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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Waxahachie


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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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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.


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.
Are you aware that more than 36 million adults in the USA can not read or write at the most basic level? More than 60 million can not work a cash register or understand a bus schedule. Nearly half of the US workforce has only a high school education or less

Chris York, president of Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center of Waxahachie brought the club up to date on the status and plans for our hospital.

Picture shows WISD Head Coach Jon Kitna with Rotarian Melissa Ballard
Coach Kitna at Rotary Club
by John Hamilton
Coach Jon Kitna was the speaker at the Rotary Club today.  He explained how his program is impacting a group of young men expecting they will all become productive citizens.  One woman gave a testimonial about her grandson who was a product of a badly broken family and was going nowhere.  In one year as part of Kitna's program he has turned completely around, become a good student and active in his church. 
Photo shows Rotarian Daren Collins (the tallest one) receiving $500 grant from the Rotary Club of Waxahachie from some Rotarians
Rotary Club Learns about HIV and AIDS
By John Hamilton
Although there are no cures or vaccinations for the diseases known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) the methods of transmission are well understood.  HIV is spread by contaminated blood and hypodermic needles, by a mother during pregnancy or breast feeding or by unprotected sex.  Saliva, sweat and tears do not carry the virus.
Since the methods of spreading the disease are so well known why is it still an epidemic?  It is because HIV is a social problem, not a medical problem.  In the areas where the problem is so large, talking about the subjects of unprotected sex and the mother’s place in transmission are complete taboo.  Tribal chiefs and religious leaders see their people falling daily but cannot bring themselves to talk about it.
The photo shows Rotarian Bobby Dyess, Congressman Joe Barton and Rotary President David Hill
Congressman Joe Barton Visits the Rotary Club
This is one of the recess seasons of Congress so Congressman Joe Barton is visiting his district to gain the views and answer questions of his constituents.  He is holding town hall meetings and visiting organizations such as the Rotary Club of Waxahachie to meet with as many people as possible.

It’s hard to write an article when the speaker is a comedian. The jokes are not as funny when you read them. You had to be there. 

It was a pleasant surprise to find that comedian Dean Lewis is also a business coach. He has been combining the two careers for twenty five years and has coached such businesses as Microsoft, Pepsi, Frito and many others. He has also appeared on a number of comedy shows on TV.


If you have traveled to the Hill Country you have seen the devastation caused by Oak Wilt on the live oak trees. Vast areas have been decimated and it is only a matter of time for the others.

 Rachel McGregor, staff forester 1 for the Texas A&M Forest Service, told the Rotary Club that Oak Wilt has been observed in Ellis County. This is very bad news for all of the oaks in the county.

Boy Scout Troop 232 is one of the organizations proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Waxahachie.  The club provides the log cabin meeting building on Brown Street and funding.  The Boy Scouts take part in placing the American Flags and are paid for the service.  In 1944 the Rotary Club got the charter for the troop and has been a sponsor ever since. The Rotary Club provides trailers, equipment, the cabin and financial support to the troop as one of the beneficiaries of the club’s American Flag Subscription Program and the Cow Creek Country Classic Bike Ride.
A "Wall Street Journal" article this week studied how people lead. It found that a large percent of the people who think of themselves as leaders never talk to those under them about performance. One even suggested he would prefer having a very personal medical procedure to having to talk to someone about performance concerns.
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.
Dr. Andrew P. Word, MD/World Dermatology
Dec 08, 2016
Dermatology for men & women of all ages
Christmas Social
Dec 15, 2016
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