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?
President's Minute John Dycus 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Hanak on Mar 18, 2012
District Governor Sharron Miles presented our Club last Wednesday with the RI “Every Rotarian Every Year Banner”. AGSW for the 2010-2011 Rotary Year was one of only approximately 1500 clubs of the 34,000 clubs worldwide to receive this honor. Four clubs in District 5790 received the honor. Our contributions to the Rotary Foundation averaged at least $100 per member and we had 100% of our members participate. Past President Joan Hanak offers her sincere thanks to each and every club member for their support of the Rotary Foundation.



Every Rotarian Every Year Joan Hanak 2012-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Embry on Jan 08, 2012

Robert is now a full member of Great Southwest Rotary. Welcome aboard!


Blue badge ceremony



Red badge induction 

Robert Blake's Blue Badge Ceremony Patrick Embry 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Cotter on Nov 19, 2011
Former Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club members DICK MALEC AND MARTHA MCAFFE are MARRIED!!! Congratulations to the Newlyweds from all your friends at your Rotary Club.
THE RED RIVER MUST HAVE FROZEN OVER!!! Brian Cotter 2011-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Hanak on Nov 13, 2011


Editor: Joan Hanak

Notice is hereby provided by the Nominating Committee for the proposed slate of Board of Directors to be elected for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year. Election will be during our Annual Meeting at noon at Humperdink's on December 7, 2011.

Nominations are:

President:          Matthew Barrier
President Elect:  Viv Ann Blair
Treasurer:          Joe Sarabia
Secretary:          Janel Holt
Directors: (three to be elected)

                         Edwin Brubaker

                         Landers Isom, Jr.
                         Mike Love



The club bylaws provide for additional names to be placed in nomination for these offices by the general membership.  These nominations will be called for by the Presiding Officer at the club’s regular meeting two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Since our Annual Meeting is Dec. 7, 2011, the call for additional nominations will be on November 23rd this year. (Section 3 Article 3 of the AGSW Bylaws).


Respectfully Submitted,

Joan Hanak, Chairman

2011-2012 Nominating Committee

2012-2013 Board of Directors Nominees Joan Hanak 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
This is Rotary, Service Above Self Brian Cotter 2011-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Celaya Wheelchair project: On the move Patrick Embry 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Video Message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee Patrick Embry 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Embry on Aug 21, 2011

Rotary Foundation Matching Grant wheelchair project is moving forward. Click the story in the News section of our newsletter to read more.


Wheelchair project Patrick Embry 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Embry on Jul 17, 2011

Last Wednesday, Julie and Gladiola offered an excellent recap of their exciting adventures during 2011 RYLA in Denton. From skits to tree plantings to mock city council meetings to formal dinners, they really put a lot into--and got a lot out of--our sponsorship of their attendance. Unfortunately, Tech Le could not offer his thoughts because he was busy getting ahead in summer school.

updated Julie & Gladiola

RYLA students Julie Sutton & Gladiola Quinones Patrick Embry 2011-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
2011 RYLA group photo - Denton, Texas Patrick Embry 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Embry on Jul 10, 2011

by Brian Cotter

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”         Will Rogers


Our new Rotary Year is underway, as we begin to build up our membership to its past glory.  At our Club Assembly last week we mapped out a course for us all to strive to attain in making this year shine. 

Our program for this week is the RYLA students presentation on their life changing experiences at the last RYLA conference that our club provided by our Rotary Youth Leadership Award scholarships to the three lucky students.  Sam Houston High School students Gladiola Quinones, Tech Le and Julie Sutton will provide illumination into the leadership skills they developed at the RYLA conference.  Don’t miss this program that is valued by our members as a vital part of our community youth services as evidenced by our survey respondents.

Next week July 20th Rotarian Joy Griffin will provide a Community Health Needs Assessment of Arlington Memorial Hospital (aka Texas Health).  This is the hospital where both of my sons were born and where I have received many stitches in the ER.  It is vital resource to serve the needs of the citizens of the northern sector of our city.

The thoughts and prayers of our members go out to the family of Ranger fan Shannon Stone who tragically died in a fall accident at the Ballpark.  May God rest his soul.


Brian Cotter, RLA, ASLA

Club President 2011-2012

Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club


“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high price.” Paul Harris

President's Minute Patrick Embry 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Sarabia on May 18, 2011

We are very happy to announce that we have selected three juniors from Sam Houston High School to represent Arlington Great Southwest Rotary at RYLA this year.  The students are Gladiola Quinones, Tech Le and Julie Sutton.  We will have an opportunity to meet these impressive young people during the summer as they visit with our club during a Rotary Wednesday meeting to share and discuss their experiences with us.  Please make sure to mark your calendar when a date for their presentation has been finalized.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an international event, organized at the district level, which provides our young leaders an opportunity to experience an intensive leadership development program over three days during the summer.  For more information, visit Rotary District 5790’s webpage at

2011 Club RYLA Scholars Joe Sarabia 2011-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Embry
Logo Patrick Embry 0
UTA Rotaract's Game Night at UTA Dan Morales 0
Olenjack's Grille Fund Raiser - April 10th! Matthew Barrier 0
District Assembly is Here Brian Cotter 0
2010-2011 4-way Speech Competition Matthew Barrier 0
Education for the World of Tomorrow James Quick 0
2011 Mardi Gras Unmasked Gala Matthew Barrier 0
Mardi Gras Unmasked Gala Committees Matthew Barrier 0
2-Week Notice: 2011-2012 Board of Directors Bruce Dalton 0
Oakwood Poinsettia Donations & Christmas Party Phyllis Badgett 0
Will You give this to my Daddy? 0
Volunteers Needed: Arlington Life Shelter Project Shari Smith 0
Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony James Runzheimer 0
Foundation Minute for November Matthew Barrier 0
Advertise on Our Club Website Matthew Barrier 0
Posted by Dennis Marrou

50/50 Draw 

As of January 19, 2012 Current Amount:  $147.53 Cards Left:  32  






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Posted by Philip Stumbo

The Club has a District Simplified Grant to award 12 bicycles in a elementary school reading contests at Atherton and Beth Anderson Elementary Schools.

Bicycles for Schools Philip Stumbo 0


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