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Royse City

Service Above Self

First and third Thursdays at 1PM
Royse City Senior Center
107 Plum Street
Royse City, TX  75189
United States
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At our last meeting, we were privileged to have our Assistant District Governor John Curtis and his wife Janie with us for our Installation Banquet. Ana provided a delicious meal and we heard from Immediate Past President Philip Paul and from our new President Bill Forbus. It sounds like we have a lot to do, so you don’t want to miss out!! Thanks to Cathy Bedsole for the pics!
The Royse City Rotary Club was privileged to have Attorney Susan Satterwhite as our speaker today. Susan gave us all a check list of things we all need to do in order to have our affairs in order for the remainder of our lives. One of the most important documents she recommended was to have a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney for our legal and financial affairs. She also recommended a Medical Power of Attorney and a Directive to Physician. We all need to get things in order so that our family does not have problems after our death. The last thing Susan suggested was to make a list of your personal belongings with who you want to get certain items and to write a family history including important dates and information concerning your family that could be hard to find at a later date. This was a very informative meeting and we want to thank Susan for her expertise. Thank you!!
At our last meeting, we heard from our own Lucille Bell, Executive Director of CASA for Rockwall and Kaufman counties. Lucille gave us some startling statistics about child abuse: in 2016 2200 children died, 58,644 children were abused, 60% of children in CPS care are 6 and under, 48,000 children in child protective services. CASA acts for the child and can only enter a case when the court appoints a CPS case to them. This is the 25th year for CASA that started in Oregon with a caring judge that saw that the child needed a voice. The Rockwall/Kaufman office served 190 children last year. They currently have 86 volunteers that work to help the children in our area. Please consider helping them by attending their car show on May 21 in the Harbor, or attending their Clay Shoot on August 26 in Scurry, or maybe by becoming a CASA volunteer yourself! Thank you Lucille for a great meeting.
At our meeting last week, we had the privilege of having a scrumptious breakfast and then moving to Becknell Park. We had a great crowd of Rotarians and special guests Don & Peggy Becknell, Mayor Janet Nichol, and Becknell grandchildren. This is the first of the additions that Rotary will be making at Becknell Park. Be looking for benches and trash cans in the future. Thanks to all that made this happen—especially the Parks Department of Royse City. What a great day!!
We had our installation banquet on Thursday evening, and a wonderful time was had by all! We said "Thank you" to our outgoing president, Ted Bedsole, and "Welcome" to our new president, Dr. Phillip Paul, and our president elect, Bill Forbus, Mary Ellis and Jackie Gilbert were given the "Service Above Self" award for their contributions to the Club, and Tom Shelton was presented with the "Rotarian of the Year" award. Congratulations to the awardees. Thanks to Past District Governor Tom Ryan for installing the new officers and for his inspiring words of wisdom.
October 10—Golf Tournament!! Everyone in the club needs to help in some way—sponsorships, prizes, goody bag contents, players?  
Mike Gilbert is putting out flags in preparation for Flag Day on June 14, 2016!
At our last meeting, we heard from two of our Interact students Ximena Martinez and Lauren Huddin that attended the Human Rights Symposium put on by District 5810. They were told of many problems in the world that they were not aware existed. They found out about several different groups that are helping people around the world with everything from mobility to sex trafficking. They are collecting crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers to send to Africa for polio victims. If you have any of these items, please get in touch with Renee Wallace at the high school. Thanks girls for a great program!
We were able to welcome 2 different teachers to our meeting on Thursday. Wendy Bessey and her principal Cynthia Pense from Davis Elementary and Kathy Contreras and her principal Richard Pense from Cherry Intermediate were both recognized as being outstanding teachers. Congratulation ladies!
At our last meeting, we heard from our own Clay Ellis about his trip to Scotland. Clay went on a hunting trip of a lifetime and was able to kill a red stag and a fallow buck, along with catching a beautiful rainbow trout. The meat from the animals was given to a local food pantry, but the horns are being mounted for Clay. We were able to see beautiful pictures of castles and the land of Scotland also. Thanks Clay for sharing your trip with all of us. The hunters are really jealous now!  Clay is pictured here with his lovely wife, Amy!
At our last meeting we heard from George Russell from the Dallas Arboretum. He gave interesting facts such as: the Arboretum has over one million visitors a year; they have planted 50,000 tulips, and have a new parking garage. He also told us about the New Tasteful Place that will be coming in the future along with the Twelve Days of Christmas again this year. A season pass is only $100 and you can bring 5 more people along with you! What a deal!
We welcomed our Teacher of the Month, Jodie Goodman, 5th grade reading teacher, and her assistant principal Richard Pense from Ruth Cherry Intermediate School to our April 24th meeting. Congratulations!!
At our last meeting we heard from our own Marissa Dusek about her latest trip to Nicaragua. She told how the group painted a school, scrubbed floors, hauled water and delivered wheelchairs. Those that go on this mission trip are moved to help more in the coming days. Next year there will be two trip (both in March) so that more work can be accomplished. Thank you, Marissa, for sharing your experiences with us again.
At our last meeting we heard from Kathy Brandon the “Happinesschick”.  She asked if we were chasing happy. Interesting thought, isn’t it. There is a difference between joy & happiness. Joy is the prospect of possessing what you desire; while happiness is a feeling. When you serve others, you automatically have joy!  
At our last meeting we heard from Harold Magnum about sharpening our memory skills. He told us that every 52 minutes someone comes down with Alzheimer’s so we all need to work on increasing our mental capabilities.  Most of us are not increasing our brain on a regular basis; to do this we need to use more of our senses. This was a very interesting topic that many of us needed to hear. Thanks for the information, Harold.
Susan Hamilton was our speaker for our January 8, 2015, meeting.  She spoke about using social media to promote our businesses and to enhance our lives.
Photo: Our speaker today, Susan Hamilton, talked about how we can use social media to enhance our lives and businesses.
We welcome Brooke McMaster to our club.  She is shown here with her sponsor, Tina Taylor.  
The Superintendent of Royse City ISD, Kevin Worthy, and the Director of Career & Technology Education, Kenny Kaye Hudson, both visited the Royse City Rotary Club on November 6, 2014. They spoke on the major changes to take place within the district regarding House Bill 5. Take a look!
"12 individuals have landed on the moon; only one has jogged across America on crutches."
Jerry Traylor spoke to the Royse City Rotary Club about his incredible journey. He is a nationally known motivational speaker and, more importantly, a motivational "doer." Check out more on Jerry Traylor below:

Trevon "Sundiata" Ferguson, self-proclaimed Life Architect spoke to the club on November 18, 2014. He mentioned how Rotary's support and involvement with the community soccer program was a major player in helping him make it out of the third world country he grew up in. His battle with Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, and being an amputee has enabled him to seek life with purpose. Sundiata's story is captured in his new book, The ABCs of Empowerment.
In our very own town of Royse City there exists a museum promoting "Hands On History."
With this unique approach, visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibits, operating Military vehicles and equipment. The goal is to help bring history to life~and boy is it effective!
Our club visited the Military Heritage Collection of North Texas, and were blown away.
Where else can you drive tanks, shoot machine guns, and touch WWI uniforms?
(see the club President Tom Shelton firing a machine gun by clicking on the post below)
Mike Gilbert, one happy Raider/Rotarian! :)
Trick or Treat on Main Street was a BIG success this year! Our club had a blast handing out candy to the kiddos.
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