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2016-17 Issue Volume I
Welcome to the 2016-17 Rotary Builder Issue - Volume I
The award is given at the sole discretion of a Club President to a member of his/her club who meets the following criteria:
  • Can be counted on in a time of need
  • Is willing to go the extra mile
  • Can be counted on to get the job done
  • Has not previously received the award
The person receiving the award need not be an officer. The person may be a long term or new member of the club. The President is under no obligation to make the award but is encouraged to do so. The award is normally given during the District Governor’s official visit to the club.
Certainly, the Rotary members selected by their club presidents are the creme de la creme of not only their club but the entire district as well. The purpose of this Rotary Builder News publication is to provide special recognition to each and every one of this year's awardees. This issue includes the Rotary Builders awarded since July 1, 2016.
Congratulations to each awardee in this issue of the Rotary Builder New!
Rotary Builder Announcements
Bluebonnet News


Past DG Sharron Miles announces

Bluebonnet Grants


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.  
Ways you can be a part of The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration

In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.

What better way is there to start your Centennial Year Celebration than by attending the the 2016 Foundation Gala Centennial Celebration Gala on November 12th at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from 6 pm until 10 pm.

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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.  
Rotary Builder for Southlake Club - Brandon Fincher
Southlake RC Rotary Builder, Brandon Fincher shown here with DG Mary Ann McDuff
Brandon is a relatively new member of the Rotary Club of Southlake but has really showed initiative and interest in Rotary.  He is our President elect and is our Membership committee chair as well as serving on the Community Service committee.  He also served as our Sergeant of Arms last year as a brand new member.  

Golden Triangle Names Matt Browning Rotary Builder
Golden Triangle Rotary Builder Award Recipient Matt Browning shown here with DG Mary Ann McDuff (his left) and Golden Triangle Rotary Club President Joan Manning
Matt has been instrumental in growing the membership and as presidential nominee is spearheading the membership growth this year with the past president.
Keller RC names it's 2016 Rotary Builder of the Year
SANDY de LARA shown her with DG Mary Ann McDuff(left) and Kelley Club president Cindy Johnson
Sandy takes responsibility for our Keller Club Foundation-Grant Writing. Sandy has also been very active with our Interact Clubs.She was instrumental in getting the Interact Club at three schools to set up Shelter Boxes in the schools.  She raised money to purchase those boxes. Sandy acquired a matching grant so we were able to purchase seven Shelter
Boxes.  She works tirelessly with the schools and the students to promote Rotary.
Azle RC names its 2016 Rotary Builder
 DG Mary Ann McDuff shown here with Azle RC Rotary Builder Award Recipient Mark Laudenheimer. According to Azle Club President, Debra Jenkins, the recipient of our Rotary Builder Award this year is a person who has been very active in the Azle Community since moving to the area 6 years ago. 
Builders Keep Building
The number of Rotary Builders in District 5790 keeps growing. The latest additions to the ranks are both from the Mid-Cities Pacesetters Club. 
President Eric Millner presented Nicole Stephens with the Rotary Builder Award at the August 12th club meeting. 
Member Jennifer Muirhead received the Rotary BuilderAward from District Governor Mary Ann McDuff on Friday August 5th. With her is Assistant District Governor Walter Ott and President Eric Millner.
The club writes 
Latest Rotary Builder in District 5790
Rita Frick of the HEB Rotary Club is the latest Rotary Builder in our District. From the Bio submitted for her nomination,
"Rita has been a member of the HEB Rotary since May of 2006. She served for 6 years as the Public Relations and Bulletin Editor and as Volunteer Coordinator for the golf tournament for 10 years. Most recently, Rita is serving as the golf tournament  chairperson. The golf tournament is the major
fund raiser for the HEB Rotary.
Rita also participates in the Christmas silent auction by donating and purchasing items to raise money for Polio Plus, she has funded a wheelchair each year since she has been a member.
Rita is always gracious and willing to help in any Rotary activities."
Congratulations Rita!! Flanking Rita in the accompanying photo are Clay Caruthurs, President of the HEB Club and Walter Ott, District 5790 ADG.
Rotary Builders Recognized at Area 10 All Clubs Luncheon
DG Mary Ann McDuff presented the latest Rotary Builder Awards of 2016-2017 to three District 5790 members at the Denton County Area All Clubs Luncheon on Friday, August 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville, TX. Penny Gee of the Denton RC, Sam Wilson of Flower Mound RC, and Andy Eads of the Cross Timbers RC were the three recipients.
First Rotary Builder of the new year awarded at Brownwood Rotary Club
Congratulations Dr. Dale Wheelis
(L-R) Dr. Dale Wheelis, Brownwood President Dr. Jack Marx, District Governor Mary Ann McDuff and Area Governor Burton Smith
During the July 20th noon meeting of the Brownwood Rotary Club, DG Mary Ann McDuff presented the very 1st Rotary Builder Award of the Year to Dr. Wheelis during her District Governor visit which was held at the Brownwood Country Club. The event also made Brownwood's local paper, The Brownwood Bulletin.

Rotary Builder News Editor Needed

This quarters edition of the Rotary Builder News was prepared by temporary editor John Pokorny. Please contact John if you can use your Service Above Self Volunteer hours to prepare and send this publication out next quarter.
For more information on the duties of the District 5790 Rotary Builder Editor, please contact John (see link below).
Bulletin Editor
John Pokorny
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