Service Above Self
Rotary Club of La Grange

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Monday, July 28, 2014
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Where Sick Kids Get Better
by Jackson, Larry



Children's Waiting Room at Tejas Health Clinic

Our fearless leader, Kacey Stark, Community Service Chair

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On Saturday, July 26, 2014, a passel of painters showed up at Tejas Health Clinic to give a needed make-over to the Rotary Children's Waiting Room.

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Randy Albers was a man for all seasons, not only stretching up to the top of high walls while lesser mortals painted below, but also touching up the mural that brightens the room.

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Sheri Kehler, our newest Rotarian, was on her hands and knees to make sure every crevice was freshenend.

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The bathroom, of course, also had to be done and Regina Keilers kept the paint in the right places.

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Let's be sure we get this documented, Margo.

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New Officers Installed
by Jackson, Larry


 

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At the club meeting on July 2, Don Jones officially passed the gavel to new club president Denise McBride.Image

Officiating at the ceremony was Gene Davenport, the 2004-05 District 5870 Governor.

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Our Claim to Fame
by Jackson, Larry



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As Rotarians, we don't serve in order to be recognized. But when we serve well, it's bound to be recognized.

At the District 5870 Conference of Rotary Clubs, held May 23-25 at Lake Conroe, a highlight was the announcement of this year's additions to the District Roll of Fame.

Among the honorees was John Wied, two-time past president of the La Grange Rotary Club.

According to the District, "The primary consideration for selection to the District 5870 Roll of Fame is the nominee’s dedication to the Object of Rotary, and his/her commitment to the ideal of Service Above Self, and the Rotary 4-Way Test."

Nominated by President Don Jones, John Wied has embodied these attributes, seen especially in his tremendous success as Membership Chair for the club in recent years.
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Don't Mess With Rotary!
by Jackson, Larry


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Next time you see one of those "Adopt A Highway" signs, thank whoever's name is on it!

A lot of hard work goes into keeping Texas highways clean. And two miles of Texas 71 are cleaner today thanks to a dozen Rotarians who turned out Saturday morning to pick up trash and litter.

Once again, La Grange Rotary makes its mark!

They sold like hot-cakes
by Jackson, Larry


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Another Rotary Pancake Supper is "in the books."

The weather was great for making people want pancakes and sausages, and even better -- it wasn't raining this year!

It brought out a great crowd, and it looks like this will be our best year ever for net proceeds from the Pancake Supper.

Thanks, everyone, for all the hard work.

Help for Habitat
by Jackson, Larry


A great painting crew showed up Saturday morning at La Grange's newest Habitat for Humanity house.

President Don Jones says:

 

Larry, Chuck, Lena, Stacey, Tish, Randy & Beverly, Jonathan and yours truly formed a dedicated team for doing good in our community

Soon to be new homeowner Tina worked side by side in gaining on her finished home
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Drive by the house across from Randolph Rec with the freshly painted blue door and be proud to be a Rotarian.


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by Jackson, Larry


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School Supt. Randy Albers takes Rotarians on a tour of the new La Grange Middle School following the club's Dec. 11 meeting. The school will be occupied following the Christmas break.

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by Jackson, Larry



WE SURVIVED!

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Another Fayette County Fair

goes into the history book.

See the "Hamburger Booth" photo album at bottom right of page.

Thursday night
by Jackson, Larry


Don says:

We cashed $3,300 with the Fair – up almost $300 over last years’ Thursday.

Great start yesterday with the Linckes, Margo, John David & Daryl (the ministerial shift) – John David has his hand at the grill today at kick-off.  Last nite was a typical Thursday – a couple of spurts and then a lull.  Anyway, Jeremy manned the hot spot with Mike Corker all nite long – and never gave up the lead.  Joyce and Bistro’s Mike worked the sales desk while Kacey (newbie more than held her own) and two hired guns worked the line.  Gene moved from production, to finance, to utility player to whatever a great shift leader does.

Thanks up front to Tinnie and his staff for all their help, Johnny O for our cool trailer, Karen for protecting the great unwashed with her gloves and Lambert (former President Bert) for the aqua.  Thanks to all you for your extra support.

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Getting Ready for the Fair
by Jackson, Larry


We tested both frozen and fresh, and the best hamburger meat was.....

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A visit with the Governor
by Jackson, Larry


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Officers and directors of the La Grange Rotary Club met with the district governor on July 24. Around the conference table, starting with President Don Jones, are District Gov.-Elect Hanspeter Tobler, community service chair Carla Hartley, youth service chair Randy Albers, membership chair John Wied, hospitality chair Betty Bauer, international service chair Jim Ayres, club administration chair Tish Krnavek, director Lena Stephen and District Governor Rich Kaye.

 

2013 Conference of Rotary Clubs
by Jackson, Larry


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Yes, there was a lot of hard work at District 5870's Conference of Rotary Clubs. But it wasn't at the Luau! Gov. Rick Price served in the Navy in Hawaii and then built a very successful business there before moving back to his hometown of Mexia, Texas. So he made sure we celebrated with an authentic Hawaiian luau.

Ask Chuck to see the "other" picture from the Luau. <grin>

By the way, next year the Conference will be held at the La Torretta Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe. Check it out online, and then starting planning to attend the 2014 Conference.

Guests from the Philippines
by Jackson, Larry



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The Group Study Exchange team from District 3860 in the Philippines visited with the La Grange club on Wednesday, May 22. In addition to a program on water wells in Africa, we got to learn more about the area around Cebu from the Philippine guests and were presented a banner from one of their clubs.

After lunch, the team toured the Painted Churches of Fayette County and made a stop at Rosemary's Vineyard before moving along on their tour of Central Texas.

The GSE team will be at the Distrct 5870 Conference of Rotary Clubs this coming weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Bastrop. Several members of the La Grange club will be attending the district conference.

 

Foundation Update
by Jackson, Larry


 
La Grange Contributes Most Ever

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And you'd think that would be enough to win the Tri-County Presidential Challenge.

But not quite.

The Challenge was to see which club could raise the most money PER CAPITA for the Rotary Foundation this year. Competing were Wesley Keng (Giddings Rotary president), John Eaton (Bastrop County Rotary president) and our own Chuck Mazac.

It was Chuck's sad duty to take "Winnin' Wesley" a check for $250, made out to the Rotary Foundation, since Giddings narrowly edged out La Grange to win the contest. Giddings raised $168.50 per capita; La Grange $162.61 per capita and Bastrop County $151.96.

Thanks to the challenge, among other reasons, the three clubs have raised more money for the Foundation this year than ever before. For the first time ever, La Grange contributions to the Foundation have passed the $10,000 mark this year, and Foundation chair Phil Oestrich believes we'll have even more before the Rotary year ends.

New Member Induction
by Jackson, Larry


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Bill Gilman shows off his new Rotary apron as Denise McBride conducts another installation ceremony.

Membership chair John Wied just keeps on adding to our number and quality!

Bill, who we all know from NAPA Auto Parts, will be a great addition to the hamburger crew at the County Fair this year, and he's got the apron for it.

The La Grange club continues to be a district leader in membership growth, thanks to help from all our members. Who do YOU know that ought to be a La Grange Rotarian?

 

Here We Grow Again
by Jackson, Larry


 

Welcome to Rotary!


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Another new member has joined the La Grange Rotary Club.

Denise McBride conducts the installation of Kacey Stark, who is shown with her sponsor, John Wied.

Kacey works in escrows with Botts Title Co. in La Grange.

Membership increases when Rotarians invite! Who do you know that would make a great La Grange Rotarian?

Don't They Look Good in Orange?
by Jackson, Larry


 

La Grange Rotarians hit the road again on Saturday, April 6, getting the highway spick and span for the annual MS-150 bike riders who will soon be pedaling past our section of Highway 71. These are a few of the club's "community service crew."

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More Paul Harris Fellows
by Jackson, Larry


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Eight La Grange Rotarians were honored with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions at our club meeting Feb. 13.

District Gov.-Elect Rich Kaye came from Killeen to present the awards.

Receiving their first PHF pins were Club President Chuck Mazac and Kay Carlton. Donors of $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows, named for the founder of Rotary.

Past presidents Dr. Karen Roberts (1998-99) and Bert Blaha (2007-08) were awarded Paul Harris Plus One pins, recognizing an additional $1,000 gift to the Foundation.

Ken Powell received a Paul Harris Plus Three pin in recognition of his continuing support for the Foundation.

Unable to be present for the ceremony were three other Paul Harris honorees: Richard Cernosek, a Charter Member of the La Grange club; Donnie Dippel and Gene Kruppa.

Thirty-two current active members of the  club and two honorary members are now Paul Harris Fellows.

The club's goal is to be an EREY Club (Every Rotarian, Every Year), with every individual member making a donation in at least some amount to The Rotary Foundation.

Golden 102-Percent Awards
by Jackson, Larry



Jim Ayres and Randy Albers show off the Golden 2% Milk Awards they were presented Feb. 13 for giving "a hundred and 2%" at the Pancake Supper. Other "special awards" recipients were just too worn out by all their work Thursday night to make it to the club meeting.

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Syrup Above Self
by Jackson, Larry


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Or was it Sausage Above Self?

Either way, the 2013 Rotary Pancake Supper was another huge success, with great turnout of Rotarians for various jobs.

We served more than 1,200 plates in Hermes Cafeteria, not counting the ones sent to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels, etc.

Take look at the "Photo Albums" section on this page (lower right side) and see some Rotarians in Action.

 

LED Lights for San Marcos, Belize
by Oestreich, Phil


San Marcos is a beautiful lush forested area in the Spanish Lookout of Belize. They are however remote and have no access to the electrical grid. The Rotary Club of La Grange, Texas is furnishing solar LED household lamps for each family in San Marcos. This will move the village 150 years into the future in lighting.

La Grange Texas (PRWEB) November 20, 2012

Almost 2 billion people live without access to electricity, many depending on dangerous fuels like kerosene to light their homes. Kerosene kills millions of people annually from burns and respiratory illnesses. Most of the victims are children.

San Marcos is a beautiful lush forested area in the Spanish Lookout of Belize. They are however remote and have no access to the electrical grid. The Rotary Club of La Grange, Texas is furnishing solar LED household lamps for each family in San Marcos. This will move the village 150 years into the future in lighting.

The savings eliminated by the cost of kerosene can pay a child's tuition and determine whether or not they have the opportunity to attend school. The Grid Earth Project has followed the progress of previous villages which have converted to solar powered LED light and have seen a marked increase in the test scores and reading abilities. Simultaneously, injuries and breathing problems related to the toxic fumes have disappeared.

The distribution is scheculed for January and the Rotary Club will permanantly change the quality of life in San Marcos. It is the Grid Earth Project's goal to work with as many clubs as possible to eliminate this needless suffering.

 Contacts:

Audrey Cochran
Grid Earth Project
512-331-0752

Jim Ayers
Rotary Club of La Grange 

 

 

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Saturday Trash Picker-Uppers
by Jackson, Larry



What a turnout! Our illustrious pres and the first lady led the troops to a terrific success of litter removal Saturday morning. Carla is keeping us busy! Way to go, everyone!

 



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Longest Running Fundraiser?
by Jackson, Larry


The La Grange Rotary Pancake Supper has been going on for more than half a century.

In fact, it may be the oldest Rotary fundraising event in our entire district.

The Pancake Supper goes back at least to 1959. An article in the Fayette County Record in October of 1959 says the tickets were $1 for adults, 50 cents for students, and kids second grade and below were free.

The profits were used to pay off Rotary's share of the swimming pool -- whatever that means!

Plans are already being made for the 2013 version of the Pancake Supper. Let's make it the best yet.

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Welcome to our new website!
by Phil Oestreich


Welcome to the Rotary Club
of La Grange Texas

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