Posted by John Dycus on Aug 14, 2019
Tonight (Aug. 14) we’re packing snack bags for school children who need nutritional assistance during the school year. We will assemble approximately 400 bags this go ’round at Diamonds & Designs, 2200 W. Park Row Drive, at 6:10 p.m. I need to know who’s attending, so please e-mail me at We will arrange food and divide the cost. 
Goals time. Over the next quarter, we have priorities ...
1.  Recruit! We need more hands to do the good work of the club.
2.  Initiate our District Grant project – snack bags for schoolkids.
3.  Establish our Vocational Recognition program for Pantego first responders. Rachel Barr has already prepared a letter.
4.  Meet with Fort Worth East Rotary to plan the Heart of Peace Concert. We need a process to sell more tickets.
5.  Build a structure for chartering and obtaining members for our new community-based Rotaract club. 
6.  Plan a variety of service projects for our Service Weeks.
7.  Examine ways to support the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and End Polio Now.
8.  Prepare for the Four-Way Test speech contest.
9.  Prepare for our veterans projects (yes, more than one).
These are ways we can challenge ourselves and show prospective members that we are an active club.
Now let’s hear from Judith Scott on "Why I said yes to Rotary."
I was born into a family with a history of service that had been passed down for generations. Growing up, I was surrounded by examples of people engaging in “service to others” activities. 
My grandfather was active in politics, a 32nd degree Mason and an elder in our church. My uncle was a business owner who served as the fire chief for our small town’s Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the Lions Club. My aunt was a charter member of the Junior Auxiliary, and my mother was president of her Eastern Star chapter. 
As a young teen I joined Rainbow Girls. This was my first service organization, but certainly not the last. I served as president of the League of Women Voters, voter precinct chair, a member of the Mental Health Association Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for the Symphony League. The ’60s was not a time when women in the South were usually a part of the Lions Club or Rotary International. Thank goodness we have come into the 21st century!
When we moved to Arlington I applied for a slot in the Leadership Arlington class and was accepted. There I met several Rotarians, and I began to inquire. I was fortunate to be asked to become a charter member of the Sunset club. Our club was limited in financial and human resources, but we were a vibrant and energetic group committed to promoting the Service Above Self values and activities of Rotary.
I am glad I found a service club like Rotary to join. I look forward to helping our Arlington Great Southwest Rotary continue to grow strong and be involved in service to our community and the world.
• Aug. 21 – TBA
• Aug. 28 – FORK, Nelda's Tex Mex Cantina, 2230 W. Park Row Drive
Of the things we think, say or do …
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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