2020-21

 Pacesetters
 President

Joe Lopez

  welcomes you to our website!


We meet @ 7:00 am every Friday morning at
the Texas Star Conference Center (Euless, TX)

Mid-Cities Pacesetters
Rotary Club #21499
P.O. Box 210421
Bedford, TX 76095

Contact - Pacesetters@gmail.com

Home Page Stories

On Fat Tuesday, the students at the Village Library read about the History of Mardi Gras, its meanings, its traditions and specifically about activities in New Orleans. Then they put on their masks and beads and marched to "When the Saints Come Marching In" accompanied by an ex-club member, Joe Spay on his accordion. Next week they will be treated to a King Cake and the tradition of King Cake parties.

The Village Library is not just about doing homework and reading. The kids often have a current event that they are learning about as well. We always need more volunteers. If you are available at 5pm on Tuesday or Thursday, let Sharon Cox know

 

 

 

 
On Friday, February 21st President Stephanie presented Interact Rotary Advisor Bill Bracken the "Certificate of Organization" for the Interact Club of Richland Hills High School in North Richland Hills. The Interact club was organized last August and is a growing and productive club...
 
 
 
 
When I was at a Rotary Foundation get together I learned of the Grapevine Rotary Clubs Trip to Cuba.   I was interested in hearing about it, but had no thoughts of going because as an American I had memories of firing squads and businesses, even homes being “nationalized” ( taken from the owner) and had no interest in helping the Cuban government. 
 
Rotarians Bruce Staley and  Conrad Heede were the leaders and Bruce gave me his opinion of  the opportunity.  He agrees with my view of the country, and he said he understands people opposed to their project, but he can separate that from the reality that people are suffering and we can help them.  So Kay Kay and I signed on.
 
Travel to Cuba for Americans is very limited, but the Rotary Club meets the provisions for support of the Cuban People outlined by the US State Department.
 
We brought wheel chairs for needy people and each of the twenty attendees brought suitcases filled with all manner of things like post it notes, calculators , 7 donated computers, clothing, toys, office supplies, thousands of pairs of glasses donated by the Lions Club, and most left the suitcases.  All was donated to the Catholic Charity in Havana.  We learned young people leaving foster care most often leave with a plastic bag filled with belongings, so the suitcases will be welcomed.
 
We stayed at the Hotel National overlooking the ocean and except for breakfasts at the hotel dined in private paladars while in Havana.  We went out to the homes of the people receiving the wheel chairs which was tearful for all in attendance. One man, perhaps in his sixties, with just stumps for legs was in his small ( maybe 200 sq ft) apartment.  One stump was infected and he was rocking back and forth in pain waiting for some meds for 3 days.  His niece was his care giver.  When 4 of us showed  up with the wheel chair he looked up to the ceiling and raised his hands in prayer and said his thanks to God and to us.
 
We also visited Private Art galleries, a private tobacco farm, and sampled rum and cigars.  One take away for me was the comments of Rotarians who had been there 5 years ago.  They said since Fidel is gone the government has loosened up the provisions for private businesses and that has resulted in many small entrepreneurs getting started in restaurants, and other businesses.  In addition the government is entering into partnerships with developers from Europe and Asia  to build Hotels.
 
Our local connection was a former Grapevine Resident,  Dr Graham Sowa, a former Rotary Scholar who went  to medical school in Cuba, married a Cuban woman and he and his wife spend half time in Havana and half time in Florida.
 
My overall take away, our heath care is far from ideal and very expensive, but I sure would not want the “free” medical care that is touted about the Cuban system.
 
Mid-Cities Pacesetters hosted a party on Saturday, February 15th for "Our Community Our Kids" to match foster kids with adoptive parents. We had 17 kids, numerous families looking to adopt, lunch, games, cookie decorating, and loads of fun. Many thanks to FUMC Hurst for use of the great facility. Also, many thanks to members Stephanie Duelm, Reggie Parr, Robert Breneman, Kathryn Rotter, Sharon Cox, Ed Markey, Jolly Kahunde, Bill Bracken, Joe Lopez, Jennifer Muirhead, Michelle Johnson, Dave Nielsen, and the Trinity & Richland High Interact students for volunteering to make this event a success... A special thanks to the Judge, Glen Whitley, for underwriting the cost of this important community event...
 
 
 
 
We want to thank members Sharon Cox, Robert Breneman, Stephanie Duelm, Bill Bracken, Joe Lopez, Reggie Parr, Ed Markey, Monte Ramey, Kathryn Rotter, Jollie Kahunde, Cindy Griffith, Dave Nielsen, Michelle Johnson & Trinity Interact for volunteering at the CEC Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14th... 120 pounds of pancakes and tons of sausage were prepared for 1,400 registered guest... Thanks for all your hard work...
  
 
   
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, November 16th members Stephanie Duelm, Joe Lopez, Robert Breneman, Dave Nielsen, Jolly Kahunde, Bill Bracken, Michelle Johnson and Trinity Interact volunteered at the Angel Tree booth at the North East Mall... We appreciate those who took time to live our motto "Service above Self"...
 
 
 
Trinity High School Interact has raised over $800.00 through their fundraiser called "Change for Change". They go around and collect change from fans at the Trinity High School football games. The funds raised will be distributed between Malayika Rescue Mission and Angel Fund. Way to go Interact...
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the evening of November 2nd Dan & Cathy Davis, Stephanie Duelm, Frank & Kay Kay Allen, Kathryn Rotter, Sharon Cox, and Joe Lopez represented our club at the District Foundation Gala at the Hurst Conference Center. Past International Rotary President Ian Riseley from Australia was the keynote speaker...
 
 
 
President Stephanie Duelm presents a wedding card & check to our Texas Star server Hannah-Joy who was married on Halloween. Our members were very generous by raising $500..,
A Thank You from Hannah-Joy Robleski...
 
 
 
 
 
 
We want to thank everyone that participated in the Golf Tournament Fundraiser. We want to especially thank President Elect Joe Lopez for being the Director and all of his hard work. Click "Read More" to see some photos... 
 
 
 
A BIG thank you to Frank & Kay Kay Allen for hosting our second Summerfest social. Everyone seemed to have fun with good food and good conversations. Another thank you goes to Angie Akmakjian for ending the party with a couple of fun games. 
 
 
 
 
 
On Friday, September 6th member Jolly Kahunda was the program speaker for the downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club. She talked about her father “disappearing” because in Uganda’s political turmoil he was opposing the rulers.  She and her sisters suffered and her mother told her to get out of Uganda and go to America.  She was fortunate to have a passport and was able to get a Visa at the American Embassy.  She flew to New York and met someone who convinced her to go to DFW.  She was also told to volunteer and she came to Pacesetters uninvited and came back three times. There she met Bill and Sharon and they invited her to become a member.  She wanted to help the poor children in Uganda, many of whom are orphans of parents who died of AIDS.  Her organization, Malayika Rescue Mission, helps boys and girls to attend school and stay in school.  She thanked  Bill and Sharon specifically and thanked the rest of us for attending...
 
 
 
Members Angie Akmakjian, Robert Breneman, Michelle Johnson, Joe Lopez, Jennifer Muirhead, Dave Nielsen, Monte Ramey, Steve Riddell, Kathryn Rotter, and Mike Strong volunteered Saturday, August 17th for REFRESH... They helped provide 2,100 students with school supplies. It was the club's first Community Service Project this Rotary year and we helped make it a success... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Thursday evening June 20th members Angie Akmakjian, Robert Breneman, Monte Ramey, Frank Allen and his wife Kay Kay, and Dan Davis and his wife Cathy attended member Sharon Cox's Retirement party at One Safe Place in Fort Worth... Congratulations Sharon and according to the photo below, fun was had by all...
 
 
 
                                       (l to R) Connie Maldonado, Katrina Chamberlain, Nicole Welch, & Eric Millner
 
On Friday, January 10th Eric Millner, Vocational Service Chairman, presented Duvall Scholarships to 1st place winner Katrina Chamberlain with a check for $500 and 2nd place winner Nicole Welch with a check for $250...
 
 
Incoming Trinity Interact President Matthew Mitchell accepting "Service Above Self Award" for Ian Hampton $200 and Gwyneth Ndakaka $100...
 
 
 
Member Dan Davis presents the 12gauge over/under Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 Shotgun to the 2019 Raffle Winner Miles Wicker. Dan sold Miles 5 raffle tickets, and this is the third gun that Miles has won through raffles. He must have the Miles touch...
 
 
Foundation Chairman Joe Lopez presented Paul Harris Pins with gem stones to members Frank Allen, Gary Duncan, and Bill Bracken... Darryl Kussmaul and John Larriviere also received pins, but were not present... Congratulations to all and thanks for supporting the Rotary Foundation...
 
 
On Friday, May10th Membership Director Joe Harrington installed our newest club member Mike Strong. Mike's classification is Realtor and his sponsor is John Larriviere. Ed Markey stood in for John during the initiation. Please welcome Mike when you see him...
 
 
President Bill Bracken presents Key senior Reagan Conley a check for $600 for being the first Mid-Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club student of the year...
 
 
 
 
Sixteen years ago member Sharon Cox founded the non-profit organization "The Ladder Alliance" whose mission is to provide women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives. She started with a contribution of $200 from each board member with no employees. This year the budget is over $750,000 with several full time employees. On Friday April 26th The Ladder Alliance held their 7th annual "It's In The Bag" fundraiser and it was the last function that Sharon would oversea as the Executive Director. She leaves a thriving organization that would not be the success it is without her vision and determination. We all should be proud that we know her and that she exemplified Rotary's "Service Above Self"... I know I do...
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, April 13th members Stephanie Duelm, Michelle Johnson, Joe Lopez, Jolly Kahunde, Bill Bracken, Monte & Katy Ramey, and Frank & Kay Kay Allen volunteered at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. According to Stephanie it was very hard work, but very satisfying...
 
On Friday March 15th Bill Bracken presented 1st place winner Jocelin Smith with a check for $500 and 2nd place winner Karla Rascon with a check for $250... 
 
 
District 5790 awarded the Mid-Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club 1st Place in the 2017-18 Youth Service Award. Above President Bill Bracken presents the award to our Interact advisor and teacher extraordinaire Jennifer Muirhead...
 
 

Mid-Cities Pacesetters hosted a party on Saturday, February 23rd for ACH Child and Family Services to match foster kids with adoptive parents. We had 20 kids, pizza, games, cookie decorating, and loads of fun. Many thanks to FUMC Hurst for use of the great facility. Also, many thanks to members Stephanie Duelm, Reggie Parr, Robert Breneman, Kathryn Rotter, Sharon Cox, Monte Ramey, Ed Markey, Jolly Kaunde, Bill Bracken, John Biggan, Steve Riddell, Dave Nielsen, and Angie Akmakjian for volunteering to make this event a success...

 

• www.ACHservices.org

 

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