Che Rotramble

Posted on Apr 25, 2024
District Governor and Decatur Rotarian Patricia (Pat) Peters welcomes our newest member Che Rotramble. 
Che Rotramble Lannie Noble 2024-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Yashar Taheri-Keramati Lannie Noble 2024-04-24 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#peopleofaction,#rotary,#serviceaboveself

Texas Ramp Project

Posted on Apr 22, 2024
Wow How rewarding that Decatur Rotarians joined with The Texas Ramp project in building this for a Wise County family in need. #serviceaboveself, #decaturrotary
Texas Ramp Project Lannie Noble 2024-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

New Members

Posted on Apr 22, 2024
It has been busy since the first of the year for membership in our club
Graham Moore (middle)
Johnny Cohoon (right)
Chris Carny (left)
Julie Kirk (Left)
Julie Kozlowski (Left)
Matt Runnels ( center)
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Christmas Time for Decatur Rotary Lannie Noble 2023-12-21 06:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#serviceaboveself

Rotarians Being the Good

Posted on Dec 14, 2023
Dr. Chad Jones gave his member moment today. He is a long time teacher and current superintendent at Decatur ISD. . He is married with 3 daughters. He is a first generation college graduate. He loves helping others.
Gene Wilson gave a Rotary moment today. He stated that at his first rotary event he helped feed EVERYONE: participants, families, and guests and then was asked to umpire a game. That experience led him to join. That Service Above Self was all it took. 
Rotarians Being the Good Lannie Noble 2023-12-14 06:00:00Z 0 #decaturrotary,#peopleofaction,#rotaryfoundation

Feeding Wise Kids

Posted on Dec 14, 2023
Ron Barnes with Feeding Wise Kids was our speaker today. This 501C3 was formed because of a need a teacher highlighted at church. There were kids at school that had no food over the weekend. The need has grown and the organization now provides weekend meals for over 600 youth all over Wise County. They work with schools to identify those in need. There are no paid employees and administrative costs  are covered by donations specifically designated for that purpose. For more information go to
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Posted on Dec 07, 2023
Rod Zuniga received his Paul Harris Society recognition chevron at our meeting today. Thank you for you support of the Rotary Foundation. After this Rod lead our club in a visioning session where we gathered information from our members on where we see our club in the future! 
Visioning Lannie Noble 2023-12-07 06:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#peopleofaction,#serviceaboveself

Rotary Thanksgiving Celebration 

Posted on Nov 16, 2023
What a great time we had at our Thanksgiving meeting. Great food with great Rotarians celebrating this special time of the year.  
We welcomed our newest member. Lily Nguyen! Welcome to the family!
And DG Pat presenting our recognition banner for our support of the Rotary Foundation!
Great work Decatur Rotarians!
And during our Rotary moment Barrie Shults spoke about Rotary Action groups. After watching the movie Sound of Freedom and the recent events in Wise County se sought out and joined the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery. Thank you for educating our club and stepping out to help make a difference.
And if that was not enough the club packed 82 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 
And to top off the day members passed out the last of our dictionaries. We had so much fun presenting the dictionaries at Rann Elementary, Young Elementary, Stem Academy at Enis Elementary, Carson Elementary, Victory Christian Academy, and Gospel Life Christian Academy
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Danny Cross Paul Harris +8

Posted by Lannie Noble
Eileen Cross presents Danny Cross with his Paul Harris +8 pin. Thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
Christina (Chris) Moreno gave her membership moment today. Born in Odessa, raised in New Mexico, Chris moved to Wise County about 10 years ago. Her two kids are graduates of Decatur High School. Chris is very active in the community and serves (leads) many boards in the County. She is Vice President for Consumer Lending at First Financial Bank ( currently in Trophy Club). When not serving others she is in the outdoors and might be hunting. 
Rotarian Carla Johnson gave a Rotary Minute to the club today. Carla gave a history of the two Rotary mottos: Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best. The mottos trace their roots back to the 1911 Rotary Convention. The mottos were officially adopted in 1950 with the 1989 Council on Legislation designating Service Above Self as the principal motto for Rotary.
Danny Cross Paul Harris +8 Lannie Noble 2023-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris recognitions

Posted on Nov 02, 2023
District Governor Patricia (Pat) Peters was presented with  her Paul Harris +8 pin by past President Rod Zuniga.  Pat is also a Bequest Society member. Thank you for you contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
President Nate Mara receives his Paul Harris +4 from District Governor Pat Peters.
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Kevin Holzbog

Posted on Oct 26, 2023
Rotarian Kevin Holzbog, Director of the Decatur Economic Development Corporation was our speaker today. Kevin presented a very detailed program that emphasized the growth that the Decatur area (zip code 76234) has experienced in recent years. He noted that due to the cost of living being less than many other areas in this part of Texas the projections are for that to continue. The EDC works with the City to help plan for that growth which includes bringing good paying, long term business growth to the area. More information can be found at
Kevin Holzbog Lannie Noble 2023-10-26 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#peopleofaction
Weatherford College Recruiter night Lannie Noble 2023-10-18 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#serviceaboveself
Michelle Doan Lannie Noble 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0 #decaturrotary,#endpolionow,#peopleofaction,#rotaryfoundation
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Kristin McLaughlin Weatherford College

Posted on Sep 28, 2023
Kristin McLaughlin, Executive Dean Weatherford College Wise County was our speaker today. The Campus was established in 2000 and moved into the current campus in 2011. The current enrollment is about 500 student. The nursing program is currently  the largest program. The college offers fifty certificates and 4 bachelor degree programs. Additionally, the college offers adult GED classes.
Click Weatherford College for more information. 
Kristin McLaughlin Weatherford College Lannie Noble 2023-09-28 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#peopleofaction,#serviceaboveself
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Membership Minute and Rotary Minute

Posted on Sep 28, 2023
Curtis Creswell gave us a membership minute. Curtis was born in Arkansas, raised on a farm, and was salutatorian of his class. He work at Kentucky Fried Chicken and met Colonel Sanders and worked for Walmart for 36 years and knew Sam Walton. Curtis was the manager of Decatur Walmart for 22 years. Mr. Creswell shared that he still has his first bicycle, first car, and first wife. 
Rod Zuniga shared the history and symbolism of the Rotary Wheel in his Rotary Minute. The gear teeth represent the fact there is work to be done. The inner spokes exemplify the Six Area of Focus for Rotary. The Key in the middle represents the individual Rotary member that is the key to every club. 
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What a week for our club Lannie Noble 2023-09-21 05:00:00Z 0 #decaturrotary,#endpolionow,#peopleofaction,#rotaryfoundation

TAPS Public Transportation

Posted on Sep 21, 2023
Shellie White and Karen Kemp were our speakers today. They provided information about TAPS public transportation services offered in the county. They serve five counties. They offer services from 6 am to 6 pm. They have 36 vehicles in service. 
Check out the services offered at TAPS
TAPS Public Transportation Lannie Noble 2023-09-21 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood
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Marlo Karg CASA

Posted on Aug 24, 2023
Marlo Karg , Program Director of CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocate) spoke to the club today. The program helps youth in foster care by finding and training volunteers to help them through the legal system. The goal is to help the kids reunite with their family (if possible) or to locate a safe place either with family, non relative, or a foster home. To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation please click CASA
Marlo Karg CASA Lannie Noble 2023-08-24 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#peopleofaction,#serviceaboveself
District 5790 Synergy Summit Lannie Noble 2023-08-12 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#decaturrotary,#peopleofaction,#rotary,#serviceaboveself

Brian Glenn Rotary Open World Program

Posted on Aug 10, 2023
Brian Glenn form the Denton-Lake Cities Rotary club enlightened our us about the Rotary Open World program. This is a program that lets clubs host a group of people from other countries to help build relationships and educate them firsthand on our cultural and business practices. More information about the program can be found at OPEN WORLD
Brian Glenn Rotary Open World Program Lannie Noble 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0 #bethegood,#rotary,#serviceaboveself

Rotary meeting July 27, 3023

Posted on Jul 27, 2023
Steve Huff, Athletic Director and Head football coach for Decatur Isd was our speaker. He updated the club on some changes that were made with staffing and reported that summer workouts for boys and girls went well and were well attended. He has been in coaching for thirty eight years. He noted that for him the most important thing for him is relationships. Relationships with his coaches, school staff, students, and families. Welcome to Decatur ISD. More info can be found here
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William Burkhead

Posted on Sep 23, 2021
William Burkhead with Quail Forever and the TexasParks and Wildlife Department gave a presentation on a program to recruit landowners to allow hunting on their property. There is a shortage of public lands for further development of hunting activities and wildlife management. Mr. Burkhead is a biologist and stated their are education, conservation, and hunting programs available for the public. More information can be found here
William Burkhead Lannie Noble 2021-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting at the Decatur Fire Station

Posted on Sep 16, 2021
The Rotary Club of Decatur Texas held our meeting at the Decatur Fire Station on September 9th. After conducting a little club business the members and the firefighters on duty enjoyed lunch provided by the club and prepared by the Decatur Conference Center. Rotarian and Fire Chief Nate Mara and his crew provided a great program on the history of the department and tour (with some hands on demonstrations) and a great presentation on their fire alarm initiative. Decatur Rotarians look forward to helping you with this and others things in the future. Service Above Self was on display in the room today!
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Service Above Self

Posted on Sep 02, 2021
Club President Eileen Cross provides guidance as we finish putting the Rotary stickers in the dictionaries we will be delivering to third graders in the near future. With a few new member that have never had the privilege of seeing the faces of the students when they get "their" dictionary, Eileen prepared a schedule and outline that can be referenced when presenting the dictionaries.
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Meeting 8/26/2001

Posted on Aug 26, 2021
At this week meeting Danny Cross (left) was recognized for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow +1. Dawn Wilbert and Wesley Cannon were recognized for receiving their initial Paul Harris pins. Thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!
Meeting 8/26/2001 Lannie Noble 2021-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Jim Giffin Rotary Youth Services chair Lannie Noble 2021-08-12 05:00:00Z 0 #decaturrotary,#peopleofaction,#serviceaboveself

RYLA attendees address the club

Posted on Aug 05, 2021
Jimin Song 2018 RYLA attendee and 2019/2021 RYLA staffer along with sisters Whitney & Danielle Amouko, 2021 RYLA attendees, spoke to the club about their RYLA experiences. All speakers agreed that RYLA was a life changing event. Bernice Abbon-Amouko (mother of Whitney and Danielle) said it was amazing to hear her daughters talk about RYLA and she noted RYLA has had a positive impact on her daughters. It is inspiring to hear stories from young people who are enhancing their leadership skills and using them in their everyday lives. 
RYLA is Rotary Youth Leaderships Awards program that develops youth leadership skills. Rotary clubs sponsor youth to attend the course. There is no cost to the student. Go RYLA!
For more information click RYLA
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Kevin Holzbog

Posted on Jul 22, 2021
Kevin Holzbog the director of the Decatur Economic Development Corporation addressed the club today. Mr. Holzbog intimated that one of the goals of the EDC is to help the community grow. 
Kevin Holzbog Lannie Noble 2021-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
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July 2,2021 Club Social Lannie Noble 2021-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
2021-2022 Club Officers Installed Lannie Noble 2021-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Monte Chamberlain

Posted on Jun 10, 2021
Monte Chamberlain with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission gave an inspiring presentation on the advantages of hiring people with disabilities. 
Monte Chamberlain Lannie Noble 2021-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Mike McQuiston

Posted on Jun 03, 2021
Mike McQuiston, Decatur Mayor and Decatur School Board President, was our guest speaker today. The city, working with stakeholders, developed and recently passed a Decatur 2050 plan. The city council is working with department heads to develop plans for implementation, The plan addresses the  current needs of the while planning for growth. Read a message from the mayor
Mike McQuiston Lannie Noble 2021-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Brian Glenn

Posted on May 27, 2021
Brian Glenn is a member of the Denton Lake Cities Rotary club and local representative for ShelterBox USA. Brian informed the club that in the relief efforts the organization has helped over 2 million people in over 100 countries. For more information on what shelter box does, how to get involved , or make a donation go to
Brian Glenn Lannie Noble 2021-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Kevin Roach

Posted on May 20, 2021
Kevin Roach, owner of Sawdust and Rust, Gave history of how he started created art using chainsaws as his tool of choice. He has done work for Cary Bohn insurance on Walnut street in Decatur if you want to take a look. He presented the club with his creation in the picture above. Check out more of his work on his Facebook page.
Kevin Roach Lannie Noble 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Ashley Smalley

Posted on May 06, 2021
Ashley Smalley (center) gave an inspiring presentation on how "YOU" are the person that can affect how your employee, customer, and even family relationships can be improve. Her topic "YOUnity Begins With You" notes (among other things) the following points:
• Optimism and kindness are contagious
• Criticism and comparison are toxic
• You are integral to changing the atmosphere in your sphere of influence
More information about available programs can be located at
Ashley Smalley Lannie Noble 2021-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Jordan Porter

Posted on Apr 22, 2021
Jordan Porter, founder and director of the Wildflower Learning Academy, addressed the club today. Jordan will be working with local school districts to create a 3 year old pre-k learning model . This program will allow the children to have access to a certified teacher for 1/2 of the day as well as full day care for the child. For more information go to
Jordan Porter Lannie Noble 2021-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Judge J.D. Clark

Posted on Apr 15, 2021
Judge J.D. Clark provided a very informative program about the need to restore our courthouse, the process the county is pursuing, and where we are in that process. It is exciting to see what the county is seeking to do with the courthouse. Information about the grant process can be found here.
Judge J.D. Clark Lannie Noble 2021-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Joel Bartlett & Misty Beaty

Joel Bartlett, training coordinator for Wise County EMS, and Misty Beaty, with the Wise Health Systems 360 Care Management Program spoke to the club today. 
    Mr. Bartlett provided information on the state of the art equipment, training, and certifications that are an integral part of the EMS department. The EMS department not only can address critical needs as they determine on arrival at a scene, they are trained in rope and water rescue.
   Misty Beaty is with the 360 Care Management program which works with patients after they leave the hospital to try to prevent those people from having something happen that would require another hospital stay. Misty also instructed the members on basic CPR training. 
Wise County EMS information can be found here , and information about the 360 Care Management Program is here
Joel Bartlett & Misty Beaty Lannie Noble 2021-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Greg Hall

Posted on Mar 04, 2021
Greg Hall, City of Decatur Public Works director and Manager of the Decatur Airport, and spoke to the club today. Mr. Hall indicated the Decatur Municipal Airport was the first airport in Texas with flights starting in 1915. There were about 14,000 takeoffs from the airport last year. Encompassing 172 acres the airport boasts a 4200 foot runway, 48 hangers, and 65 planes .  Check out for more information.
Greg Hall Lannie Noble 2021-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

New members

Posted on Jan 21, 2021
Our newest members gave a brief introduction of themselves to the club. Welcome to Cindy Gridley, Dawn Wilbert, Dickie Greenwood, and Nate Mara!
New members Lannie Noble 2021-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith with the Decatur Planning and Development department spoke about his team, the processes and regulations for new business, and remodels in Decatur.  Mr. Smith enlightened the group with some of and the codes used in their line of work . Wayne also dicussed the  Decatur 2050 Comprehensive Plan. More information can be found here
Wayne Smith Lannie Noble 2021-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Royce Gastineau

Posted on Jan 07, 2021
Sgt. Royce Gastineau with the Decatur Police Department was our speaker today. Sgt. Gastineau noted that the Decatur Police Department was the 11th department to to be certified in the Texas Best Practices Recognition Program in the state and the department has remained certified since 2008. The community outreach programs include Citizens On Patrol, Citizens Police Academy, and Santa Cops. Check out what is going on with the Decatur Police Department here
Royce Gastineau Lannie Noble 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 23, 2020
From all the members of the Decatur Rotary club....
HAPPY THANKSGIVING Lannie Noble 2020-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Deroy Bennett

Deroy Bennett, assistant Fire Chief/ Fire Marshall for Decatur, was the guest speaker. The topic covered was assets being acquired by the fire department. A new F550 was recently put into service to help with the increased service needs. The department created an apparatus committee to address needs and wants to enable the department to keep up with the growth Decatur and Wise county are experiencing. Decatur has mutual aid agreements with other departments which requires Decatur to go out of the city. The committee worked to design a new fire unit that addresses needs of the department. The apparatus has been ordered and should be delivered in about 9 months. Deroy noted that the colors for the Decatur fire units will be "blue" (not red) to identify with the city and school colors. More information can be located here
Deroy Bennett Lannie Noble 2020-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Diana Allen

Posted on Oct 22, 2020
Diana Allen is the head of the Wise County Asset Management office for Wise County. Duties of the office include 1) inventory tagging, tracking, and management, 2) disposal of assets, 3) Asset insurance and asset insurance claims, 4) insures that assets are obtained by the proper method (coop, buy boards, bid process, etc.),  and 5) all contracts for someone doing business with the county come through her office. She is accountable to the County Judge and the County Auditor. Contact information for Diana can be found here.
Diana Allen Lannie Noble 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Kristen Howell

Posted on Oct 08, 2020
Kristen Howell, CEO of the Children's Advocacy Center of Denton and Wise County,  delivered an inspired and informative program to the Rotary Club of Decatur. Kristen noted that 90% of all victims know and respect the person committing the crime against them. The center addresses all aspects of the needs of the children. This includes, but not limited to, legal, emotional, medical, family, and housing needs. The advocacy center coordinates with all professional agencies to insure the needs of the victim and their family are addressed. For example working with the police to remove the perpetrator from the streets, working with doctors (if needed), an help parent with housing as needed. More information can be found here.
Kristen Howell Lannie Noble 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Loucrecia Biggerstaff 

Posted on Oct 01, 2020
Loucrecia Biggerstaff, office manager for the Wise District Clerk, was our quest speaker today. Mrs. Biggerstaff , a long tenured employee of the office, provided an informative overview of the duties and responsibilities of the office. The office handles felony, civil, family,  tax, divorce, and juvenile criminal cases for the county. The district clerk office serves 5 courts: 271st, County Court of Law #1, County Court of Law #2, Associate Judge for 8th Regional North (child protection court), and the Associate Judge for Title IV cases (child support). The office also maintains the jury wheel for the county. More information can be found at District Clerk
Loucrecia Biggerstaff Lannie Noble 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Chad Davis

Posted on Sep 24, 2020
Chad Davis, County Engineer for Wise County, presented an overview of what service are provided by his office and answered questions from the audience. Among his duties are to advise commissioners court, inspect developments,issue driveway permits, and floodplain permits. He is the floodplain administrator as well. More information can be found at
Chad Davis Lannie Noble 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Martin Woodruff

Posted on Sep 10, 2020
Executive Director: Martin Woodruff of the United Way of Wise County gave a presentation at our weekly meeting. Mr. Woodruff noted that the organization is dealing with reduced donations, as many non profits, but indicated they have made adjustments to compensate in the short term and are working on different strategies to insure needs will continue to be addressed in the future. Martin emphasized that all funds raised by the Wise County United Way are used to support agencies that serve Wise County.  For more information, and the services offered and agencies supported, click here. 
Martin Woodruff Lannie Noble 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Bonnie Sattawhite

Posted on Sep 03, 2020
Bonnie Sattawhite, with Redeemed Legal Services, gave a very informative presentation on the need for people to examine their situation and consider a will, trust, and generally financial planning. She indicated that having advanced directives in place to be sure things are done the way you want them to be done if you were to become incapacitated or deceased insure your wishes are carried out. Sadly without planning sometimes things do not go as your would want. 
Bonnie Sattawhite Lannie Noble 2020-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Amanda Davis

Posted on Aug 27, 2020
Amanda Davis is the Camp Director for Camp Summit, " The mission of Camp Summit is to provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities" In 2019 2508 campers were served. The camp offers week long, weekend, and single day camps. The age limit is from 6-99. There is no upper age limit. Amanda indicated they had a camper over the age of 70. Because of the pandemic the in person camps have been cancelled but they have developed a camp at home online program to address the needs of their campers.No camper has ever been turned away because they could not pay. For more information click here Click the link for a presentation. Camp Summit
Amanda Davis Lannie Noble 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Brett Shannon

Posted on Aug 20, 2020
The City Manager of Decatur, Brett Shannon, Spoke to the club on August 20th,2020. Mr. Shannon gave some insight to the changes he has seen over the years. When he started with the city the budget was about 2 million dollars. In 1985 it was 100 million. The proposed budget for 2020 is about 830 million. Brett stated that the city retired some debt and there is a proposal to reduce city taxes this year. In spite of Covid 19 sales tax revenue has remained strong. In 1985 the revenue for the year was about 339,000 and monthly receipts currently exceed that amount. Mr. Shannon indicated residential and commercial growth in the city is strong. The city has plans in place to upgrade infrastructure in anticipation of future growth. More information can be found at
Brett Shannon Lannie Noble 2020-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Martin Woodruff

Martin Woodruff, Mayor of Decatur, was our guest speaker. Mr. Woodruff discussed briefly how Covid 19 has affected the city. During the discussion Martin indicated the City is operating under an Emergency City Ordinance. Under the ordinance the Mayor acts as director of Emergency operations. The Mayor indicated that there are many people involved in examining data and providing input that allows the Mayor and City Council to make decisions in the best interest of Decatur. Check out the Mayor Greeting
Martin Woodruff Lannie Noble 2020-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and CVS Blood Drive

The Rotary Club of Decatur sponsored the Battle of the Badges blood drive. The Decatur Police Department and the Decatur Fire Department helped greatly in getting people out. The latest donor count is FD 23 and PD 20.CVS in Decatur has partnered with our club over the years to help Cater Blood collect much needed blood. There were 2 buses there and all time slots were filled before collection day by registering online. Reserve your spot. While we had some not make their time slot, Carter filled spots with "walk ups" as they could. People unfortunately were turned away. Cater reports they saw 41 people at the event. It was so successful we are hosting Battle of the Badges Part Two on September 12,2020  Click the link to reserve your spot!
Rotary and CVS Blood Drive Lannie Noble 2020-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Patti Gillespie

Patti Gillespie is a Genealogist and Personal Historian as well as President of the Wise County Genealogical Society. Patti gave  an informative presentation and discussion on how people can research family history. A discussion about DNA testing to determine family heritage while providing information it takes more personal research for ore specific data. The Wise County Genealogical Society and Patti through her business can assist people interested in their historical data. Patti business information is Family Lines and Stories .Information click here for Wise County Genealogical Society information
Patti Gillespie Lannie Noble 2020-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Lambert

Our guest speaker today was Tom Lambert with the Decatur Economic Development Council. Tom indicated the EDC works to help increase business growth and help guide the direction of development. While the population of Decatur is reported to be 7,200 it is estimated 20,000 a day pass through the city.Wise Health Systems is the largest employer. The EDC was instrumental in the creation and development of an 162 acre Industrial Park . Click Decatur EDC for more information.
Tom Lambert Lannie Noble 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis with the Decatur Parks and Recreation board provided an informative program about short and long term goals to update and expand the existing recreational facilities for citizens. Working with other stakeholders and the city improvements to the park system has been brought to the forefront of public needs and wants. More parks, hiking trail system, and a pool are a part of the City of Decatur Comprehensive Plan. That plan can be found HERE  Page 23 begins the park specific summary. What to be a part of the conversation? It might be time to attend Park Board meetings.Contact City Hall for more information. Be a part of the solution!
Robin Lewis Lannie Noble 2020-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Amy Pegues

Amy Pegues with the Wise County Committee on Aging and Meals on Wheels spoke to the club. Covid 19 has greatly affected operations as donations are down, fundraisers canceled, congregate meals suspended, and delivery schedules adjusted to name a few. The staff has met the challenges and  making adjustments as needed to service the citizens of Wise County. A virtual raffle was held and grants have been procured to help fund the shortfalls but the need is still great for funds and volunteers. More information can be found here
Amy Pegues Lannie Noble 2020-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

Ruben Pinkerton

It is with great sadness we note the passing of one of the founding members of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Ruben Pinkerton. Until health prohibited it Reuben had perfect attendance. Mr. Pinkerton lived and practiced "Service Above Self" and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a true Rotarian! He will be missed by our club and many people in the community he loved and served. Visitation will be 6-8 PM at Hudson Torres in Bridgeport and a memorial will be held at the Pavilion at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur Texas.
Ruben Pinkerton lannie noble 2020-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Independence Day

The Rotary Club of Decatur wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July. Join us in being a part of the solutions and not a distraction to the challenges our great county is experiencing.
Independence Day lannie noble 2020-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Tonya Telesco

Curtis Creswell Rotarian and owner of Plaza 4 Cinema hosted the meeting today where Tonya Telesco gave a very enlightening presentation on ways to help relieve stress in our personal and business life. Tonya emphasized we are all different and understanding that helps is communicate in a way that reduces stress. Point one. Some people are fast pace people and some are not. Not realizing that and expecting everyone to function like you is not realistic. She stated for things to recognize are 1) Pace.. fast vs slow, 2) information needs..readers digest vs detailed, 3) Social Interaction..introvert vs extrovert, 4) Focus..Task vs relationship. Understanding how people communicate will enhance your personal and professional interactions with others.
More information can be found here
Tonya Telesco Lannie Noble 2020-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Emily Pivoda Star Council

Emily Pivoda with the Star Council , an educational and treatment center for substance abuse, spoke to the club on 5-14-2020. She provided insight into efforts being taking in local schools to educate youth about substance abuse. Emily also discussed the work being done in Wise County to assist adults affected by substance abuse. More information can be found at
Emily Pivoda Star Council Lannie Noble 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0 #peopleofaction,@decaturrotary

Dr. Joseph Coburn DISD

Dr. Joseph Coburn, Decatur ISD superintendent, spoke to the club today. He provided information on DISD graduation, STEM school progress , new additions to DISD staff, and praised the nutrition staff for having prepared over 60,000 meals for DISD students.
Dr. Joseph Coburn DISD Lannie Noble 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0


Jason Wren, CEO of Wise Health System , provided an informative program about how Wise Health responded to COVID-19 in the beginning, currently, and what is in the works for the future. Jason praised the response and support the hospital has received for the Wise County community. 
JASON WREN Lannie Noble 2020-04-30 05:00:00Z 0


Cody Powel, Director of the Wise County Emergency department, spoke to the club today. Great program explaining what the department does and what part it is playing in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you and your department for what they are doing to help Wise County.
CODY POWEL Lannie Noble 2020-04-23 05:00:00Z 0


Nate Mara, Decatur Fire Chief and Delvon Campbell ,Captain Decatur Police Department gave a presentation on the current status and recommendations for Wise County and the state. A copy of the presentation can be found here
COVID-19 UPDATE DECATUR FD/PD lannie noble 2020-04-09 05:00:00Z 0


Bobby Albert is a successful entrepreneur, speaker,business consultant,  and leadership trainer . Mr. Albert spoke to the club today about some of the things in his current book, "The Freedom Paradox" Bobby reminded us that freedom+responsibility=life+liberty+ the pursuit of happiness. He states that the freedom paradox encompasses a couple of things. First: the more we behave irresponsibly, the more freedom we lose and conversely the more we embrace responsibility, the greater freedom we enjoy.  More information about Mr. Albert can be found at
BOBBY ALBERT Lannie Noble 2020-01-23 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jan 09, 2020
The Honorable Sherry Parker Lemon is the County Clerk for Wise County. She spoke to the club today and gave a brief history of the office and gave an informative talk on the duties of the office. Things kept at the clerks office include vital records (birth, death, and marriage); property records; and court records (misdemeanor criminal, civil cases up to $200,000, and probate). Also recorded at the County Clerk office are livestock brands and assumed name certificates (also known as a D.B.A. for doing business as). Mrs. Parker Lemon  also serves as the Ex-officio clerk of the Commissioners' Court, recording the minutes of the Court's activities. Click Wise County Clerk for more information.
SHERRY PARKER LEMON Lannie Noble 2020-01-09 06:00:00Z 0


From the Rotarians of Decatur Texas we send our wishes for a great New Year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020-01-01 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Dec 12, 2019
Kevin Huffman, Wise County constable precinct 4, spoke to the club today and the duties of a constable in Wise County. The duties  are civil in nature and include serving lawsuit papers, writs of execution, child support papers, and warrants. Evictions are also included as part of his duties. Mr. Huffman also serves as bailiff of the court for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4. Information can be found here.
KEN HUFFMAN Lannie Noble 2019-12-12 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Dec 05, 2019
Melvin Castleberry the local disaster relief director for the American Red Cross spoke to the Decatur Rotary club. Mr. Castleberry reported the Red Cross had helped 54 individuals, 20 households, and distributed  $13,588.00 to people in need. Debit cards (called client cards) were issued to cover needs including (but not limited to )clothes, food, and hotels. For more information about the American Red Cross click here. 
MELVIN CASTLEBERRY Lannie Noble 2019-12-05 06:00:00Z 0


Happy Thanksgiving from the members of the Decatur Rotary Club and Rotarians all over the world!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING Lannie Noble 2019-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

John Pokorny 

Posted on Nov 07, 2019
John Pokorny, Rotarian, District 5790 technology chair, and website consultant. addressed the club today. During his presentation he indicated that clubs must adapt and embrace technology to keep up with the changes in communications. Clubs can no longer depend on the "way we have always done it" mentality. To be  able to keep up with and reach new members clubs must adapt. Social media, websites, texting and vibrant programs must be a part of the club culture. To succeed we must become more than " your fathers Rotary club. He offered comment on what we are doing and offered assistance to all clubs in there efforts to spread the word about Rotary. For more information please check out his company 
John Pokorny Lannie Noble 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0


From Left to right. Chip Hakanson (President), Gene Wilson (treasurer) Paul Harris Fellow, Pat Peters (Assistant District Governor) Paul Harris Fellow, Judge Cude (Sargent at arms) Paul Harris Fellow, Peter Scott  (District 5790 Governor)
Three of our members we recognized having contributed the the Paul Harris fund. All three of the members are multiple Paul Harris Society donors. 
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS Lannie Noble 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5790 Governor Peter Scott Lannie Noble 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0 #decaturrotary,#rotary


Posted on Oct 24, 2019
Cary Bohn a member of the Decatur Rotary club and a member of Decatur Forward addressed the club concerning projects that have been completed and future plans and projects to improve and enhance the City of Decatur. The Decatur Rotary worked to help spread mulch at  Louida Willis Park recently. More information about the parks in Decatur can be found here. Decatur Parks Department
CARY BOHN Lannie Noble 2019-10-24 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 10, 2019

James Stainton is County Attorney for Wise County spoke to the club today. Among the duties of Mr. Stainton are prosecuting and collecting hot checks, protective orders for domestic violence victims, mental commitments, provides advice to other county officials,represents the State in criminal misdemeanor cases,  and works with law enforcement in criminal cases. Information on Mr. Stainton can be found here.

JAMES STAINTON Lannie Noble 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0


Pat Peters, Decatur Rotarian, Assistant District 5790 Area Governor , and Director of the Decatur Public Library updated the club on past, current, and future plans for the library. In addition to the opportunities for kids including the Little Learners program the library hosts Movie Nights, Book Club, DIY gift night, meet the Author night, book night and trivia night held in partnership with Trinity Coffee bar. The library also feed kids during the summer. They are making plans for the future that could include a bookmobile. Please visit the Decatur Public Library for more information of all the great activities and public service events held by the library.
PAT PETERS Lannie Noble 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Sep 26, 2019
Dewayne Lee from the Arlington Sunrise Rotary club presented an interesting, informative, and stirring program on returning to Normandy to visit the historic sights of D-Day. For more information on tours click here 
DEWAYNE LEE...RETURNING TO NORMANDY Lannie Noble 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Sep 12, 2019
Jim Taylor, retired Bridgeport Postmaster , Pastor at Paradise Church of Christ. and funeral director/embalmer at Hudson Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport gave a historical, biblical, and pictorial account of his recent visit to Israel. He also brought artifacts for those in attendance to examine. The presentation was very informative. For additional information on the trip you can contact Jim at
JIM TAYLOR ON ISREAL Lannie Noble 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

United Way Kickoff Luncheon 2019

Posted on Sep 05, 2019
picture by the Wise County Messenger
Members of the Decatur Rotary Club attended the 2019 Kickoff luncheon for the United Way of Wise County. 100% of the funds donated in Wise County stay in Wise County. Can you help support our community?  More information and a way to donate can be found at
United Way Kickoff Luncheon 2019 Lannie Noble 2019-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Social at Casa Torres

Posted on Aug 29, 2019
Good food and great Rotarian fellowship! Check us out and see if the Decatur Rotary Club is for you. You can register for and event or use the contact us button to let us know you are coming. Please let us know so we can have enough seating for all members and guests. See you there!
Rotary Club Social at Casa Torres Lannie Noble 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Range

Posted on Aug 22, 2019
Mike Range with Amazing Global Travel presented a slide show and provided information on visiting Egypt. He suggests taking a tour with a small group as there is more time to take in all Egypt has to offer. 
Mike Range Lannie Noble 2019-08-22 05:00:00Z 0 #decaturrotary,#travel


Posted on Aug 08, 2019
Texas State Representative District 61 Phil King provided information about some of the changes made to the tax code and school funding. Information on Mr King can be found at Phil King 
An overview of specific things done in the recently completed legislative sesion can be found here
PHIL KING Lannie Noble 2019-08-08 05:00:00Z 0 #rotary,@decaturrotary


Posted on Aug 01, 2019
Kristen Tribe, publisher of the Wise County Messenger newspaper, was the guest speaker at our weekly meeting. She began working for the paper as an intern in high school. She return after completing college and has worked at various positions with the paper advancing to her current position of publisher. After giving a short history of the paper, Kristen mentioned the paper strives to be a "refrigerator paper". This a  paper that provides things that you want to post on your refrigerator. More information on the paper can be found here   Follow Kristen on twitter @WCMtribe
KRISTEN TRIBE Lannie Noble 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jul 18, 2019
Kyle Dendy is a passionate author, speaker, entrepreneur, and minister that addressed the club about the importance of knowing what your purpose is. The presentation was fast paced and inspiring. More information can be found here . 
KYLE DENDY Lannie Noble 2019-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Ruben Pinkerton!

Posted on Jul 16, 2019
Ruben Pinkjerton is a charter member of the Decatur Rotary club. He was here when it all began in 1955 for our club. On July 16, 2019 Ruben celebrated his 90th birthday. Happy birthday to a fantastic person and a great Rotarian!
Happy Birthday Ruben Pinkerton! Lannie Noble 2019-07-16 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jul 11, 2019
Norm King of the Kennedale Rotary Club was the guest speaker today. Mr. King presented a program on the Rotary Youth Exchange program. He has been the chair of this program for many years and has sponsored both short term and long term exchange students. The presentation he delivered gave great insight into the process to send students outbound or to host inbound students. More information on the rewarding and life changing program can be found here
NORM KING Lannie Noble 2019-07-11 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on May 02, 2019
Brian Glenn with ShelterBox and a member of the Denton Morning Rotary Club on the ShelterBox program. Brian has been deployed with ShelterBox items around the world.
For more information check out the slideshow on our webpage and visit ShelterBox
ShelterBox Lannie Noble 2019-05-02 05:00:00Z 0


The members of the Rotary Club of Decatur would like to thank the vendors and visitors to the 2019 Home and Lawn show . Even with the challenging weather you helped the Decatur Rotary Club
raise funds to continue the programs to support our community. The vendors were able to show the attendees the many goods and services available in our county. With your help we
will be able to continue our support  for things such as Relay for Life, Wise Hope and Crisis Center,Fishing Derby at Black creek Lake, and scholarships for local seniors attending college. 
We could not do the things we do without your support.
Thank you again for helping!
HOME AND LAWN SHOW Lannie Noble 2019-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

Eileen Standridge

Posted on Mar 14, 2019
Eileen gave a program on her Rotary trip to the Dominican Republic in 2014 to deliver wheelchairs to those who needed them.
She intimated that doing on a global grant trip was a life changing experience and encouraged everyone to attend one if possible.
Eileen Standridge Lannie Noble 2019-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

RicK Troutman 

Posted on Mar 07, 2019
Rick Troutman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas spoke to the club today. Boys and Girls Clubs are for everyone, not just for those that are perceived to need help.
There are over 4000 clubs worldwide, and 4 million kids in the United States.  Clubs are located in the city and suburbs. The Boys and Girls club stress education, health, and character building. 
Programs are offered after school and in summer camps. 
More information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Texas can be found here.
RicK Troutman Lannie Noble 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Charlotte Canion

Posted on Feb 28, 2019
Charlotte Canion, a best selling author, speaker, inventor, and entrepreneur spoke to the club today on how to be an effective caregiver for your parents.
She noted there are over 37 million family caregivers today. Charlotte emphasized there are four golden rules of care giving: Love Respect Patience Forgiveness.
For more information about Charlotte Canion click here.
Charlotte Canion Lannie Noble 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Feb 14, 2019
Jonathon Kahn with Skinny's Repair Shop spoke to the club about cyber security. He indicated the most important thing everyone should do to protect their data is to back everything to an external hard drive and the cloud. He recommends backing 
things up to at least two different locations. Mr. Kahn noted a system backup copies everything whereas a hard backup only copies what you select. Jonathon indicated 70% of all malware cannot be detected. {programs cannot search for things that have not been identified) The user has to be proactive. Things to do to protect yourself is to never click on a popup. IF you get an attachment or link from someone, and you were not expecting it, contact the sender to be sure it is valid. If you need to update your information go directing to the web site. Do not click the link asking you to update your information. Other protection advice is change your passwords regularly. It takes a while for hackers to get to all the people they have information on and if you have changed your password it will be more difficult for your accounts to be compromised. For more information and or services go to Skinny's Repair Shop.
JONATHON KAHN SKINNY'S REPAIR SHOP Lannie Noble 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Martin Woodruff Decatur Texas Mayor

Posted on Feb 07, 2019
Martin Woodruff, Mayor of Decatur, spoke to the Decatur Rotary club today. Mr. Woodruff gave a brief synopsis of how city government works in Decatur. Additional information was
provided concerning upcoming projects the city will be undertaking in the next few years. Additional information about the city can be found here .
Martin Woodruff Decatur Texas Mayor Lannie Noble 2019-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

DR. Keitha Story-Stephenson

Posted on Jan 31, 2019
Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson, educator, speaker, counselor, trainer, and business owner spoke to the club about stress. During her presentation Dr. Story-Stephenson mentioned there is good stress and bad stress. Stress can fracture or cause movement to occur. Planning and organization is a great way to reduce stress. Delegation can also reduce stress. A good leader can take a step back and let others lead. For more information about Dr. Story and her services visit BlueSky Wellness Center .
DR. Keitha Story-Stephenson Lannie Noble 2019-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Eric Vincent

Posted on Jan 24, 2019
Eric Vincent, a local wealth management professional, spoke to the Decatur Rotary club. Mr. Vincent provided insight on many topics that concerned the stock market and personal investing. During his presentation
he explained the difference between "bull" and " bear" markets and that despite the recent performance of the market we are still in a "bull" market. He provided statistics about trying to "time" the market. 
Information about Vincent Wealth Management please visit the website.
Eric Vincent Lannie Noble 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Cary Bohn,  Decatur Forward

The Decatur Forward Board addressed the Decatur Rotary Club today. They stressed  involvement, diversity and transparency are the KEY to the future of Decatur. 
Please go to the Facebook page to see additional information. DECATUR FORWARD
Cary Bohn, Decatur Forward Lannie Noble 2019-01-17 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jan 10, 2019
J D Clark, County Judge for Wise County, spoke to the club about the process and people who worked diligently to get funding for small and medium size counties to improve internet service.
For more information please click here
J D CLARK COUNTY JUDGE Lannie Noble 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Lannie Noble 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
MERRY CHRISTMAS  Lannie Noble 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Service Above Self

Posted on Dec 18, 2018
Service Above Self. Members and family members (future Rotarians?) helping the community. Salvation Army Bell ringing.
Rotary Service Above Self Lannie Noble 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Tom Smith 

Posted on Dec 06, 2018
Tom Smith is a member of the Decatur Rotary club and is the worship minister at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. He and his wife Tiffany lead the attendees of our weekly meeting in some Christmas songs and then performed songs for for us. A great time was had by all. 
Tom Smith Lannie Noble 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Robert "Bob" Samples

Posted on Nov 29, 2018
Robert "Bob" Samples a member of the Tejas Storytelling  Association spoke to the club about the importance of "telling your story" either verbally or writing it down. Many stories are being lost because the art of storytelling is not a part of society today. How much "history" of WWI, WWII, Space flight, or especially every family history is being lost as those that can share the information are no longer with us. Bob is a part of a group trying to revive the art of storytelling. For more information check out the webpage Tejas Storytelling Association.
Robert "Bob" Samples Lannie Noble 2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
HAPPY THANKSGIVING Lannie Noble 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 15, 2018
Gene Mosley is a motivational speaker who encourages people to become a "Valuable Success Story". He has developed programs to help people overcome challenges in their lives. He speaks around the state to those in schools, detention centers as well as organizations such as Rotary.
More information came be found at
GENE MOSLEY Lannie Noble 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Linda Johnson

Posted on Nov 08, 2018
Linda Johnson, Director of Wise Health Foundation, spoke to the club today and provided insight to the contributions that the foundations have and are providing the Citizens of Wise County. In addition to raising funds to purchase cutting edge technology the also Mary's Gift that offers free mammograms to those that cannot afford them.
For a more detailed explanation of what the Foundation does for the community and how you can help visit Wise Health Foundation
Linda Johnson Lannie Noble 2018-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Sandy Storm

Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Sandy Storm (an author) and a survivor of human sex trafficking gave a riveting presentation on they prevalence of the issue and the need for everyone to educate themselves and become part of the process to end this terrible situation that affects many people. Information about The Rotary Action Group Against Human trafficking can be found at: 
Human Trafficking. More information about Sandy Storm and her efforts to effect change can be found at  Sandy Storm.
Sandy Storm Lannie Noble 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Patricia Peters 

Posted on Oct 25, 2018
Patricia Peters is the Director of the Decatur Public library and a member of the Decatur Rotary Club. Mrs. Peters gave a very informative talk 
on the resources and programs available at the library. Not only do they have hard copy books, e-books are available as well. There are extensive research resources. There are programs, for children, teens, and adults. Check out what is going on at the library here: Decatur Public Library
Patricia Peters Lannie Noble 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Modern Woodmen

Posted on Oct 18, 2018
Crystie Hetrick (left) and Stephanie Jones (right) spoke with the club as representatives or Modern Woodmen of America. Crystie and Stephanie are also 
members of the Decatur Rotary Club. After a brief description about Modern Woodmen of America they provided numerous examples of how their organization gives 
back to the community and how it is a part of the culture of Modern Woodmen of America to give back to the community. More information can be obtained at
Modern Woodmen Lannie Noble 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self in Action

Posted on Oct 11, 2018
The members of the Decatur Rotary club are preparing to deliver over 700 dictionaries to third grade students all over Wise County.
'Service Above Self" in action.
Service Above Self in Action Lannie Noble 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Governor Visit

Posted on Sep 27, 2018
Rotary District 5790 Governor Gerald Robinson spoke to the club today explaining how Rotary is adapting to remain relevant on the community and the world.
While there he recognized Gene Wilson (left) and Eileen Standridge as Rotary People of Action. 
Mrs. Standridge was also recognized as a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Shown with The District governor are Decatur Rotary  club members (left to right) Lannie Noble (District Area 4 Training Officer Youth Services), Scott Mosley (current President of the Decatur Rotary Club) , Eileen Standridge (Rotary Foundation Chair Decatur Rotary Club ), Gene Wilson ( Treasurer Decatur Rotary Club), Pat Peters ( Assistant Governor Area 4), And Gerald Robinson District 5790 Governor.
Rotary District Governor Visit Lannie Noble 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Blood drive

Posted on Sep 18, 2018

I received this thank you note from Carter Blood Care. I'm not sure everyone realizes what a difference this small sacrifice makes, and how soon it can save or change someone's life. Thanks again, and I hope to see you all back again in December. John Lanier

You guys rocked it yesterday!

We were able to collect 22 units saving up to 66 Lives in our community. The units collected will be on a hospital shelf Friday. IMPACTING patients and their families FOREVER!

We are looking forward to seeing you guys again on Tuesday, December 18th! Let me know if we need to tweak any of the details otherwise we will be with you guys then.

Thank you for all YOU did to make it a BIG success!

Blood drive Lannie Noble 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly Ross

Posted on Sep 13, 2018
The Rotary Club of Decatur received an inspirational  message form Beck Ross of the Wise County Christian Counselling an Jenny's Hope. There is a need for 
counselling in the area and this organization is here to provide it.  For more information about services offered or opportunities to help visit the webpage.
Beverly Ross Lannie Noble 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

United Way Kickoff Luncheon

Posted on Sep 06, 2018
The Wise County Rotary was represented well by members at the United Way Kickoff event. Pat Peters, Gene Wilson, Trey Horn, Eileen Standridge, John Lanier, Scott Mosley,Curtis Creswell,  Lannie Noble, and Stephanie Jones  were a part of the audience in attendance at the Kickoff Event. The message included a brief history of the organization, recognition of the board members, and a brief introduction and description of the agencies that receive funds. It was emphasized that the need to support the agencies funded by the United Way of Wise County is growing as the need for their services will grow as Wise County continues to grow. 
For information on The Wise County United Way you can click HERE
United Way Kickoff Luncheon Lannie Noble 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Social Event

Posted on Aug 30, 2018
Just a note to let you know sometimes Decatur Rotarians get together just to have a good time. A group of members were sited eating at 
Casa Torres in Decatur on August 30th. Come visit us sometime. 
Rotarian Social Event 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Amy Pegues

Posted on Aug 23, 2018
Amy Pegues was updating the club on what was going on at the Wise County Committee on Aging. While there Stephanie Jones presented Amy with the Modern Woodmen’s Home Town Hero award 
Amy Pegues Lannie Noble 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

Michael Fitch

Posted on Aug 16, 2018
Michael Fitch, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Sports Officials, provided a program on the history of sports officials. He stressed the need for more people 
to become involved as sporting officials as the growth in athletic programs is creating a shortage of officials.
More Information can be found at the Texas Association of Sports Officials 
Michael Fitch Lannie Noble 2018-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Connie Wyatt

Posted on Aug 09, 2018
Connie Wyatt with Wise Choices Pregnancy Center spoke to the club today and gave an overview or the programs available to Wise County citizens through the agency. 
More information about the programs and services offered can be found at the Wise Choices Pregnancy Center website. 
Connie Wyatt Lannie Noble 2018-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

Ronnie Gage

Posted on Aug 02, 2018
Ronnie Gage, member of the Texas High School Hall of Fame, two time state football championship coach, Decatur native, and retired Paradise Panther coach spoke to the club today. Mr. Gage spoke of his experiences and philosophies he used in his 42 years of coaching. He noted that many of his students have gone on to very successful careers in coaching and other endeavors. He stated he challenged his athletes and also let them know he loved them as well and be things that helped them to succeed. 
Ronnie Gage Lannie Noble 2018-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Melanie Carr

Posted on Jul 26, 2018
Melanie Carr, with Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company, spoke to the club providing information on what happens when a loved one passes and how planning makes things easier on the family.
She also emphasized how planning ahead ensures you have the services you want and need. She mentioned that one family buried their love one in a suit and then remembered their loved one hated suits after it was too late to make a change. Planning ahead would prevent things that might fall through the cracks when you are making decisions while you are grieving.  You also have to ability to prepay and lock the price you
will pay for the service at today's prices.
Melanie Carr Lannie Noble 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Trimble Cemetery

Posted on Jul 23, 2018
Rotary members practiced 'Service Above Self' as they mowed, trimmed trees and scrubs,  and removed dead limbs that were cluttering the grounds
Trimble Cemetery Lannie Noble 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Bobby Albert

Posted on Jul 19, 2018
Bobby Albert, author of Principled Profits: Outward Success is An Inside Job, spoke on the importance of knowing your core values and building your business culture around those deeply-held values
Bobby Albert Lannie Noble 2018-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

You never know....

Posted on Jul 05, 2018
You never know who might show up at a Rotary meeting. 
Nick Stanley from Congresswoman Kay Granger office visited and spoke to the club about what is going on in Texas politics.
You never know.... 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Year Lannie Noble 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Officer Installation

Outgoing President Trey Horn (right) is presented recognition from incoming President Scott Mosley (left)
Incoming President Scott Mosley
Treasurer Gene Wilson
Sargent at Arms Melton Cude
Officer Installation Lannie Noble 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Jordan Holzbog

Posted on May 24, 2018
Jordan Holzbog is with the Wise County Health system . She spoke to the club today about the Community Health Improvement Initiative. 
This is an ongoing project to evaluate the status of health and what steps can be taken to improve services and programs. 
More information can be found here.
Jordan Holzbog Lannie Noble 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Hunter Hargrave

Posted on Apr 12, 2018
Hunter Hargrave spoke to the club today about solar energy panels. While his main topic was solar power, the company he represents is " My Own Power LLC and they offer offer other construction services as well. A link is provided below. Mr. Hargrave stated they do not contract their processes out thereby offering a savings to their customers. All of the installers are employees of the company. An independent engineer is sent to each potential job site to ensure that the structure will support what is being proposed and to verify the solution suggested is appropriate. The solar solution provided by the company does not use batteries. When asked about the durability  of the panel he indicated they were stat of the art and came with a warranty. he mentioned there were tax credits available and many utility companies had programs in place as well. More information can be found at the link provided.
Hunter Hargrave Lannie Noble 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Ryan Huff

Posted on Apr 05, 2018
Ryan Huff is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and tri-athelete. Ryan opened with a personal belief that is different from most have been taught. We hear all the time that "Quitting is not a option"
Ryan believes that sometimes quitting is an option, but he emphasizes that the decision to quit should not be made when you are your lowest point. He told the club a story about his attempt to qualify to be able
to compete in Ironman events. Ryan had a great attitude going into the event. He believed he had done the right things to be successful. He had trained hard mentally and physically and adjusted his diet to allow himself to be successful. Everything was going well as the start but as the race progress he began to struggle. Try as he might he realized his dream of qualify was slipping away. As he fell farther behind he contemplated quitting . Why should he put himself through the pain and agony as his goal was not attainable. He changed his perspective of his situation and finished the race. After he worked passed the disappointment he asked himself "why" Whey am I doing this? Do I really what this" For you to have the best chance to be successful in anything your "why" must be important to you or you must have a passion for the task. He changed his perspective of how he trained, how he ate, and his attitude toward his passion for Ironman events. Quitting was an option but when he evaluated things when he was not at lowest point during the race he decided this was something he wanted to continue to pursue. He has qualified to compete. Changing his perspective has help Ryan achieve some of his goals and changed his outlook for his future. 
You can follow Ryan on Facebook.
Ryan Huff Lannie Noble 2018-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Lori Sherwood

Posted on Feb 22, 2018
Lori Sherwood
Lori is the Director of the Decatur Conference Center. During her presentation she provided information on the growth that the conference center has made in the past few years. The Center not only services the Decatur area but has expanded to offer services to companies, events, and individuals from other areas of the state. The Center has the ability to provide services from weddings to corporate and private events.    She gave a brief history of the process that led to the  construction of the Marriott Fairfield Inn that is being completed next to the Decatur Conference Center. 
She conducted a tour of the hotel and noted that there will be 107 rooms available when the hotel is completed and there is adequate room for expansion when needed in the future. 
Additional information can be found below.
Lori Sherwood 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Lannie Noble

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Feb 15, 2018













Lannie Noble

Lannie is a former Elections Administrator and currently works for the Wise County Appraisal District. He presented a program on both of those topics to the Rotary Club of Decatur. 

During the presentation he reminded the audience of the importance of voting not only in the general  elections but the need to participate in primary,  local,  and special elections. 

Information on upcoming election can be found below.

Wise County Elections Website

Mr. Noble also touched briefly on information that is available to taxpayers. In April, the appraisal district mails a "Notice of Appraised Value" statement to most taxpayers. If you do not receive one please contact the appraisal district office. The information included on the notice shows last years values, taxes, and exemptions as well as an estimate of the values and taxes for the upcoming tax year. It also show what exemptions are in effect for the upcoming year. He noted the "AG EXEMPTION" that many in the county have is listed as "production loss" on the notice. If also provides information on the process to protest the value of the property if you believe it is incorrect. He noted that you must provide evidence to support you protest.  Just saying " I think it is too high" is not evidence. 

Information about taxes and the appraisal district can be found below.

Wise County Appraisal District

Most Wise County tax payers pay taxes to other taxing entities. All tax payers pay taxes to the Wise County Tax Office.

Information on that office can be found below.

Wise County Tax Office


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Janice Watkins Wise Hope Crisis Center

Posted on Feb 11, 2018
Janice Watkins , a prevention specialist with Wise Hope Shelter and  Crisis Center spoke to the Decatur Rotary Club today. Wise Hope serves 
people in Wise, Jack, and Montague Counties. During her report she stated one in three women are victims od some type of domestic violence.
Men are victims of domestics vilolence at well. Services are provided free of charge. Last year the Center serviced over 400 people. In Jaunary
they had over 400 hotline calls. The need is great. 
More information is available at link below
and on facebook
Janice Watkins Wise Hope Crisis Center Lannie Noble 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Joe Michels       Working With Millennials

Posted on Jan 25, 2018
Dr. Joe Michels on Working with Millennials.
1) Millennials are all about inclusivity, so the most diverse workforce we’ve seen.
2) Note the differences between listening and hearing. Notice that perception may vary by individual.
3) After recruiting, you still have to manage, engage, and retain the diverse workforce.
Demotivating Factors:
* Cluttered environment
* Negative work environment
* Outdated equipment
* Lack of recognition
* No mentoring relationship
Critical Managerial Factors:
* Career growth opportunities
* Current technology
* Access to a mentor
* Show the way
* 5-year plan
* Be interested Today’s worker is most influenced by the manager’s attitude
: * Managerial relationship
* Respected, smart
* Friendly, approachable
* Not afraid to leave and go elsewhere
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A Family Affair

Posted on Jan 04, 2018
Jamie Lee and her twins Loralai and Noah (age 9) spoke to the club today about their experiences and love of rodeo. Their father Mike if a former PBR World Champion bull rider and their mother Jamie is a former barrel racer. Rodeo is in their blood. Noah has won buckles in mini bull riding and Loralai has buckles for barrel racing. They both indicated the want to continue to develop their rodeo skills. Noah wants to follow the path of his father as a bull rider and Loralai wants to become a stunt rider. Look for exciting things from this family.
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Merry Christmas Lannie Noble 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Relay for Life

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
This year the Decatur Rotary Club ( is partnering with Cary Bohn State Farm ( to create a team to participate in the 2018 Wise County Relay for Life.  On November 16th, Nanette Stockstill with the American Cancer Society encouraged the team and gave information on important cancer research. 
This year’s Relay theme is “heros” and so the team will be called “The Greatest Generation” honoring our WWII veterans.  Michele Richards will be our team captain.  Please contact her if you would like to join the team or donate or you can go online at: .
Michele Richards
Relay for Life Lannie Noble 2017-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Steve Stanford

Posted on Nov 02, 2017
Steve Stanford, Chief of Police in Bridgeport Texas, presented a program about his department. He began by emphasizing that the Motto of the Bridgeport Police force is " A Partnership With the Community". He highlighted how his officers participate in the community. Among the things are Coffee with a Cop, Santa Cops, Fall Festival, Homecoming parade, Christmas parade/tree lighting,Coal Miner's Day, Butterfield Stage Days, BISD Fun Run X 3, Special Olympics, Wise County Toy Run, Careers on Wheels, Drug awareness in all Bridgeport schools, and Junior Achievement. Steve said his department is there for the community. 
In addition to the involvement mentioned above, Chief Stanford said he is also very proud that the Department is a Texas Best Practices Recognized Police Agency. The status is obtained by participating in a voluntary program where a department wishing to obtain this status works to develop and follow the 168 Best Practices devised by a group of Law Enforcement Professionals from across the State of Texas. The purpose of the program is to assist departments in developing efficient and effective practices to service to their community, mitigate risk, and to protect individual rights. The status is valid for four years. The department has been "recognized" in 2009, 2013, and 2017. Among the things a department must develop policies, train the staff, and make the policies available to all employees at all times. There are detailed policies in place concerning such things as vehicle pursuit, use of force, and off duty employment. The standards are reviewed regularly to ensure they are compliant with the current rules, regulations, and laws.  Adhering to these practices and policies assists the Bridgeport Police Department as it strives to improve and increase its partnership with the community throughout the year. 
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Stephany Hotaling

Posted on Oct 26, 2017





Mrs. Wise County Stephany Hotaling gave us a quick description about the duties of Mrs. Wise County.  Mrs. Texas approached her earlier this year about becoming Mrs. Wise County  and Stephany decided this would be a great platform to discuss domestic abuse. She will compete in the Mrs. Texas pageant as Mrs. Wise County in 2018  She has no experience in pageantry but thought, this would be a great time to become a role model for daughter, create a new journey at later age in her life, and overcome the destructive events in her life. 

Stephany was a police officer for years and worked the midnight patrol, mother of two kids, and recently married. She has been in Decatur for 5 years and is currently working at iOffice.  She is also a survivor of domestic abuse.  She made the choice to leave the relationship and has decided to tell her story to others  so they will know there is hope to get out of abusive relationships.  Her platform as Mrs. Wise County is to spread the word about domestic abuse and the urgent need to help people in abusive relationships. She reported that in 2016 146 women were killed by their partner.  She then read her platform, a story written by her sister, about her perspective of Stephany’s relationship and their first-hand account of what happened; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Mrs. Hotaling will be using her title as Mrs. Wise County to tell her story and spread the message that no one has to stay in an abusive relationship. Stephany  spoke at a candlelight vigil held to honor victims and survivors of domestic abuse later that day. 

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Wise County Judge J D Clark 

Posted on Oct 19, 2017
               Wise County Judge JD Clark began his presentation with a brief overview of how county government works . His duties include representing Wise County locally and nationally. As a member of the National Association of Counties he was successful in bringing a subgroup of NACo to Wise County for the 2017 Rural Action Caucus’ Fall Symposium. This event brought over 80 people here from all over the country.  During this event, the group experienced a variety of things in Wise County with visits to NRS, Hanson Aggregates, and C.A.R.E. as well as a social event on Thursday night at Decatur’s Town Square.  Many topics were discussed during this event, including: Opioid Crisis in rural counties, Clean Water Act and it’s far reaching guidelines, and disaster preparations and challenges with a small county (A representative of Goliad County -10k people- that was affected by hurricane Harvey lead the discussion).
                Next Judge Clark discussed the planning involved for the current and future growth Wise County will experience.  Currently, the North Texas Council of Governments estimates Wise County population at 63,000 people and projects 101,000 people by 2040.  Growth is coming and we need to be prepared.  Paramount to growth is managing transportation and roadways.  We need to anticipate growth and plan roadways that work for business and residential areas and maintain our unique character. Working with TXDOT, we are seeking to prioritise areas of concern on our roadways starting with the 1810/287 cut-off, a dangerous intersection that we should see change coming to soon.  Another area that Judge Clark  highlighted was the downtown parking situation.  Wise County was selected as 1 of 4 counties to participate  in a  long-term parking study.  We are the lone small town in with Dallas, Frisco, and Fort Worth having parking studies done in 2018. 
                Finally, Judge Clark touched on an internet broadband study recently completed.  The goal is to bring better internet service, expand service to areas, and encourage healthy competition within Wise Co.  The study concluded that 98% (60 businesses surveyed) found internet to be essential for their business and the other 2% polled that it was not of high priority but still useful.  Out of those businesses, 100% polled that they were not satisfied with current situations.  That’s a glaring problem to have when talking growth and bringing businesses here.  He discussed creating a Broadband task force for this problem. 
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WORLD POLIO DAY Lannie Noble 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

State Representative Phil King 

Posted on Oct 12, 2017
State Representative Phil King visited the Decatur Rotary club. Shown above (l-r) is the current Rotary President Trey Horn, Representative King, Rotary Treasurer Gene Wilson, and John Lanier program and service projects chair.
Representative King represents the citizens of Wise and Parker County in the Texas legislature. Mr. King began his presentation praising the work that many people have done to help the victims of hurricane Harvey. While great things have happened, Representative King emphasized the need to remember that this was going to take years to complete the rebuilding process. He noted that no one knows the exact cost of the rebuilding process and said it would be an ongoing challenge in the legislative sessions in the next few years to find a fair and equitable method to pay for the billions of dollars that will be required. During his presentation he reviewed the school funding process which includes local funds and state funds. As the property values will be suppressed for many years in south Texas because of 'Harvey', thereby reducing the funds provided by local school taxes, the funding from the State will have to increase. He noted that insurance rates could increase across the state to help pay for the losses. He also noted that many homeowners in the affected areas will face many obstacles to fund the replacement of their homes and possessions that were ruined in the flooding that occurred because of 'Harvey'. These issues will have to be addressed at the local level, state, and federal level.
Mr. King also reported on changes that have been occurring with respect to Weatherford College. He noted there had been changes on the board of Directors, including allowing Wise county to have a seat on the Board of Directors, and that the board appears to be very open to developing programs and incentives to help the Wise County branch of Weatherford College to grow and be even more successful in serving the needs of Wise County students. 
Additionally Representative King discussed the legislation that was passed to address the local 'forced annexation' issues that have occurred within the past few years. He noted that property rights have been a part of Texas beliefs since early in the states' history. The legislation passed provides methods to require elections to be held to approve 'forced' annexations. 
Information on Representative King and his work in the Texas legislature can be found here. 
State Representative Phil King Lannie Noble 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Patricia Peters

Posted on Oct 05, 2017
Patricia Peters, a member of the Decatur Rotary and director of the Decatur Public Library, gave a presentation on intellectual freedom. She presented a sample of books that over the years have come under fire and attempts have been made to remove them from libraries around the country. Among the books that have come under attack are the Bible and the Harry Potter series. She stressed the need for the public to have access to diverse materials to be able to find information on topics of interest and to be able to make informed decisions. 
Visit your local library....Check out a book.....Expand your knowledge and enjoy. 
Patricia Peters Lannie Noble 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Dwayne Lee is guest speaker

Posted on Sep 21, 2017
Dwayne Lee, a fellow Rotarian, presented a program on D-Day June 6, 1944 and the weeks that followed. He visited Norway and  presented an impressive slideshow and provided great insight as to what happened during that period
in history. What the allies accomplished was simply amazing.  He is organizing a group of Rotarians to visit the area again in Sept/Oct of 2018.
Dwayne Lee is guest speaker Lannie Noble 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Melvin Castleberry

Posted on Sep 14, 2017
Melvin Castleberry , volunteer with the Wise County Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Mr. Castleberry  provided an extensive overview of what the Red Cross does locally as was well responding to major events such as the hurricanes and floods that are experienced every year. He emphasized that on the local level the Red Cross is usually the first agency to respond to assist families in Wise county when disasters such as tornadoes or fires do major damage to properties in Wise County. Red Cross also works with FEMA to access needs and costs of shelters and assists with running shelters and meeting the needs of those affected. He mentioned volunteers are always needed and training is available. To volunteer you can go to
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Frances Richardson

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Oct 05, 2014


Frances Richardson

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Frances Richardson. Frances lost her battle with cancer this past Sunday morning. Frances joined our club January 1, 2010 and served our club and her community diligently throughout her tenure.

 A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 11th at 1:00 PM at Faith Community Church, Hwy 114, in Paradise, TX. The family has requested that memorials be sent to The Gideon's International.

Our thoughts and prayers go out for her family and all of us who knew and loved her.

Frances Richardson Brett Cheatham 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

State Representative Phil King

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Oct 03, 2014


District 61's State Representative Phil King's Presentation

State Representative Phil King spoke on the crisis at the Texas/Mexico border and the staggering number of illegal immigrants coming across. He also addressed the cartels and the "coyote" drug and human trafficing problems as well as the number of deaths that are occurring on our border.

State Representative Phil King Brett Cheatham 2014-10-03 10:36:46Z 0

Newest Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Sep 21, 2014





Dave Hodgson Becomes Paul Harris Fellow

Dave Hodgson was awarded the coverted Paul Harris Fellowship Award. The Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to Rotarians who have demonstrated their committment to the care of their fellow man by contributing at least $1000 to The Rotary Foundation and it's various benevolent causes around the world. Dave is also very involved and committed to all of the pursuits that our local club is committed to. We are very proud of our Paul Harris Fellows and congratulations to Dave Hodgson on this achievement!

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Curt Mahaffey Visits Decatur Rotary

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Aug 28, 2014


Curt Mahaffey Presents

Speaker Curt Mahaffey gave a program on his long and varied military experience, including time spent at Guantanamo Bay. We were also glad to have Curt's wife, Sandra, Laura Robinson, Past District Governor Chuck Kurtzmann, District Governor Elect Troy Secord, and District Governor Nominee Mary Ann McDuff.


Curt Mahaffey Visits Decatur Rotary Brett Cheatham 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Rotary International Convention

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Aug 24, 2014

Meetings and Events

Dear Rotarian,

Bom dia! You’re invited to the 2015 Rotary International Conventionin São Paulo, Brazil.

If you haven’t already heard, the convention dates have changed. The fun now begins 

one day earlier on Saturday, 6 June and continues through Tuesday, 9 June 2015. 

Plan now to enjoy the Rotary Carnival at Anhembi Parque following the opening plenary on 

Saturday. São Paulo offers all the excitement and activities of a world-class city, along 

with diverse neighborhoods filled with ethnic restaurants, art galleries, and trendy 

bars – the perfect backdrop for connecting with Rotary members from around the world.

For those wanting to learn more about the Brazilian culture, music, and cuisine, the 

Host Committee has planned exciting events including the Rotary Carnival, concerts 

featuring renowned Brazilian performers, and bookings for fine restaurants every 

night of the convention. Still not convinced?

Watch this video and read more about the RI Convention in Brazil.

Register now to receive the lowest rates available. And book your convention hotel 

room through Rotary’s housing agent to take advantage of competitive nightly rates.

Warm, engaging, playful – these are the words used to describe the people you’ll 

meet in Brazil.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Brazil through Rotary.

See you in São Paulo!

Meetings and Events
Rotary International

Finding common ground at an RI Convention

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Rene Ashmore Presents Program

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Aug 21, 2014

W.A.R.M. Makes Visit


René Ashmore gave the program on the services provided by Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). WARM is supported by area churches, community organization and individuals. They serve people from all over Wise County and surrounding areas by helping with groceries, pharmaceuticals, and utility bills. WARM also administers the Decatur Unit of Salvation Army.

Rene Ashmore Presents Program Brett Cheatham 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

Ruben Pinkerton Wins Rotary Builder Award

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Aug 04, 2014

Governor Larry Petrash Recognizes Rotary Builders

Rotary Builder


Nocona RC, Bowie RC, Decatur RC, Wichita Falls Southwest RC, Vernon RC, Burkburnett RC, Iowa Park RC & Wichita Falls RC

During the month of July, District Governor Larry Petrash recognized 9 very special Rotarian's with the Rotary Builder Award during his annual visit to their clubs. Each Rotarian was recognized for their contributions and service above self to their Rotary Club and the World Community. These 9 joined a distinct group of 260 fellow District 5790 Rotarian's that have been so recognized during the last 6 years. The Rotary Builder certificates states  that all Rotarians shall accord them all the recognition and deference that this title bestows on them.

Please congratulate the following Rotarians for their service and having received the Rotary Builder designation during the month of July 2014

Dave Woodbury

Nocona Rotary Club on July 1, 2014

Cindy Brewer

Bowie Rotary Club on July 2, 2014

Ruben Pinkerton

Decatur Rotary Club on July 3, 2014

Casey Barry 

Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club on July 14, 2014

Kelly Couch 

Vernon Rotary Club on July 15, 2014

Bill McGuire

Burkburnett Rotary Club on July 22, 2014

Erwin Soell

Iowa Park Rotary Club on July 23, 2014

Robert Brotherton

Wichita Falls Rotary Club on July 24, 2014

Clint Wood

Wichita Falls North Rotary Club on July 25, 2014

Award recipients were given a framed certificate and the Rotary Builder Pin that only 269 other Rotarians in District 5790 have the privilege of wearing.


Rotary Builder Recognition

This is strictly a voluntary program, and if your club wants to participate, club presidents must submit the name of the one individual that is always there when Rotary work is being done.  He or she may not be the leader of the project but nearly always participates in one capacity or another.    The person you can always count on to be involved.  If you absolutely can't decide between two people, contact me and we maybe can do two.

This individual will be recognized during the Governor's Official Visit.  He or she will get a pin, certificate and recognition for helping build a better world through Rotary.  We would encourage photos to be taken during the presentation and submitted to your local media.

Ruben Pinkerton Wins Rotary Builder Award Brett Cheatham 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

Awards and Presentations

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Aug 03, 2014


Awards were presented today to our Club by Assistant Governor Cary Bohn for accomplishing The Governor's Challenge. This was given for our contributions to the "End Polio Now" campaigne in 2013-2014. Also, Ruben Pinkerton recieved a Charter Member pin as one of our club founders. Cary Bohn was presented the Assistant Governor's pin, Pat Peters and Lannie Noble was presented with RYLA Committe Pins. Congratulations to you all for the recognition of your hard work!

Awards and Presentations Brett Cheatham 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA Presentation

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Aug 03, 2014

Mickey Drewery's Trip to RYLA

Mickey Drewery made our presentation on July 31st and was accompanied by her mother and brother, Christina and Gavan Drewry. She described the fun and fellowship she had while attending RYLA this year. Mickey was sponsored by our club and had a great time filled with challenges and learning through such projects as assembling a Shelter Box while tied to another RYLA attendee and only being able to use one hand, doing landscape work for a local homeless shelter, and attending an etiquette class. Thank you for the update Mickey!

RYLA Presentation Brett Cheatham 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

Governor's Visit

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jul 24, 2014

Congrats Cary Bohn and Ruben Pinkerton!

District Governor Larry Petrash awards Ruben Pinkerton his 60 Year Certificate and Cary Bohn his Assistant Governor accoutrements. Thank you both for your continued service!

Governor's Visit Brett Cheatham 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Eileen Standridge!

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jul 24, 2014

Welcome Eileen Standridge!

Decatur Rotary welcomes our newest member, Eileen Standridge. Eileen is a retired school administrator who is now running her own real estate business. Eileen is married and has three kids. Her hobbies include quilting, cooking and grandkids! 

Eileen, Decatur Rotary is glad to have you!

Welcome Eileen Standridge! Brett Cheatham 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Officer Installation Banquet

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jun 29, 2014


Installation Dinner

Congratulations to our Rotary Club, District, and Rotary International for a successful year. Special thanks goes out to Frances Richardson as this past year's club president. Under Frances' leadership we were able to raise money with a new 5K fund raiser and parking for the PBR. We gave away two $1000 scholarship to local high school graduates, helped the Grapevine Club with their Kenya "Glue Kids Project" and pulled off the Annual Fishing Derby as well as various other community projects. 

We were delighted to have all of those that could, attend our banquet this year. Our new officers will take over on July 1st and we are looking forward to another great year!. 


Click Here For Photos

Rotary Officer Installation Banquet Brett Cheatham 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Dave Hodgson Makes Presentation to Club

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jun 19, 2014

"The Swamp Angel"

Dave made a presentation today detailing the plight of Quincy Gilmore during the civil war and his "lack" of success with the war cannon know as "The Swamp Angel". It was used to bomb Charleston but due to its extreme size it kept sinking in the mud and was very time consuming to reload. Eventually the cannon's back end splintered and ultimately it was melted down for the metal in WWII.

Dave Hodgson Makes Presentation to Club Brett Cheatham 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

Fishing Derby 2014

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jun 15, 2014

Fishing Derby 2014


Saturday brought us overcast skies and cooler temps for our annual fishing derby. We had 52 participants as well as parents. Thank you to all of our sponsors, the U.S. Forestry Service, and our fellow Rotarians for the great turn out and lots of fun. Be sure and check out the photos!

Fishing Derby Pictures
Fishing Derby 2014 Brett Cheatham 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

United Way of Wise County

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jun 05, 2014

United Way Of Wise County

Mayor Martin Woodruff, Ex Officio of United Way Of Wise County made the presentation this week. Since 1979, United Way of Wise County Inc., officed in Decatur, Texas, has worked diligently to support local charities providing essential health and human services to Wise County residents. As a registered Texas non-profit corporation, United Way of Wise County conducts annual fund raising campaigns and allocates the proceeds to these local charities on the basis of their need, specific services provided, number of families served and other considerations. 

Beginning in 2006, 100% of each dollar donated to the annual fall campaign, has been allocated to these United Way agencies and programs.  This makes the United Way one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the country. When we all work together, we're able to work wonders!

United Way Of Wise County

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Posted by Brett Cheatham on Jun 01, 2014

PBR Parking 2014

Thank you to all of the Rotarians who were able to assist in the parking for the PBR this year. We had a good turnout with assitance from a couple spouses.  As is normal, it started out hot and slow but then snowballed into a great success. We even got a few compliments of how organized we were. Special thanks to Curtis Creswell for heading this up!

JW Hart PBR Brett Cheatham 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Service Above Self 5K and Fun Run for Wise Choices Brett Cheatham 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Polio

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Feb 27, 2014
Polio. Poliomyelitis (polio) is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five.
Polio Today. Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Fewer than 250 polio cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don't stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.
Challenges. The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
Ensuring Success. Additional funding will help to end polio now. Thanks to a new campaign, every dollar donated to Rotary will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
PolioPlus. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication, in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to fewer than 250 and remain committed until every child is safe from the disease. Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $9 billion to the effort.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership including Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.
Rotary in Action. More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotarians work with partners like UNICEF to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to share the message with those isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
‘This Close’ Campaign. Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in the “’This Close’ to ending polio” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archie Panjabi, Jackie Chan, Jack Nicklaus and Psy. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.
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Posted by Brett Cheatham on Feb 27, 2014


These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.


The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
GUIDING PRINCIPLES Brett Cheatham 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0

Our History

Posted by Brett Cheatham on Feb 27, 2014



Paul Harris





Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of 

one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of

the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, 

on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse 

backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong 

friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of 

rotating meetings among the offices of each member.


Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve 

been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained 

strong throughout Rotary:

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had 

clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the 

globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most 

challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, 

Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, 

many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary 

members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.

Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 

1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012,

only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.


Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the 

world’s greatest history-makers: 

  • Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
  • Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
  • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
  • Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
  • H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
  • Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
  • Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut
  • Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
  • Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
  • Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
  • Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
  • James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
  • Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
  • Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist
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What Paul Harris Said

Posted by Brett Cheatham

What Paul Harris Said, a feature of RGHF since December 2001. 


Paul Harris

Paul P. Harris, Founder of Rotary 23 February 1905

Paul P. Harris' August 1912 message to Rotarians: "Rotarianism is a step in the evolution of humanity and in the emancipation of  man from the exactions of unceasing servitude to the interests of self."


He goes on to write: "Don't fail to inventory your smiles. They are great assets, and stand in the same relation to success that frowns do to failure.


Acquaintance, the Foundation of Success.


Here's to success, real success, your success, my success, the world's success; and here's to the foundation of success, the practicalized scientized, sterilized, vitalized foundation of your success, my success, the world's success - acquaintance, the dynamics and harmonies of Rotary."

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Rotary Helps Ghana Surpass Clean Water Goals

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A mother in a community near Sunyani, Ghana, bathes her child with clean water drawn from a local well and stored in a 50-gallon barrel in the family’s yard. The water is also used for drinking, cooking, laundry, and other needs.
Photo Credit: Rotary Images/Alyce Henson

For over 20 years, Michael Anyekase has crisscrossed Ghana drilling boreholes and installing hand pumps on wells to provide clean water. Water for drinking, washing, and flushing toilets.

"There is nothing more satisfying than when fresh water comes out of the well and the children shout, 'Hey, water! Water!'" says Anyekase, who works for Water in Africa, a nongovernmental organization (NGO).

In partnership with Rotary members from across the globe, Anyekase's dedication has helped eradicate Guinea worm disease and lessen the cases of dysentery, diarrhea, and other common diseases associated with dirty water. In fact, Rotary has provided more sources of drinking water in Ghana than any other NGO, Anyekase says.

Many water projects in Ghana are being carried out as part of the Rotary International/USAID H2O Collaboration. The effort is providing more than 100 villages with clean water through installation of boreholes with hand pumps, along with sanitation facilities and hygiene training.

According to a review of the partnership by Aguaconsult, an independent contractor, more than 85 percent of Ghanaians now have access to clean water, surpassing the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of 78 percent by 2015.


Samuel Obour, assistant governor of District 9102 and a member of the Sunyani Central club, has spearheaded several water projects. Last year, Sunyani and Canadian Rotary members installed latrines at a primary school in Sunyani and a washing station and toilets at a busy rural market, with funding from a global grant.

"We have so many people traveling from villages to the market. There was no [sanitation] facility of convenience," says Obour. Market-goers would eliminate outdoors and feces entered the water supply, he says, causing dysentery and diseases like Buruli ulcer. If caught early, this flesh-eating disease can usually be treated with antibiotics. But if left untreated, the disease causes irreversible deformity and sometimes life-threatening secondary infections. Obour and other Rotary members have worked with the Ghanaian health service to educate villagers about the importance of early detection and to supply hospitals with necessary treatment tools.

"People who thought Buruli ulcer is caused by spirits will now come to understand that they need to go to hospital for identification," says Obour.

Access to clean water brings benefits even beyond better health, including boosting children's chances of receiving a good education, or any education for that matter.

"Children wake up very early, sometimes 4 a.m., to go miles away to fetch water," says Obour. "Without water, children are not able to attend school [or] some have to go to school late." With water nearby, the burden is lifted. Children can spend more time being children. Families can spend more time being families. And life can take on a new kind of normalcy. An accomplishment that can only be achieved with a team of dedicated resources.

"Meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals is something that no organization can achieve on its own -- not even Rotary, with its 34,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members," says Ron Denham, a member of the USAID Steering Committee and the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton, Ontario, Canada. "To be successful, we need leverage -- the leverage that comes from collaboration with others who share our goals. The most notable example of this is the international H2O collaboration."

Support Rotary's work to provide clean water

Are you going to the RI convention? Consider attending the World Water Summit

Discover how Rotary members are doing good in the world in Rotary's annual report

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