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 Rotary Club of Waxahachie is proud of the American Flag Program Fundraiser.  Our Club with the assistance of ten (10) Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops place approximately 1,600 flags in our community to celebrate our freedom.  All funds raised from this fundraiser are put back into our community following the Rotary International Motto of "Service Above Self".
Flags are placed at your home or place of business five (5) times a calendar year for a annual fee of $40.00.  We place the flags out at Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor/9-11 Day and Veterans Day.  During the Memorial Day holiday we leave up the flags thru the Gingerbread Trail which is the first weekend in June.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Ballard (972) 351-1750 or print the form off of this home page and mail in, and once the application and check are received, the installation team will contact you about placing a sleeve in your yard.
We appreciate the support of the community and are proud to be in Waxahachie!!
 WISD Superintendent and Rotarian Dr. Jeremy Glenn discussed the condition of the school district and plans for the future.
He said the school district is in great shape.  The system has achieved 22 academic distinctions and all of the campuses meet state standards.  The system is number one in career employment inappropriate jobsafter high school and among 22 to 35 year old creative graduates it is also number one.  This means that the students are career-ready when they graduate and able to handle the future as responsible, successful citizens.
Public education which is paid for by tax payer dollars has the goal of supplying access to a free and appropriate education for all.  This means that the public school system is required to accept every student regardless of ability to pay, handicap or any other limitation.  Vouchers used to transfer taxpayer funding to charter or other private schools may find students turned away for any number of reasons.  Unlike public schools their finances are not transparent so the uses of the funds are not known.
Dr. Glenn’s administration is all about choice for parents and students and next year parents can choose where their children go to school.  Just because they live in the Marvin district does not mean the child has to go to school there.  He or she may choose Felty or any of the other schools.  This is a big change to increase satisfaction in the school experience.  
Pete Havel, President of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce for about eight months, visited the Rotary Club to talk about some of his new ideas for the Chamber. Pete, in his words replaced a legend in Debra Wakeland and he is still learning.
A year ago Casey Ballard, executive director of the United Way, and Andy Lehmann, a local pastor and United Way board member, visited the Rotary Club to explain an exciting new program that they and others were initiating. The purpose of the program was to help people and organizations involved in all areas of service work together effectively. The name of this program is The Waxahachie Project.


Back in 1917 a group of thirty-four local business and professional men got together to charter the Rotary Club of Waxahachie. The charter members got together because they had heard that Rotary was organized to do good works and to provide interaction among professionals. With a little more information about the concept some of the men began to talk about it among themselves. They found out how to make application for a club charter and in late 1916 they sent off the application to Rotary International headquarters in Chicago

Anyone in the military facing combat or hostile situations is concerned about what happens in case things go badly wrong. Infantrymen want to know medics and evacuation will be nearby if they are wounded. Air crews want to know air rescue will come for them in case they must parachute. Knowing this gives them certain peace of mind to concentrate on their missions.
Each school month the Rotary Club of Waxahachie honors a students of the month from both Global and Waxahachie High Schools. These exceptional students are acknowledged with a plaque rendering their names, which will hang in the halls of their schools forever.
Rotarian Clyde Melick 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 Awards for November and December 2016 to seniors Abbey Melick and Morgan Cooper.
Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson has had his run-in with drones. The Daily Light covered the story of one crashing into his backyard and another one flying over a private home and photographing the owners in their pool. Mr. Wilson visited the Rotary Club to explain the legal requirements for flying a drone or being spied on by a drone.
You normally think about skin cancer in the summer but it is a year-round threat. The effects of the past summer’s activities or even your childhood years ago may be precipitated at any time. As with any cancer early detection is key with skin cancer so if you have concerns you should consult a dermatologist or your general practitioner.


Picture is of Global High Interact Co-sponsor Steven Martel, assistant principal Jamie Mills, student Johnathan Salter, parents Byron and Traci Salter and Rotarian and WISD superintendent Jeremy Glenn



In this week’s Rotary meeting, Rotarian Clyde Melick had the pleasure of introducing Global High School’s assistant principal Jamie Mills as a special guest.  Mr. Mills then presented the Global High School Student of the Month Award for October to Johnathan Salter.

Johnathan is the son of Bryon and Traci Salter of Waxahachie.   He is a sophomore at Global this year and the school is very proud to offer this award to such a deserving student.   Johnathan excels both academically and civically in all that he does.

As an active participant in Interact, Johnathan’s favorite service activity is Hidden Miracles.   Hidden Miracles is a service provided by the Cowboy Church of Ellis County to parents of mentally and physically challenged children.  Interact members volunteer to entertain and care for these children for several hours a month so their parents can have an evening out.

Have you ever noticed that a sad child can be cheered by playing with a little puppy or kitten?  It really works and is recognized for its power.  Stan & Melode Seremet of Paws for Reflection Ranch extended that concept to include theraputic horse riding.  They organized the ranch in 2007 and have added many features since then.

Picture Shows parents Travis and Shannon Beddingfield, student Mitchell Beddingfield, sister Claire Beddingfield and WHS Principal Dr. Al Benskin


Rotarian Clyde Melick 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 for October, Mitchell Beddingfield.

Picture shows Sharon Farmer of the Ellis County Historic Commission and David Smith, Cowboy Poet
Back in the period of the 1840’s men south of San Antonio decided they could make good money by rounding up the wild longhorn cattle in their area
and driving them to Sedalia, Missouri to sell.  The trail they blazed ran from San Antonio through Austin and Waco, through Ellis County to Dallas and Preston on the Red River.  They crossed there and proceeded to Sedalia.  Recently a historic marker was placed on the Pecan Springs Ranch of Gary Farmer north of Italy to commemorate the trail.   Sharon Farmer of the Ellis County Historic Commission explained the research and analysis necessary to identify the location.
Picture shows historian and writer Bob Alexander
Rotary Club Learns About Early Days of the Texas Rangers
Bob Alexander is a historian, ham and writer of a number of books about lawmen and outlaws in the old west.   He visited the Rotary Club to tell about the early days of the Texas Rangers and their transition from the early days to today’s professional law officers.  Ham that he is he was at his best when raising eyebrows or telling Ranger gossip.  He was quick to point out that he did not know why the pitching failed the baseball Rangers; it was the lawmen he was telling about.


Picture is of Global High principal Ken Lynch, student Kevin Asirvadam and parents Alexandra and Kishore Asirvadam.

Global High Student of the Month for September at Rotary


Each month during the school year Rotary Club of Waxahachie honors students from both Waxahachie High School and Global High School for their outstanding achievements.  It is always with great pleasure that the Rotarians welcome these students who have proven themselves to be good citizens and outstanding students.



Picture Shows parents Randy and Liz Owens, student Destiny Josephine Kathleen “Kat” Owens and WHS Principal Dr. Al Benskin

Waxahachie High Student of the Month for September



In last week’s Rotary meeting, Rotarian Dan Lobb 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 awarding the WHS Student of the Month Award for September to Destiny Josephine Kathleen “Kat” Owens.

Monica Boyd, CVB Tourism and Events Manager, Laurie Mosley, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director and Amy Hollywood, Waxahachie Director of Communications and Marketing
City Events and Plans at Rotary
by John Hamilton
One of the goals of the city is to get more “Heads in Beds”.  If more people come to town and spend the night it will be good for our local economy and add to taxes which pay for city services.  Laurie Mosley, Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director and Amy Hollywood, Waxahachie Director of Communications and Marketing visited the Club to explain upcoming events and plans.
The CVB has a new website with many interactive features that enable visitors to check out all of the offerings to be found  here with a page for each and  a map to tell them how to get there.  There are pages for events, things to see and do, shopping and dining.  Ms. Mosley also talked about the Texas Country Reporter Festival to be held here October 29.
Waxahachie Independent School District Public Relations Director Jennie Bridges described Operation First Day of School and Partners in Education to the Rotary Club.  The club participates heavily in the programs so more background was interesting to Rotarians.
Most of us recognize that we will lose our parents.  Many of us will lose our spouses.  There are names for those of us suffering these losses.  They are widows or widowers or even orphans.  There is no name for someone who has lost a child.  It is unimaginable to most of us.
Jon McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Waxahachie YMCA and a Rotarian, explained some of the Y’s history and benefits to the city to his fellow Rotarians. The earliest Y’s in the 1850’s were started to address social and spiritual needs of people in their areas. Some of these needs included a safe place for travelers to stay, Bible study and prayer and free schools.
RYLA is a much-covetted award given by the Rotary Club of Waxahachie to three high school incoming seniors each year. The name stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award. These students are allowed to attend a leadership camp sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of north Texas. Only 180 students are selected from the entire north Texas region.
A Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to Diane Johnson - Collard for her outstanding efforts in working with Global High School as their Rotary representative.  Diane leads with her character, integrity & charm.  Congratulations Diane!!!
The Ten Commandments of Leadership were presented by Talmage Boston, and the results of his extensive research into the characteristics of successful presidents led him to author a book.  Mr. Boston has interviewed authors, historians and people in the political world studying presidents and the characteristics that made them successful in their times.
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