Pints for Polio

The Commerce Rotary Club has teamed with Cork and Brew to raise funds to help in fight against polio. You can buy a Commerce Rotary Club pint glass for $10 and enjoy a beer along with it. Cork and Brew is open from 4-9 and 25% of monies spent on food will go to our cause.
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2017 Summer Reading Program Karen Maxwell 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0 Commerce Public Library,Rotary-Sponsored Projects
District Governor Bill Dendy visiting Commerce Rotary Club Karl Clauss 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

UPDATE: Gjakova Mammography Project

Dear Partners in the Gjakova Mammography Project,

Last Tuesday, July 19th, about four months after we received funds from the Global Grant we started and completed  implementation of the Breast Cancer Screening Center for Gjakova, Kosovo.  During this four month period renovation work was completed on the Mammography Center, the Uninterrupted Power Supply was install, Siemens Corporation equipment arrived and was install and the medical staff received extensive training and the Center is now operational. 

 In the first week the Family Medical Center staff completed 42 screenings and over 300 women are registering for an examination.  The project got off to a terrific start and will surely save lives.  The idea of this project  started with an optimistic  District Governor Ruzhdi Bakalli  able to convince me that together  we could implement this badly needed service.  After the war with Serbia, essentially none of the older mammography equipments left behind  was operational. Two or three years ago the EU and USAID funded new mammography machine for the Capital, Pristina.  But one machine cannot serve the large  number of women in a country of about 2,000,000 people that needs breast cancer screening services.  DG Bakalli turned out to be a very good sales person who convinced me that the Edwards Rotary Club with only $3,000 would be able to sponsor, along with the Rotary Club of Gjakova, a $300,000 health care project.   This project proves that when Rotarians work together we can make a big difference in this world.

The social value, the smoothness of implementation and the support from the community was sufficient of an incentive for Ms. Jennifer Jones, Rotary International Vice-President to fly from Canada to Kosovo to joint the Mayor of Gjakova and PDG Bakalli in cutting the ribbon.  This event was attended by my members of the Gjakova Rotary Club and many visitors from the community and nearby.   Furthermore the event received outstanding media coverage.   Through TV, radio and newspapers the people of Gjakova and all of Kosovo are aware that now they can get screened for breast cancer for free. 

 Please note on an outdoor photo that their is a plaque on the wall listing all of the partners for this project.  Also notice that a new handicap ramp was installed to meet ADA regulations.

In the near future we will provide more details and other photos.  In the meantime the citizens of Gjakova thank all of you as partners in this project. Thanks very much for your support of this active  fully sustainable Rotarian project.

In Rotary Service, 


Edwards Rotary Club

UPDATE: Gjakova Mammography Project Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0

Seek Support From Domestic Violence With W.I.N.

Posted by Jerrod Knight on May 17, 2016
COMMERCE - The highest percentage of deaths associated with domestic violence comes during or soon after a breakup, guest speaker Cheryl Bahm explained recently to the Commerce Rotary Club. “This is why advising someone to ‘just leave’ can actually put them in a potentially dangerous situation.”
Bahm came to the club Wednesday to talk about the work of her organization, Women in Need, which has facilities in Greenville and Rockwall. She confirmed that the charity works with people in abusive relationships to provide emotional support as needed, and yes, a place to stay when the time comes. In fact, she invites those who support the facility and the work of W.I.N. to arrange a visit and see firsthand the arrangements offered to women and families who are being served right now in Hunt County.
Seek Support From Domestic Violence With W.I.N. Jerrod Knight 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Installing new member Jeff Cleveland

Commerce Rotary Club is pleased to accept Jeff Cleveland as a new member. Cleveland is the CISD Men's Athletic Director
and Head Football Coach.  When Cleveland was chosen, Blake Cooper, CISD Superindendent (also a Rotarian) announced that Cleveland
was chosen not only for his coaching skills, but also because of his involvement in the community and the classroom. We are proud to
have him part of our club as an active member.

Did you Know:  There are over 134,000 Rotary clubs throughout the world with members active in their communities, ready to provide service above self and serve as role models for a better world. Rotary is also in China and has a long history  that dates back to 1919
when the first club in China (and the second club in Asia)was chartered in Shanghai. This first English-language club
was predominantly comprised of expatriate Americans and British,but it soon took on a very international flavor as it welcomed
other nationalities to its roster including prominent local Chinese businessmen.
Rotary flourished in China before and after the war, and ultimately spawned 33 clubs throughout the mainland up to Liberation in 1949.
After 1949 however it quickly became impossible for Rotarians to meet and so most members moved abroad and so Rotary International formally disbanded the remaining clubs in 1952. Rotary revived and now in 2016 there are currently 11 chartered Rotary clubs and 5 provisional Rotary Clubs in mainland China.
Asia is a growing area for Rotary and at the annual Rotary International convention which this year is in
Seoul , South Korea over 45,000 Rotarians from all over the world areexpected to attend.  This is the 119th annual Rotary International
convention and probably will have the largest attendance of record. Rotary International's motto this year is "Be a gift to the world"  and
Rotarians have an impact in their communities,  their countries and the world. Rotarians are proud to serve.
Installing new member Jeff Cleveland 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club honors top 5% CISD students

Posted by Karl Clauss on Apr 12, 2016
The Commerce Rotary Club recently honored the top 5% academic performers among Commerce High School students.
The event took place on Wednesday, April 20th, at the CISD Administration Building. CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper welcomed students, their parents, invited guests
and Rotary Club members.  The guest speaker this year was the well-known motivational speaker Ron Hoesterey who delivered an inspiring message to the students: "Life is not a problem to be solved; it's an adventure to be lived". 

Our thanks go to Rotarian Karen Starks who has, for many years, organized  this event and made sure that none of the attendees left hungry, serving a great lunch. Incoming Rotary Club President Joel Shelton, with assistance from Starks, handed out the certificates. 24 students were honored.

     Grade 9:
              Anthraper, Sarah 
             Green, Connor
             Hanson, Summer 
             Lopez, Ashley
             Scarcelli, Jakob
             Tolly, Grace
     Grade 10:  
            Balderrama, Ernesto
            Galicia, Alan
            Jang, Joseph
            Nippani, Vineet
            Selvaggi, Lily
            Talley, Brooklyn
     Grade 11:  
           Barrett, Nicole
           Davidson, Riley
           Dobbs, Claire
           Hooten, Luke
           Scarcelli, Rachel
           Shaw, Madison 
     Grade 12:   
          Beane, Chelsey
          Ferrell, Aaron
          Gruver, Emily
          McCloney, Courtney
          Patterson, Sierra
          Singleton, Jackson
We congratulate the students who have endeavored to excel academically and we give them our very best wishes for all of their future endeavors.
Rotary Club honors top 5% CISD students Karl Clauss 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Hunt Regional Healthcare presents to the club

Posted by Karl Clauss on Apr 12, 2016
Communities are judged by their schools, housing and access to medical care.  Commerce Rotary Club members were pleased to listen to a presentation by Alicia Wittkopf, Director of Strategic Marketing Communications and the Health Care Foundation, on the Emergency Health Care Facility in Commerce and Health Care in Hunt County.  
The new Emergency Health  Care facility located on Highway 50 in Commerce was opened in 2015 and has already averaged over 800 patient visits per month. The 24/7  emergency care services includes  outpatient lab, imaging, and infusion therapy services. There have already emerged several life saving stories from that facility and Care Flight played a major role.
The Commerce Emergency Health Care facility is part of the Hunt Regional Health Care System and the Hunt County Regional Medical Center is one of only 37 facilities in the US with the highest rating in surgical site-infection prevention and was the 2014 Top performer on Key Quality measures such as Heart Failure Care, Immunization Services, Pre-Natal Care and Pneumonic care based on a joint commission study.
All-in-all, Wittkopf's presentation left us with a good impression that we here in Commerce have the best Medical Emergency and Health care available; a great feeling.
Hunt Regional Healthcare presents to the club Karl Clauss 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Commerce Idol Talent Show a success

Posted by Karl Clauss on Apr 07, 2016
Rotary Club members rallied to assist Karen Starks, who organized and directed the 11th Annual Rotary Commerce Idol Talent Show which was held this year for the first time at the Ferguson Auditorium at Texas A&M University Commerce Campus.  The show was quite a success.  There were 21 entries in this years talent show and the diversity and caliber of the talents of the contestants was astonishing. The audience participated and their applause and cheers often brought the house down.  The general comment from people who attended, was that this probably was the best show ever. There was a special treat by Hanny Kirby, a national “The Voice” finalist who sang for the audience some of her own songs at the end of the show. Hanna Kirby is a wonderful singer with such a beautiful voice that left the audience in awe. It was a great finale to a great show.  We are looking forward to next years show. Thank you Karen for a great job.
This years Commerce Idol Winners are:
4th-8th Grade 
1st Place - Alyssa & Elajah Fugitt singing "The House that Built Me"
2nd Place - Lauren Westhafer dancing to "Happy Feet"
9th-12 Grade
1st Place - Tristan White playing guitar and singing "The House of the Rising Sun"
2nd Place - Joseph Jang playing xylophone "Harry Potter"
18 & Older
1st Place - Louis Raymond-Kolker playing a steelpan solo "Lean On"
2nd Place - Zukhruf Mohamen  - Beatboxing
People's Choice - Text to Vote Winner
Jayla Demidio singing "A Life That's Good"
Rotary Commerce Idol Talent Show a success Karl Clauss 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Info: Commerce Idol set for April 2nd

Posted by Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight)
The Commerce Rotary Club's highest-grossing single-event fundraiser of the year, Commerce Idol, is set for April 2nd. The event's proceeds support scholarships for graduating seniors in Commerce ISD, and monetary prizes are awarded to the first place winners in each of four categories: 18+, High School, Middle School, and Elementary School, as well as an audience appreciation award added in 2015.
Info: Commerce Idol set for April 2nd Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0

Capt. Dwayne Sprague, Sulphus Springs FD

Posted by Karl Clauss on Jan 19, 2016
Captain Dwayne Sprague of the Sulphur Springs Fire Department had an important
message to members of the Commerce Rotary Club and the public. Captain Sprague
leads the High Water Rescue Team of Hopkins County and when asked he will also
employ in other counties such as Hunt County.  When recent heavy rains created flood
conditions, his team was put in action to rescue a family on Highway 11 just east
of the bridge coming from Commerce, when their home was flooded.  His team was in
chest high water and Captain Sprague near the entrance of the property was unaware
of a culvert below the high water which created tremendous suction and he narrowly
escaped being pulled under, which would have probably caused his death.
His message was, that even in just six inches of rushing water over a roadway can cause
an automobile to be dragged away - do not attempt to cross.  His team of up to eight
firemen have had too many rescues which have resulted in injuries and fatalities. 
His was a public message, don't gamble with your life and take chances.
Capt. Dwayne Sprague, Sulphus Springs FD Karl Clauss 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

New Member - Jim Ayres

Posted by Karl Clauss on Oct 20, 2015
Club President Jerrod Knight  welcoming new member Jim Ayres.
New Member - Jim Ayres Karl Clauss 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

High School Student Ashlay Basham

Posted by Clauss on Jul 28, 2015
Ashley Basham, an incoming senior at Commerce High School was our speaker on Wednesday July 22.
She talked about her experience attending the National Academy of Future Scientists and
Technologists (NAFST)
Congress in June held in Boston. She answered a personal invitation of  American Hero and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
who is the Science Director of NAFST  an organization founded on the belief that talent in the field of science
and technology should be discovered and promoted as early as possible. Ashley fits that mold when she was
nominated by Susan Thurman, CISD Scholarship Director based on her outstanding academic achievement.
Kudos to Blake Cooper, Superintendent of CSID to create such an learning environment that students like
Asley moved here in search of a better high school experience. She has received numerous awards and is a member
of the National Society of High School Scholars.  We are proud to have students like Ashley at CISD. If you are
interested to read more about Ashley's experience go to the Commerce Chamber of Commerce Connection Magazine.
High School Student Ashlay Basham Clauss 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

District Governors Official Visit

The Rotary Year started July 1 and we received the new
District Governor Larry Webb on his first day of taking on his
duties. He spoke to our members with an inspiring message
that we as Rotarians influence and do good in the world.  We impact
the world through our humanitarian involvement in six specific areas
such as Health, Economic Development, Water and Sanitation, Peace
and Conflict resolutions, Basic Education and Literacy and worldwide
eradication of Polio with a 99.9% success rate and goal of achieving
a 100% eradication of polio by 2020 or sooner.  His message continued
to make us proud to be Rotarians and that we are a gift
to the world, our community and our clubs and he encouraged us to
continue to give to the Rotary Foundation; the engine which drives
the 34,000 clubs worldwide, the 66 clubs of our District and our club
specifically. Rotarians make a difference and we continue to live
by the Motto "service above self". Great things happen when people get
involved.  Let's light up Rotary.
District Governors Official Visit 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Club Officers 2015-2016

Club Officers for 2015-2016
from left to right  Josh Jorgensen (President Elect); Karl Clauss Club Administration; Karen Starks,Treasurer;  Carolyn Trezevant  Secretary;
Jerrod (Knight) Edelhauser, President;  not shown are Gladys Gray, Corresponding Secretary; Robin Alexander, Membership Chair; Karen Maxwell, PR Chair; Jalinna Jones, New Generation chair; Lavelle Henricks, Grants Chair.
Club Officers 2015-2016 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Year 2015 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club welcomes new member Lisa Singleton Karl Clauss 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm presented by Charle Fox

Posted by Karl Clauss on Jun 08, 2015
"Charle Fox, Manager of the Texas A&M University Commerce operated Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm spoke to the Commerce Rotary Club and explained that the blueberry farm is more than just blueberries.  
There are three components at present. They are an orchard, have a licensed kitchen to process and are involved in Agri-tourism.  Charle elaborated on the Richards history of the starting the blueberry farm, that they still hand out their recipes’ and they had a touching visit on Homecoming and she talked about fruits and some of the changes on the property.   Charle went into a bit more detail about methods such as the organic methods; she explained that being certified would be too costly.  Not only for a license, but the compost and mulch would have to be certified organic.  She talked about their store products and supporting groups; such as the Agrilife Research that has a partnership with TAMUC that grows a bread wheat for us and the Stroops, who own Kelly Honey Farms, provide bees to pollinate our bushes every spring.  They sell the honey from an old label: Texas Farmland Honey, which gives the Campbell address.  The farm will open again at the Fall Semester 2015.
Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm presented by Charle Fox Karl Clauss 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm TAMU-C

"Charle Fox, Manager of the Texas A&M University Commerce operated Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm spoke to the Commerce Rotary Club and explained that the blueberry farm is more than just blueberries.  There are three components at present. They are an orchard, have a licensed kitchen to process and are involved in Agri-tourism.  Charle elaborated on the Richards history of the starting the blueberry farm, that they still hand out their recipes’ and they had a touching visit on Homecoming and she talked about fruits and some of the changes on the property.   Charle went into a bit more detail about methods such as the organic methods; she explained that being certified would be too
Twin Oaks Blueberry Farm TAMU-C 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
TAMU-C Twin Oak Blueberry Farm 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Archeological expedition to the Holy Land

Posted by Karl Clauss

Archeological expedition to the Holy Land

 Our speaker for Wednesday, May 28 was Randy Daw, minister of the Johnson Street Church of Christ in Greenville.  Mr. Daw is also a member of the Greenville Daybreak Rotary Club. He spoke about insights gained from an archeological expedition to the Holy Land in May 2013.  During that trip Mr. Daw served as a worker for an archeological excavation in Tamar, a fortress built around a spring with a 3,500 year history.  He recounted how that evidence was found that Tamar was a stop along a copper trade route from mines in Jordan to Jerusalem during the times of David and Solomon. Mr. Daw also participated in the production of an upcoming documentary called "Searching for Solomon," which presents evidence from all over Israel that Solomon was indeed the wealthy and powerful king portrayed in the Old Testament. Following the presentation supported by many pictures, club members were able to engage with Daw in a lively question and answer session. 
Archeological expedition to the Holy Land Karl Clauss 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Commerce Rotary Club - Scholarship Awards

Posted by Karl Clauss
Each year for the past 9 years the Commerce Rotary Club has awarded two  $ 2,000 scholarships to deserving Commerce High School students. This year at the Commerce High School  Awards Cermony the Commerce Rotary Club awarded three $ 2,000 scholarships. Since it's inception in 2006 the Commerce Rotary Club has awarded over $ 40,000 in scholarships to students in our community. These funds were generated from the sale of tickets to the Rotary Club sponsored Commerce Idol Talent Show and from the sale of ads in the Commerce Idol Program   Remember each time your sell a ticket or get someone to place an ad the money collected goes to scholarships.
The recipients of this years scholarships are from left to right Jennifer Mijica. Samuel Elwell and Paige Maxcwell.  Congratulations to you students and we wish you success.
Commerce Rotary Club - Scholarship Awards Karl Clauss 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Seargent Major - Chris Kurinec - Special Ops. Karl Clauss 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

Special Response Team

Posted by Karl Clauss on Mar 30, 2015
In these times, when we are concerned about our safety,
it was reassuring that we here in Commerce have a specially
trained and equipped Special Response Team (SRT)
made up of members of the City of Commerce Police
Department and the Texas A&M University - Commerce
Police Department. 
Special Response Team Karl Clauss 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Test Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

U-2 Pilot Lt. Col. Barber

Posted by Karl Clauss
It was a true honor to welcome one of the unsung heroes who kept us safe, Lt. Col Greg Barber (ret) at our meeting January 14, 2015.  As a U-2 High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft Pilot he was deployed to locations around the globe.  He logged over 300 hours of combat time over Iraq, Kosovo and one tour over Korea's DMZ and other areas.  Although most of his missions are classified he could tell us that he flew higher than  70,000 feet altitude. He brought with him some his pilot gear which was impressive. He stated that it took three hours and three men to fit him into his suit to get ready for a flight. He kept us spellbound during his presentation which he supported with a video and pictures. A great program and we hope that he will be able to come back to have another program for the Commerce Rotary Club.
U-2 Pilot Lt. Col. Barber Karl Clauss 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Community Event Calendars

The Commerce Rotary Club 2015 Community Event calendar is here!  The calendar contains information about Commerce specific events and will be a handy tool for the new year.  A photo contest was hosted to acquire pictures for the calendar and the final 12 were a tough choice to make! The calendars will be sold for $5 each and only a limited number are available so contact a Rotarian or send an email to
2015 Community Event Calendars Karen Starks 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
The Commerce Rotary Club is hosting a Photo Contest! Karen Starks 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Commerce Rotary Flag Program shines in the summer Mike Roberts 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0

Banquet Photos

Posted by Karen Starks on Jun 26, 2014

Beckey Thompson was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for her community service.Beckey Thompson

Banquet Photos Karen Starks 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet

Posted by Karen Starks on Jun 12, 2014

The Commerce Rotary Club will have its last meeting of the Rotary year on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 pm at Luigi's Italian Restaurant.  The cost is $10 per person and guests are invited to attend.  The club will be honoring a community member with a Paul Harris Fellow award as well as installing the 2014-2015 Officers.

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Karen Starks 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

Commerce Rotary Presents Employee and Employer of the Year Awards

Posted by Karen Starks on Apr 10, 2014

On Thursday evening April 10th, at the annual Chamber Banquet, the Commerce club presented the Employee of the Year award to Fire Fighter Chris Bassham.  They Employer of the Year was awarded to Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones.  Congratulations to these men and we wish them the best on their continued success.

Commerce Rotary Presents Employee and Employer of the Year Awards Karen Starks 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

Commerce Idol Auditions

Posted by Karen Starks on Mar 03, 2014

Second chance Commerce Idol Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 PM at the First Baptist Church.  For more information click on the 'downloads' button at the top to find the rules and an application.

Commerce Idol Auditions Karen Starks 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
The Four-Way Test Speech Contest 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

Tailgate at the Lions Game

Posted by Karen Starks on Oct 18, 2013

The club will be tailgating beginning at 3:00 on Sat. the 19th before the Lions football game against McMurry State.  All potential Rotaract members are invited to attend along with all Rotarians and their families.  Looking forward to a great time!

Tailgate at the Lions Game Karen Starks 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Karl Clauss at the Rotary International Convention Karl Clauss 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Club welcomes Charlie Alderman

Posted by Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) on Aug 06, 2013
Charlie completed the transfer of membership to the Commerce Club on Wednesday, August 7th.Image
Club welcomes Charlie Alderman Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarians help locals honor America

Posted by Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) on Jun 11, 2013
The Rotary flag program plants Old Glory in the front yards of Commerce residents and business owners who set up their accounts with Flag program chair Mike Roberts on flag-related holidays.
Rotarians help locals honor America Jerrod Edelhauser (Knight) 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Membership Continues to Grow for the Commerce Club Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Commerce Rotary welcomes new member Dr. Maria Hinojosa Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Commerce club inducts Joel Shelton Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Lavelle Hendricks installed as new Commerce Rotary president Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Noah Nelson talks news, scholastics, and curiousity in today's students Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Graham Sweeney talks Hunt County Days Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0

2012 Rotary Scholarship Luncheon

Posted by Jerrod Edelhauser on May 09, 2012
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The luncheon, held at the Commerce ISD Administration Building, featured guest speaker and president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Dan Jones.
2012 Rotary Scholarship Luncheon Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Odom wants your help to Save the Library Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary ties to Thailand Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Michael Sills: Healthcare's Future "Rocky" Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians participate with paint for the Big Event Jerrod Edelhauser 2012-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Newest member: Bob Mason Jerrod Edelhauser 0