Family Eldercare Fan Drive

We know it is hot and we know it is going to get hotter.  Family Eldercare is collecting fans for Central Texas and they need our help. 

Drop off fans or donations to help thousands of Central Texans and their pets stay cool.
Our club has a team again this year and you can donate here
or you can drop off at any Roger Beasley Mazda location. 

When: Friday, July 12, 2024
Time: 7am - 7pm

Family Eldercare Fan Drive Brenda Osbon 2024-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

End of Year Celebration 

We celebrated a great Rotary year recently at Onion Creek Country Club. Soon to be past president Brenda had some fun with big (fake) money, crowns and tiaras.  
Thank you to board members Roblyn, Rebekah, Beth, Jack, Keith, Bill and Ishtel for all you did this year!  Thanks also to committee chairs Gary, Danny  and Beth for great leadership.
Onward to a new year....
End of Year Celebration Brenda Osbon 2024-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotarian of Month

Our Rotarian for June is Jack Gabig. Jack became a Rotarian in 1991 in Montebello, California and served as club present 1999-2000. Jack joined Rotary to get to hang out with some good people who shared the value of helping others. 
He joined our club June 2022. Jack is very involved with our service projects (thank you sir) and will in fact serve as our service project chair next Rotary year. Jack has been instrumental in our project with the Cam Laboral school in Rosarito, Baja, California, with the Rosarito Rotary Club.
Jack, we are so glad you are a part of our Rotary family and look forward to serving with you in the future.
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Induction of 2024-25 Rotary Club President 

Welcome incoming club President, Bill Poplin!!

Board members serving for 2024-25 are past President and Secretary, Brenda Osbon; Vice President Beth Long, Treasurer, Roblyn Thorne, Directors Bob Royal, Keith McComb, Rebekah Goolsby and Holly DeLeon. 

Thank you to DGE Doug Smtih and his lovely wife Lisa for joining us for this special evening. 

Induction of 2024-25 Rotary Club President Brenda Osbon 2024-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
May Styrofoam Fun Brenda Osbon 2024-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to our Title Sponsor, Roger Beasley Mazda for taking drone footage of the start of our golf tournament!  It was a beautiful day and we hope everyone enjoyed being out supporting our 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  It was one for the books!
SUCCESS! WHAT A GREAT EVENT!! Brenda Osbon 2024-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

El Buen Celebrates 35 Years

Club representatives for El Buen's 35th Anniversary Celebration are Beth Long, Gary Cataldo, Jack Gabig, Roblyn Thorne and Bill Poplin.  It was a fun day and we are proud to support El Buen. 
El Buen Celebrates 35 Years Brenda Osbon 2024-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Brenda Osbon 2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

We are very proud to welcome El Buen Samaritano as our first
corporate/non profit organization into membership of our club.
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Rotarian of Month Brenda Osbon 2024-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

International Womens Day 2024

Today we celebrated International Women's Day and we are so proud to have two of the first female Rotarians in our club with us, as well as two new members who were inducted today.  

International Womens Day 2024 Brenda Osbon 2024-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Meeting on Thursday, Jan 18 is at Hampton Public Library

If you are joining us for our meeting on Thursday, January 18 - we will not be at D K Maria's.  We WILL meet at the Will Hampton Public Library located at 5125 Convict Hill Rd.

Please come hear from our speaker Troy DeFrates. Troy is currently serving as interim Dean for the Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies division at Austin Community College (ACC), where he oversees 11 workforce education departments including, Manufacturing, Automotive, Building Construction, Welding, Agriculture Sciences, and Architectural-Engineering Computer Aided Design, and HVAC.


Weekly Meeting on Thursday, Jan 18 is at Hampton Public Library Brenda Osbon 2024-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
A New Home for Sytrofoam May 2024 2024-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian of the Month


Our Rotarian of the month for February 2024 is Bob Royal.  Bob has been a member of our club since October 2001 – that is 23 years! Bob has served in many capacities in the club including president, golf tournament chair, director.  In fact, the success of our golf tournament can be attributed to Bob and his detail crafting and planning. Bob’s sponsor into Rotary was Col Pat Speir’s, who was a true treasure to the club.  You did good Col Pat.

When the district used to host Bi-District events with Mexico, Bob went on a tour in Matamoros to see the international projects we had done with Rotary clubs there, and being with the Matamoros Rotarians, and seeing the computer labs, school projects, food trucks truly helped solidify Rotary in his heart.  Along with that experience, he fondly remembers a vocational scholarship presentation.  Being with the scholars and them speaking about how much the scholarship meant to them, and looking across the room to Jack Gilchrist and seeing how much it meant to him that will always be a fond memory of Rotary and what it means to him.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Brenda Osbon 2023-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

December Styrofoam Project

Fantastic turnout from the south Austin community bringing Styrofoam for us to take to Austin Recycle/Reuse. The 4th ‘First Saturday’ to staff our “New Home for Styrofoam” booth at SFC Farmers' Market.
Working together to keep it out of the landfill!
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Welcome New Member Brenda Osbon 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Kaavya Venkat

Join us for our last program of the year on Thursday December 7. 

Kaavya Venkat serves as the coordinator for the Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC). She is also a Public Health Policy Analyst for the Texas Medical Association (TMA). As part of her role in TPHC, she works with multiple stakeholders around the state to develop educational one-pagers and talks titled "Distinguished Speaker Series" on public health priority topics. 

Kaavya grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX and now resides in downtown Austin. She spent a few years in California completing her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and then went to Dartmouth for her Masters in Public Health. She is passionate about working towards creating an equitable and just world. For fun, Kaavya loves to create graphic design artwork!

TPHC meets once a month to discuss organizational/legislative updates and plans for future public health advocacy and awareness.  

Welcome Kaavya!

Kaavya Venkat Brenda Osbon 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2023-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

DAP Grant Project at El Buen Samaritano

Friday, October 27, the tool shed for El Buen was installed. 

Thank you to Roblyn, Bob, and Bill for overseeing this part of the project. 

Members will add some signage and landscaping soon.

This is our DAP grant project for 2023-24.   

DAP Grant Project at El Buen Samaritano Brenda Osbon 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

November Member of the Month

Our Rotarian of the Month is Bill Poplin.  Bill is the smiling face we see at each meeting as sergeant at arms.  Bill is a faithful participant in our El Buen Samaritano projects - the food bank, community garden, ESL program and Hands for Hope. 

Thank you, Bill, for your smile, your professionalism and your servant heart. 

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2023 Vocational Scholars

We are so proud to share our 2023 Vocational Scholarship awardees at Austin Community College.










Our sincere thanks to Roger Beasley Mazda, HPI Real Estate, Ishtel Heat and Air, C. Brooks Construction, David Capshaw, The Garner Family for their support.  These scholarships were funded by our annual charity golf tournament. With these fine businesses and friends, we were able to do $17,500 in scholarships.

A special thanks to Amy Bawcom and Ann Schubert from the Austin Community College Foundation.

A luncheon in these recipient's honor will be held in the coming months.

If you want to support this great program, we are planning our 25th annual charity golf tournament.  Information coming soon.

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A New Home For Styrofoam 2023-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
August Rotarian of the Month Brenda Osbon 2023-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteering at BookSpring

Brenda, Roblyn and George volunteered at BookSpring on Thursday.  Please notice the empty shelves.  If you have books to donate please let us know.
Easy peazy job and in the air conditioning! 
Come join us the third Thursday of the month.
Volunteering at BookSpring Brenda Osbon 2023-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Family Eldercare Fan Drive

Friday, July 14 the Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest delivered fans to Family Eldercare at Roger Beasley Mazda South drop off site. We collected fans and had an online fundraiser and raised $500.  Thank you to our supporters!  


Family Eldercare Fan Drive Brenda Osbon 2023-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Year 2023-24

We had a wonderful celebration of President Rebekah's year and kick off of President Brenda's year at the beautiful Onion Creek Club.
Paul Harris Awards presented to 4 Rotarians and 1 friend of Rotary.
We became a Paul Harris Club!
Roblyn received a well deserved award for her service to the club.
Keith honored as Rotarian of the Year. 
Rebekah gifted outgoing board and chairs with books to read.
Rebekah received a beautiful journal and pen for her travels.
PDG Ronney, Mary and Michelle joined us.
New AG Ann and Stan joined us.
New Rotary Year 2023-24 Brenda Osbon 2023-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
24th Annual Golf Sponsor Group 2023-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament a Success! 2023-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Community Gardens Project to Feed the Hungry

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The Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest recently worked at El Buen Samaritano to get their community gardens ready for planting.  This project is part of their DAP grant and included the purchase of soil, fertilizer, water hose, rainwater containers, tools, seeds.  The yield from the community garden provides produce for the food pantry with 19 production plots. Additionally there are 17 community plots.
Community Gardens Project to Feed the Hungry 2023-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Ramp Build Project

On March 4th, our members joined with Texas Ramp Project Austin and the Rotary Club of South Austin to build a much need wheelchair ramp. We were happy to pay for the supplies out of funds raised by our golf tournament & pitch in with the work!
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Street Books ATX

Patrick Crowley, Street Books ATX, joined us today.  We were so pleased to donate 200 books and magazines as well as a check to this great organization. 
Street Books ATX is a bicycle-powered mobile library for people living outdoors in the Austin, TX area.

They strive to:

  • Empower people on the street through access to literature
  • Create a community of support for people living outside, through a shared love of books
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Buy Your Drawing Tickets, $20 Each

This is last years basket but shows what a great deal it will be this year.
1st prize: University of Texas basket: game tickets to the UT vs Wyoming game on September 16, club passes, parking pass, UT related items (approx.value $600)
2nd prize:  Adult Beverage basket featuring Tito's Vodka, choice wine, fine scotch and other premiere beverages (approx. value $400)
Buy Your Drawing Tickets, $20 Each 2023-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Wanted - Ramp Build Project 2023-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations DGN Todd Smith

It is my honor and privilege to officially declare Todd Smith, from the Rotary Club of Georgetown, our District Governor-Designate. Todd will become District Governor-Nominee on July 1, 2023 and serve as our Governor in the 2025-26 Rotary year.

Todd is a great Rotarian who will serve our district well. Please join me in congratulating Todd on being selected as our 111th District Governor.

Shannon Coleman

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January is Vocational Service Month

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
Those objectives are:
  • To encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, to recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations, to dignify the Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • To apply the ideal of service in personal, business and community life.
  • To advance international understanding and goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of businessmen and professional men and women united in the ideal of service.
Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession". Vocational Service is the way Rotary fosters and supports the application of the Ideal of Service to the pursuit of all vocations. It is the shared responsibility of both the Rotary Club and its members.

The role of the Club is to implement and encourage the objectives by its own actions in dealing with the community and by the development of projects that enable members to use their vocational talents in the service of the community.  The role of members is to conduct themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary principles and support the Vocational Service projects that the club has developed.
During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service.  Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities.  Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.
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Merry Christmas from Austin-Southwest Rotary 2022-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Hands of Hope 2022

A very cold and wet day, but Rotarians were there to help at El Buen Samaritano. On this Saturday, food to prepare a Thanksgiving meal was distributed to 1,000 families.  Thank you to our Rotarians, Bill, Roblyn, Jack, Beth, Vikkie, George, and Bob. 

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Service Above Self

Club members Bob, Gary and Rebekah assisted the Rotary Club of Austin South with putting up some sheds at Mainspring Schools this past Saturday.  
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Vocational Scholarships 2022

We are so pleased to honor our five 2022 Vocational Scholarship Recipients at our meeting Thursday, October 13.  Special thanks to Amy Bawcom, Executive Director Austin Community College Foundation and Ann Schubert, ACC Foundation Operations Coordinator for their invaluable assistance.

Edwin Moeslein - Workforce Scholarship in honor of Roger Beasley Mazda
Joel Frith - Agricultural Sciences Scholarship in honor of The Cataldo Agency
Romeo Ramos - HVAC Scholarship in honor of Ishtel Heat and Air
Andrew Gonzales - Welding Scholarship in honor of The Garner Family
Nikisha Johnon - Health Science Scholarship in honor of David Capshaw

Scholarships are funded by proceeds of our annual golf tournament.  

Vocational Scholarships 2022 Brenda Osbon 2022-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Citation

Our club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2021-22. This past year, our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve our goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape the future.

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Army Futures Command 

Thanks to Major Mike Ohman for updating us on the Army Futures Command planning the future of the US Army.

Great informative program!

Army Futures Command 2022-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Settling In To New Location

We are settling in nicely to our new meeting location!  We are also working on becoming a hybrid club so you can join us from anywhere. Thursday, August 25 we will not meet at noon but will have our monthly fun social at Easy Tiger on South Lamar. Need more info? Click here. 

Settling In To New Location Brenda Osbon 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

AG David Jessich

We welcomed AG David Jessich who shared his award winning unique license plate collection and international background. Raised in Saudi Arabia and living overseas during his career interested him in Rotary and it's international aspects.  Thanks David for being with us!
AG David Jessich Brenda Osbon 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Back To School Project

The Rotary Club of Austin Southwest members assisted in passing out back to school back packs to students who are clients of the West Rural Center. This year was in person and not a drive through as it was during the pandemic so it was great to see the faces of the children and to see them having fun.  Thanks to Roblyn, George, Bob and Bill for their service above self. 
Back To School Project Brenda Osbon 2022-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

El Buen Samaritano Food Drive!

On June 16th, over 200 cars lined up at the food bank for free diapers and meals all for the community. We all enjoyed being able to serve our community and help families in need. This is what Rotary is all about! 
El Buen Samaritano Food Drive! 2022-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Welcoming New President! 

To the left is our incoming president, Rebekah Goolsby! This picture was taken at the Rotary International convention In Houston with our Club! She is standing next to another club member, Ann. We are so excited to welcome Rebekah leading our club into filling our clubs goal into the year 2023!
Welcoming New President! 2022-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Thank You To Our Golf Tournament Supporters 2022-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Our Program Today, Jack Gabig!

Jack will share information and update us about a project our club will be working on with the Rotario de Rosarito club in Mexico.

CAM Laboral is a state funded facility constructed several years ago in Rosarito to provide trade and technical training for young (teenage) individuals with developmental disabilities. The school’s training programs focus on four areas: - gardening & agriculture -hospitality and baking - construction labor - art.  CAM has been particularly successful in placing students in the local hospitality industry where there is a growing demand for labor to support local restaurants and hotels. Project Expenses Although the CAM facility is new and well maintained, it has limited ongoing funding and lacks some essential equipment.  

 Welcome Jack!

Our Program Today, Jack Gabig! Brenda Osbon 2022-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
Fighting Hunger Around The World 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to all the Sponsors and Golfers that joined us for our 23rd Annual Golf Tournament! Your support helped us raise funds for vocational scholarships & literacy projects.
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Buy A Drawing Ticket To Support Our Youth

Help support our Vocational Scholarships & Literacy Projects, please consider purchasing drawing tickets ($10)for a chance to win:
  • 1st prize: UT basket featuring 2 tickets to the UT-Iowa State game, parking pass, club passes+autographed Earl Campbell poster+football signed by Coach Sarkisian&other goodies(est. value $900) Or
  • 2nd prize:Adult beverage basket featuring fine wines, premium Bourbon, Single Malt Scotch, Irish whiskey & Titos vodka+goodies(eat.value $400)
Buy A Drawing Ticket To Support Our Youth 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Charity Golf Tournament - April 22

The Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest is going to have our Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Falconhead Golf Course on Friday, April 22, 2022. The format is four person scramble, low gross and blind bogey. Registration will open at 11 am and at 1:00 pm we will have a shotgun start. A box lunch will be provided before the tournament and a light supper at the end. GOLFERS and SPONSORS WANTED.
Annual Charity Golf Tournament - April 22 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Literacy Project

Our club loves literacy projects!!The Club donated funds to the Oak Hill Elementary Book Fair and an
additional “grant” to Oak Hill Elementary of $1,500 to purchase dual language books for kindergarten
and first grade students to help students learn to read.  We also donated funds to Patton
Elementary for their Book Fair.
Literacy Project Brenda Osbon 2022-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Ace of Hearts Winner

Our Ace of Hearts winner, David, who was also our speaker that day.
David thanks for the great presentation on 1-800-BOARDUP, treats and for winning!
We collect Ace of Hearts at the in-person meetings and this round started May 2019!

Ace of Hearts Winner Brenda Osbon 2022-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Coat Distribution at West Rural Community Center Holiday Event 2021-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Check Presentation to El Buen Samaritano

Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest was honored to present a check for $3000 to El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission supporting their ‘English as a second language’ program. Thanks to the Rotary Foundation and District 5870 for helping our club make these funds possible!
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Thaksgiving Meal Distribution

Austin SW Rotary pitched in to help with the El Buen SamaritanoThanksgiving meal distribution of 800 turkeys + fixings for some of our south Austin neighbors.
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Ocotber Social with South Austin Rotary 2021-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

October Club Social

Our October social will be at the Broken Spoke.  We want to support the White family and it is a great place for food and fun.  See you 5:30 pm October 28 at the Spoke. 3201 South Lamar.   Bring a friend!
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Take action for World Polio Day! 2021-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

George's Coats for Kids Southwest

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We are excited to continue our long tradition of collecting Coats for Kids Southwest in conjunction with the Travis County West Rural Center.  The West Rural Center is a non-profit run by volunteers that supports the Travis County Community Center in Oak Hill. This service project has been led by George Kennebeck (holding pink jacket) for the last five years and George is passing the torch to Gary Cataldo after this year. George is one of our beloved senior members who helps with all the projects and he is very much appreciated and loved.  This year in his honor we will name the project George’s Coats for Kids.
Coats are needed for all ages and sizes.  With the ice storm we had last winter and our unusual summer weather, we want to be prepared to hand out lots of coats for the kids.  Our goal is to break the record number of coats collected which is 210.  Collection will begin October 4 and the deadline for receiving coats and monetary donations is December 7.  Distribution day will be December 11.  

We do accept gently used coats which are cleaned by Wash and Dry Cleaners. Collection barrel locations are: 
1. Bancorpsouth (Monterey Oaks Branch): 5501 Hyw.290 W
2. YMCA Oakhill: 6219 Oakclaire
3.Southwest Family  Fellowship 71:  8203W. Hwy.71
4. Oak Hill United Methodist Church: 7815 W. Hwy. 290
5. Sage Blossom Massage: 6705 Hwy 290 
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Trifecta of Service for Austin Southwest Rotary

As the start of school approached this month, Austin-Southwest Rotary had not one but three opportunities for service and jumped on it. The Club helped out with traffic control as El Buen Samaritano, an Episcopal mission in Southwest Austin, gave out 500 backpacks and provided Covid vaccinations for the neighborhood. The next opportunity was to assist Constable George Morales at Dove Springs Community Center. The Club donated 400 boxes of crayons and helped hand out much needed school supplies. This successful event provided the East Austin community with 3900 backpacks and school supplies, 3200 hand sanitizers and 12, 000 masks along with 399 Covid vaccinations. 
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Public Relations Committee

This year's PR Committee is Brenda, Beth and Roblyn. and YOU! We will meet next Wednesday at Kirby Lane at 10:30 am to discuss our focus and gather some ideas. If you want to join us please do.
The club will participate in the Public Image Super Star Challenge this year.  There is a public image training tomorrow Saturday, August 21.  If you are interested please click here to register
Please take a minute to look at our website from the eyes of someone who is considering membership.  Do you see info about our club and what we are doing (yes!), is there info about Rotary, is there something that lets you know we are a part of a international organization, anything that says we are a fun group, anything that says help wanted (members).   Then take a look at other Rotary Club websites- Austin, E-club, South Austin, Northwest Austin for example.  Anything stand out that you like?
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It's Back To School Time! 2021-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Clubs Austin Southwest & South Austin Join Forces To Build Wheelchair Ramp

The Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest and the Rotary Club of South Austin and friends worked together in the heat this past week to build a wheelchair ramp for a disabled gentleman who desperately needed it to leave his home. Under the supervision and leadership of Texas Ramp Projects, the work crew from the clubs built a sturdy wheelchair ramp from scratch, reconfigured porch bannisters and installed a small ramp by the front door to assist the client to achieve mobility to leave his home.
The club members and friends enjoyed working together for this worthwhile project and plan another one in the fall.
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Service Project at Oak Hill Elementary Library 2021-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Austin Southwest Supports Book Fairs at Oak Hill and Patton Elementary Schools 2021-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Planting Trees in Whose Shade We Will Never Sit, But Someone Will

Austin Southwest Rotary held a workday at the Will Hampton Library in Southwest Austin in March. In the past, the Club put in a trailhead, prepared a Learning Tree area for outdoor classes and maintains a gazebo at the Library built by a club member, Ross Baldwin. These projects were initiated as the Club’s Centennial project when Rotary International celebrated its 100th anniversary sixteen years ago.
The current hands-on project involved planting 20 small trees, preparing flower beds and planting plants, assisting the City of Austin crew who maintains the library grounds. The project culminated with lunch in the gazebo after the planting was finished.
The Will Hampton Library is named after a member of the Austin Southwest Rotary Club who was tragically murdered in a home invasion in South Austin several years ago. The Austin SW Rotary Club and many friends lobbied the Austin City Council to name this library after Will Hampton who was an outstanding South Austin citizen.
Planting Trees in Whose Shade We Will Never Sit, But Someone Will 2021-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

 “Snow-vid 2021” Food Needs Met with Help of Austin Southwest Rotary

The line of cars usually starts to wind around the block about 30 minutes before the food pantry at El Buen Samaritano opens. The first day the pantry was open after Austin thawed out from the historic storm and the city was again semi-functional, the line of cars carrying families in need of food and water started two hours before opening. It swung around the block and down the street so far that security had to keep a major intersection clear for other traffic.
Austin Southwest Rotary was so happy to have scheduled their workday at El Buen Samaritano food pantry that day. Rotary volunteers did not stop for 3 hours as the carrots, apples, onions, cheese, prepared frozen meals, eggs and dry goods were loaded into bags for the drive through clients. By the end of the morning, nearly twice as many families received food as generally do. The pantry was empty except for a few bags of onions after nearly 300 families were provided with desperately needed food. A weary group of Rotarians and pantry employees high fived each other with smiles as they all left the pantry to get into their cars.
 “Snow-vid 2021” Food Needs Met with Help of Austin Southwest Rotary  2021-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Austin-Southwest Rotary Rises Early to Help Fight Hunger

Although 6:45am rolls around early to arrive to help at El Buen Samaritano Food Pantry, members of the Austin-Southwest Rotary saw clients’ cars already in line waiting for the parking lot grocery box delivery to open at 8:00am.
El Buen Samaritano serves south Austin. This food pantry hands out food boxes twice a week to 150-180 families each delivery day. Club members helped fill boxes with a variety of fresh vegetables, a protein, cheeses, baked goods and pre-made meals; loaded boxes into the trunks of clients’ vehicles as they drove through; broke down boxes for recycle and helped with clean-up at the pantry.
A goal has been set this year by this Club to sponsor some type of service project each month especially since we are not meeting for our noon meeting in person yet. These projects are outdoors and socially distanced with appropriate mask wear for safety.
When the shift was over at the food pantry, members said they felt like they had started their day off right! Service Above Self.
Austin-Southwest Rotary Rises Early to Help Fight Hunger 2021-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

Southwest Travis County “Coats for Kids”

The Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest partnered with the S.W. Travis County Rural Community Center to help supply coats for the children of their clients for Christmas. Although the collection of as many gently used coats was hampered somewhat by COVID-19 restrictions, members of our club delivered coats and goodie bags supplied by the Travis County Sheriff’s department’s Brown Santa to the trunks of happy residents of the area.
Southwest Travis County “Coats for Kids”  2021-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Ramp Project With South Austin Rotary Club

The Rotary Clubs of Austin-Southwest and South Austin joined forces to build a 54-foot wheelchair ramp in conjunction with Texas Ramp Project of Travis County. Members of the two clubs worked together to build this extensive ramp for someone in need. This major project was accomplished in a day. When a few come together, you can build anything!
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800 + Thanksgiving Meals Provided

Members of our club  assisting with other volunteers in southwest Austin at El Buen Samaritano delivered over 800 Thanksgiving meals complete with turkeys donated by HEB to residents of this neighborhood. The car parade proceeded through the grounds of El Buen Samaritano and provided a safe way for clients to pick up their family meals. The yummy meals were slipped into the trunks of their vehicles while they proceeded through the check points. It was a great way to show our Thanks! 
800 + Thanksgiving Meals Provided 2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Austin SW Rotary Collects 350 books for Street Books ATX

Street Books ATX serves people who cannot frequent libraries easily. Patrick Crowley, director, takes his mobile unit to places people have a hard time checking out books. We collected over 350 adult and children's books for the cart to head to food bank lines, homeless shelters and other places where books are needed to come to the people
Austin SW Rotary Collects 350 books for Street Books ATX  2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Feeding Families in South Austin 2020-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Census, Covid-19 Awareness & Prevention Project for the Rotary Club of SW Austin

The Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest joined the Travis Co. Constables of Precinct 4 in SE Austin in a campaign to sign people up for the census and distribute PPE's and information about Covid-19. This particular area of Austin has been hard hit by the virus. The Club also helped with purchasing HEB gift cards to go into each bag. The response was good and recipients were thrilled with their goodie bags as they drove through the distribution area.

Census, Covid-19 Awareness & Prevention Project for the Rotary Club of SW Austin 2020-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Service Project - Travis Heights Christian Outreach 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Service Project - Central Texas Food Bank 2020-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Myke Rousell - The Way Forward 2020-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Central Texas Food Bank Day A Success

On Friday, May 22, 8 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest met at the Central Texas Food Bank to sort frozen foods to go to Distribution Centers. They processed and sorted 4200 lbs of frozen foods and that will provide 3500 meals. The Central Texas Food Bank did a very good job of social distancing volunteers and Club members adhered to all the rules and felt safe. 
Central Texas Food Bank Day A Success 2020-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Our Why Rotary Story 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Meetings Cancelled

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Meetings Cancelled 2020-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Cancelled

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Due to the health crisis, the Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest has decided to cancel its annual golf tournament on 4/24 until more favorable times. We appreciate your past support and look forward to planning another tournament in the future to help support our community. 
Golf Tournament Cancelled 2020-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Wheelchair Ramp Build

On Saturday, March 14, our Rotary Club in collaboration with South Austin Rotary under the supervision of the Texas Ramp Project completed a sturdy wheel chair ramp for a family in need. The ten members of our Club who gave of their time and talents were Bill (chair), Roblyn, Beth, Rebekah, Russ, Gary, Allison, Stan, George and Kaelin plus 5 family members and friends joined us as well as 2 members from South Austin. We even had two Canadians assisting us: Russ' parents who had just arrived to visit Russ & family. A yummy lunch was provided by Bill, Roblyn, Beth and Betsy.
Wheelchair Ramp Build 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Insides Books Project 2020-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Club Foundation Awards

The Rotary Club of Austin SW was visited by Past District Gov. Jerry Chapman. We were proud to be presented with 3 Foundation awards for 2018-2019: 100% Every Rotarian Every Year Club, 100% Foundation giving & the #3 highest giving Club in the District. Good going Club members!
It’s going to great community and worldwide charitable projects!

(L to R: 2019-2020 President Keith McComb, PDG Jerry, Foundation Chair, Roblyn Thorne & Past President 2018-2019, Beth Long)
Club Foundation Awards 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Coats for Kids Christmas Event

The Rotary Club of Austin SW was excited to supply over 200 coats for the SW Travis County Teddy Bear Christmas. Thanks to BancorpSouth, Boone elementary school, SW Family Fellowship Church and Oak Hill elementary school for putting out barrels to collect coats. Special thanks to Wash and Dry Cleaners of Oak Hill for cleaning all the coats free of charge. We were gratified that we could help kids warm with new coats this winter!
Coats for Kids Christmas Event 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Nov. 5 - Polio Plus Fundraiser

Come support the Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest and listen to some GREAT music from local country recording artist Dale Watson at the HISTORIC Broken Spoke on Nov. 5th at 6:30PM! A night of fellowship, good music and fun all for a great cause! Tickets are $20.
Nov. 5 - Polio Plus Fundraiser 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Will Hampton Library Service Project 2019-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Austin Southwest Rotary in the Community 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
SW Community Church Back To School Event 2019-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Proud Supporter of Start-Up Kid's Club

We were excited to present Amber Wakem,Executive officer & Founder, a check for $5000 for Start-Up Kid's ClubShe updated us on the program to teach entrepreneurship to kids elementary school through early high school.

Our Club is helping provide mentors at Boone Elementary in Southwest Austin this year in this after school program in entrepreneurship. Scholarships are available to help offset registration fees.
Proud Supporter of Start-Up Kid's Club 2019-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Visit 2019-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

July - Club Social

We enjoyed our first social meeting of the New Rotary Year at The Park on South Lamar. Fun to relax with friends!
July - Club Social 2019-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Keith McComb 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
District Installation Ceremony 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Seyi Odufuye -
Former RYLA Camper 

At last Thursday's meeting, we were treated to a short presentation by Oluwaseyi Odufuye (Seyi) our former Camp RLYA student who was active in the Bowie High School Interact Club when Susan Steeg was working with at Club.
Seyi Odufuye -Former RYLA Camper  2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Memorial Day Services 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
District Award Winners 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Service Above Self

Rise Against Hunger Service Project

We joined fellow Rotarians at the Rotary District 5870 Central Texas Conference in San Antonio in a service project for Rise Against Hunger. In less than hour, we pack 10,152 meals! 
Rise Against Hunger Service Project 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Ramp Project

Thanks to Duane, Brandon, George, Gary and Project Chair, Bill for helping make this gentleman's home wheelchair accessible. GREAT JOB, Rotarians!
Ramp Project 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Visiting Rotarian, Mario diGesu

We also welcomed visiting Rotarian, Mario diGesu who is a Physical Therapist from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He brought us information about a program his Club supports in prevention of drug addiction. Their program for elementary school age kids is called "Don't Meth with Us".(don'  and is focused on prevention rather than the need for treatment after addiction begins. Great to have you!
Visiting Rotarian, Mario diGesu 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

Speaker -  Lauren Roberts 

We learned alot of tips on the recycling and composting plans for the City of Austin as Lauren Roberts from Balcones Resources spoke to us at last week's meeting. Thanks Lauren for sharing your time with us. Quite an operation to bring Austin to zero waste in the landfill!

Speaker - Lauren Roberts 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

District Foundation Gala

Ten of us attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner Saturday night representing all of you for our Club. The President of Rotary International, Barry Rassin of the Bahamas was the keynote speaker. 

Although there are alot of introductions and kudos given out at this dinner (not too exciting), it was impressive to hear the RI president speak. He has had an outstanding career as a hospital administrator in the Bahamas bringing quality healthcare to Nausau.  He was one of the first to facilitate getting supplies to Haiti after their horrible earthquake and hurricane with Rotary support. This was all made possible person to person through Rotarians in Haiti and the Bahamas. 
District Foundation Gala  2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Donation to Hardin County Strong 

Our Club finalized donations accumulated last year for Hurricane Harvey relief. This donation for $1075 from us went to Hardin County Strong recovery group in SE Texas which is still rebuilding from the disaster. We partnered with the Rotary Club of Hardin County. In this photo Past President of the Hardin Co. Rotary Club, J.J. Elizondo (on the right) presents a check combined with a donation from their club to Michelle Brewer Disaster Recovery Director, Hardin County Strong.
Donation to Hardin County Strong 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Coats For Kids

Austin SW Rotary collected over 14 bags of gently used coats for Coats for Kids, had cleaned at Wash & Dry cleaners and assisted in the distribution at Travis Co. Brown Santa of SW Austin on Saturday Oct.8. See the photos
Coats For Kids 2018-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Day At Oak Hill Elementary

With DAP grant money and funds from the Club we purchased dictionaries for 3rd graders and thesaurus’ for 4th graders at Oak Hill elementary which is a title 9 school. Club members met to put 4 way test labels in the materials and then presented them in an assembly led by club members. See the photos

Dictionary Day At Oak Hill Elementary 2018-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary 101 Info. Session

Great turnout last night for our new member orientation..Rotary 101...good food & beverage plus learning about Rotary. Thanks to our hosts The Royals plus new members and longstanding members who participated!
Rotary 101 Info. Session 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Service Project - Central Texas Area Food Bank 2018-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Really Good Reading Program At St. Elmo

Here is St. Elmo principal, Ben McCormick accepting a check to help fund the "Really Great Reading" Phonics Reading Program for the Kindergarten at St. Elmo Elementary. They are super excited to start this program to help their Kindergarten kids learn to read and to help them in the future on the STARR Tests. Their long range plan is to institute "Really Great Reading" program in the whole school as they can afford to.
Really Good Reading Program At St. Elmo 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

September Social

Fun “Last Friday” Social meeting at Red's Porch on South Lamar... Lots of visiting and business taken care of!
September Social 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members!

Austin SW Rotary welcomes 2 new members: Duane Galligher and Rebekah Goolsby 
We are so pleased you’ve joined us in Service Above Self!
Welcome New Members! 2018-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Adam Weber

Congrats to Adam Weber of Edward Jones off Manchaca Rd. who won two tickets to the first UT longhorn football game at our annual golf tournament. Special delivery by President Beth. Enjoy, Adam and we look forward to you playing April 2019 Falconhead Golf Club
Congratulations Adam Weber 2018-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Aug 9th - Rotary Foundation 

We sincerely thank Past District Gov.Rich Kaye from the Rotary Club of Killeen for his informative story talk today on The Rotary Foundation ... 4 Star Rating on Charity Navigator so you know your monetary contributions are being spent wisely.
All this to promote peace, provide clean water,assist in medical care, help mothers and children, support literacy and build stronger economic structures for developing countries Your dollar goes a long way when donated to the Foundation
Aug 9th - Rotary Foundation 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

August 10 - Service Above Self 

Austin SW Rotary helped some deserving kids pick up new backpacks filled with supplies.And there were bouncy houses & pizza! Fun for all Thanks to West Rural Community Center, Southwest Family Fellowship And Travis Co. Pct.3 for your sponsorship!
August 10 - Service Above Self 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
July 12 - Guide Dogs of Texas 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Marble Falls Fish Fry

10 of our Club travelled to Marble Falls to enjoy the 69th annual Fish Fry of the @marblefallsrotaryclub.  Excellent fried fish, wine, Fellowship, program and music.. We had lots of fun!
Marble Falls Fish Fry 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA Camp 2018

We had a great crew helping to prepare, serve and clean up after a meal for the kids participating at Camp RYLA of Rotary District 5870 Central Texas (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp. Our Club was excited to pay for this meal too. Thanks to George K.,Vikki G.,Bill P.,Gary & Gracie C. and Beth L.for 4 hours of fun in the kitchen feeding 125 hungry campers. We appreciated the expertise of Chef Heidi from the Austin Centennial Club directing us so expertly! Great fun supporting Youth in learning about leadership!
RYLA Camp 2018 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Hail & Farewell Induction Dinner

We had bunches of fun at our “hail and farewell” installation dinner tonight Onion Creek Club. Great food, fun event. Wonderful to have Brandon Benavides...Former St Ed’s Rotaract student speak to us. Brandon is now an Executive producer at KSAT tv in San Antonio 
Thanks ADG Gaines Bagby for doing the installation
Hail & Farewell Induction Dinner 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You Golfers & Sponsors!

Our 20th anniversary charity golf tournament at Falconhead Golf Club was superb! Thanks to all our sponsors, golfers and workers for making it successful so that we can award multiple vocational scholarships next month to deserving students and continue our many community service projects. A big Thank You to our two Championship sponsors, Roger Beasley Mazda and First State Bank of Central Texas ! Great supporters of the community!
Thank You Golfers & Sponsors! 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

20th Annual Golf Tournament

Our 20th anniversary charity golf tournament at Falconhead Golf Club was superb! Thanks to all our sponsors, golfers and workers for making it successful so that we can award 8 vocational scholarships next month to deserving students. A big Thank You to our two Championship sponsors, Austin Area Mazda and First State Bank of Central Texas ! Great supporters of the community!
20th Annual Golf Tournament 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Southwest YMCA Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

Coat Distribution at West Rural

The coat project team came through with flying colors.  The cold snap got people’s attention and the coats were flying off the rack.  Thanks to Rotarians and friends Linda, George, Emily, Cathy and Deb.
Coat Distribution at West Rural 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Club Social at the Icehouse 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Veteran's Day Ceremony 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Will Hampton Library Project

Back row: Bob Royal, Gary Cataldo, Dave Capshaw, Derrick Flint
Front row: Betsy Priest, Beth Long, Grace Cataldo, Julianne Flint, Eva Flint, Max Flint
Eric Travis called and expressed his thanks for the work done on Saturday.  And that was before he had seen the trailhead. Vicki Goodwin, a candidate for District 47 and a possible member, came out to say hello.  She posted photos of the Learning Tree on her website and thanked the club for the hard work.  Thanks to Betsy and Beth for the sandwiches. Just would not have been the same without them.  Special thanks to our non-member helpers, Dave Capshaw, Grace Cataldo and especially to the “Fantastic Flints” Max, Eva and Julianne.  You really made a difference and made it a very fun day.
Will Hampton Library Project 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Service Project At Central Texas Food Bank 2017-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting With The Mayor

The Rotary Club of Austin-Southwest participated in the "Meeting with the Mayor"(Austin Mayor Steve Adler) to hear how our Rotary clubs can work with the city to leverage the community assistance Rotarians provide.Our own presidentGary Cataldo was the moderator. Several helpful ideas spun off from this gathering.also represented were Rotary Club of Austin,Rotary Club of South Austin,Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club,North Austin Rotary,University Rotary, Austin E-club and Rotary Club of East Austin.
Meeting With The Mayor 2017-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Dictionary and Thesaurus Gifts to Elementary Schools 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Project 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Site Visit to Austin Community College

Reps of Austin-Southwest Rotary got a personalized tour of the Austin Community College Eastview Campus - Health & Sciences. This is where 6 of our 8 scholarships went to students in dental hygiene, occupational therapy, nursing, radiology, PT assisting.
Fabulous teaching campus for Health Sciences.
Site Visit to Austin Community College 2017-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring a Legacy – 35 Years of Service

On Saturday June 17, 2017, members of the Rotary Club of Austin Southwest (formerly Austin-Oak Hill Rotary) and honored guests gathered to celebrate 35 Years carrying out Service as a Rotary Club and to install the board of officers for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.
Honoring a Legacy – 35 Years of Service  2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Will Hampton Library – Mulch Maddness

This was Sara Enno’s first project and she was the project leader.  She was assisted by Robyn, Bill, Ray, George, Gary, Gracie and her 7 year old daughter Molly.  In an hour, the team spread 20 bags of mulch, and, around the gazebo, trimmed dead brush and raked up grass.   While this project was limited in scope, it gave the front areas a much needed grooming.  This coming fall will call for a major effort as we will need to do all areas of the library grounds.  Sara wanted to thank everyone for their support and sweat.
Will Hampton Library – Mulch Maddness 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Total For Scholarships Awarded Exceeds $170,000

Back Row (l-r) Alexa L. Sanchez, Elizabeth Ann Henry, Lacie Brooke Herrin
Front Row (l-r) Gary Cataldo, Chapter President, Sunmi Kim, Kassidy Blair, Thomas Kyle Dunn, Heather E. Orellana, Jack Gilchrist, Committee Chair * Not attending: Crystal Brewster                                       

The Rotary Club of Austin – Southwest adds eight to its roll of scholarship recipients.
The Rotary Club of Austin - Southwest (formerly Austin - Oak Hill) presented eight $1000 scholarships at Thursday’s, June 8, 2017 awards luncheon hosted at DK Marias Restaurant.
The Rotary Club of Austin – Southwest firmly ascribes to the sentiment expressed by the South African leader Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” In over 19 years, 150+ scholastic and vocational students have benefited from the club’s ‘Lend A Hand’ scholarship program.
This year’s recipients are working adults, many with families. Fields of study at Austin Community College and Baldwin Beauty School include vocational nursing, occupational therapy, chemical dependency counseling, dental hygiene, cosmetology and diagnostic imaging radiology.  Theirs is a common theme of persistence and hard work, overcoming personal and systemic obstacles as they seek to better themselves and the lives of those close to them.
At the luncheon’s conclusion, club president, Gary Cataldo, left the awardees with these thoughts: ”Your scholarship is not a handout.  You earned it. It was earned by challenging yourself to improve your education, by excellence in scholarship, by having the self-confidence to put your accomplishments on an application and risking rejection.  As Rotarians, we see your scholarships less as gifts, and more as investments in people of promise. You are people whose efforts are transforming ‘potential’ into ‘measurable accomplishments.’  Our Rotarian challenge to you: As you have been helped, help others. In doing so, you will know the spirit that is Rotary.  Best wishes. Now, go out there and, keep making good luck. “
Rotary Club Total For Scholarships Awarded Exceeds $170,000 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
May & June Student Of The Month 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

April Student Of The Month

We were were pleased to honor our student of the month from Patton Elementary accompanied by his Mom & nominating teacher
April Student Of The Month 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
It's Official! 2016-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction 2016-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2016-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Veteran's Day Program

Nov 10, 2016 Veterans Day Program will be hosted by Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and  Memorial  Garden, 6300 W. William Cannon, Austin, TX 78749. Guests and family are most welcome. 
Park in front and  walk to the memorial, recommend early arrival.
12:10-12:20pm  Remembrance ceremony at memorial
12:20-12:30 pm  Assemble in the funeral home meeting room, pick up lunch meal and be seated
12:30-12:35pm Club announcements, introduce guest speaker
12:35-12:55 pm Speaker  Mr. David Carter  Austin Veterans Center – warrior and families transition
12:55-1:00pm  Close
Veteran's Day Program 2016-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Halloween Party Fun 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members!

Welcome aboard Craig, Kevin and Chris!!   Left to right are Jack Gilchrist, Craig Jennings, Kevin Hull, Chris Carroll, Gary Cataldo, and Tom Cripps.
Welcome New Members! 2016-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Be Inspired By Rotary 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

President's Update - Sept 20th

The program on Thursday will be on our new website and the use of Facebook. This is a key aspect of our future communications plans and public relations and the more you know, the more effective it will be. 
Patton school Dictionary Project is on Thursday, Sep 22 at 7:30am.  Oak Hill Elementary distribution went very well.  Thanks to all the Distributors, Susan Steeg, Ray Gilley, Tom Cripps amd Mike Gonzales from Susan's office.
 I met with George and we have a tentative date and location for the Name Change ceremony in January.
Board has affirmed the vote for the name change and approved the transfer of $50000 to an Operations Reserve Fund.
A proposal to establish an "Associate Member" category was well received, but the board has asked for an overall membership review for any other proposed changes for consideration at the next board meeting Tuesday Oct 11, 2016.

Great news on the membership front.  We have three we are working on for proposal to the board and two perspective members. Lets keep up  the effort.  It is paying off. 

Last Thursday we had a very good discussion on what to do to prepare for the name change. This will be a "committee of the club" action so everyone will get an opportunity to make a contribution. 

Thanks to all for your efforts and I will see you on Thursday 
President's Update - Sept 20th 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Student 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Sept. 10 - Capital Area Food Bank 2016-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Project 2016-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Wheelchair Ramp Project

Austin Oak Hill Rotary participates in its 3rd wheelchair ramp project...
4 hours later a much needed ramp was finished!
Wheelchair Ramp Project 2016-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Coat Drive

Austin Oak Hill Rotary Club gave support to the West Rural Center holiday efforts with another successful coat drive. The best reward was knowing that by the end of the shift the racks were nearly empty with jackets and coats finding new homes for Christmas.
Holiday Coat Drive 2015-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Work Day At Will Hampton Library 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

Capitol Area Food Bank

Thank you to Tom, Angelo, Bob and Derrick for your willingness to volunteer for sorting donations at the Capital Area Food Bank Tuesday evening. 
They were joined by others from the community and got a behind the scenes view of the food bank. 
This event partnered with previous efforts of the Interact Club fighting hunger in our community!
Capitol Area Food Bank Paula Waggoner 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Gazebo Project

Posted by David Capshaw
The gazebo at the Hampton branch library was a gift of Ross Baldwin fifteen years ago and occasionally needs a bit of attention. A club community service project this year is to give the gazebo a hearty dose of TLC. Actually, a series of three doses are envisioned:
The first involves repairs to the gazebo. Stan Barnes inspected the gazebo and found that mechanically it is in good shape except for a few missing trim pieces and a number of fasteners that are loose. Stan has fabricated replacement wooden trim and will lead the effort Saturday (Nov. 8, noon) to restore the gazebo's mechanical health.
The next stage is to clean and re-stain the gazebo. (We last re-stained the gazebo as part of a 2008-2009 DAP grant that includes other improvements around the gazebo.) This part of the project will benefit from many Rotarian helping hands, but the details are not yet settled, so stay tuned.
Finally, we'll spiff up the landscaping around the gazebo by filling in the gaps with the types of plants that seem to do well there plus making the bed easier to maintain in drought conditions. This will be a good, hands on, dirt under the fingernails Rotarian project.
Gazebo Project David Capshaw 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
African Christian College Macadamia Nut Roasting 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Kelly Jones (for Austin Area Mazda Dealers)
Daniel Pitts (for Dan G. Bjeletich, in Memory of Marguerite Bjeletich)
Deborah Silva & Donor Gary Cataldo (for Hayner Valley Grove LLC)
Courtney Waffle & Donors Kay (& Ron) Landry (for In Memory of Bonnie Brumit)
Lacee Goode (Donor Ross Baldwin Memorial)
Liana Elwood & Donor Patrick Johnson (for First State Bank)
Micah Hassell
​Kallie Yoas
​Wendy Bushman
Travis Baxley
​Chioma Dike
Shelli Bird
2014 VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Ron Landry 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0


16th Rotary Club of Austin-Oak Hill Charity Golf Tournament
It's not about the golf:  It's about the kids and our community          
Our 2014 Championship Sponsors
In Memory of Bonnie Brumit 
Hayner Valley Grove LLC, Hatch, NM
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR 2014 GOLF SPONSORS Ronald Landry 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z 0


On Monday, May 12th, the Oak Hill Elementary School Student Council/EarlyAct Club visited the residents of Querencia at Barton Creek. The kids and the residents shared stories and music. Afterwards, we had our annual joint meeting with them at the Oak Hill ES Annex. The pizza was good. 


After our May 5th club meeting, the Scholarship Committee will meet at a location TBD to review applications for our Vocational Scholarships. Talk to Jack Gilchrist for more details.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Kay & Ron Visit Rotary Club in Cape Town
While on vacation in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana & Zimbabwe, Kay & Ron Landry took the opportunity to visit the Rotary Club of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It was a small club of 15 members and we saw a great presentation on water rescue of small water craft. The presentation focused on the problem with overloaded or unsafe boats capsizing and the limited resources available for rescue. Slides were shown of a recent boat capsizing near Cape Town. The import of the presentation was driven home the next day after our meeting with the news of that South Korea ferry capsizing.
VISITING ROTARY CLUB IN SOUTH AFRICA Ron Landry 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0


Our club board meetings will usually be held on the 3rd Tuesdays of each month. The meetings will usually be held at the West Rural Community Center on 8656 West Highway 71 in Building A and sometimes at other locations. The meetings will start at 6:15p and will adjourn at 7:30p.
All club members are welcome to attend. Committee chairs desiring board action should attend.
BOARD MEETINGS Ron Landry 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: Registration table opens at 8:00am, sessions begin at 9:00am, anticipated completion by 3:00pm
Place: Central Texas College, 6200 West Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, TX 76549
Lunch: Provided on-campus and included in registration fee
Who Should Attend: Presidents-Elect, President Nominees, Club Officers, Committee Chairpersons and anyone else who wishes to learn more.
Purpose: Provide Rotary Club leaders with the necessary skills to
(a) Support & strengthen their Rotary Club 
(b) Focus & increase humanitarian service 
(c) Enhance public image and awareness
How To Register: To register on-line go to District 5870 Website or by mail download the form. Registration fee is $25 payable on-line or you can mail completed registration form and check (payable to Rotary District 5870) to:
Kirk Pate, District Registrar
P.O. Box 1072
Flatonia, TX 78941
CLUB LEADERSHIP TRAINING Ron Landry 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0


The new officers of the Oak Hill ES Student Council/EarlyAct Club visited our club on the last meeting in 2013. Above (not in order of appearance) are Ben Woytek - President, Josh Machado - Vice-President, Brooke Williams - Secretary, Caroline Latham - Treasurer, Kelly Woytek - Ben's mom, Shea Williams - Brooke's mom, Rotarians Tom Cripps & Kay Landry


Here's Jane Prince-Maclean receiving a check for $500 on behalf of the West Rural Community Center from President Susan Steeg. This money will be used for the assistance of families in need during the holiday season.
CLUB DONATES $500 TO WEST RURAL COMMUNITY CENTER Susan Steeg 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0


Billy O'Briant, Business Development Officer
Billy has been in financial services for 10 years, in a variety of roles. He started as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Finance Corps, serving in roles stateside and in Iraq. He then transitioned to the banking industry, working in operations at Wachovia and Wells Fargo banks. About three years ago, he saw the light and came to A+ Federal Credit Union, and has become and outspoken advocate for credit unions.
Welcome George Bailey, or rather, Billy O'Briant!
PROGRAM FOR JANUARY 6 2014-01-04 00:00:00Z 0


It's time for our last club meeting of the calendar year. Today, we will be presented with the Slate of Officers & Directors for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year. There will be an election for the new slate and nominations from the floor will be welcomed.
Your participation will be appreciated.
PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER 16, 2013 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0


By Randy Scott
Randy Scott is the project director for the City of Austin project to improve the trail between the Will Hampton Library and the Dick Nichols Park. The trail will intersect with the Violet Crown Trail, a 30-mile regional trail system that will extend from Barton Springs Pool into Hayes County.
PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER 9, 2013 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Susan Steeg
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, members of the Austin-Oak Hill Rotary Club provided assistance to the Dove Springs community that was devastated by the Halloween flood. Club members included President Susan Steeg, Treasurer Ray Gilley, Bob Royal, Tom Cripps, and Lee Stuart. Also present was Robert Marler and his daughter Sofia. The club members staffed the distribution site that was set up on South Pleasant Valley Road at Quicksilver. Tables were stocked with donated items which included food, diapers, cleaning supplies, buckets, rubber gloves, masks, clothing, and water. Donations were received at the site during the day and distributed to residents who stopped by to collect what they needed. The distribution site has expanded since it started following the flood. From our vantage point, you could look across the street at homes that were flooded with more than 10 feet of water.

Over 300 community volunteers participated in ongoing cleanup activities at homes in the community, including club member Steve Swanson. The community will be needing assistance as we near the holiday season. A toy drive is planned, and club members are asked to bring a toy to the meeting to donate to this drive.

George Morales, Chief Deputy Constable for Precinct 2 (pictured below with President Susan), and a lifelong resident of Dove Springs thanked the members of the club for assisting their community in this crisis.
OUR CLUB ASSISTS WITH FLOOD RELIEF Susan Steeg 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0


By Ann Rolling
Rotarian Ann Rolling is co-founder and Executive Director for the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. The EmilyAnn Theatre was founded on August 1, 1998 to celebrate the life of Emily Ann Rolling, a vivacious 16-year old, who lost her life in a car accident in 1996. The theatre provides a home for Shakespeare Under The Stars, a unique educational program for high school students in which Emily excelled as both an actress and a costume designer. Shakespeare Under The Stars is now in its 12th year at the EmilyAnn. The scope of the work at the theatre has been expanded to include a variety of community and cultural events.
PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER 2, 2013 2013-11-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Susan Steeg

Instead of the Will Hampton Library maintenance project that was planned for this Saturday, we will be aiding in the relief efforts for Halloween floods in southeast Austin. We will be working at a support center to distribute cleaning materials and provide other support to the clean up effort, i.e. we will not be doing deconstruction or cleaning (let those with younger backs and knees take on that work!).


WHEN:  Saturday, November 16th  8:30 a.m.-Noon

WHERE:  Intersection of South Pleasant Valley and Quicksilver (Tents are set up)

DIRECTIONS:  Take William Cannon east of IH35 and turn right on South Pleasant Valley. Quicksilver is about 0.5 miles on the right.

WHAT'S NEEDED:  Cleaning supplies and gloves for the volunteers, if you would like to donate these or $ to purchase.

CARPOOL:  Please call me if you would like to ride together, or organize your own!



COATS FOR KIDS Linda Stuart 2013-11-09 00:00:00Z 0


Today, John 'Garrett' Rowe, who was a RYLA counselor for three years, will be speaking to us today about next year's camp. The camp for 2014 is set to run from June 29th to July 4th at McKinney Roughs in Bastrop.
PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 18, 2013 2013-11-09 00:00:00Z 0


Today, on this Veteran's Day Holiday, our program will focus on honoring our members, and their spouses, who served in the United States Armed Services. We will also be working together to stuff Christmas stockings with goodies for our troops now serving in Afghanistan.
PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2013 2013-11-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Here's Kay, obviously in need of caffeine, standing next to a shipment of more than 1,000 dictionaries, thesaurii, and world atlases. Watch the website and newletter for dates early in December for distribution to Oak Hill ES, Patton ES & Sunset Valley ES.
DICTIONARY DAY Ron Landry 2013-11-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
On October 25th, Kay & Ron Landry distributed school supplies that were donated by the club to the Student Council/EarlyAct Club of Oak Hill Elementary School.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR OAK HILL ES Ron Landry 2013-11-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Tim Buckley was born & raised in Wichita, Kansas. Majoring in history, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University. In 1972 Tim joined the family business, Buckley Industries, Inc., which fabricates fiberglass insulation, foamed plastics and sponge rubber materials for various industries. He is currently Vice President of the Polyplastics Division, and a director and co-owner of the company. His Rotary classification is "Plastics-Foam Fabrication."
In 1979, Tim met and married Gail Edwards Roper, and in April of that year, he also became one of the first fourth-generation Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Wichita, Kansas.
Moving to Austin in 1986, Tim has been a member of the Rotary Club of Northwest Austin since 1988, and has served his club in many areas, including President in 1993-1994. He served District 5870 as the Governor Nominating Committee, as District Trainer, New Club Extension Chair, Assistant Governor, District Secretary, Finance Committee Chair, District Governor in 2009-2010, and currently chairs the Stewardship Subcommittee of the District Rotary Foundation Committee. In 1998, Tim was inducted into the District Roll of Fame. He has more than 20 years of perfect attendance. Tim is a RI Foundation Benefactor, a member of The Paul Harris Society, The White Hat Society, and he and Gail are Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. Tim and Gail have joined Rotarians in immunizing children against polio by participating in two National Immunization Days; one in Ghana, West Africa, in 2006, and the other in Ghaziabad, India, in 2011. He has also served since 2010 on the Zone Institute committee for Zones 21b & 27.
Tim's interests beyond Rotary and work include hunting, fishing, golf, and church, although not necessarily in that order. While in Kansas, he served three years as State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited. He and Gail have served on a number of committees, and chaired several, at their home church, Bethany United Methodist Church, in northwest Austin. Tim also serves on the Board of Directors and the National Advisory Council of the Wichita State University Foundation.
Tim and Gail have three children, three grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Welcome PDG Tim!
PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 4, 2013 Ron Landry 2013-11-02 00:00:00Z 0


From 5:30p til 7:30p
3508 South Lamar Blvd
(Across from Golden Corral, behind Citibank on West side of Lamar)
$5.00 Meeting Charge includes appetizers
Cash Bar


Posted by Ron Landry
On Friday, October 12, the Oak Hill Elementary School Student Council/EarlyAct Club held its first meeting and elected new officers. Rotarians present were Kay & Ron Landry.
Officers elected: Ben Woytek - President, Josh Machado - Vice President, Brooke Williams - Secretary, and Caroline Latham - Treasurer.
Each club member received new wallet insert Rotary Four-Way Test cards. At the end of the meeting, the members recited the Four-Way Test with clarity, vigor & enthusiasm that us Rotarians could emulate.
FIRST OAK HILL ES EARLYACT MEETING FOR 2013/2014 Ron Landry 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0


Upon graduation from high school, David Valdez enlisted in the US Air Force where he was trained as a photographer. Following four years of active duty, Mr. Valdez entered the University of Maryland at College Park. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in journalism and a minor in radio & television production. While attending the University of Maryland, he was employed by the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development. He left the Federal Government to become Chief Photographer for the US Chamber of Commerce.
In 1983, Mr. Valdez became personal photographer to then Vice President George H.W. Bush. In 1988, when Mr. Bush became President, he appointed Mr. Valdez as Director of the White House Photo Office. After travelling to 75 countries and all 50 states with President Bush, Mr. Valdez left the White House in 1993.
To view Mr. Valdez's work and the rest of his bio, check out his website at
In 1997, he published a book, George Herbert Walker Bush, a Photographic Profile.
Welcome David!
OCTOBER 14TH PROGRAM Ron Landry 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0


Rich Kaye is a member of the Killeen Heights Rotary Club. He got his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He served for 20 years as an officer in the US Army including a battalion command during Operation Desert Storm. He retired in 1993 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After the Army, Rich worked for 17 years in the defense contracting industry with stints at AT&T, L-3 Communications, and Kellogg, Brown & Root.
He also has a MS in industrial design from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Rich has held vitually every leadership position in his club and at the district level and is a member of numerous associations. There is not enough bandwith in this website and newsletter to name every one of the positions he has held. Check out the District 5870 website and be amazed by his record of service to Rotary.
Rich will prompt us today with his view of Rotary's direction and will touch on Rotary's Future Vision initiative which is now 'live' for all clubs.
Welcome Governor Rich!
OCTOBER 7TH PROGRAM Ron Landry 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0


A special thank you to Robert Marler for redesigning our website. Robert is a Freelance Web Designer, IT Support & Project Manager who has volunteered his expertise to help us. We really like the three-column design with the calendar feature.
Thank you Robert!
NEW WEBSITE DESIGN 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
WHEN: Thursday, September 26th, 5:30pm til 7:30pm
WHERE: Thirsty Planet Microbrewery, 11160 Circle Drive (5 miles west of Oak Hill 'Y' via 290 West)
COST: Only $5 per head!
SOCIAL MEETING Ron Landry 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Gary Cobb is an Assistant District Attorney in Travis County and is the Director of the Grand Jury/Intake Division, Member of the Capital Murder Review Committee & Member of the Sexual Assault Response & Resource team.
Gary will be speaking to us about the grand jury process.
Gary has a B.A. in Political Science from Mississippi State University. He earned his J.D. from UT. In addition, he is a teaching specialist in the UT School of Law.
Gary is a board member of People Against Violent Crime (PAVC). He is a board member & Vice-chair at Council on At Risk Youth (CARY). And he is a faculty member of the National District Attorneys Association.
Welcome Gary!
SEPTEMBER 30 PROGRAM Ron Landry 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0


Mike Barnes has been with KVUE since 1989 - almost 24 years. His wife, Kim, was an anchor at KVUE for 12 years. Mike has two kids, a son, 16, and a daughter, 13.
Mike grew up in the Dallas area and went to school at UT.
Mike has won the Austin Chronicle 'Best Sportscaster' ten times.
Mike has covered National Championship games, Super Bowls, Final Fours, been to 20 Texas-OU games. He has a big place in his heart for high school football. Friday Football Fever is KVUE's award winning show in the fall that highlights high school football.
Welcome Mike!
AUGUST 12 PROGRAM 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0


By Curtis A. Craven
Curtis Craven has more than 20 years of experience in the field of film & video as producer/director and director of photography with an emphasis on documentary. Since the early 1970's, he has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.
He is an experienced SCUBA diver and has shot numerous underwater projects throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
He is producer/director of Hecho a Mano Productions, a full-service production company based in Austin and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Welcome Curtis!
SEPTEMBER 9 PROGRAM 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0


By Kurt Turner
Kurt currently serves as the Membership Director for the Southwest Family YMCA. His YMCA journey began 13 years ago when he started as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the Lake Highlands YMCA in Richardson, Texas. During his time with the YMCA, Kurt spent time in child care, aquatics, youth & government, sports, and healthy living programs. He received his YMCA Organizational Leader certification in January of 2010.
Kurt received his bachelor's degree in history from UT in 2005, where he lettered on the 2004 Rose Bowl Championship Team. He received his master's degree in history from UT in 2011. Outside the YMCA, Kurt works as an Instant Replay Official for the Big XII Conference, enjoys playing tennis, and loves watching the Dallas Cowboys.
Welcome Kurt!
AUGUST 19 PROGRAM 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0



By Carol Foy
Carol Foy, from Spicewood, learned to fly about 23 years ago, because she wanted to be able to land her husband's plane if the situation presented itself. After getting her licence, she logged up more airtime than her husband. In 2008, she teamed up with CarolAnn Garrett and flew around the world in only eight days, raising awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease.
There's much more flying that she as done but I'll let her tell us about it.
She holds a flight instructors licence and is a multi-engine and instrument instructor. She is a contract pilot for King Air Aircraft.
Wheels Up Carol!
TODAY'S PROGRAM Ronald Landry 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Landry
Check out the July 25-August 21 issue of Community Impact Newspaper - Southwest Austin Edition for a great article on the Violet Crown Trail. This trail will run for 30 miles from Zilker Park to FM 967 in Hays County near Buda. As some of you know, the trail is expected to run right past the Ross Baldwin Memorial Gazebo, the Will Hampton Library Trailhead, and the Rotary Learning Tree - all constructed by members of the Austin-Oak Hill Rotary Club.
See the full article by typing in your browser the key words 'Community Impact Southwest Edition' or use the following web address:
VIOLET CROWN TRAIL UPDATE Ron Landry 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Social at Jack Allen's Ron Landry 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
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