Club Meeting Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Flatonia, Texas


Service Above Self

1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays Each Month at 12:05 PM
Robert's Steakhouse
1241 Texas 95
Flatonia, TX  78941
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Sergeant At Arms
Immediate Past President
Foundation Director
Membership Director
Public Relations Director
The Rotary 4-Way Test
Upcoming Events
Our Club's Formation
A great big THANK YOU to our
Double Eagle Sponsor - $1,000+
Chuck Brown Ford
Muldoon Minerals, Inc.
Eagle Sponsors - $500+
Amigos Country Corner
Austin Trust Company
BEFCO Engineering, Inc.
Cal-Maine Foods
J Bar B Sausage
Jeanette and Ervan Zouzalik
Lower Colorado River Authority
Birdie Sponsor - $250+
Balcones Minerals Corporation
Bob Roberts Ranch
Flatonia National Bank
McDonald's Flatonia
Prototype Machine Co.
Pat & Bernie Satterwhite
S&S Grain
Tex Propane
Moeller Tire & Lube
Shady Oak Nursing and Rehabilitation
Hole Sponsors - $100+
Audio-Video Plus
Circle W Feed & Supply
Pam & Robert Cunningham, in Memory of Bill Hassell
Double K Custom Homes
Fayette Savings Bank
Farmer's Insurance - Lad Trojacek
Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
Flatonia Livestock Commission
Generation Wealth Advisors
Holub Real Estate - Bernadine Kainer, Realtor
Isaac Ranch, Sue Isaac
Klesel's Auto, Truck & Tractor
Leon's Plumbing & Electric Co.
Doug & Glenda Mach
Main Street Pharmacy
Mark McLaughlin
MJH Farms - Matt & Jessica Hanslik
Don Mikulenka Custom Builders, Inc.
Melba Richter
Josesitos Mexican Grill
Nickerson's Farm
Kirk & Judy Pate
Robert's Steakhouse
Rhinestone Angel
Richter Weil Drilling, Inc.
San Antonio Masonry & Tool Supply
Schneider, Frazee & Matocha, PC - CPA's
Ginny Sears
Mike Schulze
Mike Steinhauser Law Office
Texas Precious Metals
Judy Vire
Sharon and Danny Vyvjala
Robbie Wehmeyer - Farm Bureau Insurance
Jean Wotipka
Jeanette and Ervan Zouzalik
Home Page Stories
Early Act First Knight at Flatonia Elementary School
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Flatonia
The first Early Act First Knight Ceremonies, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flatonia, were held Thursday, 28 September, at Flatonia School Cafeteria.  The virtue for this 6 weeks was “Friendliness”.
Early Act First Knight is an evolution of a national award-winning character education program for K-8 school children at elementary and middle schools.  It was developed by Knights of the Guild, an educational subsidiary of The Randall Parr Organization, Inc., and partners with individual Clubs of Rotary International.  Teaching the Rotary tradition of “Service Above Self” through the visually captivating theme of knightly heroes, Early Act First Knight is a  comprehensive character education program featuring spectacular live-action components like real jousting tournaments and knighting ceremonies in which students are recognized for noble deeds.
EAFK is required for all students on campus, just like core subjects. EAFK is not merely a voluntary program for a few good kids to sign up for. Using Rotary's Four Way Test as a modern code of chivalry, participation in EAFK is mandatory for each student at every grade level, from Kindergarten through 5th grade at Flatonia Elementary School. EAFK is prioritized at every participating campus, which eventually influences the culture of the entire school.
At Flatonia Elementary School, all students in K-5 meet for ten minutes in the school day with their teacher to learn about one of twelve character traits for the 6 week period.  The students and their teacher explore the character trait through definitions, quotations, historical personalities, literature, and by learning about the Rotary organization.  The twelve character traits are Compassion, Citizenship, Confidence, Discipline, Honesty, Friendliness, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Service, Tolerance, and Trustworthiness.
The culminating activity for each of the character traits is the Knighting Ceremony.  During this ceremony, a student from each EAFK class is recognized by his or her teacher during an assembly before their peers, parents, teachers and Rotarians.  Flatonia Rotary Interactors act as guides and help with the ceremony.  An accolade that extols the student’s character, and written by their teacher, is read before the assembly.   Sir Cass Garcia, a member of the Knights of the Guild, is always present to tell a virtuous “knightly” story, award all the winning students with certificates and medals.  In addition to these awards, Sir Cass presents the central act of dubbing the 5th grade winners in the rite of passage, conferring knighthood in The Early Act First Knight Program.  
After the Knighting Ceremony, all the students recite:
The Rotary 4-Way Test -  “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?”
The following students were knighted at the first 2017-18 EAFK Ceremony:
Ms Pilat, Pre-K class:  Delayza Torres
Ms Malina, K class:  Alexandria Holland
Ms Schacherl, K class:  Aubree Rodriguez
Ms Kelly, 1st grade:  Maverick Burnham
Ms Klozik, 1st grade:  Rosalie Quintero
Ms Zimmerman, 1st grade:  Sommer Gibson
Ms Croyle, 2nd grade:  Marilyn Brammall
Ms Dornak, 2nd grade:  Rey Manzano
Ms Dunk, 2nd grade:  Zane George
Ms Bruns, 3rd grade:  Lane Law
Ms Fike, 3rd grade:  Emma Kisler
Ms Jarmon, 3rd grade:  Jesus Vargas
Ms Lesikar, 4th grade:  Karely Freytag
Ms Migl, 4th grade:  Jennifer Arellano
Ms Becton, 5th grade:  Avalon Saavedra
Ms Harris, 5th grade:  Tital Targac
Ms Mica, 5th grade:  Haven Gonzales
How We Can Help
La Grange Relief Fund
Rotary Club of La Grange is raising money to help with the impact of the flooding in La Grange from Hurricane Harvey.  Our focus includes helping children displaced from their homes to start school, helping families who have been displaced from their homes, helping small businesses who have been impacted by the floods and cooperating with other organizations in the La Grange area that are supporting these needs .  Our initial concentration will be to help children who are starting school with school supplies, clothing and shoes and then helping displaced families with basic needs for the families. We will distribute the funds on a grant basis to individuals and organizations that request support in the La Grange/Fayette County area.  The funds will be distributed to the Rotary Club of La Grange for management and awarding of grants.  
Philip Oestreich
President - Rotary Club of La Grange
Make a donation here.

Flatonia Flood Donations
Water, canned goods, non-perishable foods, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, clothing of all sizes, cleaning supplies, towels, pet food
Drop off at:
Flatonia Volunteer Fire Dept. Front Porch, 216 W. North Main St
Prosperity Bank Lobby, 205 E. South Main St
Flatonia National Bank Lobby, 114 N. La Grange St

Shelterbox Response Team
I am being deployed into Harvey as Shelterbox Response Team Member along with fellow Shelterbox Response Team Bruce Heller Rotarian from Dallas. Please keep me in the loop and please reach out for help. Shelterbox will be continually updating its operational plan going forward.
We have Shelterbox Ambassadors, Response Team Members, and Rotarians that are stepping up to help.  I have been in contact the last several days with FEMAs mass care managers in DC.
We have the logistic chain open and are moving a significant amount of assets forward via air cargo from the UK.
We all know this is a significant event and as FEMA Administrator Brock Long said "This is a community response”.  All help is needed from all sources to all causes in the upcoming days as this event continues to unfold.
Keep Texas in your thoughts,
Tim Osburn, District 5870 Disaster Relief Chairman
Emergency Relief Fund
Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Port Lavaca, Goliad, Victoria
District 5930 DG Betty Ramirez-Lara and McAllen North Rotary Fund
Make checks to Rotary District 5930
c/o McAllen North Rotary Fund
501 W. Nolana
McAllen, TX 78504
Fed Tax ID#27-3855943

  • Organizes and holds annual Golf Tournament, a major fundraiser for sole purpose of community and international humanitarian efforts.
  • Provides and installs flags for the Patriotic Flag Display six times per year to 175 subscribers.
  • Sponsors the Flatonia High School Rotary Interact Club, a high school service organization with approximately 60 members.  Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.
  • Sends 2 high school seniors, annually, to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards held at McKinney Roughs in Bastrop.  Participants are chosen for their leadership potential.
  • Sponsors Senior Hog Showmanship with a Belt Buckle award at the annual Flatonia FFA/4-H Livestock Show.
  • Sponsors the Early Act First Knight program at Flatonia elementary school.  Starting in 2014, EAFK is a powerful, daily character building program which creatively teaches and motivates students to become more civil, service-oriented people during their formative years.  Themed around the exciting world of gallant knights and chivalry, students study a virtue each six weeks followed by a Knighting Ceremony where one student from each class is knighted for consistently demonstrating that virtue.  Virtues include respect, discipline, honesty, friendliness, perseverance, and service.
  • Sponsors a FISD Teacher Appreciation Lunch every year.
  • Gives Scholarships annually to Flatonia High School Seniors. In 2017 recipients were awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships.
  • Sponsors  Flatonia High School 11th graders, studying U.S. History on the USS Lexington Heritage Pride Tour in Corpus Christi.
  • Received a $1000 grant from the Literacy Project with Tocker Foundation for Flatonia Public Library.
  • Provides and install flags for the Patriotic Flag Display six times per year to 175 subscribers.
  • Participates in Flatonia’s Meals on Wheels.
  • Partnered with Interact students, participates in a Community Clean Up, 2-3 times a year.
  • Donates to ShelterBox USA, is an international disaster relief charity whose mission is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of life saving equipment that brings shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and crises worldwide.  Volunteer response teams deliver emergency tented shelter and other life-saving supplies to people made homeless by disasters around the world.
 On Tuesday, 27 June, 2017, The Rotary Club of Flatonia installed a new slate of officers for the Rotary year 2017 - 2018 at the Red Vault Bistro, with this years theme being “Making a Difference”. The new officers include Patricia Satterwhite, President; Robert Rannebarger, President-Elect and Service Projects Director; Mark McLaughlin, Vice President and Foundation Director; Stu Mica, Past President and Membership Director, Bernie Satterwhite, Secretary; Pamela Cunningham, Treasurer; Pat Nickerson, Sergeant At Arms; and Sherry Haas, Public Image Director. 
Guests for the evening included Rotary District 5870 Governor, Gene Holiman and his wife Kathleen, Rotary District 5870 Assistant Governor, Sherry Hutchinson, and Father Eddie Winkler, who gave the invocation.
The evening was also a celebration of Past President, Stu Mica’s service to Rotary.  Stu received a plaque and was recognized with his first Paul Harris Fellow. Paul Harris Fellowship, named after Rotary’s founder, recognizes Rotarians, who donate to the Rotary Foundation on a regular basis or who have had donations made in their name.  The following Rotarians also received Paul Harris Fellows that evening:  Dennis Fishbeck, third Paul Harris Fellow; Albert Nunn, fourth Paul Harris Fellow; Judy Pate, second Paul Harris Fellow; Kirk Pate, fifth Paul Harris Fellow; Mike Schulze, third Paul Harris Fellow; and Ervan Zouzalik, ninth Paul Harris Fellow.  Mr. Zouzalik was also recognized as a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.  
Patricia Satterwhite, President of the Rotary Club of Flatonia, stated in her remarks, “What an opportunity to be a part of an organization of 1.2 million people. People of action that engage in such endeavors as education, young leaders, community needs, feeding the indigent, and saving lives with polio eradication.  I am so proud of our club and what we’ve accomplished. I am eager to lead this vibrant club of action along with your awesome Board of Directors in making a difference.”
On 11 May 2017, the Rotary Club of Flatonia sponsored the Flatonia High School Junior Class on a special tour of the USS Lexington Museum, located in Corpus Christi Texas.  During the tour they were privileged to meet and converse with three WWII Fighter Pilots.  Bob Batterson, 94, is a Pearl Harbor Survivor and was an F6F Hellcat Fighter Pilot.  Merton Bobo, 92, was a Gunner on then Avenger Fighter Bomber and flew multiple missions over Iwo Jima. Joe Sassman, 96, was an F4F Wildcat Fighter Pilot who shot down 3 enemy Zero’s.  He also survived a kamikaze attack on the Lexington in 1944.  The students listened to their stories of heroism and patriotism, and what it was like to serve during this most challenging time in United States history.
The students toured the entire ship from the engine room to the bridge.  They were instructed by veteran volunteer tour guides in the inner workings of a WWII Aircraft Carrier and the realities of life on board a war ship.
Robert Rannebarger, vice president of the Flatonia Rotary Club and Director of Service Projects, commented, “It was with great pride that I accompanied this stellar group of high school juniors and learn, along with them, about our country’s greatest generation and the sacrifices they made for us.”
Rotary Clubs across the globe exist to help people, both worldwide and, locally, in our community. Thirty years ago, Rotary decided to become involved in the battle to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. At one time, that seemed an impossible task, but today, there are only two nations world-wide that have had any new cases of polio in the past two years. 
The Rotary Club of Flatonia is helping new leaders to emerge and increasing quality of life for many of its residents. The Early Act First Knight program, sponsored by the Flatonia Rotary Club, provides recognition for young people in the Flatonia Elementary School who display exemplary character.  Scholarships are awarded annually for Flatonia High School seniors and the Interact Club, a community service organization at the high school, is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flatonia. In addition, leaders are recognized at the high school level through the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), which includes scholarships, that are provided for the RYLA Leadership Development Camp. Oak Manor Nursing Home has benefitted from several Rotary projects designed to improve the quality of life for its residents. 
Rotary volunteers are also out in the community working hard to clean up parks and other areas, assisting Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to homes, and providing the beautiful flags, which are displayed in town and in yards on patriotic holidays. 100% of funds raised at the Golf Tournament will go toward these projects and others like them.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities call me at 713-444-6905. 
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