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)
 
 
Meet our newest member of Rotary 2022-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

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
2022 Clay Shoot Video 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

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.
RC of Southwest Wichita Falls awards Grant to Fain ES 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Wichita Falls North & Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Clubs announce winner of Speech Contest 2022-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

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
Wichita Falls Community Partners for Kids Against Hunger 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

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

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.
Courtney Killian spoke at our Dec. 6th meeting 2021-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

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!
 
 
 
Veterans Day 2021 a Star Spangled event in Wichita Falls neighborhoods 2021-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Some excellent advice from our July 26th speaker Dusty Sternadel 2021-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

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]

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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