Rotary Motto, "Service Above Self"

"Service Above Self" is the Rotary Motto.  Our Club's goal is to conduct, sponsor or participate in one Service project monthly to benefit our community and/or our extended community. 
If you are interested to help SERVE our community, please contact us to learn more about the Rotary Club of Paris United, or join us for lunch at Paris Junior College in the Ballroom, Thursdays at 12:00.  (Lunch is on us).  Contact:  Michael Nickey, E:, T: 903-496-0710
Rotary Motto, "Service Above Self" Jaidee Robertson 2023-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Meeting 7/27

Join us this Thursday, July 27th, at 12:00pm inside the PJC Student Center Ballroom for our weekly meeting! Our Guest Speaker this week will be Vickie Smith, who is joining us to talk about the 2024 Eclipse. You can read more about Vickie Smith below:
Vickie Smith is the Museum of the Red River's Business Manager, the Manager and Buyer for the Museum Store, the School Group Tour Guide, and she has traveled on museum trips around the world! She has worked for the museum for 15 years.
She has served on the board of the Isabel Chamber of Commerce several times in the past 25 years, where she served as Executive Director for 2 years before going to work at the museum, and she has been on the McCurtain County Tourism Board. Vickie is co-chairperson of the McCurtain County 2024 Solar Eclipse Committee and has been working with NASA, the American Astronomical Society, State & Local Governments and Emergency Management Services for the past 5 years.
We are so excited to have Vickie join us, and hope you can too!
Weekly Meeting 7/27 Jaidee Robertson 2023-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris (founder of Rotary) Quote of the Month Michael Nickey 2023-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rings for Salvation Army

Rotary Rings for Salvation Army - The Rotary Club of Paris United participated in ringing bells for the Salvation Army in Paris. Twenty-two members/family helped ring bells on Saturday, Dec 21 at the local Wal-Mart.  This is one of our favorite local service projects during the year.  We hope EVERYONE had a Merry Christmas!!
     Izzy and Janna Davis               Grace and David Taylor
Rotary Rings for Salvation Army Michael Nickey 2019-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris (Founder of Rotary) Quote of the Month

Posted on Dec 01, 2019
“Entire agreement is too much to expect. Presumably no two of the thousands of Rotarians are in entire accord as to the way in which Rotary can make the most of itself.  That people do not think alike is no more remarkable than that they do not look alike.  Shades of thought are far more variant than shades of color and difficult to change.  One’s belief is dependent upon so many influences – temperament, heredity, environment, experience – and leaders must temper their judgment with patience and kindly forbearance.  No dogmatic Rotary can be serviceable.”                                                     This Rotarian Age (edited/MDN)
Paul Harris (Founder of Rotary) Quote of the Month Michael Nickey 2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris (Rotary Founder) Quote of the Month

Posted on Nov 08, 2019
“It is a person’s job to be a god Rotarian and the person that lives up to the precepts will be a good neighbor, a kind friend, a loving spouse, a companionable parent and an asset to the community in which they live.”           Message to Rotary Club, 1917 (edited/MDN)
Paul Harris (Rotary Founder) Quote of the Month Michael Nickey 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Citation Award

Posted on Nov 08, 2019
The Rotary Club of Paris United achieved the Citation Award with two Presidential Distinction Awards for the 2018-2019 year.  The Citation was presented to current year President Alex Fowzer at the Rotary District meeting on Nov 2; Alex presented to previous year President, Andy Cobb during our club lunch meeting on Nov 7th.  Alex and Andy are pictured: 
The Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support each of our strategic priorities by completing certain activities to:
  • Enhance Public Image
  • Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
  • Support & Strengthen the Club
Our club is working toward the Citation for the current year.
Rotary Citation Award Michael Nickey 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Paris United - New Board Induction - 2019

Posted by Michael Nickey on Jul 01, 2019

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)
Paris United - New Board Induction - 2019 Michael Nickey 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Quote of the Month

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
Paul Harris Quote of the Month Michael Nickey 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA Report - Student Leadership Development

Posted on Mar 01, 2019
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
RYLA Report - Student Leadership Development Michael Nickey 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Paris Pride Program - 1/31/2019

Posted by Michael Nickey on Feb 12, 2019
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
Paris Pride Program - 1/31/2019 Michael Nickey 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Quote of the Month (Rotary Founder) Michael Nickey 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Quote of the Week

Posted by Michael Nickey
This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it.  The story of Rotary will have to be rewritten again and again.  This Rotarian Age
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Posted on Nov 10, 2015

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 even learn new skills. Maybe they’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in our community or abroad. 

Two Hands

Whatever their reason, joining Rotary can help them achieve these goals, and so much more. 

Community service

 “Being a Rotarian means serving your community, networking, making friends, and building international relationships.”
— Mercy Bannerman, Rotary Club of Accra-Airport, Ghana


 “Rotary creates the perfect venue for me to give back to the community I live in while enjoying the camaraderie of positive and active individuals.”
— Tom Brand, Rotary Club of Kenosha West, Wisconsin, USA


“Rotary is a tremendous network. Leaders in the community can connect and reach out to people in need.”
— Russel Honoré, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA


 “Rotary provides an environment for developing strong friendships and business relationships.”
— Pete Sinsky, Rotary Club of Kenosha West, Wisconsin, USA

Leadership skills

 “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, New York, USA


 “A week doesn't go by that I don't learn something new from the speaker at our club or just from working on projects with people. It's an opportunity to grow indefinitely.”
— Stephen Brown, Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA

International service

 “I've become much more internationally focused, and understand that there's so much more I can do as part of a bigger whole than I could ever do on my own.”
— Toni McAndrew, Rotary Club of Mid-Valley (Dickson City), Pennsylvania, USA


 “If you truly want to give back to the community – and to the world at large – you join Rotary. It has an arm that reaches across all barriers. To be part of that is very powerful.”
— Aruna Koushik, Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada


 “Every Rotary club in the world, no matter how big or small, has one thing in common: friendship. And it's from this base of friendship that we serve our community.”
— Kemal Attilâ, Rotary Club of Ankara-Tandogan, Turkey


 “I found a fellowship where every nation, every color, all of humanity can be like a family. I've got a place where I can serve my people and serve the world.”
— Ailinda Sawe, Rotary Club of Dar-es-Salaam-Mzizima, Tanzania


 “We want families with children to join Rotary, so we try to be very flexible. Family commitments always take precedence.”
— Wendy Scammell, Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, Newfoundland, Canada


 “For me, Rotary is a way of life – one that my husband and I have lived our whole lives.”
— Julia Gereda de Carlin, Rotary Club of Monterrico-Surco, Peru

Opportunities for young people

 “There's so much diversity in the work Rotary does. It can give you exposure to so many different areas and help you find what your interests really are.”
— Andrea Tirone, Rotaract Club of University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada


 “A great tool Rotary has is its educational programs. I was an exchange student (Rotary Youth Exchange) in Switzerland in high school. That’s how I got involved and what made me want to give back.”
— Jorge Aguilar, Rotaract Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA


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Susan's Spicy Pretzel Recipe

Posted by Susan Chapman on Nov 10, 2015
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Its that time of year again, recipe for those great pretzels that Susan uses: 

Spicy Pretzels

1 lb bag pretzels twist
1 cup Canola oil
1 pkg Ranch dip mix
1 to 3 tbsp crushed red pepper (I used 2 tbsp)

Put pretzels into gallon size sealable plastic and bag; set aside.  Then blend oil, ranch dip mix and desired amount of pepper.  Pour into bag with pretzels.  Seal bag and turn several times to coat pretzels.  

Turn over every 15 minutes until all liquid absorbed about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  Pour pretzels onto wax paper or foil until dry.    NOTE:  For faster drying, place pretzels on foil lined baking sheets and put in oven at 250 for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Susan's Spicy Pretzel Recipe Susan Chapman 2015-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly, June 20, 2011

Posted by Stephen Gerrald on Jun 19, 2011
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Paul Harris Awards, recognition of Rotarian of the Year, a presentation of funds for the Rotary Fireworks Show, and more!
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Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Susan Chapman 2009-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Susan Chapman 2009-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

The Australians have Arrived!

Posted by Vicki Ballard
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With one of our largest Rotary crowds, the Australians exchanged banners with the Friday club representative, Dee Bandel along with District Governor Jim Archer, and Greater Paris Rotary President Vicki Ballard.
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More on Sister District in Japan

Posted by Stephen Gerrald
Many of you probably received this newsletter from Jim Archer, but I wanted to make it available on our website. It's the latest news on the Youth Exchange and the current situation with our friends in District 2520. May God be with them in this terrible time!
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RYLA Camp 2011

Posted by Stephanie Connot
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The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp is held in Carthage, Tx each year for approximately 200 high school juniors from the northeast region of Texas (14 Lamar County students)  This 2 ½ day camp is held each year for area high school juniors who have already begun to exhibit leadership qualities in their school.
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New Member

Posted by Rachel Schory
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Gina Nance was inducted to the Club on October 4, 2010. She is our newest member and is returning to our club after a brief time away! Welcome back, Gina!
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Queen of Hearts Winner

Posted by Rachel Schory
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Kari Daniel bought a $2 ticket to help support the Queen of Hearts Polio Plus fundraiser. Her ticket was drawn and she drew the queen of hearts from the card deck! Kari won half of the more than $300 pot! Support Queen of Hearts today and help END POLIO NOW!!!
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Africa GSE Team in Paris

Posted by Susan Chapman
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Paris was the team's final stop before heading home. The team includes Denis Paul, team leader, Mariah Anna Akani, Soustain Chigalu, Milton Kamwendo and Nilza Trindade.
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Greater Paris Rotary Celebrate 33rd Birthday!

Posted by Susan Chapman
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"As we shared stories of our Club over the last 33 years, the common thread has been camaraderie, fun and service above self to our fellow man. We look forward to carrying on the legacy that has been set forth."- Courtney Eudy, current President
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Healthy Smiles Dental Project Susan Chapman 0

Rotarian of the Month

Posted by Susan Chapman
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The Greater Paris Rotary Club is proud to recognize Stephanie Connot and David Cook as the July Rotarians of the Month.
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Welcome to our new website!

Posted by Susan Chapman
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
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