The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 4, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Bill Minter, Executive Director of the Abilene Preservation League spoke. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Mayor Norm Archibald and City Attorney Wes Santee will speak.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. There was no Rotater for Dec. 21 or Dec. 28. January is ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH.

We received a nice "Thank You" note from Millie Braddy, our pianist, for the gift card the club gave her for Christmas. She contributes a great deal to our meetings.

Those of you who arrived early to our meeting today may have seen the DVD on our ROTARY DISTRICT WHEELCHAIR PROJECT. This outstanding project is being conducted with the Wheelchair Foundation. If you want to contribute, send David Stubbeman a check for $75.00 payable to "RI District 5790."

If you receive a call in January from Myra Dean asking you to introduce guests, or from Mike Dickie asking you to give the invocation, please say "YES."

Our club received $173.25 from the Texas State Comptroller. This was money for dues which had been sent to the club four or five years ago, but it was sent to the wrong address and returned to the sender. Statements for club dues will be sent out next week. Please send your dues to P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608 or you can charge your dues on a credit card.

We want to send a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GREETING to Rotarian JOEL WILSON, who will turn 90 on Jan. 20. Joel had over 50 years Perfect Attendance at our club.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provides an opportunity for Rotarians to work for international understanding and peace. Through your donations to the Birthday Box and Sunshine Moments, you help sponsor international educational and humanitarian programs.

In January, we will be preparing an update for our membership directory, so let David Stubbeman know if you have any changes to include in the update.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KIMBERLY (KIM) BOSHER. Kim was born in Victoria, Texas. She attended Victoria Stroman High School and Victoria College. She is Marketing/PR Director for Star Dodge Hyundai and joined our club in March 2004. Kim is married to Michael and has a son and two daughters.

MAKE-UPS: (Remember, ABILENE WEDNESDAY ROTARY CLUB, beginning Jan. 16, will meet at Fairway Oaks while the Abilene Country Club is being remodeled); Ed Brokaw made-up by Ringing the Bell at Walmart; B. C. Roberson, Bruce Lampert, Erik Johnson, Peter Fox, Turner Cariker, Myra Dean, and Bob Hunter made-up at the Abilene Wednesday Club; and Tom Boecking, Mike Schweikhard, and Dave Boyll made-up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Remember, you can make-up by attending a Board of Directors meeting or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.



Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 11, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Mayor Norm Archibald (a former member of our club) and City Attorney Dan Santee spoke. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Sharon Allen Riley, owner of Lytle Land & Cattle Co. And Sharon’s BBQ will speak to our club.

January is ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH. One of our club projects for Community Service is to provide Eagle Scout kits, with the pin, medal, etc., to every young person in our area who attains the rank of Eagle Scout. Each kit will have the Rotary Wheel and our club name on it.

If you receive a call in January from Myra Dean asking you to introduce guests, or from Mike Dickie asking you to give the invocation, please say "YES."

If you receive this Rotater by mail, you will also find enclosed in the envelope your bill for dues. If you receive this Rotater by e-mail, check your "Snail mail" for your bill. Our club now has 93 members and GROWING.

Jay Hobbs and his committee are already working on our major fund-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8. We will need lots of volunteers to assist us in this project, so PLEASE say "YES" when you are called to help. We split the net proceeds of this project with the Abilene Restaurant Association, and our one-half is donated to local charities. Letters are going out next week to over 100 local charities asking them to apply for grants from our club. The Abilene Restaurant Assn. uses its part for scholarships.

A basic principal of Rotary is that we can do much more together than we could ever do alone. The Rotary Foundation allows us to pool our resources, help each other, and thereby reach heights of international service that would be simply unattainable otherwise. There are 1,218,801 Rotarians in the world in 32,693 clubs.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DAVE BOYLL. Dave went to high school in Lafavette, Indiana, and graduated from ACU. Dave is retired from radio broadcasting and now is a Community Volunteer. He was president of our club in 1975-76. He is married to Margie and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: (Remember, ABILENE WEDNESDAY ROTARY CLUB, beginning Jan. 16, will meet at Fairway Oaks while the Abilene Country Club is being remodeled); Ed Brokaw made-up in Pittsfield, Illinois, Richard Rolison made-up by attending a board of directors meeting; Bruce Lampert, David Stubbeman, Bruce Bixby, and Peter Fox made-up at the Abilene Wednesday Club; and Tom Boecking and Bob Kuykendall made-up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Remember, you can make-up on line, or by attending a Board of Directors meeting, or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)

Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 18, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Terry Scott, coordinator of StoryCorps, spoke. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Rick Diaz, with the Area Agency on Aging, will speak.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE: BE SURE AND REVIEW THE ENCLOSED BY-LAW AMENDMENT, which changes the way we elect our club president. After club members have had a chance to review this proposal, the board of directors will set a date to vote on it. (The proposal is to change from the board of directors electing the club president to having the club members elect the club president.) A two-thirds vote of all members present at the meeting is required to change our by-laws.

DID YOU KNOW? Non-profits may be exempt from PAYING sales taxes but may have to COLLECT sales taxes. Non-profits can have two, one-day events, per year such as auctions, rummage sales, and other fundraisers, without having to collect sales taxes. Jay Hobbs and his committee are already working on our major fund-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8. We will need lots of volunteers to assist us in this project, so PLEASE say "YES" when you are called to help.

Do you know a high school "junior" who is interested in going to Rotary Camp RYLA in June at Texas Woman's University for four days? If so, please tell David Stubbeman.

Rotary, through the Rotary Foundation, is committed to wiping out polio, not merely controlling it. In 2006-2007, Rotarians and friends donated $133 million to the Rotary Foundation, of which $23.7 million went to the Polio Plus program, while other grants went to humanitarian and educational programs. The Rotary Foundation is able to make grants directly to organizaions and individuals in foreign countries for charitable purposes because it exercises "expenditure responsibility", as defined in the Internal Revenue Code, by having Rotarians in the receiving country insure that the money is going for charitable purposes.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RALPH BRIDWELL. Ralph went to high school in Missouri and Drury College in Springfield Missouri. He joined our club in 1963 and is now retired from the oil business. Ralph was president of our club in 1986-1987. He has three children, two of which live in Abilene (Tucker and Gray).

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, and Tom Boecking made-up at the Abilene Southwest Club; and Turner Cariker made-up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Remember, you can make-up on line, or by attending a Board of Directors meeting, or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.



Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)



The Board of Directors recommends the following change to Article 1, Section 1 of the By-Laws of the Rotary Club of Abilene:



"During a meeting six weeks prior to the meeting for election of President and three Directors, club members will be invited to make written nominations from the floor. In addition, a Nominating Committee will be appointed by the current President consisting of the immediate Past President as Chairman, one current Board member and one member not serving on the current Board of Directors. Written nominations from the floor will be taken until noon of the following week's meeting. The Nominating Committee will evaluate the nominations, and recruit members willing to serve in each office. One week prior to the election meeting, the Nominating Committee Will present three candidates for President and five candidates for the Board of Directors to the club.

"The sixth week, the election will be held with results announced at the end of the regular meeting. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes for President will be designated the President-nominee, and the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the Board of Directors will be designated as Board member-nominees for a two-year term. All will join the Board in service as of July first, with the President-nominee becoming the President-Elect at that time. The President-Elect will become President after one year.

"Former Board members and past Club Presidents are eligible to serve as Board members or officers again after three years have passed since their last term of service ended.

"All other officers will be selected and voted on by the full Board of Directors on, or around, July first. Officers are elected by the Board for a one year term, but may be re-elected for an additional year if the Board of Directors so chooses. Only the Club Secretary may serve multiple terms if elected yearly by the full Board of Directors. The President-Elect is allowed to serve more than two years if needed to fulfill the duties of President-Elect, President and Past President."


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 25, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Rick Diaz, with the Area Agency on Aging, spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Program to be announced. Next week, if your Dealing for Dollars ticket is drawn, and if you pick the Ace of Spades, YOU WILL WIN OVER $700.00.

Be sure to meet and welcome our new member, J. T. BOX.

On Feb. 29, we will have our Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest. If you know any student who would like to win $250.00 by giving a five-minute speech about the Four-Way Test, tell David Stubbeman. Our members should be well aware of the Four-Way Test because it is written on a banner hanging on the wall at each of our meetings.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE: The proposal is to CHANGE FROM the board of directors electing the club president TO having the club members elect the club president. We will vote at our meeting on Feb. 22 A two-thirds vote of all members present at the meeting is required to change our by-laws, Our major fund-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE, will be held on Tuesday, April 8. Tickets will be available next Friday. You can charge tickets, pay cash, or put them on your credit card.

Do you know a high school "junior" who is interested in going to Rotary Camp RYLA in June at Texas Woman's University for four days? If so, please tell David Stubbeman. We need to send at least one student to RYLA. They are, hopefully, future Rotarians.

You can now pay your club dues by credit card.

The world's first service club was founded on Feb. 23, 1905, when Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. They named their new club "Rotary" to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members' places of business. Wood of the club soon spread and others were invited to join.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: ED BROKAW. Ed graduated from Pittsfield High School, in Illinois, and ACU. He has a degree from Oregon State Univ. in Animal Science and Breeding & Genetics. Ed is a Professor at ACU. He joined our club in 1981. He and Jan have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier made-up at the Abilene Southwest Club; and Turner Cariker, Peter Fox, and Bob Hunter made-up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. REMEMBER, you can make-up on line, or by attending a Board of Directors meeting, or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 1, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Sharon Allen Riley spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Patrick Clancy, U. S. Air Force

Be sure to meet and welcome our newest member, Tim Yandell, a past president of our club.

Congratulations to A. C. ALREY, who drew the Ace of Spades today in our Dealing For Dollars and won $775.00. Our Community Service Account has also been increased by $775.00 since someone last drew the Ace of Spades. (One-half of the purchase price for a Dealing ticket goes to the Community Service Account and one-half goes in to the pot.) We will start over again next Friday with $100.00 in the pot.

February is Rotary's WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH. You will remember that last spring our club helped fund a $37,000.00 Rotary Matching Grant to the Rotary Eye Institute in India. If you have an idea of how Rotary can help someone in another country, tell David Stubbeman.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE: The proposal is to CHANGE FROM the board of directors electing the club president TO having the club members elect the club president. We will vote at our meeting on Feb. 22 A two-thirds vote of all members present at the meeting is required to change our by-laws, If you need a copy of the proposed by-law or a copy of the old by-laws, let David Stubbeman know. Our major fund-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE, will be held on Tuesday, April 8. If you know someone who would be a major sponsor, please tell Jay Hobbs, who is working very hard getting everything ready for this event.

FundSpell will also be April 8. This is where we make a donation to the Taylor County Adult Literacy Council and enter a team in their spelling contest.

You can now pay your club dues by credit card.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KENT BROWN. Kent attended high school in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. He has been a member of the Tyler, TX, Rotary Club, and Rotary Clubs in Lakeland, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida. He is an Eagle Scout and is the Scout Executive for our local Boy Scout District. Kent joined our club in July 2003, and he has two children. He also is on our Rotary District RYLA Committee.

Making Up at another Rotary Club is a great way to meet other Rotarians and see what other Rotary Clubs are doing.

MAKE-UPS: Bruce Bixby in Ruidoso, NM, Marty Pothier and Bob Hunter made-up at the Abilene Southwest Club; and B. C. Roberson and Tom Boecking made-up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. REMEMBER, you can make-up on line, or by attending a Board of Directors meeting, or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.

Abilene Southwest Rotary will not meet on Feb. 12.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 8, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Patrick Clancy spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe. (This Rotater is being sent out a little early since David Stubbeman will be out of town on Feb. 8.) NEXT WEEK: Kenneth Musgrave will speak to our club.

You may want to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the following Rotary District events: Our President-Elect Randy Piersall will be attending PETS (president-elect training session) March 28-30; the DISTRICT ASSEMBLY (where Rotarians, especially incoming club officers and directors, can learn the latest info on what is happening in Rotary) will be Saturday, April 26, in Denton; and the DISTRICT CONFERENCE will be May 9-11 in Granbury.

Also, our Rotary District will be hosting a GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE (GSE) team from Peru from April 12-May 11. The team is composed of four young (age 25-40) business persons and a Rotarian who will travel around our District. Our District will also be sending a GSE team to Peru in May.

The Rotary International Convention will be in Los Angeles June 15-18. This will make a great family vacation for all Rotarians. (I already have my tickets for events at the new Nokia Theater and the Hollywood Bowl during the convention.)

As you know, the Rotary theme for this year has been "ROTARY SHARES". When Randy Piersall takes over command of our club on July 1, the Rotary theme will be "MAKE DREAMS REAL." I hope that our club will continue dreaming and making bigger and better plans for the future as Rotary continues to be a force for peace and friendship.

Our major fund-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE, will be held on Tuesday, April 8. Ticket should be available very soon. We need EVERY CLUB MEMBER to participate in the event. If you know someone who would be a major sponsor, please tell Jay Hobbs, who is working very hard getting everything ready for this event.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MICHAEL BURKE. Michael is General Manager of MCM Elegante Suites. (We have had several District Conferences at his hotel and Michael has made each convention the envy of our District.) He joined our club in June 2003. He is married to Terri and he has two grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, and Robert Laird made up at the Abilene Southwest Club and Erik Johnson made up by attending a Rotary club committee meeting. REMEMBER, you can make-up on line, or by attending a Board of Directors meeting, or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.

Abilene Southwest Rotary will not meet on Feb. 12.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 15, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Kenneth Musgrave spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

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NEXT WEEK: STUPID HAT DAY and CLUB ASSEMBLY. A Club Assembly is defined as a meeting of all club members, especially club officers, and committee chairs, held for the purpose of conferring on the program and activities of the club.

Also, NEXT WEEK, we will vote on the proposed BYLAW CHANGE. Enclosed with this Rotater you will find a copy of the current provision and a copy of the proposed change.

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. Each member of our club is asked to take 6 tickets at $30.00 apiece and either sell them or use them for family and friends (and for yourself if you are not otherwise helping with this fund-raiser). Tickets and invoices will be mailed out soon to members. With the invoices will be a list of the local charities to which, last year, we gave over $22,000.00—you can use these names in your sales presentation when you are selling the tickets. If you need more tickets, let Jay Hobbs or David Stubbeman know.

We have read where modern day NEWSLETTERS should be designed to make readers go to other web sites and should lead readers to action. THEREFORE, after you finish reading this Rotater, go to one or both of web sites in the above heading (i.e., Rotary International and our own club web site). Then, find as many ways as possible that you can practice the Rotary motto "SERVICE ABOVE SELF."

Our Rotary District includes 61 clubs from Wichita Falls to Gainesville to Arlington to Ft. Worth to Brownwood and Abilene. There is one Rotary District that includes 9 countries (Egypt, Sudan, Armenia, Bahrain, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, and U. A. E.) and 7 different languages (Russian, Armenian, English, Greek, Arabic, German, and French).

You can pay for your meals on Fridays several different ways. You can pay $9.00 cash or check. You can charge $9.00 to your club account or credit card. You can purchase meal tickets in advance in books of 5 for $45.00 or 10 for $90.00 by cash, check, charge, or credit card.

If you receive the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Weekly Update, you will see that this week's edition is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abilene, and mention is made of our upcoming TASTE OF ABILENE.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DICK BURTON. Dick attended Tuscaloosa, Alabama High School and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Commerce—Advertising and Selling. He joined our club in 1964. Dick is retired after many years with West Texas Builders Supply. He is married to Charlotte and they have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Dickie has made up numerous times at the Breckenridge Rotary Club; Claude Hicks and B. C. Roberson made up at Southwest Rotary's Valentine Social; and Bruce Bixby, Mike Weber, B. C. Roberson, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 22, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today was Stupid Hat Day and Club Assembly Day. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: The Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest. At the present time, we only have one contestant, so we probably will have an additional speaker for our program as well as the speech contest.

Be sure and welcome to our club DONNA DOUGHERTY, who has been re-instated as an active member.

Today, we approved the new By-Law, so President Bob Test will appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of Past President Mike Weber as Chair, one current Board member and one non-board member. Members are invited to make nominations for Club President for 2009-2010 and for the Board of Directors by giving the names to Mike Weber or David Stubbeman. The Nominating Committee will then present three candidates for Club President and five candidates for the Board of Directors. The Board will set a date in April to hold these club elections.

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. Each member of our club has received 6 tickets at $30.00 apiece and you are asked either to sell them or use them for family and friends (and for yourself if you are not otherwise helping with this fund-raiser). If you need more tickets, let Julie Hofmann or Jennifer Kent know.

You can pay for your meals on Fridays several different ways. You can pay $9.00 cash or check. You can charge $9.00 to your club account or credit card. You can purchase meal tickets in advance in books of 5 for $45.00 or 10 for $90.00 by cash, check, charge, or credit card.

At the Board of Directors meeting on Feb. 8, it was reported that, on Jan. 31, the Club's Operating Account had a balance of $6,485.33 and the Community Service Account had a balance of $3,243.74. Chuck Moser Day at our club will be on April 18, and a committee is already working on selecting a high school scholar-athlete to receive the $1,000.00 scholarship our club awards.

Our club will have a booth at the BUSINESS EXPO at the Civic Center on March 26. If you any ideas or suggestions on how our booth should look, let Bob Test know.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TURNER CARIKER. Turner graduated from Dumas High School and Amarillo College. He previously owned Merry Maids of Abilene, but he recently sold that business. He is still involved in the home security business. He joined our club in 1997 and was club president in 2003-2004. He is married to Jill and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison made up on line at Rotary Club E-One, Peter Fox made up at the San Saba Rotary Club (twice), Kileen Evening Rotary, and Sweetwater Rotary, and Ed Brokaw, Marty Pothier, Doug Eichorst, and Tom Boecking made up at Southwest Rotary.

Abilene Southwest Rotary has asked us to announce that on Tuesday, March 4, Ed Mattson will speak to their club. He is an author and medical research specialist, and he is Board Chair of Rotary International's Cancer Support Group.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 29, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Vance Long, President of the Abilene Geological Society spoke and Nikki Mathur won the Four Way Speech Contest Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Megan Cheek will present a musical program.

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. JAY HOBBS and his committee have done a great job getting sponsors and preparing for our MAJOR FUND-RAISER. Each member of our club has received 6 tickets at $30.00 apiece and you are asked either to sell them or use them for family and friends (and for yourself if you are not otherwise helping with this fund-raiser). If you need more tickets, let Julie Hofmann or Jennifer Kent know.

PLEASE SAY "YES" in March when PETER AGNELL calls you to give the invocation or GREG KAISER calls you to introduce guests. REMEMBER, NO club meeting on Good Friday, March 21.

Some young women were at our club today with video cameras in preparation for our club's participation in BUSINESS EXPO at the Civic Center on March 26. If you any ideas or suggestions on how our booth should look, let Bob Test know.

On March 1 and April 5, there will be a large number of DISC GOLFERS at Cal Young Park for a tournament. Come out and see what it is all about and why our club is moving forward toward assisting in the expansion of Cal Young Park for a bigger and better Disc Golf Course.

The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution offer individuals committed to peace and cooperation the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in international studies, peace studies, conflict resolution and related areas. One graduate of this program is now regional director of the West African Youth Network in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We will be reporting on other graduates of this program in future issues of the Rotater.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TOM CENIGLIS. Tom attended Santa Monica, California, High School, Valley State College (Van Nuys, CA) and San Angelo College (now Angelo State University.) He was owner of Tom's Tire World, but (I think) is now retired. Tom joined our club in 1990 and he has served on the Abilene City Courcil. He is married to Reba.

MAKE-UPS: Carolyn Rancier made up on line at Rotary Club E-One; Bob Hunter and Marty Pothier made up at Southwest Rotary; and Bob Hunter, Doug Eichorst, Turner Cariker, Twyla Foreman, and Will Dix made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

You can easily Make-Up a missed meeting on line by going to rotary.org. One way is to then, in the Search Box, type "Rotary E-club Pilot Project-List of Clubs", and pick a club.

Abilene Southwest Rotary has asked us to announce that on Tuesday, March 4, Ed Mattson will speak to their club. He is an author and medical research specialist, and he is Board Chair of Rotary International's Cancer Support Group. And Abilene Wednesday Rotary is meeting at Fairway Oaks Country Club on Wednesdays.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 7, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. David Polnick spoke about the upcoming school bond election. He urged everyone to VOTE, so that a small number of voters do not decide the future of our schools. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Barton Cromeens, Editor of the Abilene Reporter News, will speak. March is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH. Our club has handed out Dictionaries to third graders at Jane Long Elementary and a few of our members read with students at Jane Long Elementary. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO PROMOTE LITERACY IN ABILENE?

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. JAY HOBBS and his committee have done a great job getting sponsors and preparing for our MAJOR FUND-RAISER. Each member of our club has received 6 tickets at $30.00 apiece and you are asked either to sell them or use them for family and friends (and for yourself if you are not otherwise helping with this fund-raiser). If you need more tickets, let Julie Hofmann or Jennifer Kent know.

PLEASE SAY "YES" in March when PETER AGNELL calls you to give the invocation or GREG KAISER calls you to introduce guests. REMEMBER, NO club meeting on Good Friday, March 21.

We are looking for ONE OR TWO high school juniors or sophomores who our club can sponsor at ROTARY CAMP RYLA in June at Texas Woman's University. Tell Kent Brown or David Stubbeman if you know of someone our club can sponsor.

MIKE WEBER will be selling Rotary Club T-shirts. We need to wear these to the Taste of Abilene.

MARK POWELL, who is with American State Bank, has been proposed as a new member. If no written objection is received from any member by the board of directors within seven days, he will be eligible for membership in our club.

MWILA CHIGAGA, a graduate of one of The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, is now senior gender specialist for English-speaking Africa for the director general of the International Labor Organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The eradication of polio continues to be the RI Board of Directors' top priority. Donations are being accepted to meet the Gates Foundation challenge.

Art Buchwald said, "Each one of us has a telephone line to God. If it doesn't ring, you still hang around."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KEVIN CHRISTIAN. Kevin is an attorney. When he joined our club, he was Executive Director of the West Texas Office of the Governor of Texas. He now travels a lot for ACU. Previously, he was a member of the Capitol of Texas Rotary Club in Austin. He joined our club in June 2004.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Agnell made up on line at Rotary Club E-One; Mike Schweikhard made up at the Snyder Rotary Club; Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Mike Weber, and Peggy McConnell made up at Southwest Rotary; and Mike Weber, Turner Cariker, Tom Boecking, and Doug Eichorst made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 14, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Barton Cromeens spoke about the Abilene Reporter News. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: NO MEETING NEXT WEEK, MARCH 21 (Good Friday). And there will be no Rotater next week.

Program for March 28: We will hear about ABILENE YOUTH SPORTS.

BUSINESS EXPO will be on Wednesday, March 26 and our club will have a booth where we will be giving out information about our Rotary Club. David Stubbeman has about 10 tickets to Business Expo, so if you need a ticket, call David at 698-1756.

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. Come out and enjoy a sample from ANY OR ALL of the following restaurants. JAY HOBBS and his committee have done a great job getting sponsors and preparing for our MAJOR FUND-RAISER.

The following members of the Abilene Restaurant Association will have booths at Taste of Abilene:

Each member of our club has received 6 tickets at $30.00 apiece and you are asked either to sell them or use them for family and friends (and for yourself if you are not otherwise helping with this fund-raiser). If you need more tickets, let Julie Hofmann or Jennifer Kent know.

Be sure and welcome our newest member, KELLY THOMPSON, who works for Taylor Electric Cooperative.

We are looking for ONE OR TWO high school juniors or sophomores who our club can sponsor at ROTARY CAMP RYLA in June at Texas Woman's University. Tell Kent Brown or David Stubbeman if you know of someone our club can sponsor.

MIKE WEBER will be selling Rotary Club T-shirts. We need to wear these to the Taste of Abilene.

Art Buchwald said, "Don't commit suicide, because you might change your mind two weeks later."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: SONDRA CLARK. Sondra works for First Abilene Federal Credit Union on Catclaw Drive. She joined our club last October.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Agnell made up on line at Rotary Club E-One; Marty Pothier and Dick Burton made up at Southwest Rotary; and Jay Hobbs, Brad Wicker, Tom Boecking, Derral Reed, Bob Hunter, and Turner Cariker made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. The Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club WILL NOT MEET on March 19, due to Spring Break.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 7, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. David Polnick spoke about the upcoming school bond election. He urged everyone to VOTE, so that a small number of voters do not decide the future of our schools. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Barton Cromeens, Editor of the Abilene Reporter News, will speak. March is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH. Our club has handed out Dictionaries to third graders at Jane Long Elementary and a few of our members read with students at Jane Long Elementary. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO PROMOTE LITERACY IN ABILENE?

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. JAY HOBBS and his committee have done a great job getting sponsors and preparing for our MAJOR FUND-RAISER. Each member of our club has received 6 tickets at $30.00 apiece and you are asked either to sell them or use them for family and friends (and for yourself if you are not otherwise helping with this fund-raiser). If you need more tickets, let Julie Hofmann or Jennifer Kent know.

PLEASE SAY "YES" in March when PETER AGNELL calls you to give the invocation or GREG KAISER calls you to introduce guests. REMEMBER, NO club meeting on Good Friday, March 21.

We are looking for ONE OR TWO high school juniors or sophomores who our club can sponsor at ROTARY CAMP RYLA in June at Texas Woman's University. Tell Kent Brown or David Stubbeman if you know of someone our club can sponsor.

MIKE WEBER will be selling Rotary Club T-shirts. We need to wear these to the Taste of Abilene.

MARK POWELL, who is with American State Bank, has been proposed as a new member. If no written objection is received from any member by the board of directors within seven days, he will be eligible for membership in our club.

MWILA CHIGAGA, a graduate of one of The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, is now senior gender specialist for English-speaking Africa for the director general of the International Labor Organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The eradication of polio continues to be the RI Board of Directors' top priority. Donations are being accepted to meet the Gates Foundation challenge.

Art Buchwald said, "Each one of us has a telephone line to God. If it doesn't ring, you still hang around."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KEVIN CHRISTIAN. Kevin is an attorney. When he joined our club, he was Executive Director of the West Texas Office of the Governor of Texas. He now travels a lot for ACU. Previously, he was a member of the Capitol of Texas Rotary Club in Austin. He joined our club in June 2004.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Agnell made up on line at Rotary Club E-One; Mike Schweikhard made up at the Snyder Rotary Club; Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Mike Weber, and Peggy McConnell made up at Southwest Rotary; and Mike Weber, Turner Cariker, Tom Boecking, and Doug Eichorst made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 28, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Charles (Mike) Wells, with assistance from John Smith, talked about the proposed Abilene Sports Authority Complex. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Hal Miller, from the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, will speak.

BUSINESS EXPO was a huge success. We talked to several people who may be interested in joining our club. Did you see the new banner hanging on the wall today at Briarstone. It was part of our booth at Business Expo as was the video that will also be showing next week at our club meeting.

TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. Come out and enjoy a sample from ANY OR ALL of the following restaurants. JAY HOBBS and his committee have done a great job getting sponsors and preparing for our MAJOR FUND-RAISER.

The following members of the Abilene Restaurant Association will have booths at Taste of Abilene:

Be sure and welcome our newest member, MARK POWELL, who works for American State Bank. We are looking for ONE OR TWO high school juniors or sophomores who our club can sponsor at ROTARY CAMP RYLA in June at Texas Woman's University. Tell Kent Brown or David Stubbeman if you know of someone our club can sponsor.

MIKE DICKIE will be looking for volunteers in April to introduce guests and DAVE BOYLL will be looking for volunteers to give the invocation. PLEASE say "YES" when they ask you to do this.

April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. Be sure and read The Rotarian Magazine when you receive it. The April issue has articles on The Technology Revolution, as well as other articles about Rotary around the world.

The Rotary District Conference will be in Granbury, TX, May 8-11. You can sign up on line at rotary5790.org. And the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from Peru will be in Abilene April 26-May 2. If you would like to keep one of these young business persons for a night or two, call Bill Page at 698-1970.

Randy Piersall was leaving after our club meeting today to go to Rotary President-Elects Training at DFW Airport. Randy will lead our club beginning July 1.

MAKE-UPS: Mary Beth Kilgore made up at our Board of Directors meeting, Richard Rolison, Tom Boecking, Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Ed Brokaw, and Robert Laird made up at Southwest Rotary; and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 4, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Dr. Harold (Hal) Miller informed us about pharmacists and the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Gary and Sue Ball from the Ball Ranch will present the program.

Membership attendance at our club meetings for March was 66.56%. This is a significant increase over the past and puts us in second place behind the Weatherford Rotary Club in attendance percentage for clubs in our district with over 90 members. THANKS TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS WHO REGULARLY ATTEND our meetings.

This Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. is TASTE OF ABILENE!!! April 8. Come out and enjoy a sample from the major food and beverage providers in Abilene. THANKS TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS WHO BOUGHT OR SOLD TICKETS. If you have not bought or sold your six tickets to TOA, please return them to Jennifer Kent at First National Bank Baird on South 1st St., so we can try to sell them at the door. We expect members to pay for any tickets they have not returned by Monday, April 7.

BRUCE LAMPERT will be leading our team of spellers on April 8 at FundSpell. Our team has won this event several times over the last few years and we look forward to another great result. Our club donated $350.00 to the Taylor County Adult Literacy Council, which sponsors this event.

We will be looking for volunteers to introduce guests and to give the invocation this month. PLEASE say "YES" when you are asked to do this.

April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. Be sure and read The Rotarian Magazine when you receive it. The April issue has articles on The Technology Revolution, as well as other articles about Rotary around the world.

The Rotary District Conference will be in Granbury, TX, May 8-11. You can sign up on line at rotary5790.org. And the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from Peru will be in Abilene April 26-May 2. If you would like to keep one of these young business persons for a night or two, call Bill Page at 698-1970.

Carolyn Fanelli graduated from the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland. She is a documentation and dissemination officer with Catholic Relief Services in Harare, Zimbabwe, assisting orphaned and vulnerable children and people affected by HIV/AIDS. This is one of many ways Rotary seeks to contribute to world peace.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Agnell made-up on line; Peter Fox made-up at the San Saba Rotary Club and the Killeen Evening Rotary Club; Bob Kuykendall made-up at a TOA committee meeting, Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Mike Weber, Kim Bosher, Robert Laird, and Tom Boecking made up at Southwest Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MALCOLM COCO. Malcolm grew up in Moreauville, Louisiana, and retired as a Lt. Colonel after 22 years in the U. S. Air Force. He is now a tenured professor in the ACU School of Business. Malcolm is married to Judy and they have two grown children. He joined our club in 1997.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 11, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Gary and Sue Ball, and their daughter, entertained us with song. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Chuck Moser Day. In honor of long time Abilene High football coach Chuck Moser, we will recognize local coaches and award a $1,000.00 scholarship to a student-athlete.

THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH TASTE OF ABILENE. It looks like we made about $26,000.00, which we will split 50-50 with the Abilene Restaurant Association.

On May 16, we will elect a PRESIDENT-ELECT for 2009-2010. Please give suggestions to Mike Weber or Kim Bosher.

Today, Turner Cariker said that his committee will begin preparing for our FLAG PROJECT. The response of our members to his request for money to re-supply the flag holders and flag-staffs was OUTSTANDING. This shows great Rotary spirit in our club.

We will be looking for volunteers to introduce guests and to give the invocation this month. PLEASE say “YES” when you are asked to do this. If you want to volunteer for this, please tell David Stubbeman.

Joe Frush , president of our club in 1997-98, has asked to be re-instated as a member of our club and his son, Kyle has been proposed for membership. If no objection is received in writing within seven days, they will be eligible for membership.

THANKS to MIKE WEBER, who donated a lap top computer to the club. This computer will play both PowerPoint and DVD, which is a major improvement over our old computer. April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. Be sure and read The Rotarian Magazine when you receive it.

The Rotary International Convention will be in Los Angeles, CA in June. The Rotary District Conference will be in Granbury, TX, May 8-11. You can sign up on line at rotary5790.org. And the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from Peru will be in Abilene April 26-May 2. If you would like to keep one of these young business persons for a night or two, call Bill Page at 698-1970.

There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 32, 841 clubs in over 160 countries around the world.

MAKE-UPS: Several members made-up by working at Taste of Abilene, Bruce Bixby made up at Ruidoso, NM, Rotary Club; Twyla Foreman and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; and Marty Pothier, Dick Burton, and Tom Boecking made up at Southwest Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BILL CORE. Bill graduated from Abilene Cooper and Texas A & M University. He is president of Instrument Maintenance Co., Inc. Bill joined our club in 1986. He is married to Dr. Sara Core and they have three grown children.

Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 18, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today was Chuck Moser Day. Congratulations to Martha Kate Felts who was awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship. Tara Richardson, who received an award from the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, for her basketball ability and scholarship at McMurry was also present. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: The President of the Texas Hospital Association will speak. On May 16, we will elect a PRESIDENT-ELECT for 2009-2010. Candidates who have agreed to run and whose names will be on the ballot are: BETTY HUKILL, MARY BETH KILGORE, AND CHARLIE KITCHELL.

We will be looking for volunteers to introduce guests and to give the invocation this month. PLEASE say "YES" when you are asked to do this. If you want to volunteer for this, please tell David Stubbeman.

Karen Mendoza with Habitat for Humanity and Heather Barnes with GAP Broadcasting have been proposed for membership. If the Board of Directors approves and if no objection is received in writing within seven days, they will be eligible for membership.

On April 15, the Abilene Independent School District held its Volunteers in Public Schools Recognition Dinner. Dr. Polnick presented to the Rotary Club of Abilene a plaque for our club's FIFTEEN YEAR COMMITMENT to volunteering in the AISD schools. MANY THANKS to C. G. GRAY and others in our club who serve our community in this way.

You will recall that last year our club had a ROTARY FOUNDATION MATCHING GRANT with the Rotary EYE Institute in India. We have received an e-mail from India stating that, so far, with money from our matching grant, they have completed 719 EYE SURGERIES and 7,092 PATIENTS HAVE BEEN TREATED. 1632 SPECTACLES HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED. They are still seeing and treating more patients. We will give you a final total when it is received.

Our club will be sponsoring four students from Cooper High School at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) in June at Texas Woman's University. They are Raul Rodriquez, Jr., Vanessa Nelson, Alba Lara, and Okwui Ughanze. All are outstanding students and school leaders. Maybe, they will someday be Rotarians.

MAKE-UPS: Dick Burton, Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, and Ed Brokaw made up at Southwest Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: GEORGE DAWSON. George graduated from Georgetown High School, Southwestern University, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He joined our club in 1959. George is married to Dorthy and they have four grown children. He has performed volunteer medical service in many different countries.



Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 25, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Paul Stultz, President of the Texas Hospital Assn., spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Madagascar students will perform. We will also hear a presentation by Ray Ferguson concerning the upcoming vote on the Sports Authority.

Candidates who have agreed to run for Club President 2009-2010 and whose names will be on the ballot on May 16 are: BETTY HUKILL, MARY BETH KILGORE, AND CHARLIE KITCHELL

This edition of the Rotater is being printed a little early because David Stubbeman will be leaving this afternoon to go to Denton for the District Assembly on Saturday, where Rotary members will be making plans for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2008. Be sure and WELCOME our new members who were introduced to the club today.

On Saturday, April 26, the Rotary Group Study Exchange from Chile (not from Peru as erroneously reported last week) will arrive in Abilene and spend a week here learning about our City. They will be guests at our club next Friday before they leave to visit the rest of our Rotary District. The team leader is Fernando Haroldo Liz Perez, a Rotarian and a dental surgeon. Two members of the team are teachers, one is an agricultural Engineer, and one is a social worker.

Our club will be sponsoring four students from Cooper High School at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) in June at Texas Woman’s University. They are Raul Rodriquez, Jr., Vanessa Nelson, Alba Lara, and Okwui Ughanze. All are outstanding students and school leaders. If you know any of these students, please tell David Stubbeman.

If you still have money or tickets to the Taste of Abilene which you have not turned in to Jennifer Kent, please do so promptly so we can get a final talley.

Have you RECEIVED AND READ the May issue of the Rotarian Magazine? If you have not received it in the mail, please let David Stubbeman know. The cover story is about Rotary Clubs along Historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. There is still time to register on-line for the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles June 15-18.

MAKE-UPS: Erik Johnson made up at a Taste of Abilene meeting; Doug Eichorst, Donna Dougherty, Mike Weber, Turner Cariker, Myra Dean, and Peter Fox made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MYRA DEAN. Myra is with KACU-FM. She rejoined our club in May 2007 after several years of being on a leave of absence. We are not sure where Myra grew up or went to school, so you will need to ask her when you see her Friday at our club meeting.



Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 2, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, ACU students from Madagascar presented the program. Ray Ferguson and the GSE team from Chile were also on the program. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: The Abilene State School Choir will perform.

Candidates who have agreed to run for Club President 2009-2010 and whose names will be on the ballot on May 16 are: BETTY HUKILL, MARY BETH KILGORE, AND CHARLIE KITCHELL.

Be sure and WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS. Heather Barnes joined today and, last week, Karen Mendoza, Joe Frush, and Kyle Frush joined our club.

The Rotary Group Study Exchange Team Leader is from Los Angeles, Chile. The team, which visited our club today, will be in Arlington, TX, this coming week and then will be at our DISTRICT CONFERENCE in Granbury May 9-11. All members of our club are invited to attend the District Conference. You can register on line at rotary5790.org. You may recall that in recent years, we have had GSE teams from Brazil, Russia, and Sweden visit our club.

Our club GRANTS COMMITTEE met today and will continue reviewing the more than 40 requests for grants from our COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND. Money in this fund comes primarily from Taste of Abilene, but also from our Flag Program and Dealing for Dollars. (Money put in our Birthday Box goes to the Rotary Foundation, which supports humanitarian projects all over the world.) TODAY IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT ROTARY IS ALL ABOUT, with visitors from foreign countries, contributions to the Rotary Foundation, and a committee meeting to provide support for local charities.

If you have not filled out a COMMITTEE PREFERENCE form and returned it, PLEASE do so. President-Elect Randy Piersall, along with Club Directors Kent Brown Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and incoming Club Directors Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, and John Harris are preparing for our upcoming Rotary year. The Rotary Theme will be MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison and Peter Agnell made up on line at Club E-ONE; Mary Beth Kilgore made up at the District Assembly in Denton; Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, Bruce Lampert, Donna Dougherty, and Dennis Bell made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; and Marty Pothier, Craig Haterius, Ed Brokaw, Bob Kuykendall, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. This is one reason our percentage of attendance is increasing.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE DICKEY. Mike is a Financial Consultant with Morgan Stanley. He joined our club in 1998. He is married to Paula and they have two grown children. As you read above, he is one of our new club directors who will take office July 1.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 9, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, the Abilene State School Choir presented our program. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Rotarian Eric Thomas will bring us up to date on the television industry. Also, next Friday, we will VOTE for our club president in 2009-2010. We must select one of the following OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES: BETTY HUKILL, MARY BETH KILGORE, or CHARLIE KITCHELL.

By the time you read this newsletter, several of us will be in Granbury for the Rotary District Conference, which is chaired by District Governor Dave Mason of Abilene.

As of today, TASTE OF ABILENE has netted a profit of $29,330.26. Our club will receive $14,665.13, which is a GREAT INCREASE over last year. We already have $5,500.00 in our Community Service Account, so our club Grants Committee will be meeting to recommend to our board of directors grants totaling OVER $20,000.00.

NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 17, is ARMED FORCES DAY. Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out AMERICAN FLAGS. Please say YES if he asks for your help. All proceeds from this project go into our Community Service Account and are part of the $20,000.00 that our club will be distributing to local charities.

Another very successful year of ROTARY READS is concluding this month. MANY THANKS to C. G. GRAY and his committee. We hope many more Rotarians will help when we start again in September.

If you have not filled out a COMMITTEE PREFERENCE form and returned it, PLEASE do so. President-Elect Randy Piersall, along with Club Directors Kent Brown Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and incoming Club Directors Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, and John Harris are preparing for our upcoming Rotary year. The Rotary Theme will be MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE.

MAKE-UPS: James Parrish made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club and Kent Brown made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WILL DIX. Will went to high school in Coggon, Iowa, and has college degrees from Iowa State University and George Washington University. He is a retired Air Force Officer and retired from McMurry where he was in charge of the physical plant. Will joined our club in 1990 and is the person who puts messages on our electronic message board. He is married to Cleta and they have four grown children.

We are still receiving e-mails from the Rotary Eye Institute in India thanking us for our Rotary Matching Grant last year and telling us that they are still using the money to examine and treat patients for eye problems.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 16, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Eric Thomas, General Manager of KTAB-TV/KRBC-TV, spoke. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe. Last week, J. T. Box prepared the summary of our meeting. Thanks J. T.

NEXT WEEK: Keith Perry, President and CEO of Sears Methodist Retirement Center will speak to the club.

CONGRATULATIONS to BETTY HUKILL who was, today, elected by our membership to be President of the club for 2009-2010.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kent Brown who received the Rotary Cliff Dockerman Award for his involvement as a Rotarian in Boy Scouts.

Be sure and welcome our new member, TAMMY ELLIOT, who is with Courtyard by Marriott.

Tomorrow, May 17, is ARMED FORCES DAY. Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out AMERICAN FLAGS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH to the members of our club who help with this project.

Last week, we mentioned that reading to students at Jane Long Elementary was coming to an end for this school year and will start again next September. Our ROTARY READS program also involves donating a book to the Jane Long Elementary library and periodically recognizing outstanding Jane Long students at our meetings.

Our Grants Committee will meet next Wednesday at noon to continue the process of deciding which local charities will receive the $20,647.58 which is presently in our Community Service Fund.

We received a very nice "Thank You" note from Martha Kate Felts, who received the Chuck Moser scholarship sponsored by our club.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Dickie made up several times at the Breckenridge Rotary Club, Peter Fox made up at the San Saba Rotary Club; Mary Beth Kilgore made-up at the District Conference in Granbury; Tom Boecking and Turner Cariker made up at the Abilene Wednesday Club; and Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, Doug Eichorst, Dick Burton, Robert Laird, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

The Abilene Wednesday Rotary club will soon be moving its meeting back from Fairway Oaks to the Abilene Country Club.

At the District Conference in Granbury, we heard a report about our District's project to bring clean water to remote parts of Honduras. Honduras is separated east and west by high mountains and there are no roads to the eastern part of the country. Therefore, the eastern part of Honduras is very remote and primitive. Our District is providing water wells and water purification systems which already have resulted in better health for people in these villages.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: FRANK DLUGAS. Frank graduated from Frank Scott Bunnell High School and Bridgeport (Conn.) Engineering Institute. He is retired from Southwestern Bell (AT&T). He joined our club in 1989. Frank is married to Beth and they have a grown son.


Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 23, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Keith Perry, CEO of Sears Methodist Retirement System, spoke. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Bill Baker, Director of the Abilene Zoo, will speak.

Pennye Salazar (Lester Humphrey Pest Control) and Clark Flowers (Mrs. Baird's Bakery) have been proposed for membership and approved by the Board. If no written objection is received within seven days, they will be invited to join our club.

Monday, May 26, is MEMORIAL DAY. Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out AMERICAN FLAGS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH to the members of our club who help with this project.

Our Grants Committee has recommended to the Board grants of $21,000.00. Names of recipients will be announced next Friday at our meeting.

Our Out-going Board Members, our Incoming Board Members, and our Continuing Board Members will have a Joint Board Meeting and Supper on Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 P.M., at Cypress Street Station. Isaac Castro, from Hamlin, our Assistant District Governor, will attend this meeting.

Congratulations to Riley Griffith, who was featured in Abilene BIZ magazine this month. In addition to being a land surveyor, he helps with our flag program and is on our Weatherization Team.

We will be taking our students to Rotary Camp RYLA in Denton, Texas, on the morning of June 19. If you can drive a van to Denton, Texas, and return, on June 19, please call David Stubbeman at 698-1756.

Its not too late to make a contribution to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary is encouraging Every Rotarian Every Year to donate at least $100.00. Make checks payable to "The Rotary Foundation" and give them to David Stubbeman.

If you have been reading THE ROTARIAN MAGAZINE, you know that the Rotary International Convention will be in Los Angeles, California, June 21-25.

MAKE-UPS: Tom Boecking Bob Hunter, Doug Eichorst, and Turner Cariker made up at the Abilene Wednesday Club; and Bob Hunter and Claude Hicks made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary and their TOP 50 Banquet.

The Abilene Wednesday Rotary club will soon be moving its meeting back from Fairway Oaks to the Abilene Country Club.

District Governor Dave Mason and Past District Governor Jim Aneff recently returned from a trip to North Dakota, where they joined in a celebration of the Western Cattle Trail, which ran from the Rio Grande River in Texas, through Kansas, to North Dakota. You will recall that the trail went through what is now Baird, Texas, and our Rotary Club put a marker in front of Frontier Texas several years ago to mark the feeder trail which ran from Abilene to the Western Trail.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DONNA DOUGHERTY. Donna owns a State Farm Insurance Agency on Buffalo Gap Road. She joined our club in 2000 and after a leave of absence, she is now back in our club. She is married to Chester and they have two grown children.



Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 30, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Bill Baker, Director of the Abilene Zoo, spoke. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Megan Cheek will sing for our club.

Be sure and WELCOME our newest member, CLARKE FLOWERS, who is with Mrs. Baird's Bakery.

Brandon Shahan, with Merrill Lynch, has been proposed for membership. If no written objection is received within ten days, he will, with approval of the board of directors, be eligible for membership in our club.

The nine local charities which are recipients of grants from our Community Service Account were announced today. The largest grant is to Habitat for Humanity for $10,000.00. Recipients will be invited to our meetings in the next few weeks to receive their checks.

Briarstone Manor is CLOSING on June 15, 2008. We will meet at Brairstone Manor on June 6 and 13. We will meet on JUNE 20 AT THE BEEHIVE, downtown, upstairs. Randy Piersall is chairing a committee which will find a permanent place for us to meet after June 20.

We understand that the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club is now meeting back at the Abilene Country, upstairs.

Beginning June 10, the Abilene Southwest Rotary Club will be meeting at the Abilene Woman's Club, 3425 S. 14th St. The cost per meal is $10.00.

Our Out-going Board Members, our Incoming Board Members, and our Continuing Board Members will have a Joint Board Meeting and Supper on Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 P.M., at Cypress Street Station. Isaac Castro, from Hamlin, our Assistant District Governor, will attend this meeting.

It was reported today that John Harris has been in the hospital and will be out for a few weeks. It was also reported today that Kim Bosher and her husband were in a car wreck, so Kim will be out for a few weeks.

We will be taking our students to Rotary Camp RYLA in Denton, Texas, on the morning of June 19. If you can drive a van to Denton, Texas, and return, on June 19, please call David Stubbeman at 698-1756.

Its not too late to make a contribution to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary is encouraging Every Rotarian Every Year to donate at least $100.00. Make checks payable to "The Rotary Foundation" and give them to David Stubbeman.

MAKE-UPS: Tom Boecking, Bruce Lampert, and Turner Cariker made up at the Abilene Wednesday Club; and Bob Hunter and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BILL EHRIE. As you might guess, Bill is not a native Texan. He was born and grew up in New York City. He served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Colonel. He has worked for McMurry University and is now President of the Abilene Industrial Foundation. Bill joned our club in 1992. He is married to Vicki and they have four grown children.

Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 6, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Megan Cheek sang for the club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Leonard Glasgow, with Child Protective Services, will speak to the club. Be sure and WELCOME our newest member, BRANDON SHAHAN, who is with Merrill Lynch. Peggy McConnell has submitted her resignation from the club. She will be joining Abilene Southwest Rotary because Tuesday is a much better day for her to attend Rotary meetings, rather than Fridays. We will certainly miss Peggy, who has and, hopefully, will continue to be active in so many of our Rotary programs.

There will be NO ROTATER NEXT WEEK. David Stubbeman will be attending the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles next week.

Three of the nine local charities which received grants from our club received their checks today. More checks will be distributed next week. Briarstone Manor is CLOSING on June 15, 2008. We will meet at Brairstone Manor on June 13. We will meet on JUNE 20 AT THE BEEHIVE RESTAURANT, 442 Cedar St., downtown, upstairs. Randy Piersall is chairing a committee which will find a permanent place for us to meet after June 20.

Our Out-going Board Members, our Incoming Board Members, and our Continuing Board Members will have a Joint Board Meeting and Supper on Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 P.M., at Cypress Street Station. Isaac Castro, from Hamlin, our Assistant District Governor, will attend this meeting.

As you know, Dave Mason from the Abilene Southwest club has been our Rotary District Governor this year. His successor is Jerry Parr from the Gainesville Rotary Club. Jerry will be installed on June 28 at a banquet in Gainesville.

We will be taking our students to Rotary Camp RYLA in Denton, Texas, on the morning of June 19. If you can drive a van to Denton, Texas, and return, on June 19, please call David Stubbeman at 698-1756.

Do you know where Briarstone Manor is located? The street sign says "Eplens Court" and Briarstone Manor's letterhead says "Eplen's Court" and the Abilene Reporter News says "Eplen Court" because that is the way it is spelled on the City Hall maps.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club several times last month; Peter Fox made up at the Killeen and San Saba Rotary Clubs; Tom Boecking, C. G. Gray, and Dennis Bell made up at the Abilene Wednesday Club; and Bob Hunter, Richard Rolison, Marty Pothier, Dick Burton, and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DOUG EICHORST. Doug graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana, and Ball State University. He is retired from the U. S. Air Force and joined our club in May 1986 when he was in Financial Programming. He is married to Judie and they have three grown children. Doug spends the summers (including this summer) at his family lake house in Michigan.

Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 20, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Betty Hukill presented Wes Longacre and several others from the cast of "Jeckel and Hyde." Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: We will meet at THE BEEHIVE RESTAURANT (cost is $11.00 per meal). We will have our Changeover from BOB TEST to RANDY PIERSALL, and we will hear from Roger Huber about the Ft. Phantom Lake Revitalization.

NO MEETING ON FRIDAY, JULY 4. BEGINNING FRIDAY, JULY 11, WE WILL MEET AT THE ABILENE COUNTRY CLUB, 4039 S. Treadaway.

Would you like to go on a Rotary trip to Leon, Mexico, to deliver wheel chairs July 23-27? If so, call Ann Pittman with Discount Travel, 817-303-2100, as soon as possible. You will recall that Barbara Rollins went on a trip like this several years ago and reported that it was an outstanding experience.

Did you see the full page ad in the June 12 issue of USA TODAY about Rotary? There was also a news article in the June 11 issue of the Abilene Reporter News about our club's grants of $21,000.00 to local charities.

Our Out-going Board Members, our Incoming Board Members, and our Continuing Board Members will have a Joint Board Meeting and Supper on Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 P.M., at Cypress Street Station. Isaac Castro, from Hamlin, our Assistant District Governor, will attend this meeting.

David Stubbeman just returned from the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles. The heads of UNICEF, the Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization, as well as the man in charge of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were at the convention, and they were saying a lot of nice things about Rotary and its work in eradication of polio from all but four countries of the world. Do you know what these four countries are?

Beginning July 1, the President of Rotary International will be D. K. Lee from Korea, and our theme for the year will be MAKE DREAMS REAL.

On Thursday, June 19, Oris Greever from Abilene Wednesday Rotary and Will Speight from Abilene Southwest Rotary took ten students to Rotary Camp RYLA in Denton, Texas. Four students were sponsored by our club, two by Abilene Wednesday Rotary, two by Abilene Southwest Rotary, one by Hamlin Rotary, and one by Brownwood Rotary. They will come back to Abilene Sunday, June 22. Kim Bosher and Starr Dodge-Hyundai were kind enough to loan us two vans to transport these students to Denton and back. MANY THANKS TO KIM AND STARR DODGE-HYUNDAI.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TAMMY ELLIOTT. Tammy is General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott and is one of our newest members. She is married to Robert and they have a 13 year old son, David.

MAKE-UPS: Doug Eichorst made up in South Bend, IN. B. C. Roberson, Richard Rolison, Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Robert Laird make up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Bruce Bixby, Bob Hunter, Craig Haterius, Peter Fox, Tom Boecking, Karen Hines, and Heather Barnes made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

Club Officers: Bob Test, President; Randy Piersall, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Kent Brown, Frank Dlugas, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and Jay Hobbs; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Mike Weber (immediate past president)


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 11, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Erik Johnson updated us on the proposed new Disc Golf Course and Cal Young Park improvements. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: We will receive an update on the improvements to Safety City, which is located at Rose Park.

CONGRATULATIONS to ERIK JOHNSON, who was today honored as ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR.

President Randy is off to a great start as our Club President. Attached you will find a list of ASSIGNMENTS that he has made. If you want to help in a certain area, please contact the person on the attached list which is chairing that area of service. Also enclosed is a copy of our club' budget for 2008-2009 and a copy of the Club Calendar. both of which were adopted by the Board of Directors today.

The club is planning an ALL CLUB FAMILY PICNIC for Saturday, August 9, at Cal Young Park. More details will be forthcoming. You can buy tickets to the picnic at the door of our next few meetings at the Abilene Country Club.

The club is planning to issue a MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY with pictures of our members. MARTY POTHIER has volunteered to take pictures of members on AUGUST 15 and 22. If you do not have your picture taken or provide us with a picture, we will feel free to insert any picture we want next to your name.

Would you like to receive the ROTATER by e-mail. Just tell David Stubbeman and be sure he has your current e-mail address.

Be sure and look at the attached picture of the new truck that our club helped buy for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. We received "Thank You" letters this week from the following 2008 ROTARY GRANT RECIPIENTS: Habitat for Humanity, the Volunteer Weatherization Program, Breakfast on Beech Street, and the Abilene Performing Arts Company. We also received a very nice "Thank You" letter from Alba Lara, one of the Cooper High School students our club sent to Rotary Camp RYLA in Denton, Texas.

July is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH. What can you do this month to help a young person improve his or her reading? Do you know who the President of Rotary International is this year? Look at the banner on the podium next week. Hint: He is from Korea.

If you bring a guest to our club meeting who may be interested in joining, be sure and give him or her one of our Rotary Information packets. David Stubbeman has these packets.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RAY FERGUSON. Ray graduated from Abilene High School and ACU. He is a CPA with Condley & Co. Ray joined our club in 1985.

MAKE-UPS: Craig Haterius made up on line at Club E-One; Doug Eichorst made up at South Bend, IN, Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, and Marty Pothier and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.

ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE JULY 1, 2008--JUNE 30, 2009

ANNUAL BUDGET

INFLOWS
 
Dues--100 members @$220.00 $22,000
Meal Receipts 24,000
Bank Interest and misc. income 400
Dealing for Dollars     -300
  $46,100

OUTFLOWS
 
Secretary's Office  
Newsletter $1,600
Postage 600
Insurance and bond 500
Telephone, FAX & Website 500
Office Supplies, Equipment maintenance 1,000
Member Supplies 800
Meals Paid 24,000
Gifts, Flowers & Awards 600
Chamber of Commerce/Business Expo 1,000

Committees
 
Club Service 500
Vocational Service/4 Way Test 500
Community Service 500
International Service/Youth Exchange 500
RYLA 850
Social 500
Rotary Reads 200

RI & District
 
RI Dues--($23.50 semi-annually) 4,700
Rotarian Magazine 1,200
Liability Insurance 1,000
District Dues--($24 per year) 2,400
RI Conventiona 1,000
District Conference 250
Pres. Elect Training 800
District Assembly 100
Other District Meetings 100
Contingency     400
  46,100


ROTARY CALENDAR 2008-2009 As of 7/01/08
JULY--ROTARY LITERACY MONTH
Rotary Flags on July 4, No club meeting on Friday, July 4
Changeover to new President, June 27, 2008)*
Board of Directors meeting, July 11
Semi-annual billing

AUGUST
Club assembly, reception, ?
District Governor visit, Aug. 8 *
Board of Directors meeting, Aug. 8

SEPTEMBER--ROTARY NEW GENERATIONS MONTH
Rotary Flags on Labor Day, Sept. 1
Rotary Flags on Patriots Day, Sept. 11
Golf Tournament/?
Begin Rotary Reads at Jane Long Elementary
Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 12

OCTOBER--ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH
Rotary Picnic, ?
State School Halloween Party
Weatherization Team
Board of Directors Meeting--Nominating Committee
  nbsp;  for Pres.-Elect and new directors formed, Oct. 10

NOVEMBER--ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH
Rotary Foundation Banquet (not sure of date)
Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 14
Rotary Flags on Veterans Day, Nov. 11
No meeting Nov. 27 *

DECEMBER--ROTARY FAMILY MONTH
Ring the Bell for Salvation Army
Election of Pres.-Elect and new Board members
Board of Directors Meeting-- Dec. 12
Christmas Luncheon, Dec. 12 *
No meeting Christmas week, Dec. 26 *

JANUARY--ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH
No club meeting on Jan. 2*
Board of Directors meeting, Jan. 9
Semi-annual billing
Club Assembly * (not sure of date)

FEBRUARY
Valentine Event, Feb. 14
Board of Directors meeting, Feb. 13

MARCH
President-Elect Training at DFW Airport
Board of Directors meeting, March 13

APRIL--ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH
Abilene Rotary Club featured in Dist. Gov.'s newsletter)
District Conference, Board of Directors meeting, April 10
Taste of Abilene fund raiser, April 7
Taylor County Adult Literacy FundSpell
Group Study Exchange Team arrives

MAY
District Assembly
Board of Directors meeting--select Rotarian of the Year, May 8
Chuck Moser Day *
Community Service Grants (money from fund raisers)
Rotary flags on Armed Forces Day, May 16
Rotary Flags on Memorial Day, May 25

JUNE--ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH
Camp RYLA
International Convention in England, May 20-25
District Governor Changeover
Rotary Flags on Flag Day, June 14
Club Assembly, meet with Asst. District Governor

*-Program committee does not have to provide program for this date
The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 1, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Jennifer Jones, with the Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Rotary District Governor Jerry Parr, from Gainesville, will speak to our club. He will also meet with our Board of Directors at 11:30 A.M. next Friday.

Be sure and welcome our newest member, MIKE SADLER. Mike is Professor of Physics at ACU.

On Thursday night, Oct. 9, the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker will be ED FUTA, SECRETARY GENERAL OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. Ed's office is in EVANSTON, ILLINOIS. This is a special treat to have Ed come to Abilene. If you have ever been to a Rotary International Convention in the last ten or twenty years, you have heard Ed call the meeting to order and give a membership report. (There are now more than 1.2 million Rotarians in over 160 countries in the world.) MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 9 and be sure and plan to attend.

Our club will be having an ORIENTATION MEETING for newer members tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 2, at 9 A.M. (breakfast included). at the Abilene Country Club. At least seven new members and prospective members have said they will attend. Past President Dave Boyll will be leading this meeting.

Would you like to learn to play DISC GOLF? It is a game the entire family can enjoy. Come to our ALL CLUB FAMILY PICNIC on Saturday, August 9, at Cal Young Park, beginning at 3 P.M. You can buy tickets to the picnic from Erik Johnson for $10 at the door of our next few meetings at the Abilene Country Club. Disc golf lessons and a Disc Golf Tournament will begin around 6 P.M.

Donna Albus, with the West Texas Rehab Center, and Cindy Halen, with Goodwill Industries, have been proposed for membership in our club. If no written objection is received within seven days, they will be eligible for membership.

The club is planning to issue a MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY with pictures of our members. MARTY POTHIER has volunteered to take pictures of members on AUGUST 15 and 22. If you do not have your picture taken or provide us with a picture, we will feel free to insert any picture we want next to your name.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TWYLA FOREMAN. Twyla works at American Classifieds and joined our club last November. She also has a beautiful singing voice and she often leads our club in singing. I think she also has been known to sing professionally.

MAKE-UPS: Mary Beth Kilgore made up on-line; Doug Eichorst made-up several times at South Bend, IN, Rotary; Bob Hunter, Bruce Lampert, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, and C. G. Gray and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Try a different venue each time you go online to make-up, such as Rotary E-Club of London (erotarylondon.org), Rotary Club One (rotaryeclubone.org), or Rotary E-Club of the Southwest (rotaryeclubsouthwest.org)

Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 8, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, District Governor Jerry Parr, from Gainesville, spoke. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Attorney Clinton Nix will speak to the club. Also, next week, MARTY POTHIER will begin taking PICTURES of all club members for our upcoming directory. Marty will be set up at the Abilene Country Club beginning at 11:15 Friday, so come early and get your picture made before our club meeting begins.

On Thursday night, Oct. 9, the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker will be ED FUTA, SECRETARY GENERAL OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 9 and be sure and plan to attend.

By the time you read this newsletter, we will be having our CLUB FAMILY PICNIC at Cal Young Park on E. S. 11th street. The picnic begins at 4 P.M.

Today, your Board of Directors met and voted to again give a Dictionary to every third grader at JANE LONG ELEMENTARY, and voted to continue matching any donation by a member to The Rotary Foundation, up to $100. (Just give a check payable to "The Rotary Foundation" to David Stubbeman. The Board also voted to donate $200.00 to the Honduras Water Project, as requested by DG Jerry Parr.

Last fiscal year (July 1, 07 to June 30, 08), our club's COMMUNITY SERVICE ACCOUNT received $1,726.00 from Dealing for Dollars (and the other half, $1,726.00 went into the pot to be won by someone drawing the Ace of Spades), $3,689.00 from our American Flag program, and $14,665.13 from Taste of Abilene. We donated to Habitat for Humanity ($10,000), Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Program ($4,000), Cancer Services Network ($3,000), and $4,000.00 to six other local charities. MANY THANKS to all members for making this happen.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PETER FOX. Peter graduated from Sweetwater High School and Southern Methodist University (B.A., M.F.A.) He is now a rancher but previously he was associated with the Texas Alliance for Education and The Arts. He belonged to several Rotary Clubs and joined our club in 2002. He is married to Sheila and they have two grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Kayla Christianson, J. T. Box, Sondra Clark, Sheryl House, Mike Sadler, Clarke Flowers, Richard Rolison, Cindy Cook, and Tammy Elliott made up by attending the Orientation Meeting last Saturday; and C. G. Gray, Richard Rolison, Bob Hunter and Craig Haterius made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Make Up on Line: Go to rotaryclubone.org. Go to the Make-up tab, select "current/archives programs" and read anywhere from 3-5 articles (spending no less than 30 minutes). Then go back to the main page, again under the Make-up tab and select "Make-up Request form". You can make a donation if you want.

Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.

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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 15, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, attorney Clinton Nix spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Tammy Elliott has a program for us called "IRC". Also, next week, MARTY POTHIER will be taking PICTURES of all club members for our upcoming directory. He took 46 pictures today, so we have about 56 more members to photograph. Marty will be set up at the Abilene Country Club beginning at 11:15 Friday, so come early and get your picture made before our club meeting begins.

Be sure and welcome our newest members, DONNA ALBUS, with the West Texas Rehab Center, and CINDY HALEY, with Goodwill West Texas.

DO YOU REMEMBER the Outstanding Rotary Foundation Banquet that the three Abilene Rotary Clubs held on February 23, 2005, the 100th Anniversary of Rotary? Another Outstanding Rotary Foundation Banquet is set for Thursday night, Oct. 9. The three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker will be ED FUTA, SECRETARY GENERAL OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 9 and be sure and plan to attend.

We hope everyone is enjoying the food at the Abilene Country Club. We pay $10.57 to the Club for each meal and we charge you $11.00, which gives us money to pay for the speaker's lunch and for Millie's lunch. Millie Braddy is our pianist.

How would you like to go on an all expense paid four week trip to Mexico next spring. Our Rotary District will send one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarians, ages 21-40, to Mexico as our GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE TEAM. If you know of a non-Rotarian, age 21-40, who can go, please let David Stubbeman know and he will send them more details.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOE FRUSH. . Joe has a BBA from McMurry University and is Executive Director of Royal Estates of Abilene. Joe was President of our club in 1997-98. He has recently returned to our club after a leave of absence. Joe is married to Sherry and they have three grown boys.

Abilene Southwest Rotary WILL NOT MEET on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. The staff of the Abilene Woman's Club is on vacation for two weeks. Also, after we received this notice from Abilene Southwest Rotary, there was a lightning strike and fire at the Abilene Woman's Club, which is another reason their club is not meeting for two weeks.

MAKE-UPS: A. C. Alrey made up at the Houston Skyline Rotary Club, Bruce Bixby made up at the Ruidoso, NM, Rotary Club, and Marty Pothier, and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Make Up on Line: Go to rotaryclubone.org. Go to the Make-up tab, select "current/archives programs" and read anywhere from 3-5 articles (spending no less than 30 minutes). Then go back to the main page, again under the Make-up tab and select "Make-up Request form". You can make a donation if you want.

Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 22, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, George Nichols and Jim Christoferson spoke about the search for a new "Brand" for Abilene. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Dr. Ralph McClesky will speak about Cardiovascular Health. Also, next week will be the last day that MARTY POTHIER will be taking PICTURES of all club members for our upcoming directory. He has taken 72 pictures, so we have 32 more members to photograph. Marty will be set up at the Abilene Country Club beginning at 11:15 Friday. SO COME EARLY and get your picture made before our club meeting begins.

Also, be sure to come next Friday because our Dealing for Dollars Pot is getting rather large. The Ace of Spades is one of only 25 cards remaining in the deck, so your chances of drawing the Ace of Spades and winning the pot are becoming better and better. Today, someone almost won by drawing the Ace of Clubs.

We will NOT HAVE A MEETING on Oct. 10, because, on Oct. 9, the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker will be ED FUTA, GENERAL SECRETARY OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 9 and be sure and plan to attend. Our club will be sponsoring a reception for all PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS at 6:15 P.M. at McMurry University before the dinner at 7 P.M. on Thursday, Oct. 9. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow.

On Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day), Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags in the front yards of persons who have paid $30.00 to our Community Service Account for this service. If you want to help, call Turner Cariker.

"There is a tree that was never chopped down to make a crutch that was never needed by a child who never got POLIO, because vaccine was never in short supply, THANKS to people whose compassion wasn't either." Please donate to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION to help in the eradication of polio.

We are still looking for one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarians, ages 21-40, to go to Mexico as our GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE TEAM next April and May. If you know of a non-Rotarian, age 21-40, who can go, please let David Stubbeman know and he will send them more details.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KYLE FRUSH. Kyle graduated from Cooper High School and McMurry University. He has worked for Robert Briley Investments and now works for Merrill Lynch. He joined our club in April of this year and is the son of Rotarian Joe Frush. Kyle is married to Nicole (who works for AT&T Wireless) and they have two daughters.

Abilene Southwest Rotary WILL NOT MEET on Aug. 26. The staff of the Abilene Woman's Club is on vacation for two weeks.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Fox made up at the Copperas Cove Rotary Club, Kayla Christianson made up at the Rotary picnic, Bob Hunter, Mike Weber, Tom Boecking, and Bruce Bixby at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, and Bob Hunter signed in at Abilene Southwest Rotary, which counts as a make-up even though Abilene Southwest did not meet last week. If you do not see your make-up mentioned in the Rotater, please tell David Stubbeman, because we sometimes let one slip by.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 29, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Dr. Ralph McClesky told us about Cardiovascular Health. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Twyla Foreman has asked George Pendergrass to speak to the club.

If you have not had your photo taken for our new Directory, please mail or e-mail a photo to dstubbeman@aol.com. Marty Pothier will not be available to take more photos of our members.

Congratulations to Marty Pothier, who drew the Ace of Spades today and won $1,180.00. This is the amount of the check to Marty because we have already taken out one-half of each week's ticket sales and put it in our Community Service Account. Next week, we start with a new deck of cards and $100.00 in the pot.

We will NOT HAVE A MEETING on Oct. 10, because, on Oct. 9, the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker, Ed Futa, is the highest paid staff member at Rotary headquarters. We have 42 Paul Harris Fellows in our club and 64 of our members have donated to The Rotary Foundation. This banquet is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Rotary Foundation. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow.

On Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day), Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags in the front yards of persons who have paid $30.00 to our Community Service Account for this service. If you want to help, call Turner Cariker.

September is ROTARY NEW GENERATIONS MONTH, during which Rotarians are encouraged to become involved with youth and youth activities.

"I CANNOT TEACH ANYBODY ANYTHING. I CAN ONLY MAKE THEM THINK." Socrates. If you want to be a Rotary Reader at Jane Long Elementary this school year (30 minutes or more a week), please tell C. G. Gray.

Did you read on the Rotary website (rotary.org) how a Rotary Club in Argentina worked with a Rotary Club in China to find housing for a person training with the Chinese wushu team during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? There are other articles on the website which should make you proud to be one of 1,226,067 Rotarians in 32,980 clubs around the world. Have you ever participated in a Wushu match? Wushu is a recognized international Olympic Committee competition.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WOODY GILLILAND. Woody is a retired U. S. Marine Corps Colonel and he is President and CEO of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. He joined our club in January 1996. He is married to Lee Ruth and they have two grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Will Dix, Jim Tredennick, and Cindy Cook (twice) made up on line, Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club (3 times) and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

Abilene Southwest Rotary is scheduled to resume its meetings at the Abilene Woman's Club on Tuesday, Sept. 2


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 5, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, George Pendergrass sang and played the guitar. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Rotarian Sheryl House will tell us about the Job Corps. Myra Dean is chair of our Program Committee and she and her committee have been doing an outstanding job obtaining programs for us. Their goal is to provide each month a program on entertainment, on government (city, county, state, and /or federal), on business/non-profit, and on general information.

We will NOT HAVE A MEETING on Oct. 10, because, on Oct. 9, the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker, Ed Futa, is the highest paid staff member at Rotary headquarters. We have 42 Paul Harris Fellows in our club and 64 of our members have donated to The Rotary Foundation. This banquet is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Rotary Foundation. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow. We need you to MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE, but you can pay now or at the door.

On Thursday, Sept. 11 (Patriot's Day), Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags in the front yards of persons who have paid $30.00 to our Community Service Account for this service. If you want to help, call Turner Cariker. At the end of August, our Community Service Account had a balance of $1,463.00. As you know, by the time we finish our Taste of Abilene fund-raiser in April 2009, we will have over $20,000.00 in this account to donate to local non-profit organizations.

At the end of August, we had $860.85 in our Foundation Account (this is proceeds from our Birthday and Sunshine Moment Box), This money is used to match your donation, up to $100.00 each year, to The Rotary Foundation. Give your donation (preferably a check payable to "The Rotary Foundation") to David Stubbeman and we will do the rest. Would you like to take a tour of the Trent Wind Farm. On Friday, Oct. 10 (our club is not meeting that day), the first twenty (20) persons to sign up can take a tour of the Wind Farms with Ed Futa, our speaker on Oct. 9. Notify Will Speight at 692-7988 if you want to go.

The next Rotary International Convention is in Birmingham, England, June 21-24. Now is the time to start making your plans to attend. Ask any Rotarian who has attended one of these conventions and he or she will tell you it is something that your will remember and treasure the rest of your life.

"I HAVE LEARNED THAT PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU SAID, PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID, BUT PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL." Maya Angelou.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: GARY GLENN. Gary is owner of A-Town/Hi-Tech. He joined our club in January 1997. He is married to Fran and he has five grown children (one of which children is Rotarian Steve Glenn).

MAKE-UPS: Craig Haterius made up on line, Doug Eichorst made up numerous times in Indiana this summer, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 12, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Nancy Liles spoke about the Abilene Visitors and Convention Bureau. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Rotarian Tammy Elliott will present a program on the IRC (International Rescue) activities in Abilene.

We will NOT HAVE A MEETING on Oct. 10, because, on Oct. 9, the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker, Ed Futa, is the General Secretary of Rotary International, in Evanston, Illinois. This banquet is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Rotary Foundation. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow. We need you to MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE, but you can pay now or at the door.

If you have a good reason for not attending the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Oct. 9, call the Rotary telephone voice mail (675-8555) and receive credit for a make-up since if we cancelled our Oct. 10 meeting.

If you bring a guest to Rotary who may be interested in joining our club, ask David Stubbeman for an information packet to give to your guest.

We will be putting out flags one more time this year (Veteran's Day, Nov. 11). If you know anyone who would like an American Flag put in his or her front yard for $30.00 on seven (7) holidays each year, have them call our voice mail, 675-8555, and leave a message.

Would you like to take a tour of the Trent Wind Farm. On Friday, Oct. 10 (our club is not meeting that day), the first twenty (20) persons to sign up can take a tour of the Wind Farms with Ed Futa, our speaker on Oct. 9. Notify Will Speight at 692-7988 if you want to go.

Laurie McAdams (Junior Achievement) and Connie Pevey (Hendrick Hospital) have been proposed for membership in our club. If no written objection is received within seven days, they will be eligible for membership.

At our Nov. 7 meeting, we will have a "Gathering of Eagles." All new Eagle Scouts will be invited to our club meeting on that day.

At the Board of Directors meeting today, the Board voted to fund the $1,200.00 matching grant for the AISD tutoring math books from club funds using, in part, the $501.00 donated to our club by Rotarian Bobby Bhakta. The remainder will come from funds budgeted for Community Service and Contingency Funds. This will be a great project and we hope many Rotarians will volunteer to be tutors who will help students pass the TAKS Test.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: STEVE GLENN. Steve was born in Ann Arbor, MI and served four years in the U. S. Air Force. He graduated from the University of Tennessee. He is the Managing Member of A-Town/Hi Tech. He has a close relative who is also a Rotarian, his father, Gary Glenn. Steve is married to Elizabeth and they eleven year old twins.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Do you need a make-up? Try going to the Rotary E-Club of London, "erotarylondon.org" or Rotary Club One, "rotaryeclubone.org".


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 19, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, our own Sheryl House told us about the Job Corps. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Rotarian Tammy Elliott will present a program on the IRC (International Rescue Commission) activities in Abilene.

Did you hear a cell phone (or two or three) ring during our meeting today? We will NOT HAVE A MEETING on Oct. 10, because, on Oct. 9, at 6:15 P.M. the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker, Ed Futa, is the General Secretary of Rotary International, in Evanston, Illinois. This banquet is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Rotary Foundation. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow. We need you to MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE, but you can pay now or at the door.

If you have a good reason for not attending the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Oct. 9, call the Rotary telephone voice mail (675-8555) and receive credit for a make-up since we cancelled our Oct. 10 meeting.

Next Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:30 A.M., at Jane Long Elementary, C. G. Gray and other Rotarians will hand out dictionaries to every third grader. You are welcome to join us for this project.

Be sure and read the October issue of The Rotarian magazine in which R.I. President D. K. Lee says he grew up in Korea during the Korean War. Today, Rotary is growing in Korea

Did you know that you and our club are covered by liability insurance any time we work on a club project? Rotary has insurance coverage for us when we work on Weatherization, Taste of Abilene, the Flag Program, State School Halloween Carnival, etc. We pay for this when we pay our dues to Rotary in July.

If you bring a guest to Rotary who may be interested in joining our club, ask David Stubbeman for an information packet to give to your guest.

Would you like to take a tour of the Trent Wind Farm. On Friday, Oct. 10 (our club is not meeting that day), the first twenty (20) persons to sign up can take a tour of the Wind Farms with Ed Futa, our speaker on Oct. 9. Notify Will Speight at 692-7988 if you want to go.

In October, we will begin our nominating process to select a club president for 2010-11 and three new members to the board of directors. The election will be in December.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PAIGE GOLIHAR. Paige is an architect and a partner with Tittle Luther Partnership. (Jimmy Title and Jack Luther were long time members of our club.) Paige joined our club in July 1995. He is married to Mandy and they have four children.

MAKE-UPS: Peter Fox made up at the San Saba Rotary Club and the Killeen Rotary Club; James Parrish, Doug Eichorst, Tom Boecking, and Bruce Lampert at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, Robert Laird, David Stubbeman, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Do you need a make-up? Try going to the Rotary E-Club of London, "erotarylondon.org" or Rotary Club One, "rotaryeclubone.org".

Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 26, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Aby Shanks and Erin McLaughlen spoke about the International Rescue Committee. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Judy Wilhelm will speak about the Small Business Development Center. We will NOT HAVE A MEETING on Oct. 10, because, on Oct. 9, at 6:15 P.M. the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at McMurry University. The speaker, Ed Futa, is the General Secretary of Rotary International, in Evanston, Illinois. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow. NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCT. 3, we need you to MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE, but you can pay now or at the door.

Our club is sponsoring the RECEPTION for Ed Futa, which begins at 6:15 on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Francine Carraro (Grace Museum) and Barbara Lampert (transfer from Abilene Wednesday Rotary and wife of Bruce Lampert) have been proposed for membership in our club. After approval of our board, and if no written objection from any member is received by Oct. 3, they will be eligible for membership.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, a team from our club, led by Will Dix, will participate in the Abilene Volunteer WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM, where we go out on Saturday morning and help repair homes of elderly and invalids so that the cold damp winter weather will not penetrate through their walls and windows. SIGN UP TO TAKE PART IN THIS OUTSTANDING PROGRAM.

Our club is in Rotary District 5790, which is in Rotary Zone 26. Past District Governors, District Governors, District Governors Elect, and District Governor Nominees from Zone 26 will meet in Boise, Idaho, next week for Rotary information and training.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH. Consider volunteering at a school or letting a young person shadow you for the day. Promote ethical decision-making by taking the lead in business and vocational associations, to find new ways to help others.

If you bring a guest to Rotary who may be interested in joining our club, ask David Stubbeman for an information packet to give to your guest.

Each year, the Rotary Club of Abilene files Form 990EZ with the Internal Revenue Service. If you would like a copy, tell David Stubbeman

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: C. G. GRAY. C. G. is Vice President Emeritus at ACU. He was in the Richardson, TX, Rotary Club before he joined our club in March 1982. C. G. has a doctorate in Education and continues to work with children and students, even though he is retired. He is married to Barbara and they have three grown sons.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Weber and Peter Fox made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary, Richard Rolison and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Do you need a make-up? Try going to Rotaryeclub34.org.

Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.

Each year, the Rotary of Abilene files FORM 990EZ with the Internal Revenue Service. Here are the main parts of the return for 2007-2008.

Rotary Club of Abilene 75-0101565 Form 990-EZ 2007-2008
Part I, Revenue, Line 3, Membership Dues $20,432.70
Part I, Revenue, Line 6a, Special events Gross Revenue Direct Expenses Net Income
1. T-Shirt sales $42.00 0 $42.00
2. Flag Project 3,349.00 180.00 3,119.00
3. Taste of Abilene 16,550.00 1,464.87 15,085.13
4. Dealing for Dollars 2,077.50 ___0 2,077.50
Total 22,018.50 1,694.87 20,323.63
Part I, Revenue, Line 8, Other revenue
1.Meals 23,393.50 26,504.52 (3,111.02)
2. State Comptroller-unclaimed funds 173.25
3. Donations to be transferred 536.00 (2,401.77)
Part I, Expenses, Line 10, Grants
1. Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Program $4,000.00
2. Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout Award) 2,382.00
3. Taylor County Adult Literacy 350.00
4 Dictionaries for Third Grade 163.20
5 Rotary Four Way Speech Contest 250.00
6. Rotary Reads 276.79
7. Rotary Youth Leadership Award 1,700.00
8. Cancer Services Network 3,000.00
9. Abilene Performing Arts Company 1,000.00
10. Young Audiences of Abilene 1,000.00
11. Abilene State School Volunteer Services Council 500.00
12. Breakfast on Beech Street 500.00
13. West Texas Rehabilitation Center 500.00
14. Rescue the Animals 500.00
15. Habitat for Humanity 10,000.00
Total $26,121.99
Part I, Other Expenses, Line 16
1. Registration for District Assembly 60.00
2. Chamber of Commerce dues/Business Expo 1,909.00
3. Rotary International Dues 5.828.96
4. Rotary District Dues 1,392.00
5. Gifts, Flowers, and Awards 1,512.81
7. Supplies (Name tags, flags, etc.) 2,069.97
8. President Elect Training 225.00
Total $12,997.74
Part I, Expenses, Line 14, Occupancy, utilities, maintenance $239.40
Part I, Expenses, Line 15, Printing, publications, postage 2,252.00
Part II, Balance Sheet, Line 22, Cash, savings, June 30, 2007
1. Cash in cash box 100.00
2. Operating Account 105.42
3. Community Service Account 1,091.50 $ 1,296.92
Part II, Balance Sheet, Line 24, Other Assets
1. Printer $500.00
2. Copier 500.00
3 Laptop Computer 500.00
4. PowerPoint Projector 500.00
5. Desk, Table, and Filing Cabinet 100.00
Total $2,100.00
Part I, Net Assets, Line 20, Other changes in Net Assets
Erroneous calculation in 2006-2007 $0.09
Part III, Organizations's Primary exempt purpose: To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
Line 28. This includes no foreign grants.
Line 29, Money was given to The Rotary Foundation, which distributes funds in support of humanitarian and educational programs. This includes no foreign grants.
Line 31. Other program services: See Part I, line 10 above. This includes no foreign grants.


Rotary Club of Abilene 75-0101565 Form 990-EZ 2005-2006
Part IV. Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees Name and address - Title and average hours per week - Compensation - Contributions to Expense Account
Mike Weber, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Past-President 1 0 0 0
Bob Test, Box 7108, Abilene, TX President 2 0 0 0
Randy Piersall, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Pres. Elect1 1 0 0 0
Mary Beth Kilgore, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Sec. Treas.. 2 0 0 0
David Stubbeman, Box 7108, Ab Exec. Secretary 20 0 0 0
Kent Brown, Box 7108 Abilene, TX Director 1 0 0 0
Woody Gilliland, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Director 1 0 0 0
Steve Glenn, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Director 1 0 0 0
Kim Bosher, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Director 1 0 0 0
Jay Hobbs, Box 7108, Abilene, TX Director 1 0 0 0
Frank Dlugas, Box 7108, Abilene, TX
There is no Benefit plan.

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 3, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Judy Wilhelm told us about the Small Business Development Center. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: NO MEETING ON FRIDAY, OCT. 10. On Oct. 9, at 6:15 P.M. the three Rotary Clubs in Abilene will hold our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET at the McMurry University Student Center. The speaker, Ed Futa, is the General Secretary of Rotary International, in Evanston, Illinois. Bring your spouse or special friend and wear your Paul Harris Fellow medal, if you are a Paul Harris Fellow. We need you to MAKE A RESERVATION ASAP, but you can pay now or at the door.

On Friday, Oct. 10, a group of Rotarians will be taking Ed Futa to the Cooper High School football game at Shotwell Stadium. We have 20 reserved seat tickets at $5.00 each. If you want to go with this group, call Dave Boyll at 673-5617

Program for Oct. 17: Betty Hukill will tell us about the Paramount Film Festival.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, a team from our club, led by Will Dix, will participate in the Abilene Volunteer WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM, where we go out on Saturday morning and help repair homes of elderly and invalids so that the cold damp winter weather will not penetrate through their walls and windows. SIGN UP TO TAKE PART IN THIS OUTSTANDING PROGRAM.

The annual STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL will be on Thursday, Oct. 30. Our club will sponsor a booth at the carnival, chaired by Kim Bosher. Last year, Kim, B. C. Roberson, and some other Rotarians dressed up like ghosts and goblins. We need Rotarians to sign up to help in two hour shifts anytime from 9:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. Please let Kim Bosher know if you can help.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH. If you want to be a ROTARY READER at Jane Long Elementary for 30 minutes, once a week, talk to C. G. Gray. This is one of our club's outstanding projects. You can REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life and education of an elementary age student.

If you bring a guest to Rotary who may be interested in joining our club, ask David Stubbeman for an information packet to give to your guest.

Marty Pothier is working diligently on our pictorial directory. Thanks Marty.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RILEY GRIFFITH. Riley attended Osterholz American High School and has a degree in Horticulture from Texas A & M University. He is a land surveyor and manager of the Abilene office of West Co. Of Abilene. He joined our club in July 2007 and helps with our Flag Project by putting out and taking up flags on holidays. He is married to Sherry and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Kuykendall, Ed Brokaw, and Kayla Christianson made up on line. Richard Rolison and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 10, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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We had no meeting today, but we had an OUTSTANDING Rotary Foundation Banquet last night. Rotary International General Secretary Ed Futa gave a very inspiring speech on why we should be very proud to be Rotarians and on why we should support The Rotary Foundation. "Every Rotarian Every Year" reminds us to give $100.00 per year to the Foundaiton.

This morning, we went with Ed Futa on a very informative tour or the Trent Mesa Wind Farm. After a session with the manager (AEP owns the wind farm and GE is the contractor who operates it), we went up the mesa and into one of the 100 wind turbines. Tonight, we will take Ed Futa to the Cooper High School football game.

Program for Oct. 17: Betty Hukill will tell us about the Paramount Film Festival.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, a team from our club, led by Will Dix, will participate in the Abilene Volunteer WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM, where we go out on Saturday morning and help repair homes of elderly and invalids so that the cold damp winter weather will not penetrate through their walls and windows. SIGN UP TO TAKE PART IN THIS OUTSTANDING PROGRAM.

The annual STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL will be on Thursday, Oct. 30. Our club will sponsor a booth at the carnival, chaired by Kim Bosher. Last year, Kim, B. C. Roberson, and some other Rotarians dressed up like ghosts and goblins. We need Rotarians to sign up to help in two hour shifts anytime from 9:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. Please let Kim Bosher know if you can help.

Paul Thomas, with Oil States Trading, has been proposed for membership in our club. If no written objection is received within seven days, he will be eligible for membership in our club.

Please keep inviting your friends to Rotary. If you bring a guest to Rotary who may be interested in joining our club, ask David Stubbeman for an information packet to give to your guest.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Your gift of $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation can provide tuition and books for one year of school for two children in Sri Lanka. Five Hundred dollars can provide a ten-month food supply for a child in Nigeria.

Marty Pothier is working diligently on our pictorial directory. Thanks Marty.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: CINDY HALEY. Cindy was proposed by Myra Dean and joined our club in August of this year. She is President of Goodwill West Texas. Cindy has two grown children, Brandon and Jessica.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, Karen Mendoza, and Buzz Rehm at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.



Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 17, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Betty Hukill presented two films from the upcoming Paramount Film Festival. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for Oct. 14: Kip Davis from Tigé Boats will speak.

MANY THANKS to Will Dix and all of our members who participated in the annual Weatherization Day program.

Its not too late to sing up with Kim Bosher for the annual STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL booth, which our club will have on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Be sure and welcome our two newest members, FRANCINE CARRARO (Grace Museum) and PAUL THOMAS (Oil States Trading), who were introduced to the club today.

We have received a check for $1,200.00 from our Rotary District as its part of our Matching Grant for Tutor Text Books. We will be presenting a total of $2,250.00 to the Abilene Independent School District at their board meeting on Nov. 10. Any and all of our members are invited to this meeting to show support for our grant to the school district.

Rotarians worldwide have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands to ensure that children are immunized against polio Since the PolioPlus program's inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. To date, 210 countries, territories, and areas are polio-free, and 134 of these have been certified. As of June 2007, Rotary has committed more that $633 million to global polio eradication.

At the Board of Directors meeting today, the board voted to sponsor and fund the Boy Scout Eagle Award kit which is given to each young person attaining the rank of Eagle Scout next year. Remember that on Nov. 7 at our club meeting, there will be a "Gathering of Eagles" where we have invited every Boy Scout, and his parents, who has recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, to be our guest.

The Board of Directors also voted to have, as a fund-raiser, a production of the Patsy Cline show. This will probably take place next year at a time which will not interfere with our Taste of Abilene fund-raiser.

And the Board wants to set up a system of notifying all members of the death or serious illness of current or past members. (Don Etter was in the hospital last week for a heart-related procedure.) So we will be asking all of you for your e-mail address by which we can notify you of these special circumstances.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOHN HARRIS. John attended Goree High School. When he joined our club in 1993, he was in the plumbing business (The Supply House), but he is now owner of Tejas Ranch Properties (real estate business). He is married to Barbara and they have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Cindy Cook made up on-line (2); Brandon Shahan made up on-line; Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club (5); Peter Fox made up at the Marble Falls Rotary Club; Mike Weber, Tom Boecking, Peter Fox, Turner Cariker, Bruce Bixby, Bob Hunter, and Doug Eichorst made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; and Tom Boecking and Bob Kuykendall made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 24, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Kip Davis told us about Tigé Boats. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for Oct. 31: Elliott Park, a singer/songwriter, will present our program.

MANY THANKS to the following persons who participated in the annual Weatherization Day program last Saturday at 1401 Briarwood: Malcolm Coco, Will Dix, Riley Griffith (and his daughter, Abigail), Jay Hobbs, Marty Pothier, and Buzz Rehm.

It's not too late to sing up with Kim Bosher for the annual STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL booth, which our club will have on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Our members who were not present today will not be receiving the customary "WE MISSED YOU" postcard this week because David Stubbeman will be out of town Oct. 25-30.

After 91 years of growth and innovation, The Rotary Foundation is still changing the world. Be sure and read the November issue of the Rotarian. There is an interesting article about Rotarians who are working on malaria control. Also, in this issue is that announcement that Ray Klinginsmith of Missouri has been selected as the President of Rotary International for 2010-2011

Have you met our Rotary Exchange Student from Russia? Julia Chernova is attending Abilene High School and is sponsored by our three Rotary Clubs.

We have received a check for $1,200.00 from our Rotary District as its part of our Matching Grant for Tutor Text Books. We will be presenting a total of $2,250.00 to the Abilene Independent School District at their board meeting on Nov. 10. Any and all of our members are invited to this meeting to show support for our grant to the school district.

Be sure and turn your clocks back one hour on Nov. 2. Also, be sure and VOTE, either early or on Nov. 4.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: NOBLE (SPIKE) HARRIS. Spike graduated from Meadow, Texas, High School and Abilene Christian University. He joined the Navy and served on both active duty and in the reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Spike owns Noble Harris Real Estate. He joined our club in 1960, and has served both as club president and District Governor. He is married to Bette and they have two grown children.

MAKE-UPS: All members who worked on the Weatherization Project receive make-ups. Peter Agnell made up in Topeka, Kansas. Marty Pothier, Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, Paul Thomas, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 31, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Elliott Park, a songwriter/singer, performed for us. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for Nov. 7: We will have "A Gathering of Eagles", where we honor all Boy Scouts in our area who recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Also, next Friday, we will have as our guest Rear Admiral Mark Fox, U. S. Navy, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten in Norfolk, VA. He is a native of Abilene and attended the U. S. Naval Academy. He will be in Abilene to visit his mother. His father was Dr. Irby Fox.

Be sure and welcome our newest member, BARBARA LAMPERT. She is changing her Rotary membership from the Abilene Wednesday Club to our club.

MANY THANKS to the following persons who participated in the State School Halloween Carnival: Buzz Rehm, Kent Brown, Kim Bosher, Betty Hukill, George Dawson, Myra Dean, Turner Cariker (and Turner's daughter, Allison), Bob Kuykendall, and Dennis Bell.

Our club will be putting out American Flags on Veteran's Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. Although we had our Rotary Foundation Banquet in Oct. (in order to have Ed Futa, Rotary General Secretary as our speaker), we want to observe November as a special month in Rotary. One way is to be a part of "EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR" in which each Rotarian donates $100.00 a year to The Rotary Foundation. Just give your check for $100.00, payable to The Rotary Foundation, to David Stubbeman.

The November issue of The Rotarian Magazine has an interesting article on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio. It will take "money, vaccine, and relationships."

We have received a check for $1,200.00 from our Rotary District as its part of our Matching Grant for Tutor Text Books. We will be presenting a total of $2,250.00 to the Abilene Independent School District at their board meeting on Nov. 10. Any and all of our members are invited to this meeting to show support for our grant to the school district.

Be sure and turn your clocks back one hour on Nov. 2. Also, be sure and VOTE on Tuesday, Nov. 4, if you did not vote early.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: CRAIG HATERIUS. Craig has a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech and an M.B.A. from Hardin-Simmons University. He is with First Care and re-joined our club in May 2006 For a while, he was living in Italy, TX, where his wife, Gail, was superintendent of schools, but now she is superintendent of schools in Clyde, so he is back living in our area.

We will not have a club meeting on Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

MAKE-UPS: Paul Thomas, Turner Cariker, James Parrish, Mike Weber, J. T. Box, Tom Boecking (twice), and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Mary Beth Kilgore and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 7, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, "A Gathering of Eagles", led by Kent Brown. Also, Rear Admiral Mark Fox, U. S. Navy, was our guest. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for Nov. 14: Local attorney Vianei Robinson will speak about hot topics in Employment Law.

Congratulations to Barbara Rollins, who, today, drew the Ace of Spades in Dealing for Dollars. Barbara has generously donated the $383.00 she won to The Rotary Foundation. Next week we start over with $100.00 in the pot. One half of each $1.00 ticket you buy goes to our Community Service Account and one half goes to increase the pot which you might also win, if you are as lucky as Barbara.

November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. We hope that all of you can support the Rotary Foundation.

Our club will be putting out American Flags on Veteran's Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Thanks to all of our members who help with this project. We put out flags seven times a year and ask for a $30.00 donation from each home-owner.

Jennifer Kent was recognized as Red Coat of the Quarter by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Our congratulations go to Jennifer.

Dave Boyll will be chairing an Orientation Meeting for new and prospective members tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Abilene Country Club. Thanks, Dave.

We have received a check for $1,200.00 from our Rotary District as its part of our Matching Grant for Tutor Text Books. We will be presenting a total of $2,250.00 to the Abilene Independent School District at their board meeting on Nov. 10. Any and all of our members are invited to this meeting to show support for our grant to the school district.

Not long ago, the world was parlyzed by the fear of polio. More than 125 countries were polio endemic. For more than 20 years, Rotary and its partners--the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--have worked tirelessly to rid the world of the wild poliovirus.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: CLAUDE HICKS. Claude graduated from Brownfield High School and Decatur Baptist College. He as a B.S. degree from Hardin-Simmons University. He was President of Hendrick Home for Children before he retired. Claude joined our club in July 1966 and was President of our club in 1973-74. He was Rotary District Governor in 1976-77. Claude is married to Jenny, who is a member of the Abilene Southwest Rotary Club.

We will not have a club meeting on Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

MAKE-UPS: Tammy Elliott and Brandon Shahan made up on-line. A. C. Alrey made up at the Houston Rotary Club. Turner Cariker, Erik Johnson, and Derral Reed made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Ask one of our members who made up on-line how easy and informative it was to get an easy make-up.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 14, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Rotarian Dr. Austin King told us about Medicare, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for Nov. 21: To be announced.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, our club will "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army at both doors of the north side Wal-Mart store. We are asking members to sign up for two-hour shifts. This is one of our ways of helping others have a better Christmas.

At the Board of Directors' Meeting today, it was decided that the club will have a booth at Business Expo on March 25, 2009, at the Civic Center. We will be asking members to sign up for shifts at this one-day function. At the end of October, we had $3,813.74 in our Operating Account, $1,674 in our Community Service Account, $541.92 in our Foundation Account, and $530.68 in our Disc Golf Account.

November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. We hope that all of you can support the Rotary Foundation. From the proceeds of our Rotary Foundation Birthday Box and Sunshine Moments, our club matches any donation to The Rotary Foundation by a member up to $100.00 per year. Today, we collected $45.00 in the Birthday Box and from Sunshine Moments.

Dave Boyll conducted an Orientation Meeting for new and prospective members last Saturday at the Abilene Country Club. Nine people attended this meeting. Thanks, Dave.

Remember, you can pay for lunch at our meetings in cash, by filling out a charge slip, or by a ticket from a pre-paid ticket book. We have a credit card machine, but we prefer not to charge smaller amounts such as $11.00.

We are still working on our Club Pictorial Directory. Many thanks to Marty Pothier for his help.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KAREN HINES. Karen is General Manager of GAP Broadcasting, LLC. She joined our club in Nov. 2007.

We will not have a club meeting on Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

MAKE-UPS: Francine Carraro, Twyla Foreman, Paul Thomas, Brandon Shahan, Kyle Frush, Rady Piersall, David Stubbeman, and Dave Boyll at the Orientation meeting. Peter Fox made up at the Marble Falls Rotary Club. Doug Eichorst and Richard Rolison made up on-line. Marty Pothier and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 21, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Melissa Clifton Sturdivant spoke about the work of the County Agent. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe. NO MEETING NEXT WEEK, NOV. 28 (day after THANKSGIVING) and NO ROTATER NEXT WEEK. Program for Dec. 5: Glen Dromgoole, West Texas Poet.

December is ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. Please mark your calendar: On Friday, Dec. 19, we will meet at Noon at the WEST TEXAS REHAB CENTER. Plan to bring your spouse/best friend and remember to MAKE A RESERVATION for lunch on that day. If you come to the Abilene Country Club on Dec. 19, you will have to eat by yourself.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, our club will "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army at both doors of the north side Wal-Mart store. We are asking members to sign up for two-hour shifts. This is one of our ways of helping others have a better Christmas.

The West Texas Rehab Center is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Telethon on Jan. 16. If you can help, please call Michelle at 677-1342, Ext. 110.

The reconstruction period following World War II saw Rotarians and Rotary clubs all over the world contributing generously to relief activities. They sent clothing, books, food packages, and many other things to people living in war-devastated areas,

"When you join Rotary, remember two things:

"1. My fellow Rotarians have chosen me--not in the sense of exclusiveness, but because they believe that I am the person to represent my business in Rotary, and

"2. I am beginning a new adventure in SERVICE." (From Adventure in Service, published by Rotary International)

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 21, for the dedication of the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center at ACU. Our club contributed to this project in honor of Bob and Shirley.

Have you looked at "rotary.org" lately? Read about a Rotary mosquito net project to help prevent malaria or read how the Chicago Rotary Club has put on the internet 20,000 pieces of Rotary history.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JAY HOBBS. Jay has a Bachelor's of Behavioral Science degree and he is Administrator at Windcrest Alzheimer' Care Center. He joined our club in July 2004. Jay is married to Ruth

MAKE-UPS: Tom Boecking, Peter Fox, Bob Hunter, and Bruce Bixby made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Richard Rolison, Mary Beth Kilgore and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 5, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Glen Dromgoole read some of his Abilene poetry. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Danny Brown, "Aggies and Their Traditions."

Be sure and welcome our new member who was introduced to the club today: PENNYE SALAZAR, who is with Orkin/Lester Humphrey Pest Control.

December is ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. Please mark your calendar: On Friday, Dec. 19, we will meet at Noon at the WEST TEXAS REHAB CENTER. Plan to bring your spouse/best friend and remember to MAKE A RESERVATION for lunch on that day. If you come to the Abilene Country Club on Dec. 19, you will have to eat by yourself.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, our club will "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. at both doors of the north side Wal-Mart store. We are asking members to sign up for two-hour shifts. This is one of our ways of helping others have a better Christmas. WE DID NOT HAVE MANY SIGN UP FOR THIS TODAY. BE SURE AND SIGN UP NEXT FRIDAY OR CALL DAVID STUBBEMAN at 698-1756 to sign up.

I hope that all members received their copy of the MEMBER DIRECTORY. We will also distribute these next Friday. MANY THANKS to Marty Pothier for the photography and to Carolyn Rancier and R & R Printing for printing the directories.

Attendance at our meetings dropped in November to 54%. Please make up if you cannot attend Friday luncheons.

From the Fort Worth Rotary Club's newsletter of March 5, 1926: "Four Rotarians from the Fort Worth club got up at 4 A.M. last Friday morning and drove to Abilene for the first meeting of the Abilene Rotary Cllub The new club will be chartered on March 27, 1926. A special train will be operated and the trip promises to be a great event."

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 21, for the dedication of the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center at ACU. Our club contributed to this project in honor of Bob and Shirley.

By now, each member should have received his or her copy of The Rotarian Magazine. If you have not received a copy in the mail, please let David Stubbeman know. There are interesting stories titled "The British Schindler and how he saved the children of Prague" and "Celebrating 100 years of RI Conventions."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JULIE HOFMANN. Julie grew up in Clyde and went to the Univ. Of North Texas where she received a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management. She is a Business Solutions Consultant for AT&T Mobility. She is married to Dustin and they have one daughter.

MAKE-UPS: Kayla Christianson made up on-line at e-Club One. A. C. Alrey made up at the Houston Skyline Club and at the Houston Rotary Club. Doug Eichorst, Richard Rolison, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 12, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Danny Brown told us about Aggies and Aggie Traditions. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: We meet at THE WEST TEXAS REHAB CENTER for Friday lunch, Dec. 19. Enter the parking lot from the WEST SIDE (S. Bowie Street). The meeting room is on the northwest side of the parking lot. We will have our Annual Christmas Program with lots of singing. BRING YOUR SPOUSE/FRIEND. E-mail Myra Dean if you are coming or call David Stubbeman, so we will have a good idea of how many meals to order. If you come to the Abilene Country Club on Dec. 19, you will have to eat by yourself.

December is ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. Be sure to do something with your family as well doing something to make other families have Happy Holidays.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, our club will "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. at both doors of the north side Wal-Mart store. This is one of our ways of helping others have a better Christmas.

Our club's Officer Nominating Committee is at work preparing a slate of nominees for Club Directors to take office in July 2009 and a Club President to take office in July 2010.

I hope that all members received their copy of the MEMBER DIRECTORY. We will also distribute these next Friday. Again, MANY THANKS to Marty Pothier for the photography and to Carolyn Rancier and R & R Printing for printing the directories.

Polio eradication is the major project of Rotary International. There is so much more to polio eradication than giving a child a drop. Read the December issue of THE ROTARIAN to learn about the preparation it takes to get the vaccine to its destination. On the cover of this magazine is a picture of Sir Nicholas Winton and a child he helped rescue in 1939. In the same issue of THE ROTARIAN, you can read about Birmingham, England and the preparation in progress to host the Rotary International Convention in June 2009. All Rotarians are invited to this convention.

Remember, no Rotary meeting on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2, due to the holidays.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: SHERYL HOUSE. Sheryl is an Outreach and Admissions Counselor for the North Texas Job Corps. Sheryl previously lived in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined our club in June 2008.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Dickie made up several times in Oct. and Nov. at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene South west Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 19, 2008
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we had an outstanding Christmas luncheon. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe. And thanks to Joe Alcorta, Woody Gilliland, Betty Hukill, Kim Bosher, and others who donated door prizes that were given away today.

NO MEETING on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Also, Abilene Wednesday Rotary will not meet on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31. If you will be driving on the highways during the holidays, PLEASE drive carefully. Program for JANUARY 9, 2009: Donna Albus--"Whose Team Are You On".

MANY THANKS to the following Rotarians who "Rang the Bell" for the Salvation Army last Saturday at the north-side Walmart: Peter Agnell, Mary Beth Kilgore, Morris Baker, Sondra Clark (and her daughter, Elizabeth Boyd), Bob Test, C. G. Gray, Ed Brokaw, Myra Dean (and her friend, Gary Jamison), Buzz Rehm, David Stubbeman, and Susan Piersall.

We had a nice visit with Joel Wilson last week when we took him his Membership Directory.. He welcomes any Rotarian who wants to visit him.

By now, almost everyone has received the new Membership Directory. Please let David Stubbeman know if there are any corrections that need to be made.

January is ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH, so be thinking of ways we can make the people of Abilene and elsewhere more aware of what we do as Rotarians. If you watch the Rose Bowl Parade in January from Los Angeles, you will probably see the Rotary float. It is intended to make more people aware of Rotary and is constructed by Rotarians in the LA area. If you want to make a contribution to the float, please tell David Stubbeman.

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating polio, a tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. You can contribute on-line at "rotary.org."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: FRED LEE HUGHES. Fred Lee graduated from Abilene High and Texas A&M, with a degree in Business Administration. He has been in the car business and the banking business. He has also served as Mayor of Abilene and President of our club (1961-62). Fred Lee joined our club in March 1953 and he is married to Wanda. They have two grown sons.

MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell made up on-line. Turner Cariker, Tom Boecking, Bob Hunter, Erik Johnson, and Peter Fox (twice) made up at the Abilene Wednesday club. Doug Eichorst, Bob Hunter, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene South west Rotary.


Club Officers: Randy Piersall, President; Betty Hukill, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kent Brown, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, Woody Gilliland, Steve Glenn, and John Harris; Sergeant at Arms, Marty Pothier; Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix; and Bob Test, immediate past president.


 

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