Rotary Club of Wimberley
SERVICE ABOVE SELF
SERVICE ABOVE SELF
Our mission is to encourage lifelong learning, improve
employ-ability, and build community.
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Until further notice, The Rotary Club of Wimberley is meeting in the Wimberley EMS Classroom located at 220 Twilight Trail and by ZOOM on Tuesdays at noon. If you are interested, please contact our Club President, Carolyn Manning, and she will provide you the necessary link and code to join us.
Her email is: [email protected]
2021 WHS Scholarship Recipients
The Wimberley High School Scholarship winners for spring 2021 are Emily Cook (2 year scholarship) and Daniela Perez (1year). The scholarship committee of Jean Morris, Daina Slover, and Iris Campbell reviewed a qualified field of entrants and made the difficult decision based not just on academics but also on community and school service and family circumstances. Daina presented the awards to the scholars at the Awards Ceremony held at the high school on May 20th.
Emily has been accepted by Texas Tech when she will study to be a Nurse Practitioner in Hospice Care. Her family’s house washed away during the 2015 Memorial Day Flood, and the stress of that event broke the family. She is helping her mother raise her younger siblings while also trying to recover from the loss of her grandmother who Emily considered her best friend. For these reasons, she identified with the young woman in The Book Thief who was struggling through the devastating events of the Holocaust.
Daniela is among the Top Ten grads, and has already been accepted by UT-Austin and Emory University. A member of the Rotary Interact Club and RYLA, she has won numerous state awards and national recognition. The child of immigrants, Daniela witnessed her hard working parents struggle and their fear of seeking help from the medical community. She has therefore chosen a medical career with the ambition of having her own clinic for the under-served. Throne of Glass was her chosen book because the heroine was not held back my her fear against impossible odds, but persevered with courage and imagination.
Sincere congratulations to both of these amazing young women!
The Rotary Club of Wimberley is proud to recognize the contributions of the following teachers' aides who significantly and successfully impacted so many students during this most unusual school year at Danforth Jr. High: Amber White, Ashley Kerr, Carrie Lewis, Marty Harvey, Daniel Allen, Christy Crisp, Donna Lake, and Nicole Mebane. Each of these aides were given a Rotary Loves Readers t-shirt, Biscoff cookies, Lily chocolate and D's Roastery Coffee as a token of appreciation.
The Rotary Club of Wimberley is happy to announce the winner and runner up of the 1st Danforth Rotary Loves Readers contest of the school year. The contest asked students to consider what elements make a book the perfect read for a vacation, then use as an example the student’s favorite book from this past summer break. The runner up with her entry about “The Hunger Games” was 7th grader, Emerson Grace Davis. Emerson received $50. The winner of a crisp $100 bill was 8th grader Kennedy Carson with her entry about “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” Their entries are attached to this email.
Congratulations to Kennedy and Emerson Grace!
The Rotary Club of Wimberley welcomes a new member, Ermias Ketema Gebremeskel. Ermias is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and holds degrees in Biology, Business Administration and Tour Operations. His company, Stunning Ethiopia Tours, can be found on Tripadvisor. He is proud to now call Wimberley home. He met his future wife, Carrie Campbell, during a literacy mission trip in Ethiopia coordinated between the Rotary Club of Wimberley and the Davis Moon Project (DMP). DMP is a non-governmental organization working in Ethiopia to increase literacy and was founded by a former Wimberley Rotarian, Sonja Simmons. Ermias has also recently joined Sonja on the DMP Board of Directors to help improve conditions in his country of origin.
Photo of Ermias with Club President, Patty DeVazier
Food Insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Hays County has a food insecurity rate of 14.3% with 24,710 food insecure people.... 8,609 of which are children.
When the pandemic hit and in person meetings were no longer recommended by the CDC, the Rotary Club of Wimberley voted to
donate their weekly meal budget to the Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket. There are more than 2050 Wimberley residents living below the poverty level. We are proud to support our neighbors in their time of need, and we encourage those who can, to consider donating their time and/or resources to this worthy cause as well.
20 Reasons to be a Rotarian
By: Richard D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc...
15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding
On May 6, 2018 - The Rotary Club of Wimberley was honored to receive the "Club of the Year" Award from Rotary District 5840's Governor, Carol Holmes. The award was presented to Club President, Patty DeVazier, who with 7 other local Rotarians attended the District Conference at Horseshoe Bay. The Rotary Club of Wimberley was selected for this distinction out of the District's 52 clubs.
THEN.... on May 4, 2019 - Our very own Patty DeVazier was named Rotary Club President of the Year. We are so proud of her and grateful for her leadership.
The Rotary Club of Wimberley is a proud sponsor of the FREE Reading program for kids in K-6. The program is compatible with most Internet browsers used by desktop and tablet computers. Anyone can sign up for the program - just click on the link to the right.
Our goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners of all ages. The FREE reading program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more! 60,000 + students are currently using the program with incredible results. Don't miss out.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENROLL
Rotary Club of Wimberley is a member club of Rotary International which has 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. The motto of Rotary is "Service Above Self" which demonstrates the humanitarian spirit shared by all Rotarians. Internationally, Rotary has led world efforts to eradicate polio, illiteracy and starvation. In addition, Rotary seeks to promote cultural understanding and peace through exchange programs between its member nations.
The Rotary Club of Wimberley was started over 15 years ago and has continued to grow since. Our roster includes representatives of financial institutions, school administration, medical providers, legal and accounting professions, real estate and insurance companies, tourism, retail merchants, and publications.
Our current mission is a series of programs under our theme of "Rotary Loves Readers." These programs include reading initiatives within our schools, library seminars, nursing home book clubs, book giveaways, and scholarships. The Rotary Club of Wimberley's largest on-going endeavor is as a benefactor for the Back to School Fiesta which provides school supplies to 500 children in need. We also are supporters of the Davis Moon Project, an organization building schools in Ethiopia. A complete list of past and present projects is tabbed above for your reference.
To learn more, contact us today!
Carolyn Manning sworn in as Club President
Carolyn Manning sworn in as Club President