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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Waxahachie

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Waxahachie


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Lane
Crape Myrtle Room
Waxahachie, TX  75165
United States
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Recent Meetings and Service Projects
Waxahachie Independent School District Public Relations Director Jennie Bridges described Operation First Day of School and Partners in Education to the Rotary Club.  The club participates heavily in the programs so more background was interesting to Rotarians.
Most of us recognize that we will lose our parents.  Many of us will lose our spouses.  There are names for those of us suffering these losses.  They are widows or widowers or even orphans.  There is no name for someone who has lost a child.  It is unimaginable to most of us.
Jon McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Waxahachie YMCA and a Rotarian, explained some of the Y’s history and benefits to the city to his fellow Rotarians. The earliest Y’s in the 1850’s were started to address social and spiritual needs of people in their areas. Some of these needs included a safe place for travelers to stay, Bible study and prayer and free schools.
RYLA is a much-covetted award given by the Rotary Club of Waxahachie to three high school incoming seniors each year. The name stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award. These students are allowed to attend a leadership camp sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of north Texas. Only 180 students are selected from the entire north Texas region.
A Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to Diane Johnson - Collard for her outstanding efforts in working with Global High School as their Rotary representative.  Diane leads with her character, integrity & charm.  Congratulations Diane!!!

The Ten Commandments of Leadership were presented by Talmage Boston, and the results of his extensive research into the characteristics of successful presidents led him to author a book.  Mr. Boston has interviewed authors, historians and people in the political world studying presidents and the characteristics that made them successful in their times.
Are you aware that more than 36 million adults in the USA can not read or write at the most basic level? More than 60 million can not work a cash register or understand a bus schedule. Nearly half of the US workforce has only a high school education or less

Chris York, president of Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center of Waxahachie brought the club up to date on the status and plans for our hospital.

Picture shows WISD Head Coach Jon Kitna with Rotarian Melissa Ballard
Coach Kitna at Rotary Club
by John Hamilton
Coach Jon Kitna was the speaker at the Rotary Club today.  He explained how his program is impacting a group of young men expecting they will all become productive citizens.  One woman gave a testimonial about her grandson who was a product of a badly broken family and was going nowhere.  In one year as part of Kitna's program he has turned completely around, become a good student and active in his church. 
Photo shows Rotarian Daren Collins (the tallest one) receiving $500 grant from the Rotary Club of Waxahachie from some Rotarians
Rotary Club Learns about HIV and AIDS
By John Hamilton
Although there are no cures or vaccinations for the diseases known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) the methods of transmission are well understood.  HIV is spread by contaminated blood and hypodermic needles, by a mother during pregnancy or breast feeding or by unprotected sex.  Saliva, sweat and tears do not carry the virus.
Since the methods of spreading the disease are so well known why is it still an epidemic?  It is because HIV is a social problem, not a medical problem.  In the areas where the problem is so large, talking about the subjects of unprotected sex and the mother’s place in transmission are complete taboo.  Tribal chiefs and religious leaders see their people falling daily but cannot bring themselves to talk about it.
The photo shows Rotarian Bobby Dyess, Congressman Joe Barton and Rotary President David Hill
Congressman Joe Barton Visits the Rotary Club
This is one of the recess seasons of Congress so Congressman Joe Barton is visiting his district to gain the views and answer questions of his constituents.  He is holding town hall meetings and visiting organizations such as the Rotary Club of Waxahachie to meet with as many people as possible.

It’s hard to write an article when the speaker is a comedian. The jokes are not as funny when you read them. You had to be there. 

It was a pleasant surprise to find that comedian Dean Lewis is also a business coach. He has been combining the two careers for twenty five years and has coached such businesses as Microsoft, Pepsi, Frito and many others. He has also appeared on a number of comedy shows on TV.


If you have traveled to the Hill Country you have seen the devastation caused by Oak Wilt on the live oak trees. Vast areas have been decimated and it is only a matter of time for the others.

 Rachel McGregor, staff forester 1 for the Texas A&M Forest Service, told the Rotary Club that Oak Wilt has been observed in Ellis County. This is very bad news for all of the oaks in the county.

Boy Scout Troop 232 is one of the organizations proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Waxahachie.  The club provides the log cabin meeting building on Brown Street and funding.  The Boy Scouts take part in placing the American Flags and are paid for the service.  In 1944 the Rotary Club got the charter for the troop and has been a sponsor ever since. The Rotary Club provides trailers, equipment, the cabin and financial support to the troop as one of the beneficiaries of the club’s American Flag Subscription Program and the Cow Creek Country Classic Bike Ride.
A "Wall Street Journal" article this week studied how people lead. It found that a large percent of the people who think of themselves as leaders never talk to those under them about performance. One even suggested he would prefer having a very personal medical procedure to having to talk to someone about performance concerns.
The United Way of West Ellis County (UWWEC) serves 27 partners and will distribute almost $375,000 in 2016. Typical examples of these agencies are the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brother Big Sister, Hope Clinic and Salvation Army of Waxahachie.  Without the help from UWWEC many of the agencies would have difficulty meeting their programs and serving their clients.
In This week’s Rotary meeting, President Russell Clark had the pleasure of introducing Waxahachie High School principal, Dr. Al Benskin, as a special guest.  Each month Rotary honors an outstanding student from each of our public high schools as Student of the Month.  Dr. Benskin had the honor of introducing the WHS Student of the Month Award for January 2016 to senior Alyssa Hopson.
In last week’s Rotary meeting, Rotary President Russell Clark had the pleasure of introducing Global High School principal Ken Lynch as a special guest.  Mr. Lynch then presented the Global High School Student of the Month Award for January to Lane Womack.
We are proud to announce the 9th year of our Rotary Flag Program.  This program allows you to purchase a Rotary Flag in the amount of $40.00 per year and our Rotarians will install, place at your home or office five (5) times a year.  The holidays are Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, 9/11 Patriots Day and Veterans Day.  However we do leave the flags out between Memorial Day & Flag day, not only for you to enjoy, but that they beautify our city during the Annual Gingerbread Trail hosted by the Ellis County Museum.  We also put & leave the flags out for Labor day and until 9/11.
We have incorporated several Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops and paid them approximately $6,400.00 the past two years.  They take routes and work with us, and this has become a great relationship assisting the boys & girls in our community in their service of giving back.
All funds raised from this project are spent within our community for programs such as:  Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center, Hope Clinic, YMCA, United Way of West Ellis County, Baylor Hospital, Texas Wheelchair Ramp Project, plus so much more.  We fund approximately $20,000.00 per year in scholarships to our local high schools (WHS and Global High) and Navarro College.  We feel education is on the most important things in our community we can give back to, and we do this by assisting someone who needs the help.
Our flag application is on our website under Download Documents, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call Jerry Chapman (972) 825-7092, Don Stroope (214) 450-4033 or Melissa Ballard (972) 351-1750.


Holly Browning, Community Liaison & Family Programming Coordinator for the Nicholas P. Sims Library and Lyceum, visited the Rotary Club to explain all of the opportunities and services available at the facility.

The Baylor Scott & White Medical Center opened in Waxahachie a year ago this week.  Following extensive training all of the patients and personel were moved quickly and comfortably on a beautiful Saturday. 

Representative and Rotarian John Wray visited his home club to provide an update on his first term in office and some thoughts about the future.

In This week’s Rotary meeting, Rotarian Dan Lobb had the pleasure of introducing Waxahachie High School vice principal Debbie Gish as a special guest.  Each month Rotary honors an outstanding student from each of our public high schools as Student of the Month.  Ms. Gish had the honor of introducing the WHS Student of the Month Award for December 2015 to Colton E. Osborn.
Department of Public Safety Cpl. Craig Henry and Trooper Jason Gentry came to the Rotary Club to discuss the new open carry law.  As an introduction, they explained that it is so new that the public may be as well informed as they are.  DPS is relying heavily on training to provide direction for the troopers on the road.  Any new law is dependent on interpretation by the courts and, in spite of controversy, this one is no exception.  Interpretation will take time.
In the 1820’s Liberia was founded by the American Colonisation Society on the west coast of Aftica.  Freed slaves and freeborn African Americans moved there and modeled their constitution, flag and system of government after our own.  The official language is still English.  In 1847 they became a republic and were the oldest, most successful republic in Africa until a coup overthrew the democracy in 1989.  This led to a fourteen year civil war which has converted the country into the poorest in Africa.  It only ended when President Busch sent troops to end the conflict.  Incompetent leadership and corruption have led to starvation, lack of infrastructure and serious needs of the people.
Oct 27, 2016
Christopher Walker
Gen Y The Workforce
Nov 03, 2016
Kim Bauman, Pettigrew Academy
Updates on the Academy, their students & success
Nov 10, 2016
Cort McLeod
Medicare Update/Baylor Scott & White
Nov 17, 2016
Habitat for Humanity Festival of Trees
Meet at the Waxahachie Bible Church
Dec 01, 2016
Paws for Reflection
Update on animal rescue in Ellis County
Dec 08, 2016
Dr. Andrew P. Word, MD/World Dermatology
Dermatology for men & women of all ages
Dec 15, 2016
Anita Brown, City of Waxahachie
Downtown Development Director
Dec 22, 2016
Christmas Social
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...