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Chartering Ceremonies
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Braswell High School, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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Denton Noon Rotary Club
Billy Johnson to Speak to the DRC, May 4
Prior to joining the UNT College of Business as the Executive Director of the Professional Leadership Program in 2012, Billy served in several roles as a Talent Director for Deloitte Services, LLP. Deloitte is the largest professional services organization globally, providing audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services.
Billy is a graduate of Pepperdine University where he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and he completed his undergraduate education at California State University - Northridge, with a Major in Political Science.
Jim Biggerstaff to Speak to the Denton Rotary Club March 23
Jim Biggerstaff’s career includes 38 years in Human Resources and 3 years as an Industrial Engineer.  He recently retired in December of 2014 and is now a speaker, writer, consultant and servant leader.
Jim most recently served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. and held that position for 23 years.  Sally Beauty is a $3.8 B international specialty retailer with 4,500+ stores in 14 countries and 26,000 employees worldwide.  He has overseen the people side of more than 40 acquisitions during his tenure with Sally.
Prior to joining Sally Beauty, Jim held a variety of progressively responsible HR positions in the industries of retail, oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and food.  He has worked in HR for Pearle Vision, The Williams Companies, W.R. Grace Natural Resources Group, Alcon Pharmaceutical and Frito-Lay.  Early in his career he worked as an Industrial Engineer for the Hagar Apparel Company.
A native of Fort Worth, Jim earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington and an MS in Industrial Administration from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management.  He enjoys public speaking and has published his first novel to be followed by a sequel and then books on servant leadership.  In his career, he always had special interests in developing leaders, training, and motivating people to bring out their best.  He is currently a formal student mentor in the Professional Leadership Program at the University of North Texas. 
Jim is active in his church, teaches Sunday school, serves on the Board of Directors for Our Daily Bread Community Soup Kitchen, collects classic cars, rides motorcycles and is a devoted “grandpa” to his two grandsons ages seven and nine.
Andy Eads to Speak to the Denton Rotary Club February 23
Commissioner Andy Eads is a native Texan and fifth generation resident of Denton County. After graduating from Liberty Christian School, he received his BBA from Howard Payne University and his Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Texas.
He is the founding president of the newly formed Cross Timbers Rotary Club and is past president of the Flower Mound Rotary Club.
Commissioner Eads has served on the Denton County Commissioners Court since 2007 and volunteers with numerous community organizations, including president of the Lewisville Education Foundation Board of Directors, United Way Board, Board of Directors and Chairman Emeritus of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.
Commissioner Eads began his public service career at the Town of Addison where he researched and authored the book "Addison, Texas: A Pictorial History." Prior to elected office, he was a top-producing agent with RE/MAX DFW, where he earned the Rookie of the Year Award and was repeatedly voted one of the Best Realtors in DFW by D Magazine.
He lives in Flower Mound with his wife Ginger and their children, Everett, Addison and Caroline. He enjoys volunteering and camping with his boys’ Scout Troop.
Sheriff Tracy Murphree to Speak to the DRC February 9
Sheriff Murphree was born and raised in Yoakum County Texas. He attended McMurry University majoring in History and Political Science.  In 1988, he graduated from the Texas Department of Public Safety Training Academy.  
He worked as a Highway Patrol Trooper in West Texas and Denton from 1988 to 1994, and he was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and was stationed in Pecos.  As a Highway Patrol Sergeant, he was responsible for 5 counties and 12 Troopers.   In 1996 became a narcotics agent with the Texas DPS narcotics division and was stationed in Houston.  He conducted narcotics investigations including working undercover. 1998 he was selected to be a Texas Ranger stationed in Denton.  As a Ranger, he conducted major investigations including homicides.  He also served on the protective detail for Governor George W Bush during his Presidential Campaign. 
Retired from Texas DPS in 2011, and then he was hired by the Denton County Sheriff's Office as the Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division.  He was responsible for Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Investigations,  crime scene, and developing a drug analysis lab in collaboration with the University of North Texas. 
In 2014, he left the Sheriff's Office to work for Paladin, a company developing technology for Law Enforcement.  And in 2016, he was elected Sheriff of Denton County. 
Police Chief Lee Howell to Speak to the Denton Rotary Club February 2
Lee Howell began his law enforcement career at the Denton Police Department in February of 1981. He served as a Patrol Officer and field training officer, Detective, Sergeant in Criminal Investigations and Patrol, and a Lieutenant over various assignments including Internal Affairs and the Office of Professional Standards, Special Operations, and Criminal Investigations and the Narcotics Unit.
Chief Howell spent 16 years as a member of the Denton Police Tactical Unit, including 8 years as Commander. He was promoted to Captain in 2002.
In January of 2005 Chief Howell was recruited by Sheriff Benny Parkey to serve as Chief Deputy Sheriff for Denton County and then returned to the Denton Police Department as Chief of Police in October of 2011.
Chief Howell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the Southwestern Law Enforcement 30th Management College.
Rural Information Technology Alliance Grants Manager, Susan Svane, to Speak to DRC January 19
Susan Svane is the TechHire and RITA (Rural Information Technology Alliance) Grants Manager for North Central Texas College. Susan has several years’ experience in corporate America, and she brings her passion for student success to NCTC. Her college degrees are in Business, Computer Science, and Education.  She has helped put together a team of professionals with the aim to prepare and support career-ready graduates to meet the Engineering, Industrial, and Information Technology needs of the businesses and the community.
Kim Phillips to Speak to Denton Rotary December 7 About the DENTON CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU 
Now in her 27th year as a tourism industry professional, Kim is the Vice President of the Denton Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau.  She began her career in 1989 with the Del Rio CVB in Del Rio, Texas.  She then went on to work as the Convention Sales Manager at the Kerrville CVB bureau from 1995 to 1996.  From 1996 to February 2003, Kim established the Lewisville CVB and served as its director for the next seven years.  She moved to the Denton CVB as Vice President in February 2003. 
Kim enjoys community action and serves in various volunteer capacities including community clean up programs and special events. 
Kim is also very involved at the regional and state levels of the tourism industry.  She is Past Chair and still serving in that capacity on the Executive Committee of the Texas Travel Industry Association Board of Directors.  She is a Past Chair of the Board for the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau (TACVB), the Dallas Fort Worth Area Tourism Council, and the Texas Lakes Trail Region of the Texas Heritage Trails program.  
Kim has earned her Professional Destination Marketing Certification from Destination Marketing Association International, her Texas Destination Marketing Certification from TACVB, and is a certified Texas Friendly Instructor.  She holds an AAS Degree in Business Management from Southwest Texas Junior College and a BAAS Degree in Community Service and Masters Degree in Journalism, both from the University of North Texas.   She also has a professional certification in Volunteer Management from UNT.
Kim is married to Tim Phillips and they have three children, Jen 34, Adam 29 and Chris 23.
Director of Economic Development, Caroline Booth, to Speak to the DRC, October 20
Caroline was named Director of Economic Development for the City of Denton in October 2016. Caroline joined the City of Denton in 2014 as the Business Development Officer for Denton Municipal Electric, bringing with her 15 years of experience in communications/marketing, resource development, and program management.
From 2011 to 2014, Caroline was Director of Communications and Marketing for University of North Texas Libraries. While at UNT, she earned an MPA in the university’s nationally-ranked Department of Public Administration. Prior to that, Caroline served as Director of Advancement at Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Denton and Communications Specialist at the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.
Caroline is married to Mike Upshaw, a partner at the Denton law firm of Bagheri & Upshaw, P.C. Caroline and Mike have two sons, Andrew, age 9, and Luke, age 7.
Caroline is a member of Denton Benefit League and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Denton.
Denton Rotary Club Applauds the Inauguration of Champions Rotary Club
In attendance at Champion's Inaugural meeting were Denton Rotarians, Dick Pittroff, Gene Davenport, DGE Maryann McDuff, Dean Perkins, Gary Henderson, Kathy Langley, Jim Englebrecht, and Jack Thomson.
The Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Competition Winners 2016
1st Place $250: Tiffany Wang, Guyer High School 
2nd Place $150: Maddie Spears, Guyer High School (With Rotarian Dan Leal, Club Organizer for the project)
3rd Place $100: Tévon Bartlett,  Ryan High School
Our Rotary Exchange Students, February 18, 2016
Eloise Picod is a 17 year old exchange student from Burgundy, France. There she lives with her mom, dad, younger brother and sister, and her cat Gribouille. She is a junior at Billy Ryan High School, living with Mary Deihl and her family for the entirity of her exchange. During her senior year back in France, she will go back to her boarding school in Charolles in the region of Bugundy, and will go on to study medical science after high school.
Mary Deihl is an 18 year old senior at Billy Ryan High School; a member of the Ryan Interact Club. She went to Auvergne, France with Rotary's short term Youth Exchange program during the summer of 2015. She will attend the University of North Texas starting in June 2016 majoring in Education.
Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health for Denton County, informs the Denton Rotary Club about the Zika Virus
Dr. Matt Richardson was appointed as the Director of Public Health for Denton County in the summer of 2014.  Dr. Richardson served as Director of Public Health for the City of Amarillo and Potter/Randall Counties for the previous 9 years.  His prior experience includes public health preparedness and response, corporate health consulting, and private physician practice management. 
He has several peer-reviewed publications, and he has testified to the Texas Legislature regarding public issues and continues to advocate for public health practice and resources for Denton County and the state of Texas.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Abilene Christian University and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Public Health from the UNT HSC School of Public Health with concentrations on health administration and health management/policy. 
Dr. Richardson currently serves on the site review teams for the Council on Education in Public Health to accredit public health programs and schools across the US.  He lives in Argyle with his wife of 20 years and their two daughters.
Denton Mayor Chris Watts at the Denton Rotary Club on March 31
Denton Mayor Chris Watts spoke to the Denton Rotary Club today. He reported that 26,000 new residents moved to Denton County in 2015.  The enormous road construction on 35E and 35W can't come soon enough.
Dr. Marilyn Wagner and UNT's Emeritus College, March 24
Dr. Marilyn Wagner is Director of Lifelong Learning and Professional Development at the University of North Texas.  Her career focus has been healthy aging and innovative learning opportunities for adults, both through professional development and enrichment courses.  Dr. Wagner’s training and practice as a clinical psychologist have informed her research and led to her passion for programs that support healthy aging.
The Emeritus College is the result of years of research into how to support aging well and optimal brain health for adults.  Since 2009, the Emeritus College has provided hundreds of classes and social activities for adults 50+.  These non-credit classes are taught in a wide variety of topics to intellectually curious adults who want to keep learning new things and staying current, no matter how old they are.  The program is taught by active and retired faculty from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, as well as by faculty retired from other universities and area professionals.  In addition to classes, experiential learning outside the classroom is offered in a variety of settings.   Domestic and international travel programs with a focus on learning also are available.
Twenty-four Denton Rotarians and Rotaractors attend the Training Assembly in Ft. Worth, April 16
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, NOVEMBER 5 - Rick Woolfolk, DRC Foundation Chair & NOVEMBER 12 - Christine Grodecki, Annual Giving Officer for Zones 21A and 27.  
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
  • The Rotary Happy Jar: Randi Skinner
  • Prayer & Pledge: Pete Bradbury
  • Song: Mike Pope
  • introductions of Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Rob Aldridge
  • Announcements: Jack Thomson
  • Club Christmas Social at Bob Moses’ House (Thursday Evening, December 10)
  • Fruit Sales:  Order Deadline is December 10.  Pick-up Date is December 17. See Adam Reese.
  • Food Drive:  December 19th.  See Jim Engelbrecht for details.
  • Red Kettle:  December 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside Jupiter House. See Jennifer Mears.
  • Presentation of Nomination Committee Slate & Distribution of Ballots for the Election of 2016-17 Directors & Officers:  Rob Seay
  • Club Attendance Presentation:  Max Morley
  • Awards and Presentations: Jack Thomson
  • Blue Badge Presentation to Carol Fortner
  • New Member Induction Ceremony for Amber Briggle (Sponsor-Rob Seay)
  • Honorary Membership Presentation to Mike Gregory
  • Paul Harris +1 Presentation to Herman Oosterwijk
  • President’s Club Update: Jack Thomson
  • Election Result Report:  Rob Seay
  • Raffle Card Drawing: Joey Hawkins, Jennifer Mears, Ryan Mayer
Rotary Four-Way Test Student Finalists on Thursday, March 31
SAVE THE DATE!  MARY ANN'S INSTALLATION PARTY, June 4, 2016 at the Denton Country Club, 7:00 P.M. Our own Mary Ann McDuff will be District Governor 5790 in 2016-2017. 
October 22 - Ross Paterson, President and Founder, Global Fusion, Inc

Ross has been leading, coaching and focusing organizations for high impact in a wide variety of environments for 20 years.  He spent the first six years of his professional career as an infantry officer in the US Army where he culminated his career as a company commander in the 101st Airborne Division. He then transitioned into the business world leading manufacturing teams, processes and joint ventures inside General Electric’s transportation, appliance and lighting businesses. Since 2003 Ross has been working with small businesses and non-profits as a performance coach and consultant.  He helped found and lead an international development organization, Global Fusion, building networks, coaching, training and mobilizing resources to build schools, medical facilities and businesses in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Africa.
The destinies for Afghanistan and America have become intertwined since the September 11th attacks.  And while our military is doing tremendous work, the rest of America can make significant contributions to their ultimate success by staying engaged with the political and development processes. In this made for Rotary presentation, Ross will share stories from his personal experiences of traveling to Afghanistan more than 14 times in the last 10 years.  Stories of success and breakthroughs, stories of Afghans who are committed to a new future, stories you will never get to see in the media.  There is hope for Afghanistan, but only when the full power of America’s values of Liberty and Justice are built into the leaders who will move the country towards that new future.
Major General Mary Saunders to Speak to Denton Rotary, February 25
Major General Mary Saunders was the first female general officer selected as the director of Transportation in the Air Force. In this capacity, she provided guidance for 32,000 active duty and civilian personnel and was responsible for a fleet of 115,000 vehicles. MG Saunders is a native of Texas, born in Nacogdoches, and educated in Houston. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Rider University in New Jersey. She attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force in Alabama. Maj. Gen. Saunders was also named a Distinguished Alumni of Texas Woman’s University in 1998 and a TWU Woman of Distinction in 2000.  Maj. Gen. Saunders is one of 5 women inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
Denton Rotary was awarded the Outstanding Contributor  Award for 2015 from CASA of Denton County on Tuesday, April 5 at the CASA Annual Recognition Dinner. 
The award recognized the Denton Rotary Adoption Fair.  Receiving the award were Denton Rotarians Rob Seay and Jack Thomson with recognition also given to other volunteers from the other Denton County Rotary Clubs represented by Mike Brucia and Darhyl Ramsey of Denton Morning Rotary, Angie Cox of Lewisville Noon Rotary, and Dana Haynie of Flower Mound Rotary.
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WTG, Denton Rotary Club - Making pancakes and waffles for Fat Tuesday celebration at Cumberland Children's Home in Denton
Rotarian Dorothy Kuhn
“Victoriously Living Dementia Free”
Speaking at Rotary Clubs in District 5790
Do You Want to Stop Worrying About Dementia Now?
Alzheimer’s or otherwise, Worry No More.
“For people over 40 who love their lives but hate the forgetful part.”
Dorothy Kuhn, Middle Market Business Coach, Author of Voyage to Your Vision, Automating Systems Engineering and more.
While our speaker coaches middle market firms to profitable value, her topic is one of broader interest. Dorothy has turned around what is commonly considered a devastating health condition. One for which the best medical minds predict a cure in 15 to 20 years. And where today’s treatment is to “monitor” the slow and costly fade.
Her business skill, confidence in solving tough problems and consistent blessing for meeting the best people – including her doctor – allowed her to regain her memory and her focus. Tenacious, she’s still working on names.
Today Dorothy shares her journey, out of dementia and into life anew. In this action-packed session you’ll learn:
  • How to instantly recognize dementia’s early warning signs
  • What causes most dementias
  • The secrets to designing a dementia-free life – not “the down-hill slide”
  • Your next best step so you can enjoy and even recover your memory
October 15 - Officers from the DCTA to Speak to Denton Rotary

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