Welcome to the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls website. The Southwest Rotary Club of Wichita Falls provides service to others, promotes integrity, advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
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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!
Wichita Falls three Rotary Clubs donate playground funds for Rotary Park to Parks Department at City of Wichita Falls 11/16/21
 
Upcoming Events
Stories from Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club activities
 
Members of the three Rotary clubs in Wichita Falls joined Tuesday’s November 16, 2021 City Council meeting to present a check for $53,000 to Mayor Stephen Santellana.
 
Earlier this year, The Rotary club of Wichita Falls began a campaign to raise funds for Playground equipment at the corner of Hughes and, by Boys and Girls Club and Cunningham Elementary.    Long time Rotarian also Dr. Phil Stephenson passed away in Feb 2021.  Rotary was at the top of his list of charitable organization, and his family, patients and others in the community donated to this initiative.  Dr. Stephenson had 50 years perfect attendance at weekly Rotary meetings.
Growing Local Economies is one of the Rotary Foundation’s areas of focus and a priority for many Witchita Falls SW Rotarians.
 
Club President Elect Steve Haviland introduced our speakers Vanda Cullar, Director of the Small Business Development Center SBDC at MSU and Jeannie Hilber, i.d.e.a WF Coordinator. No stranger to WFSW Rotarians, Vanda has presented to our club over the years. In addition, SW Rotary has supported SBDC with community grants in past years. In his introductory comments, Steve shared that 25% or so of SW Rotarian’s have benefitted from consulting with Vanda’s team at the SBDC.  Our own Penny Miller, was a semi-finalist in the ideaWF 2017 competition

 
 
 
 
The Wichita Falls Youth Symphony is focused this year on reinvigorating traditions of musical excellence. 
 
 
 
After surviving a year that was neither vigorous nor traditional, YSO finds itself in a unique position to reevaluate all its traditions and ask what really hurt when we lost it last year? What makes orchestra great that we want to focus on elevating this year? At its heart, orchestra is about coming together to create beautiful music, so the education vision this year is to bring kids together with an artistic team who have both expertise and passion and support the students in performing the best of orchestra repertoire.
 
SW Rotary of Wichita Falls welcomed Tara Bryant, Board Chair for North Texas Veteran’s Relief Fund and Chris De La Garza, Vice Chair for the Board to our August 30th meeting. 
 
Chris gave us an overview of Base Camp Lindsey, a holistic approach to solving homelessness. Following a model currently working in over 50 communities across the country – from New Orleans, to Kansas City – this approach targets the 70+ homeless Veterans living in Wichita county as well as surrounding counties in North Texas.
 
 
Today's program introduced Beacon Lighthouse for the Blind to members of the Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club.
 
 
 
Beacon Lighthouse for the blind enhances economic and personal independence of people who are blind and visually impaired primarily through employment in the manufacturing and sale of quality goods and services.
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. At our Aug 2nd meeting, Club President Bruce Gray recognized 1st time recipients Penny Miller and Michael Tipton.
 
 
President Bruce Gray recognizes PHF recipients Penny Miller and Michael Tipton
 
Penny and Michael joined other notable figures that have been named 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 polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk. The number of Paul Harris Fellows worldwide has exceeded one million since 2006. Congratulations Penny Miller and Michael Tipton.
 
State Representative James Frank updated Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary members on the most recent legislative session in Austin.
 
Hearing information from someone that was there can be an informative regardless of the politics. We in Rotary pride ourselves in being inclusive of all regardless of religion, politics, race, culture or ethnic background and that includes allowing ourselves to be informed by federal, state and local leaders when we have the opportunity. Thank you State Rep James Frank for your presentation.
Dusty Sternadel of NSpire provided some inspirational information for running a business in todays economy.
 
A mother of 5 kids, and owner of 2 local businesses, one of them with an excellent 11 year financial advisor portfolio she was able to provide perspective for our members that can be applied to their businesses and their personal lives. So, what is the Trillion Dollar issue? We won't spoil it for those who have not heard Dusty speak. but just know there are a lot of zero's. For our enlightened members, they now have at least one solution.
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The Rotary Foundation
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The Wichita Falls High School student video contest
 "the Rotary 4 Way Test" in action
Contestants produced amazing video's. Below are the finalists.
Congratulations to both teams for their outstanding work.
 
Below is the 2nd place video submitted by the Rider High School team. Click image to view video.
 
Below (drum roll please) is the 1st Place winning video submitted by the City View High School team. Click image to view.
 
For more information on the 2021 4 Way Test Video contest click here.
 
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The Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls assumed a leadership roll in raising awareness of wearing masks to protect our neighbors and ourselves during the heart of the pandemic.
Rotary Clubs in Wichita Falls were recognized by KFDX Channel 3 for their leadership roll in the Mask-Up initiative during the heart of the Pandemic.
Enjoy the video below and see the complete story "Mask Up Wichita County! A Rotary led initiative" story by clicking here.