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Kenneth  Banks, Denton Utilities, Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Environmental Services will speak to the DRC on March 15
Don Graves, WWII Iwo Jima Survivor, to speak the the DRC, March 8
SHAUN TREAT founder of the Denton Haunts historical ghost tour, will present "Weird Denton History" on March 1.
Julie Kavanagh, Diplomat-in-Residence, LBJ School, UT Austin, will speak to the DRC on "Diplomacy from the Practicioner's Perspective," February 22
Gene Mosley will present "The SuccessibleSHE" at the DRC, February 8
Paul Harris Fellows at the Denton Rotary Club - Sonja Rogers, Laurie Long, Vince Baugher, John Cooper, with Rotary Prez, Jim Engelbrecht
Tom Earthman -- 5 Ways Americans Experience America Differently -- February 1 at Denton Rotary Club
Chris Ice presents: "Familia, Escuela, Comunidad" Students of North Texas Score Big with GOAL – Guys Operating as Leaders Program
Denton Rotary Club Adoption Fair puts adoptable kids in contact with couples hoping to adopt
Thank You, Rotarian Jack Kearney for Leading the January Blood Drive! Also assisting: Rotarians Jim Adams, Amber Briggle, Rita Burleson, Penny Gee, Max Morley, Sam Nimmo, Corrin Retzer, and Ron Tester
Rotarian Randi Skinner to Speak to the DRC About Effective Social Media, January 18
Manny and Belinda Perez, Owners of El Chaparral Grille, Served a Beautiful Lunch for the Denton Rotary Club on Thursday, December 21, 2017
Denton Rotary Club Loves Manny and Belinda Perez!
Kent Baxter to Present: Hurricane Harvey and Building Our Own Culture of Preparedness, December 21
Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health for Denton County, to Speak to the DRC, December 7
Rotarian Rick Woolfolk to Speak to Denton Rotary About the Rotary Foundation, November 30
Seth Cochran to Speak to the DRC, November 16: "The Worst Thing You Never Heard About" 
Connie Hay to Speak to Denton Rotary, November 9
Roman McAllen to Speak to Denton Rotary, November 2
Laura Behrens to Speak to the DRC, October 26
Linus Wright to Speak to the Denton Rotary Club, October 19
Toni Johnson Simpson, Executive Director, Friends of the Family, to Speak to DRC, October 5, "The news you'll love to know about Denton County Friends of the Family Agency"
Phillip Andrews to Speak to the DRC, September 28
Marc Leibman to Speak to the DRC, "Dealing with North Korea Through the Eyes of Seventh Fleet,” September 21
Marc is a leader who shares his rich experience as a U.S. Naval officer with experience all over the globe. He’s since been an executive who enjoyed success in big companies and small businesses. He has worked in Europe, Africa, and Asia and shares hard-earned lessons on leadership, sales and business development.
His talk will be timely. The North Korean regime is a mystery to most Americans.  It is a closed society about which Marc can provide some insight into three areas. 
One, why the leader of North Korea does what he does.  Two, why Trump’s strategy might work.  Three, what are the military options?
All three will be presented through the “eyes” of Seventh Fleet by someone who was the Navy’s senior representative on the Commander, U.N. Forces Korea’s Joint Targeting Board. Seventh Fleet is based in Japan and besides Korea, its area of responsibility includes the eastern half of the Indian Ocean east to the International Date Line.
Dr. James Alexander to Speak to the DRC, “What Makes Denton Great,” September 14
Rotarian James Alexander has enjoyed a distinguished career combining roles as professor of political science, academic leader and administrator, and elected public servant.  Dr. Alexander is Director of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Texas Woman’s University, where he also is Emeritus Professor of Government.  He served as Chair of the Department of History and Government at TWU for twenty-three years.
September 7, Anyah Martinez to Speak to the Denton Rotary Club
Anyah Martinez is a mother of three. Education is a theme in her life. She has attended, volunteered, and worked in public schools and universities, and completed teacher certification coursework. As an undergraduate student, she majored in Sociology and minored in Family Studies. She obtained an MS in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on parent involvement. Participating in Leadership Denton class of 2007 stimulated an interest in local government, and lit a fire to support and retain locally-owned businesses in Denton.
Volunteering in the community with many organizations helped her better serve the community. She has served three terms on the Denton Public Library Board. Using the relationships she’s built over the past 21 years in Denton, Anyah hopes to build an experiential learning program through Explorium Denton. Anyah is fueled by her experiences not just with her own children, but the countless others with whom her path has crossed, and the life experiences and interest that have led to this chapter of her life.
Denton Rotary Welcomes Our New Exchange Student, Paula Dähne, from Germany
Paula had a great time at the Fair and Rodeo. As she said, it was on her bucket list. She got herself a cowboy hat. She also enjoyed a corny dog and funnel cake for the first time along with fresh lemonade. Bull riders thrilled Paula the most, and she says she is not inclined to try barrel racing. Seen in the photo on the right with Rotary host, Alicia Mentell.
District Governor, Chris McLucas to Speak to DRC, August 31
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Texas – OLLI at UNT, August 24
Lifelong learning is not just a school or a program or a project. Lifelong learning can be a commitment that one makes to himself. It’s like saying, “this is the way I choose to grow old.”
Research tells us that lifelong learners are happier, healthier and live longer. Why lifelong learning? Simply stated, because it is good for your health and good for everyone around you.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Texas – OLLI at UNT was formerly, Emeritus College. Rotarian Max Morley has been teaching classes there since 2012.
Today, the Osher Foundation supports 120 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Class Locations for OLLI at UNT, beginning Fall 2017, are at the UNT Denton Campus, the Robson Ranch Clubhouse, and the UNT College at Frisco.  Go to:
Dr. Adam Briggle to Speak to the DRC, August 17
Why is Service a Four Letter Word for Academics?
Rotarians make a big deal about service – it’s your #1 value. Not so for us academics. Indeed, it is the bottom of the barrel. In my world there are three values and they are ranked like this: #1 Research; #2 Teaching; #3 Service. And let me tell you that service is a very distant third.
When we talk about service we mean things like serving on committees for our department and college. Or we mean serving on editorial boards for journals. Or we mean, ugh, the dreaded stuff of popularizing our ideas for the unwashed masses. All of this is looked down upon, because it is not considered intellectual work. It is not the real deal.
In this talk, you’ll get to know what’s behind this attitude --  a certain mythology about the way knowledge relates to society. A Zen koan-like puzzle lies at the heart of this myth.
But more, I believe the academy needs to rethink this mythology. We need to structure our intellectual work as acts of service. For this, Socrates is a good model, inspiring some in our department to start practicing as field philosophers.
U.S. Flag Repairers - Thanks Rotarians
Thanks to Rotarians, Mike Gregory, Randy Robinson, Jim Engelbrecht, Doreen Rue, Dean Perkins, Bob Moses, Jack Thomson, Paul Meltzer, and Max Morley for repairs, on August 5, 2017, to about a hundred U.S. flags for the Rotary Flag Program. 
DISD Superintendent Jamie Wilson, "Tax Ratification and Growth in Denton ISD," August 10
The Denton ISD Board of School Trustees named Dr. Jamie Wilson superintendent of schools in July 2012. During his 24-year career he has built a reputation through public education advocacy, growth management and instructional innovation. His life-long ties to the Denton community positioned him to become the leader of the school system.
As a collaborator, Dr. Wilson has forged unprecedented partnerships with local business, universities and organizations. Most recently, the district co-founded Mentor Denton which seeks to place an adult mentor with each of the districts at-risk students, which account for 42 percent of the district’s 28,000 students.
Dr. Wilson joined Denton ISD in 2005 as assistant superintendent for secondary academic programs, where he immediately focused on improving educational programs for the district's growing student population. He is committed to student engagement with a focus on student achievement. During the five years he's served as deputy superintendent, Dr. Wilson has played a major role in managing the district finances, especially in 2011 when the state cut public school funding and the local district's revenue by $11 million.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards RYLA Participants to Speak to DRC, August 3
Congratulations, Adrian Rodriguez, Rotarian Rookie of the Year 2017
Congratulations, DRC Honorary Rotarian, Joseph Pinson
Joseph Pinson, MA, MT-BC, retired in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. He joined TWU in 1997, after serving as Music Director at Denton State Supported Living Center for 23 years. He holds degrees in music from Southern Methodist University and the American University.  He has written more than 100 hymns, songs, and works for various ensembles that have been published and recorded. He has been a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers since 1983. In 2009, Mr. Pinson received the Community Arts Recognition Award for the Greater Denton Arts Council.  He is director of the Denton Bell Band, a choir composed of adults with intellectual disabilities.  He and his wife Sara have resided in Denton since 1969. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Dan Venjohn: DRC Vocational Service Award 2017
Congratulations Dan and Maggie Venjohn! Presentation is by DRC President-Elect, Jim Englebrecht.
Thanks, Outgoiing Prez, Todd Price! Welcome, Incoming Prez, Jim Engelbrecht!
Outstanding Rotarians 2017 - Rita Burleson, Club Service; Jack Kearney, Rotarian of the Year
William Hale to Speak To Denton Rotary July 27
For almost 15 years, William Hale has been teaching businesses how incorporating humor into their sales game can improve their customer engagement and grow their bottom line.  As a former host of his own tv and radio show, a comedian, a corporate speaker, and a business consultant, his message of using humor for business growth, customer engagement, sales strategy, brand loyalty, and workforce cohesion has reached thousands. 
He is a Certified Laughter Therapist, Licensed Coach and Trainer with Team USA Basketball, and a Business Owner. He operates under a simple motto, “Life is too short not to laugh so smile while you still have teeth.”  Today he’s here to share with us insights from his talk titled, “Give Your Business a Shot of HAHAdrenaline: Strategies for Engaging and Selling with Humor You Wish You Knew Before.”
July 13, 2017 - Water Wells for Healthy Families: Our Global Grant to Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of many nations that lack access to clean, potable water. The Rotary Foundation recognizes this crisis and has designated Sanitation and Water to be one of the six major areas for funding and Rotary work.  The data that is astounding to most Americans is that this problem results in a huge burden of illness, especially for children. Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old, and is responsible for killing around 525 000 children every year.
The Northwest Austin Rotary Club as received a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to provide 12 water wells or clean springs to rural communities in Ethiopia.  The two Denton Rotary Clubs are participants in the grant giving funds to provide one of the wells. This project begins in June 2017.  
Kent Miller is former pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church and member and former president of the Denton Rotary Club.  He is now retired and lives in Austin.
Denton Rotary Five Avenues of Service
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
John graduated from the University of Houston in 1977 with a degree in Business, and from the University of North Texas in 1981 with an MBA in Accounting, Business Management, and Systems Design. He received his CPA certification in 1983. After spending more than 10 years working for Fortune 100 companies, John opened his own practice in Denton in 1986. He resides in Denton with his wife, Tracey. He has two children, and four grandchildren.
Past Chairman of the Texas Association of Black Chambers
Past Chairman of Denton County Friends of the Family
Past Chairman of United Way of Denton County
Past Board Member of Channel 13/Channel 2 KERA
Past Board Member of Denton Chamber of Commerce
Past Board Member of Public Utility Board - City of Denton
Past Board Member of  Serve Denton
Board Member of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Denton Chamber of Commerce Member
Member of Denton Black Chamber of Commerce  - Treasurer
Member TSCPA Board
Motivational Speaker
Children's Storyteller
Talented singer for miscellaneous occasions

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