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ESTABLISHING A FUNDRAISER— One of the first things that we wanted to do was to have a fundraiser so that the club would have moneys to develop and sponsor charity events. One of our members, Jose Montemayor, owns several Mexican restaurants in the area. He donated the use of one of his restaurants as well as the food and labor for our club to sponsor a Mexican Fiesta. It proved to be very successful! Our first years profit was $3500, and the club was exuberant, joyful and thankful that we had earned our first seed money to start our charity programs. The first Mexican Fiesta was in 1996 and has continued as an annual fundraiser sponsored by Jose’ for the past 9 years. Our Club is very appreciative of Mr. Jose’ Montemayor for his commitment to the Rotary goal of “Service Above Self”.

 

THANKSGIVING BASKET PROJECT — For Thanksgiving, 1996, Dick Forrester organized our now annual Thanksgiving Basket project that are delivered to families that are in need in order for them to be able to partake of a nice Thanksgiving Day Dinner. In 1996 we delivered 20 baskets.

 

Since the inception of the program, the Rotary Club of Aggieland has provided hundreds of local families with all the “fixin’s” for a full Thanksgiving Dinner. In the months prior to the holiday itself and through a variety of sources, the club identifies families who, because of financial hardship, medical conditions, or physical challenges might not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Then, with the financial and in kind support of club members and other individuals, church groups, schools, and local businesses, the club purchases frozen turkeys, stuffing mix, canned vegetables, sweet potatoes, marshmallows, cranberry sauce, fresh fruit, dinner rolls, and desserts. Local school children contribute their time and talent to decorate, with a Thanksgiving theme, the cardboard boxes in which these items will be delivered.

 

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, club members gather in the morning to assemble the boxes, each of which contains the right amount of ingredients for the size of the family to which it will be delivered. Aggieland Rotarians, with the welcome help of family members and other volunteers, then fan out across our community to deliver these boxes to the intended destinations. The smiles and expressions of thanks that club members receive from the appreciative families are ample reward for the months of logistical planning, fund raising, and labor required to pull it off each year.

The project began small at first, but it has grown substantially over the past years as the club has increased its ability to identify needy families, to raise funds to purchase food, and to muster the volunteer workforce necessary to carry out a project of this magnitude. In 2004-05, the club delivered 170 complete Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets to less fortunate fellow citizens. One of the ways, Rotary Club of Aggieland is living up to the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self”.

 

In Rotary year 2005-06, the Thanksgiving Project decreased to 75 families, but the club assisted Hurricane Katrina & Rita victims by member and club donations.

 

EDGAR MORRIS SPIRIT AWARD — Another community project was conceived and developed by Carol McFaddin and her committee in 1996, The Spirit Award. This is an annual award given to recognize those person or persons that have made a significant humanitarian contribution to the Bryan/College Station area. A $500 monetary gift is given to the charity of the recipient’s choice. On November 19, 1998, the award was renamed to the Edgar Morris Spirit Award in recognition of one of our charter members, Edgar Morris, who had passed away. Ed had exemplified service to others in his life and was a great humanitarian. He was a mentor to new members, always willing to share Rotary history but also willing to eagerly embrace the changes in Rotary including the induction of women. It was a unanimous decision to rename the award in his honor. Our winners have been a cross-section of our community:

 

  • 1996 Drs. Karim and Asher Haji-Health for All Clinic
  • 1997 J.J. Ramirez-Save Our Streets Ministries
  • 1998 Linda Asberry-Principal of Neal Elementary School
  • 1999 Gloria Kennard-Thanksgiving dinners from her kitchen
  • 2000 Bill Erwin-BISD Education Foundation
  • 2001 Eric Bethea, Nick Luton, John Orsinsky, Cole Robertson and Kourtney Rodgers-the Aggie students who organized “Standing for America” with the Red, White and Blue t-shirts worn at Kyle Field on 9/22/01
  • 2002 Tonya Chandler-Homestead Haven; an after-school program at First Christian Church
  • 2003 W.F. “Bubba” Moore, Jr.-Habitat for Humanity
  • 2004 Jim Davis-volunteer construction coordinator for Habitat for Humanity and Elder Aid

 

A Flag Program was implemented as an additional fundraiser/service project whereby the neighborhoods of Pebblecreek and Woodcreek were solicited for an annual donation in exchange for placement of an American flag in their yard on 6 national holidays. A lot of work went into the project in going house to house soliciting, placing flag pole holders into the ground, getting up early on the holidays to post the flags and then gather them all at the end of the day for storage. The project was maintained 2 years and successfully generated funds for our charity programs.

 

Two Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) scholarships of $250 each were funded for two high school students to attend the well-known Rotary-sponsored leadership training camp for a weekend. This is an annual project with 2004-05 winners being Katlyn Lovett and Angie Lara of Bryan High School. The 2005-06 winners were Katie Coulson and Misty Reynolds.

 

Aggieland Fiesta Fundraiser

 

2012 Aggieland Fiesta Details:Date/Time: May 7, 2011 – 5:30 pm – 9pm Location: Hurricane Harry’s Dress: Business Dress/CasualHow Much: $15 per ticket (Kids under 12 are free)What: DJ, Fajita Dinner, Kids Activities and Cash Bar What to Bring: Lots of cash for the great items that have been donated for our silent auction.Raffle Drawings:Trip for 4 to Schlitterbahn$250 Visa CardSponsored by KORA, 98.3 FM$5 Each or 3 for $10Do not have to be present to win 2012 Cor …

 

Thanksgiving Baskets

 

Details 2011: Where: Lock N’ Roll StorageWhen: November 19, [email protected] 9:00 amWhat: Package baskets and deliverContact: Wade Beckman at 713-515-2223 or [email protected] History For Thanksgiving, 1996, Dick Forrester organized our now annual Thanksgiving Basket project that are delivered to families that are in need in order for them to be able to partake of a nice Thanksgiving Day Dinner. In 1996 we delivered 20 baskets. Since the inception of the program, the Rotary Club o …

 

Thai-ing Us Together

 

In 2005, Chuck Murry, a member of the Rotary Club of Aggieland, brought a heart-wrenching story about how girls and boys were being stolen from Vietnam and Thailand and then sold on the black market in Thailand for the sex trade. He asked the Club for funds to send to an orphanage named the Redemptorist Street Kids Home that he had been working with to eradicate child prostitution in a Thai city called Pattaya. Chuck’s story of how the child in the picture to the left had never had …

 

Edgar Morris Spirit Award

 

The Edgar Morris Spirit Award is an annual award given to recognize a person or persons that have made a significant humanitarian contribution to the Bryan/College Station area. A $500 monetary gift is given to the charity of the recipient’s choice. The Edgar Morris Spirit Award was conceived and developed by Carol MdFaddin and her committe in 1996 as The Spirit Award. On November 19, 1998, the award was renamed to the Edgar Morris Spirit Award in recognition of one of our charter members, Edg …

 

Keep Brazos Beautiful

 

Calling All Rotarians!!Let’s help with the 7th Annual Keep Brazos Beautiful Trash-Off event to clean up the Brazos Valley! Our club has committed to supplying volunteers for this event. Please use the form below to sign up for this event. Bring your family too! Date: Saturday April 14, 2007Time: 9am – 12pmWhere: Pre-assigned Location – More to come. Return at 12pm for FREE Lunch and party! …

 

Hospice Brazos Valley

 

Periodically, the Rotary Club of Aggieland helps Hospice Brazos Valley with various projects. Below are some of the projects we’ve helped them out with. 2006 Gardening Projects. Here are some pictures from the 2006 Hospice Brazos Valley service projects. …

 

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

 

The Salvation Army bell ringing Community Serice event was a huge success this year thanks to the efforts of everybody involved! Thank you to the following Rotarians: Kathy and Glen Brewer Arty Brieden Trish Burke Joey Dunn Tara, Kenneth, and Chris Hunter Gordon LeBleu Gary Martin Jarvis Miller Jim Moore Chuck Murray Jared Snow …

 

Scholarships

 

Two Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) scholarships of $250 each were funded for two high school students to attend the well-known Rotary-sponsored leadership training camp for a weekend. This is an annual project with 2004-05 winners being Katlyn Lovett and Angie Lara of Bryan High School. The 2005-06 winners were Katie Coulson and Misty Reynolds. …

 

Ambassadorial Scholars

 

The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships. Since 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from some 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations. The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scho …

 

Rotary Youth Exchange

 

Here are the forms for the Rotary Youth Exchange Long Term Application …



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