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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Temple
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Cellar at Pignettis
14 S 2nd Street
Temple, TX 76501
United States of America
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Wilsonart Keeps Rolling with Rotary Books for the World
For the past seven years, Wilsonart, LLC (“Wilsonart”), the Temple Rotary Club, the Temple Public Library, the Temple Independent School District (“TISD”), and the Belton Independent School District (“BISD”) have literally been taking all of us to school!
Sometime in 2000, the number of public and private schools in Southern Africa was increasing, but the national and local governments in those countries were hard-pressed to allocate funds for books to use at these schools. Enter some gritty Texas Rotarians, who were determined to answer this call and address the growing literacy needs in Southern Africa. This is the origin of the Books for the World Project. Many years and many Rotary Clubs later, the Books for the World Project that initially focused on Southern Africa expanded its reach. The Books for the World epitomizes success. According to rotarybooksforworld. org, between 2001 and 2016, over 11 million books had been shipped abroad.
Literacy, especially childhood literacy, is a global challenge, and the Books for the World Project is now a global Rotary project. With the Temple Public Li-brary's support and both TISD and BISD, the Temple Rotary Club has collected English and Spanish language books, science books, and math books. Schools and libraries overseas have asked for any books to help fight illiteracy. The book collection is manageable. The tricky part is the low-cost transportation of the books to the warehouse in the Houston area. Enter Wilsonart.
Wilsonart has a long and rich history in Texas. Since 1956, Wilsonart has been
a faithful and vital part of the Temple/Belton community. Its support of the
Temple Rotary Club's Books for the World Project is simply a continuation of
the link between Wilsonart and the Temple/Belton area. 
When the Temple Rotary Club approached Wilsonart about providing trucks
to transport books from TISD and BISD to a warehouse in the Houston area, it
took about a nanosecond for Wilsonart to say yes. Each year the Temple Public
Library, TISD, and BISD cull through their books, setting aside books no longer
needed. However, the need for these castoffs is very real in other parts of the
world. This is where the Books for the World Project steps in. By matching the
unwanted books in the Temple Public Library, TISD, and BISD to the continuing
need for books in schools and libraries around the world, the Temple Rotary
Club hits the trifecta! We have a win for the Temple Public Library, TISD, and
BISD by taking excess books off their hands. We have another win by keeping
these excess books out of landfills. Then we have the win that places the book
in the hands of those who desperately need them. Voila! The trifecta! A win, win
and win for all participants.
With Wilsonart's help, the Temple Rotary Club can fulfill its core principle of
Service Above Self. The Rotary Books for the World Project reveals that Wilsonart
also has a tradition of Service Above Self. This fact is the ultimate win!
Barbara Bozon & Gail Peek, Temple Rotary Club
For the seventh year in a row, the Rotary Club of Temple partners with TISD and BISD to ship books  to the Books for the World warehouse in Houston. Wilsonart provides transportation at no cost. A total of 27 pallets are being sent. From the warehouse the books are added to others and placed in containers to be transported by ship to schools and libraries in need all over the world.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Foundation Co-Chair
Public Relations
Public Relation Co Chair
Service Chair
Service Co-Chair
Administration Co-Chair
Administration Chair
No Meeting - Social Event
Jul 29, 2021
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Coach Scott Stewart
Aug 05, 2021
Temple High School Football
Coach Brett Sniffin
Aug 12, 2021
Belton High School Football
Coach Brian Cope
Aug 19, 2021
Lake Belton High School Football
Hugh Shine
Aug 26, 2021
Results from the 87th Texas State Legislature
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jackie Basile
    July 5
  • Robert Jones
    July 21
  • Leland Gersbach
    July 22
  • Jason Collier
    July 23
  • Peter Beronio
    July 29
  • Matthew Calhoun
    July 30
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Kelly Nix
    July 8
  • Stephanie
    July 25
  • Benita Henry
    July 28
  • Todd
    July 30
  • Nancey
    July 31
  • Tom Chamberlain
    July 4
  • Tami Annable
    Rod Annable
    July 8
  • Kelly Garcia
    Andrew Garcia
    July 10
  • Ed Seeger
    Elizabeth Seeger
    July 23
  • Kelly Madden
    Billy Madden
    July 25
  • Jason Duckworth
    July 28
  • Eyal Kaczur
    Shiri Kaczur
    July 29
  • Thomas Sinkey
    Suzanne Sinkey
    July 30
  • Gage Blackstone
    July 31
Join Date:
  • Danny Dunn
    July 1, 2013
    8 years
  • Peter Beronio
    July 1, 2013
    8 years
  • Penney Newton
    July 9, 1998
    23 years
  • Leigh Gardner
    July 10, 2014
    7 years
  • Tim Davis
    July 10, 2002
    19 years
  • Tommy Valle
    July 10, 2003
    18 years
  • Brian Reinhardt
    July 24, 2014
    7 years
  • Joann Alley
    July 24, 2008
    13 years
  • Annette Farmer
    July 30, 2020
    1 year