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Clift Price Memorial Match 2022-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
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Multi-Event Bash 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
New Meeting Location 2021-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Jack Mayo Jr. Memorial Match Campaign Update 2021-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Books for the World Pickup 2020-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
New Meeting Location (in August) 2020-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Foundation Giving 2019-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Matching Campaign Extended 2019-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social

Great News!
el presidente' Davis has made it official; the upcoming gathering at POP A TOP TAVERN is the next Rotary Social and it's going to be a great time!
Join us as we go to POP A TOP TAVERN, east of Temple, at 5pm on Friday, November 8, 4:30pm-6pm  Pizza and beer will be available.
POP A TOP TAVERN is an institution dating back many, many years in the Temple community.  POP A TOP TAVERN is owned and operated by a 100 year old World War II veteran.  This is an opportunity to support a veteran and enjoy visiting with each other.
POP A TOP TAVERN is located on Little Flock Road just north of 53, East of Temple.
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October 24th Meeting Schedule 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Needed For Santa Fe Wine Festival 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
TC Foundation Tea 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Match Program Update 2019-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Match Program 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Goal Update

Rotary Foundation Giving
Goal:    $25,000
Actual: $41,875
168% of Goal
Polio Plus Giving
Goal: $2,000
Actual: $2,061
103% of Goal
Foundation Goal Update 2019-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
September 26th Meeting Location Change 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Fund Update 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Matching Foundation Campaign 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
C.E. "Gene" Neal Jr. Memorial Match 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Meeting Location Change - April 25th 2019-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Major Donor Recognition 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Thomas Vannoy 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Social - December 18th 2018-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Article 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Socktober at Lakewood 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Giving Results 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Prior Year Foundation Results 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Spaghetti Supper Tickets and Money Due 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Spaghetti Supper Info 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Spaghetti Supper Desserts & Ticket Donations 2018-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Limited Time Offer Update 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Location Change for September 20th and 27th Meeting 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Update 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting Tomorrow (9/6) @ Temple College 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary After Work Programs 2018-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Opportunity 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Erroll Wendland Obituary 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Raffle Drawing 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Raffle Tickets 2018-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
May Matching Campaign 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Change in Location for May 3rd Meeting 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Tree Dedication and Giveaway 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Jackson Park Clean Up

WHEN: Saturday May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Jackson Park, 925 N. 4th Street, Temple, Texas 76501
BRING: Your friends and family members! We will be getting the tool trailer from City of Temple, but you may want to bring gloves and wear old clothes.
WHY: Our club has a unique history with Jackson Park. In 1935, our club provided a beautiful fountain and landscaped walking and sitting circle in the park. Decades later, a Rotarian found the fountain and circle in extremely poor condition with the original bronze dedication plaque cast to one side. This was brought to the attention of Barbara Bozon, and she championed a restoration project. Improvements began in early 2002. The City of Temple put in benches and some vegetation around the fountain area. Landscaping of the inner circle around the fountain was put in by Dana Macaulay, son of Temple South Rotary Club member Mike Macaulay, for his Eagle Scout project. A new plaque was placed below the first one declaring the Rotary Club of Temple rededication in September 2002. Our club has committed to maintaining the park through park clean-up days, which we try to do at least twice a year. 
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Cyclone Corral BBQ Social

WHO: All Club Members and their Families
WHAT: Club Social and Dinner
WHERE: Cyclone Corral BBQ
WHEN: Friday, May 11th, 6 pm - ?
HOW: Dinner is sponsored by very generous members of our club.  (Drinks are on your own)
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Bell County Youth Fair Volunteer Opportunity 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

DAP Grant College Visit Volunteers Needed

We still need volunteers for the following dates:
Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Lamar Middle School to TSTC (Waco)
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Belton High School to Tarleton State University (Stephenville)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Travis Middle School to TSTC (Waco)
Contact Jessica Bozon if you can help out:
DAP Grant College Visit Volunteers Needed 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Kyle Residents Spaghetti Supper Pics 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Update on Lakewood Service Club

Robert Jones and Barbara Bozon attended the November 7th meeting. The service club finished their Socktober drive and collected over 1,250 pairs of socks! The adult ones will go to Helping Hands and the kids socks will go to Foster Love Bell County. Thank you to all the club members who supported the sock drive.
Mrs. Cartwright from Foster Love Bell County gave a Power Point presentation on how their group helps foster children in various ways to include providing clothing. She was very appreciative of the sock donation. Next week the Service Club will assist with the school wide food drive. They will help sort and pack the donated food. All the kids received two brown lunch sacks that they will color various designs on, and then the sacks will go to Feed My Sheep for them to pack the lunches in.
The officers have designed a t-shirt and all the club members will have an opportunity to purchase one. If they cannot afford one, our club will scholarship the cost.
In order to receive a Service Club Award at the end of the school year, all the members will need to complete an independent service project and write it up so it can be shared with all the club members. They have to attend at least 5 of the 8 club meetings and they also have to maintain acceptable academic and citizenship grades.
They are going strong and represent Rotary well!
Update on Lakewood Service Club 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

November Matching Campaign

The Rotary Club of Temple is pleased to announce the start of our November Matching Campaign.  Our club will match a member’s contribution to the Rotary Annual Fund up to $250.00 given during the month of November 2017.  All amounts given by a member plus the match will count towards the member’s first or next Paul Harris level.  A member attains a new Paul Harris level for each $1000.00 given. 
For those working on their first Paul Harris level, the Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust is available to help as well.  The Trust will match all contributions given in a Rotary year from $100.00 up to $500.00.  If a member donates $250.00, the club will match that $250.00 and provided the member does not have any previous contributions the Trust will match the $500.00 giving the member their first Paul Harris.  For more information, contact the Foundation Chair, Richard Schneider, or co-chair, Barbara Bozon.
At our first November meeting on the 9th, members of the Foundation Committee will be distributing documents showing your present giving level as well as your accumulated Foundation Points.  Remember the use for the Foundation points:  you can use those to give Honorary Paul Harris recognitions to your family members, co-workers, or friends.  It takes 1000 points to do so.
During this past year, we have heard the good that Rotary International does on an international level as well as locally.  A portion of what is given by our club during this Rotary year comes back to us in three years to use for a local grant project such as this year’s project of the college visits.  Payments can be made by check payable to the Rotary Foundation or by credit card.
November is Thanksgiving month and a contribution to RI is a good way to show thanks for all that we have. 
Barbara Bozon and Richard Schneider
Foundation Co-Chairs
November Matching Campaign 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

34th Annual Spaghetti Supper

Save the Date! The 34th annual Spaghetti Supper is Friday November 10, 2017. This is our club’s largest annual fundraiser, and we need everyone to get involved by selling tickets and volunteering on the day of the event! Please pick up your tickets at this week’s noon meeting if you haven’t already done so. Contact Coleman Hampton or Jessica Bozon if you can’t make it to the weekly meetings and need to arrange to pick up your tickets at an alternative time. Coleman Hampton: (254) 933-5243 or Jessica Bozon: (979) 421-0971 or Links for volunteer shift sign-ups will be sent out through ClubRunner, and there will also be sign-up sheets on the tables at the weekly noon meetings.
Calling all bakers! We will be needing lots of yummy desserts to sell at the dessert tables during the Spaghetti Supper. Homemade items such as cookies, brownies, and rice krispies tend to sell well. Email Gail Peek to let her know what you can bring ( Sign-up sheets will also be on the tables at the weekly noon meetings. 
34th Annual Spaghetti Supper Jason Duckworth 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Camo Santa Toy Drive

Please remember to bring a new toy to the November 9th Rotary meeting for the Camo Santa Toy Drive.  Toys collected will be used at Santa's Workshop held on Fort Hood and will be used by the 36th Sustainment Brigade of the Texas Army National Guard.  
Camo Santa Toy Drive Jason Duckworth 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Jackson Park Cleanup - November 11th

When: Saturday November 11
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 (or so)
Place: Jackson Park
What to bring: gloves, gardening tools especially hand pruners, loppers, and rakes
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November 2nd Meeting Cancelled

Due to a Chamber event scheduled at the Hilton on Thursday Nov. 2nd, our Rotary Club meeting has been cancelled. We do encourage you to attend the Chamber event.
Public Policy Council Luncheon - Impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Tickets can be purchased on the Chamber's website or by contacting them directly
If you do attend, please notify our Club Secretary as it will count as a make-up for another weekly club meeting you may have missed
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Socktober at Lakewood Elementary

The Lakewood Elementary Service Club is collecting socks this month for local homeless shelters.  Please bring your sock donations with you to the Thursday meetings in November and they will be collected and delivered to the school.  
Socktober at Lakewood Elementary Jason Duckworth 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Big Red Community Partner Award

Since October 2010, the Rotary Club of Temple and its members have actively supported the Lakewood Service Club at Lakewood Elementary.  Students participating in the Club are exposed to important character lessons like truth, goodwill and better friendships as they elect club officers and run meetings similar to Rotary Club meetings. Providing opportunities for 4th and 5th grade students to demonstrate leadership and character, the entire school is involved with the group's service projects. Sustaining a multi-year partnership that has connected hundreds of students to the service and ideals of Rotary has been possible thanks to both the financial commitment and dedicated time of many people.
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Killeen Heights Oktoberfest 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Old Rotarian Magazines Needed

The Waco Sunrise Rotary Club is making a plea to our club to collect any old and current Rotarian magazines. They have an annual golf tournament and hand deliver them with requests and thank you's to all their sponsors. They are expensive to buy in bulk so they are reaching out to nearby clubs to see if we can take up collections monthly of used Rotarian magazines. Margaret Ferguson will pick them up monthly or bi-monthly, depending on the quantities collected during that time frame. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Waco Sunrise Rotary Club 254-715-1868 or
Old Rotarian Magazines Needed 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

A Tree for Me Program

RI President Riseley has challenged every club around the world to plant one tree for each member in their club. Our club is participating via the “A Tree for Me” program sponsored by the City of Temple. Each member household is asked to complete the application for a free tree for their yard. Our club will break into geographic small groups and help each other to plant trees on pick up day (October 21). That night is Pinot and Pints for Polio, so it will truly be a day of Rotary Service. Additional applications will be on tables at Thursday’s meeting. Please participate, even if you don’t have a yard, as we have some members who live in the same household and will be able to plant two trees in their yard.
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Upcoming Social Events

We have two socials in August. The first is on August 16 at 6:30 pm. We'll meet at Cheeve's to celebrate our Major Donors. Anne Penney Newton became a major donor just before the District's gala Foundation Dinner, but got quite sick and was unable to attend. We're also honoring Don Cast, John & Jeanne Cunningham, Leland Gersbach, Jonathan & Jennifer Graham, Harry B. Macy III, Harry B. Macey Jr., Gail Peek, Bill and Lynda Stokes, Doug & Marilyn Streater, Erroll and Barbara Wendland and David Yeilding.  We'd love to have as many as possible join us for a Dutch Treat dinner and terrific fellowship. Please RSVP to Jennifer Graham if you'd like to attend.
Our second social is by invitation only. In conjunction with the Temple South club, we will be honoring those members and their guest who had Excellent Attendance (80% and above) with a free steak dinner at the Gober Party House on August 25th. Invitations were mailed out, and a list will be on tables on Thursday. Please RSVP to Jennifer Graham. Remember that by attending socials, board meetings, district events, and make ups at other clubs, you can increase your attendance percentage. Just report your participation to Jackie Basile so you get credit for it.
Upcoming Social Events 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Books For The World Update

Our two book shipments are on their way by rail to Los Angeles where they with ship by boat to Manila, Philippines. There they will be received by the National Council of Women in the Philippines. The group was organized after WWII from the resistance to the Japanese in the Philippines. The books will be inventoried and a book plate added by ghetto youth employed by their Department of Social Services before they are distributed to needy schools identified by NCWP.
Books For The World Update 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

12th Annual West Africa Project Fair Trip Details

Trip Dates: October 03 – 12, 2017
Travel to: Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Per Person Price: $1,689, double occupancy
Program includes: Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.
In October 2017, North American Rotarians will travel to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience. Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant? These trips have a profound effect upon the individual. For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
The experiences you have stay with you forever. You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change. Small children come up to you to say thank you. Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life. You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes. It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.
The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa. This committee needs your help, leadership and motivational skills, as Governor, to generate awareness, interest and action to support these projects. Further, projects fairs are an expanding program, encourage by Rotary and The Rotary Foundation as an extraordinary opportunity for clubs to find viable, qualified humanitarian projects.
To Sign Up or for questions please contact:
Howard Tours
516 Grand Ave., Oakland CA 94610
Tel: 800-475-2260 510-834-2260
12th Annual West Africa Project Fair Trip Details 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Books for the World Project

Our club coordinated another shipment of books for the Books for the World project. We partnered with Ben Winkler from BISD, Maggie Gonzales and Gloria Allen with TISD and Brian Ranly with Wilsonart. Wilsonart provided two 18 wheelers free of charge to take the books down to Pasadena to the warehouse. BISD provided 21 pallets and TISD provided 25 pallets of school books that are no longer used. Books are shipped worldwide to third world countries and other impoverished areas that badly need educational materials. The next shipments are going to Manila and Beirut. Gail Peek, Robert Jones and Barbara Bozon met the trucks at the two school warehouses and got to see the loading in action.
We thank all of our partners for assisting with this project!
Books for the World Project 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

July 2017 Greeters

July 6th
Joann Ally
Steve Armstrong
Glenda Barron
July 13th
Jacque Basile
Robin Battershell
Peter Beronio
July 20th
Gage Blackstone
Barbara Bozon
Jessica Bozon
July 27th
Grady Brown
J Brown
Charles Caughlin
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August 2017 Greeters

August 3rd
Thomas Chamberlain
Scott Clark
Jason Collier
August 10th
Don Cooper
Lance Crews
John Cunningham
August 17th
Jim Cure
Phil Davis
Matthew Davis
August 24th
Tim Davis
Jason Duckworth
Danny Dunn
August 31st
Dan Elder
John Farwell
Justin Fuller
August 2017 Greeters 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Recognition's

The following individuals will be receiving their Paul Harris Recognition's:
Jason Duckworth PH+1
Vane Hugo PH+1
Robert Jones PH+1
Dick Mayfield PH+1
Dorothy Powell PH+1
Rod Henry PH+2
Jim Cure PH+5
Jack Morris PH+5
Jennifer Graham PH+7
Barbara Bozon PH+8
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Foreign Exchange Students

We have two foreign exchange students who will be living in Temple and attending Temple High this year. Charlotte Anton from Strasbourg, France and Maria Klosienski from Parana, Brazil will be arriving in August. When we have their arrival date, we’ll let you know and hopefully a contingency from our club can meet them at the Austin airport.
Foreign Exchange Students 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA Camp Attendees

Seth Little and Julia DeWitt will be heading to RYLA camp with Richard Schneider on July 2nd. Our club sponsors these two ($500 each) with the hope that they will develop leadership skills that they will bring back to Temple High. Both students are involved in the THS Interact club, and Seth’s older brother Sam, who we sponsored three years ago is working at camp as staff. That is a highly coveted position and we should be very proud of Sam’s achievements. Robert Jones will bring both students home on July 7th. We look forward to hearing their program on July 13th.
RYLA Camp Attendees 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Raffle Results

Below are the final results from the Rotary Raffle:
Collections: $4,850.00
Expenses:    ($160.98)
Prizes:      ($2,530.00)
Net Proceeds: $2,159.02
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June 29th Meeting Cancelled

Due to a conflict with a Chamber of Commerce Event, the June 29th Rotary Meeting is cancelled.  Members are encouraged to attend the Chamber Event that day or a RAW meeting for a make up. 
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Ronald McDonald House or Bust!!!

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
Ronald McDonald House or Bust!!! 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Jackson Park Clean Up

Mark your calendars for May 6th for the Jackson Park Clean Up.  More details will follow.  
Jackson Park Clean Up 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

International Women's Day

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.
International Women's Day 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Service Club Update

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!
Lakewood Service Club Update 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

International Women's Day Rotary Event

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 @
International Women's Day Rotary Event 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

March 2017 Greeters

March 2nd
Adam Soorholtz
Bill Stokes
Doug Streater
March 9th
Larry Turner
Tommy Valle
Steve Weedman
March 16th
Larry Wilkerson
David Yeilding
Joann Alley
March 23rd
Steve Armstrong
Glenda Barron
Jackie Basile
March 30th
Robin Battershell
Peter Beronio
Gage Blackstone
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June 2017 Greeters

June 1st
Jack Jones
Robert Jones
Susan Kincannon
June 8th
Harry Macey
Jim Madsen
Jonathan Malone
June 15th
Jack Morris
Brynn Myers
Al Newby
June 22nd
David Nix
Stephanie O'Banion
Mack Purifoy
June 29th
Erik Ray
Brian Reinhardt
Gary Schmidt
June 2017 Greeters 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

May 2017 Greeters

May 4th
Dan Elder
Justin Fuller
Leigh Gardner
May 11th
Leland Gersbach
Jennifer Graham
Jonathan Graham
May 18th
Jerry Haisler
Jason Hancock
Clinton Harwell
May 25th
Marc Henn
Rod Henry
Shawn Hunt
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April 2017 Greeters

April 6
Barbara Bozon
Grady Brown
J. Brown
April 13
Pat Caughlin
Tom Chamberlain
Scott Clark
April 20
Jason Collier
Don Cooper
Jim Cure
April 27
Phil Davis
Tim Davis
Jason Duckworth
April 2017 Greeters 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Service Club @ Freddy's

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.   
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February 2017 Greeters

February 2nd
Harry Macey
Jack Morris
February 9th
Brynn Myers
David Nix
Stephanie O'Banion
February 16th
Mack Purifoy
Erik Ray
Brian Reinhardt
February 23rd
Gary Schmidt
Richard Schneider
Mark Smith
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Global Scholar Jonathan Tingle Pictures

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.

Global Scholar Jonathan Tingle Pictures 2017-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

January Greeters

January 5th
Leland Gersbach
Jennifer Graham
Jonathan Graham
January 12th
Jason Hancock
Clinton Harwell
Marc Henn
January 19th
Rod Henry
Vane Hugo
Shawn Hunt
January 26th
Jack Jones
Robert Jones
Susan Kincannon
January Greeters 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Auctions

Dear Rotary Club President,
By now you hopefully know of the special arrangement by which a portion of the revenue from selected eBay Live Auctions comes to Rotary. What you may not know, however, is that recently the Board of Directors of Rotary International decided to donate this revenue from eBay to The Rotary Foundation to fund Global Grant projects in the Area of Focus Economic and Community Development.
Below is the list of upcoming eBay Live Auctions in December that will benefit Rotary. We encourage you to browse the catalog of items available for bid and to register for those auctions that are of interest to you. The more items sold, the more Rotary benefits!
The Forbes Collections
14 December 2016
Israeli & International Art
15 December 2016
Impressionist & Modern Art
16 December 2016
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Lakewood Service Club Christmas Party 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Award

The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. The Foundation’s advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact.

To mark the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. The Rotary Foundation will receive its award at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2, 2017.
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Final Week for Rotary Foundation Matching Campaign

This is the final week of the Rotary Foundation November Matching Campaign.  The club will match up to $250.00 of your contribution. Cash, check, credit cards, adding it to your quarterly billing are all acceptable.  Contributions will be accepted thru our meeting on Thursday 12/01/16.  As we have heard over the past few weeks, the Rotary Foundation supports many great causes either on an international or local level.  Your contribution enables the Rotary Foundation to continue its work.  Be generous!
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District Wide Social

District Wide Social
WHO: Rotarians and Friends
WHAT:  Esters Follies (Austin’s answer to Saturday Night Live… Variety show and political comedy… so much FUN!)
WHEN: Friday November 11th @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Esters Follies: 525 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
HOW: You must call to buy tickets before the end of this week!!!
Call 512-320-0198 NOW and ask for the Rotary Group Tickets
… $30/each and you must call… this block is not available on-line.
Also, please let Amber Scarborough know that you are coming….
Show starts at 8pm but we will be meeting early for fellowship at 7:30!
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Water To Thrive Donation

Those that attended the meeting on the 13th heard the presentation from Kent Miller and Water to Thrive.  Our club has the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile project as a "contributing club".  Any member who desires to contribute financially may do so through our club's foundation, TRC-1965.  If you want to help with even just a few dollars, please make your check out to TRC-1965 and note Water Well Project in the memo line.  All checks need to be received by the October 31st deadline.  Your donation to TRC-1965 is fully tax deductible and our foundation will provide you a receipt.
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Rotary After Work

RAW members enjoyed a program last week offered by Chip Howell (Benjamin Franklin) and  Betsy Ross (Joan Howell).  We also had two special guests thanks to Richard Schneider, Rebecca Foggiato and Claudio Centaro.  Rebecca is a Youth Exchange  Student from Southern Brazil.  She is currently attending Harker Heights High School.  Claudio is a Youth Exchange Student from Sicily, Italy and is a Junior at Temple High. 
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December Greeters

December 1st
Jim Cure
John Davidson
Phil Davis
December 8th
Jason Duckworth
Danny Dunn
John Farwell
December 15th
Bill Frick
Justin Fuller
Leigh Gardner
December 22nd
Santa Claus
December Greeters 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

November Greeters

November 3rd
Gage Blackstone
Barbara Bozon
Grady Brown
November 10th
J. Brown
Pat Caughlin
Tom Chamberlain
November 17th
Scott Clark
Jason Collier
Don Cooper
November 24th
Thanksgiving Day
November Greeters 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

October Greeters

October 6th
Doug Streater
Kurt Toliver
Tommy Valle
October 13th
Lauren Walker
Steve Weedman
Larry Wilkerson
October 20th
David Yeilding
Joann Alley
Steve Armstrong
October 27th
Glenda Barron
Robin Battershell
Peter Beronio
October Greeters 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Change of Meeting Location for September 28th Meeting 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Good Attendance Dinner

Pictures taken by Gail Peek at the Good Attendance Dinner at the Gober House in Temple.  Both our club and the South Club members were there.  We had steaks, baked potatoes, salad and desserts.  A good time was had by all.
Good Attendance Dinner 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

TRC 1965

When you give to the Rotary Foundation, you're giving to a tax deductible entity, that's why you get a letter from Rotary itemizing your donations so you can use it in your annual tax filing.  While our Rotary club is not a tax exempt entity, we are one of the few clubs who established a 501 c 3 Foundation allowing us to accept gifts.  That means annual sponsorships, and other donations can be made to the TRC 1965 (The Rotary Club 1965 - our club is number 1965, just like the district is number 5870).  As we prepare for the Spaghetti Supper, many of you plan to purchase your tickets and give them away to Barbara or Jennifer for the senior citizens or Temple College students.  This year, when you do that, you'll be making a tax deductible gift to the TRC 1965 and we'll issue a receipt for your tax records.  This only works if you're giving your tickets away, so please specify that option when you pay for your tickets so that we run your purchase through the right account.
If you're planning to be an annual sponsor for our Rotary club, we can also run that gift through the TRC 1965, and that becomes tax deductible as well.  Sponsorships offset fundraising expenses and allow our club to make significant contributions to our local community through grants and gifts, and we 
Thanks go to the past and present TRC 1965 board members  who have been very active in establishing the Foundation and making it useful to our members. Past President Jonathan Graham was instrumental in setting it up, and Past President Gary Schmidt lead the board for years garnering significant funds for our annual scholarships to Temple College.  Assistant Governor Barbara Bozon revived the board and helped steer us in a new direction with more robust capabilities.  Bill Stokes still manages the scholarship funds and each year a committee selects 5 students to honor with $2000 scholarships at TC.  There is a current opening on the TRC 1965 board, and any member of the club can nominate someone to serve.  Nominations will close at 10 am on Sept. 29.  To make a nomination, please give the name in writing to David Yielding, who is the current Secretary of the TRC 1965 Board.
TRC 1965 Jennifer Graham 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Spaghetti Supper Volunteers Needed

Now accepting volunteers for the Rotary Club of Temple 2016 Spaghetti Supper on October 28th when Temple plays College Station! Planning is happening now and we need volunteers to assist with this significant fund raising event. Please contact Erik Ray at (254) 239-9299 or to see how you can get involved.
Spaghetti Supper Volunteers Needed 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

Books for The World

The Rotary Club of Temple coordinated its third donation of books to the Books For The World program.  The books were donated by TISD and the Temple Public Library.  Lewis Jez with TISD allowed the books to be stored in their warehouse and had the books packaged in pallets.  Wilsonart provided the beautiful truck that transported the books to a warehouse in Houston on July 19th.  These books will be combined with other books in a container and shipped overseas for the use of schools and libraries that are in need of these resources.

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September Greeters

September 1st
Harry Macey
Dick Mayfield
September 8th
Brynn Myers
David Nix
Gail Peek
September 15th
Mack Purifoy
Erik Ray
Dorothy Powell
September 22nd
Brian Reinhardt
Gary Schmidt
Richard Schneider
September 29th
Mark Smith
Adam Soorholtz
Eric Stoebner
September Greeters 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

August Greeters

August 4th
Leland Gersbach
Jennifer Graham
Jonathan Graham
August 11th
Jason Hancock
Clinton Harwell
Marc Henn
August 18th
Rod Henry
Vane Hugo
Shawn Hunt
August 25th
Robert Jones
Jack Jones
Susan Kincannon
August Greeters 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

July Greeters

July 7th
Tom Chamberlain
Scott Clark
Jason Collier
July 14th
Don Cooper
Jim Cure
Phil Davis
July 21st
Tim Davis
Jason Duckworth
Danny Dunn
July 28th
John Farwell
Justin Fuller
Leigh Gardner
July Greeters 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

June 23, 2016

Aubrey Brickhouse, Pat Brickhouse, and Dean Chandler flank Craig Nance, Superintendent of McDonald Observatory.  On June 23, 2016, we had an excellent program on the research activities at McDonald, including the collaborative effort among such universities as Texas A & M and the University of Texas to build the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile.  This effort will be the world's largest telescope and will help in mapping ever more distant sections of the "observable" universe.  Craig Nance is a wonderful ambassador for McDonald Observatory, and reminded us that the benefactor of McDonald Observatory wanted an institution for research AND public education.  McDonald Observatory has between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors a year.  It is a trip worth making, but Craig warned that you should make your reservations early.  Even more impressive is the fact that Craig is a member of the Rotary Club of Marfa.  He did not explain the famous Marfa lights, but certainly lit up our interest in astronomy.
The Board of Directors shared a sweet celebration to end the Rotary term.  We had a very busy year, and a very successful one.  Kudos to the Rotary Club of Temple.   Bring on the reign of President Hugo!!!
Adam and Mark Soorholtz had a great time at our June 23, 2016 meeting.  We always enjoy visits from our Rotarian-in-training. 
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Rotary Club June 16, 2016

Temple Rotary Club Disability Scholars James Markert and Steven Torres flank Rotarian J Brown.  James' scholarship is in partnership with the Bell County Judge's and Commissioner's Committee on People with Disabilities.  James is headed to the University of Texas-Austin.  James is interested in special education.  Steven's scholarship is in collaboration with the Temple College Foundation.   Steven is headed to Temple College.  Steven is interested in forensic science.  Our future is in great hands with young men like James and Steven.  Our Club is proud to support scholars like them.
Rotary Club June 16, 2016 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Lisa Sebek Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - The Business of Recycling in Temple

Lisa Sebek Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - The Business of Recycling in Temple 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Charley Ayres Knows How to Grow Temple

Charley Ayres Knows How to Grow Temple 2016-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Temple Rotary Club Honors the TISD and BISD May Educators

On May 26, the Temple Rotary Club, along with Joe Palmer, TISD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and Bonham Principal, Sandra Atmar, congratulate Stacy Bastin, our TISD Educator of the Month!
Our Club, along with High Point Elementary School Principal, Amy Armstrong, and BISD Director of Human Resource Staffing, Calvin Itz, also celebrated the BISD Educator of the Month, Michelle Robinson.

The Temple Rotary Club May 26 program was Candace Cartwright, Cindi Remling, and Michelle Petty sharing their experiences as child advocates with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Bell County.  This is an important area of need, and we are lucky to have these extraordinary individuals helping our children, many of whom are in difficult living circumstances.  If you want to know more, visit:
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Four Way Test Day at the Temple Rotary Club

Four Way Test Day at the Temple Rotary Club 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Fun at the Rotary Half Marathon and 5K 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

Let the Children Lead! Lakewood Elementary School Service Club Shows Us How!

Let the Children Lead! Lakewood Elementary School Service Club Shows Us How! 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
The Lakewood Elementary Service Club Is Ready for our May 12, 2016 Service Day Meeting 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Temple Rotary Club 95th Anniversary May 5, 2016 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on May 05, 2016

TRC 1965 Foundation

Some of you may not be aware that our club has a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation that has been primarily used to fund scholarships for students at Temple College.  Many of you include giving to the scholarship fund in your quarterly bills.  The TRC 1965 is run by a board comprised of Rotarians from our club.  Those Directors have rotating three year terms.  The current club president will always sit on that board during their presidential year, and there is one director at large as well as three other directors.  Currently, Barbara Bozon serves as the President of the board, and her term is expiring.  Jennifer Graham is the secretary and her term expired last year, but she has continued to serve as there was not a board election this year.   The commitment to serve on the board is a three year commitment with a minimum of 2 meetings per year.  All directors must be Rotarians in good standing (no outstanding balances), and can be nominated by any Rotarian.  Nominations are currently open for 4 new members and will remain open until midnight on May 12th.  In order to nominate a Rotarian to sit on the TRC 1965, please put their name forward to the current secretary of the TRC 1965 Board, Jennifer Graham.  The current board will vote on the new members and the new board will be announced at the May 19th meeting.
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Pinot and Pints for Polio

Pinot and Pints for Polio 2016-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

June Greeters

Craig Wilson
David Yeilding
Joann Alley
Steve Armstrong
Glenda Barron
Jackie Basile
Robin Battershell
Leland Gersbach
Gage Blackstone
Don Cooper
Jessica Bozon
Grady Brown
J. Brown
Erik Ray
Pat Caughlin
June Greeters 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

Jackson Park Clean Up Wrap Up Photo

Jackson Park Clean Up Wrap Up Photo 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
More Jackson Park Clean Fun 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

Having Fun at the Jackson Park Spring Clean Up

Having Fun at the Jackson Park Spring Clean Up 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

TISD Wildcat Mentors

TISD Wildcat Mentors 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

April Greeters

Jack Morris
Brynn  Myers
Al Newby
David Nix
Penny Newton
Dorthy Powell
Mack Purifoy
Erik Ray
Brian Reinhardt
Gary Schmidt
Richard Schneider
Shirley Schwartz
April Greeters 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates Educator of the Month

On February 25, 2016 the Temple Rotary Club honored two educators of the month.  One from Temple ISD and one from Belton ISD.  Pictured here are Dr. Bobby Ott, Temple ISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Instruction, Principal Sandra Reyes at Hector P. Garcia Elementary School, Educator of the Month Honoree Kenia Felix, Bi-lingual kindergarten teacher at Hector P. Garcia Elementary School, and Rotarian Brian Reinhardt.
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The 2016-2017 Rotary Board

Congratulations to the following members of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors
1.President- Vane Hugo
2.President-Elect - Robert Jones
3.Past President- Gail Peek
4.Treasurer- Jon Malone
5.Co-Treasurer- Matthew Davis
6.Secretary- Jackie Basile
7.Foundation- Richard Schneider
8.Co-chair Foundation- Peter Beronio
9.Sgt. At Arms- Shawn Hunt
10.Service- Barbara Bozon
11.Co- chair Service- Don Cooper
12.Club Administration- Grady Brown
13.Public Relations- Jason Duckworth
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Rotary Foundation Dinner February 6, 2016

On February 6, 2016 a hardy band of Temple Rotary Club members attended the Rotary District Foundation Dinner at the Marriott North Austin.  Kudos to Craig Wilson, one of our Rotary AFter Work members, who began as the sound "guy" and quickly morphed into the all audio visual "guy." 
This was a wonderful tribute to the Rotary Foundation, the backbone of Rotary's good works.  The attendees who were receiving awards had the added treat of receiving them from John Germ, the incoming president of Rotary International.  John has a quick wit, and is passionate about Rotary generally, and the Rotary Foundation in particular.  Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians, through the Rotary  Foundation, villages have clean water and a much better quality of life.  With the financial support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rotary Foundation has been able to make incredible headway into eradicating polio.  John Germ said a key initiative of his administration is to FINISH THE JOB.  It is time to kick polio from every household and give every child a chance for a life without the threat of contracting polio.  The Foundation Dinner is a wonderful event that is not to be missed.
Some of our Club's honorees at the Rotary District Foundation Dinner ar pictured above.  The top picture is Yours Truly and her handsome husband, Dean Chandler, who received  a Paul Harris Plus 8 Recognition, a  White Society 1 Concho, and Major Donor 1 Awards, Barbara Bozon who received her Paul Harris plus 6 Recognition, Richard Schneider who received his Paul Harris plus 4.  The middle picture is Dean Chandler, Barbara Bozon and Richard Schneider.  The bottom picture is Jeanne and John Cunningham who received Major Donor 1 Awards. Not pictured is Jennifer Graham who received her Paul Harris plus 4.
A good time was had by all! 
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Lakewood Elementary School Service Club Continued 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Elementary School Service Club Project

On January 15, 2016 the Temple Rotary Club Lakewood Elementary School Service Club delivered bears and books to the Children's Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas.  These comfort toys and books can make all the difference in the world to the youngsters who need the care and safety of the Children's Advocacy Center facility.
Lakewood Elementary School Service Club Project 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Elementary School Bears and Books Service Project

On January 15, 2016, the Lakewood Elementary School Service Club delivered bears and books to the Children's Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas.  Pictured is one of the counselors at the Advocacy Center.  Family Advocate, Marica Wright explained the mission of the Children's Advocacy Center is to provide a safe place for children who live in difficult circumstances.  Congratulations to our Service Club for deciding to make a real differences in these young lives, and to the Temple Rotary Club members who donated bears and books for this Project.
Lakewood Elementary School Bears and Books Service Project 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

History with David Yeilding

Last Thursday, the club had the opportunity to hear from David Yeilding as he shared about the events that lead to World War 1.  The first spark can be traced back to an assassination on the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophie on June, 1914 by a group of young rebels, forged from the growing discontent of the Slavic people with the Western European cultures.  David did a remarkable job of recreating the time period and portraying the enormity of this particular event.  A few high school aged kids change history, forever. Thank you David for always putting together a talk that is both interesting and educational. 
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Holiday at the Hilton

'Twas the last Thursday before Christmas when all through the hall
The children were waiting for Santa to call.
The carolers sang with their voices so clear
The magic of Christmas was obviously near.
The children were nestled in laps old and new
Hoping to get gifts from Santa and his crew.
Charlie slept soundly, not hearing a thing
While Noah waited for his turn to sing.
Santa arrived with a swagger and wink
And hopes that he'd get a few Stella's to drink.
Kinsley and Zane brought cookies instead
And Mrs. Claus hopes he won't eat them in bed.
In true Macey form the girls knew just how to pose
And Nicholas and Gabe were quick on their toes.
With an empty bag at just about one,
Santa signaled his elf and swore he was done.
Another lunch over and a room full of cheer,
Santa can finally crack open that beer.
I heard hin exclaim as he changed out of his suit
I'm the sassiest Santa, and I look good to boot!
From this Rotarian to all of the rest,
Enjoy your holiday with vigor and zest.
Holiday at the Hilton Jennifer Graham 2015-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

Old Friends

Jennifer and Barbara enjoyed a holiday visit with past district governor Erroll Wendland.  He is living at Arbor House (south of Marlandwood on Lowe's Drive) and appreciated having company.  We brought him chocolate truffles which he teased wouldn't be there by the time we left the room.  He was excited to hear the club news, and was very appreciative of the work Rotarians were doing.  He was sorry that he wasn't more active, but glad that a new generation was picking up the mantle and providing leadership.  Barbara and I both beamed as we walked in his room and saw The Rotarian magazine sitting on his dresser.  He mentioned that he no longer got the club newsletter, and we're making arrangements to get it to Barbara so that she can print it for him.  Erroll couldn't believe that Judy had moved to Spain, but was glad to hear that some of his favorite people were still active and doing well.  He asked us to send our best to you all, and we certainly wished him a Merry Christmas from all of you!
Old Friends jennifer 2015-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Temple Rotarians and Guests Having Fun Stocking the Library at the New Ralph Wilson Youth Club! Gail Peek 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
The Temple Rotary Grant for the Unincluded Club's Community Garden Just Keeps On Giving! Gail Peek 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

March Greeters

  10- Jennifer Graham
        Marc Henn
        Rod Henry
 17-  Vane Hugo
        Shawn Hunt
        Jack Jones
 24-  Robert Jones
        Glenda Barron
        Susan Kincannon
 31-  Kayla Landeros
        Harry Macey
        Jon Malone
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February Greeters

   4-  Lance Crews
        Jim Cure
        Phil Davis
 11-  Matthew Davis
        Tim Davis
        Jason Duckworth
 18-  Danny Dunn
        John Farwell
        Bill Frick
 25-  Justin Fuller
        Leigh Gardner
        Leland Gersbach
February Greeters 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

January Greeters

   7 – Peter Beronio
         Gage Blackstone
         Barbara Bozon
 14 – Jessica Bozon
         Grady Brown
         J. Brown
 21 -  Dick Mayfield
         Pat Caughlin
         Tom Chamberlain
 28 -  Scott Clark
         Karen Clos
         Jason Collier
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December Greeters

Tommy Valle
Jonathan Graham
Jennifer Graham
David Yeilding
Joann Alley
Steve Armstrong
Glenda Barron
Jackie Basile
Robin Battershell
December Greeters 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
THE 32ND SPAGHETTI SUPPER 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Temple Rotary Club in Action

Temple Rotary Club in Action Gail Peek 2015-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Temple College Rotaract heads to Denton

5 members from the Temple College Rotaract Club will be traveling to Denton on Nov. 21 for a two day conference hosted by the UNT Rotaract Club.  The conference features sessions on officer training, building programs, connecting with their Rotary sponsors, and engaging members.  After the sessions, students will enjoy Denton's nightlife.  Sunday morning, they'll participate in a local service project in Denton.  The team is excited to go because they're looking forward to learning from others who are already successful in their clubs.  The only regret they have is that they wish they had matching t-shirts so they could show their pride!  
Temple College Rotaract heads to Denton 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Are your Little Ones on the List?

Santa is coming to our Rotary Club on December 17th.  Please let Jennifer Graham know if you will be bringing a little one for a visit.  She needs to know the name, gender and age, so that Santa can get busy in his workshop.  I know you think he's watching everyone all the time, but in this particular instance, he gets confused about whether all the presents should just be delivered to your homes, or if he should bring one for this special event.  Jennifer seems to have a direct line to Santa (probably comes from being on the naughty list a lot!) and will get the information to him.  You can e-mail her at
Are your Little Ones on the List? 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

November Greeters

Gary Schmidt
Richard Schneider
Red Badgers
Mark Smith
Eric Stoebner
Red Badgers
Bill Stokes
Doug Streater
Lloyd Thomas
Red Badgers
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Dr. Robin Battershell on the 2015 Temple Bond Proposal

On Thursday, Robin Battershell shared about the upcoming $136.5 million bond election and it's impact on the community. The 2015 bond looks address facilities -- a few of them being: the Meredith-Dunbar Elementary School, classrooms for the Fine Arts at Temple High School, Career and Technology Center, Hardin Swim Center; Bonham, Travis, and Lamar Middle schools.  The maximum monthly impact on a Temple ISD taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000 is projected to be $9.57.  Robin shared that the small increase in taxes (compared to the $55 million bond in 2011) is due to the commercial and industrial development. Robin made it clear that they will not do bonds without community support and she means it.   
Robin also shared that Temple High School recently earned six of the possible seven distinctions for outstanding performance on state testing - this puts Temple in the top 25 percent of its peers in those categories.  Robin emphasized that if anyone has questions or inquiries, that they should not hesitate to call or email her.   





Dr. Robin Battershell on the 2015 Temple Bond Proposal Tucker Glaske 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

Jason Duckworth on Emotional Intelligence

Jason Duckworth provided our program last Thursday.  Jason's background includes service as a chaplain in our military and currently provides leadership and business consulting services.  Jason's presentation focused on our emotional intelligence, which is how well we are able to understand and manage our emotions and the emotions of others to achieve personal and professional success.  Unlike our intellectual quotient (IQ), which is essentially unchangeable, our emotional intelligence can be changed.  And, an individual's emotional intelligence has been shown to be far more important in determining his/her success than IQ.
Jason Duckworth on Emotional Intelligence Jon Malone 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

October Greeters

Gene Kimes
Susan Kincannon
Kayla Landeros
Harry Macey
Jonathan Malone
Dick Mayfield
Brynn Myers
Al Newby
Penney Newton
David Nix
Dorothy Powell
Mack Purifoy
Brian Reinhardt
October Greeters 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Spaghetti Supper

If you have not received your tickets, see Mack Purifoy to get them.  Every member is responsible for paying for 30 tickets.  You are encouraged to sell them ($8 each) so that the money isn't coming out of your own pocket, and we get a large audience to attend, but you're welcome to give them to friends (who you know will attend), or you can donate them to Barbara Bozon who ensures that seniors in her housing get a terrific meal that night.  Jennifer Graham also accepts ticket donations and gives them to Temple College students so that they get a great meal.  Whatever you do, please don't forget about them and throw them away after the event.  If you have your money, you can give it to John Malone or Mack Purifoy.  You can also let John Malone know that you just want to be billed for them, or put them on your credit card.  If you don't pay for them or arrange for payment, you will automatically be billed in the next billing cycle.  Get them distributed, one way or another - we want poeple to eat Jack Morris's amazing spaghetti!!!  And if you need more tickets, ask Mack!
Spaghetti Supper Jennifer Graham 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

Temple Literacy Council

Posted by Tucker Glaske
Last week, our club was hosted by Don Styles and D. Kirkland representing the Temple Literacy Council (TLC). Mr. Styles is retired and serves as the Executive Director of TLC and Mrs. Kirkland serves as the Board Chair.  Almost 13% of people residing in Bell County are illiterate.  The mission of the TLC is to bring that percent down by reaching out to adults who need help reading.  Most of the work is one-on-one, using an already established curriculum.  The TLC is currently helping between 60-70 a month, but could do more with help.  If you would like more information on the TLC or the Chisholm Trail Reader's Theatre coming up on September 12th, call 774-7323 or email
Temple Literacy Council Tucker Glaske 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Coach Fredenburg

This week we heard from UMHB Coach Pete Fredenburg.  Coach Fredenburg's college coaching career began at Baylor University (Sic'em) after which he coached at Louisiana State and Louisiana Tech before returning to Texas in 1998 to take on the enormous challenge of starting a football program at UMHB.  Only four seasons into the new program Coach Fredenburg had the Cru to the NCAA Division III playoffs and it only took him five years to guide UMHB to an American Southwest Conference Championship.  All those present got to hear a little bit about UMHB football and a little bit about how NCAA football works, including the role that finances play in recruiting college athletes.  
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Coach Mike Spradlin on Wildcat Football

Last week, our program was hosted by Temple Wildcat head football coach, Mike Spradlin.  Coach Spradlin shared some of his thoughts on what brought him to Temple, what makes Temple great, and what he thinks about the upcoming Temple Wildcat football season.  If you weren’t already energized when you arrived, you certainly left energized.  Like all great coaches, Coach Spradlin emits energy and enthusiasm.  Last season was an impressive run for the Wildcats and Coach Spradlin let us know this season should not disappoint.  The Wildcats start the year ranked 4th in preseason 5A rankings by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.  A few of Coach Spradlin’s comments are below:
If you can only make one game, best non-district matchup:  September 4th (this Friday!) – Westlake at Temple – 7:30 kickoff
If you can only make one game, best district matchup:  October 2nd – Temple at Manor – 7:30 kickoff
Best words of advice for parents of young athletes:  Keep it fun and make sure your kids know you are proud of their performance.
Coach Mike Spradlin on Wildcat Football Jon Malone 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

A Special Service for Local Veterans

Aware Central Texas ( has received a grant from the Texas Veteran’s Commission to provide individuals with Parenting, Anger Management, Mood Management, Stress Management and, for families in need, Juvenile Anger Management classes to supplement efforts to assist veterans with their qualities of life.  As of this date, 46 veterans have been provided with these services. Aware Central Texas needs to reach 250 total by the December 31, 2015, the end of the grant period. To maximize efforts, we need support of community leaders to assist in getting the word out that we have these classes, fully paid for, available for Active Duty, Retired and Veteran service members and their dependent family members. Veterans who need these classes can contact Joe Ellis, Education Director, at 254-239-6950. Veterans need only select a location for the classes on the website and tell the instructor at that location that they are military and bring proof. 
A Special Service for Local Veterans Jennifer Graham 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Brad Ellis on our local lakes

Brad Ellis with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided our program on the Corp of Engineers' efforts in and around our local lakes.   Among the many responsibilities, the Corp of Engineers is involved with construction and maintenance of dams, lakeside property development, and flood control.  We learned that orchestrating the proper release of water through the system of dams is a delicate job.  It requires extensive coordination to ensure a release of water does not overwhelm downstream areas.  We also learned that, unfortunately, zebra mussels are here to stay.  There is just no good way to kill them.  We must learn better control techniques, including the legal requirement that boat owners clean their craft.  Brad said thanks to a Lake Belton boater, Lake Waco now is infested with zebra mussels.  This is a prolific invasive species that is besting us at each turn.
Last, we learned that the Corps will start planning cleanup efforts at local lake parks that were damaged by the spring floods.  He stated that the Corps relied heavily on volunteers.  So, we plan to look at ways we might be able to help with some of the Corps' projects.
Brad Ellis on our local lakes Jon Malone 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Pryor on Baylor Scott & White

Posted by Tucker Glaske on Aug 17, 2015
This week the Temple Rotary Club had the honor to hear from Dr. Robert Pryor, the CEO of Baylor Scott & White.  Dr. Pryor is a Temple native, and in 2005 accepted the appointment at Scott & White which brought him back to the place he calls the greatest place in the world -- Temple, Texas.
Since the merger, Baylor Scott & White has become the 8th largest healthcare system in the U.S.  It covers a geographical area the size of Pennsylvania; and serves a population the size of Florida.  It employs 40,000 in 48 hospitals.  It's big because the future calls for it; times are changing.  Baylor Scott & White will shift their focus from sick-care to healthcare. Here are a few ways Dr. Pryor plans to accomplish this: adopt Chinese practices (ex. Acupuncture); fresh farmers markets; wellness education; hire nutritionists;  and create a self-help internet portal for mental health issues. 
Dr. Pryor's vision of the future for Baylor Scott & White is a hospital that engages in a more comprehensive approach to palliative care that will lead to better quality, reduced re-admissions, and lower costs.  The future is bright!
Dr. Pryor on Baylor Scott & White Tucker Glaske 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Supporting Good Work Locally

Our club has repeatedly made donations to the Temple Literacy Council.  Not only do we have Rotarians serving on their board, but after Don Stiles did a program for us, our members wanted to find ways to assist them in their mission to help Temple residents with English as a Second Language and Literacy issues.  The Literacy Council will host a fundraiser in September that will feature member Rotarians in a Reader's Theater.  We'd love to see the rest of you out there supporting the good work of one of our local organizations.
Supporting Good Work Locally Jennifer Graham 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back/Get Outta' Here

Over the weekend, the four students from our Rotary District who had been on exchange last year joined the 4 students who will be going on exchange this year for "training" which consisted of telling stories, giving advice and sharing a bond that comes from connecting with people who are all doing something extraordinary.  Lily pent her year in Kiel, Germany, Holly told war stories about her challenging, but ultimately tremendous year in Taiwan, Luke regaled us with his adventures in Poland, where he is the only student who walked away with best friends from his host country, and Natalia shared her love of Belgium. Two of our Outbound students are headed to the city of Colmar in France, and two are off to the coast of Spain. Our Rotary club will be sponsoring Ben Clardy as he leaves for the island of Mallorca in Spain.  Ben will be joining us at our meeting this week to briefly introduce himself and share his excitement for his year abroad.  
The training allowed the experienced students who have just returned from their year abroad to share everything from packing tips (take more than three shirts and a pair of pants, but don't take more than a week's worth of clothes - you buy a lot there), to how to handle difficult host family situations (explain to your 17 year old host brother that in America, boys wear clothes over their underwear, and when your host family won't let you go out after 8:00 pm, and insist on walking you to the bus station, roll with it and understand that they are just being protective).  The students started the weekend by creating a shopping list for ingredients they'd need to make a dish from their host country.  They had 2 hours later that evening to complete their dish, and put together a meal for everyone.  The entire team then dined on quiche, periogis, arroz con pollo, Belgian fries, manchego cheese stuffed mushrooms, fried rice, and a French custard.  The kids then cleaned up the kitchen and did dishes before setting up forts for their slumber party.  While going over rules, straightening out visa requirements, passing out pins, and working on the presentations they would give in their host and sponsoring clubs, the students continued to discuss the intricacies of learning a new language, making friends, and developing a set of goals and expectations for themselves that would allow them to not only have the experience of a lifetime, but experience a lifetime in a year.
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Posted by Tucker Glaske on Jul 24, 2015
This week Casey Simpson and Karl Green from Oncor shared with the Rotary group about ways Oncor is improving the customer experience.  Oncor is a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas.  They employ over 3,000 people who are charged with the task of managing 119,000 miles of lines and more than three million meters across the state.  Casey and Karl emphasized that they are committed to using cutting edge technology to provide the best services to their customers. Their website, texting service, and enhanced outage maps to display updated outing information are among a few of the highlighted services that Oncor provides.  If you would like to learn more, go to
Oncor Tucker Glaske 2015-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA Success Stories

Congratulations to Sam Little, one of our club's RYLA campers.  When the staff announcements were made this week, Sam was on the list.  As you may remember from the presentation that Sam and Neha made to our club, over 50 students applied for staff positions, and only 10 new staff were selected.  This is quite an honor and also kudos to our club's selection team, Jason Hancock and Richard Schneider.  They are obviously picking the right kids to head to camp!
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RYLA Leadership Camp

Posted by Tucker Glaske on Jul 09, 2015
This week our club had the pleasure to hear from Sam Little and Neha Shah about their experience at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Leadership Camp in Bastrop, TX.  Each year Temple Rotary selects and sponsors two high school students to attend a leadership camp put on by Rotary.  This year's winners were Sam Little, a junior at Temple High, and Neha Shah, a junior at Belton New Tech.  They participated in many activities at camp including: trek, rafting, treasure hunt, jazzercise (to wake up), night hike, and a talent show.  Both Neha and Sam said they were most impacted by participating in an activity called "No Cliques".  Designed to discourage stereotypes, this activity provided a platform for students to share struggles they were experiencing in their lives.  To Neha, this experience revealed that everyone wears masks, and because of this, you never know what people are going through.  Sam was struck by how friends he had only known for a few days were opening up the way they were.  Other lessons learned were: you do not have to lead from out front; it is always good to look at the bigger picture; it is important to work as a team; and communicating is key to being successful in a team.  These lessons, among others, left a meaningful impression on Sam and Neha. They wrapped up their presentation by thanking the Temple Rotary Club, especially Jennifer Graham, for making this week possible. 
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Book Donations

Each week, President Bill Stokes would thank our speaker by having them sign a book to be donated to a local school library.  The students at St. Mary's received their books and were happy to share their gratitude!
Book Donations Jennifer Graham 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

September Greeters

Randall  Glaske
Jennifer Graham
Jason Hamilton
Jonathan Graham
Jason Hancock
Clinton Harwell
Marc Henn
Rod Henry
Vane Hugo
Shawn Hunt
Carol Jones
Kenny Kelly
September Greeters Jennifer Graham 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome President Gail

In an effort to get President Gail's year off to a great start, we're giving you a sneak peak of the retunring Rotatips!  Expect stories beginning in July, and look for greeters, birthdays, anniversaries, and upcoming events.
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Posted by Gail Peek on Mar 16, 2015


ROTARY BLOOMIN' TEMPLE HALF MARATHON AND 5K Gail Peek 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Temple High School TEKS

Posted by Randy Dale on Mar 11, 2015
The Rotary Club of Temple continues to spotlight our community's outstanding educational system by entertaining members of TISD's Fine Arts Department on March 11.
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Underground Water

Posted by Randy Dale on Jan 15, 2015
You got a permit for that well? Rotarian of the Day Leland Gersbach introduced Dirk Aaron, Director of Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District. Dirk is a graduate of Florence High and "A&M on the Brazos." Formerly a County Extension Agent, Dirk now directs the conservation district supervising underground water in Bell County.
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Leadership (Series Kick-Off)

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Oct 08, 2014

ImageFormer Wilsonart International President Bill DiGaetano related lessons learned coming up through the sales ranks to lead the largest laminate company in the country.

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Challenges at Belton ISD

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Oct 01, 2014

ImageClub Member and Belton Independent School District Superintendent Susan Kincannon projected challenges in the growing Belton school population.

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Vocational Training in Temple Independent School District

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Sep 24, 2014

Many students ask real world questions of their curriculum: "why does this matter?"  Denise Ayers presented on Career and Technology Programs that graduate students into high skill, high wage, high demand jobs. "It takes a village to make a vocation!"

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September Educators of the Month Adam Soorholtz 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Adam Soorholtz 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0

Books for the World

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Sep 10, 2014

English is becoming the world's universal second language.  Charlie Clemmons and Mike Pinson discussed sending books on pallets through the world of international freight.

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Belton High School Athletics Adam Soorholtz 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Temple High School Athletics Adam Soorholtz 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

RYLArian Lysette

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Aug 20, 2014

Update from a Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient on this past summer camp

RYLArian Lysette Adam Soorholtz 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Internet Publishing

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Aug 13, 2014

The Oxford comma is back! Practice safe text, y'all — use a comma before the "and" in your lists.

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State Department Foreign Service

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Aug 06, 2014

Arrested overseas? Extending your vacation beyond your Visa? Selling your sprockets or giving birth abroad?  Register that Citizen!

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End Polio Now

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Jul 30, 2014

Killeen-Heights Rotarian Kelly Barr presented an in-depth review of progress to date on Rotary International Foundation's eradication of Polio. "We are this close."

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Books for the World

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Jul 24, 2014

Our club performed a service project donating textbooks to LaPorte.  We'll hear from recipient coordinator Charlie Clemmons at our Sep 11 regular meeting.

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Education Panel

Posted by Adam Soorholtz on Jul 23, 2014

At Temple Rotary’s regular July 24 meeting, President-Elect Gail Peek moderated a riveting discussion on “Thoughts on Education Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century.”

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It's coming.... Jennifer Graham 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Engage in Play! Jennifer Graham 2013-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Jennifer Graham 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Jennifer Graham 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars! Jennifer Graham 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Judy Duer is ready to go!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Today starts the last four weeks of Judy Duer's career as library director for the City of Temple. August 1st will be her last day at the library because she is retiring! For those who say she's too young to retire, that may be true, but she has some terrible genes on her mom's side (much better on her dad's, so keep your fingers crossed for her and her sibs), so she wants to have some time while she is healthy and can enjoy time traveling with her husband and enjoying her family. In celebration, John and she leave for Spain on August 20th, where they will make their way to the beginning of the Camino de Santiago (Frances route) and begin a 500 mile trek across northern Spain. Hopefully they will be in Santiago in about 6 weeks, leaving them with a couple of weeks to explore the area around Toledo and see if they can afford to live there. Then they're back in Texas on October 22nd, hopefully in time for the birth of their new granddaughter, who is due on October 23rd. Lots of excitement in their future!
For those of you in the Temple area, the library staff is hosting a reception for her on August 1 from 9-11 in the McLane Room. If you have time, and are so inclined, come by and enjoy some goodies and give her a hug!

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Celebrate Rotary!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

It's been a great year, and now we're ready to gear up for an even better one!  Join the Marble Falls club at their annual fish fry party.  Not a fundraiser, just a way to celebrate the start of a new year!

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Baylor Scott and White Healthcare

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Joel T. Allison, FACHE, CEO for the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System, Baylor alumni and fellow Rotarian, discussed the recent merger between two long standing hospital systems, Scott and White Memorial Hospital (117 years) and the Baylor Healthcare System (112 years).  With a vision of being the most trusted name in giving and receiving safe, quality compassionate health care, this merger has produced the largest non-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States with $8.6 billion in organizational assets with $1 billion of these assets located in Temple, Texas.  Forty-three hospitals and over 500 patient care sites are included in the network.


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Posted by Jennifer Graham

Dr. Tom Gerik presented information on the Texas A&M Blackland Research Center.  Texas A&M agriculture department is the largest agriculture school in the world.  A&M research centers collaborate with 30 nations on research and program development; countries include Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Ghana.  Established in 1909 with the present site erected in 1927, Blackland is one of ten research centers in Texas.  There are an additional ten research stations located throughout the State.


They Came, They Ran, We Made Money!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

ImageIt was a lot of work, but we saw 272 runners come out Saturday morning to participate in our club's Rotary 5K and 1/2 Marathon.  Thanks to the leadership group that made this event happen.  Eric Stoebner, Gail Peek, Bill Stokes and Jackie Basile brought their own brand of dedication, but they didn't act alone.  We had 42 Rotarians participate in volunteering and Rotarians Marc Henn and Jack Jones ran the 1/2 marathon, while Kayla and her baby ran the 5K.  We learned a lot, and will have an after action report following our regular meeting on Thursday.

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The Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Dr. Ed Mullen, Training  Assessment Professionals and a charter member of the Harker Heights Rotary, presented information on the Rotary Leadership Institute.  The Institute has 58,481 members and is designed to strengthen clubs through education, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas.

There is a three part curriculum.  Dr. Mullen demonstrated part of this curriculum related to the recruitment of new members.  As Rotary clubs members age, it is imperative to recruit and retain new and younger members.  June 21 will be the next session.  You can go on line to learn more at

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Polio OUtbreak

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Did you see the news?  Catch the article?  The Rotary project of eradicating polio isn't finished yet...Image

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Books for the World

Posted by Jennifer Graham

ImageBill Stokes has already begun to move on a new project that has little or no cost to us, but provides invaluable resources for third world countries.  This is our first shipment of Books for the World.  Read on to find out more about this initiative!

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Posted by Jennifer Graham

It's award season in the Rotary world.  Please read on for some of the wards our club has achieved. 

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Bell County Sheriff’s Department

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Eddy Lange, Bell County Sheriff, reported on changes within the Sheriff’s Department including updated uniforms, bullet-proof vests and tasers.  The tasers electronically maintain records of use.


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Calling all RYLA Volunteers

Posted by Jennifer Graham

RYLA is a teen leadership camp held in Bastrop at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in July.  Our club is sending two students from Temple High, and we look forward to their return when they tell us that camp "changed their lives!"  But first, they need help from you!

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Posted by Jennifer Graham

A good man has established a great organization in an effort to change the future for at-risk kids on the East side of Temple.

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Bell County Museum

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Stephanie Turnam presented information on the upcoming Dorothea Lange exhibit at the Bell County Museum.  Dorothea Lange was born in 1895 in Hoboken, NJ and died in 1965.  At the age of 7, she was diagnosed with polio and suffered the effects throughout her lifetime.

Although she had health issues as a victim of polio, she captured the spirit of poverty in American through her photographs.  With each photograph, a story unfolded that exemplified the spirit of America.  Some of her portraits included subjects in Central Texas such as one made in Bell County in 1937 and another made of Camp Hood in the 1940’s.  Ms. Lange said that, “I had to get my camera to register the things about these people….”

In 2006, the Bell County Museum built a 10,000 square foot exhibit hall which hosts 3-4 exhibitions each year.  These exhibits are brought by several companies including George Eastman House, NEH on the Road, Art2Art, Humanities Texas, and National Geographic.

Previous exhibits include 1968 in America, The Inspired Line by Rembrandt and Duhrer, Rural Texas Women, Lee and Grant – NEH on the Road, Memories of WWII, Portraits from the Golden Era of Jazz, Abraham Lincoln – Self Made in America and the recent exhibit The Bison – American Icon.

The Museum lines up exhibits for five years in the future.  Future exhibits that are scheduled include Let Children be Children, Imprinting the West, Grand Ol’ Opry, Frida Kahlo, For the Whole World to See: Struggle for Civil Rights, and The President’s Photographer.

We can all see the Museum free of charge on February 13 at the Rotary social.

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Shelter from the Streets - Watch the Video!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Jennifer Graham presented information on Shelter from the Streets, the Tacloban Orphanage located in Tacloban, Leyte, the third largest city in the Phillipines.  This is where Jennifer went last yearas the leader of the GSE Team through Rotary International prior to the typhoon.



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Temple Health and Bioscience District Internships

Posted by Jennifer Graham


Dr. Jack Hart introduced two Summer 2013 interns who came from Baylor University.  They were Alex Kimbrough, Senior at Baylor and upcoming medical student, and Catherine Howard, Senior at Baylor and incoming Freshman at Texas Tech Medical School.  They spoke about their summer research projects.

Alex discussed an unknown operating room threat, fires.  These fires are created by a combination of oxygen from the anesthesia, laser or ESU heat, and fuel such as drapes, clothing, hair, etc.  They call this the Fire Triad.  His research team built a prototype that displaces oxygen with carbon dioxide thereby reducing the incidence of fire by 100%.  They currently have a provisional patent and are seeking a long-term utility patent with hopes of finding a company that will build and market the device.

Catherine’s research team studied the relationship between fibroblasts and endothelial cells in interactions within the heart muscle.  The heart is not a single organ.  It is devised of multiple organs that have to communicate between themselves.  Lack of communication between these heart organs creates various types of heart arrhythmias.  There are three ways that the heart communicates, chemically, mechanically, and electrically.  The relationship between the fibroblasts and endothelial cells is intrinsic to heart health.  The fibroblasts and the endothelial cells actually enhance each other.

Rotary members were blown away by these students intelligence and passion.

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Central Texas College

Posted by Jennifer Graham

ImageDr. Thomas Klincar, Chancellor of Central Texas College, spoke to us about how CTC impacts our world both locally and around the globe.  He came to CTC in February 2012 after serving in many positions around the world including his service in the Air Force.  Barbara Merlot, a fellow Rotarian from Killeen, accompanied him and prepared his presentation.

Dr. Klincar discussed what a good relationship there is between CTC, Temple College and Texas A&M University Central Texas.  He said this area is a Mecca for education to include both private and public institutions.    He said CTC is the number one college for bestowing Associate’s of Applied Sciences Degrees in the U.S. for military personnel.  Their enrollment is 104,415 in classrooms and 62,420 on line.  They are regionally accredited and have been around for over 40 years.  They are an Inaugural Partner in the Texas College Credit for Heroes Program.  They also are a Yellow Ribbon School.  There are 141 locations. 

CTC is the official college of the Army Marathon which will be held March 2nd.  Unlike other colleges they do not have an athletic program on campus.

CTC has a $184 million budget and is the region’s third largest employer.  They have 3600 employees worldwide.  A student can obtain a local Bachelor’s Degree using dual credit in high school, attending CTC and TAMU-CT for $14,508 which is an amazing value.  They have zero debt and have built three buildings in three years out of reserves.  The tax rate is not that high, but they are able to do this because Texas is a very efficient place to do business.

CTC also contributes to the community through the Mayborn Science Theater and KNCT Public Radio and TV.  They offer a Workforce Training Credit Program.

Currently TAMU-CT is renting space from them.  When they move out CTC will expand their medical program which is in great demand.  Their EMT program is one of the top ranked programs in the U.S.

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Foundation Dinner

Posted by Jennifer Graham
Come support Rotary and show our club's commitment to the ideals of service.  Join us for a fun night at the Austin Omni on February 8th.  It's more fun with more of us! Let Jennifer know if you'd like to carpool down!

You can register by going to the District website at  The cost is $70 per person …event parking is free in the hotel’s underground garage.   The dress is Business Attire.
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A New Angel in Heaven...

Posted by Jennifer Graham

As reported at our last meeting, Mary Alice Marshall was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 18 with severe pancreatitis.  After a difficult two days, she passed away on Friday Dec. 20th.  Her family was by her side, and after 104 years on earth, she was ready to go.Image

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

There will not be a Rotary meeting this week or next week in observance of the holidays.  We will see everyone back on January 9, 2014.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

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The New Health Exchange

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Lee Green, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Scott and White Health Plan was introduced by Rotarian of the Day, Scott Clark last Thursday.Image

Mr. Green addressed the changes to health care due to the Affordable Care Act.  He will also be presenting at the Chamber Legislative Luncheon on January 8. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010.


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What a party!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Vane and Sandy Hugo opened up their home and brought on all kinds of holiday cheer.  At first glance, the highlight was the decor - inside and out, top to bottom - Christmas.  But then, the food took center stage.  Every table and counter was laden with delectable treats.  Vane's famous pork tenderloin sandwiches wish homemade aiolis and mustards (Jezebel sauce was a winner!) could have been the centerpiece, but they were just the start of the various appetizers and desserts that festooned the entertaining areas.  The food took a back seat to the bar once you realized that whatever you were thirsty for was neatly arranged on a table, in a cooler, or being decanted.  No cheap wines at this house, there were gaping holes in the wine cellar (temperature controlled by the thermometer IN the wine bottle!) after our soiree.  But I think the ultimate star of the show was the carwash shower in the master bath.  As Rotarians filed through and imagined long hours under the rain heads, it was hard to imagine anything more luxurious.  Most of us commented that they could fit a king sized bed in there and skip a step between sleep and shower in the mornings.

We had a big crowd and lots of fun!  The party didn't wind down until midnight - that's awfully late for our club, which is an indication that it was a total success!  Special thanks to Vane and Sandy for hosting us, and to all of you who made it down to Salado, we enjoyed spending time with you!

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Whose Straw is in Whose Pond?

Posted by Jennifer Graham

John Hofmann, Brazos River Authority Central/Lower Basin Manager, discussed his organization’s role in water management in Texas.  They are tasked with developing, managing and protecting our water resources.  The BRA covers a huge area starting west of Lubbock and going all the way down to the coast.  They have a 21 member board with members that have a variety of backgrounds.  Regional water planning allows this process to be controlled locally.  A chart showed years by how wet and how hot they were.  In 2011 we were way off other years for both excessive heat and minimal rain which really impacted the drought we are in right now.    So far 2013 has been reasonable but not enough rain to replenish the reservoirs.  We actually need a hurricane type of event to do this.

There are plans in the works to do a pipe connection between Belton and Stillhouse Lakes so that these two would be connected with Lake Georgetown and could all be operated as one system.  This is about 8 to 9 miles and would cost about $36 million.  It is important for people to understand the lakes are primarily a way to hold water that can be used as needed and not primarily for recreation.  Underground water is never privately owned.  It takes a lot of parties to work together in order to determine future actions and this is very time consuming.  Future planning is critical but difficult because most water contracts go out to 2030 or even 2040.  Future resources to tap are Granger Lake and the Trinity and Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifers. 

All the easy solutions have been implemented.  We need to become more realistic about water usage and accept that irrigation for landscaping is a huge drain that needs to be reversed.  There is no way we can build enough reservoirs to supply the water needed for this.  Texas is almost desert like and the rain we have received over the past 30 years has actually exceeded what we received over the past 100 years.

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In case you forgot, we're still rural...

Posted by Jennifer Graham

County Extension Agent, Lyle Zoeller, provided an overview of the Bell County AgriLife Extension Office and its services. The organization is supported by county and state funds as well as funding provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Extension agents provide education regarding agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and  4-H and youth development. Information presented included:


·         There are currently 17 local 4-H clubs with 582 members who are facilitated by volunteer leaders.

·         The Bell County Pecan Show is being held on December 5, 2013, at the Bell County Exposition Center.

·         There are approximately 25,000 cows in Bell County.

·         About 40,000 acres of grain and 30,000 acres of wheat are planted in our area.

·         Cotton is planted on approximately 10-15,000 acres in Bell County.

·         The Master Gardener program is an education program that is provided. 

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Philippines Update

Posted by Jennifer Graham

People from across the district have read the news and connected our GSE experience, and resulting Global Grant with the typhoon that hit the central region of the Philippines with an especially destructive storm surge that devastated the city of Tacloban.  As many of you will remember, Tacloban is the city where our GSE team landed, were greeted with banners and our first meal.  It is the city where Cathy Bonavitacola, the GSE leader from the Philippines lived.  I stayed in her home while we were there, and she stayed in ours during their visit to America.  It is also the city where the Streetlight Philippines Orphanage is located, and where we were going to assist with renovation via our Global Grant Project. Knowing that close history, the news that we see on TV and in the papers has been difficult to digest.

Fortunately, I can report that Cathy made it off the island and is in Manilla staying with relatives.  Her house and businesses were destroyed. Erlend, the young man from Norway who runs the Orphanage has been in contact using an emergency communication center at City Hall.  Afte stockpiling water, food, fuel and other supplies as the storm approached, he says that the children all survived the storm by huddling in a cement structure while being sheltered by heroic staff members.  There were two walls of the orphanage still standing after the typhoon, and the children tried to clean up while staying within the walls to keep out of the looting that was happening outside. They were running out of food and bodies continued to wash up on the beach just a few feet away while Erlend worked to find temporary housing in other orphanages for 100 of the children. The children were moved by bus with a police escort to shelters in other cities on Tuesday.  Erland left Thursday for Cebu, and two other Norwegian volunteers were evacuated and sent home.

Right now, the primary focus is on safety, and then the city and the nation will turn to rebuilding.  Our global grant will be on hold until we hear more from the Rotarians and Erlend in Tacloban about the fate of the orphanage and our project.  In the meantime, our district is collecting funds for relief - please read Rich Kay's letter below.

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Spaghetti, Football, Rotary...

Posted by Jennifer Graham

November 8th we bring together three fine Temple traditions.  The Rotary Club of Temple celebrates 30 years of feeding football fans.  Once again, Jack Morris is brandishing his apron and fixing his homemade sauce with noodles, salad and hot bread.  Sign up sheets will be on tables next week, so please pick your shift and help us serve our community.  

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How are You Changing the World?

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Just by being a Rotarian and supporting the Foundation, you are making a difference in lives around the world.  It's more than polio, though that isn't insignificant, but it really is having a part in all of the projects that go on across the planet to improve health, infant mortality, education, economic development and conflict resolution.  Our club plays a part and I hope you are all proud of the role we're playing in projects near and far.

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Making up is not so hard to do!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Gail Peek will not be in attendance this week, but did a make up while in Chicago.  Attendance is key to Rotary because it is the most obvious form of engagement.  Going to other clubs is an insightful way to see how Rotarians around the world operate.  You'll recognize common practices (recitation of the 4-Way Test), and be surprised by new elements (some clubs sing!).  Some of the most fun make up meetings happen in foreign countries and faraway cities.  Do a quick search of Rotary meetings in the location of your upcoming vacation and try to build it in to your itinerary.  It's a great way to get local perspective, learn something about the community you're visiting, and may likely lead to a new friendship.  Jonathan tells of visiting a Rotary club on the island of St. Kitts, where the members all had scotch before their lunch meeting.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear, over the loudspeaker in Terminal 1, of a Rotary meeting happening in Terminal 2 of the San Francisco airport at noon.  What a way to stay engaged - not just in Rotary, but in the world!

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Calling all Writers!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

RC Pune Katraj has organized a global essay competition (ROGEC) with a view to Engage Rotarians and allow them a platform to express themselves on global issues concerning Rotary. The theme for the year is World Understanding and Peace.

This competition is open to all Rotarians, Anns, Annets, Rotaractors and Interactors from across Rotary world. The winners will be invited to India for 5 days and will get involved in various informative and cultural activities.

The essays can be submitted online at The last date for essay submission is 11-Nov-2013

Let's be sure an involve our interact and elementary clubs!

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Fun Raising!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

No, I didn't forget the D.  We want dollars, but we have fun getting them!Image

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Updates from this month's board meeting

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Our board meeting was attended by three red badgers - Susan Crossno, Gage Blackstone, and Jason Hamilton (who is on the board, has earned a Paul Harris, and is a terrific member!).  Susan may be the quickest blue badge in club history as she's planning to attend the social tomorrow night, the joint meeting on Monday with the South club, had her orientation the day she got her red badge, has paid her dues and has been a greeter every week.  That's my kind of Rotarian!



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Who stands out to you as a Vocational Leader?

Posted by Jennifer Graham

The Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award (VSLA) recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in advancing vocational service, but do not hold district or international leadership positions. Image

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Future Vision is Now

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Until July 1, 2013, Future Vision alluded to something new and meant that we needed a lot more training.  But now, it's the way we do Rotary business and means we all need to understand how the changes affect our funding and Imageprojects.

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Sponsorship Options

Posted by Jennifer Graham

We have two kinds of sponsorship we can offer our club members this year.  Both provide benefit to the club and the sponsoring company.  The first is a new means of sponsoring your club while getting some excellent exposure for your organization.  For $250, you can sponsor a billboard that will feature you in one of the "We're This Close" ad campaigns.  You're encouraged to wear a company shirt, because we can't put company logos on the billboard itself.  You will be spreading the word about the good work of Rotary with the message that you and your company are affiliated with Rotary's mission to cure polio.  You're welcome to use the sponsorship to feature your family, your children, or anyone else.  We have a lot of cute kids in our club who would probably love to see their faces on billboards around town!

If you are interested in the traditional club sponsorship for $500, you will not only receive the billboard exposure, but you will also be featured on the banner that we use at all of our fundraising events and on our website.  If you are interested in either sponsorship opportunity, please give your check to Wade, and see Erik Ray for details about the billboard.  The first official photo shoot is scheduled for Thursday the 22nd at 4:00 at Lamar Advertising.  Because of construction, you have to enter their facility off Pegasus instead of General Bruce.  Take the north loop exit at 363 and turn left, crossing over I-35.  Pass Freightliner on and take your first right on Pegasus which will be across from the Shell station.  If you miss this opportunity, you can still get in on the sponsorship, but will need to make another appointment with Erick Ray to get your picture taken for the billboard.

We ask for more publicity, and we've been given a good opportunity - please take advantage of it!

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We're This Close!

Posted by Jennifer Graham

Join us as we bring community focus to Rotary's work on this global issue.  Be a part of the billboard campaign to let our community know that we are a part of one of the most historically significant disease eradication efforts ever undertaken. For $250, you can be on a billboard.  August 22nd 4:00 at Lamar Advertising for the photo shoot.Image

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Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Jennifer Graham
ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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