Rotary Club of Arlington (North)

Club History

 

The club began on June 4th, 1982 with 50 charter members and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington (Downtown).

The club grew to over 60 members during the early 1980's and then declined to a low of 17 members in 1990.

In 1990, the club began a fund raising project by putting out flags on holidays to raise needed funds for our various projects. The flag program started with 60 flags and has grown to around 550 flag subscribers in 2000. The club had a significant growth in the program in the years after 9/11. Currently, Arlington North Rotary has about 825 subscribers throughout the areas they serve in North Arlington.

Member Jim Ash developed a program for new Rotary Club members, called the "Red Badge" program that became ultimately adopted by Rotary International to help indoctrinate a new member into the club.

Membership has averaged in the low 40's to low 50's during the past few years.

Past President Dick McCree lead a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to Sweden in the spring of 2001. 

Barbara Lucas lead a GSE team to Brazil in 2002.

Barbara Carter became Assistant District Governor (ADG) in 2002, and helped bring all Arlington 7 Clubs together to work together on various projects.

She was succeeded in 2005 by John Miller as ADG.  John became District Governor in July 2009.

Over the years, we've responded to various needs in the community. 

  • We've helped out with "Rebuilding Arlington" - repairing houses of needy families.
  • Our club helped, along with the other 6 Arlington Rotary Clubs to re-vitalize Meadowbrook Park, including cleaning it up; and contributing towards a statue to help beautify the park.  Meadowbrook Park was originally built by Rotary in the 1930's.
  • We've participated in the National Child Identification Project - taking fingerprints, pictures and DNA fo ID purposes.
  • Our club has also helped staff Immunization events.
  • We've held a "Shower" for HOPE Tutoring - raising money and needed supplies.
  • In various years, we've honored a senior volunteer and also an individual that does volunteer work with seniors with a "Service Above Self" Award.
  • Student Youth Exchange (for 3 years)
  • PEP - Productivity Enhancement Program - to assist Russia's transition to a democratic and free market economy.
  • International project in the Dominican Republic - helping to build a fishing lagoon (Foundation Matching Grant).
  • Stove Project in Nicaragua and Guatamala (Foundation Matching Grant)
  • Ambulance Project for Leon Mexico with Arlington Sunrise Rotary for the Red Cross in August, 2009 (Foundation Matching Grant).

On a continuous basis - 

  • We support Lamar High School with $5,000 in scholarships for students; one of which is awarded through Venture High School.
  • We send at least 2 students to RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - a camp over a 4 day weekend to help develop leadership skills.
  • Coat Drive for Speer Elementary
  • Blood Drives to support Carter Blood Care
  • Meals on Wheels on a weekly basis.
  • Interact Club at Lamar High School
  • Lamar High School Teacher of the Month Recognition
  • Wheelchair Foundation - currently supported through our weekly raffle drawing with 1/2 of the amount raised going to purchase wheel chairs.