Want To Start Something BIG?

The first program for the 2013-2014 Rotary year began appropriately as Megan Massey with Big Brothers Big Sisters explained the many ways a Rotarian can help this organization. Since “Service Above Self” is the motto for Rotary International, what better way to start? In the past, this organization did not have a personal representative right here in Fannin County, but now Megan has fulfilled that position.

Pictured (L-R): Megan Massey and Rotarian Sandy Barber

Pictured (L-R): Megan Massey and Rotarian Sandy Barber

Big Brothers Big Sisters gives you an opportunity to help. Children are our future, and who would not want to help a child in some way, if they had the opportunity?
Their mission statement is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. A child can be helped by you becoming their mentor, friend, and someone that they can trust. By becoming a mentor, you are that child’s “Big” and that child becomes your “Little”. BBBS has several avenues that you can take to become a mentor. There is the School Based program, Big Couple, and even Big Family opportunities. Fannin County is in big need of Bigs. If you are interested in becoming a Big and would like more information on any of the avenues mentioned, please contact Megan Massey at mmassey@bbbstx.org. You can also visit BBBS website at www.bbbstx.org.
The Bonham Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12 Noon at the Family Life Center.

R.Y.L.A. STUDENTS GIVE REPORT TO ROTARIANS

Every year in June, the Bonham Rotary Club sends two students (one boy and one girl) who has just finished their junior year in high school to Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) camp in Midlothian, Texas. This year’s selections were Kaleb Boehm and Katie Barber. These Bonham High School students just came back from camp and gave reports of their experiences. Kaleb told of his 30 new friends and that the camp was truly a life-changing experience for him. He also thanked the Rotarians for allowing him such an awesome experience. Katie Barber told in detail of her experience from the time she left to the time she came back. Katie was a little reluctant with acceptance on her part at first, but long before the camp was over, she was overwhelmed with what she learned. Katie said at the end of her speech that she has learned to live life to make an impact and not an impression.
Pictured (L-R): R.Y.L.A. Students Katie Barber, Kaleb Boehm, and Bonham Rotarian Nancy Lawrence

Pictured (L-R): R.Y.L.A. Students Katie Barber, Kaleb Boehm, and Bonham Rotarian Nancy Lawrence

If you have a student that will be a junior this next school year, the Bonham Rotary Club encourages your student to apply for this elite camp. Applications will be available in the spring of 2014.

The Bonham Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the Fam

Bonham Rotary Club Hears about Bonham Christmas Parade and Festival Plans

At the June 12 meeting of the Bonham Rotary Club, David Stapp gave the program on the Bonham Christmas Parade and Festival. David stated that this year’s event is being planned entirely differently than in the last several years. The Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans to step back in history this holiday season and celebrate an 1800s Christmas parade and festival which will held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 beginning at 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They have a tentative schedule which David said is very flexible right now, but they are already getting volunteers and venders.

Pictured (L-R): Rotarians and Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce Board Members David Stapp, Chamber Chairman John Farris, Tommie Sue Turner and City Manager Bill Shipp.

Pictured (L-R): Rotarians and Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce Board Members David Stapp, Chamber Chairman John Farris, Tommie Sue Turner and City Manager Bill Shipp.

There will be street vendors and downtown restaurants and retail stores will be open, horses and carriages, possibly hayrides around the square and to Fort Inglish. There will be a decorated stage for musical entertainment throughout the day and evening, storytellers telling stories of 1800s Bonham and Fannin County history, and carolers and Christmas characters roaming the square. Everyone is encouraged to dress according to the 1800 era.

The festivities will start at Fort Inglish, which will be decorated as 1800s Christmas, and there will be Historical Society volunteers re-inactors, old fashioned food and beverages, and Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers.

The Christmas parade route will begin at Powder Creek Park, north on Main St., right onto Sam Rayburn Dr., left on Center St. (hwy. 78), left on 5th St., and left back onto Main St. going south back to Powder Creek Park. Floats will be decorated for this specific period and horse drawn buggies, wagons, buck board wagons are encouraged to participate. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in a decorated wagon that will park on the square after the parade.Late that afternoon there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting on the Courthouse Square. Children will be encouraged to bring a homemade ornament for the tree.

David Stapp is heading the Christmas Parade and Festival Committee and if you would like to volunteer, be a vendor, or can help in any way, please call the Chamber office at 903-583-4811.

The Bonham Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the Family Life Center.

BONHAM ROTARY CLUB’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT REPORT

Championship Flight Winner: Fannin County Leader (L-R): Dr. Larry Lawrence, Nancy Lawrence, Tommie Sue Turner and Michael Flippo

Championship Flight Winner: Fannin County Leader
(L-R): Dr. Larry Lawrence, Nancy Lawrence, Tommie Sue Turner and Michael Flippo

Although the wind blew in gusts to 30 mph Friday, May  31, the golfers at the Bonham Rotary Club’s Annual Legacy of Service Golf  Tournament enjoyed a day filled with fun and excitement. The ball launcher was  back on the tenth hole and cash was won on every par 3. Many door prizes were  awarded as the Tournament Chairman Dr. Dana Sisk passed them out. This year’s  tournament was flighted  with 3 flights and the results are listed with the  photo of each team.

This service club was established in 1921 and in the  last 92 years it has sponsored many worthwhile programs. Currently the club  provides scholarships to Fannin County graduating seniors, buy and distribute  dictionaries to every third grade student in Fannin County, work and provide all  the t-shirts and ribbons for the Special Olympics held in Bonham every spring,  provide I. W. Evans Elementary School, L. H. Rather Jr. High School and Bonham  High School with all the Citizens of the Year Plaques, and sponsor one boy and  one girl to attend R.Y.L.A. (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) which is a  leadership camp for students going into their senior year in high school. They  also help with international projects like supplying wheelchairs to cripple  children and adults and  provide water wells to communities who do not have  clean water to drink.

None of these projects would happen if it were not for  the support of the community. Those who supported these causes are our team  sponsors, hole sponsors, volunteers and, of course, our chef, Ken Elliot. Ken  provided a wonderful meal as always. It is always good to have District Clerk  Nancy Young to volunteer along with all the Rotarians that came out and  worked.

Team Sponsors were: American Bank of Texas,  B.I.S.D./Walsh-Anderson Law Firm, Cole Title Co., Fannin Bank, John Farris with  Farm N’ Home Casualty, Fannin County Leader, First Baptist Church of Bonham,  First Presbyterian Church of Bonham, Fan. Co. Criminal Dist. Atty. Richard  Glaser, Ross and Sue Griffin, Legacy Ridge Country Club, McCraw Oil Co.,  Northeast Home Health/Legend Bank, Red River Regional Hospital, Mike Smith (Pros  from Dover), Dr. Dana Sisk, and Texcel Exploration, Inc.

Hole sponsors were: Judge Lauri Blake, Judge Charles  Butler, Michael Evans Law Office, Mayor Roy Floyd, Dr. Jerry Hopson, Bobby  McCraw, Attorney Steve Miears, Joe and Marsha Pulliam, The Royse Family, Dr.  Walter Sisk, Brent Speck with Edward Jones Investments, United Country/Lipscomb  Realty and Jason White with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.

Again, the Bonham Rotary Club thanks all who helped this  golf tournament be a success. We look forward to your support next year when we  will once again “tee it up for Fannin County”.

 

First Flight Winner: Red River Regional Hospital (L-R): Jarred Besch, Raymond Stewart, Randy Anderson and Brian Stewart

First Flight Winner: Red River Regional Hospital
(L-R): Jarred Besch, Raymond Stewart, Randy Anderson and Brian Stewart

Second Flight Winner: First Baptist Church of Bonham (L-R): Pastor Morgan Malone, Bill Roeth, Gene Wise and Joe Cockrill

Second Flight Winner: First Baptist Church of Bonham
(L-R): Pastor Morgan Malone, Bill Roeth, Gene Wise and Joe Cockrill

 

 

ROTARIANS LEARN CONDITION OF FANNIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Pictured (L-R): Rotarians Judge Lauri Blake, Fan. Co. Criminal Dist. Attorney Richard Glaser and Asst. Dist. Attorney Benjamin Kaminar

Pictured (L-R): Rotarians Judge Lauri Blake, Fan. Co. Criminal Dist. Attorney Richard Glaser and Asst. Dist. Attorney Benjamin Kaminar

Richard Glaser, Fannin County Criminal District Attorney  and Bonham Rotarian, gave the program at the May 15 meeting of the Bonham Rotary  Club. His topic was courthouse security. He gave a detailed report starting with  the first floor of the need for more security within the Fannin County  courthouse. He also spoke on the deteriorating conditions on all floors and that  our courthouse should be a source of pride for Fannin County. There is a  committee that will be studying this problem in the future, find solutions  without increasing taxes, and will present their solutions to the Fannin County Commissioners.

The Bonham Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:00  noon at the Family Life Center.

FANNIN COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER UPDATE GIVEN AT BONHAM ROTARY CLUB

Pictured (L-R): Fannin County Children’s Center Board Member Richard Glaser, Executive Director Sandy Barber, and Board Member Bryan Peeler

Pictured (L-R): Fannin County Children’s Center Board Member Richard Glaser, Executive Director Sandy Barber, and Board Member Bryan Peeler

Rotarian Sandy Barber  presented the program for Rotary at their meeting on April 24.  She gave an  update about the Fannin County Children’s Center, where she serves as the  Executive Director.  April is Child Abuse Awareness Month so the center has  been extra busy with activities for this.  Barber stressed the importance  of reporting suspected child abuse.  She said statistics say that 1 in 4  girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abuse by the time they are 18 years old,  however, only 1 in 10 will tell.  Other statistics also report that only  about 1 in 3 adults will actually make a report when they suspect child  abuse.  Barber emphasized that all of the agencies that can investigate,  prosecute and treat child abuse cannot get involved unless someone has the  courage to make the initial report.

This year the Children’s  Center set up a display of 292 Blue Flags, one for each child who was an alleged  victim of child abuse.  This display was moved around the county during the  month of April and was set up in Ector, Bonham, Savoy, Trenton, Leonard, Ladonia  and Honey Grove.    Barber showed many photos of individuals,  businesses and schools wearing blue in honor of child abuse awareness and  posting signs that said “No Excuse for Child Abuse.”   The Children’s  Center organized “Stand Up For Kids” event at Simpson Park in Bonham as a way to  bring awareness to children, youth and families.  The Center is also  celebrating 20 years of serving children this month.  On April 8, 1993, the  336th District Judge assigned CASA to its first 2 cases.  Over  the next 20 years, the agency has added services for abused children and  relocated to its current facility.

Upcoming events include free  prevention classes for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and report  child abuse.  The Stewards of Children class on May 13 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm  still has some openings.  Contact Tara at (903) 583-4339 to sign up for the  class.  The agency is also needing more CASA volunteers to be advocates for  children in foster care.  A new training class will start June 10.   Interested persons should contact Sandy Hood at (903) 583-4339 or go to www.fanninccc.org for more information and volunteer applications.

The Bonham Rotary Club meets  every Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the Family Life Center.

ROTARY CLUB WELCOMES NEW MEMBER

Pictured (L-R): Rotarian Clayton Mills and Bonham Rotary Club President Brad Dardaganian

Pictured (L-R): Rotarian Clayton Mills and Bonham Rotary Club President Brad Dardaganian

The Bonham Rotary Club welcomed a new member at their  April 3 meeting. Bonham Rotary Club President Brad Dardaganian inducted Clayton  Mills as their newest member. Clayton and his wife, Janice, have recently moved  to the City of Bonham.

B.I.S.D. SUPERINTENDENT GIVES PROGRAM AT BONHAM ROTARY CLUB

04-03-13 program - Dr. Marvin BeatyB.I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty (pictured front  row far left) and Bonham High School Principal Steve Hill (pictured back row far  right) gave an update on what is happening at Bonham I.S.D. Firstly, he said  that goals were set at the beginning of the school year and the first goal was  to implement strategies to increase professionalism and accountability among all  district stakeholders. Beaty stated that success only comes before work in the  dictionary. Some of the steps taken are: create a vehicle fleet by saving money  through employee attrition, send out “Smoke Signals” which is an mailout to all  residents that pay school taxes which consists of reports from every school in  the district, provide legal training to employees, nurture and produce a  positive relationship with the City of Bonham, create an aspiring administrators  academy, create an extracurricular code of conduct, and many others. One of the  steps taken that the Rotarians thought important was the creation of an  Emergency Response Manual. After the Newtown shooting, Dr. Beaty realized the  need for this manual and he worked with Bonham City Manager Bill Shipp to get  this done. A red color emergency response manual is in every classroom and a  larger black one is on every administrator’s desk. These manuals are in all  Bonham police cars, all emergency vehicles, etc. Therefore, in an emergency all  entities will be “on the same page”.
Principal Hill also invited ten senior students from  Bonham High School to attend the Rotary meeting. Since they will be graduating  in approximately 10 weeks, each student introduced themselves to the Rotarians  and each told of their plans after graduating.
The Bonham Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:00  noon at the Family Life Center.

WHAT IS THE STATE OF OUR CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING IN FANNIN COUNTY?

Pictured (L-R): Rotarians Judy Outlaw, Sandy Barber and Peggy Lane

Pictured (L-R): Rotarians Judy Outlaw, Sandy Barber and Peggy Lane

Sandy Barber, Director of the Fannin County Child Advocacy Center and Bonham Rotarian, was selected to be on the Advisory Committee of the 2012 Beyond ABC, which assessed children’s health in the North Texas Corridor. That area includes 5 counties: Collin, Cook, Denton, Grayson and Fannin Counties. The local meeting was held at the First Baptist Church of Bonham on Monday, January 14. The Fannin County Stats are:
  •     Fannin County’s total youth population (under age 18) in 2012 was 7,503. Of those, 84.7% were White/Caucasian (including Hispanic/Latinos), 5.1% were Black/African-American, 1.4% were American Indian, and 0.3% were Asian-American; 8.4% identified as “other single race”. 14% of total were Hispanic/Latino.
  •     14.6% of Fannin County’s children live at or below the federal poverty level (in 2012: $23,050 for a family of four). 55.6% of the Black/African-American children in Fannin County lived in poverty – a larger percentage than any of the other four counties in the report. 21.8% of Hispanic/Latino children lived in poverty, as did 13.7% of White/non-Latino children.
  •     Children without health insurance: 16.3% in 2010
  •     Children (under age 19) enrolled in Medicaid: 2,482 as of June, 2012.
  •     Children enrolled in CHIP: 545 as of May, 2012.
  •     Full immunizations at age 2: No data available for Fannin County over the past decade.
  •     Suicide: No young people committed suicide in Fannin County in 2011.
  •     STDs and HIV: Fannin County had no juvenile (under age 20) cases of HIV or syphilis in 2011. There were 2 cases of gonorrhea and 16 of chlamydia.
  •     Alcohol Related Deaths: None recorded over the past decade.
  •     Food Insecurity: 1,840 children are estimated to be food-insecure in Fannin County.
  •     Single-Parent homes: 1,483 children live in homes headed by one parent in residence.
  •     Child support: Only 5 percent of Fannin County parents are paying any of their court-ordered child support.
  •     School meals eligibility: 3,015 schoolchildren (more than half) are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
  •     Homeless: There were 49 children and youth homeless in 2011 in Fannin County
  •     Housing: 308 low-rent housing units available in 2011.
  •     Third-Grade reading levels: 90.7% of Fannin County third-graders met standard criteria on the reading section of TAKS.
  •     Passing all TAKS tests: 76.9% of Fannin County children meeting standards.
  •     Limited English proficiency: Only 4.1% of Fannin County children were classified as having a limited English proficiency requiring bilingual education or ESL – a lower percentage than any of the other counties in the report.
  •     College readiness: 57.6% of Fannin County graduates scored at or above the college-ready criterion score on TAKS, ACT or SAT.
  •     Child abuse/neglect: CPS confirmed 56 cases in Fannin County in 2011.
  •     Deaths from child abuse/neglect: Fannin County has no confirmed child deaths from abuse/neglect since 2 were recorded in 2008, according to DFPS.
  •     Child-related sex crimes: 19 cases filed in Fannin County in 2011.
  •     Approved foster homes: There were 10 approved foster homes in Fannin County in 2011.
  •     Unintentional deaths (under age 19): 3 in 2011.
  •     Deaths by drowning: None since 1 reported in 2007.
  •     Child Homicides: None since 1 reported in 2006.

All the stats were collected by the Children’s Medical Center, Dallas. Between 2000 and 2010, the five-county region grew by a half-million residents.

The Bonham Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the Family Life Center.