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June 2, 2017

Editorial

MEMORIAL DAY: What It Really Means

by: Mac Churchill, Owner, Mac Churchill Acura

This year’s Memorial Day means more than just the day following the Dean and DeLuca Invitational at Colonial. The significance goes beyond a day at the grill or the lake, or the unofficial first day of summer.

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May 26, 2017

Editorial

Warm, Clean, and Dry—The Keys to Baby Tending

by: Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC

I was at a function last week and a girl that I knew came up and excitedly said, “Colonel Michels, you were right—if the baby is warm, clean and dry—he never fusses and is always happy!”    

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May 19, 2017

Editorial

Invocation

by: Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, Apartment Association of Tarrant County

Rotarians from Texas to Tanzania begin our meetings with prayer.  Like singing the national anthem and “reporting” the news, the invocation is part of who we are as servants in Fort Worth. 
 
Religious diversity is a blessing that we Rotarians must embrace not evade.  I believe Rotarians of all faiths want to pray, and that public prayer unites our club.     

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May 12, 2017

Editorial

What I Learned At RYLA!

by: Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC

I teach as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in the summer.  Last week, as I was going to class, I saw a student sitting on the steps in the College of Business.  He had a RYLA shirt on, with the Rotary Wheel.

I said, “What is RYLA?”  He enthusiastically said, “Rotary Youth Leadership Academy!”  Umm, I wanted to know more. 

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May 5, 2017

Editorial

In a hurry? Not paying attention?

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

I was in too big a hurry last night, but more about that in a moment.
    
It was May 1992 and I was enroute to Lake Richland Chambers, near Corsicana, to help coordinate a bass fishing tournament sponsored by one of my clients. It was barely light because that’s when the best fishing apparently is (I am not an accomplished angler).

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April 28, 2017

Editorial

Smart concept: Biscuits & Gravy Potato Chips?

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

There it was in the basket: A light blue bag of potato chips with a shocking new flavor: Southern Biscuits & Gravy.
 
I kid you not.
 
I was sitting at my board meeting for GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange) last month…

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April 21, 2017

Editorial

Lessons United Airlines Could Learn from the Car Business

by: Mac Churchill, Owner, Mac Churchill Acura

“A complaint is a gift,” so say outstanding service providers. They recognize that how they respond to any complaint can potentially grow the depth of their relationship with customers.

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April 14, 2017

Editorial

When God Winks at You

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

On Tuesday, March 21, I drove to South Texas with my client and friend, Nadeem Zaman, to meet with a major grocery chain, where we were proposing to place his new cactus beverage products into their stores.

As we drove, he began to tell me about how amazing his wife, Julia, was. He described her as “over the top” and “full of energy,” and said how we must get together soon for dinner with my girlfriend, Rebecca.

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April 7, 2017

Editorial

Ad Agency Owns a Barbershop in Madrid

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Kastner & Partners, an international ad agency, fosters a unique culture that teaches its employees to recognize the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurism.
 
Known for its work launching Red Bull and growing the Adidas brand, the agency has a single focus: “To improve our clients’ business.”  

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March 31, 2017

Editorial

I Have Been a Rotarian 13 Years and Never Made a Make Up Meeting

by: Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC

I had lunch with another Rotarian a few days ago, as we chatted during lunch, I had said that I had just gotten back from a trip to the Deep South and had attended two Rotary meetings at various clubs along my way. 

The Rotarian that I had lunch with said that he had been a Rotarian over 13 years, but had never attended a make-up meeting at another club!  I told him that he had cheated himself, that attending a make-up meeting is a lot of fun and you are always bound to meet some new people.
 

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March 24, 2017

Editorial

Six Ways To ‘Fast’ During Lent

by: Tran Trong, Retired

We are in the midst of the Lenten Season that, according to many traditions, began this year on March 2 and will end on Holy Thursday, April 13. I found the article about Lent by the Rev. Brent Barry so interesting that I’d like to share it with you. This piece originally appeared on March 1 in the Dallas Morning News under the title “How Political and Religious Moderates Can ‘Fast’ During Lent.” Because of its length, I’ve asked for and received the author’s consent to pare it down to fit the required editorial format of the Rotagraph.

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March 17, 2017

Editorial

“…western culture is not progressive”

by: Neil Shields, Consultant

At a recent community meeting one panel member made the statement that many of the people moving into our community: who will be our business partners, neighbors, parents of our children’s classmates and last but not least voters, have the belief that “western culture is not progressive”.
 
That almost knocked me off my chair because, while I found it shocking and extremely concerning, I realized that it was probably an accurate assessment of the way a lot of the new people in line at the grocery store felt.  Shame on us!

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March 10, 2017

Editorial

“I’ll have my people call your people.”

by: Cathy Neece Brown, Vice President Development, James L West Alzheimer’s Center

We all have our people, the tribe of folks providing a safety net of security so that we can take courageous leaps that would otherwise paralyze us in fear. These are the same faces that breathe encouragement into us when we are broken and joyously celebrate with us in our highs.

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March 3, 2017

Editorial

Not-So-Smart Planning: No Toilets for Airplanes?

by: Jason Ellis, Vice President Commercial Loans, PlainsCapital Bank

This past Thursday’s Wall Street Journal reported that the huge demand for commercial aircraft has left suppliers scrambling. Per the article, Airbus and Boeing must increase their current output by 30% by the end of the decade to meet demand.

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February 24, 2017

Editorial

Girl Scout Cookies

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies can provide an inspirational model for your business. Girl Scouts began selling their famous cookies 100 years ago.

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February 17, 2017

Editorial

Your Money Is No Good in Mississippi

by: Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

A few weeks ago, I was on travel in the Deep South.  I travelled through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.  I was here for the Christmas holidays and wanted to get away before the beginning of the next school semester and a wide variety of opportunities with clients.  We had lived in deep South Georgia when I was in the Air Force.  Now, 30 years later, I still have good friends there.  We went and played golf for a few days!

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February 10, 2017

Editorial

Buy into the Tradition

by: Larry Anfin, Retired, Coors Distributing Company Fort Worth

Back in 1980, the founding members of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate raised $20,000 for bids at the Junior Sale of Champions. Now the Syndicate raises more than $3 million a year to make the dreams of young livestock exhibitors come true.

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February 3, 2017

Editorial

Quality, Stewardship and Sustainability

by: Neal Shields, Consultant

Several years ago I had the privilege and honor of working with a local leader on a philanthropic project.  Very quickly, I learned that “philanthropy” didn’t mean; “check your MBA at the door”. 

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January 27, 2017

Editorial

SMART SERVICE: Dollar Shave Club

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Have you ever wondered which shaving product is best? Harry’s? Wet Shave Club? Gillette Shave Club? Dollar Shave Club?
 
I put Dollar Shave Club to the test this past week. Right after Valentine’s Day last year, I switched from the Gillette Fusion to the Dollar Shave Club.

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January 20, 2017

Editorial

Inaugural Fun?!

by: Jason Ellis, Vice President-Commercial Loans, Plains Capital Bank

Well, here we are once again.  It seems like it was only…oh, I don’t know…four years ago that We the People (half of us with great anticipation and the other half with much trepidation) held our 66th presidential inauguration.  Yes, We the People managed to make it through the past four years of that person only to endure another four years of this person (or perhaps it’s this person for that person…it’s so difficult to editorialize from the political middle).   

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January 13, 2017

Editorial

Welcome to the Exponential Age…Future Predictions

by: Rush Vann, Owner, Vann Investment Management

Since this is the first Rotary editorial of 2017, I thought it might be kind of fun to delve into some future maybes which may, of course, or may not happen. The source is Dr. Robert Goldman, World Chairman of the International Medical Commission.

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January 6, 2017

Editorial

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

This past year, we experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. In politics, our Presidential Election of Donald Trump, combined with Brexit, will change the direction of our nation, Europe and the world.

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December 30, 2016

Editorial

by: Zem Neill, Retired

As I looked into the history of making New Year’s resolutions I learned that this ritual goes back 4000 years and that ancient Babylonians were the first to celebrate the new year as well as to make resolutions.

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December 23, 2016

A Remembrance of Historical Infamy & Magnificent Endings

by: Blake Barry, Sales Agent, Williams Trew Real Estate

The first week of this month finds all of us somberly remembering the horrific attack and great loss of Americans on December 7th, 1941, at Pearl Harbor.  I will not forget my visit with my family to the USS Arizona Memorial, which marks the final resting place of 1,102 sailors and Marines killed on the ship during the attack.

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December 16, 2016

Rotary and the Holiday Season

by: Don Boren, President/Owner, Kwik Kopy Printing

The Rotary Club of Fort Worth has a wonderful tradition of celebrating the holiday season with our musical salute “Holiday Harmonies”.  The associated Eggnog Reception is an opportunity for Rotarians to share the joy of the holiday season.  Our own members provide a unique vocal take on the holiday season making this a “must attend” meeting. 

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December 9, 2016

Our history – 1950s

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

Part five of an occasional series about the history of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.

The Korean conflict, now known as the forgotten war, was uppermost in American minds from 1950 until a truce was signed in 1953. More than 55,000 Americans died to further the cause of democracy and help prove the viability of the United Nations. More than 60 years later and the United States is still at odds with North Korea – and many Americans think the U.N. is about as viable as a used Kleenex.

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December 2, 2016

Are You in Rotary or Are You a Rotarian?

by: Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC 

I travel periodically around the world.  Several weeks ago, I attended a make-up meeting at a small Rotary club.  One of the key facets of a small Rotary club is the “Classification speech!”

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November 25, 2016

Our history – 1940s

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

Part four of an occasional series about the history of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.

Throughout the Rotary Club of Fort Worth’s century-long history, perhaps no time better demonstrates our members’ passion for putting service above self than the World War II years.

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November 18, 2016

Nominees for Board of Directors 2017-2019

It’s time to cast your vote!

On November 8, 2005, the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth adopted the following policy statement:
 
“No Rotarian shall canvas or campaign for elective position in the Rotary Club of Fort Worth or allow campaigning in his/her behalf.”
 
Names of the nominees appear in the Rotagraph and on the ballot that were mailed/emailed this week. Ballots must be received in the Rotary office on or before 10:00 am, Friday, December 9, 2016. 

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November 11, 2016

Local Organization Honors Veterans’ Families

by: Mac Churchill, Owner, Mac Churchill Acura

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.  – President Ronald Reagan.

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November 4, 2016

When an Idea May Be Just Too Cute – “Black Olives Matter”

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

The next time you hear that “Any publicity is good publicity!” … just ask Rick Camuglia, owner of Paisano’s Italian Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
To share a frame of reference, when is the last time you were socializing with friends over a casual beverage or two after work when someone called out an off-the-wall idea?  

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October 28, 2016

Our Charitable Funds at Work

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

President Andy Taft talked about the importance of our club’s endowment funds during the July 22 meeting. Our club has a long history of paying attention to the unmet needs of our city and its residents through a charitable entity that has supported our community in numerous ways.

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October 21, 2016

Moving from Success to Significance

by: Jason Ray, CEO, Clayton Youth Enrichment Services

Since you are reading the Rotagraph, there is a high probability that you are successful by some measure.  Many people measure their success in terms of business or financial success but of course there are many, many other ways to measure success.  No matter how you slice it, amongst a group of Rotarians, success isn’t a distinguishing feature.

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October 14, 2016

Our history – 1930s

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

Part three of an occasional series about the history of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.
 
Depression took hold of America, with unemployment quadrupling in the early 1930s. In Fort Worth things were different, at least at first. Thanks to the oil industry and a construction spurt that included a new post office, courthouse and dams forming Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain lakes, Tarrant County’s unemployment rate was only 2.3 percent.

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October 7, 2016

Lack of Clarity Can Ruin Your Message!

by: Chris Jordan, President/Chief Steward, Electro Acoustics, Inc.

Every syllable is important, sometimes critical!  Let me illustrate.  A monk had discovered a set of lost scrolls deep in the catacombs.  The Monk began to carefully study key passages within the scrolls.  Suddenly he jumped to his feet and ran out of the catacombs screaming…….  “The word is Celebrate!  The Word is Celebrate!”  Yes, every syllable is critical and a single letter can change the whole message. 

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September 30, 2016

Cutting The Cord: Things You Should Consider Before Disconnecting Your Landline Telephone

by: Greg Petrey, Executive Director, Tarrant County 9-1-1 District

According to a December 2015 study [i] conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over forty-eight percent of American households do not have a landline telephone.  In the 25-29 age bracket, this percentage jumps to over seventy-two percent.  Many of these individuals rely strictly on their wireless communications device (cell phone) for all their communications needs.  Jason Dorsey [ii], a leading Millennial and Generation “Z” expert, recently noted that most Millennial’s don’t even know what a landline telephone looks like, much less how to dial it [referring to a rotary dial telephone]. 

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September 23, 2016

The Next Generation of Rotary

by: John Black, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

It seems that more and more in conversations the topic of where you fall in the generational lineup is arising.  Research papers are constantly being written trying to ‘define’ each respective group in order to help each understand the other and in some cases to help the group understand themselves more.  What I find interesting is that not everyone in each group relates to those definitions, but I digress.

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September 16, 2016

Dr. Seuss and the Road Ahead

by:Jason Strickler, Senior Operations Professional

It is an incredible honor to write an editorial for our great publications, though in truth I found the task somewhat daunting.  That’s saying a lot coming from a guy who spent 15 years as an Air Force pilot flying into combat, but in my defense I have seen what our Newscasters go up against!

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September 9, 2016

September 1

by: Emil Friberg, Retired

You ask, what is the significance of September 1? It is the opening day of dove hunting season in the North and Central Zones of Texas.  During my life time it has always been September 1.  This is my 76th dove season. My father made me wait until I was six years old to start dove hunting with him. The challenge of knocking down one of those little grey birds is what appeals to me.  The limit is 15 birds per day of mourning and/or white wing in aggregate.

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September 2, 2016

Our History – 1920s

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

Part two in an occasional series on history of Rotary Club of Fort Worth.
 
Babe Ruth made baseball history by smacking 60 home runs during the 1927 season. Unlike today’s prima donna players, the only performance enhancing drugs Babe took before a game was several beers and a half-dozen hot dogs. He didn’t steal many bases, but then, he didn’t have to.

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August 26, 2016

Drills versus Holes, and Meditations on the Same

by: Kirk Driver, Lieutenant, Special Assignments Coordinator, South Command, Fort Worth Police Department

People don’t buy a drill because they want a drill…. they buy a drill because they want holes.” – Mark Houston, Ph.D., Marketing Professor, TCU Neeley School of Business

Whatever your business, it is a good practice to take the time to reflect on a regular basis and ask yourself, “What is it specifically that my customers want?  How am I filling that need?  

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August 19, 2016

Situational Leadership: Effective Leadership Principal for Committees

by: Todd Mulford, CRM, CIC, Senior Consultant, Property & Casualty, Gus Bates Insurance & Investments

At the June 22nd meeting, President #WhereisAndy, stated that this year’s theme for our club is “Rotary in Action” and encouraged members to get involved on one or more of the various committees within the club.  When asked shortly after that to write an editorial, I decided to share a leadership technique I learned years ago as a Field Director for the New Orleans Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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August 12, 2016

Happening TO or FOR you

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Lanny Bassham – quite a busy guy as mental toughness guru for multiple Olympians — turned two horrible experiences in his life into powerful motivators that led him to an Olympic gold medal and 22 world championships.
 
He describes himself as the worst athlete in every sport in elementary school, “You know, the boy who plays half each game in right field because everyone has to play. The ball came at me once and hit me in the face.”

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August 5, 2016

Our History – 1910s

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

Part one in a series on the Rotary Club of Fort Worth history.

The world into which the Rotary Club of Fort Worth was founded in the 1910’s:

Woodrow Wilson was the U.S. president. Robert Milam was mayor of Fort Worth. Tarrant County had two judges: Charles Prewett for civil matters, R.E. Bratton for criminal cases.  The Swift and Armour packing plants on the North Side were bringing thousands of newcomers to the city.

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July 29, 2016

Would You Know Where to Turn?

by: Cathy Neece Brown, Vice President Development, James L West Alzheimer’s Center

I was provided an “a-ha” moment the other day when I received an email invitation from a colleague in Leadership Texas asking the following question….” Do you know where families in Tarrant County can find [fill in the blank]?”   For a moment I thought that the answer was absolutely YES but then I began to really think about the enormity of this simple question.  I could name a few nonprofits off of the top of my head but given greater thought I was saddened to think that I truly couldn’t comprehensively answer this question. 

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July 22, 2016

Rules to Live by: Rotary’s Four-Way Test

by: J.R. Labbe, Vice President-Communications, JPS Health Network

Do a Google search on “rules to live by” and see what pops onto your screen.

  • 10 rules to live by for those who want to live a positive life. No. 1: Be comfortable in your own skin. No. 2: Avoid clichés like the plague. (OK, that second one was mine.)

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July 15, 2016

Leadership Lessons From Pat Summit

by: Cathy Neece Brown, Vice President Development, James L West Alzheimer’s Center

Last week the world was saddened at the passing of renowned woman’s basketball coach Pat Summit.  I became familiar with the battle Coach Summit was fighting as a result of a conversation with fellow Rotarian John Fletcher. 

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July 8, 2016

Surround Yourself with Winners

by: Neal Shields, Retired

Those who know me, know that I am “into” networking for business purposes.  I will even freely admit that it was one of my primary reasons for joining Rotary.  However, it pains me to see people join Rotary and then drop out after 6 months or a year because it isn’t “ringing the cash register”.

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July 1, 2016

Rotary In Action

by: Andy Taft, President, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

Each year, the incoming Rotary President has the honor of writing a Rotagraph editorial.   It is a privilege to start this editorial with thanks to President Doug, our Board, Committee Chairs and all those who have advanced the club in so many ways this past year and in the years before.

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June 24, 2016

Editorial

by: Doug Briley, Chief Executive Officer, Warren Douglas Advertising, Inc.

What a fast year it’s been! I have enjoyed and have been thoroughly inspired by being your president over the past 12 months. Our theme of “Rotary Means Business” has come to life in so many ways, and each of you has played a role in making our club continue to move forward this year.

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June 17, 2016

Goals-We All Have Them!

by: Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC.

On my way to class at UNT in Denton a couple of weeks ago, I came upon a traffic accident as I exited I35W to go to Campus.  A big truck had hit a car.  I stopped and asked if help was needed– No one was injured

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June 10, 2016

Have You Met Our New Members?

by: Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC.

The May 2016 edition of the Rotary Magazine had a great article on the changing face of Rotary and our new millennial age members.  The article addresses what we, as Rotarians, need to do to address the changing face of Rotary.

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June 3, 2016

100 Years of Rotary in Fort Worth Revisited

by: Rush Vann, Owner, Vann Investment Management

Since the publication of the Centennial edition of the Fort Worth Rotary in 2013, we have added many new members. Many of those additions and some of us old members might benefit from a refresher about your Club…its history and mission:

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May 27, 2016

100 Years of Rotary in Fort Worth Revisited

by: Rush Vann, Owner, Vann Investment Management

Since the publication of the Centennial edition of the Fort Worth Rotary in 2013, we have added many new members. Many of those additions and some of us old members might benefit from a refresher about your Club…its history and mission:

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May 20, 2016

by: Sid Johnston, Executive Director, First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation

The Annual Crazy Pants Open Golf Tournament held on April 26th, was a tremendous success due to the support of many individuals and sponsors.  The weather was outstanding and the golf balls were flying.

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May 13, 2016

Around Rotary District 5790:
2016 Wheelchair Project in San Jose, Costa Rica

by: Jason Ellis, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, PlainsCapital Bank, Lending

Our Rotary district has been involved with the Wheelchair Program since 2006, which was introduced by Dan Morales, the District Governor at that time.  The stated mission of the Wheelchair Program is “…to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one”.  Our district not only raises the funds to purchase the wheelchairs, but also assembles teams of volunteers to distribute the chairs internationally to places like Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

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May 6, 2016

The Establishment

by: Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, Apartment Association of Tarrant County

Want to know a secret?  As a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, you are part of the establishment. Before you set up barricades along Camp Bowie or frantically search your attic for your well-worn Che Guevara poster, take a moment to consider the following: 
 
It is an established fact that you are one of the business, civic, religious, academic, cultural, and/or non-profit leaders in Fort Worth. As a leader, you know that authority carries obligation beyond your organization. As a Rotarian, you humbly fulfill your leadership duty to better the community in which you live, work, and play

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April 29, 2016

MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival

by: Larry Anfin, Retired, Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth

The number one Arts Festival in Texas and one of the best in the United States, ranked in the Top 10 by USA Today and the Art Fair Sourcebook. The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrated 31 years from April 14-17, 2016, beginning in 1986 as a way to showcase the revitalization of Downtown Fort Worth-is something to be proud of.

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April 22, 2016

Am I The Big New Yorker?

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting 

If you find yourself eating The Big New Yorker pizza, burger, sandwich or candy this fall, I will be as happy as you are. I am consumed with the potential of Hillary Trump facing off against Donald Trump in the November 8 presidential election. And this week’s New York primary election could bring some attention to my cause. 

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April 15, 2016

Are You An OAR?

by: Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

For most of the month of March 2016, I travelled on the road—South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana.  We have clients all over, hence, they needed help and I went to aid them.  

During my trip to New Mexico, I spent a nite in Clovis, New Mexico.  This is Eastern New Mexico, near the Texas border.  I had business there, so decided to spend the night there as well.  The next morning, I found where the Rotary meeting was that day—at the Community Center, at Noon.  I showed up, found the room and waited.  Having been a visiting Rotarian in many towns in the USA and elsewhere, I like to be sure where the meeting is, so I am always early.
 

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April 8, 2016

Respect and Understanding—the Key to Success

by: Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the better part of three days working on the development and refinement of the Professional Engineers (PE) exam in the Industrial Discipline at Clemson University, in South Carolina.

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April 1, 2016

JFK Returns to Cowtown

by: Jim Parr, Broker/Associate, William C. Jennings Company

JFK’s last night on earth was spent in Fort Worth, Texas. He and Jackie arrived late from stops in San Antonio and Houston, and checked into a suite at the Hotel Texas which has been decorated with art works from private collections of prominent Fort Worth families.

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March 25, 2016

Addressing Childhood Hunger: An Economic Imperative

by: Bo Soderbergh, Executive Director, Tarrant Area Food Bank

One in four families with children in Texas experience food insecurity.  More simply put, they are not always certain where or if they will get a meal and are forced to make difficult decisions on what to forego in order to feed their children.  A safe assumption is that the heads of these households are stretching their food dollars by purchasing the most calorie dense food at the lowest price they can find.

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March 18, 2016

The Logo and the Pinkie Finger- A Good Measure

by: Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I was in a local Denton restaurant last week before class.  I know the owner, he ran a restaurant here in Fort Worth before deciding to open his own restaurant.
 
He was all excited that they had added several new menu items for their Sunday Brunch, including having unlimited Mimosa’s for only $1.  The new menu items had been a real hit, his clientele enjoyed all of the new food items that his Chef had prepared.

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March 11, 2016

News to Me

by: Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, Apartment Association of Tarrant County

Today’s news cycle is short and segmented.   National political guru Charlie Cook (The Cook Report) deems this phenomenon:  narrowcasting.   For more than 40 years, Cook contends Americans got their news from the three major networks and their local newspaper.  Today, we get our news like we get our Starbucks coffee – customized to our particular wants and needs. 

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March 4, 2016

35W Coalition Drives Transportation Results

by: Mac Churchill,  Owner,  Mac Churchill Acura

This past week saw the celebration of the 35W Coalition’s 10th anniversary with our annual meeting at the Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway. The purpose was to recognize a decade of planning that has resulted in the actual construction now taking place on I-35W in North Fort Worth.

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February 26, 2016

Leaving a Legacy

by: John Fletcher,  President/Owner,  John Fletcher Consulting

“Your father saved my life!” said a man who walked up to me at the end of a recent funeral for one of Dad’s employees.

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February 19, 2016

Rotary—Just Like the School Lunch Room!

by: Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I brought a graduate student from the University of North Texas, where I teach as an adjunct professor, to the Rotary meeting a couple of weeks ago.

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February 12, 2016

Perfect Valentine’s Gift

by: John Fletcher,  President/Owner,  John Fletcher Consulting

We men find ourselves in a precarious position this week. When our Valentine says, “Oh really, don’t get me anything,” we must realize two important points.

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February 5, 2016

Fiscal Responsibility in Tarrant County

by: Sharen Wilson, Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

In the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, we talk a lot about loving Tarrant County.  It sounds corny, but it’s true.  It means something to know our service and hard work are focused on helping our county.  One of the ways we love Tarrant County, is reflected in our obligation to be fiscally responsible with your tax dollars.

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January 29, 2016

Entrepreneurship at its Finest

by: Rush Vann, Owner, Vann Investment Management

I’m not sure how many of us saw the recent article about the two Fort Worth friends who saw an opportunity and seized on it. Malcolm Fleet and Dick Varnell came up with the idea of using shipping containers as temporary homes for transient oilfield workers. With the cyclical nature of the industry in full bloom the last few years…boom to now bust, many communities struggle at first with finding enough hotel space to accommodate the influx of workers. Today, unfortunately, there is a surplus of rooms as the industry goes through one of its down periods.

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January 22, 2016

Saddle Up, Cowboys & Cowgirls – It’s Rodeo Time!

by: Jason Ellis, Vice President-Commercial Loans, Plains Capital Bank

This past Friday began the 23-day run of one of Cowtown’s longest running entertainment and tourist events – the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
 
From the time I was a little boy, I have always loved the rides on the midway, the aroma of the cotton candy and corn dogs on a stick while walking from one ride to another. For some reason they just seem to taste better on the fairgrounds.

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January 15, 2016

Late Cleburne Rotarian Sets a High Bar

by: John Fletcher,  President/Owner,  John Fletcher Consulting

Please allow me to introduce you to my late friend and mentor George Marti – a true Rotarian of Rotarians. When he passed away at age 95 on Sunday, December 13, he was the longest-tenured member of the Cleburne Rotary Club, with 68 years of continual service. He still had close to perfect attendance and even attended Rotary the Thursday before he died.

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January 8, 2016

Elf on the Shelf Creates Fun Christmas Memories

by: Mac Churchill, President, Mac Churchill Acura

One of the great joys of being a grandparent is to play games with the grandchildren, particularly when they are young. One of our favorite aspects of the Christmas season for my wife Lu Jo and me is to play the Elf on the Shelf game with our grandchildren.

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January 1, 2016

Rotary Opportunities for Service

by: John Fletcher,  President/Owner,  John Fletcher Consulting

USA Today carried an inspiring brief article on Monday, December 15, that totally changed how I feel toward being inconvenienced.   A nurse and her party had used the Open Table website to make restaurant reservations at the Sumo Maya Restaurant in Phoenix on a Sunday afternoon in early December.

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December 25, 2015

Diversity—A Business Necessity

by: Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

Listening and leadership are integral elements to a successful business.  So is employing a diverse and varied staff.  Our world today is wide open, flat and accessible.  

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December 18, 2015

Check Out Small-Town Radio for a Chuckle

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Last Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried a headline that immediately captivated me: “In Newberry, AM radio is still vital.”
 
The article profiled a small AM radio station in Newberry, home to 1,489 residents in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. John Carlisle from the Detroit Free Press had composed the story and the Journal republished it.

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December 11, 2015

Crime Stoppers Awarded For Helping to Keep Tarrant County Safe

by: Bernie Appel, President/CEO, Appel Associates

On October 22, 2015, Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County received two major accolades from the Office of the Governor, Texas Crime Stoppers Council.  During the 27th Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Awards Ceremony held in Brownsville, Texas.

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December 4, 2015

Listen. What Do You Hear?

by: Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

Listening is the first step for effective communication. And effective communication is inseparable from organizational success.

The recent student protest at the University of Missouri resulted in the resignation of the university system president and university chancellor. 

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November 27, 2015

First Proclaimed Thanksgiving 

by: Rush Vann, Owner, Vann Investment Management

George Washington first proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1789. Seventy-four years later President Lincoln on October 3, 1863 proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be observed on the last Thursday in November at the persistent urging of 74 year old magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hale.

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November 20, 2015

Letters That Make A Difference

by: John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

President George H.W. Bush was reported to be a prolific note author, sending note cards with personal messages to people who impressed him.
 
Our local U.S. Congressman and fellow Rotarian Roger Williams is in the same mold, following the example of his late father, legendary car dealer Jack Williams.

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November 13, 2015

Caregiving: A Universal Occupation
Random Acts of Kindness for a Caregiver

by: Cathy Neece Brown, CFRE, Vice President for Development, James L. West Alzheimer’s Center

Do you know someone caring for a family member or friend?

Care giving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don’t think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become exhausted and stressed.

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November 6, 2015

Ben Hogan: What an Amazing Man

by Mac Churchill, President, Mac Churchill Acura

Mac, I’ll only buy a car from you if you have Hogan clubs in your bag.” That challenge reflects my fondest memory of Ben Hogan.

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October 30, 2015

Yes, Purple IS Cool!

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

It was 31 years ago that I co-authored the song, I Was Purple When Purple Wasn’t Cool with Bill Kinder, who later became the star of the Big Billy Kinder Show on KSCS Radio.

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October 23, 2015

State of the Club: We’re in Business!

by Doug Briley, President/CEO, Warren Douglas Advertising, Inc.

Our Club’s Rotary year is off to a great start! There is so much going on behind the scenes of the weekly meetings, and I’m excited to tell you about it.

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October 16, 2015

Samaritan House

by Norbert White, President & CEO, Samaritan House

As the head of a local Tarrant County nonprofit, Samaritan House, I find that I live in two different worlds. 

In the first world, I spend my days providing shelter and medicine to individuals who are homeless and burdened by physical disabilities that limit every aspect of their lives.

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October 9, 2015

The Rotary Program

by Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

The new Rotary year is upon us.  I was asked to serve as your program chair for this year, along with fellow members Mike Baylor and Shawn SnellMr. Baylor has been a program chair for many years, however,…

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October 2, 2015

Partnerships

by Jason Ellis, VP-Commercial Loans, Plains Capital Bank

As a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, I’ve discovered that I take for granted that, as part of Rotary International, I am a part of an international institution with an unprecedented global reach. 

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September 25, 2015

Go Mavs!

by Larry Anfin, Retired, Coors Distributing Company

The Dallas Mavericks again have a new group of players that Coach Carlisle needs to mold into a team. The only player guaranteed of a position is Dirk Nowitzki, all other positions are up for grabs

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September 18, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday!

by Susan Farris, Executive Director, James L. West Alzheimer’s Center

Services and support for America’s aging population became a priority in 1965 with the passing of the Older Americans Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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September 11, 2015

Art Work

by Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, Apartment Association of Tarrant County

Play-Doh has infinite possibilities.  From animals to spaceships, you can make anything with that stuff. Play-Doh is virtually indestructible.  You can cut, tear, roll, pound, and crush it.  Play-Doh drives creativity.

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September 4, 2015

Two Days to Honor: Labor and Giving

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

September marks a milestone in an American tradition and a fairly new phenomenon in North Texas.

This first Monday of September is Labor Day, which honors the working men and women of America.

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August 28, 2015

Fall, Frogs, Friends & Football

by Mac Churchill, President, Mac Churchill Acura

Ahhhh, the cooler days of fall are almost upon us. We can put on a sweater and enjoy brisk 95-degree September afternoons and watch our Horned Frogs take to the gridiron with their well-earned #2 national ranking.

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August 21, 2015

Establishment of a New Fund to Support Military Veterans

by Elliot Goldman, President, GL2Partners

For many years I have cared passionately for our military and for those who serve in the armed forces. I am not one who casually says, “I support our military.” I get it, and I believe most members of the club do as well. Every day we are privileged to live our version of the American dream and for one simple reason –

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August 14, 2015

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just About Games

by Rush Vann, Owner, Vann Investment Management

An article in a recent Wall Street Journal about virtual reality fascinated me and deserves to be shared in brief. “Picture this: You walk into a coffee shop or an office, and half the people around you have their eyes hidden behind opaque goggles.

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August 7, 2015

Taylor Swift Nibbles Gently on Apple

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Did you see country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift bring Apple to its knees with the kindest, gentlest complaint letter? We should all learn that civility can still win the day in business as well as personal life.

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July 31, 2015

Service Above Self

by Don Boren, President/Owner, Kwik Kopy Printing

Recent media attention regarding heroes has started me thinking about who I would consider candidates. Like most of my generation, my heroes have always been idealized military members like Audie Murphy or sports greats like Roger Staubach.  Individuals that seemed to rise above their physical ability, or overcome fears to accomplish greatness.

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July 24, 2015

Where is Your Company’s 8-Legged Chicken?

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 2 that the competitors of KFC in China are spreading false rumors on social media about its food quality.

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July 17, 2015

The 4 Way Test

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

The new Rotary year is upon us.  My business travel schedule has increased and I try to always attend Rotary once a week, no matter where I am located.

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July 10, 2015

Horned Frogs Baseball Taught Us

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

TCU’s dramatic post-season successes and path to the College World Series taught us more lessons in sports, business and life than we can even fathom.

 

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July 3, 2015

Rotary Means Business

by Doug Briley, President/CEO, Warren Douglas Advertising, Inc.

What an honor it is for me to serve as your Rotary president during the next year! Over the past 18 months, while anticipating the commencement of this season, I have felt the responsibility of guiding this club of so many civic leaders well. My interactions with club members as well as their personal influence on me have inspired my theme for the year, Rotary Means Business.

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June 26, 2015

We Lit It Up

by Wayne Carson, President/CEO, ACH Child & Family Services

The International Rotary theme this year was “Light Up Rotary”.  The theme was not a promotion for smoking, it was about generating excitement and energy for Rotary.

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June 19, 2015

The Reality for Many First Generation College Students

by Mike Marshall, Government Affairs, Texas Christian University

A formal education is arguably the most important investment in life.  “We don’t want you to end up like us…working strenuous jobs with long hours and little pay.

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June 12, 2015

Our Public Schools—They Belong To Us

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

A couple of weeks ago, our Rotary program was on the Young Woman’s Leadership Academy.  If you were in attendance, you heard students from grades 9, 10, 11 recite their essays on what it meant to them about Service Before Self, one of Rotary’s key tenets.

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June 5, 2015

Waco Doesn’t Deserve the Blame – Again

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

Once again, the city of Waco has fallen victim to what happened in its vicinity, and certainly without any blame to its residents or its leaders.  

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May 29, 2015

The Commitment to Participation

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

In the United Methodist Church, when we receive a new member into the church, the minister asks this question:  Will you support the Methodist Church with your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness?” The new member eagerly answers, “Yes!” and is thus made a member of the congregation.  In Rotary, I often think of the question’s elements when we induct a new club member.  

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May 15, 2015

Outplaced Doesn’t Mean Out of Commission

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

We’ve noticed in the past several months, executives, middle-managers and employees at many stages of their careers have been “outplaced,” the politically correct term for being laid off or fired when companies either right size their organization, realign staff or realistically adjust to a marketplace with different demands for products or services produced.  In other cases, mergers and acquisitions necessitate a reduction of staff to reduce duplication of capabilities

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May 8, 2015

Smart Risk: Garth Brooks & Bob Doyle

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

How many of us receive praise in front of tens of millions of people for our great work? Well, my longtime friend Bob Doyle did during Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

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May 1, 2015

S.T.A.R.S. Program

by Susan Morgan, Firm Administrator, Bakutis, McCully & Sawyer

This Friday’s program is a celebration of our Club’s work this year with our Adopt-a-School partner, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.  All of us who had the opportunity to interact with the students were impressed with their intelligence, ambition, kindness and respect.

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April 24, 2015

What Does That Shiny Pin Mean?

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

Twice in the past couple of weeks, I have had individuals ask me what my Rotary pin means.   The first time I was at First United Methodist Church, downtown, after the 9:30 am service, in the courtyard visiting with other parishioners.  An individual came up, saw the pin and boldly asked, “Mister, What does that Shiny Pin Mean?”  I told him that it was a Rotary pin, that I belonged to the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.  Well, you know the next question, “What is Rotary and what does it mean?” 

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April 17, 2015

Not-So-Smart Timing: Indiana’s Controversial New Law

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

If you’re going to create a gigantic controversy, you might consider making the calendar work in your favor. The latest example is the Indiana State Legislature, which passed a religious freedom act this last week.

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April 10, 2015

The Glass is Not Clean

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I had a painting reworked the other day at a big chain frame shop.  This was not a fancy re-do, but a simple realignment and a new mat for the picture.

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April 3, 2015

Smart time to play: April Fool’s Day!

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletchers Consulting

Burger King just announced a way to make every woman universally attractive to every American with its Flame Grilled Fragrance Cologne.   Since the product is available for April 1 only, and exclusively in Japan, I figure it’s an April Fools’ ploy. I wonder if its Kobe beef!   Rahr & Sons Brewery played its prank on Friday, March 27 – so a few days leading up to April Fools’ Day.

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March 27, 2015

Change the Culture, Change a Child’s Life

by Victor Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, VG Electric Contracting, LLC

A little over a year ago my wife earned her doctorate in Education and instead of staying in her field she took a leap of faith and joined a newly created organization that has taken on the task to reform the Texas Foster Care System, Our Community Our Kids, a Division of ACH Child and Family Services.

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March 20, 2015

Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Fort Worth

by Lauren Harris, Director of Leadership Giving, Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the U.S., but a city is more than a mass of people and roadways, it is individual neighborhoods woven together to make the fabric of our city. In Fort Worth, many of these neighborhoods contain their own personality. Mistletoe Heights, Ryan Place, Crestwood, Fairmont, Como; all of these neighborhoods conjure up an image or feeling.

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March 13, 2015

Hearing All the Voices in the Room

by Christie Mosley-Eckler, Vice President of Development, Samaritan House

I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite topics and to issue a small challenge.  In the past few years, I have joined different groups and clubs to improve and enhance my circle of contacts for various purposes:  to serve others, spread the message of the group, and increase my overall awareness of the community.  I have been taught the more diverse our audience, the more likely we are to hear each other’s voices in the room.

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March 6, 2015

Recruit your Non Profit Board Member as if You’re Hiring Your #2!

by Missy Gale, CFRE, President, M. Gale & Associates, LLC

Nonprofit organizations’ rely on strong volunteer leadership to guide and direct their businesses.  Recruiting and selecting board members should be done as carefully as hiring a top employee.  It’s a tough job because volunteer leadership is uncompensated and not only has fiduciary responsibility for the nonprofit business but must take on additional responsibilities at a high level, working closely with staff, to ensure organizational strategies and goals are met.  Serving on a nonprofit board requires more than passion for the cause, it requires an honest investment of resources, skills and time.  If anyone recruiting you to serve says otherwise they’re doing you and their nonprofit business a big disservice.

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February 27, 2015

National Recognition Possible for Chisholm Trail and Great Western Trail

by Sylvia Mahoney, President & CEO, Design 4 Writers

Fort Worth loves the Chisholm Trail; it is obvious. Although the Chisholm Trail is the most famous Texas cattle trail, it and its sister trail to the west, the Great Western Trail may be awarded a new level of recognition: National Historic Trails. However, your help is needed for two reasons.

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February 20, 2015

Treating News Reporter Phobia

by Bill Lawrence, Principal, Lawrence & Associates

All executives like positive news stories about their organizations. Those who are prepared for an interview usually do a better job of telling their organization’s story.

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February 13, 2015

Choose your date: Friday 13th or Valentine’s

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, Fletcher Consulting Public Relations

The day you select to discuss this weekend describes you far more than you can imagine. If you want to focus on Friday the 13th, odds are you have a misanthropic personality, always wondering what next bad thing is going to happen.

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February 6, 2015

Smart Resolutions: Reasonable & Achievable

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, Fletcher Consulting Public Relations

Who hasn’t made the bold January resolution to lose 20 pounds, give up smoking or start exercising? According to some estimates, close to 80% of promises are broken within the first three weeks. So what is the answer?

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January 30, 2015

Public Schools—We Need Them—They Need Us

by Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I recently attended the Fort Worth Realtor’s Council Summit on Education.  The summit held a panel discussion on the future of higher education in Texas.  Sitting on the panel was a former Texas State Education Commissioner and School Superintendent, a sitting school superintendent, a school board president and a retired teacher who had worked with education commission in Austin.

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January 23, 2015

Change the Framework

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

I love it when a company can take a song and work its brand into the lyrics. My favorite right now is Walgreen’s Pharmacy, which uses the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Down on the Corner” in the background and the narrative explains that Walgreens began as a corner drugstore. The message paints them as having a heritage of a local drugstore rather than a giant behemoth.

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January 16, 2015

Lucky to be an American

by Susan Morgan, Firm Administrator, Bakutis, McCully & Sawyer

My husband and I visited most of the Scandinavian countries, Germany and Russia in August, 2014.  Former Rotary Club of Fort Worth President, Bo Soderbergh hails from a beautiful part of the world, and the Swedish archipelago is truly magnificent site!  We sailed through it for four hours, through many of the 30,000 islands.  Who knew? 

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January 9, 2015

The Importance of the Arts in Fort Worth

by Christina Brinker, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Arts Council of Fort Worth

The arts community in Fort Worth is vast and touches everyone’s lives in one way or another.  From arts education for our children to advertisements at the Zoo we go about our lives every day with the benefit of the arts. 

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December 26, 2014

The Rotary Make Up Meeting—Never Know Whom You Will Meet

by Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

My position with our firm requires that I travel frequently.  I love to travel, after all, 30 years in the Air Force, having moved 17 different times gives you the spirit and desire for adventure and wanderlust!

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December 19, 2014

What One Thing?

by John Fletcher, President/Owner, John Fletcher Consulting

True story — 15 years ago, the Hilton Hotel in Waco hired a consultant to evaluate the hotel’s overall customer service. When it came time to review the quality of room service, the dining director said, “Everyone loves our room service. Here, I’ll show you.” She called a guest’s room and said, “Ms. Howell, this is Donna in room service. We just delivered a meal to you ten minutes ago, and I wanted to make sure everything was OK. (pause for a response) It was? Great! Thank you for being our customer. Good night.”

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December 12, 2014

How I Saved A Life

by Jim Parr, Broker/Associate, William C. Jennings Company

The cardiologist looked up from his computer screen into the eyes of the patient seated across from him in the exam room. “You know,” he said, “I don’t like what I’m seeing here. These test results tell me you have a serious problem.”

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December 5, 2014

Habits of the Hearts

by J.R. Labbe, Vice President – Communications, JPS Health Network

The dictionary defines “altruism” as an uncalculated consideration for or devotion to others’ interests. Every Rotarian demonstrates that spirit when you put “Service Above Self”.

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November 28, 2014

Pronoia

by Baker Duncan, Oil & Gas Manager, J. C. Pace & Company

Pronoia – the opposite of paranoia – the delusional belief that everyone is plotting our well-being or saying nice things behind our backs. Dan Ariely, of the Wall Street Journal, responded to a reader that in place of the Constitutional aspiration as a mind-set, the pursuit of happiness; he would rather pursue pronoia.

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November 21, 2014

Life Lessons from Connect Four

by Mike Marshall, Government Affairs, Texas Christian University

Earlier this fall, I went to the Landmark Bar & Kitchen (off West 7th in Fort Worth) for the first time.  I felt a sense of nostalgia, as I played classic games such as Jenga and Connect Four with my wife and some friends.  I dominated Jenga, believing I was unbeatable. 

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November 14, 2014

The Marshmallow Experiments (The ability to wait in order to obtain something that one wants.)

by Don Boren, Owner, Kwik Kopy

The original experiment took place in 1972 at the Bing Nursery School located at Stanford University, using children from the ages of four to six as subjects. The children were led into a room where a treat was placed on a table, by a chair.

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November 7, 2014

Fall Back Time – What does Fall bring?

by Christie Mosley-Eckler, Vice President of Development, Samaritan House

We know we are tempting fate my fellow Rotarians to say something like this, but here goes…it almost feels like fall out there!  Or at least that’s what our fearless, “always correct” meteorologists are saying. Only in Texas can we enjoy all four seasons in one week, but that’s what makes it great!

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October 31, 2014

What’s all the buzz about pre-K?

by ~ Kara Waddell, President/CEO, Child Care Associates

Whether you are watching gubernatorial debates or tracking the front page of your local paper, it’s clear that there is a “buzz” nationally about pre-K and early learning.

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October 24, 2014

Beer, Rotary and a High Calling!

by ~ Chris Jordan, President, Electro Acoustics, Inc.

If Fort Worth is where the west begins then Dallas is where the east peters out.  However, I recently heard a presentation by Dallas Architect Mike Malone at the Texas Society of Architect’s chapter meeting in Fort Worth.  He was passionate about architecture and the impact it has on the city. 

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October 17, 2014

Use a Professional—it is Always Cheaper

by ~ Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L., Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

Recently, a friend of mine moved to Florida because of job relocation.

His company has a policy of either using the big moving company or the “Do It Yourself” move with the U Haul truck.  If he used the Do It Yourself method, he could pocket any extra money between the cost of the big moving company and the U Haul truck. 

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October 10, 2014

A Major Change

by Mike Marshall, Government Affairs, Texas Christian University

Long before I joined the Rotary Club, I had an unwavering affinity for corporate America.  I recall two distinct elements that appealed to me: 1) status (money, power, and position) and 2) suits (the USA Network even created a TV show bearing this name).  At the same time, having K-12 educators as parents, I quickly learned that education was not the path to pursue if seeking a lucrative career.  Obviously, superficial reasons were drawing me toward business. 

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October 3, 2014

Friends For Life Program – Help Prevent Suicides and Family Violence Among Students

by Bernie Appel, President & CEO, Appel Associates

The Campus Crime Stoppers Friends for Life Program began as a partnership with the Fort Worth ISD “It’s Not Okay” campaign during the 2010-2011 school year. The Friends for Life program focuses on behaviors and issues that can place students at risk and serves as a resource for students who want to report fellow students who are victims of bullying, cyber bullying, sexting, dating or family violence, gang activity, sexual harassment, or have suicidal tendencies. 

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September 26, 2014

Focus on the “Other” TCU, Please

by Joseph DeWoody, President, Clear Fork Royalty

I understand why the media is so focused on stories of college football players off the field conduct. Their stories include assault, drug charges, arrests and a variety of other unbecoming conducts. The subject matter sizzles. These instances seem to always involve the pre-season Players of the Year, All-Americans and potential NFL draft picks. For drama, it’s a fall from a lofty position.

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September 19, 2014

Kill or Hug the Messenger? Considering the Who of Advocacy

by Dawn Youngblood, PhD, Archivist, Tarrant County Archives

As Community Leaders, all Rotarians are involved in Advocacy.

We want to beat the drum for the projects we hope to see accomplished. It should come as no surprise that advocating for archives is something I do.

 

 

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September 12, 2014

Keep Texas Moving

by Robert Gleason, Director of Governmental Affairs, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors

Recently, our association hosted a panel discussion on transportation featuring Bill Meadows, Jungus Jordan, and Paul Ballard. The possibility of high speed rail to Dallas, Austin and Houston; commuter rail from Downtown Fort Worth to DFW; and new (and thankfully, soon to be completed) major road projects, will be major game changers for our businesses and our community.

 

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September 5, 2014

The Intelligence Boom

by Rush Vann, Jr., Owner, Vann Investment Management

“Are We Getting Smarter” is the title of a book by James R. Flynn. Mr. Flynn is one of the most influential figures in psychology, but is not a psychologist. He’s a trained political philosopher. He broke into psychology in the ‘50’s by documenting the now famous, “Flynn Effect” which is the strong tendency of nations’ average measured intelligence (IQ) to rise over time.

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August 29, 2014

The History of Labor Day

from The History of Labor Day. The History Channel – www.history.com

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. 

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August 22, 2014

Avocation

by Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, Apartment Association of Tarrant County

You can recall the leaders (good and bad) who have impacted your life. Perhaps it was a coach, a supervisor, or a church lay-person whose actions and methods transformed your life. For me it was my father, President Reagan, and Dr. Gale Avant. These men shaped my life and my leadership style.

 

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August 15, 2014

Do You Really Want to Sell Something?

by Dr. Joe Michels, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC.

In the past few weeks, our firm has been searching for some new business promotional products. We know what we want, size, color, style, etc.

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August 8, 2014

Clear Fork Royalty

by Joseph DeWoody, President, Clear Fork Royalty

I admire companies and organizations that place their members/customers and their mission first, realizing that performance and profits will follow once they establish a strong culture.

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August 1, 2014

Honesty – A Character of Virtue

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

Our corporate mailbox is at the Downtown Fort Worth Post Office. I bought some stamps the other day. When I was done, I moved away from the counter so the next patron could be served.

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July 25, 2014

Who’s Going to Fill Your Shoes?

by John Sowada, President, EMMS Consulting

There is no substitute for the informal networks which result from rubbing shoulders with the cast of characters that shows up on Friday.

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July 18, 2014

Summer Getaway Turned Giveaway

by Janee Hill, CEO, MHE3 Productions

It’s Summertime! For many of us, that means family vacations and fun getaways. But how many of us really getaway?

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July 11, 2014

Years Ahead of Dallas: Fort Worth’s First Park and First Library

by Dawn Youngblood, Archivist, Tarrant County Archives

Sometimes I know an historical fact, but the true gravity of the reality behind it simply has not sunk in.

For years I have known that Sarah Hyde Gray Mason Jennings donated the land for the first public park in Fort Worth. The park is Hyde Park – located between the Flat Iron Building, City Hall, and the Federal Building. It is a tiny park now – the smallest in the city – but its significance is huge.

 

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July 4, 2014

It’s All About Me!

by Wayne Carson, Chief Executive Officer, ACH Child & Family Services

The first editorial in July is always about the incoming president.  500 words all about me – awesome!  Yet, one thing I’ve learned in my 14 years as a Rotarian is that in our Fort Worth club, there isn’t much “me” – it’s all “us”.  As incoming president, I’ve seen the “us” in action, and it’s been humbling. 

 

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June 27, 2014

Conviction

by Perry Pillow, Director of Government Affairs, Apartment Association of Tarrant County

When asked about her leadership style, Margaret Thatcher retorted she believed in conviction not consensus.  Lady Thatcher was right about the former; less correct about the latter.

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June 20, 2014

Hero Returns Home: Paschal Teacher Dean Cozine

by John Fletcher, President, Fletcher Consulting

I have been looking forward to this Friday, June 20, for seven years.

As a public relations professional, I often compose speeches for clients. In May 2007, I had crafted a speech for a car dealer client in Port Arthur to deliver as sponsor of the Teacher of the Year banquet.

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June 13, 2014

Smart Strategy: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth & Brown M&M’s

by John Fletcher, President, Fletcher Consulting

“We will NOT play if you have brown M&Ms backstage!”

Well, David Lee Roth was far smarter than we thought. The legendary front man for rock group Van Halen was known for demanding that all brown M&Ms be removed from the backstage area.

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June 6, 2014

Opportunities are All Around!

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I was in Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago for client engagement meetings.  I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the Daedalians organization, a group of military pilots, at Vance AFB in Enid, Oklahoma.

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May 30, 2014

Two Studies

by Rush Vann, Jr., Owner, Vann Investment Management

Two studies in the British journal, Heart, add new evidence to the case that too much exercise can be detrimental to one’s health. This comment was the result of a study of over 1000 heart patients over 10 years and found that those who vigorously exercised daily were more than twice as likely to die of heart attacks or strokes than those who hit the gym only 2 to 4 times per week. Hmm.

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May 23, 2014

Learning 5 Simple Facts About an Individual

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L, Managing Principal, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I sat with a new member of our club the other day.  As people walked in, I told him about those whom I knew as they walked in.  I can usually recall 5 simple things about an individual if I know them.

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May 16, 2014

Lessons from NYC’s Naked Cowboy

by John Fletcher, Marketing Strategist, Fletcher Consulting

If you were forced to name a powerful brand that has created a strong identity and been monetized to reach much of its potential, your choices would likely be Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, American Express, Walmart, or Johnson & Johnson.

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May 9, 2014

Chasing Ghosts

by Dr. Joe Michels, P.E., C.P.L, Managing Principal,Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

I have just moved! I rented a small one bedroom condo in the West 7th neighborhood when I came to Fort Worth almost 2 years ago. My logic was that I wanted some time to learn about the city and find an ideal place to buy a house.

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May 2, 2014

The Little Purple Easter Egg

by John Fletcher, Marketing Strategist, Fletcher Consulting

It was a simple, clever promotion that captured my attention and it was not at all intrusive. As I walked to my office…

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April 25, 2014

Performing Arts Fort Worth

by Dionne Kennedy, President & CEO, Performing Arts Fort Worth

Remember when Mary Poppins, guided by her magical umbrella, floated into Bass Performance Hall? Or when Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett came together for what was certainly one of Bass Hall’s most memorable concerts? Or how about the time when a certain Beauty and a certain Beast shared a certain kiss, while children and adults of all ages cheered them on?

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April 18, 2014

The Dedication of the New Rotary Park

by Rush Vann, Vann Investment Management 

“One hundred years after the inception of Rotary in Fort Worth, and 58 years after the closing of the original park, we now dedicate a new park on the banks of the Trinity River just below the hill where those enterprising and altruistic Rotary pioneers of the early 20th century championed a need for such a public amenity.

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April 11, 2014

Two Lessons from a Great Thinker

by Derek Moffatt, Principal, Moffatt Financial Strategies

As I walked into my living room after a long day at work, I saw IT lying there on the table. My heart leaped and I was suddenly filled with renewed energy! I quickly tore open the packet and sat down in my favorite chair to take in the moment.

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April 4, 2014

Toward a Healthier Fort Worth

by Fernando Costa, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Worth

Did you walk to school when you were growing up?  I imagine that most of our club members would answer “yes.”  In 1970, 66 percent of school-age Americans walked to school.  Today, however, that figure is only 13 percent! This trend, and others indicating significant declines in physical activity, go a long way toward explaining why childhood obesity and related health problems have reached historically high rates.

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March 28, 2014

Lao Tzu: Rotarian?

by John Sowada, President, SMS Consulting

I’m not sure what Lao Tzu’s business classification would be if he applied for membership at the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.

But as I read these thoughts of his from the Tao Te Ching, I think he’d fit right in:

         I am kind to those who are kind.

        I am also kind to those who are not kind

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March 21, 2014

Incubator Mentors Sought for IDEA Works

by Brian Murnahan, Owner, Murnahan Public Relations, Inc.

Starting and growing a business within Fort Worth is a topic close to the hearts of many of us in the Downtown Rotary. At IDEA Works Fort Worth, the newest mixed-industry business incubator, which opened its doors in February, the goal is to help build honest and fair businesses, which will provide jobs and friendships while sharing the skills necessary to grow right here in Fort Worth!

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March 14, 2014

The Syndicate

by Henry Borbolla, Vice President, BB&T

As the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate approaches its 35th anniversary in 2015, the mission of its founders continues to be realized. The Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, which is the single largest financial contributor to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, reached new heights last month, as the group raised more than $3.3 million for youth exhibitors, thereby pushing its lifetime total to over $41 million.

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March 7, 2014

Proud to be…

by Bo Soderbergh, Executive Director, Tarrant Area Food Bank

On July 29, 2013, along with 119 others, I took the oath and swore allegiance to the flag of the United States. I became an American citizen. Now I can vote, serve on juries and even run for elective office.

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February 28, 2014

The New Sundance Square Brings Showers of Diversity

by Tre Garrett, Jubilee Theatre

If you haven’t been down to the new Sundance Square, you are missing a real treat.

After months of construction, dust, and parking challenges, Sundance Square is bright and beautiful. The new restaurants, shops and entertaining live performances on the outdoor stage, are great but what has made me fall in love with the new Sundance Square is the magic created by the water fountains.

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February 21, 2014

Health Illiteracy and Susceptibility to Unscientific Treatments

by Joyce Mauk, Child Study Center

If something is good for arthritis, cancer, allergies and autism doesn’t that imply that all these disorders have a common pathophysiologic (disease) process?  If something is marketed to detoxify the liver- isn’t the liver the body’s own metabolic detoxifier? Are “natural” vitamins superior to synthetic ones? How can the average person sort through health information?

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February 14, 2014

Addressing Tough Situations

by Janee Harrell-Hill, MHE3 Productions

Recently, I was working with a high-profile client on a major project. The project was going good; however, I noticed a few behaviors in my client prohibiting it from going great. Suddenly, I found myself in a dilemma. Do I share my observations and feedback with my client and risk offending the individual and potentially losing the project? Or do I say nothing and hope that someone else addresses the situation?

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February 7, 2014

Fort Worth’s Downtown Plan

by Andy Taft, President, DFWI

Every 10 years, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., the City and The T partner to refresh the vision, aspirations and work plan for downtown.  To do this, we involve as many citizens of Fort Worth as possible through public meetings, on-line idea portals and workshops.

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January 31, 2014

Career Day Paid Off

Ever volunteer and wonder whether your efforts had a beneficial impact? I don’t have to wonder about the recent Career Day at Riverside Middle School – it was definitely a winner!

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January 24, 2014

Good Bye Dear Friend

When I think of the title of Mayor and the City of Fort Worth, I automatically think of Bob Bolen. That’s true not just because he was the longest serving Mayor of our City (1982-1991) but because he was a Mayor’s Mayor.

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January 17, 2014

Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County…how can one assist?

Meals on Wheels provides 1,000,000+ meals per year to individuals in Tarrant County. Each day, 200 routes are staffed by volunteers who deliver nutritious meals to the homes of elderly or disabled person who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves or do not have anyone to assist them on a regular basis.

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January 10, 2014

Checking In on Resolutions

As Mark Twain once said, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

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January 3, 2014

A Christmas Perspective on a Wrong

On Sunday, December 22, I lost over $250 and didn’t get upset. The Christmas spirit must have grabbed hold of me.

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December 13, 2013

Neva Williams, 40 years of Rotary service—A Retrospective

Employment statistics tell us that most employees leave a job in less than 5 years. So, it is with great admiration and respect to look back at 40 years of service above self by our retiring executive director, Neva Williams.

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December 6, 2013

Algorithm Wizardry Kills Online Privacy

“It will be very hard for people to watch or consume something that has not in some sense been tailored for them.” That quote from Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google piqued my curiosity.

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November 29, 2013

Buying Happiness

Six years ago, I was flipping through yet another holiday catalog and thought – what if, instead of the latest gadget or this season’s hot fashion item, you could purchase happiness, for yourself and for others?

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November 22, 2013

Earliest Memory

Due to the historical significance, and today being the actual anniversary, I hope you will indulge another column about the JFK assassination. John Fletcher did a great job relating his experience on that fateful day last week. My perspective is a little different.

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November 15, 2013

Memories of 11/22/63 for a 12-year-old

I could hardly contain the excitement when my father, the late Earle Fletcher, told me that he, Mom (Liz), my brother Jim and I would be meeting Air Force One at Carswell Air Force Base on November 21, 1963.

Quite frankly, I envisioned a more intimate setting with President Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy and a few other dignitaries shaking our hands. In reality, my 12-year-old stature allowed me to see the top of Air Force One and some people walking down the ramp from far away.

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November 8, 2013

A Brief BCS Epitaph: File Next to New Coke, The Edsel, McRib

Last week, we grabbed a champagne flute and hankie to bid adieu to the BCS system. That ship is sailing, and – in its wake – we’ll see a four-team playoff surface. Known creatively and distinctly as the College Football Playoff, the bracketed competition will begin in January of 2015.

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November 1, 2013

SCRIPT: BCS Sashays Out, Stage Left. Cue College Football Playoff

It’s a most wonderful time of the year. Especially for Baylor and Mizzou folk who find their teams pioneering rarely-trod territory: In the Top Ten of the BCS opening week’s rankings. The annual release of the first few weeks of BCS standings marks a turning point in the college football season, largely because it signifies the rubber meeting the road in the autumn gridiron grind.

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October 25, 2013

Proposition 6 – Investing in the State Water Plan

On Tuesday, November 5, Texans will vote on nine proposed amendments to our state constitution. I encourage you to vote and to support Proposition 6.

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October 18, 2013

Loathing of Fear?

Fear is a very powerful emotion. In some cases it can be a positive factor. For instance, the fear of walking down the dark alley late at night is probably a rational, instinctive fear that benefits us. Many successful business people and entertainers claim the fear of failing lead them to reach great heights.

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October 11, 2013

Education Committee

The most exciting and dynamic committee is the Education Committee!  Our club sponsors Riverside Middle School with a multitude of activities planned to engage students in community service and to whet their appetite for learning.

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October 4, 2013

What’s My Line

During the 1960’s, the popular TV Show “What’s My Line?” had celebrities guess the profession of ordinary people.

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September 27, 2013

Boomer, Gen X-er or Gen Y-er…Which are you?

I recently attended an Association of Legal Administrators meeting in which Jim Whitton’s Firm Administrator, Kathy Madeja, presented some interesting information concerning what types of workers are in the work force today.  She graciously agreed to allow me to share the information with my fellow Rotarians.

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September 20, 2013

Respect for The Greatest Generation

My father-in-law, an Air Force veteran, passed away this past year at the age of 91.     As we honor and thank our military on Veteran’s Day, I wanted to share a note my husband, Bob, wrote to some of his friends regarding the care his father received at the VA Hospital in San Antonio.

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September 13, 2013

Turning Your Network into Net-Worth

Some months ago, a business owner approached me wanting help in growing his business. I asked, “What seems to be the problem?” To which he responded, “I go to networking events, I follow-up with the people I meet, and still I am not getting the business I want.” Sound familiar?

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September 6, 2013

Where the West Began

Growing up in a small town in west Texas, one got used to going to “the city” whenever something even slightly out of the ordinary was needed.  For my family, that city was Fort Worth.  I have fond memories of riding in the back seat of my family’s white Chevrolet and watching the countryside roll past.  I enjoyed those trips so much so in fact that I don’t recall my older brother and I being bored during those long drives, although my father and late mother might disagree with me on that.

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August 30, 2013

Civil Discourse

Twenty-six years ago, in an ornate office in the United Sates Capitol, two members of our club had a brief meeting. One member, Speaker Jim Wright, was one of the most powerful men in the free world. The other member was a young, idealistic Reagan White House staffer—me.

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August 23, 2013

Changes to Tex Rail

TEX Rail is our commuter rail project planned from southwest Fort Worth through downtown, northeast across Tarrant County to Grapevine, and into DFW Airport.

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August 16, 2013

Dallas Mavericks
Plan B

Free agency hasn’t been good to the Mavericks.  The quest for Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, etc. did not work out.

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August 9, 2013

Warren Buffett:  It’s All About Reputation

If you could spend 15 minutes with Warren Buffett, what would you hope to learn?

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August 2, 2013

A Tribute to First Responders

We have lost far too many first responders this year.  Having been involved in one aspect or another of public safety for the past 37 years, I have certainly experienced my share of tragedies. The first time I took notice of a first responder’s line of duty death was in 1982 when I covered a shift in Amarillo so the on-duty firefighters could attend a comrade’s funeral.

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July 26, 2013

Help yourself AND an inner city student-Volunteer!

School is out and everyone is breathing a sigh of relief. Students and parents alike are taking a well earned break from the hustle and bustle of getting to school on time.

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July 19, 2013

Back in the Box

Eight year old Johnny looked forward to his annual summer vacation to Grandmother’s home where they would wile away the hours playing Monopoly. Unfortunately for Johnny, Grandma always won. Age and experience beat youth and enthusiasm every time.

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July 12, 2013

The Business of City Government

Should we run Fort Worth city government like a business? If you were to pose this question to a cross-section of fellow Rotarians, you’d probably start a lively conversation!

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July 5, 2013

Celebrating 100 Years of “Service Above Self” and Building Upon Our Past Successes

It was with much enthusiasm and excitement that the Rotary Club of Fort Worth celebrated its 100th Anniversary on February 22 with an elegant and lively black-tie gala at the beautiful Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Those in attendance will no doubt agree that the Gala Committee, chaired by J.R. Labbe, did an outstanding job recognizing current and past Rotarians who have contributed greatly to the outstanding success of our Club over the past 100 years. It truly was an entertaining and inspirational evening.

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June 28, 2013

A Retrospective on the Rotary Club of Fort Worth’s Centennial Year

They say “timing is everything”. For me and my involvement in the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, truer words were never spoken. I joined the Club a number of years ago, and, as a freshman had to learn my way around. My main goal in joining was, as a lifelong Fort Worth resident, to associate with people who wanted to give back to the community and to “put service above self”. I had no idea that the history of this proud club was so instrumental in the development of the city and was about to showcase that history of achievement with a yearlong celebration of its centennial…2013.

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June 21, 2013

From Despair to Hope

Disasters come in all sizes. Recent events that have captured the public’s attention are mid-size to large disasters, like the West fertilizer plant explosion and the tornadoes that impacted Hood, Johnson and Parker Counties, as well as our neighbors in Oklahoma.

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June 14, 2013

“Branding” Your Police Department: FWPD of the Future

It is an absolute honor to work as a police officer here in the City of Fort Worth. It is even a higher honor to be Chief of Police for the 2000+ employees of our department.

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June 7, 2013

The Life of a First Responder

What is a first responder? By definition a first responder is “A person whose job entails being the first on the scene of an emergency, such as a firefighter”.

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May 31, 2013

Editorial

It can be amazing how we require students to take math, English, history, and other classes to graduate high school, but we ignore essential subjects, such as personal finance.

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May 24, 2013

Editorial

Picture a Bully.

A red-faced boss leans into your face yelling until your ears ring.

According to recent studies, this is actually the rarest form of workplace bully.

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May 17, 2013

Editorial

As Dr. Mack speaks on Friday about the UTA Executive MBA program and his many travels to China, I wanted to share my experience and the unique education that came out of participating in that program.

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May 10, 2013

Editorial

Wait – don’t skip the editorial section just because you don’t know the author’s name. It’s true…I’m new. A Rotorookie.

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May 3, 2013

Editorial

The First Annual Crazy Pants Open Golf Tournament held on April 23rd, was a tremendous success due to the support of many individuals and sponsors.

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April 26, 2013

Editorial

A root of a problem may just be what we deem as games for kids, the $60 billion industry, video games.

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April 19, 2013

Editorial

“Teamwork, communication, re- spect, cooperation, helping people.” These were the answers that Rotarian Randy Lee and I received the other day when working on the Service Through ActiveRotariansandStudents(STARS) project with students from Riverside Middle School, at the Tarrant County Food Bank.

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April 12, 2013

Editorial

I believe that it is important for us to be consistent in our approach to our professional lives,ourbehavior,ourethics,and even our politics.

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April 5, 2013

Editorial

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival began as a vision of fellow Rotarian Bob Bass, a celebrated Fort Worth philanthropist and businessman.

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March 29, 2013

Editorial

While having lunch last week with local businessman and friend to many, Bob Lansford, a discussion arose as to Spring Break plans.

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March 22, 2013

Editorial

A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper cited that Minnesota has more high school robotics teams than high school hockey teams! Students in Minnesota have the opportunity to earn varsity high school letters in robotics as well as sports.

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March 15, 2013

Editorial

In a very short time the great City of Fort Worth has lost three of our visionaries: Ruth Carter Stevenson, Van Cliburn, and Nancy Lee Bass.

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March 8, 2013

Editorial

I finished watching “The Kennedys” on Netflix. The assassination of President Kennedy was included in this miniseries. I was only 3 years old at the time of the assassination. Yet I have vivid memories of the shooting. I remember my mom was sitting in a chair. She was talking on the phone to my dad. The TV was on. It was in black and white. I knew at that moment that something terrible had happened. A few days later was the funeral. I can remember my mother remarking on Jackie’s composure. This same Netflix show also included the assassination of Bobbie Kennedy. I was 7 years old at the time. I had concluded at that very moment that it was very dangerous being president.

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March 1, 2013

Editorial

A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting in Austin.  The meeting began early the next morning, so after attending a Rotary Make Up meeting at the Waco Noon Rotary Club, I proceeded on to Austin and checked in at the “W” hotel.

Now, I have never stayed at a “W” hotel.  My style of hotel is a property similar to the Driskill; however, they were fully booked and had no availability, so I decided to try a new experience.  When I checked in, the first question was, “Where was the horse tied up?”  Well, I had my boots and hat on, so that was a reasonable question!  I said that the stable was outside and to the left!  That question was answered!

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February 22, 2013

Editorial

As we celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth at “The Party of the Century” this Friday, I will be reminded of how important it is to learn about our past and the people who have shaped the world we live in today. In 1913, Rotary Club of Fort Worth was the vision of a handful of businessmen who wanted to create civic pride, cooperation and a willingness to pitch in for the common good of the city.

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February 15, 2013

Editorial

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery.

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February 8, 2013

Editorial

No one is surprised any more that cities, states and national governments around the world live beyond their means by piling up debts, building up deficits and declaring defaults when the money’s gone and the bills cannot be paid.

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February 1, 2013

Editorial

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love the movies.

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January 25, 2013

Editorial

There is no intrinsic reason for anyone to live in poverty in America.

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January 18, 2013

Editorial

One of the great characteristics that makes Fort Worth a unique city in which to live, work and riase a family is its philanthropy.

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January 11, 2013

Editorial

I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you! Turns out that what the politicians, the media, and numerous television ads led me to believe simply isn’t true.

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January 1, 2013

Editorial

Today more than ever before our nation faces a serious threat which will challenge our society and the economic freedom of our people.  This threat stems from the number of our young people who give up on the education system and leave school without adequate skills to sustain a living or a quality of life that this great nation would otherwise afford.

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December 14, 2012

Editorial

In 1959, planner Victor Gruen set out a thoroughly modern vision for our city..

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December 7, 2012

Editorial

On one particular Thursday night during the fall of my 9th grade year, I knew that a number of my parents’ friends were very excited about attending a Chamber of Commerce breakfast the following morning.

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November 30, 2012

Editorial

I’m a big fan of second acts. There are some who say, and believe, that there are no second acts, but I disagree. I believe this country was built on second acts.

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November 23, 2012

Editorial

Last month, Jennifer Livingston, an overweight news anchor for WKBT in Wisconsin, received an email from Kenneth Krause, a male viewer.

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November 16, 2012

Editorial

What comes to mind when you think about the history of Thanksgiving?

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November 9, 2012

Editorial

It’s been said that American history is, largely, the sutdy of American’s military history.

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November 2, 2012

Editorial

Next weekend, TCU’s football team hosts their third Big XII opponent at home, the Kansas State Wildcats.

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October 26, 2012

Editorial

Rotary Fort Worth’s Halloween program may be the perfect lead-in to national elections in early November.

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October 19, 2012

Editorial

“Are We Getting Smarter” is the title of a book by James R. Flynn.

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October 12, 2012

Editorial

A  few years ago I head the incoming President of one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the United States say that his morning prayer was “Lord, please don’t let things fall apart in this my year as president,” and I felt sorry for him.

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October 5, 2012

Decisions, Decisions…

Have you heard there’s a national election next month?  (If not, you just pull that rock back up over your head…  The klieg lights of a presidential campaign countdown will hurt your eyes…)

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September 28, 2012

The Fabric of the City

Fort Worth, by most measures is a vibrant, rapidly growing city. Yet, underneath the new buildings and road construction lies, a quiet desperation that conflicts with our public persona.

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September 21, 2012

Room Night in Fort Worth Continues to Rise

Room night demand in Fort Worth continues to rise and members of the Fort Worth Rotary can help continue this rise.  The Smith Travel Research, the industry standard in hotel research, reports during calendar year 2011, hotel demand in Fort Worth (total rooms occupied) increased 8 percent and total room revenue increased from $231 million to $257 million, an 11 percent increase over 2010.

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September 14, 2012

One Year Later: A Cowtown Convert

Born and raised in Dallas, and a self-proclaimed “Texas Girl,” I had only been to Fort worth four times in my life.

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September 7, 2012

TCU Welcomes New Stadium, Bif 12, New Era

You may remember that take-off from I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool back in 1984.

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August 31, 2012

Curiosity

On August 5, 2012, the Mars rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars after a journey of 352 million miles over seven months.

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August 24, 2012

Strengthening Our Boarders is Up to US

Last month I has the opportunity to visit Centro Fox, The Fox Center as a guest of former President Vicente Fox.

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August 17, 2012

PCU No More

There have been several U. S. Navy ships named after the great State of Texas; her municipalities and even a major military milestone in our state history.

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August 10, 2012

Citius, Altius, Fortius — The Rotary Way

There’s so much to write about this month.  It’s National Panini Month, and it’s even National Vin With Civility Month.  National Elvis Week begins this Friday, August 10.