Rotary Club of Plainview

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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

Four Tuesdays per month. See Speakers for Schedule
Plainview Civic Center
2902 W. 4th Street
Plainview, TX  79072
United States
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Calls from Claus

Would your child like to receive a call from Santa?
Tuesday, December 19, 6-9pm, Rotarians will call your child as Santa to make their holiday season jolly!
$5/child or $10/family (same phone line)
Sign up today using the "Calls from Claus" form in the Download forms section.  Email the completed form and we'll bill you.  All proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Brags! Scott Franklin brags on the Flying Queens who are the winningest women's college basketball team in the wirld. They go for win 1,600 on Thursday. Dianne DeVos brags on Happy State Bank's Business After Hours on December 5. Regan Book Manning bragged on the French meal Maud cooked for Thanksgiving. Cynthia Gregory bragged on her new pet dog. Dave Sandahl bragged on the Plainview High Navy JROTC's 3rd place finish at a multi-unit competition in Wichita Falls.
All money "paid" for Brags goes to the Clubs efforts to support the Rotary International Foundation.   Thank You Charles Starnes for documenting the days activity. 
I cant tell who is having more fun, The Rotarians or the Kids???? Dictionary distribution kicked off at a couple campuses this morning and will continue through November and December. Sign ups will be coming out as each campus decided when they want the dictionaries to be delivered...
During the Rotary Foundation presentation today, Jay Givens mentioned that Amazon will contribute 0.5% of eligible purchases to your choice of charities through  You must use that link to have the contribution made (not the normal  
When searching for the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in the charity list, search using "Rotary Foundation Evanston" You can also use the District 5730 charity "Rotary District 5730 Charitable Foundation Inc."
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.
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.’”
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