Humanity In Motion

GALA Feb 18,2012 - Anatole Hotel



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1 February 2011


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The Evening’s Activities



Humanity in Motion Gala

Humanity in Motion Gala to be held in Texas will be an evening you will always remember. It's exciting to be involved in this annual major all-district charity event, and years from now you'll look back with pride about what you helped accomplish--laying the groundwork for a Rotary event that reaches out to all the North Texas community, and raising funds for the noblest of purposes--helping people around the world. When you learn the human condition of so many around the world, you catch the spirit of helping those you will never see. But you know they are there, and they will realize there are genuinely beautiful people in the world willing to help them. So this evening truly has something to offer for everyone, Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike. We can't all be Mother Theresa or Albert Schweitzer, but we can in our own ways help humanity. And through the combined resources of all of us in Rotary and those in our community, we can make a great impact together.


Silent Auction

One of the major means of bringing in the needed profit of the gala is the silent auction. The funds from the silent auction support the gala event so that as much of the proceeds as possible go directly to the benefit of The Rotary Foundation. This is an opportunity not only to help with projects worldwide, but also to help companies, small businesses and corporations around North Texas. Those who donate to the silent auction will receive recognition. We all realize the importance of giving. In this case, our gifts will actually help alleviate human suffering. Our goal is to amass at least 200 silent auction items, the largest of which will be offered in the live auction.



The Hilton Anatole Hotel is known for its culinary excellence. Enjoy this specially selected meal prepared for your dining pleasure.


Live Auction


Many of the most significant auction items that we have will be offered for the live auction which will follow our Keynote Speaker. We'll have ten to fifteen auction lots, and we are already ready to announce one of them: An exquisite Villa in Tulum, Mexico for 7 days, housing up to 12, inclusive of a housekeeper and maintenance man. The villa is on a beautiful beach and near many international restaurants, ruins and grottos. This will be the ultimate trip, possibly a vacation for the entire family, a gathering of best friends or an executive bonus package for valued personnel in your organization.

We are still collecting items for the live auction, and please contact members of the committee with your suggestions at
(972) 818-5810.




Our Keynote Speaker, Jean Irwin Hatfield is a retired Teacher of the Deaf  who currently resides in Rancho Cordova California.  She has taught in grades pre-school through 12th grade in 12 schools.  Jean was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 1989 .  She speaks to many Rotary groups about the long term effects of investment in the Foundation.   The Ambassadorial Scholarship Jean received allowed her to do research into reading and deafness 20 years ago which earned her a Master’s Degree from Nottingham University in England.   After this education, her students broke what is considered a glass ceiling for the deaf and achieved high levels of reading.  She is now District 5190's Literacy Chair and wants to use what she learned about Reading to help encourage and foster more literacy involvement from clubs, especially in the development of having those in Rotary Youth Programs read to young children.  One of the most important roles Jean has had was as a grassroots coordinator for the passage of a legislative bill to make the testing of hearing mandatory before a baby leaves the hospital in Nevada.  Nevada moved from 36th to 8th in the nation for children tested at birth for hearing loss in just two years after this bill passed ,  resulting in the early intervention that is so critical to language development. After what she learned on the Scholarship she was chosen "Reading Teacher of the Year" in 1992 by the International Reading Association. She got the  “Best of Education” award  by the Reno Gazette Journal , her local newspaper,  in 2004. In 2009 she received the "Service Above Self" award from Rotary International.
She has spoken to over 250 conferences for both Rotarians and teachers of the deaf about what she learned as an Ambassadorial Scholar. Jean is the mother of Kent, age 20 who is a University student in Reno, and daughter Katy  25,  who is an actress in New York CIty. Jean married David Hatfield in June of 2010 and part of their honeymoon was at the International Convention in Montreal, Canada. Dave is quickly getting up to speed on life as a Rotary spouse. .



The Rotary Gala comes at the most romantic period of the year—the week of Valentine's Day. So we are featuring talented singers and musicians to serenade you and provide music for dancing until 12 p.m. You'll hear many of your favorite sounds and a few songs to keep your feet moving. By the end of this special Gala, you will remember it as a truly wonderful evening.








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