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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!
 
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)
 
 
Great Speakers - Join us, guests are always welcome
Wichita Falls Arts Council
Jul 18, 2022 12:00 PM
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Stories from Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club activities

Thursday morning June 16, 2022 Wichita Falls North and Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Clubs took 5 RYLA Campers to Tarleton State University in  Stephenville, Texas. 
 
The RYLA Program is led in a professional, collegiate atmosphere where participants will Develop leadership skills, Increase self-confidence, teach proper social and business etiquette, Observe how city government operates, Expand their civic and patriotic skills in ethics and responsibility, Learn about the purpose and objectives of Rotary International while attending a Rotary club meeting including the Rotary 4 Way Test, Participate in a community service project and Participate in a global political exercise.
 
 
New playground equipment was dedicated at Rotary Park in Wichita Falls on Sunday, May 15th. 
 
 
 
 
This playground equipment was a joint project of the 3 Rotary Clubs of Wichita Falls; Wichita Falls Rotary Club, Wichita Falls North Rotary Club and Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club. Last fall, $53,000 project check was provided to the City of Wichita Falls Recreation Department who oversaw the purchase and installation of the playground. On May 15th the new playground was dedicated.
The Rotary donation was delivered in March as soon as funds arrived for immediate assistance so that the school could purchase lamination and other school supplies needed to complete school year.
 
 
Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club has scheduled a formal award presentation to take place during their April 25th their noon  Rotary meeting at the MPEC Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall. Booker T. Washington Principal Angela Rooney and School Counselor William Jordan will be attending the express their appreciation
 
Atmos Energy, one of the many organizations that support our Rotary Club Community Service projects, provided a donation to Rotary Southwest for the purpose of Rotary’s support of Booker T. Washington Elementary.
 
 
Congratulations to Fain ES, winners of $1,850 grant from the RC of Wichita Falls Southwest to help fund their STEM program.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls has worked with Fain Elementary, Fain PTA and Fain Alumni for several years. In prior years The Dexter Lab and Outdoor Learning Area were sponsored by Rotary Grants and used by students for hands-on making and robotics. The Fain Elementary project will promote education by expanding our Learning Commons area. Originally students designed a Makerspace adjacent to the Fain Library, where they practice “Making” -- experimentation, interaction and play in applying learning to the real world.
 
 
Congratulations to Joseph McCollum, April 2nd, 2nd place winner of the District 5790 Decarur Regional 4 Way Test Speech Contest.
 
 
For the priveledge of competing at this regional contest, Joseph had to compete and win the Witchita Falls North and Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Clubs speech contests held March 8, 2022. At that contest, judges selected two winners to be selected to regional contests. The 2nd place winner was Nicole Stancik who was the 1st place winner representing Witchita Falls Southwest Rotary at the Grapevine Regional on March 26th. Both Joseph and Nicole will be competing in the District contest. on May 14th in East Fort Worth.
 
Competing students were requited to deliver a 5 minute speech on what the "Rotary 4 Way Test means to me."
 
Contestants at the 4-Way Test Speech Contest: (L to R) Luken McCullum (winner), Nicole Stancik, Angela Duron and Brandon Huynh. Our own President Bruce Gray is at the far left!
 
 
 
The Wichita Falls 4-Way Test Speech Contest was held 3-8-2022. It was a great time and all of the speeches were outstanding! The first place prize money was $1,000.00 and all contestants went home with money. 
 
Congratulations to Luken McCullum. Luken will be heading to the Regional Contest in Decatur on April 2nd.
 
 
 
Several Wichita Falls Southwest Rorarians, friends and family met Saturday March 5th at the University United Methodist for Kids Against Hunger Project.
 
 
Ninty-nine volunteers that helped to package 22,000 meals for Kid’s Against Hunger. The boxes will be shipped along with 1450 other boxes sometime this spring through the Port of Houston. The destination is Puerto Limpera, Honduras which is on the eastern coast of Honduras.
 
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SW Rotary's 2022 Clay Shoot is coming at the end of April. As shooters shiver at home through our recent cold snaps many look forward to one of the best area clay shoots. We expect 85 to 100 shooters for afternoon based on prior years.  
 
Registration starts between 9 and 10am, followed by some practice target to get everyone warmed up.  After a quick burger lunch, thanks to Woodco Supply and Range Master Cullel's safety briefing, shooting teams enjoy a shotgun start to an afternoon of great shooting at Northwest Texas Field and Stream.  
 
Bring some extra money - specials this year include ammo sales (quantity limited) and Ribs, Inc auction of remaining ribs after dinner is served.
 
After shooting, all will gather for a Ribs, Inc dinner to learn who takes the prize money for team, youth, man and woman high scores.  Bring some extra money - specials this year include ammo sales and Ribs, Inc auction of remaining ribs after dinner is served.
 
Our Clay Shoot raises money for community initiatives around educations, families and betterment of our communities.  We believe education assures an individual and their family the best quality of life and opportunity to life up to one’s true potential.  SW Rotarians also support Women and Children ensuring families can address basic needs.  Fellowship with others who share a believe in Service Above Self helps Rotarians invest in our communities improving the opportunities, health, safety and well being of those around all of us.
 
 
The 2022 shoot is set for April 30th, 2022 - put it on your calendar.
 
Southwest Rotary Club of Wichita Falls partners with University United Methodist for
Kids Against Hunger Project.
Kid’s Against Hunger – SW Rotary Service Project
Hope you’ll join us - March 5, 2022
 
 
Help package freeze-dried food to benefit children of Puerto Limpera, Honduras @ the House of Hope
 
University United Methodist Church
3405 Taft Blvd.  Wichita Falls, TX
2 hour time slots including:
9:00 Set up, 9:30-11:30, 11:30-1:30, 1:30-3:30
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls in conjunction with the Wichita Falls Rotary Club North are excited to announce the 2022 Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest.
 
 
We are inviting all high school students to participate! Our local clubs will award 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 advance to compete at the regional level. 
Introduced by Darrell Hobbs, Courtney Killian is a Camp Gladiator Personal Trainer.
 
Air Force veteran, pilot, mom with 4 boys and one girl!  Happy franchise owner and personal trainer at Camp Gladiator in Wichita Falls.  Grew up in Bellville, TX played every sport there was in school. Joined ROTC as graduated from high school and started college.  Met husband in Air Force and both served at Sheppard AFB before moving back to SAFB in 2017.  Her husband continues in the USAF Reserves.  Courtney is also a Personal Trainer.
 
Thanks to Wichita Falls Parks Department for Installing Playground Equipment with Rotary donations!
 
Last summer, 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.    In honor of long time Rotarian Dr. Phil Stephenson who passed away in Feb 202, his family, patients and others in the community donated to this initiative. 
 
Working through the last couple of months the City's Parks Department has installed the playground equipment.  With the cyclical weather yielding a few spring like days, usage of the equipment in increasing and offers a great place for family and small group gatherings with the covered picnic tables and wonderful playground.
 
 
Rotary International in the News
First woman takes office as president of Rotary International

First woman takes office as president of Rotary InternationalEVANSTON, Ill. (June 29, 2022) – Jennifer Jones, member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, will be the first woman to take office as

Rotary awards its highest recognition to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

Rotary awards its highest recognition to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of WalesKIGALI, Rwanda (June 24, 2022) – Celebrate Community, a joint initiative of the four major volunteer service organizations, will launch this year

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Immediate Past President
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.
 
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.