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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 of America
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With the continuing impact of COVID-19, many in our community are in serious lack of sanitation and hygiene supplies. To help, CFB Rotary's Bill Bexley (center) hand-delivered a check for $1,150 to Metrocrest Services Chief Operations Officer Nicole Newkham-Binkley (left) and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Eubanks (right). 
 
Dr. Linda Braddy, President of Dallas College-Brookhaven Campus, was initiated into the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club on Thursday, September 3. Dr. Braddy (center) is shown being welcomed by Dick Calvert and Club President Sonja Dodd. In June of this year, all the colleges formerly known as the Dallas County Community College District were united as Dallas College, with a single degree-granting authority. As president of the Brookhaven campus, Dr. Braddy is responsible for leading initiatives which contribute to the vibrancy, growth, and economic stability of Dallas County.
 
Not your stereotypical spy! Our guest speaker at today's meeting of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club was Tracy Walder, a mild-mannered college history professor who formerly worked for the CIA and the FBI, tracking and engaging some of the world's most dangerous villains. 
 
Join us this Thursday, July 30, for our first FIFTH THURSDAY Program. Every fifth Thursday of the month, in place of hearing a speaker, Club members are invited to do a service project together to support our Club's outreach to the community. This week, we will be putting together marketing materials for our Flag Program.
 
Andy Horn will speak at CFB Rotary on Thursday, July 23, at noon! His topic will be "Information Technology." Andy is the Information Systems Director for the City of Carrollton. 
 
CFB Rotary's Regina Edwards was interviewed two weeks ago by Bill Dendy, Past District Governor of Rotary District 5810, about her passion for Jamaica and our club's investment there over many years. Dendy points out that, since Regina's first visit to Jamaica in 2003, she has become Rotary's International Service "guru" for North Texas! "You are just the epitome of what a great Rotarian should be doing!" Watch the full interview here
 
Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary was privileged to host dear friend Beverly Grogan for her last official act as Governor of Rotary District 5810. Beverly presided on Thursday, July 9, at the installation of this year's new Club officers. She is shown above receiving a bouquet of flowers from Club Treasurer Bill Bexley (left) and newly installed Club President Sonja Dodds (right).
 
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club opened again for in-person meetings on Thursday, July 9, at Brookhaven Country Club. With the careful and expert help of the Country Club staff, we safely welcomed twenty who attended in person and ten more who attended via Zoom, for a total of thirty. COVID-19 protocols included required masks, social distancing, plated serving, and limited personal physical interaction. Reviews were very positive. 
We finally had our overdue ticket drawing tonight while several of us were doing flag assembly in preparation for the 4th of July.
 
Many thanks to Paul, Mark, Debbie, John and Timothy for helping get our last 25 flags assembled.  Paul, Ben, and I did 25 on Monday night to make the 50 we need to meet the demand for the 4th of July. We are delivering 369 flags for the 4th.
 
The winners of the ticket drawing are as follows:
 
$  500.00   Ben Hogan
$  750.00   John Allen
$1,000.00  Austin Newell
 
Click on Ticket Drawing to watch the video of the drawing.
 
Thanks to everyone for participating and a special thanks to Debbie Walton for all her help in getting the drawing set up.
 
Thanks
Bill Bexley
 
 
 
CFB Rotary Community Service Director Ben Hogan (right) was joined by Rotarian Pat Cochran (left) in delivering the check for a 2020 Community Service Grant to Chief Executive Officer Paige Flack (center) of The Family Place. The Family Place has been helping victims of family violence in North Texas since 1978, providing everything needed to help victims become survivors.
 
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club has long supported the work of Bea's Kids, a local non-profit whose mission is "to provide educational and personal development programs to children from low income families so they will stay in school and break the cycle of poverty." CFB Rotary Club President David Hale and Community Service Director Ben Hogan presented one of five Annual Community Service Grants to Bea's Kids' Executive Director Mari Rubio. 
 
We are saddened for the loss of one of our beloved members, Raul Paredes.  He passed away last week after courageously battling cancer for many months.  Raul was a great example of what it means to be a Rotarian.  He lived his life following the guiding principles of the 4-way test, and it was never a doubt that he followed the Rotary motto "Service Above Self."  When you were in his presence, you always felt as if you were the most important person in his life at that moment.  On a personal note, he always called me Billy. I have not been Billy since high school, but when he called me Billy, I felt as of I had known him all my life.
 
He joined our club in March of 2006.  He immediately got involved in whatever he was asked to do. He was our club secretary in 2009/2010, then our incoming president in 2010/2011, and our club president in 2011/2012. That was an outstanding year under his leadership, and was the recipient of the District 5810 Outstanding President of the Year Award. There were over 60 clubs in the district, and to win this prestigious award was not only a great achievement for Raul, but for our club as well.
 
As you would expect, Raul was a generous man, not only with his time, but also with his support of our club.  He lived his life as a Christian, a loving husband, father, and grandfather as well a great Rotarian.
 
We extend our deepest sympathy to Aurora, his beloved wife of over 45 years, as well as to his children, grandchildren, and other family members.
 
We will miss him
Bill Bexley
 
 
Raul H. Paredes, former President of Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club, died on Monday, June 15. "Raul was a great Rotarian," commented long-time friend Bill Bexley.  "He was certainly a great example of someone that lived his life following the 4-Way Test and Service Above Self.  He will be missed!"
 
 
CFB Rotary President David Hale has asked every club member to give him input about when we should reopen for in-person meetings. Following up on a spirited discussion at our most recent meeting via Zoom, Chief Hale wrote in an email, "I need to know of your willingness to return to in-person meetings at Brookhaven on June 11, 2020, by simply giving me a YES or NO response." "This is a personal decision," he added, "based on what is best for you and has no judgement associated with it." Those who aren't ready to reopen are asked to let him know when they think they might be comfortable enough to do so. 
 
 
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club has over four centuries of club experience! During our Rotary Zoom meeting on Thursday, May 7, we asked the 24 members present (out of 66 on the active rolls) to share how long they have each been in the Rotary Club. Added together, there was a total of 423 years. That's a lot of Rotary experience! 
 
Zoom Rotary meetings have become the new norm for many clubs during the COVID-19 crisis. While club members would rather meet in person, one of the benefits of Zoom meetings is the opportunity for those members and clubs that have a connection to a club in a different country to join in from around the world. On April 30, during CFB Rotary's weekly Zoom meeting, we invited our current global grant student along with The Rotary Club of Montego Bay, Jamaica, to join in. District 5810 Governor, Beverly Grogan, also joined in.
 
Rotary District Governor Beverly Grogan invites everyone to participate in a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster response. This Facebook Live event, beginning at 10am (CDT) on Saturday, May 2, will be simulcast on the Rotary International Facebook page. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars.  Beverly says the links below are now live! 
 
CFB Rotary cares! Rotary Board members John Dodd and Bill Lovell have been tasked with reaching out to Club members to check in and stay in touch. Many of our members are facing enormous challenges at home and at work: money, relationships, health, and pretty much everything else. One member said the COVID-19 epidemic is the biggest crisis he's had to face in his forty-five-year career! 
 
The Board of Directors of the CFB Rotary Club had its first-ever virtual Board meeting on Thursday morning, April 9, using the online collaboration platform Zoom. Sixteen Board members were convened by President David Hale, as Erin Carter moderated. The Metrocrest Chamber graciously allowed us to use their Zoom account. 
 
Rotarians John Chollampel (left, in white) and Simon Chamakala (right, in blue) work with volunteer staff at Joe's Soup Kitchen in Carrollton as they prepare meals for over three hundred needy school kids, senior citizens, and veterans. 
Speakers
John Moser - Rotary District 5810 Governor
Sep 24, 2020
Plans and Expectations
Juan Sebastian, Rotary Grant Scholar
Oct 01, 2020
Reflections
Bill Dendy - INTERACT
Oct 08, 2020
CFBISD Coaches & Athletic Directors
Oct 29, 2020
"Catfish Montgomery" Football Preview
Veterans Day Event
Nov 12, 2020
CFB Rotary Reunion
Nov 19, 2020
 
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