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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
Public Relations
Public Relation Co Chair
Service Chair
Service Co-Chair
Administration Co-Chair
Administration Chair
Foundation Co-Chair
Shannon Gowan
Jun 17, 2021
Ronald McDonald House
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Joann Alley
    June 14
  • Steve Armstrong
    June 20
  • Barney Dodd
    June 22
  • Jonathan Graham
    June 23
  • Lori Salisbury
    June 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Jennifer
    June 3
  • Nancy
    June 3
  • Jonathan
    June 23
  • Diane
    June 28
  • John Cunningham
    June 2
  • Harry Macey III
    June 3
  • Gary Schmidt
    June 5
  • Charles Caughlin
    Billie Caughlin
    June 7
  • J. Brown
    June 13
  • Bill Stokes
    June 14
  • Brian Reinhardt
    JoElla Reinhardt
    June 16
  • Jerry Haisler
    Helen Haisler
    June 21
  • Christine Parks
    Jason Parks
    June 26
  • Craig Wilson
    Hannah Wilson
    June 26
  • Matthew Calhoun
    Rachel Calhoun
    June 29
Join Date:
  • Charles Caughlin
    June 1, 1976
    45 years
  • Rod Henry
    June 1, 1984
    37 years
  • Phil Davis
    June 9, 1988
    33 years
  • Craig Wilson
    June 11, 2015
    6 years
  • Daniel Jeanes
    June 13, 2018
    3 years
  • Kelly Garcia
    June 16, 2015
    6 years
  • Jim Cure
    June 18, 1987
    34 years
  • Gage Blackstone
    June 20, 2013
    8 years
  • Mack Purifoy
    June 23, 1994
    27 years
  • Matthew Davis
    June 23, 2015
    6 years
  • Jennifer Graham
    June 24, 2004
    17 years
  • Harry Macey III
    June 26, 1985
    36 years
  • Harry Macey
    June 30, 2009
    12 years