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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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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.
Imagine sitting in your family room watching the Superbowl Game when there is a knock at your door.  It’s a policeman or firefighter who tells you gas has been detected in the sewer system and you have five minutes to leave your home and you cannot return for three days.  Five minutes!  What do you take and how can you gather everything you will need.
Only about sixteen percent of the people who make new year’s resolutions actually keep them.  That may surprise you because you thought nobody kept them.  Certainly you don’t know any of these people.  At the end of 2016 they will have moved on with their lives but you will still be just where you were.  Who are these super people?
Next Saturday, November 14, is the Veterans Day ceremony at the Civic Center.  David Hudgins visited the Rotary Club to talk about honoring veterans.  Several years ago while he was fire chief he was setting up a memorial to the last fire fighter to die in the line of duty here.  While working on this he met Perry Giles and they began to discuss veterans memorials. There was no memorial to World War II veterans in Ellis County so they set to work to correct the situation.
A sixteen year old girl colapses midway through her second period at the high school.  She is rushed to the emergency room where the doctors quickly realize she has taken a drug; but, which one?  It is not one of the common street drugs so they are baffled.  An inventory by her parents suggests she took “some of those little green pills from her grandmother’s medicine cabinet.”  This story is all too common and illustrates some points common among many of today’s children and youth.
Several weeks ago Judges Cindy Ermatinger and Bob Carroll spoke to the Rotary Club about how the Ellis County judicial system works.  This week Judge Gene Calvert spoke about the uncertain future of The Law itself.
In last week’s Rotary meeting, Rotarian Dan Lobb 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 October to Justin Ansley.
Sep 01, 2016
Darren Collins, Project HAND UP by M. Ballard
International Director of Puppett Ministry
Sep 08, 2016
Talmage Boston, presented by Cort McLeod
"Cross Examining the History of Presidents"
Sep 15, 2016
Kelly Meeks, brough by Cort McLeod
Navarro College Adult Education GED, ESL & Transisions
Sep 22, 2016
Chris York, Baylor Scott & White, by Cort McLeod
Update on Baylor Scott & White of Waxahachie
Oct 06, 2016
City of Waxahachie, M. Ballard
Update on the City of Waxahachie
Oct 13, 2016
OKTOBERST at the Mid-Way Airport
Join the fun, food & fellowship...
Oct 20, 2016
Bob Alexander, The Texas Rangers, by Cort McLeod
"How the Texas Rangers Controled Crime In The Old West"
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 15, 2016
Anita Brown, City of Waxahachie
Downtown Development Director
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
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World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.