The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 12, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was a Club Assembly and our club officers and directors reported on some of the club projects. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Jan. 19: Members of the TEXAS RANGERS baseball team will tell us what to expect for this coming baseball season. This is always a great program. You may want to bring children and guests for this program.

Your club BOARD OF DIRECTORS met today. On Dec. 31, 2006, the Operating Account had a balance of $4,576.82 and our Community Service Account had a balance of $8,793.44 (which includes $2,631.31 from our golf tournament). MARY BETH KILGORE was re-elected to be club secretary-treasurer for next year. (Many thanks to Mary Beth, she has done a great job.)

The Board of Directors voted to give $500.00 toward a ROTARY MATCHING GRANT for an EYE CLINIC in India and $500.00 toward a ROTARY MATCHING GRANT for WATER WELLS in Zambia. Rotary believes in international service as well as local community service. Several grant requests from local organizations were considered, but the Board decided to wait until other organizations have had an opportunity to submit grant requests before the Board takes action on these requests.

Statements have been mailed out for Jan.-June club dues. Thanks to those of you who have already sent a payment check to the club office.

We are sorry to report that Blake Fulenwider and Dr. Victor Hirsch have resigned from the club. This leave our membership at 89 members.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: FRED LEE HUGHES. Fred Lee graduated from Abilene High School and Texas A & M University. He joined our club in March 1953 and had a classification of Automobiles—Retail. Fred Lee is a past president of our club. He is married to Wanda and they have two sons.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"I AM A STRONG BELIEVER IN LUCK AND I FIND THE HARDER I WORK THE MORE I HAVE OF IT"—Benjamin Franklin

At our meeting today, Jay Hobbs announced that 55% of our members have contributed to The Rotary Foundation since July 1, for a total of $7,800. We hope that EVERY ROTARIAN will donate $100.00 EVERY YEAR.

It is time to start thinking about our annual CHUCK MOSER DAY program in May. This is always one of the high-lights of our Rotary year. Turner Cariker is looking for help in getting ready for this event. Let Turner know if you are willing to work on this project.

Yellow vests identify Rotary volunteers in India, where 1.3 million teams of vaccinators go house to house to ensure no child is overlooked. An indelible dye marks the fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine.

MAKE-UPS: Robert Laird and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Our attendance was not good in December. Be sure and make-up if you miss a meeting.


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


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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 19, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was the team from the Texas Rangers. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Jan. 26: Rotary District Governor Elect Dave Mason and Rotarian Jim Griffith will tell about their recent Rotary trip to La Mosquitia.

We were all saddened to learn of the death of Rotarian Burl Harris. Funeral services were yesterday. Burl was an active member of our club and worked on many of our projects. He will be sincerely missed. Flowers were sent on behalf of the club and we all send our heartfelt condolences to Patsy and the rest of his family.

Past president Bill Waddill is retiring from his post at the Abilene State School. A reception will be held for him on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Chapel of the State School from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Formal presentations will begin at 2 p.m. Bill and his wife, Diann, will be moving to Granbury.

Dues statements have been mailed out for Jan.-June club dues. Thanks to those of you who have already sent a payment check to the club office.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BILL WADDILL. Bill graduated from Gatesville High School and ACU. He joined our club in 1983 and is a past president of our club. He has been with Abilene State School forever. I am not sure the school can operate without him. We all wish Bill a wonderful retirement and we want him to know that he will be greatly missed.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"THE WEAK CAN NEVER FORGIVE. FOREGIVENESS IS THE ATTRIBUTE OF THE STRONG."—Mahatma Gandhi

Congratulations to SPIKE HARRIS. He was recently recognized by the Abilene Downtown Association with the first ever "Downtown Pick-up Award."

Our club is in excellent financial shape. At the Board of Directors meeting last week, it was reported that, from July 1 to Dec. 31.2006, our Operating Account had income of $20,771.74, and expenses of $17,674.00. The Community Service Account, on Dec. 31, 2006, had a balance of $8,793.44. If you want more details, come to the next board meeting. All members are invited to attend any board of directors meeting.

Webster’s Dictionary defines Rotarian as "a member of a major national and international service club."

On National Immunization Days in India, more than 350,000 volunteers from the family of Rotary help administer the polio vaccine to 150 MILLION children (6,000 children every second).

The following members are asked to stand in the greeting line with President Mike next Friday: Dennis Bill, Frank Dlugas, Bob Hunter, Bruce Lampert, Marty Pothier, and Ron Smith.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Hunter at Capitol of Texas Rotary in Austin; Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, Bob Hunter, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Abilene Wednesday Rotary cancelled its meeting on Jan. 17 due to the weather.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

January 26, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was District Governor Elect Dave Mason and Rotarian Bob Griffin from Arlington telling about their trip to Honduras in regard to a Rotary Matching Grant. Our club is contributing $500.00 to the project. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for Feb. 2: Abilene City Manager Larry Gilley.

To fulfill its humanitarian and peace-building mission, Rotary must continue to grow, constantly recruiting and developing new members who embrace the high standards of service and ethics that historically have characterized the organization. Thorough orientation is a necessary step in transforming new members into active and committed Rotarians.

Rotary International recognizes two kinds of members: active and honorary. An active member of a club is a person who is elected to membership under a classification of business or profession and has all the obligations, responsibilities, and privileges of membership as provided for in the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International. An honorary member is a person who, by advancing Rotary ideals, is elected to membership in a club but does not have the obligations, responsibilities, and privileges of active members. Honorary members are exempt from paying fees and dues and cannot vote.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BOB HUNTER. Bob graduated from San Mateo, CA, high school and ACU. He joined our club in March 1964 and was club President in 1983-84. He was going to be our Rotary District Governor, but decided to into politics, instead. Bob is married to Shirley and they have three grown children: Kent, Carole, and Les.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

"INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE."—Martin Luther King, Jr.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, and Doug Eichorst at Abilene Southwest; Tom Boecking, Turner Cariker, and Peter Fox at Abilene Wednesday.


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


Do you know who is credited with saying, when talking about a sporting event, "The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings"?

ROTARY MEETINGS FOR FEBRUARY MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Persons in charge of obtaining volunteers for each meeting in February:

  Invocators Guest Introduction Singing
Feb. 2: Paul Lenker Marty Pothier Randy Piersall
Feb. 9: Paul Lenker Marty Pothier Randy Piersall
Feb. 16: Paul Lenker Marty Pothier Randy Piersall
Feb. 23 Paul Lenker Marty Pothier Randy Piersall

Persons asked to stand in the Greeting Line with President Mike at all of the meetings in Feb.: Jim Bennington, Dick Burton, Tim Doty, C. G. Gray, Erik Johnson, Paul Lenker, and Tim Propst.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 23, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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We met today at Logan’s Roadhouse for our Valentine Luncheon. We had an overflow crowd (69 members, spouses and guests.)

Program for Feb. 23: Rotarians BARBARA ROLLINS AND ELIZABETH PAIGE will tell about their Rotary trip to Mexico to deliver wheelchairs. We will meet at Briarstone. Feb. 23 is the 102nd anniversary of Rotary.

CONGRATULATIONS to Rotarian B. C. ROBERSON, who will marry ELIZABETH BARTON on Saturday, Feb. 24. All members of our club are invited to the reception, which will be at 4 p.m. in the Atrium of Wesley Court, 2617 Antilley Road.

February is ROTARY WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH. One of the Rotary Matching grants that our club is working on is an EYE CLINIC in India. Our Rotary District is also donating $5,000.00 to this project.

One of our local Rotary projects is reading with students at Jane Long Elementary. Did you know that Jane Long was the first English-speaking woman to deliver a baby in Texas?

President Mike has the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00. You will want to wear one to the TASTE OF ABILENE on April 3, if not sooner. Plans for our fund-raiser on April 3 are being made by a joint committee from our club and from the Abilene Restaurant Association and it is going to be an OUTSTANDING EVENT.

All three Abilene Rotary Clubs are joining in a Rotary Blood Drive during February. Be sure to donate blood this month and tell Meek Blood Bank it is for Rotary.

Frequently, friends ask whether Rotarians receive special business benefits from their Rotary membership. Should Rotarians expect a special discount or some preferential service just because they are dealing with a fellow Rotarian? The answer is clearly “NO.” A Rotarian should not expect, and far less should he or she ask for, more consideration or advantages from a fellow Rotarian than the latter would give to any other business or professional associate with whom he or she has business relations.

The Rotary International theme for this year is LEAD THE WAY. The theme for next year will be ROTARY SHARES. One of the Rotary traditions is that each year the President of Rotary International selects a distinctive sport coat for District Governors to wear. Be sure and notice the jacket District Governor Elect Dave Mason wears.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: GREG KAISER. Greg graduated from St. Mary’s High School and Southwest Texas State University. His business is Pensions Unlimited (he is a pension consultant) and he joined our club in Oct. 1978. Greg is married to Gwen and they have a grown daughter.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

“NOTHING IS AS SIMPLE AS WE HOPE IT WILL BE.”—Jim Horning.

MAKE-UPS: Dave Boyll, Craig Haterius, Bob Hunter, and Tom Boecking at Abilene North Rotary; Richard Burton at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

February 23, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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We met today at Logan’s Roadhouse for our Valentine Luncheon. We had an overflow crowd (69 members, spouses and guests.)

Program for Feb. 23: Rotarians BARBARA ROLLINS AND ELIZABETH PAIGE will tell about their Rotary trip to Mexico to deliver wheelchairs. We will meet at Briarstone. Feb. 23 is the 102nd anniversary of Rotary.

CONGRATULATIONS to Rotarian B. C. ROBERSON, who will marry ELIZABETH BARTON on Saturday, Feb. 24. All members of our club are invited to the reception, which will be at 4 p.m. in the Atrium of Wesley Court, 2617 Antilley Road.

February is ROTARY WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH. One of the Rotary Matching grants that our club is working on is an EYE CLINIC in India. Our Rotary District is also donating $5,000.00 to this project.

One of our local Rotary projects is reading with students at Jane Long Elementary. Did you know that Jane Long was the first English-speaking woman to deliver a baby in Texas?

President Mike has the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00. You will want to wear one to the TASTE OF ABILENE on April 3, if not sooner. Plans for our fund-raiser on April 3 are being made by a joint committee from our club and from the Abilene Restaurant Association and it is going to be an OUTSTANDING EVENT.

All three Abilene Rotary Clubs are joining in a Rotary Blood Drive during February. Be sure to donate blood this month and tell Meek Blood Bank it is for Rotary.

Frequently, friends ask whether Rotarians receive special business benefits from their Rotary membership. Should Rotarians expect a special discount or some preferential service just because they are dealing with a fellow Rotarian? The answer is clearly “NO.” A Rotarian should not expect, and far less should he or she ask for, more consideration or advantages from a fellow Rotarian than the latter would give to any other business or professional associate with whom he or she has business relations.

The Rotary International theme for this year is LEAD THE WAY. The theme for next year will be ROTARY SHARES. One of the Rotary traditions is that each year the President of Rotary International selects a distinctive sport coat for District Governors to wear. Be sure and notice the jacket District Governor Elect Dave Mason wears.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: GREG KAISER. Greg graduated from St. Mary’s High School and Southwest Texas State University. His business is Pensions Unlimited (he is a pension consultant) and he joined our club in Oct. 1978. Greg is married to Gwen and they have a grown daughter.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

“NOTHING IS AS SIMPLE AS WE HOPE IT WILL BE.”—Jim Horning.

MAKE-UPS: Dave Boyll, Craig Haterius, Bob Hunter, and Tom Boecking at Abilene North Rotary; Richard Burton at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 2, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Col. Timothy Ray; Commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 9: Dennis Miller from the Abilene Public Library.

There was no Rotater for March 2. Yours truly had to go to California to see six week old twin grandchildren. I understand that on Feb. 23, Rotarians BARBARA ROLLINS AND ELIZABETH PAIGE gave an outstanding account of their Rotary trip to Leon, Mexico, to deliver wheelchairs. After the meeting, $175.00 was donated by club members to the Wheelchair Foundation.

All club members should have received a letter from President Mike concerning a fund-raiser, TASTE OF ABILENE, which will be on April 3. Members are asked to purchase 4 tickets at $30.00 each and resell the tickets or give them to customers or clients. REMEMBER, all net proceeds go to ABILENE ROTARY CLUB CHARITIES.

Have you looked at the March issue of THE ROTARIAN magazine? On page 8, read about a Rotarian who volunteered to go to Afghanistan and Pakistan as a Rotary Volunteer. SHE makes us proud to be Rotarians. Also, on page 17, you can read about Rotary clubs in and around Bogota, Columbia.

President Mike still has a few of the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00.

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

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

The Rotary DISTRICT CONFERENCE will be April 20-22 at the Marriot Solana (Westlake) near the TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. You can register on line at Rotary5790.org. We need to have a good delegation from our club to attend this conference.

The Rotary Council on Legislation will convene on April 22-27 in Chicago. The Council meets every three years to consider changing rules or policy of Rotary. Before 1970, Rotary rules and policy were considered at the annual Rotary International Convention, but it became too time consuming for the conventions, so a separate Council on Legislation was established. There is one delegate from our Rotary District who will attend the Council. Proposals for rule or policy changes can be submitted by any club or district.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw and Bob Kuykendall at Abilene North Rotary.


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


ROTARY MEETINGS FOR MARCH: Persons helping with the meetings are: Invocations, Bob Hunter; Introduction of Guests, Greg Kaiser; Singing, Morris Baker; Dealing for Dollars, Frank Dlugas; Ticket-takers, Will Dix and Marty Pothier. MANY THANKS to these persons who make our meetings run like clock-work.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 9, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dennis Miller from the Abilene Public Library. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 16: St. Patrick's Program starring Ms. Joan Heinen.

WELCOME BACK to CESAR RANGEL, who was a member of our club several years ago and has now decided to rejoin our club. Cesar is manager of El Chico's Restaurant. Hope everyone will make a special effort to meet Cesar.

Plans for TASTE OF ABILENE, which will be on April 3, are proceeding and it will be a great fund-raiser. Members are asked to purchase 4 tickets at $30.00 each and resell the tickets or give them to customers or clients. If you want to purchase four tickets (or more), you can pay with cash, check, or charge it to your Rotary Club account. REMEMBER, all net proceeds go to ABILENE ROTARY CLUB CHARITIES.

President-Elect Bob Test reports that we have received Grant Requests from 41 charitable agencies in Abilene. Mary Beth Kilgore is chair of the committee which will recommend to your board of directors which grant requests we fund.

Several months ago, Paul Johnson and Bobby Bhakta suggested that our club do a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant for eye surgeries in India. In India, there is a Rotary Eye Clinic, and a grant would allow doctors from the Rotary Eye Clinic to go to Vyara County, India, and do cataract surgery. Our club voted to contribute $500.00 to this project. Together with donations from individual members of our club and from other people from West Texas as well as a $5,000.00 grant from our Rotary district and $14,000.00 from the Rotary Foundation, this is now a $37,000.00 project, which began with our club. The grant will provide for 1155 eye surgeries and related needs. It makes us all proud to be Rotarians.

Your board of directors has also voted to again this year sponsor a team at the Taylor County Adult Literacy Council's FUNDSPELL, which will be help on April 10 at McMurry University. Dave Boyll has agreed to head up our team of EXPERT SPELLERS.

President Mike still has a few of the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: CHARLIE KITCHELL. Charlie graduated from Anson High School and Texas A & M, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for the State Department of Highways for 33 years and is a retired Colonel in the U. S. Army. He is married to Alice and they have three chldren.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

The Rotary DISTRICT CONFERENCE will be April 20-22 at the Marriot Solana (Westlake) near the TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. You can register on line at Rotary5790.org. We need to have a good delegation from our club to attend this conference.

Our club attendance for February was 59.8%. So, everyone needs to make-up when you miss a meeting. If you work at the Taste of Abilene, this will count as a make-up.

MAKE-UPS: Bruce Bixby on board the Queen Elizabeth II, Mike Dickie at the Breckenridge Rotary Club (5 meetings), Tom Boecking, Bruce Lampert, Bob Hunter and Marty Pothier at Abilene North Rotary, and Bob Kuykendall and Richard Rollison at ECLUB ONE (on line).


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 16, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Joan Alizier Heinen at the piano playing lots of old favorites. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 23: To be announced.

We received word that Myra Rainey's mother passed away last Wednesday. Our sympathy and condolences go out to Myra and her family.

WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS. If you talk to someone who seems to be interested in Rotary, let David Stubbeman know and he will send that person some written information about our club and about Rotary International.

Special THANKS to C. G. Gray for chairing our Rotary Reads Program at Jane Long Elementary. This program has been going 11 years and we have given over 275 books to the Jane Long library and our club has donated over 6500 hours to the students of Jane Long Elementary.

Plans for TASTE OF ABILENE, which will be on April 3, are proceeding and it will be a great fund-raiser. Members are asked to purchase 4 tickets at $30.00 each and resell the tickets or give them to customers or clients. If you want to purchase four tickets (or more), you can pay with cash, check, or charge it to your Rotary Club account. REMEMBER, all net proceeds go to ABILENE ROTARY CLUB CHARITIES.

This coming week, Bob Test, our president-elect, will attend the Rotary president-elect training course at DFW airport. Thanks Bob for giving your time to attend and for being a dedicated Rotarian.

In 1988, Rotary joined the World Health Assembly in committing itself to the eradication of polio by 2000, with certification of the medical milestone in 2005, Rotary's 100th anniversary. Due to world problems, this goal has not yet been met, but polio has been reduced 98% since 1988.

President Mike still has a few of the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PATRICIA (PATTY) KNIGHT. Patty graduated from Cooper High School and THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. She is a Realtor in residential sales. Patty joined our club in 1998. She is married to Greg and they have three children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

You still have time to register for The Rotary DISTRICT CONFERENCE which will be April 20-22 at the Marriot Solana (Westlake) near the TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. You can register on line at Rotary5790.org. We need to have a good delegation from our club to attend this conference.

MAKE-UPS: Craig Haterius at ECLUB ONE (on line). James Parrish, Will Dix, Tom Boecking, and Bruce Lampert at Abilene North Rotary, and Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, and Will Dix at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 23, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Dr. James Szabo, M.D. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for March 30: To be announced.

No club meeting on April 6 (Good Friday).

TASTE OF ABILENE will be here before we know it. Each ROTARIAN PLEASE buy 4 tickets ($30.00 each). You can buy tickets next Friday at club meeting. We are also asking each member to SELL TICKETS to friends or clients. The net proceeds will go to LOCAL CHARITIES selected by our grants committee and approved by our Board of Directors.

One of the earliest members of Rotary in Chicago jumped up in his chair and urged everyone to join him in a song. Group singing soon became a traditional part of each Rotary meeting in the United States. Social singing, however, is seldom found in the Rotary clubs in Europe, South America and Asia. Our club has one table that especially likes to sing.

REMEMBER that the Rotary International Convention will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June. At the convention, you can meet Rotarians from all over the world and see what Rotarians are doing ALL OVER THE WORLD. You can also take a side trip to Las Vegas or several National Parks and scenic sites.

President Mike still has a few of the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00. We hope you will buy one and wear it to TASTE OF ABILENE.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BOB KUYKENDALL. Bob attended Abilene High School, Hardin-Simmons University, and Wayland Baptist College. Before he retired, Bob owned Kuykendall Business Systems. He joined our club in July 1961. Bob is married to Margie and they have two children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

You still have time to register for The Rotary DISTRICT CONFERENCE which will be April 20-22 at the Marriot Solana (Westlake) near the TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. You can register on line at Rotary5790.org. We need to have a good delegation from our club to attend this conference.

The President of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL is Bill Boyd, from New Zealand. At the Convention in Salt Lake City, Wilfrid Wilkinson, from the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ont., Canada, will take office as president of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. The Rotary theme for next year will be ROTARY SHARES.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw at E-CLUB ONE (on line). Mike Dickie at Breckenridge Rotary; Tim Doty and Bruce Lampert at Abilene North Rotary, and Bob Hunter and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. In 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted. A group of engineers advised that the gear wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center, so one was added in 1923.


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

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

March 30, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Mark Hewitt with Love and Care Ministries. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NO CLUB MEETING on April 6 (Good Friday). All members are urged to attend TASTE OF ABILENE on Tuesday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Taylor County Expo Center Round Building. We also need your help at 2 p.m. on April 3 at the Round Building in setting everything up, as well as help from 8 -9 p.m. tearing down and cleaning up.

Our third fund-raiser (in addition to Taste of Abilene and the Golf Tournament) is coming soon. This is our flag project, headed up by Turner Cariker. As a result of these fund-raisers (including half the money you pay for a ticket in Dealing for Dollars), our club will have about $20,000.00 to donate to LOCAL CHARITIES.

Program for April 13: Rotarian Peter Fox will tell about the WASP museum.

April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. Please take time to read your Rotarian Magazine and learn what Rotary is doing here and abroad.

The name of our organization is ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, which means that we also contribute to world understanding by donating to projects in other countries. We have just been notified that the Rotary Foundation has approved a MATCHING GRANT for a water and sanitation project in La Mosquitia, Honduras. You will remember that on Jan. 26, Dist. Gov. Elect Dave Mason and Bob Griffin from the Arlington Rotary Club spoke to our club about this project. Rotary clubs in our district have donated $8,000.00 to this project, including $500.00 from our club.

Our district is planning a trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua, July 20-30, to see a high school our district built. If you are interested, let David Stubbeman know.

We are all invited to the dedication of the Bill and Diann Waddill Sensory Garden on Thursday, April 5 at 10 a.m. in the Gym Courtyard at the Abilene State School. If you can attend, you are asked to R.S.V.P. to 795-3547. Our club has also contributed to this project.

President Mike still has a few of the new ROTARY CLUB OF ABILENE T-SHIRTS. He will sell you one for $8.00. We hope you will buy one and wear it to TASTE OF ABILENE.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MARY BETH KILGORE. Mary Beth graduated from Victoria High School, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Oklahoma. She served over 20 years in the U. S. Air Force, and retired as a Major. She joined our club in April 1989 and is presently serving as our club secretary and program chair. She is also Public Information Officer for TxDOT.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw at E-CLUB ONE (on line). and Dick Burton, Worth Moutray, Tom Boecking, Mike Schweikhard, Bob Hunter and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


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


ROTARY MEETINGS FOR APRIL: Persons helping with the meetings are:

Invocations: Dave Boyll,

Introduction of Guests: Mike Dickie,

Singing: C. G. Gray,

Dealing for Dollars: Frank Dlugas,

Ticket=takers, Will Dix and Marty Pothier.

MANY THANKS to these persons who make our meetings run like clock-work.
The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 13, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Peter Fox, who informed us about the progress of the Women’s Army Service Program Museum in Sweetwater. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

There was no Rotater last week because we had no meeting last week.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Col. Kevin Jackson, C-130 Group Commander, Dyess Air Force Base.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Rotary Team of OUTSTANDING SPELLERS, Bruce Lampert, Erik Johnson, and David Weems who WON THE FUNDSPELL this week

THANKS to all who helped with TASTE of Abilene. Everyone looked good in the new BLUE CLUB T-SHIRTS. Our share of the net profits will be over $12,000.00. Money from ticket sales is still coming in.

Today, your BOARD OF DIRECTORS voted to make the following grants (which total OVER $20,000.00): Hope Haven, $7,500.00; Paramount Theater, $2,500.00; Abilene Habitat for Humanity, $2,000.00; The Salvation Army, $1,500.00; Disability Resources, $1,500.00; At Risk Youth Program, YMCA, $1,500.00; Frontier Texas!, $1,000.00; Abilene Community Band, $1,000.00; Junior Achievement, $750.00; Taylor Co. Adult Literacy Council, $500.00; West Texas Rehabilitation Center, $500.00; and March of Dimes, $200.00. You will be hearing more about the specific uses of each grant in the coming weeks. These grants to local charities MAKES ALL OF US PROUD TO BE ROTARIANS.

Several of our members will be gone next Friday to the Rotary DISTRICT CONFERENCE at the Texas Motor Speedway. You can still register and get details on line at rotary5790.org.

It was good to see several GUESTS at today’s meeting. BRING A GUEST to Rotary and we may get a new member as a result of your having brought a guest.

Congratulations to Bob Hunter who drew the Ace of Spades today during Dealing for Dollars. He will receive a check for $576.00.

April is ROTARY MAGAZINE MONTH. Please take time to read your Rotarian Magazine and learn what Rotary is doing here and abroad.

Our district is planning a trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua, July 20-30, to see a high school our district built. If you are interested, let David Stubbeman know.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: ROBERT LAIRD. Robert graduated from Castleberry High School and Texas Christian University. He joined our club in November 1988 with a classification of Nurse Anesthesiology. Robert is married to Becky and they have two children. You may have seen Robert on TV at the Abilene ISD board meetings.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

MAKE-UPS: David Stubbeman at Anacortes, Washington; Dick Burton, Elizabeth Paige, Robert Laird, Will Dix and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary; and Bob Hunter, James Parrish, and Turner Cariker at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 27, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Randy Halstead, with Hope Haven. After Randy spoke, President Mike presented a check for $7,500.00 to Randy for the purchase of a PICK UP for Hope Haven. This is what Rotary is all about: HELPING PEOPLE. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Nancy Masters will speak on ACE factors.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags Monday, May 28, in recognition of MEMORIAL DAY. MANY THANKS to Turner and his team for doing this great project.

JUNE is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. We will have a CLUB PICNIC on June 29 at FRONTIER TEXAS. This is for your entire family. Put this date on your calendar. More details to follow.

Also, on Tuesday, June 19, we will have a joint meeting of the outgoing BOARD OF DIRECTORS and the incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in the Mall of Abilene. Directors, please put this date on your calendars.

President Elect BOB TEST has been working on committee assignments for his year as President, which begins July 1. Please help with the committee to which you are assigned.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE MURPHY. Mike was born in Menominee, Michigan. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a M.B.A. from Sam Houston State University. He is in charge of Abilene Regional Medical Center. He has been a member (and officer) in at least four other Rotary Clubs. Mike joined our club in 2005. He is married to Jennifer and they have four boys.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

We received word this week that The Rotary Foundation has approved our Matching Grant application for cataract and other eye surgery in Vyary County, India. This project started with $500.00 from our club and grew with contributions from individuals, from our Rotary District, and from The Rotary Foundation to over $37,000. Again, this is what Rotary is all about: HELPING PEOPLE. Please continue to donate to The Rotary Foundation by putting money in the Birthday Box and by making donations directly to the Foundation.

MAKE-UPS: Morris Baker at the Rotary Club of Dallas, Richard Rolison at E-Club One (on-line), Claude Hicks, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Peggy McConnell at Abilene Southwest’s Top 50 Banquet, Kent Brown, Marty Pothier, Doug Eichorst, Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, and Bob Kuykendall at Abilene Southwest Rotary.



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


ROTARY PROGRAMS FOR JUNE: Persons helping with the meetings in June are: Introduction of Guests: Richard Rolison; Invocation: Don Etter; Singing: Bob Kuykendall; Dealing for Dollars: Frank Dlugas; Ticket-takers: Will Dix and Marty Pothier. MANY THANKS to these persons who make our meetings run like clock-work.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

April 27, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Randy Halstead, with Hope Haven. After Randy spoke, President Mike presented a check for $7,500.00 to Randy for the purchase of a PICK UP for Hope Haven. This is what Rotary is all about: HELPING PEOPLE. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Nancy Masters will speak on ACE factors.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags Monday, May 28, in recognition of MEMORIAL DAY. MANY THANKS to Turner and his team for doing this great project.

JUNE is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. We will have a CLUB PICNIC on June 29 at FRONTIER TEXAS. This is for your entire family. Put this date on your calendar. More details to follow.

Also, on Tuesday, June 19, we will have a joint meeting of the outgoing BOARD OF DIRECTORS and the incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in the Mall of Abilene. Directors, please put this date on your calendars.

President Elect BOB TEST has been working on committee assignments for his year as President, which begins July 1. Please help with the committee to which you are assigned.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE MURPHY. Mike was born in Menominee, Michigan. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a M.B.A. from Sam Houston State University. He is in charge of Abilene Regional Medical Center. He has been a member (and officer) in at least four other Rotary Clubs. Mike joined our club in 2005. He is married to Jennifer and they have four boys.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

We received word this week that The Rotary Foundation has approved our Matching Grant application for cataract and other eye surgery in Vyary County, India. This project started with $500.00 from our club and grew with contributions from individuals, from our Rotary District, and from The Rotary Foundation to over $37,000. Again, this is what Rotary is all about: HELPING PEOPLE. Please continue to donate to The Rotary Foundation by putting money in the Birthday Box and by making donations directly to the Foundation.

MAKE-UPS: Morris Baker at the Rotary Club of Dallas, Richard Rolison at E-Club One (on-line), Claude Hicks, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Peggy McConnell at Abilene Southwest’s Top 50 Banquet, Kent Brown, Marty Pothier, Doug Eichorst, Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, and Bob Kuykendall at Abilene Southwest Rotary.



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


ROTARY PROGRAMS FOR JUNE: Persons helping with the meetings in June are: Introduction of Guests: Richard Rolison; Invocation: Don Etter; Singing: Bob Kuykendall; Dealing for Dollars: Frank Dlugas; Ticket-takers: Will Dix and Marty Pothier. MANY THANKS to these persons who make our meetings run like clock-work.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 4, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was our own Joe Alcorta, speaking about Cinco de Mayo. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: President Mike Weber will tell us about horses.

Today, we distributed some of the proceeds of The Taste of Abilene. The Abilene Restaurant Association received a check for $10,000.00, which is half of the $20,000.00 proceeds TO DATE of the net income from this fund-raiser. (A few sponsors have not yet paid for their sponsorships and A FEW ROTARIANS have not yet paid for the tickets they charged to his or her account.)

President Mike gave a check for $2,000.00 to Habitat for Humanity and a check for $500.00 to the Taylor County Adult Literacy Council.

Please make our new member, Myra Dean, feel welcome in our club. She is actually a former member of our club who has rejoined us.

Do you remember last year when Barbara Rollins and Elizabeth Paige went to Mexico on a Rotary trip to distribute wheelchairs to the needy. Barbara and Elizabeth have received certificates from the Wheelchair Foundation in appreciation of their work.

One of our club fund-raisers is to put up the American Flag in people's yards on Armed Forces Day (May 19), Memorial Day (May 28), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 3), Patriots Day (Sept. 11), and Veteran's Day (Nov. 11). We have about 60 flags to put up on each of these days. PLEASE HELP Turner Cariker, the chair of this project. We expect to raise about $1,800.00 from this to put in our Community Service Account and distribute to local charities.

Enclosed with this copy of The Rotater is a Committee Preference form. If you did not fill out one today at our meeting, PLEASE fill one out and return it.

IT IS EASY TO PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER. Give the name and address of the prospect to Mike Weber or David Stubbeman. The Board of Directors will approve the prospect and then the prospect is contacted by the Proposer or by mail from the club. It helps if you bring the Prospect to one of our meetings as a guest, but this is not required.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PEGGY MANNING. Peggy works in residential real estate and is with Senter Realtors. She is married to Royce and they have one son, Brad. Peggy joined our club in 2001 after having been proposed by Myra Dean.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Dickie in Breckenridge (several times); Marty Pothier and Robert Laird at Abilene Southwest Rotary; and Myra Dean and Darrell Reed at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

BE SURE to put Saturday, May 19 on your calendar as ROTARY DISTRICT ASSEMBLY, which will be held in Mineral Wells. The annual district assembly is the major leadership training event for Rotary and it offers MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, ROTARY INFORMATION and NEW IDEAS for club officers, directors and key committee chairpersons. It will also provide a review by incoming District Governor DAVE MASON (of Abilene Southwest Rotary) of the program theme and emphasis of the new Rotary International President for the coming year. District goals and objectives are also described and plans are developed for their implementation.


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

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 11, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Pete Peterson, who told us all about the Clydesdale horses. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Past Dist. Governor Paul Geisel will tell us about the recent Rotary Council on Legislation which met in Chicago. Also, next week you will receive a form by which each member will be asked to nominate a member for ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR, and a form by which each member will be asked to suggest PROGRAMS FOR NEXT YEAR. Malcolm Coco is Program Chair for next year.

Today, we distributed more of the proceeds of The Taste of Abilene. President Mike gave a check for $1,500.00 for The Salvation Army to Major James Parrish.

As you know, Bob Hunter and B. C. Roberson both recently drew the Ace of Spades and won the pot in Dealing for Dollars. Bob has donated his winnings to the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center at ACU and B. C. has donated his winnings to our Community Service Fund. Thanks to both for being great winners.

One of our club fund-raisers is to put up the American Flag in people’s yards on Armed Forces Day (May 19), Memorial Day (May 28), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 3), Patriots Day (Sept. 11), and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). We have about 60 flags to put up on each of these days. PLEASE HELP Turner Cariker, the chair of this project. We expect to raise about $1,800.00 from this to put in our Community Service Account and distribute to local charities.

Today, your Board of Directors met. The club is now an Associate Member of the Texas Restaurant Association. The Board also voted to become a member of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and to have a booth next year at Business Expo.

We will have a CLUB PICNIC on June 29. Put this date on your calendar. More details to follow.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PEGGY McCONNEL. Peggy is an Optometric Assistant in the office of Russell Dressen, O.D. Peggy joined our club in 1995 and has been VERY active in Rotary Youth Exchange and other Rotary service projects and she is a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW. Peggy is married to John and she has three grown children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw and Richard Rolison at E-Club One (on-line). Marty Pothier and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary; and Bob Hunter at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

BE SURE to put Saturday, May 19, on your calendar for the ROTARY DISTRICT ASSEMBLY, which will be held in Mineral Wells. We will meet in the parking lot of Ben E. Keith Co. on Ambler Street at 6:30 A.M. next Saturday morning and all go together to Mineral Wells.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 18, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Past District Governor Paul Geisel, who spoke on the recent Rotary Council on Legislation. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Randy Halstead, who is with Hope Haven, will speak. Also, next week, if you did not nominate a member for ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR, you can do so.

Today, our speaker, Paul Geisel, also presented to President Mike Weber the ROTARY PRESIDENTIAL CITATION, signed by Rotary International President Bill Boyd, in recognition of the OUTSTANDING ROTARY YEAR our club has had under Mike’s leadership.

Today, we distributed more of the proceeds of The Taste of Abilene. President Mike gave a check for $500.00 to Woody Gilliland for the WEST TEXAS REHAB CENTER and a check for $750.00 to Lauri Martin for ABILENE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT. President Mike also presented a check for $2,500.00 to Betty Hukill for the PARAMOUNT THEATER and a check for $1,000.00 to David Bradshaw for the ABILENE COMMUNITY BAND.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags tomorrow in recognition of Armed Forces Day. MANY THANKS to Turner and his team for doing this great project.

We received a very nice "Thank You" note from Millie, our pianist, for the season ticket to the Abilene Philharmonic, which members of our club gave her last September. She has enjoyed attending the concerts this season.

We will have a CLUB PICNIC on June 29. Put this date on your calendar. More details to follow.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BOB MCMILLAN. Bob has a B.S. and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Bob retired from the U. S. Air Force and now works for Abilene Aero. He joined our club in 1999. He is married to Joyce and they have two grown children.

If you have not already registered for the Rotary Convention in Salt Lake City, it is probably TOO LATE. We understand that there are no more hotel rooms available in Salt Lake City for the convention. At the meeting in Salt Lake City, for the first time, a woman is poised to join the Rotary International Board of Directors. She is Catherine Noyer-Riveau, from Paris, France. You can start making plans to attend the Rotary Convention in Los Angeles in June 2008.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison at E-Club One (on-line). Jim Bennington, Doug Eichorst, and Peter Fox at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

The structure of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is an interesting chapter in Rotary history. Rotary expanded across the Atlantic in 1914. During World War I, a British Association of Rotary Clubs was formed, and it had little contact with other international Rotary Clubs. In 1927, Rotary International was re-structured and RIBI continued to function as an independent unit of Rotary International, subject to certain approvals by the RI Constitution.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

May 25, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Randy Halstead, with Hope Haven. After Randy spoke, President Mike presented a check for $7,500.00 to Randy for the purchase of a PICK UP for Hope Haven. This is what Rotary is all about: HELPING PEOPLE. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Nancy Masters will speak on ACE factors.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags Monday, May 28, in recognition of MEMORIAL DAY. MANY THANKS to Turner and his team for doing this great project.

JUNE is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. We will have a CLUB PICNIC on June 29 at FRONTIER TEXAS. This is for your entire family. Put this date on your calendar. More details to follow.

Also, on Tuesday, June 19, we will have a joint meeting of the outgoing BOARD OF DIRECTORS and the incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in the Mall of Abilene. Directors, please put this date on your calendars.

President Elect BOB TEST has been working on committee assignments for his year as President, which begins July 1. Please help with the committee to which you are assigned.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE MURPHY. Mike was born in Menominee, Michigan. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a M.B.A. from Sam Houston State University. He is in charge of Abilene Regional Medical Center. He has been a member (and officer) in at least four other Rotary Clubs. Mike joined our club in 2005. He is married to Jennifer and they have four boys.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

We received word this week that The Rotary Foundation has approved our Matching Grant application for cataract and other eye surgery in Vyary County, India. This project started with $500.00 from our club and grew with contributions from individuals, from our Rotary District, and from The Rotary Foundation to over $37,000. Again, this is what Rotary is all about: HELPING PEOPLE. Please continue to donate to The Rotary Foundation by putting money in the Birthday Box and by making donations directly to the Foundation.

MAKE-UPS: Morris Baker at the Rotary Club of Dallas, Richard Rolison at E-Club One (on-line), Claude Hicks, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Peggy McConnell at Abilene Southwest’s Top 50 Banquet, Kent Brown, Marty Pothier, Doug Eichorst, Richard Rolison, Robert Laird, and Bob Kuykendall at Abilene Southwest Rotary.



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


ROTARY PROGRAMS FOR JUNE: Persons helping with the meetings in June are: Introduction of Guests: Richard Rolison; Invocation: Don Etter; Singing: Bob Kuykendall; Dealing for Dollars: Frank Dlugas; Ticket-takers: Will Dix and Marty Pothier. MANY THANKS to these persons who make our meetings run like clock-work.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 1, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Nancy Robinson Masters, who compared flying to recruiting new members. We had several non-Rotarian women attend our club today. See if you can convince one or all to join our club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Sampler of Cisco Jr. College’s current musical production.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags on Thursday, June 14, in recognition of FLAG DAY. We currently have over 60 persons who pay to have the flag displayed. MANY THANKS to Turner and his team for doing this great project.

JUNE is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. We will have a CLUB PICNIC on June 29 at FRONTIER TEXAS. This is for your entire family. Put this date on your calendar. There will be a "changing of the guard," from Mike Weber to Bob Test, and the naming of the ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR. More details to follow.

Also, on Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m., we will have a joint meeting of the outgoing BOARD OF DIRECTORS and the incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in the Mall of Abilene. The Assistant District Governor, Issac Castro from Hamlin, will also attend. Directors, please put this date on your calendars.

Another date to put on your calendar is Saturday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the Abilene Woman’s Club when Dave Mason from Abilene Southwest Rotary will be installed as our new DISTRICT GOVERNOR.

Be sure and look at the June issue of the ROTARIAN MAGAZINE. There are many wonderful pictures of Rotary working and being of SERVICE around the world.

One of the colorful traditions of many Rotary clubs is the exchange of small banners, flags or pennants. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners from our club to exchange at "make-up" meetings as a token of friendship. When was the last time you looked at the banners from other Rotary clubs which are displayed on the wall at Briarstone Manor?

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WORTH MOUTRAY. Worth has his own insurance agency, Moutray and Associates. He previously was a member of Abilene Southwest Rotary, but his business schedule made it more convenient to join our club.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, Dave Boyll, and Will Dix at Abilene Southwest Rotary, Myra Dean, Turner Cariker, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.



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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 8, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was a sampler from the Cisco Jr. College summer musical. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Taylor County Juvenile Justice Probation.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American Flags on Thursday, June 14, FLAG DAY. Thanks to all who help with this project.

JUNE is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH. In lieu of our regular noon meeing on June 29, we will have a CLUB PICNIC at FRONTIER TEXAS, from 6-9 p.m. This is for your entire family and guests. The cost is $9.00 per person and this includes a meal and a ticket to the Frontier Texas Exhibit. Children under 12 are free. Put this date on your calendar. After supper, there will be a "changing of the guard," from Mike Weber to Bob Test, and the naming of the ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR.

Also, on Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m., we will have a joint meeting of the outgoing BOARD OF DIRECTORS and the incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in the Mall of Abilene. The Assistant District Governor, Isaac Castro from Hamlin, will also attend. Directors, please put this date on your calendars. PETER FOX, immediate past president, ERIK JOHNSON, and BRUCE LAMPERT will be retiring from the board and KENT BROWN, STEVE GLENN, and WOODY GILLILAND will be coming onto the board.

Another date to put on your calendar is Saturday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the Abilene Woman’s Club when Dave Mason from Abilene Southwest Rotary will be installed as our new DISTRICT GOVERNOR. Call Will Speight, 692-7988, or David Stubbeman, 698-1756, if you want make a reservation to attend.

At our meeting today, President Mike announced that the profit from TASTE OF ABILENE was $22,765.84, which will be split evenly between the Abilene Restaurant Association and the Rotary Club of Abilene COMMUNITY SERVICE ACCOUNT. From these proceeds, at our meeting today, President Mike presented a check to Stephanie Hunter for the YMCA for $1,500.00.

Just this week, we have had two more people sign up to have AMERICAN FLAGS put in their yards when we put out flags. It is never too late to find a friend or neighbor who wants a flag in their yard.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JACK NORTH. Jack ("Cactus Jack) graduated from Abilene High School, McMurry University, and Dallas Mortuary College. Jack is President of North’s Funeral Home. He joined our club in 1972. He is married to Sandy and he has two grown children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, bring a guest and PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

MAKE-UPS: Mike Schweikhard at the Hamlin Rotary Club, Claude Hicks, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Craig Haterius at Abilene Southwest Rotary, Craig Haterius, Bob Hunter, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.



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



Attached is a current membership list.

A
Abel, Steve
Agnell, Peter
Alcorta, Joe
B
Baker, Morris
Bell, Dennis
Bennington, Jim
Bhakta, Bobby
Bixby, Bruce
Blasingame, Raymond
Boecking, Tom
Boley, Kathy
Bosher, Kim
Boyll, Dave
Bridwell, Ralph
Brokaw, Ed
Brown, Kent
Burke, Michael
Burton, Dick
C
Cariker, Turner
Ceniglis, Tom
Christian, Kevin
Clark, Pat
Coco, Malcolm
Core, Bill
D
Dawson, George
Dean, Myra
Deegan, Sr., Bob
Dickie, Mike
Dix, Will
Dlugas, Frank
Doty, Tim
E
Ehrie, Bill
Eichorst, Doug
Etter, Don
F
Ferguson, Ray
Fox, Peter
G
Gilliland, Woody
Glenn, Gary
Glenn, Steve
Golihar, Jr., Paige
Gray, C. G.
H
Haglund, Rodger
Harris, John
Harris, Spike
Haterius, Craig
Hicks, Claude
Hobbs, Jay
Hughes, Fred Lee
Hunter, Bob
J
Johnson, Erik
Johnson, Paul
K
Kaiser, Gregg
Kiger, Gayle
Kilgore, Mary Beth
King, Austin
Kitchell, Charlie
Knight, Patty
Kuykendall, Bob
L
Laird, Robert
Lampert, Bruce
Lenker, Paul
M
Manning, Peggy
McConnell, Peggy
McMillan, Bob
Moutray, Worth
Murphy, Mike
N
North, Jack
O
O’Connor, Dave
P
Paige, Elizabeth
Parrish, James
Piersall, Randy
Pothier, Marty
R
Rangel, Cesar
Ratliff, Wes
Reed, Derral
Rehm, Buzz
Roberson, B. C.
Rolison, Richard
Rollins, Barbara
S
Schriver, Darryl
Schweikhard, Mike
Smith, Randy
Smith, Ron
Stubbeman, David
T
Test, Bob
Tredennick, Jim
W
Weber, Mike
Wilson, Joel


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 15, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Mike Lindsey from the Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Betty Hukill and a sampler from SOUTH PACIFIC.

REMEMBER TO SIGN UP (or call David Stubbeman). In lieu of our regular noon meeing on June 29, we will have a CLUB PICNIC at FRONTIER TEXAS, from 6-9 p.m. This is for your entire family and guests. The cost is $9.00 per person and this includes a meal from SHARON ALLEN'S BARBEQUE and a ticket to the Frontier Texas Exhibit. Children under 12 are free. After supper, there will be a "changing of the guard," from Mike Weber to Bob Test, and the naming of the ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR.

This Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m., we will have a joint meeting of the outgoing BOARD OF DIRECTORS and the incoming BOARD OF DIRECTORS at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in the Mall of Abilene. The Assistant District Governor, Isaac Castro from Hamlin, will also attend. Directors, please put this date on your calendars. PETER FOX, immediate past president, ERIK JOHNSON, and BRUCE LAMPERT will be retiring from the board and KENT BROWN, STEVE GLENN, and WOODY GILLILAND will be coming onto the board.

Another date to put on your calendar is Saturday, June 30 (social at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.) at the Abilene Woman's Club when Dave Mason from Abilene Southwest Rotary will be installed as our new DISTRICT GOVERNOR. Call Will Speight, 692-7988, or David Stubbeman, 698-1756, if you want make a reservation to attend.

This was a record year for donations to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION from all Rotarians and a record year for donations from our club. THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO WORLD PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING through your donations to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary International provides third party LIABILITY INSURANCE for all Rotarians when we are participating in projects such as Taste of Abilene, and even for our golf tournament. The cost of this insurance this year (beginning July 1) will be $3.08 for each Rotarian living in Texas. It costs $3.45 for Rotarians living in California and Colorado, and $2.71 for Rotarians in most other states.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DAVE O'CONNER. Dave graduated from high school in South Dakota and the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business Management. He is West Texas General Manager of Moble Phone of Texas. Dave joined our club in 1989 and he has three children.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, bring a guest and PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

MAKE-UPS: C. G. Gray on the Coral Princess cruise ship and by working at Jane Long Elementary; Marty Pothier, Rodger Haglund, Dave Boyll, Richard Rolison, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Southwest Rotary; and Bruce Lampert at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 22, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Our program today was Betty Hukill and a sampler from Paramount's South Pacific. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: NO NOON MEETING. There is still time to sign up for our FAMILY CLUB PICNIC. Call David Stubbeman, 698-1756, to make a reservation. To date, we have 58 people signed up, including 11 children under 12.

JUNE 29: FRONTIER TEXAS! $9.00 per person. Children under 12 FREE.
6:00-7:00 p.m.—Dining on the PAVILION (Sharon Allen's Barbeque) 7:00-8:15 p.m.—Games on the Parade Grounds or Tour exhibit (FREE) 8:30-9:00 p.m.—Business meeting in the Visitor Center Lobby
  Presidential changeover Rotarian of the Year announcement
9:00 p.m.—Adjourn  

Erik Johnson needs 6 volunteers to set up for the PICNIC and clean up. Call Erik at 439-0186 if you can help.

Our club is sponsoring two high school students at Rotary Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) this weekend at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. Kent Brown from our club is on the staff and a counselor at RYLA. This is another one of Rotary's great programs.

Today, President Mike presented a check for $1,500.00 for Disability Resources, Inc., to Dickie Greenwood, executive director of DRI and a member of Abilene Wednesday Rotary. MORE PROCEEDS FROM TASTE OF ABILENE going to local charities!!!

Another date to put on your calendar is Saturday, June 30 (social at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.) at the Abilene Woman's Club when Dave Mason from Abilene Southwest Rotary will be installed as our new DISTRICT GOVERNOR. Call Will Speight, 692-7988, or David Stubbeman, 698-1756, if you want make a reservation to attend.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: ELIZABETH PAIGE. Elizabeth (Bettsy) is employed by the Health and Human Services Administration as a Contract Manager. She joined our club in Aug. 2006 and has already traveled to Mexico on a Rotary humanitarian trip. Her brother is Don Paige, who some of you may know. She may have to take a leave of absence from our club, depending on a recent law passed by the Texas legislature.

Remember to wear RED on Fridays to support our troops. Also, bring a guest and PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER.

The Rotary Council on Legislation, which met in April 2007, changed the required club attendance from 60% to 50%. The club board of directors may excuse a member's absence for reasons it considers to be good and sufficient.

MAKE-UPS: Jay Hobbs at the Rotary Club of Iloilo, Phillippines, and one other club in the Phillippines; Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, Kent Brown, and Robert Laird at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

June 29, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we are scheduled to have our Family Picnic and meeting at Frontier Texas! PRESIDENT MIKE WEBER will pass the gavel to PRESIDENT BOB TEST, and Turner Cariker will be named ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: President BOB TEST will have the gavel. Eldon Moritz will talk about BASEBALL.

Everyone is receiving, with this Newsletter, a bill for dues. Please pay. Also included with this Newsletter is a GREAT NEW BROCHURE about our club. President Bob Test had this brochure prepared. Give this brochure to a friend who you think might be interested in JOINING our club. If you have more than one such friend, we have many more brochures.

Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out AMERICAN FLAGS on Wednesday, July 4. THANKS, TURNER.

On Wednesday, June 27, Paul Johnson, Bobby Bhakta, and David Stubbeman met with VIRAL K. PUROHIT, Secretary of the ROTARY EYE INSTITUTE AND HOSPITAL of Navsari, State of Gujarat, India. We discussed the Matching Grant that our club has with the Rotary Club of Vyara, India, for cataract and other eye surgery. Also present were J. R. Bhakta of Ozona, Texas, who also contributed to the Matching Grant, and Assistant District Governor Yogesh Naik of Rotary District 3060, which includes Navsari and Vyara, India.

This is another example of the wonderful ways that Rotary works in international humanitarian matters.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JAMES PARRISH. James was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and graduated from The Salvation Army School for Officers Training. He has also been a member of the Garland, Texas, Rotary Club. James joined our club in April 2004. He is administrator/pastor of the Abilene Salvation Army and is married to Sally. They have three grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Myra Dean, C. G. Gray, Turner Cariker, and Bruce Lampert at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 6, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard Eldon Moritz talk about baseball, et al. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: State Representative SUSAN KING

July is Rotary LITERACY MONTH. Our Rotary Reads program will start up again in September at Jane Long Elementary (Jane Long Elementary will be back on the Jane Long campus rather than the old Valley View campus.) If you have any suggestions for another club project that promotes LITERACY, tell someone on our board of directors.

Many thanks to the Flag Committee, which includes Steve Glenn, Gary Glenn, Bruce Bixby, C. G. Gray, Mike Schweikhard, George Dawson, Claude Hicks, and Chairman and ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR Turner Cariker.

Members with health concerns: Bob Deegan, Peggy McConnell.Kim Bosher. Kim is in Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Room 435 (probably for another week) and she would welcome telephone calls (325-659-7573).

Members with perfect attendance for July 2006-June 2007 include Tom Boecking, Dave Boyll, Ed Brokaw, Dick Burton, Myra Dean, Will Dix, Doug Eichorst, Peter Fox, C. G. Gray, Bob Hunter, Mary Beth Kilgore, Bob Kuykendall, Marty Pothier, B. C. Roberson, Richard Rolison, David Stubbeman, and Mike Weber.

Committees which help our weekly meetings go smoothly include Introduction of Guests: Mike Dickie, Bob Kuykendall, Jack North, Austin King, Ed Brokaw, Greg Kaiser, Dick Burton, Morris Baker, Dave Boyll, Raymond Blasingame, Myra Dean, Fred Lee Hughes, and Kevin Christian; Invocation: Charlie Kitchell, Mike Dickie, Ed Brokaw, Doug Eichorst, and Kevin Christian; Singing: Bob Kuykendall, Kevin Christian, Jim Tredennick. Thanks to all for your service.

Congratulations to JAY HOBBS, who received a Paul Harris Fellow Award today.

We would like to re-activate our Four-Way Speech Contest among high school age students. If anyone knows a Speech Teacher at Abilene High School, please let David Stubbeman know.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RANDY PIERSALL. Randy graduated from Cooper High School and Abilene Christian University. He is an owner of Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors. Randy joined our club in 2004 and is President-Elect of our club. He is married to Susan and they have two young children.

MAKE-UPS: Bruce Bixby at the Ruidoso, NM, Rotary Club, Claude Hicks, Dave Boyll, Ed Brokaw, and David Stubbeman at the District Governor Installation Banquet, Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary, Turner Cariker, Craig Haterius, Tom Boecking, Bob Hunter, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 13, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, State Representative Susan King is scheduled to speak to us. (David Stubbeman is in New Mexico today, so The Rotater is being prepared before noon, Friday.) Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Mike Schweikhard is program chair and he will have an outstanding program for us.

July begins a new ROTARY YEAR, and Rotary International President Wilfrid Wilkinson has selected ROTARY SHARES as our theme for the year. DO ALL YOU CAN TO SHARE ROTARY WITH OTHERS. You can read more about President Wilkinson and his hometown in Canada in the July issue of The Rotarian. You can also read, in the July issue of The Rotarian magazine, about polio and President Franklin Roosevelt’s efforts to obtain relief from polio at the Warm Springs Foundation in southern Georgia.

We had an outstanding Rotary Family Picnic at Frontier Texas! Because of our club’s donation to Frontier Texas, we have received FOUR membership cards to Frontier Texas, which entitles free admission to Frontier Texas! exhibits. If you want to use the membership cards, David Stubbeman has them. Of course, you will need to return the membership cards to David after you use them to see the exhibits.

On August 11, our Rotary District will hold a FOUNDATION AND MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas about how to increase our membership and to learn how The Rotary Foundation operates.

We understand that Kim Bosher is now out of ICU and feeling much better, although she will be in the hospital a few more days.

We are still working on our system to remind you that you have volunteered to assist with our meetings by leading the singing, giving the invocation, and introducing the guests. Please say YES when you are asked to help.

We would like to re-activate our Four-Way Speech Contest among high school age students. If anyone knows a Speech Teacher at Abilene High School, please let David Stubbeman know.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MARTIN (MARTY) POTHIER. After working for many years at Keaton Kolor, Marty is now self-employed as a professional photographer. He is leaving soon to take outdoor photos in Colorado. Marty joined our club in 1985 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

How would you define Rotary? “ROTARY IS AN ORGANIZATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL PERSONS UNITED WORLDWIDE WHO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN SERVICE, ENCOURAGE HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS IN ALL VOCATIONS AND HELP BUILD GOODWILL AND PEACE IN THE WORLD. Are you truly a Rotarian?


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 20, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Nicki Harle, Director, Texas Midwest Community Network, spoke to us. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Past District Governor Dick Baggett of San Angelo will tell us about Doolittle's Raiders.

We are all saddened by the death of a great Rotarian, Bob Deegan. We send our sincerest condolences to his wife, Beth, and the rest of his family. The club is making a contribution to the Robert A. Deegan Memorial Fund at the University of Notre Dame.

Be sure to welcome our newest member, JULIE HOFMANN, when you see her at club meetings. We are scheduled to introduce another new member next week.

Have you been reading about ROTARIANS in the ABILENE REPORTER NEWS? Dick Burton is featured in an interview about his weaving. James Parrish is pictured as he is honored for 40 YEARS OF SERVICE to the Salvation Army. And Past District Governor Jim Aneff told how he uses Rotary to spread goodwill to Russia.

Last week, you received a brochure about our club. Have you given it to someone who may be interested in joining our club?

On August 11, our Rotary District will hold a FOUNDATION AND MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas about how to increase our membership and to learn how The Rotary Foundation operates.

Among the programs of THE ROTARY FOUNDATION are the Matching Grants that assist Rotary clubs in conducting International Service projects. Since 1965, more than 6,500 grants have been awarded for projects in about 165 countries. Grants have been made to improve hospitals, develop school programs, drill water wells, and assist the disabled.

Please read the enclosed letter from Bob Griffin, a Rotarian in Arlington, Texas, who spoke to our club last year. Bob tells about the project in Honduras in which our club participated. Bob says, "I hope that (the Abilene Rotary Club) realizes the value of its contribution to this endeavor."

We are in a new Rotary Year, so it is time to make another contribution of $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation (The club will match your donation of $100.00 and the money for this match comes from your donations to our Rotary Birthday Box and Sunshine Moments.)

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: WES RATLIFF. Wes graduated from high school in Strawberry, Arkansas, and attended SMU. He is married to Clara and he is owner of Automated Copy Systems, Inc. Wes joined our club in November 1978. He provided the copier to the club that makes this newsletter possible.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

July 27, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, PDG Dick Baggett from San Angelo told us the inspiring story about Gen. Doolittle's Raiders (Tokyo, April 1942). President Bob read a nice "Thank You" note from Beth Deegan for flowers which were sent to Bob's funeral. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Richard Sowell, Cowboy poet.

Be sure to welcome our newest members, RILEY GRIFFITH and BRAD WICKER, when you see them at club meetings. Riley has his own land surveying company, and Brad is with Wicker Parker Insurance Agency. We are scheduled to introduce another new member in two weeks.

In ROTARY, August is MEMBERSHIP MONTH. New members are essential to our club. Let's make August an even better month for bringing in new members than July has been. BRING A PROSPECTIVE MEMBER TO ROTARY. We are preparing an information packet about Rotary for every visitor to our club.

There is a new brochure about Rotary entitled ROTARY BASICS which we have been giving to prospective members. Look at a copy of this brochure on page 39 of the August ROTARIAN MAGAZINE. It is a great way to refresh yourself on almost every aspect of Rotary.

On August 10, our new District Governor, Dave Mason, will speak to our club. I am sure one of the questions he will ask us is how many are going on August 11 to our Rotary FOUNDATION AND MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas about how to increase our membership and to learn how The Rotary Foundation operates. Make plans to attend, especially if you have never been to the Texas Motor Speedway.

Rotary Fellowships give members all over the world the chance to make friends with other Rotarians who share a common vocation, hobby, or recreational interest (golf, boating, traveling, etc.). Go to the Rotary International website to see a complete list.

Rotarian Action Groups conduct international service projects that enhance the OBJECT OF ROTARY. If you are interested in supporting a particular type of service activity, like blood donation or fighting AIDS in Africa, there may be a Rotarian Action Group for you.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PAUL (BUZZ) REHM. Buzz graduated from Abilene High School and Texas A&M with an engineering degree. He worked for Mead's Frozen Foods for over 40 years and is now retired. Buzz joined our club in 1962. Before he joined our club, he was a charter member of the San Angelo West Rotary Club.

MAKE-UPS: Myra Dean, Peter Fox, and C. G. Gray at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; Mary Beth Kilgore, Tom Boecking, and Bob Hunter at Abilene Southwest.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 3, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Richard Sowell, cowboy poet, entertained us. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: District Governor DAVE MASON will update us about Rotary International and about our Rotary District.

In ROTARY, August is MEMBERSHIP MONTH. We are scheduled to introduce two new members next week. New members are essential to our club. Let’s make August an even better month for bringing in new members than July has been. BRING A PROSPECTIVE MEMBER TO ROTARY.

Erik Johnson is working on one of our newest projects. We hope to build a Rotary DISC GOLF COURSE in a new city park near Lake Kirby. This will be a championship disc golf course that should attract visitors and tournaments to our city.

Our club BOARD OF DIRECTORS will meet next Friday at 1 PM. One item on the agenda will be the annual ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT. Let President Bob or David Stubbeman know if you can help with this money-raiser for our Community Service projects. And plans for next year’s TASTE OF ABILENE have already begun.

There is still time to make plans to attend the Rotary District Membership and Foundation Seminar on Saturday, Aug. 11. In attendance will probably be one of the newest members of the ROTARY INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DON MEBUS, from the Arlington, Texas, Rotary Club. Don is from our district and he is known to many of you because he attended our district conferences when they were held in Abilene.

As an international organization, Rotary offers each member unique opportunities and responsibilities. Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country, membership in Rotary enables Rotarians to take a somewhat different view of international affairs. Recently, our club has helped drill water wells in Honduras and in Lagos, Nigeria. We are working on a project to drill water wells in Zambia. Clean drinking water is not found in many areas of the world and WE CAN HELP. Our club has recently help sponsor an eye clinic in India.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BILL (DOC) ROBERSON. Bill graduated from Pecos High School and Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. He joined our club in November 1946. Bill is a Paul Harris Fellow. He has perfect attendance at our club for many, many years, and is one the first persons to arrive at Briarstone every week for our meetings. He is retired and is a newly-wed.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison on line at E-One Rotary Club, Bruce Lampert, and Turner Cariker at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; Mike Weber, Marty Pothier, Tom Boecking, and Bob Hunter at Abilene Southwest.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 10, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, District Governor Dave Mason, from the Abilene Southwest Rotary Club, spoke. Congratulations to C. G. GRAY, who was named a ROTARY BUILDER by Governor Dave. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Taylor County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Robert Harper will speak on THE STATE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE IN TAYLOR CO.

Be sure to meet our newest members who were introduced today. BETTY HUKILL, director of the Paramount Theater, rejoined our club after a "too long" absence. JENNIFER KENT, with the First National Bank of Baird also joined our club today.

August is Rotary MEMBERSHIP MONTH. The following persons are being sent letters inviting him or her to visit our club. If they are interested in our club, they will be invited to join unless, within 7 days from today, a written objection is received from one of our members: Dr. Tanya Brice, Boston Brice, Don Green, Tracie Cedillo, Connie Mack Skaggs, Roger Easter, and Michael Redden.

Any person visiting our club will receive a new INFORMATION PACKET ABOUT ROTARY. If you bring a guest, be sure that your guest gets one of these.

Our club will have a team participating in WEATHERIZATION DAY on Oct. 20. Be sure and mark this date on your calendar.

On the cover of your ROTARIAN MAGAZINE, you will find your Rotary Membership Number. If your number is listed in the District Governor’s Newsletter, you may be a winner in a drawing to be held at the District Conference in April 2008 in Granbury, Texas.

By the way, the ROTARIAN MAGAZINE is printed in 27 different regional editions, and in 21 languages.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BARBARA ROLLINS. Barbara graduated from Quanah High School (she played the piano for the Quanah Rotary Club, of which her father and grandfather were members) and McMurry University. She also graduated from The University of Texas School of Law and is Judge of Taylor County Court at Law No. 2. Barbara joined our club in Oct. 1988. She is married to Mike and they have two sons.

MAKE-UPS: Ed Brokaw at Pittsfield, Illinois (twice), Bruce Bixby at Ruidoso, New Mexico (twice), Craig Haterius and Turner Cariker at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. We only have to travel across town to make-up a Rotary meeting. If you were one of the 34 members of the Rotar Club of Papeete, Tahiti, (located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), you would have to travel several hundred miles to attend another Rotary Club.

If you want to attend the highest Rotary Club in the world (16,000 feet), you must attend the Rotary Club of El Aguilar in Argentina. The lowest club (40 feet below sea level) meets at El Centro, California.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 17, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Taylor County Court at Law Judge Robert Harper spoke to us. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Don Green, Director of Aviation, Abilene Regional Airport.

Our club is considering setting up a credit card account so that dues and meals can be paid for by using a credit card account. Does any member know where we can get a good deal on a CREDIT CARD PROCESSING MACHINE?

We are working on a new MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. Be sure and let us know of any changes you may have by completing the questionnaire that have been put on the tables at our meetings the last few weeks.

Have you looked at the Rotary International website lately? The lead story is ROTARY VOLUNTEERS ARE LEADING THE WAY IN THE FIGHT FOR A POLIO FREE WORLD.

We have received from the Eastland County Museum some information about our club. Included in what they sent us is the Rotary Club of Fort Worth newsletter, "ROTAGRAPHE" for May 1, 1934 which talks about the Rotary District Conference to be held in ABILENE on May 8 and 9, 1934. O. B. Sellers from Abilene is the District Governor for 1933-1934. Rotarians will stay at both the Hilton and Wooten Hotels and the Conference will be CALLED TO ORDER at the CITY HALL AUDITORIUM by John Ray of Abilene, convention chairman.

One of the speakers at the 1934 convention was Tom Taylor, President of Howard Payne College in Brownwood.

From the 1934 Rotagraphe: "We can’t all be leaders. Some of us must belong to the ranks. Still, there’s the compensation of knowing that if it were not for those who make up the ranks, there would be nothing to lead."

Do not forget "EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR." Your gift of $100.00 a year to the Rotary Foundation, which provides health and human services grants all over the world.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RICHARD ROLISON. Richard attended Texas A&M and Hardin-Simmons University. Richard ‘s aunt is a Rotarian and past president of the Graham Rotary Club. His grandfather, Sonny Hermann, was a long-time member of our club. Richard joined our club in 2006.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison on line at the Rotary E-One Club, Dave Boyll, Mary Beth Kilgore, Ed Brokaw, Marty Pothier, Bruce Lampert, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary, and Bob Hunter, Myra Dean, and Turner Cariker at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

WHY SHOW UP FOR ROTARY? Fellowship, Food, Program, Speaker, Participation in projects, It’s a requirement. Join Rotary. We are asking for an hour of your time a week, 52 hours a year at a minimum.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 24, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Don Green, Director of Aviation for the City of Abilene spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Rotarian Bill Ehrie will give us a business update.

On Labor Day, September 3, Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American flags, which raises money for our Community Services Account and from which our club, after Jan. 1, will be making grants to local charities. (Last year, our club awarded grants of over $20,000.00 to local charities.)

KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD MAKE A GREAT ROTARIAN? Spread the word and invite someone to become a Rotarian.

Each week, we have Dealing for Dollars. When you buy a ticket, 50 cents goes into the pot and 50 cents goes into the Community Services Account. If your ticket number is drawn, you will have a chance to draw the Ace of Spades and win the pot, which now totals. $337.00.

Public schools will be opening next week and we will soon be starting another year of ROTARY READS! Can you spare 30 minutes a week to encourage a third grader (or any Jane Long Elementary School student) to get excited about reading? Talk to C. G. Gray about doing this SERVICE.

We are working on a new MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. Be sure and let us know of any changes you may have by completing the questionnaire that have been put on the tables at our meetings the last few weeks.

Have you looked at the Rotary International website lately? Read "About PolioPlus."

We have received a letter of resignation from Tim Doty. Tim said that he has changed jobs and cannot now attend our meetings.

We are moving closer to being able to accept credit cards for dues and meals. Raymond Blasingame has donated a credit card machine to the club. Thank you very much, Raymond.

From the January 10, 1930, edition of the Rotater: "Fellowship is fundamental in Rotary and Rotary fellowship can only be practiced and enjoyed when two or more Rotarians get together. Two Rotarians can never be a Rotary club, therefore true Rotary fellowship actually is the fellowship that is experienced at regular Rotary club meetings. There, members learn to know and understand each other and become real friends, interested in and tolerant of each other as real friends usually are."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE SCHWEIKHARD. Mike graduated from Clyde High School and Abilene Christian University. He is the local manager of Atmos Energy. He joined our club in 1992. He and Carol have a son and a daughter.

MAKE-UPS: Craig Haterius on line at the Rotary E-One Club, Bob Hunter and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary, Mike Weber, Bruce Bixby, Tom Boecking, Myra Dean, and Peter Fox at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

August 31, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Rotarian Bill Ehrie gave an upbeat update on the Abilene economy. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Twila Foreman will sing for us.

Some members have asked if we need to both sing the National Anthem and say the Pledge to the Flag as we open our meetings. Please let David Stubbeman know what you think. (David will be out of town Sept. 1-6)

On Labor Day, September 3, Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American flags. MANY THANKS to all who help with this project.

KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD MAKE A GREAT ROTARIAN? Tell Craig Haterius or his Membership Committee the name and address. His committee will make the contact and extend the invitation to come to Rotary.

Can you tell your friends about some of the VISIBLE ROTARY PROJECTS in Abilene? How about one of the monkey exhibits at the zoo or the park across from the zoo. What about the park benches at Everyman Park at Pine and North First Street? How about the Meals on Wheels Plus van that has the Rotary logo on it. Can you name any other Rotary projects where you can see the Rotary logo? In a future issue, we will try to list some of the Rotary projects which have made a difference in our community, but where the Rotary logo is not so obvious, such as when you see a student who attended Jane Long Elementary and was helped to read by a Rotarian.

Public schools have opened and we will soon be starting another year of ROTARY READS! Can you spare 30 minutes a week to encourage a third grader (or any Jane Long Elementary School student) to get excited about reading? Talk to C. G. Gray about doing this SERVICE.

We are working on a new MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. Be sure and let us know of any changes you may have by completing the questionnaire that have been put on the tables at our meetings the last few weeks.

Rotary is based on the Classification System. Each member is listed by the classification of his or her employment or business. We can have at least five members from each classification. BE AWARE. President Bob may call on you to give a three minute talk about your classification.

Have you looked at the Abilene Rotary Club website lately. Barbara Rollins does a great job. Open this website up and you will see a handsome picture of our President.

The Rotary FOUR-WAY TEST is "still ticking after 75 years." Read all about it in the September issue of the ROTARIAN MAGAZINE.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RANDY SMITH. Randy is Director of Business Relations for Autumn Home Care. Randy was proposed for membership by Russell Dressen and joined our club in Febrary 1992. You usually see Randy at the back table that likes to sing. He is married to Denise and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: Pat Clark at the San Angelo Rotary Club, Doug Eichorst at South Bend, Indiana (several times), Worth Moutray and Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary, Betty Hukill, Turner Cariker, James Parrish, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 7, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we were entertained by songs sung by Twila Foreman. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Dr. David Polnick, AISD Superintendent.

On Patriot Day, September 11, Turner Cariker and his team will be putting out American flags. MANY THANKS to all who help with this project.

September is ROTARY NEW GENERATIONS MONTH , when Rotary Clubs emphasize their efforts to attract the next generation of Rotarians and put the spotlight on Rotary Youth Projects. Our club sends at least one high school student to Camp RYLA every June at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Our club has Rotary Reads, where Rotarians read to and with Jane Long Elementary students. The three Abilene Rotary clubs are sponsoring a Youth Exchange Student this school year. In the past, our club has sponsored college age students as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, who study in a foreign country. Today, at our meeting, two Rotarian grandchildren were in attendance. BRING YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO ROTARY.

Rotary also has an INTERACT PROGRAM (for high school age students) and a ROTARACT PROGRAM (for college age students) to help young people learn more about Rotary.

Speaking of programs which benefit young people, our club received an e-mail this week from the Rotary Eye Institute of Navsari, India, thanking us again for the Rotary Matching Grant which totaled $37,000.00. They told us that the grant would soon be implemented and cataract and other eye surgery would be provided free of charge to young and old in Vyari, India. In the e-mail, members of our club are invited to visit the Navsari Eye Institute in Dec. 2007 or Jan. 2008.

Dave Boyll is planning an orientation meeting for our new club members. Rotary has so many great programs that it is difficult to inform new members quickly about all of these programs. If you would like to help Dave or it you would like to attend this orientation meeting, let Dave know.

FROM A 1930 ROTARY BROCHURE: "International Service is an effort to ascertain the causes of international discord and to aid in their removal by promoting understanding, justice, and goodwill among all peoples....The two basic principles on which the ideal of service is built are friendship and business justice. International Service is simply the attempt to extend these two principles into the relations of peoples and nations."

Today, "International Service" is used to describe the many programs and activities that Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. International service projects are designed to meet humanitarian needs of people in many lands.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DAVID STUBBEMAN. David is a retired attorney, former State Legislator, former Mayor of Abilene, and a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, J.A.G.C. He joined our club in 1970. David and Sue have two grown children, both of which live in Los Angeles, CA.

MAKE-UPS: Dick Burton, Mike Weber, and Turner Cariker at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Bruce Bixby, Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, and Myra Dean at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.

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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 14, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. David Polnick, AISD Superintendent and a native Abilenian spoke to our club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Florida Light and Power Executives will tell us about wind farms and wind generation.

Congratulations to MIKE WEBER, and SHIRLEY HUNTER, wife of Bob Hunter, who were both awarded a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW certificate and pin today. Their contributions to the Rotary Foundation are sincerely appreciated.

Do not forget EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR, whereby each Rotarian is asked to give $100.00 every year to the Rotary Foundation (and Rotarians will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow certificate when their contributions reach $1,000.00). Our club will match, up to $100.00 per year, any contribution to the Rotary Foundation by any of our members, so long as we have funds in our Foundation Account. (Money put in our Birthday Box funds our Foundation Account.) As of today, we have $580.00 in our Foundation Account, so make your contribution before the money runs out!

NEXT FRIDAY at 11 A.M., at Briarstone Manor, Dave Boyll and his committee with conduct a Rotary information meeting. New members JULIE HOFMANN, JENNIFER KENT, BRAD WICKER, and RILEY GRIFFITH are asked to attend this meeting. Former members MYRA DEAN and BETTY HUKILL, who recently rejoined our club are also invited to this meeting. And any other Rotarian who wants to learn more about Rotary is certainly invited to attend this meeting.

Also, please remember that September is ROTARY NEW GENERATIONS MONTH. One thing you can do is bring your children or grandchildren to one of our meetings.

Our club will be participating in WEATHERIZATION DAY on Saturday, Oct. 20. Please plan on helping our team led by WILL DIX as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

FROM A 1930 ROTARY BROCHURE: "Vocational Service replaces the term "Business Methods’...and refers not merely to the merchandise sold or work done in any business or professional transaction, but also to the giving of due consideration to the needs and circumstances of the one served." Ed Alcorn of the Eastland Rotary Club recently sent us some of these old Rotary brochures.

Today, "Vocational Service" is a description of the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JIM TREDENNICK. Jim graduated from Abilene Cooper and McMurry University. He is now Executive Director of Goodwill-West Texas. Jim joined our club in January 1986 and was President of our club in 1993-94. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier, Robert Laird, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Bruce Lampert, C. G. Gray, Turner Cariker, and Myra Dean at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 21, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Eric Silagy with Floriday Light & Power Energy, spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Mayor Norm Archibald will tell us about the State of the City.

Congratulations to Paul (Buzz) Rehm who was awarded a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW certificate and pin today. The contributions to the Rotary Foundation on his behalf by his friends and fellow Rotarians are sincerely appreciated.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22, there will be a reception for Rotarian Joel Wilson at Sears Retirement Center. All Rotarians are invited.

Our club will be participating in WEATHERIZATION DAY on Saturday, Oct. 20. Please plan on helping our team led by WILL DIX as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

Last Friday, your Board of Directors had its regular meeting. As of Aug. 31, 2007, we had $7,012.53 in our Operating Account and $2,476.58 in our Community Service Account. The Board authorized David Stubbeman to make arrangements for the club to accept credit cards in payment of dues and meals. Hopefully, in a week or two, we will have this procedure ready to go. Jay Hobbs reported that plans are well underway for our Taste of Abilene fund-raiser, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008.

Did you know that every member of the Kowloon East Rotary Club of Hong Kong has donated at least $10,000.00 to The Rotary Foundation. This gives our club a goal to consider. Part of the donations to The Rotary Foundation go to Polio Plus and the eradication of polio in the world. "Over the long term, eradicating polio is much cheaper than controlling it." Did you see the picture in the September edition of the Rotarian Magazine of the town crier in Ganguwa, Nigeria, calling villagers for a polio immunization day?

From the March 28, 1930, edition of THE ROTATER: "You can better judge a man’s religion by talking with his neighbors, than by his ability to memorize lodge rituals, and sing solos in church."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE WEBER. Mike has a degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is General Manager of Ben E. Keith Beverages. Mike joined our club in September 1995 and is our immediate Past President. He is married to Bonnie and they have two children.

MAKE-UPS: Doug Eichorst at Granger, Indiana, C. G. Gray volunteered at Jane Long Elementary; Robert Laird, Riley Griffith, Bob Hunter, Tom Boecking, and Worth Moutray at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Erik Johnson, Riley Griffith, Turner Cariker, and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 28, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Mayor Norm Archibald spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: To be announced.

Be sure and welcome our NEW MEMBER, COREY HUMPREY. Corey is with Edward Jones Investments.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH. Be sure and read the October issue of The Rotarian Magazine and see examples of projects some Rotary Clubs are doing. I thought the club project of working with the local Goodwill Industries organization was very interesting. (If you are not receiving The Rotary Magazine, let David Stubbeman know.)

Our club is considering giving a new DICTIONARY to each of the 63 third graders at Jane Long Elementary. You will recall that this is a Community Service program started by District Governor Dave Mason. (Dave’s wife teaches at Johnston Elementary and Abilene Southwest Rotary Club has donated these dictionaries to students at Johnston Elementary.)

Our club will be participating in WEATHERIZATION DAY on Saturday, Oct. 20. Please plan on helping our team led by WILL DIX as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

We now have an updated MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. If you want one and did not receive one at our last meeting, contact David Stubbeman. If any corrections need to be made, also let David Stubbeman know.

On Oct. 12, your Board of Directors will begin the process of electing new directors and officers for 2008-2009. On Oct. 12, a Nominating Committee chaired by Past President Mike Weber will be selected. This committee will select five (5) nominees for election to replace Directors Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, and Jay Hobbs. The club members will vote to elect three of these nominees on Nov. 30. If you want to serve on the Board of Directors or know of a club member who would make a good board member, let Mike Weber know.

From the January 10, 1930, edition of THE ROTATER: "This Friday night, we are to join with the other civic clubs (Lions, Exchange and Kiwanis) and the Chamber of Commerce, in commending the achievement of the builders of the Abilene Christian College."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOEL WILSON. Joel attended Wylie High School and graduated from McMurry University with a degree in Public School Music. He joined our club in 1948 and was President in 1960-61. Joel is retired from West Texas Utilities Company and has 54 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Jan. 20, 2008.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison on line at Club E-One; Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Dick Burton, and Mike Weber at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Bob Hunter and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.



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


ROTARY MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Persons who have volunteered for each meeting in Oct.:

  Invocation Guest Introductions Singing       
Oct. 5 Steve Abel Dave Boyll  
Oct. 12 Will Dix Bob Kuykendall  
Oct. 19 Bob Hunter Steve Glenn  
Oct. 26 Doug Eichorst Gary Glenn  

As you can see, we are a little short on song leaders. If you would be willing to lead the singing in Oct., please let Bob Test or David Stubbeman know.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 6, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Taylor County Commissioner Chuck Statler informed us about the State of the County. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Dr. Monty Lynn, ACU Management Professor will tell us about the status of available labor in Abilene. On Thursday, Oct. 25, our club will have a booth at the ABILENE STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL. This is an annual project for our club and Kim Bosher is again chairing our efforts for the carnival. Be sure and SIGN UP for a two hour shift at the carnival. This is not a fund-raising event and there is no admission fee. It is to provide enjoyment to the people at the State School.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH. Be sure and read the October issue of The Rotarian Magazine and see examples of projects some Rotary Clubs are doing.

Our club will be participating in WEATHERIZATION DAY on Saturday, Oct. 20. Please plan on helping our team led by WILL DIX as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

If you are giving the invocation, introducing guests, or leading the singing, please sit at the head table.

We now have an updated MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. If you want one and did not receive one at our last meeting, contact David Stubbeman. If any corrections need to be made, also let David Stubbeman know.

Copies of the Rotater are e-mailed to 24 members of our club. We send by regular mail copies of the Rotater to 66 members. If you would like to change from one method to the other, let David Stubbeman know.

From the District Governor's Newsletter. WHAT ARE OTHER ROTARY CLUBS IN OUR DISTRICT DOING? The Brownwood Rotary Club provides six college scholarships. The Fort Worth Rotary Club provides a course in Middle School to teach Service-Learning, which combines stronger academic skills while fostering civic responsibility. The Grapevine Rotary Club has a program to aid victims and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

From the March 28, 1930, edition of THE ROTATER: WHAT DO YOU SAY? Do you say to a prospective member, "Come with me to Rotary—I want you to join." Or do you say, "I think you will like Rotary—come with me and see." Do you say to a prospective member that there are no secrets, no pledges, no passwords, no initiations? Or do you tell him or her the truth, that there is a field as wide as the world, in which a person may study and develop his or her usefulness to their fellow men and women?

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: STEVE ABEL. Steve is President of the Better Business Bureau and he joined our club in December 1995. He is married to Nancy and they have two grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Tom Boecking, Richard Rolison, Worth Moutray, and Mike Weber at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Myra Dean, Will Dix, Tom Boecking, Turner Cariker, Bob Hunter, Peter Fox, and Mike Weber at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

September 28, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Mayor Norm Archibald spoke to the club. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: To be announced.

Be sure and welcome our NEW MEMBER, COREY HUMPREY. Corey is with Edward Jones Investments.

October is ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH. Be sure and read the October issue of The Rotarian Magazine and see examples of projects some Rotary Clubs are doing. I thought the club project of working with the local Goodwill Industries organization was very interesting. (If you are not receiving The Rotary Magazine, let David Stubbeman know.)

Our club is considering giving a new DICTIONARY to each of the 63 third graders at Jane Long Elementary. You will recall that this is a Community Service program started by District Governor Dave Mason. (Dave’s wife teaches at Johnston Elementary and Abilene Southwest Rotary Club has donated these dictionaries to students at Johnston Elementary.)

Our club will be participating in WEATHERIZATION DAY on Saturday, Oct. 20. Please plan on helping our team led by WILL DIX as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

We now have an updated MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. If you want one and did not receive one at our last meeting, contact David Stubbeman. If any corrections need to be made, also let David Stubbeman know.

On Oct. 12, your Board of Directors will begin the process of electing new directors and officers for 2008-2009. On Oct. 12, a Nominating Committee chaired by Past President Mike Weber will be selected. This committee will select five (5) nominees for election to replace Directors Frank Dlugas, Kim Bosher, and Jay Hobbs. The club members will vote to elect three of these nominees on Nov. 30. If you want to serve on the Board of Directors or know of a club member who would make a good board member, let Mike Weber know.

From the January 10, 1930, edition of THE ROTATER: "This Friday night, we are to join with the other civic clubs (Lions, Exchange and Kiwanis) and the Chamber of Commerce, in commending the achievement of the builders of the Abilene Christian College."

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOEL WILSON. Joel attended Wylie High School and graduated from McMurry University with a degree in Public School Music. He joined our club in 1948 and was President in 1960-61. Joel is retired from West Texas Utilities Company and has 54 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Jan. 20, 2008.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison on line at Club E-One; Bob Hunter, Marty Pothier, Dick Burton, and Mike Weber at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Bob Hunter and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.



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


ROTARY MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Persons who have volunteered for each meeting in Oct.:

  Invocation Guest Introductions Singing       
Oct. 5 Steve Abel Dave Boyll  
Oct. 12 Will Dix Bob Kuykendall  
Oct. 19 Bob Hunter Steve Glenn  
Oct. 26 Doug Eichorst Gary Glenn  

As you can see, we are a little short on song leaders. If you would be willing to lead the singing in Oct., please let Bob Test or David Stubbeman know.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 13, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Dr. Monty Lynn spoke about Abilene's population and economic outlook. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Betty Hukill will present a program about the Paramount Film Festival (which involves short films and our club is one of the co-sponsors) and she will bring some clips of past winners.

Kim Bosher still needs three volunteers for our booth at the ABILENE STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL on Thursday, Oct. 25. This is not a fund-raising event and there is no admission fee. It is to provide enjoyment to the people at the State School.

Will Dix can still use a few more volunteers to help with WEATHERIZATION DAY on Saturday, Oct. 20. Even if you have no repair type skills, please plan on helping our team as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

Mark your calendar. On FRIDAY, OCT. 26, our club will meet at noon at the BEEHIVE RESTAURANT at North 5th and Cedar Streets for OCTOBER FEST. Cost is $11.00 per person and we will have a "German-like" meal with accordion and polka music and beverages.

If you are giving the invocation, introducing guests, or leading the singing, please sit at the head table.

The club process for ELECTING NEW DIRECTORS has begun. A nominating committee with Past President MIKE WEBER, chair, and PEGGY MANNING, MARY BETH KILGORE, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, and PETER FOX has been appointed. Let any committee member know if you are interested in running for club director. Also, let any committee member know if you think some other member of our club would make a good director.

Do you have any old Abilene Rotary Club records (pictures, newspaper articles, copies of the Rotater before 2005, etc.)? We would like to collect these and keep them for posterity.

Our Board of Directors is considering working with the Lions Club which also meets on Fridays at Briarstone in regard to putting out flags on holidays. This is a great money-maker for our Community Service Fund. However, we need about four more Rotarians who would be willing to help put out American flags early in the morning and take them in on seven holidays a year. Please let Turner Cariker or David Stubbeman know if you would be willing to help with this. Remember: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

District Governor Dave Mason will host a ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Hardin-Simmons University. All Rotarians are invited. This will be a great information session for our newer members. Let David Stubbeman know if you and/or your spouse can attend.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: PETER AGNELL. Peter graduated from Cooper High School and Texas Tech University. Peter owns Abilene General Tire on South 1st Street. His father was a member of our club and Peter joined our club in 1989.

MAKE-UPS: Marty Pothier at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Bruce Bixby and Bruce Lampert at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 19, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Betty Hukill presented a program about the Paramount Film Festival. (This Rotater is being printed early because David Stubbeman will be out of town today. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe. Program for NEXT WEEK: Mark your calendar. On FRIDAY, OCT. 26, our club will meet at noon UPSTAIRS at the BEEHIVE RESTAURANT at North 5th and Cedar Streets for OCTOBER FEST. Cost is $11.00 per person and we will have a "German-like" meal with accordion and polka music and beverages.

Be sure and welcome our NEW MEMBER, SONDRA CLARK, who is with First Abilene Federal Credit Union.

Kim Bosher still needs three volunteers for our booth at the ABILENE STATE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL on Thursday, Oct. 25. This is not a fund-raising event and there is no admission fee. It is to provide enjoyment to the people at the State School.

Will Dix can still use a few more volunteers to help TOMORROW with WEATHERIZATION DAY, Saturday, Oct. 20. Even if you have no repair type skills, please plan on helping our team as it repairs and fixes up a house belonging to an elderly or disabled Abilenian.

Today, C. G. Gray is distributing to EACH third grader at JANE LONG ELEMENTARY a Dictionary, donated by OUR CLUB. This is a program suggested by our District Governor, Dave Mason.

The club process for ELECTING NEW DIRECTORS has begun. A nominating committee with Past President MIKE WEBER, chair, and PEGGY MANNING, MARY BETH KILGORE, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, and PETER FOX has been appointed. Let any committee member know if you are interested in running for club director. Also, let any committee member know if you think some other member of our club would make a good director.

I think that we have all of the bugs out of our CREDIT CARD system. Starting next Friday, you can charge your dues or meals on your MasterCard or VisaCard.

Do you have any old Abilene Rotary Club records (pictures, newspaper articles, copies of the Rotater before 2005, etc.)? We would like to collect these and keep them for posterity.

Our Board of Directors is considering working with the Lions Club which also meets on Fridays at Briarstone in regard to putting out flags on holidays. This is a great money-maker for our Community Service Fund. However, we need about four more Rotarians who would be willing to help put out American flags early in the morning and take them in on seven holidays a year. Please let Turner Cariker or David Stubbeman know if you would be willing to help with this. Remember: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

District Governor Dave Mason will host a ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Hardin-Simmons University. All Rotarians are invited. This will be a great information session for our newer members. Let David Stubbeman know if you and/or your spouse can attend.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JOE ALCORTA. Joe graduated from Olton High School and has a Ph.D from Texas Tech University. He teaches Spanish at Hardin-Simmons University. Joe is married to Liandra and they have four grown children.


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


 

The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

October 26, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we met at the Beehive Restaurant in downtown Abilene. We enjoyed polkas and waltzes. Guests included Beth Dlugas, Valerie Bennington, Millie Haglund, Cleda Dix, Barbara Gray, Sandie North, Reba Ceniglis, Barbara Harris, Patsy Harris, A. C. Alrey, Twila Foreman, Fay Laughlin, Dillon Cobb, Donna Dougherty, Mark Powell, Keith Sproles, Cole Wilson, and Karen Hines. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe. Program for NEXT WEEK: At Briarstone Manor, we will have a Club Assembly. We will ALL complete a written survey and we will have an open discussion about our club, past, present and future.

C. G. Gray reports that the Dictionaries that we donated to every third grader at Jane Long Elementary last Monday were well received.

The club process for ELECTING NEW DIRECTORS has begun. A nominating committee with Past President MIKE WEBER, chair, and PEGGY MANNING, MARY BETH KILGORE, MIKE SCHWEIKHARD, and PETER FOX has been appointed. Let any committee member know if you are interested in running for club director. Also, let any committee member know if you think some other member of our club would make a good director.

I think that we have all of the bugs out of our CREDIT CARD system. Starting next Friday, you can charge your dues or meals on your MasterCard or VisaCard.

District Governor Dave Mason will host a ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Hardin-Simmons University. All Rotarians and their spouses and guests are invited. This will be a great information session for our newer members. Let David Stubbeman know if you want a reservation.

The last few weeks, we have been asking if anyone had any old Rotary Club records. Every year after the Rotary International Convention, a bound volume of the convention proceedings is printed and distributed. Paul Lenker has given us the Proceedings from about forty Rotary International Conventions. Let David Stubbeman know if you are interested in looking at these volumes.

Paul has also given us a copy of the October 18, 1940, edition of The Rotater. The Rotary Code of Ethics, adopted in 1915, is published in this edition. At the meeting that week, they discussed Johnnie and Gilbert Pechacek’s Karakul sheep. Does anyone know what a Karakul sheep is?

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: MORRIS BAKER. Morris grew up in Ranger, Texas, and graduated from McMurry University. He has a Ph.D from Ohio State University. He spent several years in the Peace Corps and is with the Community Action Program of Abilene. Morris was president of our club in 1990-91.



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


ROTARY MEETINGS FOR NOVEMBER: MARK YOUR CLENDAR.

We need Members to volunteer for each meeting in November:

     Invocation      Guest Introductions      Singing

Nov. 2

Nov. 9

Nov. 16

Nov. 23      NO MEETING (THANKSGIVING)

Nov. 30


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 2, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we had a CLUB ASSEMBLY. We filled out a survey about our club. President Bob had a DVD about the Wheelchair Foundation, but our equipment could not handle it. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

IF YOU WERE ABSENT TODAY, PLEASE complete the survey and return it in the enclosed stamped, self-addressed envelope by Nov. 8!!! Program for NEXT WEEK: Learn about Rotary Camp RYLA from two students who attended RYLA last June. They are the daughters of Turner Cariker and Mike Weber.

November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH. Be sure and read the November issue of The Rotarian Magazine for lots of good information about the Rotary Foundation. Especially read the article on POLIO ERADICATION. And remember, "Every Rotarian Every Year", the program to encourage each Rotarian to donate $2 a week ($100.00 a year) to the Rotary Foundation.

District Governor Dave Mason will host a ROTARY FOUNDATION BANQUET on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 PM, at Hardin-Simmons University. All Rotarians from Abilene, Hamlin, Haskell, Stamford, and Coleman, and their spouses and guests are invited. This will be a great information session for our newer members about the international humanitarian programs of Rotary. WE NEED MORE MEMBERS FROM OUR CLUB TO ATTEND. Let David Stubbeman know if you want a reservation.

Our Rotary District will be sending a Group Study Exchange to Chile next May. The GSE team is composed of one Rotarian and four young business persons (up to age 40).

Many thanks to the club members who worked on WEATHERIZATION DAY, including Will Dix, Riley Griffith, Paul Lenker, Buzz Rehm, and Mike Weber. Thanks also to those members who helped at the Abilene State School Halloween Carnival.

Last week we asked what a Karakul sheep is? I was pleased to see that several members of our club actually read the Rotater and told me that the Karakul may be the oldest breed of domesticated sheep known to man.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: DENNIS BELL. Dennis went to high school in Portland, Oregon. He has degrees from Central University of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University. He is a retired teacher of music and is a retired general manager of Hub Machine and Tool. Dennis joined our club in July 1998. He has two grown children.

MAKE-UPS: Mary Beth Kilgore, Jennifer Kent, and Julie Hofmann at the Prospective Member luncheon; Marty Pothier, Bob Hunter, Richard Rolison, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary; Bruce Bixby, Erik Johnson, Tom Boecking, B. C. Roberson and Ed Brokaw at Abilene Wednesday Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 9, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Allison Cariker, a student at Wylie High School, and Megan Weber, a student at Cooper High School, told about their experience at RYLA last June. Joe Alcorta's outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

Program for NEXT WEEK: Jay Evans, President of the Taylor County Expo Center.

We send our condolences to the family of Rodger Haglund, who passed away this week.

November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH.

CLUB ELECTIONS: The following members have been nominated to serve on the club's Board of Directors for the year beginning July 1, 2008: MYRA DEAN, MIKE DICKIE, RILEY GRIFFITH, JOHN HARRIS, and JULIE HOFMANN. On Nov. 30, the club members will select, by written ballot, three of these nominees to serve.

Be sure and welcome as new members COREY HUMPHREY, COLE WILSON, TWYLA FOREMAN, and KAREN HINES, who will be introduced to the club next Friday.

Enclosed with this edition of The Rotater are the results of the SURVEY that was conducted at last week's meeting, including results from mail-in copies of the Survey from members who were absent last Friday. One of the clearest messages sent by the membership is that the club President should be elected by a vote of the entire membership. Your board of directors will work on writing the procedure for doing this.

Many thanks to the following persons who helped with the Abilene State School Halloween Party: GEORGE DAWSON, BUZZ REHM, TURNER AND ALLISON CARIKER, MYRA DEAN, MIKE and CAROLYN SCHWEIKHARD, AND KIM BOSHER.

Today, as guests of the club were four students from McMurry University who are members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity composed of former Boy and Girl Scouts. After our meeting, these students met with our Board of Directors and expressed a desire to work with our club on service projects. This should be mutually rewarding partnership for both the students and our club.

Also, today, your Board of Directors voted to assist, financially, in providing an Eagle Scout packet to each BOY SCOUT in our area who attains that rank.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: JIM BENNINGTON. Jim went to Aberdeen High School and the University of Maryland, and he has a master's degree in Business Administration. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and has Jim Bennington Insurance. Jim has been a member of the Omaha, NE, Rotary Club and joined our club in 1979. He has been married to Valerie since May 1959.

MAKE-UPS: Richard Rolison on line at Rotary Club E-One; Peter Fox, Tom Boecking, and Turner Cariker at Abilene Wednesday Rotary. Abilene Southwest Rotary will cancel its Tuesday meeting next week (Nov. 13) because of the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Thursday night.

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

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The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

November 30, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
abilenerotaryclub.org   Rotary.org

Today, Art Torres, with the Border Patrol, talked about our immigration problem. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Amazing Tuba Euphonium Ensemble from ACU and Hardin-Simmons.

Congratulations to MYRA DEAN, MIKE DICKIE, AND JOHN HARRIS, who were elected to the club’s board of directors beginning July 1, 2008.

Be sure and meet and welcome our new member, A. C. ALREY, who is working to promote Economic Development in Abilene.

December is ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. You are encouraged to bring spouses and friends to our meetings on Fridays. Read this month’s Rotarian Magazine to see how Rotary clubs all over the world have family involvement.

Rotarians from our club will be RINGING THE BELL for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Southside Walmart store. Be sure and sign up for a two hour shift and let the community know that we support the fine efforts of the Salvation Army.

The West Texas Rehab Center needs volunteers to help with its annual Phonathon, Jan. 16-18, preceeding its annual Telethon on Saturday, Jan. 19. Call Michelle Mickey at 437-3069 if you can help.

In February, our club will sponsor the Rotary Four Way Test Speech contest for high school students. Our club will award $250.00 for First Place, $150.00 for Second Place, and $100.00 for Third Place. We have several students from Clyde High School who will compete. We need some students from Abilene to compete, so if you know any interested students, let David Stubbeman know.

Did you see the pictures in the Abilene Reporter about the dictionaries that our club gave to third graders at Jane Long Elementary? Many thanks to C. G. Gray for all of his work in this regard.

Did you read where THE ROTARY FOUNDAITON received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be used in the global effort to eradicate polio? Rotary will be raising funds to match this grant over the next three years? Read more about it at rotary.org.

We have received an e-mail from the Rotary Eye Institute in India telling us that the Rotary Matching Grant which our club initiated last spring funded over 2500 eye examinations and 70 cataract and other eye surgeries in and around Vyera, India. This is another way Rotary promotes international good will and understanding.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: BRUCE BIXBY. Bruce graduated from Eagle Pass High School and Angelo State University. He is married to Debbie and they have two girls. Bruce is in Commercial and Residential Development and Real Estate Investing. He joined our club in April 1987. Ask him about his Rotary trip to Russia several years ago.

MAKE-UPS: Dave Boyll, Myra Dean, Turner Cariker, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; and Bob Hunter, James Parrish, and Robert Laird at Abilene Southwest Rotary.

Do you know how to Make-up on line? Go to rotary.org. In the search box, type Rotary E-club Pilot Project-List of Clubs, and pick a club. EASY!!


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

ROTARY MEETINGS FOR DECEMBER: Dec. 7, 14, and 21. No meeting Dec. 28. Steve Abel and Kent Brown will be looking for voluntteers to introduce guests, give and invocation and lead the singing.


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 7, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, we heard the Amazing Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: We are having a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MEAL AND PROGRAM. For the meal, at a cost of $11.00, we will have:

The program next week will be provided by Major James Parrish and the Salvation Army. Bring an unwrapped toy for the less fortunate.December is ROTARY FAMILY MONTH. You are encouraged to BRING SPOUSES AND FRIENDS to this special meeting Friday..

Thanks to all who will RING THE BELL for the Salvation Army on Dec. 8. Volunteers include PETER AGNELL (our organizer), DOUG EICHORST, C. G. GRAY, ED BROKAW, BUZZ REHM, TWYLA FOREMAN, SONDRA CLARK, MARY BETH KILGORE, PEGGY MCCONNELL, DAVID STUBBEMAN, RAYMOND BLASINGAME, ERIK JOHNSON, FRANK DLUGAS, BETH DLUGAS, TURNER CARIKER, PAUL LENKER, WILL DIX, BOB TEST, AND SUSAN KING.

NEW MEMBER PROPOSALS: CAROLYN RANCIER, with Abilene Reproduction, and Erik Thomas, (Gayle Kiger’s replacement at KTAB/KRBC, have been proposed for membership. If no objection is received in writing by Noon Friday, Dec. 14, we will welcome them as new members to our club.

In February, our club will sponsor the Rotary Four Way Test Speech contest for high school students. Our club will award $250.00 for First Place, $150.00 for Second Place, and $100.00 for Third Place. We have several students from Clyde High School who will compete. We need some students from Abilene to compete, so if you know any interested students, let David Stubbeman know.

Did you read where THE ROTARY FOUNDAITON received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be used in the global effort to eradicate polio? Rotary will be raising funds to match this grant over the next three years? Read more about it at rotary.org.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: RAYMOND BLASINGAME. Raymond attended Deming, New Mexico High School and Abilene Christian Univ. He owns Leddy Brace and Shoe, and RAB’s Shoes. Raymond joined our club in 1990 and was club president in 1999-2000.

MAKE-UPS: Bob Kuykendall by attending a Taste of Abilene Planning Meeting; Mike Weber, Twyla Foreman, Kim Bosher, Karen Hines, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Wednesday Rotary; and Bob Hunter, Mike Weber, Mike Schweikhard, and Tom Boecking at Abilene Southwest Rotary.


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


The Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas

The Rotater

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

December 14, 2007
Chartered March 27, 1926 SERVICE ABOVE SELF
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Today, Major James Parrish led us in Christmas Carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. I hope everyone enjoyed the special meal Briarstone prepared. Joe Alcorta’s outstanding summary of each of our meetings appears on our club website. Thanks, Joe.

NEXT WEEK: Mary Ross, Executive Director of the Texas Workforce Board will speak.

REMEMBER, NO MEETING Friday, Dec. 28. And there will be no ROTATER on Dec. 21. Yours truly will resume publication after Christmas, so MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. Congratulations to Jennifer Kent on the birth of her daughter, Emma Lee Kent. We understand that all are doing well. No wonder Jennifer has not been at our meetings lately. We look forward to seeing Jennifer and Emma Lee soon.

Be sure and meet ERIC THOMAS, who was introduced as a new member today and CAROLYN RANCIER, who will be introduced next Friday as a new member.

Our credit card machine is working, so you can now pay for your meals and/or pay your dues by credit card. You can also buy a book of five or ten meal tickets and charge them on your credit card.

Today, your Board of Directors voted to let Erik Johnson and Steve Glenn and their committee proceed with planning, with the West Texas Disc Twisters, a disc golf organization, a method to expand Cal Young Park and the disc golf course located at the park. Your Board is also working on a By-Law amendment which will allow all members to vote on the club president.

In 2006-2007, 100,000 vaccine carriers and ice packs, 15,000 lanyards, and 50,000 caps were provided to Afghanistan through the Rotary PolioPlus Partners program to eradicate polio. They were used during synchronized immunization activities aimed a reaching children along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

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

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: TOM BOECKING. Tom graduated from Bronte High School and Texas Tech Univ. with a degree in Banking. He served three years in the U. S. Navy and is now an Executive Officer with First Financial Bank. Tom joined our club in Nov. 1988, soon after he came to Abilene. He has three grown sons.

MAKE-UPS: ABILENE WEDNESDAY ROTARY CLUB, beginning Jan. 16, will meet at Fairway Oaks while the Abilene Country Club is being remodeled; Mary Beth Kilgore made-up by Ringing the Bell at Walmart, and Doug Eichorst, Marty Pothier, and Dave Boyll made-up at Abilene Southwest Rotary. Remember, you can make-up by attending a Board of Directors meeting or by attending other Rotary club projects. Just let David Stubbeman know if you need make-up credit after you attend a club function.


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


 

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