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Welcome to an issue of our weekly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last weekly meeting, and learn more about our Member of the Week.
Guest Speaker- Coach Richard Whitaker
 Richard Whitaker
Wife – Kellie of 34 years
Son – Rusty Whitaker – married to Bethany
Son – Rance Whitaker – married to Christie
Daughter – Rilea – married to Brandon Sanders
Grandson – Rhett
Granddaughter – Taylor Lynn
  • Going into his 32nd year of coaching.
  • 21st year as Head Coach
  • 15h year as Head Coach of the Sandcrabs
  • 113 wins at Calhoun High School and 145 over all wins
Coach Whitaker is very proud of many things his teams have accomplished here at Calhoun.  Here are a few:
  1. 2006 – 1st Calhoun team to make the playoffs in 45 years
  2. 2006 – Broke the University of Nebraska’s single game point total in the Alamo         Dome which still stands today when the Sandcrabs scored 76 points in their Bi-District game vs. Uvalde.
  3. 2011 – Became the first High School Football Team in Texas to have 4 1000 yard rushers in the same backfield in one year.
  4. 2013 – Upsetting the defending State Champions, Cedar Park, and advancing on to the State Semi-Finals.
  5. 2013 – Lead the Nation in rushing with 6,440 yards rushing that season.
  6. 10 consecutive state playoff teams at Calhoun from 2006-2015.
  7. 2018 - #5 rushing team in the nation. 


Rotarian of the Week - Bob Bonar


Last week's speaker -  5930 DG Ellison Crider
District Governor Ellison Crider was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He worked in the retail electronics business beginning in 1979 until 1990, when he began a second career in the computer software industry. He retired from the software business in 2014 and began a third career as a business owner in partnership with his wife, Fay. They purchased a franchise from Buddy’s Home Furnishings and currently own two stores in Corpus Christi in Robstown.
Ellison’s “fourth career”, which has spanned over 30 years, is in Rotary. He joined the Corpus Christi Sunrise club in 1984, the second week after it was chartered. After his daughter Lauren was born in 1988 he took a brief hiatus from early morning meetings and then joined the Corpus Christi Southside Club in 1990. There he served as board member, Rotary Foundation Chair, and president. Realizing after starting the business he would have a hard time making noon meetings he joined the Corpus Christi Evening Club in 2015.
Ellison has served in many leadership positions in District 5930. His passion has been planning District Conferences, where he got his start at District involvement. He has also been assistant district governor and he and current District Governor Andy Hagan were the first lieutenant governors for District 5930.
Ellison and Fay are ardent supporters of the Rotary Foundation. He is a Paul Harris Fellow +8 and a member of the Paul Harris Society. He is a member of the Bequest Society. Fay is a Paul Harris Fellow as well. Ellison and Fay are also Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. Lauren is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Area Make-up Opportunities
Mon.         - Victoria Downtown – Huvars Artsian Market - 7:oo AM    (1st & 3rd only)
Tues.         - Victoria – Victoria Country Club – 12:15 PM
                   - Portland – North Shore Country Club – 12:00 PM
Wed.         - Goliad – Blue Quail Delicatessen – 12:00 PM
                  - Edna – Chamber of Commerce – 12:00 PM
                  - Palacios – Palacios Mexican Restaurant – 12:00 PM
                  - Ganado – Rear Window Listening Room– 5:30 PM (monthly)
Thur.        - Victoria North Side – Victoria Country Club – 12:00 PM
                  - Rockport Country Club – 12:00 PM
                  - Victoria North Side Satellite – The Club at Colony Creek– 6:00 PM
Fri.            - Corpus Christi – West Holiday Inn – 12:00 PM
Turn in Make-up information to Sec. Mike Rivet. Make up meetings at another club must be within 14 days before or after the missed meeting.
Russell Hampton
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