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President Elect
Immediate Past President
Vice President
Public Image
Sergeant at Arms
International Service
RYLA Coordinator
Rotary Foundation
Director at Large
Director at Large
Program Chair.
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Welcome to Paris Texas Rotary

The Oldest Club in District 5830

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Paris Jr. College Student Center Ballroom
2400 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX  75460
United States of America
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The Rotary Club of Paris United was a VIP Sponsor of the 2019 Fireworks display by the City of Paris.  The club had a table at the entrance of Noyes Stadium and provided water and treats.  It was a good opportunity to meet the public, friends and get to know one another better.
May Rotarians continue to be ambassadors of goodwill to high and low, rich and poor, to all races, to the devotees of all religious faiths and to members of all political parties, purveyors of tolerance, forbearance, justice, kindliness, neighborliness, and friendliness to the inhabitants of this snug little world, the best little world of which we know.   Paul Harris, founder of Rotary in The Rotarian Age

The Rotary Club of Paris United inducted their new board members along with new President Alex Fowzer  for the 2019/20 year during their recent lunch meeting.    The President and New Board Members are:

   Alex Fowzer - President    
Pictured (L-R) Andy Cobb (Past President), Alex Fowzer (President), Laura Spencer (President Elect), David Taylor (VP), Michael Nickey (Sec'y), Steve Wilson (Membership), Janna Davis (Programs) Reeves Hayter (Sergeant at Arms), Mahesh Agarwal (I'national Chair),    Derald Bulls and Mike Gallagher (Directors at Large).   
Not Pictured: Brittany Martin (Treasurer), Morgan Cheney (Public Image), Stephanie Parker (RYLA Coord)
Girls Night Out Fundraiser held on March 14th was a Fun-Filled evening that raised significant funds for community service programs and projects.  The article from The Paris News of March 15th is provided for reference - 
The Rotary Club of Paris United sponsored 12 Juniors from local High Schools and 2 student leaders from Paris Junior College to participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camp the weekend of February 22-24, 2019 in Athens, TX, along with approximately 90 other high school students from NE Texas.  The participants provided a report at the Feb 28th Rotary club lunch meeting.  List of participants is noted below.
RYLA representatives – Paris United club meeting
The Rotary Club of Paris United had a very enjoyable program during our meeting on Jan 31st presented by Debb Fleming and Student Team(s) from Crockett Intermediate School in Paris, TX.  “Paris Pride” is a program to increase access to Lamar County's history. The students are researching the history of chosen buildings and will link all our documented building's history with a QR Code attached to the building.  They are raising money to purchase brass plaques to put on 6 of the downtown plaza buildings with the name of the building in 1917. Paris United club members provided a donation of $296 to the program for the addition of brass placque(s) and QR codes to selected downtown historical buildings. 
Students working on Paris Pride (in red T-shirts) are Caleb Echols, Olivia Fitzgerald Cate Biard, Grant Frierson. Anna Grace Blassingame (blue T-shirt) spoke to us about Operation F.E.I.S.T.Y. Force (Females in Engineering, Innovation, Science, Technology, and You
The Rotary Club of Paris United Dictionary Project is now completed.  We distributed dictionaries / reference books to all third grade students in the Lamar County public schools during November/December 2018.  Photo from Deport Elementary is shown.
THANK YOU to the Sponsors of this annual project to promote learning & literacy in our community:
Amit Agarwal, ME
Bright-Holland Funeral Home
David House Jewelry
Edward Jones - Stephen Gerrald
Epiphany Dermatology
Everett Toyota of Paris
The Paris News
Quality Care ER
Brenda & Bobby Wells
There are several reasons WHY people join and participate in local Rotary Clubs worldwide.  Maybe they’ve seen a need in our community and wondered how they could help. Maybe they want to use their professional skills to help others or learn new skills. Maybe they’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in our community or abroad.  Whatever their reason, joining Rotary can help achieve these goals, and so much more. 
Community Service – our motto is “Service Above Self”
Paris United leads and supports several community service projects:
  • RYLA – Conduct and participate in a Leadership camp for high school students
  • Dental Program – Provide annual check-up for 2nd graders with support of local dentists
  • Dictionary Program - Provide dictionaries for all 3rd graders in Lamar County (see photo)
  • Speech Contest – Conduct for area high school students; provide scholarship for winner
  • Senior Scholarships – Evaluate entries from all local ISDs for continuing education scholarships for those planning to attend PJC
  • Salvation Army Christmas Families (Angels) – Donate/purchase and provide gifts and clothing for needy children; and serve as Bell-ringers at local business
  • Dylan’s Drivers – Volunteer routinely with local non-profit
  • Boys & Girls Club – Provide annual donation for local club
  • Blood Drive – Participate in local blood drive(s) hosted by member companies (Everett Toyota, Quality ER)
  • Rotary Foundation – Donate & opportunity to participate in identified service projects internationally
  • Fireworks – Partial funding for Paris’ annual Independence Day fireworks display
  • AND MORE - Members serve with many other local non-profit organizations
Networking and Friendships
Weekly meetings provide great opportunity to meet and connect with community leaders and business owners.  It is an excellent way for new and current residents to meet new people and become more aware of activities in the community.
I love Rotary because its members place service to others above self. The club has various personalities, but I love each one of them for many reasons including focus on others. It is not hard to enjoy friendships with that kind of folks."    Jimmie Hopson, Rotary Club of Paris United, Paris, TX USA
 “Being new to the area, Rotary gave me the opportunity to meet people active in the business community as well as invest in the community in terms of service and volunteer work.  Being involved and putting Service Above Self is what Rotary is all about not only locally but internationally.”     - Brenda Wells, Rotary Club of Paris, United, Paris, TX USA
Leadership and Public Speaking Skills
There are several ways to develop and enhance leadership skills as an officer, program lead, and speaker
 “Leadership is a key focus of Rotary. Through Rotary, you have the opportunity to expand your leadership skills and achieve your goals.”    - Norma Madayag-Reilly, Rotary Club of Newark, NY USA
Community Awareness and Education
Weekly lunch meeting speakers provide information on local businesses, services and activities in the area.
"Being in Rotary provides an opportunity to learn more about the community -  there are outstanding programs that are brought to us by many of the Community Leaders and Organizations that you don't get to hear as much in depth about anywhere else!"      - Alex Fowzer, Rotary Club of Paris United, Paris, TX USA
Opportunities for Young Adults
Paris United conducts an annual Youth Leadership (RYLA) camp for selected high school students to develop and enhance their leadership skills.  
 “As a young man, all I’ve wanted is to help the community and give back.  Rotary has helped me accomplish this, but I’ve also had the opportunity to make so many meaningful connections with other Rotarians.  It’s truly great being a part of something greater than ourselves.”     - Mihir Pankaj, Rotary Club of Paris United, Paris, TX USA
 International service
Rotary is an International organization with clubs throughout the US and most countries worldwide.  We provide support and donations to identified service projects internationally, and the opportunity to participate in such programs directly.  Our largest and proudest effort is our work to eradicate polio. We initiated this campaign in 1979 by vaccinating children in the Philippines. With the help of our global partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have reduced polio cases worldwide by 99.9%.
 “Like many, I got involved in Rotary because someone I greatly respected asked me to join! I knew the values of the organization and its passion to eliminate polio which means a lot to me as I had a cousin who lives an exceptional life ‘living’ in an iron lung. Through his disease and life, I thought I could make a difference for the next generation!”  - Derald Bulls, Rotary Club Paris United, Paris, TX USA
“I joined Rotary to change the world and make it a better place.  Rotary changed me and made me a better person.”   - Dee Bandel, Rotary Club of Paris United, Paris TX USA
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