Rotary Club of Plainview

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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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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.

JB Roberts visits with Paul Kite and Andrew Freeman after the March 22 meeting of the Plainview Rotary Club. Paul, the City of Plainview's Supervisor of Water Production, gave an excellent report on the state of our municipal water supply. Plainview's water is better in all respects regarding the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality specifications. Two concerns are the longevity of our ground water supply and our aging infrastructure. Paul indicated that the city is making congregating plans to ensure a reliable, safe, and abundant water supply for our citizens. 

Captain Derrick McPherson, Plainview's Emergency Management Coordinator, gave the Rotary Club an update on the city's new emergency notification system. After the meeting Rotarians were assisted in signing up. In the photo (l to r) are Eddie Ashburn  assisted by Nora Deleon, John Gatica assisted by Captain McPherson, and Joanna Morales assisting Kenneth Hooper. Citizens can register to receive emergency and community notifications  at

Rotarians George Valentine  and Chuck Starnes deliver about 600 books and red noses to Thunderbird Elementary School in Plainview for "Read Across America Day 2016." The Plainview Rotary  Club  joined with the Hale County Literacy  Council  to encourage our elementary  students to enjoy the gift of reading. Funded by gifts from Walmart, the Plainview  Rotary  Club, and the Plainview  Area Endowment, the project delivered 3,100 grade-appropriate books to all of the pre-K through 5th graders in Plainview  Independent  School District  and Plainview  Christian  Academy.

Plainview Rotary Club members Lydia Castillo, Charles Starnes, Kim Street and Steve Long were excellently trained by District Governor Elect Susan Brints (center right) at Lone Star President Elect Training Seminar held at the DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel February 25-28. With the PETS training they can serve their town and the world with outstanding programs and projects throughout the upcoming Rotary year. Lydia is the incoming president for the 75-member Plainview Rotary Club,  Charles will be District Governor following Susan, Kim will follow Lydia as president, and Steve serves as District trainer. 

Rotarian Susan Blackerby visits with Kelly Davila, Director of Regional Services for the South Plains Association of Government (SPAG) following her excellent program to the Plainview Rotary Club on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. SPAG covers the 15-county South Plains region and provides services to city governments including 9-1-1 emergency communication, state and federal grant management, and economic development support.

New Rotarians Sue Brightbill  and Susan Blackerby told the Rotary Club about their careers and why they joined Rotary. Sue, classified as Investment Administration, was brought into Rotaryby her father,  the late Elton Wilson. Sue, classified as Community Leadership, saw Rotary as a way to enhance her lifelong service to her hometown. Vice President Kim Street shared with them how Plainview Rotary Club can help them in their quest for "Service Above Self."
Coralyn Dillard, our Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor, and Rotary Youth Exchange Student Kako Sugae  share as smile at the club's  meeting Tuesday.

Rotarian Beverly Wall thanks Charles Garrett of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service for his excellent program at Tuesday's meeting of the Plainview Rotary Club. Charles, a graduate of Texas A&M, has been in Plainview since 2014 and has found the conservation challenges of the South Plains different from those in the NRCS office in Tyler where he first joined the Service.
The NRCS was created as the U.S. Soil Conservation Service during the dustbowl days of the Franklin Roosevelt administration. NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land. Incentives are available to put wetlands, agricultural land, grasslands and forests under long-term easements.

Don't clown around. Put your nose in a good book!  
The Hale County Literacy Council enlisted help from the Hale County Junior Literacy Council (JLC) and the Plainview Rotary Club to label and bag 3,100 books and red noses for the March 2 Read Across America project. HCLC  and its  volunteers will give an age-appropriate book to every pre-K  through 5th grade student in PISD and PCA. 
The $10,000 project was supported by several organizations. Major donors include the Plainview Area Endowment ($2,500), Wal-Mart ($2,500), and the Plainview Rotary Club ($2,700). Pictured front (l to r) Pennington Moore, JLC  President, Tiffany Gattis, Lydia Castillo, HCLC  Director, and Corky Terrell, Plainview Area Endowment; back (l to r) Roy Kiser, Plainview Area Endowment, Charles Starnes,  Rotary, Parker Adamson, JLC  Vice President, Ted Baker, Wal-Mart, and Stan DeMerritt, Rotary Club President.
JLC  members Emily Browning and Mary Hooton show their innovative skills as they work at labeling some of the 3,100 books to be distributed on March 2. 
Thunderbird 5th grade teacher Kathryn Johnson and Rotarian Susie Starnes sort the pre-K  and kindergarten books. 

Rotarian Paul Holloway thanks Lubbock CASA  Recruitment Director Amanda Norfleet  for her interesting and informative program on the Court Appointed Special Advocate program. While the recent donated advertising for CASA  by Bart Reagor and Cliff Kingsbury had had a positive impact on volunteer recruitment, Amanda reports that less than 50% of children who could benefit from a CASA volunteer are helped. Over 100 children were placed in temporary or long term foster care in Hale County last year and each one needed a CASA  volunteer.  More information on CASA can be found at

This is it!  MatchSaverz

New Rotarian Kim Morton told the club about how she came to Plainview from Arizona. She told us about her company, Cactus Jumpers LLC and her product MatchSaverz. For information check out 
We welcome her to the club and foresee great contributions of service from her.   Charles Starnes

Ashley Mayberry gave is an update on the YMCA. There are many exciting programs available to help us "Move something every day." She also taught us how to read food labels and determine a healthier mix of food for our diet. Ahsley advised us to eat fruits and vegetables instead of carbohydrates. She said,  "If it's green it's better,"  but Leslie Gattis opined that green and good does not apply to cheese or old slices of luncheon meat. Everyone left the meeting feeling better.

New Rotarian Sue Brightbill was inducted into membership by her father Elton Wilson. President Stan DeMerritt, Vice President  Kim Street, and membership chair Eloise Hernandez officiated.
The Plainview Rotary Club enjoyed a "State of the County" presentation from Judge Bill Coleman.  Hale County has low taxes,  no debt,  and great opportunities for new  business. Excellent cooperation on all fronts will keep our future bright according to the judge. 

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