Rotary Club of Plainview

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President Elect
Pres-Nom; Foundation VChair
Dir; Membership Chair
Dir; Public Relations Chair
Director; Service Chair
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Director; Sergeant-at-Arms
Director; Public Relations VChair
Director; Foundation Chair

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

Three Tuesdays per month. See Speakers for Schedule
Plainview Civic Center
2902 W. 4th Street
Plainview, TX  79072
United States
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Please send nominations for students finishing their junior year of high school to Jay Givens ( as soon as possible.  A nomination should include the student's name, phone contact, and a short description of their community involvement and leadership participation.  These nominations will be reviewed by the Public Relations Committee.
The deadline for our club to submit applications is April 3.
Ted Baker assumed duties as Club President today and moderated a Club Assembly.  Ted announced the board decision to host an exchange student next year and reminded members to nominate juniors for Camp RYLA June 5-9.  Anyone interested in being a host family for 2017-18 may contact Coralyn Dillard and nominations for Camp RYLA should be sent to Jay Givens.  Jay introduced the March Student of the Month, Layne Mustian, to the club and Coralyn introduced Rotary Youth Exchange student, Fer Dilli Nano, and gave an update on her activities.
Ted also shared his vision for some upcoming changes to board structure, adding Youth Committee and RWD Committee and possibly moving chair responsibilities away from board members in order to establish stronger consistency of the committees.  Kim Street shared reflections on PETS and emphasized the strength of our club as so many of our members were leaders for this event at the district level.  
Charles Starnes gave a short statement about the importance of the Rotary Foundations and V.O. Ortega drew names for "early bird prizes" for those who had donated to the foundation raffle.  V.O. also honored Ted Baker for achieving another level of giving to the foundation with a Paul Harris Fellow +4.  Janice Payne recognized member anniversaries: Kenneth Hooper, Coralyn Dillard, and Karen Earhart and inducted a new member, Dave Sandahl, to the club.
Membership chair Janice Payne presented membership anniversary pins to Kenneth Hooper (20 years), Coralyn Dillard (13 years), and Karen Earhart (4 years).
Club President Ted Baker pins the Rotary wheel pin on new member LCDR Dave Sandahl while membership chair Janice Payne introduces him to the club.                           
Rotary members participating in the Club Assembly.  The near table includes Brazilian exchange student, Fer Dilli Nano (front left), March student of the month, Layne Mustian (back left), and two former students of the month.
Glenn Shur was our program today.. A local farmer/producer that grows a specialty crop used in breakfast cereal to boost the antioxidant levels.. Try Grain berry cereals next time your browsing the cereal isle in United.
Great turn out of Rotarians to  pack snacks we did two week worth of packing over 1200 packs!
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January 24th 2017 Rotary Club of Plainview help a special INFO SOCIAL .. A time for new members , new Interact members and prospective members and seasoned members to come together and learn more about what Rotary is. Pizza, fellowship, and fun for all.
Rotary District 5730 Nominations Committee met January 18, 2017, and selected Steve Long of the Rotary Club of Plainview to become our District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND), to serve as District Governor during the Rotary Year 2019-20.  
Please help me congratulate Steve, I know he will make us proud.
2nd. Congratulations on sponsoring the Interact Club of Plainview!  It is official the paperwork is done! Thanks to Melody Brown and her helpers for making this dream a reality. Now it is up to us to support and nurture them and make there Rotary careers bloom.
3rd This Tuesday is a FIRESIDE CHAT social.. Come to 601 Houston 5.30ish (activity center at First United Methodist)   . Bring a prospect.. New members get to ask questions,, Seasoned members get to share.. Food is involved.. Everybody gets to eat!  What is Rotary? What can I do?  Interact club is welcome..  Fun for sure! See ya there.   
January 24th we will bypass our noon meeting at the country club for Information social 5.30-7.00 come and go. We will be the activity center at First United Methodists Church.  The activity center is on Houston Street across from the main building.  We will have a few of our member’s talk about their Rotary career and what draws them to Rotary. This will a great time for new members to come with questions about Rotary and a GREAT time for you to bring a prospect for an informal introduction to Rotary. We will have some snacks and awesome fellowship. For more information please contact  Leslie Gattis or Janice Payne.
The Plainview Rotary Club had its quarterly assembly on Tuesday, December 6, at the Plainview Civic Center. Several members were recognized for service anniversaries including Kim Morton, Isauro Gutierrez, and  Coach Danny Wrenn who has completed three years in the club. 
Membership chair Janice Payne inducted new member Mike Craig, transportation engineering, who was sponsored by Ted Baker. Janice also read the names of two prospective members who will be inducted at the first meeting in January. 
President Elect Kim Street read some bylaw changes and announced the slate of officers for next year. Votes will be taken in January.
Service project chair Scott Franklin described the numerous projects that club members have completed in the past few months including the "Words for Thirds" delivery of 698 dictionaries to third graders in Hale County, Thanksgiving meal for the Women's crisis Center. 
High school senior Melody Brown was recognized for her work to start an Interact Club at her school. Five Rotarians have signed up to mentor the new club. Melody is a past student of the month and attended Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp last summer.
President  T. Leslie Gattis gave brief Foundation updated and noted that from the Foundation social  held in late October $864 was raised which equals 5760 polio vaccinations.

The meeting was concluded by the Four Way Test led by Ross Owen.
What a great time it is when you get to give a third grader a dictionary AND teach them how to use it.. That is just what many members of the Rotary club of Plainview did this week. In fact every third grader in Hale County will receive  one  from the club. Approximately  600 dictionaries in all.  Rotarians were able to tell the kids about Rotary, what we do and why we do it. In fact I asked the kids at two different campuses if they have ever heard of POLIO... I am happy to report NONE of them had ever heard of the dreadful disease . We shared the Four Way Test with them and asked them to apply it to there lives.  Success of the project= 600+ lives affected !!!
The Rotary Club of Plainview held a mini service project 11-22-16 .  . The club provided and served a Thanksgiving dinner to some clients of the Women's Crisis Center. Pictured Rotarians are Janice Payne (coordinator of event) Hari Kotaiya, Eddie Ashburn (provided piano entertainment) Deana Sageser( hosted), Maria 'Fer'nanda Dilli Nano(exchange student from Brazil) Gina Doyal (guest volunteer), President T. Leslie Gattis and Rotarian Kenneth Hooper.
Dictionary distribution is about to start. Wednesday November 16th will be the first of many opportunities for you to participate in this very rewarding project. Be sure to sign up now by clicking on the link under upcoming events link on the lower right hand side of this screen.
Special thank you to the Cub Scout Pack for helping lable the dictionaries with the Rotary emblem and the Four Way Test.
The Rotary club of Plainview met for an evening social and mini fundraiser for the Rotary foundations World Polio Day. Pepa Pig ( the queen of the Polio pigs) was in attendance and she collected $168 ( or 1120 vaccination ) from those that attended.  As a side note and extra surprise, Rotarian Vernah Ramsower- Sprous a New York Life Agent explained to her fellow agents what Rotary was doing to eradicate polio and they donated another $120..( or 800 vaccinations) Thank you Vernah and the West Texas new York Life agents. Together $288 or 1920 vaccination were raised.. BUT if ad the Bill Gates factor (currently matching Rotarian dollars 2 for 1) makes the grand total $864 or 5760 vaccinations.  Afterward several Rotarians attended the Plainview City council meeting where Mayor Wendell Dunlap read and presented the club with a proclamation declaering it World Polio day .

July Rotary Social

Rotarians, family, and friends gathered at the Rotary Building, 3400 W 4th St, at 5:30pm for fun, fellowship, and food (hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and other fixings).  Special thank you goes out to Leslie Gattis, Kenneth Hooper, and Brandon Ahrens (our cooks) and others who helped this event go well!
Today's speaker was Dr. Bobby Hall, President of Wayland Baptist University as of July 1, 2016.  Dr. Hall is a native of Plainview, an alum of Plainview High School and the first Wayland alum to serve in the office of president.  Dr. Hall spoke on the need for Wayland and the Plainview community to develop deeper and closer ties so that both can move forward successfully into the future.  During his presentation, he named a number of ways the university is already involved in the Plainview community, including children's music programs, student mentoring programs, and a new business internship program.
Lydia and Kim Welcome New City Librarian: The new librarian for the Unger Memorial Library, Mariya Hapiy (center), told us about her background and dreams for Plainview's public library. Mariya was born in Ukraine and earned a Master of Library Science degree from Texas Women's University. President Lydia Castillo (left) looks forward to working with Mariya on Hale County Literacy Council projects. Kim Street joins Lydia in welcoming our new librarian.
 Immediate Past President Stan DeMerritt presents Rotarian Sue Brightbill a shadow box honoring her father and long-time Rotarian Elton Wilson who passed away recently. Items in the shadow box include Elton's name badge, his Paul Harris medallion, his Flying Rotarians pin and other items that recognize Elton's service to Plainview Rotary for over 50 years. 
Lydia present board their pins: President Lydia Castillo gives the incoming Plainview Rotary Club Board their pins. From left to right, V.O. Ortega, Andrew Freeman, Kim Street, Stan DeMerritt, Lydia, and Jay Givens. Assistant District Governor David Kopp administered the oath to the board.
President Lydia Castillo presents outgoing President Stan DeMerritt a gavel to commemorate his outstanding year of service to the Plainview Rotary Club.
President Stan DeMerritt gave the Plainview Rotary Club an excellent wrap up report for the Club’s 2015-2016 Rotary Year. The club participated in numerous projects throughout the year that built goodwill and friendship in the community.
Highlights include the delivery of over 600 dictionaries to every third grade student in Hale County, supporting Read Across America with the Hale County Literacy Council, enhancing Plainview Independent School District effectiveness with a “Perfect Attendance” award program, participating in the Healthy Kids 2020 program of Covenant Hospital, donating two Shelter Boxes currently deployed in Cameroon, and delivering Meals on Wheels each week.
Additionally, two exchange students were supported, one to Japan and one from Japan. Scholarships were given to a Diabetic Camp student, several Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients, ten Rotary Students of the Month, and several Wayland students through the WBU Rotary Scholarship Fund.
The Club’s 71 members participated in these various projects including the main fundraiser, the annual Running Water Draw Arts & Crafts Festival.
President Stan summed up the Club’s value to the community when he said, “We are a vibrant club. The Rotary Club of Plainview, Texas exemplifies the motto of ‘Service Above Self’ and has truly been a gift to the world. There is still more to do. More folks to invite that may be ignited by the service opportunities Rotary affords. More funds to raise that will assist providing additional services to our community as well as regionally, nationally, and abroad. Every Plainview Rotarian wants to, in the words of the Rotary International theme, ‘Be a Gift to the World’ through ‘Service Above Self.’”
Felipe Azua is welcomed by Leslie Gattis and President Stan DeMerritt as an honorary member of the Plainview Rotary Club. Felipe is a highly decorated retired Army First Sergeant with combat experience in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Felipe was joined by his family, son Diego, wife Kathy, daughter Krista, and service dog Zoe. 
Andy Ellis, Athletic Director at Plainview Christian  Academy, visits with Rotarian Tim Morrow  after his excellent program for the Plainview Rotary Club on Tuesday, June 7. Ellis related his experiences on the Texas Tech men's basketball team under coaches  James Dickey  and the legendary Bob Knight. Ellis is also played professionally in Europe, mostly in Turkey, and described his many adventures during his several years there. After coaching at Trinity Christian  in Lubbock, Ellis has been athletic director and coach at Plainview Christian for the past year.
The Plainview Rotary Club honored our Rotary Youth Exchange student Kako Sugae with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the club's  meeting on May 24, 2016. RYE Counselor Coralyn  Dillard pinned on the PHF pin and President Stan DeMerritt presented the certificate while Foundation Chair Kim Street read the proclamation that Kako had substantially contributed to goodwill and better friendship between our two countries.  
Kako returns to Japan the middle of June. She attended Plainview Christian High School and was a member of the District champion girls basketball team. 
Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor Coralyn Dillard pins the Paul Harris Fellowship designation on Kako Sugae. 
Kako returns to Japan the middle of June. She attended Plainview Christian High School and was a member of the District champion girls basketball team. 
Rotary District Gov. John Scott presents Plainview Rotarian Janice Payne with the Rotary Foundation Major Donor Award on Saturday during the District Rotary Conference. The presentation was made in the Grand Ballroom of the restored Settles Hotel in Big Spring. The award, a diamond-shaped Paul Harriss pin with diamonds, represents significant financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation, which supports humanitarian and educational programs such as eradicating polio, district grants to fund projects, world grants to support humanitarian projects, Rotary World Peace Fellowships and more.
The winners of the Perfect Attendance awards for the fifth six-week grading period at Plainview High School were Liberty Crawford, 10th grade and Alec Tambunga, 11thgrade. Another award winner not pictured is Armando Reyes, 12th grade. Rotarians presenting the awards were Danny Wrenn and Dr. Tim Marrow.
Estacado Junior High winners of the Rotary perfect attendance were Trisha Alcorn and Nathan Rodriguez.  Rotarians Eloisa Hernandez and Beverly Wall were on hand for the presentation.  
Rotarians Stan DeMerritt and Kim Street present perfect attendance awards to Pamela Martinez and Diego Reyes.  Principal Andrew Hannon congratulated the students and praised them for this accomplishment.
Donna Austin of Paws Pet Adoption of Plainview gave an excellent program to the Plainview Rotary Club on the challenges of pet ownership.  Paws has limited resources to take care of the over 2,300 dogs brought in to Animal Control in Plainview each year. Some owners, 298 last year, reclaim their lost pets, and 266 were adopted. That means that over 1,700 dogs were euthanized. Donna says that funds are available to spay and neuter their dogs.  Paws is open Monday - Friday from 4-6 p.m. Call 292-8440 for information.  Find them on Facebook at "Paws Pet Adoption of Plainview".
Paws board members Donna Austin and Karen Hawkins visit with Rotarians Susie Starnes and Susan Blackerby about pet adoption.
Mike Fox, Executive  Director  of the Plainview Hale County Economic Development Corporation,  gave the Plainview Rotary Club an update on Plainview's economic standing three years after the Cargill  closure. His optimistic report was well received. He is pictured here with Rotary Club vice president Kim Street. 
The Plainview Rotary Club honored two Coronado Junior High School students for their perfect attendance. Shown are (l to r) Rotarian Lydia Castillo, Desyi Torres, Danny Guitierrez, Rotarians Janice Payne and Beverly Wall.  The two winners received an iPod.
The Plainview Rotary Club honored two Estacado Junior High School students for their perfect attendance. Shown are (l to r) Rotarian Ross Owens, Nathan Rodriguez, Tricia Alarcon, and Rotarian Tim Marrow.  The two winners received an iPod.
The Plainview Rotary Club honored three  Plainview High School students for their perfect attendance. Shown are (l to r) Rotarian Susie Starnes, Jayden  Brush, Laura Montoya, Rotarian Charles Starnes, Macie Mayberry, and Rotarian Danny Wrenn. The three  winners each received an iPod. They were selected randomly from the over 90 PHS students who had perfect attendance over the last six weeks. The Rotary Club is glad to provide this incentive to all of the junior and senior high students in Plainview ISD.
The Plainview Rotary Club honored an Ash High School students for her perfect attendance. Shown are (l to r) Principal Rodney Wallace, Lisa Lopez, and Rotarians Lydia Castillo and Karen Earhart.
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