Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club

 
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Welcome from the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club!

Rockwall Breakfast

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Rotary Hall
408 S. Goliad Street
Rockwall, TX  75087
United States
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The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club took on the challenge to help a local resident by painting and doing minor repairs on her house. Barbara Farmer on North Alamo says that she is very grateful that the Breakfast Rotary was concerned for her and willing to help.

The project included a fresh coat of paint, repairs to boards on the back and shutters, removing plants and planting new flowers in the flower beds, and trimming trees.

Breakfast Rotary member and Community Service Chairman, Mitchell Berenson, led the project and is very proud of his club and other volunteers who assisted in the effort. Other organizations that volunteered to help were Community Infusion Solutions and members from Reach: Rockwall church. Mitchell says, “It was great to watch our team work hard and make a positive difference in the Rockwall community.” The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary is always seeking ways to help those in Rockwall County who need assistance.
 

 

 
 

Rockwall ISD honored the 2016 Teachers of the Year from each of its 19 campuses on Friday, May 6 at a celebration held at the Hilton Bella Harbor. The highlight of the evening was the naming of the elementary and secondary district Teachers of the Year for 2016. Taking the elementary-level honor was Brenda Sandoval-Jones from Howard Dobbs Elementary. Justin Newberry from Herman E. Utley Middle School was selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Both teachers were awarded a vacation package valued at $2,500. Together they will serve as the district’s representatives for the regional Teacher of the Year competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Additionally, each campuses teacher of the year received a $100 Visa gift card and “swag bag” containing a plaque and other goodies from each of the sponsors.

The 19 Campus Teachers of the Year are as follows:

  • Melissa Tilson – Amanda Rochell Elementary School
  • Natalie Kirkley – Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School
  • Venus Britton – Billie Stevenson Elementary School
  • Melissa Ferguson – Celia Hays Elementary School
  • Kirsten Golden – Doris Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School
  • Courtenay Bridges – Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary School
  • Mynda Rivera-Ruiz – Dorris A. Jones Elementary School
  • Kristina Bell– Grace Hartman Elementary School
  • Brenda Sandoval-Jones – Howard Dobbs Elementary School
  • Holly Sanford – Nebbie Williams Elementary School
  • Melissa Tyner – Ouida Springer Elementary School
  • Jami Nelson – Sharon Shannon Elementary School
  • Brenna LeCroy – Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School
  • Justin Newberry – Herman E. Utley Middle School
  • Maria Shah – J.W.Williams Middle School
  • Brandy Clifton – Maurine Cain Middle School
  • Charlsie Griffiths – Rockwall High School
  • Leslie Reese – Rockwall-Heath High School
  • Heather Graham – Rockwall Quest Academy

Rockwall ISD also honored Grace Jones, fourth grade teacher at Hartman Elementary, for being named the 2016 Sheri Stodghill Fowler Beginning Teacher of the Year.

This award was a new tradition to be established in Rockwall ISD for 2016. The award is in memory of Sheri Stodghill Fowler who was the Chief Communications Officer for the school district for nine years before her passing last January after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The award recognized an outstanding teacher who is in her first year of the profession and has shown dedication to the profession and to personal growth and development.

Congratulations to all of the teachers!!!

 

 

 
 
Several members of our Club had the privilege to meet and visit with Rotary International President "Ravi" at the 1/13/2016 meeting of the Downtown Dallas Rotary Club. President Ravi talked about his his presidential theme 'Be a Gift to the World.'
 

 
 
The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club presented Ruby Jones of Garland a check to offset her losses in the December tornado. Ruby lives alone, with no family in the area and her house was a total loss. She lives on Social Security and basically escaped with the clothes on her back.
 

She said that she was in the most open place in the house when the twister hit without warning.

“I was standing here in the kitchen when it hit. It was so loud and frightening! I immediately went to the floor and prayed that God would save me. And not one thing touched me,” she said.

Her kitchen is a complete disaster and Ruby feels very blessed to be alive. Ruby will rebuild her house and put her life back together.

Ruby was very appreciative that strangers would care and provide for her. She said, “I’m grateful that people care and I’m grateful that people share and I’m grateful that they want to come and talk to me.”

John Adams, President of the Breakfast Rotary said, “It has been our great pleasure to provide a small portion of several hundred dollars to help Ruby recover from this tragedy. Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and our members take that very seriously in their daily lives. And our club is always seeking ways to help others and help make our communities better.”

 

 
 
The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club has begun a Satellite group that will provide opportunities for community service and fellowship for professionals who cannot attend Rotary meetings during regular business hours. The Satellite held its first meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, August 31 at Arbeledo’s Restaurant in Rockwall.

This is a relatively new concept for Rotary, and the Rockwall Breakfast Club is excited and encouraged to see the interest among young professionals. The Satellite group will be an extension of the Breakfast Club and share all the benefits and service projects with them. Both groups will join forces with the common goal of supporting our community of Rockwall.

“Rockwall Breakfast Rotary encourages anyone who is interested in community service to come to the meeting next Monday evening. It is new territory for Rotary in Rockwall and an excellent way to get involved and give back to the community,” said Rotarian John Adams in a press release.

 

 
 

Rockwall ISD honored the 2015 Teachers of the Year from each of its 19 campuses on Friday, May 8 at a celebration held at the Hilton Bella Harbor. The highlight of the evening was the naming of the elementary and secondary district Teachers of the Year for 2015. Taking the elementary-level honor was Edna Solis from Springer Elementary. Candy Holland, from Rockwall-Heath High School, was selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Both teachers were awarded a vacation package valued at $2,500. Together they will serve as the district’s representatives for the regional Teacher of the Year competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators.  Additionally, each campuses teacher of the year received a $200 Visa gift card and “swag bag” containing a plaque and other goodies from each of the sponsors.

The 19 Campus Teachers of the Year are as follows:

  • Vicki McCoy – Amanda Rochell Elementary School
  • Connie Westerman – Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School
  • Jaclyn Almon – Billie Stevenson Elementary School
  • Helen Gulley – Celia Hays Elementary School
  • Patrick McClendon – Doris Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School
  • Stephanie Barentine – Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary School
  • Theresa Chorba – Dorris A. Jones Elementary School
  • Shelly Baldwin – Grace Hartman Elementary School
  • Eva Garza – Howard Dobbs Elementary School
  • Justin Foley – Nebbie Williams Elementary School
  • Edna Solis – Ouida Springer Elementary School
  • Carman Dennard – Sharon Shannon Elementary School
  • Amanda McCampbell – Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School
  • Marcus Edwards – Herman E. Utley
  • Katie Braden – J.W.Williams Middle School
  • Jenae Glanton – Maurine Cain Middle School
  • Nichelle Wallace – Rockwall High School
  • Candy Holland – Rockwall-Heath High School
  • Renea Miller – Rockwall Quest Academy
The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club is a major sponsor of the event. Congratulations to all of the teachers!!!
 
 
 
1st Prize: Build your own custom-manufactured AR-15. MSRP: $2,000 -- winning #: 1482 (Sold by John Adams)
2nd Prize: Beretta A400 extreme MAX4 camo shotgun. MSRP: $1,895 -- winning #: 489 (Sold by Dale Gibson)
3rd Prize: Sig Sauer 1911 Carry Scorpion .45acp pistol. MSRP: $1,285 -- winning #: 1334 (Sold by Johnny Tomasino)
4th Prize: Winchester MOD 70 300 mag Anniversary Rifle. MSRP: $999 -- winning #: 071 (Sold by Brad Chilcote)
5th Prize: 1911 Range Officer .45acp competition pistol. MSRP: $977 -- winning #: 1527 (Sold by Blake James)
6th Prize: EoTec Holographic Sight. MSRP: $699 -- winning #: 1260 (Sold by Billy Self)
 
All winners have been notified via phone. Thank you for supporting the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club!
 

 
 

On Tuesday, August 26, Joe Barnes from Barnes Tactical, Inc. presented to the club: Refuse To Be A Victim. Joe mentioned the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the decision to refuse to be a victim. That means you must have an overall personal safety strategy in place before you need it.

Through a four-hour seminar (shorter presentations are available), you can learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials across the country have implemented Refuse To Be A Victim® into their crime prevention and community policing initiatives.

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July 8th was a special day at the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary. Paul Schwartz with Honor Flight presented information about this wonderful organization. Paul is aViet Nam veteran and has a passion for the mission of Honor Flight.

Pictured are Paul Schwartz and three WWII veterans that are Rockwall residents. These are Dave Tolan, Al Lurie and Taylor McClure. All three have participated on an Honor Flight.

If you aren’t familiar with Honor Flight (www.honorflightdfw.org), they are an organization that was established in 2004 and dedicated to our military veterans. Honor Flight volunteers coordinate all-expense paid two day trips for WWII veterans to Washington DC aboard a commercial airline to visit the WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Marine Corps War Memorial and many others, including a Heroes’ Banquet for the veterans and culminates in a Heroes’ Welcome on return to DFW.

Honor Flight DFW has provided trips for 600 veterans so far with more trips planned. The average age of these veterans is 89 years and they travel with personal guardians that look after their every need. The testimonies of the ones who have been on these trips are simply outstanding and they struggle emotionally for words to describe the joy they received from it. The recognition and appreciation shown to these men and women is overwhelming and so deserved.

If you know a WWII veteran it would be well worth their time to apply for an upcoming Honor Flight. Please visit www.honorflightdfw.org and get more information about this great organization.Image

 

 
 

Rockwall ISD honored the 2014 Teachers of the Year from each of its 19 campuses on Friday, May 9 at a red carpet celebration held at the Hilton Bella Harbor. The highlight of the evening was the naming of the elementary and secondary district Teachers of the Year for 2014. Taking the elementary-level honor was Melanie Weir from Virginia Reinhardt Elementary. Mike McMahon from J.W. Williams Middle School was selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year. Trenton Cornehl, President of the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club, previous RISD Teachers of the Year, as well as RISD staff served on the selection committee for the honor.

Both teachers were awarded a six-month lease on a 2014 Toyota Prius, a vacation package valued at $2,500 and a $500 Visa gift card. Together they will serve as the district’s representatives for the regional Teacher of the Year competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Additionally, each campuses teacher of the year received a $200 Visa gift card and “swag bag” containing a plaque and other goodies from each of the sponsors.

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(L-R: Mike McMahon, Secondary Teacher of the Year from J.W. Williams Middle School, Superintendent Jeff Bailey, and Melanie Weir, Elementary Teacher of the Year from Virginia Reinhardt Elementary)

 

 
 

Four Rockwall High School students participated in the Four Way Speech competition at the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club April 15. These young people are under the instruction of Nichelle Wallace, Rockwall High School Speech and Debate Coach and Fine Arts Chair. Nichelle is a former Four Way Speech winner and encourages her students each year to compete.

The students in the Four Way Speech competition are required to formulate their speeches around the Rotary Four Way Test. This is quoted around the world in every Rotary Club at every meeting and represents the heart of Rotary.

The Four Way Test of the things we think, say and do:

First – Is it the truth?

Second – Is it fair to all concerned?

Third – Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Fourth – Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The students who participated are Paris Mayfield (Junior), Zachary Dougal (Freshman), Aly Barrier (Freshman) and Taryn Woody (Junior). Every speech was very good and the judges had an extremely difficult time because they were only able to award three places.

The first place winner was Taryn Woody, who proceeded to the District wide competition held at Grand Prairie High School, April 26. She competed against 25 students from across the Metroplex and won third place and was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Please join the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club in congratulating Nichelle and these wonderful students for their hard work and achievements.

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For hundreds of sailors and spectators, a long-standing Father’s Day tradition continued when Dallas Race Week launched on Sunday, June 16 on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall.

Six days of racing action, beautiful sunsets, pre- and post-race parties took place while the presentation of community grants were held on Friday, June 21. The entire community was invited to go out and enjoy Friday Family Fun Night festivities at The Harbor. The Rub performed live, trophies were awarded to the area’s top sailors, and prize drawing winners were announced.

Dallas Race Week dates back to 1982, bridging the week of Summer Solstice. For the past nine years, the regatta has benefited the community service projects of the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club. Our mission is to provide funding for programs that address issues of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and health care affecting the local community.

Dallas Race Week has an event history going back to 1982, always bridging the week of Summer Solstice in June and held on Lake Ray Hubbard. Over the years, it has evolved into a charity event to benefit the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club.



 

 

 
 

Rockwall ISD honored the 2013 Teachers of the Year from each of its 18 campuses on Friday, May 10 at a red carpet celebration held at the Hilton Bella Harbor. The highlight of the evening was the naming of the elementary and secondary district Teachers of the Year for 2013. Taking the elementary-level honor was Julie Woodard from Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary. Brandon Vestal from Herman E. Utley Middle School was selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year. Members from the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club, previous RISD Teachers of the Year as well as RISD staff serve on the selection committee for the honor.

Both teachers were awarded a six-month lease on a 2013 Toyota Prius, a vacation package valued at $2,500 and a $500 Visa gift card. Together they will serve as the district’s representatives for the regional Teacher of the Year competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Additionally, each campuses teacher of the year received a $200 Visa gift card and “swag bag” containing a plaque and other goodies from each of the sponsors.

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Julie Woodard – Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary Teacher of the Year

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Brandon Vestal – Herman E. Utley Middle School, Secondary Teacher of the Year

 

 
 
In recent years, the Rockwall-Heath High School Interact Club, in conjunction with the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club, has raised funds to support the efforts of the Wheelchair Foundation in providing wheel chairs to people in need all arou...nd the world. On Friday, April 12th, the Rockwall-Heath Interact Club was able to provide a wheelchair to Lupita Hernandez, a fellow student at Rockwall-Heath High School.

Wheelchair recipient Maria (Lupita) Espino Hernandez is pictured receiving her new chair from presenters, left to right: Denise Soppe, Colton Soppe, Adriana Gutierrez (who provided the idea for this presentation), Jennifer Smith and Katie Lucius.
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Tuesday, April 9th, three students from Rockwall High School delivered speeches to the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club. Students Eric Crowell, Paris Mayfield, and Ida Hishmeh picked their own subjects but were required to develop original material and incorporate an important issue in our everyday relationships with other people around the Rotary Four-Way Test: 1.) Is it the TRUTH?; 2.) Is it FAIR to all concerned?; 3.) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? and 4.) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Speeches were limited to seven minutes, and students were not permitted to use notes.

Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club President-Nominee, Nancy Runge, presented checks to Crowell (third place), Mayfield (second place) and Hishmeh (first place). Hishmeh will advance to the District 5810 competition on April 27th at Grand Prairie High School where she will have the chance to compete for up to an additional $1,000 cash prize.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club conducts the contest annually where students from RISD are invited to compete.  

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Freshman, Ida Hishmeh receives her 1st place check from President-Nominee, Nancy Runge. Photo by Kirte M. Kinser.

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(L-R): Paris Mayfield, Ida Hishmeh, and Eric Crowell. Photo by Kirte M. Kinser.

 

 
 

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club is pleased to share the 18 outstanding staff members who have been chosen by their peers as the 2013 Campus Teachers of the Year:

Campus

Teacher

Amanda Rochell Elementary Bonnie Callahan
Amy Parks-Heath Elementary Deidre Foster
Celia Hays Elementary Debbie Barineau
Doris Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary Gayle Kidd
Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary Julie Woodard
Dorris A. Jones Elementary Kathy Mantha
Grace Hartman Elementary Dolores Gaertner
Howard Dobbs Elementary Susan Segura
Nebbie Williams Elementary Kelly Haack
Ouida Springer Elementary Becky Olind
Sharon Shannon Elementary Leigh Judd
Virginia Reinhardt Elementary Melissa Stoddart
J.W. Williams Middle School Janice Walker
Maurine Cain Middle School Leslie Jones
Utley Middle School Brandon Vestal
Rockwall High School Michael Oldham
Rockwall-Heath High School Gennie Holcomb
Rockwall Quest Academy Brian Rushing

All campus winners will be honored at the Rockwall ISD Teacher of the Year Celebration on Friday, May 10, at the Hilton Bella Harbor. At the dinner that evening, the district will announce the 2013 Elementary Teacher of the Year and the 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Members from the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club, previous RISD Teachers of the Year as well as RISD staff serve on the selection committee for the honor. These district winners will advance to the regional competition.

 

 
 

Local residents got to enjoy a delicious breakfast while helping out our local charities.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club held its annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, January 19th2013 at Applebee's in Rockwall.

Eight dollars bought a hearty plate of all you can eat pancakes, sausage with a glass of orange juice, coffee or soda. Members of the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and several of their family members were on hand to welcome and to help serve up breakfast.

"We look forward to this breakfast each year -- especially for the cause” said Juan Tomasino, Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club President. “All of the money raised will benefit and support local charities. Our support is extremely important because there are so many deserving groups in our community." 

Tomasino added that anyone can become a part of the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and help with fundraisers. "This is an excellent way to give back to a community who gives so much to us as individuals."

 
 
 

Over 200 elementary school students in Rockwall have brand new coats and some happy memories this winter, thanks to a partnership between The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and Old Navy of Rockwall.

On Saturday, November 10th, students and families of Rockwall ISD were invited to the Old Navy store in Rockwall. There, with the help of Rotarians and Old Navy employees, they picked out a brand new coat matching their size, favorite color and personality. Old Navy offered face painting and passed out balloons, donuts and drinks for the families, while Chiloso Mexican Bistro provided breakfast tacos for the volunteers, making the event a fun-filled morning for everyone.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club began its Coats for Kids project 8 years ago by providing coats to students at Dobbs Elementary. The program has expanded each year and now serves 9 different elementary schools. This was the first year that the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club partnered with Old Navy to host a distribution event at the store. "Our club members look forward to this event every year. When the opportunity arose to partner with Old Navy to provide the children with a true shopping experience we jumped at it," said Rockwall Breakfast Rotary club president Juan Tomasino.

Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you have given a gift. It is even more rewarding when it's something they really need. “On behalf of Rockwall ISD, we greatly appreciate the support to our students given by Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and Old Navy. You made lots of children and parents smile today!” said Dr. Debbie Smothermon, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. Additional support was provided by the Rockwall Preschool Association and the Rockwall Rotary Club.

To find out how you can help with next year's event, please contact Juan Tomasino at 214-226-7792.

 
 
 

The Rockwall-Heath High School Interact club was accompanied by the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club’s Interact Coordinator, Brad Chilcote, to receive recognition from Carter BloodCare for their exceptional efforts in raising blood donations during the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to being recognized for conducting three blood drives during the year, they were awarded with the “Top Number of Donors” and “Top Percentage of Donors” for schools with 400-499 seniors. The event was held in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and included a BBQ dinner along with a number of other special treats. 

About Interact: Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

 
 
 
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Rotarian John Adams shares his experience with the club about his mission trip to the Ukraine and Crimea
 
 
 

Each year, through the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), volunteer engineers, high school students, and community members join together to build a robot that will perform specific tasks or “games”. Through this building process, student’s brainstorm, prototype, design, and create a robot that will perform specific tasks.

Members of the Rockwall High School Robotics Team, Full Metal Jackets, (FRC Team #1296) recently showcased their robot to the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club.  

This year’s competition, “Rebound Rumble,” was played between two alliances of three teams each. Each alliance competed by trying to score as many basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in the highest of the four hoops scored teams more points in the challenge. Additional scoring opportunities required the robots to balance on bridges at the end of the match.  

Students, volunteer mentors, and teachers dedicate countless hours during build season in order to consistently compete at the highest level of FRC. FIRST Robotics inspires students to pursue careers in science and technology. Teamwork, organizational skills, and gracious professionalism enable students to take classroom concepts and apply them to real world situations.

 
 
 

The Rockwall Independent School District honored the 2012 Teachers of the Year from each of its 18 campuses on Friday, May 11, 2012 at a “red carpet” event held at the Hilton Bella Harbor. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the elementary and secondary district Teachers of the Year for 2012. Taking the elementary-level honor was Autumn Quinton of Virginia Reinhardt Elementary, while Rockwall High School’s Cody Hayes was chosen as the secondary-level recipient.

Mrs. Quinton and Mr. Hayes were each awarded a six-month lease on a Toyota Prius, a Southwest Airlines vacation package valued at $2500 and a $500 Visa gift card. They will serve as the district’s representatives for the regional teacher of the year competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Additionally, each campuses teacher of the year received a Visa gift card for $200 and a bag of goodies from the sponsors.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club, along with ten other generous sponsors, funded the red carpet style gala.

The Rockwall ISD Teachers of the Year are each chosen by their campus and become eligible to be named the District Teacher of the Year. One elementary and one secondary teacher is then chosen by the Teacher of the Year Committee to serve as a District Teacher of the Year and advance to the regional-level of the competition.

 
 
 
The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club is pleased to announce the 2012 Teachers of the Year. Eighteen teachers, one representing each campus, were selected by their peers and colleagues for the honor. The Teacher of the Year recognition program is a partnership between RISD and the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club.
 
The overall elementary and secondary Teachers of the Year will be selected from the group and announced at the Rockwall ISD Teacher of the Year Banquet on May 11, 2012. A number of local sponsors will help fund the event and will be announced soon. Members from the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club as well as previous RISD Teachers of the Year serve on the selection committee for the honor. The committee reviews each teacher’s packet as well as conducts in-class observations as part of the selection process.
 
Campus Teachers of the Year for 2012 are:
 
Elementary
 •Rochell Elementary – Lindy Lewis
 •Amy Parks Elementary – Karen Moss
 •Hays Elementary – Melody Baker
 •Cullins Elementary – Deedra Mann
 •Pullen Elementary – Alicia Duckworth
 •Jones Elementary – Johanny Ventura
 •Hartman Elementary – Kelley Cavin
 •Dobbs Elementary – Elena Straight
 •Nebbie Elementary – Geniece Smith
 •Springer Elementary – Julie Byrnes
 •Shannon Elementary – Courtney Pine
 •Reinhardt Elementary – Autumn Quinton
 
 Secondary
 •Utley Middle – Michel Reed
 •Williams Middle – Gwen Howell
 •Cain Middle – Cyndi Parent
 •Rockwall High – Cody Hayes
 •Heath High – Shannon Carmody
 •Quest Academy – Bryan Sharkey
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 10th, three students from Rockwall High School delivered speeches to the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club. Students Karis Ford, Garrett Newman, and Lisel Reyes picked their own subjects but were required to develop their speeches around the Rotary Four-Way Test: 1.) Is it the TRUTH?; 2.) Is it FAIR to all concerned?; 3.) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? and 4.) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Speeches were limited to seven minutes, and students were not permitted to use notes.

RHS Speech and Debate Coach, Nichelle Wallace, presented checks on behalf of the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club to Ford (third place), Newman (second place) and Reyes (first place). Reyes will advance to the District 5810 competition on April 28 at South Grand Prairie High School where she will have the chance to compete for up to an additional $1,000 cash prize.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club conducts the contest annually where students from RISD are invited to compete.

 
 
 

Children in Rockwall have been able to stay warm thanks to the generous donations from the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club.

In keeping with Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self", on Tuesday, November 29th, over 200 coats were delivered to all elementary schools of Rockwall Independent School District.

Coats For Kids, now in its seventh year, is one of Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club's rewarding annual programs serving the Rockwall community. The annual coat drive initially started in conjunction with Dobbs Elementary.

Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you have given a gift. It is even more rewarding when it's something they really need. “On behalf of Rockwall ISD, we greatly appreciate the support to our students given by your organizations. You made lots of children and parents smile today!” said Dr. Debbie Smothermon, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.

KC Club Leaders graciously accepted coat donations on behalf of their campus and were appreciative of the gifts to classmates. Kindness and Compassion Club Leaders are part of the Rachel's Challenge Program.

 
 
 
 
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