Posted by Debra Maddox on Apr 18, 2018

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Founders Day Parking Project is looking for a lot of good volunteers.  We have the drivers and need workers at the entrances and pick up locations.  It takes a lot of people working shifts for 2 days to make the magic happen and we need you.  See Debra Maddox to sign up today.
Calling all Volunteers Debra Maddox 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Apr 09, 2018

Club Assembly - Planning for 2018-2019

President-Elect Ashley Tullis led the meeting in a spirited conversation about our club and what it might look like in 2018-2019.  Ashley has big plans for our club, noting that she wants to grow the club so big that we will need a larger space. 
Did you know that Rotary only requires that a club have 2 meetings per month?  This generated some great thoughts of still having 4 interactions per month, but maybe they could look like this:
1st week - Great/dynamic speaker
2nd week - Club meeting or assembly to discuss club projects
3rd week - Dynamic speaker
4th week - Evening social
5th week if 5 in a month - no meeting unless another meeting is missed for a holiday
Having a great speaker every other week will keep members engaged. The quality of speaker must be top notch and not the kind where someone is selling to you.  It is also easier to get 2 great speakers per month than 4.  It was noted that the club used to have club assembly/meeting once a month, but it had poor attendance so it was dropped.  The club started as an evening club, but members were too busy to attend.  Everyone agreed that our evening's are too full for another evening meeting every week.
It was noted that some long-time members have dropped because the club no longer met their needs.  It was suggested that we do an exit interview or follow up with members who leave.
Our club should be well known for 1 or 2 big events and generate enough money to support our club goals.  Our club foundation is only 1 year old and you won't want to miss Karlon's foundation presentation on April 30th.  Everyone wanted more club financial information and what we do with the money.
How do we evaluate fundraisers?
* How much revenue was generated for the effort?
* Do we have a person to lead/chair?
* What is the manpower and time need?
The idea of members doing a presentation about themselves at the club meeting.  People become engaged by shared sacrifice  and social engagement.  Everyone agreed that we want to know more about each other and have social engagement opportunities.
Club Assembly with President Elect Ashley Tullis Pamela Bratton 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 27, 2018

What is a Paul Harris Fellowship?

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 
The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 
Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 
Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 
At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  
Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  


Paul Harris Fellowships Pamela Bratton 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 26, 2018

Foster Village - Chrystal Smith

Chrystal and her family went on a mission trip in 2013 that would forever change their life.  They took their 3 children, ages 1,9,and 3 to Reynosa.  They wanted to make a difference and became licensed foster parents.  Their first was an 8 month old baby girl, which they later adopted.  They are still in touch with the child's birth mother, who was unable to care for her.  When CPS arrived with this precious baby girl in the middle of the night with no clothes, diapers or anything, they realized how unprepared they were.  As they started networking with other foster parents, they all had the same issues, which is partially why the average foster family quits after just 1 year.  These families feel a lack of support and resources.
Foster Village with Chrystal Smith Pamela Bratton 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 19, 2018

Ransomed Life - Susan Burkholder, Presentation Coordinator

Ransomed Life is a healing community for sexually exploited girls age 12-17 years old who are trafficked or at risk of trafficking. 40 Million people are held in slavery per the International Labor Organization (ILO).  10 Million (1/4th) are minors
In 2016 it was a $150Billion industry!  It is the #1 criminal enterprise followed by drugs as #2 and illegal guns at #3.
Trafficking Victims Protection Act:  A human trafficking victim is a person induced into performing labor or a commercial sexual act.  A minor induced into performing commercial acts is automatically human trafficking.
Sex Trafficking in the US:
10 are US born to 1 foreign born
In Texas as of January 2017, 313000 humans trafficked.  79,000 are minors of which 75% are girls and 25% boys.  The other 234,000 are labor/slave trafficked.  74% of trafficked children were somehow involved in Child Protective Services (CPS).
Ransomed Life - Susan Burkholder Pamela Bratton 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 14, 2018
 Colonel (USA Retired) Jeanne Arnold is a Principal and one of the founding members of Arnold & Schroeder, LLC., a strategic planning consulting and Red Team Training company. She is also a senior consultant with Red Team Thinking, LLC. She holds a Master of Education from Texas State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business (EMBA ’14).
Jeanne shared some quotes with us that resonated with our business instincts:
"No matter how great your business is today, the only way it can stay great is to continue to evolve."  "Change is the only constant" "There is no end state for any business"
What is Red Team Training?
Red Team Training is a structured and iterative process executed by trained, educated and practiced team members with access to relevant subject matter and using structured analytic techniques.
Jeanne Arnold, Red Team Thinking, LLC Pamela Bratton 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0