The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 9, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard two young people from the upcoming show, "Aladdin, Jr." sing. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and did not mind not having a Rotary meeting or Rotater for the last two weeks.

Program for JANUARY 16: Donna Albus: "Whose Team Are You On?"

Congratulations to MYRA JOHNSON and ERIK JOHNSON, who were awarded PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS today.

Our percentage attendance for DECEMBER was 63.21%, which is above average for our club. The following members had PERFECT ATTENDANCE from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2008: Dennis Bell, Tom Boecking, Dave Boyll, Ed Brokaw, Kyla Christianson, Mike Dickie, Will Dix, Doug Eichorst, Peter Fox, Craig Haterius, Bob Hunter, Mary Beth Kilgore, Marty Pothier, Richard Rolison, and David Stubbeman. Everyone can have perfect attendance if he or she will take time to "Make Up" by attending Abilene Southwest Rotary on Tuesdays or Abilene Wednesday Rotary on Wednesdays, or by making up on line or attending a club board of directors meeting or other club activity.

The club received a very nice "Thank You" note from Millie Braddy for her Christmas gift from the club. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful pianist to accompany our club singing.

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.

One thing the Rotary Clubs in Abilene do is sponsor a Youth Exchange Student. This school year, Yulia Chernova, from Russia, is our Youth Exchange Student in Abilene. Our club helps with some of her living expenses. When she visits our club, be sure and meet her and see what she likes about Abilene.

Our club will sponsor at least one high school student at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), which will be held for four days in June at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Now is the time to suggest to President Randy or David Stubbeman the name of a student you know who may want to attend RYLA.

Our club will sponsor a booth at BUSINESS EXPO at the Civic Center on March 25. If you have any ideas or suggestions as to how we can best present Rotary at the Business Expo, please tell Randy Piersall.

At the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England, in June, there will be a Rotary World Peace Symposium, where Rotarians can take part in a dialogue on peace-building. Now is also the time to make plans to attend this convention and meet Rotarians from all over the world.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BETTY HUKILL. Betty attended Arlington High School and Stephen F. Austin State University, receiving a B.F.A. degree. She is Executive Director the The Historic Paramount Theater, Inc. She rejoined our club in July 2007, after a leave of absence. Betty is married to Charlie and she will be PRESIDENT of our club beginning July 1, 2009.

MAKE-UPS: Brandon Shahan made up on-line . Bob Hunter 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

January 16, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Donna Albus presented the program: "Whose Team Are You On." Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for JANUARY 23: Dr. Austin King will present: "Medicare: The Good, Bad, & Ugly, Part Two."

Our APOLOGIES to B. C. ROBERSON. Last week, in the Rotater, we listed members with perfect attendance, and omitted B. C. He has 63 YEARS of perfect attendance.

Barbara Rollins has been doing an outstanding job as webmaster of our club website. However, she has run into a problem with the website and has asked for help from anyone in our club who has knowledge in this area.

Each year, our club sponsors the Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest, in which high school students give a five minute speech about the Rotary Four-Way Test, and compete for cash prizes. We award $250.00 for First Place, $150.00 for Second Place, and $100.00 for Third Place. If you know of any high school students who wants to participate, have them call David Stubbeman. The winner of our club's contest goes on to compete in our Rotary District Contest. Rules are on line at "rotary5790.org".

Rotary International has set up several "Rotarian Action Groups." One of these groups is for Disaster Relief. If you would like to get involved in this effort, go to "drrag.org". (DRRAG is for Disaster Relief Rotary Action Group.

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.

Membership dues statements have been mailed to all members. If you have not already paid your dues, please do so as soon as you can. Remember, the club takes Visa and MasterCard as well as cash and checks. At the Board of Directors' meeting today, it was reported that, from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2008, our club collected $23,282.12 in dues, meal receipts, etc., and spent $26,264.01. You will recall that our club spent $1,472.00 in December for the District Matching Grant to fund an after-school tutoring program. (Also, we usually spend more in the first half of our fiscal year than we collect because we pay dues in July each year to our Rotary District. This was $2,424.00 this past July.)

Do you know how to save pictures, documents, etc., "BEFORE IT'S HISTORY"? The January issue of The Rotarian Magazine has several articles on "How To ..." You would be surprised to see how much Rotary history is kept (but is not well organized) by our club over its nearly 83 years of existence.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BOB HUNTER. Bob graduated from San Mateo, CA, High School and Abilene Christian University with a degree in Business Management. Bob is Vice President Emeritus at ACU and is a former Abilene City Councilman and a former member of the Texas House of Representative. He joined our club in March 1964 and served as Club President in 1983-84. He is married to Shirley and they have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Turner Cariker, Tom Boecking, and Mike Weber 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

January 23, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. Josie Williams, President of the Texas Medical Association, spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe. Program for JANUARY 30: Tim Hart, "New Horizons."

Save the Date: April 23-27, ROTARY DISTRICT CONFERENCE at the Southlake Hilton. All Rotarians are invited to come meet Rotarians from all over our District and to learn more about Rotary.

TASTE OF ABILENE is our club's major fund-raiser. It will be held on APRIL 7 at the Round Building close to the Taylor Country Coliseum. Our club promotes the event and sells tickets. The Abilene Restaurant Assn. (ARA) provides the food, and we split the net profits 50-50 with ARA. Letters have been mailed out to prospective sponsors. If you know of any business that would like to be a sponsor, please let Jay Hobbs know and he will send them a packet of information. All of our proceeds go to local charities.

As you may recall, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $100 million to The Rotary Foundation as a challenge gift to help eradicate polio. Bill Gates announced last week at the Rotary District Governor-Elect's Training Session that he was increasing his gift to The Rotary Foundation by $255 million to a total of $355,000,000.00. So, please help ERADICATE POLIO and make a donation to The Rotary Foundation by giving to David Stubbeman a check payable to "THE ROTARY FOUNDATION."

It was also announced last week that the United Kingdom pledged $150 million and the German Government pledged $130 million to help in the fight against polio. The wild polio virus still exists in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan, and could spread from these countries if it is not eradicated. Since 1988, more than TWO BILLION CHILDREN have received the oral polio vaccine.

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.

MANY THANKS to Barbara Rollins. She is working to update our club website.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: ERIK JOHNSON. Erik graduated from Abilene High School and the University of Texas at Arlington, with a degree in advertising. He has been in the beverage business and now is with Paul Johnson and Associates. He joined our club in January 2001 and, with Jay Hobbs, is one of the leaders of our annual fund-raiser, Taste of Abilene. Erik is married to Jill and they have three children.

MAKE-UPS: Kayla Christianson made up on-line. Richard Rolison, Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking, Bob Kuykendall, and Mike Weber 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

January 30, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Tim Hart told us about the non-profit organization, "New Horizons." Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe. Program for FEBRUARY 6: Barney with the Ruff Riders. Jim Bennington will introduce guests.

Congratulations to B. C. Roberson, who drew the Ace of Spades today in Dealing for Dollars. B. C. is graciously donating $375.00 to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION. I think B. C. won Dealing for Dollars last year, also.

Save the Date: April 23-27, ROTARY DISTRICT CONFERENCE at the Southlake Hilton. All Rotarians are invited to come meet Rotarians from all over our District and to learn more about Rotary.

TASTE OF ABILENE is our club's major fund-raiser. It will be held on APRIL 7 at the Round Building close to the Taylor Country Coliseum. Our club promotes the event and sells tickets. The Abilene Restaurant Assn. (ARA) provides the food, and we split the net profits 50-50 with ARA. Letters have been mailed out to prospective sponsors. If you know of any business that would like to be a sponsor, please let Jay Hobbs know and he will send them a packet of information. All of our proceeds go to local charities.

February is ROTARY WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH. All Rotarians are urged to do something to further INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL, such as by inviting a foreign student or a foreign national to our club.

February 23 is the 104th anniversary of ROTARY. It was on this date in 1905 that Paul Harris and three friends met and began what is now 1.2 million Rotarians in over 164 countries in the world. Rotary International will hold its 100th International Convention in Birmingham, England, in June of this year.

February 8 is the 99th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. As you know, our club provides Eagle Kits to Boy Scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout in our area. The Salvation Army has purchased a new emergency vehicle and they will be giving tours of the vehicle on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 1 P.M. at 1726 Butternut St.

Our club has been asked by Dr. Jane Estes Tindol, a local dentist, to apply for a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant to drill water wells in Honduras where she provides a free dental clinic each year. Your Board of Directors will consider this at its next meeting.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PAUL JOHNSON. Paul graduated from Anoka High School and the University of Minnesota and he has also attended Hardin-Simmons University. He is retired from the U. S. Air Force and is now President of Paul Johnson and Associates. Paul joined our club in 1977. He is married to Myra and they have five children, including Erik Johnson, who is a member of our club.

MAKE-UPS: Kayla Christianson made up on-line. Dave Boyll made up by attending a meeting of our club's nominating committee. Abilene Southwest Rotary did not meet last Tuesday due to the icy weather. Tom Boecking and Francine Carraro 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

February 6, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Barney, with the Ruff Riders, gave the program. (This edition of the Rotater is being printed early, so I hope Barney showed up for our meeting.) Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for FEBRUARY 13: Rotary Valentine Program. Cindy Cook will introduce guests.

TASTE OF ABILENE will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, and is our club's major fund-raiser. Enclosed, you will find a copy of a letter from Kim Bosher with the Advertising Schedule. We have a new WEBSITE, "tasteofabilene.com" which is printed in red in the enclosed letter (my copier does not copy red very well). The gist of the enclosed letter is "SELL SPONSORSHIPS, SELL TICKETS, SELL SPONSORSHIPS, SELL TICKETS." If you have any questions, please contact Kim at "KBosher@abilenecars.com"

February is ROTARY WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH. All Rotarians are urged to do something to further INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL, by inviting a foreign student or a foreign national to our club.

Our club's percentage of attendance has been around 60%. If you have any ideas about how we can increase our attendance, please let Randy Piersall, Betty Hukill or David Stubbeman know. Betty is beginning to make plans for her upcoming year as Club President.

MANY THANKS to Myra Dean and her committee which is working to attract more ladies to our club.

February 23 is the 104th anniversary of ROTARY. It was on this date in 1905 that Paul Harris and three friends met and began what is now 1.2 million Rotarians in over 164 countries in the world. Rotary International will hold its 100th International Convention in Birmingham, England, in June of this year.

February 8 is the 99th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. As you know, our club provides Eagle Kits to Boy Scouts in our area who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Thank you for paying your club dues. Sixty-six (66) members have paid their dues since January 1.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: GREG KAISER. Greg graduated from St. Mary's High School and Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University), with a degree in business. He is President of Pensions Unlimited and joined our club in October 1978. Greg is married to Gwen and they have one daughter.

MAKE-UPS: Erik Johnson made up by attending a Taste of Abilene committee meeting. Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking and Francine Carraro 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.




Dear Rotarians,

I am forwarding our advertising schedule to everyone to let you know we are in full swing for Taste of Abilene 2009 and need everyone to start spreading the word and sell Sponsorships and tickets. You can see we have an incredible team of Rotarians working on the promotion committee but we need your help. Do you have a business or know a business that can sponsor this event? Do you know a business that would like to purchase tickets as an employee/customer thank you? Beginning Feb. 16th you can go to www.tasteofabilene.com !!!! Please read the dates below and be sure and watch bigcountryhomepage.com and Gap Broadcasting websites to ck out our new internet ads . This is going to be a fun, exciting event and we need everyone to help us promote it to be able to maximize our contributions to our Community ! Thanks for all you do to make Abilene a great place to live!

Taste 2009 Ad/Media Meeting

February 4,2009

Great meeting today. We covered a lot of area , have a basic marketing plan, and are excited about the "Taste 2009" !

Following are the deadlines that were set regarding The Taste of Abilene 2009. It is very important that we maintain the deadlines for sponsor/vendor commitments for printed material.

Please make sure www.tasteofabilene.com is on EVERYTHING !

February 13th- Tickets printed ( Jennifer) and begin distributing

February 16th- www.tasteofabilene.com website goes live ! (Garrett,Kayla)

All community calendars updated with event info (Karen Mendoza)

February 17th- Big Country Homepage advertising begins ( Eric Thomas, Kayla)

February 19th-Media Releases prepared and make PSA contacts ( Kim)

March 3rd- Sponsor-restaurant registrations due to be included in all printed material (Nan,Jay,Erik)

March 5th- Placemats ,posters final and ready to go to print (Kim)

March 9th- All internet banners,ads , tv spots completed and emailed to appropriate contact.

Advertising will begin on KRBC,KACU, KTAB, reporternews.com, KEAN,KEYJ, Rock108

March 13th- Hand out placemats/posters at Rotary meeting

SELL TICKETS!! SELL TICKETS !! SELL TICKETS!! SELL TICKETS!!

March 23rd- Media Blast, Live interviews through April7th- (various Rotary reps and restaurant owners)

March 25th- Sell tickets at Business Expo

Erik Johnson and Jennifer Kent will be setting up a paypal acct through www.bigcountryhomepage.com that will allow tickets to be bought on line . Special thanks to Kayla and InFocus Digital for producing all of the spots and Garrett for creating our new site!


Ad/ Media Committee-

Kayla Christianson
Karen Mendoza
Eric Thomas
Karen Hines
Erik Johnson
Kim Bosher



Service Above Self!

Kim Bosher
Kim Bosher
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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 13, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Betty Hukill, Myra Dean, and others, in honor of Valentines's Day, told about some Rotarians and their Valentines. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for FEBRUARY 20: Attorney Vianei Robinson will speak about Employment Law. Bill Core will introduce the guests.

Congratulations to our newest member, LAURIE McADAMS, who is with Junior Achievement. Be sure and welcome her to our club.

Also, congratulations to TOM BOECKING, who, today, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Certificate and medal.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 P.M., all Rotarians are invited to an open house at the BOB AND SHIRLEY HUNTER WELCOME CENTER on the ACU campus.

Our monthly Board of Directors meeting was postponed from today to NEXT FRIDAY, Feb. 20, at 1 P.M. All Rotarians are invited to attend. As usual, among other items on the agenda, a current financial report will be given to the Board.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club's major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, were distributed today. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). Members will receive an invoice for $180.00 and we are asking that you sell all or some of the tickets. If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, "tasteofabilene.com". If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at "KBosher@abilenecars.com"

February is ROTARY WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH. All Rotarians are urged to do something to further INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL, by inviting a foreign student or a foreign national to our club.

MANY THANKS to Will Dix and Marty Pothier, who input data onto our sign at each meeting. Also, MANY THANKS to Buzz Rehm, who distributes the song books, and to Frank Dlugas, Mike Schweikhard, Mary Beth Kilgore, and all other members who, each week, make our meetings THE BEST.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JENNIFER KENT. Jennifer is Marketing Director at First National Bank Baird. Julie Hofmann invited Jennifer to our club and she joined in August 2007. Jennifer is married and has one daughter, Emma.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw made up on line. Mike Weber and Karen Mendosa made up by attending two Taste of Abilene committee meetings. Mike Dickie made up several times at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Marty Pothier, Richard Rolison, Tom Boecking, Bob Kuykendall, and Robert Laird made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking, Mike Weber, Bob Hunter, Myra Dean, James Parrish, Bob Hunter, and Turner Cariker 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

February 20, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Vianei Robinson spoke to us about recent developments in Employment Law. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for FEBRUARY 27: James McCoy, a local pharmacist will speak. Riley Griffith will introduce the guests.

From your GRATEFUL PROGRAM COMMITTEE: "A hearty thanks to everyone who participated in the great Valentine's program last week. So many of you were asked when you came through the door...no warning or preparation and you "MADE IT HAPPEN". Thanks to all of you who said "YES" when we asked if you'd help...whether it was singing, reading, telling corny jokes, reciting or sharing part of your life. All and all, A GREAT DAY AT ROTARY! It seemed we had that Rotary "Lovin' Feelin'".

The Nominating Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, presents the following candidates for election to office in our club:

For President, 2010-2011: JAY HOBBS, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, AND BARBARA ROLLINS. For club directors, 2009-2011, (elect three): KAYLA CHRISTIANSON, MALCOLM COCO, JENNIFER KENT, BOB McMILLAN, AND RICHARD ROLISON.

The election will be on, FRIDAY, MARCH 20. The Board of Directors will present a method whereby members can vote by mail or internet for club officers during the seven days immediately preceding March 20. Details of the method are being worked out.

MANY THANKS to everyone who completed the Internet Access Survey last week. For those of you who did not get to complete the brief survey, you will be receiving a copy of the survey and asked to complete it.

Be sure and check out our NEW CLUB WEBSITE. Thanks to Kayla Christianson, Barbara Rollins, and all of the others who have worked on this project. (It is now "dot com" rather than "dot org".) Also, "tasteofabilene.com" is now up and running.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 P.M., all Rotarians are invited to an open house at the BOB AND SHIRLEY HUNTER WELCOME CENTER at ACU.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club's major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, were distributed today. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). Members will receive an invoice for $180.00 and we are asking that you sell all or some of the tickets. If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, "tasteofabilene.com". If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at "Kbosher@abilenecars.com"

We received a Letter of Resignation from Ralph Bridwell, who was President of our club in 1986-87. He is no longer able to attend meetings. We also understand that Don Etter, who was President of our club in 1980-81, is in the hospital.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MARY BETH KILGORE. Mary Beth graduated from Victoria, TX, High School and Sam Houston State University. She retired from the U. S. Air Force and is Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. She joined our club in April 1989.

MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell made up on line. Cindy Cook, Betty Hukill, Jennifer Kent, Kim Bosher, and Karen Hines made up at a Taste of Abilene committee meeting. Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, Richard Rolison and Dave Boyll 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

February 27, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, James McCoy, a local pharmacist, spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for FEBRUARY 27: Phillip Ashby will tell us about the Holland Medical Magnet School at HSU. Dave Boyll will give the invocation.

The following persons have been proposed for membership in our club: KYLE KREBS (KTXS-TV), proposed by Kent Brown, and JULIA NAPIER (Willow Creek Farm), proposed by Betty Hukill. They will be announced as new members on Friday, March 6, unless a written objection is received by David Stubbeman before noon on March 6. Please keep proposing new members for our club.

The Nominating Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, presents the following candidates for election to office in our club:

For President, 2010-2011: JAY HOBBS, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, AND BARBARA ROLLINS. For club directors, 2009-2011, (elect three): KAYLA CHRISTIANSON, MALCOLM COCO, JENNIFER KENT, BOB McMILLAN, AND RICHARD ROLISON.

The election will be on, FRIDAY, MARCH 20. The Board of Directors will present a method whereby members can vote by mail or internet for club officers during the seven days immediately preceding March 20. Details of the method are being worked out.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club's major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, are being distributed to members. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). Members will receive an invoice for $180.00 and we are asking that you sell all or some of the tickets. If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, "tasteofabilene.com". If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at "Kbosher@abilenecars.com."

Be sure and read about Jane Goodall and her quest to save the apes in the March issue of THE ROTARIAN magazine. In the same issue, you will see a picture of Bill Gates wearing a Rotary hat on his way to eradicate polio.

Do you want to know how Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are spending your money. Go to "rotary.org" and get the details. If you want to know how our local club is spending your money, come to a board of directors meeting.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: AUSTIN KING. Austin graduated from Cooper High School, Trinity University, and Baylor Medical School. He is an otolaryngologist. He joined our club in February 1980. Austin is married to State Representative Susan King and they have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Doug Eichorst, Ed Brokaw, and Craig Haterius made up on line. Bruce Bixby made up on board the ms Zaandam. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Rotary Club. Will Dix and Turner Cariker made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Dennis Bell, Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, and James Parrish 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

March 6, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Phil Ashby told us about the Holland Medical Magnet School. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for MARCH 13: Dickie Greenwood will tell us about DRI.

KERRI HENSON, with Farmers Insurance Co., has been proposed for membership in our club. If no written objection has been received by March 20, she will be introduced as a new member.

The Nominating Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, presents the following candidates for election to office in our club:
For President, 2010-2011: JAY HOBBS, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, AND BARBARA ROLLINS. For club directors, 2009-2011, (elect three): KAYLA CHRISTIANSON, MALCOLM COCO, JENNIFER KENT, BOB McMILLAN, AND RICHARD ROLISON. Remember, no nominating speeches or campaigning is allowed.

The election will be on, FRIDAY, MARCH 20. Anyone who wants to vote and cannot be present on March 20 should contact David Stubbeman so that an absentee ballot can be obtained.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club’s major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, are being distributed to members. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). Members will receive with this Rotater an invoice for $180.00 and we are asking that you sell all or some of the tickets. If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, ”tasteofabilene.com”. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at “Kbosher@abilenecars.com”

We have received one application from a high school student who wants to attend Rotary Camp RYLA June 11-14 in Denton, TX. At least two more applications are expected to be received by the deadline of March 11.

We have received an application from a student at Hardin-Simmons University to receive a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. This application will be forwarded to our Rotary District Committee for consideration.

Our club’s Grants Committee will soon begin work asking for Grant Applications from local charities. This committee will recommend to the Board of Directors how we distribute the net proceeds from Taste of Abilene and Dealing for Dollars.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: CHARLIE KITCHELL. Charlie graduated from Anson High School and Texas A & M University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is retired from the State Department of Highways (now TexDOT) and he is a retired Colonel in the U. S. Army. He first joined Rotary and then was re-instated in March 1988. He is married to Alice and they have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: B. C. Roberson made up on line. Bruce Bixby and Turner Cariker made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Dennis Bell, Richard Rolison, B. C. Roberson, Bob Hunter, 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

March 13, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dickie Greenwood, a member of the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club, told us about Disabilities Resources, Inc. (DRI). Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for MARCH 20: Aimee Mudd Powell will give us a talk entitled “Be careful what you wish for...is it really worth the cost?” J. T. Box will introduce guests.

ALSO NEXT FRIDAY: CLUB ELECTIONS. Nominees are:
For President, 2010-2011: JAY HOBBS, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, AND BARBARA ROLLINS. For club directors, 2009-2011, (elect three): KAYLA CHRISTIANSON, MALCOLM COCO, JENNIFER KENT, BOB McMILLAN, AND RICHARD ROLISON. These are all great Rotarians.
Anyone who wants to vote and cannot be present on March 20 should contact David Stubbeman to request an Absentee Ballot.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club’s major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, are being distributed to members. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, ”tasteofabilene.com”. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at “Kbosher@abilenecars.com”

Congratulations to RICHARD ROLISON, who was today named a Paul Harris Fellow. As guests today were Richard’s mother and father, Richard’s aunt, Peggy Sonnenberg, a past president of the Graham Rotary Club, and Richard’s grandmother, Frances Hermann, widow of long time club member Sonny Hermann.
On March 27, our club will be 83 years old. How many other organizations are you a member of that have been in existence 83 years? Take time to look at AbileneRotaryClub.com and rotary.org.

There will be NO CLUB MEETING on Good Friday, April 10.
Our club will sponsor Simi Mathur, a sophomore at Wylie, and Sunnie Kuna, a junior at Abilene High, who will be attending Rotary Camp RYLA in June.
Our club is also sponsoring Lisa Larson, a junior at Hardin-Simmons University, for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Her first choice is to study in England for a year. This application will be forwarded to our Rotary District Committee for consideration.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PATTY KNIGHT. Patty was born in San Angelo and attended Cooper High School and THE University of Texas in Austin. She is with Senter, Realtors, and has been a multi-million dollar producer many years. Patty joined our club in March 1998. She is married and has two grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Will Dix, Bruce Bixby and Turner Cariker made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Dennis Bell, Bob Hunter, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Be sure and make-up when you miss our Friday meetings.


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

March 20, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Aimme Mudd-Powell told us about pending legislation in Austin. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for MARCH 27: Steve Anderson, with the West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization, will speak. Gary Glenn will introduce guests and Paul Lenker will give the invocation.

Congratulations to MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, who was today elected to be our CLUB PRESIDENT in 2010-2011 Also, congratulations to KAYLA CHRISTIANSON, MALCOLM COCO, and JENNIFER KENT, who were today elected to two year terms as Club Directors, beginning July 1, 2009.
Be sure and meet our newest member, KYLE KREBS, who is general manager or KTXS-TV and its sister stations.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club’s major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, are being distributed to members. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, ”tasteofabilene.com”. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at “Kbosher@abilenecars.com”
On March 27, our club will be 83 years old. We hope some of you will take a “Sunshine Moment” next Friday to share some of your memories about our club.

There will be NO CLUB MEETING on Good Friday, April 10.

On April 23-26 in Southlake, Texas, (near DFW Airport) we will have our District Conference. Go to Rotary5790.org to get all of the details. We will play golf at Timarron Golf Course in Southlake on April 23.

Last week, we told you about two high school students our club is sponsoring at Rotary Camp RYLA in June and a Hardin-Simmons student we are sponsoring for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to England. As part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program, our club is also working to sponsor a high school student from Brazil, who will live with a family in Tuscola and attend Jim Ned High School. And we are still hoping to help drill water wells in Honduras. It is great that our club is participating in so many of the Rotary programs.

Did anyone see TIM YANDELL’s picture in the Dallas Morning News last Friday?

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BOB KUYKENDALL. Bob graduated from Abilene High School and attended Hardin-Simmons and Wayland Baptist College. He was the owner of Kuykendall Business Systems and is now retired. Bob joined our club in July 1961and was Club President in 1977-78. He is married to Margie and they have two grown daughters.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotay Club several times in Jan. and Feb. Mike Weber, Jay Hobbs, Twyla Foreman, Jennifer Kent, Kayla Christianson, Kim Bosher, Karen Hines, and Erik Johnson made up at a Taste of Abilene meeting. Tom Beocking, Richard Rolison and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking, Peter Fox and Bruce Lampert 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

March 27, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Steve Anderson informed us about the West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for APRIL 3: Wheeler-Deegan, a musical group. Be sure and meet our newest member, JONATHAN ARDOYNO, who is with Cumulus Broadcasting. I apologize to the club for forgetting to submit Jonathan’s name to club members in last week’s Rotater as a proposed member.

On Tuesday, March 31, at the Abilene Public Library, downtown, our club will have a team led by Bruce Lampert entered in FundSpell, a money-raiser for the Taylor County Adult Literacy Council. All Rotarians are invited to come and cheer for our team.

Tickets to TASTE OF ABILENE, our club’s major fund-raiser, which will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7, are being distributed to members. All club members are asked to sell six tickets ($30.00 each). If you are unable to sell all of the tickets, please make a note on the invoice and return it and the unsold tickets to the club at P. O. Box 7108, Abilene, TX 79608. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, ”tasteofabilene.com”. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at “Kbosher@abilenecars.com”

MANY THANKS to all who helped with our club booth at Business Expo.

Today, Betty Hukill, our President-Elect, is attending Rotary President-Elect Training at DFW Airport.

There will be NO CLUB MEETING on Good Friday, April 10. Today, our club is 83 years old. The Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal is 50 years old.

The next time you use your credit card to pay for any Rotary expense, we will ask you for your Zip Code and three-digit security number. The fee we are charged by the credit card company is less if we include this info.

On April 23-26 in Southlake, Texas, (near DFW Airport) we will have our District Conference. Go to Rotary5790.org to get all of the details. We will play golf at Timarron Golf Course in Southlake on April 23. Also, do not forget that the Rotary International Convention is in Birmingham, England June 21-24.
April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. The Rotarian Magazine is printed in 32 different versions and in 25 languages around the world, so that all Rotarians worldwide will know what is going on in Rotary. Make a special effort in April to read your Rotarian Magazine.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: ROBERT LAIRD. Robert graduated from Castleberry High School and TCU with a degree in Nursing-Anesthesiology. He is an anesthesiologist in Abilene. Robert joined our club in November 1988. He also serves on the Abilene ISD School Board. Robert is married to Becky and they have two grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Tom Beocking, Marty Pothier, Bob Kuykendall, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking and Bob Kuykendall 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

April 3, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Bobby Deegan and Mike Wheeler entertained us. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NO MEETING GOOD FRIDAY, April 10.

Program for April 17: CHUCK MOSER DAY, where we recognized outstanding coaches and award a scholarship to a student-athlete.

TASTE OF ABILENE, our club’s major fund-raiser, will be held NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 7. PLEASE make an extra effort TO SELL tickets to this event. Remember, we have a new WEBSITE, ”tasteofabilene.com”. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bosher at “Kbosher@abilenecars.com”

Last Tuesday night, our club received an AWARD OF APPRECIATION from the Abilene ISD for our Rotary Reads program at Jane Long Elementary. MANY THANKS to C. G. Gray and the others who participate in this program.

Also, MANY THANKS to Bruce Lampert and his team who represented our club at FundSpell last Tuesday at the Abilene Public Library.

The next time you use your credit card to pay for any Rotary expense, we will ask you for your Zip Code and three-digit security number. The fee we are charged by the credit card company is less if we include this info.

Again this year, as a money-raiser, our club will be putting out the American Flag on Armed Forces Day (May 16), Memorial Day (May 25), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 7), Patriots’ Day (Sept. 11), and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). Turner Cariker and his team will be needing your help. AND we will soon be sending out Committee Preference Sheets so that you can tell us on which committee and in what way you want to be involved in Rotary beginning July 1 (during BETTY HUKILL’s term as President of our club).

On April 23-26 in Southlake, Texas, (near DFW Airport) we will have our District Conference. Go to Rotary5790.org to get all of the details. We will play golf at Timarron Golf Course in Southlake on April 23. Also, do not forget that the Rotary International Convention is in Birmingham, England June 21-24.

April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. In January 1911, Rotary International began publishing a newsletter which has become THE ROTARIAN MAGAZINE. For many years, the editor of the Rotarian Magazine was a graduate of McMurry University. Make a special effort in April to read your Rotarian Magazine.

Lisa Larson, a student at Hardin-Simmons and our club’s nominee to win a $25,000.00 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, is one of eight applicants from our district who will be interviewed on April 18 by our District Selection Committee. GOOD LUCK, LISA.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BARBARA LAMPERT. Barbara transferred to our club last October from the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. Her classification is “Marketing” and she is married to Bruce Lampert, who will be our Rotarian of the Week in two week.

MAKE-UPS: Tom Beocking, Bob Hunter, Mike Schweikhard, Bruce Lampert, Francine Carraro, and Turner Cariker 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.


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

April 17, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today was Chuck Moser Day. Outstanding coaches and an outstanding student-athlete were recognized. Marty Pothier also showed on the big screen pictures he took during Taste of Abilene. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Marty and Joe.

There was no Rotater last week because we did not meet last Friday and there will be no Rotater next Friday because David Stubbeman and others are going to the Rotary District Conference in Southlake, Texas, near DFW. If you want to learn more about Rotary and about what other Rotary clubs in our District are doing, the District Conference is the place to me. Go to rotary5790.org for all of the details and registration.

Program for April 24: Jim Larick, from Dallas, will speak about The Silent Service or “Boring Holes in the Ocean.”

TASTE OF ABILENE, our club’s major fund-raiser, was a great success. MANY THANKS to all who helped with this project. If you have not yet turned in your ticket money to Jennifer Kent or David Stubbeman, please do so as soon as possible. Randy Piersall is chair of our Grants Committee and this committee will now begin the process of determining which local charities will receive our proceeds of the Taste of Abilene and the monies we already have in our Community Service Bank Account (over $2,000.00 which comes from Dealing for Dollars).

The next time you use your MasterCard or Visa credit card to pay for any Rotary expense, we will ask you for your Zip Code and three-digit security number. The fee we are charged by the credit card company is less if we include this info.

Next Friday, President Elect Betty Hukill will be handing out Committee Preference forms. We that ask all club members fill out one of these forms and return them to Betty so that she can better prepare for her term as our club president, which begins July 1.

On Saturday, May 16, in Graham, Texas, we will attend the District Assembly (from about 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.). All club members are invited to this workshop session on how to improve our club.

April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. In January 1911, Rotary International began publishing a newsletter which has become THE ROTARIAN MAGAZINE. If you are not receiving your copy of this magazine, please tell David Stubbeman so he can get you on the mailing list.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BRUCE LAMPERT. Bruce attended Richfield High School in Waco and North Texas State University, as well as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is Director of Pastoral Care at Hendrick Health System. He joined our club in September 1993 and is married to Barbara. I forget to tell you last week that Bruce’s wife, Barbara, is involved in marketing at University Place.

MAKE-UPS: Kayla Christianson made up on-line, Tom Beocking and Mike Schweikhard made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Richard Rolison, Marty Pothier, 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

May 1, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Paul Archinal spoke about his life in television. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for May 8: Dr. Austin King will tell us more about Medicare.
Now that Taste of Abilene is completed, we will begin our next money-raiser, which is putting out American Flags, beginning May 16, which is Armed Forces Day.
One of the Community Service Projects that our club does is to provide the Eagle Scout kit (patch and medal) to Boy Scouts in our area who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. We recently received a very nice “Thank You” note from Alex McCatherine, who received a patch and medal when he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Our club, together with Abilene Southwest Rotary, has been sponsoring Yulia Chernova, from Mozhga, Russia, this year as a Youth Exchange student. She will be returning to Russia this summer. Beginning in July, our Youth Exchange student will be Alina Erikovna from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
We ask all club members to fill out one of the Committee Preference forms and return it to Betty Hukill so that she can better prepare for her term as our club president, which begins July 1.
On Saturday, May 16, in Graham, Texas, we will attend the District Assembly (from about 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.). All club members are invited to this workshop session on how to improve our club.
Can you recite the ROTARY FOUR-WAY TEST? Some Rotary Clubs say this at the end of every meeting. “Of the things we think, say or do
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

As we are about to end this Rotary year, have you made a donation of $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation as part of the EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR program?
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PAUL LENKER. Paul graduated from Cooper High School and McMurry University with a degree in Business Administration—Accounting. He is with Gunn Allen Financial. Paul joined our club inAugust 1986 and served as Club President in 1995-96. He is married to Molly and they have three grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. Ed Brokaw made up at Taste of Abilene (If you need a make-up and worked at Taste of Abilene, let David Stubbeman know.) C. G. Gray, Erik Johnson, and Tom Beocking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, Doug Eichorst, Dave Boyll, James Parrish, Tom Boecking, Robert Laird, and Charles Kitchell 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

May 8, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our club did not meet today due to a mix up with the Abilene Country Club. They had some other group booked for our meeting room.
Program for May 15: Yulia Chernova, our Youth Exchange student from Russia will speak and show pictures of her home. Past District Governor Jim Aneff will be chairman of the day and Bruce Lampert will introduce guests. Joe Frush will give the invocation. AND, the board of directors will meet at 1 p.m. next Friday.
Our club members will be putting out American Flags on Armed Forces Day, which is next Saturday, May 16. Many thanks to Turner Cariker, Gary Glenn, George Dawson, Claude Hicks, Buzz Rehm, C. G. Gray, Riley Griffiths, David Stubbeman, and others in our club who help with this money- raiser. This project will bring in about $3,000.00, to go with about $10,000.00 we receive from Taste of Abilene, and provide grants to local non-profits.
Our club, together with Abilene Southwest Rotary, has been sponsoring Yulia Chernova, from Mozhga, Russia, this year as a Youth Exchange student. She will be returning to Russia this summer. Beginning in July, our Youth Exchange student will be Alina Erikovna from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Also, we have just received work that a visa has been obtained for another Youth Exchange sturdent, Lucas Costa, the son of an equine vet in Vera Cruz, Brazil. Lucas will be staying with the Dale Rankin family in Tuscola, TX.
We ask all club members to fill out one of the Committee Preference forms and return it to Betty Hukill so that she can better prepare for her term as our club president, which begins July 1.
On Saturday, May 16, Betty Hukill and Mary Beth Kilgore will be going to Graham, TX for the District Assembly. Thanks to Betty and Mary Beth for representing our club at this assembly.
Go to rotary5790.org and read the District Governor’s newsletter. Our district had a very successful District Conference in Southlake, TX. The Group Study Exchange team from Mexico (one Rotarian and four young business persons) were at the District Conference as well as the Group Study Exchange team from our district going to Mexico this month.
As we are about to end this Rotary year, have you made a donation of $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation as part of the EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR program? You can give David Stubbeman a check payable to “The Rotary Foundation” for $100.00.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PEGGY MANNING. Peggy is with Senter Realtors. She joined our club in October 2001. She is married to Royce and has a son and grandchildren.
MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell and Richard Rolison made up at Taste of Abilene (If you need a make-up and worked at Taste of Abilene, let David Stubbeman know.) Peter Fox, Bruce Lampert, Mike Weber, Turner Cariker, and Tom Beocking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Buzz Rehm, Kent Brown, and Mary Beth Kilgore 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

May 15, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Yulia Chernova, talk about her home in Russia and she showed some beautiful pictures. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for May 22: Leonard Neith with the Abilene Recycling Center will speak.
We were saddened to learn of the death of Don Etter. Don joined our club in December 1968, and he was our club President in 1980-81. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Our club members will be putting out American Flags tomorrow, which is Armed Forces Day. MANY THANKS to all of our members who help with this project.
We hope that you have filled out one of the Committee Preference forms and returned it to Betty Hukill so that she can better prepare for her term as our club president, which begins July 1.
Tomorrow, May 16, Betty Hukill and Mary Beth Kilgore will be going to Graham, TX for the District Assembly. Thanks to Betty and Mary Beth for representing our club at this assembly.
Heather Barnes has resigned from our club. She has resigned from her job at GAP Broadcasting and will be a full time stay-at-home mother.
At the Board of Directors’ meeting today, it was decided to donate $500.00 toward the drilling of a water well in a village in Honduras where Dr. Jane Estes Tindol, an Abilene dentist, goes for several weeks every yearand donates her services. The total cost of the water well is $4,762.00. If anyone in our club would like to donate toward the drilling of this water well, please tell David Stubbeman.
Also, at the Board meeting today, it was reported that we collected $6,800.00 in sponsorships and $18,851.00 in ticket sales to the Taste of Abilene. After expenses are paid, we will split about $20,000.00 with the Abilene Restaurant Association. Our half, or about $10,000.00 plus about $4,000.00 we receive from our flag project will to to local charities. President Randy is chair of the Grants Committee and his committee is beginning their work now.
How do you describe our Rotary Club to a friend? There are so many characteristics of a Rotary club as well as the activities of more than a million Rotarians. There are the features of service, internationality, fellowship, classifications of each vocation, development of goodwill and world understanding, the emphasis of high ethical standards, concern for other people, and many more.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: LAURIE McADAMS. Laurie is Executive Director of Junior Achievement in Abilene. She joined our club in January of this year. Her husband is Thomas McAdams.
MAKE-UPS: Kyle Krebs made up at Taste of Abilene (If you need a make-up and worked at Taste of Abilene, let David Stubbeman know.) Mike Dickie made up several times last month at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Marty Pothier, Richard Rolison, Bob Hunter, 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

May 22, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Leonard Neith speak about the City of Abilene Recycling Center Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for May 29: Jody Houston will tell us about the Abilene Food Bank.
Our club members will be putting out American Flags Monday, which is Memorial Day. MANY THANKS to all of our members who help with this project.
Congratulations to Bill Core who completed his bicycle trips from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
On June 11, we will be taking our two high school students to Rotary Camp RYLA at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. They will return to Abilene on June 14.
On Monday, May 18, Peggy McConnell and David Stubbeman interviewed Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rankin of Tuscola, and their two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Rankin will be hosting our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Brazil, beginning in August. The interview is one of several steps required by Rotary . A back ground check is also required by the U. S. State Department before a Visa can be obtained for the boy’s visit. This is why the Rotary Youth Exchange Program is held in such high regard by everyone involved in youth exchanges.
This week, we mailed out 100 letters to non-profit organizations in Abilene requesting grant applications. Our club will distribute over $15,000.00 to local non-profits as a result of our fund-raisers (Taste of Abilene, Flag Program, Dealing for Dollars, etc.).
Are you aware of the responsibility or obligation that most Rotarians fail to perform? Is it paying their dues? Attending meetings? Contributing to the club’s service fund? Participating in club events and projects? NO—NONE OF THESE. The one in which most Rotarians fail is SHARING ROTARY. Make an effort to propose a new member.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BOB McMILLAN. Bob is retired from the U. S. Air Force. He is now involved in aircraft sales and service with Abilene Aero. Bob joined our club in September 1999. He is married to Joyce and they have two grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Kelly Thompson made up at Business Expo, FundSpell, and Taste of Abilene. Betty Hukill and Mary Beth Kilgore made up at the District Assembly. Betty Hukill also made up at the last Board of Directors’ meeting. Robert Laird and Erik Johnson made up at Taste of Abilene.(If you need a make-up and worked at Taste of Abilene or any other club project, let David Stubbeman know.) Bob Kuykendall, Doug Eichorst, Jim Bennington, Mike Weber, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. As you know, Rotary keeps close track of the attendance of its members.


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

May 29, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Myra Dean tell about Abilene Public Radio. Guests attending our meeting today were Cody Stites, Sandy Byers, Charlie Hukill, Kailey Miller, Yulia Chernova, and Jim Aneff. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for June 5: Rotarian Twyla Foreman will present “Always Patsy Cline.”
MANY THANKS to all of our members who helped put out American Flags on Memorial Day, We put out 117 flags and we will put out flags again on FLAG DAY, June 14.
Cody Stites, manager of the Hilton Garden Inn, has been proposed for membership in our club. If no written objection is received by noon, June 5, he will be eligible for membership.
Rotarian Joel Wilson, who has 56 years of perfect attendance with our club, has moved to Room 418 at Sears Retirement Center. He would welcome any one who comes to visit him.

On Thursday evening, June 25 (tentative date) the outgoing board of directors, continuing directors, and new directors will meet for supper with Isaac Castro, our Assistant District Governor from Hamlin.
June is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. Paul Harris said “Fellowship is wonderful, it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth a high price.” Friday, June 5 is World Environment Day. What can you do to make our world a little greener? On June 21, the Rotary International Convention begins in Birmingham, England. It is too late to make plans to attend the convention in Birmingham, but you can begin thinking about attending the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada, June 20-23, 2010.
Col. (Retired) Walt Morton, who was a member of Abilene Southwest Rotary Club, passed away some time ago and was cremated. On Monday, June 1, at 10 A.M., his remains will be the first interment at the new Texas Veteran’s Cemetery.

We are trying to update our Perfect Attendance List. Although make-ups are entered weekly in our Rotary computer program, the final report does not always include the make-ups. Please check with David Stubbeman and be sure your Perfect Attendance for any year since June 30, 2000, has been recorded.
On June 10, at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club, a lady who grew up in the FLDS community will present the program. This may be of interest to many Rotarians.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: KAREN MENDOZA. Karen is Public Relations/Events Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. She joined our club in April 2008.
MAKE-UPS: Doug Eichorst made up on-line. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. Jennifer Kent made up at Taste of Abilene.(If you need a make-up and worked at any club project, let David Stubbeman know.) Robert Laird, Peter Agnell, and Mary Beth Kilgore made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. As you know, Rotary keeps close track of the attendance of its members.


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

June 5, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Patsy Cline (also known as Twyla Foreman). Guests attending our meeting today were Yulia Chernova, Tomomi Sasabe, and Joanna Mullins. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for June 12: Rotarian Francine Carraro will tell us about the Grace Museum.
Be sure and welcome our new members who were introduced today: DAVID KING, a chiropractor with West Texas Back Clinic, and CODY STITES, with the Hilton Garden Inn. It is also a pleasure to welcome back from a leave of absence: DICK BURTON.
We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Joel Wilson, who had 56 years of perfect attendance with our club.
We will put out American Flags again on FLAG DAY, June 14.
Our Board of Directors will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19, AND NOT
on Friday, June 12. The Abilene Country Club charges us for everyone who attends our Friday lunches, whether or not you decide to eat or not eat. However, the board of directors, in an effort to encourage everyone to attend our meetings, has decided that we will not pass on this charge for a meal to a member who does not eat at our meetings.
Net proceeds from the Taste of Abilene were $21,089.44, of which the Abilene Restaurant Assn. will receive $10,544.72 and our club will receive $10,544.72. MANY THANKS to all who made this so successful.
On Thursday, June 11, we will be taking Simi Mathur and Sunnie Kuna, two high school students, to Rotary Camp RYLA at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. They will return to Abilene on Sunday, June 14.
On Thursday evening, June 25 (tentative date) the outgoing board of directors, continuing directors, and new directors will meet for supper with Isaac Castro, our Assistant District Governor from Hamlin.

June is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH.
We are trying to update our Perfect Attendance List. Although make-ups are entered weekly in our Rotary computer program, the final report does not always include the make-ups. Please check with David Stubbeman and be sure your Perfect Attendance for any year since June 30, 2000, has been recorded.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE MURPHY. Mike attended Coleman, Wisconsin, High School, the University of Wisconsin (BBA) and Sam Houston State University (MBA). He is CEO of Abilene Regional Medical Center. Mike has been president of the Wharton Rotary Club before he joined our club and he was a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange Team to India many years ago. He is married to Jennifer and they have four boys.
MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw made up at the Pittsfield, Illinois, Rotary Club. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. A. C. Alrey made up at the Grand Prairie, TX, Rotary Club. Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Dennis Bell, Richard Rolison, Tom Boecking, and Kyle Krebs made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. J. T. Box and Donna Dougherty made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. As you know, Rotary keeps close track of the attendance of its members.


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

June 12, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Francine Carraro tell about the Grace Museum. Guests attending our meeting today were Scott King, Josh Hale, Liandra Alcorta, Jim Aneff, Worth Moutray, and Larry McGraw. Remember, if you bring a guest who you think may be interested in joining our club, be sure and ask David Stubbeman for a Club Information Packet. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for June 19: Betty Hukill will present some excerpts from The Producers, which begins soon at the Historic Paramount Theater.
We will put out American Flags again on FLAG DAY, Sunday, June 14.
Our Board of Directors will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19.
Yesterday, we took Simi Mathur and Sunnie Kuna, two high school students sponsored by our club, as well as Caleb Champion and Brenna Harper, sponsored by the Abilene Southwest Rotary Club, and Alisha Patel, sponsored by the Hamlin Rotary Club, to Rotary Camp RYLA at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. They will return to Abilene on Sunday, June 14.
On Tuesday evening, June 23, the outgoing board of directors, continuing directors, and new directors will meet for supper with Isaac Castro, our Assistant District Governor from Hamlin. They will be reviewing the past Rotary year and planning for the upcoming Rotary year. The place will be announced later.
We have been meeting at the Abilene Country Club for almost a year. We hope that everyone is satisfied with this meeting place. Our club was 83 years old in March 2009. We began the Rotary Year (July 1, 2008) with 101 members and we now have 109 members (including 25 women members). Mary Pothier and B. C. Roberson won Dealing for Dollars this year. Each year, for the past several years, our club has donated a dictionary to every third grade student at Jane Long Elementary.
In 1954, the first human trials of the Salk vaccine took place in Leetsdale, PA. Be sure and read in the Rotarian Magazine about the history of the fight against polio and about Rotary’s part in the eradication of the polio virus in ALMOST every place in the world.
June is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JACK NORTH. Jack graduated from Abilene High School, McMurry University, and Dallas Mortuary College. He is the owner of North’s Funeral Home and a local historian. He joined our club in December 1972. He is married to Sandy and he has two grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Bob Kuykendall, Tom Boecking, Robert Laird, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Only fifty-four percent (54%) of our members attended or made-up a missed meeting in May.


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

June 19, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we enjoyed an excerpt from The Producers, which will be presented at The Historic Paramount Theater next weekend. Guests attending our meeting today were Steve Coleman, a Rotarian from Danbury, TX, and David Christianson, spouse of Kayla Christianson. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Program for June 26: RANDY PIERSALL will TURN THE GAVEL OVER to BETTY HUKILL and Mike Litis, with the Brazos River Authority will speak.
NO MEETING on July 3. Our club will be putting out about 120 American Flags on July 4.
On TUESDAY EVENING, June 23, the outgoing board of directors, continuing directors, and new directors will meet AT 6:30 P.M. for supper at CYPRESS STREET STATION with Isaac Castro, our Assistant District Governor from Hamlin. New board members are KAYLA CHRISTIANSON, MALCOLM COCO, AND JENNIFER KENT. They will be reviewing the past Rotary year and planning for the upcoming Rotary year.
Our club has received about 40 Grant Application. Our Grant’s Committee is currently reviewing these applications and will then present recommendations to the board of directors. We will be giving away about $15,000.00 this year.
In last week’s Rotater, we failed to mention that Barbara Rollins, in addition to B. C. Roberson and Marty Pothier, has won Dealing for Dollars during this past year.
Although the Abilene Country Club charges us for all attendees, whether they eat or not, our Board of Directors has decided not to charge members who do not eat. It is hoped that this will encourage attendance, even for those on a diet or who otherwise do not desire to eat.
June is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. How long has it been since you proposed a new member for our club? Fellowship is one of the many benefits to being a Rotarian.
Do you read the Electronic Sign on the wall during our club meetings? MANY THANKS to our Sergeant at Arms Will Dix for inputting the info we read.
Our club has received “Thank You” notes from Eagle Scouts Troy Hubbard of Coleman and Mark Ruiz of Brownwood for the Eagle Scout Kit which our club provides to all new Eagle Scouts in our area.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DAVE O’CONNOR. Dave attended high school in South Dakota and graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business Management. He is General Manager for West Texas for Mobile Phone of Texas. He is a U. S. Navy veteran and joined our club in May 1987. He is married to Peggy and they have three grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Kent Brown made up by service as a Counselor at Rotary Camp RYLA. Doug Eichorst made up at the South Bend, IN, Rotary Club.
Barbara Rollins, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent made up on-line. Bruce Bixby, Turner Cariker, Tom Boecking, and Erik Johnson made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, Richard Rolison, Charlie Kitchell, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO 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

June 26, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Mike Iltis speak about the Brazos River Authority, and in particular about Lake Granbury and Possum Kingdom Lake. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
NO MEETING on July 3 and No Rotater on July 3. Our club will be putting out about 120 American Flags on July 4.
Tammy Elliot will be Program Chair for this coming year and we look forward to a continuation of excellent programs every Friday.
On Monday evening, July 6, there will be a Farewell Social for Yulia Chernova at the Wesley Court Facility Atrim, 2617 Antilley Road. Please let David Stubbeman know if you plan to attend.
Today, after being installed as our new Club President BETTY HUKILL handed out a Club Calendar and Committee Assignments. If you did not get copies, be sure and get these at our next meeting. Be sure and attend our meeting on July 10, and see what changes Betty makes in our meeting agenda!!! We begin Betty’s year with 108 members. EVERYONE needs to help increase our club membership this coming year.
Although the Abilene Country Club charges us for all attendees, whether they eat or not, our Board of Directors has decided not to charge members who do not eat. It is hoped that this will encourage attendance, even for those on a diet or who otherwise do not desire to eat.
Did you see a picture of Dolly Parton in the July issue of The Rotarian Magazine? She is teaming up with Rotary to encourage early childhood reading. As we have done for the past several years, our club will be giving a Dictionary to each third grade student at Jane Long Elementary.
The Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England, is now history. It is not too early to think about attending the next Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada, June 20-23, 2010. You and your spouse can enjoy meals with Rotarians from all over the world and learn first-hand what Rotary is doing.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MAJOR JAMES PARRISH. James is minister/administrator of The Salvation Army in Abilene. He attended high school in Goldsboro, N.C., and The Salvation Army School for Applied Training. James has been a member of several other Rotary clubs. He is married to Sally and they have three grown children.
MAKE-UPS: Mary Beth Kilgore made up at the Board of Directors’ meeting, Kyle Krebs and Mike Weber made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Mike Schweikhard, Richard Rolison, Craig Haterius, Erik Johnson, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO 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. BEGINNING NEXT WEEK, Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 10, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard our own Dr. Austin King talk about Medicare. Betty Hukill presented an Outstanding Performance presiding at her first meeting as Club President. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Next Week: Sarah Mulkey will talk to the club.

CONGRATULATIONS to KIM BOSHER, who was named ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for our club.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to the following club members who have 100% ATTENDANCE this past year: Peter Agnell, Dennis Bell, Tom Boecking, Dave Boyll, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Mike Dickie, Will Dix, Doug Eichorst, Peter Fox, Craig Haterius, Bob Hunter, Erik Johnson, Mary Beth Kilgore, Randy Piersall, Marty Pothier, Buzz Rehm, Richard Rolison, and David Stubbeman.

We extend our sympathy to Morris Baker on the death of his brother-in-law.

As we start this new Rotary Year, everyone is encouraged to donate to The Rotary Foundation (Every Rotarian Every Year). Remember, your contributions up to $100.00 will be matched by the club (from the donations to the Rotary Birthday Box).

July is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH. What are you doing to promote literacy for adults or children? Each week, our club donates a book to the Resource Learning Center at Jane Long Elementary. In September, we will again this year began reading to second and third graders at Jane Long Elementary.
Seventy Rotarians receive this newsletter by regular mail and 48 receive it by e-mail. If you receive the Rotater by snail mail and would like to receive it by e-mail, or visa versa, tell David Stubbeman.

Kayla Christianson is our club website Webmaster. Be sure and look at our club website often.

Our Rotary District has requested that we provide each member’s e-mail address to the District Governor so that he can notify you directly of District events such as the District Conference, District Assembly and District Seminars. If you prefer NOT to be on the District e-mail list, please tell David Stubbeman.

Today, Erik Johnson announced that the Mayor’s Cup Disc Golf Tournament will be held on Oct. 17 at Cal Young Park. Our club will help with the tournament and we may have a club picnic on Oct. 17 at Cal Young Park.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RANDY PIERSALL. Randy has just completed a great year as Club President. He graduated from Cooper High School and ACU, with a degree in Marketing and Accounting. He is a CPA and owns Piersall Benton Funeral Directors. He is married to Susan and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Test made up at the Rotary Club of Houston, TX. Barbara Rollins made up on line. Doug Eichorst has made up several times at the South Bend, IN, Rotary Club. Mike Schweikhard, Mike Weber, Turner Cariker, Erik Johnson and Peter Fox made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Tom Boecking, Robert Laird, Richard Rolison, and Bob Hunter made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 17, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Sarah Mulkey spoke about dealing with grief. Joe Alcorta and J. T. Box’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe and J. T. Guests included Erin Thraher with Angels Care Home Health and Benjie Polnick. Please invite a guest to our next club meeting. The programs are very interesting and the food is outstanding.

Next Week: Brenda Trojcaid with Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Dick Burton and his family on the death of his son.

Congratulations to Jim Bennington who, last week, drew the Ace of Spades in our Dealing for Dollars contest and won $488.00. An equal amount went into our Community Service Account which will be used for grants to local non-profit organizations.

One of the new things that President Betty is doing is having a ROTARY MOMENT at each meeting. We hope that you are enjoying learning a little more about Rotary each week. You may be asked some week to share some information about Rotary.

It was good to know that our Rotary Exchange Student from Russia, Yulia Chernova, has safely returned home to Russia. We are expecting two more Youth Exchange Students in September.

On Saturday, August 15, at the Mineral Wells High School (from 8:55 a.m. to 2 p.m.), there will be a Rotary District Seminar on Membership/The Rotary Foundation. All club members are invited to join our club president, Betty Hukill, in attending this very informative seminar. Our club will pay your registration fee.

July is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH. What are you doing to promote literacy for adults or children? Each week, our club donates a book to the Resource Learning Center at Jane Long Elementary. In September, we will again this year begin reading to second and third graders at Jane Long Elementary.

Did you read the story in The Rotarian Magazine, Aug. edition, about how Rotarians are bringing dental services to a small town in Uganda, Africa? Rotary is making a difference around the world and each of you is a part of it.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MARTY POTHIER. Marty graduated from Everett, WA, high school. When he joined our club in August 1985, he had been with Keeton Color for eleven years. He now owns Pothier Photography and takes outstanding photographs. He has shows on many weekends all around the country. Marty has served as one of our Sergeant at Arms for many years.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 24, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Brenda Trojcak spoke about the RSVP Program. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe. Our guest today was Larry McGraw from Abilene Southwest Rotary.
Next Week: Dr. Don Frazier will speak about Windshield History from Abilene to Ft. Worth. Please invite a guest to our next meeting.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 22. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, Ray Klingensmith, will speak at ACU for our annual Rotary Foundation Dinner. Spouses are certainly invited. Rotarians from all over our Rotary District are expected to attend.
Do you know a non-Rotarian who would like to travel to India for four weeks, ALL EXPENSES PAID, beginning the last week of December, as part of a Rotary Group Study Exchange? This person must be between 25 and 40 years preferably with an agricultural background. If so, contact our Assistant District Governor, Isaac Castro, as soon as possible. (325-576-2797)
First Lady Barbara Bush said: “Now more than ever, literacy is at the heart of American’s future.” July is ROTARY LITERACY MONTH.. Every Rotarian is challenged to do something to promote literacy in Abilene, as well as around the world.
All of the paperwork has been completed for our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Brazil, Lucas Mansano da Costa to come to Abilene and begin school at Jim Ned High School on Aug. 24. We look forward to meeting Lucas and learning more about Brazil.
One of the new things that President Betty is doing is having a ROTARY MOMENT at each meeting. Today, Betty told us how the Rotary Wheel came to be the symbol for our organization.
On Saturday, August 15, at the Mineral Wells High School (from 8:55 a.m. to 2 p.m.), there will be a Rotary District Seminar on Membership/The Rotary Foundation. All club members are invited to join our club president, Betty Hukill, in attending this very informative seminar. Our club will pay your registration fee.
Did you read the story in The Rotarian Magazine, Aug. edition, about how Rotarians are bringing dental services to a small town in Uganda, Africa? Rotary is making a difference around the world and each of you is a part of it.
Please look at our Rotary District website, “rotary5790.org.” It was been re-arranged and expanded with lots of Rotary info.
ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MARK POWELL. Mark is with the downtown office of American State Bank. He joined our club in March 2008. You heard Mark and his band play at our Taste of Abilene last April.
MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw made up on-line for the last three weeks. Brandon Shahan also made up on-line. Tom Boecking and Dave Boyll made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Dick Burton, Robert Laird, Bob Hunter, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 31, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. Don Frazier told us about some history between Abilene and Ft. Worth. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe. Our guests today were Blair Haney from Abilene Southwest Rotary, Liandra Alcorta, Dr. Jerry Strader, Eddie Rivera, Gary Jamison, and Connie Petross.
Next Week: Jody Houston, with the Food Bank of Abilene, will speak. Please invite a guest to our next meeting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 22. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, Ray Klingensmith, will speak at ACU for our annual Rotary Foundation Dinner. Spouses are certainly invited. Rotarians from all over our Rotary District are expected to attend.
If you miss a meeting, PLEASE MAKE UP. The best website we have found to make up is “rotaryclubeone.org”. Please let David Stubbeman know if you have any trouble making up on-line.
Our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Alma, from Kyrgyzstan, will arrive at the Abilene Airport at about 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 4. If you would like to meet her at the airport, call Will Speight (692-7988) for the exact time. Kyrgyzstan is one of the smallest and poorest of the former Soviet republics. It borders on the western edge of China.

All of the paperwork has been completed for our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Brazil, Lucas Mansano da Costa to come to Abilene and begin school at Jim Ned High School on Aug. 24. We look forward to meeting Lucas and learning more about Brazil.
Be sure and check out the website of our Disc Golf Tournament: “mayorscupabilene.org”
We regret to inform you that Steve Glenn is leaving our club and moving to Tennessee. Steve has served on our board of directors and he will be greatly missed.
One of the new things that President Betty is doing is having a ROTARY MOMENT at each meeting. Today, Betty told us about the OBJECT OF ROTARY.

On Saturday, August 15, at the Mineral Wells High School (from 8:55 a.m. to 2 p.m.), there will be a Rotary District Seminar on Membership/The Rotary Foundation. All club members are invited to join our club president, Betty Hukill, in attending this very informative seminar. Our club will pay your registration fee.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: CAROLYN RANCIER. Carolyn has a B.S. in Home Economics and Vocational Ed. For Handicapped. She is a Gifted & Talented Learning Resource Specialist. Carolyn is General Manager/Owner of Abilene Reproduction and she joined our club in Dec. 2007. You will recall that Abilene Reproduction printed our Pictorial Directory last year. Carolyn is married to Phil and they have two grown daughters.
MAKE-UPS: Craig Haterius made up at the Rotary Club of London, England. Doug Eichorst made up four times in South Bend, Indiana. Mike Dickie made up twice in Breckenridge, TX. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. Erik Johnson, Kayla Christianson, Brad Wicker, and Steve Glenn made up at a Mayor’s Cup Disc Golf Committee Meeting. Tom Boecking, Marty Pothier, Will Dix, Austin King, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 8, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Jody Houston told us about all of the good things that the Food Bank of Abilene does. J. T. Box and Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, J. T. and Joe. Our guests today were former member Betsy Paige and Grant Boone. President Betty Hukill was on vacation “camping out.”

Next Week: Ronnie Kidd and Janet Ardoyno will talk about City University. Our pianist, Millie Braddy, will be absent next week, so we will be singing a capella.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 22. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, Ray Klingensmith, will speak at ACU for our annual Rotary Foundation Dinner. Spouses are certainly invited. Rotarians from all over our Rotary District are expected to attend.

Our Rotary Club printer is over ten years old. Rotarian Wes Ratliff is donating a printer to our club to replace the old one. MANY THANKS TO WES RATLIFF.

Would you like to join Rotarians all over our district for a special night on Friday, Sept. 18, in Arlington watching the Texas Rangers play baseball? Part of your ticket money will go to support the Rotary fight against Polio. For tickets in the Rotary section, call Rhianna Jacobs at the Texas Rangers at 817-273-5864.

Our Rotary district has embarked on an exciting new program called “Institute for Leadership.” It is designed to develop the skills that help individuals become great leaders in Rotary. This will be Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at the DFW Merriott (near Texas Motor Speedway). Only 24 participants will be accepted. For more info, call PDG Chuck Kurtzman at 817-870-9884.

Be sure and check out the website of our Disc Golf Tournament: “mayorscupabilene.org”

On Saturday, August 15, at the Mineral Wells High School (from 8:55 a.m. to 2 p.m.), there will be a Rotary District Seminar on Membership/The Rotary Foundation. All club members are invited to join our club president, Betty Hukill, in attending this very informative seminar. Our club will pay your registration fee.

Our club was completed another great year. Income in our Operating Account was over $54,000.00 and expenses were just over $53,000.00. On June 30, our Community Service Account had a balance of $15,240.00. Although there is no annual audit of our financial records, we require two signatures on every check and all checks payable to the club our endorsed “For Deposit Only.” We will soon be filing IRS Form 990-EZ for the club. If you have any questions, please ask David Stubbeman.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WES RATLIFF. Wes graduated from Strawberry, Arkansas, High School and Southern Methodist Univ. He is the owner of Automated Copy Systems, Inc., and joined our club in Nov. 1978. He previously donated a copier to the club and is now donating a printer. THANKS, AGAIN.
MAKE-UPS: Jennifer Kent made up three times on-line. Robert Laird, Bob Hunter, Dick Burton, Marty Pothier, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 28, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we had a Club Assembly and heard all about the many programs that our club is involved in. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Next Week: District Governor John Miller, from Arlington, will be our speaker.

David Stubbeman has been on vacation the last two weeks, so there has been no Rotater for the last two weeks, and none of our absent members have received post cards for the last two weeks. Programs for the last two weeks included information on the City University and Rotary Camp RYLA.

Welcome back Betsy Paige who has been on leave from our club for the last year and a half. Also, Rebecca Sharp has been proposed for membership. She works with Dr. David King, who joined our club several months ago but has had conflicts on Friday and has not attended regularly. If no written objection is received concerning Rebecca within seven days, she will be eligible for membership.

Buzz Rehm has made a generous donation to the club in memory of Mrs. Orville Filbeck. Orville was a long time member or our club and editor of the Rotater. Dr. Sandi Mathur has also made a generous donation to our club. Both of his daughters have attended RYLA.
Betty Hukill, Myra Dean, and Kyla Christianson attended the Rotary District Membership Seminar in Weatherford two weeks ago. Thank you for representing our club.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Oct. 22. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, Ray Klingensmith, will speak at ACU for our annual Rotary Foundation Dinner. Spouses are certainly invited. Rotarians from all over our Rotary District are expected to attend.

Would you like to join Rotarians all over our district for a special night on Friday, Sept. 18, in Arlington watching the Texas Rangers play baseball? Part of your ticket money will go to support the Rotary fight against Polio. For tickets in the Rotary section, call Rhianna Jacobs at the Texas Rangers at 817-273-5864.

Be sure and check out the website of our Disc Golf Tournament: “mayorscupabilene.org”

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DERRAL REED. Derral is owner of Home Instead Senior Care. He joined our club in Oct. 1999. He and Nancy have a new baby girl, so Derrel has not been attending our club meetings regularly.
MAKE-UPS: C. G. Gray (three times), Brandon Shahan, and Ed Brokaw (three times) have made up on line. Mike Dickie has made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club three times. Betty Hukill, Myra Dean, and Kayla Christianson made up at the District Membership Seminar. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club twice. Frank Dlugas and Doug Eichorst (four times) have made up at the South Bend, IN, Rotary Club. Bruce Bixby made up three times at the Ruidoso, NM, Rotary Club. A. C. Alrey made up at the Houston Skyline Rotary Club. Erik Johnson made up at a Mayor’s Cup Committee meeting. Richard Rolison, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, Bob Hunter, and Ed Brokaw made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Tom Boecking, Bruce Lampert, Turner Cariker, Mike Weber, and Ed Brokaw made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WES RATLIFF. Wes graduated from Strawberry, Arkansas, High School and Southern Methodist Univ. He is the owner of Automated Copy Systems, Inc., and joined our club in Nov. 1978. He previously donated a copier to the club and is now donating a printer. THANKS, AGAIN.
MAKE-UPS: Jennifer Kent made up three times on-line. Robert Laird, Bob Hunter, Dick Burton, Marty Pothier, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 4, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, District Governor John Miller sp oke to the club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
Next Week: Learn all about our club’s ROTARY READS Program, lead by C. G. Gray and Twyla Foreman.

Be sure and welcome our newest member, REBECCA SHARP. Rebecca is with West Texas Back Clinic, and is taking the place of David King, whose schedule prevents him from attending our club regularly.

We will be putting out the American Flag twice this coming week. We will put out flags on Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 7, and on Patriot’s Day, Friday, Sept. 11. MANY THANKS to all who help with this money-raising project, the proceeds of which go toward local non-profit organizations.

Friday, Sept. 18, is when Rotarians will be sitting as a group at the Texas Ranger baseball game. For tickets, call Rhianna Jacobs at 817-273-5864. Part of your ticket cost will go toward Rotary’s fight against polio.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22, is the date that the President-Elect of Rotary International will be in Abilene for our Rotary Foundation Dinner. Make plans now to attend.

SATURDAY, OCT. 17, will be a busy day for our club. That day, we are a sponsor of the Mayor’s Cup Disc Golf Tournament and we will have our club and family picnic at the disc golf tournament. Also, that morning, Will Dix and his Weatherization Team will be fixing up and repairing homes of the elderly. That same day, our Rotary District will be having a Leadership Seminar for up and coming leaders of our Rotary clubs and Rotary District. Fortunately, there will be another session of this Seminar in February 2010, and, hopefully, some members of our club will attend.

Lucas, our Youth Exchange student from Brazil, is playing football for the Jim Ned High School Junior Varsity. He is still trying to get UIL approval to play on the Varsity. He is an excellent extra point kicker and kick off player. As you might suspect, he has played a lot of soccer in Brazil.

&nb sp; Be sure and read Joe Alcorta’s summary of our Club Assembly meeting on Aug. 28. Many, many of our club members are involved in projects and committees and so much of what our club does goes unnoticed. MANY THANKS to all of our members who make Rotary the great organization that it is.

MAKE-UPS: We have not received any reports of make-ups by our club members this past week. We should soon receive this report from the Abilene Southwest Club and the Abilene Wednesday Club. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.


Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 23, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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We did not have a meeting today, but LAST NIGHT was an outstanding event. Rotary International President Elect Ray Klinginsmith spoke to a sold out Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Hunter Welcome Center at ACU. PE Ray told how Rotary became involved in the eradication of polio. Beginning with a pilot project in the Philippine Islands in the early 1980’s to an almost $1 Billion project worldwide, polio has been eradicated in all but four countries in the world. IT MADE YOU PROUD TO BE A ROTARIAN to hear what our organization has done and can do. Many thanks to everyone who helped make last night so memorable.

Bob Kuykendall was taking pictures last night and we look forward to seeing his photographs. Several of the people attending the dinner told PE RAY that they would see him in Montreal, Canada, next June for the Rotary International Convention. Make your plans now to be there, too.

It was great to see so many out of town friends at the dinner, especially Myra Rainey, who served our club for many years as Executive Director. Her grandson has graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and is a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Next Friday: Dr. Jerry Fineg, “Animals in Space.” And you can win over $400.00 in Dealing For Dollars.

Erik Johnson reports that the Mayor’s Cup Disc Golf Tournament was very successful. The Rotary Team consisted of Brad Wicker, Riley Griffith, Derral Reed, and Erik Johnson, but we do not know how they came out. Bob Kuykendall and his wife helped deliver pizza to the event.

It is time to start thinking about future leaders in our club. Randy Piersall is chair and Jennifer Kent and Buzz Rehm are on the Nominating Committee for club directors for 2010-2011 and a Club President for 2011-2012. If you are interested in serving in one of these offices, or if you know a member who would make a good officer, please tell Randy or Jennifer or Buzz.

Kim Bosher is chairing our annual booth at the State School Halloween Party on Oct. 29. Please tell Kim that you will help. You may want to dress up in your own Halloween costume.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is World Polio Day and November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. Our club is ahead of time in celebrating both of these events. Did you know that Itzhak Perlman, the celebrated violinist, is a polio survivor? Read all about it in the November issue of The Rotarian Magazine.

Rotarian of the Week: PENNYE SALAZAR. Pennye works for Orkin/Lester Humphrey Pest Control. She joined our club last year after learning about Rotary at the Business Expo. Unfortunately, her schedule keeps her from attending our meeings very often.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier made up on-line. Kayla Christiansen made up at the Mayor’Cup Disc Golf Tournament. Bob Hunter, James Parrish, and Peter Fox made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. Abilene Wednesday Rotary and Abilene Marty Pothier. Southwest Rotary did not meet this week due to the Foundation Dinner. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.Click here to makeup

Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christiansen, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 04, 2009
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard the Woodson AISD Hand Bell Choir. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Next week: George Pendergrass, with the ACU Office of Multicultural Enrichment, will present our program.

Mark Blakely, with Mayfield Paper Co., has been proposed by Buzz Rehm for membership in our club. If no written objection is received by noon on Dec. 11, he will be eligible for membership.

Remember our MEMBERSHIP DRIVE. You are asked to give us the name and address of someone you think will be a good Rotarian. Myra Dean and Craig Haterius and their committee will write that person and then follow up with a telephone call to invite them to our Friday meeting. If they like what they see and hear, maybe they will want to join our club.

Today, we “passed the hat” asking for donations for the Rotary Float in the annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA. WE COLLECTED $107.00. Thanks to all of our members who contributed to this. The parade will be on national TV on Jan. 1, 2010.

We are looking for a club member to help with the duties of Sergeant at Arms. If you would like to do this, please talk to Will Dix, Marty Pothier or Betty Hukill.

Our club will be “Ringing The Bell” for The Salvation Army on Saturday, December 12. Mary Beth Kilgore, the chair for this project, has sign up sheets and there are a few two-hour shifts left to fill. Our club has done this every year for as long as we can remember. Sign up and be a part of this tradition.

The club nominating committee is submitting the names of the following members as candidates for Club Director for a two year term, beginning July 1, 2010: KIM BOSHER, J. T. BOX, TAMMY ELLIOTT, CRAIG HATERIUS, and ERIK JOHNSON. On January 15, 2010, we will elect three of these persons to serve as directors.

The Board of Directors today voted to purchase EAGLE SCOUT KITS for all Boy Scouts in our area who obtain the rank of Eagle Scouts. Maybe one day they will be Rotarians.

December is ROTARY FAMILY MONTH, when clubs work to assist families in their communities and celebrate the family of Rotary, which encompasses spouses and children of Rotarians, participants in RI programs, and others in the community with strong ties to Rotary. For our Christmas program on Dec. 18, be sure and invite your spouse or friend to our meeting.

The Dealing for Dollars pot will be at least $500.00 on Dec. 11. Be sure and come and buy at least one ticket for a chance to draw the Ace of Spades and win the pot.

Rotarian of the Week: CODY STITES. Cody is manager of the Hilton Garden Inn. He joined our club in June 2009. Due to his work schedule, he has not been able to attend meetings regularly.

MAKE-UPS: A. C. Alrey made up again in Silver Springs, Maryland. We understand that A. C. may be moving to that area and joining a Rotary Club there. Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Kayla Christianson made up on line. Tom Boecking and Ed Brokaw made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Mary Beth Kilgore, Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.Click here to makeup

Club Officers are: Betty Hukill, President, Mike Schweikhard, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Myra Dean, Mike Dickie, John Harris, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms, Will Dix and Marty Pothier


 

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