March, 2016: Tuskegee Rotary ClubAfter recovering in Pensacola, I spoke at the Montgomery Sunset and Tuskegee Rotary clubs (both in Alabama). The Tuskegee members were especially welcoming and immediately stepped up to sponsor a Booker T. Club Essay contest at their local Booker T. Washington High School! Pictured (l.): Roland Vaughan, President, Rotary Club of Tuskegee.
(trust me... Mr. Vaughan is way more charming than this quick picture may indicate!)
March, 2016: Laid up in Pensacola, FL(No pictures of any events here, because I was stuck in a motel room for ten days with a particularly virulent version of some bug that left me totally exhausted and with laryngitis... not exactly helpful for a fellow whose main 'job' today is talking!
Feb, 2016: Shreveport, Louisiana: Booker T. Club Essay Contest WinnersPictured below: Oak Park Elementary School Booker T. Club Essay Contest winners. The contest was co-sponsored by the Riverbend-Shreveport Rotary Club. Standing (left): Principal Julia Smith-ONeal. Rotarians (in purple shirts): Essay Cmte Ch., Bill Geaslin, and Riverbend-Shreveport Rotary President, John Smith.
With permission, we will post the winners' names as we get them.
Feb, 2016: Mesquite, Texas: New Hope Baptist Church Youth Group
Feb, 2016: Tulsa, Oklahoma: North Tulsa Rotary Club
Feb, 2016: Indianapolis, Indiana: The Glick Peace WalkBelow: Peace Walk section honoring Booker T. Washington.
in Indiana - Bloomington Kiwanis ClubI had the distinct pleasure of speaking before the Bloomington Kiwanis Club which met on the Indiana University campus Thursday, Feb. 4. The opportunity to speak before some college students as well as Kiwanians who were also faculty (some retired) was a real treat for me. I especially look forward to continuing a dialogue, begun over lunch and before I spoke, with two IU students who were in attendance. (I didn't get their emails, so it will be up to them to contact me.)
at Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club on MLK Jr. DayWhat a distinct pleasure it was to address members of the Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club. Especially significant in that Dr. King, born and raised here, also graduated from Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School!
More importantly, a bond between members of Metro Atlanta and the Society has been forged that I believe will soon blossom into our organizations together working to accomplish great things to benefit children throughout Atlanta.
Shown below, Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club President, Harriett Holley, upon presenting me with a famed Atlanta Braves Tomahawk.
Fall, 2015 Road Trip
continuing to Build & Develop Booker T. ClubsHere's a rough route of my 10+ week Mid-West/South swing this past Fall.
Departed: September 4
Along the way, a nice gesture, from the Kiwanis Club of Cy-Fair:
Spring, 2015 Trip:The route we travelled last Spring: ... roughly 7,000 miles over 13 weeks.
(subject to change please call (802)878-3911 to confirm if planning to attend)
January: Leave Essex Junction, VT, January 13, for Trenton and Camden NJ, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Arlington, Richmond and Norfolk VA.
Wednesday, Jan 14, 7PM: Levittown Bristol Kiwanis
(meet) Mon-Tue, Jan 20, : w/ founder of New Jersey Orators
Thu-Fri, Jan 22-23, : Booker T. Washington Middle School
Fri & Sat, Jan 30-31,:
Greater Washington D.C. Christian Education Conference
February: Raleigh and New Bern NC, Atlanta GA, Tuskegee, Montgomery and Birmingham AL, Pensacola FL, New Orleans, Shreveport and Baton Rouge LA.
Sunday, February 1, All day: SUPER BOWL !
Tuesday, February 3, 12:30PM: Garner Mid-Day Rotary
Wednesday, February 4, 7:30AM: Neuse Sunrise Rotary
Wednesday, February 4, 12:30PM: (apt) Principal, Grover C. Fields Middle School
(mtg) Friday, February 6: Carroll Magnet Middle School
(mtg) Monday, February 9: Kiwanis Club of Buckland
(mtg) Tuesday, February 10, noon: w/ Marcus Smith, mentor
(tent.) Wednesday, February 15, 7 am: Trussville Sunrise Rotary
Tuesday, February 17, 12 Noon: Milton Rotary
Thursday, February 19, 6pm: Kiwanis Algiers
Tuesday, February 24, 6pm: Kiwanis Club of New Orleans
Thursday, February 26, 7am: Rotary Club of Metairie Sunrise
March: Houston, Marshall, and Dallas TX, Tulsa OK, Springfield and Kansas City MO.
Tuesday, March 3, Noon: River Oaks Rotary Club
Thursday, March 5, 7:15am: Rotary Club of West University
Sunday, March 8, : (travel to Shreveport)
Tuesday, March 10, 5:30pm: River Bend Rotary of Shreveport
Monday, March 16, 12 noon: Dallas Trinity Rotary Club
Tuesday, March 17, 12 noon: East Dallas Rotary Club
Tuesday, March 23, 12 noon: Kiwanis of Tulsa
(meet) Wednesday, March 24, 9am: Edison Prep Middle School
Thursday, March 25, 6:45 am: Tulsa Sunrise Rotary
April: St. Louis MO, Evansville IN, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Parma Heights OH, Pittsburgh PA... and HOME!
Thursday, April 9, 12 noon: Rotary of Warick County
Saturday, April 11,: CELEBRATE ! Booker T. Washington's Birthday