The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 12, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we had our annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon. Sixty-Six of our 104 members and at least 20 spouses came to our meeting. Millie Braddy, our pianist, was named Club Sweetheart. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Next Friday: Our program will be BELLY DANCERS.

CONGRATULATIONS to JAY HOBBS who was elected to be our club president in 2011-2012. Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Bosher, Craig Haterius, and Erik Johnson, who were elected to the board of directors beginning July 1, 2010, for two year terms.

Congratulations to Kelly Thompson, who drew the Ace of Spades and won $864.00 in Dealing for Dollars. Next week, we start over again with a new deck of cards and $100.00 in the pot.

We are trying to accumulate e-mail addresses for all of our members, so, if the need arises, we can contact all members on short notice. Please give your e-mail address to David Stubbeman. (If you receive this Rotater by e-mail, we already have your e-mail address.)

TASTE OF ABILENE. Glazers has agreed to be our Major Sponsor with a $2,000.00 donation and a pledge of certain products. Our committee is hard at work preparing for our major fundraiser on Tuesday evening, April 6, at the Abilene Civic Center. PLEASE help us find more sponsors. Kim Bosher and Jennifer Kent can give you more information and a sponsorship form.

Jim Clark, with the Christian Service Center, spoke to our club several weeks ago. Our club has decided to collect, at each meeting, donations for the Christian Service Center. Next Friday, bring a BAR OF SOAP or two. These donations will be delivered each week to the Christian Service Center. This is another way that we, as Rotarians, can show SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

Have you noticed the Rotary advertisements in the Abilene Reporter News? This is in addition to the Rotary Billboards in Abilene sponsored by our Rotary District.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon at the Taylor County EXPO Center, Rotary Past District Governor Tumbleweed Smith, from Big Spring, will speak at the Texas Farm-Ranch-Wildlife Expo.

At the Board of Directors’ meeting today, it was noted that some members are having trouble hearing with the present microphone sound system. The board will look into this. Also, the club will not meet on Good Friday, April 2, or on July 2.

Rotarian of the Week: MIKE WEBER. Mike grew up in Atchison, Kansas, and graduated from Benedictine College. He has been with Ben E. Keith for over twenty five years. Mike joined our club in September 1995 and was Club President in 2006-2007. He is married to Bonnie and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: Kent Brown made up on-line three times and Tammy Elliott made up on line twice. Matt Claxton made up on line, also. Making up at the Taste of Abilene committee were Jay Hobbs, Jennifer Kent, Kayla Christianson, Kim Bosher, Betty Hukill, and Myra Dean. Erik Johnson made up at a Mayor’s Cup Disc Golf committee meeting. Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, and Tom Boecking 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; Past President, Randy Piersall.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 19, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, four ladies from the Magic Lamp Dance Studio gave us a demonstration of belly dancing. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.
Next Friday: David Bauer, with the Abilene Ruff Riders, will present our program.

Be sure and welcome our newest member, ELLEN BRAWLEY, who is executive director of Junior Achievement.

Today, District Governor Paul Lucas, from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club, attended our club and, afterward, met with our club president-elect Mike Schweikhard and with Roberto Aguirre, president-elect of Abilene Southwest Rotary.

TASTE OF ABILENE. Glazers is our Major Sponsor and has made a $2,000.00 donation and a pledge of certain products. Our committee is hard at work preparing for our major fundraiser on Tuesday evening, April 6, at the Abilene Civic Center. PLEASE help us find more sponsors. Kim Bosher and Jennifer Kent can give you more information and a sponsorship form.

Our club has completed all of the necessary paperwork to have a “Non-Exclusive Liquor Catering Agreement” for the Abilene Civic Center. We will now be able to provide our own beverages for Taste of Abilene.

Kelly Thompson was presented a check today for $864.00 for drawing the Ace of Spades last week in Dealing for Dollars. This means that $864.00 (one-half of each ticket) has also been added to our Community Service Account since Jim Bennington won the “pot” last July.

Jim Clark, with the Christian Service Center, spoke to our club several weeks ago. Our club has decided to collect, at each meeting, donations for the Christian Service Center. Next Friday, bring a TOOTHBRUSH or two.

These donations will be delivered each week to the Christian Service Center. This is another way that we, as Rotarians, can show SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

Rotarians are encouraged to donate to The Rotary Foundation for international charitable activities. Gifts can be made to either the “Annual Fund”, the “Endowment Fund”, or the PolioPlus Fund. Read all about these in the Rotarian Magazine.

Some of you may remember Briggs Todd, who passed away recently in Mesquite, TX. Briggs was with First State Bank in Abilene and is a Rotary Past District Governor of both our District and of the Dallas Area District.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon at the Taylor County EXPO Center, Rotary District Governor Tumbleweed Smith, from Big Spring, will speak at the Texas Farm-Ranch-Wildlife Expo.

Our board of directors has decided not to have a booth at Business Expo this year.

Rotarian of the Week: BRAD WICKER. Brad graduated from Rockwall High School and attended Hardin Simmons University. He is president of Wicker Parker Insurance and he joined our club in July 2007. He is married to Andi and they have two children.

Our Youth Exchange students, Lucas and Alina, are preparing to give us a program before they go home to their countries this summer. Lucas, from Brazil, will be presenting the program at the Stamford Rotary Club next week.

MAKE-UPS: Today, four ladies from the Magic Lamp Dance Studio gave us a demonstration of belly dancing. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.
Next Friday: David Bauer, with the Abilene Ruff Riders, will present our program.

Be sure and welcome our newest member, ELLEN BRAWLEY, who is executive director of Junior Achievement.

Today, District Governor Paul Lucas, from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club, attended our club and, afterward, met with our club president-elect Mike Schweikhard and with Roberto Aguirre, president-elect of Abilene Southwest Rotary.

TASTE OF ABILENE. Glazers is our Major Sponsor and has made a $2,000.00 donation and a pledge of certain products. Our committee is hard at work preparing for our major fundraiser on Tuesday evening, April 6, at the Abilene Civic Center. PLEASE help us find more sponsors. Kim Bosher and Jennifer Kent can give you more information and a sponsorship form.
Our club has completed all of the necessary paperwork to have a “Non-Exclusive Liquor Catering Agreement” for the Abilene Civic Center. We will now be able to provide our own beverages for Taste of Abilene.
Kelly Thompson was presented a check today for $864.00 for drawing the Ace of Spades last week in Dealing for Dollars. This means that $864.00 (one-half of each ticket) has also been added to our Community Service Account since Jim Bennington won the “pot” last July.

Jim Clark, with the Christian Service Center, spoke to our club several weeks ago. Our club has decided to collect, at each meeting, donations for the Christian Service Center. Next Friday, bring a TOOTHBRUSH or two. These donations will be delivered each week to the Christian Service Center. This is another way that we, as Rotarians, can show SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
Rotarians are encouraged to donate to The Rotary Foundation for international charitable activities. Gifts can be made to either the “Annual Fund”, the “Endowment Fund”, or the PolioPlus Fund. Read all about these in the Rotarian Magazine.

Some of you may remember Briggs Todd, who passed away recently in Mesquite, TX. Briggs was with First State Bank in Abilene and is a Rotary Past District Governor of both our District and of the Dallas Area District.
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon at the Taylor County EXPO Center, Rotary District Governor Tumbleweed Smith, from Big Spring, will speak at the Texas Farm-Ranch-Wildlife Expo.
Our board of directors has decided not to have a booth at Business Expo this year.

Rotarian of the Week: BRAD WICKER. Brad graduated from Rockwall High School and attended Hardin Simmons University. He is president of Wicker Parker Insurance and he joined our club in July 2007. He is married to Andi and they have two children.

Our Youth Exchange students, Lucas and Alina, are preparing to give us a program before they go home to their countries this summer. Lucas, from Brazil, will be presenting the program at the Stamford Rotary Club next week.

MAKE-UPS: Dennis Bell and Brandon Shahan made up on line. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary 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; Past President, Randy Piersall..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; Past President, Randy Piersall.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 26, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we met two members of the Abilene Rough Riders and heard about their football team. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.
Next Friday: We will hear about the services of Goodwill Industries.

We were saddened to learn of the death of the mother of A. C. Alrey. She was born in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University. She retired from the City of Detroit. A. C. has been in Baltimore, MD, for a long time seeing to her care.

TASTE OF ABILENE. Our committee is hard at work preparing for our major fundraiser on Tuesday evening, April 6, at the Abilene Civic Center. We will soon be sending tickets to all of our members, asking them to purchase or sell the tickets. Of course, if you can not use or sell the tickets, you can send them back to David Stubbeman. PLEASE help us find more sponsors. Kim Bosher and Jennifer Kent can give you more information and a sponsorship form.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR one or two high school students, who will be Juniors or Seniors in Sept. 2010, to attend Rotary Camp RYLA June 10-13. Our club pays the tuition and provides transportation to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, where the camp is held. If you know of a student who would like to attend, please tell Kent Brown or David Stubbeman.

We have received a very nice “Thank You” letter from Richard and LaQuita Barron of Carbon, parents of Zeth Barron, who had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Eastland, TX, last week, where he received his Eagle badge and pins in a kit furnished by our club.

Jim Clark, with the Christian Service Center, spoke to our club several weeks ago. Our club has decided to collect, at each meeting, donations for the Christian Service Center. Next Friday, bring a tube of TOOTH PASTE or two. These donations will be delivered each week to the Christian Service Center. This is another way that we, as Rotarians, can show SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

Rotarians are encouraged to donate to The Rotary Foundation for international charitable activities. Have you tried to check up on your donations to The Rotary Foundation? Go to Rotary. Org. and click on “member access”. You will need your Rotary Number, which is on the mailing label of your Rotarian Magazine. Let David Stubbeman know if you have a problem getting this information. At the Rotary website, you can also read articles about this being the 105th anniversary of Rotary.

Rotarian of the Week: COLE WILSON. Cole grew up in Stamford, Texas, and attended Tarleton State University. He is with Edward Jones Investments and joined our club in Oct. 2007. Cole is married to Jessica and they attend First Central Presbyterian Church.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw made up on line. Mike Dickie made up twice at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Bob Hunter, Peter Fox, Doug Eichorst, and Tom Boecking made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. Abilene Southwest Rotary Club has not met on Tuesday for the last two weeks, due to the weather and to their evening Valentine’s Party. If you went to the Abilene Woman’s Club on either of the last two Tuesdays trying to make up, please tell David Stubbeman and you will receive make up credit. 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; Past President, Randy Piersall.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 16, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Blair Haney tell about the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts in America. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.
Next Friday: Kay Williams with the ACU Music Department will present “Home on the Range.”

TASTE OF ABILENE was a TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. MANY THANKS to Jennifer Kent, Kim Bosher and all who helped make this project go so well. Sponsorships and ticket sales now total over $34,000.00. If you have not paid for your tickets yet, please do so as soon as possible so that we can have a final report to share with the Abilene Restaurant Association. We are planning a way to say “Thank You” to the many sponsors who donated money and product to Taste of Abilene.

At our meeting today, President-Elect Mike Schweikhard handed out Committee Preference forms. It is hoped that all members will fill out and return the form and help Mike prepare for an outstanding Rotary year, beginning July 1.
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Have you read our Rotary District Newsletter lately. Go to Rotary5790.org and far down the left side, just below District Information, you will find “District Newsletter”. Click on this and you will find information on our club, including our “Percentage of Attendance.” See how our attendance compares with that of other clubs in our district.

We still have a few Rotary T-shirts left. If you want one, contact Erik Johnson.

Remember our Membership Drive. If you know of someone who would make a good Rotarian, please give his or her name to Craig Haterius or Myra Dean.

Be sure and remember to bring a tooth brush, tooth paste, etc., to each meeting so that we can deliver these to the Christian Service Center.

Our Rotary District Assembly will be Saturday, May 15, from 8:30-1:45, at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Worth. All members are invited to attend and you will learn a great deal about Rotary, as well prepare for the coming Rotary year.

We will soon begin our annual FLAG PROJECT, with the first flags being put out on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15. If you want to help, or if you know of someone who would like to have an American Flag put in their front yard on seven (7) holidays this year, please let Turner Cariker or David Stubbeman know.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. DONNA ALBUS. Donna is in public relations with the West Texas Rehab Center. She joined our club in August 2008
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MAKE UPS: Brandon Shahan and Mike Dickie made up on-line. Mary Beth Kilgore made up at the District Conference. Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Peter Fox, David Stubbeman, Jennifer Kent (three times), and Craig Haterius made up at TOA or at a TOA meeting. Tom Boecking, Bruce Lampert, and Peter Fox made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, Dave Boyll, and Dick Burton 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; Past President, Randy Piersall.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 23, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Kay Williams from the ACU Music Department. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

Next Friday: Our annual CHUCK MOSER DAY, recognizing outstanding local student scholars and coaches.

TASTE OF ABILENE was a TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. If you have not paid for your six tickets, please do so as soon as possible.

President-Elect Mike Schweikhard is still trying to get a Committee Preference form from every member. If you need a form, contact David Stubbeman.

C. G. Gray and Barbara Gray will be honored at a reception at Jane Long Elementary on May 5, from 3:15 to 4 P.M. All Rotarians are invited to attend. Barbara and C. G.’s many years of dedicated volunteer work to help young children learn to read will be recognized.

After many years of dedicated service, our pianist, Millie Braddy, is retiring. MANY THANKS TO MILLIE, and we wish her the best in the future.

We still have a few Rotary T-shirts left. If you want one, contact Erik Johnson.

Our Rotary District is having a Blood Drive. If you donate blood at Meek Blood Center, please tell David Stubbeman so that our club can get credit.

Remember our Membership Drive. If you know of someone who would make a good Rotarian, please give his or her name to Craig Haterius or Myra Dean.

Be sure and remember to bring a tooth brush, tooth paste, etc., to each meeting so that we can deliver these to the Christian Service Center.

Our Rotary District Assembly will be Saturday, May 15, from 8:30-1:45, at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Worth. All members are invited to attend and you will learn a great deal about Rotary, as well prepare for the coming Rotary year.

We will soon begin our annual FLAG PROJECT, with the first flags being put out on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15. If you know someone who wants a flag put in their front yard on seven holidays, please let Turner Cariker or David Stubbeman know.

Have you ever run in a Marathon Race in Mongolia? Read the May issue of the Rotarian Magazine to learn how a Rotarian from Michigan did just this. And you can learn more about Rotary by going to rotary.org/rotaryleader.

In Sri Lanka, where the 2004 tsunami severly damaged or destroyed more than 187 coastal schools, Rotary clubs in that country continue to work with other organizations to reconstruct schools.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. JOE ALCORTA. Joe graduated from Olton High School (in the Texas panhandle) and Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in Philosophy--Spanish. Joe teaches at Hardin-Simmons and is head of the Foreign Language Departments. He joined our club in April 1985 and, EVERY WEEK, he writes a summary of our Friday meetings, for which we are all very grateful. Joe is married to Liandra and they have 4 children.

MAKE UPS: Peter Fox and Peter Agnell made up on-line. Tom Boecking and Ed Brokaw made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to 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; Past President, Randy Piersall.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 11, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard excerpts from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will be presented at the Paramount Theater June 25-27. Our new pianist, Sandy Abel, is also playing the piano for the show. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Erik Johnson will tell us about the Mayor’s Cup Disc Golf Tournament. And our incoming Program Committee is asking for suggestions for programs next year. GOOD PROGRAMS MAKE FOR GOOD ATTENDANCE.

The U. S. Flag was born almost a year after the Declaration of Independence. The Stars and Stripes to which we pledge allegiance was authorized on June 14, 1777. Just as we celebrate the birth of independence on July 4 of each year, the people of our Nation celebrate the birth of our Flag every year on the 14th of June. That special holiday is called FLAG DAY. We will be putting out FLAGS on Flag Day, Monday, June 14.

Jay Krebs and Alina Tokomamatova from Abilene High, two students from Wylie High, and one student from Hamlin High School are attending Rotary Camp RYLA this weekend.

Our club will not meet on Friday, July 2.

Our club received a very nice “Thank You” note from Tim Moore, a new Eagle Scout from Sweetwater, for the Eagle Scout kit that our club gave him.

A few members have not yet returned unused Taste of Abilene tickets nor paid for his or her Taste of Abilene tickets. We prefer that, at this point, you send your check for the tickets rather than return the unused tickets.

The old Board of Directors and the incoming Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at noon at Cypress Street Station to review the old year and plan for the new Rotary Year. Incoming Assistant District Governor Dave Boyll will attend this meeting.

You, your spouse, and friends are invited to attend a Texas Ranger Baseball Game on Saturday, July 24, at 7:05 p.m. We hope that a large group from our club will attend, Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $38.00 and you have until July 1 to purchase tickets in the section reserved for Rotarians. The Texas Rangers will donate a portion of each ticket purchased to the End Polio Now campaign.

How would you like to have a Texas auto license plate with the Rotary emblem on it? Order your plates from any Texas License Office.

Don’t forget our campaign to gain new members. Just give the name and address of a prospective member to Craig Haterius or Myra Dean. They will contact that person by letter and follow up with a telephone call inviting him or her to Rotary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. RAYMOND BLASINGAME. Raymond was born in Lubbock, TX, and graduated from Deming, NM, High School, as well as from Abilene Christian University. He is the owner of Leddy Brace & Shoe at 932 N. Treadaway. He joined our club in December 1990 and was President of our club in 1999-2000. He is married and has three grown children.

MAKE UPS: Donna Albus made up as she spoke to the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. Brandon Shahan, Bettsy Paige, Kayla Christianson (twice), Jennifer Kent and Peter Agnell made up on-line. Mike Dickie made up twice at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Peter Agnell made up at a board of directors meeting. Kim Bosher, Mike Weber, and Jennifer Kent made up at a Taste of Abilene Committee meeting. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to 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: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Randy Piersall.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 25, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Betty Hukill reviewed her year as President of our club and handed the gavel to Mike Schweikhard. We were going to name our Rotarian of the Year, but that person was absent. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Our club will not meet on Friday, July 2.

We will be putting out American Flags on Sunday, July 4.

Did you notice Mike Schweikhard’s necktie today? Since the early 1900s, Rotary International Presidents have selected their own official neckwear, and District Governors, Club Presidents, and others wear this official tie.

Tomorrow, Saturday, our new District Governor, Paul Lucas, will be installed. Paul is a member of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club. The Rotary theme for this coming year is BUILDING COMMUNITIES, BRIDGING CONTINENTS.

You, your spouse, and friends are invited to attend a Texas Ranger Baseball Game on Saturday, July 24, at 7:05 p.m. We hope that a large group from our club will attend. Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $38.00 and you have until July 1 to purchase tickets in the section reserved for Rotarians. The Texas Rangers will donate a portion of each ticket purchased to the End Polio Now campaign. The deadline for getting tickets in the Rotary section is July 1.

On Aug. 14, our Rotary District will hold a Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells. We need some of our club members to attend this seminar.

Rotary’s next International Convention is in New Orleans, LA, on May 21-25, 2011. Now is the time to plan to attend this convention. It is open to all Rotarians and spouses and we can assure you that everyone will benefit from attending the convention. You can meet Rotarians from 166 countries and over 33,000 clubs.

Our club is represented on the Rotary International board of directors by Noel Bajat, from Lafayette, LA. Noel represents the clubs in mid-America, from Texas to the Canadian border.

The Rotary Council on Legislation met April 24-30 in Chicago. This is the group that can change the rules of Rotary. One change they made is to raise the dues we send to Rotary from $24.50 to $25.00 beginning July 1, 2010. These are our Rotary dues for July 1-Dec. 31, 2010. You will soon be receiving an invoice from our club for $120.00 which covers the amount we send to Rotary as well as covers our club’s administrative expenses. Remember, you can pay by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. KIM BOSHER. Kim attended Victoria Stroman High School and Victoria College. She is Marketing/Public Relations Director for Star Dodge Hyundi. She joined our club in March 2004. Kim is married to Michael and she has three grown children.

MAKE UPS: Marty Pothier made up on line. Francine Carraro made up at the Sweetwater Rotary Club (she was the program). Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. Jennifer Kent, Craig Haterius, and Ed Brokaw made up at the Board of Directors meeting. Bob Hunter, Richard Rolison, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary and Peter Fox made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. . THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to 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: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Randy Piersall.

New board members, beginning July 1 are Jay Hobbs, President-Elect, and new directors Kim Bosher, Craig Haterius, and Ed Brokaw.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

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July 09, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Libby Connelly and Libby Embry talked to us about the Alzheimer’s Association. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.
NEXT WEEK: Henry Smith will talk to us about JAZZ.

Thanks to all who helped put out American Flags on July 4. SPECIAL THANKS to BUZZ REHM who put out and picked up flags on his route and another route.

CONGRATULATIONS to BOB HUNTER, who was recognized today as our ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR FOR 2009-2010.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to AUSTIN KING, who received the Rotary Cliff Dockerman Award for his outstanding work with Boy Scouts.

Did you notice the logo at the top of this newsletter, which is the Rotary theme for this coming year, BUILDING COMMUNITIES, BRIDGING CONTINENTS?

Plans are already underway for the Polio Plus Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the ACU Hunter Hall. We hope to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner.

On Aug. 14, our Rotary District will hold a Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells. We need some of our club members to attend this seminar.

July is Rotary Literacy Month. We need to be thinking about the ways our club can promote literacy in Abilene. As you know, Rotary Reads at Jane Long Elementary is one of our important projects in this area. Also, the three Abilene Rotary Clubs will be hosting an exchange student from New Zealand, beginning in September. He will be attending Abilene High School. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOST this young man from New Zealand in your home, beginning in January 2011? We are looking for a family to provide a home for him.

Today, our Board of Directors approved a budget for this year $51,600.00. This is in addition to $40,743.09, which was the net income from Taste of Abilene. Our club’s share of Taste of Abilene proceeds is $20,376.54.

Have you met Roberto Aguirre, the new president of Abilene Southwest Rotary, or Nathan Sanders, the new president of Abilene Wednesday Rotary? Please make up at one of these clubs and meet these new presidents.

You should have received an invoice from our club for $120.00 which covers the amount we send to Rotary International and to our Rotary District, as well as covers our club’s administrative expenses. Remember, you can pay by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. J. T. BOX. J. T. is manager of the book store at Hardin-Simmons University. He joined our club in January 2008 and was proposed by Joe Alcorta. J. T. is single.

MAKE UPS: Marty Pothier made up at the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club in New Hampshire. Doug Eichorst made up at the South Bend, IN, Rotary Club. Mary Beth Kilgore made up at the Board of Directors meeting. Bob Hunter, Richard Rolison, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary and Tom Boecking, Bob Hunter, Bob Kuykendall, C. G. Gray, Dave Boyll, Peter Fox, Laurie McAdams and Bruce Lampert made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 16, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Henry Smith, Jr., entertained us on the piano. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is online at our club website. Thanks Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Francine Carraro will tell us about the Grace Museum.

Many Thanks to Kim Bosher who is lining up, IN ADVANCE, persons to give the invocation, introduce guests, lead the singing, and do dealing for dollars at each meeting. Please say “YES” when Kim asks you to help with these duties.

One of our guests today was Dr. Troy Carter, a former member of our club. If you see him during the week, encourage him to REJOIN. Our club now has 100 members and we need to GROW.

Did you notice the logo at the top of this newsletter, which is the Rotary theme for this coming year, BUILDING COMMUNITIES, BRIDGING CONTINENTS?

Plans are already underway for the World Polio Day Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the ACU Hunter Hall. We hope to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner. REMEMBER, the World Polio Day Dinner in Abilene on Oct. 5 is separate and distinct from the Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Ft. Worth Club in Ft. Worth on Oct. 6, where Past RI Pres. Bill Boyd will also be speaking.

On Aug. 14, our Rotary District will hold a Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells. We need some of our club members to attend this seminar

July is Rotary Literacy Month. We need to be thinking about the ways our club can promote literacy in Abilene. As you know, Rotary Reads at Jane Long Elementary is one of our important projects in this area. Also, the three Abilene Rotary Clubs will be hosting an exchange student from Finland, beginning in September. He will be attending Abilene High School. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOST this young man from New Zealand in your home, beginning in January 2011? We are looking for a family to provide a home for him.

You should have received an invoice from our club for $120.00 which covers the amount we send to Rotary International and to our Rotary District, as well as covers our club’s administrative expenses.
Remember, you can pay by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.

Lessons in Rotary Geography:
Were you aware that the Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada, is farther west than the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, CA?
Would you guess that the meetings of the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine, are farther south than those of the clubs in London, England?
There are 143 clubs with Tokyo in their club names.
Virtually every Rotary Club in Australia is east of the Hong Kong Rotary Club.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. DAVE BOYLL. Dave grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, and graduated from Abilene Christian University. He is retired from Radio Abilene and is now a Community Volunteer.
Dave joined our club in March 1969. He was President of our Club in 1975-76 and now serves as our Assistant District Governor.

MAKE UPS: Mary Beth Kilgore made up at the Board of Directors meeting. Marty Pothier, Dick Burton, Robert Laird, Richard Rolison, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 23, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Francine Carraro told us about the Grace Museum. (The W. G. Swenson family lived in the Grace Hotel in 1909-10 while their house was being built on Swenson Street, and the Abilene High School Junior Senior Prom was held on the roof of the Grace Hotel in 1924.) Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is online at our club website. Thanks Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Debi Shultz, from the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be our speaker.

August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month. Please propose a new member, or even better, suggest an area of Abilene or nearby town where we can start a new Rotary Club. Rotary is 1.2 million ordinary men and women, and growing, working together to accomplish extraordinary things. Rotary clubs are dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty around the world, and we need more Rotary clubs.

EREY. Every Rotarian Every Year. We hope every Rotarian will donate $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation every year. The club will match your donation up to $100.00 so that you will receive credit for a $200.00 donation to The Rotary Foundation when you give $100.00. The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are the world’s largest privately funded scholarship program.

Did you notice the new banner at our club meeting today, BUILDING COMMUNITIES, BRIDGING CONTINENTS?

Plans are already underway for the World Polio Day Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the ACU Hunter Hall. We hope to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner. REMEMBER, the World Polio Day Dinner in Abilene on Oct. 5 is separate and distinct from the Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Ft. Worth Club in Ft. Worth on Oct. 6, where Past RI Pres. Bill Boyd will also be speaking.

Providing vitamin A supplements during polio National Immunization Days has averted an estimated 1.5 million childhood deaths since 1998---testimony to the “plus” in PolioPlus.

On Aug. 14, our Rotary District will hold a Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells. We need some of our club members to attend this seminar.

Did you know that the Rotary Club of New York City is one of the sponsors of the New York City Marathon, which is held this year on Nov. 7. We do not know how many Rotarians run in the 26.2 mile race.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. ELLEN BRAWLEY. Ellen is the Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Abilene. She joined our club in February of this year and was sponsored by Laurie McAdams. She is married to Jeff and they have two children.

MAKE UPS: Jim Potts made up on-line twice. Peter Fox made up at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. Kayla Christianson and Betty Hukill made up at the Polio Plus Dinner committee meeting. Jennifer Kent made up at the Board of Directors meeting. Bruce Lampert, Turner Cariker, and Peter Fox made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Dick Burton, Bob Hunter, Richard Rolison, and Tom Boecking made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 30, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Debi Shultz, with the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, spoke to us. She is in charge of bringing sporting events to Abilene. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Barbara Rollins will tell us about her latest book. And you may win $550.00 in Dealing for Dollars.

Today, Jennifer Kent presented a check for over $20,000.00 to Nan Lanphear, president of the Abilene Restaurant Assn. This represents one-half of the net proceeds of Taste of Abilene. A similar amount was transferred to our club’s Community Service Account.

On Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m., Marty Pothier will be taking pictures for our new CLUB DIRECTORY. We need pictures of the following members: JONATHAN ARDOYNO, MARK BLAKELY, DICK BURTON, FRANCINE CARRARO, MATT CLAXTON, RAY FERGUSON, PAIGE GOLLIHAR, KYLE KREBS, PEGGY MANNING, LAURIE McADAMS, BETTSY PAIGE, JAMES PARRISH, JIM POTTS, MARK POWELL, DERRAL REED, RICHARD ROLISON, REBECCA SHARP, CODY STITES, KRISTIE STORY, PAUL THOMAS, and COLE WILSON. Please come and have your picture taken by Marty on either Aug. 6 or Aug. 20.

August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month. Please propose a new member, or even better, suggest an area of Abilene or nearby town where we can start a new Rotary Club. Rotary is 1.2 million ordinary men and women, and growing, working together to accomplish extraordinary things. Rotary clubs are dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty around the world, and we need more Rotary clubs.

Plans are already underway for the World Polio Day Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the ACU Hunter Hall. We hope to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner.

On Aug. 14, President Mike Schweikhard and several other members of our club will be attending the Rotary District Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells. We need some more of our club members to attend this seminar.

How do you find out when the Rotary Club meets in Toowoomba, Pondicherry, or Reckinghausen? Go to the Rotary website (rotary.org) or ask David Stubbeman. He has a copy of the Official Directory of Rotary International. The Directory lists the meeting day, time, and location of every Rotary Club in the world, as well as the name of the club president and secretary.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. ED BROKAW. Ed graduated from Pittsfield, IL, high school, Abilene Christian University, and Oregon State University. He is Chairman of the Agricultural Dept. at ACU. Ed joined our club in September 1981 and was President of the club in 2002-2003. He is married to Jan and they have three grown children.

MAKE UPS: Myra Dean made up on-line. Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club twice. Tom Boecking, Peter Fox, Mike Schweikhard, John Harris, and Erik Johnson made up at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, and Richard Rolison made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 6, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Barbara Rollins told us about her latest book, which deals with grandparents. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is online at our club website. Thanks Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Kent Brown and Jay Krebs, son of Kyle Krebs, will tell us about Rotary Camp RYLA, which was held in June at Texas Woman’s University.

On Aug. 20, we will have a Club Assembly, where we will be reviewing past Rotary activities and making plans for the future of our club. We all need to be thinking about what we can contribute to this Club Assembly in the way of ideas and suggestions for our club.

Also, on Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m., Marty Pothier will be taking pictures for our new CLUB DIRECTORY. We need pictures of the following members: JONATHAN ARDOYNO, MARK BLAKELY, MATT CLAXTON, RAY FERGUSON, PAIGE GOLLIHAR, KYLE KREBS, BETTSY PAIGE, JAMES PARRISH, JIM POTTS, MARK POWELL, DERRAL REED, REBECCA SHARP, CODY STITES, KRISTIE STORY, and COLE WILSON. Please come and have your picture taken by Marty on Aug. 20. Many thanks to Marty for doing this.

Plans are already underway for the World Polio Day Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the ACU Hunter Hall. We hope to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner. Our Rotary district has 65 clubs and we hope to have representatives of all of these clubs at our dinner in Abilene. We have seating for 320 people and, last year, we had 317 attendees, so make your reservations early to assure that you and your guests will have a place to sit.

On Saturday morning, Aug. 14, President Mike Schweikhard, Craig Haterius, Dave Boyll, Mary Beth Kilgore, David Stubbeman, and other club members will be attending the Rotary District Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells. We need some more of our club members to attend this seminar. This is an excellent way for newer Rotarians to learn more about Rotary. If you would like to attend, please call Mike Schweikhard or David Stubbeman. The club will pay your registration fee, which includes lunch.

On Monday, Aug. 9, Kayla Christianson will be having an open house at the new location of her business, IN FOCUS Digital, 320 Cypress St. Kayla maintains our club website and has donated a lot of time, using her experise, toward Rotary projects.

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ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. KENT BROWN. Kent graduated from Dyersburg High School and Middle Tennessee State University. He is an Eagle Scout and has retired from being the Scout Executive of the Texas Trails Council. Kent has been a Rotarian in several other clubs in Florida and Texas, and he joined our club in July 2003. He is married and has two grown children.

MAKE UPS: Bob Kuykendall made up on line. Jay Hobbs made up at the End Polio Now committee meeting. We have not yet received a report from Abilene Wednesday Rotary or Abilene Southwest Rotary about make-ups this week. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 13, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. Larry Fitzgerald told us about growing up in Abilene in a Newsman’s Home. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is online at our club website. Thanks, Joe.
NEXT WEEK: We will have a Club Assembly, i.e., a meeting held for the purpose of conferring on the program and activities of our club.

Also, on Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m., Marty Pothier will be taking pictures for our new CLUB DIRECTORY. We need pictures of the following members: JONATHAN ARDOYNO, MARK BLAKELY, MATT CLAXTON, RAY FERGUSON, PAIGE GOLLIHAR, KYLE KREBS, BETTSY PAIGE, JAMES PARRISH, JIM POTTS, MARK POWELL, DERRAL REED, REBECCA SHARP, CODY STITES, KRISTIE STORY, and COLE WILSON. Please come and have your picture taken by Marty on Aug. 20. Many thanks to Marty for doing this.

Plans are already underway for the World Polio Day Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the ACU Hunter Hall. SEND YOUR RESEVATIONS AND CHECKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We want to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner. We have seating for 320 people.
On Saturday morning, Aug. 14, President Mike Schweikhard, Craig Haterius, Dave Boyll, Mary Beth Kilgore, David Stubbeman, and Ed Brokaw will be attending the Rotary District Membership and Foundation seminar in Mineral Wells.

Betty Hukill is chair of our Grants Committee and this committee is working through 46 very worthy grant requests totaling over $100,000.00. We have a little over $20,000.00 in our Community Service Account with which to make grants. One of the Grant Requests is from the Regional Crime Victims Crisis Center.

On Oct. 16, the Abilene Disc Golf Assn., together with our club, will hold its annual tournament. If you would like to be one of the sponsor’s for this event, please contact Erik Johnson at (325) 439-0186.

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Dues have been paid by 81 of our 101 members. Please pay your dues if you have not done so already. Remember, you can pay your dues on PayPal or by credit card.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. DICK BURTON. Dick graduated from Tuscaloosa, AL, High School and the University of Alabama. He is retired from West Texas Builders Supply Co. Dick joined our club in November 1964 and has many, many years of perfect attendance. He has three grown children, including a daughter who is a Girl Scout Executive.

After years as a pilot project, e-clubs have found a permanent home in Rotary. The Council on Legislation recently approved legislation that will allow up to two e-clubs per district, so, soon you can make up on-line with an e-club in our district.

Rotary now has a fifth Avenue of Service---New Generations Service.

MAKE UPS: Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Francine Carraro, Peter Fox, C. G. Gray, Turner Cariker, Mike Schweikhard, and Tom Boecking made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. Marty Pothier (twice), Richard Rolison (twice), Bob Hunter, Dave Boyll, Craig Haterius, Tom Boecking, and Erik Johnson made up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 20, 2010
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we had a club assembly. Read Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of our meeting which is on line at our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Tim Yandell will tell us about Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

MICHAEL THORNTON, executive director of the Abilene Community Theater, has been proposed for membership. If no objection in writing has been received by noon, Friday, Aug. 27, he will be eligible for membership in our club.

SEND YOUR RESEVATIONS AND CHECKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE for the Oct. 5 World Polio Day Banquet. We want to raise money for the fight to eradicate polio as well as hear past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, from New Zealand, speak. Our club is pledging $2,500.00 to Polio Plus in support of this dinner.

Many thanks to all who help make our club better, including those who volunteer in advance to lead the invocation and singing, as well as those who introduce the guests and do dealing for dollars. And MANY THANKS to Marty Pothier for taking photos of our members.

Mike Sadler is leaving for Bosnia soon, and he will not be back until January.

We wish Mike the best while he is gone.

Last year, our club gave away $22,943.26 in cash grants and donations, as well as donating many hours of time to local charities. Betty Hukill is chair of our Grants Committee for this year, and this committee is working through 46 very worthy grant requests totaling over $100,000.00.

On Oct. 16, the Abilene Disc Golf Assn., together with our club, will hold its annual tournament. If you would like to be one of the sponsor’s for this event, please contact Erik Johnson at (325) 439-0186.

At the Membership and Rotary Foundation Seminar last Saturday in Mineral Wells, it was reported that, for the week ending Aug. 14, 2010, there were only eleven new cases of polio reported IN THE WORLD. India, Pakistan, and Angola each reported two cases. Afghanistan reported one case. A National Immunization Day trip to India is being planned by two Rotarians from San Antonio for Nov. 18 to Nov. 29. If you want to go on this trip, call Al Muniz at 210-347-9991 as soon as possible. Airline tickets are about $1,500.00 per person and daily cost may be up to $300 per day. They plan to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra and some other Rotary projects while in India.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK. TURNER CARIKER. Turner attended Dumas High School and Amarillo College. He participated in Operation Desert Storm/Shield while serving four years in the U. S. Marine Corps. Turner is the owner of First Alarm and he joined our club in Sept. 1997. He was our club president in 2003-2004. He is married to Jill and they have two children.

Rotary now has a fifth Avenue of Service---New Generations Service.

MAKE UPS: Peter Fox made up twice at the Killeen Evening Rotary Club. Betty Hukill mde up twice at the End Polio committee meeting. Mike Dickie made up at the Breckenridge Rotary Club. Ed Brokaw made up twice at the Pittsfield, IL, Rotary Club. John Harris and Bruce Lampert made up at the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club. THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE UP.. Click here to Make Up

Club Officers are: Mike Schweikhard, President; Jay Hobbs, President-Elect; Mary Beth Kilgore, Secretary-Treasurer; Directors: Kim Bosher, Ed Brokaw, Kayla Christianson, Malcolm Coco, Craig Haterius, and Jennifer Kent; Sergeant at Arms: Marty Pothier and Peter Agnell; Past President, Betty Hukill.