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Carrollton-Farmers Branch

Make Dreams Real

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Brookhaven Country Club
3333 Golfing Green Drive
Dallas, TX  75234
United States
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Children enjoying the brand-new playground at Gussie Field Watterworth Park in Farmers Branch
 
The Rotary Clubs of Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Farmers Branch, along with the City of Farmers Branch, teamed up to provide a fully-accessible playground for children of all ages.  The playground opened on Wednesday, April 12th at Gussie Field Watterworth Park, located next to Farmers Branch City Hall at 13000 William Dodson Parkway.  Elementary and middle school students from local schools were invited to the park to test out the new playground equipment and enjoy a picnic lunch.  The official opening and will be at 11 AM on Saturday, April 30th.  Click om More Pictures to view the Park Album
 
 

 
 
Club President Elect Steve Patrick looks on as guest speaker Nicole McLeod of The Family Place draws the Grand Prize winner.
 
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club's first major fundraiser of 2016 was a success, raising big bucks for our Signature Project.  This was the second iteration of our fundraising raffle.  Club members were tasked with selling 20 raffle tickets at $15 apiece.  Members who did not wish to sell their tickets, or were simply feeling lucky, could purchase the tickets for themselves.  The prizes were as follows:
 
  • Grand Prize - $1,500
  • 2nd Prize - $500 + 2 round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets
  • 3rd Prize - 2 round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets
 
The winning tickets belonged to Samantha Fuller (Grand Prize), Thomas Knipp (2nd Prize) and John Osborne (3rd Prize).  However, every Club member came away a winner, as the ticket stubs doubled as valuable, money-saving coupons to local eateries, including Agave Azul, Marshall's BBQ, Jaxx Steakhouse and Kenny's Italian Kitchen.  As of press-time, the net proceeds from the fundraiser are estimated to be around $6,000.
 
The Club's next two fundraising efforts will be the Spring SHRED-A-THON on April 23rd and the Glo-Ball Golf Tournament in May. 
 

 
 
 

 
 
The 2nd Annual Raffle Fundraising event is in progress now, with Club members diligently selling their allotted share of the tickets.  This year's event - the second of its kind - has tasked each member with selling twenty $15 raffle tickets.  Once again, this year's ticket stubs double as valuable money-saving coupons to favorite local eateries, such as Kenny's Italian Kitchen, Jaxx Steakhouse, Marshall's Bar-B-Q, and Agave Azul.  The drawing will be held Thursday, March 17th at the conclusion of the lunch meeting, and the prizes are as follows:
 
1st Prize: $1,500.00
2nd Prize: $500.00 + 2 Southwest Airlines Round-Trip tickets
3rd Prize: 2 Southwest Airlines Round-Trip tickets
 
This year's raffle comes on the heels of last year's success, which raised about $8,000 toward our signature playground project.  All in all, 900 tickets were sold.  The Club is looking forward to building off of this experience, and having an even more successful raffle this year.
 

 
 
If you have already done so, we would like to thank you for registering to volunteer at Metrocrest Services Family Night.  If you are in a group, please email Erica so that they can reserve the correct number of shifts for your group.
 
Location: 2661 Midway Road #216, Carrollton, Texas 75006
Directions: Southwest corner of Trinity Mills & Midway, next to Nickel Mania
Attire: Please wear close-toed shoes and dress comfortably.  The store generally reflects the temperature outside, so please dress accordingly
Task: Volunteers will assist in sorting food donations and will make stocking stuffers for the clients visiting the holiday store
Contact: Erica Mahoney 469-348-1523 or emahoney@metrocrestservices.org
 
If possible, all volunteers are encouraged to come with a couple of items to donate; it's amazing the impact a group can have when everyone brings a small amount!
 

 
 
 
Calling all Carrollton/Farmers Branch Rotarians!  Please come and help sort donations and make stocking stuffers at Metrocrest Services on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  This is one of the family nights, so kids are welcome to come and help!  Contact David Hale at david.hale@farmersbranchtx.gov if you plan on attending.  
 

 
 
 
The December 17th Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club lunch meeting will feature as its program the Annual Mentoring Program Christmas Party.  This annual event, which is a Club favorite every year, brings the mentees to Brookhaven Country Club to have lunch with their mentors and the rest of the Club in a spirited and festive setting.  Victoria Mendoza, who has co-chaired the New Generations position with Mentoring program founder Pete Cross in years past, will introduce each mentor/mentee combo, after which each of the pairs will then take turns introducing each other to the Club, and telling a bit about their time together.  The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club cherishes this annual event with the students of both Farmers Branch Elementary and Vivian Field Middle Schools, and all Club member are encouraged to attend.
 

 
 
 
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club invites you to be our special guest as we honor you for serving our great nation as a former or current member of the United States Armed Forces.  Please be our guest for lunch at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM. Brookhaven Country Club is located in Farmers Branch at 3333 Golfing Green Drive.   Please arrive a few minutes early so we can seat you.  Our keynote speaker will be Colonel John Norwood (Ret.).  Colonel Norwood is a West Point Graduate who served for over 26 years in the United States Army. He is a veteran of the Cold War and Operation Iraqi Freedom and was in the Pentagon when it was attacked on 9/11.  Please R.S.V.P. to Community Service Director David Hale at david.hale@farmersbranchtx.gov if you are able to join us. So that we may recognize you personally, please include the following in your R.S.V.P:  Your name, rank, and branch of service; where you have served, if applicable, and any other short description of your service that you would like us to know about.
 

 
 
 
Don't forget to register to hear the President of Rotary International, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, speak at the Rotary Club of Dallas on Wednesday, November 18th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  The event will be held in downtown Dallas at the Sheraton Hotel's Chaparral Club (400 North Olive Street).
 
 

 
 
District Governor Bill Dendy poses with Bill Bexley, Past-President of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club and winner of the Outstanding President of the Year District 5810 Award.
 
On October 3rd, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club Past-President Bill Bexley took home the award for Outstanding President of the Year for District 5810.  While this probably doesn't come as a surprise to anybody who knows Bill and the passion he has for Rotary, Bexley nonetheless was very gracious and humble in accepting the honor.  Bexley pointed out how this is an award for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club as a whole, the members of which made the success of several initiatives possible.  An impressive growth in membership, new and innovative fundraising efforts and our Club's ongoing commitment to the Signature Playground Project made this award possible, and each and every member should feel as honored as Bill that our Club is once again home to such an esteemed distinction.
 
Congratulations, Bill!
 

 
 
Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo was the first zoo in the Southwest, and is the largest zoological experience in Texas.  This year its 11-acre Giants of the Savanna exhibit was named one of the top-10 exhibits in the country by USA Today's 10Best Competition.  The habitat is the only one in the U.S. that integrates elephants, giraffes, impala, zebra and guinea fowl in one shared environment.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the zoo features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages.  Be sure to follow along for updates on the amazing animals, conservation initiatives and programs for the whole family on www.dallaszoo.com and social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Zoohoo! blog.
 

 
 
From left to right, new members Jim Palma & Bradley Marshall pose with Dick Calvert and Club President Pat Canutesen.
 
Congratulations to our newest members Jim Palma and Bradley Marshall.  The pair were inducted at the September 17th lunch meeting, and are both looking forward to working on various Club initiatives going forward.  Each new member completely embodies our motto, "Service Above Self".  We know they'll both have a positive impact on our Club, and our community, for many years to come.
 
Welcome, Jim & Bradley!
 

 
 
Scott Smith and Mayor Bob Phelps are presented with a $10,000 donation for the Rotary Playground Project from Monotronics.
 
On behalf of every member of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club and the Farmers Branch Rotary Club, as well as the City of Farmers Branch, we would like to extend our most sincere appreciation for the very generous $10,000 donation made by Monotronics for the Rotary Playground Project.  This is truly in the spirit of the project, and will go a very long way toward completing this endeavor.  
 
Monotronics is recognized as an industry-leader in alarm monitoring and security services.  They are a five-time Frost & Sullivan Alarm Monitoring Company of the Year (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), and a four-time recipient of the Consumers' Choice Award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) for excellence in business and customer service in Dallas/Fort Worth-headquartered alarm system companies.
 

 
 
 
Thanks to everyone!  We had close to 600 lbs. in fourteen boxes for our Pete Cross Memorial 2015 International Service Trip!  Boxes are at the Atlanta airport right now waiting on our 8 a.m.  flight tomorrow to Punta Cana, assuming the weather cooperates.  Austin and I are enjoying downtown Atlanta right now while we wait.  Prayers for everyone affected by this storm.
 

 
 
Regina Edwards' sons earned Boy Scout community service hours for the efforts.
 
Regina Edwards' sons earned Boy Scout community service hours this weekend packing boxes in preparation for the Joint International Service Trip.  They are members of Troop #714 in Carrollton.  They organized school supplies in pencil boxes for the El Cajuil School in Macao, Dominican Republic.  Together they packed six boxes of school supplies and two boxes of medical supplies.  They also helped type the manifest for the boxes.
 

 
 
 
For the fourth time, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club will be partnering with Keep Carrollton Beautiful to host the SHRED-A-THON, which raises much-needed money to go to both local and international service projects around the world.  The event will be held Saturday, October 31st, 2015 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Newman Smith High School parking lot. All residents of Carrollton and Farmers Branch are encouraged to bring old, sensitive documents to dispose of in a safe and secure manner.  Need ideas for things to bring?  How about old tax returns, bills & receipts, business records and bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements and other documents containing personal information.  There will even be an electronics recycling shredder there, too.  Suggested donations are $10 for the first banker-sized box, and $5 for each additional box.  Please start saving your sensitive documents now, and we'll see you on Halloween!
 

 
 
Rotarians Regina Edwards (far left) and Young Sung (far right) were accompanied by Young's children Jessica and Joshua (center) at the Faith in Action Initiatives warehouse.
 
 
 
On August 12, 2015, Rotarians Regina Edwards and Young Sung were accompanied by Young's children Jessica and Joshua at Baylor Scott and White's Faith in Action Initiatives warehouse where they packed several boxes of vital medical supplies.  The boxes will be delivered later this month to two rural cities outside of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Fortunately, all boxes are always shipped complimentary thanks to our awesome friends and partners at Southwest Airlines who have generously supported these projects for years now.  This project is our Club's 2nd Joint International Service Project with the Rotary Club of Punta Cana-Bavaro.  We will also be delivering school supplies for the El Cajuil School outside of Macao.  We want these precious children to start the year off right with new school supplies.  This trip will be in memory of Rotarian Pete Cross who has assisted on every mission trip that our Club completed since 2003.  We'd like to sincerely thank Baylor Scott & White and Southwest Airlines for their ongoing assistance!  Together we transfer not only medical supplies, but also hope and comfort to so many.
 

 
 
The winning foursome of Houston Goodspeed, Andy Layman, Steven Patrick and Craig Goodspeed pose for a photo with Sonja Dodd.
 
The First Annual Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club Glo-Ball Golf Classic took place Friday, July 24th at Lake Park Golf Club in Lewisville, Texas.  The rescheduled rain date was a conflict for some, but more than 40 golfers were able to play and generated more than $9,700 in net revenue for the club!  The BB&T team - Steven Patrick, Terry McLellan, Andy Layman and Houston Goodspeed - took first place over Valwood Improvement Authority Team # 1, which included Club President Pat Canutesen, Gary Greer, Kevin Price and Ed Jones.  The tournament came down to the wire in an exciting score card playoff.  Josephus Howard of Frost Bank took long drive honors, while Kevin Price placed a shot closest to the pin.  The evening started out with the front nine being played at dusk.  The golfers then broke for dinner.  By the time they returned to the course, the sun had set and the back nine would be played as "Glo-Ball."  A great time was had by all, with all participants declaring they'll be back again next year.  For some additional photos from the event, please click 'Read More' below. 
 
 
 
 

We're heartbroken to announce the passing of Pete Cross, longtime Rotarian and highly-esteemed member of our Club since 1999.  Without a doubt, Pete will be remembered in our Club as the founder of the Rotary Mentoring program at Farmers Branch Elementary and Vivian Field Middle Schools.  Pete's kindness and generosity left an indelible mark on each young man and woman with whom he came in contact.  Please click here to read Pete's obituary.  To make a donation to the Dallas Foundation with proceeds going toward The Pete Cross Memorial Mentoring Program, please click here.  In the Tribute Gift section, please click 'In memory' and enter Pete's name in the accompanying field.

 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Carrollton-Farmers Branch, The Rotary Club of Farmers Branch and the City of Farmers Branch have joined forces to build a playground that is fully accessible for all children.  This playground will be part of Gussie Field Watterworth Park, located next to Farmers Branch City Hall at 1300 William Dodson Parkway. 
 
The project has recently garnered attention from the Dallas Morning News' NeighborsGo section, which highlights the project, the efforts from all those involved and the importance of adding such an inclusive piece of playground equipment to a part of town that is currently without one.  To read the article, please click here.
 
For more information and to make a donation click on Playground
 

 
 
 
Thomas Steele of Creekview High School was one of four students to speak to our Club back in March at our annual Four Way Speech Contest.  To nobody's surprise, he also happened to be one of the finalists in the recently-held District Four Way Speech Contest. For future plans, Steel is considering Emerson College in Boston where he is planning on majoring in film production.  He is pictured on the far-left in the above photo.
 
 
 

 
Jeanell Spearman and her fiancée Gary Doyle are enjoying the Kentucky Derby, courtesy of winning the Rotary District  5810 raffle drawing. It looks like they are dressed for the occasion.  
 
 

 
 
Shamroze Miller's husband, Michael, prepares to attach her first Paul Harris Fellow pin, as sponsor Embry looks on.
 
The April 30th lunch meeting began with much fanfare as longtime Club member Gary Embry was crowned with his 5th Paul Harris Fellow pin.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Embry's new pin boasts 4 sapphires, with the pin itself representing his first Paul Harris Fellowship.  Embry also sponsored former Club Executive Shamroze (Somani) Miller, who had served in that capacity from July 2007 through June 2011, and has been in Embry's employ at Shamrock Precision for nearly 10 years now.  Mr. Embry was eager to sponsor somebody who truly understood what a Paul Harris Fellowship was, and appreciated the honor and significance of it.  Many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, U.S. astronaut James Lovell and polio-pioneer Jonas Salk.
 

 
 
Club Member and CFB-ISD Superintendent Dr. Bobby Burns draws the raffle ticket for 1st Prize.
 
The 1st Annual Raffle Fundraising event was a smash-hit, raising about $8,000 toward our signature playground project.  Each Club member was tasked with selling 20 raffle tickets at $15 each.  The ticket stubs doubled as $15-off coupons to area eateries, including Kenny's Italian, Agave Azul, and Marshall's BBQ.  All in all, 900 tickets were sold, with the drawing held at the end of the April 16th meeting.  The winning ticket holders were Philip Orwig (1st Prize - $2,500), Ken Carter (2nd Prize - $1,000) and Craig Greenway (3rd Prize - $500).  The Club is looking forward to building off of this experience, and having an even more successful raffle next year.
 

 
 
The Club continued to grow this Rotary year, with Sergeant-at-Arms Dick Calvert inducting our newest member, Pamela Boyd, at the April 16th meeting.
 

 
 
 
Speakers
May 05, 2016
Mr. Alan Lowe
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Musuem
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Dr. Blair Ritchey
The Power of Philanthropy to a Fatherless Generation
May 19, 2016
May 26, 2016
Jeff Moore
CFB Education Foundation- IMPACT NOW!!
Jun 09, 2016
Dennis McCuistion,CSP
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