2018-19 Pacesetters'

Bill Bracken

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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


Home Page Stories
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...


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On Friday, February 15th Membership Director Joe Harrington installed our newest club member Dave Nielsen. Dave's classification is Education and his sponsor is Joe Harrington. Please welcome Dave when you see him...
Thirty members and quests enjoyed our Christmas Party on Friday, December 14th at the Texas Star Dinner Theater  in Grapevine. It was two and half hours of fun with a good meal and  a good show. Robert even consoled the nun Sister Mary Agnostic on his lap. Three Hail Mary's followed...

Member Robert Breneman presents a check from the club to Pam Baker Hudson, Vice President for Development at the Community Enrichment Center. The $400 went to help with the cost of the food at the CEC Breakfast with Santa Event for underprivileged children. Thanks to all the members who contributed to the Bucket and those who volunteered at the event...



Members Michelle Johnson & Jennifer Muirhead got an early start flirting with Santa Clause at The Bluebonnet Society honoring the Women in Rotary at the Fort Worth Club December 1st...
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 initiated Steve Riddell as our newest member of our Rotary club on Friday, November 9th. John Biggin is Steve's sponsor, and his classification is "Information Technology".  Please welcome Steve when you see him...
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...
Member Joel Hueske presents member Frank Allen with the "The Admiral Award". The rotating award is presented to a member who has gone above and beyond in the service of the club. Congratulations Frank... 
On North Texas Giving Day 2018 Mid-Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club donated the following;
- $1,300.00 to THE LADDER ALLIANCE
The total amount of our donations was: $12,943.00
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
Thursday September 6th we held our annual fundraiser golf tournament. Unlike the previous years this tournament was in memory of our fellow Rotary member and friend Ray Champney. Joel Hueske & Frank Allen, along with their golf committee, organized and ran the tournament. It was extremely successful with 85 golfers and at least three times as much money raised than in previous years. Reggie Parr, Treasurer, announced that this years charity budget will be $17,500 which does not include the over $4,000 that has already been donated to Six Stones. 
On Saturday, July 28th we had our first social of the Rotary year at Frank & Kay Kay's house. Many members and quest enjoyed Frank's flank steak and Minnesota rice along with all the side dishes that were brought. The pool was a big hit with the kids, and it was a great time to get to know each other better. Thank for hosting Frank & Kay Kay…
Evelynn Kelly became our newest member on Friday, July 27th. Evelynn owns Shamrock Promotions Unlimited... Her classification is Specialty Advertising and her sponsor is John Larriviere... Please Welcome Evelynn when you see her...
Frank Allen passed the Gavel and swore in Bill Bracken as our new President for Rotary year 2018-2019. Please congratulate Bill and offer your help for a successful coming year...

Members Frank Allen & Bill Bracken, along with their wives, attended the "District Leadership Installation Dinner and Dance" at the Austin Ranch in Grapevine on Sunday, June 30th...
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