Speaker Date Topic
Leslie Hearne Sep 30, 2022
Laundry Love
Laundry Love

Like any creative entrepreneur, I’m a lot of things, but I don’t like talking about myself.  So here are six very quick things about me and my work.  In, out, nobody gets hurt.

  1. I’m a huge fan of happy 70’s music.  Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, Frankie Valli – all upbeat messages and tempos.  That’s how I run Laundry Love events – helping people smile and feel a little lighter while they do their laundry.
  2. I have grown this organization from one which serves a handful of people every month into a go-to, respected, and necessary resource in Georgetown.  Quite a rush.
  3. I became director of Laundry Love Georgetown by usurping the position.  The former director was travelling a lot and couldn’t commit to a schedule.  She was stunned and very grateful when I insisted she immediately step aside.  No surprise I’ve earned the nickname Velvet Steamroller.
  4. Doing laundry isn’t my mission in life, but it is rewarding to connect with people over something so simple yet so powerful.  The laundromat reveals our commonality, humanity, vulnerabilities, and dependencies.
  5. This is how I would sum up my job.  I empower people, lift their self-esteem, and restore their dignity.  Period.  Exclamation point.
  6. Outside of work, I’m an intrepid but educable gardener.  After a decade, I now live in peaceful coexistence with drought, floods, heat, ice storms, bunnies, grasshoppers, deer, and armadillos.
Randy Mongold Oct 07, 2022
Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions
Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions

During today’s program we will recognize and congratulate those who have become Paul Harris Fellows or increased their contribution. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow can be for personal contributions, or may be given in honor of another individual at the request of the donor.  Many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006.

Club Anniversary Celebration Oct 21, 2022
Celebrating 60 Years of Service
Celebrating 60 Years of Service
The Rotary Club of Georgetown has much to celebrate! Sixty years ago, the Rotary Club of Taylor sponsored a new Rotary Club in Georgetown, TX. What twenty-five local businessmen started has now grown into a large and active Rotary Club known for its service to the community, the region and the world.

In 1962, the Rotary International President Joseph A. Abey chose the theme "Aim for Action, Communicate for Understanding, Test for Leadership." The Rotary Club of Georgetown, TX, took these directives seriously and today its members are truly "friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change."

It is fortuitous that the Rotary Club of Georgetown, TX, celebrates this milestone in the same year that Rotary International is being led by its first female president. RI President Jennifer Jones selected "Imagine Rotary" as her annual theme and invited Rotarians across the globe to imagine what might be possible when we work together to solve the world's most pressing problems.

As we celebrate the outcomes of past service and imagine what more we can do together, join members of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, TX, Rotary District 5870 leaders, and other dignitaries to mark this special occasion. We will gather at 11am (earlier than our regular meeting time) for fellowship and lunch. This special meeting will be called to order at 11:30am and conclude at 1pm so we may have an extended program. If you are a member, you will have an opportunity during upcoming meetings to RSVP. Please add your name (and guest names if applicable) to the RSVP list at the member and guest information desk (where Myra sits). Those not associated directly with the Club may RSVP via email to Executive Secretary Myra Page.

This is a not-to-be missed event for Club members! The Club's 60th Anniversary celebrations will continue in December as we host a holiday party with our local beneficiaries. Watch for more details in the coming months.

Thank you to all who have been a part of 60 years of building goodwill and better friendships!
Trudy Marshall Nov 18, 2022
Libraries of Love
Libraries of Love

Trudy Marshall was a world travel and educator before she landed in Uganda in 2001. After visiting schools that had no books, the idea of providing books for students who were hungry to read became a reality. Libraries of Love was formed and the first library opened in Uganda in 2005. Sixteen years later, Uganda and Kenya have 53 well-stocked libraries. Libraries of Love also provides humanitarian aid and sponsors a student program.

Trudy has degrees in Education from OU and UT. She taught for 18 years, first in Pflugerville ISD, and then in Lithuania. She was a school librarian in Round Rock
at Laurel Mountain Elementary for 10 years. Her honors include being named Teacher of the Year in Pflugerville and in Round Rock and District Teacher of the Year in Round Rock. She was the Chairman of Board at Pflugerville Community Library when the new library was constructed. In addition, she was the Sunday morning pianist at Heatherwilde Assisted Living for 17 years.

She is a member of Pflugerville Rotary Club and exemplifies the idea of Service Above Self and the Four Way Test.