
 
In a partnership with Rotary 5810, Orant Charities is sponsoring 15 girls for secondary education.  Here are a few of the costs to help this partnership:
 
  • $300/year for education per student
  • $1,200 for 4 years of secondary education per student
  • $500 will repair 5 water wells that provide water for 5,000 people
  • $100 will provide malaria medication for 50 people
Aaron Ceder stopped by today to explain the benefits of school choice, which is currently under debate in the Texas legislature.  Did you know there are 4 types of school choice?
 
  • Scholarship Credit
  • Income Tax Credit
  • Vouchers (money goes directly from the state to the school)
  • Education Savings Account (65% of the student allocation goes from the state to the parent)
 
Aaron’s discussion was on the Education Savings Account (ESA).  To qualify for an ESA, the child must either be an incoming kindergartener or enrolled in a public school in the prior school year.  If the child qualifies, the parent can apply to receive 65% of the funding allocated for that child to be used on any qualified educational expense.  The remaining 35% of the funding remains with the prior public school. 
 
ESA money may be used for things like private school, home school, special education, text books, speech therapy, college testing, etc.  Up to $700 can also be used for transportation.  A portion of this money may also be rolled from one year to the next.  Parents are required to submit receipts and account for how the money is used to remain qualified.  
 
Jim Whiddon stopped by today to teach us how to go “Old School”.  Jim’s company helps businesses and organizations bridge the generational gap to allow Boomers and Millennials to work more productively together.  Within the next 4 years generation X will join the work force, which will provide the most diverse collision of generational ideas in history with four defined generational groups.
 
Here are a few of Jim’s talking points for Millennials:
  • Look the person you are talking to in the eye.
  • Eliminate “crutch” words (ie: like, so, awesome, literally…)
  • Ask questions (and listen to the answer).
  • Use simple phrases – “first things first”.
  • Hand write notes of thanks and gratitude.
 
Jim left us with this thought – At every turn there is either a Challenge or an Opportunity.  Those who view a Challenge as an Opportunity will always succeed.
 
Brad Weinstein loves his job.  Working at Petals and Stems Florist, a company his father started, has allowed Brad to help people make the most out of both the best and the worst situations in life. 
 
Per Brad – “Flowers have an immediate impact on mood and a long term impact on happiness.” 
 
Brad also helped us understand the difference between a Florist and the flowers you find at the grocery store.  Grocery store flowers are fine, but if you want someone to help you with the style, color and design of the arrangement to fit a specific cultural need or type of event, you need to go to a Florist.  The “grade” of the flowers are also better at a Florist, which allows the flowers to last longer.
 
The most popular flowers right now are the rose, hydrangea and tulips.  If you want to extend the life of your flowers, add water daily and keep them out of a sunny, hot area.
 
Who in your life needs flowers?
 
Codey Marshall and Dr. Ross Soliece from Cerebrum Health Centers stopped by yesterday to talk about the importance of brain health.  Here are a few highlights:
  • What are you doing each day to promote brain health?
  • Ways to improve brain health include:
    • Exercising
    • Proper breathing and posture
    • Reducing processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners and alcohol intake
    • Vitamin D – 50 to 75 mg
    • Fish Oil – Omega 3 & 6
    • Magnesium
  • Indicators of brain health:
    • Stand up, put your feet together and close your eyes.  Do you have balance issues?
    • Eye tracking, eye stability and your ability to comprehend what you read is another indicator of brain health.
    • Chronic headaches can indicate issues.
You can train your brain to help you sleep better, reduce pain, retain more information and in general be healthier and happier.  According to Codey "Based on our research we achieve measurable results in a two week, intensive program. 82% of our patients experienced a 25% or greater reduction in symptoms including depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, anger, pain, dizziness, mental fog, and others." 
 
Thank you Lana Rich for your visit today.  We now know there is usually a reason for bad behavior in a cat.  Here are a few things we learned:
 
- You can reduce shedding by up to 50% by adding fat and reducing carbs in a cat's diet.
- Get your cat's teeth checked regularly by a vet with x-ray equipment.  A cat's bad behavior may be linked to dental decay, which can be hidden beneath the surface of the gums.
- Cats are predators by nature.  An aggressive cat may need to be played with more often to reduce that need to stalk, chase and pounce.  Games where the cat chases a mouse, laser, or other fun item may be all that's needed to calm a bored cat.
- If you have a "blended" family (other animals or children in the home), provide your cat with a place to hide and/or get out of the way.  A climbing post with a perch at the top will make the cat feel safer with a dog or children who are very active.
- Certain cat litter, carpet sprays and cleaners have chemicals that can cause problems for pets, just like they do for people.  Check the labels and don't put a lid on your cat litter if you can help it.
 
 
Sharon Easley, the founding partner of Divorce Mediation Centers of Texas stopped by our club to explain the benefits of going through mediation FIRST when you are considering a divorce.  Especially when children are involved, this process not only keeps the children out of the court room, it also allows for a much more positive environment for the child moving forward.  After spending several years representing one side of the divorce process in court and watching the impact this had on the entire family, Sharon decided to use her knowledge of the process to help reduce the stress and trauma of this situation for families.  
 
Here are a few points from Sharon's visit:
 
- Did you know that Customs Officials require written proof that both legal parents have given permission for a minor child to leave the country before they can board the plane?
- The average cost of a mediated divorce (no court or lawyers) is $2,500.
- The average cost of a divorce processed by a lawyer through the court with no mediation is $3,500 - $5,000.
- The average cost of a divorce processed by a lawyer through the court with mandated mediation (this is typical) is $15,000 to $20,000.
 
Thanks Sharon!
 
Thank you Sue Thiers Hesseltine for stopping by to help us understand the benefits of Our Friends Place.  This wonderful organization has been helping young women between the ages of 18 and 24 learn how to be self-sufficient for over 20 years.  For a young lady to be accepted into the program, she must not be pregnant or parenting, and she must be enrolled in an educational or vocational program and hold a job.  Our Friends Place has two locations with 9 women housed at each site.  Over the course of an average year, the program helps 40 young women.  Some may only stay for a few months, while others may stay for a couple of years.
 
Many of these women come from generational poverty situations or the foster care system.  These women are taught financial literacy, resume-building, interview skills, conflict resolution, goal-setting, good study and life habits, and how to participate in healthy relationships.  This environment also provides healthy role-models who provide the positive support system that is missing in their own lives.
 
Sue shared a new project they are starting as well.  SOAR is an outreach program designed to help young women who have a stable place to live, but they are lacking the support system to help them "shore up their lives" for a more stable and productive future.  This program will help them reach more people.  If you are interested in helping, you can reach Sue at Sue.Hesseltine@OurFriendsPlace.org.
 
Thank you Don Graves for sharing your amazing survivor story of World War II!  The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred when Don was 16 years old.  He was too old to enlist, but he was determined to join the Marines to fight for our country.  His first battle was with his mother!  After convincing her to sign the waiver so he could enlist when he turned 17, Don shipped out for training and ultimately ended up in one of three US Marine divisions that landed on the beach of Iwo Jima.  Carrying a 70 pound flame thrower on his back, Don helped secure Mt Surabachi, where the ceremonious raising of the US flag took place.  In fact, Don was standing just outside the frame of the famous picture from that day!  
 
Don shared stories of praying for the first time on that lava beach; watching friends fall one after the other (including the both of the spotters who helped him with the flame thrower); making hot chocolate in his helmet, and singing the Lord's Prayer so it could be heard across the battle field. He was one of only 18 Marine survivors from the Iwo Jima battle.  As they left the battle field, knowing that so many of their friends would not go home, they passed a marker that read:
 
"Fellas, when you get home, tell our folks we did our best so they could have many more safe tomorrows."  Thank you to all of the veterans who keep us safe!
 
 
 
Marc Liebman, a retired Navy Captain, Aviator and Author, stopped by today to share a lifetime of stories in 30 minutes.  Obviously, that wasn't possible, but the parts and pieces he shared were absolutely fascinating! Captain Liebman explained how to fly an over-weight helicopter; described the contents of the 35 pound vest he wore on duty; described the “entertaining” three years he spent in Vietnam, and told the story of one particular rescue that sounded terrifying!
 
Did you know that the Navy rescued the same number of Combat Soldiers as the Air Force during Vietnam and performed 24% of the total rescues?  Marc was personally involved in 6 rescues involving 9 soldiers. 
 
As a third generation military aviator (his son is the fourth generation  military aviator), Captain Liebman has a lot of stories to tell.  He has captured four of these in his novels, which he shared with us today.
 
 
Congratulations to our East Dallas Rotary President on being awarded a prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award!  Jason has been an energetic, engaged and dedicated leader for our club over the past year.  His active involvement was noted by Gilbert Brown as he awarded Jason the Fellow Award today.  Thanks Jason!
 
Thank you Jim Gatewood for a very interesting history of the Bonnie and Clyde era in and around Dallas.  Jim was a Rose Hill neighbor to Fay Lyons.  Fay was a well known accountant and poker player during the years Bonnie and Clyde became notorious.  He was also an admirer of Bonnie and took care of her for a time while Clyde was in prison.  Did you know Bonnie and Clyde had a daughter while Clyde was in prison?  The child was raised by Tony "The Gypsy" Galvez.  Tony was known in the Dallas area as the underworld banker during the years of the Great Depression when banks were not trusted.  It sounds like The Gypsy should not have been trusted either!
 
Mr. Gatewood is a history teacher at Richland Collage.  With 9 books published about local history, I would be willing to bet his classes are fascinating!  
 
Our very own Cindy Pauls was the club's speaker today, and to no ones surprise, her presentation was stellar.
Did you know the casino business is basically the same as the entertainment industry after you figure in all its different facets? I was shocked to learn about the money breakdown and where every cent from a casino dollar actually went. Cindy had an excellent visual demonstration to go along with her program and everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. Good stuff, Cindy! Thank you to all who attended and Happy Valentines Day! -President Jason
Bill and Barbara Perryman were honored at the meeting this week by the Paul Harris Society!  Bill and Barbara have consistently donated at least $1,000/year to the Paul Harris Foundation every year.  This is an amazing accomplishment and a true honor for Bill and Barbara!
 
Courtney Nicolato, the President and CEO of The Senior Source stopped by to speak to us yesterday.  The Senior Source is a critical service that Assists, Protects and Connects older adults in the Dallas County area.  Here are a few of the services they provide:
 
- counseling
- casework
- money management
- job search assistance
- geriatric care management
- nursing home advocacy
- in-home companions
- guardianship services. 
 
They also have a large volunteer network with many opportunities to help.
Thank you Colonel Anthony Wood for sharing the lighter side of Marine life!  Colonel Wood spent over 30 years in the Marines before spending another 14 years as the CEO for a company he ultimately sold to Boeing Aircraft Co.  Today, Colonel Wood shared several funny stories of his life and career in the Marine Corp.  If you get the opportunity, make sure you ask him to elaborate on a few of these:
 
- Shoes in the frig...
- Importing a mongoose to manage a rat...
- Draping a 3 story fish with belts...
- Surfing without trunks...
- Interesting words shared by a toddler at a dinner party...
- Squashing cars to save lives in a snow storm...
- Teeth in a punch bowl (saved the best for last :)...
 
Julie Wilson, an insurance agent for Bankers Life, stopped by today to help us understand the complexity of Medicare.  I have to admit that I listened carefully and still don't understand all of the rules.  While Julie's presentation was very helpful, it also made it very clear why we need help from a professional to make sure we are signing up for the plan that benefits us the most.  Since coverage can change from year to year, it's also important to talk to a reputable agent each year to review your plan.
 
A few points of interest included:
- You can sign up for Medicare from 3 months before to 3 months after your 65th birthday.  You can also sign up following the loss of credible coverage (such as coverage through an employer) after the age of 65.
- Medicare has 4 parts (this is a general representation - call Julie for more details):
     - A - covers in-patient care, hospice, etc
     - B - covers Doctor visits, etc
     - C - offered by private health insurance companies with an approved Medicare contract as an alternative. There are limitations so get professional advice.
     - D - prescription drug plans
     - Medigap - Medicare Supplement plans - there are 11 different standardized supplement plans - YIKES!
 
Thanks Julie!  Very interesting topic!
 
Thank you to Lisa Court, Director of Development for the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston, TX, for sharing their amazing success story.  The national Shriner's hospital network treats approximately 122,000 children per year.  The hospital in Galveston, TX is focused on burn victims and helps approximately 2,000 children per year.  The Shriner's organization provides care regardless of the family's ability to pay and follows the children after they leave the hospital with continued out-patient care as well.  
 
A couple of interesting points from the presentation today:
- $0.82 of every dollar donated is used directly for patient care.
- The Shriner's hospital in Galveston is used as a training hospital for burn patient care due to their advanced research and technology.  They even use virtual reality games to reduce the pain associated with dead skin removal!
- Galveston is one of 4 Shriner hospitals focused on burn patients in the nation.
 
Thank you Douglas Box for allowing us to experience life on the "Southfork" ranch!  Through a series of photos from the Dallas TV show production to a video interview of Mr. Box's father, Cloyce Box, Douglas gave us an insiders view of what it was like to grow up with a legend and experience Hollywood in your front yard.  Douglas has written two books about this experience and the legacy left by his father.  From his insiders view, Victoria Principal was the "real" star of the show Dallas!
 
Rick Calvert, the Asst. US Attorney for the North District of Texas, spoke to our club today about the Opioid drug epidemic in Texas and the US.  As a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Rick has seen more than his share of horrors.  Since 2001 when the pharmaceutical industry popularized Oxycontin with a more powerful time released formula, the Opioid drug use in the US has exploded.  At this point, the US consumes 99% of the Hydrocodone used in the entire world.  The truly scary part of this discussion was how easy it is to become addicted without knowledge of what you are doing.  Heroin and other Opioid drugs are hidden in innocent looking pills shared in popular clubs, and in "Heroin Cheese" handed out in Middle Schools.  Drug overdoses cause more deaths per year than car accidents and guns.  How do you fight an epidemic?  No answer was provided, so please make sure your family is aware.
 
Deirdre Sanborn is a business coach, certified financial consultant, corporate event speaker, and the host of The Ambition Project Show.  Today, she stopped by our Club meeting to share insights on "Managing the Mental Game" to develop "The Leaders Edge".  During this informative discussion, she shared that only 5% of all competitors are responsible for winning 95% of all competitions.  Are you that winner?  Do you have a "unique value proposition"?  Deirdre emphasized that each of us needs to identify what our strengths are and understand "why" we are the best at what we do.  Thanks Deirdre for this challenge to increase our individual "value quotient"!
 
  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Our club had the opportunity to bring the Rotary 4-Way Test to life on November 12th.  Club members, with support from their families, helped the Salvation Army register people who adopted candidates from the Angel Tree at North Park Mall.  It was a very busy and rewarding day!  
 
Our speaker this week was Sherrie Wilson.  Sherrie was the first female fire fighter-paramedic in the Dallas Fire Rescue Department.  Her book, “Faith on Fire” tells her story of learning to overcome adversity.  After being told she couldn’t be a fire fighter because she was a girl, Sherrie set out to prove she could do anything she put her mind to. 
 
In Sherrie’s words “the first ingredient of a miracle is an impossible situation.”  As those “impossible” situations popped up, Sherrie learned that you have to stop running from your fear before you can find a way to overcome it.  Sherry explained that every fire (real and metaphorical) eventually goes out.  If you focus on what is in front of you, a solution will present itself.  Her passion for helping others is contagious, and her positive outlook on life was a joy to listen to.  Sherrie left us with this thought - “What’s your fire?”
 
Just as cell phones were becoming popular, and before the IPhone was introduced, Charles Sanger and his wife quit their jobs, sold their house and bought a sailboat to travel the world.  With a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies, Charles ended up mentoring Haitian pastors and teaching victims of human trafficking the English language to give them an opportunity to escape the dangerous sex trades.  
 
When Charles and his wife returned to the United States five years later, they were faced with an entirely different digital world.  By then, the IPhone and IPad had been released, and the internet became interactive.  We were entering the "Digital Age".  This experience gave Charles an opportunity to see the vast difference this technology had on the world.  No longer were we tied to our geographic boundaries.  This digital explosion gave us "the power to change the world".  This new "digital technology" has led to a "network society" and gave us "virtual reality".  These are the three components that make up the definition of the "Digital Age".  In this new frontier, a single person has the power to make anything happen.  What will your legacy be???
 
Dr. Evelyn Montgomery, the Director of Collections, Exhibits and Preservation for the Dallas Heritage Village stopped by yesterday to share the planning and development story of Dallas.  Her phrase "It seemed like a good idea at the time" played out several times during the discussion of ideas by our founding leaders that were tried and then re-worked as new ideas came along.  Dr. Montgomery pointed out awkward intersections that currently exist because the various early planners didn't communicate.  She also pointed out design ties between Dallas, Connecticut, Kansas City and other large metropolitan areas that date from the 1800's when there was no internet, TV, phones or airports to facilitate long distance learning.  These early planners could spread their planning philosophy across the nation, but evidently couldn't communicate across town :).  Thank you Dr. Montgomery for a great learning opportunity about our area!
 
Bill Dendy, MBA, JD, CPA, PFS, CFP, CLU, CDFA, District Governor for Rotary District 5810 - Mr. Dendy was a guest at our Rotary meeting today.  After meeting with our President, Jason, and Board of Directors about the future vision of the club, he spoke to the entire group.  His speech was about making Rotary meaningful on an individual level.  Bill is a founding member of an online Rotary group that caters to busy professionals.  This experience helped him understand how to better communicate with Rotary members, which led to a revamp of the District 5810 website.  Please visit the website at www.Rotary5810.org to see whats new!
 
The International Rotary Convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia in June, 2017.  This is a great opportunity to join in the fun while it's close, but book your hotel soon!
 
The District 5810 Conference and Service Cruise (what a great idea!) will be held April 23rd to 30th, 2017.  Visit www.Rotary5810.org for more information on this amazing opportunity to blend fun with service!
 
Our Rotary Club of East Dallas also presented Bill's wife, Lisa Nolley with a check for $100 for Our Friends Place.  This important organization provides transitional living space for women suffering from a variety of complex issues.
 
Congratulations to Cindy Pauls for becoming the newest Paul Harris Fellow for the East Dallas Rotary Club.
Cindy is a valued and respected member of our club and the community. We thank her for her continued service!
President Jason Kendall, Cindy Pauls, Gilbert Brown.
 
Jennifer Ferguson, MS, LPC (Counselor for Grace Place Counseling, PLLC) stopped by today to help us understand the impact stress has on our mental health.  Did you know that 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental illness each year?  Or that 18.1% of all adults have anxiety issues?  To help us understand the impact stress has on our overall health, Jennifer asked us to hold up a glass of water.  If you hold the glass for an hour, or even a few hours, your arm may get tiered, but you will recover quickly.  If you hold that glass of water for days without rest, it will begin to break down your body and may cause damage to your arm.  Understanding how to relieve everyday stress can help you prevent or reduce the negative health impacts that stress can cause.
 
Joe Summers and Daniel Chambers visited our club today to share their RYLA experience.  The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp offers young adults a safe environment to explore their own unique leadership style.  This camp provides life-long friendships and positive mentoring that helps these young future leaders nourish their own inner strengths and push their comfort boundaries in positive ways.
 
These two young men gave impressive and expressive reports on not only what they learned, but also how the experience changed them.  This report echoed the report from Tara Callahan.  Tara attended camp RYLA 10 years ago.  She is now a 7th grade teacher at Highland Park Middle School and said she credits RYLA with giving her the self confidence to step outside her comfort zone to speak in front of others.  
 
Quotes from our 2016 camp attendees include:  Daniel Chambers - "Fail Fast" (Don't be afraid to try lots of new things quickly.); Joe Summers - "Set fire to the world." (This is the motto of his school, which now holds a more powerful meaning for him. Do what's right without worry about what people think.)
 
 
Have you made it easy, or hard for your loved ones to handle your estate?  Wade Chessman spoke to our group today about the items you need to have prepared to make this difficult task a little easier on your loved ones.  Keeping all of these documents in a book is a great way to organize everything needed to manage your estate the way you want once you are gone.
 
Shelby Foster, PR Manager for Northpark spoke today about the history of the shopping center that we call home.
Did you know Northpark is the most visited attraction in the state of Texas?
Boasting some of the finest pieces of art anywhere, the shopping center is home to sculptures from around the globe.
We're fortunate to have our meetings in such a fine Dallas landmark. Please join us for lunch sometime and learn how you can serve humanity through Rotary.
 
Did you know there are more "big" cats in Texas than there are in any other location in the world?  Our speaker today was from PrideRock Animal Refuge located in Terrell, TX.  This refuge houses 27 big cats, and 60 animals in total (including bears, wolves and a hyena!) on 9 acres of land.  Habitats are created to allow for peace, learning, social interaction and healing.  You can help by shopping at Kroger and giving them the PrideRock NPO# 82449, or your donation can be doubled on Sept 22 at NorthTexasGivingDay.org.  
 
Thank you Steve Carter, EA for sharing an informative handout on what to do if you receive a notice from the IRS.  Per Steve's discussion today, there are two types of letters - Exam and Collection.  An Exam notice can request a meeting in person, or through correspondence.  Either way, make sure you have a tax professional representing you because anything you say can be used against you in court.  
 
Other interesting facts:  1)  The IRS will NEVER call you.  If you receive a call from the IRS, it's a scam.  2)  You can get your complete tax transcript for any requested year at www.IRS.gov.  Search for "Get my transcript."
 
Ted Campbell, a Doctor of Theology at SMU, gave an interesting speech during our meeting today on the 5 waves of immigration in the Dallas area.  From the first "wave" of Prairie People to the fifth "wave" of Global Immigrants, Dr Campbell's discussion outlined the roots of our vast diversity and rich culture. 
 
Amazon Bestselling Author, Michael Gorton spoke to us today about his latest book, Forefathers & Founding Fathers.
A fascinating tale of how our democracy was born. Great program.
 
 
Our speaker today was John Duncan, Ph.D, a pioneer in preventive cardiology for the past 20 years, has made prevention of disease his life’s pursuit and he passionately strives to help patients better understand their health and how they can live longer, healthier lives. He worked for the Cooper Institute for 15 years before opening Viascan where he has served tens of thousands of patients – many of whom have benefitted from the screening through the early identification of heart disease or cancer. He graduated with a PhD in Exercise Physiology and received the prestigious American Heart Award for exemplary work in hypertension, cholesterol research and preventive cardiology and has also published clinical research in the most prestigious medical journals such as “The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)”.
 
Remember to come to Seasons 52 Restaurant on Tuesday, January 5th for our regular meeting. The address is:

 

Dallas - NorthPark, 8687 N Central Expressway,  Suite # B307, Dallas,  TX,  75225  (214) 361-5252

 

 

Tom Fuller, Wladimir Meskelis, Erin Devine and Larry Fuller volunteered Saturday at the Salvation Army Angel Tree at North Park.   Other members and guests are working Sunday - Mike Goethals, Riley Goethals, Vicki Byrnes, Jason Kendal,  Bill Perryman, Larry Pearson, Frank Meier, andd Jim Renfro.

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East Dallas and Uptown partnered to repair and improve some of the property at Montrel Living.  We replaced the front porch and added an outside lounge area in the back yard.  The turnout was great and we finished everything in one day.

Montrel Living is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, non-profit organization which provides transitional and permanent supportive housing for Veterans, Mentally ill and Homeless clients in the Oak Cliff Community of Dallas, Texas.

Since 2006, Montrel Living provides housing services to men who have been affected by mental illness or homelessness. They offer special assistance to United States Veterans.

Montrel Living works in collaboration with the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, which operates “The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center”, considered the regional authority on homelessness by the Dallas City Council.

 
 
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