Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Our 25th Annual Shrimp Fest will be held on Feb. 16, 2019
The ALL NEW Shrimp Fest will showcase several RGV restaurants presenting their signature shrimp dishes in a small-bite tasting format. A VIP tent will be serving a boiled shrimp plate. The Retro Rockers and Super Tree will be performing on the main stage. A Silent Auction will be available for your shopping pleasures. Beer & Wine available for purchase.
Tickets are $25 each and all club members are asked to sell 10 tickets each.  You can buy VIP tickets at a club meeting.
The success of this fund raiser depends on the support of all club members
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.
$$$ Weekly Drawings $$$

Mike Mezmar won the drawing, twice in a row!  But did not pick the Ace of Spades. 
It leaves ~$500in the pot.  Buy an extra ticket!  Sorry Mike... Not!!!
Member Spotlight - Kathy Preddy
The Spotlight is on...
Kathy Preddy!
Rotary is Family, but before Rotary I accompanied my Dad and Mom to the Lions International Convention in Las Vegas Nevada, 1971. This gives you a little idea where the influence to service came from. I was born in Houston and moved to Harlingen in 1966 with my Mom, Dad and Sister, Gena. After graduating HHS, I went to Texas A & I for one year, then to University of Houston for 2 more years. I was very active in my Sorority, Chi Omega, a little Sister for Sigma Chi, SPARK Spirit for the Football team, and briefly a Houston Honey for the Basketball team.   Mike and I moved to Harlingen after we married in 1976 and all of us worked for my Mom & Dad’s Oil and Gas Distributorship at the Port of Brownsville. Harlingen is a great place to raise a family and we could not have been prouder than to be the parents of Tiffany Preddy. Tiffany Preddy Albury is now a Rotarian, and leads the HHS Interact Club. Her husband Joseph Albury is also a member, they have blessed us with 2 fabulous granddaughters, Gwendolyn and Kathryn.   Professionally I started a Catering Company in Harlingen putting my culinary skills to work. Life always had twists and turns and we found ourselves in Austin as Mike was now working for a National Oil company. We were in Austin 3 years, my sister joined us there and we started “Two Sisters Catering Company.” After 3 years in Austin, we returned home to Harlingen. I continued to cater until RioFest, Harlingen’s Arts & Entertainment Festival lost their Executive Director. I was a board member and had the time to take it on and soon became the Executive Director for 15 years.   My community service includes, Junior League of Harlingen, Boys in Girls Club Board of Directors, Youth Leadership Harlingen, Leadership Harlingen, RGV Museum Board, Lower Valley Cotillion Club, United Way Board, Texas Festivals & Events President, TTIA Board, International Festivals & Events President’s Advisory Council, HCISD Committee - Transformative Learning for Global Achievement Strategic Plan and Habitat for Humanity. In 1988 I was asked to join the Rotary Club of Harlingen. To be proposed at that time, I would be in the first class of Women Members and this was truly an honor. Two of us (women) joined and soon after others followed. Being part of a global network of 1.2 million members to take action on our world’s most persistent issues is humbling. Whether we are working on a Global issue of Polio Eradication or a local House Build, we are fulfilling our motto of Service Above Self.
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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