District 5890 welcomed Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang to our 2015 All Club Meeting on January 15! Willowbrook Rotarians attending this event include President David Thompson, Director Rubin Santos, Director Anais Watsky, President Elect Massy Williams. Also attending were Massy's Husband Jesse Williams and Massy's Mother.
Willowbrook Rotary Club's 2014 Christmas Party was hosted by Massy and Jesse Williams at their home. Rotarians and their guests enjoyed an evening of fellowship and good food including Persian specialty dishes prepared by Massy and her Mother. There was much fun for all during the White Elephant auction. Anonymous gifts were selected by participants in turn with many surprises; those with lucky choices soon found their gift stolen by the next in turn in competition for the best gifts.
Rotarian Massy Williams and her husband Jesse sponsored a Halloween party for their friends including the Willowbrook Rotary Club members among others. Pictured above and below are all the ghouls appearing in costume for this event.
Pictured above are Randy and Amy Thompson in New York to accept the Global Community Impact Award. Next picture is Randy in Haiti with students from School recently equipped with water filters from Pure Water for the World.
Prior Harris County Judge Robert Eckels and now President Texas High Speed Railway spoke to Willowbrook Rotarians about plans for a high speed "bullet" train between Houston and Dallas. Judge Eckels said he was working with the Japanese bullet train builder to plan a similar service for Texas. He described three possible routes between these cities but the alternatives for actual terminal locations are still very open for discussion.
District Governor's Above and Beyond Awards were presented by Lisa Faith Massey to Community Service Director David Smith for his work with EAFK in the Klein School District, to Vocational Service Director Ruben Santos for his work with the Scholarship Program and Interact Clubs, and to Secretary and President Elect Massey Williams to recognize her quick acceptance as a new Rotarian of club leadership responsibility.
We welcomed two new Rotarians to our club in August. New member Norman Stephens is pictured above left with Sponsor John Mitchell during his induction by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey. And on the right, new Rotarian Chip Webb is inducted by President David Thompson with Anais Watsky who is sitting in for Chip's sponsor Tom Jackson.
New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. Others are service- minded young people involved in Rotary club and district activities.
Past RI President Luis Vicente Giay coined the term New Generations when he shared his belief that the future of Rotary relied on involving young people in the organization’s programs and activities. At the 1996 RI Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he said: “Our vision for the future, now more than ever, is the difference between success and failure. The New Generations are our investment in the future. Let us begin to build that future today.” New Generations Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly change your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. -Donald Williams
The monthly birthday celebration at Reach Unlimited featured Reach Employee of the Month Jamaca Wilson. Here she is being honored by Rotarian Massy Williams (with headdress) and a Reach Staffer. Client Birthday's are celebrated at Reach by a parade of the Client Marching (strolling) Band and all birthday participants through the classroom halls while all classrooms students emerge to congratulate those with birthdays. Cookies are shared by all after the parade.