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Newsletter - Current Mar 6, 2019
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Addison MIdday Rotary Header


Midday News

Volume 9 Number 9

March 2019


Rotary Club of Addison Midday

4145 Beltline Road

Suite 212-242

Addison, TX  75001



 Tuesdays Noon 

May Dragon Restaurant, Addison  





March 12

Bruce Arfsten

Who is Writing Your Story?


Feedback:Under 40/45 Membership


Club member Bruce Arfsten is a seasoned trainer, speaker and sales professional.  With a background that includes more than 25 years of sales and customer service, he brings real-world experience to every presentation. An Everything DiSC® certified trainer, Bruce specializes in working with organizations to help them improve internal relationships and communication through an understanding of individual behavior/personality styles, while recognizing and appreciating the differences in the various styles. With a passion for helping others tap into their full potential, he speaks on developing the mindset, habits and communication skills that result in high performance. In addition, with over 10 years of involvement in the Dale Carnegie Course, Bruce brings extensive human relations and communications skills to the table.


In addition, bring a person under 45 years old so we can get their feedback as to the new member category and what would attract them to Rotary.



March 19



 Board Meeting









March 19                                                                                   


John Cooney

Blockchain Primer 



John was drawn to the endless potential of computing from the moment he got his hands on one in high school in 1978. He obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from the Engineering School of The University of Virginia.


Starting as a programmer and Database Analyst for The Kroger Company, he then hit the road as an IT Consultant for KPMG. He’s been providing IT solutions ever since including an award-winning redesign of REALTOR.org for NAR and a successful $40MM ICD-10 conversion for Health Care Services Corporation (BCBS TX parent co.). 


Other accomplishments:


  • CBBF Blockchain Certification (Blockchain Training Alliance)
  • Project Management Certification (Project Management Professional, CSM)
  • Dotcom entrepreneur (Founder: Apres-Swim.com, MetaLegal.com)

John currently provides Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Blockchain expertise with Boots On The Ground Consulting, in Plano, TX.


He grew up in Larchmont, NY then moved to Chicago and, 8 years ago to Plano, TX.


John is married to Kelly with an 8-year-old daughter Evelyn and enjoys golf and watching Virginia Cavaliers basketball.



March 20

Networking & Happy Hour

Cantina Larado

6 - 8pm 



March 26

Rev. Webster Kaisi

Ebangweni Mission Hopital, Malawi


We have been collecting pill bottles for Ebangweni Mission Hopital.  Rev. Webster Kaisi serves within the denomination that also oversees the mission hospital.  While Rev. Kaisi does not know all the ins and outs of the hospital itself, he will speak to the dire need for medical professional, services, and equipment based on the general need in Malawi.




One of the projects the Addison Midday Rotary Club may support is solar panels for the Ebangweni Mission Hospital.  More on the solar panel project can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/embangweni-mission-hospital-solar.

Local contact with the Ebangweni Mission is through Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.  To learn more about the church's relationship with this hospital see: http://www.gracepresbytery.org/preston-hollow-mission-in-malawi/ 





March is Water and Sanitation Month





















Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.



Club News


Linda Groce is out of the hospital after back surgery.  Linda thanks the club for the card and flowers.


Phyllis Dewitt's step mother passed away.


Michael Felan's mother passed away.



President Elect Jerry Allison

And President Designee Bruce Arfsten

attended PETS Training
























President-Elect Jerry Allison with Richard King, Past Rotary International President 2001-2002 
















Dr. Seuess Day

George H. W. Bush Elementary School.


Several members of our club read to first and second graders at the Elementary School in Addison on March 1.  The students gave us Thank-You notes.  The event was sponsored by the United Way of Dallas.  Read more at the United Way site:  https://unitedwaydallas.org/press-release/united-way-volunteers-celebrate-reading-on-dr-seusss-birthday/










Ongoing Service Projects:  Collecting Pill Containers for Malawi and Box Tops for Education for Bush Elementary School.  Bring as you collect them!











Pill Bottle Instructions:

Acceptable collection items include:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles
  • Large and small pill bottles
  • Pill Bottles with and without secure caps (child resistant)

To prepare bottles for shipment, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Bottles included in shipments of medical supplies must have an all plastic lid.
  • Sort bottles by color and type.
  • Remove labels, leaving no glue or residue.
  • Wash bottles in very hot water and dish soap. 
  • Rinse and dry thoroughly. 
  • Replace lids on clean, dried bottles.
  • Place clean, recapped bottles in large ziplock bags marked “Clean Bottles.” These will be blended with medical supplies.



District 5810 News











My Rotary Story Contest

 January 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019


Submission Requirements:

 Video (2 mins or less)

 Include your name & Club Name


All members and clubs are encouraged to participate, and prizes will be awarded for:


Best Overall “My Rotary Story”

 Most Moving “My Rotary Story”

 Most Creative “My Rotary Story”


HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, all submissions must be submitted either via email to pblankenzee@ca.rr.com during the Contest period or uploaded to the District Facebook page. Please see instructions on requirements for uploading to the District Facebook page (All video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and a link must be provided in addition to the contestants contact information.)


For additional information and sample Rotary Stories: https://www.rotary5810.org/sitepage/my-rotary-story-contest


50-50 Drawing



Five of Spades