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Nancy Nance from the Dallas Arboretum visited us to share all of the upcoming events at the Arboretum this year.  She also shared some beautiful pictures of the gardens during the different seasons.  Did you know:
  • They plant 500,000 bulbs each year (planted between Thanksgiving and Christmas).
    • Dallas Blooms is going on right now with all of the tulips, cherry trees, azaleas, etc in bloom!
  • They display 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds each fall.
  • They use 1 million lights in the trees at Christmas.
  • The Children’s Garden has 17 different “galleries”.
  • There are 100 different types of Japanese Maple trees in the gardens.
  • The Arboretum is made up from 2 different estates that were donated.  These 2 homes are still on the grounds.
  • Upcoming events:
    • Food & Wine Festival 3/26 to 29
    • Cool Thursday Concerts 4/2 to 6/25, and 9/3 to 11/5
    • Artscape 4/24 to 26
Dr Ted Campbell – Theology Professor for SMU has become an expert on the ancient history of NE Texas, including Dallas.  Today, he shared the Native American history of Dallas County.  This fascinating discussion revealed that our current home was once occupied by several native Tribes.  The most prominent Tribes were the Wichita’s, who ranged from Kansas to Waco, TX, and the Cherokee’s, who settled briefly near the Dallas Heritage Village.  The earliest documented inhabitants lived here in approximately 10,000 BC.  These original natives lived near Lake Lewisville. 
It’s always nice to know that civilization has survived for centuries.  These ancient civilizations, and even some of the more recent civilizations survived countless calamities that I’m sure terrified those living during that period.  If our ancestors can survive the plague, massive wildfires, and devastating invasions, I’m sure we can survive the Coronovirus!
Dr. Pam Garcy is an internationally renowned self-empowerment coach.  She shared her research on what it takes to build a successful life based on positive self-awareness.  Here are a few of her tips:
  1. Stop whining, blaming and complaining.  Change your response to break the status quo and improve the outcome.  Think – opportunity rather than problem.
  2. Be creative instead of reactive.  If you create an environment that is relaxed, happy and joyful, you will be more creative and pro-active, so you don’t have to be reactive.
  3. Identify and release negative people/associates.  Surround yourself with like-minded positive and supportive people.
  4. Hold yourself accountable.  This may involve adding an accountability partner or coach to your group.
  5. Reclaim your schedule by focusing on the things that are most important in your life.  Let go of everything else.
Have you ever wondered what 736 pill bottles looks like?  This is how many pill bottles Paul Ferguson is holding in this picture.  The East Dallas Rotary Club collects pill bottles that are shared with the WhiteRock Rotary Club to help doctors in developing countries distribute medication.  Paul Ferguson has made it his mission to spearhead this collection and delivery process.  He also collects used eye glasses in good condition.  All of these items are put to good use by those in need.  Thank you Paul!!!
Wlad and Simone Meskelis were honored as new members of the Paul Harris Society today.  The Paul Harris Society is an incredible group of people who have committed to giving $1,000 per year to the Rotary Annual Fund or the Polio Fund.  Congratulations Wlad and Simone!  Thank you for this amazing commitment! 
Sr. Corporal Kevin Kelley, the Community Engagement Officer for the Dallas Police Department stopped by today to share what the Community Affairs group is up to.  Did you know the Dallas Police Department sponsors the following programs with the help of donations and volunteers?
  • Blue in the School
  • Dallas Junior Police Academy
  • Police Athletic League
  • Police Explorers Group
  • Youth Outreach Unit (Y.O.U.)
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Hispanic Outreach
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • And many many more!
Howard Berg returned to help us understand how to be a genius.  Howard is known around the world as the fastest speed reader.  Now he is helping shape the future by training young people how to think at genius levels.  Here are a few of his thoughts:
  • Use a 3 column table to learn new information:
    • Fact   |   Insight   |   Application
    • Fact – what are you learning
    • Insight – How does this information make you feel (use emotion to “hook” the information through feeling)
    • Application – How will you use this information
  • Genius is the gift of seeing the same thing as everyone else, but seeing it different.
    • Use your imagination to come up with as many answers as possible to the same question.
    • Condition your intuition by squeezing your right ear every time you have an “epiphany”.  The next time you need a new idea, squeeze your ear.  Your brain will be conditioned to open to new ideas when your ear is squeezed.
Crystal Lewis visited again to share insights on “Leader Shifting”.  The world is changing fast.  Are you changing enough to keep up?  Here are a few things to think about:
  • Be willing to let go.
  • Shift from:
    • Goals to growth
    • Ladder climbing to ladder building
    • Pleasing people to challenging people
  • Spend 80% of your time on the 20% of the people who provide 80% of the value.
  • The goal is bigger than the role, so appreciate the effort, but value the results.
Jim Gatewood is ALWAYS welcome at East Dallas Rotary Club!  His story telling ability is captivating, and he never fails to entertain.  This week he told us about Warren Diamond, the “Godfather of Dallas”.  Warren was a math genius who also had the business acumen of someone twice his age.  After attracting the attention of the New Orleans Mafia as a teenager due to his poker playing skills, he went on to create a gambling paradise in Dallas.  Warren was also a mentor to Benny Binion, who went on to become a Las Vegas legend.  We all thoroughly enjoyed Jim’s walk through Warren Diamond’s spicy life!
Welcome to our newest member - Liz!
Janette Valdez (future member) brought several friends, and 2 past Rotary Governors of Venezuela with her this week to talk about the crisis in Venezuela.  Using a powerful presentation that included facts, photos and video, Janette helped us understand the dire situation the government controlled media in Venezuela has managed to hide from the rest of the world.  Did you know:
  • Rotary Zone 25 includes Texas.
  • Rotary Zone 25A includes Venezuela!  We are practically in the same zone!
  • Zone 25A has 14 Districts.  2 of these are in Venezuela.
  • Janette belongs to District 4380
    • They have 51 Clubs and 1,188 Members
  • The problems in Venezuela are complex, but primarily revolve around oil money and greed.  Due to the widespread and high level involvement in many of the contributing factors, these issues are difficult to resolve.
  • The result of this greed is extreme poverty for many of the most vulnerable citizens.  This has cause a mass exodus resulting in a migration crisis.
  • Janette’s Club is working hard to help those who are affected by the worst of this crisis.  They are collecting and shipping powdered milk, formula, diapers, toiletries and many other basic supplies to those in need.
Tim Frazier shared the 7 ways we sabotage the conversations that matter most.  These valuable tips included the following:
  1. Settle your emotions so you can engage with clear thinking.
  2. Disentangle facts from the story.  Don’t allow the story to hijack the conversation.
  3. Clarify and commit to a positive outcome.  Don’t allow your preconceived “intent” to poison your conversation.
  4. Identify and clarify verbal triggers.  Stick to the facts.
  5. Focus on problem solving.  Casting blame triggers defensiveness.
  6. Create a learning conversation.  Don’t push your point in an effort to persuade.
  7. Turn advisories into allies with a common goal.  Try to understand the other person’s interest/goal/need to open dialog.
Dr Pat Fulgham – renowned Dallas Urologist, stopped by yesterday to help us better understand the risks and impact of prostrate cancer.  Here are a few facts:
  • 2nd leading cause of death in men.
  • 1 in 9 diagnosed – 1 in 41 die following diagnosis
  • Risk factors:
    • African American
    • Obesity – 10% increase
    • Genetic – 3% increase
      • 50% chance this gene will be passed to offspring
  • What can you do to lower your risk?
    • Know your risk factor.
    • Control your weight – limit red meat
    • Exercise and healthy lifestyle
    • PSA test and rectal exam annually
      • Begin at age 50, or at 40 if you are higher risk
Pat Alva-Kraker is more than just a Life Coach.  She is sharing a lifetime of “been there/done that” to help others be more efficient, successful and happy.  Here are her 3 key areas of focus:
  1. Be open to the path of least resistance.
    1. Stay present, relax, be positive and grateful.
  2. Create supporting rituals.
    1. Set physical, mental and spiritual rituals that promote a positive daily outlook.
    2. What are the 3 goals you want to accomplish today?  How can your rituals prepare you physically, mentally and spiritually to achieve those goals?
  3. Set boundaries that support and sustain you.
    1. What do you value?  Do your rituals support your values?  Do your boundaries support the path of least resistance?
    2. What are your “absolute yes’s”?
    3. What are your “absolute no’s”?
Congratulations to our newest members!  Welcome to our family!
Susan, Amy, Stephanie and Madeline
Z. Zsohar is a passionate member of The Love of the Lake Board.  He stopped by today to tell us more about White Rock Lake and all it has to offer.  Did you know that White Rock Lake and the park system around the lake is bigger than Central Park in NY?  An average of 200 people per month show up on the 2nd Saturday to help keep this incredible urban asset beautiful!  They also have two groups of kayakers who clean those areas not accessible by foot.  If you would like to see some of the unique things pulled from the lake, stop by the lake museum at the Love of the Lake office on the corner of Buckner and Garland!
Crystal Lewis is helping kids and young adults prepare for a financially secure future.  As the owner of LifePrep, Crystal provides sound advice on how to budget, manage credit cards, prioritize expenses and build life skills.  These critical skills will keep your kids from “boomeranging” back into your home after they graduate from college.  She even has a quick workbook to help kids learn these skill faster and easier.  I’m sure we all know a few adults who could also use this course!
Paul Ferguson honored his family today with 3 Paul Harris awards!  What a special dedication this was!  Congratulations Judy, PJ and Jennifer on becoming Paul Harris Society members!
Dale Young – Executive Coach – spoke to us today about reaching “significance”.  What is your strength and talent?  The more you become what is “YOU-niquely” you, the more of an impact, and the more significance you will have on the world.  This was proven in a study based on a Nebraska Speed Reading course.  Those who were already fast readers improved exponentially more than those who were average readers before taking the course.  When you build upon your natural talent and strength, you can improve significantly more than if you try to improve in areas that are not your natural strengths.
Dale introduced the Clifton Strengths by Gallop.  This test will help you identify what your “Signature” talents are.  It will also identify your “Non-Pattern” talents, which are areas that are considered your weakest points.  He suggested finding a partner who is strong where you are weak.  Together, you can accomplish more!
Kristina Woodahl Brown visited us this week to discuss the importance of talking about suicide in an effort to save lives.  This critically important topic brought the following facts to light:
  • Over 800,000 people die worldwide from suicide each year.  Many countries don’t report suicide, so this number is probably much higher.
    • This mean someone takes their life every 40 seconds!
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
  • For every death by suicide, 25 more people make an attempt to end their life.
  • Every suicide affects an average of 100 people.
    • This implies that 80 million people are affected by suicide worldwide each year.
  • The most common age for suicide is from 10 to 44, but there is a growing segment for men from 50 to 55.
  • 90% of people who take their own life have a mental health condition.  The most common condition is depression, which can be triggered by many factors. 
    • Most mental health conditions are difficult, if not impossible, for family and friends to recognize.  You may know that a friend or loved one is sad/angry/overwhelmed, but that doesn’t mean they are suicidal.  It’s important to open lines of communication and listen.  Don’t judge or minimize what the other person is saying.  Suggest professional help if you feel it is appropriate.  Most importantly, never feel guilty if you missed the signs, or if you thought you were doing the right thing, but your friend or loved one takes their own life anyway.  It’s not your fault. 
  •   Places to get help:
    • 800-273-Talk
    • Text:  741-741
    • App:  Not OK  (Download on your phone and load 5 friends who live close enough to help you. It will contact your friends and 911 when you press a button.)
Once again East Dallas Rotary has gone above and beyond to have a little fun!  Saturday marked our annual Back-To-School social event at Bill and Barbara Perryman's home.  The burgers were huge; the school supplies were piled high, and the fellowship was amazing!  In addition to having fun, we also installed 2 new members. 
Welcome to Tara Callahan and Riley Goethals!  Tara and Riley are our two newest Satellite members.  We are thrilled to bring such bright, young professionals into our family!
What a great day to be a Rotarian!  We installed Cheyanne Patterson today!  This was a very fitting day to bring Cheyanne into our family because we also celebrated our RYLA campers today.  Cheyanne started her Rotary journey as a RYLA camper 10 years ago, and has continued that journey every year since then.  She was also part of the RYLA camp experience this year!  Welcome to the family Cheyanne!
Marjorie Herrera Lewis wrote the historical fiction novel “When The Men Were Gone”.  This book is about Tylene Wilson, a woman who coached the football team in Brownwood, TX during World War II when most of the men were away at war.  The story is fascinating, and will resonate with any woman who has persevered to prove she can do just as good of a job as a man.  It’s also an important story for fathers, husbands, brothers and sons to read.  Tylene needed the support and encouragement of her husband to brave the ridicule of those she faced.
In addition to the book, Marjorie’s story of how she found out about Tylene was a wonderful example of the power of relationships.  A nurse she had known for many years commented on a football T-shirt Marjorie wore one day.  That comment spurred a conversation that lasted for years and resulted in this amazing recreation of a powerful story.  It’s amazing what gems can be discovered just by asking questions and listening!  Marjorie’s next big adventure is a movie deal that is currently in the script writing phase.  Thank you Marjorie!
Pete Havel provided interesting insight into “Fireproofing Your Career, Company and Culture” today.  Have you ever worked with an “arsonist” in the office.  This may be someone who has motives based on personal profit, revenge, nefarious concealment, uncontained excitement, a hero complex or possibly just ill intent to do harm or vandalism.  Pete helped us identify the basic characteristics of an office arsonist, and then provided these 7 suggestions for “fireproofing” your career:
  1. Best defense is a good offense.  Get ahead of the fire.
  2. Tell your story.  Don’t let the arsonist tell it for you.
  3. Build coalitions and goodwill.  You will need a support group.
  4. What’s your one big thing?  Understand your boundaries.
  5. Understand and protect your culture.  Don’t let anyone else define you.
  6. SOWT – uncover your blind spots before they bite you.
  7. Be principled and prepared.  Don’t get sucked into the chaos.
We were awarded the Foundation donation award by District 5810 for 2018/2019!  YAHOO!
Welcome to our new Club President - Michael Callahan!!!  We held our installation dinner last night, and everyone had a wonderful time.  Michael has been our RYLA champion for years, and this is his second term as President!  The last time he served in this role was about 20 years ago, so he's looking forward to leading us into a new era with exciting ideas to incorporate his RYLA connections and experience to help grow our Club.  Congratulations Michael!
Rick Calvert, Asst US Attorney for the North District of Texas, and Chief of Narcotics and Organized Crime Division.  That is a big title with an equally intimidating task list.  Rick is very involved in trying to curb the opioid crisis in North Texas.  90% of all illegal drugs come up through Mexico, which makes Texas a hot spot for drugs, guns and human trafficking, which are all tied together.
Yesterday, Rick told the story of Madison.  A 20 year old graduate of Coppell High School.  She graduated on time with a 3.3 GPA.  She was a great kid who suffered from an accident that happened when she was 15.  She was prescribed OxyContin for the pain.  Like so many others, she became addicted to OxyContin.  This addiction eventually led to her injecting herself with heroin 6 to 8 times per day.  To pay for her habit, she began selling heroin.  Rick met her when she became a witness for the state in an effort to stop a massive drug ring that was targeting teens and young adults.
Rick told us that 4 out of 5 addictions start with legal prescriptions.  OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Vicadin and Fentanyl are the most common pain killers that lead to addition.  Mixed drugs, like XO’s (Ecstasy mixed with Oxy Contin) and Cheese (heroin mixed with cold medicine) as common starters to capture young victims with a light dose that is just as addictive.  This crisis is stealing the lives of so many great kids and adults!  Thank you Rick for being a positive crusader against this nightmare!  
Our speaker today was Steven Carter.  Steven has the ability to make tax issues sound interesting!  That is an exceptional gift!  Today, Steven spoke about how to make the most out of the new tax law.  There are 4 primary ways to reduce your taxes:
  1. Timing – Defer income until you earn less.  This will place you in a lower tax bracket and provide income when you need it.
  2. Shifting – If you can shift earnings to a lower earning family member, you may be able to hedge your tax bracket.  You also may be able to shift up to $12,000 to a non-earning family member without paying tax at all.
  3. Code – There are several advantageous tax codes that will allow you to write off or deduct for things like work related equipment, medical costs, “on premise” athletic facilities (home pool), etc.
  4. Products – Steven didn’t talk about this option, so call him if you are interested in learning more!
Bill Perryman held an informal survey of his clients and found that 2 out of 3 had a lower average tax in 2018 compared to 2017, so hopefully the tax changes helped you too!
John Israel – Mr. Thank You – stopped by today with an amazing story of gratitude.  Do you work to work, or do you work with a purpose?  John decided to add purpose to his work, and ended up with an entirely new career.
John stated that we can “create a habit around gratitude”.  In his words, everyone wants to be seen for their “greatness”, not their “weakness”.  This is very true!  He believes that “gratitude” is the experience a person feels when they receive a gift.  This gift can be an emotion; a change in your life, or an experience.  Each of us can provide that gift to someone else by thanking them for something they do that is meaningful to us.  For John, this became the “Thank You Project”.  He dedicated himself to hand writing 5 personal thank you notes each day for a year.  He shared several stories of how transformative this process was for him and his recipients.  By including others in the process, he was also able to share the power of gratitude by allowing strangers to write thank you notes with him. 
Who are you grateful for?  Let’s all follow John’s example and write a thank you note today!
The Rotary Club of East Dallas holds a social event each quarter.  For each of these social events, we chose a local agency we would like to sponsor and part of our fun event is to donate to that agency.  For our Spring Fling event, we chose Pamper Lake Highlands.  What a great organization!  Pamper Lake Highlands helps single mothers with pre-school age children.  While the children receive pre-school training, the mothers are also learning in a classroom next door.  Some of their classes include English as a second language, financial management and parenting skills.  Jason and Mike dropped off 15 cases of diapers and baby wipes to their wonderful program!
Mark Deubner, the Director of the Department of Aviation for the City of Dallas stopped by yesterday to bring us up to speed on changes at Love Field.  Did you know 40,000 people fly out of Love Field on an average day (more on holidays), and 16 million fly out of Love annually?  This volume requires and average of 195 flights per day.
They are constantly working on new projects.  Last year they finished the new parking garage adding 5,000 new spaces.  This year they are working on updates to the entry road.  With new lighting, pedestrian paving, fencing, landscaping, signage and public art, the new entry will be a great addition to the airport!  Next on the list is a possible new entrance from the north – WOW!
Larry Martin, Esq. joined us today to talk about the importance of understanding Texas marital property rules BEFORE you get married.  This discussion was a sobering reminder that it’s always easier to discuss money issues while you are still in love.  Don’t wait until the marriage goes south to find out what the law allows.  Here are a few key points:
  • Under TX common law, all you need are these 3 factors to fall under the Community Property statute:
    • Cohabitate
    • Agree to be married.
    • Tell people you are married or file joint taxes.
Our very own Wladimir Meskelis was awarded several honors by District Asst Governor John Mossier yesterday!  Wlad received an award for the second highest per capita giving in the 5810 district!  He was also honored for increasing our membership.  We all knew Wlad was the BEST!  Now the District does too :)
Dwayne Lee joined us yesterday to share his experience visiting the beaches of Normandy.  In case that topic doesn’t ring a bell, how about the D-Day invasion?  Dwayne was a very passionate advocate for visiting this lasting landmark.  The beaches of Normandy are one of the finest tributes to the power of cooperation.  It took the combined forces of all of the allied countries to stop Hitler.  In one of Dwayne’s examples, 100 American soldiers held off over 2,000 German troops at the Le Fiere Bridge.  In another example, over 2,000 allied troops lost their lives on Omaha Beach (1 of 6 landing points Dwayne discussed), and there were over 2 million land mines along the Normandy coast.   This was a very interesting topic, and we were grateful for Dwayne’s time.
Bill Perryman provided some background  on the Rotary Foundation and the work that has occurred to eliminate Polio in the world.  This is truly an amazing gift that Rotary is giving to the world!  As part of this presentation, Bill honored several people with Paul Harris Awards and offered an amazing opportunity to double your donation (see above)!  If you would like to participate in this donation opportunity, please let Bill know by next week.  Here are the people who received honorary awards from Bill today:
The following work in Bill’s office:
Jan Mayfield
Jen Grant
Gibson Aguirre
Other’s honored:
Dirk Spoons – Bill’s son-in-law
Les Lobel – Member and Toffee maker extraordinaire
Susan Hittle – Jason’s mother and Toffee maker extraordinaire
Patti Sanders – Bill’s sister and Toffee maker extraordinaire
Ashley Berges, the voice behind The Celebrity Perspective on Amazon Prime, provided an informative discussion today about “living your true life perspective.”  Ashley is known for hard hitting interviews with important people in our society.  In these interviews Ashley talks about real things with real people, while maintaining a respectful and genuine environment.  This tactic has helped her delve into deep topics, such as overcoming adversity and finding your own truth. 
One of the things Ashley brought up today was the importance of finding the negative thoughts (the broken record in your mind) and eliminating those thoughts so you can make better choices in life.  To do this, she suggested considering if you’ve been “typecast” in your life.
  • Are you a “Savior”?  Do you feel like you always need to rescue someone or fix a problem?  If so, change the dynamic and work on yourself instead.
  • Are you a “Victim”?  Do you feel like everything always goes wrong; everyone is out to get you, or you feel smothered by life or someone in your life?  If so, take charge of one thing that is a negative influence in your life.  That may mean cutting someone out of your life if they are causing the negativity.  Once you’ve taken control of that one thing/person, move on to the next thing.  Continue this until you feel like you are in charge of your own life and no longer a victim.
You can hear Ashley’s Podcast on ITunes at Ashley Berges – Live Your True Life Perspective.
Each month during this fiscal year we are asking our members to share their stories.  In December we heard from three of our members!  Thank you to Paul Ferguson, Mike Goethals and David Bird!  Paul shared his trip to visit several countries, including Budapest where he attended a Rotary make-up meeting.  In the picture below, Paul is presenting the Budapest flag to President Cindy Pauls.
Mike shared the benefits of growing up in a small Michigan town and the powerful influence his father had on his Rotary journey (Jim Goethals is also a member of East Dallas Rotary!).  David shared both his and his wife Sherilyn's professional growth in the Dallas area, and then shared a great Rotary story that reminded us all of the amazing reach this international organization has, and the way that reach can impact us personally.
This is such an incredible Club and family!  Thank you for sharing your stories!
Romona Harper and Alan Kirby spoke today about the DECA group at Lake Highlands High School.  Here are a few facts:
  • DECA is focused on preparing future leaders in the areas of Marketing, Hospitality, Finance and Management.
  • Learning opportunities include competitions, school based enterprises, classwork, speakers, networking, etc.
  • 90% of DECA students go to college.
  • 88% leave the program feeling empowered to be an effective leader, and feel the program connects school to real life.
  • DECA provides the 4 C’s
    • Critical Thinking
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Creativity
Julia Westwood is the owner of Julia’s Lifestyle Management.  Have you ever wished you could clone yourself because you have too much to do, or wished you were more organized?  Julia can help in both of these areas.  Julia’s Lifestyle Management helps people get things done.  Here are a few of the areas she touched on today:
  • Personal Assistant – organize paperwork; create a death dossier; pay bills; coordinate with professionals (CPA, tax, legal, etc)
  • Organization – from one closet to an entire house, Julia can either do the work for you, or teach you how to do it yourself.
  • Staging a home and moving – from preparing your home for sale to organizing your new home (and everything in between).
This time of year can be especially stressful.  Here is Julia’s holiday checklist:
  • Make a list
  • Set up and maintain a calendar with deadlines
  • Start early
  • Organize decorations and create a gift station
  • Manage your time and delegate
  • All of these steps will help you and your family manage expectations and reduce stress.
Cheri Garcia, Founder of Cornbread Hustle, stopped by today to tell us about the staffing company she founded.  This amazing organization is founded on the “5 P’s”:
  • Passion
  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Purpose
  • Pay it Forward
What is your passion?  Once you’ve answered this question, figure out how to create a purpose out of your passion and pay it forward!
Cheri’s company helps people who have been incarcerated find meaningful employment and start their own companies.  25% of the population has a criminal record.  Unfortunately, our society doesn’t believe someone convicted of a felon can be rehabilitated, so the time they serve in prison isn’t enough.  People with a felony on their record find it incredibly difficult to find housing and employment after they are released.  This means they are really handed a life sentence for what could have been a momentary lapse in judgment.  Cheri’s “passion” is helping people with a criminal record find their place in society and become successful.  Cornbread Hustle provides ongoing support groups as well to ensure those who are placed in positions remain focused on the future.  If you are looking for extremely loyal and dedicated workers, you can find out more at www.cornbreadhustle.com
Congratulations to our very own Wladimir Meskellis!  Wlad was honored today by Bill Perryman for receiving his Paul Harris +7 pin.  This is an incredible accomplishment and the entire East Dallas Rotary Club is very proud of you!
John Powter, with GDP Advisors stopped by with valuable insights into the health insurance cost crisis.  Here are his top 3 ways you can lower your cost:
  1. Drugs
    1. Download the GoodRX app to your phone today.  You can save up to 80% on prescription medication with this app.
    2. Question your doctor and comparison shop.  A similar drug may accomplish the same goal for a significantly lower cost.
    3. Understand what you are taking and how it affects you. 
      1. Did you recently lose weight?  If so, do you still need the same dosage of your medication?
      2. How long are you expected to take a certain drug?  What happens if you take it for too long?
      3. How do your medications impact each other?  Will one cause another to be ineffective, or will a combination cause problems?
  2. Consumerism
    1. Question your doctor on any recommended procedures.  What are the alternatives?  What do you gain?
    2. Shop around for procedures.
      1. In John’s example, an MRI can cost between $750 and $4,000 depending on the provider and location. Exact same procedure, but significantly different cost.
  3. Pay cash for the small stuff
    1. Flu shots and primary care costs less when it’s paid by the consumer rather than the insurance company.  This saves on your deductible.
David Lyons lives with Parkinson’s disease every day.  There is no cure, so people with Parkinson’s focus on learning how to cope.  David joined us today to share his story with the Parkinson Voice Project (www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org ).  PVP has changed David’s life by teaching him how to “Live with intent.” 
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurogenerative disease that shuts down the dopamine in the brain.  Dopamine allows you to speak and act without thinking.  Swinging your arms as you walk, repeating the alphabet or even where to place your tongue when you make an “L” sound are difficult, if not impossible for people with Parkinson’s.  The Parkinson Voice Project trains people to focus on the “intent” to make movements and sounds.  By doing this, they are able to strengthen the muscles needed to speak and swallow.  70% of Parkinson victims will die from choking.  The PVP reduces that risk.
A person with Parkinson’s can’t build habits, so the need to “learn” how to speak with intent never ends.  Due to this, they have support and accountability groups called the Loud Crowd.  David talked about the incredible “fraternity” of friends he’s built through this project.  He knows his Loud Crowd friends will make him accountable to continually practice speaking, and to NEVER GIVE UP
Grant Pruitt, with White Box Real Estate spoke to our Club today about commercial real estate in DFW.  As the 4th largest metroplex in the nation, Dallas is an extremely popular commercial real estate destination.  Not only for the central location, but also for the excellent air/train/highway access we offer.  Here are a few interesting points from today:
  • Google is considered the genesis of the current commercial real estate market in the US because they reversed the “work at home” trend by creating creatively collaborative work spaces for their employees to share ideas.
  • WeWork is another fairly new (over the past decade) concept in commercial real estate.  This company creates shared work space for smaller businesses.  Huge companies, such as Amazon also use WeWork locations for their branch and district locations.
  • Prologis, out of Francisco, owns 700 million square feet of space in 19 countries.  Amazon represents 3.5% of their $80 billion in leased space assets.
  • The biggest upcoming market disrupter is 3-D printing.  An Australian company created a huge 3-D printing hub in DFW because we are centrally located and the company can send plans electronically to the printers for production.  This process bypasses customs, tariffs and reduces shipping costs for the central US.  
Welcome to our newest member - Steve Hull!  We are very happy to have you join our family!
Dr Liz, who is a member of the Downtown Dallas Club, visited today to share her story of “Healing Hearts and Hands”.  This project is helping villages in Ghana install water wells to provide clean water, and they are also providing health clinics including dental care.  Dr Liz is a local Dentist in Plano, but she was born in Ghana, Africa.  This is more than a project for her.  It’s her life passion.  She has recruited friends, family and her local Rotary Club to help turn around the lives of those in Ghana.  The Downtown Rotary Club partners with the Rotary Club of Accra West in Ghana for a RI Global Grant to fund this project, and the need is greater than one Club (or several) can handle.  There are more than 6 million people in Ghana living without clean water or sanitation. 
Here are a few of the things this grant and Rotary volunteers provide:
  • Mechanized water wells utilizing a tower.
  • Latrines, wash stations and bathing stations.
  • Dental and health care
  • Supplies, including hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), clothing, shoes, school supplies, snacks and drinks for volunteers, etc.
THANK YOU to all of our members who contributed to our effort to fill 4th and 5th grade backpacks for students at Dan D Rogers Elementary School!  What a fun project, and thanks to Bill and Barbara Perryman for hosting our PARTY to celebrate this effort :)
Our very own Jim Goethals was the past President of the Rotary Club of Sturgis, Michigan.  He was recently invited back to attend their anniversary party!  We are very proud of the leaders in our Club!  GO JIM!!!
RYLA, RYLA, RYLA!!!  Mike Callahan shared his history with the club and his passion for RYLA.  Through his continued efforts we have sponsored many students who are now out in the world making a difference.  It’s always impressive to me how much EDR history we have through some of our current members.  Mike has been following Rotary’s creed of Service Above Self throughout his Rotary tenure, and we are very lucky to have him as part of our club!
Mike brought 3 generations of RYLA campers to our meeting today:
Brendan Zamora RYLA 2018
Joe Summers RYLA 2016
Cheyanne Patterson RYLA 2009
Cheyanne is now on the RYLA staff.  Joe is training to be a RYLA Councilor, and Brendon confirmed that his camp experience changed his life.
Congratulations to our newest members!  Frances Goethals and Suzanne McCafferty were installed today by Gilbert Brown.  Asst Dist Governor Charlie Mohrle was on hand as well to help our new members understand what an incredible organization they have joined.  Welcome to the family!!!
Fred Parrish from The Profit Experts spoke to us today about the importance of the CFO.  The difference between a CPA and a CFO is vision.  CPA’s tend to be focused on compliance, which is a look at past performance and procedures.  CFO’s are required to look forward and forecast the future by analyzing and trending the past.  Since this is my career, I would add that it’s a little more subtle than that.  CFO’s must be able to “see” and work with the grey space outside the box.  If you are just looking at the numbers, you are not getting the whole story.  A good CFO can bring the numbers to life by identifying potential pitfalls and guiding the company towards  a more profitable future. 
We have a new Social Media Committee - YAHOO!  Two of our newest members have already stepped up to help in a much needed way!  Thank you to Jason Kendall, Suzanne McCafferty and Frances Goethals for tackling this very valuable task!
Leigh Richardson, Clinical Director for the Brain Performance Center, provided an insightful (and scary) discussion on the impact of cell phone addition on our society.  This discussion took on an interesting twist today since we had our two RYLA campers in the audience.  Surprisingly, adults are just as addicted to cell phones as teenagers! 
Leigh talked about how to identify cell phone addiction, and the disruptive patterns that can occur when one or more family members turns to their phone rather than interacting within a family unit.  Did you know 11 teenagers die every day from cell phone related vehicle accidents, or that 21% of all fatal vehicle related accidents are caused by a phone distracted driver?  Is it time to put down the phone in your own family?  Definitely something to think about!
Laurie Wyly Matthews – co-author of Dallas Got It Right! was our speaker today.  Laurie is the daughter of Dallas entrepreneur Sam Wyly (founder of Texas Business Instruments). 
Did you know:
  • Frisco is the fastest growing city in the nation.
  • When the Dallas Mayor called the Texas Rangers for help with a pending riot after a popular boxing match was cancelled, they only sent 1 Ranger.  1 Riot = 1 Ranger!  That’s all that was needed!
  • Important people who came from the DFW area:
    • Bette Nesmith (invented liquid paper)
    • Ally Beth Allman (real estate company)
    • Anita Martinez (1st Mexican-American on the City Council of Dallas)
    • Lady Bird Johnson
    • Kelly Clarkson
    • Many more!!!
Thank you to District Governor Bill Slicker for joining our Club today.  Governor Slicker shared his vision for the new Rotary year and helped us understand how powerful Rotary is in the world.  Do you know how many dedicated people it takes to vaccinate children around the world for Polio, or that Rotary lost 100 health workers last year in areas of extreme violence?  In addition to Polio vaccinations, Rotary is very involved in providing clean water to the most impoverished areas of the world.  Service Before Self - Be The Inspiration
Ruby Bhandari, owner/founder of Silk Threads, joined our Club today to share her story of starting a culture based business.  Ruby is a fashion designer and business woman who was raised in a traditional Indian family in the Austin, TX area.  In college she began providing custom dresses in the traditional Indian style.  After years of struggle and with the courage to continually step into new and challenging areas, Ruby now has a thriving business that provides exclusive ethnicwear, bridal trousseaus and both men’s and women’s custom wear.  Ruby spoke of the importance of “designing your own life” despite what those around you might say.  This required Ruby to have a positive mindset when she was facing her biggest challenges.  This entrepreneurial mindset not only helped Ruby succeed in her own business, it has also inspired her to give back through several charity organizations.
Dana Garnett, CPA spoke to us today about managing stress to gain cohesion and wellbeing in our lives.  When you create balance in your life, you can not only create a healthier environment for yourself, but also for those around you, which reduces conflict and provides positive energy for everyone you are near.
  • 4 Domains of Resilience
    • Physical
    • Mental
    • Spiritual
    • Emotional
    • When these 4 domains are in balance, you achieve “Cohesion”, which places your entire body in sync.
  • Steps to reach Cohesion:
    • Focus on your heart.
    • Breathe deeply.
    • Think of something you are grateful for, or that brings you joy.
Lt Col Paul Ferguson Jr joined us today to share his experience in Antarctica!  Paul Jr was a member of our Club until recently when he transferred to Rockwall, but he’s still part of our Rotary family.  As an Airforce Chaplain and the Senior Pastor of an active Church in Rockwall, Paul Jr is a very busy man.  He was given an opportunity of a lifetime to make room in his schedule at the end of last year to join the Airforce crew at the bottom of the world.  His South Pole visit started with a flight to Los Angeles.  From there, it took another 22 hours to reach Antarctica.  Here are a few fun facts from his trip:
  • There is no humidity or salt in Antarctica, so relics from the first expeditions in 1901 and 1907 still appear exactly like they did when Scott and Shackelton left those items 117 years ago.
  • A few things left behind by these early explorers include seal carcasses, food, a bicycle, clothing, etc.
  • The original Chapel burned and the US Government didn’t have a budget for a new building.  Faith was so important to the crews working there, they built a new “Chapel of the Snow” with volunteer labor and left over parts and materials.  It’s a beautiful building.
  • There are 3 giant telescopes on Antarctica to listen to radio waves from space.
  • The land mass of Antarctica is larger than the continental US and sits 11,000 feet above sea level.
  • ALL waste/trash/excess, including human waste is removed from the area by ship.
Sally Fryer Dietz, the Founder and Director of Integrative Concussion Therapy, helped us understand what a concussion is, and the long-term impact of a concussion on the brain if left untreated.  Did you know:
  • Kids and young adults under the age of 23 are more susceptible to concussions.
  • If you witness these signs, call 911:
    • Impaired vision or balance
    • Nausea & vomiting
    • Blood/fluid (especially clear fluid) from the nose or ears
    • Immediate bruising, swelling or profuse bleeding
    • Seizures
    • Altered breathing
  • 90% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness.  This does not mean it’s any less dangerous.
  • You are 4 times more susceptible of have a second concussion soon after the first due to impaired judgement.
  • What should you do if you have a concussion:
    • Complete rest for 2 to 3 days.
      • Stay in a symptom free zone with no electronic stimulus (TV’s, phone, IPad’s, games, etc).
      • No sports drinks, caffeine, alcohol, milk or ice cream, Aspirin (only Tylenol is allowed).
      • Minimize sugar intake, including fruit, and maximize proteins and Omega 3’s.
  • It takes 3 to 5 weeks to fully recover from a concussion.  “When in doubt, sit it out!”
Ed Puskarich, Director of Coaching for the Dallas Spurs Soccer Team, helped us understand the importance of the Soccer/Football World Cup.  Did you know there are only 23 players chosen to be on a World Cup team?  These players are chosen through tryouts and exhibition games during the season.  Only 18 of these players are allowed to suit up on the field for the big event.
Other interesting facts include:
  • There can only be 3 substitutions per game, and once you are pulled out you cannot go back in for the rest of the game.  If a coach uses all 3 subs, and then a player is hurt, the team has to continue the game with one less player on the field.
  • The Super Bowl game with Seattle vs. Broncos had 111.5 million TV viewers.  The 2010 World Cup in Spain had 909 million TV viewers.
  • The winning team of the World Cub receives $35 million.  The losing team receives $25 million (not bad for losing!).
  • The average professional soccer career is only 5 years.  Ed was able to maintain a 19 year professional career!
  • Ed gave us his picks for each bracket of the upcoming World Cup.  Brazil is once again the leading favorite (Wlad loved this!), but Germany is a sound contender.
Elizabeth Rentz, pilot/air racer/ball gown creator/bank recruiter/life coach, stopped by to share what she has learned over her long and varied career.  Elizabeth is currently speaking about how to reinvent yourself and embrace change.  Here are a few of her key points:
  • If you chase money, it will run away from you.  The size of your bank account is a direct reflection of how satisfied your customers are.
  • Customer satisfaction is directly tied to employee engagement.  If your employees feel valued and involved, they will make your customers happy.
  • Reinvent yourself often.  The world is constantly changing.  Reinvent yourself; your services; your culture.  Stay flexible and relevant!
Zeke Fortenberry provided very interesting insight into the Christina Morris case yesterday.  Zeke was the lead prosecutor on the case and outlined the key points that helped convict Enrique Arochi for Aggravated Kidnapping.  This sad case involved the disappearance of a young woman after an evening of merriment at the Shops at Legacy by a group of past graduates of Plano High School.  Enrique was the last person to see Christina alive, and Zeke gained the conviction despite the lack of a body based on the following elements:
  • Kept jury trial local rather than changing the venue.
  • Provided jury with a critical viewing of the Camaro (DNA was found in 2 locations in the trunk)
  • Convicted based on “sufficiency of evidence” because there was no body.
    • Intent to terrorize because she was placed in the trunk and she was afraid of the dark.  This warranted “aggravated” kidnapping.
A body was recently found in the same area they originally searched in Anna, TX.  The identity of this body has not been verified yet, but the clothing appears accurate for Christina.  A decision regarding next steps if the body is identified as Christina has not been determined yet.
Jim Gatewood, Dallas History Professor at Richland College stopped by again to share another wonderful story with us.  This time he shared the story of Sid Richardson.  Mr. Richardson’s estate was one of the biggest in the state, but he didn’t start out that way.  As the first of 7 children, his saloon owner father struggled to keep up with his brood, so Sid learned early how to wrangle a deal.  From prize fighting to selling land shares to owning oil rigs, he continually moved himself up the success ladder.  His only area of defeat was in his love life.  After losing the girl he hoped to marry, he swore off love and ended up dying a bachelor.
Kristin Robertson visited today to address a very current topic – Business Culture.  Do you enjoy going to work each day?  If so, what is the best thing about your company culture that makes you enjoy your job?
Kristin shared that companies with a good culture tend to be more successful and sustainable than companies with a poor or toxic culture.  So what are the 3 key areas of a great company culture?
  • Values
  • Norms/Behaviors
  • Beliefs & Attitudes
To create a sustainable culture, you need a Core Value.  This Value needs the following:
  • Value definition.
  • Identify behaviors that detract from this value (discourage these behaviors).
  • Identify behaviors that support this value (encourage these behaviors).
  • Provide metrics to hold the team accountable.
In this new era of “Me Too”, it is important that we all develop, encourage and support healthy, respectful cultures in the workplace!
Our speaker today was Sgt. Wanda West of the Dallas Police Department.  Wanda is responsible for community engagement.  The primary focus of this task revolves around volunteer activities.  There are 6 current volunteer programs:
  • Crime Watch
  • Citizens Offering Police Support (C.O.P.S.)
  • Volunteers in Patrol (V.I.P.)
  • Citizens Helping in Parking Solutions (C.H.I.P.S.) (currently being revamped)
  • Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (V.I.S.T.A.)
Wanda shared information on each of these programs.  Did you know the Rotary Club of Dallas is already actively involved as volunteers in the Let’s Talk program with the Dallas Police Department?  Are you interested in helping?  They have an average of 1,000 youth pass through their programs each month.  This month they are expecting 120 youth in their Dallas Junior Police Academy.  Pulling off this type of an all day event takes a lot of volunteers to keep the kids corralled and moving in the right direction.  You can find more volunteer information at:
Twitter - @dpdvolunteers
Lance Spellman from Workflow Studios stopped by today to help us understand the “Cloud”.  Did you know Amazon does more than sell goods online?  They are also the biggest Cloud platform provider.  This part of their business generates $18 billion (yes, I said BILLION) in revenue per year! 
So, what is the “Cloud”?  Imagine that Amazon is a large condo building and your personal Amazon account is an apartment within the condo.  You only have full access to your apartment.  If you chose to buy a product from Staples through the Amazon platform (online Amazon store), you click on that product, which knocks on the Staples apartment door.  They open their door to let you in just enough to order and pay for that product.  You don’t have access to their entire apartment, and they don’t have access to your entire apartment.  Each side only gets to see what they need, for the limited time they need it, and nothing more.  Even though we all live in the same Amazon condo building, we can only visit each other if the buyer initiates contact.
Now, expand this to every other system or process you can think of.  There are millions of condo buildings available.  Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Ebay, Skype, Yahoo, etc are some of the biggest and most well-known Cloud solutions, but there are countless others.  The Cloud allows you to have access to nearly limitless resources at a reduced cost in a “virtual” environment.  No more need for a bricks and mortar building to house employees… they can work from home anywhere in the world! 
Lance’s topic was interesting and relevant to the future of our businesses and even our Club! 
US Congressman Pete Sessions joined us today.  Congressman Sessions is an Honorary member of the East Dallas Rotary Club and made it very clear that our Club is welcome in Washington DC any time.  He also said he wanted to do a good enough job today to ensure that we invite him back!  Here are a few things he shared:
  • Improvements in the effectiveness of our military to protect our country has led to a 98% takeover of territory previously controlled by ISIS.
  • The new tax plan has moved the US from 24th place to 1st place in our ability to compete in the US product sales market against non-US countries.
  • The tax plan also removed the insurance requirement that forced people to purchase Obama Care even if the insurance was not appropriate for their needs.
  • Congressman Sessions believes we need to focus on finding solutions to our country’s issues regardless of who holds the various leadership posts.  
  • He has also pledged to meet with area leaders and law enforcement to see what laws are in place that currently inhibit our ability to protect the children in our schools. 
Dr. John Roland provided us with an interesting presentation on the advancements and benefits of stem cell research.  His topic, “How to help your body heal itself”, was filled with helpful information:
  • Types of medicine:
    • Functional medicine addresses the whole person to find the root cause of the issue.
    • Regenerative medicine delivers stem cells to the diseased tissue to help your body restore/repair that specific tissue.
      • Stem cells are neutral cells that can turn into any type of cell. 
      • Stem cell therapy uses your own stem cells to repair damaged cells in a specific area.  This could include the regeneration of cartilage, tissue, joints. 
Stem cell therapy helps to “re-balance” the system, which could also lead to an improved overall immune system.  This improvement has the potential to help with other diseases, such as Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.  This therapy has a higher success rate when combined with certain lifestyle changes.
Caren Bright gave an inspirational talk yesterday about a non-profit group she founded called Pamper Lake Highlands.  This ambitious endeavor provides the following:
  • Disposable diapers to approximately 90 struggling parents
  • Provides 10 women per year with training on finances, GED completion, parenting skills, etc.
  • Pays for 10 teachers per year to teach pre-school curriculum to 56 children aged 3 to 5 years.
Did you know that children raised in poverty without supplemental pre-school help enter Kindergarten with 300,000 fewer words in their vocabulary?  I’m not sure if I know 300,000 words now!
60% of the participants come from the Lake Highlands area, and 30% are single family households. 
Guy Hatcher was our guest speaker today.  His topic was “How to find your perfect client.”  He provided a great tool to help with this effort and provided the following key points:
  • Things to ask about your current clients:
    • Why does your client do what he/she does?
      • What is their non-financial legacy?  Are they on the path to meet their personal goals?
    • What benefit does your client provide for you?
      • This could be profitability, networking, fun to work with, interesting goals, etc.
      • Create categories that your best clients fall into.  If a client doesn’t benefit you in some way, should you keep them?
    • What does your client need from you?
      • Use the “COS” strategy to determine how you can add value to your clients.
        • C = key Concerns
        • O = key Opportunities
        • S = key Strengths
Larry Faigh, sales trainer at Sandler Training, provided a wonderful understanding of the best sales approach.  Here are a few of his points:
Types of sales people:
  1. Professional (selling a product or service)
  2. Non-Professional (generating new clients, such as a lawyer, architect, etc)
  3. Influencers (not in sales, but able to influence a decision)
Prospects tend to follow these steps (prospects are the people buying the product or service):
  1. Withhold information
  2. Gather information
  3. Commit to nothing
  4. Disappear
When this last step happens, the sales person has effectively provided time and effort to train the prospect on his/her product or service with no benefit.
Instead of following the traditional sales approach, which is ineffective and can lead to more prospects disappearing, the following sales steps should be followed to improve the chance of success:
  1. Qualify the prospect – are they a good fit for your product/service? (answer 2 – 5 below)
  2. Extract the prospect’s pain – what is the prospect’s need or the gap they are trying to fill?  It must be compelling and emotion.
  3. Verify the prospect has the budget available – it is a waste of time to pitch a $20,000 product to someone who only has $2,000.
  4. Ensure the prospect is the decision maker – do you need to involve someone higher up to make the final decision?
  5. Match the product/service to the prospect’s pain – if you are fixing task A, but they need help with task B, don’t waste your time.
Martha and Keith Duncan stopped by today to help us get to know Martha’s dad a little better.  Elwood Lindell (Martha’s father) was a long-time East Dallas Rotary member, Paul Harris Fellow and past President.  Elwood passed away in 2015 at the age of 95. 
It was fascinating to hear about Elwood and his wife Marion’s life in Wisconsin, California and Texas.  They spent most of their adult life in the Dallas area, where Elwood was a SCORE member, past President of the N. Texas Chapter of the Association of Industrial Advertisers, and co-owner of the Lindell-Keys Advertising Agency.  He was an avid world traveler and loved to fish, read, write and surf the internet.  We heard stories from current EDR members today about Elwood’s love of learning.  He was fascinated by everything that was available on the internet, and like to discuss computer technology at Rotary meetings.  He is clearly missed by all.
Rome Madison stopped by today to share insight on the 3 disciplines needed to build an innovative culture.  His discussion was very insightful!  Here are a few highpoints:
  • Don’t become a “commodity”.
    • Don’t try to compete by someone else’s rules. Stand out and be unique in a way that builds on your own strengths. This allows you to create value for yourself, which leads to success.
  • Goals are NOT a Vision.
    • A Vision is how you see yourself.
    • Goals help you reach your Vision. Set compelling goals that stretch your ability and push you outside your comfort zone.
  • 3 Disciplines to build an innovative culture:
    • Be disciplined with your vision.  Stay true to your strengths.
    • Be disciplined in your effort.  Never give up and don’t accept barriers.
    • Stay disciplined with the fundamental of your craft.
      • Continue to learn and network. Become brilliant at the basics and an expert in your craft.  Never allow yourself to become complacent.
  • 2 great quotes from Rome:
    • “The Riches are in the Niches”
    • Daily question: “How would the person I would like to be, do the things I would like to do today?”
Cory Procter visited yesterday to discuss the “Power of the Huddle”.  Cory was an Offensive Lineman for the NFL Cowboys, Dolphins and Lions.  Here are a few words of wisdom he shared about his journey:
  • Stick Together – No matter what, the people you love come first. This can be family members and friends.
  • Build a support network you can count on to pick you up when you get knocked down.
  • Show up to help the people you love.  Don’t fade away because you don’t know what to say or how to act.
  • You have the power to build someone up higher than you.  Consider this a gift, not a competition.
Thanks Cory!
Have you ever considered joining a Rotary Club?  If so, please consider East Dallas Rotary!  Our Rotary family has fun!  We are involved in several civic service projects each year, and we never turn down an opportunity to party.  We'll even show up to our meetings in Halloween outfits!  You can find us every Tuesday at noon in the back banquet room at Seasons 52 on the south side of North Park Mall.  See you there!
Harry H. Harrison Jr spoke to us today to explain why happiness is the enemy of excellence.  In our effort to make our children happy, we may be holding kids back from reaching their true potential.  Here are Harry’s points:
5 Things parents do that sets their kids up for failure as adults:
  1. Wanting children to be happy at all costs.
  2. Praising children for everything.
  3. Telling children they can do/be anything they want.
  4. Protecting children from all pain and suffering.
  5. Not teaching children how to prioritize.
5 Things parents can do to raise successful kids:
  1. Be the parent, not the friend.
  2. Set high expectations.
  3. Teach children how to set realistic goals.
  4. Teach children how to solve problems (let them fail).
  5. Give children “grit” (teach them to work hard for what they want).
Jerry Acuff, an author and national Key Note Speaker, graciously agreed to stop by and speak to us while he was in town for another event.  Below are some highlights from this presentation:
  • The Relationship Edge (these questions are answered in his book)
    • How do you build a relationship with someone you don’t personally connect with?
    • How can you maintain the relationship?
    • How do you leverage the relationship?
  • What are Jerry’s “winning strategies”?
    • Constantly read – this helps you continue to grow and be relevant.
    • Learn people’s names and use their name in conversations.
    • Get to know people on a personal level.  Use this information to talk to them in the future.
    • Build trust in your relationships. If a person trusts you, they will help you maintain the relationship.
  • Pyramid Hopping
    • Network with the people on your pyramid to meet the people on their pyramid.
Jerry is willing to send a free book to any college student.  Interested?  Have your college student email him at:
Civic Volunteerism - The East Dallas Rotary Club volunteered to help clean up White Rock Lake this past Saturday.  The weather was beautiful and the experience was awesome!  What a great opportunity to give back to our community through a worthwhile cause!  We even had a future Rotarian with us - Thanks Vinnie for your expert use of the cleanup claw!
Chris McNeill visited today to review the most important parts of any contract.  Here is his top 7 categories to understand:
  1. Liability caps and waivers
  2. Term and termination
  3. Payment and inspection rights
  4. Confidential information
  5. Governing law and venue (state where litigation can happen)
  6. Dispute negotiation options
  7. Goodwill (confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicit, non-interference, invention/creation ownership)
Shirley Hu, who is a Rotary member with Rotary Club 5810, gave an inspiring presentation on the history of China.  This story is beautifully represented in the Shen Yun performance that plays in Dallas in January.
When the Communist party took over China, they lost their culture and moral values.  The Shen Yun performance was developed by the Chinese community in New York City, New York to help the world understand that China is not what it appears to be today.  Interestingly, this presentation is not allowed inside China, so it is performed in many countries outside the country that inspired the story.
The Chinese history is very rich and filled with positive values and integrity.  The performance travels through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization using the colors and costumes of the different dynasties.  There is no dialog in the presentation.  Instead, the story is told through music, animated backdrops and movements that include many martial arts moves.  Shirley helped us understand that this story brings back hope to the Chinese people around the world that their culture can return.    
We had a double header today for speakers!  We started with a visit from Dave Bunger, an attorney from Bunger Law Firm.  His topic was what we should think about if we are pulled over for a traffic stop.  His primary focus was DUI and DWI.  Did you know there is a difference?  I didn’t!
DWI – Driving While Intoxicated – involves alcohol
DUI – Driving Under the Influence – Involves anything other than alcohol
If you are pulled over, remember that anything you say prior to being Mirandized can be used against you in court.  Do not agree to take a breathalyzer test.  You will be taken to jail and allowed to call your lawyer.  They will take blood, which is more accurate than the breathalyzer.  The breathalyzer can read false positive for a variety of reasons.  You also should not allow a search of your car.  They may search it anyway, but anything they may find (even something you consider innocent) will be obtained without your consent. 
Our second speaker was Janette, who has been visiting us from Venezuela for the past month.  She is a past President of Rotary District 4380 in Venezuela, and she brought the current Secretary for District 4380, Hector Ribas with her today.  Janette gave a speech on the values of her Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  Did you know there are 31.5 million people living in Venezuela (87.4 people/square mile)?  They are known for developing the vaccine for leprosy and the diamond tip scalpel.   Venezuela is a tropical rain forest that is the largest ozone generator for the planet.  Janette’s Rotary district has 1,036 members, and 45% are women!
Holly Hacker, The Dallas Morning News Reporter, stopped by today to provide some insight on how the world of news reporting works today.  It’s wasn’t a surprise to learn that a “Topless SMU Sorority Video…” headline gained more views than a “Educational Voucher System Impact…” headline.  It was interesting, however, to hear the passion and frustration from a reporter’s point of view over the lack of interest in truly newsworthy events.
In today’s world of excessive multi-tasking, reporters are expected to be researchers, photographers, social media experts and understand the subtle whims of popular marketing in addition to being exceptional and objective reporters.  Holly has become an expert in many areas, with an emphasis on education.  Her topics were current and interesting.  Are you a local news subscriber?
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.
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East Dallas

Service Above Self

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Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Seasons 52 - Dallas NorthPark
8687 N Central Expressway
Suite # B307
Dallas, TX 75225
United States of America
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September 2021
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