The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 30, 2005
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Our program today was given by C. G. Gray. He told us about his 55 years in education and offered some suggestions for public school improvement.

Program for Jan. 13: The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, Stephanie Mexia, who just returned from a three month Cultural Scholarship in Equador. She was sponsored by Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Many of you have already paid your dues for January-June. Thanks.

The Board of Directors will meet next Friday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. TOM BOECKING, JAY HOBBS, and MARY BETH KILGORE, incoming directors beginning July 1, 2006, are requested to attend this meeting, as well as the current board members listed below, because the Board will be electing a president-elect for 2007-2008.

Remember! April 4 is the date for our money-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE.

January is ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH. Do all you can to spread the word about Rotary and the service projects we have. We understand that Robert Laird’s sister’s house burned to the ground in the Fort Worth area. Robert, if we can help at this time of her loss, please let us know.

The impact of two World Wars during the first fifty-year history of Rotary made many leaders around the world think about how to settle international disputes without resorting to bloodshed. In this spirit, Rotary sponsored a conference in London during November 1943, with ministers of education and observers from twenty-one governments (many in exile in London) for the purpose of starting an organization for international educational and cultural exchange after the conclusion of the war. Later that same year, they started to lay plans for what later became UNESCO and two years later evolved into the United Nations.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is AUTHOR. Bring a person who has written (and published) a book to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotator, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. One thing is: DON’T LISTEN TO CRITICS; JUST GET ON WITH THE JOB THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who is a pension consultant and enjoys sports cars and fly fishing? Greg Kaiser.

Why join Rotary? THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICS: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationship.

More facts from the Internet: A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

If you prefer to receive the Rotator by e-mail rather than "snail mail", let David Stubbeman know.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 27, 2006
Chartered March 20, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was given by Curtis Tomme, an Assistant District Attorney at Abilene. Joe Alcorta will have a detailed account of our meeting on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Jan. 27: K. B. Massingale, ACU Profeesor, talking about hi-tech education.

Today, several members who had birthdays in January, contributed to the Rotary Foundation. Our club policy is that cash donations of less than $50.00 go into our local Foundation account, and this money is then used to match donations to The Rotary Foundation of $50.00 or more, up to $100.00, as long as there are sufficient funds in our local Foundation Account. (The paperwork required to send donations of less than $50.00 to The Rotary Foundation is overwhelming.) There is currently $448.81 in our local Foundation, so keep those donations coming. The goal of our Rotary International President is for each Rotarian to donate at least $100.00 every year.

Remember! April 4 is the date for our money-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE.

January is ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH. Do all you can to spread the word about Rotary and the service projects we have.

On Friday, Feb. 3, we will have our BLOOD DRIVE. Mary Beth Kilgore is leading this project. The Meek Bloodmobile will be parked in front of Briarstone and you can donate before, during, or after our luncheon meeting. If you have given blood in the past, please wear your Meek Blood Bank tee-shirt to Rotary on Feb. 3. The average adult body has about 10 pints of blood.

Our VALENTINE LUNCHEON will be Friday, Feb. 10, at LITTLE ITALY. Be sure to mark your calendar. The cost will be $14.00. Bring your favorite Valentine.

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30.

After learning of a malaria outbreak in remote villages in India, 10 area Rotary clubs in India delivered much-needed supplies and medical aid. Read more about it in the January issue of The Rotarian Magazine.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is COACH/ATHLETE. Bring a coach and/or athlete to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotator, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. One thing is: FOR SAFETY’S SAKE, TRAVEL IN PAIRS.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who was proposed for membership by his father? At least one such person is Jim Tredennick. Another is Steve Glenn. Let us know if you know of any other such member.

Why join Rotary? PRESTIGE: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals—people who make decisions and influence policy.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 27, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was given by K. B. Massingale, from ACU, who talked about intellectual technology, now and in the future. We were pleased to have Congressman Neugabauer and his wife at the meeting. Joe Alcorta will have a detailed account of our meeting on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Feb. 3: Turner Cariker will speak on Rotary projects.

Have you noticed the new flags in front of the podium at our meetings. The flags symbolize the 168 countries in the world where there is a Rotary Club. We also have a banner with flags from other Rotary clubs. If you received any flags when you visited another Rotary Club, please let us add them to our banner. We can sure use more club flags on our banner.

Remember! April 4 is the date for our money-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE.

February is WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH in Rotary. Try to learn more about a foreign country and about the needs of that country. See if there is a way Rotary can help.

We received an e-mail from the Rotary Club in Lagos, Nigeria, that we are working with to drill four water wells in Nigeria, using a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation. The start of the project has been delayed due to heavy rains, but work will begin soon.

On Friday, Feb. 3, we will have our BLOOD DRIVE. Mary Beth Kilgore is leading this project. The Meek Bloodmobile will be parked in front of Briarstone and you can donate before, during, or after our luncheon meeting. If you have given blood in the past, please wear your Meek Blood Bank tee-shirt to Rotary on Feb. 3. Blood fights infection and helps heal wounds.

Our VALENTINE LUNCHEON will be Friday, Feb. 10, at LITTLE ITALY. Be sure to mark your calendar. The cost will be $14.00. Bring your favorite Valentine.

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30.

Again this year, our club will participate in the Adult Literacy Council’s "FundSpell." Bruce Lampert will once again lead our team of excellent spellers. Ask Bruce who won last year.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is FLORAL DESIGN. Bring someone involved in Floral Design to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotator, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. One thing is SPEED ISN’T ALWAYS AN ADVANTAGE. THE SNAILS WERE ON BOARD WITH THE CHEETAHS.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who was proposed for membership by his father? In addition to Jim Tredennick and Steve Glenn, Bob Kuykendall and Eric Johnson were each proposed for membership in Rotary by his father.

Why join Rotary? NICE PEOPLE. Rotarians above all are nice people-the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 3, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was given by Past President Turner Cariker. He gave a classification talk. Joe Alcorta will have a complete summary of the meeting on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Feb. 10: Valentine luncheon at Little Italy. Bring your sweetheart. Cost is $14.00 per person. There will be instrumental music (guitar). NO MEETING AT BRIARSTONE ON Feb. 10.

Remember! April 4 is the date for our money-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE. February is WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH in Rotary. Try to learn more about a foreign country and about the needs of that country. See if there is a way Rotary can help.

On Friday, Feb. 3, we had our BLOOD DRIVE. Mary Beth Kilgore did a great job leading this project. There were quite a few black tee-shirts worn by blood donors at our meeting. The 4 main blood types are A, B, AB, and O. AB is the universal recipient, and O negative is the universal donor.

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30.

One of the purposes of Rotary is to promote world peace and understanding. Do you know of a country that needs particular assistance? Let David Stubbeman know, and we will look for a Rotary Matching Grant to help. Since 1965, more than 6,200 grants have been awarded for projects in about 165 countries, totaling more than $56 million. Grants have been made to improve hospitals, develop school programs, drill water wells, assist the disabled or aged, create sanitation facilities, and distribute food and medical supplies.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is LAW ENFORCEMENT. Bring someone involved in Law Enforcement to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotator, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. One thing is WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED, FLOAT A WHILE.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who donated a Minolta Copier to our Rotary Club last week? WES RATLIFF. Thank you very much, Wes. I think all of our members are seeing a vast improvement in the quality of this newsletter.

Why join Rotary? The Absence of an "Official Creed": Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

The Club’s Board of Directors will meet next Friday, right after our Valentine luncheon at Little Italy. All club members are invited to attend.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 24, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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I am sorry that there was no Rotator for last week, but I went to my annual college reunion at a hunting cabin near Jacksonville, Texas. No firearms were allowed. It sounded like you had a good meeting and program with Brenda Elkins. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Today’s program about the Fort Phantom Lake Association was interesting.

Program for March 3: Karen Dansby, District Junior Achievement Director.

REMEMBER! April 4 is the date for our money-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE. Bob Test will soon be asking everyone to help sell tickets to this event. Erik Johnson, Kim Bosher, and Mike Weber are working on the details.

No objections have been received to the proposal for membership in our club of the following persons: Richard Rolison, proposed by Doug Eichorst, and Blake Fulenwider, proposed by Mike Murphy. These persons, upon payment of dues, will be new Rotarians.

Those of you receiving this Rotator by mail will find a brochure for prospective members. Hand this brochure to a friend or put it on your desk and see if a customer asks about it. You are also receiving a card about the District Conference. Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30. Our club will host a hospitality room on the evening of April 28.

Those of you receiving this Rotator by email will receive a copy of the brochure and card about the District Conference next week by mail.

Abilene Southwest Rotary is holding an Art Auction fund raiser next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Briarstone. If anyone from our club signs up with Will Speight (692-7988) by Feb. 25 to attend, he or she will receive 5 free raffle tickets for three art pieces that will be raffled off. Abilene Southwest is also celebrating its 50th anniversary on March 7.

Clack Middle School is still requesting that we provide seven members to mentor with students in their school. The Board of Directors voted to try to find members of our club who are willing to mentor. Let David Stubbeman know if you want to do this.

We heard that Tom Ceniglis had both knees replaced, but he is home now. Kathy Boley has been out of town for a couple of months but should be back attending club meetings soon.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is CONSERVATION/ENVIRONMENT. Bring someone involved in Conservation/Environment to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotator, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. One thing is: NO MATTER THE STORM, THERE IS ALWAYS A RAINBOW WAITING. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who just celebrated 50 years of marriage to another Rotarian? He is a Past District Governor from our club and she is Secretary of Abilene Southwest Rotary Club. Claude and Jenny Hicks.

Why join Rotary? Look at the enclosed brochure and see all of the great things that our club has done in the past. However, the best is yet to come.

Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 3, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our speaker today was Karen Dansby, District Junior Achievement Director. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 10: Aaron Zannoy with the American Red Cross.

REMEMBER! April 4 is the TASTE OF ABILENE, our money-raiser. Attached you will find the list of teams which Bob Test has set up to sell tickets. The top ticket selling Rotarian gets his or her dues to our club paid for six months. Each member of the top ticket selling team gets a free ticket. Jay Hobbs is coordinating the Rotary volunteers that are needed for Taste of Abilene.

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas, is a Texas nonprofit corporation exempt from Federal income taxes under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This means that your dues are not deductible as donations, but may be deductible as a business expense. Our club is also exempt from Texas sales and use taxes. If you are buying anything for our club, David Stubbeman can give you a Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate.

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30. Our club will host a hospitality room on the evening of April 28 at MCM Elegante Suites.

Abilene Southwest Rotary Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary on March 7.

In 1985, Rotary made the historic decision to immunize all the world’s children against polio. Twenty years later, we are on the brink of a polio-free world.

Be sure to welcome our two new members, Richard Rolison and Blake Fulenwider. They will be wearing red badges for a while.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is PLACEMENT SPECIALIST Bring someone involved in PLACEMENT to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who graduated from Sam Houston State University and the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and is retired from the U. S. Air Force? Mary Beth Kilgore.

Why join Rotary? FRIENDSHIP. In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs; the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

Ms. Beth Butler, President of the Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Program presented Certificates of Appreciation to the eleven Rotarians who helped in the program last fall.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

If you prefer to receive the Rotator by e-mail rather than "snail mail", let David Stubbeman know.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 10, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our speaker today was Aaron Zannoy, with the American Red Cross. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 17: C. G. Gray. "How We Got There," a continuation of his very informative program on our educational system.

REMEMBER! April 4 is the TASTE OF ABILENE, our money-raiser. All active members have been assigned to a team to sell tickets. Your team captain will be in touch with you. Morris Baker reminded us today that our club dues are significantly lower this year, so we all should have some extra money to buy tickets. Attached to this newsletter, you will find a list of the vendors and sponsors already lined up to participate in the Taste of Abilene. Where else can you sample the food from all of these vendors for only $25.00 per person?

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30. Our club will host a hospitality room on the evening of April 28 at MCM Elegante Suites.

On Friday, March 24, our club will celebrate its 80th ANNIVERSARY. The actual date of our charter is March 27, 1926. How many other organizations do you belong to that have been in Abilene 80 years? If you BRING A FORMER ABILENE ROTARY CLUB MEMBER to our meeting on March 24, that guest will get a free meal.

At our board of directors meeting today, it was reported that our club has $4,702.58 in our Community Services Account and $9,821.59 in our Operating Account. As soon as Taste of Abilene is over, I think you will see our club make some VERY SIGNIFICANT DONATIONS to charities in Abilene.

Be sure to welcome our two new members, Richard Rolison and Blake Fulenwider. They will be wearing red badges for a while.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is ELECTRICAL AND/OR MECHANICAL ENGINEER Bring someone involved in one of these engineering fields to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

If you prefer to receive the Rotator by e-mail rather than "snail mail", let David Stubbeman know.



Taste of Abilene Vendors
as of 3/8/06

Ben E. Keith Beer
Bill Reed Distributing
Ben E. Keith Foods
Cypress Street Station
DeCoty Coffee Company
Enriques Restaurant and Cantina
Golden Corral
Thomson's Kountry Fried Chicken
Glazer's
Republic Beverage Company
Little Italy
Lytle Land and Cattle Company
MCM Elegante'
Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Sharon's Barbeque & Catering
Spano's Italian Restaurant
The Homeplace Restaurant


Sponsors as os 3/8

Gold Level- Logos -
Abilene Reporter News
Abilene Regional Medical Center
Sysco Foods
Lamar Outdoor Advertising


Silver Level Sponsors- Logo or Listing

Elliott -Hamil Funeral Homes
First Southwest Insurance-Tim Doty
Sam's Club
Star Dodge-Hyundai
Blake Fulenwider Dodge


Bronze Level Sponsors- Logo or Listing

Patty Knight- Senter Realtors
Creative Graphic Solutions


Special Thanks to …(logo) (small)

KRBC KTAB
Cumulus Broadcasting
KWKC 1340 AM

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 17, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Our speaker today was C. G. Gray. He reminded us how we got to the current situation in public education. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 24: It is our 80th ANNIVERSARY. Come hear some of our members tell of past experiences involving our club.

REMEMBER! April 4 is the TASTE OF ABILENE, our money-raiser. All active members should have received a few tickets to sell. If you have not received any tickets, or if you need more tickets to sell, call David Stubbeman. Where else can you sample the food from so many of Abilene’s finest establishments for only $25.00 per person?

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30. You can download a registration form at "rotary5790.org".

Next Friday, March 24, our club will celebrate its 80th ANNIVERSARY. The actual date of our charter is March 27, 1926. How many other organizations do you belong to that have been in Abilene 80 years? If you BRING A FORMER ABILENE ROTARY CLUB MEMBER to our meeting on March 24, that guest will get a free meal.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is COMPUTER PROGRAMER/SYSTEM ANALYSTS. Bring a Computer Programer or System Analyst to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Our club is sponsoring Nikki Mathur, a student at Wylie High School, who will attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) June 1-4, 2006, at Texas Womens University. If you know of any other interested high school student, let Kent Brown or David Stubbeman know.

Why join Rotary? BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning (besides friendship) was business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

Rotary Foundation alumni are the more than 85,000 people who have received program awards from the Foundation since 1947. These alumni include Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary World Peace Fellows, Group Study Exchange team leaders and members, Rotary Volunteers, and recipients of Rotary Grants for University Teachers.

Facts from the Internet: Almonds are a member of the peach family. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

If you prefer to receive the Rotator by e-mail rather than "snail mail", let David Stubbeman know, 698-1756, FAX 698-3235.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 24, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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We celebrated the 80th ANNIVERSARY of our club today. It is always good to remember your past. And it was great to see FORMER MEMBERS Jack Luther, Bill Hollowell, and Sam St.Clair. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe. Our club received the ANGEL TREE AWARD for Bell Ringing from THE SALVATION ARMY, and we received a nice thank-you note from Dr. David Polnick for being involved in PARTNERS IN EDUCATION.

Program for March 31: To be announced.

REMEMBER! April 4 is the TASTE OF ABILENE, our money-raiser. Hope that you have sold all of your tickets. Please turn in your money or remaining tickets Friday, March 31. It is going to be a GREAT EVENT. Where else can you sample the food from so many of Abilene’s finest establishments for only $25.00 per person? (Bob Test has already SOLD 39 TICKETS)

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Abilene April 27-30, 2006. If you intend to attend only the luncheon on Friday, April 28, you do not need to register for the entire conference, but please let David Stubbeman know you are coming for lunch so we can get a "head count" for MCM Elegante Suites.

We are encouraging ALL ABILENE ROTARIANS to come to the District Conference OPENING CEREMONY Friday, April 28, at 11 AM at MCM Elegante Suites, stay for the luncheon, and attend any and all of the Friday afternoon sessions of the Conference. Of course, Friday night will be a SOCIAL EVENT in the atrium of MCM Elegante Suites and our club will have a Hospitality Room.

The Saturday activities will be just as enjoyable, packed full of Rotary information, topped off with a memorable Social/Dinner at FRONTIER TEXAS.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is ARCHITECT. Bring An Architecxt to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

If you prefer to receive the Rotator by e-mail rather than "snail mail", let David Stubbeman know, 698-1756, FAX 698-3235.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 7, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Rick Diaz speaking on the new Medicare Drug Prescription Program. Some (many) of us in the club are over 65 and needed to hear this. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NO MEETING NEXT FRIDAY. It is Good Friday. And there will be no Rotater next week.

Program for April 21: Mary Cooksey will speak on "211, the Call for Help Program".

Our Board of Directors today voted to donate $100.00 to the Orval Filbeck Scholarship Fund. Individuals in our club may also donate to this fund. And the Board voted to donate a used van to Meals on Wheels.

Our fund-raiser, Taste of Abilene, was a great success. Almost all of the 600 tickets were sold and money from sponsorships is still coming in. We should have a final tally next Tuesday when Erik Johnson and others meet with the Abilene Restaurant Association. Many thanks to all who sold tickets and sponsorships and volunteered at the event. It looks like this will be the start of an annual fund-raiser for our club and the Abilene Restaurant Association.

Do not forget the DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN ABILENE April 27-30, 2006. If you intend to attend only the luncheon on Friday, April 28, you do not need to register for the entire conference. But please let David Stubbeman know you are coming to the luncheon. If you want to work in our Hospitality Room at the District Conference, let David Stubbeman know.

We will have a DISTRICT ASSEMBLY in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday morning, May 20. This is for all incoming Directors and Officers in our club, so that they will be ready to assume their duties on July 1.

We will have a CLUB ASSEMBLY on Wednesday, May 3, at about 6:30 at the Abilene Country Club. This is for supper, and will be the first opportunity for our incoming PRESIDENT, MIKE WEBER, to meet with his team of directors and officers who will begin serving the club on July 1.

APRIL is the Rotary Magazine Month. Please look at your Rotarian Magazine for April. Read how Rotary works with the United Nations (page 32) and with the World Health Organization to eradicate polio in the world (page 34 and page 58). Read how Rotary teams up with Habitat for Humanity all over the world.

Do you remember that it rained on the Rose Bowl Parade, but this did not stop the Rotary float from continuing in the parade. See page 9 of the Rotarian Magazine. And read about Paul Harris, our founder, on page 10 of the Rotarian Magazine.

At our club meeting today, did you hear Mike Weber tell how he made up a missed Rotary meeting by going to rotary.org on the internet. You can do it, too.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Bruce Lampert will be leading our expert spelling team on April 18 at the Paramount Theater. We are supporting the Taylor County Adult Literacy Council as we try to "out-spell" other civic clubs.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is COMPUTER SOFTWARE SPECIALIST. Bring a Computer Software Specialist to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 21, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Mary Cooksy, who spoke about "211—Call for Help." Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 28: We will meet at MCM ELEGANTE SUITES for the DISTRICT CONFERENCE. (Luncheon cost is $16.00.) Come and learn more about Rotary. And there will be no Rotater next week since we will all be at the District Conference next weekend.

Program for May 5: To be announced. Rotary’s Chuck Moser Day is coming in May, also.

Our fund-raiser, Taste of Abilene, was a great success. So far, we have received $12,125.00 in ticket sales and $5,200.00 in sponsorships. After all expenses are paid, we will split the proceeds with the Abilene Restaurant Association. Thanks again to all who helped in so many ways. Bob Test sold the most tickets, by far.

Do not forget that our club and the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club are co-hosting a HOSPITALITY ROOM at the DISTRICT CONFERENCE Friday night, April 28, from 6:30 to 9 p,m, We will be serving spicy foods from Disability Resources.

We will have a DISTRICT ASSEMBLY in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday morning, May 20. This is for all incoming Directors and Officers in our club, so that they will be ready to assume their duties on July 1.

We will have a CLUB ASSEMBLY for all new officers and directors on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 at the Abilene Country Club. This is for supper, and will be the first opportunity for our incoming PRESIDENT, MIKE WEBER, to meet with his team of directors and officers who will begin serving the club on July 1.

We have received word that the four water wells in Lagos, Nigeria, have been completed and we should be receiving photos soon. Our club participated in a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant to accomplish this project.

Bruce Lampert led our Spelling Team at the FundSpell this past week. Although our team did not win this year (we won last year), they did very well.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Please thank the person who, every week, is at the table collecting your money for meals. Rain or shine, JAY HOBBS is at our meeting to collect meal tickets and meal money. We would have a very difficult time without Jay’s help.

Be sure and meet the members of the Rotary GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE (GSE) team from RUSSIA that will arrive in Abilene this Friday and attend our District Conference.

Nominate one of our club members for ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR. Give the nomination to Peter Fox.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is CORPORATE EXECUTIVE. Bring a Corporate Executive to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 5, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Deona Galbraith and Scott Jameson, who talked about the West Texas Rehab Center. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

MANY THANKS to all who worked on the District Conference, which has held last weekend at MCM Elegante Suites. Dave Boyll, Will Dix, Mike Weber, Bob Kuykendall, Mary Beth Kilgore, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Morris Baker, Bruce Bixby, Pat Clark, Bob Hunter, Peter Fox, Frank and Beth Dlugas, Ed Brokaw, Paul Lenker, and others from our club helped District Governor Jim Aneff host a great District Conference. We had Rotarians from Arlington, Fort Worth, Denton, Gainesville, Wichita Falls, Stephenville, and many points in between attending the Conference.

Program for May 12: To be announced. Rotary’s Chuck Moser Day is coming May 19, also.

Our fund-raiser, Taste of Abilene, was a great success. After all expenses are paid, we will split the proceeds with the Abilene Restaurant Association. Thanks again to all who helped in so many ways. Bob Test sold the most tickets, by far.

We will have a DISTRICT ASSEMBLY in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday morning, May 20. We will leave at 6 a.m. from Mike Weber’s office at 2149 Cottenwood (just off East Ambler Street). Star Dodge is providing a van so we can all travel together. This is for all incoming Directors and Officers in our club, so that they will be ready to assume their duties on July 1, and for new Rotarians, as well as any other club members who want to attend. Our club will pay the Registration Fee of $15.00 for all who attend. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MAY 20.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DAVE BOYLL was co-chair of the District Conference. There is no way to know how many hours he spent preparing for the Conference and attending the Conference. It is dedicated Rotarians like Dave who make our club known all over our Rotary District as well as in Abilene.

I hope that you got to meet the members of the Rotary GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE (GSE) team from RUSSIA that were in Abilene last weekend. The team was made up of one Rotarian (a university professor) and two young men and two young women.

Nominate one of our club members for ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR. Give the nomination to Peter Fox.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is RELIGIOUS EDUCATOR. Bring a Religious Educator to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

In the next week or two, we will present over $10,000.00 to Meals on Wheels Plus for a new (or newer) van.

Our club has been doing so many things lately that there has been no room for jokes or humor in the Rotater. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

If you prefer to receive the Rotator by e-mail rather than "snail mail", let David Stubbeman know, 698-1756, FAX 698-3235.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 12, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Jim Kennedy, who gave us some great tips on improving our life. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for May 17: Chuck Moser Day. Be sure and come as we present the Chuck & Doris Moser Scholarship Award to a West Texas Abilene student. And we will name the Girl’s Coach of the Year and the Boy’s Coach of the Year.

Be sure and go by FRONTIER TEXAS and see the GREAT WESTERN TRAIL MARKER with the ROTARY SEAL on it by the sidewalk in front of FRONTIER TEXAS. This was a part of our District Conference last week.

We will have a DISTRICT ASSEMBLY in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday morning, May 20. We will leave at 6 a.m. from Mike Weber’s office at 2149 Cottenwood (just off East Ambler Street). Star Dodge is providing a van so we can all travel together. This is for all incoming Directors and Officers in our club, so that they will be ready to assume their duties on July 1, and for new Rotarians, as well as any other club members who want to attend. Our club will pay the Registration Fee of $15.00 for all who attend. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MAY 20.

NEW MEMBER: Today, CRAIG HATERIUS re-joined our club. Craig is with First Care and his office is in Suite 510, 2 Village Drive. Please make a special effort to meet Craig.

On Friday, May 26, our club will present checks totaling $10,000.00 to Meals on Wheels Plus, so they can purchase a badly needed van. In addition to this donation, our club raised about $7,500.00 from the Taste of Abilene fund-raiser. Be thinking about who you think should receive this new donation from our club. Rotary is all about helping others. SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

District Governor Jim Aneff is asking each Rotarian in our district to donate $100.00 per year to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION. Please make your donation by giving a check payable to “The Rotary Foundation” to David Stubbeman.

Did you read the article in this month’s Rotarian Magazine about “The Band of Brothers”? This is a group of Rotarians and former military members who go around the world building hospitals and other badly needed buildings.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Do you know who graduated from Ramsay High School in Mt. Pleasant, PA, and received a medical degree from Temple University? Dr. RODGER HAGLUND.

Did you know that 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters? We hope that you are both a registered voter and a blood donor. WHY JOIN ROTARY? Among other reasons, FRIENDSHIP. It is one of the reasons Rotary began.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is RADIO/TELEVISION ANNOUNCER. Bring a Radio/Televison Announcer to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. Each week in the Rotater, we will feature a classification and urge you to bring a guest who would fit that classification.

Please look at the pictures from Lagos, Nigeria, of our water well project.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 19, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Chuck Moser Day. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for May 26: To be announced.

Five members of our club attended the DISTRICT ASSEMBLY in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday morning, May 20. Mike Weber, Jay Hobbs, Mary Beth Kilgore, Ed Brokaw and David Stubbeman went to the meeting and got some great ideas for the coming Rotary year.

ABILENE ROTARY FLAG PROJECT. We will be putting out flags on Monday, May 29. Memorial Day is really on May 30, but Memorial Day is being observed nationally on Monday, May 29. George Dawson turned in checks for 25 new and/or renewal customers for our flag project. THANK YOU GEORGE DAWSON. All of this money goes into our Community Service Account.

Speaking of our Community Service Account, we deposited $7,447.48 into this account from the Taste of Abilene. An equal amount was paid to the Abilene Restaurant Association for their share of the net profit.

Besides our Flag Project and the Taste of Abilene, can you name our other club fund-raisers? Our Golf Tournament brought in $2,200.00 last fall, and our Dealing for Dollars adds about $100.00 a month to the Community Service Account. (The other $100.00 per month from Dealing for Dollars goes into the pot to be won by someone drawing the Ace of Spades.)

Every member of our club should be very proud of the money our club raises and donates to charity. SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

PLEASE go to our club website (see address in the heading of this newsletter) and see the pictures that Barbara Rollins, our club webmaster, has put on the website. Look at the pictures that show the signs saying "ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE, TEXAS" in Lagos, Nigeria. These pictures are in regard to the four water wells in which our club participated. Also on our website are pictures from the District Conference and Chuck Moser Day. Again, our members should be very proud of the projects in which our club participates.

C. G. Gray just returned from a trip to Scotland. He brought back pictures of the Rotary Club of Ambleside’s "Wishing Well", a charity project.

On June 1, Bill Waddill will take our RYLA student, Nikki Mathur, a student at Wylie High School, to Denton, TX, for Camp RYLA. Kent Brown is on the staff of RYLA this year and Roger Retzer, a student at Abilene High School who we sponsored for RYLA last year, is a counselor at RYLA this year.

On June 30, we will have CHANGEOVER CEREMONIES at our club meeting. Peter Fox will ring the BELL for the final time and hand the gavel to Mike Weber, who is our incoming President. On Thursday night, June 29, both our old and incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS will meet with Assistant District Governor ED BROKAW and tell him about our club plans for the new year.

David Stubbeman will be out of town for the next four Rotary meetings while he and his wife attend the Rotary International Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, so there will be NO ROTATOR for the next four weeks. Mike Weber and his wife are also going to the convention.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 16, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Glenn Hammonds, who gave us an update on Social Security. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for June 23: Betty Hukill, director of the Paramount Theater, will bring some the of talented singers from the upcoming musical "SWING."

ABILENE ROTARY FLAG PROJECT. Flags were put out on Flag Day, June 14. Thanks to all of our members who make this money-raiser a success.

I just returned from the Rotary International Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Mike Weber is still enjoying his trip to northern Europe.) RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar talked about SERVICE ABOVE SELF. He said that helping others may not get you to heaven, but it may keep you from going to HELL. He also said that ROTARY CAN CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES. It made me think about how our Rotary Club has changed the lives of many people.

It made me PROUD TO BE A ROTARIAN, knowing that our club had helped people in Nigeria by cooperating in the drilling of four water wells. I think the lives of the students we send to RYLA are changed forever. How about the lives of students at Jane Long Elementary that are inspired to better reading by C. G. Gray and our Rotary Readers. And how about the elderly persons that are served by MEALS ON WHEELS PLUS, with the assistance of the van we are helping buy. And our donations to Polio Eradication, Rotary Disaster Relief and to The Rotary Foundation help change the lives of many people around the world. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF PERSONS FOR THE BETTER.

The Rotary International President for 2006-2007 is Bill Boyd, who is from New Zealand. His Rotary theme will be "LEAD THE WAY". And next year, (June 2007) the Rotary Convention will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. Make plans now to attend this convention and learn a lot more about Rotary. It would make a great family vacation next summer.

New Rotarian Richard Rolison made up a missed meeting by going online. Ask him all about it. And look for new banners from clubs around the world that our members have brought back from their trips abroad. We have several new banners to post on our display of banners.

On June 30, we will have CHANGEOVER CEREMONIES at our club meeting. Peter Fox will ring the BELL for the final time and hand the gavel to Mike Weber, who is our incoming President. On Thursday night, June 29, at Cypress Street Station, at 6:30 p.m., both our old and incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS will meet with Assistant District Governor ED BROKAW and tell him about our club plans for the new year.

Next year we hope to increase the public awareness of Rotary in Abilene and around the world. Let us know if you have any ideas about how to accomplish this.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 23, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Betty Hukill and some very talented singers from the production "SWING" which is showing at the Paramount this weekend. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Someone left a pair of glasses in a black and white plastic case at Rotary today, June 23. Please call David Stubbeman, 698-1756, to get them back.

Program for June 30: CHANGEOVER from President Peter Fox to President Mike Weber. Be sure and come hear a summary of this past year and Mike’s plans for the coming year. The old board of directors and the incoming board of directors will have a joint meeting with Assistant District Governor Ed Brokaw on Thursday evening, June 29, at 6:30 p.m., at Cypress Street Station.

Dues statements will be going out next week. Our dues for the next six months are $120.00. You will also be asked to make a voluntary contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $100.00 per year.

The main objective of Rotary is service—in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotary volunteers build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self."

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. The Rotary Foundation is making a final push for a polio-free world, and its humanitarian grants program is extending Rotary’s reach to more people in need. The educational programs are the cornerstone for strengthening world understanding.

Today, Bob Test drew the Ace of Spades in Dealing for Dollars and won $558.00. Congratulations to Bob.

Rotary members are professional men and women who work as volunteers to improve the quality of life in their home and world community. Club membership represents a cross-section of local business and professional leaders. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Next year we hope to increase the public awareness of Rotary in Abilene and around the world. Let us know if you have any ideas about how to accomplish this.


Club Officers: Peter Fox, President; Mike Weber, President Elect; Frank Dlugas, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Erik Johnson, Randy Piersall, Bruce Lampert, Kim Bosher, Bill Waddill, Bob Test, George Dawson, Will Dix (Sergeant at Arms) and C. G. Gray (immediate past president).

Club Officers beginning July 1, 2006: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Tom Boecking, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 14, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was all about the West Texas Hospital, after one year of operations. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for July 21: Roland Smith, a musician who has played with many famous singers.

Abilene has an Inter-City Youth Committee, composed of members of the Abilene Rotary Club, Abilene Southwest, and Abilene Wednesday Rotary Clubs. This committee is sponsoring a youth exchange student from Turkey. She will be a senior at Cooper High School and will probably be on the swim team. Please volunteer to help with this student during the coming school year. Call Peggy McConnell or David Stubbeman if you can help.

Rotary members work with and for YOUTH to address challenges facing young people today. Rotary Youth Exchange gives high school students the opportunity to broaden their world view and build international friendships.

Fourteen members have made contributions to The Rotary Foundation since July 1. Please consider making a donation by sending a check to David Stubbeman. Also, thanks to all members who helped put out FLAGS on July 4.

Our club is having a BLOOD DRIVE next Friday, July 21, in front of Briarstone from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. You may save SOMEONE’S LIFE by donating blood. That is SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

BILL WADDILL is having heart surgery. Keep him and his family in your prayers.

July is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH. Help someone to read or do something else to promote literacy in Abilene.

After two weeks, we can say that PRESIDENT MIKE is doing an outstanding job. Remember, HIS GOALS include an increase in membership, SERVICE, donations to The Rotary Foundation, and the building of Rotary leaders. And Mike says "WE NEED TO HAVE FUN AT ROTARY."

On the back of this Rotater is our club’s budget for 2006-2007.

STAR-SPANGLED MANNERS: When attending a parade, put your hand over your heart when the American flag is six paces from you and hold this position until the flag is six paces past you. Put your hand over your heart at the first note of the National Anthem and hold this position until the last note is played or sung.

Our club attendance for June was 53.41%. Please attend our meetings regularly and help us increase our attendance percentage.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 21, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Roland Smith, who played some songs from the nineteen fifties on his guitar. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for July 28: Nikki Mathur, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sandip Mathur and a student at Wylie High School. Our club sponsored her at RYLA, which was held at Texas Women’s University last month. Nikki and another student from Wylie High will tell us about their experience at RYLA. Also, Betty Blazer from Meals on Wheels Plus will be present to say "THANKS" for the DONATION our club made toward the badly needed van which they now have. BE SURE TO ATTEND AND SEE SOME OF THE BEST THINGS THAT ROTARY DOES.

The Meek Bloodmobile came to our club today. Thanks to all who donated. Seen leaving the bloodmobile included, among others, Marty Pothier and Mary Beth Kilgore. The 4 main blood types are A, B, AB, and O. AB is the universal recipient, and O negative is the universal donor.

Elizabeth Paige has been proposed as a new member to our club. If no written objection is received within seven days, she will be invited to join.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: Peter Agnell was born on Jan. 7, 1956, and joined our club in Oct. 1989. He is a graduate of Cooper High School and Texas Tech University, with a degree in accounting. His classification is "TIRES, RETAIL."

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is ATTORNEY. Bring an attorney to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL.

Many of our members have said that they will gladly help with introducing guests, giving the invocation, being greeters at the front door, and leading the singing. Beginning with the next Rotater, we will be listing members and asking them to serve in these capacities at our meetings. If you cannot serve on the day listed, please call David Stubbeman, 698-1756, and let him know that you cannot serve.

Preparations are beginning for our fall GOLF TOURNAMENT. Please say "YES" when you are called on to help with this money-raiser.

Go to "rotary.com" to read about how Rotary volunteers are leading the way in the fight for a POLIO-FREE WORLD. The monetary savings to be realized from polio eradication are potentially as high as $1.5 billion per year—funds that could be used to address other public health priorities.

WHY JOIN ROTARY? There are few places in the world that do not have a Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is welcome—even encouraged—to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in over 160 countries.

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING: The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing. We hope to have a new Rotary directory ready by this fall, and a lot of typing will be required.

MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell, Randy Piersall, Erik Johnson, Jay Hobbs, and Tom Boecking attended Abilene Wednesday Rotary this week. Mike Schweikhard and Marty Pothier attended Abilene Southwest Rotary this week.


Club Officers: Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 28, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Nikki Mathur and Marlene Wyatt, the two Wylie High School students who attended Rotary Camp RYLA last month at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. Also, we saw the van that OUR CLUB DONATED to Meals On Wheels Plus. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Aug. 4: DOUG WILLIAMSON, from the Abilene Reporter News.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOE ALCORTA writes a summary each week of our Friday meetings. Joe has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish and teaches at Hardin-Simmons University. He has been married to Liandra since Aug. 19, 1962. They have four children.

"EXPERIENCE is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."-Oscar Wilde

We need someone to volunteer to be on the Youth Exchange Committee. There is a young lady coming from Turkey and this is a great opportunity to be involved in International Service. Let David Stubbeman know if you will do this.

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS. Bring someone involved in Entertainment or Sports to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. The first step in proposing a new member is to BE SURE that the person knows what Rotary is. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ROTARY in a conversation with a prospective member?

Many of our members have said that they will gladly help with introducing guests, giving the invocation, being greeters at the front door, and leading the singing. GREETERS FOR AUG. 4: CHARLIE KITCHELL, MARY BETH KILGORE, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD AND DERRAL REED. Please stand by the door into the Briarstone dining room and greet everyone who comes to our meeting next Friday.

WHY JOIN ROTARY? CONTINUING EDUCATION. Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics. Rotarians have funded a water well in the village of Zormat, Afghanistan, providing clean water to the village. During 2004-2005 (the latest available figures) The Rotary Foundation received over $120 million in donations. After grants, etc., The Rotary Foundation had total assets of $602.9 million, as of June 30, 2005. In the last 50 years, Rotary has awarded approximately 30,000 scholarships, totaling $320 MILLION.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Will Dix, and Tom Boecking attended Abilene Southwest Rotary this week.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 11, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Jennifer Woodard with the March of Dimes, and our own Mike Weber telling us about the up coming Tight Lies Golf Tournament which benefits the March of Dimes. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Aug. 18: Okie Okerstrone with the Abilene State Park.

Today, your Board of Directors approved the purchase of TWENTY TICKETS to the dinner on Aug. 29, 2006, at 7 p.m. honoring OUR OWN BOB HUNTER. These tickets will be GIVEN AWAY to the first twenty people who sign up at our meeting on Friday, Aug. 18.

The Board also voted to donate $300.00 to RYLA IN RUSSIA. You will recall that our District’s Group Study Eschange went to Russia, and they recommended this project. Your Board also voted to donate $500.00 to a project sponsored by our District for a SANITATION/WATER program in HONDURAS. Our club is truly part of a WORLDWIDE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is tentatively set for Monday, Oct. 1. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining other club members for a fun time.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BRUCE BIXBY joined the Abilene Rotary Club on April 24, 1987. He graduated from Eagle Pass High School and Angelo State University. He is married to Debbie and has two daughters. His classification is "DEVELOPER." Bruce laid the groundwork for the GREAT WESTERN TRAIL marker which is in front of Frontier Texas.

A STRONG POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE WILL CREATE MORE MIRACLES THAN ANY WONDER DRUG—Patricia Neal

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is MUSICIAN/SINGER. Bring someone involved in music or singing to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. The first step in proposing a new member is to BE SURE that the person knows what Rotary is. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ROTARY in a conversation with a prospective member?

Many of our members have said that they will gladly help with introducing guests, giving the invocation, being greeters at the front door, and leading the singing. The following members have volunteered to chair these committees. Please say "YES" when they ask you for help: GREETERS—Derrel Reed, DEALING FOR DOLLARS—Frank Dlugas, INVOCATION—Malcolm Coco, REGISTRATION—Will Dix, INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS—Mike Schweikhard, and SINGING—Bob Kuykendall.

WHY JOIN ROTARY? ENTERTAINMENT. Every Rotary Club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.

MAKE-UPS: Tom Boecking, Tim Doty, and Jay Hobbs at Abilene Southwest Rotary this week. Bob Hunter, Peter Fox, and Mike Schweikhard have made up recently at the Sweetwater Rotary Club, and Bob Hunter made up at the Capitol of Texas Rotary Club in Austin.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 18, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Jennifer Woodard with the March of Dimes, and our own Mike Weber telling us about the up coming Tight Lies Golf Tournament which benefits the March of Dimes. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Aug. 18: Okie Okerstrone with the Abilene State Park.

Today, your Board of Directors approved the purchase of TWENTY TICKETS to the dinner on Aug. 29, 2006, at 7 p.m. honoring OUR OWN BOB HUNTER. These tickets will be GIVEN AWAY to the first twenty people who sign up at our meeting on Friday, Aug. 18.

The Board also voted to donate $300.00 to RYLA IN RUSSIA. You will recall that our District’s Group Study Eschange went to Russia, and they recommended this project. Your Board also voted to donate $500.00 to a project sponsored by our District for a SANITATION/WATER program in HONDURAS. Our club is truly part of a WORLDWIDE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is tentatively set for Monday, Oct. 1. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining other club members for a fun time.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BRUCE BIXBY joined the Abilene Rotary Club on April 24, 1987. He graduated from Eagle Pass High School and Angelo State University. He is married to Debbie and has two daughters. His classification is "DEVELOPER." Bruce laid the groundwork for the GREAT WESTERN TRAIL marker which is in front of Frontier Texas.

A STRONG POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE WILL CREATE MORE MIRACLES THAN ANY WONDER DRUG—Patricia Neal

Rotary is based on the classification system, which means that we want members from all employments and professions. This week’s featured classification is MUSICIAN/SINGER. Bring someone involved in music or singing to our next meeting and you and your guest will each receive a FREE MEAL. The first step in proposing a new member is to BE SURE that the person knows what Rotary is. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ROTARY in a conversation with a prospective member?

Many of our members have said that they will gladly help with introducing guests, giving the invocation, being greeters at the front door, and leading the singing. The following members have volunteered to chair these committees. Please say "YES" when they ask you for help: GREETERS—Derrel Reed, DEALING FOR DOLLARS—Frank Dlugas, INVOCATION—Malcolm Coco, REGISTRATION—Will Dix, INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS—Mike Schweikhard, and SINGING—Bob Kuykendall.

WHY JOIN ROTARY? ENTERTAINMENT. Every Rotary Club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.

MAKE-UPS: Tom Boecking, Tim Doty, and Jay Hobbs at Abilene Southwest Rotary this week. Bob Hunter, Peter Fox, and Mike Schweikhard have made up recently at the Sweetwater Rotary Club, and Bob Hunter made up at the Capitol of Texas Rotary Club in Austin.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 25, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Paul Seals, a Park Ranger at Abilene State Park. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Aug. 25: Past District Governor Bob Griffis will speak on ROTARY MEMBERSHIP, a subject we should be thinking about daily.

EVERYONE is receiving the ROTATER by mail this week because you will find enclosed with the ROTATER a print-out of the information we have about you. PLEASE LOOK AT THIS ENCLOSURE, MAKE ANY CORRECTIONS, AND RETURN IT TO DAVID STUBBEMAN. We hope to put out a membership directory this fall and we want correct up-to-date information about every member. AND BE SURE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS CORRECT.

The following persons were the first to sign up for tickets to the BOB AND SIDRLEY HUNTER DINNER on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Jack and Sandi North, C. G. Gray, Bill and Diann Waddill, Randy and Denise Smith, Jim Tredennick, Morris Baker, Fred Lee Hughes, Bob and Margie Kuykendall, Dave and Peggy O'Conner, Mary Beth Kilgore, Gary Glenn, Greg and Gwen Kaiser, Peter Agnell, George Dawson, and Frank Dlugas (and Beth Dfugas, alternate). Please let David Stubbeman know IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND so we can give the tickets to other Rotarians who can attend.

President Mike Weber is encouraging all of us TO WEAR RED to our meetings to show support for our military personnel.

Charles Adams, a member of the Rotary Club of Glens Falls, New York, made international news in July when a gang of kidnappers snatched him and his driver from their rental car in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Read the full story online at “rotary.org.”

Several of our members will be going to the Rotary District Seminar on Membership and The Rotary Foundation tomorrow at the TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. Many, many THANKS to these members for representing our club at the seminar.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is tentatively set for Monday, Oct. 1. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining other Club members for a fun time.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RAYMOND BLASINGAME. After a recent leave of absence to get his new business going, Raymond is back. Ask him what an orthotist is. Raymond went to high school in Deming, New Mexico, and attended Abilene Christian University.

ABILITY WILL NEVER CATCH UP WITH THE DEMAND FOR IT—Malcolm Forbes

WHY JOIN ROTARY? Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social skills and people skills. ROTARY IS FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE PEOPLE.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison, online at ECLUB ONE, Turner Cariker, Tom Boecking, and Erik Johnson at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 1, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Charles Coody, former Master’s Golf Champion. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe. Program for Sept. 8: Celia Danforth and the new Director of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, DAVID ITKIN.

September is NEW GENERATIONS MONTH. Get involved in some of the Rotary youth programs. PEGGY McCONNEL needs your help in regard to our Youth Exchange student from Turkey. Please call Peggy or David Stubbeman if you have any time on the weekends to show Tugce Tasar around Abilene or the Big Country.

PLEASE make any corrections and RETURN the Questionnaire we sent you last week. If, previously, you were a member of another Rotary Club, please give the years you were in that club.

How would you like to travel to PERU for 30 days at Rotary expense? Our District is looking for one Rotarian and four non-Rotarians between the ages of 25 and 40 to be on our Group Study Exchange trip in the spring of 2007. Let David Stubbeman know if you are interested or if you know of any non-Rotarian who may be interested.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Please sign up and mark your calendar to join other club members for a fun time.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KIM BOSHER. Kim was born in Victoria, Texas. She has three children and is married to Michael Bosher. Kim is the marketing/public relations director of Star Family of Dealerships. She serves on many boards of charitable organizations and she is a great ROTARIAN.

The ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET for our area is set for Nov. 16. More information will be forthcoming. WEATHERIZATION DAY is set for Saturday, Oct. 21. Save the date so that you can help with one of our outstanding Community Service Projects.

TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE, ONE MUST STUDY; BUT TO ACQUIRE WISDOM, ONE MUST OBSERVE—Marilyn Van Savant

We will be putting out flags on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4 . We will meet at Merry Maids office at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4 to put out the flags. Please come help us.

WHY JOIN ROTARY? VOCATIONAL SKILLS. Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

MAKE-UPS: Bruce Lampert, Bob Hunter, Mike Weber, Tim Doty, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Doug Eichorst at South Bend, Indiana, Dick Burton and Bob Hunter at Abilene Southwest Rotary, and Mike Schweikhard at the Hamlin Rotary Club. Bob Hunter also made-up at the Capital of Texas Rotary Club. We hope all of you will make-up when you miss a meeting.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 8, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was David Itkin, conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Sept. 15: Noted Rotarian, Jurist, and Author, our own Barbara Rollins.

September is NEW GENERATIONS MONTH. Now is a great time to get involved in ROTARY READS. This is an outstanding program chaired by C. G. Gray. If you want to spend 30 minutes to an hour, once a week, reading with a student at Jane Long Elementary, please call the school at 671-4920 and tell the Counselor when you can come. She will make the necessary arrangements for meeting with the student. Remember, Jane Long Elementary is temporarily at the old Valley View Elementary location.

Today, your Board of Directors approved TERRY HEATHERLY, manager of Red Lobster, and BOBBY BHAKA, who is in the hotel business, for membership in our club. If no written objection is received within 7 days, they shall be, upon payment of dues, they shall be considered as new members of our club.

PLEASE make any corrections and RETURN the Questionnaire we sent you last week. If, previously, you were a member of another Rotary Club, please give the years you were in that club.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Please sign up and mark your calendar to join other club members for a fun time.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DAVE BOYLL. Dave graduated from high school in Lafayette, Indiana, and he graduated from ACU. He is in the radio business, including KWKC-AM, KZQQ-AM, and KKHR-FM. He has been married to Margie for 44 years and they have two daughters.

The ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET for our area is set for Thursday, Nov. 16. Make plans to attend, because we will not have a regular club meeting on Friday, Nov. 17. And we will not meet on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24

PEOPLE FORGET HOW FAST YOU DID A JOB—BUT THEY REMEMBER HOW WELL YOU DID IT.—Howard Newton

We will be putting out flags on Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11. Many thanks to Turner Cariker for heading up this project. Proceeds go to our Community Service Account.

WHY JOIN ROTARY? THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICS: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

MAKE-UPS: James Parrish, Tom Boecking, Will Dix, and Turner Cariker at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, Mike Dickie at Breckenridge Rotary Club, Robert Laird, Tom Boecking, Dick Burton and Bob Hunter at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Our club attendance for August was 60.25%, a record high for 2006, which was helped considerably by member’s making up when they miss our Friday meetings.

A church usher was heard to observe: "People are strange. They want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 15, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was our own Barbara Rollins Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website and on the reverse side of this Rotater. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Sept. 22: Dan Carpenter, who is with the Grace Museum.

September is NEW GENERATIONS (Youth) MONTH. Rotarians from our club have donated over 6,500 hours in reading with students at Jane Long Elementary and our club has donated over 250 books to the Resource Center (library) at Jane Long. Now is a great time for you to get involved in ROTARY READS. If you want to spend 30 minutes to an hour, once a week, reading with a student at Jane Long Elementary, please call the school at 671-4920 and tell the Counselor when you can come. She will make the necessary arrangements for meeting with the student. Remember, Jane Long Elementary is temporarily at the old Valley View Elementary location.

THANKS to AUSTIN KING, who drew the Ace of Spades in Dealing for Dollars last week and won $304.00. He donated the money to our ROTARY READS program to buy more books.

Be sure and welcome our newest members, TERRY HEATHERLY, manager of Red Lobster, and BOBBY BHAKA, who is in the hotel-motel development business.

PLEASE make any corrections and RETURN the Questionnaire we sent you. If, previously, you were a member of another Rotary Club, please give the years you were in that club.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Please sign up and mark your calendar to join other club members for a fun time.

The following Rotarians are asked to be GREETERS at the door during September: Steve Able, Dave Boyll, George Dawson, Blake Fulenwider, Claude Hicks,, Charlie Kitchell, Dave O’Conner, and Barbara Rollins.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TOM CENIGLIS. Tom was born in Rochester, New York. He attended high school in St. Monica, California, and attended San Angelo College (now Angelo State) and Valley State College in Van Nuys, CA. He is married to Reba and owns Tom’s Tire World. He previously worked for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

Go to Rotary’s website, "rotary.org" and read how a British Rotarian reflects on the meaning of SERVICE ABOVE SELF in light of Sept. 11, 2001. Also, read an update on how Rotary is part of a global partnership that since 1988 HAS REDUCED THE NUMBER OF POLIO CASES WORLDWIDE BY 99%.

"We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."—Helen Keller

WHY JOIN ROTARY? NICE PEOPLE. Rotarians above all are nice people—the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison on-line at E-Club One; Marty Pothier at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, Mike Dickie at Breckenridge Rotary Club, and Doug Eichorst at South Bend, Indiana.

A church bulletin made the following announcement: "The Women’s Bible Study will be held Thursday morning. All women are invited to stay for lunch after the B. S. is done."


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE GOLF TOURNAMENT 2006

Time: 12:30 PM start. Begin at 11 AM with lunch and Registration/Check-in by Pro Shop

Place: Fairway Oaks Country Club

Cost: $90 per player

Includes:

Make checks payable to: Rotary Club of Abilene

Mail check to: Erik Johnson

c/o Rotary Club of Abilene

4633 South 14th

Abilene, TX 79605

CONTACT: Erik Johnson at (325) 439-0186 or Pat Clark at (325) 370-3603 to sign up. You may also make payment by Check or Cash at check-in by the Pro Shop.

Please call if you would like to help SPONSOR the event.

BENEFITTING: ROTARY PROJECTS

For more information about Rotary Club of Abilene and membership, call or go to our website: www.abilenerotaryclub.org


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 22, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dan Carpenter with the Grace Museum. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Sept. 29: Russel Lenz, TexDOT District Engineer, who will speak about "TexDOT, The Next 50 Years."

There is still time for you to get involved in ROTARY READS. If you want to spend 30 minutes to an hour, once a week, reading with a student at Jane Long Elementary, please call the school at 671-4920 and tell the Counselor when you can come. She will make the necessary arrangements for meeting with the student. Remember, Jane Long Elementary is temporarily at the old Valley View Elementary location.

It was good to see Mark Perkins and Kevin Christian at our club meeting today, after extended absences.

PLEASE make any corrections and RETURN the Questionnaire we sent you. If, previously, you were a member of another Rotary Club, please give the years you were in that club.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Please sign up and mark your calendar to join other club members for a fun time.

The following Rotarians are asked to be GREETERS at the door during September: Steve Able, Dave Boyll, George Dawson, Blake Fulenwider, Claude Hicks,, Charlie Kitchell, Dave O’Conner, and Barbara Rollins.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BILL CORE. Bill graduated from Cooper High School and Texas A & M. He owns Instrument Maintenance Co. He is married to Sara (Sally) Core, DVM, and they have three children. He has been a member of our club since 1986

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"IN PROSPERITY, OUR FRIENDS KNOW US; IN ADVERSITY, WE KNOW OUR FRIENDS."—John Churton Collins

WHY JOIN ROTARY? The absence of an OFFICIAL CREED; Rotary has no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

The Rotary Foundation seeks the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. As Rotarians, we continue to strengthen and equip the Foundation to help meet a world of humanitarian needs.

MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell, Tom Boecking, Bruce Lampert, Turner Cariker, Elizabeth Paige, and Mike Weber at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; Marty Pothier and Robert Laird at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

"Individuals and nations are at their worst, when, persuaded of their superior virtue, they crusade against the vices of others."—William Sloan Coffin


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 29, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Russel Lenz, Tex. DOT District Engineer. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Oct. 6: James Elam, who will talk about the Future of Electrical Energy in Texas.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH. Each Rotary Club is to emphasize the involvement of clubs in the everyday practice of the IDEALS OF VOCATIONAL SERVICE. Vocational Service is the way Rotary fosters and supports the application of the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations.

HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED IN SERVICE? Two projects our club has this month are the WEATHERIZATION PROJECT on Saturday, Oct. 21, and helping at the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at the State School. Please volunteer for one or both of these projects.

Our ongoing SERVICE PROJECT is reading to students at Jane Long Elementary (which is temporarily located at the Valley View Elementary campus). If you are interested in participating in this program, call David Stubbeman at 698-1756 and plan to come to Jane Long this Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and observe what we do. REMEMBER, someone helped you to learn to read.

A draft of the new MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY will be presented to the Board of Directors on Oct. 13, so PLEASE make any corrections and RETURN the Questionnaire we sent you.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Please sign up and mark your calendar to join other club members for a fun time.

The following Rotarians are asked to stand with PRESIDENT MIKE at the door of our meetings in October and be GREETERS: Peter AGNELL, Bob DEEGAN, Woody GILLILAND, Elizabeth PAIGE, and Patty KNIGHT.

The Rotary Foundation Banquet will be Nov. 16 at Hardin-Simmons. Advance reservations are needed, so let David Stubbeman know if you can come.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: GEORGE DAWSON. George graduated from Georgetown High School and Southwestern University, majoring in Chemistry. He received his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. George joined our club on Nov. 27, 1959, having been proposed for membership by Elwin Skiles.. He is married to Dorothy and they have three children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"TRUTH IS THE ONLY SAFE GROUND TO STAND ON"---Elizabeth Cady Stanton

WHY JOIN ROTARY? THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Hunter and Tim Doty at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; Elizabeth Paige, Bob Kuykendall, Marty Pothier, James Parrish, Robert Laird, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Mike Dickie at Breckenridge Rotary; and Bob Hunter at the Capitol of Texas Rotary in Austin.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 6, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Michael Jewell with WTU Retail Services, a subsidiary of Direct Energy. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Oct. 13: Chris Kyker, Speaker of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. Also, next Friday, flu shots will be available at Briarstone Manor. (The Lions Club, which also meets there on Friday, will have a registered nurse and a pharmacist from United Stores present to give the shots.)

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH.

HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED IN SERVICE? Two projects our club has this month are the WEATHERIZATION PROJECT on Saturday, Oct. 21, and helping at the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at the State School on Oct. 26.

Let Will Dix know if you can help with the Weatherization Project. Many elderly and poor citizens need a few repairs on their homes before cold weather comes. Lunch will be served to the volunteers at the Scout Hut at Rose Park on Oct. 21.

Let Kim Bosher know if you can help with our club's booth at the Halloween Carnival at the State School on Thursday, Oct. 26. We need VOLUNTEERS for this. You can help everyone at the State School have a fun time at the carnival.

Our ongoing SERVICE PROJECT is reading to students at Jane Long Elementary (which is temporarily located at the Valley View Elementary campus). We need more club members who can give 30 minutes each week to help a student learn to read. Remember, someone helped you to read and you can repay this by helping someone else to read.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Please sign up at the registration table or call Erik Johnson. Mark your calendar to join other club members at this event.

The following Rotarians are asked to stand with PRESIDENT MIKE at the door of our meetings in October and be GREETERS: Peter AGNELL, Bob DEEGAN, Woody GILLILAND, Elizabeth PAIGE, and Patty KNIGHT.

The Rotary Foundation Banquet will be Thursday, Nov. 16 at Hardin-Simmons. Advance reservations are needed, so sign up at the registration table or let David Stubbeman know if you can come.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WILL DIX. Will was born in Seibert, Colorado. He graduated from high school in Coggon, Iowa, and from Iowa State University. Will received a M.A. degree from George Washington University. He joined our club on March 2, 1990, after he retired from the U.S. Air Force, and began working at McMurry University. He is married to Cleta and they have four grown children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"TRY NOT TO BECOME A PERSON OF SUCCESS, BUT RATHER TO BECOME A PERSON OF VALUE."—Albert Einstein

WHY JOIN ROTARY? FRIENDSHIP. In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell and Bruce Lampert at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; Mike Dickie at Breckenridge Rotary; Mike Schweikhard at the Colorado City Rotary Club.

If you have any suggestions for improving the Rotater, please let David Stubbeman know.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 13, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Chris Kyker, Speaker of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Oct. 13: Dixie Basset with the United Way of Abilene. Also, next Friday, flu shots will be available at Briarstone Manor. The shots were postponed from today.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH.

Let Will Dix know if you can help with the Weatherization Project on Oct. 21. He has seen the house that our team will work on and he is planning the needed repairs.

Let Kim Bosher know if you can help with our club’s booth at the Halloween Carnival at the State School on Thursday, Oct. 26. We need VOLUNTEERS for this. You can help everyone at the State School have a fun time at the carnival.

We understand that Mike Dickie’s father is seriously ill. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and his family.

So far, 15 golfers have signed up for our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT on Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. You can sign up the day of the tournament, but it would help everyone if you sign up in advance. We also need several more sponsors, so let us know if you know of a possible sponsor.

Today, our Board of Directors adopted guidelines that the club will use in making Community Service grants. The Board also appointed Bob Test and Fred Lee Hughes to serve on the Officer Nominating Committee, which will select candidates for the Board who, if elected, will begin serving July 1, 2007.

Our Rotary Club is exploring the idea of establishing a Disc Golf Course and public park near the north end of Lake Kirgy. Erik Johnson is chairing this project.

Besides the Rotary Golf Tournament, one of our major fund-raisers is the Taste of Abilene. The Round Building at the fair grounds has been reserved for the first Tuesday in April 2007. Thanks to everyone who is already planning and working on this project.

The following Rotarians are asked to stand with PRESIDENT MIKE at the door of our meetings in October and be GREETERS: Peter AGNELL, Bob DEEGAN, Woody GILLILAND, Elizabeth PAIGE, and Patty KNIGHT.

The Rotary Foundation Banquet will be Thursday, Nov. 16, at Hardin-Simmons. Advance reservations are needed, so sign up at the registration table or let David Stubbeman know if you can come.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: FRANK DLUGAS. Frank was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He retired after 25 years with Southwestern Bell Telephone and he now does a little farming. Frank married Beth on Sept. 18, 1965. Their son and his family recently moved away from Abilene, so Frank and Beth will have to travel to see their grandchildren.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"OUR PATIENCE WILL ACHIEVE MORE THAN OUR FORCE."—Edmund Burke

MAKE-UPS: Peter Fox at the Sweetwater Rotary Club; Kevin Christian, Tom Boecking, and David Stubbeman at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club; and Ed Brokaw, Kevin Christian, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Our club attendance for Sept. was 60%. We are improving!


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 20, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dixie Bassett with the United Way of Abilene.

Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Oct. 20: Rotary District Governor Dan Morales will be our speaker. BE SURE AND COME AND HEAR WHAT ROTARY IS DOING IN OUR DISTRICT, IN OUR COUNTRY, AND IN THE WORLD.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH.

So far, 15 golfers have signed up for our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT on Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. You can sign up the day of the tournament, but it would help everyone if you sign up in advance. We also need several more sponsors, so let us know if you know of a possible sponsor.

Our Board of Directors has adopted guidelines that the club will use in making Community Service grants. A copy of the criteria are on the back of this newsletter. Please encourage any organization you believe is worthy to apply for a grant.

Besides the Rotary Golf Tournament, one of our major fund-raisers is the Taste of Abilene. The Round Building at the fair grounds has been reserved for the first Tuesday in April 2007. Mark your calendars now. Thanks to everyone who is already planning and working on this project.

The following Rotarians are asked to stand with PRESIDENT MIKE at the door of our meetings in October and be GREETERS: Peter AGNELL, Bob DEEGAN, Woody GILLILAND, Elizabeth PAIGE, and Patty KNIGHT.

Our Board of Directors has voted to award FIVE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CERTIFICATES at the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Hardin-Simmons. The names of the recipients are secret and will be revealed at the Dinner. It could be you, so be sure and attend. Advance reservations are needed, so sign up at the registration table or let David Stubbeman know if you can come.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TIM DOTY. Tim graduated from Abilene High School and Abilene Christian University with a degree in Business Administration. He is married to Christi and they have two sons. He is an agent/producer with First Southwest Insurance Company. Tim enjoys fishing, hunting, and sports.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

Rotary’s first global service program is the fight against polio. Rotary is determined to be involved until there is no more polio in the world.

"YOU MUST DO THE THING YOU THINK YOU CANNOT DO"—Eleanor Roosevelt.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Fox at the Board of Directors meeting; Craig Haterius at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club; and Bob Hunter at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Richard Rolison had up three meetings by going on line to rotary.org., and Doug Eichorst made-up twelve times while he was in Michigan this summer.

Did you hear about the lady pastor who had bats in her house, so she had to stay with neighbors? She announced that she had bats in her belfry and was sleeping around.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 27, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dan Morales, Rotary District Governor.

Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Oct. 27: Stephanie Hunter, with the YMCA.

November is THE ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. Be sure and read THE ROTARIAN MAGAZINE for November and learn what "alphapedia" means. You will also learn a lot about The Rotary Foundation.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT is this Monday, Oct. 30, at Fairway Oaks.. Lunch is served at 11 a.m. and tee time is 12:30. You can sign up the day of the tournament, but it WOULD HELP everyone if you sign up in advance.

Our Board of Directors has voted to award FIVE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CERTIFICATES at the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Hardin-Simmons. The names of the recipients are secret and will be revealed at the dinner. It could be you, so be sure and attend. Advance reservations are needed, so sign up at the registration table or let David Stubbeman know if you can come. Cost is $17.00.

Many thanks to the following persons who helped on Weatherization Day: TURNER CARIKER, WILL DIX, JAY HOBBS, BUZZ REHM, and MIKE WEBER. This counts as a MAKE-UP if they need it.

Also, many thanks to the following persons who helped at the State School Halloween Carnival: TURNER CARIKER, B. C. ROBERSON, BOB AND MARGIE KUYKENDALL, C. G. GRAY, WES RATLIFF, AND KIM BOSHER. This counts as a MAKE-UP if they need it.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BILL EHRIE. Bill was originally from New York City. He was Commander of the 96th Bomb Wing at Dyess for 2 ½ years. Bill was Development Officer at McMurry Univ. when he joined our club in July 1992. He is now President of the Abilene Industrial Foundation. He is married to Vicki and they have four children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods."—Japanese Proverb

MAKE-UPS: Peter Agnell at Topeka, Kansas, West. Tom Boecking and Turner Cariker at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club; Mike Weber and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Bob Kuykendall and Richard Rolison made up by going on line to rotary.org.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 3, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Stephanie Hunter, who talked on the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) at the State Street YMCA. After she spoke, the club presented her with a check for $600.00 to support the ISP program. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Nov. 10: Dr. W. C. Rainey will speak regarding stem cell research.

November is THE ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. Be sure and read THE ROTARIAN MAGAZINE for November. Several members in our club are working with Rotary Clubs in foreign countries, trying to arrange for matching grants from The Rotary Foundation for humanitarian projects in those countries. As you can see, The Rotary Foundation depends on both financial support and the support of dedicated Rotarians working to make sure the money is used properly. PolioPlus is a great example of international service, but it is by no means the only example of what Rotary and Rotarians can do.

Our ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT was a great success. Many thanks to Erik Johnson, Pat Clark, Blake Fulenwider, Don Etter, Elizabeth Paige, Craig Haterius, Jay Hobbs, and Steve Glenn, who worked on the tournament. Also, many thanks to the SPONSORS, Abilene Regional Medical Center, Automated Copy Systems, Blake Fulenwider Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, Ben E. Keith Beers, Thrifty’s in Clyde, Neil Shultz with Edward D. Jones, and Glazers/Miller Beer.

Our Board of Directors has voted to award FIVE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CERTIFICATES at the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Hardin-Simmons. The names of the recipients are secret and will be revealed at the dinner. It could be you, so be sure and attend. Advance reservations are needed, so sign up at the registration table or let David Stubbeman know if you can come. Cost is $17.00 per person. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 10. The speaker will be Jeff Whitfield, who was born in Abilene. He is a distinguished graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy. Jeff is a Fulbright Scholar and Rotary World Peace Fellow. He is attending The University of Texas School of Law.

Remember, no club meeting on Nov. 17 and on Nov. 24.

Next Saturday, Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day and our club will be putting out AMERICAN FLAGS. Thanks to Turner Cariker and his committee for doing this.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DOUG EICHORST. Doug graduated from South Bend, Indiana, High School and Ball State Teachers College. He joined our club in 1986. He is married to Judie and they have three grown children. Doug spends the summers back in Indiana and Michigan.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"TO LOVE AND BE LOVED IS TO FEEL THE SUN FROM BOTH SIDES"—David Viscott

MAKE-UPS: Peter Fox and Tom Boecking at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club; Craig Haterius, Tom Boecking, and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 10, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dr. William Rainey, who spoke on stem cell research. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

No meeting on Friday, Nov. 17.

The ROTARY FOUNDATION DINNER for our area is Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Johnson Business Building on the Hardin-Simmons University campus, at 7 p.m. All Paul Harris Fellows are asked to wear their Paul Harris Medal to the dinner. REMEMBER, we will be awarding five new Paul Harris Fellows certificates at the dinner. The speaker will be Jeff Whitfield, who was born in Abilene. He is a distinguished graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy. Jeff is a Fulbright Scholar and Rotary World Peace Fellow. He is attending The University of Texas School of Law. All Rotarians and spouses are invited, but reservations need to be made by MONDAY, NOV. 13.

Remember, no club meeting on Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving.

Barbara Rollins and Elizabeth Paige have just returned from Leon, Mexico. They went with District Governor Dan Morales and other Rotarians from our district to distribute WHEEL CHAIRS to disabled persons. They gave out 380 wheelchairs. Barbara and Elizabeth will tell us more about this outstanding Rotary humanitarian project at a future meeting.

On Dec. 9, Youth Exchange students from all over our district will meet in Abilene. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please let Peggy McConnell or David Stubbeman know if you can help with this meeting.

The Rotary Golf Tournament netted $2,990.15, which will go into our COMMUNITY SERVICE ACCOUNT. Many thanks to all who helped on this project.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DON ETTER. Don graduated from Abilene High School and Abilene Christian University, with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing. He joined our club in December, 1968, when he was Vice Presdient of SuperTravel, Inc. Don is married to Jo and they have two grown children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW. The Rotary District Conference will be April 20-22, 2007, at The Marriot Solana (Westlake) and the Texas Motor Speedway.

In 2004-2005, The Rotary Foundation received contributions totaling $117.9 million and spent $110.2 million in support of humanitarian and educational programs implemented by clubs and districts.

At the Board of Directors meeting today, the Board voted to send a Certificate of Achievement to every young man in Taylor County attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and to invite that person to RYLA. "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."----Mark Twain

MAKE-UPS: Bob Hunter at North Austin Rotary.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 17, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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We had no meeting today. Everyone who attended last night’s Rotary Foundation Dinner at Hardin-Simmons University had a great time. Jeff Whitfield, our Rotary Peace Scholar was outstanding. At the Rotary Foundation Dinner, District Governor DAN MORALES awarded PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CERTIFICATES to MORRIS BAKER, WILL DIX, AUSTIN KING, BUZZ REHM, and BARBARA ROLLINS. A Paul Harris Fellow Certificate was also awarded to William Okeson, a resident of Sears’ Wisteria Place, by his nephew, a Rotarian in San Jose, California. CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS to all Paul Harris Fellows for supporting The Rotary Foundation.

No meeting on Friday, Nov. 24 (Day after Thanksgiving) and there will be no Rotater on Nov. 24.

Program for Dec. 1: Dr. Jerry Strader

Dec. 8 is ELECTION DAY. We will elect to our club BOARD OF DIRECTORS three of the following Rotarians: PAT CLARK, TIM DOTY, WOODY GILLILAND, KENT BROWN, and STEVE GLENN. Immediately after the club meeting on Dec. 8, the club Board of Directors, together with the newly elected board members, will meet to select a CLUB PRESIDENT for 2008-2009. (Bob Test will be our President for 2007-2008.) Any present or former member of the board is eligible to be nominated for club president.

The club received a very nice "thank you" note from Stephanie Hunter for the $600.00 donation that we made to the YMCA’s Intensive Supervision Program.

On Dec. 9, Youth Exchange students from all over our district will meet in Abilene. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please let Peggy McConnell or David Stubbeman know if you can help with this meeting.

The Rotary Foundation, the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program for university level students, awards about 750 Ambassadorial Scholarships each year so students can serve as ambassadors of goodwill while abroad.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PETER FOX. Peter graduated from Sweetwater High School and S. M. U., with a degree in Business Administration. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was with the Texas Alliance For Education and The Arts before he moved to Abilene to go into the ranching business. He is married to Sheila and they have two grown children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"THERE ARE 193 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. NONE OF THEM ARE ENERGY INDEPENDENT."—Chevron Oil Co.

Jean Thomson Harris, wife of Rotary founder Paul Harris, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on Nov. 8, 1881.

"You can go your whole life without ever having to call a fireman, and if you’re lucky you’ll never have to call a cop, but you want to see a sanitation worker everyday."—unknown

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Craig Haterius, Tom Boecking, Dick Burton and Will Dix at Abilene Southwest; Bob Hunter at North Austin Rotary Club,


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 8, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Larry Sanders, who told us about a slice of Abilene History involving the Atlas Missile Sites Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Dec. 15: Our Annual Christmas Luncheon with special music.

CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected board members who will take office July 1, 2007: KENT BROWN, WOODY GILLILAND, AND STEVE GLENN. Also, today, your Board of Directors selected RANDY PIERSALL to be Club President for 2008-2009. (Bob Test will be Club President for 2007-2008.)

Today, your Board of Directors approved Drew McIntire, with the Taylor County Farm Bureau, for membership in our club. If no written objection is received within 7 days, he shall be, upon payment of dues, considered as a new member of our club. Also, today, your Board approved a contribution of $200.00 to help with hospitality at the Rotary International Convention in SALT LAKE CITY in June 2007. Now is the time for each of you to begin making plans to attend this convention.

DECEMBER IS ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. As part of our recognition of the Rotary Family, we are having a special meal at Briarstone Manor on Friday, Dec. 15. PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND SPOUSES. Cost will be $14.00 per person and it will be well worth every cent.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, our club will RING THE BELL for the SALVATION ARMY at the south-side Wal-Mart (both doors). Be sure and SIGN-UP to help in this outstanding Club Project. (You may have heard PETER AGNELL ringing the bell today at our meeting as members signed up to help.)

REMEMBER, our club is soliciting GRANT APPLICATIONS from charitable organizations in Abilene. If you know of a worthy charity in need of monetary help, ask them to send us a letter at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BURL HARRIS. Burl was proposed for membership by his brother, John Harris, and joined our club in 1995. Burl is owner of Harris Acoustics and is involved in drag racing, wedding chapels, and several other enterprises. Burl is married to Patsy.

Polio National Immunization Days target every child under the age of five. Rotarian volunteers employ nearly every kind of transportation to reach all communities, including a dug-out canoe on a river in Nigeria.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"THERE IS NO REVENGE SO COMPLETE AS FORGIVENESS."—Josh Billings.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest; and Bruce Lampert at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Mike Schweikhard made up at the Stamford Rotary Club.

Did you hear about the teenager who typed several verses of the King James translation of the Bible into a computer document just to "watch spell check go crazy."


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 1, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dr. Jerry Strader, who spoke about the Conflict Resolution program sponsored by the Better Business Bureau and ACU. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe..

Program for Dec. 8: Larry Sanders.

REMEMBER: Dec. 8 is ELECTION DAY. We will elect to our club BOARD OF DIRECTORS three of the following Rotarians: PAT CLARK, TIM DOTY, WOODY GILLILAND, KENT BROWN, and STEVE GLENN. Immediately after the club meeting on Dec. 8, the club Board of Directors, together with the newly elected board members, will meet to select a CLUB PRESIDENT for 2008-2009. (Bob Test will be our President for 2007-2008.)

Next weekend, Rotary Youth Exchange students from all over our district will meet in Abilene. MANY THANKS to PEGGY MCCONNELL for leading our club in this program. Today, our club passed the hat and DONATED $72.00 to help with some of the expenses of the weekend meeting. THANK YOU, MEMBERS.

Congratulations to MORRIS BAKER who received a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW Certificate and Medal today

DECEMBER IS ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. As part of our recognition of the Rotary Family, we are having a special meal at Briarstone Manor on Friday, Dec. 15. PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND SPOUSES. My mouth watered today as BOB Test described the delicious meal that will be served on Dec. 15. Cost will be $14.00 per person and it will be well worth every cent.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, our club will RING THE BELL for the SAVLATION ARMY at the south-side Wal-Mart (both doors). Be sure and SIGN-UP to help in this outstanding Club Project.

Another outstanding project of our club is Rotary Reads. Hope that you met Colton Burkhalter and Anthony Alpaugh, two third graders from Jane Long Elementary, after C. G. Gray introduced them at our meeting today.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RODGER HAGLUND. Rodger graduated from Ramsay High School in Mt. Pleasant, PA. He attended Bucknell University and received his medical degree from Temple University. Rodger joined our club in 1986. He is married to Millie and they have five grown children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison and Bob Kuykendall made up on line; Robert Laird and Mary Beth Kilgore at Abilene Southwest; and Will Dix, Tom Boecking, and Tim Doty at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).


Rotary Meetings for December MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Persons asked to stand in the Greeting Line with President Mike during December:
Morris Baker
Fred Lee Hughes
Kent Brown
Robert Laird
Will Dix
Randy Piersall
Steve Glenn
Randy Smith
 
Persons asked to give the Invocation
Dec. 8: Kim Bosher
Dec. 15: Kim Bosher
 
Persons asked to Introduce Guests:
Dec. 8: Mike Schweikhard
Dec. 15: Mike Schweikhard
 
Persons asked to Lead the Singing:
Dec. 8 and Dec. 15: James Parrish

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 15, 2006
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was the Eighth Grade Jazz Band from Wylie ISD, playing Christmas music. Thanks to all of our members who helped with the program, the special food, and the door prizes. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

No Club Meeting on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. No Rotater on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. Have a great Holiday and remember: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

Program for Jan. 5: To be announced.

DECEMBER IS ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. Be sure to enjoy the Holidays with family.

Thanks to all who have agreed to RING THE BELL tomorrow for the Salvation Army. For the rest of our members, consider donating to The Salvation Army at this time of year.

REMEMBER, our club is soliciting GRANT APPLICATIONS from charitable organizations in Abilene. If you know of a worthy charity in need of monetary help, ask them to send us a letter at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOHN HARRIS. John was born in Goree, Texas. He is married to Barbara and he joined our club in June 1993. At that time, he was in the plumbing business—The Supply House. Now, he sells all kinds of real estate. John proposed his brother, Burl, for membership in our club.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"THE WORLD IS FULL OF WILLING PEOPLE; SOME WILLING TO WORK, THE REST WILLING TO LET THEM.—Robert Frost

We have been missing ELIZABETH PAIGE. She will be in Austin for next 4-6 months and she is making up at the Austin Northeast Rotary Club.

Rotary Matching Grants assist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying out humanitarian projects with clubs in other countries. Your contributions to The Rotary Foundation help support this program.

MAKE-UPS: Doug Eichorst, Dick Burton, Marty Pothier, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest.

WHO SAID IT FIRST? "The lion and calf shall lie down together, but the calf won’t get much sleep." Woody Allen

Rotary Meetings for January MARK YOUR CALENDAR


Club Officers: Mike Weber, President; Bob Test, President Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, Jay Hobbs, Erik Johnson, Bruce Lampert, Randy Piersall; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix, and Peter Fox (immediate past president).



Persons in charge of obtaining volunteers for each meeting in January:
  Invocation Guest Introduction Singing
Jan. 5: Gary Glenn Gary Glenn Bob Kuykendall
Jan. 12: Gary Glenn Gary Glenn Bob Kuykendall
Jan. 19: Gary Glenn Gary Glenn Bob Kuykendall
Jan. 26: Gary Glenn Gary Glenn Bob Kuykendall

Persons asked to stand in the Greeting Line with President Mike in January:


 

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