Spring, 2016 Road Trip

April, 2016: Happy Birthday, Booker T. !

      The 3rd Annual Celebrate BTW event, honoring BTW on the 160th anniversary of BTW's birth (April 5, 1856) was held in Evansville, IN. For the first time ever, it was a joint Booker T. Clubs event, with Lincoln School and Caldwell Center Booker T. Clubs celebrating together!
      Pictured above are just some members from both clubs. There's much more to come... videos and pics of the event, but we're still on the road.. so, as we used to say in the military... "On the Way... Wait!"

March, 2016: Tuskegee Rotary Club

      After 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 Winners

      Pictured 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-O’Neal. 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

    A chance meeting with Rotarian (and Youth Leader) James Huckaby, provided Ron Court with the opportunity to speak before several young men and women of New Hope Baptist Church. We look forward to the potential for Booker T. Club to be 'planted' at New Hope.

Feb, 2016: Tulsa, Oklahoma: North Tulsa Rotary Club

North Tulsa Rotary Club President Dr. Ronald Petty (left) receives a Home Club banner from fellow Rotarian Ronald Court, who spoke on how Booker T. Clubs can benefit youths in the Greater Tulsa area. The North Tulsa Rotary is co-sponsoring a Booker T. Club Essay Contest at the Monroe Demonstration Academy (middle school, grades 6-8) this Spring.

Feb, 2016: Indianapolis, Indiana: The Glick Peace Walk

Below: Peace Walk section honoring Booker T. Washington.

Below: Plaque recognizing the Glick Family's donation

in Indiana - Bloomington Kiwanis Club

      I 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.)
Pictured above (rt): Bloomington Kiwanis President, Thomasina O'Connor

at Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club on MLK Jr. Day

      What 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. Clubs

      Here's a rough route of my 10+ week Mid-West/South swing this past Fall.

Departed: September 4
  1st stop: for Redemption Christian Academy (RCA) in Northfield MA
then to Thomas Jefferson Knowledge Institute (Cleveland, OH area)
>> Evansville IN: Club Coach Training + initiate a new BT. Club-Lincoln School.
>> Springfield, MO... >> Bentonville, AR >> Tulsa, Dallas, Shreveport, Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola, ... Atlanta... Charlotte NC, New Bern, NC, Arlington VA (and home)

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.
Itinerary by Month (with Scheduled Public Talks below)
    (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
    Bucks County Technical High School, 610 Wistar Rd., Fairless Hills, PA

    (meet) Mon-Tue, Jan 20, :  w/ founder of New Jersey Orators
    Somerset, NJ (An outstanding organization - looking forward to meeting Mr. James Hunter.)

    Thu-Fri, Jan 22-23, :  Booker T. Washington Middle School
    Baltimore, MD (No response - school admin. passed)

    Fri & Sat, Jan 30-31,:  Greater Washington D.C. Christian Education Conference
    College Park, MD

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 !
    with son Barnaby & Jamie (his spouse), Morrisville, NC.

    Tuesday, February 3, 12:30PM:  Garner Mid-Day Rotary
    Logans's Roadhouse, 1000 Timber Dr. East, Garner, NC.

    Wednesday, February 4, 7:30AM:  Neuse Sunrise Rotary
    Bridgeton United Methodist Church, 510 B Street, Bridgeton NC.

    Wednesday, February 4, 12:30PM:  (apt) Principal, Grover C. Fields Middle School
    2000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Bern, NC.

    (mtg) Friday, February 6:  Carroll Magnet Middle School
    (Raleigh, NC).

    (mtg) Monday, February 9:  Kiwanis Club of Buckland
    @ Landmark Diner, 3652 Roswell Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA.

    (mtg) Tuesday, February 10, noon:  w/ Marcus Smith, mentor
    Tuskegee, AL <

    (tent.) Wednesday, February 15, 7 am:  Trussville Sunrise Rotary
    3230 Edwards Lake Pky., Birmingham, AL.

    Tuesday, February 17, 12 Noon:  Milton Rotary
    @ Grover T's BBQ, 5887 Hwy 90, Milton FL.

    Thursday, February 19, 6pm:  Kiwanis Algiers
    @ Aurora Tennis & Swim Club, 5244 General Meyer, New Orleans LA.

    Tuesday, February 24, 6pm:  Kiwanis Club of New Orleans
    @ Lakeview Harbor, 911 Harrison Ave., New Orleans LA.

    Thursday, February 26, 7am:  Rotary Club of Metairie Sunrise
    @ Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie LA.

March:  Houston, Marshall, and Dallas TX, Tulsa OK, Springfield and Kansas City MO.

    Tuesday, March 3, Noon:  River Oaks Rotary Club
    @ Shanghai River Restaurant, 2407 Westheimer, Houston, TX.

    Thursday, March 5, 7:15am:  Rotary Club of West University
    @ Skeeter's Mesquite Grill, 5529 Weslayan St., Houston, TX.

    Sunday, March 8, :  (travel to Shreveport)
    (@ BT Club at Donnie Bickham MS., Shreveport LA).

    Tuesday, March 10, 5:30pm:  River Bend Rotary of Shreveport
    @ Superior Steakhouse, 855 Pierremont Rd., Shreveport, LA.

    Monday, March 16, 12 noon:  Dallas Trinity Rotary Club
    @ Infomart,Rm 7004, 1950 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX.

    Tuesday, March 17, 12 noon:  East Dallas Rotary Club
    @ Crossroads Diner, 8121 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX.

    Tuesday, March 23, 12 noon:  Kiwanis of Tulsa
    @ First Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder Ave. W., Tulsa OK.

    (meet) Wednesday, March 24, 9am:  Edison Prep Middle School
    2906 East 41st St., Tulsa OK.

    Thursday, March 25, 6:45 am:  Tulsa Sunrise Rotary
    @ Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills, 192 E. 71st Street, Tulsa OK.

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
    @ Rolling Hills Country Club, 1666 Old Plank rd., Newburgh IN.

    Saturday, April 11,:  CELEBRATE ! Booker T. Washington's Birthday
    with Booker T. T.E.A.M. Club of Evansville IN.