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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Burkburnett Culinary Academy
301 East 3rd Street
Burkburnett, TX  76354
United States
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Guy Duke was the Rotarian of the Day. The program was a tour of the new Burkburnett Justice Center by Chief Ed Stahr and Lt. Lahoma Vaughn.  Roger gave us a summary of the Texoma Gives campaign. Rotarians of our club are involved in many charities in our community.
Danny Cremeens was the Rotarian of the Day. Danny's guest was Mike Tugman, CPA, who gave us facts on the current tax laws. The top earners, 1% of Americans, pay 43% of the taxes collected, the wealthy do pay taxes. For 2018, only the first $10,000.00 of sales taxes paid will be deductible.  Mortgage interest deduction is reduced from the first $1,000,000.00 to $750,000.00. Deductions for employee related travel and expenses has been eliminated. Brokerage fees are no longer deductible. The standard deduction was raised so that fewer tax payers get more than that. Alimony will no longer be deductible. There are many more changes, go ask your own CPA.
Tim Cornelius was the Rotarian of the Day.  His guest was the new athletic director and football coach at the Burk High School, Jason Meng.  Jason gave us a great view of the motivation program he is using to bolster the players toward excellence. It was very impressive, and we really enjoyed his presentation. 
Our guest today was Kim Fagan, Program Coordinator of First Step, Inc. This is a nonprofit organization based in Wichita Falls which provides free, confidential and comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services.  Kim will be accompanied in her presentation by Executive Director Debra Dyason. First step has a 24 hour safe haven including food, clothing, transportation, and case management to help survivors reclaim independence. They offer individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, a children's program, professional training and educational programming.  The 24 hour crisis hotline is 800-658-2683.
At our meeting today, our RYLA attendees Taylor Vaughn and Haley West. They told us about the great time they had at the meeting. 
Roger talked to us about membership matters. Inviting prospective members to lunch is a great way to acquaint them to Rotary.
Danny Taylor was the Rotarian of the Day. Danny presented info on the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation’s “Texoma Gives” day of online giving.
Danny is a 5th generation resident of Burkburnett, and has been a Rotarian for 35 years.  He showed us a picture of his Great Grandmother and her father, in front of the house that was built for her, and which still stands West of Burkburnett.
Keith Myers was the Rotarian of the Day.  Today we toured the new Elementary School.
Wayne Methvin was formally admitted into Rotary International and this club. Welcome Wayne!
This evening was our Annual Installation Banquet at the Culinary Arts Center. Larry Petrash, former DG, was on hand to recognize and install the new officers. Our president is Roger Stuaffer, our President Elect is Rev. Liz Talbert, our Treasurer is Don Pellikan, and our Secretary is Fr. John Munson. Our entertainment consisted of four talented musicians from the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra
We also welcomed new Rotarian Mariam Torres. 
We also recognized four members who were presented with Paul Harris Fellowships.  DonMckinnis, Tim Cornelius, Rev. Liz Talbert, and Fr. John Munson
Don McKinnis was the Rotarian of the Day. Don's guest was Tammy Reece representing Peyton's Project  Tammy started the project after her niece was killed by a rattlesnake bite. 
From the web site:

Our MISSION is to educate the public on the reality and danger of the Western Diamondback rattlesnake and provide resources to support related medical advancement.

Our VISION is to continue to develop and educate through programs custom designed to meet the various age groups, industries and general public’s needs. In the future we plan to become a resource center for victims and the general public to contact regarding rattlesnakes. We also plan to assist and collaborate with medical research and advancements using the rattlesnake venom.

Bill McGuire was the Rotarian of the Day.  The guest speaker was Mariam Torres, who along with two coworkers told us about their work with foster parents, in placing and supervising the parenting. Their agency is called The Family Initiative, and encompasses the area within 150 mile radius of Wichita Falls, where their office is located. 
Jeff Kindt was the Rotarian of the Day. Jeff's guests were Ag teacher Brittany Recer, and FFA President and Junior at BHS, Alexis Healton. They told us about what the FFA does, and I think we all were a bit surprised about how much the organization does. Miss Healton showed a lot of poise as she told us about how the FFA teaches a lot about leadership. She was very impressive for a High School Junior.  You can learn more at
Christina Haworth was the Rotarian of the Day. Her guest was Jessica Cartwright, the Education Program Administrator of the NAMI chapter of Wichita Falls. 1 in 4 adults are affected by mental illness each year.  NAMI has a support group for those affected.  She gave us a great overview of the services offered by her office. It can take 8 to 10 years for someone who has shown the first indications of mental illness to get help.  If you are someone know needs help, called the NAMI helpline at 800-9590-NAMI, or text NAMI to 741741.
Don Hardy was the Rotarian of the Day. Don's guest was Dr. Tylor Chaplin, BISD Superintendent.  Tylor gave us a great update on the projects currently underway in our school system. The Hardin school building will host a closing ceremony on the last day of school, then it will be converted into offices for the Superintendent and the staff. The building is of historic interest in Burk, and it will be preserved. The opening ceremony for the new school will be August 9.  There will be a lot more project based learning going on in the school, as well as some online classes available so that a few students in one of our schools can join with other students online to learn subjects that may not be available locally. Our small school system is forging ahead in many areas, and using technology to give our students a great boost to get ahead in life. 
Pat Norriss was the Rotarian of the Day. The Vocational Awards were presented. The Law Enforcement Award was given to Chief Ed Stahr, of the Burk PD. The Fire Fighter Award was given to EMT Lt. Jon Morris, of the City of Burkburnett, and the BVFD. The School Teacher Award was given to Candice Kumor, who teaches at Hardin Elementary.  Also, Richard Gordon was here to discuss some of the things happening in Burk, and how online shopping has changed the way many people do business.
Guy Duke was the Rotarian of the Day, and his guest was Leland Wetzel, the founder of Xylo Bats Leland has a great story about how he turned a life long love for baseball into a hobby, then into a business, thanks to the Lord for showing him the way. 
BVFD Chief Rod Ryalls was the Rotarian of the Day. He gave us information about the BVFD, and told us about new brush fire truck. 
Nat Dickerson was the Rotarian of the Day. Nat's guest speaker was Ann Hicks, the Head Start Family Service Specialist for Region 9 Service Center. 
Danny Cremeens was the Rotarian of the Day.  Danny spoke about the threat of cyber criminals, scammers who target the elderly and others. $16 billion was lost due to scams last year. Millennials lost more than the elderly. He handed out copies of "A Back Customer's Guide to Cybersecurity." Scammer use social media to gain enough information to try to trick people into sending money with a cash card, or other type of money transfer. Sometimes scammers call with enough of your credit card info to try to trick you into giving more information, such as login credentials or passwords.  Some callers will ask, "Can you hear me ok?"  If you say yes, they will use the recording of your voice to authorize orders on your behalf. The best thing to do is to hang up immediately. For more information visit
Mike Whaley was the Rotarian of the Day. The program involved discussion of the flag program. Routes and numbers of flags per route were discussed. Many changes were proposed. 
Today we hosted students from the high school to participate in our 4 Way Test Speech contest. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Christina Haworth
    September 10
  • Fr. John Munson
    September 24
  • Rod Ryalls
    October 7
  • Liz Talbert
    October 20
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Shannon Myers
    October 10
  • Tim Cornelius
    Deb Cornelius
    September 30
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