This year at the Rotary Club of Waxahachie meetings, John Wyckoff of the Gingerbread House started off the year by reminding us that child abuse is still a major problem in Ellis County at all social levels. The Gingerbread House and those with whom it associated are helping those in need.

This was followed the next week by a lobbyist who admitted that his profession is not held in high esteem. There can be a benefit of them in educating the public and legislators about new technology and markets – if that is the only way they are used.

Completion of the rehabilitation of the Sims Library was a big event in town and it was reported to the Rotarians. The new facility is much easier to use and includes areas where each age group can feel comfortable while they use the computers and books.

A number of students of the month were honored. The accomplishments of these young people stretched our imaginations. How can you be near the top of your class, an officer of several clubs, perform hours of volunteer work, play in the band and still be captain of the sports team? It makes us tired just writing about it but it is being done every semester.

Even Dale Hanses showed up for a meeting. Of course he commented on the Cowboys and Jerry World but he also told us the story of his upbringing. His father expected the best from him and he learned the hard way to be responsible and to work hard. His last point was to remember that “It’s only a game.” Remember that and apply it when too much pressure is being applied to a situation that is actually trivial.

City Manager Paul Stevens presented a state of the city report. This was the first we had heard about the new medians on U.S. 77 North. He reported plans to improve infrastructure and cast a generally optimistic picture of the city’s future. Many new businesses are coming to town and all will be well.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office brought a K-9 unit to a meeting and volunteered to let a Rotarian pretend to be a perpetrator and see how the dog brings him to justice. These dogs are an important part of the criminal justice system and are used for narcotic searches and tracking.

The club donated $25,000 of its funds to the Baylor expansion. This was only possible because of the public’s support of the two club fundraisers, the American Flag Subscription Program and the Cow Creek Country Classic Bicycle Ride. Hopefully articles like this encourage the readers to either support these activities or to join the organization themselves.

There were, of course, many other presentations and activities but these give a sample of the weekly meetings. Also at the meetings we learn of other opportunities we have to follow our motto of Service above Self.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie where we believe in Service above Self and doing things as a club we cannot do alone, visit the club web site Bike Ride and Flag Subscription applications are available there.