Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Service Committee Co-Chair
Service Committee Chair
Public Relations Chair
Immediate Past President
Administration Chair
Sgt. At Arms
Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Robert Gregory
Jun 01, 2017
"Heroes on the Water - Paddle. Fish.Heal"
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Temple

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
1749 Scott Boulevard
Temple, TX  76502
United States
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Our Club has a long history of support for the Ronald McDonald House in Temple, Texas.  On April 22, 2017 a hardy band of Temple Rotarians gathered at the Ronald McDonald House as part of our DAP Grant.  The goal was to mount flat screen television sets in open rooms. Mount curtain rod brackets and curtains.  Place floor mats, lamps, and welcome packets in rooms. 
If you ever wondered how important the Ronald McDonald House is, visit the facility at 2415 South 47th Street.   As we were working in a room a young mother came in the room.  She started sorting her laundry consisting of onesies, and other infant clothes.   She was headed over to Baylor, Scott and White, for the difficult vigil.  The fact that she could (1) stay close to her child, (2) share space with others who could understand her condition, and (3) have some measure of normalcy in a world that had been turned upside down, eases some of the pain.    The bottom line is without a resource such as the Ronald McDonald House, this young mother’s life would be so much more difficult.
So it was with great joy and commitment that Jackie, Lee, Veronica, Audrey, and Nicholas Basile, Don Cooper, Coleman Hampton, Gail Peek, Richard Schneider and Adam, Mark and Paul Soorholtz descended up the Ronald McDonald House to make a difference in the lives of the residents of the facility.
I must confess, I did not know that Adam and Lee were so handy.  Ladies, there is nothing like a useful man!  Jackie is quite a director/manager.  Did she learn those skills at BBVA Compass?  Who knew that Nicholas could be such a great companion for Mark?  When Paul reminded us that he is a four-month old, Jackie brought in her Houdini skills to settle him down.  Truth be told, Veronica, Audrey and I did the heavy lifting, but we are not going to quibble over credit for calming Paul down.  By the way, the P in Paul stands for precious!!!  It was a rare gift watching the Basile children and the Soorholtz clan interact. 
Rotarians worked along with Lions and an incredible team of about 35 Texas A & M student volunteers.  We enhanced the facility and the grounds of Ronald McDonald House.  But we Rotarians were not able to get it all done.  We have a few more rooms that need attention.
Our DAP Grant needs to have our work completed by April 30, so there may be an APB for help next week end.  I know we can do it.  We just need your help.  Let Don Cooper or Barbara Bozon know if you have a few hours next Saturday to devote to these families who are going through such stress.  I know we are all busy, but if there is an hour or two that you can help, it can make all the difference in the world. 
Yours in Service,
Gail Peek
Mark your calendars for May 6th for the Jackson Park Clean Up.  More details will follow.  
Here are photos of the March 8 District 5870 International Women's Day project to clean up the park at the Families In Crisis Center.  Sixteen women and a few male helpers from 9 Rotary Clubs, including Temple, Temple South, and South Austin, spent 3 hours transforming an unattractive park into a place that abused mothers and their children could enjoy.  The staff at the facility were amazed and grateful.  The Rotarians had a wonderful time making a difference in the lives of these brave women who risk so much just to be safe from abuse.
Of course, Rotarians ended the day in true Rotarian style--EATING, DRINKING and FELLOWSHIP.  Bill and Lynda Stokes, Grady and Germaine Brown, Al Newby, District Governor Gene Holiman, Assistant District Governor Pat Johnson and Ken Johnson, and a host of other Rotarians joined in celebrating a day of service at Wine Blends Bar in Belton.  Kat Kaliski, owner of Wine Blends Bar has visited the Temple Club and RAW.  Hopefully she will find a home in Rotary.
The Club will launch its international project soon.  The Club decided to support an orphanage in The Phillipines.  The effort is called "Change for Change."  There will be containers to collect change in classrooms.  The competition will track collections by grade (e.g. Fourth Grade, etc.). The Club is considering the prize for the grade with the largest donation.  Prize options are "stinky feet" (a day without shoes), a movie and popcorn, hat day, extra recess, and ice cream.  You have to agree the prize options are creative!  Let's explore how our Rotary Club can help.  
By the way, there was amazing support for the Lakewood PTO Freddy's fundraiser on Feb. 27th.  The Service Club helped by bussing tables, announcing orders (a treat using the microphone to call names) and generally greeting patrons.  The event raised over $700 that the PTO will use to support music needs and gym equipment needs at Lakewood.
These youngsters are fantastic!
Wednesday March 8th, 2017 the women of #1DistrictStrong will be joining forces to celebrate International Women's Day and and to show appreciation for 30 years of Women in Rotary.We think the perfect way to celebrate is to come together from all clubs in SERVICE!
Please join us at the Temple Public Library 100 W Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76501 at 3:00pm where we will travel to the unmarked location of Temples Family in Crisis Location. We will be cleaning, and spring-ing up their family playground, plants, and supplies will be provided, but bring a pair of GLOVES!
We will wrap up there by 6pm and head over to Belton's newest Wine Bar @ 208 N. Penelope Street Belton, TX and hope to be joined there by many of our ROTARIAN MEN!
Please RSVP to either Amber Scarborough @ or to Beverly Luedke @
Students with the Lakewood Service Club will helping with the Lakewood PTA Family Night on Monday, February 27th at Freddy's on West Adams from 5:00 - 8:00.  A portion of all sales will go towards helping the Lakewood Elementary PTA.  The Service Club members will be helping with handing out orders at the window, calling names for the orders, and greeting and serving customers.  With our Rotary Club sponsoring the Lakewood Service Club, Rotarians are encouraged to eat at the restaurant on Feb. 27th between 5-8 to interact with the Service Club members and show them your support.  A flyer will need to be presented when ordering for the students to get credit for your purchase.  The flyer will be handed out at the Rotary meeting today.   
Jonathan Tingle, our Global Scholar, sent us the attached pictures.  The photo of the Potluck has almost all of the students in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Epidemiology course. Jonathan brought Macaroni and Cheese, which was a hit. The other photo is Jonathan and two friends at the Christmas concert at which the King’s College Choir performed.

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Jennifer Graham
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January 12th
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Marc Henn
January 19th
Rod Henry
Vane Hugo
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January 26th
Jack Jones
Robert Jones
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bill Stokes
    May 6
  • Matthew Davis
    May 8
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Brian Battershell
    May 3
  • Suzanne Sinkey
    May 25
  • JoElla Reinhardt
    May 29
  • Jim Madsen
    Stephanie Madsen
    May 3
  • Eric Stoebner
    Jennifer Stoebner
    May 5
  • Gene Kimes
    May 5
  • Susan Kincannon
    Keith Kincannon
    May 6
  • Shirley Schwartz
    Gene Schwartz
    May 14
  • Jason Collier
    Melanie Collier
    May 16
  • Vane Hugo
    Sandy Hugo
    May 23
  • Robert Jones
    Susan Jones
    May 24
  • Dick Mayfield
    May 29
  • Jack Morris
    May 30
Join Date:
  • Shirley Schwartz
    May 9, 1991
    26 years
  • Drayton McLane
    May 11, 1995
    22 years
  • Jason Collier
    May 17, 2012
    5 years
  • Jason Duckworth
    May 21, 2015
    2 years
  • Rosa Hernandez
    May 21, 2009
    8 years
  • Jessica Bozon
    May 28, 2015
    2 years
  • Jason Hancock
    May 29, 2014
    3 years