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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Waxahachie

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Waxahachie


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Lane
Crape Myrtle Room
Waxahachie, TX  75165
United States
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Recent Meetings and Service Projects
The United Way of West Ellis County (UWWEC) serves 27 partners and will distribute almost $375,000 in 2016. Typical examples of these agencies are the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brother Big Sister, Hope Clinic and Salvation Army of Waxahachie.  Without the help from UWWEC many of the agencies would have difficulty meeting their programs and serving their clients.
In This week’s Rotary meeting, President Russell Clark had the pleasure of introducing Waxahachie High School principal, Dr. Al Benskin, as a special guest.  Each month Rotary honors an outstanding student from each of our public high schools as Student of the Month.  Dr. Benskin had the honor of introducing the WHS Student of the Month Award for January 2016 to senior Alyssa Hopson.
In last week’s Rotary meeting, Rotary President Russell Clark had the pleasure of introducing Global High School principal Ken Lynch as a special guest.  Mr. Lynch then presented the Global High School Student of the Month Award for January to Lane Womack.
We are proud to announce the 9th year of our Rotary Flag Program.  This program allows you to purchase a Rotary Flag in the amount of $40.00 per year and our Rotarians will install, place at your home or office five (5) times a year.  The holidays are Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, 9/11 Patriots Day and Veterans Day.  However we do leave the flags out between Memorial Day & Flag day, not only for you to enjoy, but that they beautify our city during the Annual Gingerbread Trail hosted by the Ellis County Museum.  We also put & leave the flags out for Labor day and until 9/11.
We have incorporated several Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops and paid them approximately $6,400.00 the past two years.  They take routes and work with us, and this has become a great relationship assisting the boys & girls in our community in their service of giving back.
All funds raised from this project are spent within our community for programs such as:  Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center, Hope Clinic, YMCA, United Way of West Ellis County, Baylor Hospital, Texas Wheelchair Ramp Project, plus so much more.  We fund approximately $20,000.00 per year in scholarships to our local high schools (WHS and Global High) and Navarro College.  We feel education is on the most important things in our community we can give back to, and we do this by assisting someone who needs the help.
Our flag application is on our website under Download Documents, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call Jerry Chapman (972) 825-7092, Don Stroope (214) 450-4033 or Melissa Ballard (972) 351-1750.


Holly Browning, Community Liaison & Family Programming Coordinator for the Nicholas P. Sims Library and Lyceum, visited the Rotary Club to explain all of the opportunities and services available at the facility.

The Baylor Scott & White Medical Center opened in Waxahachie a year ago this week.  Following extensive training all of the patients and personel were moved quickly and comfortably on a beautiful Saturday. 

Representative and Rotarian John Wray visited his home club to provide an update on his first term in office and some thoughts about the future.

In This week’s Rotary meeting, Rotarian Dan Lobb had the pleasure of introducing Waxahachie High School vice principal Debbie Gish as a special guest.  Each month Rotary honors an outstanding student from each of our public high schools as Student of the Month.  Ms. Gish had the honor of introducing the WHS Student of the Month Award for December 2015 to Colton E. Osborn.
Department of Public Safety Cpl. Craig Henry and Trooper Jason Gentry came to the Rotary Club to discuss the new open carry law.  As an introduction, they explained that it is so new that the public may be as well informed as they are.  DPS is relying heavily on training to provide direction for the troopers on the road.  Any new law is dependent on interpretation by the courts and, in spite of controversy, this one is no exception.  Interpretation will take time.
In the 1820’s Liberia was founded by the American Colonisation Society on the west coast of Aftica.  Freed slaves and freeborn African Americans moved there and modeled their constitution, flag and system of government after our own.  The official language is still English.  In 1847 they became a republic and were the oldest, most successful republic in Africa until a coup overthrew the democracy in 1989.  This led to a fourteen year civil war which has converted the country into the poorest in Africa.  It only ended when President Busch sent troops to end the conflict.  Incompetent leadership and corruption have led to starvation, lack of infrastructure and serious needs of the people.
Imagine sitting in your family room watching the Superbowl Game when there is a knock at your door.  It’s a policeman or firefighter who tells you gas has been detected in the sewer system and you have five minutes to leave your home and you cannot return for three days.  Five minutes!  What do you take and how can you gather everything you will need.
Only about sixteen percent of the people who make new year’s resolutions actually keep them.  That may surprise you because you thought nobody kept them.  Certainly you don’t know any of these people.  At the end of 2016 they will have moved on with their lives but you will still be just where you were.  Who are these super people?
Next Saturday, November 14, is the Veterans Day ceremony at the Civic Center.  David Hudgins visited the Rotary Club to talk about honoring veterans.  Several years ago while he was fire chief he was setting up a memorial to the last fire fighter to die in the line of duty here.  While working on this he met Perry Giles and they began to discuss veterans memorials. There was no memorial to World War II veterans in Ellis County so they set to work to correct the situation.
A sixteen year old girl colapses midway through her second period at the high school.  She is rushed to the emergency room where the doctors quickly realize she has taken a drug; but, which one?  It is not one of the common street drugs so they are baffled.  An inventory by her parents suggests she took “some of those little green pills from her grandmother’s medicine cabinet.”  This story is all too common and illustrates some points common among many of today’s children and youth.
Several weeks ago Judges Cindy Ermatinger and Bob Carroll spoke to the Rotary Club about how the Ellis County judicial system works.  This week Judge Gene Calvert spoke about the uncertain future of The Law itself.
In last week’s Rotary meeting, Rotarian Dan Lobb had the pleasure of introducing Global High School principal Ken Lynch as a special guest.  Mr. Lynch then presented the Global High School Student of the Month Award for October to Justin Ansley.

The Rotary Club of Waxahachie was proud to be able to help commemorate the service of fellow Rotarian Lt. Billie Wallace of the Waxahachie Police Department.


Although the Rotary Club year starts July 1 an organization of this type needs vision and a plan to succeed and they need to be in place before the start of the new Rotary year.  What projects will be supported?  How can membership be best served to enable it to do the work necessary?  How can we earn more to do more?  What is our vision for the future?

WISD’s new head coach Jon Kitna let his presence be known at the Rotary Club meeting.  You might not think that would be hard for someone who is 6’ 2”, 220 pounds and spent 16 years playing professional football.  He did not use his bulk, though; he used his enthusiasm for what is happening in Waxahachie.


Six Global High School students participated in the Rotary District 5810-sponsored service trip to Nicaragua.  The Rotary Club of Waxahachie helped with the funding.

This is an annual trip to a Nicaraguan village to help with repairing schools and other facilities and helping to teach the children.  The six students were Mariah Liles, Kaylee Howard, Morgan Wood, Jane Cloud, Sammy Contreras and Reagan Black.  In all forty students and adults from the District attended.

Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...