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!
On October 17th, the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls hosted a community panel discussion on the
Fentanyl Crises in Wichita Falls, Texas. Bringing together community leaders to discuss it's dangers
and present ideas how we as a community can fight this crises.
Click image above to view newscast from Channel 6.
 
As Rotarians, we see a world where people unite to take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.
Fun Facts about Rotary - Did you know?
January Restaurant of the month -  tell them Rotary sent you
Great Speakers - Join us, guests are always welcome
National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month
Jan 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Boys and Girls Club Capital Improvements
Feb 06, 2023 12:00 PM
Education Award Presentation (WFISD, MSU)
Feb 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Upcoming Events
Feb 11, 2023 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Apr 15, 2023 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Stories from Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club activities
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls in partnership with the Wichita Falls Rotary Club North is excited to announce the 2023 Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest, and we’re inviting all high school students to participate!
 
 
Our local clubs will award a generous cash prize scholarship of $1,000 for 1st place; $500 for 2nd place; and $250 for 3rd place winners. The top three contestants will also advance to compete at the regional level, with opportunity to win additional scholarship prizes. 
 
Please help us identify students who could benefit by participating in this competition. There’s no entry fee. All that’s required is a commitment to put forth an effort to compose and deliver a 5-minute speech surrounding the topic of Rotary’s “Four-Way Test”, which asks the following:

Of the things we think, say or do:
 
Traditions make communities stronger and connect us . . please consider volunteering for two hours as the University Kiwanis Clubs Annual Breakfast serves 1,000's of Wichitans pancakes and sausage 6am - 6pm January 28, 2023
 
Volunteers over 12 accompanied by parents, as appropriate. Volunteers are MOST needed from 7am to 1pm, with two-hour time slots available at VOLUNTEER CLICK HERE. 
 
On October 17th, the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls hosted a community panel discussion on the
Fentanyl Crises in Wichita Falls, Texas. Bringing together community leaders to discuss it's dangers
and present ideas how we as a community can fight this crises.
Click image above to view newscast from Channel 6.
 
As Rotarians, we see a world where people unite to take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.
The Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls will host a panel discussion at noon Monday, Oct 17th to educate and share community resources in response to our Fentanyl crisis.
 
 
Members of the media and leaders of youth oriented organizations and activities are invited to RSVP by clicking here, limited seating available. It is key for all to understand this threat and educate their circles of influence.
Meet our newest Southwest Rotarian! Last Monday Mrs. Jean Hall joined our club, and we are looking forward to the energy and vision she will bring to the club.
 
Jean grew up in Vernon but when it was time to attend college, she and her husband moved to Wichita Falls in 1991 so she could attend MSU. Jean graduated with a degree in English and Journalism. She has three grown kids and now she spends her energy doing projects and service to benefit our local community. 
 
Mortgage Company owner and Bison Farmer, Michael Mitchell now adds member of the Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club to his list of commitments to his family and community. 
 
 
 
Do you need to know how to raise a BISON? If so, just ask one of our newest members, Michael Mitchell. Yes, it is true. He has a herd of Bison (Buffalo) on his ranch in Henrietta.   
 
Michael was raised in Henrietta and in 2005 he moved to Wichita Falls. He and his wife Jessica have three children.   
 
He owns Miracle Mortgage company which specializes in mortgage origination. Michael finds mortgages at the lowest interest rates available.   
Rotary District 5790 DG Dan Steele came to our club today. He spoke about the recent Vibrant Club workshop, the urgent need to do more to fight Polio, and about supporting the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
Our District Governor Dan Steele provided a graphic description of this years inspirational theme of Imagine Rotary and how the image represented members gathering together act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. He shared with us the insights of Rotary International President Jennifer Jones as we work together to see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.
Our Rotary Club has a long history of supporting the Rotary International 35 plus year initiative to End Polio worldwide. Because of generous members like ours the CDC reports that only two polio endemic countries remain, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
 
 
During the past Rotary year of 2021-2022 our Rotary members exceeded our goal by 42% with $639 donated in support of End Polio Now.
 
 
The Southwest Wichita Falls Rotary Youth Leadership Awards recipients Andrea Granados,  Francisco Aleman, Estefany Urbieta and Natalie Perez shared their RYLA experiences with club members at our August 8th meeting.
 
 
To quote President Steve, "RYLA is an educational tool that Rotary uses to instill concepts of leadership in these students". They build communication skills, introduce problem solving techniques, public speaking and leadership strategies.
 
Estafany, Andrea, Natalie and Francesco gave us a great presentation. They were informative and had a powerful message to deliver us about RYLA and they did it in spades, thus filling us with awe over our RYLA recipients and the power of the RYLA experience.
 
The Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary club to start a Restaurant of the Month program to recognize local establishments favored by its members.
 
 
President Steve Haviland asked all of the members to write the name of their favorite restaurant on a piece of paper. The idea was that the restaurant with the most mentions would be our first Restaurant of the Month. As it turns out, we’re a diverse group and there was no clear favorite. Apparently, we’ll eat most anything.
 
 
 
Wichita Falls Chamber’s own Katie Britt , Director of Marketing presented at SW Rotary August 1st.
 
 
 
Katie spoke about the power of public speaking and how to deliver a killer presentation. She is a powerful speaker and an excellent presenter. Thank you Katie!
 
The wonderful thing about attending a Rotary meeting is that we have great speakers. Today, Katie provided some tools to help everyone that attended our luncheon meeting become great speakers themselves. Rotary members are always learning and fine tuning their skills.
 
Shown here in the photo is the Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club President Elect, Todd Harris with, Nancy Shiplet (Arts Council development coordinator and Kristen Scott(Arts Council Admin Assistant.
 
 
 
Kristen Shipleat and Nancy Scott of the Arts Council of Wichita Falls spoke at our noon meeting Monday, July 25th about the mission of the council and the programs they offer.
 
Dr. Van Tassell was born in Texas but raised in Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. When Dr. Van Tassell was completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho, he was selected as one of only eight predental students from the state for the Idaho Dental Education Program. From there he earned his doctorate from Creighton University, where he was nominated into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honor Society by his faculty members.
 
From left to right, Dr. Blaine Purcell (Sponsor) Dr. Dustin Van Tassell and Mrs. Penny Miller (Membership Chair)
 
 
 
 
 
The Road to College deployment team proudly participate in community Independence Day Festivities by helping the Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club deploy and return over 700 flags in Wichita Falls neighborhoods.
 
 
Wichita Falls SW Rotary enjoys the strong partnership with Road to College. As tomorrow’s leaders, it is a pleasure to work with the Road to College students and mentors using the funds raised for the RTC Summer Camp @ MSU. 90 6th thru 12 graders, going to school learning STEM to better prepare for post secondary education!!
 
Rotary International in the News
Remembering Jewish Salonica

Albert Bourla's story of how his parents survived the Holocaust provides a vivid picture of the Jewish experience in Thessaloniki. His story has important lessons today for all of us in our very troubled world.

Second woman nominated as Rotary International president

Second woman nominated as Rotary International presidentEVANSTON, Ill. (January 24, 2023) — Stephanie Urchick, member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, PA, USA, will become the second woman to take office as president of

Club Executives & Directors
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President Elect
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership
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The Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Immediate Past President
Sergeant-at-Arms
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.
 
Website Sponsors
Wichita Falls three Rotary Clubs donate playground funds for Rotary Park
 
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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.
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Rotary is the world's oldest service club organization and our club (one of over 32,000 clubs worldwide) and its members are committed to service in the Wichita Falls area communities and internationally through various programs including those supporting our vocations and our youth. Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.