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Judge Tim Fambrough
We regrettably share the sad news of the passing of  club member and Past Club President Tim Fambrough. Tim is survived by his children Debbie Lynn Wilde and husband Tom of San Angelo, Michael Kevin Peck and wife Melanie of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lisa Ann Seaton and husband Barry of Wichita Falls, Texas and Terri Lynnette Jones and husband David of Waco, Texas and a brother, Rudy Fambrough and wife Judy of Abilene, Texas. He had 9 grandchildren: Aaron Wilde, Bradley Wilde, Cory Wilde, Jordan Peck, Jadie Peck, Megan Walker, Amy Hill, Allison Jones and Sam Jones and 3 great granddaughters: Madelynn Peck, Kesslee Peck and Kinsley Hill and his dog Max was always by his side.
Judge Tim Fambrough 2016-11-04 05:00:00Z
Rotary Day at The United Nations
Rotary Day at the United Nations is our annual event highlighting the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.
 
Organized by the Rotary representatives to the UN in New York and attended by more than 1,500 Rotarians, Rotary youth program participants, UN officials, representatives of humanitarian organizations, friends, and guests, this event showcases the many ways that clubs and districts can make a positive impact in their communities while addressing some of the most pressing international challenges.
Rotary Day at The United Nations César Caro 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z
Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving César Caro 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z
Salute to All Veterans
Salute to All Veterans César Caro 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z
Natural Resources Conservation Service
On Monday, October 24, Mandi Ligon, District Conversationalist, presented a program on the Natural Resources Conservation Service which is under the USDA. The program helps lands owners use wisely their natural resources (soil, air, water, wildlife, plant life). In the picture are Stacy Dove, past club president, and Mandi Ligon.
Natural Resources Conservation Service César Caro 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z
No Limit
No Limit César Caro 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation Month
November is Rotary Foundation month! It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure these programs continue.
 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you support Rotary's work across the world and help ensure our future. You can choose where to direct your donation and how you wish to give. Recognition is offered at many giving levels.

November is Rotary Foundation Month César Caro 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z
World Polio Day
 
Picture taken at the Sweetwater City Hall on October 18, 2016, where the City Mayor, Jim Mckenzie, signed a Proclamation making October 24th World Polio Day. In the picture with Mayor Jim Mckenzie are Sweetwater Rotary Club Members (left to right): Past President Russ Petty, Past President John McPherson, Rotarian David Vera (City Manager), Past President Dr. Jerod Peek, Mayor Jim Mckenzie, Past District Governor César M. Caro, Rotarian Mila Gibson, Past President Jeremy Dodd, Rotarian Jeanie McPherson, and Rotarian Jared Houze.
World Polio Day César Caro 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z
Ben Richey Boys Ranch & Family Program
 
On Monday, October 3, Kerry Fortune, presented a program on Ben Richey Boys Ranch & Family Program. The Ben Richey Boys Ranch was founded in 1947 and it is a private, non-profit, basic child care facility. They provide clean, comfortable, and safe homes for each boy placed in their care. They have campus in Abilene, and Albany. The Family Program exists to restore single mothers and their children with hope, comfort, and shelter while they locate resources they need to move toward a successful independent living. For more information please visit their wbsite at www.benrichey.org.
Ben Richey Boys Ranch & Family Program César Caro 2016-10-13 05:00:00Z
Happy & Safe Halloween
Happy & Safe Halloween César Caro 2016-10-13 05:00:00Z
RI President John F. Germ October Message

In 1979, James Bomar Jr., the president of Rotary at the time, traveled to the Philippines as part of Rotary’s earliest work to immunize children against polio. After he had put drops of vaccine into one baby’s mouth, he felt a child’s hand tugging on his trouser leg to get his attention. Bomar looked down and saw the baby’s brother looking up at him, saying earnestly, “Thank you, thank you, Rotary.”

 

 
 
 
RI President John F. Germ October Message César Caro 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z
World Polio Day
 
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year.
 
Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will be available for viewing anytime at endpolio.org.
 
Download the World Polio Day toolkit for information and resources on planning and promoting a successful World Polio Day event, such as a viewing party or fundraiser:
  • Register your event here for a chance to be recognized in Atlanta, or to be featured on our website and social media pages.
  • Use our graphics to craft engaging social media posts, and use #endpolio to follow and join the global conversation.
  • Write to local media and government officials: Pitch a story about your club's contributions to the campaign, and remind them why it's important to keep fighting.
World Polio Day César Caro 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z
October is Economic & Community Development Month
 
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
October is Economic & Community Development Month César Caro 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z
SHS New Graduation Plan
 
On Monday, September 12, Dr Ron Morris, principle of the Sweetwater High School, presented a program on the New Graduation Plan. Texas House Bill 5 created a new, more flexible graduation program that allows students to pursue their interests will be place for all students who enter high school, beginning in the 2014-2015 class year. (SHS Class of 2017). For the first time, students will be able to earn one or more endorsements as part of their graduation requirements. Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together by interest or skill set. They provide students with in depth knowledge of a subject area. Pictured are Dr. Morris with Club member Mila Gibson.
SHS New Graduation Plan César Caro 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z
September is Basic Education & Literacy Month
 
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.
September is Basic Education & Literacy Month César Caro 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z
Kenya Relief Program
 
On August 29 Bonnie Garcia presented a program on her summer trip to Kenya. Bonnie is a Registered Nurse at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. She participated with KenyaRelief.org which every year send around 20 short-term mission teams to work in various areas of expertise. Their teams include medical/surgical, educational, evangelical, construction and others. Pictured are Bonnie and Club Past President Gil Cherry.
Kenya Relief Program César Caro 2016-08-29 05:00:00Z
Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary Program
 
On August 22 Susan and Tom Pohlman presented a program on the Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary. This is a 501c3 non-profit organization. They are a no kill sanctuary for both wild & domestic horses that call the ranch home. For more information visit their website at: www.wwes.org. Pictured are are the Pohlman's with Club Past President Gil Cherry.
Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary Program César Caro 2016-08-22 05:00:00Z
Monday Program - Roscoe Cotton Harvesting
 
On Monday, August 8th Daylon Althof, a farmer from Roscoe, presented a program about the Cotton Gins and on cotton harvesting. Pictured with Daylon is club President Zollie Steakley.
Monday Program - Roscoe Cotton Harvesting César Caro 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z
Zone21B Multi-District Training Institute
PDG César is pictured here with Rotary International Zone 21B Director Jorge Aufranc from Guatemala.
PDG César with District 5730 Governor Susan Brints (2016-20170), District Governor Nominee Dan Linebarger (2018-2019), and District Governor Elect Charles Starnes (2017-2018).
 
PDG César Caro attended the Rotary International Zone 21B Multi-District Training Institute held in Austin on Saturday, August 6th. He attended and participated in the Rotary Foundation training session. Ther were also training sessions on Membership, Public Relations and for all the Governor Elects and Governor Nominees from the Texas and Oklahoma Districts.
Zone21B Multi-District Training Institute César Caro 2016-08-06 05:00:00Z
Monday Program - Nolan County Coliseum
 
On Monday, August 1, Terry Locklar, General Manager - Marketing Director of the Nolan County Coliseum Complex pictured here with club Past President Michael Fernandez, presented a program on the new expansion of the facilities. Visit the Nolan County Coliseum website by click here.
Monday Program - Nolan County Coliseum César Caro 2016-08-01 05:00:00Z
We're Rotary
We're Rotary César Caro 2016-07-25 05:00:00Z
New Rotary Year Resolutions
New Rotary Year Resolutions César Caro 2016-07-22 05:00:00Z
Past President Stacy Dove and President Zollie Steakley
 
Past Club President Stacy Dove (2015-2016) receiving a plaque for her service and dedication to our club from Club President Zollie Steakley (2016-2017).
Past President Stacy Dove and President Zollie Steakley César Caro 2016-07-17 05:00:00Z
PDG Cesar at One Rotary Center in Evanston, Il
 
In June 2016, Past District Governor and club member César Caro had the opportunity to go and visit One Rotary Center, the headquarters and birthplace of Rotary International located in Evanston, Il.. Room 711, the office of Rotary International founder, Paul Harris, is on display ion the first floor of Rotary Headquarters. PDG Ceasr also had the opportunity to go to Chicago, Il and visit Paul Harris's home which is currently under restoration ( a 2 million dollar project) and The Paul Harris Memorial Grave Site. PDG Cesar had meetings with his 2010-2011 District Governor classmates and with Past Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith (2010-2011) He also met with Past Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran (2015-2016), Rotary International John Germ (2016-2017) and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko.
PDG Cesar at One Rotary Center in Evanston, Il César Caro 2016-07-17 05:00:00Z
August is Membership & New Club Development Month
August is Membership & New Club Development Month César Caro 2016-07-15 05:00:00Z
July is New Leadership Month
July is New Leadership Month César Caro 2016-07-15 05:00:00Z
June is Rotary Fellowship Month ...
June is Rotary Fellowship Month ... César Caro 2016-06-13 05:00:00Z
New Paul Harris Fellow
Dr. Bud Alldredge is our newest Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations and thank you for your service and support to The Rotary Foundation. Contributions made to The Rotary Foundation help make humanitarian projects in our community and around the world possible.
New Paul Harris Fellow César Caro 2016-05-06 05:00:00Z
WheelChair Foundation Presentation
 
The program on Monday, May 2, was presented by DGND Dan Linebarger. Dan is a member of the Midland Rotary Club with was chartered in 1928 by the Sweetwater Rotary Club. The program he presented was about the Wheelchair Foundation and how involved our district was in the donation and distribution of the wheelchairs. The District has participated in various wheelchair distribution around the world. For more information about the Wheelchair Foundation visit their website: www.wheelchairfoundation.org.
WheelChair Foundation Presentation César Caro 2016-05-06 05:00:00Z
Mother's Day - May 8th
Mother's Day - May 8th César Caro 2016-04-20 05:00:00Z
May is Youth Service Month
 
Rotary International's Structured Programs for Youth Service are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Youth Exchange. The month of May is designated as “Youth Service Month” to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30.
May is Youth Service Month César Caro 2016-04-20 05:00:00Z
Triangle Sinclair
 
 
The topic of our regular club meeting on Monday, April 11th was about the 1935 fully restored Sinclair Gas Station located in Snyder, Texas. It was presented by Lynn Fuller, pictured here with club president Stacy Dove. The station is uniquely triangle in shape and located on its own triangle city block. It was fully restored by Mr. Fuller in 2011. It is opened during special events in Snyder or anytime to the public for personal photos. Follow on Facebook at Triangle Sinclair Station.
Triangle Sinclair César Caro 2016-04-13 05:00:00Z
The Pacific Crest Trail
 
The topic of our regular club meeting on Monday, March 28th was "The Pacific Crest Trail". It was presented by Miss Ingrid "Blue Dreams" Castro, pictured here with club president Stacy Dove. She hiked 2,663.5 miles from Mexico to Canada. Her amazing journey started on April 25th, 2015 and ended on October 8th, 2015. She hiked through Southern California, Central California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. What a great program and inspiration for today's generation. 
The Pacific Crest Trail César Caro 2016-03-29 05:00:00Z
New Club Member
 
Welcome new Club member Whitley May. He is the judge for the Nolan County Court in Nolan County, Texas. He was elected to the court on November 4, 2014, for a five-year term commencing on January 1, 2015.
 
New Club Member César Caro 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z
PDG César's Visit to The Myaguez Rotary Club in Puerto Rico
 
While visiting his home town of Mayaguez in Puerto Rico, PDG César M. Caro dropped by the Mayaguez Rotary Club. In the picture are the club president Minerva Flores, past president Dr. Robert (Bob) Sherwin, and PDG César Caro. Dr. Sherwin was one of PDG César's English professor while working on his undergraduate in Literature in El Colegio de Mayaguez back in the mid '70s.
PDG César's Visit to The Myaguez Rotary Club in Puerto Rico César Caro 2016-03-19 05:00:00Z
April is Maternal & Child Health Month
 
At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary International provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Their projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.
April is Maternal & Child Health Month César Caro 2016-03-19 05:00:00Z
National WASP WWII Museum
Rotarian and Executive Director of the National WASP WWII Museum, Michael Ables, is pictured with Grace Rosa (left) and Ann Haub (right). The program they presented was about how identify a historical artifact from a regular item. Both ladies also talked about the Digital Project which will digitized thousand of documents and pictures which are currently archived.
National WASP WWII Museum César Caro 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z
New Club Member
Welcome new member Jared Kupcak to our Rotary Club. Jared is the Plant Manager at Buzzi Unicem USA in Maryneal.
New Club Member César Caro 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z
March is Water and Sanitation Month
 
Over 750 million people in the world lack access to safe water and more than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Rotary's projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.
March is Water and Sanitation Month César Caro 2016-02-17 06:00:00Z
Corner Stone of D5730
Corner Stone of D5730 César Caro 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z
New & Returning Club Members
We would like to welcome to our Rotary club the following new and returning members: (LtoR) Jeff Grimland, Plant Manager at USG; Donnie Rannefeld, Retired Sweetwater Sheriff & returning member; Dr. Bud Alldredge, Owner of the Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital.
New & Returning Club Members César Caro 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z
District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial
 
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith asked district governors in training at the International Assembly to lead the celebration of the Foundation's centennial year, 2016-17.
 
District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial César Caro 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z
February is Peace and Confict Prevention/Resolution Month
 

Sixty million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Members also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

and help spread peace around the world.
to promote peace.

February is Peace and Confict Prevention/Resolution Month César Caro 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z
Happy Birthday Rotary International
Happy Birthday Rotary International César Caro 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z
2014-2015 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club
 
On Monday, January 25th our club received the 2014-2015 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Banner. Presenting the banner to our club president, Stacy Dove,  is District Governor John Scott.
2014-2015 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club César Caro 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z
2016-2017 Rotary International Theme
 
Rotary International President Elect John F. Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
2016-2017 Rotary International Theme César Caro 2016-01-19 06:00:00Z
Donation to ShelterBox
 
Club President Stacy Dove presenting Rotarian and Police Chief Brian Frieda a check for $2,000.00 for the purchase of two Shelterboxes. For more information on Shelterbox click here.
Donation to ShelterBox César Caro 2016-01-11 06:00:00Z
January is Vocational Service Month
January is Vocational Service Month César Caro 2016-01-11 06:00:00Z
Annual Shoe Project
 
 
 
 
On Thursday, December 17, the Sweetwater Rotary Club distributed approximately 100 pairs of shoes to elementary and intermediate school children. This is an annual project which was started in December 2003. Since then it has become the clubs' Christmas tradition. The kids all had a great time and were all smiles. The Rotarians that participated all had a wonderful time assisting the kids finding the right shoe size and style.
Annual Shoe Project César Caro 2015-12-21 06:00:00Z
Rotary Themes
Rotary Themes César Caro 2015-12-16 06:00:00Z
World Polio Day Signing
Picture is Rotarian and Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. Jerod Peek signing a proclamation in honor of World Polio Day on Friday, Oct. 23. Also pictured (Left to Right) are Sweetwater Rotary Club members, Eddie Brown, Club President Stacy Dove, Jeff Howard, Russ Petty, PDG César Caro, and John McPherson.
World Polio Day Signing César Caro 2015-12-05 06:00:00Z
Join The Paul Harris Society
Join The Paul Harris Society César Caro 2015-12-04 06:00:00Z
Organize a Rotary Day
Organize a Rotary Day César Caro 2015-12-01 06:00:00Z
Good-Bye Polio
Good-Bye Polio César Caro 2015-12-01 06:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation César Caro 2015-11-27 06:00:00Z
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month César Caro 2015-11-27 06:00:00Z
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas César Caro 2015-11-27 06:00:00Z
Saving lives in Ghana
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Finding Safe Haven
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Helping people with disabilities make their own music
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
India celebrates three years without polio
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z
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