Club Meetings
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Registration 11:45 AM
Lunch/program 12:00 PM
Centrum Building
3102 Oak Lawn
Entrance on Cedar Springs
Free underground parking on Wellborn 
Free surface parking Oak Lawn United Methodist
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Robert G. Epstein
May 04, 2017
Polly Weidenkopf
May 25, 2017
Senior Source
Jim Frankiewotz
May 30, 2017
Ghana Project
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April 27, 2017 | Click HERE for today's agenda | Find a Rotary Project HERE
David Munson, a volunteer with Educational First Steps, told Uptowners the amazing story of this very unique organization. Educational First Steps transforms daycare centers in low-income Dallas neighborhoods into nationally accredited early learning centers. By educating caregivers, who then become professional early learning teachers, Educational First Steps helps to create high-quality learning environments that can repair and prevent learning gaps. For more information, click HERE.
April 20, 2017 | Click HERE for today's agenda | Find a Rotary Project Here!
We had a productive work meeting today! Many guests and plenty of exciting reports from our membership.
DGNE Bill Slicker was on hand to award Randy Watkins and Owen Devlin the Rotary Foundation Major Donor Award.  Major Donor status signifies that both Randy and Owen has reached the $10,000. level of support for The Rotary Foundation.  They were awarded a pin for that level of giving and a crystal paperweight inscribed with their name. Congratulations and Thank You, Randy and Owen. Click HERE for more information on giving to the Rotary Foundation.
Among the other interesting portions of the meeting, Randy Watkins led the membership on a tour of My Rotary. One of the RI President's goals this year is at least 50% club My Rotary use. Learn more about My Rotary here.
Pictured below are (L-R) DGNE Bill Slicker, Owen Devlin, Past President Randy Watkins, and Club President Dave Helfer.
Second photo - Randy Watkins walks Uptowners through My Rotary.
April 13, 2017 | Click HERE for today's agenda.
Uptowners enjoyed a great program on the Future of Brain Health-Unlocking Brain Potential with Jane Case.
April 6, 2017 | Click HERE for today's agenda.
Doctoral candidate Sarah Moudy of the University of Roehampton, London, shared her research on amputees. Fascinating! Also, a big congratulations to Past President Randy Watkins for his 7th Paul Harris Fellow!! Pictured with Randy are (L-R) President Dave Helfer, Past President Lori Crider, and Program Co-Chair Dr. Gary Kindley. 
March 30, 2017
At today's meeting, fellow Rotarian Jim Frankewitz (Dallas Club), shared his experiences and knowledged gained on his many trips to the African country of Ghana to help install water wells. Water is a precious commodity to all humans and animals, but many do not have easy access to clean water. The Ghana Project is helping to alleviate this issue for some adults and children in Ghana.
March 23, 2017
Today, Dallas-Uptown welcomed two new members to the world of Rotary. Please say HELLO! to husband and wife, Alberto Diaz-Miguel Saiz and Sandra Estevez Herrea! Sandra is a teacher (and is willing to take Spanish students!), and Alberto likes to cook (especially paella!) Alberto and Sandra, we are so happy you have joined our club! (Left to right: PP Randy Watkins, Dr. Gary Kindley, Club President Dave Helfer, new members Alberto Diaz-Miguel Saiz and Sandra Estevez Herrea, and Membership Chair Judy Winkler.)
March 16, 2017
Dallas-Uptown member, Owen Devlin, recently returned from a week in Nicaragua with the first shift of Rotarians participating in the Heart of Service mission trip. Owen showed pictures and recounted many of the team's adventures. During the mission, they installed two water towers, painted several schools, provided school supplies, and did a good amount of touring. It sounds like they had an excellent and very Rotarian time! Also, today we celebrated Dr. Gary Kindley's achievement of a 3rd Paul Harris Fellow award. Mazel Tov, Dr. Gary, and thank you for that big smile!
March 9, 2017
Dallas-Uptown Rotarians and guests learned some very important tips on how to plan for technology needs from expert John Tarkington. Really important stuff in this day and age of new and emerging technologies!!! Also, we welcomed guests from Italy, Venezuela, and Dallas. Plus, a visiting Rotarian from Taiwan!
Today was a busy club work day for Dallas-Uptown. We have a lot of members with irons in the fire for the upcoming months: Dictionary project, Heart of Service project in Nicaragua, membership drive, new officer training, and Men Who Cook, to name a few! We also welcomed three guests to our meeting. 
Did you ever think about traveling to Cuba? Today, Dallas-Uptown was visited by John Kreiger of CTC Travel, who gave us the lowdown on travel to that amazing island. For more information, go online to
Shane Simpson
1971 - 2017
We lost a wonderful friend, brother, uncle, and Rotarian yesterday with the passing of Shane Simpson. He will be very missed by all of the many, many people who knew and loved him. 
A memorial service has been scheduled for 11:00am on Monday, February 20th at Interfaith Peace Chapel, Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. 5910 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shane Simpson Memorial Fund to the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown c/o Dan Nye, (Treasurer, Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown), Green Bank, N.A., 5580 LBJ Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75240. Questions or concerns may be directed to Daniel Nye at (214) 784-2797 or A contribution form can be downloaded from here.
Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown welcomed a new member today! Say hello to Kenny Bennett! Helping to initiate Kenny are Alicia Slay, Lori Crider, Judy Winkler, and Vincent Lajoie.
The Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown begin to hold Club Work Day meetings every 4 weeks. These are a fun and efficient way to impart a lot of important information to the membership. This is so important to a group of busy professionals!!! Below, Past President Randy Watkins discusses the upcoming PETS training session.
Steve Stoler, former TV reporter for Channel 4 and Channel 8, shares tales from his new book, "Tonight at Ten: A TV News Reporter’s Stories Behind the Stories" with members and guests of Dallas-Uptown. Mr. Stoler is pictured here with Club President Dave Helfer and Club Program Co-Chair Vincent Lajoie.
Dallas-Uptown member, Dr. Gary Kindley, received a Paul Harris Society award for his generosity and committment to Rotary. Assistant District Governor Chuck Bealmar was with us to present the award. Congrats, Gary!! Also, the club was treated to an interesting presentation by June Deibel, Community Coalition Coordinator for the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 
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