Back to School with Ben Carson and Stormy Cullom

Stormy Cullom

Our Meeting for the week was Superintendent Ben Carson and Stormy Cullom who did a Back to School Presentation to promote the Liberty-Eylau Independent School District.

Stormy demonstrated using web 2.0 technology as an educational tool for learning by giving our rotary club a pop quiz over the 90s! (Cruncher “90’s Champ” Gant took first place!)

Thank you Ben and Stormy for all you are doing for our students and our community!

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New Member: Frances Cash Ugwuybu

‘Today we welcomed Frances Cash Ugwaybu as a new member to our club. Membership Director Tiffany Kirkland welcomed Frances with the help of her sponsor, Winford Dunn.

Our own Becky Kessler, Superintendent for Texarkana, Arkansas schools, gave a presentation on the district, recapping her first year in this position.

Becky highlighted a number of infrastructure changes as well as some new program events like a back to school fair that went over in great form.

Becky is especially proud of her staff and made a prediction on the 100th anniversary Arkansas-Texas High football game in two weeks that her students are especially fast this year having won a number of track and field event – she has high hopes for an upset this year!’

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Oaklawn Rotary Draw Down 2013

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Fred Norton Jr. – Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree

The Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary had the pleasure of having Fred Norton Jr. of the Boy Scouts of America present on the National Jamboree.

This years Jamboree was held at the Summit in West Virginia.   Each participant was able to take part in a zip line canopy tour, challenge course, climbing & rappelling, mountain biking, kayaking, archery, shooting, and more!

Thank you for your presentation Mr. Norton!  It sounds like there are plenty of opportunities for adventure, service, and leadership when you are a member of the Boy Scouts of America!

For more information, head over to the Boy Scouts of America website, or the official Summit website!

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Four States Fair Parade

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Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Stuffing Backpacks

The Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary club met at the Texarkana Resource Center today to help stuff backpacks full of school supplies for needy children! Attached are a few pictures from the meeting!

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Rotary Youth Exchange Japan: Nicholas McDowell

Nicholas McDowell

Nicholas McDowell

Nicholas McDowell was our guest today at the Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary club.  Mr. McDowell was sent to Japan through the Rotary Youth Exchange Student program, and shared with us his experience in Japan.

Nicholas said his host families were very kind and grateful to have him.  While in Japan, Nicholas tasted many interesting foods, talked with local students, and found out the people in Japan love baseball, and the Texas Rangers!

Thank you for sharing your experiences with our club Nicholas.  We know it was an experience you will never forget!

Nicholas McDowell & Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary President Jeremy Janes

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District Governor District 5830 Anson Godfrey

District Governor Anson Godfrey

Our Rotary District Governor for District 5830 Anson Godfrey came to visit our club.

Mr. Godfrey spoke about the foundation, and the big picture goals of being a Rotarian, including but not limited to the polio plus program, the new grant model, and joining forces with other clubs for the larger grants and projects.

Thank you for the visit Mr. Godfrey!  We wish you the best this year as you provide this leadership to our local district!

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Hanna Brown Mission Trip: Project 222

Hanna Brown

Hanna Brown visited the Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary club today to share about her recent trip to Mongu, Zambia in southern Africa.

Project 222 is a trans-denominational ministry based out of Chi Alpha at UCA that uses 2 Timothy 2:2 as a mission statement for reaching the unreached.

The guys helped with construction work on an orphanage while the girls helped out at the local school with the help of local translators.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Hanna!

For more information, check out Project 222 2013 on Facebook!

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2013-2014 Oaklawn Rotary Club Goals:

1. Club members will help recruit at least 8 new members.

2. The club will have a more active presence in social media.

3. Start an Interact Club at Texas High School.

4. Update Club bylaws

5. Club members will participate in at least 10 local community projects to help out local non-profits.

6. The Club will donate $1,000 to Polio Plus.

7. Increase Club members that donate $100 to the Paul Harris Award, which supports Rotary International Foundation.

8. Have every Rotary member make at least a one-time donation to Rotary International Foundation during the Rotary year.

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