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Wichita Falls Southwest

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
MPEC Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall - enter NW doors in back
1000 5th St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
United States of America
Visitors and guests are welcome!
 
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Mark your calendar now to join other shooters & teams at one of the area’s top Clay Shoots. NW Texas Field & Stream sets a challenging course of rabbits and birds for the competition for prizes. 

Look for more information here and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/rotaryswwf. Register there now to assure your team’s place!

Raffle tickets for a great gun will be available in 2021 from SW Rotarians: $10 for one or $25 for 3. Need not be present to win. Message us for tickets.

This fundraiser enables Southwest Rotary to support local and international projects, making our world a better place. If you are interested in sponsorship click for more information or contact us to be a sponsor. Link to download information.  Link to email to be a sponsor

2020 Clay Shoot - Great Turnout!!
Southwest Rotary of Wichita Falls 2020 Sporting Clay Shoot was held Saturday Oct 17, 2020 at Northwest Texas Field and Stream.  Great weather helped turn out about 70 shooters and a couple dozen SW Rotarians in our annual fund raiser.
 
Our Title Sponsors were American National Bank, Business Technology Solutions Group, Merrill Lynch, Sue Hamilton, Sawyer Printing & Promo, Dan Campbell, J-System, Decker Farms, Domain Real Estate Services.
 
Lunch was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of S OK & N TX and was prepared by DryFork BBQ & Catering.
Economic Development has changed; now companies go where people are.  Being different and using Zoom as a way to meet with site consultants is an advantage. Success breeds success with decisions from Pamlico Air and Panda Biotech for manufacturing centers locally in Wichita Falls.
 
Henry Florsheim, CEO and president of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce was our luncheon speaker Monday September 28, 2020.  Henry is also a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls.  He was joined by Shay Jones, the chamber's Director of Business Intelligence.
 
SW Rotary enjoyed guests Dwain Linden and Majid Sharolli as well as Rotarian Noel Filer (also a member of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls).
As the number of active cases in Wichita County has declined over the summer, the SW Rotary Club will resume in person meetings at the MPEC starting Sept 14th.  Our meetings are held on Mondays at noon each week.  Message us on Facebook if you would like to attend as a guest and we will have a lunch for you!
 
We adopt COVID prevention measures at our meetings including  Checking attendee's temperature, wearing masks while not eating and social distancing.
Monday June 22, SW Rotary had a great presentation from Interfaith's Executive Director Kris Gossom.  Normally this time of year, she be asking us to commit to serving meals during the Hotter 'n Hell bicycle races in August.  Instead with those races moving to virtual events, Interfaith lost one of their fundraisers.
 
COVID has changed their work flow while increasing the need from the community.  In the last 3 months, Interfaith has served 530 households of 1258 people -half lost their job, the others lost hours.  Of those helped, 234 are new clients, who never came to Interfaith before.
 
Southwest Rotary and our partners, Road to College and Wichita Falls Optimists put out over 450 flags for the Flag Day weekend.  Our first display goes to current and past subscribers and honors our Flag, our country and our Service men and women.
 
We follow with Flag Displays for subscribers for July 4th, Labor Day, 9/11 and Veterans Day during the balance of 2020.
 
Today's meeting of SW Rotary was exciting as we gained a new member, Randall Duncan.  Randall and his wife, Denisia are pictured with his sponsor Dr. Blaine Purcell on the left and Membership Chair, Raymond Lopex on the right.
 
Randall and Denisia welcome to the SW Rotary family, we are so glad you joined!
Danny Martinez, born in Wichita Falls and successful both in the music industry as well as the food and beverage industry spoke about his history and his current business projects.  Danny is a person of action giving back to the community by hosting Hispanic music concerts, working with charities and providing scholarships for college textbooks to employees and their families.
 
He also tipped us to a wonderful project in the works -- a documentary with Tejano singer Stephanie Lynn, who performed with Selena's backup band.
 
At Monday July 15 meeting, Mayor Stephen Santellana gave an update about Wichita Falls, with comments in categories of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
 
All in all we are making progress. As the 2019 elections happen November Mayor Santellana is looking forward to getting the new council members on board, focusing on recruiting more jobs to Wichita Falls and executing the strategic plan.
Lots of pilots use their own planes for business meetings and long-trip vacations. John Key decided to become an angel as he became interested in the work of Angel Flight, a nonprofit that helps people who need transportation to medical treatment far from home. Pilots, at their own expense, provide the flight at no cost to patients and passengers.
Lindsay Barker, Director of Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau presented information about the Hotel Occupancy Tax to SW Rotary July 1.  Her first slide summarizes the HOT Tax as the tax we don't pay since we sleep in our own beds as residents of the community.  This tax would raise hotel costs by 2% or $2 for a $100 hotel room. In the course of a year, would raise about $600,000.  This revenue could be used to pay a long term $6M bond for needed repairs to the MPEC facilities as well as Memorial Auditorium to make our aging facilities more attractive as entertainment venues, boosting the amount of money spent by visitors.
 
Lindsay noted that in 2018, travel spending was $239M, supporting over 3,000 jobs in Wichita County.
 

11th Annual Southwest Rotary Sporting Clay Shoot

Sign up Now for the Annual Sporting Clay Shoot happening on Saturday, March, 23, 2019.  Every year Southwest Rotary of Wichita Falls sponsors a sporting clay shoot to help raise funds to support charitable giving and international programs for Rotary International.  Help us make the world a better place!  Raffle Tickets and Registrations happening NOW!
 
And a thank you to ServPro of Wichita Falls, returning again this year as Door Prize Sponsor.  Thanks to all of our sponsor for helping us make Wichita Falls a better place to live, work and play!

[DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM]

Sue Gross, Education and Family Care Specialist, talked to SW Rotary Monday January 28, 2019. She talked to us about Alzheimers and its precursor dementia.  Dementia covers 99 different sets of symptoms. "About 65 percent of all dementias diagnosed is Alzheimer's," said Sue. "Education about all forms of dementias is paramount when it comes to understanding the diseases and in the caring for those with them."  
 
We also learned that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for more deaths than breast and prostate cancer combined. Of the top 10 causes of death, Alzheimer’s is the only cause that has no way to prevent, stop, or cure it. The current 5.3 million people diagnosed with this disease will triple to 16 million by 2050 if a cure is not found. No part of dementia is part of the normal aging process.
 
For more info, you can reach Sue at 940-767-8800 or go to alz.org/WichitaFalls.

 Take a look at our brochure under downloads and see what the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls is all about:  Service Above Self.  This brochure shows just a few of the many projects and organizations Southwest Rotary touches.

 Interested in joining; come to one of our meetings at noon every Monday at Luby's Cafeteria. 

Wonder what you are missing at our weekly meetings?  Take a look at our photo journals of past speakers and programs.

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