During our meeting on November 19th, we recognized the outstanding character of two Liberty-Eylau Middle School students.
Gracy Greenwood & Kyle Spaulding received the Character First Awards.
Pictured are George Moore, Rotarian & TISD Asst. Sup. for Alternative Education; LEMS Counselor McGary; Gracy Greenwood; Kyle Spaulding; and JoAnn Rice, TISD Assist. Sup. for Students & Community Development.
During our regular meeting on Tuesday, November 12th, Immediate Past President Stefanie Brazile was recognized for earning her Paul Harris Fellow.
Eric Voyles with the TexAmerica’s Center was the guest speaker at our November 12 meeting.
Listen to Eric’s Presentation
On November 7th, the Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club joined with the three other Rotary Clubs in Texarkana to honor Public Safety Officers at the 39th Annual Public Safety Office Awards Banquet.
The guest speaker, Brian A. Crawford, former fire chief in Shreveport and Plano, praised the honorees for their commitment to serving others.
Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club President, Jennifer Stuart, provided the program welcome, while Rotarian Tina Bell was responsible for creating the programs and invitations for the event.
Texarkana’s Oaklawn Rotary Club recently donated $1,607 to Main Street Texarkana to purchase a large planter to be placed along Broad Street. This supports Main Street’s effort to beautify downtown with many new planters. Oaklawn Rotary members Scott and Hershel Flanagan presented the check to Main Street Executive Director Ina McDowell.
During our meeting on October 29, 2019, Rotarians heared from Rob Sitterley. Rob is the President & CEO or AR-TX REDI, a regional economic development group. AR-TX REDI serves as the first point-of-contact for companies looking to locate and grow in the Northeast Texas / Southwest Arkansas region.
Hear Rob’s Presentation
Our Annual Drawdown Fundraiser is always a great time. It takes our entire club banding together to put it on. Drawdown Fundraiser Chair Hershel Flannigan always does an outstanding job leading the event.
From the delicious fried catfish and trimmings and the amazing prizes in the silent auction, and from the great company and music throughout the evening, to watching someone walk away with $5,000, a great time was had by all.
Proceeds from the event are given to area charities. This event is our club’s main fundraiser throughout the year.
Rotarians were treated to a concert featuring the beautiful voices of students from the Texas Middle School Choir during our regular meeting on October 15th. The group was lead by Director Renew Lawson.
Listen to the Texas Middle School Choir
The Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club donated $1000 to the Lancer Legacy Ranch. Pictured are Rotarian Shawn Davis, Veteran’s Ranch President Matt Fisk and Rotarian Mark Luckett.
The ranch is a 25,000-square-foot home that formerly served as the Maud Restitution Center.
The housing facility is designed to help veterans who have lost their way in life and who want a new life again after their experience in war.
The ranch currently has room for up to 24 veterans who may need help after their overseas combat experience. Many are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat connected psychological ailments.
During our regular meeting on October 1, 2019, Rotarians had the opportunity to hear about the new basketball program at Texas A&M University in Texarkana. This will be the first year for the Eagles to have a basketball team. The athletic director, along with the men’s and women’s basketball coaches, spoke about the new program and what it means for the campus and the community.
Listen to the Presentation by Coaches for the Eagles