Rotary Club of Weatherford, Texas
Serving Since 1921
Weatherford Rotary
We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
North Side Baptist Church
910 North Main Street
Weatherford, TX 76086
United States of America
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 12:00pm
Upcoming Events
Weatherford Rotary
 
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. We invite you to visit our local branch of Rotary International here in Weatherford, Texas on Tuesdays at Noon.
 
 
Rotary News
Kayla pictured with Area Governor Joe Wilkinson and President-Elect Paul Gray
 
 
Incoming District Governor Kayla Christianson is excited about the next year. On Tuesday, our District Governor Kayla Christianson spoke to our club about Rotary's new ideas and the difficulties the club experienced with the pandemic. She touched on how Rotary changed its attendance policy to allow members to be more out serving the public, rather than having to worry about attending meetings and attendence. That led to the announcement of Rotary's new theme, Serve to Change Lives. This theme encourages members to get in their community and put service above self. 

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones took the stage at the Global Citizen Live concert on 25 September in Paris, France, and pledged $97 million in grant funding from the organization next year for sustainable, Rotary club-led projects.

Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour broadcast with events and performances across six continents, aimed to unite people to take action to defend the planet, end the COVID-19 pandemic, defeat poverty, provide education for all children, and promote equity and justice for all. Some of the world’s top artists, celebrities, activists, and government leaders participated in this year’s event to raise awareness and support in cities including Paris; Lagos, Nigeria; London, UK; Los Angeles, USA; New York City, USA; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Seoul, Korea; and Sydney, Australia.

 

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Parker County Precinct 3 Commissioner Larry Walden did double duty at our meeting, being both swoon in as a Rotarian and our guest speaker. Walden says has a lot of challenges in his job, but he says one of his biggest is explaining to city folk that moving to unincorporated Parker County is not the city.
 
 
Walden being inducted by Beau Rees 
 
“One of my challenges is getting the world out that if you live in unincorporated Parker County, it’s not going to be the same as the city you live from,” he explained. “I try to do that and let people know where their tax money goes and a small portion goes to road and bridge. The best opportunities that I get is to meet with the homeowner’s association when a new subdivision comes in to explain to them the difference between a county road and a city street.”
 
Government transparency and taxes was the topic at the Rotary Club of Weatherford’s general meeting presentation on Sept. 21. Walden spoke about both to the club.
 
“Parker County needs representation. We all as taxpayers need to know if we’re getting our money’s worth, our funding that we deserve. The budget will soon wrap up with the tax rate being about 32 cents. County government can be inefficient. It is my job to make it as efficient as possible by making sure the tax dollar is applied in the correct place.”
 
Walden spoke at lengths about the road and bridge fund and the dividing of it based off tax rate and road miles, not a four-way equal share. Walden said his office constantly receives calls by residents who are not aware of the percentage
 
 
 
of their taxes go to the road and bridge fund. He said it’s a common misconception that the county gets a bulk of the tax money, when the reality is much different. The breakdown looks more like this: 53 percent to Weatherford ISD, 21 percent to the City of Weatherford, 12.44 percent to Parker County, 5.47 percent to Weatherford College and 3.19 percent to lateral road tax. In Precinct 3, there are 358 miles of county road, roughly one third land wise of the county. The lateral road tax is used to build and maintain those roads.
 
Walden also spoke about the Adopt- A-County Road program. This program allows residents to adopt and maintain county roads for 2-year increments. Go to the parkercountytx.com/405/Adopt-A-Country-Road for more information. 
 
After the presentation, President Watson highlighted some upcoming events, including flag duty and the pancake supper.
 
Courtesy photo
 
On Sept. 15, Weatherford City Council recognized Rotarian Bret Watson for being selected as the 2021-2022 State Commander for The American Legion, Department of Texas. Bret joined United States Army in 1982. In 1992, he started his own construction company, giving back to fellow Texans and our community. Since then,  he has started several other companies always with the purpose of giving back. Bret and his wife Rachael are both paid up for life members of the American Legion. Bret and his family are all members of our local American Legion Post 163. Bret has been an active Rotarian since 2018, now serving on the board as sergeant-at-arms. His wife, Rachael, serves on the board as president. 
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