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November 16th will be "Joel Campisi Day'' in the city of Texarkana, USA.
After 17 years the Chairman of the Texarkana USA Flag Project for the Texarkana Rotary Clubs, Joel Campisi, has retired and received a certificate from the cities at the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club meeting last Thursday. Mayor Ruth Bell read a proclamation Thursday afternoon officially naming Joel Campisi Day.

New this year, is the introduction of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Graduate Scholarship which closes July 15, 2017.

As part of Wilbur Smith Rotary’s ongoing commitment to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, the Graduate Scholar award was created and specifically designed to support talented students within our community. Open to graduate students of Texas A&M University-Texarkana, three (3) Wilbur Smith Scholar recipients will be awarded $1,500 to pay for one year of graduate school, and one year of FREE Wilbur Smith Rotary Club Membership, a wonderful opportunity for a local graduate student to become immersed in the social network of the business community.

"Wilbur Smith’s mission is to make a difference in the world, and in our own communities. To help achieve that mission, we are committed to supporting graduate students who chose Texarkana,” said Richard Reynolds, 2017-2018 Wilbur Smith Rotary President. “The Wilbur Smith Rotary Scholarship is a first step towards supporting these students as they achieve their goals and we look forward to collaborating with them as they continue to contribute to the Texarkana Community.”

Application Dates and Deadlines

Applications for the Wilbur Smith Rotary Scholarship opened June, 1, 2017 and close July 15, 2017, 6:00pm CST.

The Texarkana Wilbur Smith Rotary Club recently approved expanding scholarship allocations from the Rotary Flag Project and Wilbur Smith Rotary Club’s Community Foundation Grant. For more information, please email wsrotaryscholarships@gmail.com.
Institution AmountEligibilty 
Texarkana College$500.00Undergraduate ($250/semester)
University of Arkansas Texarkana$500.00Undergraduate ($250/semester)
Texas A&M University Texarkana $500.00Undergraduate ($250/semester)
Texas A&M University Texarkana$4,500.00(3) Graduate ($750/semester)

Taylor Sexton, a senior at Arkansas High School, was the winner of the Wilbur Smith Rotary’s Four Way Test Speech Contest Thursday.

Sexton won a $100.

Sexton took the podium against two other contestants, Dante Coopwood from Liberty-Eylau and Robin Cooper from Texas High. Cooper won 2nd place for a $75 prize and Coopwood took third place for $50.

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An upcoming celebration event will commemorate 100 years of service to the Texarkana community.

The Wilbur Smith Rotary Club is celebrating 100 years of service to the Texarkana community with a night of dinner and dancing. The event will be at the Four States Fairground on April 4th - beginning at 5pm. Dinner will be provided by Naamans BBQ and music by the Soultones. Dinner starts at 6pm, along with a short program, followed by music and festivities. Tickets are $25 each, with proceeds supporting the planting of 100 trees: fifty in Arkansas and fifty in Texas. Sponsorships are currently being offered at levels ranging from $100 -$2000.

The club is also asking for memorabilia, and pictures from past Rotarians, or their families, to be archived on a CD for guests. For more information or an opportunity to sponsor, contact Andi Darby at 903-244-4282.

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Rotarian David Orr and His Wife Laura Recently Visited Cape Town, South Africa
David and Laura Orr recently visited Cape Town, South Africa where David served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2013. During the trip, they visited the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club and their Rotarian host parents Gavin and Issy Staude. They also attended Rotary Race Night which is the club's main fundraiser for local non-profits and charities. In addition to Rotary events, David received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Stellenbosch University based on a 3-year research study of the social and economic impacts of the university.
I see Rotary International as a generating force of incalculable value"

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