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ROTARY CLUB OF PORT ARTHUR

MEETING OF THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011

DISTRICT NO. 5910  CHARTER NO. 147

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

Napoleon Bonaparte

UP FRONT

Past President Perry Snell presided over the February 3rd meeting. The invocation and pledge to the U.S. and Texas flags were led by Past President Bill Worsham. Director Mark Porterie reported our visiting Rotarian and guests. Past President Ray Depwe led the club in singing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". The attendance report was given by Past President Bill Coons and Past President Clayton Salter reported no anniversaries this week but will have an outstanding and unique Rotarian celebrating an anniversary on March 1st.

FRIENDSHIP DOLLAR

Libby Arnold had the Friendship Dollar and gave it to No.3; Doris Hale.

GUESTS

Bobby Simon (President of Nederland Rotary Club), Bonnie Burke (wife of Past President Ken Burke), Carol Buss (wife of Russel Buss), and Ellen & Sullivan Wiemers (wife and son of Kenneth Wiemers).

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Good news was reported by the following Rotarians; Past President Floyd Marceaux, Kenneth Wiemers and Past President J.T. Beckman.

The Port Arthur Evening Sertoma Fish Fry, supporting Capland Speech Therapy Center, is Friday, March 18, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at the American Legion Hall Post #7, 3750 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur and the tickets are $7. The menu will catfish fillets, green beans, and hush puppies. Desserts are sold separately. Make your checks payable to Port Arthur Evening Sertoma Club and tickets are available at Capland Speech Therapy Center, 2660 Aero Drive, Port Arthur and phone number is 729-2227.

Past President Floyd Marceaux told the club that Budwiser has agreed to bring one of their Clydesdale horses to the hotel parking lot on Thursday, March 3rd.

President Perry Snell presented a check to Scott Street, representing Lamar State College, to the Higher Education Foundation Scholarships in the amount of $3000 which is three scholarships for three persons and donations to the Pete Lyday Scholarship Fund in the amount of $850. We are also depositing $2500 into the account of our Centennial Celebration in 2015.

In keeping with the Rotary Theme for this year "Building Communities Bridging Continents; through a combined effort of our club, a Simplified Grant from District 5910, a donation from Total Port Arthur Refinery and other private donations; we have raised $7700 which we are sending to our International Project. This project is the installation of playground equipment at Shiloh in Riobamba, Ecuador.

Secretary-Treasurer Mike Hebert told us that candidates for CavOilCade Princess must have their resumes in by the end of February. One of them has been sponsored through Total which Pat Avery wanted to fund that through Rotary and we are open up for other nominations.

MAKE UP LOCATIONS

MONDAY

North Port Arthur at Southeast Texas Medical Center at noon.

TUESDAY

Beaumont-Spindletop at Elegante’ Hotel at noon. Port Neches and Groves have combined and they meet at the Pompano Club at noon, and Orange at Ramada Inn at noon.

WEDNESDAY

Beaumont-Downtown at the Elegante’ Hotel at noon.

THURSDAY

Bridge City at the Community Center at noon.

FRIDAY

Nederland at the Pompano Club at noon.

Remember you can make up on the Internet at www.rotaryeclubone.org. You can make up 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after. Please visit our website at www.portarthurrotary.org in your spare time.

MUSEUM OF THE GULF COAST

Director Mark Porterie, Program Chairman for the month of February, introduced Fellow Rotarian Shannon Harris as our guest speaker. Ms. Harris is the Director of the Museum of the Gulf Coast. The Museum of the Gulf Coast was chartered in 1964 and the original site was the Adams Building in the downtown area. Ms. Harris said the museum opened at the present location in 1994. Ms. Harris told us that they have a free family fun day this Saturday, February 12th from 10-4 p.m. The exhibition is Birds in Art. There are 60 pieces of original artwork and the Port Arthur Seahawk mascot will be there as well. On Sunday, February 13th, the SETX Art Council is hosting their annual fundraiser Heart For The Art and also the Port Arthur Historical Society is receiving the award for Outstanding Humanity Organization. Ms. Harris said the latest project is to digitize their photographs at the museum through a grant from the University of North Texas. The Museum would like photos/video documenting the recent hurricanes or the history of ethic groups of our community. The museum is also involved in Mardi Gras and serve as an entrance to Mardi Gras and parking is $5.