Annual Drawdown Event Slated for Oct. 23

Oaklawn Rotary Club of Texarkana Drawdown & Silent Auction 2018Join us for a fish fry and opportunity to WIN BIG, while raising money for local charities.

The Oaklawn Rotary Club of Texarkana’s Annual Drawdown & Silent Auction is our single biggest fundraiser. Funds raised go to support several local non-profit organizations throughout Texarkana.

There are only 120 tickets available to the event. A ticket is good for entry for 2 people into the fish fry and one entry into the drawdown. Tickets cost $100 each.

As the night progresses, we will draw tickets until we reach 10 tickets remaining. The remaining 10 ticket holders have the opportunity to walk away with $500 each if they all agree to the split. Otherwise, we keep drawing until one person walks away with $5,000. (Note: We do stop at 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 … and offer the chance to unanimously agree to split the prize money).

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to bid on several fun and unique items in our silent auction.

For more information on tickets, contact Carol Wilder by emailing carol@wilhen.com.

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The Role Interact Plays in Building New Rotarians

Ever wonder what kids in our community are up to in their spare time?

As part of our presentation today, Ali Milligan and Garrett Fowler shared with us what the members of the Interact Club at Arkansas High School do throughout the year, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. What an amazing group of kids committed to Service Above Self. Ali is the President of the Interact Club and Garret is the Vice President.

Video of the Interact Club’s Annual Activities

Additionally, we heard from Rotarian Tonya Caler Dunphy, who is the Rotarian leader and backbone of the Interact Club at Arkansas High.

We also heard from new Rotarian, Tina Bell, on the role Rotarians and Rotary programs played in her life and the difference one person can make in the world as a Rotarian.

Tina Bell, Tonya, Dunphy, Ali Milligan and Garrett Fowler attend Oaklawn Rotary of Texarkana Club Meeting in front of 4 Way Test Banner

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Preview of the Big Game

Today at lunch, we had the annual “Preview of the Big Game” (Texas High vs. Arkansas High) speeches.

If you missed joining us, you may be wondering which coach won the coin toss and the right to give the first speech. Check out this short video to see for yourself who got the honor…

Below are a few key takeaways from each coach on what this season and their football programs mean for our community. Both men gave excellent presentations.

Words from Texas High Coach Gerry Stanford
Texas High School Athletic Director, Gerry Stanford’s talk didn’t focus on what the scoreboard would say or who had the better team. Rather it focused on the real end game for high school football players.

Coach Stanford shared how the goals at TISD mirror the mission of Rotary. “Our goal is to unite a bunch of people into one common goal that creates lasting change,” he said.

This year nearly 210 kids will participate in the football program at TISD. Stanford hopes that during their time in the program, his coaches make a difference and teach a work ethic that will stick with kids long after they’ve walked out of the stadium for the last time.

To learn more about the athletic program at TISD, click here.

Words from Arkansas High Coach Barry Norton
Arkansas High School Athletic Director, Barry Norton’s speech didn’t focus on who would win or which team had the best talent. Instead, it focused on something a bit more important … the difference high school football makes in our community.

“It’s like Christmastime for us. All the work you put in all year long. The band, football players, cheerleaders, everyone … nothing brings together communities like high school football,” he said.

Norton recognizes that football is more than just a game.

“We are committed to making sure our kids are the best they can be … to giving them an opportunity to win on the field and in the classroom,” he said.

He also added that spending time with kids off the field is important to not only building a program, but more importantly, to building kids.

“Our coaches have done a remarkable job spending time with our kids outside of athletics. That’s a great thing,” he said.

He noted that his kids understand their motto for this year is “WE Razorbacks”.

WE stands for “Win Everyday”.

“We have to win everyday in everything we do,” he said.

To learn more about the athletic program at Arkansas High School, click here.

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Angela Coston: “For the Sake of One”

Angela CostonOur guest speaker today was Angela Coston, Director of “For the Sake of One”. She explained the vision and mission of the “For Sake of One” nonprofit to our club and it is a wonderful cause to give to or get involved with.

Their primary goal is to assist with the reunification of families through five areas:

1. Maintaining a resource room for current foster families.

2. Adopting/Assisting/Encouraging case workers

3. Mentoring the biological parents

4. Recruiting new foster families

5. Supporting existing foster families

If you would like to get involved, please check out the official website at www.forthesakeofone.com.

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Upcoming Speakers and Events

Upcoming speakers and meeting dates:

Save the Date for future events:
10/3 Character First: George Moore and the Texas Middle School Counselor & Students
10/10 No Meeting—attend on Thursday, 10/12
1 0/12 City-Wide Rotary Emphasis: Public Safety Officer’s Banquet at Cabe Hall, First UMC Texarkana, Ark.
10/17 AR High Interact Club Job Shadowing and presentation on experiences
10/24 Oaklawn Rotary Club’s annual Draw Down: Set-up during noon meeting; event that night
10/31 Character First: Liberty-Eylau Middle School

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Drawdown Fundraiser Donations

Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club was proud to donate $6,000 to 10 non-profit organizations. The monies were earned during the Club’s annual Drawdown Fundraiser.

Representatives from each organization attended a meeting to receive their $600 check and to share information about their cause with the members.

Donations were given to: CASA; Domestic Violence Prevention; Hospice of Texarkana; Main Street Texarkana; Opportunities Inc.; Caddo Area Council-Boy Scouts of America; Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Leaders-Leadership Texarkana; Texarkana Animal League; Randy Sam’s Homeless Shelter; and, Harvest Texarkana

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About Rotary District 6780

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4 Way Speech Contest

Pictured are the four students who participated in this years 4 Way Speech Contest at Oaklawn Rotary Club.   Thank you for participating and bringing your students to our Rotary Club!  Your students exemplify excellence and I know they are tremendous leaders for your campus!

Thank you again and I look forward to next year’s presentations!

Jonathon Points, THS; Lucas Marchesani, PG; Fraquaezsha Arnold, LE; and DJ Huntley, AHS.

 

Jonathon Points

4 way speech contest winner Jonathon Points

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Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club Drawdown Donations

The Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club recently awarded $6,000 to help the community. Checks of $600 were presented to representatives from the following agencies: Boy Scouts of America, CASA, Domestic Violence Prevention, Harvest Texarkana, Hospice of Texarkana, Main Street Texarkana, Opportunities Inc., Randy Sams Outreach Center, Runnin’ WJ Ranch and Texarkana Friendship Center.

The Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club recently awarded $6,000 to help the community. Checks of $600 were presented to representatives from the following agencies: Boy Scouts of America, CASA, Domestic Violence Prevention, Harvest Texarkana, Hospice of Texarkana, Main Street Texarkana, Opportunities Inc., Randy Sams Outreach Center, Runnin’ WJ Ranch and Texarkana Friendship Center.

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District Governor: Tom DeWitt

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