7th Annual Clay Shoot Winners 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Pictured from left are Chuck Dart, Club President, with speaker for the September 26 meeting,  Bo Robinson, YHS Head Coach and Athletic Director and Sherry Hutchinson, Program Chair for Leon Heidaker.
Sept. 26 - Speaker, Bo Robinson 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Carter Farms - 16216 FM 682, Yoakum TX

$500 per team - 4 man team required
Breakfast & Lunch served
 
Shoot Starts
9:30AM - limit 20 teams
1:30PM - limit 20 teams
 
Teams must check-in & attend a safety meeting 30 minutes prior to shoot time.
 
Annual Sporting Clay Shoot 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Yoakum welcomed District Governor Jim Henry and Governor Elect, Rick Stacy with a meeting and social wrapping up a week of visits to area clubs on our district. Members and guests enjoyed hearing from Gov. Henry about the "Why" of membership in Rotary. Great evening! 
DG Visit & Club Social 2019-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Larry Leahy 2019-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
Incoming President, Chuck Dart, with 2018-2019 Yoakum Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez at the annual Officer Installation Dinner for members and Guests. Bill has served at the District level and club level for many years and is well known to Rotarians in District 5870 Central Texas.
New Club President - Chuck Dart 2019-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
Pictured above from left are Rotarians and friends that traveled to Corpus Christi to deliver the bears:  Amy Barton, Pastor Alsen Wenzel,  Sherry Hutchinson, Shannon Garrison, Lexie Jackson, Marty Garrison, and Yoakum Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez.
 
On Friday, February 15th, the Yoakum Rotary Club loaded up a van provided by Marty Garrison of .Wendel Motor Company with 276 teddy bears and headed for Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi.  A stuffed bear is given to each child admitted to the hospital as a source of comfort and security in unfamiliar and sometimes overwhelming surroundings. 
 
The bear collection project was just one of our Yoakum Rotary Club's goals for 2019.  That project goal was reached with the help of local Rotarians, the Yoakum High School Interact Club, and private donors.   Special thanks to Marty Garrison and his family for their generous donation to this effort and for joining the club in the trip to Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Bears Sighted Leaving Yoakum!  2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
The club extended a warm welcome to Rotary District 5870 Governor Jerry Chapman and  Governor Elect, Jim Henry.  Gov. Chapman traveled from Austin to present three banners to the Yoakum Rotary Club honoring their support of the Polio Plus Campaign and the 100% member contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Chapman congratulated all Yoakum Rotarians for their enthusiastic support of Rotary International's areas of service and for their outstanding commitment to local community projects and services. Pictured with Rotary District Governor Jerry Chapman (center) is 2017-2018 Yoakum Rotary President, John Olivares (left), and  2018-2019 Yoakum Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez (right).
Yoakum Receives Top Honors 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
Yoakum Rotarians welcomed attendees at their December  20th meeting. Tim Mccoy opened the day's program with a recap of retiring Lieutenant Lee Campbell's service to the Yoakum community over the past 34 years in various areas of the Yoakum Police Department.  A plaque from the Rotary Club honoring his dedication and service was presented to Lt. Campbell. Pictured from left are Rotarian Tim McCoy, honoree, Lt. Lee Campbell, and Yoakum Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez.
 
Dec 20 - Lt. Lee Campbell 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Yoakum obtained a grant from Rotary International District 5870 to provide additional security measures for St. Joseph school students and faculty.  Each year the club has an opportunity to apply for grant money to benefit some facet of our Yoakum community.  Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez, presented a check to Principal Sean Mooney on November 9th. 
 
In a statement to Rotarians, Principal Mooney wrote,  "Ensuring the safety of our students and faculty is among our highest priorities at St. Joseph School.  Thanks to the generous donation from Yoakum Rotary, we were able to install cameras and door alerts in addition to adjusting our magnetically locking interior doors to make them more effective.  This added layer of security is greatly appreciated by all at SJS and we are grateful to Rotary for their support."
Making A Difference At St. Joseph School 2018-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Yoakum Rotary Club held a bake sale with lots of goodies for it's polio fundraiser on World Polio Day! Bill Lopez, Club President is pictured with Carroll Sharp, Asst. Gov., 5870. Bottom photo from left are the folks that made it happen: Colleen Heidaker, Bill Lopez, Dorothy Mgebroff, and Louise Witte. Thanks to all who baked and bought!
Bake Sale Polio Fundraiser 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Keeping up a much-loved tradition, Yoakum Rotary Club began their distribution of "I Like Me" books to Yoakum, Sweet Home and St Joseph Kindergarten students. The books are personalized with the students name, their teacher's name, friends name, pets name and more.
Service Project - Distribute "I Like Me" Books 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
What a great event, thanks to everyone that came out to shoot, volunteered time, sponsored the event. A beautiful day, little rain at midday didn't slow us down! A day of fun with family and frends!! See the photos
Rotary Clay Shoot 2018 2018-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
 
On Thursday evening, September 27,Mayor Annie Rodriguez presented a Proclamation from the City of Yoakum to Yoakum Rotary Club president, Bill Lopez, recognizing the club's 95th birthday. Past District Governor, Bill Bradfield accompanied by his wife Jane, was on hand to share some local, national and international memories of his years in the Rotary organization and Assistant Governor Carroll Sharp (not pictured) gave a brief history of the club. Honorees at the dinner meeting attended by club members and their guests were wives of former Yoakum Rotary Club Presidents: Janet Adamek, Margie Kvinta, Sue Munch, and Louise Witte. 
Club Celebrates 95th Birthday! 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Fundraiser Sporting Clay Shooting 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
DG Jerry Chapman Visits Club 2018-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Another great social for our Yoakum Rotary family at Dorothy M’s to welcome District 5870 Governor, Jerry W Chapman, to our club! Fun friends, wonderful food, good wine and after-dinner conversation on the tropical terrace. Can’t get much better than being a Rotarian surrounded by fellow Rotarians.#YoakumRotary #YoakumRotaryClub. Thanks to President Bill Lopez for making it happen!
Club Social With DG Jerry Chapman 2018-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Our very own Bill Lopez was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Yoakum (having served the District in a range of offices) by new Asst. Dist. Gov., Carroll Sharp, that he inducted as a new Rotarian 15 years ago. What a great evening, and what great plans Bill has for the coming club year.
Happy New Rotary Year! 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Amanda Franke served as Program Chair at the club’s April 19th luncheon meeting. Ms. Franke is the Administrator at Yoakum Nursing and Rehabilitation and was joined by Kevin Lange, Physical Therapist, in a presentation that outlined renovations and improvements currently underway at the facility. The project is expected to be completed in the late fall of 2018.

Pictured: Kevin Lange, Physical Therapist at Yoakum Nursing and Rehabilitation and Rotarian Amanda Franke, Administrator.

April 19th - Amanda Franke 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Yoakum facilitated the Yoakum Home Run Derby on Saturday, April 21. The derby is part of a national effort by Major League Baseball. There were two age groups participating, 12 and Under and 14 and Under. 

Pictured from left are Rotarians and participants who braved the threat of rain to be a part of the sports contest held at the Little League baseball fields. Back row: John Olivares, Yoakum Rotary Club President, Bill Lopez, Rotary District 5870 Lieutenant Governor, and Yoakum Rotarian, Pastor Alsen Wenzel. Front row: Rotary District 5870 Asst. District Governor, Sherry Hutchinson, Trey Olivares, 14 and Under Winner, Kamren Meyer, 14 and Under Participant, and Jack Meyer, 12 and Under Winner.
Yoakum Home Run Derby 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
RI President Ian H.S. Riseley issued a challenge last year. He wanted Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world – between 1 July 2017, when he took office, and Earth Day, 22 April 2018. Clubs around the world have embraced that challenge. In The Rotarian, Riseley talks about what planting a tree means for a community. 
 

Q: Why tree-planting?

A: Environmental issues have not featured highly on the radar of Rotary International in a corporate sense since 1990-91, when President Paulo Costa’s Preserve Planet Earth program inspired thousands of clubs to carry out environmental projects. I was keen to give Rotarians an incentive – and the opportunity – to show their concern for the environment. It’s important to me and it’s important to many other people. 

Q: Why do you think this idea has inspired such enthusiasm?

A: There’s something about planting a tree that speaks to people in a very primal way. It shows a long-term commitment to the community. Rotary does many wonderful community projects: We build playgrounds and clean up rubbish and many other things. But somehow, planting a tree captures the imagination. 

I’ve seen many examples of communities getting involved. The government of Romania heard about the initiative and said, ‘We want to plant trees too, but we don’t have the personnel to plant them.’ The government offered to donate trees that Rotarians would plant all over the country. So Rotarians are planting a million trees there.

Q: How do trees fit into Rotary’s areas of focus?

A: In some way, planting trees speaks to all of the areas of focus. Research has shown that trees are good for economic and community development – they increase property values. Planting a tree promotes peace simply by giving people a place to sit in the shade and contemplate the world. Trees are good for disease prevention and treatment, because the world is a healthier place with more trees to produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. You can make a case for trees relating to all our areas of focus. 

There are parts of the world where deforestation has caused significant damage. It’s not within the bailiwick of Rotary to redress that; we just don’t have the capacity. But we’d like to demonstrate the importance of having trees in our communities and the difference that they make to us. 

The Year Of The Tree 2018-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Leon Heidaker served as program Chair for the luncheon meeting on Thursday, October 12.  He asked Yoakum ISD Superintendent of Schools, Tom Kelley, to speak to the membership about work being done on our local school campuses.  Photographs of the renovations, improvements and additions provided a quick peek of the exciting project which is nearing completion.
Also attending the luncheon meeting were five YHS Seniors; Kimberly Correa, Madison Harrison, Hunter Kvinta, Sadi Meza, and Lisa Seidenberger.
Oct 12th - Tom Kelley, Yoakum ISD Superintendent 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Our Annual Sporting Clay Shoot was a success! Fun was had by all.
Annual Clay Shoot 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
It's Time For Our Annual Sporting Clay Shoot! 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Special thanks to Sherry Hutchinson,Larry Leahy and Bill Lopez for finishing up lunch for District 5870 RYLA Campers. Thanks Chef Heidi and RYLA Counselors for your help. 
Lending A Hand at RYLA 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Our RYLA campers we super excited to start their adventure at RYLA in the Rough 2017. Special thanks to Larry Leahy for dropping off the campers.
RYLA CAMP 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Yoakum Annual Memorial Day Ceremony 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
YOU ARE A CHAMPION 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Larry Leahy, Gery Maneth, Russell Goebel and Al Veselka, braving the cold to work on our Club's DAP Grant Project.  in removing the old Yoakum Airport fence, we gathered over 6 balls of barbed wire that will be part of our Club's Sporting Clay Shoot Silent Auction in October 2017. Also participating were Chris Sefton, Pastor Wenzel. Bill Lopez and Kyle Kaiser and employees from the City of Yoakum. 
DAP Grant Project 2017-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
A Century Of Doing Good 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
 
Voluteers are needed for the following projects:
December 3: Need volunteers to help with goody bag distribution at Saturday's Christmas Tree Lighting
 
December 14: Need Volunteers to help with Christmas Gift distribution at the YNRC 
Volunteers Needed!!! 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
100 Yrs Centennial Project 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Annaul Sporting Clay Shoot 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Pictured above from left:  Kala Stock, Yoakum Rotary Club President, Larry Leahy, and Bryan Hurtado. 
 
 
Yoakum Rotarian and past RYLA Director, Carroll Sharp, introduced the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) recipients and 2016 campers from Yoakum High School.  Kayla Stock and Bryan Hurtado presented the day's program outlining highlights of the week-long camp and the impact it had on them.  RYLA in the Rough is a coed, residential  leadership camp for high school students.  Each year clubs from Central Texas District 5870 send approximately 100 campers to experience a fun-filled week learning about leadership, tolerance, team building and personal growth while keeping a rigorous schedule of problem solving, physical exercise and fellowship.
August 11 - 2016 RYLA Campers 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
At Thursday's luncheon meeting, members welcomed Jordan Braden as the day's speaker.  Jordan is the coach of Yoakum's successful summer swim team.  As a team member for seventeen seasons, he is now at the helm coaching and training young swimmers in our area.  The Yoakum team is in daily training for only two months out of the year which is far less than most area teams.  Because of the short time for training and practice, Braden and coaches Lucy Coleman and Daniel Pohl, focus on technique to prepare swimmers for competition.  Interested parents may contact the City of Yoakum for information on the 2017 summer program.  Jordan is pictured above at right with Yoakum Rotary Club President and Program Chair, Larry Leahy. 
Speaker - Jordan Braden 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
 
Pictured above from left are Yoakum Rotary Club President, Larry Leahy, Assistant District Governor, Sherry Hutchinson, Roll of Fame Recipient, Carroll Sharp and District 5870 Lieutenant Governor, Bill Lopez. Carroll Sharp is holding the Rotary International District 5870 Roll of Fame, Distinguished Class of 2016 certificate which was presented at the District 5870 Conference of Rotary Clubs on June 25. Selection to the District's Roll of Fame represents the highest award that may be bestowed by the District on an individual Rotarian based on his or her contributions to the furtherance of Rotary, its principles and its programs. Both Hutchinson and Lopez (pictured above) are past recipients of this award.
Carroll Sharp Receives Roll of Fame Award 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Memorial Day Service 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Yoakum Golf Team that participated in the Annual Yoakum Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament. Team members were Rotarians John Olivares and Larry Leahy with a lot of help from YHS Golfers David Plisko and Braden Hanzelka. Our official photographer was our District LG Sherry Hutchinson. Also Rotarians Amanda Franke and Jenny Kremling were members of the Regency Rehabilitation Center Team. It was great to see the Yoakum Rotary Club supporting our community hospital. 
Annual Yoakum Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, April 7, the Rotary Club of Yoakum joined the Rotary Club of Shiner at Werner's Restaurant for a joint meeting. The speaker was Amber Scarborough from the Rotary Club of South Austin. In addition to serving as the new District Chair of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Camp, she serves on the Public Relations Team of District 5870. PR team member Patrick Harrison also attendedWednesday's meeting. Ms. Scarborough's presentation detailed ways in which clubs in District 5870 can promote their projects and identify local clubs as community leaders in service to their area as well as educating the public about the global projects and purpose of Rotary Internal. A question and answer session followed the program. Shiner Rotary President, Brad Oden, closed the meeting with the RI Four-Way Test.
 
Joint Meeting With Shiner Rotary 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Next week's meeting on Thursday has been changed to Wednesday April 6 at Werners at Noon. The meeting will be a joint meeting of our club and the Shiner Club and we will have members of our District's Public Relations Committee in attendance. Our joint meeting is a great opportunity to share some fellowship with our Shiner Rotarians and learn more about what our District's Leadership is doing to spread the word about our District and Rotary. We are still in need of a membership committee chair.  
Meeting on April 6th 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
The January 14th meeting was conducted and presented by President Larry Leahy.  President Leahy assessed progress of the Club's goals and objectives year to date.Following the presentation, Russell Goebel announced the date for our 2016 Rotary Sporting Clay Shoot.  The Fourth Annual event will be held the first weekend in October.Mark your calendars for this fun, family event.  It's getting bigger every year!Pictured above are the Yoakum High School seniors attending the luncheon meeting.  From left are: Travis DeBoult, Lindsey Jacobs, Briana Jimenez, Emily Rudolph and Colton Janik.
January 14th Meeting 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Members welcomed three Yoakum High School Students to the luncheon meeting, Tristan Caballero, Michael Chomout, and Reed Gearson.  Each student addressed the membership and spoke of his past high school career and his plans for the future.
Members Welcome High School Students 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Past President, President and PDG walk into a room... 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
 Yoakum Rotarians were honored to have Past District Governor, Rich Kaye, present the program at their January 7th meeting.   His presentation detailed the purpose and objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  Notably, MSNBC ranked the Rotary Foundation  in the top five charities worldwide that spend the least on administration costs.  That means most all of the funds raised by Rotarians go directly to worldwide service programs.   The Foundation sponsors many humanitarian projects all over the world, however, their primary target for many years has been global polio eradication.  2015 marked the 30th year of Rotary's partnership in the global initiative to eradicate the devastating disease.  At the end of 2015, there were only 70 cases of polio in the world (in two countries).  "We are so close to our goal", stated Kaye.
January 7th - Rich Kaye 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Yoakum Rotarians celebrated a great club year on Thursday evening at the Catholic Family Center.  Dinner and fellowship were highlighted by the induction of the newest club member, Mary Jo Leahy, wife of President Larry Leahy.  Members and guests were honored to have Past District  Governor, Rich Kaye, from Austin to present additional Paul Harris awards to Lt. Governor and Yoakum Rotarian, Bill Lopez and to past club presidents Shirley Sommer, Alan Sommer; Karen Barber and Past President, Charles Havlik. To the delight of all,  the evening included an ugly sweater contest. Taking the prize was Past President, Russell Gobel.

Members were reminded that the last noon meeting of the year will be December 17.
Pictured in their Christmas sweaters from left are: 
Russell Gobel, Sara Nami Gobel, Karen Barber, Alan Sommer, Ashley Hermes, Shirley Sommer, Larry Leahy, Rich Kaye, Al Veselka and John Olivares


 
Holiday Fun 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
The Rotary Club of Yoakum would like to thank our community for making the Third Annual Yoakum Rotary Club Sporting Clay Shoot a huge success.  This clay shoot has become a great, fun-filled, family event and it has enabled our club to provide scholarships for YHS seniors, Christmas gifts for local nursing home residents, "I Like Me" books for Yoakum Kindergarten students and other local projects.  Thank you for your continued support!
 
We are very grateful to Rotarian, Russell Goebel, for bringing this project to our club three years  ago.  Russell has worked throughout the year to ensure the success of this event. He has enlisted not only Yoakum Rotarians, but an army of his family and friends to volunteer.  Also, a huge thanks to Rotarian Gery Maneth and his wife Jody.  For three years, they have opened the gates of their beautiful Maneth Farms and graciously hosted the Sporting Clay Shoot.  
 
We were fortunate to have Major Sponsors ($1,000): HEB-Yoakum, David and Diane Harrison, Pioneer Natural Resources, Circle L Ranch-Larry and Mary Jo Leahy, Allied Title Company-Hallettsville & Mr. Arthur Herman, Antiques Art and Beer-Shiner-Beverly Sanders, and  Hochhiem Prarie Insurance.
 
Our 12-Guage Sponsors ($500):  Werner's Restaurant and Catering, CPC Specialty-Cecil Vanek, Tim & Kelly Respondek.
Station Sponsors ($250):  Handy Stop Nursery-Alan and Shirley Sommer, Yoakum Animal Clinic-Dr. Kyle Kaiser, Yoakum Nursing & Rehab., Yoakum Community Hospital, Cornerstone Properties-Bill & Carroll Sharp, Braden Construction-Dustin Braden, GVEC, Rawley McCoy & Assoc, Victoria,TX, Prosperity Bank, Jim Goeman & Moravia Store
 
Other Very Special Sponsors:  Mica Rentals-Flatonia, Tx, DeWitt Poth & Son, Double J Saddlery, Harley's House of Guns
 
To all our sponsors and participating teams, we can't thank you enough for making our Third Annual Sporting Clay Shoot a great event!
 
This year we had a total of 31 four-person teams, 124 total shooters participated!  
 
The winner, from Cuero, Texas was the team of Leske Oil Company sponsored by Martin Leske of Cuero. 
Top Youth Team was the DeWitt County Shooting Sports Team. 
Top Womens' Team was Back Country Wildlife Taxidermy.
Top Seniors Team was MRC Global
 
Thank you again to every person, company or volunteer that helped us with this Rotary project--you are helping your community!  Please come back next year.
 
Yoakum Rotary News 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
3rd Annual Clay Shoot 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
 
Yoakum Rotary Club President, Larry Leahy, is pictured with luncheon speaker and Rotarian, Al Mechler.   The program piqued the interest of the members and guests as it followed the origination of the term, "El Nino", and the weather patterns it brings.  Russell Gobel gave an update on the club's third annual Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, October 3, at Maneth Farms.  Anyone interested in forming a team in the Open, Senior, Women or Youth Division can do so by calling 361-550-7947.  Members welcomed Shelly Rios-Rath and John Mark Brown, guests of Russell Goebel.  
 

Yoakum High School students attending the luncheon meeting were  Kyleigh Marek, Devin Hamman, and Nicole Berkovsky.
 
Yoakum Rotary News 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
DG Melinda Osburn, husband Tim, Sherry Hutchinson, Lt. Gov Bill Lopez, & President Larry Leahy
 
Check presentation for Shelter Box
DG Melinda Osburn Club Visit 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
2015-16 Yoakum Rotary Board 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
2015-16 Installation 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0