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


We will have an opportunity to meet the Open World delegation coming to visit from Ukraine.  Please feel free to log on to get a sneak peak at the delegation coming and learn more about the program.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Sep 10, 2020 10:00-noon

Topic: Open World Ukraine Webinar on Governance & Anti-Corruption Day 2

Register in advance for this webinar:


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...
4 Way Speech Contest:
We held our first-ever virtual speech contest this week and it was a great success! Five high school students competed in a Zoom speech contest.  While they didn't get in-person public speaking experience, they were able to practice the newly important skill of speaking well on a video call.  Highlights: former member Joel Hueske joined from North Carolina as a judge, Joel and Ed renewed the red bow tie tradition and one contestant joined the bow tie club, Ed Markey did a fabulous job as the Emcee, and Dave Nielsen introduced real-time web scoring that worked great.  Many thanks to Angie Akmakjian for doing a truly fantastic job of organizing.  
Winners will reprise their speech for the full club at our March 5 meeting.
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 are URGENTLY! needing volunteers to help us with our Angel Tree gift drop off this Friday and Saturday at three of our Tarrant County malls. Please see information below if you or your group is interested in helping. 
Friday, December 4th 11:00-2:30 and 2:30-6:00
Saturday, December 5th 11:00-2:30 and 2:30-6:00
The Parks Mall in Arlington
Hulen Mall
Northeast Mall 
Volunteers are needed to assist with Angel Tree drive-thru gift drop-off in parking lots of area malls.
Volunteers will approach vehicle and retrieve Angel gifts from donor.
There will be a bag and tag station for volunteers to ensure all gifts are properly bagged and coded.
Volunteers will assist with loading gifts into Salvation Army truck
We will be following all CDC guidelines and do require that a mask is worn at all times. 
Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Casi Kriewall, at casi.kriewall@uss.salvationarmy.org for any questions or more information. 
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...
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... 
                                       (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...
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 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...
President Bill Bracken and Secretary Stephanie Duelm were at the TCC Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on November 9th to honor the Chris Marshall Scholarship recipient, Richland High graduate, and Bedford resident Kyleigh Whitsell...
Again this year our club, along with the HEB Rotary Club, is distributing Dictionaries to the HEB Independent School District third graders. This last month our club has distributed nearly 1,000 Dictionaries to ten different elementary schools. Pictured above are the third graders at the W.A. Porter Elementary School after receiving their Dictionaries from members Angie Akmakjian & Sharon Cox. Congratulations to all that participated...
President Bill Bracken presents a check for $380.00 to Josh Santillan, Director & Founder of Central Arts of Bedford. This was an organization that our late member Ray Champney was very involved with. The donation was collected from our Bucket...
District Governor Gerald Robinson awarded "Rotary in Action" awards to Robert Breneman, Stephanie Duelm, and Reggie Parr. Not in photo are Frank Allen and Joel Hueske who also received the award...
Chris Marshall Memorial Endowed Scholarship
2018 Recipient – Kyleigh Whitsell
Kyleigh will graduate from TCC’s Northeast Campus in May 2019 with an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, and then transfer to UNT to earn a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies in preparation to become an elementary school teacher.   She is the first generation in her family to attend college, and she graduated from Richland HS in 2017.  Neither of Kyleigh’s parents graduated from high school, so their wage earning capacity has always been low.  She remembers the family (that includes 4 children) being evicted from apartments – one after the other – due to lack of ability to pay rent.  “The one constant in my life was school – I always found joy, peace and consistency in my school classroom or hallways,” she writes. “That’s why I want to be a teacher – to give back to students the joy I received from school as a student.”  Kyleigh lives at home but is responsible for all of her living and educational expenses.  She works many hours a week for the income to pay her expenses…this scholarship is a blessing to her.  It allows her the opportunity to pay for tuition and buy all of her supplies; this will put her ahead as she begins to save for her costs at UNT.  Her words of thanks are below:
Dear Donor,
Thank you so much for not only gifting me this scholarship, but providing this scholarship in the first place – what a wonderful thing to do! The fact that you are willing to spend money on someone else’s future, with no gain for you, is awe-inspiring. I am extremely grateful that I am able to be the recipient of this award because now I can relax. I was worried about paying for books and supplies as well as the current bills I am already paying, so thank you for allowing me to breathe a sigh of relief and just focus on studying.
Thank you,
Kyleigh Whitsell
On Saturday, October 19th Trinity Interact members plus club members Michelle Johnson, Frank Allen, Stephanie Duelm, and Steve Riddell participated in the CPR Six Stones event along with 1,010 other volunteers. The CPR program is designed to provide help to those homeowners who are in the greatest need of assistance and are unable to perform the necessary work themselves... Check it out https://youtu.be/PnXxxaQtupg
left to right: Dan & Cathy Davis, Sharon Cox, Stephanie Duelm, Frank & Kay Kay Allen
On Friday, April 13th members Dan, Stephanie, and Frank attended member Sharon Cox's "The Ladder Alliance" fundraiser that was titled It's in the BAG... The event was very successful and Dan's wife Cathy came away winning many silent auction items...

On March 20th member Sharon Cox was honored at a Tarrant County College Women's History Month luncheon and named a Woman of Excellence for her leadership at The Ladder Alliance.  It's awesome that her vision and hard work for our community is being celebrated!

Club Directors
President Elect
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Immediate Past President
Vocational Service
Co-Chair, Membership
New Generations/Youth Service
Service Programs
Bulletin Subscribe
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.