Rotary Early Edition

The Rotary Club of Rogers Early Risers

Tina Wagner - Cancer Challenge

May 15, 2013

Rogers Early Risers welcomed Tina Wagner from the Cancer Challenge on May 15. This will be the 20th annual Cancer Challenge, and will be held June 27-29, 2013. Tina explained that the services provided for anyone facing cancer in our area includes help with transportation, support and those challenges that most of us don’t have to think about. This years fund raisers include golf and tennis tournaments, a trap shoot, run walk, and a Sparkle & Spurs Gala. Since the inception in 1993, the organization not only helps individuals rebuild their lives after cancer, but has accepted the goal toward cancer awareness and prevention. Throughout the school year, the Cancer Challenge holds Teen Cancer Challenge events to teach young people the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. The events also promote volunteerism among area teens.

Tom Jenkins - Rogers Fire Chief

April 10, 2013

The Rogers Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and technical rescue service to the City of Rogers and surrounding areas of Benton County. Founded in 1888 as the all volunteer "Rogers Hose Company No. 1", the modern Rogers Fire Department is a completely paid organization with over a hundred full-time employees, seven fire stations, and a training center. The City of Rogers has grown from a hard working 19th century rail town into one of the best places to live in America according to CNN Money Magazine. Besides being the home of over 60,000 residents, the city is also the center of commerce and retail for Northwest Arkansas. The City of Rogers is routinely recognized as a progressive community for business and a premier area of commerce. The city is home to the newest hotels, restaurants and amenities as well as an authentic historic downtown district and unrivaled natural beauty with Beaver Lake and the rolling hills of the Ozarks. In 2012, the Rogers Fire Department became just one of three fire departments nationwide to be accredited by both the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. This mark of excellence ensures that the citizens of Rogers receive the highest quality care available anywhere in the world. The Rogers Fire Department is committed to the preservation of life and property in our community, which includes our residents, businesses, and those who are visitors to our city. We strive to provide quality and efficient service to all of our customers. Our seven strategically located fire stations, along with our special teams, allow us the opportunity to provide cutting edge protective measures in a short time frame.

District Govenor - John Williams

April 3, 2013

A Rotarian for 39 years with 38 Years of Perfect Attendance with Northside Fayetteville Rotary Club, John has served 2-years as Club President, Rotarian of the Year 1994, Assistant District Governor 2006-2010, a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow; member Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and a Major Donor.

Alison Nail - Social Media

March 27, 2013

Alison Nail presentation on Social Media. She emphasized to the group how important social media is in today's society. Alison described each type of media from Twitter to Facebook and has a thorough knowledge on effectiveness on utilizing the various social media. Great presentation!

Jacob Hutson - Benton County Boys and Girls Club

February 27, 2013

Jacob Hutson spoke to Rotary Early Risers about how the Benton County Boys and Girls Clubs are taking a hollistic approach with our young people and making a positive impact in our community and changing lives. There are a variety of programs that include the different age groups supported by the Boys and Girls Clubs. He reported there is a BGC in Bella Vista, Bentonville and two in Rogers. The clubs support the kids with homework assistance. An example is the Power Hour, where each after school day homework assistance helps kids complete and turn in their assigned school work. The program assists children to keep-up in their assigned work and not fall behind. Discussed the success and gave examples of the Keystone Club: A character and leadership development program for youth ages 14-18. Keystone club is an exclusive teen program for leaders in their school’s and community. This program seeks to develop leaders through peer lead academic success, career preparation and service learning. Every facility will be having special events throughout the month. During the month of March, several outstanding member youth will compete for a Youth of the Year award. The winner of the competition goes on to a state and potentially national competitions. The grand finale of our local Boys and Girls Club Month will be the Youth of the Year Celebration. The event celebrating the outstanding Youth of the Year and all of our youth will be held March 26th beginning at 6:30 PM at the John Q. Hammons Center.

FFA - Agricultural Awareness

February 20, 2013

Mollie Dykes, National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador, shared the importance of agriculture with a focus on food safety and security, current agricultural topics, sound science and sustainable agriculture. Mollie studies at the U of A in Fayetteville. She discussed how the agriculture industry touches all of our lives and how a farmers day doesn't really end. More production with less and how science continues to face a growing population.

Early Risers - Partners In Education

January 28, 2013

The mission of Partners in Education, a cooperative effort between the Rogers Public Schools and the Rogers Early Risers Rotary Club, is to enhance education at all levels. The primary indicator of a thriving community is the quality of its school system and the active support of local businesses and citizens in the school district. One of our Rotary Club’s primary goals is to actively support education. Our club, along with the Rogers Public Education Foundation, will be awarding local teachers’ grants for their classrooms. The recipients use the funds to purchase innovative teaching tools that are beyond their regular school budget. These grants are only available through the generous support of businesses and individuals like YOU. Please join us as we continue to invest in the Rogers School System and our children. Our community’s future depends on it. For the next 6 weeks, I will be mentioning this effort at our morning meetings. Please remember to bring your dollars and checks for PIE! This is a tax deductible gift. By doing this, you and others like you will be helping to create a brighter future that is more prosperous for all our children and our community. Thank you for your commitment and support of PIE---Partners in Education. Yours in Rotary Service, Judy Hammond

Rogers Early Risers - Our Club Future

January 2013

Club direction is very important. Derek has outlined the clubs future plans and reported that the club has grown. The Northwest Arkansas Rotary club has increased by 7 members over the past term. While some regions have not experienced the growth that we have been blessed with. The meeting focused on the accomplishments of the Rogers Early Risers and everyone should be proud to have played a part. As we look forward to the future, we will continue to recruit new members and bring a presence to the community of service.

Rogers Historical Musuem - Site Visit -

January 2013

Arkansas Historical Museum: The Rogers Historical Museum serves not only Rogers but all of Northwest Arkansas, a rapidly growing region with a rich heritage and a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. The RHM preserves that heritage and shares that spirit. The recipient of many state and national awards, the Rogers Historical Museum is among the fewer than five percent of museums in the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

World Trade Center - Arkansas

January 2013

Boon Tan – Director of Asia Trade Development, World Trade Center Arkansas: The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to connect Arkansas to the world by providing international trade services to Arkansas companies, agricultural producers and entrepreneurs, and by educating students in global commerce.

Walk to Defeat ALS

October 2012

Andrea Welch, ALS Arkansas Chapter: ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. ALS can strike anyone. Every single American is threatened by this disease. Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. ALS Walk to Defeat ALS - NWA Walk: