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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
Jenn Poeppelmeier who is with Governmental Affairs for Southwest Airlines visited the Rotary Club to talk about the power of a team.  She has been in her position for about three years and considered herself something of a political junkie before that in a consulting firm. 
Waxahachie, TX – Ann Lee is a soothing voice that offers comfort and encouragement to all who tune in to Hour of Hope on KBEC 1390, each Saturday at 2pm. The radio program connects listeners of the Ellis County community with local, state, nation, and international-reaching nonprofits that serve all who are in need. The show’s purpose is to inform as many in Ellis County as possible, and to connect them with any services, organizations, or people that they may call on for assistance or information.
Anjelica Solano, of the North Texas Tollway Authority, spoke to Waxahachie citizens this week about the many programs and infrastructure plans that the organization has currently. NTTA talked about the importance of having a TollTag in order to pay the lowest price to travel on regional toll roads and discussed its customer loyalty program and free roadside assistance that provides help to stranded customers on NTTA’s toll roads in the Dallas-FortWorth Metroplex.

Union Pacific Railroad has existed since 1862 and still moves the nation’s freight by rail, even traveling through Waxahachie, Texas. Dan Harbeke, Director of Public Affairs for the company, presented to Rotary members about the many benefits of Union Pacific to the economy and growth of the nation. The rail company has been in existence since 1862, when President Lincoln signed the Pacific Rail Act. Union Pacific continues to add to the US transportation industry, and remains a national leader in the field

There has always been a great deal of discussion about who and what were involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Jim Gatewood, Dallas historian laureate and founder of the Dallas County Assassination Review Board, has held symposiums which allow people to tell their stories and experiences about the day and events that followed the JFK assassination. He says he has quite a complete picture of the events leading up to that day and exactly what happened then.
Patrick Wilson, Ellis County and District Attorney, brought the latest information about marijuana and its derivatives to the Rotary Club. Except for very limited medical uses prescribed by registered doctors to registered patients under SB 339, the Texas Compassionate Use Act, cannabis in all its forms is illegal in Texas.

Jamie Mills, Assistant Principal at Global High School, brought the Global students of the month for November, December and January to be presented to the Rotary Club.

The student of the month for November 2017 is Joshua Garcia. He is the son of Maria E. Garcia and is a sophomore at Waxahachie Global High School.

Joshua has been active in the Interact Club, the high school Rotary Club, since he got to Global last year. He is a conscientious young man who is a good citizen. He is maintaining all A’s in his classes.

Joshua’s favorite community service work is the Hidden Miracles Respite Night held every first Saurday of the month. Respite Night is a chance for the caregivers of children with special needs to get a break and some much needed time to themselves while the students play with their kids.

In his free time Joshua is involved in fish breeding. He collects aquatic plants and enjoys gardening. He is also a fan of hiking. After high school he plans to become a chemical and molecular eigineer.

Tianyi Zhou is the December student of the month. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Hong Dyess. She is a junior at GHS who excels academically. She is on the A-honor roll. She earned third place at the Regional TSA competition for fashion design.

This is Tianyi’s third year in the Interact Club and she is the club treasurer this year. She spends numerous hours working at Hidden Miracles but also enjoys DEAR day and the Human Rights symposium held each spring.

In her spare time Tianyi enjoys reading and biking. She plans to attend Rice University.

Blair Deere is the GHS student of the month for January. She is the daughter of Brandon and Brandi Deere. She is a junior at Global High where she excels academically.

This is her second year in the Interact Club and she is a leader in the PRIDE Club as well. She is receiving the award because of her many dedicated service hours working at Hidden Miracles.

In her spare time Blair enjoys bicycling, dancing, costumes and makeup. In the future she plans to become a doctor.

It is an honor for Rotary to acknowledge such outstanding students as Joshua Garcia, Tianyi Zhou and Blaire Deere. They have been presented with a plaque with their names engraved on it. This plaque will hang in the halls of Global High School for many years to come.

Dr. Al Benskin, Principal at Waxahachie High School, brought his Students of the Month for December and January to be presented to the Rotary Club.

Zenon Bernard is the WHS student of the month for December. She is the daughter of Patsy and Bennie Bernard. She is a senior at WHS where she has been involved in several of the school’s clubs including the American Sign Language Club and the Interact Club.

For three years Zenon showed rabbits in the Waxahachie chapter of the FFA and made sale twice. She has also been a member of the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band for four years and has been involved in many of the band’s recent victories. She is proud to say that she was a member of the varsity band that won the bronze medal at the state marching competition. She has represented the Waxahachie band in all regional band competitions for four years and made the concert band the last two years in a row.

Outside of school, Zenon stays active in her studies and volunteering. She volunteers at SPCA and for the Interact Club. She also volunteers as a peer tutor at the high school library. In the summer of 2016 Zenon represented Waxahachie by becoming a Texas Ambassador of Music on a tour throughout Europe. Also during that summer she was given the opportunity to attend the National Student Leadership Conference at Georgia Tech University. While there she learned many leadership techniques and forged her passion for physical therapy.

Next fall year she wil be attending Texas A&M University and pursuing her dream of studying physical therapy.

Annabeth Hayes is the January Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Penny and Greg Hayes. She is a senior at WHS in the top ten in her class and has received the Superintendent’s Honor Roll every year of her high school career.

She is a member of the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band and has been a leader in the program for two years, serving as historian, social officer and flute section leader. She is also a three-year member of the Wind Ensemble, the 2018 TMEA 5A Honor Band Champion. Annabeth also was a member of the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Marching Band, the 2017 Bronze Medalist and 2016 and 2017 Bands of America Finalist. She attended the 2016 Flute Festival at Texas Woman’s University where she was named one of the Honors Soloists. She has competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble for three years and has received top rankings of "One" every year.

Annabeth is a member of Interact participating in Mums for Emily and bell ringing for the Salvation Army. Last summer she volunteered at the Ellis County SPCA where she enjoyed helping exercise dogs and cats.

After graduating, Annabeth plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study architecture.

It is an honor for Rotary to acknowledge such outstanding students as Annabeth Hayes and Zenon Bernard. They have been presented with a plaque with their names engraved on it, which will hang in the hall of Waxahachie High.

About the Waxahachie Rotary Club: The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Waxahachie Rotary Club meets each Thursday at 11:45am at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Many cities experienced water shortages during the recent drought and the population is expected to double within 35 years according to Katrina Matrich. She is a professional engineer, civil engineer and student in a special Luthern deaconess program. This program, part of Texas Impact, is a lobbying organization striving for social justice for Muslims, Jews and Christians. Ms. Matrich specializes in her area of expertist, water planning.
Matt Authier, Next Generation Chair Person met with the Rotary Club to explain the mission and goals of The Waxahachie Project and tell us how we can help.

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.
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