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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
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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 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 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 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.

Club President Bill Bexley presents Farmers Branch Mayor Bob Phelps and Director of Finance Charles Cox with a check for $2,000 for the playground project at the April 16th meeting.

Volunteers help unload boxes of items to be shredded at the 3rd SHRED-A-THON, held last Saturday.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton-Farmers Branch once again teamed up with Keep Carrollton Beautiful for our 3rd SHRED-A-THON.  It was held in the parking lot of Newman Smith High School.  Over 20 volunteers from our Club, along with volunteers from the Newman Smith Interact Club, greeted those that brought items to shred, as well as help unload hundreds of pounds of paper to be fed into the two shredding trucks.  Keep Carrollton Beautiful also had an Electronic Recycling Truck that was filled to capacity with items such as old televisions, monitors and computers.  It was a very successful fundraising activity for the Club, but also served a community need for protecting sensitive documents. Thanks to all that made it a great success.

Four-Way Test Speech participants Darius Heath, Ayesha Hughes, Thomas Steele and Monsoor Khan pose with Club Secretary Steven Patrick.
This year's Four-Way Test Speech Contest was no different from past years, featuring the best and brightest young orators from CFB-ISD. Club members in attendance were treated to impassioned speeches that were both serious and humorous, and featured the Rotary Four Way Test and how it can be applied to just about any topic imaginable. 
The first contestant, Ayesha Hughes from R.L. Turner High School, kicked off the series with a few laughs as she made the bold proclamation that she's been a practicing feminist since she was 12 years old. She discussed the misconceptions of feminism as a radical ideology, when in reality it is an equal gender rights movement. Ms. Hughes was particularly adept at adding humor to her speech. Ms. Hughes plans to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Acting next year in New York City.
Darius Heath of Ranchview High School spoke next, and debated the ever-widening generation gap, and the problems therein. Mr. Heath maintained that, while there has always existed tension between different generations, the technology of today has been a primary driver of it.  Mr. Heath posited that the different generations not only need, but depend, on each other. Tolerating differences will facilitate more ideas and innovation, and younger folks with exceptional ideas will be accepted and embraced, rather than scrutinized and rejected. Mr. Heath is still looking at schools for his post-secondary education, but wishes to remain close to his family in Texas.
A video Sonja uploaded to YouTube from her trip to France.  Please read below for her comments on the experience so far.
"I can't possibly find the words to explain my exchange so far. I don't even believe that pictures are worth a thousand words in this case, because they can't possibly express the sentiments of any moment in my exchange. With only 5 months I found myself another family, saw things that I could only dream of seeing before, and I've made another life here in France.  I have a feeling I will always have a piece of me in France, and I'm sure I will have people who will welcome me back warmly.  For now, my exchange is far from over and I hope to make many new memories here.  I would like to thank your Rotary Club again -- your help has been so instrumental in this experience, and the contacts I have made will leave me always grateful for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club." 

Paul, our Rotary friend in the Dominican Republic, sent us some photos!  For the past month, his club in Punta Cana has withheld a large part of our gifts for the school so they could pass them out to the kids at their Christmas party.  It looks like we missed quite a party!  So glad the kids had a great time. This is what spreading Christmas cheer is all about.  Thank you to all of our partners for making this possible!  These trips take a village of caring people working together to help these precious students.

Dec 10, 2015
Doug Box
Author of "Cutter Frisco"... his life on the ranch, which is now know as "SouthFork"
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