The City of Southlake has had the pleasure of hosting Ruslan Kazakov, a student from Irkutsk State University in Russia during the month of July. Ruslan is working on his Bachelor of Business Management degree and is part of Irkutsk State’s Watch and Learn Internship Program for Business Students.
This volunteer internship is a cooperative program between the Rotary Club International and the Baikal International Business School at University of Irkutsk. The Southlake Rotary Club works with international Rotary Clubs and has placed almost 30 students in internships in Dallas and Tarrant County—with two of those being at the City of Southlake. The goal of the program is to familiarize business students with ethical business practices in the free market economy, to immerse them in American culture and language, and to expose them to Rotary clubs and their volunteer activities.
During his month with the City, Ruslan has spent time with almost every department. He attended Stars & Stripes, an air evacuation drill, assisted with Teen Court, attended CERT training classes, and much more. He says that enjoyed learning how the City is run, but his favorite days were those spent with the Planning and Development Services Department learning about the development process and going into the field conducting inspections.
“The City is proud to partner with the Southlake Rotary Club to give Ruslan this experience,” says HR Director Stacey Black. “We designed a schedule for him to be able to communicate with every department and immerse him in the daily operations of an American city.”
Upon finishing school next year, Ruslan will pursue a master’s degree to become a project manager. During his time here he has been staying with a host family in Southlake and visited several area attractions, including a visit to the Bush Presidential Library and a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park. The family also took a trip to Austin; Ruslan says that was his favorite destination. Ruslan is an avid hockey fan and enjoys watching movies in his spare time.
The dedicated members of the Southlake DPS are committed to serving the community by creating a safe and secure environment for the residents and visitors. It is through their dedication that Southlake continues to maintain the attractiveness of a vibrant and safe environment in which to live and work.
The Rotary Club of Southlake will honor these dedicated individuals at the annual DPS Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, June 7, at the gazebo in Southlake Town Square.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. visitors will find fire engines, police cars and motorcycles, as well as live music, children’s activities, a blood drive, free food and refreshments. The Rotary Club of Southlake would like to thank Freedom Powersports and Life’s Medicine who are our Chief Sponsors for the event. Our Captain Sponsor is The SMS Land & Cattle Co. LLC. Other local sponsors include Park Place Lexus, Cephas Partners, The Alonzo Family- Robert, Pam and Allison, Rutherford Realty, LLC, Juli Bledsoe, Realtor, Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc.,Allstate Insurance–Benny Cartlidge Agency, Unified Services of Texas, Inc. and many others. Donations from our local sponsors will help fund scholarships for the children of local public service workers. Last year’s event allowed the Southlake Rotary club to award $3000 in college scholarships to our DPS families.
Attendance is free and the public is encouraged to stop by to show their appreciation and support.
Entertainment will include Hall Music Productions, Floor Invasion Dance Crew, Miss Southlake, Elise Martinez and Miss Teen Southlake, Holly Morgan.
Other local businesses participating will be The Home Depot, Rita’s Italian Ice, The Owl’s Nest, Cristinas, Jersey Mike’s Sub and Dickey’s BBQ.
Christine Singh, chairperson of the event, said, “For the last 10 years, The Rotary Club of Southlake is delighted to honor our DPS. This is our opportunity to recognize all of them. We would like to invite the public to join in our celebration!”
Southlake Noon Rotary Club is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is part of Rotary International. They meet on Fridays from 12N -1 pm at the Timarron Country Club. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
Congratulations to Southlake Fire Lieutenant Marshall Urbanoksy for being selected “Firefighter of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Southlake. On Saturday, members of the Rotary Club honored area firefighters, police officers and support personnel with its annual DPS Appreciation Celebration at the Town Square Gazebo. Christine Singh, chair of the event, said, “We are so grateful to our public safety officers and this is our chance to celebrate all of them.”
Fountain Place was filled with police officers, firefighters, kids and their families. The event featured free food and refreshments, live music, children’s activities, fire trucks and police vehicles which are always a favorite with the kids.
Assistant Fire Chief Wade Carroll who spoke at the Public Safety Celebration said it was an honor to recognize Lt. Urbanosky. “The Southlake Fire Department, partnering with the Rotary Club of Southlake, has chosen Fire Lieutenant Marshall Urbanoksy for his exemplary leadership and public service.” Wade recalled just a few of the reasons why Lt. Urbanosky was so deserving of this award. Last June, he heard about a Dallas firefighter’s son Dyrk Burcie, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the Lieutenant did what he usually does; he found a way to show support. Firefighters from all over the nation banded together to provide encouragement to Dyrk by finding clever ways to spell out the name “Dyrk” in firefighting equipment and posting it to a Facebook page set up for Dyrk to help cheer him up. Lt. Urbanosky gathered his crew and spelled out Dyrk in fire hose, positioning apparatus around the name and took a picture of it from the top of the ladder truck.
Wade recalled several other times that Lt. Urbanosky went above and beyond. Just a few months ago his shift made a medical call at a residence in Southlake and noticed the homeowner was in desperate need of a wheelchair ramp. Lt. Urbanosky and his crew didn’t hesitate to get to work. He was able to get material donated by Home Depot; build the ramp and personally deliver it to the Southlake resident. Also on April 23rd of this year a homeless person was dropped off at the fire station during Lt. Urbanosky’s his 24 hour shift. There was not a moment of hesitation to step up and help out once again. Lt. Urbanosky and his shift showed great compassion by making sure the woman had a hot meal, shelter and they all even pitched in money from their own pockets to assist her. Lt. Urbanosky also teamed up with the Southlake Police Department and our dispatch center to have the woman taken to a shelter in Arlington where she could have a safe place to stay. Wade added, as you can see, “Lt. Urbanosky’s leadership in the area of public service is contagious.”
Congratulations Lt. Marshall Urbanosky! Thank you for all that you do and for the many people you inspire.
We would also like to thank the Rotary Club of Southlake and all of their many sponsors. The Rotary Club also awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to children of first responders and we are so very grateful for all that their members do for Southlake DPS.
The Rotary Club of Southlake will honor area firefighters, police officers and support personnel with its annual DPS Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, June 1, at the gazebo in Southlake Town Square.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will find fire engines, police cars and motorcycles, as well as live music, children’s activities, a blood drive, free food and refreshments. The Rotary Club of Southlake would like to thank Freedom Powersports who is the Chief Sponsor for the event.
“We are so grateful to our public safety officers and this is our chance to celebrate all of them, we would like to invite the public to join in our celebration!” said Christine Singh, chair of the event.
Other local sponsors include Park Place Motorcars, Providential Realty Partners, Providence Bank of Texas, Sean Cerone, DDS, PA., Met life Auto & Home Insurance, Hendricks Insurance Agency, Juli Bledsoe Realtor, Mike Bowman, Inc. and many others. Donations from our local sponsors will help fund scholarships for the children of local public service workers. Last year’s event allowed the Southlake Rotary club to award $3000 in college scholarships to our DPS families.
Attendance is free and the public is encouraged to stop by to show their appreciation and support. Snoopy will be on hand to meet and greet all children. Met Life Auto and Home Insurance in coordination with the Southlake Police Department will be providing free finger printing services for children.
Entertainment will include Hall’s Music Productions and Dana’s Studio of Dance. Other local businesses participating will be Rita’s Italian Ice, The Owl’s Nest, Aleda’s Pizza and Dickey’s BBQ.
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