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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
To all of our friends from the Rotary Club of Waxahachie.  We wanted to share the news of our upcoming 2020 Flag Program.  We will begin with Memorial Day placing flag subscriptions out around our beautiful City.  We want to thank each of you for your continued support of this program and welcome anyone who wants to join.  The annual subscription fee is $45.00 per flag and they will be placed on five (5) holidays which are Memorial Day through Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day (through Patriots Day) and Veteran's Day. 
We place your flag, pick them up, store them for you.  It is pride without our Rotary Club that we are able to continue to maintain this program.  Please contact Melissa Ballard (972) 351-1750 or
You can print our application on the home page of our website and mail it in.  You can also apply and pay online at
This week’s speaker at the lunchtime rotary meeting was Ryan Smith. Mr. Smith is in his second year as Head Football Coach for the SAGU Lions.  If you have the pleasure of hearing Coach Smith speak you will find yourself buying into his message of hard work and dedication. This will hopefully bode well for the young men he leads on Saturdays. Not only are the SAGU players expected to perform well come game time, but off the field as well. “Building better young men” is what Coach Smith strives to achieve, “Not that their parents did a bad job, but my job is to take your child and hand back a better version.” Mr. Smith invites all of Waxahachie to come to watch his young men play come football season and say hi if you see them out serving the community.    
At the Rotary Club of Waxahachie 2019 Christmas party, while President Mickie Hill looked on, Past President of the Club, Mayor David Hill presented Rotarian Dan Henry (honoring his generous contributions to Rotary International) with a prestigious Major Donor Award.
During Interact Appreciation Week, Global High School brought a sweet treat to their Interact Sponsor, the Rotary Club of Waxahachie. 
Global High School, along with the Rotary Club, are active in many activities together in their home town.
Pictured Taffy Johnson, Interact Sponsor at Global High School / Waxahachie
Diane Collard, Rotary Interact Coordinator
Mickie Hill, President of Rotary Club of Waxahachie
The Rotary Club began our year with a new member induction. Von Aday, sponsored by his father Bob Aday, was inducted today, . Bob has been a Rotarian since 1991. Welcome Von!
Our new officers are ready to go for 2019-2020! Pictured left to right:
Treasurer: Tracie Wood
Sergeant at Arms: Scott DeFord
Secretary: Lynne Grandstaff
President Elect: Billie Wallace
President: Mickie Hill
President Elect Billie Wallace announced a new opportunity to the Club at the 2019 Installation Dinner. She announced the new Rotary Club breakfast meeting. The new meeting begins Friday, July 19th at 7AM. The breakfast meeting will meet at the Courthouse Cafe at 115 E Franklin Street in Waxahachie.
The Rotary Club of Waxahachie completed a successful year (2018-2019) with President Lee Statham. Mickie Hill will be serving as the Club President in 2019-2020.
The Waxahachie Rotary Club was presented with the 2018 Values of Scouting award at the 2019 Installation Dinner. The award recognized the club's outstanding service to the youth and programs of Scouting and also living out the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
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.
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