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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

The Leadership Waxahachie program that Ann Montgomery participated in chose a downtown ampitheater as its class project. Jim Phillips from KBEC was interested in the project and made a donation to get things moving. The two of them visited the Rotary Club to present an overview of what has become ampitheater park.

Lee Statham is proud to induct another new member into the Rotary Club of Waxahachie.  Terry Connor grew up in Waxahachie and we welcome he and his family home...
WISD Superintendent and Rotarian Dr. Jeremy Glenn along with Lee Auvenshine, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Legal Servicesand Rotarian and Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Clyde Melick visited the Rotary Club to describe the upcoming bond election. Early voting is from October 23 to October 30 so time is short. Election day is November 7.
After your church group, service club or other organization has completed a difficult project for someone you can often hear people say, "I know they benefitted but I got just as much out of it." That is because you do feel good when you have done something for someone else.

Global High School’s principal Ken Lynch presented the Global High School Student of the Month Award for September 2017 to Jacqueline Navarro.

Jacquline, the daughter of Abel and Angelina Navarro, is a junior at Global High School. She excells academically and is on the A/B Honor Roll. This is her second year in the Interact Club but she is receiving this award because of her many dedicated service hours. She spends numerous hours working at Hidden Miracles which is her favorite Interact event. She also enjoys the Red Bags event in which volunteers put the kits together for the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree project.

In her spare time Jacqueline enjoys traveling and listening to music. In the future, she plans to continue her studies to become a music producer, potentially studying at the Media Tech School in Dallas.

It is an honor for Rotary to acknowledge such an outstanding student as Jacqueline Navarro and she has been presented with a plaque with her name engraved on it. This plaque will hang in the halls of Global High School for many years to come.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie where we believe in Service Above Self and doing things as a club we cannot do alone, visit the club web site at . You can find American flag subscription forms there.

Rebehak Corder is a senior docent at the George W. Bush Presidential Library which has an extensive 9/11 display. Her sister, Anna Corder, is an exceptional presenter and together they work to remind us that the common heroism shown during 9/11 is still inspiring today.

So, you have been deployed to Afghanistan.  You said goodbye to your spouse, kids and friends and moved to the most  different place you have ever been. Oh for a little bit of home.  That is when you learn about the X Change.  When you go there you find real Cokes and Snickers Bars and Lays Chips, all made in the good old USA and shipped to Afghanistan just for you and your buddies.  Who thought to do that?


Ellis County Game Warden Jeff Powell visited the Rotary Club to explain his job and variety of things he is responsible for. There are about 500 Game Wardens in the 274Texas counties so they keep busy.

A Game Warden is a state police officer charged primarily with protecting natural resources. They are probably most often thought of checking hunting and fishing licenses but there is much more to their jobs. They also enforce the Water Safety Act patroling lakes and waterways to insure boating safety. They patrol for DWI on the road and in the water. They are called in for drownings because they have boats. They also regulate sea food laws controlling the quality of oysters and shrimp.

Television has been nothing but pictures of the disasters in the Houston area and nearby counties. People are shown in a boat in the driving rain with nothing to shield them and a child or puppy but a plastic sheet. Time after time they say they did not think the water would come up that high or that fast. If they have anything with them it is what they could stuff in a plastic trash bag. What should they have done to prepare themselves for evacuation during a disaster?
Two years ago Coach Jon Kitna visited the Rotary Club at the start of his career here. He promised that developing young men is his goal and motivation. Last year during his visit he introduced his R.E.A.L men program. R.E.A.L. stands for:
Whether your club is a service club like the Rotary or Lions Clubs, a hobby club or social club there is probably a concern about its future. Will it continue to grow and succeed or are all of the members getting old and dying off? If you had more men or women or young people would that help? We hear Millenials do not join; is that true?
Rotarian Clyde Melick had the pleasure of introducing Waxahachie High School principal, Dr. Al Benskin, as a special guest of the club. 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 May 2017, senior Caymee Bigham.
Rotarian Clyde Melick had the pleasure of introducing Waxahachie High School principal, Dr. Al Benskin, as a special guest of the club. 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 May 2017, senior Caymee Bigham.

It has been one month since Sheriff Chuck Edge was sworn in as the new Ellis County Sheriff and he visited the Rotary Club to explain some of his plans.

He had nothing but praise for how the men and women in the Sheriff’s Office conduct themselves and their attitudes toward their jobs. With their new sheriff they are moving on to the future. Some of retirees from the office have submitted applications to return.

What do you think is the preventable childhood disease that causes the most missed school days? Not many of you guessed tooth decay. When you have tooth decay and there is not money to pay for a dentist you are in pain. With tooth decay you can not eat so you can not concentrate on school. Without going to school you can not learn to read which is the basis for a successful life in society.
Andy Lara and Jessica Graves from the Tri-County Auto Burglary & Theft Prevention Task Force visited the Rotary Club to provide some information on how to minimize the risk that our vehicles will be stolen or burglarized.
The Rotary Club of Waxahachie is proud of the American Flag Program Fundraiser.  Our Club with the assistance of ten (10) Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops place approximately 1,600 flags in our community to celebrate our freedom.  All funds raised from this fundraiser are put back into our community following the Rotary International Motto of "Service Above Self".
Flags are placed at your home or place of business five (5) times a calendar year for a annual fee of $40.00.  We place the flags out at Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor/9-11 Day and Veterans Day.  During the Memorial Day holiday we leave up the flags thru the Gingerbread Trail which is the first weekend in June.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Ballard (972) 351-1750 or print the form off of this home page and mail in, and once the application and check are received, the installation team will contact you about placing a sleeve in your yard.
We appreciate the support of the community and are proud to be in Waxahachie!!
 WISD Superintendent and Rotarian Dr. Jeremy Glenn discussed the condition of the school district and plans for the future.
He said the school district is in great shape.  The system has achieved 22 academic distinctions and all of the campuses meet state standards.  The system is number one in career employment inappropriate jobsafter high school and among 22 to 35 year old creative graduates it is also number one.  This means that the students are career-ready when they graduate and able to handle the future as responsible, successful citizens.
Public education which is paid for by tax payer dollars has the goal of supplying access to a free and appropriate education for all.  This means that the public school system is required to accept every student regardless of ability to pay, handicap or any other limitation.  Vouchers used to transfer taxpayer funding to charter or other private schools may find students turned away for any number of reasons.  Unlike public schools their finances are not transparent so the uses of the funds are not known.
Dr. Glenn’s administration is all about choice for parents and students and next year parents can choose where their children go to school.  Just because they live in the Marvin district does not mean the child has to go to school there.  He or she may choose Felty or any of the other schools.  This is a big change to increase satisfaction in the school experience.  
Pete Havel, President of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce for about eight months, visited the Rotary Club to talk about some of his new ideas for the Chamber. Pete, in his words replaced a legend in Debra Wakeland and he is still learning.
A year ago Casey Ballard, executive director of the United Way, and Andy Lehmann, a local pastor and United Way board member, visited the Rotary Club to explain an exciting new program that they and others were initiating. The purpose of the program was to help people and organizations involved in all areas of service work together effectively. The name of this program is The Waxahachie Project.


Back in 1917 a group of thirty-four local business and professional men got together to charter the Rotary Club of Waxahachie. The charter members got together because they had heard that Rotary was organized to do good works and to provide interaction among professionals. With a little more information about the concept some of the men began to talk about it among themselves. They found out how to make application for a club charter and in late 1916 they sent off the application to Rotary International headquarters in Chicago

Anyone in the military facing combat or hostile situations is concerned about what happens in case things go badly wrong. Infantrymen want to know medics and evacuation will be nearby if they are wounded. Air crews want to know air rescue will come for them in case they must parachute. Knowing this gives them certain peace of mind to concentrate on their missions.
Each school month the Rotary Club of Waxahachie honors a students of the month from both Global and Waxahachie High Schools. These exceptional students are acknowledged with a plaque rendering their names, which will hang in the halls of their schools forever.
Rotarian Clyde Melick 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 Awards for November and December 2016 to seniors Abbey Melick and Morgan Cooper.
Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson has had his run-in with drones. The Daily Light covered the story of one crashing into his backyard and another one flying over a private home and photographing the owners in their pool. Mr. Wilson visited the Rotary Club to explain the legal requirements for flying a drone or being spied on by a drone.
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
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