Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Upcoming Events
Area 4-Way speech contest
Harlingen Country Club
Apr 04, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Trash Pick-up
TSTC Service Center Parking Lot
Apr 06, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
District conference
Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club
May 02, 2019 – May 05, 2019
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Juan Salas
March 8
Connie Salas
March 10
Sandee Alvarez
March 11
Edward Sokolosky
March 26
Chris Bartnesky
March 28
Eric Polley
March 28
Join Date
Gus Reyna
March 1, 2016
3 years
Omar Lucio
March 1, 2016
3 years
Ron Burgamy
March 9, 2001
18 years
Jim Teeter
March 12, 2004
15 years
Robert Dunkin
March 18, 2014
5 years
Belinda Zapata
March 19, 2018
1 year
Jennifer Bartnesky-Smith
March 25, 2013
6 years
Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Fund Raising
Youth Exchange Officer
Club Administration
Public Relations
Service Projects
Bulletin Editor
Lea Peacock
Club Information
Service Above Self
We meet Fridays at 11:45 AM
Harlingen Public Library
410 76 Dr
Harlingen, TX  78550
United States
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Next Meeting
Friday, Mar 8th
The History of Soda
Mike Mezmar
The U.S. Army’s JROTC program currently operates in more than 1,700 public and private high schools, military institutions, and correctional centers throughout the United States and overseas. Approximately 40% of JROTC programs are in inner city schools, serving a student population of 50% minorities. As JROTC students (Cadets) progress through the program, they experience opportunities to lead other Cadets. A major component of the JROTC leadership and citizenship program is female Cadets. Female Cadets make up 40% of the Cadet population. The JROTC faculty is led by nearly 4,000 instructors who are retired from active duty, reserve duty, or National Guard Army service. Instructors are trained and qualified in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act 2007 to teach and mentor approximately 314,000 JROTC Cadets annually
Invocation: Wally Cantu
Pledge: MMA Cadet
Song: Stephany Sokolosky
Greeters: Gladys Villarreal & 
                  Randy Bell
A note from Norma Friedrich
There was a great deal of interest expressed by Rotarians on the subject of a Welcome Center building for Hugh Ramsey Nature Park following the talks by Christina Mild (Feb. 1) and Norma Friedrich  (Feb. 8).  
Per Javier Mendez, Parks and Recreation Director for Harlingen, the City Commission voted to support the HEB Tennis Center (to receive city funds rather than a Welcome Center at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park) due to staff recommendation. The recommendation was based on the lack of data for the construction of the Visitor Center. (Ramsey Park is a former land fill). 
Javier believes that we have a better opportunity to receive a grant for the Ramsey Welcome Center. He stated "we are still committed to pursuing funding sources for Ramsey Park". I trust Javier to accomplish this. He has experience working with grants and has a volunteer in the ACAS Conservation Chair, Mark Salvatore to help write the grants. 
Club News
Last Meeting
Rotary Interact Clubs
Upcoming Events
Trash off –Don’t Mess With Texas 
April 6, 2019 
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00am
Location: TSTC Service Ctr Parking Lot
Mayoral Candidates' Forum
April 19th
District Conference & Leadership Training
May 2 – May 5
Rancho Viejo
District 5930 Assembly
May 18
District Governor Installation
June 29
Corpus Christi
Take a look at our Upcoming Events to see what we have coming up.  Email Joel Vincent to have an item added.
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Mike Mezmar won the drawing, twice in a row!  But did not pick the Ace of Spades. 
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Member Spotlight - Belinda Zapata
The Spotlight is on...
Belinda Zapata
Belinda Cavazos-Zapata (Belle). I’m a native of the Rio Grande Valley and have lived in Harlingen since 1979. I’m a single mother or three adult children who attended HCISD. They are all college graduates and now raising their own families. My son, Eric Paul, is 34 yrs. old and a father of two beautiful children. He and his family live in Harlingen.  My daughter, Elizabeth Danielle, is 29, she and her husband Jeff live in Buda, Texas. They don’t have children but they do have two dogs.  My youngest daughter, Sarah Elise is 25 yrs. old. She and her husband Nathan live in Austin with their daughter. Nathan is serving our country as a Sargent (Black Hawk Crew Chief) with the US Army. He has been deployed to Afghanistan since June, 2018 and we are praying for his safe return in June 2019. I have been a Farmers Insurance Agency -Owner since November 2014. I carry my Securities License which allows me to help with Retirement Accounts and Collage Plans. From 2002-2013 I was the General Manager for Bert Ogden Auto Plaza where I managed 3 dealerships and 125 employees. From 1993-2002 I was the General Sales Manager for the Payne Auto Group in Weslaco, Texas. From 1980- 1993 I worked for Ford Motor Credit Company. My absolute favorite job was working at Mr. Donut (at 15 yrs. of age) where I learned what customer service was all about. I opened my first savings account with the tips I earned that summer. I always say “If I could make the money, I make now, I’d still be working there”. HAHAHAH!!! I am proud to be a member of the Harlingen Rotary Club, Vice-President for the Harlingen Area Education Foundation and a former board member for CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties. I attend Mass at St Anthony Catholic Church @ 8: 00 am where I serve as a Lector. Sonny (my yellow lab) and I are enjoying the empty nest era of ours lives.!!!! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram
Mar 08, 2019
Mar 15, 2019
Mar 22, 2019
4-Way Test Speech Competition
Mar 29, 2019
2019 State of the City Address from the Harlingen Convention Center
Apr 05, 2019
Valley Baptist State of the Hospital
Apr 12, 2019
Director HCISD Early Childhood Development
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 26, 2019
Kathy Preddy & Clifford Moriarty
May 03, 2019
Rotary Endowment
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