Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
The Club Builder Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in supporting and strengthening their Rotary clubs.
The nominee must be an active Rotarian in good standing, with at least five years of membership.  Candidates must have done the following:
  • Recruited at least five members who are active Rotarians at the time of nomination
  • Participated in Rotary training in their club
  • Participated in at least one meaningful club-level vocational service project
  • Attended at least two district meetings in the three years immediately preceding nomination
This issue includes 5790 Rotary Builders awarded since November 1, 2016.
Rotary Builder Announcements
Susan Morgan Rotary Builder
Susan Morgan Receives the Rotary Builder Award from the Fort Worth RC
Susan Morgan has been a Rotarian for 19 years.  During that time, she has served as a Board Member, Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, and Education Committee Chair for six years.  She has also served on numerous other committees and has written editorials, last meeting notes, and other articles for the Rotograph.   Susan has presented the invocation, introduced visitors, participated in the Rotary Blood Drive and has sung with the Holiday Harmonies and the 100-year Gala. 
Since inception of the STARS program, she has been an active participant and proponent in all phases of the program.  Susan represented our Club as a speaker on STARS at a National District Governor’s conference in Austin and at a Southwestern Oklahoma District meeting.  This year she is chairing the newly formed Youth Services group of committees including RYLA, youth exchange, 4-way test speech contest, STARS, job shadowing, pen pals and more.  Susan is also working on the High Impact Project committee, interviewing community leaders about current needs and helping to determine the next major project focus for our club.
Blake Jones Rotary Builder
Blake Jones Receives the Rotary Builder Award for the Cleburne RC
This year’s Rotary Builder award goes to someone who truly has a servant’s heart.  His faith is strong and he wants to “Do Good” on this earth…. to make a difference.  Give him a job and he will roll up his sleeves and tackle it immediately.  He’s active in the community with Rotary, but also with the Chamber of Commerce and the East Cleburne Community Center.  Even though he has only been in Rotary a short time he has been instrumental in starting our brand new interact club.  He has reinvigorated our blood drive, brought in 2 new members, participated in our fish fry and helped to get our website updated.  He’s touched many lives and is a good role model for others.  We are extremely proud to have him in our club.
Blake was born April 14th, 1990 to Shelli Bates Jones and Heath Jones.  Blake suffered some health complications early in life and was only in the 3rd grade at Gerard Elementary when his mother lost her battle with breast cancer.  At her request, her parents adopted him and his brother Bradley.  Blake played soccer and was a percussionist from 6th grade through high school, becoming the drumline captain for the Golden Pride his senior year.  He worked for Domino’s Pizza throughout high school and some in college.  He graduated from TCU in 2012, and while there he also got his bartender’s license and worked for a restaurant as well as Woodhaven Country Club as their Food & Beverage Manager.  While at Woodhaven, he met his bride to be, Jennifer Myers.  After leaving Woodhaven, Blake became the youngest Farmers Insurance Agent in Texas and has won many accolades with them.  He and Jennifer married April 24, 2015 and their son, Aiden, was born April 24, 2016!
Ken Roland Rotary Builder
Ken Rowland Receives the Rotary Builder Award from the Crowell RC
Ken is Vice President of the Crowell State Bank.  He is married to his wife Michelle and has three children – Emily, Rachel and Landon.  Ken and his family are serving as a host family for Emma who is a Rotary exchange student from France this school year.  Ken is an active member of the Crowell ISD Board of Trustees and is active as a volunteer for the Crowell ISD.  He goes above and beyond the call of duty to keep the club going.  He is our secretary/treasurer.  Ken always steps up when it comes to a Rotary event or activity.
Clair Olson Rotary Builder
Claire Olson Received the Rotary Builder Award from Fort Worth Southwest RC
Claire Olson brings her energy and talent to work for the benefit of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth Southwest.  She is an experienced public relations professional who has taken over the job of communicating our events and projects through a newsletter and web presence.  Despite personal family medical problems, Claire has shown herself to be reliable and someone who can be counted on to pitch in when needed.  The club has been greatly enriched by her membership.
Bruce Nelson Rotary Builder
Bruce Nelson Receives the Rotary Builder Award with the Burleson RC
Bruce works with youth in RYLA and makes sure they have a ride to Denton each year.  He drove them there and picked them up this year.  He does a lot of work behind the scenes and is always there to help when repairing flags, decorating and riding on the July 4th parade float, or painting a person’s house.  That is why the Rotary Club of Burleson has chosen Bruce Nelson as the recipient of the Rotary Builder Award.
Elizabeth Talbert Rotary Builder
Elizabeth Talbert Receives the Rotary Builder Award at the Burkburnett RC
Reverend Elizabeth “Liz” Talbert serves the Burkburnett community as Minister of the First United Methodist Church in Burkburnett.  Her roots are in Burkburnett, however, throughout her childhood she attended many north Texas schools before graduating from Bowie High School in 1974.  She obtained a B.S. in Education from Southwestern University and an M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Houston.  She later received her degree in Theology from Southern Methodist University and is presently working on her Doctorate. 
She first joined Rotary in 2009 in the Rotary Club of Bonham and then joined the Rotary Club of Burkburnett in 2013.  She serves as Secretary of the Burkburnett club and keeps the club on track with the weekly bulletin.  She has been actively involved in club projects including flags and community garden as well as promoting Rotary through the community.  Her regular attendance and diligence to maintain club records and promote Rotary in a positive light make her the choice for Rotary Builder.
Susie McAlister Rotary Builder
Susie McAlister from the Arlington Club Receives the Rotary Builder Award
Susie McAlister was born in Fort Worth.  Her grandfather, Sam Wine, was the first president of this Club.  After graduating from Arlington High School, she cheered for Arlington State College and then the University of Texas at Arlington before graduating from TCU.  She taught Art and coached cheerleading for many years in Midland where she was in Junior League with Laura Bush before moving back to Arlington in 2001 to care for her mother. 
Susie worked for Special Olympics in Fort Worth where she started their annual fundraiser, “Steaks and Stetsons.” Today, she attends grandkids’ events, and serves on the Arlington Veterans Day Observance Committee. She also serves on the boards of Theatre Arlington, Advocates for Special People, and Rotary.  As the Club Secretary, Susie is the glue that holds our Club together.  She is always thoughtful in her contribution to our Club and her work behind the scenes makes the day-to-day flow of our Club seamless.  We are very lucky to have Susie McAlister!
Mark Cloud Rotary Builder
Mark Cloud from Arlington Sunrise receives the Rotary Builder Award
Mark Cloud is a son of the Republic of Texas.  He was born in Houston, grew up in El Paso and Alice, and he moved to Arlington in 1990.  He has a microbiology degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has put this to great use in the mortgage business for the last 18 years.  He has been married to Nora Cloud for 16 years and has two lovely girls, ages 10 and 13.
Anytime we ask Mark to do something, he is always there to help and the first to sign up.  That is the reason Mark is receiving the prestigious Rotary Builder Award as a member of the Rotary Club of Arlington Sunrise.
Dian Mendell Rotary Builder
Diana Mendell, Mansfield, Receives the Rotary Builder Award
Diana Mendell is a fairly new member of the Mansfield Rotary Club having joined after moving to Mansfield from San Antonio.  A fellow Rotarian recommended Rotary to Diana as a way to give back to her community. 
Upon joining Rotary, her friend presented her with a Paul Harris Fellowship to celebrate her involvement in the club.  Since then, Diana has jumped in with both feet and without asking how deep the water is.  In her first year, she took charge of the silent auction held in conjunction with the club’s first Casino Night fundraiser, and she created a fantastic team that resulted in a very successful auction. 
As she entered her second year of Rotary membership, she accepted the position of Community Service Director without hesitation and again without asking how deep the water is.  As a director, she is working to maintain and grow the club’s current community service programs. She is also working to extend the club’s reach to the Mansfield ISD Phoenix Academy to provide a new level of support to its students. 
Diana is an enthusiastic member of the club.  When she takes on a project, you can count on her to get it done at a very high level.
Betty Bengo Rotary Builder
Betty Bengo from Arlington Southwest Receives the Rotary Builder
Betty is the Director of New Generations, and she has coordinated the 4-Way speech contest and recruited students for RYLA.
She has been responsible for recruiting new Rotarians, and she is on the District Speakers Bureau, speaking on behalf of Malaika Children’s Orphanage in Uganda. She and her husband, Peter, are owners and directors of this orphanage that cares for AIDS children. 
Betty represents Arlington Great Southwest in powerful and positive ways.
Ben Bruce, Arlington Highlands, Receives the Rotary Builder Award
Ben Bruce is a new Rotarian.  He is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Arlington Highlands that was chartered this year. He is a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam era.  He is a long-time resident of Arlington, and he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He retired from Siemens Corporation in 2007 as a Senior Vice President of a business subdivision in Postal Automation.  Since retirement, Ben has founded his own logistics-consulting firm, Trinity Technical Group, and serves as Chief Operations Officer.  Ben retired in 2015 after volunteering 30 years to law enforcement in Arlington and Dalworthington Gardens.

Ben Bruce is receiving the Rotary Builder Award for the amazing work he has done with the Bowie High School Mentoring Program.  Thanks to his work with the project, we are now starting up the Interact Club there again.  
Darlage named Rotary Builder by Metroport Rpotary
Not only has Larry been club President but a club president many times over for all sorts of Clubs, Chambers' of Commerce, Non Profits, Networking clubs and even schools . . .  
Breckenridge Rotary Awards this years Rotary Builder
Les Strickland has been a great asset to the community of Breckenridge for many years.  
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