Posted on Feb 23, 2018

On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.


Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. Learn more about the founder.

Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.
A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.
Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. 
Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. 

The Founding Five Jim Fitzgerald 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Years in the making, Rotaract has arrived in Marshall Texas!  Organized last December,  the Rotaract Club of Wiley College, sponsored by The Rotary  Club of Marshall, has already completed a project in support of the hurricane ravaged Houston area, and assisted the Marshall club in preparing 900 dictionaries for distribution to all of the third-graders of Harrison County.  Way to go Wiley Rotaractors.
Wiley College Rotaract Up And Running Jim Fitzgerald 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2018
          The story behind the man, Issac "Ike" Hockwald, The Founder and First President of the Rotary Club of Marshall Texas
The story of the early beginnings of The Rotary club of Marshall Texas is a story of a few business men who were actively involved in the social and business issues of the community of their day. The stories behind the story of the Rotary Club of Marshall Texas and the men who founded it, are as fascinating as the stories themselves.  Long before the club was chartered into the International Association of Rotary Clubs on August 1st, 1919, the men involved in its beginning were hard at work guiding and shaping the character and direction of the city.  Ike Hockwald was one of those men. 
The Stories Behind The Men and Club, Ike Hockwald Jim Fitzgerald 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Lansing H Irvine,
President 1920-1921
1878 – 1954
Lansing attended school in Marshall, and a military academy in N. C.  Lansing Switch was named after him by his father Hugh R Levine.  He worked in the offices of the T&P railroad before moving to Marshall, where he worked briefly in the railroad stores department. 
He married Miss Lulu Fry in 1901, making him the son-in -law of Major E J Fry, owner of Fry-Hodge Drug and worked for him over a quarter of a century, he became manager of Fry-Hodge Drug, and eventually President.  He and his father-in-law joined the Rotary club in 1919 as charter members.  His classification was “Retail Drugs”.
He was cited many times for excellence in his profession, winning several awards for the store’s performance.  He was loved by the children, who “seldom left the sore without a gift of some sort”.  It was his way to encourage them and be a role model for them.  He was a member of the Elks club, rising to the position of “Exalted Ruler”
The entertainment committee kept the interest and attendance up, but Lansing didn’t stop there. He served as the second President of The Rotary Club of Marshall in 1920-21, sandwiched between two of the icons of the Marshall Rotary club, Lancing Irvine was his own man, confident and resourceful, he saw unmet needs, unresolved problems, and believed that Rotary could help. 
Lansing was a true Rotarian who believed in putting his “clout” behind his words and the Rotary Club of Marshall Texas and the city of Marshall were beneficiaries of his leadership throughout the year.
At the end of his year, he had a huge banquet, celebrating his year by opening the meeting with a “Bung Starter”, a relic of the past, which he was soon to be, but honoring the many accomplishments that had been done in less than two years.
Early in his year he asked for and got approval to create a Public Affairs committee and four sub-committees to study and bring back recommendations to the club. 
The recommendations of the committee included working with the Chamber of Commerce to address six pressing issues;
  1. inaugurate a city market,
  2. work with the agricultural agent to agitate and educate farmers and ranchers in improved methods of raising stock; and farmers in choosing and planting better seeds,
  3. expand and extent the phone system of Marshall,
  4. repair all streets in need of repair,
  5. hire a city engineer,
  6. improve, upgrade, and expand the city’s water supply system.
Two other recommendations included:
  1. appoint a committee to confer with the fire chief relative to the need for more firemen
  2. Appoint a committee to determine if the club would favor investigating complaints about violators of city ordinances, and bring a complaint against them in the name of the Rotary club and putting the club’s resources and the member’s “clout” behind them 
The successes he had, set the pattern for future presidents, and Marshall Rotary became a force to be reckoned with for the next 99 years!
Lansing Irvine President 1920 - 1921 Jim Fitzgerald 2018-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Marshall Texas, was chartered August 1, 1919. The Hotel Marshall hosted the weekly meetings of the Rotary club from that date, for over 40 years.  It was also host for most of the social events in Marshall during the first half of the twentieth century. It played a vital role in the progress and growth of the club.
The first of these two key elements of early economic and social progress in Marshall, was the “old” Hotel Marshall, a three-storied brick building just east of what we now know as the present Hotel Marshall. The “old” Hotel Marshall, was built by the Perkins Brothers and Ray Daniels (who later became a charter member of the Rotary Club).
The “old” Hotel Marshall, built in 1914-1915, and its successor, the “new” Hotel Marshall, built in 1929-1930, served as pivotal mainstays in the city’s affairs, serving as an information center for guests and visitors, and, as the primary place to conduct business in Texas for companies and traveling salesmen. 
The first, and subsequent weekly meetings of the new Marshall Rotary club, were held in the “old” Hotel Marshall, until the “new”, larger hotel was opened some 10 years later, in 1930. The manager of the Hotel Marshall during that period, was John Kieffer, who was hired to run the hotel in 1914. He was also a charter member of the club when it was charted.   The weekly meetings were held in the opulent “Roof Garden” dining room of the new hotel.
As Past President Bill Sullivan (1973-74) recalls, it was the custom of the club, to have two greeters on the ground floor to direct visitors and welcome Rotarians to the weekly meeting. Another greeter was stationed at the Roof Garden elevator, to direct them to the dining area, and yet another in the dinning area to direct them to their table. It was, as Bill relates, the custom at the time to see that Rotarians and guests were seated at different tables each meeting, to promote fellowship and diversity, and “Fairness to all concerned” (a novel way to promote the 4-Way Test). 
Both the club and hotel were huge beneficiaries of the railroad. The Texas And Pacific railroad, ran from Marshall, Texas (Yes, the railroad began in Marshall) to California, with connections to all the major cities of the United States.  The booming economy and growth of Marshall was primarily attributable to the Railroad, which was the largest employer in East Texas as well as the strategic center of commerce in the whole state.
This relationship with the Hotel Marshall continued for many happy and productive years, where forty-eight different club presidents raised the gavel to open the regular weekly meetings. With the loss of the hotel manager, John Kiefer, the rise of the automobile, and the gradual decline of the railroad’s influence and ridership, the Hotel Marshall fell on “hard times” and this happy relationship ended abruptly in 1966. 
The last regular meeting of the Rotary club in the Hotel Marshall was held in July of 1966. The synergistic partnership with the Hotel Marshall ended on a sad and bitter note. Past President William “Bill” Palmer, (1966-67) remembers it well and shares the story with us.
Without prior notice, he and the other Rotarians arrived at the hotel expecting to be ushered to the Roof Garden as usual.  Instead, they were told that they would be meeting in the hotel coffee shop that day, which surprised and infuriated everyone. 
Bill had arranged for a high-ranking official from Barksdale to come as his guest and be the program that day. After trying to speak over the clamor, he was so frustrated, and felt so insulted, that he walked out of the meeting and told Bill never to invite him again. 
The club was so hurt, that they moved their meetings to the recently completed Panola-Harrison COOP building on Houston street, and never met in the Hotel Marshall again.
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Bill Sullivan, Jr. was club president in 1973-74.  As he recalls, he came very close to being the first Rotary club president to be impeached.  Several highly respected members of the club had called his attention to lagging attendance recently, and urged him in no uncertain terms to "fix" it.  Attendance, which was the unofficial standard by  which every club president was judged at that time, was lagging far below what they considered acceptable.  Those of you who know Bill, know that "duty" comes first.  Also, you know that he is a strong proponent of rules and tradition as well.  The most important rule at the time was that, attending Rotary meetings should be the first priority of club members.  As president of the club, therefore, he felt it was his "duty" to "fix" this "lagging-attendance" problem. 
At the time, the answer seemed simple enough.  He would need only to "feed" the ego of this distinguished group by appealing to their palates, so he casually announced that the main course for an upcoming meeting would be T-bone steaks, and invited everyone to come and enjoy.  Everyone was excited, of course, and the word spread very quickly that Bill had "upgraded" the main course to T-bone steak.
Sure enough, a huge crowd showed up, fully expecting to sit down and enjoy a T-bone-steak at Bill's expense.  (Don't get ahead of the story!!!)  The steaks were there as promised, but to their surprise when they arrived, there was no silverware on the tables to eat them, none! 
Knowing that the T-bone steaks would cost more than the regular meal, Bill crafted a novel way to cover the extra cost without distressing his budget, and, possibly, he thought, introduce some "humor" into the meeting as well.  So, he secretly arranged with the president of the Lions' club to have several of his members "conveniently" seated at a table "selling the silverware for the meal".  To be sure, he succeeded in increasing attendance that day, but sadly, not so much adding humor.  Fortunately, the talk of "Impeachment" died down eventually, and Bill, much humbled, had to find other ways to "fix" the "lagging-attendance" problem.
Bill Sullivan Jr. Almost Impeached Jim Fitzgerald 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fitzgerald



This is how it all began nearly 100 years ago with this submission of this list of charter members and their classifications to the International Association of Rotary Clubs, Chicago, IL  Remember, this was 1919, and the horse and buggy were still a vital part of commerce and mail delivery.  Notice the classification of Charter Member, E. W. Mahone.

Imagine how long it took to get F. A. Alexander's name corrected in Rotary's records (if it was actually submitted as shown in this article of the Marshall News Messenger). Notice E. J. Fry's classification.  He was a banker,  at the First National Bank but at that time you couldn't have two men with the same classification in a club; and Will Pierce who was employed at the Marshall National Bank was listed as a "Banker", so E. J. Fry chose to be classified as a "Capitalist".  The club was officially recognized and chartered August 1, 1919. 

These and many other fascinating stories will be revealed in the coming months as we dig into the past and post the stories, while we count down to the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in Marshall.

 Aexander, F.A. "Moving Pictures, Theatre"

Carter, August G. "Wholesale Produce"

Hon. T.W. Davidson, "Attorneys at Law"

Davis, Frank "Grain Elevator"

Daniels, Ray "Ready-to-wear Retail"

Fry, E.J. "Capitalist,"

Hall, Clarence "Gas"

Hirsch, Joe "Retail Dry Goods"

Hockwald, I. "R.R.Supplies, Retail"

Irvine, L.H. "Retail Drug"

Keifer, Jno. "Hotel"

Littlejohn, R.P. "Insurance"

Mahone, E.W. "Saddlery & Buggies, Retail"

Price, M.M. "Printer"

Pitts, W.L. "Baskets Mnfr."

Pelz, H. E. "Retail Jeweler"

Pierce, Will "Banker"

Pierpont, C.W. "Clothing, Retail"

Rogers, Web "Retail Grocer"

Steadman, G.P. "Broker, Grain"

Schulle, Fred "Furniture, Retail"

Wilson, H.O. "Automobiles"

Wilson, E.B. "Whlse. Grocery"

Whaley, P.G. "Retail Hardware"

Marshall Rotary Club Charter Members Abridged James Fitzgerald 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Louraiseal McDonald Marshall Rotary President 2017-18The Marshall News Messenger reports on Marshall Rotary Club's first African American female President. 
 The Rotary Club of Marshall, Texas, installed its first African American female President - Harrison  County's family and consumer sciences county extension agent, Louraiseal McDonald. 
 Louraiseal is excited about her term as President of Marshall Rotary Club.  "I'll be the club's 98th  President, sixth female President and the first African American female President, she said " What an  honor."
 "This club will be 100 years old in 2019" she added.  "That's a major milestone."
Marshall's First African-American President Jim Fitzgerald 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

ParadeOfFlagsMarshall Rotary Club's 2017 "Parade of Flags" will be the Sixth year of "Showing our colors" in Marshall.  This community service project is the club's way of showing that the people and businesses in Marshall really care and respect the sacrifices being made by the men and women of the armed forces, past, present and future.

As a sign of our respect for the gallant men and women who serve our country in the military, our diplomats and staff who serve in harms way all over the world, as well as all of the Law Enforcement officers who protect us here at home; Rotary clubs across the nation recite the Pledge of Allegiance at every meeting.

Rotary Club of Marshall members proudly subscribe to and participate in this project. They secure the best flags, (Made in USA) assemble the flags, displaying them over seven patriotic holidays each year. This year, Marshall Rotarians have assembled, marked and mounted over 750 American flags to be distributed to over 173 locations in Marshall 

We would like to invite you to participate in The Rotary Club of Marshall’s Parade of Flags by subscribing to and proudly displaying the American flag in front of your place of business or in your neighborhood. Please join the Rotary Club of Marshall and make the City of Marshall, Texas become a wave of the Red, White, and Blue, on each of the flag holidays listed below: 
  • President’s Day Feb 15, 2017 (3rd Monday in February)
  • From Memorial Day, May 30, 2017 through Independence Day July 4th (includes Flag Day)
  • From Labor Day Sept. 5, 2017 Through Patriot’s Day Sept. 11
  • Veteran’s Day, Nov 11, 2017

Click Here to Download the Order Form

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Posted by James Fitzgerald on Jul 12, 2013

From Keith Feille, chairman of the flag committee come these words "We have 730-PLUS flags out this week with more orders coming."

Halfway through the second year of Marshall Rotary's Parade Of Flags project, we are far ahead of subscription expectations, and thanks to dedicated flag team leaders and everyone else who has pitched in, our finances are rock solid.  We have moved our flags and other equipment to secure storage buildings now, where they can be inspected and repaired as needed, and replaced when necessary.  Our heartfelt thanks to Sullivan's Funeral Home for letting us use their equipment storage building to help us get started, which allowed us to purchase and assemble the initial flags and time to develop a strong customer base.

Many thanks to the Twelve Way Foundation volunteers for supplying much needed help in the initial phase of the project.   These folks do not get very many chances to do something worthwhile like this.   Special thanks to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the Harrison County Probation Department  for supplying much needed labor and skills

 Please take a look at the flags where they are flying by clicking this link:  Marshall Parade of Flags

I know you will be as proud as I am,


Rotary Flag Program Is Making Marshall Proud James Fitzgerald 2013-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fitzgerald on Jul 10, 2011

Ike Hockwald, Charter President

.George A. Kelly, son of Marvin Kelly founder of Kelly Plow Works in Longview, recalled the events leading to the organization of Rotary in East Texas as follows:

In 1919, my dad was visiting in the office of Arthur A. Everts in Dallas.  When it became time for Mr. Everts to go to the Rotary Club (Club #39), he invited dad to be his guest.  Dad was so impressed with this meeting that he asked if a suburban club “could be organized in Longview, and he was told such a thing could not be done.

A few days after returning to Longview, his good friend Ike Hockwald of Marshall was in Longview and came by and talked to Dad on his wonderful experience of being invited to attend a Rotary meeting in San Francisco (Dallas?).  He and Dad were so thoroughly sold on the ideals of Rotary that they decided to try to do something about organizing a Rotary Club in East Texas.  Ike Hockwald was so enthusiastic that he got a group of Marshall men together, and they organized the Marshall Rotary Club in 1919. After the Marshall Club received its Charter, Ike Hockwald came back to visit Dad, and they, with other Marshall Rotarians organized a provisional Club in Longview.

Ike had an overriding desire to serve beyond himself.  He fathered not only the Rotary Club of Marshall. but also was recognized as the father of organized baseball in Marshall bringing to Marshall teams that brought distinction to the community; and was a driving force in forming a Marshall Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. in which be held the highest offices and who, in his later years. annually was publicly recognized by the lodge at special "Ike Hockwald Appreciation" meetings; and, for nearly two decades he served as chairman of the Rotary student loan fund, later to become the Marshall Rotary Scholarship fund, to which he was extremely devoted.

He served unselfishly in all programs for community betterment. giving of his time and efforts to long service on the Marshall School Board; contributing generously to Kahn Memorial Hospital. which was named at his suggestion in recognition of the largest contribution for its erection; was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with its highest award, the Silver Beaver, to adult benefactors; and distinguished himself as a Mason; and his affiliations with the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, and other civic groups earned for him the deserved recognition as an outstanding civic leader.


The man who was instrumental in organizing the Rotary Club of Marshall was a man of many interests, and extraordinary vision.


Focus On The Family of Marshall Rotary Vol. 1 Chapter 4 James Fitzgerald 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fitzgerald on Jun 28, 2011
 Sam Moseley reports that Thursday has been "Rotary Day" for him as long as he can remember. His father, Haywood Moseley, was a long-time dedicated member of Marshall Rotary Club. Sam graduated from Marshall High School, The University of Texas, and The University of Houston College of Law before returning to Marshall with his wife, Kay, also a Marshall native.
Sam served as Marshall’s Assistant City Attorney and opened his private law practice in 1970. His brother, Bailey, now Justice on the 6th District Texas Court of Appeals, became his partner in 1971. Sam was inducted into Marshall Rotary Club in 1972 and served as President in 1976-77.  He was chairman of the District Conference in 1980.
In 1984, Sam was selected to lead the Group Study Exchange team to Uruguay. For five weeks, the team of young men served as ambassadors and students throughout the country of Uruguay, and Sam was made a lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Montevideo, the oldest Rotary Club in the Southern Hemisphere.
After serving from 1984 to 1993 as an appointee in the presidential administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush, Sam returned to Marshall and resumed his membership in Marshall Rotary Club. He was the first person ever to serve as President of the club two times when he took office in 2000.
Active in many civic organizations, Sam has seen service on the Boards of East Texas Baptist University, Marshall Public Library, Marshall Memorial Hospital, Harrison County Historical Society, Marshall National Bank, Courthouse Preservation Council, Marshall Main Street, and Marshall Chamber of Commerce, among others. He was named our city’s Outstanding Citizen in 2006. Sam appreciates the many ways Rotary allows us to serve our fellow man and enjoys the many friendships formed through Marshall Rotary Club. He has found that Rotary offers "avenues of service" to those who seek it at any age, as he has proved in nearly 40 years as a Rotarian. He and Kay have two grown children, and two grandchildren, Hallie (age 11) and Ben (age 9) who bring them great joy. Kay and Sam are both Paul Harris Fellows.

Focus On The Family of Marshall Rotary Vol. 1 Chapter 3 James Fitzgerald 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fitzgerald on Jun 26, 2011
Can you guess who this Rotarian is?  She joined the Marshall Rotary club in 2002, sponsored by Frank Dias no less.  Well that could be any of about half the current club membership couldn't it?  
Maybe this will help.  She & her husband are avid boaters, having boated in the waters of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma, to Cape Cod; the Chesapeake Bay, through the Dismal Swamp into North Carolina, from the eastern shore of Maryland up through C & D canal to Cape May.  The most memorable experience was their trip to the Bahamas, thru the Bermuda triangle, on their very own 24 foot, single engine boat.  As you might expect, it was sheer terror from start to finish, including a cracked engine block, gas pouring into the bilge, 4-foot seas, running out of gas, and no land in sight.  Well the boat and all aboard survived, as did the marriage, but only after some serious apologizing by the boat's Captain to the first mate.
Have you guessed yet?  No?  Well, it might help to know that she is a NATIVE BORN TEXAN! whose family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where she graduated from the GREAT C. E. Byrd High School.  The year of course, is none of your business!  From there she was off to the University of Arkansas where she had spent many summers with aunts, uncles and cousins, and put lots of Arkansas mud between her toes.  Oh, those Arkansas Mountains, those Razorbacks, and those U of A fraternity boys!  Who could want anything more?
Focus On The Family of Marshall Rotary Vol1 Chapter 1 James Fitzgerald 2011-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCool on Jun 21, 2011

July 1, 2011, is a new beginning with 2011-12 President Linda Endicott and her officers. Lets be there to help mark this special occasion!  

Why does Rotary "fire" every one of its executives every year?  Rotary does this to insure that it doesn't become stale and predictable, and to infuse new ideas and new life into the organization.  In a larger sense it is Rotary's way of saying we trust these new officers, because we only pick the very best to be members to begin with, and we train them well.  So it has been from the beginning, August 1, 1919-June30, 1920, with Ike Hockwald,  and has continued through this year, July 1, 2010- June 30, 2011, with Yours Truly in charge.
Just reading the names of all the past Marshall club presidents is like reading the Who's, Who of Marshall. But, they all got fired (some twice) and the Rotary Club of Marshall is better for it.

Focus On The Family of Marshall Rotary Vol. 1 Chapter 2 William McCool 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martha Johnson on Jun 09, 2011
Our speakers on June 9 were the State Game Warden, Todd Long, and the Jason Roesner from Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  We saw a short video on what Game Wardens do and had a question and answer time.  It was a great program and we are glad these two joined us!

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Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Martha Johnson 2011-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fitzgerald on May 15, 2011
Who will you bring into the club to fill my seat at the table?   The club had a lot of members  with my classification, banking, when Bush Morgan, invited me to join the club in 1990, and now there are only  a few left.  Maybe  the one who replaces me will be  in  banking too.

Who will you get to help Louraiseal pick and choose the Diploma Plus  students and select the Scholarship recipients now that I will no longer be there to help her? Who will fill this vital role now?  I hope it will be  someone who cares for young people as much as I have. 

Who will pick up where I left off with Project Amigo  and  keep the relationship with our sister club alive now?  The needs are no less urgent and the opportunities no less available than when I first searched and found them years ago.  I hope you will find a place for those extended family members in your hearts and prayers.

Who will help you remember the Rotary Foundation in your planned giving, and assist you in making your gift?

Please don’t let the things that mattered to me in Rotary die.


James E. (Jim) Taylor, 1933 - 2011

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11th Annual “FAUX PAWS”

Boogie Woogie Dog walk!!!

“The Best Dog walk in Texas”


Shake your tails on the square

 Saturday April 13, 2013

The Old Court House at Telegraph Park, downtown Marshall

Sign up & Events at 9 am.  1 mile Walk is at 10 am.

$10 donation per pup (on leash, please), Faux Paws bandana, door prizes, fun contests,

Boogie Woogie music! Enter the “Best Trick”

“Best Singing or Dancing Dog”

& the “Doggie Musical Chairs” Contests

Harrison County Sheriff’s Department K9 and Marshall Police Dept. K9 Demonstrations

· Cypress Valley Dog Training demonstrations

Does your dog Boogie-Woogie?

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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. 

Click the "more" below to see the seven top reasons people join Rotary:

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Rotary celebrates India’s first polio-free year. from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Watch a video message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee

R otary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.

Rotarians and state government leaders in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, vaccinate children against polio during a National Immunization Day in 2011. Photo courtesy of the India PolioPlus Committee

India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.

A chief factor in India’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rotary has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also a key supporter of the initiative.

Sporting their signature yellow vests and caps, the nearly 119,000 Rotarians in India have helped administer vaccine to children, organize free health camps and polio awareness rallies, and distribute banners, caps, comic books, and other items.

“With the support of their Rotary brothers and sisters around the world, Indian Rotarians have worked diligently month after month, year after year, to help organize and carry out the National Immunization Days that reach millions of children with the oral polio vaccine,” says RI President Kalyan Banerjee, of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat.

“The achievement of a polio-free India for a full year is a significant step towards a polio-free world -- an example as to what can be accomplished no matter what problems need to be overcome,” says Robert S. Scott, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “Rotarians of India are and should be proud of the key efforts they have made at all levels, without which the world would not be marking this milestone.”

Deepak Kapur, chair of the India PolioPlus Committee, also credits the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for its commitment to ending polio. To date, the Indian government has spent more than US$1.2 billion on domestic polio eradication activities. “Government support is crucial if we are to defeat polio, and we are fortunate that our government is our biggest advocate in this effort,” Kapur says.

“Marching ahead, the goal is to sustain this momentum,” he adds, describing as potentially “decisive” the upcoming immunization rounds this month and in February and March.

If all ongoing testing for polio cases recorded through 13 January continues to yield negative results, WHO will declare that India has interrupted transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus, laying the groundwork for its removal from the polio-endemic countries list, which also includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. However, because non-endemic countries remain at risk for cases imported from endemic countries, immunizations in India and other endemic and at-risk countries must continue. Neighboring Pakistan, which has reported 189 cases so far for 2011, is a major threat to India’s continued polio-free status. Last year, an outbreak in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced genetically to Pakistan.

“As an Indian, I am immensely proud of what Rotary has accomplished,” Banerjee says. “However, we know this is not the end of our work. Rotary and our partners must continue to immunize children in India and in other countries until the goal of a polio-free world is finally achieved.”

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Posted by James Fitzgerald
From Marshall News Messenger, June 13, 1919.
Enthusiastic Group Plans for Efficient
and Prosperous Business
It is a significant fact that out of the meeting held yesterday afternoon in the Elk's Club room, a local chapter of the Rotary Club came into being, and a new era in the work of getting together for co-operative benefit among the business houses of Marshall was marked there.
Senator Durrough, of Texarkana, came down yesterday at the invitation of a number of enthusiasts here, and organized this branch which will become, automatically, a unit in the great world Rotary Club, which has proved itself a most wonderful force for betterment.
It is often asked what the Rotary club stands for and what the idea of its establishment is. In the first place, the organization is not to supplement or replace in any way the Chamber of Commerce. Working together, the two build for the growth of cities and the stimulating of interest to bring about a change in business from the old methods to the new ones.
The ideas of brilliant and successful men in all parts of the United States, as well as in foreign countries, are brought to each chapter for its use and when they are put into practice they bring new life and new blood-strong remedies to fight off the most deadly of all sedatives, stagnation. All legitimate business is recognized by the Rotarians as being for one purpose--to establish moral strength and efficiency, to make the minimum labor produce the maximum results.
The Rotary club looks today for the carrying out of new ideas. It does not just dream of them and talk of them. To be a successful member of the club one must continually put into practice the solutions offered for problems threshed out around the table where the meeting is held.
Thousands of men belong to the
Rotary Clubs, and to be numbered among them is to be enrolled in the best business college the creation knows of. It's text book is an idea or the answer to a vexing puzzle, and its creed is to forget petty differences and arguments and to throw oneself heartily into the melting pot
that he may emerge to be a greater benefit to his home and his community.
With a Rotary Club and a Chamber of Commerce, Marshall may look to a bright future.
The Club will hold its first meeting Thursday, June 19, 1919, at 12 o'clock, noon, and the initial program will be accompanied by a luncheon.
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Cecil Tomlinson was a salesman for, and later became, the manager of Southwest Meter & Supply here in Marshall.  Cecil resisted all efforts to enlist him, using the excuse that he was a traveling salesman, and could never meet the rigorous attendance requirements of the Rotary club.  Cecil finally relented when he was told that he could “Make up” meetings at other Rotary clubs and take his clients out to a meal and interesting speakers as well. Cecil immediately joined Rotary in 1980 and began collecting makeups almost daily all over his territory.  Thinking that he had accumulated enough makeups to last 6 months or more, beaming with pride, he turned them in at the next Rotary meeting.  Imagine his surprise when he was told that he could only count two of them (True Story).  From then on, Cecil arranged his sales schedule so that he could make the meetings on Thursday in Marshall, and probably still holds the all-time record for makeups, and became the most knowledgeable new Rotarian in the district.  He went on to become president of the Marshall Rotary Club in 1984-85, an extended Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor. Cecil served as District Governor of District 5830 during 1987 to 1988 and was the representative from our District to the Rotary International Council on Legislation in 1992. For many years he was on the District Youth Exchange Committee, and he served as the Rotary International team leader and led a Group Study Exchange team to India. He was also extremely involved in the District Rotary Foundation Committee. Cecil was active in community, business and civic affairs in Marshall.

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 This is not a Lion’s Club Meeting.

It is the first meeting into the 2001-12 Rotary year, of the New Board & Committee Chairs of the Rotary Club of Marshall, at Catfish Express, July 26th.  The food was great and the agenda was full of things to do, including; our reviewing our finances, past and planned, our membership & attendance issues and planned stratgies, various committee reports on our fund raisers and various projects that are in process or planned.  This bunch got right to it, starting with a detailed discussion and comments on the club’s finances and finishing up and hour later by approving a new plan proposed by The Rotary Foundation Chair, Bill marshall, to make 37 new Paul Harris Fellows this year.  You needed to be there to appreciate the dedication and commitment of this new ROTARY Board.

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Ted Huffhines

Ted has been principal at MHS for past three years. The High school has demonstrated strong progress in all areas during that time. He has a BS Ed. from UT Austin, a Master of Education at PVAMU, and a Mid Management Certificate from SFA. He has been in Education for over 28 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. Ted is a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Central Baptist Church.  Principal Certification from SFA, Superintendent Certification from TAMU Commerce. Ted is an active member of Rotary, TASSP and ACSD.
His wife Angela is "Fast For Word" Reading Coordinator for MISD. She has served as an officer in the Mavette and Chorale booster clubs Ted and Angela met while students at UT Austin, both graduated in 1983, were married January 7th,1984 and have two daughters, Holly and Heather, both graduates of Marshall High (Wife, Angela is too). Both girls sang in the award winning MHS Chorale. Holly (2007-8) and Heather (2010-11) were Mavette Captains and three year members of the drill team. His oldest daughter, Holly, is a senior math major at UT Austin and will graduate in May 2012. Youngest daughter, Heather, is a freshman communications major at UT Austin.
Ted loves to travel and spend time with his Family (Angela and recently took a cruise in Alaska), but he is into golf too, admittedly not well, but who is?  He loves being in a blind on a cold winter morning waiting for the first ducks to fly by, or being outdoors stalking an elusive deer, through the woods.  In a boat on the lake or the bank of a nearby river or pond, fishing relaxes and invigorates him.  Ted can just as easily curl up with a good historical fiction novel, or lose himself in the twists and turns of a really good spy yarn, or take in a Movie.  He claims a modest talent in the kitchen and on the grill as well, where he likes to try cooking different things different ways.  As you can guess he is into almost all sports Maverick related, but cheers the for the Longhorns, Rangers, Cowboys, and Dallas Mavericks, when the opportunity arises.
Ted is a faithful Rotarian, having joined the club in 2008, he has always said “Yes” when asked to do a job or take part in an activity.
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 PDG is a title in Rotary that is reserved for the very few entrusted with the affairs of Rotary each year.  These are ordinary Rotarians who, in the course of their Rotary life have caught the eye of their own club and been proposed for the highest office in the district.  Only a few of those proposed make it through the interrogation and election process to be chosen.  Then these few are subjected to a rigorous training that is to prepare them for this high office and the responsibilites that come with it.

Marshall Rotarian,  PDG Ben Agnor is the most recent member to serve as District Governor of this district.  There have been three others, but none who served more unselfishly than Ben.  You who are new to Rotary can learn a lot about being a Rotarian from Ben.  You who have benefited from his ubselfish generosity should thank him from the bottom of your heart.  Ben seved in the army, but Margaret deserves a medal for supporting him throughout his Rotary career.  Thank you Ben & Margaret Agnor.

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 O ne of the more colorful traditions of Rotary is the exchange of club banners. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at make-up meetings as a token of friendship. Many clubs use the decorative banners they have received for attractive displays at club meetings and district events.

By 1959, exchanging banners had become so popular that the RI Board of Directors was concerned the practice would be a financial burden on clubs. It urged Rotarians to “exercise discretion, moderation, and measured judgment in making provision for such exchanges.”

The approximately 20,000 banners in the Rotary History and Archives collection reflect clubs' hometown pride and their connection with the international organization.

In addition to incorporating the Rotary emblem, banners often include symbols or imagery of a club's town, region, or country. Others represent local craftsmanship or cultural traditions by displaying leatherwork, weaving, embroidery, or hand-painted designs.

If you have plans to travel, make a point of making up at a club in the city or country where you visit.  You will have a great time, learn how things are done in other clubs, and meet a bunch of friendas in the process.  Ask Jim Fitzgerald or Linda Endicott help you locate a club that meets during the days you will be there, and which is convienent to your travel destination.  then, pick up one of our banners and take it along with you and ask to trade banners, and bring their banner back and we will put it on our club banner display.

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Past District Governor Ben Agnor, 2004-2005

Ben was born and raised in Marshall, Texas.   In 1958 he received a Bachelor of Science degree from A&M , in Animal Husbandry. He was 1st Lt., Training Officer, Advanced  Infantry  Training at 100th Division (TRNG), Ft. Chaffee, AR. He is retired from Eli Lilly & Company in 1987, where he held positions as Director of Sales to Vice President of Marketing. During his career with Monsanto Chemical and Eli Lilly he led delegations of  farmers to Europe and South America. As a vice president of the Elanco Ag. Chem. Division, He was responsible for 300 sales representatives, 30 field managers, 28 marketing managers and associates, and over $500,000,000 in annual sales, substantially from Treflan, the world's largest-selling herbicide for approximately 12 years. For 2 years his division was the most profitable of all of Eli Lilly & Co.'s operating divisions.

After retiring in 1987, Ben and his wife Margaret moved back to Marshall, Texas. They live in the house his parents built in 1929. They built a small guest house behind it and bought a small lake house on Caddo Lake, where he grew up hunting ducks and fishing, which he still enjoys. They have three children, Mary Kathryn, Annabell Duncan of Georgetown, TX, and Thomas B. Agnor of College Station, TX. They have five grandchildren. They are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Marshall. Ben's dad, Tom J. Agnor, was a member of The Rotary Club of Marshall, TX. His daughter, Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick, is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Marshall, becoming the third generation of his family to love Rotary as a member of the same club.

Ben has served the Rotary Club of Marshall as President, Club Service Director, International Service Director, and Sponsor of Ambassadorial Scholar Lynsey Houchen, as well as many other fundraising projects and duties. He has served on the District GSE committee for several years, was host chairman for the South African GSE team. In Feb.- March 1998, Ben led the GSE Team from District 5830 to Tasmania, Australia.  He served as district governor in 2004-2005, during the "Rotary International "Centienial" year, and attended the Chicago Convention in 2005.. The president that year was Glenn E. Estes, Sr., whose theme was "Celebrate Rotary".  Ben's District Secretary was a reletively new Marshall Rotarian, Jenifer Larned.

Ben and Margaret are Paul Harris Fellows, Members of "The White Hat" Society, and TRF Major Donors. He has attended Rotary International Conventions  in the United States, Canada, and many foreign countries..

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In 1922 or 1923, the Marshall Rotary C1ub established a student loan fund whereby students could submit letters of application for loans from the Marshall Rotary Club. The applications were reviewed, and on a selective basis, money was loaned to students to further their education. The students, naturally had to repay these loans.
Mr. Ike Hockwald was, more or less, administrator of this loan fund and he was the one individual who kept it going. Mr. Allen Wesson Weaver was the first recipient of a Rotary Loan from the Marshall Rotary Club.. He attended the University of Texas.. He was a Chemical Engineer and he became owner of a chemical plant in Florida.
This Rotary fund began with approximately $500 and during the period of the Student Loan Fund, this loan fund grew to approximately $6,000 with the help of various people. After the loan program was in operation for a number of years, the student's response to the loan fund began to dwindle. Student applications for the loans were not as many as they had been in the past. The reason being that the students' loan needs were being met in other ways -- through the banks, and through funds available at the colleges. On September 23, 1948, at which time Mr. Charles A. Fry was President of the Marshall Rotary Club, this loan scholarship fund was converted to a grant scholarship which the money was given to the students for them to further their education.
One of the primary donors to this fund was Mrs. Frank Davis. She was primarily interested in this Student Scholar­ship Fund because her husband, Mr. Frank Davis, was a big supporter of the student loan program and he had an extra­ordinary interest in keeping this student loan program alive. Mrs. Davis' family was the primary donor to this fund, and it was and has been a success because of the Davis Family.
As stated earlier this fund reached an amount of about $6,000 but the fund having been been invested wisely and coupled with contributions over the years from Rotarians, has grown to a point now where the income from the principal covers the scholarships that the Marshall Rotary Club gives away each year.
A select committee chooses the recipients of the Rotary Scholarships each year. The applications are carefully reviewed, and recipients are chosen by the committee. It is not any easy job to select so few from so many excellent applicants.
As with the Student Loan Fund, the grants have had some notable successes as well; one of the most famous being Bill Moyer.
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T he Rotary Foundation of RI is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Financial Support

In the year ended 30 June 2009, The Rotary Foundation received contributions totaling US$223.8 million and spent $187.8 million in support of humanitarian and educational programs implemented by clubs and districts and global polio eradication activities. Contributions go into one of three main funds:
  • Annual Programs Fund , which provides grants and awards through Foundation programs
  • Permanent Fund , an endowment from which only a portion of the earnings are spent in support of Foundation programs, ensuring the long-term viability of the Foundation
  • PolioPlus Fund , which supports Rotary's goal of a polio-free world
Every dollar contributed to the Foundation funds its humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and program operations. Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out many worthy projects worldwide. The Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative, designed to encourage worldwide annual per capita giving of $100 or more, supports vital Foundation programs.

Educational Programs

These programs promote international understanding by bringing together people from different countries and cultures.
  • Ambassadorial Scholarships , an international program for university-level studies, sends about 500 students each year to serve as ambassadors of goodwill while abroad.
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowships are awarded to individuals for study in master's degree and professional certificate programs at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.
  • Group Study Exchange is a short-term cultural and vocational exchange program between districts in different countries for non-Rotarian professionals ages 25-40.

Humanitarian Grants Program

Humanitarian grants enable Rotarians to increase their support of international service projects that provide water wells, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in need. Rotarian participation is key to the success of these projects.
  • Matching Grants assist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying out humanitarian projects with clubs and districts in other countries.
  • District Simplified Grants enable districts to support service activities or humanitarian endeavors that benefit local or international communities.


Eradicating polio is Rotary’s top priority. The PolioPlus program provides funding for mass immunization campaigns as well as support for social mobilization, surveillance, and laboratories to help carry out the final stages of global polio eradication. Rotarians have raised funds that will amount to more than $1.2 billion in support by the time the world is certified polio-free and have provided hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. Rotary is a spearheading partner with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this initiative. As a result of their efforts, over two billion children under age five have received the polio vaccine, five million people who might otherwise be paralyzed are walking today, 500,000 new cases of polio are prevented each year, and the number of polio cases has declined by 99 percent worldwide.
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Rotary International, the world’s first service organization, is made up of over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization's more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.  Rotary enjoys a rich and sometimes complex tradition and organizational structure, with many programs that can be confusing to new and even not-so-new members.
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Silvester Schiele

29 June, 1870 - 17 December 1945

 It was Paul and Silvester who met for dinner on Thursday evening, the 23rd of February, 1905.

Silvester attended school in Terre Haute. Service in the military during the Spanish American war was followed by a move to Chicago. There Silvester involved himself in the coal trade, perhaps using contacts from the mining areas of Indiana. The story has often been told about how in 1896, he found himself unable to recover 20 dollars which he had loaned to a friend. Passing by his coal office frequently was a young lawyer, and one day Silvester asked this young lawyer to help him collect the money. The lawyer was Paul Harris and thus began a friendship between the two men which continued for the next 50 years. Schiele and Harris even shared a hotel room in those early years of the century when both were still bachelors. They often dined together at Madame Galli's where, on February 23, 1905, the 'gang of four' met to discuss the formation of what later became the Rotary movement.

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The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations

This was a very moving and inspiring program, honoring the fallen men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we can remain free.  We had many guests.

Jeff Alvis was in charge of the program.  We had a speaker from the VA in Shreveport.  The patriotic decorations were done by Donna Maisel.  It was a wonderful patriotic program. 

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We have a winner!!!  The winner is James Godwin of Marshall.

Our Dallas Cowboy Game Package winning ticket was sold at our booth at the Fireant Festival.

Thanks to Kenneth for furnishing the tent & decorations, Tom for furnishing the table and chairs, and for Keith , Linda, Louraiseal, and David for taking the time out of your own busy day to help staff the booth Saturday and to everyone who sold tickets and manned the booth at Wal Mart as well.

Also many thanks to Geraldine for getting the hotel accomodations for the winner, the Baldwins who donated the seats for the raffle, to Tom for making it all available.

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    One of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Marshall and District 5830, is not a new Rotarian at all. As a matter of fact, Dr. Dee Rea was active in Rotary long before most of us even knew about Rotary, because as a very young Periodontist in Longview, he joined the Longview South club, where he, along with two other Rotarians, Dr.Troy Jolly from the Marshall Rotary Club and  Dr. David Nichols from the Tyler Rotary club, established a makeshift dental clinic in Belize to treat the indigenous indians in a remote village. There they treated thousands of patients and eventually succeeded in securing a site for a more permanent clinic, equipped it with a Dental Chair and autoclave so that they could do more than extract abscessed teeth. 
    Unknown to Dr. Rea at the time, he was teaching another new member of the Rotary Club of Marshall that real happiness comes from helping others and the idea of service to others is what being a true Rotarian really means.  Inspired by this young Periodontist's example he also became a real Rotarian, eventually became president of the Marshall club and then District Governor 1992-93, even traveling to another country in support of a medical mission in Orani, Baatan himself.
    Now coming full circle, Dr. Rea has been sponsored back into Rotary again, now in the Rotary Club of Marshall, by that same New, but now Old, Marshall Rotarian, PDG Jim Fitzgerald.
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