2024 Clay Shoot a huge success

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SW Rotary and Road to College students set up early for our 15 annual clay shoot April 27th.  Great seats for the Sheppard AFB 2024 Air Show.
 
 
We welcomed 43 shooters (including 4 from 469th Fighting Bulls (Adopted Squandron)
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Witchita Falls 4 Way Test Speech Contestant wins April 20th contest 2024-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

The Wichita Falls Area Four Way Speech Contest Winners Selected

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Rotarians and Judges heard some fantastic speeches at the 2024  Wichita Falls Area Four Way Test Speech Contest that took place April 4th at Edgemere Church of Christ in Wichita Falls. Our first place winner was Adrian Herico, First Wichita Christian.
 
 
 
2nd Place winner was  Natalie Perez, Wichita Falls HS shown here flanked
byWichita Falls North Rotary Club Past President Clint Wood and
Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club President Penny Miller
 
Congratulations Adrian and Natelie!
 
The Wichita Falls Area Four Way Speech Contest Winners Selected 2024-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

STORY OF THE FOUR-WAY TEST

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Created in 1932, the Four Way test is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics.
 
What follows is the story written by Herbert J. Taylor then president of a failing business called the Club Aluminum Company. This simple philosophy was adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. Given that members of the Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club, the Wichita Falls North Rotary Club and all our High School contestants are preparing for our annual 4Way Test Speech Contest on April 4th at Edgemere Church of Christ, a story on how the Rotary 4 Way Test was developed would be appreciated by our readers. It should be noted that it's author, Herbert J. Taylor served as Rotary International's president during the 1954-55 fiscal year. Thanks to our fellow Rotarians in District 5630 (Nebraska) for sharing this story on their website.
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2024 Clay Shoot Saturday, April 27
 

Clay Sports Shooters of all ages are welcome
In its 15th year, the Southwest Rotary Club Sporting Clay Shoot raises money for community initiatives around education, families and the betterment of our communities.  We believe education assures an individual and their family quality of life and opportunities to live to one's true potential.  SW Rotarians believe Single parent families with children require basic needs. Teaming with other action-oriented community servants, SW Rotarians focus resources of time, talent, treasure and testimony in service to our communities while improving opportunities for health, safety and the well-being of all. 
 
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Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club to host Sporting Clay Shoot Event

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The 15 th annual SW Rotary Club's Clay Shoot is to take place Saturday April 27 th
 
 
We anticipate 100 shooters. Northwest Texas Field and Stream offers an outstanding shooting experience.

Our Clay Shoot raises money for community initiatives around education, families and betterment of our communities. 
 
Rotary’s “Service Above Self” motto is the common thread as Southwest Rotarians improve the opportunities, health, safety and well-being of those around all of us.
Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club to host Sporting Clay Shoot Event 2024-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest Supports Our Community

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So far this year our club has award grants to eleven Wichita Falls community service organizations.
 
For the Past several weeks Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club has been inviting some very special guests to our meeting. These guests represent community organizations throughout the Wichita Falls area that serve our community in many different ways. Our club members are proud to support these organizations through grants we are able to award as a result of our members fund raising efforts such as our Flag Program and the Clay Shoot.
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Supporting Scouting in Wichita Falls 2024-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Wichita Falls Southwest 4 Way Speech Contest 2024-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Meet our newest Members

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Membership in the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest continues to grow, Here are two members inducted this past January and February. 
 
 
Would you like to learn more about becoming a Rotary member? See the information provided at the end of this story.
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First 2023-2024 Whicita Falls Southwest RC grant awarded 2024-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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Meet our fellow Rotarian Tim Sawyer

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Meet your Rotarians!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tim Sawyer was born and raised here in Wichita Falls, graduating from Rider High and MSU. He worked for Child Protective Services, investigating child abuse cases. He served as executive director at the Children’s Aid Society and ran the emergency shelter. 
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Meet your Rotarians!

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Michael Mitchell traces his education from Henrietta High to MSU (where he met his wife Jessie) to OSU (where he earned his bachelor’s degree) and finally to Wayland (where earned his Masters of Education).
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Paying It Forward: Service, Bigger than one

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I gave thanks this week for family, friends and the communities that welcome me, including you, my readers. God bless you and yours for these holidays. Please email me with ways volunteers can and do serve our community.
Paying It Forward: Service, Bigger than one Jack Browne 2023-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest providing Leadership for Launch Wichita Falls

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A free basic business education for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
 
 
Partnering with City of Hope Church, Sawyer Printing and Promo and Vernon College, the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls is providing membership leaders of this 9 session business course at the Vernon College Century City Plaza campus in Wichita Falls. Students are mentored by RCWFSW members and benefit from the networking opportunities the classes present.
 
Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest providing Leadership for Launch Wichita Falls 2023-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Jean Hall and Mike Mitchell for great Public Image work on Social Media 2023-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Wichita Falls Southwest RC hosts Wichita Falls Mayoral Candidates  2023-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Major Frank Larkins inspires attendees of the Oct 9th Rotary meeting 2023-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest well represented 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Reasons to join Rotary 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Tiffany Brillhart speaks on volunteerism 2023-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Jean Hall 2023-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
When you know you are doing the right thing 2023-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Pesidents Message for May 11, 2023 2023-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
April 1st Four Way Test Speech contest winners chosen 2023-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Presidents message for Jan 20, 2023 2023-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Briady Hutchinson inducted as member of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest 2023-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Clubs of Wichita Falls North and Wichita Falls Southwest announce annual 4-Way Test Speech Meet April 1, 2023

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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 Rotary clubs award generous cash scholarships of $1,000 for 1st place; $500 for 2nd place; and $250 for 3rd place winners. The top three contestants also advance to regional competition, with the opportunity for additional scholarship prizes. Please help identify students who could benefit by participating in this competition.
 
In 2019, Grace Minter competed in our 4-Way Test Speech Contest, winning local and regionally. In 2023 Grace will be the Master of Ceremonies for our event. Listen to Grace share why this contest is important.
 
Grace completed her undergraduate degree in May 2022.  Today, Grace is Exec Dir of a NE Oklahoma nonprofit, and working towards her graduate degrees . . . and she'll be a Rotarian soon enough!
 
The Rotary Clubs of Wichita Falls North and Wichita Falls Southwest announce annual 4-Way Test Speech Meet April 1, 2023 Lee Gunter 2023-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

January 16th meeting extremely informative

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Co-Chair of the Community DEI Initiative, Anthony Louis shares insights of Falls Future 2.0
 
"Work has officially begun on Falls Future 2.0, an updated community-wide strategy to build a better city". Anthony Louis, Board Member with Work Force Solutions from Pratt Whitney provided an overview of Falls Future 2.0, According to the publication Falls Future 2.0, one of the seven catalysts is creating a opportunity for a stronger workforce. 
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Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest leads panel discussion on Fentanyl Crises

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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.
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Presidents message October 19, 2022 2022-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest hosts One Pill can Kill Panel Discussion 2022-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

A panel discussion on the Fentanyl crisis
 

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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.
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Our Presidents October 12th Video Message 2022-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Meet our newest member Jean Hall

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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. 
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Our Presidents October October 5th Video Message 2022-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Say hello to new member  Michael Mitchell

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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.   
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Rotary District 5790 Governor Dan Steel guest speaker at August 22nd Meeting

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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.
Rotary District 5790 Governor Dan Steel guest speaker at August 22nd Meeting 2022-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

District 5790 recognizes the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls for it's End Polio Now efforts

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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.
 
District 5790 recognizes the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls for it's End Polio Now efforts 2022-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

A meeting filled with Rotary Youth Leadership Award information

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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.
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Presidents Message - Aug 16, 2022 2022-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Restaurant of the Month Project

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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.
 
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The art of delivering a phenomenal speech

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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.
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The Arts Council of Wichita Falls presents at our July 25th meeting 2022-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Presidents Message - July 18, 2022 2022-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Wichita Falls Rotarians partner with Road to College students for Flag Program deployment

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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!!
 
Wichita Falls Rotarians partner with Road to College students for Flag Program deployment 2022-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

Our June 27th Meeting a memorable affair

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Congratulations Steve Haviland, new Club President of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Southwest.
 
 
Our meeting Monday June 27th meeting was dedicated to recognizing the folks that made the 21-22 Rotary Year so successful and inducting the 22-23 Rotary year Board of Directors.
 
Congratulations to our now Immediate Past President Bruce Gray shown here with his wife Suzanne.
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Meet our newest member of Rotary

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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)
 
 
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Joint Project of the 3 Wichita Falls Rotary Clubs provide a new playground for our kids

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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.
Joint Project of the 3 Wichita Falls Rotary Clubs provide a new playground for our kids 2022-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

UPDATE: Rotary Park Playground opens to Public after funding by local three Rotary Clubs

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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.
 
 
UPDATE: Rotary Park Playground opens to Public after funding by local three Rotary Clubs Jack Browne 2022-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

2022 Clay Shoot Video

Get Ready, Get Set... Click the graphic above to see the video about this years Clay Shoot
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Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club supports Booker T. Washington ES with funds for school supplies

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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.
Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club supports Booker T. Washington ES with funds for school supplies 2022-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

RC of Southwest Wichita Falls awards Grant to Fain ES

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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.
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Congratulations Nicole (Nikki) Stancik, winner of the Grapevine Regional 4 Way Speech Contest 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Wichita Falls North & Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Clubs announce winner of Speech Contest

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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.
 
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Rotary volunteers spend part of their Saturday packaging food for the children of Honduras.

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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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Rotary volunteers spend part of their Saturday packaging food for the children of Honduras. Todd Harris 2022-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Wichita Falls Community Partners for Kids Against Hunger

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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
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Wichita Falls Southwest and Wichita Falls North Rotary Clubs announce Speech Contest

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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. 
Wichita Falls Southwest and Wichita Falls North Rotary Clubs announce Speech Contest 2022-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Our President's January 5, 2022 Video Update 2022-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Courtney Killian spoke at our Dec. 6th meeting

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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.
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Veterans Day 2021 a Star Spangled event in Wichita Falls neighborhoods

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Partners make the world better - our appreciation to the partnership with Road to College, their help enables our funding for their great program, which is producing the next generation of community leaders. And thanks to our subscribers as we recognize our Veteran's service!
 
 
 
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A Meeting Filled with Fellowship and Storytelling

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Monday's program celebrated the fellowship of our club with a few members sharing stories about their lives that included details most of us were not unaware
 
 
 
The meeting started with a celebration for new Rotarian Chris Hansard; photo has Membership Chair Penny Miller presenting Chris with his Rotary badge.  His sponsor is Tim Sawyer. 

 
A Meeting Filled with Fellowship and Storytelling Jack Browne 2021-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Small Business Development Center and i.d.e.a. WF provide informative presentation at Oct. 11th meeting

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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

 
Small Business Development Center and i.d.e.a. WF provide informative presentation at Oct. 11th meeting Jack Browne 2021-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

RC of SW Wichita Falls Reinvigorated Traditions - Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra at Oct 4th meeting

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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.
RC of SW Wichita Falls Reinvigorated Traditions - Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra at Oct 4th meeting Jack Browne 2021-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Base Camp Lindsey, Building a Foundation for Life One Veteran at a Time

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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.
Base Camp Lindsey, Building a Foundation for Life One Veteran at a Time Jack Browne 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Brenda Terry of Beacon Lighthouse for the Blind provides informative September 13th program Jack Browne 2021-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Club partnering with MWSU Students for Kids Against Hunger Todd Harris 2021-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Texas State Representative James Frank spoke at August 3rd Meeting

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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.
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Southwest Wichita Falls Rotary Club members Michael Tipton and Penny Miller recognized as Paul Harris Fellows

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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.
Southwest Wichita Falls Rotary Club members Michael Tipton and Penny Miller recognized as Paul Harris Fellows 2021-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Some excellent advice from our July 26th speaker Dusty Sternadel

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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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Chris Sauer, past president of the Clay County Outreach spoke at July 19 meeting.
 

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The Clay County Outreach Food Pantry has been in continuous operation since 1985 serving the citizens of Clay County providing food staples for food insecure residents of Henrietta and the surrounding county.
 
A non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that is all-volunteer with no paid staff.  All operational costs are covered by donations and grants. The need is great, Clay County has 1600 food insecure citizens including 500 children.
Chris Sauer, past president of the Clay County Outreach spoke at July 19 meeting.  2021-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Amazing videos submitted for the 2021 4-Way Test Videos

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All of the videos that teams submitted were amazing.
 
After much deliberation, the selection committee awarded  the following 1st and 2nd place winners.
 
In 1st place from City View High School we have this video.
 
 
And, in second place we have this video from Rider High School
Amazing videos submitted for the 2021 4-Way Test Videos 2021-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
RC of Southwest Wichita Falls to host picnic for USAF Squad 469th and the Road to College Students 2021-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Partners in Education award RC of SW Wichita Falls as the Organization of the Year 2021-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you Road to College students and volunteers

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A big thank you to Road to College and our other volunteers for the help in picking up flags Monday (July 5th) 
 
Flag afternoon with our students!
 
The Road to College students helped out the Southwest Rotary Club pick flags up from Fourth of July. We are proud of our students for giving back to the community by volunteering.
 
 
We are grateful for our partnership with the Southwest Rotary Club and for our parents volunteers, Mrs.Meza and Mr.Guel! 
 
We are Stronger Together!
We are Family! - Somos Familia!
Thank you Road to College students and volunteers 2021-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

2021 Clay Shoot - June 12th

SW Rotary is excited to hold our 2021 Sporting Clay Shoot June 12th.  We expect our hosts North Texas Field and Stream Association to assemble another challenging array of bird and rabbit stations to challenge all shooters.
 
Raffle tickets for a Benelli Montefeltro Sporting Shotgun are available from SW Rotarians: $10 for one or $25 for 3.  Need not be present to win.  Message us for tickets.
 
Register before June 1st and save some money!
 
Look for more information here and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/rotaryswwf. Register there now to assure your team’s place!

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

2021 Clay Shoot - June 12th Jack Browne 2021-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Mask Up Wichita County! A Rotary led initiative.

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Rotary’s seven areas of focus, include “Disease Prevention and Treatment.”  SW Rotary approached our leaders in the County and Wichita Falls government with the idea. Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls Club President worked with other area Rotary Clubs and the community to implement the initiative which include a great TV interview on channel 3.
 
 
Yard Signs and Banners with the message, MASK UP Wichita County, You can Save a Life," were available from February through end of August of 2021. Orders were delivered to homes and businesses by Road to College participants with profits going towards Zavala in support of the Road to College programs. 
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls is partnering with the other Rotary and Service Clubs in Wichita County in an initiative to encourage the wearing of masks in advance of reaching vaccination levels supportive of “Herd Immunity”.
 
Why are we doing this project?
Citizens are getting tired of following the protective measures: wear a mask, social distance, wash hands frequently and minimize our movement in public to necessary activities. COVID-19 will continue to spread till we reach “Herd Immunity” that comes as 75% of the population has been vaccinated. If we wear a mask we can prevent, “People are going to die that don’t need to die.”
 
Mask Up & Save a Life!
Service Above Self
People of Action
 
Frequently Asked Questions and other resources: COVID FAQs - Feb 2021
 
 
 
Mask Up Wichita County! A Rotary led initiative. Jack Browne 2021-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
12th Annual SW Rotary Clay Shoot coming October 17th  Jack Browne 2020-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Annual Clay Shoot by Southwest Rotary

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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]

2019 Annual Clay Shoot by Southwest Rotary 2018-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

See What Southwest Rotary is All About

Posted by Erica West on Feb 02, 2012

 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.

See What Southwest Rotary is All About Erica West 2012-02-03 00:00:00Z 0