ROTARY CLUB OF WILLOWBROOK

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Willowbrook Rotary 2015/16 Accomplishments
 
In 2015 and 2016 to date the Willowbrook Rotary Club maintained their programs for support for local charitable causes, strong participation with our international student exchange program, focus on scholarships for outstanding local students, support of international Rotary projects, and continued participation as a leading club in Rotary District 5890.
 
Among our accomplishments this year are included:
 
Providing birthday cookies for clients at Reach Unlimited each month as well as recognizing the employee of the month with a plaque and a Wal-Mart gift card.
 
Helped with a Houston Greenbelt Project clean-up day picking up trash and planting trees.
 
Provided lunch for the Habitat for Humanity volunteers at a build site.
 
Provided scholarships to 5 graduating Interact students from Klein Forest High schools to attend 4-year colleges in Texas and beyond.
 
Provided gifts for breast cancer patients at CHI St. Luke’s Health -The Woodlands Hospital.
 
Sponsoring an Early Act First Knight program at Klenk Elementary School in Klein ISD.
 
Closed a Global Grant in S. Africa that installed plumbing and bathrooms in schools and orphanages.
 
Working on a micro-lending program in Haiti where we have also completed multiple potable water projects.
 
Recruited 1 long-term outbound Rotary Exchange student to Taiwan for the 2015/16 school year and sponsored an inbound & outbound student with Italy during the summer of 2015.
 
Sponsoring 2 long-term inbound Rotary Exchange students for the 2015/16 school year. The students are from from France & Germany.
 
Donated Christmas presents to needy children through NAM’s holiday program.
 
Volunteered in the NAM Food Pantry during their Christmas food and gift distribution.
 
100% Paul Harris Club
Willowbrook Rotary 2015/16 Accomplishments Anais G. Watsky 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z
2015 Installation
2015 Installation 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z
WRC's 2014/2015 Rotary Exchange Students
Willowbrook Rotary prepared to say goodbye to our three Rotary Youth Exchange Students for 2014/2015.  Shown above are RYE Students Dong, Gigi and Cuno with Rotarians Ruben Santos, Vocational Chair, and David Thompson, President.  Each student made a presentation to the club on their year in America and their experiences with the Rotary Program.  These students have formed lifetime bonds with their host families, Willowbrook Rotarians, other District 5890 Exchange Students and with each other.  We give them our blessings as they return to their native countries and pick up the challenges of continuing their education.
WRC's 2014/2015 Rotary Exchange Students 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z
2015 MONTE CARLO CHARITY GALA
2015 MONTE CARLO CHARITY GALA 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z
WRC promotes Corporate membership
A new club brochure is available for new and prospective members.  This provides answers for common questions about cost, time, benefits and Rotary activities.  Rotary's Avenues of Service are described with typical projects undertaken by WRC in each of these service areas.  A new Corporate Membership is identified in this publication intended to serve our neighbor companies which choose to support Rotary's ideals of community and international service.  A corporate membership may be shared between several of the company's personnel to recognize that a busy businessman or woman cannot always attend weekly meetings.
WRC promotes Corporate membership John Mitchell 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z
Willowbrook Rotary Christmas Party

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.
Willowbrook Rotary Christmas Party John Mitchell 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z
New Rotarian Karen Gundersen
The newest Willowbrook Rotarian Karen Gundersen was inducted to our Rotary Club on November 7.  Karen is shown here in the center between President David Thompson and her sponsor Secretary and President Elect Massey Williams.
New Rotarian Karen Gundersen John Mitchell 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z
Reach Unlimited birthday celebration

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.
Reach Unlimited birthday celebration John Mitchell 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z
Rotarian of the Year David Thompson
 
 
Willowbrook Rotarians selected David Thompson as Rotarian of the Year for 2013/2014.  David served as Vocational Service Director this year.  He was the primary supporter behind efforts to improve Willowbrook's scholarship program to recognize students with the motivation and drive to succeed in their college program.  He directed the 2014 Scholarship program in awarding 3 scholarships at Klein Forest and 1 at Klein High to deserving and ambitious Seniors.  David also worked closely with the new Interact Club at Klein High assisting their formation and helping the Faculty Advisor establish an active and productive student organization.    David is the Willowbrook Rotary Club President for the 2014/2015 Rotary year.
Rotarian of the Year David Thompson John Mitchell 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
Accomplishments for Willowbrook RC 2010/11
 
Willowbrook Rotary Club's activities for the 2013/2014 year include the following projects and activities:
3 current long-term inbounds
15 current long-term outbounds
8 short-terms for summer 2010
Sponsored Ambassadorial Scholar, David Lichte
$10,000 to Pure Water for project in Haiti
$1,000 for Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
$1,000 for Elisabet Project in Viljandi, Estonia
Grant to Cypress Creek YMCA (not sure of amount)
District grant for $4,000 for school uniforms in Nelspruit South Africa
Art for the Hungry 1000+ canned food display at Willowbrook Mall
Installed a garden at Francone Elementary School
Donate books to Francone Elementary school each week in honor of our speakers
Did a project at Reach Unlimited (not sure what it was exactly)
Provided lunch to Habitat for Humanity builders
Held Monte Carlo fund raiser which included an $8,000+ donation for Polio Plus
Will host Japanese vocational team, including farewell parry
Sponsor 2 interact clubs: Klein Forest  HS & Klein Collins HS
 
Social events included:
Games night
Annual Christmas Party
Annual Super Bowl party
Accomplishments for Willowbrook RC 2010/11 Anais G. Watsky 2014-06-07 00:00:00Z
2014-2015 Scholarship Awards

David Thompson has done a terrific job revamping the Scholarship Program.
May 17th we interviewed seven outstanding students, all of the students are
members of Interact and would be wonderful representatives of the Rotary
Club of Willowbrook. We have currently budgeted for four students, they will
receive $1000.00 per semester for 4 semesters if they meet the requirements.
Congratulations to:
Faustine Sun Klein HS
Brenda Zelaya Klein Forest
Humza Ali Klein Forest
Karla Araniva Klein Forest
2014-2015 Scholarship Awards John Maxwell 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z
2014-2015 Scholarship Awards

David Thompson has done a terrific job revamping the Scholarship Program.
May 17th we interviewed seven outstanding students, all of the students are
members of Interact and would be wonderful representatives of the Rotary
Club of Willowbrook. We have currently budgeted for four students, they will
receive $1000.00 per semester for 4 semesters if they meet the requirements.
Congratulations to:
Faustine Sun Klein HS
Brenda Zelaya Klein Forest
Humza Ali Klein Forest
Karla Araniva Klein Forest
2014-2015 Scholarship Awards John Maxwell 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z
Willowbrook upgrades ClubRunner to Version 3.0
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Our Webmaster announced that Willowbrook Rotary's web site has been upgraded to the latest version offered by club software provider ClubRunner.  This upgrade changes the appearance of our website and adds additional functionality to the site.  We now use Domain Aliasing which allows direct access to our web site using the URL willowbrookrotary.org; where previously access was forwarded from another service to ClubRunner.  This will increase appearances of WillowbrookRotary.org on search engines.  You can access the site just by entering the above URL in your browser window.  While the website can be viewed without using your password, there is an option to enter the "Member Area" on the top of the home page which does require use of your password.  The Member Area provides lists of the functions available for your use.  If you have forgotten your password, look for the "FORGOT PASSWORD" function on the home page.
 
Willowbrook upgrades ClubRunner to Version 3.0 John Mitchell 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z
Klenk Elementary Praises EAFK Program
Klenk Elementary School Principle Sandra Simi and Kindergarten Teacher Judy Walker attended Willowbrook Rotary's May 2 meeting to report on the success of the Early Act First Knight program at their school. They said it has become a parents program as well as a very popular student deportment program. Klenk parents are very supportive and attend the awards events to encourage their children. Students' are improving their deportment as they learn good conduct objectives.  Teacher Judy Walker presented a photo composite to the Rotary Club showing EAFK activities at her school.  Shown here are Rotarian David Smith, Principle Sandra Simi, Teacher Judy Walker and Rotary Club President John Maxwell.
Klenk Elementary Praises EAFK Program David Smith 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z
Willowbrook Rotary offers new scholarship program to Interact Clubs
 Willowbrook Board of Directors have approved a revision to the club's long standing student scholarship program to focus on high school students active in the Club's sponsored Rotary Interact Program.  Vocational Service Director David Thompson explains that while previous scholarships provided essential aid for students who otherwise may not have attended college, it was disappointing that many of these students failed to complete their college programs.  The board decided that by directing these scholarships to students who demonstrate a high level of motivation by participating in the Interact Program, this would improve the success of these scholarships.  The information on this program, shown below, has recently been provided to sponsors of Willowbrook Interact Clubs.  Scholarship applications are available from club sponsors or downloaded from www.willowbrookrotary.org.

The Willowbrook Rotary Club is proud to sponsor Interact Club Scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded to students from Klein, Klein Forest or Klein Collins high schools who have been an active member of the school’s Interact Club for at least one year.  The award will be awarded based upon the student’s commitment to the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’, academic performance and a recommendation by the club’s faculty advisor. 

  • The Scholarship
    • Awarded to students who plan to attend a:
      • Two Year College -- $ 1,250 per year for two years, or
      • Vocational or Trade School -- $ 1,250 per year for two years, or
      • Four Year College -- $ 2,000 per year for two years
    • Scholarships will be awarded to KHS, KFHS and KCHS Interact Club members.
    • Scholarship awarded semester by semester.  Student must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and a workload of at least 9 semester hours to remain eligible.
    • The Willowbrook Rotary Club selection committee will select the recipients.
  • Eligibility
    • Awarded to graduating seniors who plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university or a vocational/trade school beginning in the fall after graduation.
    • Must have been an active and participating member of the KHS, KFHS or KCHS Interact Clubs for at least one year.  (waived for KHS this year since this is a new club)
    • Scholarship awarded based upon Interact activity, commitment to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self’, academic achievement and recommendation from faculty advisor.
  • Selection Process

·         JAN.  Send scholarship description & application to the 3 high schools.  Communicate directly with Interact Faculty Advisors. 

·         APR.  Final deadline for submittal of applications.  Interact Faculty Advisor submits his/her recommendations.  WRC scholarship team selects the final candidates for interviews.  Candidates invited to interview.

·         MAY.  WRC scholarship selection team conducts face-to-face interviews.  Identifies scholarship recipients.  Informs scholarship recipients & those not selected.

  • Follow-up

·         A mentor will be assigned to each student.

·         Each student required to attend 2 WRC meetings per year.

Willowbrook Rotary offers new scholarship program to Interact Clubs David Thompson 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
Rotarian's grandson gets A on report
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Wayne Roush was our speaker on April 18 and he presented the report his Grandson Wade Allman made to 
school and earned a much deserved grade of "A".  Wade reported on the little known 2nd President of Texas.  
 
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Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar 
(1798–1859)
was a Texas politician, poet, diplomat and soldier who was a leading Texas political figure during the Texas Republic era. He was the second President of the Republic of Texas after David G. Burnet (1836 as ad-interim president) and Sam Houston.
Rotarian's grandson gets A on report John Mitchell 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z
US Army Corps of Engineers gives report on Addicks and Barker Reservoirs
HOUSTON (April 4, 2014) -- Supervisory Natural Resources Manager Richard Long of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District’s Houston Project Office served as a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Willowbrook’s monthly meeting April 4, 2014. Long provided an overview of the Corps and the Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs.  Attendees shown here included former Galveston District commander Col. James A. Sigler (1979-1982) and Rotarian Dr. Mack Coker.
US Army Corps of Engineers gives report on Addicks and Barker Reservoirs John Mitchell 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z
District Rotarians join for Family Night at Astros Game
Mar 23, 2014

Join us at Minute Maid Park for Rotary Family Night, Saturday April 26, game starts at 6:10pm.  Rotarians and their guests are invited to an exclusive reception inside Champions Pavilion, which overlooks the ballpark and provides a unique view of the Downtown Houston skyline.  Food and drinks will be available to Rotarians and their guests.  Cheer on District Governor Bob Gebhard as he throws out the first pitch!  Seating will be in the Mezzanine Section, priced at $18  To buy your tickets online, click on www.astros.com/rotary  Use Special Offer Code: Rotary (follow the Ticketmaster instructions)  For orders of 10 tickets or more: Call Jake Winowich at 713-259-8317

 

District Rotarians join for Family Night at Astros Game John Mitchell 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z
Rotary Clubs in Lebanon sponsor water project

Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides

A student in Lebanon enjoys clean drinking water at his school, the result of a project by the country’s Rotary clubs to replace old water tanks and purify the water with new filters.

A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions.

In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit.

Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They formed a committee to handle publicity and gather technical knowledge, while each club was asked to provide volunteers, contribute funds, apply for grants, and secure contributions from outside organizations.

“Every student has the right to drink clean water. It goes without saying that clean drinking water leads to less diseases, healthier students, and consequently, better education,” says Mouawad. “The bigger the challenge, the greater its positive impact on humanity.”

While clean water is the main objective, the leaders also saw the effort as a means of helping heal Lebanon’s long history of sectarian strife. A civil war divided the country from 1975 to 1990, leaving an estimated 120,000 people dead. In recent years, Lebanon’s government is a shifting coalition of religions, political parties, and sects.

Lina Shehayeb, president of the Rotary Club of Aley, is a Druze by faith. Shehayeb says working alongside club members who are Catholic, Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Muslim to promote the project has deepened her understanding of those with different religious or political views.

 “We are building peace and understanding,” she says. “There has never been anything quite like this in our country.”


Rotary Clubs in Lebanon sponsor water project John Mitchell 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Past Willowbrook Rotarian Ed Charlesworth starts new eClub
Ed Charlesworth PDG
Apr 01, 2014

What is an eClub??? Rotary Int'l made provisions for Rotary Clubs to be formed and conduct meetings on the Internet. These eClubs are fully recognized, same as our traditional Rotary clubs. Just think of the possibilities - Meetings Any time 24-7, Anywhere Have a busy schedule? Need a flexible meeting time? Live in different places throughout the year? Travel frequently?Have limited mobility? Then theeClub of Houston may be just for you.

E-club members use webinars, videoconferencing, message boards, instant messaging, or tools like Skype and Google Hangout to communicate. For example, a club member might post content online for that week’s meeting, then other members join the discussion throughout the week. Some e-club members also meet in person at service projects, social activities or the RI Convention.
As a global e-Club, projects are likely to be local to one or more of our members. Some of our members are heavily engaged in their own communities serving on nonprofit boards, working on youth projects, bringing unique educational opportunities into local schools, educating local ranchers on sustainable practices for ranching, etc. E-club members in Arizona log over 700 hours of service every month, and have done so for several years. A minimum number of service hours will be required of our members. This year we are asking club members to volunteer 1 hour each month and the goal for next year will be 2 hours each month. Partner with other Rotarians with various club projects or district-wide projects or volunteer in your community as needed. Then, remember to report your volunteer time as you report your attendance at club meetings.

DG Bob Gebhard wants us to attract enough new members to reach 3,000.What better way thanthe flexibility of District 5890's new eClub. If you or someone you knowis interested in becoming a Rotarian, but they cannot attend your regular meetings, then this may just be for them: An opportunity for international fellowship and service to humanity without having to leave your office.

For more information contact:

PDG Ed Charlesworth
11407 Hylander, Houston, TX 77070
Office 281-469-6395, Cell 281-890-8575
charlesworth@stresscontrol.com

Past Willowbrook Rotarian Ed Charlesworth starts new eClub John Mitchell 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Willowbrook adds two new Rotarians during March 28 meeting
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New Rotarians Ruben Santos and   Kara Tipps were inducted on March 28 shown here with club President John Maxwell.
 
 
Image Our Speaker for the March 28 meeting was Dr. Anna Belcheva. Dr Belcheva practices in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Willowbrook Methodist Hospital. She presented an informative discussion about the diagnosis and treatment of various forms of cancer.
 
 
 
 
 
Willowbrook adds two new Rotarians during March 28 meeting John Mitchell 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z
Willowbrook Rotarians serve lunch to Habitat Volunteers
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Willowbrook Rotarians served BBQ Sandwiches to the Habitat volunteers on Saturday March 22. Rotarian Dave Smith coordinated the event with assistance from David Thompson, John Mitchell, Jessy Williams (subbing for Massy), Ruben Santos, Wayne Roush among others. Willowbrook exchange students also assisted.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Willowbrook Rotarians serve lunch to Habitat Volunteers John Mitchell 2014-03-22 00:00:00Z
Polio Cases Week Ending 3/15/14

Polio Plus:  Rotary’s obligation to the children of the world

Advocate-Donate-Educate!

13,000,000 Children Saved from the Paralysis of Polio Since 1988                                                                                       

 Polio Eradication Update

For The Week Ending 03/15/14

Total paralysis cases

Year-to-date 2014

Y to D 2013

Total

2013

Total

2012

Total

2011

Globally

33

10

406

222

642

- in endemic countries:

28

10

160

216

335

- in non-endemic countries:

2

0

246

6

307

New Polio cases reported this week:

Pakistan 3, Afghanistan 0, Nigeria 0, Cameroon 2

2014 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2013 Totals)

Endemic Countries27 Pakistan (2013-93), 3 Afghanistan (2013-14), 1 Nigeria (2013-53)

 Importation Countries (2014 & 2013) – 2 Cameroon (2013-4),

0 Somalia (2013-194), 0 Kenya (2013 –14), 0 Ethiopia (2013-9), 0 Syria (2013-25)

 

Terry Ziegler, bigzlumber@aol.com District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee
Polio Cases Week Ending 3/15/14 John Mitchell 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Another great report from Marisabel in Belgium

After my week in France the month seemed to have passed extremely fast. Especially because during this month I met my newies, Joaquín from Argentina and Lily from Australia. It made me realize how these past 6 months have flown by , they now ask me all of the questions and advices that I used to ask my oldie Shannon. It's very strange being on the other side of the spectrum but I am truly happy to have them here and be able to help them. It has been great because they have been getting along well here, Joaquín as the first boy to come to our club has naturally fit into the all men club.
Photo: J'ai eu un très bonne soirée grâce a vous ! Happy St Valentines day:)
On St. Valentines Day my counselor, Christian, invited me for coffee and supper there he talked to me about representing our club in the competition to become the embassador of Liège (Province where I live). I am really excited to have been asked and hopefully I will be able to do it considering this is the reason I became a Rotary Exchange Student, there might be some conflict with my return date and the date we are supposed to be awarded the title by the Minister of the Province but I hope I can still compete. It truly is a great opportunity and for the past two years girls from my host club have received the honor so I want to make my fellow club members proud! After talking for a while Christian decided to invite Joaquín over for dinner and we all had a lovely Valentine's Day meal.

Last weekend we had a club meeting with the Mayor in order to present the exchange students to everyone followed by a day of exploring Christian's hometown called Huy with his wife together. They have both become like my grandparents and with our new students a little family. I feel extremely blessed to have them, I know some clubs don't share with their students or don't really care but I am fortunate enough to have amazing counselors and another new family I love and will come back too soon after my exchange as well as sisters and a brother in different parts of the world.






Having all of these great experiences and being surrounded by amazing people doesn't really make you want to return to the monotonous school life but yet again I am fortunate to be in a great school too! Our whole grade is made up of just my class (20 people) which makes it easier for us to be closer. They also go out of school to do activities a lot whether it be to watch a movie, go to the library, a concert, expos, outside gym activities etc. This month not only did I get to go rock climbing 3 times but we had the opportunity to visit Fort Breendonk which used to be a concentration camp here in Belgium. After learning about this in school and doing some of my own research WWII has always interested me so I was pretty excited to go to this activity , I specially liked spending extra time with my school friends because I always learn something and it's funny to see how many cultural differences there are even though we're all from the "Western" world.










Another very important thing that happened this month were the events in Venezuela. Unfortunately my family just like the rest of the country has been going through the roughest patch they ever have thanks to the corrupt government and their violence. Being so far away from family can at times seem good for someone my age, being able to have a different kind of freedom than before but when family is in trouble or needs help it is the hardest thing. Because only one aunt, one cousin and my mom are the only family members that live out of Venezuela this has really affected me, it get's harder to really communicate with them due to the censorship that has been implemented and I am constantly worried for their safety being that it no longer depends on if they leave the house or not. The only thing I found I could do was spread the word so this month I have made it my mission to talk or share on social media websites information about the situation, also as an initiative to raise awareness there was a peaceful demonstration in Brussels that I attended with another 20 exchange students. Being worried and sad about what is going on in my native country has really weighed down on me but having so many people that support and help me here has been amazing. Exchange students laugh together and experience a new world together which makes it all seem like jokes and giggles but in the end we stick together no matter what. The people here have become my family; school, counselors, exchange friends everyone has been here through the good and bad I am just blessed to have them.



Yet again I thank you and all of the Rotary members around the world that make this possible, in the short amount of time here I have already learned so much and met so many amazing people. Though sometimes I imagine it might be difficult work all of the exchange students and those touched by them are testimonies that your hard work paid off. Thank you!

Marisabel Herrera

Another great report from Marisabel in Belgium John Mitchell 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 3230 sets Guiness World Record
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The most anticipated event was an attempt to set a Guinness World Record by forming the largest human image of a hand. We worked hard and together we did it. Now we are “officially amazing

The largest human image of a hand consists of 7,084 people and was achieved by the Rotary International District 3230 (India) in Chennai, India, on 5 October 2013.

While in formation, participants swayed their hands to the Rotaract theme song, 'Lets be the change.'

Rotary District 3230 sets Guiness World Record John Mitchell 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Klein High Interact Project

 

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Klein High School Interact club recently completed a project to make goodie bags and valentine’s cards for the senior citizens.  Their sponsor, Mina Chacon, a Spanish Teacher at Klein, said "I was impressed by the amount of people that showed up. Look at the pictures." 
 
Klein High Interact Project John Mitchell 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z
2014 Klein BearKat Interact Club Officers
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2014 Klein BearKat Interact Club Officers David Thompson 2014-01-24 00:00:00Z
2014 Monte Carlo Charity Gala -February 15
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2014 Monte Carlo Charity Gala -February 15 Thomas W. Jackson 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary helps close out the year with gains against polio
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Rotary News

16-DEC-2013

When Julia Yank and a team of Rotary members and health workers entered Kaduna, Nigeria, to immunize children against polio they expected to encounter some tough situations. They found one in a mother of three who stubbornly refused to have her children vaccinated.

"She argued with us for over 15 minutes," says Yank, a member of the Rotary Club of St. Clair County Sunset in O'Fallon, Illinois, USA. After the team explained to her the importance of what they were doing, she finally agreed to allow her children to be immunized.

"We were told later that she only consented because of the presence of the Rotarians. That moment, I realized the impact we can make," says Yank.

This type of persistence by Rotary and its partners in the  (GPEI) has helped reduce the number of polio cases in Nigeria by half, as compared to this time last year. Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are the only countries in the world where the transmission of polio has never been stopped. Overall, polio cases in the three countries have decreased by 35 percent -- thanks in part to Rotary's advocacy with government and business leaders, PolioPlus grants, and mobilizing support on the ground.

From celebrating milestones and responding to outbreaks to signing commitments and honoring our supporters, learn how the Global Polio Eradication Initiative made a difference in 2013.

A YEAR WITHOUT TYPE 3 POLIO

The last case of type 3 wild poliovirus (WPV3) occurred in Nigeria on 10 November 2012. Rotary and its GPEI partners have helped reduce transmission of WPV3 to its . "Although it is too soon to say that WPV3 has been eradicated . . . the world has a unique opportunity to get rid of the second strain of wild poliovirus" (after WPV2), reports the GPEI.

$500,000 EMERGENCY GRANT FOR SYRIA

Confirmation of cases in previously polio-free Syria "serve as a stark reminder that as long as polio still exists, unimmunized children everywhere remain at risk," says Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert S. Scott. In , Rotary and its GPEI partners, along with local health authorities, are conducting large-scale campaigns to immunize children in the region as quickly as possible. Rotary is the first donor to announce funding for the GPEI's new Middle East strategic plan, a $500,000 emergency grant for Syria.

JOINT COMMITMENT WITH BRAZIL

On 12 November Rotary, Brazil's government, and the Pan American Health Organization signed a Declaration of Commitment and Collaboration toward the Goal of a Polio-Free World. The event took place at a symposium in São Paulo where strategies for eradicating the disease were discussed.

"The document highlights the importance of technical support and the exchange of experiences to support countries that are still fighting against the disease, and the need for continued financial and political commitment by the global community until the world is certified polio free," says PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak, who spoke at the event.

Rotary members in District 4420 in Brazil also announced their commitment to donate 40 percent of their District Designated Funds to PolioPlus. Through the  fundraising campaign and World Fund match, these funds will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and generate $250,000 for polio eradication.

ETHIOPIAN LEADER HONORED FOR POLIO-FREE ACHIEVEMENT

As president of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde-Girogis played a pivotal role in helping his country be polio-free during his last five years in office. In recognition of his work, Girma received the Rotary International Polio Eradication Champion Award in November. Ethiopian native , governor of District 5030 in Washington, USA, presented the honor to Girma. Teshome was in Ethiopia leading a team of North American Rotary members to participate in the country's National Immunization Days.

Although the polio outbreak in the  has affected Ethiopia, a strong response has slowed the pace of transmission in the region. The , if fully funded, is equipped to stop such outbreaks.

"We will keep coming back until the disease is gone," says Teshome. "We are determined to get the job done."

Rotary helps close out the year with gains against polio Tom Lewis 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z
The benefits of a Rotary Peace Fellowship
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By Julia Smith, Rotary Peace Fellow 

In 2008-09, I was lucky enough to be awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship to complete my master’s degree at theUniversity of Bradford. Five years later, I continue to build on that remarkable learning experience.

The University of Bradford is famous for its conflict resolution expertise and I took full advantage of this by taking courses on African Approaches to Conflict Resolution and Applied Conflict Resolution. I used skills and knowledge from both when, following the peace fellowship, I went to work in Sierra Leone. In particular, I remember mediating a dispute between blacksmiths and farmers in a rural village still recovering from civil war. By drawing on indigenous practices and negotiation skills we were able to reach an agreement that resulted in improved food production, as well as community harmony.

The peace fellowship includes an applied field experience component, and I was placed at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division in South Africa. The research I conducted there informed my Master of Arts thesis and was published widely. From this formative experience I built networks and research expertise I continue to draw on. For example, I recently conduct research to inform a program that aims to enhance the ability of citizens in Sub-Saharan Africa to hold their governments to account for how they spend HIV/AIDS resources.

One of the greatest benefits of the peace fellowship is the opportunity to study with people from around the world. Peace Studies at the University of Bradford has a remarkably diverse student body, and the skills that are developed by learning from other perspectives and working with people from around the world cannot be underestimated – I use them everyday.

I am now trying, in my own small way, to pass on some of what I learned as a peace fellow. This fall I had the opportunity to teach a course similar to one I took at Bradford – the Politics of International Peacekeeping – at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, Canada. It’s inspiring to be able to pass on some of the remarkable learning I was lucky enough to benefit from as a Rotary Peace Fellow.


The benefits of a Rotary Peace Fellowship Tom Lewis 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z
Santa’s helper leverages dollars for polio eradication
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By Bruce Templeton, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (Editor’s note: this post first published 10 May, 2013.)

While I know that RI President Ron Burton’s theme is “Engage Rotary: Change Lives,” I would like to add the thought that we can multiply the dollars we raise engaging Rotary before we turn them over to those who change lives.

I live in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. I am a Rotarian but also a good friend of Santa Claus and he and I have travelled together for 34 years. We make about 50 visits a year to children’s groups, seniors’ homes, parades and children’s hospitals. Some of the visits are very happy and some will break your heart.

Last year, I wrote a book called “The Man in the Red Suit.” It was printed four times and made the best seller list in Canada. But the Rotary connection was when my wife said “why don’t we donate our writer’s first printing proceeds to Rotary’s PolioPlus fund?”

I thought about that for a while and then set about to take what we would donate and see how much I could leverage through matched funding from local companies before the money went to RI. That was a great deal of fun and within a few days, we turned $5,000 into $30,000. Then the Government of Canada matched the $30,000 and so did the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. So $5,000 “engaged by Rotary” turned into $90,000, and we can now buy the vaccine for 150,000 children to “change lives.”

When I sat with Dr. Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization, who was visiting here in Newfoundland from Geneva, we talked about his mandate to eliminate polio in the world. I went home that night thinking about the 150,000 children.I don’t know whether the children are in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, or Nigeria. But they are out there somewhere and the proceeds of a little book (and a Rotary wife’s suggestion!) will “Engage Rotary and Change Lives.”

Learn more about how you can help us end polio

Santa’s helper leverages dollars for polio eradication Tom Lewis 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Concern for the Aging
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One current area of special emphasis for Rotary clubs focuses on providing "new opportunities for the aging." In 1990, the R.I. Board of Directors urged Rotarians to identify new projects serving the elderly that emphasize intergenerational activities and the integration of seniors into society and the workplace. The following year, the board called for an approach that stressed service "with" the elderly as well as "for" them. With the substantial upswing in the worldwide population of older persons, their needs for special attention have greatly multiplied. As citizens grow older, it becomes increasingly important for them to retain their personal independence and to remain in control of their own lives to the extent this is possible. Many Rotary clubs are seeking ways to serve the older persons of their community who face problems of deteriorating health, loneliness, poor nutrition, transportation difficulties, inability to do customary chores, loss of family associations, reduced recreational opportunities, inadequate housing and limited information about available social agencies for emergency assistance. Some clubs have initiated a valuable community service to assist older persons in retirement planning and adjustment by organizing and sharing the wealth of information available within the club's membership. Other clubs have developed foster grandparent programs and other intergenerational activities that allow seniors to use their experience and knowledge to help young people. Rotarians often can provide services which seniors can no longer do for themselves. The greatest need of aging individuals is frequently a mere expression of real caring and concern by thoughtful friends. All Rotarians should seriously consider how they and their clubs might actively participate in programs for the aging. It is one area of community service in which there is a growing possibility that each of us may some day be on the receiving end.
Rotary Education - Concern for the Aging Tom Lewis 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z
Merry Christmas!
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Merry Christmas! Tom Lewis 2013-12-25 00:00:00Z
Voice lessons: strengthening Rotary’s image through words
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Rotary News


For years, we described Rotary by the numbers: 1,220,115 members in 34,558 clubs in 200 countries and regions. Impressive figures, for sure, but they only tell part of our story. What numbers can't convey is the essence of Rotary –- what sets us apart and inspires people to get involved.

So we interviewed members around the world to discover why they're passionate about Rotary. What we found was a new way of talking about Rotary that focuses on three core ideas. Through Rotary, you can:

  • Join leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations
  • Exchange ideas, bringing our expertise and diverse perspectives to help solve some of the world's toughest problems
  • Take action to bring lasting change to communities around the world

It's not a new story but it is a new way of telling our story, one that conveys the top two reasons people join Rotary: for friendship and to make a difference in their communities.

When you share your passion for Rotary, you have the power to change a stranger into a volunteer, a colleague into a donor, and a family member into a Rotarian.

So the next time someone asks you, What is Rotary? you have a clear and compelling answer: "Through Rotary, I have a friend, partner, and adviser in communities around the world who are helping me make a difference."

Of course, this is just one example. We want to hear how you'll describe Rotary when you're asked.  to share your words.

 to get more ideas

 with club members

 


Voice lessons: strengthening Rotary’s image through words Tom Lewis 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z
Discounted early registration extended for the 2014 Rotary International Convention
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Rotary News

RI President Ron D. Burton is extending the early registration deadline.  Rotarians now have until 15 January to complete discounted early registration for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, saving $100 off the onsite registration fee.  The 15 January deadline will remain firm, so act soon to take advantage of the discount. 

You can take advantage of special travel discounts to make it easier to get to – and enjoy – Sydney, which is packed with family-friendly activities.  Save on international and domestic travel to Sydney offered by our official airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways. The New South Wales Government is offering convention-goers free transit passes for travel on ferries, buses, and trains in the greater Sydney metropolitan area from 29 May through 5 June. Learn more about the discounts and the other details for this year’s event at 

Register today  or by returning the downloadable  and make this a convention to remember.

Discounted early registration extended for the 2014 Rotary International Convention Tom Lewis 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange November report from Spain - Scarlett
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            Since last month, I had been in contact with Joliann, another exchange student that is from the french-speaking part of Canada, trying to establish a plan for her to come and visit me for a weekend. I asked my tutor what had to be made in order translate the plan into actions, and he said we had to detail what we were going to do during her stay. According to that, I asked my friends at school about what we could do while she would be here. But the arrival date we had talked about was not until next weekend, so I believed we had time. Meanwhile, we were planning all of my friends were signing up to all of the activities we were going to realize. After a day or two I had it all clear, so I sent it to my tutor.

            However, his reply was that he had found out that what we needed was a letter from my host parents inviting Joliann to stay for a weekend. When I learned this information I started writing the letter for my host parents, because I learned about their family customs is that if you want something you should do it. And I have seen them telling Ana, my host sister, to make stuff for herself, that I would normally ask my mom for help. My host dad told me it was just so afterwards in life she would know what to do and how to do it. Although, if while doing it by herself she feels unable they will intervine but otherwise they would not. And I feel it makes a lot of sense and I respect their ways.   Eventually, a day I had to arrive to school late because I had to go ask for my student card that would work as an I.D. for me here, very useful because instead of carrying around my passport running the risk of losing it I could use this card, they made me write the note that I would present my teacher at school in order to let me into class late and they signed it at the bottom approving what was said in the note.

            Therefore, when I finished writing the invitation letter from their part I sent it to my host mom and she changed a few things and then send it. She told me it was a big help because she was very busy with work and did not increment her list of things to do.

            After the invitation was sent, my tutor replied and said that now we needed approval from both parties her host family, her tutor, and mine. A few days later, we finally received complete acceptance from all the people required and everything was settled. Although, when I got to school to tell them the great news the plans I had written in had completely changed. So, I did not have an specific view of the weekend when Joliann came to visit, which was right around the corner.

            In the end, she came and everything worked out fine. All of my friends were able to meet her and we all had fun.

            Another group accompanied us to a museum in “La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” a touristic point.  

            And then we also spent time with my host family, she actually came for my “yayas’”, grandmas’ birthday and we celebrated it twice. Once with my host family alone. Later on, with my host uncles’ family as well.

            Moreover, closer to the end of the month we saw each other again because Rotary hosted a Youth Seminar in my city, so she other exchange students around the area came. And we repeated the tour. 

            Continuously, I returned to “La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” because my host mom was offered very cheap tickets to attend to a luto concert in german. Even though, I did not understand anything at all I thought it was very instructive. I learned a lot about etiquette in classy concerts, and my host family’s musical preferences. 

            Another cultural visit I realized this month was to the theater. It all started with my literature class, the teacher wanted to go see a play with us, it was not related to the class she just thought it would be fun and informative, and that if we decided to go it would help us to relate future information we would learn on the class. In addition, she said we could invite other people, that it did not have to be exclusive for the class. Almost everyone in 2o de Bachillerato, my grade, ended up going, but it was very good. We all had positive comments about everything, the play itself, all of us in the theater, everything.

         Regarding Rotaract, we are already pulling forward some projects. One is called “Cupcake Solidario”, were we sell cupcakes, cakes, cake-pops, cookies, and other sweets for a lady who is considered a senior citizen but is currently living off of donations because they fired her from her job due to certain incapabilities of hers. Such as the fact that it is very hard for her to move constantly, and other issues, that do not make her qualified for any job. In addition, the government can not give her the pensions she deserves by law because of her age. Technically, she cannot receive them yet until a few months when it is her birthday. After her situation becomes stable we will continue this project with other people who are in the same position of struggle, allowing them to prosper with their own abilities, because in this case, the lady is the one who bakes all the products we are selling, because that is what she used to do. She used to make cupcakes for a vegetarian restaurant.

         Another, project we are molding is a Christmas one, just the typical gathering of toys and giving it to institutions with low recourses like orphanages, or some public schools.

         I really like forming part of this group because we do not only make good deeds and help people but we become united and therefore make the people we help feel that way as well. For this reason, I look forward for mondays’, because those are the days our meetings are held.

Rotary Youth Exchange November report from Spain - Scarlett Anais G. Watsky 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Functional Literacy Program
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It has been estimated than a billion people--one-fourth of the world's population--are unable to read.  Illiteracy of adults and children is a global concern in both highly industrialized nations and in developing countries. The number of adult illiterates in the world is increasing by 25 million each year! In the United States, one quarter of the entire population is considered functionally illiterate. The tragedy of illiteracy is that those who cannot read lose personal independence and become victims of unscrupulous manipulation, poverty and the loss of human feelings which give meaning to life. Illiteracy is demeaning. It is a major obstacle for economic, political, social and personal development. Illiteracy is a barrier to international understanding, cooperation and peace in the world. Literacy education was considered a program priority by Rotary's original Health, Hunger and Humanity Committee in 1978. An early 3-H grant led to the preparation of an excellent source book on the issues of literacy in the world. The Rotary sponsored publication, The Right to Read, was edited by Rotarian Eve Malmquist, a past district governor from Linkoping, Sweden, and a recognized authority on reading and educational research. The book was the forerunner of a major Rotary program emphasis on literacy promotion. In 1985 the R.I. Planning and Research Committee proposed, and the R.I. board approved, that the Rotary clubs of the world conduct a ten-year emphasis on literacy education. Many Rotary clubs are thoughtfully surveying the needs of their community for literacy training. Some clubs provide basic books for teaching reading. Others establish and support reading and language clinics, provide volunteer tutorial assistance and purchase reading materials. Rotarians can play a vitally important part in their community and in developing countries by promoting projects to open opportunities which come from the ability to read.

Rotary Education - Functional Literacy Program Tom Lewis 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z
December 13 meeting pictures - Men of Leisure
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December 13 meeting pictures - Men of Leisure Ernest Honig 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z
Nelson Mandela remembered as an ally for peace, polio eradication
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Rotary News

13-DEC-2013

In 1996, routine polio immunizations in Nigeria and other African countries were anything but routine. Competing health priorities and lack of funding hampered many governments from putting polio eradication high on their agenda. The drive for a polio-free Africa needed a playmaker.

Enter Nelson Mandela. Herb Brown, Rotary's president in 1995-96, recalls seeking the South African leader's support.

"President Mandela was so gracious and listened as we described the problem," Brown says. "I told him only he had the influence to persuade the countries to resume immunization."

Mandela agreed to help. "I'm well aware of Rotary and all the work you've done, and all the work you did while I was in jail," he told Brown. At a press conference, with Brown at his side, Mandela asked all the heads of state in Africa to open their doors to polio National Immunization Days.

Mandela helped launch the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign later that year with 1996-97 Rotary President Luis Giay and Rotary Foundation Chair Rajendra Saboo. Almost immediately, Africa's polio eradication effort was back on track. Using soccer matches and celebrity endorsements, the campaign raised public awareness of polio and helped spur more than 30 African countries to hold their first National Immunization Days.

In recognition of his vital work, Rotary presented the Rotary Award for World Understanding to Mandela in 1997, then Rotary's highest honor. "We chose President Mandela because of his significant contributions to world peace, human rights, and freedom," said Giay, adding that Rotary members especially appreciated "his strong support of the eradication of polio throughout Africa."

Mandela called the award "a tribute to the people of South Africa's rainbow nation." Rotary's work toward eradicating polio "has shown the power of a global network of people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and put their heart and soul into saving children from disability."

Mandela donated the award's $100,000 prize to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Following his death, Rotary members in South Africa lauded Mandela as "one of the 20th century's iconic symbols of freedom and equality," "the father of the nation," and "a leader of service."

"Mandela was a man who overcame unimaginable hardships to emerge as one of the greatest leaders of our time — and one of our greatest humanitarians . . . . [His] legacy of courage, determination, and commitment will forever inspire us to move forward in our effort to achieve a better, more peaceful world," said Rotary President Ron Burton.


Nelson Mandela remembered as an ally for peace, polio eradication Tom Lewis 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z
Relief aid pours into typhoon-struck communities
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Rotary News

6-DEC-2013

For more than three hours, Typhoon Haiyan violently shook the roof, walls, and windows of Edgar Chiongbian’s house. The heavy winds and flying debris threatened to collapse his home to its foundation at any moment.

After the winds subsided and the rain stopped, he emerged from where he and his family had taken cover and inspected the damage.

“We were one of the lucky families,” says Chiongbian, governor of Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines. “There was no major damage to our house.”

The outcome was very different for communities and towns in central Philippines closer to the sea. One of the  strongest storms in history, the typhoon brought overwhelming destruction to coastal towns, killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million, and causing billions of dollars in damage.

Soon after the storm, Rotary clubs worldwide began rushing relief aid and funds into devastated communities.

Chiongbian, whose district includes hard-hit Bohol, Cebu, and Ormoc, quickly coordinated efforts with other Philippine districts and clubs to bring lifesaving emergency aid, including food, water, medicine, and clothing, to survivors.

The district also set up a disaster relief fund to channel money where it’s most needed. Chiongbian says they will continue to focus on providing emergency aid, then shift into rebuilding communities.

“To help the victims through the immediate hardship and get them back to having functional lives will take at least one year,” he says. “The rebuilding and recovery phase that follows can be much longer.”

Chiongbian says the typhoon destroyed homes and meeting places of Rotary members throughout the country, “but in spite of their situations, they are working around the clock to aid other victims. We’ve received support from Rotarians all over the world. It is very heartwarming. We are very grateful.”

Other Rotary relief efforts:

  • The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford, Ontario, Canada, raised more than $20,000 in relief funds, which will be matched by the Canadian government.
  • The Grind Earth Project, founded by members of the Rotary Club of Northwest Austin, Texas, USA, is working with the Rotary Club of San Pedro South, Laguna, Philippines, and WakaWaka Light to supply thousands of solar-powered lamps to affected areas.
  • WorldWaterWorks, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, England, has delivered more than 500 Water Survival Boxes to disaster areas.
  • Five Rotary districts in Denmark raised more than $60,000 for emergency aid. The clubs plan to raise more for long-term projects.
  • The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians donated $30,000 to affected districts. Several fleets are distributing aid packages in hard-hit remote areas.
  • ShelterBox Response Team members are on the ground across five typhoon-struck islands to distribute nearly 600 ShelterBox tents, benefiting more than 4,000 families.
  • Rotary clubs in District 3450 (Hong Kong; Macau; Mongolia) have contributed more than $70,000 toward relief aid. 
  • Disaster Aid International, an emergency relief organization sponsored by clubs in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, has provided survival kits and temporary shelter to more than 9,500 people in Leyte Island. 

Read a blog entry from a member of the ShelterBox Response Team 


Relief aid pours into typhoon-struck communities Tom Lewis 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z
Vote for Rotary in United’s 10 Million Charity Miles giveaway
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Rotary News

Help us earn miles by voting for Rotary in United’s 10 Million Charity Miles giveaway. United is giving at least 25,000 miles to each of its nonprofit partners participating in the promotion. The more votes we get, the more miles we’ll receive. The remaining portion of the 10 million miles will be distributed to participating charities based on the percentage of total votes received.

Vote daily between now and 31 December. And share your vote on Twitter and Facebook to encourage others to support Rotary, too. You can follow our progress on United’s webpage, where our ranking is listed along with a running tally of the votes we’ve received.

Rotary has been United's partner for many years through the Rotary Miles program, which provides free airfare for hundreds of children and adults in need of lifesaving surgery and other worthy causes.

Finishing in second place, Rotary received 2.5 million charity miles in last year’s promotion.

Vote for Rotary in United’s 10 Million Charity Miles giveaway Tom Lewis 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Responds to Polio Emergency in Syria
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Contact Kimberly Dunbar, 847 866 3469, kimberly.dunbar@rotary.org

EVANSTON, Ill., USA (Dec. 10, 2013) — Rotary International will provide a US$500,000 emergency response grant to support efforts to quell a recent outbreak of the crippling disease polio in strife-torn Syria. The funds are the first to the World Health Organization in direct support of a Global Polio Eradication Initiative plan aimed at outbreak response throughout the Middle East, as the region gears up for a multi-country response to the threat of polio.

As of Dec. 9, there have been 17 cases of wild poliovirus confirmed in Syria since October, the first reported cases in the country since 1999. The Rotary grant to the World Health Organization will support immediate response activities in late 2013 and January 2014, such as the establishment of emergency response control rooms and initial vaccination rounds to immunize children in Syria and surrounding countries against polio.

“It is imperative that we stop this outbreak quickly to protect children in Syria and throughout the region, and that is the purpose of this grant,” said Dr. Robert S. Scott, chair of Rotary’s PolioPlus program. “Rotary and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are working together with local health authorities to activate the outbreak response.”

He noted that the cases in Syria appear to be “imported” from Pakistan, one of three countries where the wild poliovirus remains endemic. “These and other recent polio cases in previously polio-free countries serve as stark reminders that as long as polio still exists anywhere in the world, all unimmunized children everywhere remain at risk,” Scott said.

Today, seven countries across the region rolled out vaccination campaigns aiming to reach 22 million children. These campaigns are planned to be repeated over the next 6 months to protect children in the region from the polio outbreak.

ROTARY AND POLIO ERADICATION

In 1988, Rotary helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort.

Overall, the annual number of new polio cases has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when polio infected about 350,000 children a year. Only 223 new cases were recorded for all of 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing 13 million cases of paralysis and 250,000 deaths. Polio today remains endemic in only three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, although “imported” cases in previously polio-free areas – such as the Horn of Africa -- will continue to occur until the virus is finally stopped in the endemic countries.

ABOUT ROTARY

Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary's 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org and endpolionow.org.


Rotary Responds to Polio Emergency in Syria Tom Lewis 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Women's Groups Associated With Rotary Clubs
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Some very significant programs of Rotary service are not conducted by Rotarians. This is true because of the many projects sponsored by organizations of Rotarians' wives and other women relatives associated with Rotary clubs around the world.

 

Women's groups-often called Women of Rotary, Rotary Ann Clubs, Las Damas de Rotary, Rotary Wives or, the more formalized organization, The Inner Wheel-annually conduct hundreds of notable projects of humanitarian service in their communities. The women's groups establish schools, baby clinics, food and clothing distribution centers, hospital facilities, orphanages, homes for the elderly and other service activities, and they frequently provide volunteer service on a day-to- day basis to operate child-care centers for working mothers and provide necessary resources for Youth Exchange students. Usually the women's groups complement and supplement the programs of service performed by the local Rotary clubs. Many of the women's groups actively conduct international service projects as well as local projects.

The RI Board of Directors in 1984 recognized the excellent service and fellowship of the clubs and organization of women relatives of Rotarians and encouraged all Rotary clubs to sponsor such informal organizations.

Rotary Education - Women's Groups Associated With Rotary Clubs Tom Lewis 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z
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NAM Elves Richard Bills 2013-12-14 00:00:00Z
Nelson Mandela Speech to the District Assembly (9210) and Conference of Rotary International May 23, 2003
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Your Excellency President Muluzi

Chairman of Rotary Mr Nathanie

Excellencies

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great honour to share with you in this occasion of the district assembly and conference of Rotary International.

We are delighted at the opportunity of once again visiting your beautiful country. It has always held a special place in our hearts and we fondly remember all of our previous visits here. The warmth and hospitality of the Malawi government and people had always been overwhelming in its depth and sincerity.

Our brother, President Bakili Muluzi, holds a special place in our esteem and affections. He has led his country with wisdom and commitment and left his mark on Southern African and African affairs.

We have always admired the manner in which he acts as a dedicated member of the SADC team while retaining his independence of spirit and thought. It is for us a special honour to be his guests once more.

It is testimony to his generosity of spirit that he saw fit to extend such an invitation to a retired old pensioner who no longer holds office or wields power. I am sure the President in his caring wisdom realised that an old man sometimes needs such a break at a beautiful resort like this one, and we thank you most sincerely Mister President.

That generosity does, however, not surprise us in any way, because we know of the compassionate and caring manner in which the President interacted with his predecessor. President Muluzi embodies that African spirit of ubuntu of which we speak so often.

It is that same spirit, we believe, that has drawn us together here today in this conference of Rotary International. We wish to commend Rotary International for the choice of its conference theme: "Mankind is our business". There can be no more appropriate theme for our times than one of putting the concerns of the entire humanity at the centre of our activities and pursuits.

We are at a crucial conjuncture in mobilising the collective energies of humankind towards working together for a more humane, compassionate and just world. We are at a moment in history where the world can either be drawn into ever intensifying rounds of global conflict and increasing inequality, or from which it can emerge with a renewed commitment to peace and global co-operation.

To make humankind our business is one way of ensuring that we follow the latter route.

Human beings distinguish themselves from other species in that they are to a large extent the architects of their future. We have the capacity to rationally decide upon courses of action that can ensure a better future for all of humankind.

The phase we are currently going through and that appears to be so crisis-ridden, has within it the potential to make of the world that better place for all of the people of our planet.

We made such unprecedented advances in science and technology that we have the capacity to address most of the serious challenges facing us. Our productive capacity is such that we can feed, clothe and shelter all of the people of our globe. Communications technology has brought the world closer together than it has ever been in human history, with events in one part of the world being within reach of the most distant parts almost at the moment of occurrence.

International and multi-lateral bodies have the ability, if there is the political will, to solve and prevent conflicts and to introduce regimes of mutual co-operation throughout the world. National governments are increasingly becoming aware of the obligation to put the interests, needs and human rights of their citizens supreme in all their actions and decisions.

Players in commerce and industry, as those gathered here today, have a particularly important role to play. The ties that bind us through trade and commerce in today's globalised world, must also be used to bring us closer together in a caring and humane manner. The sense that business has for opportunities and risks must also be used for the pursuit of peace and prosperity for all.

Humankind is your business; its long-term survival in peace and prosperity is essential for your goods and products. Humankind is your resource; its well-being is essential for the production of your goods. In short, humankind is your business; look after and care for it well.

In sub-Saharan Africa particularly an essential part of that caring would be to involve yourself in the comprehensive partnership in the battle against HIV/AIDS. It presents the greatest threat to progress we have faced in centuries. Yet, once more it is a battle we can win if we work in comprehensive partnerships.

May your conference help map out a route that places humankind firmly on the high road to the kind of world we dream of.

I thank you.

Nelson Mandela Speech to the District Assembly (9210) and Conference of Rotary International May 23, 2003 Tom Lewis 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z
December is Family Month
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Assistant Governor, Ken Zeman
Hanford Sunset Rotary

When you think about Family, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Mother, Father, Sons, Daughters, Grand Children, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, family Pets, what do you think about?  The Family core has changed in America over the last few decades with Single Parent Families being more frequent, as well as Grandparents raising their Grandchildren for one reason or another. Family is important to all of us, as Rotarians, we give, we help, and we care.  This is what makes Rotary special, and makes you a Rotarian.

If you had a chance to watch the Movie “Dolphin Tail”, there is a part in the movie that leads to the phrase, “Family is forever!”  During the Holiday Season we all think about Family, but what about our extended Family, or closest most dearest friends, or neighbors, and our Rotary Family.

Your Rotary Club is part of your family.  This is one of the reasons for joining Rotary, to have friends and make new ones.  As we do our Rotary Work in our Communities and throughout the world we must remember the word Family.  We need to have more Family oriented events, where our new generation of Rotarians can bring their spouses and children too.  What about a spring time club picnic in a local park, a baseball game, or bowling outing?  When was the last time your Rotary Club met in a Bowling Alley?

My Heart fills up with Joy when I think back on my family, my Wife, my Daughter, and my deceased Father.  Family is always inside all of us.  Sometimes Family is not always perfect but for the most part Families can work through some pretty tough times.

During the month of December, Remember and Celebrate Family, your own and your Rotary Family.

 

December is Family Month Tom Lewis 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - World Community Service
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World Community Service is the Rotary program by which a club or district in one country provides humanitarian assistance to a club in another country. Typically the aid goes to a developing community where the Rotary project will help raise the standard of living and the quality of life. The ultimate object of World Community Service is to build goodwill and understanding among peoples of the world.

 

One important way to find a club in some other part of the world which needs help on a worthy project is to use the WCS Projects Exchange, a list of dozens of worthy activities in developing areas. The exchange list is maintained in the RI Secretariat in Evanston and is readily available upon request. It outlines projects, provides estimated costs and gives names of the appropriate contacts.

Clubs which need assistance, or are seeking another club to help with a humanitarian project, such as building a clinic, school, hospital, community water well, library or other beneficial activity, may register their needs. Clubs seeking a desirable World Community Service project may easily review the list of needs registered in the Projects Exchange. Thus, the exchange provides a practical way to link needs with resources.

Every Rotary club is urged to undertake a new World Community Service project each year. The WCS Projects Exchange list is an excellent tool to find a real need, a project description and cooperating club in a developing area. The job then is to "go to work" to complete the project, and at the same time build bridges of friendship and world understanding.

Rotary Education - World Community Service Tom Lewis 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Meeting locations
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 Date Location

Dec 6 Holiday Party at Pearl Fincher Museum
Dec 13 Men of Leisure at Clementine’s Restaurant, 6448 FM 1960 West
Dec 20 Dr. Coker is arranging a great program
Dec 27 Merry Christmas - no meeting
Meeting locations John A. Maxwell 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
December meeting leaders
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Date  Invocation Pledge Rotary Minute 60-second Commercial
 6 Dec Schlattman, Rusty Honig, Ernie


 13 Dec Roush, Wayne Fraske, Patricia

 20 Dec Moyer, William Davis, Mimi

 27 Dec Mitchell, John Coker, Elbert

December meeting leaders John A. Maxwell 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Happy Thanksgiving!
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http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at Plymouth

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

Thanksgiving Becomes an Official Holiday

Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.


In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving Traditions

In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.


Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

Thanksgiving Controversies

For some scholars, the jury is still out on whether the feast at Plymouth really constituted the first Thanksgiving in the United States. Indeed, historians have recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America that predate the Pilgrims’ celebration. In 1565, for instance, the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé invited members of the local Timucua tribe to a dinner in St. Augustine, Florida, after holding a mass to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival. On December 4, 1619, when 38 British settlers reached a site known as Berkeley Hundred on the banks of Virginia’s James River, they read a proclamation designating the date as “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."


Some Native Americans and others take issue with how the Thanksgiving story is presented to the American public, and especially to schoolchildren. In their view, the traditional narrative paints a deceptively sunny portrait of relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, masking the long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers that resulted in the deaths of millions. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.

Thanksgiving's Ancient Origins

Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.


As an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, moreover, Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving also bears a resemblance to the ancient Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Finally, historians have noted that Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores.

Happy Thanksgiving! Tom Lewis 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Italy - Annie
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Another month goes by and my report is late.  I do not know where the time all goes.  I apologize!

I can tell you that my days are shorter after school.  My host mom dropped a bomb on me.  She told me she wasn’t going to drive me home from school anymore.  I have to take a public bus home every day.  I actually have to take two busses with a 15-30 min wait in between stops and walk the rest of the way home. The first bus is but 8 or 9, whichever comes first and the second bus is a short bus which is bus 10. Bus 10 only comes once an hour so I can’t just go home whenever, the time I take bus 8/9 depends on the time bus 10 comes. Bus 10 is short because the regular sized busses are too long to make the tight turns to go up the hill where my host mom lives and it only comes once an hour because not many people have to take it. It takes one hour to get home now instead of 15 min.  The busses have been an experience. One time I got lucky and my host sister saw me at the bus stop when she was driving home from university and picked me up.

I have noticed the speed bumps in Italy are not like the speed bumps in Texas.  The speed bumps in Italy look like the road has a small hill under it.  Everyone just speeds over them.  I had to take a video as I watched the cars drive by without slowing down.  It looks like a lot of fun to drive over. One time my host mom was driving me and my host sister to school and we were driving down a back road and here in Italy, some streets are made up of a bunch of rocks all put together in a design and she was driving so fast and she hit her side mirror on the wall of Citta Alta and it broke off haha. I laughed so hard…Italians drive so crazy. :p They drive so fast always!

I have been in Italy for 2-1/2 months now.  When I hear Italian it is hard for me to think about English.  I know Italian much better without thinking hard about it and know how to speak some now.  The language barrier is getting easier.  I am no longer taking Italian lessons after school anymore but I am still taking th 2 hour lessons every Tuesday at school.

The more time I spend with Kitty from Taiwan, the more I learn about her language.  We sometimes text each other in her language.  I will be trading host families with her in two months or less.  I am excited.  Her family lives in the Center.  I love hanging out there.  It is where all the shops are and where my friends and I like to hang out and drink Cappuccinos. Me, Kitty from Taiwan and Luci from France always go out and get a Cappuccino and then walk to Citta Alta and explore. All the employs at the café we go to know us and we don’t even have to order..we just sit at a table outside and when they see us they bring us 3 Cappuccinos with a heart drawn in it with cream J  We tried roasted chestnuts the other day and they were so delicious.  Everyone needs to try them. I crave these things ALLLL the time. Every time I smell them, I turn into a whole new person and stop what I am doing and search until I find them!

For Halloween we really didn’t do anything.  Here they celebrate “Holiday for the Saints” or “All Saints Day”.  We had three days off from school to celebrate.  I really am enjoying my sculpting class.  I can’t draw an ear to save my life but but I can sculpt one really well. J

I was in OVS (my favorite store here that we don’t have in Texas) the other day I saw a shirt that said “Austin, TX” on it and I thought that was funny.  I’ve been to Austin a few times J  The grocery carts do not have that bar on the bottom like in Texas.  I kept trying to rest my foot on it and there is no bar… haha. The first time I tried it I laughed and was thinking, “Oh my gosh this is so strange..people can’t run with the buggy and then jump on the bar and ride..they are missing out on so much!” then the second time I tried to rest my foot on the bar I just laughed at myself and though I wouldn’t do it again but I did it another 2 times haha. It’s a habit that will be hard to get rid of.

I baked my host dad some Nutella Cookies the other day.  I had to find a recipe without vanilla because I could not find vanilla here.  I haven’t seen it yet.  When I was at a gelato place they asked me what flavor I wanted.  I said “vanilla” and they started cracking up laughing so I ended up with a flavor called Stracciatella and now I am hooked on it.  Yum! My host dad freaked out when I told him I wash my hair every day and told me to wash it every 3 days and I couldn’t imagine doing that. I know that’s what you’re supposed to do and it is healthy to do that but I am so used to washing it every day! So one day we were on our way to get gelato to bring to my councilors house for dinner and he made me ask the ladies serving gelato how many times they wash their hair in a week and it was so funny and embarrassing at the same time hah. They said 3 and I let my host dad have a moment of, “BOOM IN YOUR FACE! I TOLD YOU!” and then we went for dinner.

My host dad’s mom can cook!  She is the best cook here.  The other night she made us lasagna, bread and oil, thin pieces of chicken, fries, tomatoes and some chocolate desserts.  She makes a lot of food but everyone just eats a little of each.  I love eating at their house..my host dad’s father reminds me of my grandfather so much! He is so funny and he doesn’t try to be. One time he picked a had full of grapes out of the bowl and threw them on his plate and they went everywhere and his wife looked at him like, “How many times do I have to tell you not to throw your food..” and he started to flinch as if she was going to smack him as a joke.  Speaking of eating, you have to eat french fries and everything else that Texans call “finger foods” with a fork and a knife.  Alberto, my host dad, says, “Use your fork; we do not live in the jungle!”  Even bread and oil, use a fork, only use your hands to break the bread.  Use your fork to dip the bread in the oil and eat. 

I was told we are going to Switzerland for Christmas.  I will be learning how to snowboard. But I will be taking lessons in German so wish me luck!  I am from Houston, Texas and haven’t seen much snow!  This should be fun.  I am glad I bought a new coat when I was in Milan the other day.  I am really going to need it there.  The money here is also strange but genius..It gets shorter as the value gets smaller.  I will definitely bring some Euros home to show everyone. I have also collected money from Taiwan and Australia from other exchange students J The money from Australia won’t rip! I have tried so hard haha.

My parents back home in Texas were sweet enough to send me two Texas flags.  The cost of shipping is outrageous.  So I have advice for future exchange students,

 “Do not put off buying your state’s flag before going to your future country.  You will want a flag before you go so you will have them for the Rotary Meetings.  Please take your state flag or an American flag with you so mom and dad can send YOU money to spend instead of spending it on shipping for your flag.  J And I recommend bringing your state flag and country flag just in case there are a lot of American exchange students because odds are there will be. Almost all exchange students in my district are from America but only one other is from Texas but she is in another district! ”

            I really did enjoy my box from home.  My mom packed two Texas flags, a Buccee’s t-shirt, a Duck Dynasty cup, small package of Cheetos, a small package of Twizzlers along with my favorite writing/drawing pens.  I am loved!

Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Italy - Annie Anais G. Watsky 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
November 22 meeting notes
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On a blustery cold day, the intrepid Willowbrook Rotary once again ventured out to the Pearl Fincher Museum for our weekly meeting and a presentation by the Museum director - Tim. Being at the museum reminded President John of his favorite museum from his childhood, the Kit Carson Museum. Prominently displayed in the lobby was a large skull which was said to be the actual skull of Kit Carson. Next to it was a much smaller skull which was Kit's skull when he was a child. As if that weren't enough, he told about the opening of a new Children's Museum. Their greatest challenge had been in finding enough old refrigerators on which to display the artwork.......Groan........

 

Due to a scheduling conflict, we had our speaker first and all of the other stuff after. Tim told us about all of the wonderful things going on at the museum and their hopes for expansion to a second location. At the conclusion of his presentation, President John presented a donation of $500 from the Club.

 

The schedule for the next few weeks is as follows:

Nov 29 - informal meeting at Victors on FM1960.

Dec 6 - No noon meeting - Christmas Party at Anais's.

Dec 13 - Men of Leisure at a location TBD

Dec 20 - Dr. Coker is arranging a great program

Dec 27 - Merry Christmas - no meeting

 

There will be several volunteers working at NAM on Dec 14. Let David Smith know ASAP if you want to help.

Forms for solicitation of Auction Items were passed out. Tickets for Monte Carlo and the Raffle will be distributed at the meeting on the 13th.

 

Good News:

1. Massy was just back from Hawaii but wanted to thank everyone who had attended her party and for all of the nice gifts and notes.

2. Linda Honig had attended a reunion of her graduate school at Arizona State. They had expected 30, but 80 showed up. Some of her rambunctious lab partners from years past had mellowed somewhat.

3. Wayne Roush noted that Linda's talk of reunions reminded him that Louella had volunteered to chair the planning for her 50th High School Reunion. He was not going to be ale to attend the Christmas Party as they would be celebrating his grandson's 18th birthday. Tom Jackson recommended that he not advertise that on Facebook. Wayne then gave a lesson on the history of Thanksgiving and the fact that FDR had moved it from the last Thursday in November to the 4th Thursday after being pressured by dome Ohio retailer.

4. Randy Thompson had sent out a link to an article on polio eradication that was in Wired Magazine. He also had $22 in honor of the 22 people who had lost their lives working to administer polio vacine this past year.

 www.wired.com/wiredscience/polio-vaccine?mbid=synd_gfdn_bgtw

5. Lyncee Shuman thanked Mimi for something that I could not hear and also shared about finding a Mass card in her mther's old Bible related to the assassination of Kennedy.

6. John Maxwell shared how his Nanny tried to drag him out to see Kennedy in Houston the day before the assassination, but he resisted, but that was his first recollection of being impacted by someone's death.

7. Rich Bills said that he always remembered the 22nd of November since it was his Dad's birthday. He would have been 86, but that birthday 50 years ago had not been too joyful. Also, he had a great time interviewing Rotary Youth Exchange candidates to include Lyncee's daughter Sierra.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving all. Join us at Paneras at 8am tomorrow morning and weather permitting at 7am for a brisk walk in the CyChamp Park.

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November 22 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
A Lesson in the Power of Clean Water
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Rotary News

Early each morning, the students of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in El Tunino, Guatemala, trek down the mountainside on their way to school. They carry the essentials for the day: books, backpacks, and class projects. But one other item they used to haul from home is thankfully absent: a bucket of clean water.

The community of El Tunino is part of Sumpango, a rural region where access to clean running water is limited. Schools in the area offered the basics in education, but students learned quickly that drinking water and working toilets were not part of the curriculum. Today, that lesson is very different.

Using a global grant, the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur, along with clubs in the United States, have provided washing stations and latrines, as well as kitchen equipment and furniture for this school and eight others in Sumpango. 

Jorge Luis Chiquito, principal of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, says the availability of clean water and sanitation have had a significant impact on his students. With fewer illnesses caused by polluted water, the students are absent from school less and able to concentrate on their studies more.

“Having a hand-washing station and new latrines has made a huge difference,” he says. “We now have a better way of life for our students and their families, thanks to the help we received from Rotary.”

Clubs in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, all part of District 4250, sponsored 43 global grants, five of which were led by the Guatemala Sur club. Providing clean water was one of the club’s top priorities.

“Everything begins with water,” says Jorge Aufranc, past governor of District 4250 and a member of the Guatemala Sur club. “If there is no water, we cannot have peace. Where there is a lack of water, there is conflict.”

In the rural communities of Guatemala, it’s not uncommon for women and children to walk for 45 minutes, four or five times a day, to get water for the home. The water, which comes from polluted sources, is used for everything, including drinking, cleaning, and cooking.

The Rotary Club of La Antigua, Sacatepéquez, another local club, also took advantage of global grant funding to provide a chlorination system and latrines for the community of Chipastor in San Martin de Jilotepeque. The club partnered with the Rotary Club of Centerville-Farmington in Utah, USA, and Behrhorst Partners for Development, a U.S.-based nongovernmental agency that works with Guatemalan communities to improve health and well-being.

Community involvement was key to the success of both projects. Several of Guatemala Sur’s global grant projects were made possible by the volunteer labor of local workers and input from community leaders during the planning process.

“To have a good project, a sustainable project, you have to involve the community,” Aufranc says. “We have to think of it as their project, not ours. It is a project of the community, not a Rotary project.”

 

 

A Lesson in the Power of Clean Water Tom Lewis 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Jack Sim Wants You to Talk About Toilets
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Adapted from a story in the November 2013 issue of The Rotarian


By age 40, Jack Sim was a successful entrepreneur running 16 businesses. He had enough money to retire, so he started searching for a neglected cause to which he could devote his time and effort.

Realizing that people don’t want to talk about toilets, he set about making the humble commode into a media darling, founding the World Toilet Organization in 2001 and holding a special day every year to draw attention to sanitation. This year, the United Nations voted to make World Toilet Day, 19 November, an official UN observance.

Sim credits Rotary with helping him break the taboo around the subject. In October, his organization inducted Ron Denham, chair emeritus of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, into its hall of fame. The honor recognizes the work Rotary and the action group have done to change behavior and improve sanitation.

“It is good to see Rotary being recognized for the impact we are having on people in the developing world,” Denham said. “But this award is a wake-up call as much as a recognition. No progress has been made toward the [UN’s] Millennium Development Goal of increasing access to safe sanitation. We as Rotary members must shift our focus from water to water and sanitation.”

We sat down with Sim, also known as Mr. Toilet, at the action group’s World Water Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in June.

The Rotarian: You use humor to break through the toilet taboo. How did you come up with that approach?

Jack Sim: Once you make people laugh, they will listen to you. I saw another person who did it very well: Mr. Condom from Thailand. He promoted the condom by making people laugh, so I did the same with toilets.

Everybody has their personal toilet horror stories, whether about their travels or about their children. You just have to let the conversation flow naturally, and everybody will talk about toilets. In fact, once they feel it’s a legitimate topic, they can’t stop.

What can Rotary members do to get people talking about sanitation?

Sim: More than 100 years ago, one of the first Rotary projects was to build a public toilet. Every Rotary member should know this story. When members do water and sanitation projects, at least 85 percent of them focus on water. But you cannot have clean water if people are still defecating into the river. You cannot improve quality of life for the poor if people are still getting sick because of lack of proper sanitation. Women cannot be safe if they are subjected to rape or molestation because they have to go to the toilet in the bush. You cannot achieve education for girls if they have no place to change their sanitary napkin, so they drop out of school for a week every month to avoid embarrassment, and eventually cannot catch up and drop out altogether.

You and others talk about approaching sanitation from the angle of behavior change and getting people to want to use toilets. What should Rotary be doing differently to promote sanitation?

Sim: The way to do it is to make toilets sexy, to make toilets a status symbol just like a cell phone. Even schoolchildren in the slums have cell phones, yet they have no toilets. The best way to know that a person wants a toilet is when he buys it.

A market-based solution is the most sustainable model. Instead of putting toilets in the ground and hoping people use them, if you invest this money in training people to set up a factory to produce toilets and train local ladies to sell toilets on commission, then you create jobs, you create entrepreneurship, and you deliver proper sanitation. Even after your investment is used up, the business continues to grow.


Jack Sim Wants You to Talk About Toilets Tom Lewis 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Membership is her Message
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Adapted from a story in the October 2013 issue of The Rotarian


It’s not hard to find Kristi Govertsen in the restaurant. She’s wearing a royal blue T-shirt reading RIOTT. It stands for Rotarians in Our Twenties and Thirties, but of course there’s more to it than that. “You should always,” Govertsen explains, “name yourself something that’s both a noun and a verb.”

Just as she puts a new twist on the rules of the English language, Govertsen bursts beyond the usual lines of Rotary – and she did it about 30 times last year, traveling to districts around the western United States and suggesting, among other things, that there’s a way for Rotary to bring in people who don’t look like the guy already sitting across the club lunch table.

In casual conversations with Rotarians, she often jokes about being the Mr. Rogers of Rotary: Instead of asking people if they’d be her neighbor, she asks if they’d like to have lunch next Thursday – not to join Rotary, just to have lunch, and maybe not even talk about joining. After all, she says, before marriage comes dating.

“People are starved for connection,” she says. “They want to get permission to be the nice, wonderful human beings they are inside.” If everyone lets that out, Govertsen says, people – and Rotary clubs – have a chance for all kinds of unexpected connections.

In Portland almost 10 years ago, a family friend invited her to a Rotary lunch, and she got caught up in the organization – especially during an outside planting effort on a wet Saturday. “We don’t vote the same, we don’t worship the same, we don’t believe the same things,” she recalls about the group. “But everybody’s here in the rain, shoveling and smiling. I fell in love.” She joined the Rotary Club of East Portland soon after.

Her secret identity – part Rotarian Wonder Woman, part youthful sidekick – came about by accident. Several years ago, the small group of younger members in her club playfully suggested banding together at the next meeting. A senior member dared them to do it, and pledged to donate $100 to The Rotary Foundation if they did. At the next meeting, they appeared in a group and seized control of the invocation – they read Dr. Seuss, a generational guru comparable to Mr. Rogers – and soon the RIOTT T-shirts were created. Word spread, and there was chatter about them at the 2008 RI Convention in Los Angeles.

These days, she notes with the rueful grin of a borderline 40-year-old, she barely qualifies for RIOTT. (She jokingly envisions membership in another group, RIF RAF, Rotarians in Their Forties and Fifties.) But she still sees generation X and generation Y as fertile soil for service organizations.

“Generation Y is about a globally connected world. There’s never been a time when members of this generation were not connected to people on the other side of the planet.” Still, she notes, they’re not naturally drawn to Rotary; only 11 percent of members worldwide are under 40. To increase the number, she thinks, clubs have to be willing to let younger members chart their own path – like the members of RIOTT.

“If you want young people in your club,” Govertsen says, “you have to do it as a group, have a place for younger people to get together. You might want younger members, but if you never let them be in a leadership position, that’s not good.”

Her presentation is a multimedia blast of figures, photos, and anecdotes, with pie charts showing what a small proportion of Rotarians typically invite guests or work to enlist new members. It features quotes she finds moving and stories that have stayed with her. “A statistic I got from a zone coordinator always produces gasps from the audience,” she says. “It’s that only 15 percent of Rotary members ever propose anyone else for membership.”

“She’s such a dynamic speaker. People appreciate the fact that she can take a topic like membership and make it fun and exciting. It is a revolutionary way to talk about membership that we’ve never had before.” And it has an impact. Membership in District 5030 had been sliding steadily over five years, he says. After Govertsen’s appearance at training workshops, the decline stopped, and numbers even rose slightly – including among members under 40.

Kristi Govertsen is all about empowering people, bringing out what’s inside them – and bringing them into Rotary. She’s passionate about how it can be done – by being nice, by listening to people, by reaching out to them. She brings lessons from Mr. Rogers, and from her own experiences.

She’s an explosion of energy. Enough to be both a noun and a verb.

 

Membership is her Message Tom Lewis 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Ugandian VTT Meets Dr Cooley, Heart Transplant Pioneer
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Jon R. McKinnie

Ugandan Vocational Training Team posing with Dr. Denton Cooley, heart surgery pioneer and living legend. First heart transplant in the US and first implant of a fully artificial heart.  Dr. Cooley is 93 years old and still comes to work every day at The Texas Medical Center.  Team leader Rotarian Dr. Isaac Okullo, Dean of the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy at Makerere University, the largest institute of higher learning in Uganda, is standing in the rear to the right of Dr. Cooley.  Thanks to Posey Parker of the Rotary Club of West U for facilitating this meeting.
Ugandian VTT Meets Dr Cooley, Heart Transplant Pioneer Tom Lewis 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation Month and an exciting month it has been!
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First, I'm happy to report that 58 of our 61 District 5890 Clubs have already made a donation to The Rotary Foundation (the Annual Fund or Polio Plus) this Rotary Year. See the attached MCR Report to see how your club is doing so far. Remember that fifty percent of the donations we make this year will come back to our District in the 2016-17 RotaryYear. Our District's Paul Harris Society (those pledging to donate $85+ per month to the Annual Fund and/or PolioPlus) continues to grow. Please encourage your members to join. An anonymous Rotarian has agreed to match the first $1,000 donated by all new Paul Harris Society Members this year. Click on this story heading to learn more about the District Foundation activities...

PolioPlus - despite some setbacks in re-infected countries, continues to make progress and new plans are underway to increase the quality of routine childhood immunizations in countries still threatened by Polio. You will be hearing more PolioPlus news in the coming weeks.

In addition, we just received $98,832 from The Rotary Foundation to reimburse each club which was awarded a 2013-14 District Grant. Remember to complete your final report when your District Grant Project is complete for reimbursement.

Our Districthas over $1 Million in Global Grants under way or in the works - including a Vocational Training Team of 6 medical professionals from Uganda which were here for the last two weeks training at Texas Children's Hospital thanks to Baylor College of Medicine. The other half of the VTT will be arriving here to train in March. Special thanks to Bill Davis, Ed Pettitt, and Jack Wallace for all of their work to make this VTT such a success.

And last but certainly not least, five outstanding Global Grant Scholar Applicants were selected this past week. They are Michelle Heard (sponsored by the Houston Skyline R/C), Alexandra Sutherland (sponsored by the Space Center R/C), Jesus Sotelo (sponsored by the University Area R/C), Sarita Panchang (Sponsored by the Harrisburg R/C), and Melody Tan (Sponsored by the West U R/C). Congratulations to each Scholar Applicant and their sponsoring club!

Thanks for your continuing support of Our Rotary Foundation!

Terry R. Ziegler
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

November is Rotary Foundation Month and an exciting month it has been! Tom Lewis 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - "Every Rotarian An Example To Youth"
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In much of the official literature of Rotary International relating to service to young people, a special slogan will be found- "Every Rotarian an Example to Youth." These words were adopted in 1949 by the Rotary International Board of Directors as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary clubs exist. Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.

Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, handicapped children's centers, school safety patrols, summer camps, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child care centers and children's hospitals. Many clubs provide vocational counseling, establish youth employment programs and promote use of The 4-Way Test. Increasingly, drug and alcohol abuse prevention projects are being supported by Rotarians.

In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role models for the young men and women of their community. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations of children and youth.

The slogan accepted over 40 years ago is just as vital today. It is a very thoughtful challenge-"Every Rotarian an Example to Youth."

Rotary Education - "Every Rotarian An Example To Youth" Tom Lewis 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Poland - Megan
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August

After the very long journey from Houston, Texas, USA, I was very happy to see my host family on the other end, in Warsaw, Poland. When I first caught sight of them, I saw my host mother holding the Polish flag, my host sister holding the USA flag, and my host father holding a very nicely decorated sign that said "Welcome Home Megan." That will be a sight that I will always remember. I have a rare host family situation because I became friends with my host sister, Ola while she was on an exchange in Houston, Texas 2012-2013. She was the main reason why I included Poland in my list of countries I was interested in, because she was such a great ambassador of Poland... even when I first met her I could tell what a great person she is. So, instead of meeting each other for the first time in the Warsaw airport, we hugged each other and she said, "Welcome to Poland, kruszynka!" I know that I should've been tired and jet-lagged but the excitement of being in a different country kept me awake during the car ride from Warsaw to Bydgoszcz. The day after I arrived, Ola showed me around Bydgoszcz and I said that I felt like I was in Disney World. We don't have public transportation in my town in Texas, so riding the bus and tram for the first time was very cool to me. I even kept my first bus ticket to keep as a souvenir. I was amazed by the beauty of the architecture in Bydgoszcz since I had never seen buildings that looked quite the same. A few days after my arrival in Poland, I went to Berlin with Ola, her friend Anna, and her uncle who works in Berlin. I had a great time doing touristic things around the city and seeing the famous and historic aspects of the city. A few days later, I went to the 2-week long language camp for all the exchange students in Poland, which was in Bydgoszcz. It was so much fun getting to know all of the other exchange students. There is something that separates exchange students from normal people... exchange students are always so open to new people, ideas and cultures. We had fun sharing a little of our cultures with each other, whether it was through language or dance moves. I was hoping that after this language camp I would be well off speaking Polish... haha! Polish is a very difficult language and although I learned the basics at the language camp I knew I still had so much to learn.

September

School started on the 1st of September. I started out in a class that focuses on math and physics. A girl named Dagna, who I knew because she helped out with the language camp, was in this class so I was glad that I knew at least one person. She was very nice and introduced me to the class which meant a lot to me! The next day, I was moved into a different class which the principal thought would be better for exchange students. Everyone in my new class was also very friendly. Polish school and American school are different in many ways... neither of them are better, just different. I have been going to school for almost 3 months now and I am enjoying it and getting to know my classmates. My host family and I took a trip to the mountains and castles of southern Poland and Prague, Czech Republic. Hiking through the Polish Mountains was very fun, I love nature and enjoy hiking. The view from the top was beautiful! I also really enjoyed seeing Prague. I have heard numerous times that it is one of the prettiest cities in Europe and in the world and I don't have any doubts that that is true. I think I took a total of 1000 photos just in these few days! Also in September, we had a district conference in Lublin. I was dreading the 7 hour train ride but it ended up being so fun, how could it be boring when you're traveling with 6 other exchange students? Lublin is a beautiful city and I loved touring it. In Lublin we were presented with numerous Rotary-organized trips which I am really excited about! My birthday was September 16th. All of my classmates sang Happy Birthday to me in Polish and my friend Dagna made me cupcakes that said "Happy 18th Birthday Megan" and also had the flags of the USA and Poland. I was so touched! My host family gave me a beautiful amber bracelet which I'll always treasure!

October

October started with a trip to Gdansk and Sopot with my host family. Since we live in a city, it was nice to go to the seaside for a couple of days. The Baltic Sea is beautiful, and although it was too cold to go in the water I enjoyed watching the waves and taking nice pictures. One of my classmates invited me and another exchange student for a day trip to Warsaw since his mother works there once a week. Visiting Warsaw was very interesting to me, especially its history. My favorite part was the beautiful Old Town and before we left Warsaw I had 2 bags full of Polish souvenirs. I had never experienced a true fall until I came to Poland, since the Texas weather is too hot for the leaves to change color before they fall. I mentioned to my friends that I've always wanted to jump into a pile of orange leaves but never have been able to. Then we decided to make a pile of leaves and spent the next 30 minutes taking turns jumping into the pile, and seeing who had the most interesting way to jump into it. Great memories! I am a member of the Bydgoszcz Rotaract Club and in October we had a Halloween party for the children in an orphanage in Bydgoszcz. We made all kinds of decorations for the party and planned games for the kids to play. Since Halloween isn't very popular in Poland, the kids had fun getting their faces painted and playing Halloween games since it was pretty new to them. I dressed up like a cat and the kids all never stopped pulling my fake tail- haha. Also during October, my host brother Adam was accepted into Rotary Youth Exchange 2014-2015, I'm so excited for him!

These are some of the things I've learned while in Poland:

1. If you think you're a fast eater, there will always be a Polish person who eats faster than you. Before I came to Poland, I thought I was a fast eater. Within my first week in Poland, I realized I was wrong when my whole host family would finish dinner while I was only half way done. I made one comment about how I thought I was a fast eater until I came to Poland and my host father jokingly said, "Eating is a competition in our family!" Now when we eat together the person who finishes first is the "winner."

2. A sandwich a day keeps the doctor away. Polish sandwiches are much different than American sandwiches and when I first arrived in Poland I was surprised at how often people eat them. Especially at language camp, when there would be a huge buffet at night, just with all the components of what you needed to make a good sandwich. I love Polish sandwiches!

3. Tea, tea and more tea. I think before I came to Poland, I had tea maybe once or twice in my whole life. In Poland, I sometimes drink 5 glasses of tea in one day!

4. "House shoes!" In Texas, I always walked around my house barefoot. Now, I always wear my house shoes and my host mom even bought me a pair for my own. At first, it seemed a little silly to me, but now it is normal for my house shoes to be the first things I put on in the morning.

5. The true meaning of "It's the little things that mean the most." I was so touched when my friend Dagna did such a nice thing for me on my Birthday, and also when my host parents hugged me and said "Sto Lat, Meggie!" and kissed me 3 times on the cheek. When you're in your comfort zone, you don't think much of things like this. But when you are pulled from everything that is normal to you and everything you are used to, you really appreciate the little things that people say and do... even the smallest of things, like a smile.

Megan Scofield

Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Poland - Megan Anais G. Watsky 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Rotary Books for the World - New Sorting Schedule
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Jon R. McKinnie

An International Service Project, started in 2000 and supported by Houston area Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs, is proud to announce the shipment of our 200th40’ shipping container of books (for a total of over 6-3/4 million pounds), as well as several containers of bicycles & bicycle partsto Rotarian led literacy projects in Africa and countries around the world.Would you & your club like to help with the shipment of the next container?

 

Rotary Books For The World–Please bring a group of your club members, Interactors, Rotaractors, friends and family members to help sort and palletize books on the following dates:

Satruday, November 16, 201310:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Saturday, December 14, 201310:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Saturday, February 22, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

This is a non- air-conditioned/non-heated warehouse. Please dress appropriately.

Yes, you are welcome to bring used books to donate to this project.

Where?

116 Main St. Pasadena, TX

Park on Eagle St. or under Hwy 225

Be careful crossing the street and do not leave valuables in your car

 

Questions?Terry Ziegler -bigzlumber@aol.comor 713-825-1176.

 

We always need more funding to purchase containers and to pay for shipping. Please consider asking your club to donate to this great project at the project websitewww.rotarybooksfortheworld.org.

Rotary Books for the World - New Sorting Schedule Tom Lewis 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Scholarship Recipient Reflects on his Journey to Rotary
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This story originally appeared in the September 2012 issue of The Rotarian.

 

 

My father moved us from Vietnam when I was a child to provide us with more than what we’d had under the communist regime. We ended up in a ghetto in Oakland, California, USA. I went to Fremont High School, one of the worst schools in a neighborhood plagued by violence, poverty, and high dropout rates.

Our house was on a busy street, and every night we heard gunshots.

The spring of my junior year, a group of Rotarians visited my class. They told us about the Rotary Club of Oakland’s Enterprise Institute, a three-day camp that allows students to develop and test their business skills. Spending time in the Santa Cruz Mountains, creating a business plan with my peers, didn’t appeal to me so much as escaping the projects for a few days. In my world, the only businesses I saw were funeral homes, liquor stores, and drug dealers.

The Enterprise Institute exposed me to a new reality. I met teenagers who talked about Plato and Shakespeare, not drive-by shootings and AK-47s. It was at camp that I heard the word “entrepreneur”for the first time. Surrounded by high school students from schools that were far superior to my own, I learned just how little I knew. As we considered case studies and came up with our own business plans, I also saw a future that didn’t involve assault rifles and prison cells. These kids talked about going to college and starting their own companies, and I realized I wanted the same things. Coming from the streets, I knew I was at a disadvantage and would have to work even harder to achieve the same goals. That was one of the most important lessons I took away from the Enterprise Institute–not a business outline, but a sense of ambition and self-motivation.

LANDING ON FIRM GROUND

We didn’t have much money, so I applied for every college scholarship I could. I filled out 20 applications and received 19 rejections because I was not a U.S. citizen. Only one scholarship program accepted me: the Rotary Club of Oakland’s. The Rotarians met with me and my family and listened to what I had been through and where I wanted to go. I know they had many applicants, and when they awarded me the $5,000 scholarship, it proved they believed in me. The scholarship, along with financial aid, allowed me to go to college.

At the University of California, Davis, I used the scholarship money to pay for rent and books. The first three years I was in school, the scholarship meant that I didn’t have to work and could concentrate solely on studying. Whenever I would talk to my Oakland club counselor, Terry Turner, he would always ask how I was doing, and I would tell him truthfully that I was struggling. Fremont High School had not prepared me for UC Davis. Terry offered me advice, and I listened to it. I started at Davis at the same time as three other Fremont High School graduates. By my second semester, I was the only one left. The Enterprise Institute had jump-started my future. The Rotary scholarship kept it in motion.

I spent several years working for a series of small companies before striking out on my own with Novateck PC in 2004. As soon as I opened my business, I joined the Oakland club. Its members became some of my first clients. Novateck has grown since then and now has three employees. My family has also grown; I now have a wife and two young daughters.

Last year I took my wife and oldest daughter to Vietnam. The little fishing village I left as a child 30 years ago is now a bustling metropolis. My childhood home in Oakland has also morphed into something else; the basketball court where I used to play has been replaced with apartment complexes. The Rotary Club of Oakland’s Enterprise Institute is one of the things that remain unchanged. Now in its 30th year, the institute continues to take dozens of high school juniors to the mountains and teach them how to make their own future in the business world. I have helped with the institute for the last seven years and am now co-chair of the committee that runs the whole thing. I know that the camp experience will help other teenagers change their way of thinking and give them hope for a better future. That’s what it did for me.

Scholarship Recipient Reflects on his Journey to Rotary Tom Lewis 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Celebrate Interact
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Rotary News

In 1962 Rotary created Interact, a program for young people 12-18 years old. Since then, Interact has grown to more than 15,000 clubs in 142 countries. Interact members volunteer in their communities, make international connections, and develop leadership skills while making new friends. See how Interact is giving young people the chance to make a real difference.  

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Celebrate Interact Tom Lewis 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - No Personal Privileges
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Frequently, friends ask whether Rotarians receive special business benefits from their Rotary membership. Should Rotarians expect a special discount or some preferential service just because they are dealing with a fellow Rotarian?

 

The answer is clearly "no." The Rotary Manual of Procedure expressly states the Rotary position on this matter. The policy, originally approved by the RI Board of Directors in 1933, is that in business and professional relations "a Rotarian should not expect, and far less should he ask for, more consideration or advantages from a fellow Rotarian than the latter would give to any other business or professional associate with whom he has business relations." Over 50 years ago the concept was expressed that "true friends demand nothing of one another, and any abuse of the confidence of friendship for profit is foreign to the spirit of Rotary."

On the other hand, if new or increased business comes as the natural result of friendship created in Rotary, it is the same normal development which takes place outside of Rotary as well as inside, so it is not an infringement on the ethics of Rotary membership.

It is important to remember that the primary purpose of Rotary membership is to provide each member with a unique opportunity to serve others, and membership is not intended as a means for personal profit or special privileges.

Rotary Education - No Personal Privileges Tom Lewis 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
November 15 meeting notes

Despite our best efforts to conceal our meeting location, a pretty good sized contingent of Rotarians were able to find their way to the Pearl Fincher Museum for a great meeting and delicious fajitas from Gringos. President John had a funny story about an author/musician that was told to quickly for me to write and I waited too long to create my notes so I've forgotten the punch line. It's hell to get old!

 

Our guests today included Jim Lemmerz, Bob Gamache, and Christian Collins. 

 

Announcements: The Christmas party will be on December 6th at 7pm and the Watsky's. There will be heavy hordervezs (or however you spell it), desserts, and libations. Anais passed the hat for donations to buy our three exchange students Christmas presents.

 

John Maxwell wanted to make it clear that the discussion about Monte Carlo Ticket sales should be interpreted as a plea for everyone to up their sales, but that no one is going to be kicked out of the club if they do not meet the 10 ticket "quota" however members remain responsible for the same number as in the past, but are asked to give the extra effort to insure the success of our event.

 

Good News:

1. Wayne Roush (remember Wayne?) finally made it back from Ohio. Wrapping up his mother-in-law's estate took longer than expected and when they finished that, they got back just in time to leave on a cruise of Australia and New Zealand. We then got an extended lesson on the difference between their two flags.

2. Anais Watsky welcomed former member Bob Gamche. Also, we have 21 students scheduled to interview for the Youth Exchange. She thanked everyone that has helped to date and that will be helping with interviews tomorrow.

3. David Smith thanked Kit and Gary Aguren for attending the EAFK Knighting, and for Ernie Honig's picture taking.

4. Tom Jackson Jr said that the 8pm Ben Jackson show on 11/23 is sold out, but tickets remain for the early show so please sign up for a great show and to raise money for Pure Water. Also, the ScyFy Channel had called Ben about appearing on some reality show but he had a conflict and was unable to make it work.

5. David Thompson had put in a dollar last week in anticipation of his new grandchild, but he's still waiting.

6. Rich Bills had a buck for Massy's party. We had a good crowd and he was able to experiment with the panorama function on his iPhone. (sample attached to this letter) He had also run into former member Doug Crawford at an open house. (no not that Doug Crawford, but another Doug Crawford from back in the late 80's)

7. John Maxwell echoed Rich's comments about Massy's party.

 

Tom Jackson Jr invited his neighbor, Warren Hanson, to entertain us. Warren is an accomplished author, illustrator, and musician and gave us a wonderful program. Check him out at www.warrenhanson.com.

November 15 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Belgium - Marisabel
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Sorry to send my report in so late it has been kind of hectic around here, we had all of last week off and my family and I travelled.

This whole month has been amazing , first I would like to say Belgians have A LOT of vacation time at the beginning of their school year! A couple of days after I sent in my last report I went on a club to club exchange with my host club to Mersea in the U.K. it's something they do every year to keep the connections between clubs positive. Last year the Mersea club came to Belgium but fortunately for me and the two other girls in my club it was our turn to go on the trip. Mesea is known for its oysters so the club too us on a whole day expedition to a packing shed in the middle of the ocean where we ate oysters and huge trays of assorted seafood, it was also the first time they had met exchange students that club has never hosted and are trying to start an exchange there so the girls and I got to talk about our experience and tried to convince them. It was a great experience talking to the Rotarians and getting to spend time with our club for the weekend.

The next weekend my host dad and one of my sisters went to Amsterdam, it was also amazing! There were so many things to see and it is such a beautiful city, my family and I wandered around the city and it could not have been any better we got to appreciate the buildings , see the train station, eat in great little restaurants and see the inmense amount of bikes parked everywhere. One of the best things was going to Anne Frank's house, I have read her diary many times and had always wanted to go, it was really great to put the story into the real place, they still have the original bookcase and her diary there! Unfortunately Saturday night it started raining and it didn't stop until after we left so our second day there we spent the day inside of the Van Gogh museum, it was a great experience too I had never really known his story and after that day I had the chance to appreciate his life and work.

The Friday before our week off (last week of the month) I went to the fair of the city where I go to school at, it's really strange to see a whole fair with a big ferris wheel and attraction in the middle of the city but I had a grat time! I went with some friends from school and they had me try their hamburgers and a Belgian dessert called Laquements that has a syrup made in the outskirts of the city. The dessert was very good but the burger was totally not what I expected considering the picture of a regular burger on the side of the stand I received a patty split in half inside of a small baguette, my friends laughed because they knew it wasn't the American way but I enjoyed it anyway.

On the last weekend of the month we had our first Rotary trip, 60 other exchange students from all of Belgium and I went to Paris! I had been once before but when I was young so this was amazing I don't usually get to spend much time with other exchange students since I live pretty far out but I got a lot closer to the other exchangees and got to fulfill my dream of going back. The highlight of my trip was going up the Eiffel Tower at night, the lights were beautiful and looking down at Paris I really felt how little I as compared to the rest of the world which just made me realize how much there is left to explore!

A day after I came back to Belgium I went to Barcelona to visit one of my host sisters! I had been in Spain before but never to Barcelona, it really is nothing like any city I have seen before. The food, the people , the beach it was all so different and so colorful. My sister showed my dad and I around the city, Sagrada Familia, Park Güel , San Miguel beach and Las Ramblas were some of the places we visited. I got to experience the warmest weather I've had in Europe , 72° and because I've gotten so used to the weather here I was sweating! I have no idea what will happen when I go to Texas!

This month has truly been amazing, I have gotten to do things I would do in years or a lifetime in one month all thanks to my family and Rotary. I can't ever stop thanking you and all of the other Rotarians for having this program, working so hard and letting me participate. I apologiwe for any mistakes I've made I feel like I'm starting to lose my English!


Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Belgium - Marisabel Anais G. Watsky 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Youth Exchange
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Rotary Youth Exchange is one of Rotary's most popular programs to promote international understanding and develop lifelong friendships. It began in 1927 with the Rotary Club of Nice, France. In 1939 an extensive Youth Exchange was created between California and Latin America. Since then the program has expanded around the world. In recent years more than 7,000 young people have participated annually in Rotary-sponsored exchange programs.

 

The values of Youth Exchange are experienced not only by the high school-age students involved but also by the host families, sponsoring clubs, receiving high schools and the entire community. Youth Exchange participants usually provide their fellow students in their host schools with excellent opportunities to learn about customs, languages, traditions and family life in another country.

Youth Exchange offers young people interesting opportunities and rich experiences to see another part of the world. Students usually spend a full academic year abroad, although some clubs and districts sponsor short-term exchanges of several weeks or months.

Approximately 36 percent of Rotary Youth Exchange students are hosted or sent by the clubs in the United States and Canada. European countries account for about 40 percent, and 12 percent come from Australia and New Zealand. Asian clubs sponsor 5 percent, and 7 percent come from Latin American countries. Over 70 percent of all Rotary districts participate in Youth Exchange activities.

Youth Exchange is a highly recommended program for all Rotary clubs as a practical activity for the enhancement of international understanding and goodwill.

Rotary Education - Youth Exchange Tom Lewis 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z
November 15 bulletin
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November 15 bulletin John A. Maxwell 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z
November 8 meeting notes

Having been away the last two Friday's I've fallen out of practice in my note taking, but here goes anyway...

 

President John discovered an opportunity for Community Service. He read about a gentleman in Washington who killed a congressman and rushed to his preacher to confess. The preacher told him he was there to forgive him for his sins, not to praise him for Community Service. Bada Bing.....

 

He also suggested that we have plenty of money for Monte Carlo - the bad news is that it's still in your pockets.

 

Jinni Kaltenbach presented our Rotary Minute. Since Monday is Veteran's Day, she read about a Club in District 5810 in Dallas that had started a program called Operation Veteran's Support and have raised $6.8M to date.

 

Our guests today included Massy's mother Mimi and mother-in-law, Jan Williams.

 

Announcements: David Smith encouraged all Rotarians to attend the next Knighting Ceremony at Klenk next Wednesday at 12:30pm.

 

Anais Watsky had 26 potential Rotary Youth Exchange candidates at her Parent/Student meetings and will need help with interviews Saturday the 16th at NAM. Please let her know if you can spend a couple of hours helping out.

 

Good News:

1. Randy Thompson said that there were only 3 polio cases this week so progress continues. He told a story about taking Tom from Thailand back to the airport to return home, and Tom asked him if he remembered picking him up when he first arrived. Randy assured him that he remembered to which Tom responded - I not understand a word you say!

2. Bob Ullom - (who I assume you heard suffered a stroke last week) announced that he retired.

3. Linda Honig told about a fellow named Paul Marshall who works with Cypress Cares. She said that his daughter had been murdered by her boyfriend last week, but that the body was still missing. She also gave a shout out to the work that our Club does with a particular notice of Anais's work with RYE, David's work with EAFK, and our participation at REACH.

4. Randy Thompson chimed in again about our exchange student from Denmark donating $4 to polioplus. He also mentioned that Arbor Day is January 18th and he's workig on a tree planting opportunity for us.

5. Jan Williams (Massy's mother-in-law) mentioned how excited she was to be at our meeting and how much Rotary widened the world and made great opportunities available.

6. Rich Bills told of his vacation to Miami and mentioned that Saturday morning is not the time to try to go to South Beach as traffic as impossible. He was able to pick up his son's Iron Man shirt since Nathan had to cancel his trip, but at least got a $300 T-shirt out of the registration.

7. David Thompson is expecting grandchild number 7 next Tuesday. That's the 5th for this particular daughter.

8. Tom Jackson Jr. mentioned that tickets are selling fast for the Ben Jackson Magic Show on 11/23 that is raising funds for Pure Water of the World. http://purewaterhaiti.eventbrite.com will get you to the ticket booth. Don't delay.

 

Our speaker today was Jon Williams. Jon shared an interesting video of his club's project in Nepal which was very interesting. 

November 8 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z
November 8 bulletin
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November 8 bulletin John A. Maxwell 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation month
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November is Rotary Foundation month! It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure these programs continue.

Our Rotary Foundation sponsors a broad range of Educational and Humanitarian programs that save and change lives here and abroad: Group Study Exchange (GSE), Ambassadorial Scholars, Polio Eradication, District Matching Grants and Health/Hunger & Humanity (3H) Grants, to name a few. These programs are the lifeblood of Rotary, creating world peace and understanding through the lives touched by the programs. Ask any past GSE team leader or any Rotarian who has visited/worked on an international project about the difference made by these programs . . . there are many wonderful stories of saved and changed lives around the world. 

Our contributions to The Rotary Foundation fund these Rotary programs. While our Foundation is quite healthy (one of the largest Foundations in the world), there is so much more we need to do. Your annual contribution and/or a contribution to the Foundation permanent fund (through a major gift or benefactor contribution) fuels our Rotary programs. A contribution to the Foundation is one of the best investments you can make with nearly 100% going to Rotary programs that save and change lives. 

I encourage each of you to learn more about The Rotary Foundation and make a contribution to continue saving and changing lives.  These programs work and are a great investment for a better and safer world.
November is Rotary Foundation month Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
On World Polio Day, Rotary Spotlights the Fight to End the Disease
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Rotary News 

 

 

Rotary helped put polio eradication on center stage on the day best known for rallying support to finish the job – World Polio Day, 24 October.

A special Livestream presentation  –  World Polio Day: Making History – showcased the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus and streamed online to viewers worldwide.

RI President Ron Burton kicked off the event by noting that Rotary began immunizing millions of children against polio in the 1970s, first in the Philippines and then in other high-risk countries.

“Polio rates in those countries plummeted,” Burton said. “As a result, in 1988, Rotary, the World Health Organization [WHO], UNICEF, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came together to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  More recently, the initiative has benefited from the tremendous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . . . . It is so very important to finish the job.”

Dr. Robert Murphy, director of Northwestern’s Center for Global Health, emphasized that polio eradication “is completely doable. . . . [It] will result in preventing billions of cases of paralysis and death, saving billions of dollars, assuring that no parent in the world will have to worry about this terrible disease ever again.”

Dennis Ogbe, polio survivor, Paralympian, and ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to promote child immunization, spoke compellingly about the challenges of living with the disease and the opportunity to protect people from it for all generations to come.

“I have learned not to look at anything as impossible, and that includes, especially, the eradication of polio,” said Ogbe, who was born in Nigeria. “We have come a long way since the start. So let us finish strong and End Polio Now.”

Dr. Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies, and Country Collaboration at WHO, emphasized that the global fight is winnable, noting that the number of cases in the endemic countries –Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan – is down 40 percent in 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. He also said that the type 2 wild poliovirus has been eradicated, and said November will mark one year without a case of type 3 virus anywhere in the world.

Aylward also pinpointed challenges to the global initiative, including the outbreak in the Horn of Africa with 200 cases. Because of the strong response to the outbreak, however, the region “is again rapidly becoming polio free,” he said. Moreover, the polio endgame strategic plan, if fully funded, is equipped to stop such outbreaks.

“Today, all children everywhere can have a better future, not just against polio, but against every disease . . . if we as a global society get behind the vision of Rotary 25 years ago to reach every child with something as simple as polio vaccine.”

The World Polio Day event also featured a short video showing the tireless efforts by health workers and Rotarians to immunize children in Pakistan. “We are very optimistic that the challenges will not be able to deter us and soon Pakistan will become polio free,” said Pakistan PolioPlus Committee chair Aziz Memon in narrating the video.

Event moderator and Canadian Rotary member Jennifer Jones encouraged people to donate to the End Polio Now: Make History Today.  fundraising campaign, which makes contributions work three times as hard with matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also invited everyone to join the more than 50,000 people in 150 countries who have expressed their support for a polio-free world by becoming part of the World’s Biggest Commercial.

Emmy Award-winning actress Archie Panjabi spoke passionately about why she is so committed to her work as a Rotary ambassador for polio eradication.

“When I was a child 10 years old, I went to India. As I walked to school, I would see children younger than me with no [use of their] limbs, begging for money,” Panjabi said. “It broke my heart.”

Inspired as an adult to learn more about polio, she was “amazed by the amount of work that Rotary has done,” in helping India be free of the disease since 2011, and joined a team of Rotary volunteers to immunize children there last year.

“I will do whatever I can to support Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative . . . . And if you do whatever you can, then together we can eradicate polio forever.”

Jones challenged the audience and online viewers everywhere to share their voice for polio eradication with friends and followers on social networks and encourage them to do the same. “And write or email your government officials to urge them to commit the resources we need to finish the job,” she said.

“We need you – and we want you to help us make history!”

On World Polio Day, Rotary Spotlights the Fight to End the Disease Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
Partnering with Mercy ships to Fight Disease in Guinea
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A team of health professionals is touring Donka hospital in Conakry, Guinea, in March when they spot more than a dozen large, greenish masses covering the ground. To the U.S. team members, they look like an art installation; in fact, they are hospital gowns and surgical drapes, laundered and spread out to dry. They are a vivid example of the group’s objective: to lower deadly infection rates caused by unsterile procedures.

This Rotary Foundation vocational training team is the first to serve under Rotary’s partnership with the nonprofit Mercy Ships. Rotary District 7690 in North Carolina, USA, sponsored the team with a packaged grant, part of the new Rotary grant model that launched worldwide 1 July. The team’s five members will train Guinean health professionals at the two national hospitals.

The Africa Mercy, a 500-foot oceangoing hospital ship, is docked in Conakry for a 10-month medical mission. The Mercy Ships staff and visiting experts, such as this team, will tackle a range of tasks, including setting up medical and dental clinics, conducting health screenings, performing surgeries on board, and conducting health care outreach throughout the country. The ship also will serve as a steel-hulled security blanket.

“Mercy Ships looks for ways to continue helping local medical professionals after the ship leaves port, ” says Michelle Bullington, who helped advise the team. “Improving sterilization techniques would have a sustainable impact.”

Rick Snider, former governor of District 7690, worked on a Mercy Ships vessel for five years with his wife, Linda, and coordinated the Guinea project. He recruited assistant governor Jenny Braswell as team leader. A recently retired public health official, Braswell has volunteered on numerous Rotary projects in rural Nicaragua and Jamaica. Her husband, Sherrill, a physician, became Braswell’s first recruit for the Guinea team. She handpicked the rest from among former public health colleagues in North Carolina.

In Guinea, the team’s work begins with a tour of the century-old Ignace Deen Hospital. Laundered gauze bandages droop over railings to dry in the sun for reuse. The well-worn examination tables have no sterile paper, and the medical units are nearly devoid of supplies and equipment such as autoclaves and medical waste boxes. Doctors and nurses provide their own rubber gloves and sterile masks and gowns. Germ-killing bleach is rare.

In the generally clean wards, the patients’ family members sleep under the beds; they are the main caretakers. Food is stored on the floor where it is accessible to vermin, and flies and mosquitoes glide freely through doorways kept open to contend with the heat.

The team also visits Donka hospital, where toilets are flushed with water from a pail, and power outages are common. “The staff members touch patients without gloves, going patient to patient without washing hands. There are unbandaged wounds, flies and roaches, open sewage right outside a patient facility and no sterile barriers, ” says Sherrill Braswell, adding an observation that he later repeats so often it sounds like a campaign slogan: “They are doing the best they can with what they have. ”

For a week, the team provides training in reducing infections, covering topics such as using surgical gloves, masks, and gowns; controlling rats and mosquitoes; disinfecting with bleach; tracking infectious diseases; and hand-washing.

“Fifty percent of hospital-associated infections could be prevented with hand-washing, ” Lyon says. Knowledge gaps soon become apparent. A serious misunderstanding exists about hand sanitizer: that it causes germs to stick to the hands. “It is important to clarify that hand sanitizer kills bacteria ” – particularly in a place where running water is unreliable, Jenny Braswell says. An exchange on wound care illuminates the need to treat wounds immediately to avoid infection instead of waiting until symptoms appear.

Donka’s director, Hadja Fatou Sikhé Camara, says her hospital wants to reduce infection, “but we lack the equipment and supplies. We are willing to do what you do, but as an undeveloped country, we lack the means. ”

When Sherrill Braswell presses for what is needed to reduce infections, the answer is lengthy: more autoclaves, antibiotics, vaccines, bed nets, and rubber gloves, in addition to computers for blood analysis and a water tower to maintain running water. Of six operating rooms, only the new maternity units have UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation), a standard sterilization method.

After decoding the health system and enduring the non-gridded power, the team accomplishes its objectives, at least according to pre- and post-tests that show significant learning. Positive results also are evident in the participants, who voice a new commitment to educating family caregivers.

Even small changes could have a big impact, the team says. “If they could get patients and caregivers to wash their hands, and if they would hang up the surgical drapes instead of drying them on the ground, significant improvement would result, ” Jenny Braswell observes.

But the lack of supplies and equipment cannot be ignored, she notes. Providing bars of soap would help, as would arranging for inexpensive solar-powered autoclaves for sterilizing surgical instruments.

Back home in North Carolina, the team is continuing its work by trying to acquire and deliver materials the hospitals need. “The hospital workers are able to do the job,” Braswell says. “But they need the supplies. ”

Read the full version of this story in the November 2013 issue of The Rotarian

 

Partnering with Mercy ships to Fight Disease in Guinea Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
‘Good Wife’ co-star Archie Panjabi partners with Rotary, Northwestern to put polio eradication on center stage Oct. 24
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Contact Kimberly Dunbar, 847 866 3469, kimberly.dunbar@rotary.org

EVANSTON, Ill. (18 October, 2013) — Emmy-winning actress Archie Panjabi, best known for her role as Kalinda on the hit series "The Good Wife," will talk about her volunteer work in support of polio eradication during a special program co-hosted by Rotary and Northwestern University's Center for Global Health on Oct. 24 – World Polio Day 2013 – in downtown Chicago.

The program, World Polio Day: Making History, will include remarks by Dr. Bruce Aylward, the world's leading expert on polio eradication and assistant director-general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration at the World Health Organization; Dr. Robert Murphy, director of Northwestern University's Center for Global Health; and U.S. Paralympian Dennis Ogbe, a polio survivor and ambassador for the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life program.

The event will be streamed live to a global online audience at endpolionow.org from Northwestern University's John Hughes Auditorium, 303 E. Superior St., Chicago, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST on Oct. 24. About 200 invited guests are expected to attend.

The program will include an overview of the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which Rotary co-launched in 1988; the challenges that remain in the corners of the developing world where the crippling virus persists, and a discussion of the ways private citizens, corporations, and non-profits can participate in the historic final push now underway to end polio once and for all.

Due to the eradication initiative's success in reaching the world's children with the oral polio vaccine, the disease today remains endemic to only three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Ogbe, the Paralympian, is originally from Nigeria, where he contracted polio at age 3.

Panjabi is one of Rotary's End Polio Now celebrity ambassadors. Last year, the British born actress helped Rotary volunteers immunize children in India, her parents' homeland, where she spent part of her childhood. Once considered the nation facing the most serious challenges to eradication, India was removed from the polio-endemic list in January 2012.

"Seeing India become polio-free is tremendous, and I am committed to making sure that no other child anywhere suffers from polio again," Panjabi said in an interview published in the November issue of The Rotarian magazine.

"How fitting that we are holding this important program in Chicago, Rotary's hometown," said Dr. Robert S. Scott, MD, who chairs Rotary's polio-eradication program. "Rotary began the fight to end polio, and today – World Polio Day 2013 – we and our partners have never been closer to our goal of a polio-free world. Rotary invites everyone -- private citizens, businesses, non-profits – to join us in this historic effort. Only one disease – smallpox – has ever been beaten. Now is our best chance ever to make polio the second."

Dr. Murphy of the Center for Global Health concurs: "It is very important to finish the job soon, because we are so close. Eradication is completely doable, and when it happens, it will be a huge public health achievement."

Dr. Aylward notes that when Rotary began its polio eradication work, the disease infected more than 350,000 people a year, compared with the 223 cases for 2012 – a drop of more than 99 percent. "When Rotary set out to eradicate polio over 25 years ago, most of the world thought it was impossible," Aylward said. "Today, it is very close to inevitable. There is still huge work to do, but Rotary has shown the world how the impossible can be converted to the inevitable with the right strategy, the right tools, and the right commitment."

Ogbe, now the wellness coordinator at Brown-Forman in Kentucky, claims a personal stake in the effort.

"This fight to end polio is personal to me," he said. "Polio still exists in Nigeria and is still killing and disabling children. We cannot afford to lose the fight against polio."

ROTARY AND POLIO ERADICATION

 

In 1988, Rotary helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort.

Overall, the annual number of new polio cases has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when polio infected about 350,000 children a year. Only 223 new cases were recorded for all of 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 deaths. Polio today remains endemic in only three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, although "imported" cases in previously polio-free areas – such as the Horn of Africa -- will continue to occur until the virus is finally stopped in the endemic countries.

This year, World Polio Day fundraisers will have greater impact due to the new fundraising campaign, End Polio Now: Make History Today, recently launched by Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation will match two for one every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to US$35 million per year through 2018.

ABOUT ROTARY

 

Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary's 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org and endpolionow.org.

 

‘Good Wife’ co-star Archie Panjabi partners with Rotary, Northwestern to put polio eradication on center stage Oct. 24 Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary and UNESCO-IHE Partnership Leads to 16 New Water Scholars
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Contact Stéphanie Tobler, +41 387 71 16, stephanie.tobler@rotary.org; Alida Pham, +31 15 21 51 722,a.pham@unesco-ihe.org

EVANSTON, Ill. (17 October, 2013) — Building on the success of the Rotary and UNESCO-IHE partnership to train future water leaders, the second class of students – 16 in total – began graduate studies this month at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the premier postgraduate water education institution in the world.

The first class of Rotary sponsored scholars, who began their studies in October 2012, successfully completed their first year of an 18-month Masters of Science degree program at UNESCO-IHE, a United Nations Institute in Delft, The Netherlands.  They are now embarking on a six-month thesis period. After graduation in April 2014, the scholars’ expertise will be put to work improving water and sanitation conditions in their own communities with projects the scholars and sponsoring Rotary members will design and implement together in their respective countries of Argentina, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Ghana.

“Students finished a year of challenging class work and are beginning their 6-month research component on issues of water management,” said Michael McClain, professor at UNESCO-IHE.  “After completion of their thesis projects, students will be ready to enter into the broader water management area and focus on the more important issues of bringing people, water, and economic development together,” said Dr. Michael McClain.

“I will work at the National University as a lecturer and consultant, training future water professionals and contributing to public interests,” said Gonzalo Duró from Argentina, a student from the first Rotary/UNESCO-IHE class. “Based on the idea that the future generation is key to start a change in how humanity uses water in an increasingly challenging world, our plan is to build a traveling educational program to educate kids on water care.”

Through this unique partnership, Rotary is providing more than funds for scholarships.  Rotary clubs and Rotary members are mentoring students both in their home country as well as during their stay at UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands. These relationships and networks will enable the students to effectively implement their skills upon return to their home country. 

“These highly motivated individuals are fully committed to raising the standards of water sanitation in their home country,” said Henk Jaap Kloosterman, member of the Rotary Club of Voorburg-Vliet, The Netherlands.  “With their dedication and with the support of the local and sponsoring Rotary clubs - they will deliver tangible results and save lives.”

According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, about 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to improved sanitation facilities. About 884 million obtain water for drinking, cooking, and washing from unprotected sources. Waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, and dysentery, claim nearly two million lives a year, most of them children under age five. The continuous task of fetching water keeps millions of people, especially women and girls, from going to school and holding productive jobs. Improved water and sanitation is key to reversing this trend.

"I am proud of the partnership between Rotary International and UNESCO-IHE in developing the capacities of young professionals in countries and regions where they are needed the most,” said András Szöllösi-Nagy, Rector of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. “Safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation are vital factors in human health and quality of life. But much knowledge and capacities are needed to build strong local and regional education and research environments and adequate institutions to enable sustainable change.”

“In Uganda, a number of water supply systems have collapsed due to poor design, poor operation and maintenance structure,” said Hilary Muhereza, one of the 16 scholars to start in October who plans to tackle the issue in his home country of Uganda. “There is a lack of technical expertise especially in flood risk management to mitigate the problem. Uganda lacks professionals in the water industry to work with new technologies and tools such as web based information and knowledge networks.”

The Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals was established in 2011 to address the world’s water and sanitation crisis and promote long-term productive relationships between Rotary members and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities. Through this strategic partnership, The Rotary Foundation – the charitable arm of Rotary International – provides grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor students each year for scholarships to any of three 18-month Master of Science degree programs at UNESCO-IHE including: MSc in Urban Water and SanitationMSc in Water ManagementMSc in Water Science and Engineering.

ABOUT THE STUDENTS

First class: The UNESCO-IHE students selected for a 2012-2013 Rotary Scholarship include: Temesgen Adamu (Ethiopia), Godfrey Peterson Baguma (Uganda), Kenechukwu Okoli (Nigeria), Bernice Asamoah (Ghana), and Gonzalo Duró (Argentina).

Second class: Sixteen UNESCO-IHE students selected for a 2013-2014 Rotary Scholarship: Hector Nava Oritz (Mexico), Badruz Zaman (Indonesia), Emmanuel Umolu (Nigeria), Fidel Vargas-Albornoz (Bolivia), Saheed Yinusa (Nigeria), Fatai Adelani (Nigeria), Adeniyi Adebiyi (Nigeria), Bhekisisa Mkhonta (Swaziland), Bongani Bhembe (Swaziland), Hilary Muhereza (Uganda), Anthony Akpan (Nigeria), Mohamedelfatih Eljalabi (Sudan), Ruchira Jayathilaka (Sri Lanka), Juma Yahaya (Tanzania), Mark Johnson (Liberia) and Sachin Tiwale (India).

ABOUT UNESCO-IHE

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partners in the Netherlands. Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries, the vast majority from the developing world. A unique combination of applied, scientific and participatory research in water engineering is offered combined with natural sciences and management sciences. More information: www.unesco-ihe.org.

ABOUT ROTARY

Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary’s 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. 

Rotary members contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in the areas of peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. For more information, visit Rotary. A promotional video includes interviews and footage of current scholars.  For broadcast quality footage and photos, go to Rotary’s Media Center.

Rotary and UNESCO-IHE Partnership Leads to 16 New Water Scholars Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation Receives Guatemela's Highest Honor
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The government of Guatemala awarded the Order of the Quetzal, the country's highest honor, to The Rotary Foundation last month, in recognition of Rotary's humanitarian work in Guatemala and its contributions to the campaign to eradicate polio.

During a ceremony on 2 September held in Guatemala, Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Fernando Carrera Castro presented the award to Rotary International President-elect Gary C.K. Huang.

The Order of the Quetzal, established in 1936, recognizes officials and organizations from Guatemala and elsewhere for their work in the arts, sciences, politics, and humanitarian service. The Rotary Foundation received a badge on a sash necklace designating its rank of Grand Officer, one of six ranks. The badge, a ten-pointed cross with five branches and a medallion, represents the coat of arms of Guatemala.

"On behalf of all Rotarians and Rotary, we are honored by this award from the Guatemalan government," Huang says. "We want to share this with all Rotarians."

While in Guatemala, Huang met with local Rotarians and visited several projects funded by The Rotary Foundation. During the past three years, Rotary clubs in District 4250, which includes Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, carried out projects with funding from 43 global grants. Global grants fund large-scale international projects with sustainable outcomes that address Rotary's areas of focus.

One project, in partnership with clubs in Illinois, USA, provided schools in the rural region of Sumpango with washing stations and latrines, as well as kitchen equipment and furniture. Another grant brought computers and a mechanical cow, a stainless steel machine for producing soy milk, to an all-girls elementary school in Santa Maria de Jesus.

"This award is not just for the Foundation or the Rotarians in Guatemala, but for Rotarians all over the world," says Jorge Aufranc, past governor of District 4250 and a member of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur. "It is international recognition for the work that all Rotarians do."

Learn more about The Rotary Foundation's global grants.

The Rotary Foundation Receives Guatemela's Highest Honor Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - The District Conference
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)


Most Rotarians have never attended a Rotary district conference. They have not experienced one of the most enjoyable and rewarding privileges of Rotary membership.


A district conference is for all club members and their spouses, not just for club officers and committee members. The purpose of a district conference is for fellowship, good fun, inspirational speakers and discussion of matters which make one's Rotary membership more meaningful. Every person who attends a district conference finds that being a Rotarian becomes even more rewarding because of the new experiences, insights and acquaintances developed at the conference. Those who attend a conference enjoy going back, year after year.

Every one of Rotary's more than 500 districts has a conference annually. These meetings are considered so important that the Rotary International president selects a knowledgeable Rotarian as his personal representative to attend and address each conference. The program always includes several outstanding entertainment features, interesting discussions and inspirational programs.

One of the unexpected benefits of attending a district conference is the opportunity to become better acquainted with members of one's own club in an informal setting. Lasting friendships grow from the fellowship hours at the district conference.

 

 

 

Rotary Education - The District Conference Tom Lewis 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Taiwan - Megan
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I feel like in eating more like a Taiwanese, I hold the bowl close to my face and I shovel food in my mouth, I’m going to swell up like a balloon

I am able to make a few sentences, such as “I want to buy a cup of milk tea” I feel proud

October 1, 2013 – Had a normal school day, during culture class we had to go to the office and we just talked and had fun. I was planning on going to KFC with Andre but he was unable to go
October 2, 2013 – Normal school morning, During P.E. I had to race another girl in my class, just one lap around the track and I beat her with my score of 40 seconds. I also watched my class play tug of war.  Also, many girls here hold hands with each other and today a classmate held hands with me! And a group of guys made a giant tape ball and painted it to look like a Pokeball for me, but I don’t know what I will do with it, it is the size of a softball. And after dinner I went to KFC with Andre.
October 3, 2013 – Normal school morning, then I had a Chinese class. Then I had a rotary meeting and my president gave me a portable phone charger. Then I went with my mom to her flower arranging class, dinner, Kawa had school till 7pm, shower, bed.
October 4, 2013 – Normal school morning, but at school I was unable to sleep in class or leave to go to the library because a group of people were judging the school and were going to rank them (stars 1-5) Then I went to Taipei with Andre again and while we were walking to the park a stranger on a scooter was yelling at us, seriously, he was using a lot of profanity, obviously I won’t write any of those words but I was very offended. On the train back we met a man from Canada who has been living in Taiwan and China for the past ten years teaching.
October 5, 2013 – Woke up, took a shower, played on my laptop, dinner, badminton, bed
October 6, 2013 – Woke up, made grilled cheese and tomato cheese for my family!! They loved it. Shower dinner bed
October 7, 2013 – My school is having a three day long test and today is the first day, I don’t have to take the test so Me, Andre, Lizzy, and Pierre were in our Chinese classroom all day! We watched the movies Bridesmaids and Mean girls. Shower, dinner, bed
October 8, 2013 – In school I was still in the classroom all day and we watched two movies. Return of the planet of the apes and 21 Jumpstreet, shower, dinner, and bed.
October 9, 2013 – In school we just listened to music and took funny pictures and did blindfold drawing contests. Shower, dinner, bed
October 10, 2013 – Today I did not have school because 10-10 is like a Taiwan independence day. I met Kilian and my first and third family went to this botanical garden, an art museum, then to the top of a rooftop to watch fireworks and we met another exchange student Dakota.
October 11, 2013 – Stayed home from school because I wasn’t feeling that well, my mom went to Taipei so I was home alone; all I did was sleep and watch movies on my laptop. I went to the mall with my mom and Kawa because my mom was having dinner with her sister, brother, and mom because their birthdays are very close, and me and Kawa looked for a gift for my mom with no success. 
October 12, 2013 – Nothing much today except tomorrow is my mom’s birthday and after badminton we went to a restaurant and we stayed there until 2:30 we all sang and had a fun time. While everyone went to bed I wrote “Happy birthday mom” on multiple pieces of paper and scattered them throughout the house.
October 13, 2013 – Woke up, shower, me and my sister bought our mom lunch, then my mom got a new phone, then I had dinner and my third family was there and we ate Thai food. 
October 14, 2013 – Normal school morning, Chinese class, library, dinner, bed
October 15, 2013 – Went on a field trip with my class and department. We went to the national Geographic Museum and then they basically dropped us off for 6 hours at a mall / food court / museum and we had a lot of fun, we found a speaker and played our music really loud, then on a separate park bench we sang and played our music. After that we went to a fashion show in Taipei. Shower dinner bed
October 16, 2013 – Normal school morning during P.E. class my gym teacher asked me if I could roll a tire, then was like oh, you’re American, you can’t roll a tire I proceeded to roll a tire to prove him wrong. Home, shower, dinner, bed
October 17, 2013 – Normal school morning, during class we moved desks and now I sit by Henry and Lulu which is really fun, tonight for dinner we went to a Japanese restaurant with some other members of our rotary club. Home, shower, bed
October 18, 2013 – Normal school morning, in the library I met the librarians husband who is from Greece and they invited us to eat authentic Greek food at their house (and what exchange student will deny free food) and I watched Monty Python sketches on YouTube, I hope they can understand why I was laughing so hard. After school me and Andre walked to the train station and we went to Taipei again, while we were there we met two girls from France from our district in Taoyuan because they wanted to go and meet other exchange students.
October 19, 2013 – Today I had a rotary outing with all exchange students in my district. We went and watched a demonstration of kick pottery (Maria a girl from Italy was the teacher’s voluntary assistant and accidently kicked his vase he was making) then we made a bowl and I painted it green and the pattern I made looks like a golf ball, then we ate lunch. We then walked to another place and made another bowl on a pottery wheel (one that involved electricity) and I made a bowl with a flower on it. Then there was the option for riding a bike for 2 hours or relaxing and talking, since I do not know how to ride a bike the decision was easy. It was a very tiring day so sleeping was easy that night.
October 20, 2013 – Wake up and eat lunch with my grandparents, then after lunch we went to my grandparents’ house to pick up dinner that my grandma made, me and my little sister went up to their apartment and I my grandma offered me this weird crunchy fishy chip and it turned out that it was a fish tail, like the fin part, it was interesting.
October 21, 2013 – Normal school morning, had Chinese class, home for dinner and heard from other students that my rotary district has changed the rules to be stricter, I’m now unable to travel out of the district (no more Friday nights in Taipei) and they don’t want us to be with other exchange students outside of Rotary event and that they are coming to all of our houses to talk to us…..yay
October 22, 2013 – Normal school morning during lunch I listened to a lot of French music from Pierre, had culture class, after school I went with Andre to eat dinner, we decided to get dumplings I only wanted to eat 7 or 8….. well I ended up eating 25 dumplings, I’m impressed and disgusted in myself at the same time, I slept so good that night
October23, 2013 – Normal school day, Chinese class, during lunch a classmate got me a big cup of juice and a really sweet handwritten note. My class 多二美 were in the finals for tug of war and we won! Bus, shower, bed.
October 24, 2013 – Normal school morning and day, had stinky tofu for dinner and we found the movie Legally Blonde on TV! My older brother came home tonight (like 11:30)
October 25, 2013 - Normal school day, for dinner I ate at a Korean restaurant with my family, My older brother got a tooth removed and then we rented the movie Iron man 3 and watched it
October 26, 2013 – Normal school morning and day, Went with Andre to eat gelato and waffles and we ate dumplings as well, then we ate dinner
October 27, 2013 – Wake up, had pizza and coke for lunch, then we drove to go see the Russell Watson concert
October 28, 2013 – Forgot to write
October 29, 2013 – Normal school morning, field trip! During an explanatory movie at the cake and pastry factory I was taking a lot of pictures with the other exchange students, then we made cookies, we had a tour of the factory and got some free samples. Then we went to the Republic of Chocolate, I got a frozen chocolate banana on a stick then we took a tour of the museum, after the tour we noticed that there is a fountain that some kids were playing in. So we started playing and some light splashing. Then Pierre pushed me in the water and I was drenched in. Luckily I had a change of clothes in my bag. After we got back to school me and Andre went downtown to shop for clothes for our schools sports day.
October 30, 2013 – Normal school morning, library all day, got home and started writing this monthly report. Shower bed.
October 31, 2013 – Normal school morning Chinese class, Walked with Andre and Hannah to the train station. We met Andras, then we went to Starbucks because there having a buy one get one free deal, then Hannah had to go to work. So me Andre and Andras ate beef noodle soup, Me and Andre went shopping then we took the bus home. 
Rotary Youth Exchange October report from Taiwan - Megan Anais G. Watsky 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange September report from Spain - Scarlett
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I had almost always traveled with my family. Which was easier because one could go grab the trays where we would place the shoes and other personal items. As well as, the most capable one of us could start placing the carry on baggage through the scanning machine. However, this time I had to do it by myself. I'll just say that a lot of the things I was carrying fell on the floor. The people waiting behind were already set and couldn't believe the mess I was creating.


Likewise, it happened again when I got to the other side of security, where the gates could be found, and for the rest of the trip any time my stuff had to be scanned. I kept on holding back the line, it was so embarrassing.


Once inside, with all of my stuff in place, I started looking for my gate. Thankfully, it wasn't that hard to find. Unfortunately, I wasn't sure if that was were my plane was going to depart from. This occurred because in the gate there was no other information apart from the number. In addition, there wasn't any staff member around I could confirm that detail with. 


Nevertheless, I had to wait for around an hour and a half. Besides, having to confirm that was the correct gate I and to be in. For this reason, I started to call my mom, to inform her about my insecurities. Later on, I learned about my sisters opinion about my calls. She thought I called for anything. At least, it was appealing for her to hear about my perspective of flying completely alone for the first time. In good time, I was located in the correct gate. 
Afterwards, I wasn't comfortable moving around because it was such a hassle to move with the bags. I proved it when I had to use the bathroom and I had to take all of my luggage and it almost didn't fit in the stall.  Consequently, the bags were also a problem when I had to make them fit in the over head compartment when I couldn't even lift them an inch of the ground. Neighboring passangers took pity on my weakness and decided to help the poor teen. 
Regarding the plane in general it was the biggest one I had ever been in. It was two floors, and the bathrooms were spacious. And I was pleased with the service and the type of food they gave us. I think they gave us cheesecake for desert. 


Eventhough, I was tired I didn't sleep the whole flight, because they had this amazing entertainment system which included the latest movies released. For this purpose, I spent the traveling trajectory updating my film/movies knowledge, critique, and perception. As a consequence, I was really tired afterwards because I had not slept the entire night.

As soon as I arrived to London, England, I followed the crowd as Alan said we should do, to observe and copy. After, I realized they were clueless or worst than me I stopped to think. I called my mom to tell her I arrived to London. Simultaneously, I remember Alan had also advised us to ask, because that could brake many more barriers than observing. And so I did, I asked everyone I encountered for directions. Still, when I found the gate the lady sitting behind the counter told me that wasn't the gate I was supposed to be in so my objective had not been reached. While I was on the verge of giving up someone pointed me into the right direction.

Before the school started, we had to stop by, this way the counselor could inform me about the school system, balance out my options, and choose my grade. I had to do this because I could qualify for any of two grade levels. Due to the fact that my host family's daughter, the girl I exchanged with, was supposed to attend 1st of Bachillerato. This one was recommended because this one didn't have the pressure of graduation and as much school work as 2nd of Bachillerato. Most importantly, they already knew me because, the girl I exchanged with, Paula had already told them I was coming. As a result, they were eager to met me. Yet, the people in 2nd they would be in my age group and it would be their last year. At the time, it made sense because I had already graduated, but I mainly chose it because of the subjects they offered. I felt they were more appealing than the ones in 1st. 

The first day of school was on a Thursday, because they had to do an orientation. However, I had to miss on Friday because the Rotary Orientation Weekend in Madrid started that day. For this purpose, I just got a quick taste of what school would be like for the rest of the year and it was't as favorable as I thought it would be. People already knew each other. They weren't interested in learning about Ecuador or the United States and in between classes everyone would just stand up and leave. I was completely disoriented, at least in The States I would get a schedule with the times on the side indicating when the period would start or end. With class numbers indicating which room to go to. But there wasn't anything not even a bell. 

After that bad taste of school, I was happy to know that I wasn't going the next day. Instead, I was going to a Rotary event which cheered me up. I knew that in Rotary I would met people who are willing to get to know strangers and always make the most of it. Just as it was in Texas. And that happened. I got to meet many people. Specially, from the U.S. But it was incredible, to get together and support each other. 

 

Consequently, when I returned on Sunday, I had to prepare mentally for school the next day. Surprisingly enough, it was much more better. I made a friend who introduced me to her friends and so on. They invited me to a town party they celebrate each year. It was last weekend, and I was able to experience another side of the culture, a younger perception. 

Now I have a lot of people I can talk to. Unfortunately, I still don't know all of their names but I'm getting there. I'm starting to say names that sound like theirs, but its fine they forgive me. 

Regardless, the president of the closest Rotaract club, who is by chance my Rotary counselors wife, invited me to a meeting. Subsequently, this Monday I went to a Rotaract meeting. Although, in order to get there I had to go to the city by myself. Due to the fact that it was during the week and my host family members had other responsibilities they couldn't accompany me. A series of disasters occurred. First, I missed the bus to the city. My host sister, fortunately, came home early so she took me as close to the city as she could. Secondly, the metro station was a little bit confusing and I almost didn't get to the stop I was supposed to be in. Thirdly, to increase my disorientation level the map I had didn't document a few streets. Eventually, I arrived to the meeting late. 

In addition, the meeting was no ordinary meeting. Apparently, it was a special occasion because the governess was going to visit. The only problem with that was that I interrupted the very important meeting while in informal clothing. I was so embarrassed. But, thankfully she asked about me and I was able to improve the first impression I made by clarifying it was my first time in the city alone and I didn't bring cocktail like clothing. She understood, and related with me because she had made and exchange as well. And told me how rewarding it was. That day I didn't only meet the governess but also a lot of young professionals involved with one Rotary's branches, and proud to represent it.

To conclude, I just have one thing to say I'm very grateful to Rotary for giving me this opportunity I have the pleasure to experience. I'm enjoying, learning, and saying yes every day.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange September report from Spain - Scarlett Anais G. Watsky 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z
Klein ISD Superintendent "knighted" by Early Act First Knight at Nitsch Elementary
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The event was partly in recognition of the success of the EAFK program.  Dr. Cain was not told in advance that he would be knighted, so it came as a big surprise to him.  EarlyAct FirstKnight® (or EAFK) is a groundbreaking character education program for elementary and middle schools from Knights of The Guild. Sponsored by Rotary Clubs, EAFK motivates and teaches children of all backgrounds to become civil, service-oriented people during their most formative years.

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Klein ISD Superintendent "knighted" by Early Act First Knight at Nitsch Elementary Ernest Honig 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - The District Assembly
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

In view of the annual turnover of Rotary leadership each year, special effort is required to provide the 27,000 club leaders with appropriate instruction for the tasks they will assume. The annual district assembly is the major leadership training event in each Rotary district of the world.

 

The district assembly offers motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairmen of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The assembly gives all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting. Usually eight to ten delegates from each club are invited to attend the training session.

Another important feature of a district assembly is a review by the incoming district governor of the program theme and emphasis of the new RI president for the coming year. District goals and objects are also described and plans are developed for their implementation.

The success of each Rotary club is frequently determined by the club's full representation and participation in the annual district assembly.


Rotary Education - The District Assembly Tom Lewis 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z
October 18 meeting notes
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President John claimed that airport security precluded him from telling any jokes, so he didn't! 

 

We had a couple of visitors to include Buddy Watsky and Ken Dwight.

 

Announcements were few - Next week's meeting will be back at Texas Land and Cattle and will be a Club Assembly to discuss matters of importance to the Club.

 

Good News:

 1. Bob Ullom had gone to Oklahoma City for another horse race. His horse is doing very well and as such has moved up in class and is facing stiffer competition, but was still a 3rd place finisher and improving her speed.

2. Jinni Kaltenbach was having mixed feelings about having sold their Lago Vista condo, but it's done. She was also excited that the shutdown is over so Big Bend is back open and the trip is on.

3. Linda Honig had attended the Nitsch knighting ceremony last week and it was very thrilling, especially since they had adopted a rap version of the 4-Way Test which is unique. Instead of medals this year, they are giving gold crowns, and one of the recepient's head was too small for the crown so he ended up with a necklace.

4. David Smith thanked Linda and Ernie for their participation with the Nitsch EAFK. He also thanked Tom Jackson Jr and Massy for covering for him at REACH birthdays. He was hoping that the Houston Cougars would do well against BYU on Saturday. Finally, he thanked all Rotarians in advance for their plans to attend the EAFK Tournaments this week. They will be Tuesday (tomorrow) at 9am a Klenk and Wednesday at 1pm at Nitsch.

5. Shanaz Kureshy is celebrating EID.

6. Phil Baker had a visit from a former Rotary Youth Exchange student from Germany back in 1999 who is now grown up and married. He husband is an avid golfer and Elbert Coker hosted him at a couple of first rate courses such as Champions and Redstone. Not too shabby.

7. Anais Watsky is recruiting for Rotary Youth Exchange at Klein on Monday and at Klein Oak on Wednesday.

 

Rusty Schlattmann took the occasion of introducing our speaker to sneak in a Rotary Minute about a former club out near Liberty Texas that grew up during the oil boom many years ago. I couldn't quite understand the name of the town, but it sounded like Holdasetta. It was unique in that at its 25th anniversary celebration, 100% of the members had perfect attendance for the entire 25 years. They also built a Rotary Building in the shape of a hexagon and it is allegedly the only Rotary Club to have had its own building and Rotary Bylaws no make it illegal for clubs to own buildings.

 

Our program was an update of the improvement that are ongoing at Hooks Airport to meet the expected demand for vendors visiting the new Exxon campus when it opens in 2015.

October 18 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z
Tuskegee Airmen at Greenspoint Club - Oct 29
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Come meet the legendary Tuskegee Airmen & hear their story of World War II adventures as "African - American Pioneer in Aviation"

They will be speaking at Greenspoint Rotary Club's meeting on October 29, lunch at 11:30, meeting starts at Noon.  Meeting location is 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX  77060

RSVP to Bernadette Thomas (281) 591-0017 

For more information, visit our website www.greenspointclub.com 



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Tuskegee Airmen at Greenspoint Club - Oct 29 Tom Lewis 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z
This week's meeting will be at Hooks Airport, Aviator's Grill

Today’s Program - Kristina Richard
Marketing Director Hooks Airport

Since 1963 D.W. Hooks Memorial Airport has grown to be one of the most respect-ed names in airport and ASO services, with more than 40 years of experience in de-veloping, operating and maintaining first class facilities and providing first class ser-vices. Our employees safely and efficiently support an average of 275,000 aircraft movements a year and dispense fuel to general and military aircraft ranging in size a Cessna 150 to a Lockheed Martin c-130. Our organization, from top to bottom, maintains a steadfast commitment to excellence in providing products and services to our customers.

This week's meeting will be at Hooks Airport, Aviator's Grill John A. Maxwell 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z
Register for 2013 Rotary-UN Day
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Rotary News

Register online to take part in Rotary-UN Day on 2 November. The daylong event offers a unique opportunity to learn how Rotary works with the United Nations to advance peace and improve the lives of those most in need.

This year’s event at UN Headquarters in New York City will feature presentations from senior UN staff and Rotary leaders as well as panel discussions on health, water, literacy, and youth.

Speakers will include Peter Kyle, Rotary’srepresentative to the World Bank; Jan Eliasson, UN deputy secretary-general; and Andrei Abramov, chief of the nongovernmental organizations branch of the UN’s Economic and Social Council.

High school-age students, including Interactors and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, can attend a special youth program in the morning as well as join the afternoon program.

Get more information about Rotary-UN Day, and download the event registration form or student registration form.

 

Register for 2013 Rotary-UN Day Tom Lewis 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z
Watch the "World Polio Day: Making History" Livestream Event
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Rotary News 

On World Polio Day, 24 October, watch a special Livestream presentation by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health on the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The 90-minute event, World Polio Day: Making History, will be held before a live audience at 17:30 Chicago time (UTC-5) at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus.

The presentation will bring together a panel of experts including Dr. Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization; Dennis Ogbe, polio survivor, Paralympian, and ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to promote child immunization; and Dr. Robert Murphy, professor of medicine-infectious diseases at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The program will be archived for later viewing.

For more on this and other polio eradication activities, visit endpolionow.org.


 

Watch the "World Polio Day: Making History" Livestream Event Tom Lewis 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z
Opening the Door to Polio Eradication
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Rotary News

It’s been more than two years since the last polio case was reported in Côte d’lvoire. Time enough for people to become complacent about immunizations. But that would be a mistake – a potentially deadly mistake.

“The public sometimes doesn’t understand why, after so many rounds of polio immunization, they are still being asked to bring their children to the immunization post,” says Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua, chair of Rotary’s National PolioPlus Committee in Côte d’lvoire.

As a long-time advocate for polio eradication, Richmond-Ahoua knows you can’t let up against this tenacious and crippling disease. With Nigeria one of three remaining polio-endemic countries, the possibility of fresh outbreaks in Côte d’lvoire is a constant threat. The only way to keep the poliovirus out of the country are regular immunizations of all children under age five.

During National Immunization Days (NIDs) in April, thousands of volunteers and health workers, together with Rotary and Rotaract members, canvassed the streets throughout the country in search of children to immunize. They traveled from house to house knocking on doors in shantytowns and rural villages. But gaining entrance to these homes required another round of convincing.

“Côte d’lvoire has just experienced a conflict and people are still cautious. They don’t want to open their door to just anyone,” says Richmond-Ahoua. But once they see the polio T-shirts and hats that Rotary clubs supply to identify vaccinators, she says they feel safe opening their doors.

Communication is also key to mobilizing public support. Rotary members use the media, television, radio, and even griots, African tribal storytellers, to encourage participation in immunizations. As a result, 7.5 million children received two drops of oral polio vaccine, along with vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets, during the NIDs.

Supplementary immunization campaigns like this one are part of the comprehensive 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan. The plan outlines what is needed to eradicate all polio disease by 2018. In June the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new fundraising agreement with Rotary. If successful, the campaign, which matches donations two-to-one (up to $35 million per year), will help raise $525 million for polio eradication.

“Polio eradication is not an option, it’s an obligation,” Richmond-Ahoua says. “When you consider what’s been done in Côte d’lvoire, despite the many obstacles we’ve faced, you are deeply convinced that polio will soon be eradicated.”

Opening the Door to Polio Eradication Tom Lewis 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z
4th Annual Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair

Jon R. McKinnie


October is Disabilities Month Dionysus Theatre invited Rotary to attend the 4th Annual Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair, which is  hosted by Houston Center for Independent Living on Saturday, October 19 from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm.   The theme of this year’s fair is Celebrating The Woman Within".


To honor the occasion, Dionysus will conduct musical performances and participate with a lineup of talented artists including Auti Angel from Sundance Channel’s ‘Push Girls” television series. Below are the details:

 

4th Annual Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair

Saturday, October 19

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm   Fair and Workshops (FREE)

6:00 pm –  8:30 pm  Dinner and Evening Performance ($5/person with RSVP required)

 

Metropolitan Multi-Service Center

1475 West Gray

Houston, TX 77019

 

To RSVP, please contact Maria Palacios at  mpalacios@hcil.cc or at 713-974-4621 (voice/TTY). This event is ASL interpreted.

 

Yours in Rotary,

Nicole Wycislo

Chair, Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Adults sub-committee

District 5890 Vocational Service Committee

 

About Rotary and Dionysus Theatre

In 2011 and 2013, The Galleria Area Rotary Club Charitable Foundation presented grants to Dionysus Theatre.   Nicole Wycislochair of the Intellectually and Mentally Disabled sub-committee of the District 5890 Vocational Service Committee and member of the Rotary Club of the Galleria Area, is board vice president of the Dionysus Theatre.

 

Dionysus Theatre, primarily funded through private contributors and grants, reaches out to community to continue its mission— to be a catalyst in breaking down barriers for and changing lives and attitudes toward persons with physical and mental disabilities. The theatre has a special commitment to educating children about inclusion and has a touring youth theatre that focuses on anti-bullying, empowerment, and self-esteem.

 

To learn what Dionysus and inclusion theatre is about, please watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujjuiJCdrAY 
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4th Annual Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair Tom Lewis 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - District Governor
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

The Rotary district governor performs a very significant function in the world of Rotary. He or she is the single officer of Rotary International in the geographic area called a Rotary district, which usually includes about 45 Rotary clubs. The district governors, who have been extensively trained at the worldwide International Assembly, provide the "quality control" for the 27,000 Rotary clubs of the world. They are responsible for maintaining high performance within the clubs of their district.

 

The district governor, who must make an official visit to each club in the district, is never regarded as an "inspector general." Rather, he or she visits as a helpful and friendly adviser to the club officers, as a useful counselor to further the Object of Rotary among the clubs of the district, and as a catalyst to help strengthen the programs of Rotary.

The district governor is a very experienced Rotarian who generously devotes a year to the volunteer task of leadership. The governor has a wealth of knowledge about current Rotary programs, purposes, policies and goals and is a person of recognized high standing in his or her profession, community and Rotary club. The governor must supervise the organization of new clubs and strengthen existing ones. He or she performs a host of specific duties to assure that the quality of Rotary does not falter in the district, and is responsible to promote and implement all programs and activities of the Rotary International president and the RI Board of Directors. The governor plans and directs a district conference and other special events.

Each district governor performs a very important role in the worldwide operations of Rotary. The district governor is truly a prime example of Service Above Self performing a labor of love.


Rotary Education - District Governor Tom Lewis 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange September report from Italy - Annie
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This month flew by so fast!  I feel like just last week I was packing my bags and eating Whataburger on my way to the airport.  I left Texas on September 4th and arrived here in Italy September 5th, maybe eighteen hours later.  When I arrived in Italy, I was greeted by my host mom, dad and two sisters.  My host dad had to go to work right after so we went to my host mom’s house.  My host sister told me to take a shower…but I think she meant it as in, “Take a shower because you will feel better.” Not, “Take a shower because you look disgusting and you smell like airplane.” :p

            My host parents are divorced.  For the first weekend, I was with my host mom, Giuliana and three of four sisters. My sisters; Elena is 20, Anna is 19 and Laura is 14 years old.  One other sister, Francesca, who is 17, is in Arizona for her exchange.  Every other weekend, every Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and every other Thursday night/Friday morning,  I am at my host dad’s house, Alberto.  My parents in Texas are not divorced so I’m experiencing what a divorced family goes through.  It isn’t easy but my host dad and mom still work as a team even though they are not married.  I think that is amazing!!  On Sundays, Alberto comes over to eat dinner with all of us and together, they Skype their daughter, Francesca in Arizona.  Sundays are the most relaxing days, as they should be.  Oh, by the way, my host mom has 6 cats and a dog.  Yes, I said s.i.x.

            I live in a little town called Bergamo right outside of Milan.  There are two parts to Bergamo, Città Alta, (“Upper City”), which is on top of a hill.  The lower part is called, “The Center.”  Città Alta was originally all Bergamo was until they had to extend it.  It is surrounded by a huge wall because it used to protect them from the enemy.  I get the best of both worlds.  My host mom lives in the country part of Bergamo, which is near Città Alta, and my host dad lives in the center!  I love the beauty of both parts.

  I go to an artistic school in the center of Bergamo. I am taking Italian, Italian History,  History of Art, Sculpting, Painting, Design,  Chemistry, Religion, P.E. and English. When we take English test, my chair is moved into the hall because I am “dangerous” when they take the test! Lol…  Sculpting is my favorite class!  School is very different here.  For instance, we go to school EVERY SATURDDAY from 8am-1pm.  On the days the teacher does not show up, we do not have that class.  I guess they do not have subs.  The other day, there were about five kids in class because the rest were marching around outside in some protest.  It was crazy.   Another difference is that the boys and the girls use the same bathroom!  This is odd in Italy as well. Barely any schools are like that here.  The toilets at school and inside a lot of public rest rooms are just a hole in the ground.  I am still getting used to that.  (There are regular toilets in their homes.)   Also, you stay in the same classroom all day with the same students while the teachers move from class to class.  Unless you have a class in one of the rooms with the computers or gym, then you move with your whole class to the other room so you are with the same people all day. You make such strong relationships because of that.  I really love my class, I feel like they are my home away from home...away from home. J

            On September 7th, I met an Exchange student in my area and her host family.  Her name is Shih- Yuan Huang but we call her Kitty.  She is from Taiwan. I love her and her family.  She goes to my school and her host family will be my second host family and my host family will be her second host family!  My host mom took us on what she called a “little walk”… “up a hill”… to Città Alta. We walked what felt like 563, 293, 710, 439 miles uphill, more like up a mountain!  It was crazy but it was so beautiful.  From Città Alta, you can see all of the lower part of Bergamo and it is absolutely gorgeous! When we made it to the top, my host mom bought us gelato and oh-my-gosh!!  Y’all,  it is ahhh-ma-zinggggg!  It’s like ice cream but so much creamier! It’s a big scoop of deliciousness in a cone with chocolate at the bottom!!  It was a nice surprise and worth the walk!

            I’ve been trying to plan a day when I can see my ‘brother’, Carlo Ferraris, in Milan.  He lived with us in Texas last year.  I was his host sister for 7 months.  He became very close with my family that it feels like he was not just an exchange student to us but more of a real brother to me and my sister. I hope I feel like this with my host sisters towards the end of my stay in this house. J

            On September 10th, I went shopping in Milan.  Afterwards, my host dad took me to a fashion show in Milan!  He has all the right connections being in the fashion industry.  It was an amazing experience and I felt very proud and important being there with my host dad, Alberto.  I saw some nice and some strange outfits there.  This was not clothing from J.C Penny or Target that I am used to in Texas. This was the high end name brands like Louis Vuitton.  After all, I am in the fashion capitol of the world.  I was in such AWE!!  We sat on the row right behind the designers and the mayor which is first row for anyone else and it was great. The mayor smiled at me!

            On September 12th , school started. I absolutely LOVE my classmates! They were so welcoming and so fun!  At first, I was not thinking that.  On the first day of school, when I got to the classroom, there were only 2 girls in the room.  I decided to try and make friends with them.  I said, “Ciao! Mi chiamo Annie.  Sono Americano, vango dal Texas!” which means, “Hello! My name is Annie. I am an American, I live in Texas!”  They said, “Che bello!!!” which means, “How nice!!” Then I Google Translated and asked if I could sit with them but they Google Translated back and told me, “no, we are saving seats for our friends.”  So I found somewhere else to sit and wondered how I was going to make it.  It didn’t take long to make friends and figure out that everyone is actually very nice.  At first no one was interested in me or cared that I was a foreign exchange student but last week I changed classes. I am no longer in classes like Physics and Philosophy, I now take Sculpting and Painting and I have met so many people! During the 15 minute break at 11:00am, students come up to me and say, “Hello! You don’t know me but I’m friends of your friends’ friend! Do you like Italy? What kind of music do you like?”  E V E R Y O N E asks me what kind of school I go to in Texas! They all want to know if it’s like High School Musical.  They wonder if I listen to country music and if I have a horse.  I rarely see horses in Texas but here in Italy I see horses, cows and sheep every day.  My host mom lives in the country part of Bergamo so outside her house there is an area with sheep, horses and cows.  There is a girl in my class named Anna and she is from the Ukraine.  She does not Italian or English and somehow we communicate very well.   I can’t imagine how hard it is for her.   All my teachers are really nice even though most of them do not know English.   Six hours is a long time to be sitting in the same spot and not understanding a word. :p  I will get there.  It will just take time and a whole lot of patience…

            From September 27th - 29th, I was at a Rotary meeting in Fognano, Italy. It was a meeting where all the exchange students came together. I met so many different, amazing people from all over the world!  I became really good friends with a boy, Salvador, from Mexico, also, a boy, Agusto, from Brazil, and a girl, Ale from Australia!  For the meeting, we went to Parco Carnè where we walked this trail and saw very beautiful mountains, fields and a mine!  We also visited the town of Brisighella, where we tasted different special oils on bread! That was such an awesome weekend!  My beautiful Rotary blazer filled up with pins real fast! There were 108 exchange students there, most of them from America.

A few weeks ago, I started going to the gym with my host sister, Anna, and her friend, Francesca.  I really need to go to the gym any time I get the chance. This exchange weight is getting bad, hahaha. PASTA, PIZZA, GELATO, PASTA…PASTA…PASTA!  Pasta yesterday, pasta today, and pasta tomorrow! It is all so good.  I love the food here so it’s worth the time in the gym. :P

This first month has been wonderful.  It has exceeded all my expectations. The first few weeks were difficult because it took a while for it to sink in that I wasn’t in America anymore and I was living in a house with people I didn’t know very well. You know, MAJOR CULTURE SHOCK…  But towards the end of the month, I feel much more comfortable here and I love it. J  It was also difficult because I barely knew any Italian but I’ve picked up so much!   A few times a week I go to an Italian lesson with Kitty from Taiwan, Luci from France, and Alina from Germany.  There is another Italian lesson I attend with Kitty and a girl from the Ukraine named Anna every Tuesday for 2 hours in the morning at school.  These lessons have helped me out tremendously!

            Being a Rotary Exchange student in Italy is helping me to learn so much about this historical country and I am able to see all its beauty.  Beauty that is beyond words. It is also teaching me about all the other countries as well.  I have to close for now and I will try to get a report in to you again soon!  I will love to tell you more of my stories when I get back.  Thank you so much to Rotary International for making this happen!

A couple of pictures before I close…

Here is a picture of the area my host mom, Giuliana, lives:

Rotary Youth Exchange September report from Italy - Annie Anais G. Watsky 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange September report from Japan - Sarah
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I can’t believe that I have been in Japan for about a month and a half. I’ve met so many people and experienced so many things that it is all hard to grasp. Luckily I have many pictures, tickets, and gifts to remind me!

 

In terms of school, this month has been a bit wonky because of the fact that I basically have not gone to school for a majority of the days! It’s the time of year when Japanese students take their midterm exams, which I was excused from, leaving me with about two weeks of free time. In that time I went to Tokyo Disneyland (which was my first time at any Disney park), my town festival, Mt. Fuji, a sake factory, and Tokyo.

 

Disneyland was incredibly fun! I can’t compare Tokyo Disneyland to Disneyland in California, but I think it is safe to assume that Tokyo Disneyland is much more fun. Many of the park-goers were dressed up like Disney characters and so many of the foods were cute. It sounds odd to say that food was cute, but in Japan this is a very common phenomenon, partly due to the large “kawaii” culture that exists here. I was able to go with two graduates of my high school who were introduced to me by my international relations teacher at school. I was a bit nervous meeting up with them, because it was my first time to meet them, but I was so glad that I got to spend the day with them. They even invited me to attend some of their university events with college exchange students.

 

Mt. Fuji was so unbelievably beautiful! I was able to go with my host mother and her old high school classmates. It was definitely a trek, and by trek I mean six hour bus ride, to get there. I was getting quite impatient at first and constantly kept spotting peaks thinking “okay well that has to be Mt. Fuji”, but once I actually laid eyes of Mt. Fuji I almost laughed at myself for thinking the other puny peaks were even comparable to the greatness that is Mt. Fuji. The view from the bus was quite breathtaking, but once we had arrived to the summit it was too cloudy to see anything. I’m hoping I get another chance to go on a clearer day, so I can get some quality pictures!

 

My most recent venture has been back to Tokyo. I met two of my district Rotex at one of the train stations just outside of Tokyo for a day of winter shopping and general fun. On a side note, I had just gotten my train pass a couple days prior and was very excited to simply swipe my card like a true Japanese person at the turnstyle and waltz through without having to worry about buying a ticket like a tourist. We first started out in Shibuya because there are many western stores there where I can find clothes that actually fit. Japanese clothing and shoes are so tiny and short, which isn’t ideal for a 5’10 girl with size 10 feet. After getting many sweaters, we went to Ginza to see Hello Kitty World. We did not spend too much time there because one of the Rotex was a boy, and I didn’t want to make him wait for 182081047 hours while I meticulously browse each and every nook and cranny of the store. I will be going back though! Also in Ginza, I was able to purchase a much-coveted makeup brush. I am a huge beauty addict, so living in Japan is very bad for my wallet! I have purchased many beauty products, even my host mother has noticed and has asked me to be the “makeup artist” for the dancers in the next town festival. Anyways, after Ginza we strolled around Harajuku and had Thai food. I got home around 10:30PM, and was already dreading my 6:30AM alarm for school the next day.

 

Although I was able to experience various things this month, my most unforgettable memory would probably have to be going to my town festival. It was so incredible to be in the middle of Japanese culture in such a traditional way. My day started out at my local “ginger”, or shrine, then lead me all the way to the beach. Basically, many shrines from my area all have a team of people who carry a symbol of their shrine all the way to the beach where each symbol is carried through a “tori”, or gate, in a parade-style. It is truly hard to describe, but I’m sure the pictures will help! Sadly, my Japanese was too poor to understand exactly why the festival was happening, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it! I was able to snap some beautiful pictures and get some souvenirs for my jacket. Actually, the souvenirs that I purchased for my jacket raised quite the controversy with my host mother. At this time in my exchange I cannot read kanji, which are the Chinese symbol used in Japanese, which was what was printed on the souvenirs that I purchased. I showed my host mother my souvenirs and she immediately grabbed one of them and gave me a concerned look. She kept rubbing her stomach, then proceeded to gesture her hand as if she was pregnant. I immediately knew what my souvenir meant, and explained to her that I did not understand what it meant when I bought it, and we had a good laugh afterwards.

 

Speaking of my Japanese skills, they are very lackluster. I had been in all English classes in school, which held my Japanese back. Since I did not use Japanese in school, and my host mother is not very talkative I wasn’t learning much Japanese other than the basics. Luckily, I talked to my international relations teacher and resolved the issue. I am now enrolled in Japanese history, math, government, fine arts, music, and cooking. I am most excited for my music class because I will be learning the koto (I will add a picture). Also, we have certain days where we have an extended homeroom class with our other homeroom classmates. During that time we have a chance to play sports or other activities. I volunteered to bring American snacks and other things, which they were very excited about. Other excited school news is that I will be traveling to Kyoto in about a week for four days with my classmates! I will be staying in a traditional Japanese hotel and taking the bullet train. I can’t wait to let you guys know how everything went!

 

Well, I just want to reiterate how thankful I am for having been able to experience all of these things! It would not have been possible without all of your help. Talk to you next month!

Rotary Youth Exchange September report from Japan - Sarah Anais G. Watsky 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
October 11 meeting notes
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Since our program today dealt with fitness, President John noted that Rotarians were great exercisers. They jumped to conclusions, flew of the handle, carried things too far, and dodged responsibility. He also saw that Tom Lewis was present, and was reminded about hearing that the local reserve unit had their annual shooting qualification canceled two years in a row, but their fitness test was never canceled. It made him wonder why we were training our troops to run rather than shoot.

Our guests today included Roseangela's husband (who I apologize for not remembering his name) and Randy's friend, Steve Hoffman.

President John had a Membership Minute that basically emphasized the we need some more - bring some friends.

Announcements: Ernie Honig sorted out a few vacancies on the REACH Birthday schedule and will follow up with reminders to the participants.
Tom Lewis is hosting one of our inbound students and reminded members that if they were going somewhere interesting that they consider inviting along his student.
Next week's meeting will be at Hooks Airport. Details to follow.
Next Saturday the 19th is our Fellowship meeting at David Smith's in Galveston. Please RSVP.
On October 25th we will have a Club Assembly in lieu of a speaker to discuss issues of importance to the future of our club, so please make every effort to attend and add your two cents.

Good News:
1. Linda Honig had attended the VIP luncheon at Nitsch for Dr. Cain. Ernie said it was the best meal he had ever had  a school cafeteria. She was seated next to a teacher from the alternative school who shared that Nitsch used to be her greatest source of students, but now she rarely gets any so the extrapolation was that the Early Act First Knight that we are running there seems to be bearing fruit.
2. Randy Thompson said that there were only 3 cases of polio last week, all in Pakistan. Afghanistan has only had 6 all year and the recent outbreak in Somalia seems to have settled down. He had also been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Moddy Foundation for his Haiti water project and there is a dollar for dollar match available should you care to lend a hand.
3. Massey Williams had taken her mother to New York for her birthday and while there attended a Rotary meeting at a large club. She said that it was quite different from ours and she felt like a redneck.
4. Anais Watsky complemented President John for all of his hard work and asked that all members give him strong support.
5. John Maxwell had a follow up with his doctor after his recent bout of illness and got a clean bill of health. He was very impressed by his doctor's extraordinary level of service.

Our speaker today was Ogie Shaw who gave an interesting talk about the general lack of fitness in America and suggested ways to improve diet and fitness that we all should heed.

October 11 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange report from Taiwan - Meagan
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Basic summary- School is fun, not homesick, still in love

Typical school day- Wake up at 6:00-6:15, breakfast, walk to bus stop or have mom drive me, get on bus at 6:43am, get to school before 7am, go to class (normally sleep) class starts at 7:30, lunch from 12:00-12:30, nap time 12:30-1:00, school dismisses at 4:50, Bus leave at 5:00, get to stop at 5:10, get in car with mom, pick up Kawa at school at 5:30, go home, eat dinner

Exchange students at my school- Me, Andre, Lizzy (USA) Pierre (France)

Hints- I play badminton every Saturday night

School - My school schedule is different every day, but every Monday and Thursday from 8:30am – 11:30am I have Chinese class with 5 other exchange students who come to my school. Every Tuesday from 2:00pm – 4:50pm I have my Chinese culture class, and every Wednesday I have a life lessons class and some class that’s about the military. I’m in the multimedia and design department of my school so my classes are Web Design, Photoshop, Math, Chinese (not my special Chinese class this is traditional Chinese like poetry),  P.E. , Painting, English, Photography. Many of my teachers tell me to go to the library to study Chinese if I am unable to participate in my class.

September 01, 2013 – Went to a bakery on the way to my mom Emily’s house. Went swimming with Kawa. Drank bubble tea. Ate dinner. Went grocery shopping for school.

September 02, 2013 – Normal school morning, teacher meeting till 9:00 or 10:00, I don’t remember but all the students stayed in the classroom, they were quiet, and did schoolwork (this would never happen in the USA) we all changed seats and now I’m sitting by all girls and one girls English is very good. Normal school night.

September 03, 2013 – Normal school morning, while I was walking in school the principal saw me and said “Oh you are a good student, at school so early (before 7:00am) and asked to take a picture with me. I’ve noticed that the guys are starting to talk to me but some are still a little shy. Normal school night.

September 04, 2013 – I forgot to write something in my journal, please proceed to the next day.

September 05, 2013 – Normal school morning, but I left school at 12:00 because I had a Rotary meeting (I have one the first Thursday of every month) I had to give my presentation BUT my USB wasn’t working so I kind of had a mini panic attack but then I realized it is not the end of the world. So instead of showing my PowerPoint I spoke, no big deal. Then I went to T.G.I. Fridays with my family and my third family. Had ribs, chicken wings, fajitas…. Delicious.

September 06, 2013 – Normal school morning, in P.E. I had to run two laps and I didn’t kill myself doing so, I was pretty proud, I was faster than most of the girls and that’s a surprise because I am NOT athletic. I was unable to do a math test so I drew a turtle, my teacher understands and she no longer hands me a test (YES ^-^) The only test I am able to do is English (but they are very different). Got home and ate dinner.

September 07, 2013 – No school for me today so I was able to wake up at 12:00 (felt SO GOOD) but Kawa had school until 12:00, watched a movie then played badminton, then went to a restaurant.

September 08, 2013 –  Woke up around 12:00 again, ate lunch, watched a movie, then ate dinner at a restaurant that was really cool, it had a big lake with a lot of fish in it. And I learned how to play a game that’s a lot like connect 4, but it is with 5 pieces. Getting ready for school.

September 09, 2013 – I also forgot to write today, I’m busy ok….don’t judge.

September 10, 2013 – Normal school morning. In my culture class we learned about the moon festival, ate moon cake, ate pomelo and put the peel on our head, drew pretty pictures, normal school night.

September 11, 2013 – Normal school morning, It was very strange today, as we all know it was 9-11 but no one mentioned a word about it all day. Normal school night.

September 12, 2013 – Normal school day, in class we began to paint our desks to look like cows, yes you did read that correctly. Went to the library. On the way home we stopped by Pizza Hut. Normal school night.

September 13, 2013 – Normal school day, we had an earthquake drill when we run outside our classroom with our backpacks, but I really don’t understand the drill, I’m on the 5th floor of the school, so if there is an earthquake I will most likely die. We also ran in P.E. class today. But a miracle happened, I passed all the girls and I was running with the guys, then the coach yelled something (I obviously didn’t understand) but all the guys started running as fast as they could. I asked my friend and he said that the coach said if any girl (meaning me) beat and boy in running the boy will have to run two extra laps. So naturally I started running as fast as I could to beat the guys, but I was nice and walked reeeeeeally slow at the finish line so they wouldn’t have to run an extra lap.

September 14, 2013 – Ok so listen to this, today is a Saturday…..but I went to school. It’s because next Thursday is the moon festival so there is no school, and the government said we could also have the following day (Friday) off but we have to make it up. I was so tired… and of course my school bus was 20 minutes late picking us up from school. So irritated. Played badminton. Really tired but I also have to wake up early tomorrow.

September 15, 2013 – woke up at 6:30!!!! I met with my Rotary club and we all got on a bus, I discovered that they like to sing karaoke, yes I did sing, I sang Do-Re-Me, Let it be, and Hey Jude (not many English songs). We walked across this bridge and the view was amazing, we also went to the Mochi museum, and saw a really big Buddha statue. I got home pretty late and there is school tomorrow. I didn’t get to sleep in at all this week. But it is ok. (Exactly one month ago I left Houston)

September 16, 2013 –  Normal school morning, during lunch me, Andre, and Pierre decided to eat outside and we missed naptime and we MIGHT have gotten yelled at, but its ok. I finally transferred all the pictures from my phone and my camera to my laptop and Facebook, normal school night.

September 17, 2013 – I have been in Taiwan for one month!!!!! In school I started to paint a self portrait (my class is making a mural) left school with my culture class to visit a nearby temple. We burned incense, paper money (not real money). Normal school night but my older brother comes home from college today! :D

September 18, 2013 – normal school morning, got interviewed with Andre by the school, some video clips of me speaking Chinese (unbelievable huh?) and also some written questions. They gave us bubble tea then I went back to class. We have to sing… in Chinese….. Normal school night.

September 19, 2013 – Woke up around 8:00 to drive to the mountains to go hiking with my first and third family. It was so hard, 1,212 meters of stairs BUT I’m proud of myself. Since today is the moon festival we had a barbecue! Completely different from Texas. We basically went to three different barbecues, at the last one I sane The phantom of the opera with my sister. It was not a train wreck.

September 20, 2013 – Forgot to write today……

September 21, 2013 – Went to a culture class with all the exchange students ( about 32 or 33) we made mochi (using a giant wooden hammer to mush cooked rice) and we made tea jelly, and we ATTEMPTED to make this one other drink of crushed nuts but my group failed. After we got home we played badminton.

September 22, 2013 – Woke up around 12:00 today basically had a relaxing day with no official plans. Watched movies and ate KFC. My brother went back to college today. And I do not want to go to school tomorrow.

September 23, 2013 – Normal school morning, me and Pierre thought it would be a good idea to eat lunch together outside of our classrooms, but we got yelled at so we will never try that again, I went to the library and Pierre was there as well so we talked and worked on our Chinese homework. Normal school night but I FaceTimed my mom.

September 24, 2013 – Normal school day nothing special, I went to the doctors because my acne is horrendous and it is a different experience. Walk in, write down your name, go to a room and sit by the doctor, answer a few basic questions, get your prescription as you walk out, I got a clear container with a yellow liquid, no directions or ingredients but whatever is in there must be magic or unicorn tears.

September 25, 2013 – normal school morning, at school there is a field day / school competition so we watched that, normal school night.

September 26, 2013 – Normal school morning, during an assembly I’m PRETTY sure I rolled my ankle but naturally I walked it off. I finished painting my self-portrait but I decided to give myself pink hair because I could. Normal school night.

September 27, 2013 – Normal school morning and day, but after school me, Andre and Pierre went to the train station and went to Taipei!!! We met other exchange students (because there not in our district) and we had soooooo much fun. I want to go every Friday.

September 28, 2013 – I was able to sleep in today, Kawa has some school volunteering deal so me and my mom went to the mall while my sister was busy. Then we played badminton and we went to a restaurant.

September 29, 2013 – Woke up and Skyped my friend Allyson for 30-40 minutes, then ate lunch, then I Skyped Allyson AGAIN, and had dinner and got ready for school.

September 30, 2013 – Normal school day, I stayed in the library all day and practiced my Chinese then as soon as I got home I started writing my monthly report because I forgot. 

Rotary Youth Exchange report from Taiwan - Meagan Anais G. Watsky 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
44th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation - Dec 11
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Jon R. McKinnie

The 44th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation will take place on December 11, 2013 at the beautiful Wortham Center in downtown Houston. The motto for 2013 is Rotary Proud and a Houston Tradition for 43 Years.Since 1970 the Rotary Club of Houston has celebrated the memory and legacy of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi by awarding the Rotary Lombardi Award to college football’s most outstanding lineman. The Rotary Lombardi Award is one of the most celebrated and prestigious awards in college football and is one of Houston’s most special events.Individual tickets go on sale November 1, 2013. Rotarians get a deeply discounted price of $80 each or 2 for $125.

The Rotary Lombardi Award and the Heisman Trophy are the only college football awards to have their own exclusive live national television broadcast of their trophy presentation. This exciting event is attended by local government and business leaders along with celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds, who regularly come to celebrate the winner and help raise millions of dollars for the fight against cancer.

Vince Lombardi once said “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”Forty-three years ago, the Rotary Club of Houston set out to honor Lombardi’s legacy of determination and discipline by establishing the Rotary Lombardi Award.Since 1970, the Award has been presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline and leadership of Vince Lombardi. Since 1970, millions has been raised to help fund cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients.

Every year the four finalists come to Houston for this prestigious award. One of the highlights and most endearing events for the finalists are the visits with the Front Line Kids courageously fighting cancer at local hospitals.

Those who vote on the Award consist of all head coaches of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams, all former winners and finalists of the Award, and selected members of the national sports media.

Our sponsors, volunteers and committees tout a profound connection to the Award.Involvement with the Award connects spirited college sports fans with supporters of the programs of cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients; which is in accordance to the wish of the Lombardi family.

Sponsorships are available including special reduced sponsorships for Rotary Clubs within the district. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote the Rotary Clubs in the area and show the community what Rotarians are doing in and around the City of Houston. Individual tickets go on sale November 1, 2013. Rotarians get a deeply discounted price of $80 each or 2 for $125. Please visit the web site for more detailswww.rotarylombardiaward.org

All Rotarians are welcome and invited to be a part of this fabulous event. If you would like to be a part of the Rotary Lombardi Award Planning Committee or be a sponsor of the event please contact Brian Carr at 713-706-5669 or emailBrian.Carr@cancer.org


44th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation - Dec 11 Tom Lewis 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Membership In Rotary International
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

If you asked a Rotarian if he or she belonged to Rotary International, the individual probably would look puzzled and answer, "Of course I'm a member of Rotary International." But in this instance, the confident Rotarian would be technically wrong. No Rotarian can be a member of Rotary International!

 

The explanation of this apparent contradiction is simple. The constitutional documents of RI state that membership in Rotary International is limited to Rotary clubs. Over 27,000 Rotary clubs belong to the organization we call Rotary International.

A Rotary club is composed of persons with the appropriate qualifications of good character and reputation, a business or professional classification and who serve in an executive or managerial capacity. The Rotarian belongs to a club-the club belongs to Rotary International. This technical distinction is not obvious or even known to most Rotarians and seldom does it create any problems or complications. It does explain, however, why the Rotary International Board of Directors places expectations upon and extends privileges to Rotary clubs, rather than to individual Rotarians.

If someone asks if you belong to Rotary International, your most accurate answer would be, "No, I belong to a Rotary club." But I doubt if anyone would understand the difference, or, in fact, would really care.


Rotary Education - Membership In Rotary International Tom Lewis 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
October 4 meeting notes

President John was back, but had failed to research any appropriate TFTW (or inappropriate either) so we just jumped into the fray. I tried to help by noting that it was Dick Tracy Day, but that drew looks of confusion and groans.

 

Our guests today included John's wife, Linda and Peggy Jo Coker. Sadly, the meeting started with the announcement that John Deacon and Ed Charlesworth had resigned.

 

Announcements: 

Please bring a large ice chest next Friday to lend to John for an Interact Event next weekend. 

An evite has gone out for the Club Social at David Smith's Galveston palace on the 19th. Please let David know if you will be attending so he can plan accordingly.

The meeting on October 18th will be at Hooks Airport. Details to follow.

There will be a Board Meeting Tuesday at Anais Watsky's house at 6:30PM.

There will be a surprise lunch for Superintendent Dr. Cain at Nitsh this Wednesday.

 

Good News:

1. Anais Watsky had taken our 3 inbound exchange students out for coffee. She had a pleasant visit and was pleased that they all got along so well together.

2. Ernie Honig had good news and bad news. The bad news was that Linda had a spell of temporary amnesia Tuesday Night prompting an ER visit. The good news was that it was not a stroke and she seems to be getting better.

3. Tom Jackson Jr. had traveled to Ohio for his mother's 90th birthday and noted that she still barks at him and wishes he would grow up. He visited the local Rotary Club while there. Also, Ben had done a magic show in New Orleans for a group that liked him so much they were shipping him to Amsterdam for another engagement.

4. Phil Baker had been away a couple of weeks in Minnesota. He was happy to report that the Razorbacks had been able to stay within 12 points of A&M.

5. Lyncee Shuman said that her daughter is on a Rotary Exchange in Italy, and her sister in New York is going on a business trip to Italy and will be able to visit her.

6. Tom Lewis was finally able to attend a meeting since he has been furloughed by the government shutdown. He had gone to the State Fair of Texas and seen Army beat Louisiana Tech despite a deluge. He said he saw the new Big Tex and said hola.

7. Rich Bills wasted a dollar congratulating the Longhorns on their rousing victory over Iowa State.

8. Bob Ullom had a guest at Monte Carlo who purchased John Caruso's New Hampshire cabin. Fortunately for Bob, that friend took him on their trip back east where the leaves were spectacular.

 

Our program this week was a financial update by Tom Jackson Sr. who spent the last month in Colorado preparing his presentation along with a follow up from Bob Ullom who's presentation I had to miss. 

October 4 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Society: More Options for Contributions
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Paul Harris Society members pledge to give $1000 per year to The Rotary Foundation.  With Paul Harris Society becoming an official program of The Rotary Foundation, the options for giving have expanded.   Annual contributions can now be made to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus or an approved Rotary Foundation grant.  If you have wanted to join but wanted to support Polio Plus, now you can.

Rotary Direct can make it easier to meet a pledge of $1000 per year.  You can set up automatic payments for $84 per month or $250 a quarter.  Go to www.rotary.org and keep choosing "Give" until you get to the donation page where you can specify a recurring gift.

There is more information on the Paul Harris Society page of the district website.  You will also find a downloadable brochure and enrollment form there.


If you have questions, contact PHS Coordinator Dee Ullrich at dcullrich@gmail.com

Dee Ullrich
District 5890 Paul Harris Society Coordinator


Paul Harris Society: More Options for Contributions Tom Lewis 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner - Nov 3
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Jon R. McKinnie

Announcing, the 2013 District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd,Houston, TX 77056 

Cocktails (Cash Bar) and Fellowship 5:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm

Featured Guest: Past Rotary International Director Mike Pinson & Spouse Mary.

We are now ready to accept reservations & payments to attend The 2013 Rotary Foundation Dinner.

Attendees must be members of one of three exclusive groups:

Major Donors, Bequest Society Members, or Paid Paul Harris Society members (including those who are giving $85+ per month on Rotary Direct).  Your spouses/guests are also invited.To register now, click on Member or Guest on the left side of this web page.

If you are already a member of one of those three groups, be looking for your invitation in the mail.  If you are not currently, but wish to join one of these three groups, or if you are not sure if you already qualify, please send me an email and I will respond with instructions.  See you there on November 3, 2013 for this great event!

The District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner is a Celebration of Giving & Service for Major Donors, Bequest Society Members, & Paid Paul Harris Society Members & spouse/guest Only (Including Rotary Direct $85+ per Month Contributors)

Cost: $65 per person
Please RSVP with your payment (made payable to Rotary District 5890)
To 4903 Pine St., Bellaire, TX 77401

Please respond promptly – Event is limited to 100 guests
Dress: business attire

Questions? Please contact Terry Ziegler, District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair at 713-825-1176 or BigZlumber@aol.com

District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner - Nov 3 Tom Lewis 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
October is Vocational Service month
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Vocational Service focuses on: 

Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community

During October, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. 

Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects. Following are some suggested activities to undertake during Vocational Service Month:

Devote the first meeting in October to examining the second Avenue of Service, includingThe Four-Way TestandThe Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions. After expanding members' awareness, solicit their input in planning projects for the remainder of the year
Introduce a "mini-classifications talk" series in which each member gives a five-minute talk on his or her vocation. Schedule one speaker for the beginning of each meeting until everyone has made a presentation. The purpose of these talks is to promote vocational awareness among Rotarians and help them recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations
Present a vocational award to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards. Promote the presentation within the community, and consider making it an annual October event
Invite experts to give a presentation on the vocational needs of the community and develop a project in response to those needs. Possible projects could focus on developing character, providing career information to youth, mentoring small businesses, or organizing workshops that provide employees with new skills
Encourage club members to put their vocational skills to work as a Rotary Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities are available onProjectLINK, a valuable resource that lists many vocational projects that clubs and districts can also choose to support financially or with donated goods. ProjectLINK also includes examples of successful vocational service projects that Rotary clubs can model as they plan their own activities
October is Vocational Service month Tom Lewis 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
October birthdays and anniversaries
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Name  Years Date Joined
 John Caruso 1 October 5, 2012
October birthdays and anniversaries Tom Lewis 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Honorary Membership
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

"Honorary" is one of the four types of membership a person may have in a Rotary club. This type of membership is the highest distinction a Rotary club can confer and is exercised only in exceptional cases to recognize an individual for unusual service and contributions to Rotary and society. An honorary member is elected for one year only, and continuing membership must be renewed annually.

 

Honorary members cannot propose new members to the club, do not hold office and are exempt from attendance requirements and club dues.

Many distinguished heads of state, explorers, authors, musicians, astronauts and other public personalities have been honorary members of Rotary clubs, including King Gustaf of Sweden, King George VI of England, King Badouin of Belgium, King Hassan III of Morocco, Sir Winston Churchill, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, Charles Lindbergh, composer Jean Sibelius, explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, Thor Heyerdahl, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Bob Hope, Dr. Albert Sabin, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and many of the presidents of the United States. Truly, those selected for honorary membership are those who have done much to further the ideals of Rotary.


Rotary Education - Honorary Membership Tom Lewis 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange report from Belgium - Marisabel
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Well this month has been long and short at the same time, it seems like I've packed 2 months into one. Last time I left off on meeting new exchange students and it really was a great experience! Everyone from Belgium and Luxembourg met at Brussels and we even got to meet the president of the Chamber of Commerce. It was really amazing especially to see that there are so many exchange students here from so many countries I didn't even know made exchanges, just seeing all of the flags waving in the air made me feel so proud of what I'm doing and so immensely blessed to be able to have the opportunity to even be in this country. Soon after I started school in which there are only 310 students in all of the grades it's been great that way because since there are only 22 people in my grade it has been easier to adapt. The students are super nice and the teachers are a bit rough but it's better for me to learn the language, one of the courses, not being the sporty type, that has me tired is P.E. the teacher is extremely fit and wants us to be all the same but in the end I guess that's a good thing considering the amount of food I eat.

Apart from school it has truly been a great month, my host dad is THE BEST he's so caring, nice, funny and an AMAZING cook being Italian and all (he really helps me put those lbs. on); Because most of his children are older and off studying I get to spend a lot of time with him which is my favorite there is never a dull moment. We go to the Sunday Market every weekend we can, take long long walks to the towns near the house , which is beautiful hilly farmland and houses and many other things including the Opera. He is an opera singer (he sings everywhere, great private impromptu concerts) so he took me and my sister Sophie to the show it was simply amazing not just 'Atilla' but the Opera House was beautiful since it just reopened this year! 

With Rotary I have had one official meeting though the Rotarians are everywhere and one official 'Wednesday Activity' where once a month we all do something together two Wednesdays ago it was to the Blegny Mine where it turns out my host dads father worked, the next one is Ft. Euben I really love these activities because it gives us a chance to learn things people our age usually wouldn't visit and to catch up with each other.

Overall this past month has been incredible even though I live further out in the country than most there's nowhere I'd rather be it is extremely calm and I love nature. I feel like there is still so much more to see and do and I can't wait to explore and travel. Thankfully my Rotary club is big into travel so I will get to know things easily.

If there is anything I can do from my side I would love to help! I hope you have a great rest of your day :)

Marisabel Herrera 
Rotary Youth Exchange report from Belgium - Marisabel Anais G. Watsky 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange report from Japan - Sarah
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Oh my, my! Where have these two weeks gone? Although I haven’t been in Japan for a whole month, it certainly does feel like it with everything that has been going on!

 

I departed for Japan on August 18th, bright and early, ready to start my new life in Japan, with an unclear and sugar-coated idea of what it would all entail. I did not have a grueling list of connecting flights like many other did, but my travels were tiring nonetheless. I arrived in Japan around 1:30PM, to find my host mother and her daughter-in-law waiting for me past customs. They laughed at my mountain of suitcases that I brought with me (3 suitcases and a backpack to be exact), and quickly led me to their car to load them up and head to my new home.  We stopped for some shakes and fries along the way, then zoomed off onto the winding Japanese countryside roads. It took us about an hour and half to get home, but when we arrived we had the daunting task of getting my suitcases up the tiny winding staircase that led to my new room. It took all three of us to get them upstairs, but once we did I began to unpack and rest a little before dinner. I was called to dinner after some time, and we were off to a sushi and soba dinner at a local restaurant. The first night was such a blur, but it wasn’t a horror story like many other exchange students had shared at camp.

 

The next couple of days were full of meeting new people and seeing new things! In the first week alone I met the mayor of a nearby town and has a traditional Japanese dinner with him and his friends (he later promised to take my host mother and I to see the famous fireworks of Atami in December), met my counselor and his family, went fishing using the “old-method” Japanese style fishing with a huge net a whole village of people, attended my first Rotary orientation and dinner, lunched in Chiba City with my host mother’s friends (one of whom is a famous Japanese author), went home shopping and had tea with my host mother’s friend, had my first shopping experience at UNI QLO, tasted some Japanese KFC, and so much more!

 

All of that happened within the first week, but now I have also started school and gone to Tokyo! School is interesting. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I like school, but I am hoping that I will become more comfortable there. My classmates are very shy. I have no honest way to truly describe how shy they are,  but my teacher told me that is how Japanese people are in general. I am sure once my Japanese progresses and they warm up to me, things will get better. Overall, I am excited for school because I am taking a craft and calligraphy class. In the autumn my teacher told me that I have the chance to learn the koto (Japanese harp)! My school has A/C only in the classrooms, and does not kick in until about 2nd or 3rd period…which is something I am trying to get used to.

 

And lastly, Tokyo! I was only in the city for a day, but I have already fallen in love. It was about an hour train ride into the city, but once we got there it just kept getting better and better! We met my host mother’s aunt, who lives in Shibuya, and had lunch at a nearby restaurant with her daughters. The next couple of hours were spent shopping in Shibuya 109, the nine floor mall that could easily knock diamonds out of the picture for being a girl’s TRUE best friend. We later went to Harajuku, which is considered the wild fashion district where you can see some crazy things, to shop. Again, I was in heaven. But, what really made me fall in love with Tokyo was going to midtown, where we met my host mother’s assistant for dinner and an exhibit at the Mori Art Museum. The parks were beautiful, and the view from the 52nd floor museum’s observation deck was breathtaking! It was incredible to see the veins of Tokyo from 52 floors about the bustling streets.

 

I have been having a wonderful time here in Japan, and I could not ask for a better host mother!  At our Rotary orientation, I found out that she felt like she knew me the moment she saw me through the doors at customs in the airport. She has been so kind and helpful, which is fantastic! I feel very comfortable here, and can’t wait to see what September brings! We have plans to go to Mt. Fuji with her school friends, so I will let you know about that for sure! I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful opportunity you have given me! The first few days in Japan I contemplated whether this was a good thing to do, but now that ship has sailed and I know that I made the right decision. I am so happy that you believed in me, and I cannot give my thanks enough!

 

Thanks,

Sarah Chilman
Rotary Youth Exchange report from Japan - Sarah Anais G. Watsky 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
September 20 guest speaker Anais Watsky
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September 20 guest speaker Anais Watsky Ernest Honig 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z
Indian philanthropist boosts Rotary’s push to end polio with new US$1 million gift
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Rotary News

Indian philanthropist and businesswoman Rajashree Birla has announced a new gift of US$1 million to Rotary to help eradicate polio. The gift brings her total contributions to the Rotary effort to more than $7.2 million.

What’s more, this gift will be matched two-for-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, resulting in $3 million in new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary is a leading partner in the GPEI, especially in advocating government and donor support, fundraising, and building public awareness. Through the End Polio Now: Make History Today fundraising campaign, the Gates Foundation is matching two-for-one every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication, up to $35 million per year, from 2013 through 2018.

“Mrs. Birla’s generous gift is deeply appreciated and could not have come at a more opportune time in our fight to end polio once and for all,” says Ashok Mahajan, a former Rotary Foundation trustee and close friend of the Birla family. “Her generosity no doubt will inspire other private donors to step up and help Rotary take full advantage of our innovative partnership with the Gates Foundation.”

Birla’s gift underscores India’s commitment to remain polio free. India -- which some experts believed would be the last nation to beat polio -- hasn’t recorded a case of the disease since January 2011. Only Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan remain on the list of countries where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped. India’s nearly 3,200 Rotary clubs have been instrumental in supporting National Immunization Days, massive initiatives that reach nearly 175 million children under age 5 with the oral polio vaccine.

“Thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners -- including India’s Health Ministry, WHO [World Health Organization], UNICEF, CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], the Gates Foundation, and other organizations -- India continues to be free of polio,” says Birla, whose son, Kumar Mangalam Birla, has transformed the Aditya Birla Group into a Fortune 500 global conglomerate. “Now we owe it to humanity to see that Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan also become polio free in the near future.”


Indian philanthropist boosts Rotary’s push to end polio with new US$1 million gift Tom Lewis 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z
4 Way Test Essay Competition
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Jon R. McKinnie

Be on the lookout for details of this year’s competition, starting October 12, 2013. This year the event has been moved forward to give 12th grade graduating high school seniors a more relaxed lead up to the entry submission deadline. Open to all 12th grade graduating high school seniors who are college bound in 2014 and active members of Interact, the theme is an essay on any one or more tenets of Rotary’s 4 Way Test. Competition rules and entry forms will be available on the district website beginning October 12.

A presentation will also be made at the Interact District Round-up to be held at Klein Forest High School on the same day.

We are hoping that moving the entry start date will encourage more eligible seniors to participate in the event than ever before. Scholarship awards will be earned by the best three entrants, as determined by the panel of judges in January 2014.

Questions and requests for further details should be addressed to Barbara Sharp at Barbara.sharp@earthlink.net, District Competition Coordinator.
4 Way Test Essay Competition Tom Lewis 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Senior Active Membership
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

"Senior active" is a form of membership reserved for members who have provided substantial years of service to Rotary and is usually regarded as a mark of Rotary distinction. Being a senior active member signifies that a Rotarian has been involved in club activities over a long period.

A Rotarian automatically becomes "senior active" upon completion of 15 years of service in one or more Rotary clubs. Senior active status is also conferred upon a Rotarian with ten or more years service who has reached the age of 60, or with five or more years of service who has reached the age of 65. A Rotarian who serves as a district governor is also eligible for senior active membership.

One of the benefits of being senior active is that the Rotarian no longer must reside or have his place of business within the territorial limits of the club. If a senior active member moves to another city, he may be invited to join Rotary without having an open classification. When a Rotarian becomes senior active, his/her classification is released to enable another individual to join Rotary.

It is important to remember, senior active is not a classification, it is a type of membership. A senior active member is always identified by "former classification," which describes a business or profession.

Rotary Education - Senior Active Membership Tom Lewis 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Opportunities For Fellowship
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

Most Rotarians are successful professional and business executives because they hear opportunities knock and take advantage of them. Once a week the opportunity for Rotary fellowship occurs at each club meeting, but not all members hear it knocking.

 

The weekly club meeting is a special privilege of Rotary membership. It provides the occasion to visit with fellow members, to meet visitors you have not known before, and to share your personal friendship with other members.

Rotary clubs which have a reputation of being "friendly clubs" usually follow a few simple steps: First, members are encouraged to sit in a different seat or at a different table each week. Second, Rotarians are urged to sit with a member they may not know as well as their long- time personal friends. Third, members invite new members or visitors to join their table just by saying: "Come join us, we have an empty chair at this table."

Fourth, members share the conversation around the table rather than merely eating in silence or talking privately to the person next to them. Fifth, Rotarians make a special point of trying to get acquainted with all members of the club by seeking out those they may not know.

When Rotarians follow these five easy steps, an entirely new opportunity for fellowship knocks each week. Soon Rotarians realize that warm and personal friendship is the cornerstone of every great Rotary club.


Rotary Education - Opportunities For Fellowship Tom Lewis 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z
September 6 meeting pictures
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President John presents guest speaker momento to Charlie Fogarty.

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Anais presents Service Above Self award to Carolyn and Scott Beam.

September 6 meeting pictures Ernest Honig 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange students visit Pasadena, Galveston, and San Jacinto
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Our Rotary Youth Exchange students had a busy Saturday.  Their day began at 6:45am and they got home by 11pm.  The day began with the Pasadena Rodeo Parade Committee breakfast where they spent quite a bit of time impressing and being impressed by Miss Pasadena Rodeo.  They also met 8 time World Champion Bull Rider Don Gay.  Following the parade, they visited the Pasadena Fairgrounds to learn more about rodeo and cowboy culture.

A short jaunt down the road revealed the road to Texas independence at the San Jacinto Battlefield and monument.  Two of our students who visited The Alamo recently were able to better tie in the key events in Texas history.  The air conditioned history lesson was a wonderful break from the swarm of mosquitoes that greeted them at the battleship USS Texas and location of Santa Anna's surrender to Sam Houston.

Time permitted a visit to Galveston's Stewart Beach and a relaxing dinner along the seawall.  An added benefit was watching the Carnival Triumph leaving port.  Yes, the same ship scheduled for the District Conference!  And yes, she was under her own power.

Following dinner they went back to the Pasadena Fairgrounds to enjoy their first rodeo.  They loved the action, and center section seats very close to the action added to the excitement.  They look forward to attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Best of all, our three students bonded very well, had a blast, and desire to share more Texas experiences together.

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Rotary Youth Exchange students visit Pasadena, Galveston, and San Jacinto Tom Lewis 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z
Friday the 13th meeting notes
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Friday the 13th!  Well I have been a little remiss in my Rotary notes the past two weeks. I lost them two weeks ago and grandkids were in last weekend. Excuses, excuses....

 

I do remember last week the President John said that he had suffered a bout of diverticulitis - When was the last time you did something for this first time? This was his chance to apply that rule to his life. He also said that while suffering, he had visions of what the offspring on Miley Cyrus and Johnny Manziel might look like. Strange things happen when you are in pain!

 

On to this week...President John suggested that it was good to be the Emperor. He was reminded that we had already had a King and that didn't turn out so well. Feeling rebuffed, he turned over his TFTW to Bob Ullom who told the story of the 80 year old man who was getting ready to marry an 18 year old. While in for pre-marital counseling, the pastor was a little concern and warned the gentleman that having sex may result in death, to which the 80 year old replied - Well, if she dies, she dies.....

 

Our guests today included visiting Rotarians Chad Greer and Robin Charlesworth. Scott Beam's wife Carolyn was here and not to be forgotten (but nearly) was President John's wife, Linda.

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President John inducts Scott Beam as our newest Rotarian as Carolyn Beam beams along.

President John highlighted the EAFK opportunities this coming week and encouraged everyone to try to attend at least one. See his flyer that he sent last week.

 

Good News:

1. Ed "Colorado" Charlesworth was back again for the umpteenth time, but this time brought Robin with him. He also congratulated President Elect David Thompson for completing the Gulf Coast Leadership Training the past weekend at which Ed was one of the trainers.

2.  David Thompson had a ditto for Ed's comments and noted it didn't happen unless you got T-shirt, so he showed off his new T. He also had a couple of bucks for Lyncee Shuman and John Deacon who have volunteered to help out with Interact.

3. Anais Watsky says that school has started and she is gearing up to start recruiting for Rotary Youth Exchange. She has three schools already lined up and is hoping for a few more.

4. John Deacon bragged that his daughter who is a Junior at Klein is ranked #2 academically in her class.

5. Randy Thompson's polio update reported on 7 new cases this week but with the good news that Afghanistan has only had 4 cases year.

6. Robin Charlesworth was glad to be home and happy to give Ed kudos for keeping the house clean and the yard reasonably manicured.

7. John Maxwell has a nephew who is busy with Cub Scouts and raring to go on his first camping trip. He was also happy that Linda was able to join him today.

 

Our program today was by Rich's landlord Jay Nowlin who discussed the trials and tribulations of Commercial Real Estate.

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Friday the 13th meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z
Engineering Sustainable Water Solutions in Latin America
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Perched in the rugged mountains of central Ecuador, the village of Tingo Pucará seems an unlikely place for artistic inspiration to strike. But Tony Riggio never leaves his camera behind—and his photos of Tingo Pucará illustrate what can happen when Rotary members and young people team up on a water project.

Riggio has been leading youth expeditions to Central and South America since 2001, when his daughter participated in a program of Builders Beyond Borders (B3), a nonprofit based in Connecticut, USA. Construction projects have included hurricane shelters in the Dominican Republic, bridges in Nicaragua, and classrooms in Costa Rica. Water and sanitation are always primary components.

“People don’t believe what you tell them sometimes—that things are how they are in parts of Central and South America,” says Riggio, a member of the Rotary Club of Westport. “Water is such a precious commodity.”

In April 2011, Riggio traveled to Tingo Pucará—one of five B3 project sites across Ecuador that season—to build pipelines in a joint effort with the Peace Corps and Engineers Without Borders. The village stands at an altitude of 12,600 feet, with the nearest spring about 4,900 feet down a steep path.

Historically, faced with a lack of potable water and arable land, the men of Tingo Pucará have headed to the lowlands to find work, leaving the women to transport water for cooking, washing, and drinking. Before the project was completed, the 26 village families had as little as 15 minutes of running water per month, sent from a neighboring area when available.

The engineers designed a pumping system to draw water from the spring-fed stream, and the B3 team, made up of high school students and adult advisers, worked with locals to install the pipes, which now bring running water to homes.

“For our kids, that project was not very rewarding–until the last day, when we got to turn the water on,” says Amy Schroeder-Riggio, executive director of Builders Beyond Borders and Riggio’s wife. “When you’re doing a water project, you are laying the pipe, you’re covering it over, and it doesn’t even look like you were there. But when they turn the water on and everybody’s crying, it’s an incredible moment.”

Collaborating with the worldwide networks of the Peace Corps and Rotary boosts credibility and facilitates relationships, Schroeder-Riggio says. In 2008, B3 built a school for hearing-impaired students in San Marcos, Guatemala, with help from a local Rotary club. This year B3 teams will partner with the Rotary Club of Georgetown, Guyana, on five construction projects, including community centers and a sand bridge that will connect coastal islands to medical facilities.

“These organizations make the world go ’round,” Schroeder-Riggio says. “The heart of it is our kids. It’s about building character, their relationship with these leadership programs. It lines up nicely with Rotary.”

This story originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of The Rotarian

3-SEP-2013
Engineering Sustainable Water Solutions in Latin America Tom Lewis 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
District Golf Tournament at Wildcat - Oct 14
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Jon R. McKinnie

Since we can't hold a golf tournament on the cruise ship next year, we have scheduled a separate event for this year. This year's Rotary District 5890 Conference Golf Tournament will be held at the Wildcat Golf Course, 12000 Almeda Rd,Houston, TX 77045on Monday October 14th.The entry fee is $125 per person, $500 per 4-man team. To register yourself or a team or to be a sponsor, click on REGISTER ON-LINEEntry fee includes greens fees, cart rental & dinner. Tee time will be 1:00 PM.

For more details, click on the Flyer on the left side of this web page.

To register yourself or a team or to become a sponsor, click on REGISTER ON-LINE

Format of Play: Four person scramble (Peoria handicapping).

Player Receives:
* Player Gift Bag
* Dinner
* Beverages –water, soda, Gatorade plus beer will also be available to purchase.
Sponsorships are available.

Teams and individual player positions are on a first‐come, first served basis. Please make your reservation as soon as possible. For more information, or questions, please contact Corby Leschber @ 713-882-8484. Please e-mail foursome requests tocorby1968@sbcglobal.net

On Course Activities:
Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Men's & Women's Straightest Drive.Mulligans available for purchase.

Awards:
Winning Teams will receive recognition and prize, which will be presented following completion of play. Other individual awards to be presented include Closest to the Pin, Straightest Drive and Longest Drive for men and women.

Schedule of Events: Registration starts at Noon, with tee-off at 1:00 PM.Dinner will be served on the course.

Wildcat Golf Club was voted Houston's Best Public Course for 2012, by Avid Golf Magazine.The preferred golf club of the Houston Texans, Astros and Rockets.

 


District Golf Tournament at Wildcat - Oct 14 Tom Lewis 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Invocations At Club Meetings
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

In many Rotary clubs, particularly in Judeo-Christian nations, it is customary to open weekly meetings with an appropriate invocation or blessing. Usually such invocations are offered without reference to specific religious denominations or faiths.

 

Rotary policy recognizes that throughout the world Rotarians represent many religious beliefs, ideas and creeds. The religious beliefs of each member are fully respected, and nothing in Rotary is intended to prevent each individual from being faithful to such convictions.

At international assemblies and conventions, it is traditional for a silent invocation to be given. In respect for all religious beliefs and in the spirit of tolerance for a wide variety of personal faiths, all persons are invited to seek divine guidance and peace "each in his own way." It is an inspiring experience to join with thousands of Rotarians in an international "silent prayer" or act of personal devotion. Usually all Rotary International board and committee meetings begin with a few moments of silent meditation. In this period of silence, Rotary demonstrates respect for the beliefs of all members, who represent the religions of the world.

Since each Rotary club is autonomous, the practice of presenting a prayer or invocation at club meetings is left entirely to the traditions and customs of the individual club, with the understanding that these meeting rituals always be conducted in a manner which will respect the religious convictions and faiths of all members.


Rotary Education - Invocations At Club Meetings Tom Lewis 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
Changes are on the way for our District-wide International Service Project - Rotary Books for the World
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Terry R. Ziegler
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

Our next (and almost last) Rotary Books for the World - work day at our 3802 Leeland St. location (near Scott St. and the Gulf Freeway) will be held on September 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  Your club members, Rotaractors, Interactors, family, & friends are invited to join us as we palletize the remaining donated books there.  Thanks again to West U Rotarian Michael Larsson for the use of his business space for this important literacy project over the past several years.

 

Our new Rotary Books for the World warehouse is now open for donations.  It is located at 116 Main St in Pasadena, TX.  Please contact Peary Perry at pperry@pearyperry.com or Charlie Clemons at c.clemmons@att.net to arrange for someone to meet you there to drop off donated books.

 

Our first work day at the new Pasadena location will be on October 19, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Plan to bring a group to see the new location.  If you have never been to a Rotary Books for the World - work day, you will be amazed by the number of books (and at the new location - bikes) we are able to prepare for shipment to Rotary supervised distribution points around the world through this "hands - on" Rotary Service Project!                

Changes are on the way for our District-wide International Service Project - Rotary Books for the World Tom Lewis 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
Taste of Texas - Brazilian style
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Rotary Youth Exchange student Cathy Pires from Brazil isn't relaxing much as she immerses in Texan culture.

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No trip along I-10 is complete with stopping at Buc-ee's.

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Cathy found a cowboy in downtown San Antonio!

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Introduction to longhorns.  

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We all know Elvis lives.

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Moment of confusion - back home in Brazil or in Texas?

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A Riverwalk cruise was another required attraction.

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Texanized!

Taste of Texas - Brazilian style Tom Lewis 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
August 30 meeting notes
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We had a disturbing start to the meeting with the unfortunate news that President John is laid up in the hospital with a holey colon and an aneurysm. That's no fun.... Get well soon. Visitors are welcome to room 7419 at Willowbrook Methodist. That being said, there was no catchy TFTW. In the place of John Maxwell, we recycled Tom Jackson Sr. Tom announced that we are able to meet at Texas Land and Cattle through November 8th, but will have to find a new location after that. Hopefully, Campioni's will have completed their renovation at the old County Line, and we can move back there. Stay Tuned!

Our guests today included Barbra Schlattmann who was subbing for Rusty. New member (if we ever get him inducted) Scott Beamer was there with his wife Carol and daughter Amy who is heading out soon for a Rotary Exchange.

Our Rotary Minute was presented by John Deacon who presented the history of the Rotary Anns. Before the time that women were allowed to be members, the spouses of Rotarians were referred to as Rotary Ann's after the wife of a Rotarian who was bringing his wife to the International Convention in Houston many years ago.

Good News:

1. Anais Watsky was happy to share that it was her anniversary, but was not willing to share how many. She had also survived getting all of the Youth Exchange kids registered and was grateful that Paula Georgiana was available to help.

2. Ernie Honig was not so reluctant to share that he and Linda were celebrating their 49th, and he had a $49 check to prove it.

3. Barbra Schlattmann had a word of thanks for Tom Jackson and Anais Watsky. She also wished Elbert Coker and Rusty a happy birthday. Finally she thanked Precinct 4 Mike Hewitt in advance for his presentation today.

4. Ed Charlesworth indicated that his romantic rendezvous with Robin in Vail had gone so well that he was returning to Colorado this weekend.

5. Rich Bills discussed the Saturday Morning Rotary Walking/Coffee group and noted that last weekend we had an all time record of 7 walkers and 12 total at breakfast. Feel free to join us at CyChamp Park 7am and/or Paneras at 8am. Last week's meeting was highlighted by the fact that Phil Baker bought all the bagels.

6. David Smith reminded everyone that he needs to make a call on the UH-Rice football game tickets, but so far it's looking like it will not make a quorum. Also, please mark your calendars for 1pm on September 23d for the Early Act First Knight Tourney at Klenk Elementary 6111 Bourgeois at 1pm. It should be very exciting with horses, knights, jousting, etc.

7. Scott Beamer shared that his daughter heads off soon for a year in Italy as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.

Our Program today was presented by Precinct 4 Parks Special Projects Director, Mike Howlett who shared the exciting plans for a series of linear parks along Cypress Creek and Spring Creek which are really magnificent and concept and will really add to the quality of life in the great northwest.

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August 30 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Rotarian Action Group Helps Countries Grow Indigenous Crops
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This story originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Rotarian.

6-AUG-2013

Australian Bruce French has been eating locally for 35 years– long before it became a culinary trend. Now he’s working with Rotary members to help countries struggling with food security do the same.

French founded the not-for-profit Food Plants International, which maintains a database of 25,000 edible plants that includes descriptions, lists of countries and climates where they grow, photos and drawings, and cooking methods.

“There are thousands of nutritious plants, but people don’t have any information about them,” says Buz Green, an agriculturalist and member of the Rotary Club of Devonport North in Australia. “We’re trying to bridge some of the gaps.” Green launched the Learn Grow project with French in 2007 to help people in developing countries grow local food that suits their nutritional needs.

The project receives support from the Devonport North club and Rotary District 9830. Early last year, the RI Board recognized the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group, whose 195 members are helping support Learn Grow efforts. Past RI Director John Thorne chairs the group.

“Rotarian teams in developing countries inevitably identify hunger, malnutrition, and food security as critical issues,” Green explains. “They tend to look to Western solutions to address food production issues.”

The problem, he says, is that Western crops don’t have the right nutritional profile for people in the developing world, whose diets often have little variety. Indigenous crops can allow them to eat more nutritiously and are already adapted to local pests, diseases, and climatic conditions.

“Virtually every woman in the tropical world is anemic,” French adds. “We go there with cabbages and make the situation 10 times worse.”

In 2010 Learn Grow launched a pilot project in the Solomon Islands, producing a compendium of local edible plants, field guides for growers, and a book on crops for schools and community groups. Local organizations provide support and distribute information while a qualified agriculturist serves as a technical support specialist. The project team has received inquiries from 20 developing countries; another effort is underway in North Korea where a Canadian Rotary member will serve as the specialist.

The principles of eating locally are gaining momentum in the Western world, French says. “My children and lots of other people thought I was eccentric for 35 years. Now I’ve become fairly trendy in my old age.”


Rotarian Action Group Helps Countries Grow Indigenous Crops Tom Lewis 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Couple Venture Outside Comfort Zone to Bring Aid
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This story originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of The Rotarian

6-AUG-2013

Seated in a circle of men, women, and children at the base of a sprawling fig tree in the remote Ugandan village of Oduworo, Rotary members Steve and Vicky Wallace ask the villagers about their needs. At least a thousand people have come together at this “meeting tree,” and agree that everyone wants clean water, better food, medical care, and vocational training, especially for the young.

The journey that led Steve and Vicky to Oduworo began with a polio immunization trip to northern Nigeria in 2005. The Wallaces–members of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore, California, and Rotary Foundation Major Donors–had rarely traveled outside the United States, but the experience  would change their lives. “We were not ready for it in any way,” Vicky recalls. “Polio sufferers crawling in the dirt, children digging through garbage for something to eat.” When they returned to their sunny California suburb, they stayed home for four days and revised their plans for the future.

“We knew we were going to downsize our lives,” explains Steve, past governor of Rotary District 5330, “and do humanitarian service from then on.”

Two years later, the district’s multiyear project committee asked the Wallaces to get the district involved in an international service effort. There was a single stipulation: They had to choose a village that had never received any outside help.

After seeing five other potential project sites in four countries, the couple traveled to Oduworo, where the need was great.

The villagers were sick, malnourished, and so lethargic, Vicky says, “they just sat there all day with their heads in their hands.” Malaria was rampant. The villagers existed on scraps of food and drank from a contaminated water supply. The nearest potable water source was 2 miles away on foot.

They had no farming tools and no livestock. The village still had not recovered from devastating raids of the past decades, after which anyone who knew how to raise crops either had been killed or had run off. The Wallaces learned that the survivors of Oduworo called their home “the forgotten village.”

TAPPING INTO LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

“Vicky and I were determined to respect and to help preserve the culture of people wherever we went, and to not rush to impose solutions,” says Steve. “Our first goal for Oduworo was a fresh water supply, but the elders had to decide on it, not us. In time, I offered a proposal: If they’d dig 10 latrines, we’d provide two boreholes for new wells. The elders met for half a day, then came back and announced, ‘We accept your deal.’”

So began Oduworo’s transformation. With support from Mark Howison, 2007-08 governor of District 5330, the Wallaces helped start a Rotary Community Corps in the village, which has advised the Rotary members on local needs.

Clubs in the district have raised about $23,000 for projects in the village. A portion has gone toward agricultural training; villagers have learned how to use farm tools and 40 people enrolled in an organic farming class last year. “When we arrived in Oduworo,” Steve recalls, “they were digging seed furrows with sticks and twigs.”

Throughout the process, the Rotary Club of Kampala-West has provided critical support. Club members have worked with District 5330 to obtain Rotary Foundation grants for water and sanitation projects, including one to repair nine broken borehole wells and to provide vocational training to villagers so they could construct water tanks. 

The Wallaces return to Oduworo every year. In 2009 when they arrived with Howison and his wife, Barbara, and Rotary members Gerry and Paula Porter, over 1,500 people turned out to greet them. A party erupted. An elder told the Wallaces that he had never expected to see a celebration in his village. And he had something to say about the numerous villager projects under way: “You didn’t bring us a fish,” he told them with a broad smile. “You brought us a fishing line. We thank you.”

Couple Venture Outside Comfort Zone to Bring Aid Tom Lewis 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Rotary Approves $500,000 Emergency Grant for Somalia
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Rotary has approved a $500,000 Rapid Response grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The outbreak occurred in the Banadir region of Somalia, where a large number of children had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility. 

As of 14 August, 110 cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in the Horn of Africa—100 cases in Somalia and 10 in Kenya. This is the first outbreak in Somalia since 2007 and in Kenya since 2011.

The Rotary grant will cover operational costs, including human resources, training, and transportation of health workers, aimed at immunizing children under 10 in all accessible areas of Somalia in August. 

To date, five vaccination campaigns have been held in Somalia, three in Kenya, two each in Ethiopia and Yemen, and one in Djibouti.  Additional campaigns are planned through the end of the year.

Drawing on lessons learned from previous polio outbreaks, the first vaccination campaign was carried out within a week after the first case was confirmed.

“Until polio transmission is interrupted in the endemic countries, outbreaks such as the one in Somalia are to be expected,” says Dr. Hamid Jafari, director of Polio Research and Operations at WHO. “So long as the budget for the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is fully funded, we’re well-equipped to pursue endemic and outbreak priorities simultaneously.”

Rotary’s emergency funding for responses to polio outbreaks in Somalia and other countries has been critical to ensuring that immunization activities proceed without interruption, thereby minimizing the risk of the disease’s further international spread. 

In addition, the governments of the United Kingdom and Japan recently announced financial commitments of $15.3 million and $1.3 million, respectively, to fund similar emergency vaccination campaigns in the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations has warned that without further intervention, polio could quickly develop into an epidemic across East Africa and put countless lives at risk. The UK’s assistance will allow WHO to immunize 6.1 million people most at risk from the disease in Somalia, northern Kenya, and other countries in the region. This new funding is in addition to a $457 million pledge to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in April.

Japan’s emergency grant will pay for more than 5 million doses of oral polio vaccine for supplementary immunization activities in November and December, expected to reach more than 2.8 million children under 10.

Rotary Approves $500,000 Emergency Grant for Somalia Tom Lewis 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
New Rotary District 5890 Logo
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District Governor Bob Gebhard has just released the new District 5890 logo.  This logo will appear on the district leadership shirts in the near future. 

Thanks to DG Bob, we now will have distinctive identification when attending Rotary Int'l Convention and Multi-District events.  The logo combines two very important aspects of the Houston area, space industry and oil industry. 

New Rotary District 5890 Logo Tom Lewis 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Lessons In Rotary Geography
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

  • Were you aware that the Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada, is farther west than the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, California?
  • Would you guess that the meetings of the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine, are farther south than those of the clubs in London, England?
  • Can you imagine that the Pensacola, Florida, Rotary Club is west of the Detroit, Michigan, club?
  • It's a fact that the Cairo, Illinois, Rotary Club is south of Richmond, Virginia.
  • There are 69 Rotary clubs with the word "Tokyo" in their club names.
  • The Rotary Club of Nome, Alaska, lies west of the club in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Santiago, Chile, club is located east of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Rotary geographers will know that virtually every Rotary club meeting in Australia is east of the Hong Kong Rotary Club.
  • What do the Rotary clubs of Quito, Ecuador, Libreville, Gabon, Singapore, and Kampala, Uganda, have in common? You guessed right if you said they all meet approximately on the equator.
  • There are many interesting relationships and things to learn as you become acquainted with the 27,000 clubs in the wide world of Rotary.

Rotary Education - Lessons In Rotary Geography Tom Lewis 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
September birthdays and anniversaries
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Member Birthdays   
Jinni Kaltenbach Sept 5
Dale Kaltenbach Sept 8
John Mitchell Sept 21
Massy Williams Sept 21
Tom "Senior" Jackson Sept 27

Spouse Birthdays   
Bridgett Lewis Sept 27


 Anniversaries    
John & Linda Caruso Sept 24 36 years


September birthdays and anniversaries Tom Lewis 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z
September is New Generations month - emphasising Rotary's commitment to youth
Every year, thousands of talented and dedicated young people, ages 12-30, have an incredible experience in a New Generations program.

As Rotaractors and Interactors, they serve in communities at home and abroad. Through Rotary Youth Exchange, they explore new cultures. And as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants, they learn skills that will help them succeed as future community leaders.

New Generations is Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service. Learn how your club can get involved in An Introduction to New Generations Service (735).

Find tips for turning New Generations into the next generation of Rotarians in Rotarians and alumni.

Highlights:

  •  Rotary Youth Exchange 
        Building cultural understanding one student at a time.
  •  Rotaract 
        Connecting young adults to a global network of friendship, engagement, and action.
  •  Interact 
        Fueling a lifetime of service for young people ages 12-18. 
  • RYLA 
        Inspiring the next generation of community leaders.
September is New Generations month - emphasising Rotary's commitment to youth Tom Lewis 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z
September meeting leaders
Date  Invocation Pledge  Rotary Minute 60 Second Commercial
6 Sep  Anais W  Bob U  Dale K David S
13 Sep David T Ed C Edna C Elbert C
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September meeting leaders Tom Lewis 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange report from Taiwan - Megan
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Well first off I’m safe in Taiwan so no worries

Summary- I love the food, I love the people, I’m not leaving, I haven’t cried

I said good bye to my dad, mom, brother, Allyson (best friend), and Al (boyfriend) at around 4pm on August 15th. I was on the airplane for 10-11 hours; luckily I was the only person sitting in my row so I could lie down and sleep. There were two guys sitting in the row behind me. One going to Moscow to study, and the other was going to Thailand to study. At around 11pm Houston time I looked out the window and saw the northern lights! It was beautiful, I tried to take a picture but my phone was unable to focus. Many hours later the plane landed in Moscow. I DO NOT like the airport in Moscow. It seemed very unorganized, and the people working at the airport were not helpful at all. Luckily I was only there for about an hour and a half. The flight from Moscow to Singapore was 10-11 hours and the flight was full so there was not a lot room to move around.  After I landed in Singapore I had three hours till my next flight. I went to the butterfly garden (but it was 5:30am so it was dark and the butterflies were sleeping). The flight from Singapore to Taiwan was 4.5 hours and I slept the whole flight. My flight landed in Taiwan at 5:45pm

August 17th. I met all my families at the airport and then we all went out for dinner, we left the restaurant very late so I was exhausted!

August 18th we went to dinner at a restaurant, and then they took me to a fruit market that’s open 24/7.

 August 19th I went to Taipei with my family and we went to a restaurant for tea time (buffet). Then I played basketball with my family.

 August 20th I went to my school with my moms and there was a board meeting met other exchange students, some were not in Taiwan yet.

August 21th I went to a Japanese restaurant with my families for lunch and I met another exchange student from France named Killian, He is in a different district than me so I won’t see him as much. After lunch we went to the mall…. It’s huge! 6-7 stories, a movie theater, arcade games, basketball, roller skating rink, baseball batting cages etc. after the mall we went to a Thai restaurant for dinner.

August 22nd I went swimming at Emily’s (third host mom) house with my host sister Kawa and Kilian. After swimming we ate dinner. My brother in my third family left for France today and he is staying at Kilian’s house.

August 23rd I went to a place to get my alien residency card and then I had dinner with my neighbors.

August 24th I had a 12 hour rotary meeting from 9am-9pm; I met about 32 other exchange students.

August 25th I actually slept in! I slept to 11:30, then I had lunch at my grandparents’ house (Dad’s parents) then I played Wii fit with Kawa, ate dinner then went shoe shopping with my sister.

 August 26th I had lunch at a buffet with my mom and Kawa and all the other wives of rotary members in my district.

 August 27th I went to McDonalds then played more Wii. Today was the first day a stranger asked for my picture (I said yes of course)

 August 28th I played more Wii with Kawa then I went to the pet store, then we ate dinner (I asked for smoked sausage and I got hotdogs). I was learning the phonetics of Chinese and today I finally know it!

August 29th I went to my mom’s cousin’s house to see his month old baby, I also did a pottery class with my mom and Kawa, I made a cup with a cat on it (I used a pottery wheel). I tried stinky tofu today and I loved it.

August 30th it was my first day of school. I got my uniform and then my school had an opening ceremony where the whole school was watching (over 4,000 students) I had to introduce myself to all of them, when I said hello in Chinese there applause was deafening. They all said hello to me and many have asked to take a picture with me. When I got home I had 30+ friend requests. 

Rotary Youth Exchange report from Taiwan - Megan Anais G. Watsky 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z
August 30 bulletin
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August 30 bulletin Thomas W. Jackson 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z
August 23 meeting photos
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President John Maxwell presents banner to visiting Rotarian Joe Williams of DayBreak Rotary in Dorango, CO and his daughter

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Dr. Mila McManus with President John Maxwell

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Rotary Youth Exchange student Sebastian Yrizar returns from Brazil with banner for President John Maxwell

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Rotary Youth Exchange Student Abby Watkins returns from Nottingham, England with banners for President John Maxwell

August 23 meeting photos Ernest Honig 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z
August 16 meeting photos
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John Maxwell & Massy Williams

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 "Valerie" Jou Li from Taiwan exhanges bannes with President John Maxwell and Kelly Ong

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August 16 meeting photos Ernest Honig 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z
Register early for Sydney convention and save
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Rotary News -- 9 August 2013  

Register early for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, 1-4 June, and pay US$100 less than the on-site registration fee.

Rotary’s annual convention is a wonderful way to experience the true internationality of Rotary, as you connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and get inspired to take action to benefit communities worldwide. By planning ahead and reserving your room now, you’ll increase your chances of staying at your first-choice hotel.

You’ll also have a better chance of securing tickets for host events like an Australian rules football match or a concert at the Sydney Opera House. Ticket requests will be processed in the order they are received through 1 May or until an event reaches capacity. After that, tickets will be sold on-site if available. On-site prices will be about 20 percent higher.

Free transit passes

The New South Wales government is offering free transit on ferries, buses, and trains in the greater Sydney area from three days before until one day after the convention, to help visiting Rotarians and their families fully experience the land down under. You can use these passes to see not just Sydney’s sights but also attractions as far away as the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, and Kiama.

Bring the family, and make it a memorable vacation. Kids will enjoy splash parks, playgrounds, and shows in Sydney Olympic Park, the venue for all convention activities, while Darling Harbour is home to an IMAX movie theater, shops, restaurants, and the largest Chinese garden outside Asia. If the kids still have energy after that, visit the kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, and many other animals at the Taronga Zoo or take them to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

At the convention, you’ll hear from some of the world’s leading experts on topics such as water, polio, and social media. You’ll also develop your leadership skills and connect with others who share your recreational, professional, or humanitarian interests. As you browse the project booths in the House of Friendship, you’ll discover new ideas for service and perhaps even a new partner for creating change.


Register early for Sydney convention and save Tom Lewis 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z
Take steps to expand your club for Membership Month
Rotary News -- 1 August 2013  

During Membership and Extension Month, we have planned a variety of activities to help you get your club members involved and share your passion for Rotary. Building strong and vibrant clubs is critical for Rotary’s future. Here are some steps you can take this month to attract new members and engage the ones you already have:

  • Join our Thunderclap and share a powerful membership message with the world on the last day of August. Thunderclap is a tool that allows thousands of people to connect their social media accounts to send a single, simple, amplified message all at once. Spread a message on Facebook and Twitter that is sure to be heard. Learn more about Thunderclap and how it works.
  • Take part in our Membership Challenge and set concrete plans for increasing your club’s membership. You choose your goals -- such as referring a new member, inviting a friend to your club or service project, or connecting with alumni. Once you submit your goals, we’ll send you an email listing steps to take to meet your goals.
  • Watch RI President Ron Burton’s message on membership
  • Learn more about regional membership plans with our new infographic. Regional membership plans, now in their second year, take advantage of each region’s unique needs, customs, and historic trends to greatly enhance the ability of district leaders to bring in new members and retain existing ones.
  • Look for our new publication Connect for Good (formerly known as Rotary Basics) in the September issue of The Rotarian to get insights on engaging members and keeping them involved.

Rotary Coordinator Mary Berge of Pennsylvania, USA, finds her happiness in serving others, which is why she has remained in Rotary. Read her blog post for more inspiration on engaging your members.

Take steps to expand your club for Membership Month Tom Lewis 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z
District Organizing New eClub Membership Drive
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August is Membership month in the Rotary world and DG Bob wants us to dig up enough new members to reach 3,000. Rotary District 5890 is about to provisionally charter our first eClub. If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a Rotarian, but they cannot attend your regular meetings, then this may just be for them:An opportunity for international fellowship and service to humanity without having to leave your office.

 

For more information contact:

PDG Ed Charlesworth
11407 Hylander, Houston, TX 77070
Office 281-469-6395, Cell 281-890-8575
charlesworth@stresscontrol.com

District Organizing New eClub Membership Drive Ed Charlesworth PDG 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Rotary Anns
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

In many Rotary clubs throughout the world, wives of male members are affectionately called "Rotary Anns." This designation was never one of disparagement, but rather grew out of an interesting historical occasion.

 

The year was 1914 when San Francisco Rotarians boarded a special train to attend the Rotary convention being held in Houston. In those days few wives attended Rotary events, and until the train stopped in Los Angeles, the only woman aboard was the wife of Rotarian Bru Brunnier. As the train picked up additional convention-bound delegates, Mrs. Ann Brunnier was introduced as the Rotarian's Ann. This title soon became "Rotary Ann." Since the clubs of the West were inviting the Rotarians to hold their next convention in San Francisco, a number of songs and stunts were organized which would be performed in Houston. One of the Rotarians wrote a "Rotary Ann" chant. On the train's arrival at the Houston depot, a delegation greeted the West Coast Rotarians. One of the greeters was Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia, whose wife was also named Ann. During the rousing demonstration, someone started the Rotary Ann chant. The two petite ladies, Ann Brunnier and Ann Gundaker, were hoisted to the men's shoulders and paraded about the hall. The group loved the title given to the two women named Ann. Immediately the same term of endearment was used for all of the wives in attendance, and the name "Rotary Ann" was here to stay.

Guy Gundaker became president of Rotary International in 1923 and Bru Brunnier was elected president in 1952. Thus, each of the two original Rotary Anns became the "first lady of Rotary International."


Rotary Education - Rotary Anns Tom Lewis 2013-08-11 00:00:00Z
August 9 meeting notes
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President John already sent out a notice but I will reiterate: THE COUNTY LINE HAS BEEN SOLD AND WE WILL BE MEETING FOR THE TIME BEING AT TEXAS LAND AND CATTLE AT THE CORNER OF FM1960 AND SH249.


It being the District Governor's visit, President John noted that Bob Gebhard is a banker and as such he felt obligated to share a couple of stories about how Bob came to be a banker. It seems that Bob was discharged from the Navy, and applied for a job at a bank, but had not experience. The manager, wishing to honor his service, decided to give him a shot but gave him the most difficult account with the instructions that if he could collect on it, the the job was his. Bob returned shortly with the entire amount in hand to the astonishment of the manager who asked "How did you do that?" Bob replied, "I told him, if he didn't pay us, I would tell all of his other creditors that he did!"


A few years later he was at a country club party and spotted a pretty young thing who he started pursuing and flattering. She was somewhat impressed especially when thirty minutes later, he proposed marriage. "Wait," she said. "We've only known each other for 30 minutes and we know nothing about one another. "That's where you are wrong," Bob replied. "I work at the bank where your father has an account, and I've been studying that for 5 years!"


Our 60 Second Commercial was presented by Lyncee Shuman. She said that she was the 2nd of 4 kids and her siblings live in places like London and Rochester and somewhere else I missed. She went to college in Virginia and was a journalism major where she had the opportunity to become a reporter on a serial murder case and this inspired her to get her law degree. SHe practiced law in NY and eventually ended up working for Mayor Koch. SHe was a public defender and eventually went into private practice. At some point, she worked for a judge, but then her husband was transferred to Houston and she chose not to take the Texas Bar Exam. As such, she works as the Regional Manager for Legal Shield where she doesn't practice, but keeps in touch with law by consulting every now and then back east. She loves public service and loves the Rotary Youth Exchange and that at one time she actually received a Rotary Scholarship.


For our Rotary Minute, we had two short term Rotary Exchange Students, Betsy and Chloe tell a little bit about their experiences. Betsy is from Houston and spent some time in England and then brought Chloe back with her from Petersbourgh. Rotary banners were exchanged.


For our visitors today, in addition to the two above, Betsy's mother Katie was here. Also visiting were our ADG Susan Bulgawicz and Graham Sharp.


Announcements: In addition to the closing of The County Line, the announcements included an invitation to Dr. Massy's for breakfast. (A photo of part of the fine spread is included here - it was great and thanks to Massy and her family for a nice event) Rotary Night at the Skeeters was last night so we missed it, but the Rotary Night at the Dynamos is coming up. At that event, the District will donate $40K that will be matched by the Dynamo to build a soccer stadium for kids in the East End. Finally the Board Meeting will be Tuesday at Anais's and will start at 6:30PM


Good News:

1. Ernie Honig thanked everyone for filling up the REACH Birthday sign up sheet.

2. Tom Jackson Jr. exchanged grunts with his son Ben who mumbled something about being booked for the grand opening od the Doral Country Club with Donald Trump. He also has his schedule booked for the next year and a half. Jr was also excited to see DG Bob and said he was the best DG he had seen in a couple of weeks.

3. Jinni Kaltenbach tiredly noted that she had survive Gamma Camp which included grape stomping. She cautioned that it was fun, but left your feet looking rather funny. None of the grand kids drowned in that exercise.

4. Lyncee Shuman said that her brother-in-law in Atlanta had received a job offer for  a phenomenal position. Also, John Caruso had asked that she come in to his company to explain the ins and outs of Legal Shield to his employees and she had received clearance for her company to do so.

5. David Smith had spent the week in the cooler climes of Lake City and brought back greetings from the King, Ed and Robin, and Gary and Kit. 

6. David Thompson had sent out a call for mentors and had received responses for all of our scholarship recepients.

7. John Maxwell having forgot to make an announcement, had to pay to tell us that the Board Meeting will be Tuesday.


DG Bob Gebhard did his District Governor thing and shared his story about visiting Haiti which opened his eyes and confirmed his desire to be a Rotarian.

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August 9 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-08-11 00:00:00Z
Get ready for Membership Month
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Last year’s Membership and Extension Month was a big success. Rotarians from more than 400 districts in over 100 countries committed to membership goals. And members from every continent tweeted their favorite #RotaryMoment. So this year, we’re going to challenge you to do even more.

Join the Membership Thunderclap and plug Rotary’s goal of connecting leaders and creating change in communities around the world. Thunderclap is an online tool that lets you share a single message with a mass audience through Facebook and Twitter. It’s a simple way to reach a wide group of people. Learn how you can be part of our Thunderclap.

We’re also inviting you once again to participate in our Membership Challenge. Simply complete a brief online form
and set your membership goal, and we’ll send you tips and best practices to help you accomplish your objectives. Possible goals:

  • refer a new member
  • invite a family member to attend a club meeting or activity
  • ask a friend or colleague to take part in a service project
  • reconnect with alumni
  • engage young leaders through Interact, Rotaract, or RYLA
Get ready for Membership Month Tom Lewis 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z
New York Times’ polio eradication story highlights Rotary’s role
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Rotary News -- 24 July 2013  

The New York Times has published a major front-page story about the polio eradication effort in Pakistan, one of three remaining polio-endemic countries. The article highlights Rotary’s leadership role, focusing on the contributions of Pakistani Rotarians, led by National PolioPlus Committee Chair Aziz Memon. Rotarians are portrayed as dedicated and courageous front-line volunteers, despite sometimes facing personal risks. The story also mentions International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert Scott’s trip to Pakistan in March.
 
While the story discusses recent setbacks and challenges in Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio, the overall tone is cautiously optimistic.
 
Another recent story in The Wall Street Journal reported on the extension of the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of polio eradication.

These articles are the latest in a series of major international stories about Rotary and polio eradication in the past 18 months by BBC TV, The EconomistTime magazine, and other influential media outlets.

This top tier media coverage enhances the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative by raising the public awareness and support that are crucial as Rotary and its partners implement the endgame strategic plan to achieve our goal of a polio-free world.


New York Times’ polio eradication story highlights Rotary’s role Tom Lewis 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z
Ravindran is choice for 2015-16 RI president
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By Arnold R. Grahl  
Rotary News -- 6 August 2013  

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

Ravindran said his top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership, which he called the bedrock of any organization.

“The emphasis on membership has to continue with focus on the younger generation,” Ravindran said. “Additionally, we must seek to attract the just retired and experienced people into Rotary.”

Creating regional membership plans and realizing that “one size does not fit all” has been a move in the right direction, he said.

“Albert Einstein defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ In many ways this has been the story of Rotary’s poor membership advance,” he said. “Thankfully, our approach this time has been studied and altered. We have created 22 different membership regions so that each region would develop and execute a plan that would suit that particular region.”

Ravindran said it’s important for Rotarians to share their stories, especially through social media, so others can see the impact Rotary has had in their lives. He said it’s also important for the organization to speak with a consistent voice. “Our identity must remain simple and be based on our core values. It must be clear and straightforward to both our internal and external audience.”

Ravindran holds a degree in commerce and is founder and CEO of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed company and global leader in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association, the largest antinarcotics organization in Sri Lanka.

As his country’s PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force with members from the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunization Days.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served Rotary as a director and treasurer of RI and as a trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He has also served as an International Assembly group discussion leader, district governor, Council on Legislation representative, and zone institute chair. He chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, which rebuilt 25 tsunami-devastated schools, benefiting 15,000 children.

Ravindran has been awarded The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award and the Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

He and his wife, Vanathy, have two children, and are level 4 Major Donors to the Foundation.

The Nominating Committee members are Eric E. Lacoste Adamson, USA (chair); John T. Blount, USA; Robert K. Crabtree, New Zealand; Gerson Gonçalves, Brazil; Frederick W. Hahn Jr., USA; Lynn A. Hammond, USA; Teruo Inoue, Japan; Paul Knyff, The Netherlands; Peter Krön, Austria; Jorma Lampén, Finland; Kyu-Hang Lee, Korea; Masahiro Kuroda, Japan; Michael D. McCullough, USA; Donald L. Mebus, USA; David D. Morgan, Wales; Catherine Noyer-Riveau, France; and M.K. Panduranga Setty, India.

Ravindran is choice for 2015-16 RI president Tom Lewis 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z
Britain will provide £10 million
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This is fantastic news: In the wake of the latest polio outbreak in Somalia,DFID - UK Department for International Development has announced that Britain will provide £10 million to a campaign which will vaccinate more than six million men, women and children against the disease. 

Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/UKPolioFund

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "While the world has almost eradicated polio, this new outbreak shows that we cannot rest until we have stamped it out completely."

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Britain will provide £10 million Tom Lewis 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z
August 2 meeting notes
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Can it be August already? Heck, John's term is 1/12th over....

 

Since our speaker, Randy Thompson, is a Financial Advisor, the TFTW centered on the two types of economists - Micro and Macro. The Micro-economist is wrong about specific things, while the Macro-economist is wrong about things in general. Didn't like that? Well, how many economists does it take to change a light bulb? Two of course. One to unscrew and drop it, and another to sell it before it crashes!

 

Dale Kaltenbach share a Rotary Minute which he mistook for a 60 second commercial. Now that's a first. The good news is that he only took a minute.

 

The real 60 Second Commercial was presented by Massey Williams. She was born in Persia (Iran) and received her Masters degree whereupon she started traveling. She lived in Canada, Thailand, The Netherlands, and India. She went on to get her PhD. and met her future husband during her frequent travels. They own a company involved in pipelines, and she has another company called Dr. Pink LLC which works with breast cancer survivors.

 

There were several guests to include Lyncee Shuman's daughter, Sierra. Steve Hoffman was back for a 2nd visit and Amy Thompson came to make sure Randy spoke the truth. Beth LaPenna also came, and it was great to see her. Linda and Ernie brought their grandson, Matt Mantooth. Finally Roseangela was back with her husband.

 

Announcements: You should have received an email invitation from Dr. Massey for breakfast at her house next Saturday. All Rotarians and spouses are invited. I'm told an evite will be forthcoming???

 

That same day, there will be Rotary Night at the Skeeters and the following week will be Rotary Night at the Dynamos. If anyone is interested in either of these two events, please make yourselves known and set up a carpool.

 

And just in case you needed anything else to do on the 10th, the District Membership Seminar will be held.

 

Good News.

1. Mark Boudreaux spent a week in the Dominican Republic and survived jumping from a 20 foot waterfall.

2. Anais Watsky's daughter is an attorney in Cleveland and the judge she works for was assigned the Ariel Castro case. It was potentially going to be a very stressful deal, but fortunately he plead guilty. Also, she's recovering well from her wreck in Israel.

3. Lyncee Shuman was sad that her "exchange" daughter had returned home, but fortunately it had prompted her (a New Yorker) to visit many Texas places she had never been to before.

4. Matt Mantooth told the sordid tale of visiting his sister in Edinburgh, Scotland and being challenged to get Bill Clinton's autograph as he played golf at St. Andrews.

5. Peggy Lowdeski was back from Arkansas and happy to be back in Texas.

6. Ernie Honig shared the news that Ken Gould has been having a lot of leg pain and will be having surgery at Methodist for a herniated dis

 

Our program today was a fascinating presentation by Randy Thompson about all of his efforts at bringing clean water to Haiti. Great job Randy.


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August 2 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
RI President Burton's Membership Message
Niki Whiteside

In honor of Membership Month for Rotary International take a few minutes to listen to RI President Ron Burton's Membership Message that emphasizes the need for every Rotary club to focus on membership.

RIP Burton also invites you to join the Thunderclap on the last day of August. You can learn more about it at this link:Thunderclap link.

RI President Burton's Membership Message Tom Lewis 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Vocational Service
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

Vocational Service is the "Second Avenue of Service." No aspect of Rotary is more closely related to each member than a personal commitment to represent one's vocation or occupation to fellow Rotarians and to exemplify the characteristics of high ethical standards and the dignity of work. Programs of vocational service are those which seek to improve business relations while improving the quality of trades, industry, commerce and the professions. Rotarians understand that each person makes a valuable contribution to a better society through daily activities in a business or profession.

 

Vocational Service is frequently demonstrated by offering young people career guidance, occupational information and assistance in making vocational choices. Some clubs sponsor high school career conferences. Many recognize the dignity of employment by honoring exemplary service of individuals working in their communities. The 4-Way Test and other ethical and laudable business philosophies are often promoted among young people entering the world of work. Vocational talks and discussion of business issues are also typical vocational service programs at most clubs.

Regardless of the ways that Vocational Service is expressed, it is the banner by which Rotarians "recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations" and demonstrate a commitment to "high ethical standards in all businesses and professions." That's why the Second Avenue of Service is fundamental to every Rotary club.

Rotary Education - Vocational Service Tom Lewis 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
August is Membership and Extension month
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During Membership and Extension Month, we have planned a variety of activities to help you get your club members involved and share your passion for Rotary. Building strong and vibrant clubs is critical for Rotary’s future. Here are some steps you can take this month to attract new members and engage the ones you already have:

  • Join our Thunderclap and share a powerful membership message with the world on the last day of August. Thunderclap is a tool that allows thousands of people to connect their social media accounts to send a single, simple, amplified message all at once. Spread a message on Facebook and Twitter that is sure to be heard. Learn more about Thunderclap and how it works.
  • Take part in our Membership Challenge and set concrete plans for increasing your club’s membership. You choose your goals -- such as referring a new member, inviting a friend to your club or service project, or connecting with alumni. Once you submit your goals, we’ll send you an email listing steps to take to meet your goals.
  • Watch RI President Ron Burton’s message on membership
  • Learn more about Regional Memberships Plans with our new infographic. Regional membership plans, now in their second year, take advantage of each region’s unique needs, customs, and historic trends to greatly enhance the ability of district leaders to bring in new members and retain existing ones.
  • Look for our new publication Connect for Good (formerly known as Rotary Basics) in the September issue of The Rotarian to get insights on engaging members and keeping them involved.
August is Membership and Extension month Tom Lewis 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z
August birthdays
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 Edna Corona August 14
 Russell Schlattman August 16
 Elbert Coker August 18


August birthdays Tom Lewis 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Night with The Dynamos - Aug 17
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Come join the Rotary Night with the Dynamos for their game with the Seatlle Sounders.The match will be held Saturday, August 17 2013, game time 8PMPre-game happy hour at Little Woodrow's EADO from 6PM - 7:20PMPrice Package - 4 tickets at $25 each.Partial proceeds from the tickets and bar tab will benefit Polio Plus

Turn in the receipts from your bar tab to Reyna Gonzalez at the event

We encourage everyone to be in their seats at 7:30pm for a special check presentation to District Governor Bob Gebhard

Purchase your tickets by calling Josh Givens at 713-276-7530 before Friday, August 9th to ensure your seats are with the group.

Rotary Night with The Dynamos - Aug 17 Tom Lewis 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z
Rotary Night at the Skeeters Aug 10 - The Pitch That Will Change The World
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Please join the family of Rotary at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on August 10th at 6:05 pm as the Sugar Land Skeeters take on the Long Island Ducks in a match-up that will help eradicate Polio from the world.Our own District Governor Bob Gebhard will throw the first pitch to kick off this historic game.Please join us for fun and to help end polio!Click onON-LINE TICKETS,select the Aug 10th game and use special offer code: ROTARY13 to get special pricing of $12 ($6 will go to End Polio Now)

The Skeeters want to help Rotary in its fight against Polio so they are giving 1/2 of the proceeds from all Field Box tickets purchased through the link on the district website or here

Pricing:
$12.00 for field box seats
$6 of each tickets purchased will benefit End Polio Now

To order go to the below link select the game and use special offer code: ROTARY13
https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyClear.asp?EventID=84520&continue=buynew.asp#.UbsfL_nFVqU

Gary Gillen, Chair
Rotary Family Night at Skeeters

garygillen@me.com

Rotary Night at the Skeeters Aug 10 - The Pitch That Will Change The World Tom Lewis 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z
July 26 meeting notes
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Welcome to another edition of Rotary Notes. Our speaker this week was our Assistant Governor, Susan Bulgawicz, who is a lawyer so President John had a suitable TFTW that mostly went over my head. It was along the line that going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life to be a crime in progress is not very reassuring (or something like that?!?)

 

Since our Rotarian scheduled for the Rotary Minute was absent, President John took the opportunity to offer his own. He shared that $416,000 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation last year. One Club in the District had an average of $0.29/member which does not quite match the goal of every member donating $100. The best average was $160/member.

 

Once again, we were blessed with lots of visitors. John Caruso brought his grandson (I think his name was Giovani). Judy  Jackson came with Tom. Scott Beam had his wife Carolyn and his daughter Allie and her friend from France, Amie, plus another young lady. I think there was also another young lady from Italy, but I lost count. We also had Olivia, one of our scholarship recipients with her son.

 

David Smith passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers to help with the REACH birthday celebration once a month.

 

There will be a Rotary Night with Houston's winning baseball team, the Skeeters on August 10th.

 

Good News:

 

1. Tom Lewis was back from 2 weeks at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia where he managed to get in about 12 miles a day in various activities and lost 10 lbs. He said there was a great Rotary Makeup meeting at the event with Rotarians from all over the place.

2. John Corona had $5. His warehouse manager's wife had successful brain surgery. He was off to Raveneaux after the meeting with his grandson to play some golf.

3. David Thompson was pleased to have Olivia here and mentioned that he will be soliciting mentors shortly so be ready to say yes. He was also excited to have his 7th grandchild on the way.

4. Rich Bills was happy to report his Mom's back surgery went well and she was in rehab in Kerrville. He was also pleased at the great turnout at Chee Burger last Thursday night.

5. John Maxwell shared on behalf of Tom and Judy Jackson, about their son Michael's recent bout with meningitis. He appears to be doing better.

 

Our AG Susan Bulgawicz had attended the Chee Burger celebration and noted that their flyer advertising Rotary was on display all month which was great publicity. She discussed the Rotary Benefactor Program and noted that our Club has a 32% participation rate. She challenged us to double that to 64%. She also discussed a District Fundraiser called "Because We Can" where each Rotarian is going to be asked to solicit $1 from 100 people. This will give you the opportunity to share the Rotary story and raise some easy money at the same time. Details to follow. Finally, she shared this years Rotary Motto - "Engage Rotary - Change Lives"

 

On a side note - The Saturday Morning Walking and Bagel Fellowship achieved a new high this week. We had five walkers plus seven additional attendees for the bagel portion of the fellowship. Phil Baker had a gift certificate for a dozen bagels, so most of us ate for little more than the cost of coffee. Former members John Gilligan and honorary member Jim Lemmerz were in attendance as well as Massey's husband.

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July 26 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Tolerance of Differences
RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

Occasionally there is a temptation to criticize the laws, customs and traditions of another country which may seem strange or contrary to our own. In some instances illegal practices or customs of one nation are completely lawful and acceptable in another.

 

As members of an international organization dedicated to world understanding and peace, it behooves Rotarians to exercise restraint in judging our Rotary friends and citizens from other countries when their behavior seems unusual to us. A Rotary policy has existed for more than half a century relating to this dilemma of international relationships.

The statement, adopted in 1933, says that because it is recognized that some activities and local customs may be legal and customary in some countries and not in others, Rotarians should be guided by this admonition of tolerance:

"Rotarians in all countries should recognize these facts and there should be a thoughtful avoidance of criticism of the laws and customs of one country by the Rotarians of another country." The policy also cautions against "any effort on the part of Rotarians of one country to interfere with the laws or customs of another country."

As we strive to strengthen the bonds of understanding, goodwill and friendship, these policies still provide good advice and guidance.


Rotary Education - Tolerance of Differences Tom Lewis 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z
Boy Scout Jamboree make-up
Tom Lewis attended a Rotary make-up at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia. He's pictured with Wayne Perry, Chief Scout Executive, who is a second generation Rotarian. The International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians presented the Chief Scout Executive him with the Cliff Dochtermann Award during the meeting. Rotarians from several local clubs joined the luncheon to see how 40,000 Scouts and Scouters transformed a coal mining area into an awesome Boy Scout High Adventure camp.

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Boy Scout Jamboree make-up Tom Lewis 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z
British ophthalmologist receives top Foundation alumni award
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Rotary News -- 10 July 2013  

Dr. Harminder Singh Dua, an Indian-born ophthalmologist in Nottingham, England, received the 2012-13 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, in late June. He was nominated for the award by District 3030 (Maharashtra, India). 

In 1981, Dua traveled from India to Pennsylvania, USA, as a member of a Group Study Exchange team, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nagpur South, Maharashtra. Recalling the flight that began his trip, from Bombay (now Mumbai) to New York, he said, “Traveling with the sun, we had 24 hours of daylight. Isn’t that a wonderful thought: Let there be no darkness. I had unwittingly captured, at least in part, the spirit of Rotary and the spirit for which I would work for the rest of my life.” 

Dua, who is chair and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre, has treated patients in the United Kingdom, India, and the United States and has shared his skills with students and colleagues around the world. Renowned as an authority on corneal disorders, he performs advanced surgeries. 

While living in India, Dua performed thousands of free operations on poor patients with cataracts and glaucoma at free eye clinics sponsored by Rotarians and nongovernmental organizations. 

“The poverty and simple lives of the villagers and the huge difference [the] operations made to them, and to the lives of children who had to spend time away from school to guide the people around, was plain to see,” he said. “There was no escaping the enormity of their need and our [medical team’s] ability to fulfill some part of it.” 

More recently, Dua is credited with discovering a previously undetected layer of the human eye that is located at the back of the cornea -- a discovery that was reported in the journal Ophthalmology in May. Called Dua's layer, it is much thinner than a human hair. Its discovery is expected to make corneal transplant surgery safer and simpler, and to contribute to knowledge about some diseases affecting that part of the eye. 

In accepting the Foundation award in Lisbon, Dua said, “If I were to pick one defining period from amongst all the years, it will have to be, without any doubt, my trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a Rotary Group Study Exchange team member. . . . [It] had a profound positive influence on my thinking and actions, and I would like to believe, through me, to so many others -- students, patients and colleagues -- whose lives I have touched.”

Read a blog post from Dr. Dua 

British ophthalmologist receives top Foundation alumni award Tom Lewis 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z
Responding to disaster comes naturally for New York Rotarian
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The Rotarian -- July 2013  

As Jim Kushner sees it, there’s no choice, not for him. Others may dither when a tsunami hits Japan, an earthquake levels parts of Haiti, or a hurricane like Irene or Sandy demolishes a vast swath of homes and businesses along the U.S. northeast coast. For Kushner, past president of the Rotary Club of Inwood, Manhattan, in the borough’s northernmost neighborhood, natural disasters present no options: They demand and deserve immediate and effective action. How could anyonenot drop everything and respond? he wonders.

Trained in emergency relief, and resourceful and unimpeded by the ties that bind, Kushner is typically out the door, equipped with supplies, and on his way to a disaster area before you and I have even begun to fathom the extent of the devastation.

Within a couple of days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the Rockaway Peninsula last October, he’d rented a truck and loaded it up with 55-gallon plastic drums. He’d planned to fill them with gas but there was none to be had in the city, where power outages had rendered the pumps inoperable. No problem. Driving up to Mamaroneck in Westchester County, he called in a favor from a former state assemblyman, who got him right to the front of a long line at an open station. Kushner knew from experience that with no electricity available in the stricken areas, generators were the only way to keep hospitals and relief centers functioning. He also knew that generators need to be continually refueled, and that gas would not be easy to find.

In times of need

Making his way down flooded streets and around trees uprooted by furious wind gusts, he arrived two hours later at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor, New York. FEMA and Red Cross workers had set up an emergency center in the area. Kushner recognized two volunteers who had also arrived to help, both of whom he’d worked with in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Like Kushner, they seemed to materialize on the spot in times of dire need, no explanations required. All three immediately began to address critical tasks, such as transferring the gas to jerrycans.

Kushner also worked with teams of local volunteers. “You learn to trust the locals. They’re the ones who own the shovels,” he says. They’d have a quick meeting each morning, then be off. Kushner also got in touch with past and present Rotary district governors and filled them in on the needs of the day. “The people from the afflicted neighborhoods were the ones who were sustaining this relief effort,” he says. “Meanwhile Rotary clubs and other groups from all over were arriving every hour, it seemed, with clothes, food, blankets, the works. All good, but the size of the operation alone could’ve overwhelmed anyone. We were lucky, though; we’d seen it before. I was on the ground after Katrina for six weeks. I think this was worse, the sheer destruction.”

Kushner’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training kicked in. So, too, did something less tangible: his instinct to stay focused and calm, no matter what. “I block out my feelings, I turn them off to do the work that needs to be done,” he says. “Otherwise it’s too much.” And afterward? “I try to keep it out of my conscious mind, but I have nightmares, every night.”

Now 64 and a Rotarian for more than 30 years, Kushner has made a practice of showing up in disaster areas and trouble zones around the world for over a decade – skirting danger, bucking bureaucracies, and shrewdly assessing priorities in his quest to provide meaningful aid. A Rotarian version of Zelig, Woody Allen’s famous “human chameleon,” Kushner has somehow gotten himself to Pakistan just after a massive earthquake, to Haiti, Japan, and Tanzania to lend a practiced hand after natural calamities, terrorist attacks, and kidnappings by pirates. When tectonic plates suddenly shift, where tsunamis gather lethal force or tropical storms morph into devastating hurricanes that target urban centers, Kushner will likely be on the scene, ready to spring into action. It helps that he is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, an ex-Marine who works closely with the 82nd Airborne, and a translator fluent in French who has worked with U.S. embassy staff members in former French African colonies. He knows who to call if he needs to jump on a C-130 military cargo plane or Coast Guard cutter, but even if he didn’t, you get the feeling he’d strap himself to the wing of an osprey or grab hold of a bottleneck dolphin’s dorsal fin to hitch a ride to quake-ravaged Port-au-Prince or tsunami-flattened Ishinomaki. Whatever it takes.

That’s been Kushner’s mantra from a young age. He embodies Albert Einstein’s belief that you never fail until you stop trying. When Kushner discovered that his own community, Inwood, didn’t have a Rotary club, he started one himself and became its first president. When a man with disabilities and his wife, both HIV positive, had no place to live after their basement Rockaway apartment was flooded to the ceiling, Kushner helped them move into a small condo he owns for three months, rent free. “You do what you gotta,” he says.

Kushner received the RI Service Above Self Award, but perhaps it should be changed to Service Way Above Self. Even then it would fail to capture his compassionate compulsion to do good. “The world is such an insane place,” he says. “I can’t just sit around and watch.”

Born and raised in New York City, Kushner joined the Marines at age 18 and was assigned to Administrative Intelligence – “pencil-pushing,” as he calls it. He contracted a severe case of pneumonia at Parris Island in South Carolina. It recurred throughout his three years in the service and led to his discharge with a lifetime disability. He decided to continue his education and won a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at University College in London, an opportunity that forged his bond with Rotary.

If you’re in Kushner’s company long enough, you’ll find that narrative cohesion may elude him, but a thematic unity will take shape. A moment after delving into the earlier phases of his life, Kushner leaps to a lengthy anecdote about rescuing dogs with a Zodiac boat crew in flooded New Orleans, post Katrina. Then, just as abruptly, he’s in a makeshift hospital in Pakistan. A minute later, he’s flying doctors into Haiti. He’s proved himself repeatedly as a first responder who values systemic organization and the logical deployment of resources, so you’re inclined to cut him some slack if his anecdotal thought processes don’t follow a similar path. You begin to trust that he will make landfall within reach of where he took flight.

Dropping everything to help

In time, Kushner’s reminiscences lead to a clearer understanding of his current status as a Rotarian with the will and wherewithal to drop everything and go where he’s needed. In 1991, he and two other ex-military men wrote a state law to help veterans with disabilities to work as New York street vendors; his friend Joseph Kaswan had discovered an obscure 19th-century version written to support Civil War veterans. Together they updated it and lobbied the state legislature to get the new law passed, against fierce resistance from politicians defending brick-and-mortar retailers. The process took 10 years. By then Kushner had assembled a group of disabled vets – a committee, in his words – who, along with him, sold high-end jewelry on the street for bargain-basement prices. “I made a deal with the main importer for Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, those places, to buy end-of-season overstock, stuff they have to move out, for pennies on the dollar,” he says.

This enterprise provides Kushner with a living and a flexible schedule. “We’re the only stands that make money,” he announces with pride as you stroll with him across a Midtown hotel lobby. He stops you in front of the hotel gift shop and points to a row of bracelets encrusted with semiprecious jewels in the display window. “Those, there, $50 each? We sell exactly the same ones for $5.”

Kushner’s street savvy carries over to every aspect of his volunteer work. He’s quick to offer well-meaning clubs advice based on his experiences around the world: “Before you write a check, you gotta know where that money ends up. Send somebody down there to see who’s who, what’s what, where the money’s really going. It costs a little, but it can save a lot. You want to help out an orphanage in the Dominican Republic? All well and good, but do the due diligence.”

They’re words of wisdom from a Rotarian who’s seen some donations disappear into the pockets of corrupt individuals while other contributions reach their intended recipients. The hard-won knowledge of a weathered veteran who’s battled floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes with a single purpose in mind: to leave things in better shape than he found them. Right now, at this very moment, you can be sure that whatever Jim Kushner is up to, he’s also preparing for the next calamity.

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Responding to disaster comes naturally for New York Rotarian Tom Lewis 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Kyiv project mends children with broken hearts
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by Susie Ma 
The Rotarian -- July 2013  
Photos by Alyce Henson/Rotary International 

The way Olena Ichnatenko tells it, her daughter has two fathers – her birth father and the doctor who gave her a second chance at life at the Ukrainian Children’s Cardiac Center.

She was 10 days old when doctors operated to correct a congenital defect. Ichnatenko remembers the early days after her daughter was born in a different hospital: “We were told there that our child was dying and that is it.” Only after she took Yaroslava to the cardiac center did she feel a bit of hope for her daughter’s life. Yaroslava, who celebrated her ninth birthday this year, is one of the facility’s many success stories.

 

Dr. Illya Yemets, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv, founded the center in 2003, but its beginnings trace back to the 1990s, starting with a visit from Australian Rotarians led by Past District Governor Jack Olsson. They had stopped in Kyiv on a trip to develop exchanges in non-Rotary countries and learned of the need to train surgeons specializing in pediatric heart conditions. In 1991, Olsson arranged for Yemets to train at a children’s hospital in Sydney.

When Yemets returned to Kyiv, he established the first neonatal cardiac surgery department in Ukraine. The department got off to a humble start, housed in a couple of rooms as part of the Amosov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery, with equipment donated by Rotarians in Australia, among others. “I am pleased to say that many children were saved on that secondhand equipment,” Yemets says.

In 1992, he performed Ukraine’s first successful neonatal open heart surgery, on a 21-day-old baby. The Kyiv club was chartered that same year and took on Yemets’ cause as its first service project.

Yemets pursued further training abroad between 1993 and 1998, working in Australia, Canada, and France. Back in Kyiv, he became chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at the Amosov Institute. In 2000, doctors performed 244 surgeries. By 2010, the number had increased to 1,231. “We operate on 10 to 11 patients a day,” says Vladimir Zhovnir, the center’s director. “The average age of a patient with heart disease who needs surgery is one year old.”

The Kyiv club continues its close partnership with the center, providing equipment and donations of used furniture and other necessities, including 100 sets of sheets to outfit the beds in a new building. The club also sponsors opportunities for the specialists to receive further medical training.

“I’m very emotional about this,” says Alexei Kozhenkin, a charter member and past club president. “It was the first project of the first Rotary club in Ukraine. It also turned out to be the most successful project.”

Proof of that success is on display at the annual Chestnut Run in May. Former patients, their families, medical staff, and the community participate in a race that promotes the center and helps provide funding for supplies and equipment. The children run 300 meters and the adults run a 5K through the streets of Kyiv. In 2012, more than 300 former patients took part, along with 7,000 others.

Ichnatenko runs the race with her daughter every year. “Whenever we participate, we recall our doctors, our clinic, the staff who were always attentive to us,” she says. “I have always had warm memories about this clinic. It is like a family.”

Tania Stukalyanko, whose son Sergei underwent heart surgery at six months old, also comes out for the race. “We had been told that with such a diagnosis, people do not live,” she says. “But we do live.”

Among many happy stories from the center, Yemets heard some great news last summer: “One girl, who was the third patient 20 years ago, during our period of establishing neonatal cardiac surgery, invited me to her wedding. That was exciting.”

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Rotary Club of Kyiv project mends children with broken hearts Tom Lewis 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z
Next Guerrero Clinic Trip Including Copper Canyon - Sep 7-12
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Jon R. McKinnie

The next Guerrero Clinic trip will be from September 7th - 12th.We are planning a side trip to Copper Canyon.if you want to take the Copper Canyon side trip, you are coming back the 14th. Over the past 30+ years, the Guerrero Clinic and Rotarians from our District have been instrumental in providing millions of dollars in free medical care to the indigent people of the state of Chihuahua MexicoFor more information and applications, visitwww.guerreroclinic.org

We am thankful for all the funds that have been given over the years in support of the Guerrero Clinic. This clinic has provided thousands of Mexican citizens with much needed life saving services and has continued to build public awareness and Rotary’s image over the last 30 years.

Sustainability and self-sufficient are very key milestones in this project.On behalf of those less fortunate, please once again consider financially helping the Guerrero Clinic to get over this hurdle.Be sure to speak to your club about participating in this project.Your support, either personally or through your club, will make a difference in the quality of life of countless people.

Please make checks payable to:
Crystal Foundation
PO Box 1566
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Rotarian Walter Branson has been involved with the Guerrero Clinic in Chihuahua, Mexico since the 1980’s through District 5890.Walter, his wife Elsa and so many Rotarians across the District have done a remarkable job. And we need your help and financial support to make Guerrero Clinic a sustainable project.

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Should you have any questions or need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Walter or Elsa Branson.

Walter's contact info:
Walter BransonElsa Branson
(979) 236-1970 (C) 979-373-1970 (C)
walter@guerreroclinic.orgelsalobo13@hotmail.com

 


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District Membership Seminar - Aug 10
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Nixon Schrader

 

August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention. What better way to kick-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar on August 10, 2013, at San Jacinto College South. The cost of the event is $10 registration. Click onREGISTER ONLINERegistration starts at 7:45 AM; Seminar 8:30 AM - 12:45 PMBreakfast snacks, snacks, coffee, soda, water will be furnished.No lunch this year.

Club Presidents are encouraged to personally lead a delegation of their club membership committee, along with President-elect, secretary, membership chair and any other interested members. (Especially the "Newbees") Our District Membership Chair, Nick Schrader, has developed an agenda of top speakers who will offer creative and innovative ideas to help your club meet its March 31, 2014 membership target.

Take this opportunity to spend quality time with District Leaders, your Asst Governor and your Area Membership Chair.

Nick Schrader, District 2013-14 Membership Chair

281-732-5755 (cell)


 

District Membership Seminar - Aug 10 Tom Lewis 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Sharing Rotary With New Members
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

Are you aware of the responsibility or obligation most Rotarians fail to perform? Paying their dues? Attending meetings? Contributing to the club's service fund? Participating in club events and projects? No- none of these!

 

Of all the obligations a person accepts when joining a Rotary club, the one in which most Rotarians fail is "sharing Rotary." The policies of Rotary International clearly affirm that every individual Rotarian has an "obligation to share Rotary with others and to help extend Rotary through proposing qualified persons for Rotary club membership." It is estimated that less than 30 percent of the members of most Rotary clubs have ever made the effort to propose a new member. Thus, in every club, there are many Rotarians who readily accept the pleasures of being a Rotarian without ever sharing that privilege with another qualified individual.

The Rotary policy on club membership states: "In order for a Rotary club to be fully relevant to its community and responsive to the needs of those in the community, it is important and necessary that the club include in its membership all fully qualified prospective members located within its territory." One merely has to glance through the yellow pages of the local telephone directory to realize that most clubs have not invited qualified members of all businesses and professions into Rotary.

Only a Rotarian may propose a customer, neighbor, client, supplier, executive, relative, business associate, professional or other qualified person to join a Rotary club. Have you accepted your obligation to share Rotary? The procedures are very simple, and everyone must know at least one person who should belong to Rotary.

Rotary Education - Sharing Rotary With New Members Tom Lewis 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z
July 19 meeting notes
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After President John's meeting notice this week, I was a little reluctant to take any notes lest I be subject to termination with extreme prejudice. However, I decide to take a risk and take notes and will hopefully survive.

 

The TFTW was related to today's topic of law enforcement. It seems there was an old farmer in Idaho who raised potatoes with the help of his son. Unfortunately, his son failed to follow the law and ended up in prison. The father wrote him a letter in jail bemoaning his inability to plant his potatoes since the ground was too hard to plow alone. His son quickly responded with an admonition not too plow under any condition because that's where the bodies were buried. The next morning, a large group of state employees showed up with all matters of digging implements. After a morning of digging with no success, they departed. The next day, the father received a letter from his son saying - Go ahead and plan t now, I've done the best I could under the circumstances!

 

Our guests included Phil's friend, Rick Olsen, from the Houston Rotary Club. We also had Peggy Jo in attendance.

 

Our Rotary Minute and 60 Second Commercial presenters were not present so the meeting was shorter than usual. President John presented a Membership Minute in a couple of seconds, and reminded everyone to bring potential members and friends to the fellowship at Chee Burger Chee Burger this Tuesday. Remember 15% of all proceeds that evening will be returned to our Club.

 

Good News:

 

1. Massey Williams had a great trip to Puerto Rico where she ran into Bill Clinton. That's our 2nd Clinton sighting in two weeks. What's he running for? Massey suggested that driving in Puerto Rico was a challenge and you may want to consider not renting one if you visit. The GPS would not work and police drive around with their rooftop lights on making you think that you are about to be pulled over.

 

2. Randy Thompson's "this close" finger spread was a little wider than usual this week as there were 24 cases. It seems Somalia is the new Kajigastan with 20 cases all by itself.

 

3. Shanaz Kureshy is off to London to catch the train to Vienna and Sweden. Safe traveling.

 

 Our speaker today was Lloyd Diaz. Lloyd was an FBI agent for 25 years and upon retirement was hired by Mattress Mack as his Director of Operations which means he gets to do anything and everything that Mack doesn't want to do.

 

Let's have a great turnout Tuesday...Rich

July 19 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
July 12 meeting notes

Well Friday the 13th came on the 12th this month and the new Rotary year began with Maxwell in the driver's seat. John began the meeting by awarding Past President Tom Jr. a perfect attendance pin for last year as well as the coveted Past President name tag. John then opined in his TFTW by quoting former President Clinton - "Being President is a lot like jogging through a graveyard. You've got a lot of people under you, but nobody listens!"

 

The Rotary Minute was a definition of a certain type of Rotarian known as a RINO which stands for Rotarian In Name Only. They pay their dues, come to an occasional meeting, but do not really do any work. He admonished all members, and especially the newer ones, to explore all of the avenues of service in the Club and get involved in some way. Good advice Gary. If you don't know what's available, see the weekly handout and ask one of the Officers how you may help.

 

Let's just say we had a lot of guests and I didn't do too good a job of capturing names. We had guests from Italy, Germany, France, and Thailand. We had exchange students just back from Taiwan. We had parents and we had wives. Heck, I looked around and even noticed that we had a few members there......

 

Announcements:

Ed Charlesworth is hosting a party Saturday afternoon at 4pm honoring Angie Jimenez who does a whole lot for District 5890. It's a surprise, but I don't have any more info than this.

 

Plan on coming to the Chee Burger social on July 23rd. Bring friends and neighbors as 15% of all sales that evening will be given back to our club. (And you can probably get some bubble gum ice cream)

 

Good News - President John noted that this year's Good News dollars will go toward Randy's Haitian clean water project.

 

1. Bob Ullom appeared in costume having just returned from a Disney Cruise with all of his family. I thought he looked a little Goofy in his hat, but he assured me it was Pluto. It was somewhat of a great time, but in response to the questionnaire  about his likelihood of taking another cruise with them, Bob's answer involve words like Hell and Freezing Over.

 

2. Jinni Kaltenbach bragged that she and Dale had sold the first two Casino Night tickets and had also secured a $300 sponsorship. Now that's the spirit Jinni. She also noted that in her role as Secretary, she was checking Club Statistics in the Rotary database and noted that we have 14 men, 7 women, and 11 gender unspecified. Now that's diversity.

 

3. Anais Watsky is heading for Lake Tahoe on Saturday and rubbed our noses in the fact that it's a little cooler there than here. SHe had a wonderful time in Israel. (but neglected to share the story of her broken nose).

 

4. Randy Thompson, who relishes giving us a polio update, did so again. Unfortunately numbers of new cases have flared up recently with 13 new one, but we are "this close."

 

5. Shanaz Kureshy said that she and Anais had hosted a farewell party for all of our Youth Exchange students and their host families that was a lot of fun.

 

6. Ernie Honig, who fears that the NSA is after him, has found a new search engine called Duckduckgo (I think - I haven't checked it out yet)

 

7. Gary Aguren, after telling us all to get to work in his Rotary Minute, announced that he would be leaving for a month to the cooler climes of Colorado where it is expected to be 4 degrees Celsius (for all of our foreign guests) in the morning.

 

Our program today was a presentation by two of our returning Rotary Youth Exchange students. Both Akiko and Andrea had spent their year in Taiwan and by all accounts were great ambassadors for Rotary and the USA. They each gave delightful presentations about their experiences and they both seemed to have learned a lot.

July 12 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-07-13 00:00:00Z
July meeting leaders
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Date  Pledge Invocation Rotary Minute 60-second Commercial
 12 July  A. Watsky Tom Jackson "Jr." G. Aguren K. Akiens
 19 July R. Bills M. Boudreaux J. Caruso R. Catunda
 26 July E. Charlesworth E. Coker E. Carona J. Deacon
July meeting leaders Thomas W. Jackson 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z
July 12 bulletin
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July 12 bulletin Thomas W. Jackson 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z
Nan McCreadie to serve as first woman president of RIBI
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By Arnold R. Grahl  
Rotary News -- 5 July 2013  

In yet another sign of Rotary’s growing diversity, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), an organization formed in the 1910s, is poised to inaugurate its first woman president.

Nan McCreadie, a member since 1997 of the Rotary Club of Feltham, Greater London, England, will be inaugurated on 6 July at an event in Twickenham Stoop Stadium. McCreadie has served as vice president of RIBI, chair of its Constitution Committee, president’s representative, and district governor. She is a Bequest Society member.

“I am tremendously honored to be appointed RIBI’s first female president, which I firmly believe is a reflection of how Rotary is moving with the times,” she says. “We are currently undergoing a new stage in our development with more and more women and younger people wanting to join Rotary and help their local communities. So it is a really exciting time for me to be taking over and I am very much looking forward to my year in office.”

McCreadie joined Rotary after receiving a letter during a membership drive and then attending a few meetings. “I term myself a mail-order bride,” she quips.

Her most satisfying moments include helping mentally and physically challenged children during RIBI’s annual Kids Out event. “We took a group of children to a local theme park,” she recalls. “The little boy who traveled in my car was so pleased at what Rotary -- and I -- were doing for him. I felt terribly pleased.”

She also has enjoyed serving as a sergeant-at-arms during RI conventions and as a training leader at the International Assembly, an annual training event for incoming leaders. Coincidentally, McCreadie’s instructor when she was learning to be a training leader was Anne L. Matthews, who just became Rotary International’s first female vice president.

McCreadie believes the organization is making great strides in terms of diversity, and needs to continue doing so.

“We need to be more flexible,” she says. “We also need to interest non Rotarians in some of our service projects, which might lead to them becoming interested in joining. Visibility is important, as well as working with other local, national, and international organizations.” 

Read more about other leaders and changes for the new Rotary year.

Nan McCreadie to serve as first woman president of RIBI Tom Lewis 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
Indian district creates relief fund for flood victims
Rotary News -- 3 July 2013  

Rotary District 3080 has created a disaster relief fund to help victims of the recent devastating floods throughout the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. Thousands of local residents have been displaced and local Rotarians are working with the ministry of health to provide funding and relief supplies.  

The district has established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. If you are interested in donating, contact Past District Governor Chetan Aggarwal (chetanaggarwal@yahoo.com) or Assistant Governor Prabhjit Singh (singh_prabhjit@yahoo.com). If you are interested in sending relief materials including tents, contact Rotarian David Hilton (davidjhilton@gmail.com) or Assistant Governor Ajay Pal Makin (makinins@yahoo.com).

Indian district creates relief fund for flood victims Tom Lewis 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
Rotay Education - Non-Attendance Rules
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

The Rotary Club Constitution specifies three conditions under which a Rotarian's membership will automatically be terminated for non- attendance. These circumstances are: failure to attend or make up four consecutive club meetings, failure to attend or make up 60 percent of club meetings each six months and failure to attend at least 30 percent of the meetings of one's own club in each six-month period. Under any of these three cases, a member will lose Rotary membership unless the club board of directors has previously consented to excuse such failure for good and sufficient reason.


To some individuals, these rules may seem unusually rigid. However, being present at club meetings is one of the basic obligations a member accepts upon joining a Rotary club. The constitutional rules merely emphasize that Rotary is a participatory organization which highly values regular attendance. When a member is absent the entire club loses the personal association with that member. Being present at a club meeting is considered a vital part of the operation and success of every Rotary club.


For any Rotarian to miss four consecutive meetings, or disregard the other attendance requirements, should be considered tantamount to the submission of one's resignation from the club. When a club terminates a member for non-attendance, it is simply an acceptance of a resignation and not a punitive action by the club officers. All Rotarians know the consequences of non-attendance, so it clearly becomes a conscious decision by a Rotarian to withdraw from the club when he fails to fulfill the attendance requirements.

Rotay Education - Non-Attendance Rules Tom Lewis 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
An Evening of Fun & Fellowship With The Rotary Club of Willowbrook
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Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Please help support the Rotary Club of Willowbrook.

 

Cheeburger Cheeburger will donate 15% of all sales when you bring this flyer and eat in or take out.

There will not be any auctions or speeches of any kind just Fun Food & Fellowship.

 

106 Vintage Park Boulevard • Houston •  281-320-1212

 

For more info, contact

 

John Maxwell

Rotary Club of Willowbrook

john@blumax.com

281.444.2256

An Evening of Fun & Fellowship With The Rotary Club of Willowbrook John A. Maxwell 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
Birthdays and Anniversaries
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 Lemmerz, J.
   July 10
 Anniversaries      
 Jackson, T "Sr"  Judy 41 years July 28
Birthdays and Anniversaries Tom Lewis 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
Fourth of July - no meeting this week
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Fourth of July - no meeting this week Tom Lewis 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
Matthews begins term as first woman vice president
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By Arnold R. Grahl  
Rotary News -- 2 July 2013 

As Rotary clubs continue to promote diversity in their membership, Rotary is marking a milestone. Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, USA, began her term on 1 July as the first female vice president of Rotary International.

“Women have contributed significantly to Rotary initiatives, and will continue to do so,” says Matthews, who is also the first woman to serve as both a Rotary Foundation trustee and an RI director. “No doubt, the unfortunate and sometimes misleading image of ‘an old boys’ club’ will be buried for good.

“Whether the job is done by a male or female is immaterial,” she adds. “What is important is that the individual who serves is effective in that role. With that said, I am extremely proud to be the first woman vice president and am thankful for the California pioneers who pursued membership of women in Rotary.”

A member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East, Matthews has served Rotary in numerous capacities. In addition to her service as trustee and director, she has been a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI president’s representative, lead seminar trainer for the International Assembly, Future Vision Committee member, RI training leader, and district governor.

She is a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. Matthews is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Bequest Society member, Major Donor, and Paul Harris Society member.

She has a long and distinguished career outside Rotary as well. President of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm, she has degrees in business, economics, and educational administration, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

She has served as a trustee of Coker College, on the Advisory Education Board of the National Federation of Independent Business, as president of the National Business Education Association, and as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board of Directors for High Schools That Work. She has also served on the board of the Center for Occupational Research and Development in Texas and the Commission on Occupational Education, a national accreditation agency, among others. She is a member of Leadership South Carolina.

Matthews says she began attending Rotary club meetings in 1989, on the recommendation of her minister. It wasn’t long before she became actively involved in her club. Her most satisfying moments, of which she says there have been many, include immunizing children against polio in India, digging wells in the Amazon jungle, and preparing food for the hungry.

“I feel especially peaceful when simply sharing stories and facts with Rotarians about the good Rotary is doing in pockets all over the world,” Matthews says. “Seeing and hearing their reactions is particularly satisfying.”

Read more about other leaders and changes in the new Rotary year.

Matthews begins term as first woman vice president Tom Lewis 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
The new Rotary year: Changes you should know about
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By Arnold R. Grahl  
Rotary News -- 1 July 2013

For three years, 100 districts have been testing Future Vision, a pilot of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant system, which was designed to increase Rotary’s effectiveness during the next century of service.

As the new Rotary year dawns, the future has begun. All districts begin using the simplified grant structure 1 July. Districts have already been completing the qualification process and qualifying their clubs. A number of clubs and districts have begun preparing and submitting grant applications.

There will be three types of grants: global, district, and packaged. You can learn about all three types, and get more details about the application process, on Rotary’s grant microsite .

Also on 1 July, new leaders will take office at the club, district, and international levels.

Ron D. Burton, of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, will become Rotary’s 103rd president and will encourage Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives . Read a profile of Burton from The Rotarian and download his convention speech.

Anne L. Matthews, a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East, South Carolina, USA, will become the first woman to serve as vice president. Matthews, a former director of South Carolina’s Department of Education, is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm. Read her biography.

Dong Kurn Lee, of the Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, Korea, will take over as Rotary Foundation trustee chair. Read his biography and download his convention speech.

Other changes for 2013-14:

  • Rotarians will be allowed to form satellite clubs, whose members meet at a different time and location from their parent clubs. The change, approved by the Council on Legislation in April, is intended to make it easier for members to develop the core for a new club.
  • Districts will be able to form an unlimited number of e-clubs. The Council removed a limit of two e-clubs per district. The change is designed to bring in new members and appeal to young professionals, who may be less able to meet in person weekly.
  • The name of Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service will change from “New Generations Service” to “Youth Service.” This change was also approved by the Council. In 2010, this avenue of service joined Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service.
  • The dues Rotary clubs pay Rotary International will increase US$1 to $53 per member.
  • A redesigned Rotary website will be launched in late summer.

The RI Board of Directors will seat nine new directors 1 July, along with 2013-14 President-elect Gary C.K. Huang, of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan. The new directors for 2013-14 are Celia Elena Cruz de Giay, of the Rotary Club of Arrecifes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mary Beth Growney Selene, of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, Wisconsin, USA; Seiji Kita, of the Rotary Club of Urawa East, Saitama, Japan; Holger Knaack, of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany; Larry A. Lunsford, of the Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri, USA; P.T. Prabhakar, of the Rotary Club of Madras Central, Tamil Nadu, India; Sangkoo Yun, of the Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Seoul, Korea; Steven A. Snyder, of the Rotary Club of Auburn, California, USA; and Michael F. Webb, of the Rotary Club of Mendip, Somerset, England.

The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees will seat new members Monty J. Audenart, of the Rotary Club of Red Deer East, Alberta, Canada; Noel A. Bajat, of the Rotary Club of Abbeville, Louisiana, USA; and Kalyan Banerjee, of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Maharashtra, India. John Kenny, of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth, Scotland, will serve as chair-elect, and Michael K. McGovern, of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA, as vice-chair.

The new Rotary year: Changes you should know about Tom Lewis 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Exchange of Club Banners
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Cliff Dochterman - President of Rotary International in 1992-93

One of the colorful traditions of many Rotary clubs is the exchange of small banners, flags or pennants. 

Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at "make-up" meetings as a token of 
friendship. 


Many clubs use the decorative banners they have received for attractive displays at club meetings and district 
events. 


The Rotary International board recognized the growing popularity of the banner exchange back in 1959 and 
suggested that those clubs that participate in such exchanges give careful thought to the design of their 
banners in order that they be distinctive and expressive of the community and country of which the club is a 
part. It is recommended that banners include pictures, slogans or designs that portray the territorial area of the 
club. 


The board was also mindful of the financial burden such exchanges may impose upon some clubs, especially 
in popular areas where many visitors make up and request to exchange. In all instances, clubs are cautioned to 
exercise discretion and moderation in the exchange of banners in order that the financial obligations do not 
interfere with the basic service activities of the club. 


Exchanging club banners is a very pleasant custom, especially when a creative and artistic banner tells an 
interesting story of community pride. 


The exchange of banners is a significant tradition of Rotary and serves as c tangible symbol of our 
international fellowship. 

Rotary Education - Exchange of Club Banners Tom Lewis 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
June 28 photos

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June 28 photos Ernest Honig 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z
June 28 Meeting Notes

NOTE: As I announced Friday, I would like to add as many souses as possible to the distribution of the newsletter so as to keep our better halves informed and perhaps have them express an interest in some of our activities that you may "forget" to share. If you are willing to share that email, please just reply to this with a CC: to your partner and I will add them....Thanks, Rich

 What a sad day as President Jr's reign comes to an end. He did not disappoint however with a final touching TFTW. It seem his wife asked him if he thought that he might remarry if she ever died. Jr told her that he didn't know for sure, but he might. She asked "Will you share our bed?" Will you let her drive my car?" Probably said Tom. "Well, what about my golf clubs. Will you let her use my golf clubs?" "Of course not" said Tom, "she's left handed."

Our Rotary Minute (and then some) was presented by Lyncee Shuman who had been reading about the recent International Rotary Convention in Lisbon, Portugal and all of the focus on Polio eradication. She listed some impressive numbers and statistics that would have made Randy Thompson proud had he been present.

The 60 Second Commercial was presented by Rich Bills who took the opportunity to address the information above about spousal inclusion.

We had a goodly number of visitors today to include Peggy Jo Coker, John Deacon's daughter Claire and her friend from Spain, Maria. Mary Silver and Amy Thompson were here from NAM.

Announcements:

If you are interested in visiting the Rotary Project in Nicaragua - The Children of the Dump - Sign up by today (6/30/13) at the District 5890 website.

Our District Governor, Bob Gephard, will be visiting our club on August 9th. Let's have a great turnout for Bob.

Please add 6/23/13 to your calendar to participate in President John Maxwell's first social function at Chee Burger Chee Burger - details to follow.

 Good News:

1. Amy Thompson stepped in for Randy in his absence, but it sounded like Randy has been falling down on the job, with 13 new cases this week including several in countries that have not had any for awhile. She also thanked us for the support of the Willowbrook Rotary Learning Center at NAM.

2. Linda Honig brought a photo of her nephew Matt who will wandering around the Old Course in Scotland ran into Bill Clinton.

3. Jinni Kaltenbach had a wonderful camping trip in Lago Vista. Sounds like it was pretty high cotton with electricity and water right in the campsite, and nearby hot showers. She also had a buck for a deer that showed up on the road to claim a dropped potato chip.

4. Shanaz Kureshy was back from spending an exciting 2 weeks in DC with her daughter.

5. John Deacon was excited to have Maria visiting his daughter. Unfortunately, her plane was 5 hours late, but she's adjusting well.

6. John Maxwell announced the Chee Burger "non-fundraiser" get together on the 23rd. Plan on coming and having a good time.

7. David Thompson had a dollar for Jr's Presidency and expressed his thankfulness at not being the immediate successor to Jr.

8. Ed Charlesworth echoed David's comments about Jr's year. It had been a lot of fun and he learned........, anyway, he's heading to Lake City tomorrow to rendezvous with Robin.

9. Mark Boudreaux said his daughter McKenzie had competed in a pageant and finished in the top 20 so it's off to Hollywood.

10. David Smith also echoed praise for Jr, but also managed to put in a plug for Rich's Rotary Notes. Thanks David. He said with all of our hot weather, his company is setting sales records led by the HVAC division. He's off to Galveston this weekend to celebrate his grandson's 5th birthday. The parent's motto for him has been "Keep Ian alive until he's five!"

11. Peggy Jo Coker said that their niece who she and Elbert 'adopted" when she was in High School subsequently graduated and went to West Point where she met another West Pointer who has just been selected for early promotion to Colonel, so they will be going back east for his promotion ceremony.

12. Lyncee Shuman updated us on her daughter who is on a short term exchange to Italy. She's recently been to Venice and Verona and seems to be having a ball. As for Lyncee, she's off to Dallas for business, her least favorite city.

13. Rich Bills was worried that after having just finished a kitchen renovation, Nancy just bought a new refrigerator and he was pleased that it just barely fit into the newly build space.

14. Tom Jackson Jr., in addition, to being excited about completing his year as President, was also celebrating his granddaughter's 1st birthday.

 After everyone present had participated in Good News, A presentation of $2000 was made to the Willowbrook Learning Center at NAM for new marker boards for their classrooms.

Our speaker was former member, and Community Activist, Larry Lipton. Larry updated us on the renaming of FM1960 to Cypress Creek Parkway and the reasoning for this. He also explained the actions being taken to combat SOB's (sexually oriented businesses), and he updated us on the upcoming legislation that will give us an opportunity to battle panhandlers who frequent every intersection.

 

June 28 Meeting Notes Richard Bills 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z
Mary Silbert, Director Rotary Learning Center & Amy Thompson, Beloved Instructor
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Mary Silbert, Director Rotary Learning Center & Amy Thompson, Beloved Instructor Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z
Larry Lipton -Community Advocate for NW Harris County
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Larry Lipton -Community Advocate for NW Harris County Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards winners recognized during preconvention meeting
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Rotary News – 22 June 2013  

Rotaractors in Mumbai, India, most of them medical doctors, are providing vision screenings and comprehensive eye care to thousands of schoolchildren in poor neighborhoods of the city, through a series of medical camps aimed at improving the children’s performance in school.

Vision Six by Six, a project of the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus, Mumbai, raised US$15,500 through a variety of creative fundraisers, including a stand-up comedy event, to fund the medical camps. Club members bought supplies in bulk to cut the cost of the screenings to $1 per child, and worked with three nonprofit hospitals to provide surgeries for cataracts and squinting problems.

The initiative was chosen as this year's Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards international winner, one of seven projects singled out for honors. Representatives from the clubs presented their projects and received their awards during the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting 22 June in Lisbon, Portugal.

RI President Sakuji Tanaka encouraged the Rotaractors to make a difference in the world.

"Through Rotaract, hundreds of thousands of talented and motivated people have made a difference in their world, through projects that are innovative and inspiring," Tanaka said. "Rotaract and Interact are, in part, a bridge to Rotary membership. I hope very much, that every Rotaractor here will choose to become a Rotarian, when the time is right."

Representatives from the Caduceus Rotaract club explained how Vision Six by Six treated a number of conditions, including refractive errors [vision problems], infections, eye allergies, and Vitamin A deficiency. In the program’s first seven months, 10,000 children were screened and 1,520 of them received some form of correction, from surgery to corrective lenses.

“We wanted to do something to help the 15 percent of children in government-run, low-resource schools in Mumbai who have undiagnosed refractory error,” said Pankaj Jethwani, president of the club. “Young children develop an aversion toward going to school because they can’t see sharp images on the blackboard and don’t realize this is not normal or treatable. Most of the children we treat have never met an eye doctor before.”

The Rotaractors received support from their host Rotary Club of Bombay Central in planning, implementing, and evaluating the project and in fundraising for it.

For the comedy fundraiser, club members worked with a nonprofit consulting firm to book four of India’s leading stand-up comedians, who performed free of charge. The Rotaractors also used the Internet to solicit donations through crowd-sourcing.

In addition to providing medical assistance, the Rotaractors started a teacher training program, enlisting the support of educators to ensure that the children follow through with their care. They found that 92 percent of the children were adhering to their suggested treatment -- for example, wearing their glasses -- two months after the camps.

“More children can now see clearly, potentially impacting their future,” says Jethwani.

Regional winners

The regional Rotaract projects recognized were:

  • Africa: Rotaract Club of Cairo Royal, Egypt (District 2450) for Tanweer el Heiz. Club members installed solar power systems in 16 homes in el Heiz, a village in Egypt, enabling villagers to store food safely and providing light so that children can study in the evening. The club is fundraising to provide solar power for 350 other houses in the village.
  • Asia Pacific: Rotaract Club of the Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia (District 9750) for The Urban Grown City Farm. Club members worked with other community organizations to create and operate an organic farm that provides employment for youth and sells produce to local businesses.
  • Europe: Rotaract Club of Bari, Italy (District 2120) for Rotaract and UNICEF for Afghan Women and Children. Club members collaborated with UNICEF to train 10 midwives in Afghanistan and provide them with medical supplies to enable them to assist with childbirth.
  • Latin America: Rotaract Club of the University of Guyana (District 7030) for Victoria Literacy Project. Club members created a weekly literacy program at a local primary school that focuses on teaching 50 students basic literacy and numbers skills to prepare them for a national assessment. In addition to providing weekly instruction, the Rotaractors obtained supplies and furniture for the classroom.
  • South Asia: Rotaract Club of H.R. College, Maharashtra, India (District 3140) for "I" for an "Eye." Club members held numerous school and community events to spread awareness about eye donation and encourage people to sign eye-donation pledge cards. The Rotaract Club of H.R. College also collaborated with the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus, this year’s international Outstanding Project Award winner, to raise US$14,000 for treatment of eye disorders.
  • United States, Canada, and the Caribbean: Rotaract Club of Yale College, Connecticut, USA (District 7980) for Vocational Training for the Tribal Community of Potkhal and Baste Villages, India. The club has partnered with the Rotary Club of Bombay Midtown, Maharashtra, India, to launch a vocational training center for a tribal community in Maharashtra. The center offers courses to men and women in vocations such as tailoring and welding, helping them to improve their quality of life.

Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards winners recognized during preconvention meeting Tom Lewis 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z
2014 District Conference Cruising to Cozumel - May 1-5 2014
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Jon R. McKinnie

For first time since 2004, the 2014 District Conference will be held May 1-5 2014, on the Carnival Fun Ship "Triumph", departing Galveston.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our district while enjoying friendship, fellowship, food and fun in the Gulf.  We need your help, Rotarians are typically the worst procrastinators, wait until the last minute to commit.  But this year, we need each of you to commit prior to November 1.  We need a large number of committed attendees, so we can get Carnival to dedicate facilities for exclusive use by our District Conference. 

District Conference Chair Ronnie Hallenberger and his committee have been working diligently to provide an outstanding conference experience.

District 5890 is alive and vibrant.  See how to make the clubs have grown and maintained membership.  Learn why the Rotary Foundation is important to your Club, District 5890 and the World as a whole.

Make new Rotary Friends, reconnect with old Rotary Friends, connect for new projects with other Rotarians and Clubs.  See how we help the youth of District 5890 and other Rotary Districts.

Lots of fun activities are planned during the conference, including wine tasting, spouse events (Galley tour and food pairing), plus …..

For more information, contact

Ronnie Hallenberger, District Conference Chair, ron080@yahoo.com

Ray Schutter, Cruise Coordinator, ray@westutravel.com

 

2014 District Conference Cruising to Cozumel - May 1-5 2014 Tom Lewis 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z
Incoming District Governor Bob Gebhard Welcomes You to District 5890's Website
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Jon R. McKinnie

 

I want to welcome each of you to our District 5890 website and hope that you will find interest in our efforts to serve our community and make lives better for those less fortunate.  Please consider joining our efforts to "Engage Rotary - Change Lives".

After 2 1/2 years of preparation and anticipation, my time to service as your Rotary District 5890 Governor has arrived.  I look forward to working with each of you.  Together, we will have a tremendous year.

Bob Gebhard

District 5890 Governor, 2013-2014


Incoming District Governor Bob Gebhard Welcomes You to District 5890's Website Tom Lewis 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - The Classification Principle
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

Virtually all membership in Rotary is based upon a "classification." Basically a classification describes the distinct and recognized business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society.

 

The principle of Rotary classification is somewhat more specific and precise. In determining the classification of a Rotarian it is necessary to look at the "principal or recognized business or professional activity of the firm, company or institution" with which an active member is connected or "that which covers his principal and recognized business or professional activity."

It should be clearly understood that classifications are determined by activities or services to society rather than by the position held by a particular individual. In other words, if a person is the president of a bank, he or she is not classified as "bank president" but under the classification "banking."

It is the principal and recognized activity of a business or professional establishment or the individual's principal and recognized business or professional activity that determines the classification to be established and loaned to a qualified person. For example, the permanently employed electrical engineer, insurance adjustor, or business manager of a railroad company, mining company, manufacturing concern, hospital, clinic, etc., may be considered for membership as a representative of the particular work he or she may be doing personally or as a representative of the firm, company, or institution for which the professional service is being done.

The classification principle also permits business and industries to be separated into distinct functions such as manufacturing, distributing, retailing and servicing. Classifications may also be specified as distinct and independent divisions of a large corporation or university within the club's territory, such as a school of business or a school of engineering.

The classification principle is a necessary concept in assuring that each Rotary club represents a cross section of the business and professional service of the community.


Rotary Education - The Classification Principle Tom Lewis 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z
June 21 meeting notes

Methinks President Jr must be nearing the end of his reign at the TFTW was on the "weak" side. Something about a book on self defense being confused by a copy of the Karma Sutra and the mugger not knowing what hit them. ??? You had to be there. He took a shot at redemption with the story of the two priests who died, but as they arrived at the Pearly Gates, were told that the computer was down and that they had to go back for three "free" days in which they could do anything they wanted. The first priest thought that being an eagle would be magnificent and chose that route. After insuring that this time would not count against them, the 2nd priest shared that he had always wanted to be a stud. After computer repairs were finally completed, St Peter put out the word to recall the two fellows and asked if that was going to be a problem. Well, the first one should not be as he is soaring over the Rockies, however the 2nd may prove to be more of a challenge as he was on a snow tire somewhere in Montana. bada bing.

 

John Caruso drew the short straw to present the Rotary Minute and he shared a story that he had read in the recent Rotarian about San Antonio's efforts at changing "crap" to cash. It seems that they do the ultimate job at recycling their wastewater by converting it back to potable water, capturing the gas for resale and converting the solids to sludge which they sell as fertilizer.

 

Mark Boudreaux had the 60 second Commercial. Resplendent in his green Goosehead shirt, Mark told us about his new Independent insurance agency that would augment what he is able to offer through the primary State Farm Company. It is a franchise called Goosehead. He suggested that you check your Medical and Liability limits in your current homeowners policy to insure that you are not achieve false savings at the risk of being under insured. He had several other cautionary insurance suggestions, but just give him a call if you need a review.

 

We had a host of guests to include about 6 members of the Klein Forest Interact club and their faculty sponsor. Tom Sr. brought along Judy and Chip Webb as well as Brandy and PJ from his office. Ken Gould and his wife Joan were visiting. Finally, we had two more scholarship winners Amanda and Jennifer along with Amanda's mom Lisa.

 

Good News:

1. Bob Ullom's horse had her 2nd race last Saturday in Dallas and finished 2nd to a ringer. Bob also wanted to extend accolades to Tom Jr for his outstanding leadership as our President this past year. I think phenomenal was the word he used.

2. Judy Jackson said that Brandy had taken her to the shooting range on Brandy's day off to teach her how she keeps Tom in line.

3. Mark Boudreaux had two daughters that finished their school year successfully. He also shared the sad news that someone in his family bought two new dogs (or as we call them non-dogs). While he prefers more manly pooches, these are miniature fur balls and need a lot of help in house training. Good luck with that.

4. Dr. Ken Gould mentioned that he carries his cell phone in his shirt pocket and wanted to share with the membership the emergency rescue procedures involved when one forgets that phone and leans over the toilet too far. You should also avoid the laundry and oven with your phone.

5. Lyncee Shuman said her daughter is having a great time on her short term exchange in Italy. I was in line behind her so I missed what else she said.

6. Rich Bills was sorry that he had found out too late that it was Take Your Dog To Work Day. He also echoed Bob's comments about Jr's year.

7. Patricia Fraske informed us that Canada was experiencing severe flooding and that she had several family members stranded in the floods.

8. I seem to have gotten distracted by something at this point and scribbled something about John and grandson, and then Dr. Massey Ferguson shared some info about water bottles. I apologize for not being as alert as a scribe should be!

 

Our program today featured Donna Vandermolen who is working on empowering women to properly protect themselves through awareness and fire power.

June 21 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - Rotary Award For World Understanding
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RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

Since 1981, the Rotary Award for World Understanding has been given each year, with one exception, to an individual or organization "whose life or work demonstrates in some exemplary or worthy manner the Rotary ideal of service, especially in the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and peace." The award is presented at the Rotary International Convention. A special worldwide committee makes the selection, which must then be approved by the RI Board of Directors and the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.

In addition to a beautiful crystal sculpture, the award provides US$100,000 for the recipient to designate to a charitable cause that is in harmony with The Rotary Foundation's mission of international peace and understanding through humanitarian and educational projects. Past recipients of the World Understanding Awards have been: 1981, Dr. Noburo Iwamura, Japanese professor of medical research; 1982, Pope John Paul II; 1983, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, Canadian humanitarian; 1984, World Organization of the Scout Movement; 1985, Dr. Albert B. Sabin, developer of oral polio vaccine; 1986, International Committee of the Red Cross; 1987, Lady Hermione Ranfurly, for worldwide Ranfurly Library Services; 1988, The Salvation Army; 1989, no award; 1990, Vaclav Havel, president of Czechoslovakia; 1991, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, secretary general of the United Nations; 1992, Edward J. Piszek, U.S.A. businessman- philanthropist; 1993, Dr. Fred Hollows, a pioneering Australian doctor; and 1994, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Rotary Education - Rotary Award For World Understanding Tom Lewis 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z
Three-day event provides free health care to thousands in Africa
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By Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary News -- 5 June 2013
     

In 1994, Marion Bunch lost her son, Jerry, to AIDS.

It was early in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, and the stigma of the disease kept her from talking about her son’s illness with anyone but family members. But three years later, Bunch recalls feeling a tap on her shoulder and hearing a voice telling her to “get up and get going.”

“It was an epiphany … that completely altered the course of my life,” she says.

Within a year, Bunch, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia, proposed an idea to her club, and through Rotary, began bringing together community and professional leaders who shared her passion for disease prevention in general. That was the start of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention (RFHA), a Rotarian Action Group that received recognition from the RI Board in 2004.

Health Days

Last month, the group held its third annual Rotary Family Health Days in Africa. Rotarians from 365 Rotary clubs fanned out across Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa to help medical professionals and government workers provide free health services to 250,000 disadvantaged people.

The event included polio and measles immunizations, dental and eye clinics, and family counseling and screening for HIV, diabetes and hypertension, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. Volunteers also handed out insecticide-treated bed nets, deworming tablets, and sanitary pads.

“The reach of this project is so phenomenal because of the presence of Rotarians all across these countries who felt emotionally connected by working together as one force on one project,” Bunch says.

In South Africa, 225 Rotary clubs participated at 160 sites; in Uganda, 65 clubs supported 120 sites; and across Lagos and Ogun states in southern Nigeria, 62 clubs supported 70 sites. Two Rotary Foundation global grants provided funding to send vocational training teams to Uganda and to pay for malaria-preventive bed nets in Nigeria.

“The heartbeat of the health care system must be prevention of disease and the promotion of health rather than [trying] to cure disease, rather than trying to fix it after,” says Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s national minister of health.

Volunteer Chris Pretorius, a member of the Rotary Club of Pretoria Sunrise, South Africa, was amazed by the turnout for the Health Days event.

“One of the members of the health department actually said they had never been able to get so many children here on a day like this,” he says. “That in itself is success.”

Working with partners

The campaign also illustrates how Rotary partners with other organizations to expand its impact. Since 2011, RFHA has partnered with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, which contributed US$450,000 for this year’s three-country event. Other partners were South Africa’s Department of Health, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID, Delta Airlines, and Nampak (a producer of sanitary pads).

“We are proud to have partnered with RFHA and the Department of Health in promoting access to health screening services,” says Therese Gearhart, president of Coca-Cola South Africa. “At Coca-Cola, we invest in these initiatives because, together with our partners, we have a common vision of a South Africa that comprises healthy, strong, and thriving communities.”

Leaders of the Rotarian Action Group hope to expand the event to more African countries each year.

“Rotary is the catalyst organization in this event because of the power and (political) neutrality of our brand and the respect we receive worldwide for our ability to mobilize communities into action,” Bunch says. “This event represents the power of public/private partnerships. No one organization can do a massive event like this alone. Each partner has a defined role and set of responsibilities, and that’s why it works.”

Three-day event provides free health care to thousands in Africa Tom Lewis 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z
Be aware of scams targeting Rotarians

Rotary News - 13 June 2013    

Several Rotarians have recently reported receiving fraudulent emails, including one with the subject line "Proposed Rotary Visit." It fraudulently claims to be from a Rotary club president in Nigeria asking for information to help coordinate exchanges or to partner on projects.

Also be aware of Facebook pages or other websites using the Rotary logo without permission in order to solicit money and imply a relationship with Rotary.

Other recent scams include:

  • Fraudulent emails with the subject line "Rotary Membership Update" that reports to be from Rotary International asking them to update their membership status for the 2013 year by clicking on the link supplied in the email. Please be aware that this is a phishing scam. Phishing is the criminally fraudulent act of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, or credit card information by masquerading as a trusty source.
  • Several Rotarians have reported receiving a fraudulent email which reports to be from an Australian Rotarian stuck in London, England. The email claims the individual was robbed at gunpoint while on holiday and that she needs money to get home. Other Rotarians have reported receiving a similar email sent out in the name of a senior Rotary leader, a trustee of The Rotary Foundation, seeking money. The email claims that the individual is stuck at an airport with lost luggage and needs the cash to get home. Both emails are scams.
  • An email scam with the subject line "Award Winning Notification Final" has targeted Rotarians claiming that they are one of 21 winners of a promotional program.
  • An email scam targeting Rotarians and Rotaractors claims the recipient has won hundreds of thousands of euros through an international promotional program conducted by the "Euro-Millones Lottery."
  • An email scam with the subject line "Dear Award Beneficiary!!!" has targeted Rotarians claiming the recipient has won US$500,000 and two HP laptops from RI.

RI encourages Rotarians and Rotary clubs to avoid becoming victims of such scams by deleting any email that appears suspicious.

Other resources

From the FBI, Internet fraud

Facebook scams

Be aware of scams targeting Rotarians Tom Lewis 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z
New York Rotarian is a full-time volunteer
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Gary Kadow works hard, sleeps little, and talks fast.

That sense of urgency served him well as a volunteer government liaison officer for a Red Cross disaster response team: “I was at the World Trade Center on 9/11 right after the planes hit,” he recalls. Kadow published a book about the experience titled 10 Days of Hell and Heroes.

He had started with the Red Cross after a career in government; he’d worked as an administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York State and as a special assistant to the secretary of housing in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Kadow and his wife of 44 years, Barbara, decided to head south, settling in the Villages retirement community. “I didn’t know a thing about Rotary,” he says. “I was always going 80 directions with my hair on fire.”

He joined his club in 2007, and by 2010, he was leading a project to send unused medical supplies from Florida hospitals to the U.S. military in Iraq, where his son-in-law was serving, and to Afghanistan. With the support of his club and the Rotary Club of Leesburg, Fla., Kadow turned the effort into a nonprofit called Project SOS – Support Our Soldiers, which has evolved into a local initiative to help homeless veterans and those with disabilities access medical care. The group is also working with the nonprofit Haiti Help Med Plus to equip a hospital in a remote part of that country, and to provide villages with necessities including clean water.

Though formally retired, the 66-year-old Kadow is a full-time volunteer. “When I heard Rotary’s motto was Service Above Self, I was sold, because I always lived my life that way.”

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New York Rotarian is a full-time volunteer Tom Lewis 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z
June 21 bulletin - Donna Vandermolen - Thanks to Brandy Watts
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June 21 bulletin - Donna Vandermolen - Thanks to Brandy Watts Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z
Breaking News! Willowbrook Year End Awards
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Breaking News! Willowbrook Year End Awards Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z
2012-13 Willowbrook Rotary year-end awards
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2012-13 Willowbrook Rotary year-end awards Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z
June 13 Installation Banquet

Happy Army Birthday and Flag Day!

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June 13 Installation Banquet Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Guatemala Rotarians use global grants to help school children receive a better education
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By Daniela Garcia
Rotary News -- 10 June 2013
Photos by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

At Próximos Pasos school for girls in Santa María de Jesus, Guatemala, the students look happy, healthy, and energetic.

Unlike their counterparts at some schools in the country, the girls have access to clean water and proper nutrition, and the results are apparent. The girls are able to focus on their studies, and they express an enthusiasm for their education.

“We saw many changes in the kids, in the teachers, and in the community,” says Jorge Aufranc, past governor of District 4250 and a member of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur. “They appreciate the work that Rotary has done.”

A Rotary Foundation global grant implemented by the Guatemala Sur club provided the school with computers and a machine called a mechanical cow, which produces soy milk. The device is made of stainless steel and does not look much like a cow.

Soybeans are put into a funnel at the top, and about 45 minutes later, they have been turned into soy milk and a pulp called okara, which is used in the school’s cooking classes. On one recent day, the girls were using the okara to make cookies.

Aufranc’s district has used the Rotary Foundation’s new grants to help many schools in the area. It took part in the three-year pilot of the new grant system, during which 43 global grants have been undertaken in the district, including five by the Guatemala Sur club. The pilot ends 1 July, and the new grants then become available to all districts.

The Guatemala Sur club began with projects that address needs they deemed critical. For example, one global grant is providing nine rural schools in Sumpango with washing stations, latrines, kitchen equipment, and furniture.

“Everything begins with water,” Aufranc says. “If there is no water, we cannot have peace. Where there is a lack of water, there is conflict.”

Partnerships are essential

For the grant used at Próximos Pasos, the Guatemala Sur club partnered with clubs from districts 6420 and 6440 (Illinois, USA), as well as Mission Impact and the World Soy Foundation. Aufranc says working with these other organizations is part of what made the grant successful.

“You have to involve as many Rotarians as you can, locally and internationally,” Aufranc says. “With Future Vision, there has been resistance because people think, ‘oh we have to think bigger and bigger.’ But that’s how you make an impact in a community. You have to think big.”

His district’s extensive experience with global grants has made Aufranc an advocate of the new grants.

He believes community involvement is essential to any Rotary project. Several of Guatemala Sur’s global grants were made possible by the volunteer labor of community members and input from local leaders.

“To have a good project, a sustainable project, you have to involve the community. If the community participates from the beginning, they feel they have ownership of the project, and this helps guarantee sustainability,” he explains. “We have to think of it as their project, not ours. It is a project of the community, not a Rotary project.”

Mirna Pérez, the principal of Próximos Pasos, also believes involving her community made the project possible. She says keys to success included the sharing of responsibility by Rotarians and community members, good communication, and flexibility.

“We are thankful to Rotary for helping us and bringing change to the lives of our students and the community,” Pérez says. “Our communities need more opportunities, and Rotary gives us those opportunities. We utilize everything and we work our hardest to put everything to good use.”

Learn more about The Rotary Foundations new grant model

Guatemala Rotarians use global grants to help school children receive a better education Tom Lewis 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Stopping polio transmission by end of 2014 realistic, says Independent Monitoring Board

Rotary News -- 12 June 2013    

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) reports that “stopping polio transmission by the end of 2014 is a realistic prospect.” The IMB, which met 7-9 May, independently verifies progress toward the achievement of a polio-free world.

In its report, the IMB commended the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for changes that have helped reduce polio to the lowest levels ever.

“All of those who work towards polio eradication should be proud of what they have achieved over the last two years,” the report stated. “The prospects of achieving interruption of polio transmission globally have been transformed by their work.”

The IMB also underscored that further steps need to be taken.

“Whilst the poliovirus has been knocked down, it is certainly not knocked out,” the report stated.

The IMB highlighted three specific areas the GPEI needs to address, and made recommendations to the remaining endemic countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria – as well as for responding to the outbreak in the Horn of Africa.

On financing, the IMB commended the US$4 billion in pledges made at the Global Vaccine Summit in April. To fully fund the $5.5 billion Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-18, however, the IMB cautioned that “the remaining $1.5 billion for the life of the new [plan] needs to be found, and that pledged funds must quickly reach the frontline.”

In response to the report, Rotary International and the other GPEI global partners – the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – are exploring integration of the recommendations into the polio eradication effort.

Stopping polio transmission by end of 2014 realistic, says Independent Monitoring Board Tom Lewis 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Rotary Education - More Rotary Firsts

RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

  • Rotary became bilingual in 1916 when the first club was organized in a non-English-speaking country-Havana, Cuba.
  • Rotary established the "Endowment Fund" in 1917, which became the forerunner of The Rotary Foundation.
  • Rotary first adopted the name "Rotary International" in 1922 when the name was changed from the International Association of Rotary Clubs.
  • Rotary first established the Paul Harris Fellows recognition in 1957 for contributors of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
  • The Rotary club which first held meetings on a weekly basis was Oakland, California, the Number 3 club.
  • The Rotary emblem was printed on a commemorative stamp for the first time in 1931 at the time of the Vienna Convention.
  • The first Rotary club banner (from the Houston Space Center) to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut Frank Borman, a member of that club.
  • The first Rotary International convention held outside the United States was in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1921.
  • The first head of state to address a Rotary convention was U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923 at St. Louis.
  • Rotary Education - More Rotary Firsts Tom Lewis 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
    June 7 meeting picture

    Bon voyage to our Rotary Youth Exchange students!  Pictured with Anais Watsky are Pranthinda "J" Doncummel, Nien-Tai "Tommy" Ho, Maxime "Max" Sagnes.

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    June 7 meeting picture Ernest Honig 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
    World Water Summit draws attention to water's pivotal role
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    by Diana Schoberg 
    The Rotarian -- June 2013 

    Water and sanitation are at the nexus of Rotary’s six areas of focus, says Ron Denham, of the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton, Ont., Canada.

    “Without water, we’ll never have conflict resolution. Without water, we’ll never have basic education and literacy,” he explains. Denham, who has served as chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) since its founding in 2007, is stepping down from his post at the end of this month.

    On 21 June, he’ll speak at the group’s fifth World Water Summit, in Lisbon, Portugal. The Rotarian caught up with Denham recently for a conversation about water and sanitation.

    THE ROTARIAN: You recently got back from Uganda. What were you doing there?

    DENHAM: In Uganda, all 74 Rotary clubs have come together as part of one water program. It’s the first time this has happened anywhere. The program was launched by the Ugandan minister of water and environment a year and a half ago. It’s going to transform the country.

    TR: What has changed to make such a program possible?

    DENHAM: Traditionally, Rotary clubs have thought about small projects. The project might be building a borehole, digging a well, putting in a pipeline. When they’ve done that, they say, “Now we’re finished.” The problem is that many of those applications have been unsustainable, because there’s no emphasis on behavioral change. There’s no emphasis on working with people in the community so they can sustain the systems themselves. So when the Rotarians in Uganda decided they wanted to make a significant impact, I said, “Let’s stop talking about small projects. Let’s think big.” Getting water and sanitation is not an end in itself – it’s the means to an end.

    TR: You have a PhD in mechanical engineering. How did you get so deep into water?

    DENHAM: I was senior partner at a Canadian management consulting firm. Most of our projects in the developing world were rooted in access to water. One project, at Lake Manzala in Egypt, was based on aquaculture and agriculture. In Greece, there was one in the horticultural business, which, again, depends on water. I realized what the impact of water could be. In 2004, incoming RI President Glenn Estess asked me to lead a task force on water. Then in 2007, we formed WASRAG.

    TR: Why join WASRAG?

    DENHAM: To engage in discussions about how to ensure your project is sustainable. We will help you promote your project among other clubs and find funding. The exchange of information is important. For example, people in many parts of the world are making bio-sand filters and helping communities use them, but the practices are slightly different. On the website, we have a forum where users can share their experiences and learn from one another.

    TR: Your term ends this year. What happens next for WASRAG, and for you?

    DENHAM: [Past RI President] Bill Boyd is taking over as chair, which is fantastic. He’s probably one of the most highly regarded Rotarians there is, and he’s very enthusiastic about water. As for me, I told Bill that I will do whatever he wants me to do. I don’t think I’m going to retire quietly. My wife wouldn’t tolerate that.


    World Water Summit draws attention to water's pivotal role Tom Lewis 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z
    Rotaplast celebrates 20 years of service
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    By Sallyann Price  
    The Rotarian -- June 2013 

    Months before a Rotaplast International medical team made its first trip to Bangladesh, in May 2011, members of the Rotary Club of Agrabad traveled around the country to inform families in need.

    In this nation of 150 million, an estimated 300,000 people – most of them living in impoverished rural areas – have untreated cleft anomalies.

    Some families didn’t know that clefts could be repaired until they saw the club’s posters in their villages, and many journeyed great distances to bring their children to the Nurture Centre for the Disabled and Paralyzed outside the port city of Chittagong. In two weeks, the team performed 115 surgeries there.

    For Rotaplast staff member Linda Bullard Stoich, the mission of the Rotarian-founded, San Francisco-based nonprofit has special significance: Her son was born with cleft lip and palate and has undergone eight corrective surgeries in his 17 years.

    “I carried pictures of my son – when he was first born, and the progress of his surgeries – in my pocket to show the families,” Stoich recalls. “I felt such a strong bond with these mothers.”

    Read more stories from The Rotarian or sign up for the digital edition.

    Rotaplast celebrates 20 years of service Tom Lewis 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z
    Rotary District 5890 Governor Chris Schneider's Farewell
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    Jon R. McKinnie

    My fellow Rotarians, Friends and Family of Rotary, as I come into the last remaining weeks of my term in office I want tothankall of you for the wonderful opportunity to serve as your Governor. It has been a year filled with fun, excitement, tears and tragedies, in other words life on life’s terms. With all its ups and down it has been a fantastic ride.

    There are so many people to thank, since a Governor is only as good as his support team and staff. You have all touched my life and have given me many wonderful memories for me to cherish for as long as I live. These are a result of the magical gifts of friendship, fellowship and service we all share. For this I thank all of you! Through this experience I can truly say we have and will always continue to live this year’s Theme of “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE!”

    As I reflect over the past year, I can say I am more impressed than I have ever been at the Rotarians and clubs of this District. The dedication, compassion and courage to serve selflessly by the Rotarians of this District that is exhibited on a daily basis is, to say the least, awe inspiring. Thank you all for your service and I wish you nothing but the best life has to offer.

    I would be remiss if I did not thank all the members of the Rotary Club of Memorial-Spring Branch for their support and encouragement. My family stood by my side and provided me with their love, support and understanding as I fulfilled my duties as Governor. My wife Ute, never having been exposed to Rotary, jumped in at my side and supported me with her unconditional love and encouragement. I am so grateful to have all of them in my life.

    I want to wish DG 2013-14 Bob and Dianne Gebhard a successful year ahead and wish them the best times of their life as they embark upon this Rotary journey. I also feel confident that D5890 is in great hands to come with DG 2014-15 Lisa Faith Massey and husband Corby Leschber and DG 2015-16 Nick Giannone and wife Fabiola. They will no doubt continue to build upon the great history of our District.

    Thank you and God Bless each of you.
    Chris Schneider District Governor 2012-13


    Rotary District 5890 Governor Chris Schneider's Farewell Tom Lewis 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z
    Rotary Education - RI World Headquarters
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    RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

    The headquarters of Rotary International always has been in the area of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. First it was in Chicago itself, but in 1954 an attractive new building opened in suburban Evanston. The Ridge Avenue building met the needs of the Rotary Secretariat until the 1980s when the addition of new programs, the growth of The Rotary Foundation, and the new PolioPlus activities made the headquarters building extremely crowded and required some staff members to be housed in supplementary office space nearby.

     

    When a modern 18-story office building became available in downtown Evanston in 1987, it appeared to meet all of Rotary's space and expansion needs for years to come. The glass and steel structure, built in 1977, provides 400,000 square feet of office and usable space. The building was purchased by Rotary International, which leases approximately two-thirds of the space to commercial tenants, until needed by future Rotary growth.

    The building provides a 190-seat auditorium, large parking garage and 300-seat cafeteria, as well as functional office space for the 400 employees of the world headquarters. The executive suite on the 18th floor includes conference rooms for the RI board and committee meetings, in addition to the offices for the RI president, president-elect and general secretary.

    One Rotary Center, as it is called, will enhance the efficient operations of Rotary International for many years to come.


    Rotary Education - RI World Headquarters Tom Lewis 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z
    Motivation matters most to Klein Forest student
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    FYI -- Here's a newspaper article on the amazing Darrion Nguyen, the 2012-3013 KFHS Interact Vice President, and the kiddo  I've been mentoring and soccer-momming for the past 2 years... Graduating # 9 in his class while holding down a job so he can try and pay for college.... 


    And yes, my pic's in the paper -- no warning --- the one day I did not wear make-up to work! LOL --- Regardless, proud "Auntie" here and wanted to just share : D 

    By Flori Meeks

    Photo By  Tony Bullard 2013/Freelance Photographer
    The Chronicle

    If Klein Forest High School senior Darrion Nguyen could share anything with younger students, it would be a message to persevere in the face of difficulty.

    "Whatever happens in your past, it should motivate you to do well," he said.

    Nguyen, 18, has lived by that rule.

    His father, Thi Nguyen, was murdered during a robbery in the family's convenience store when Nguyen was 11.

    The boy and his mother were there, too. Nguyen fled to get help, and he returned to find his father had been shot in the chest.

    The two men involved in the shooting are in prison.

    Nguyen's mother, Dung Nguyen, was left to raise Nguyen and his older brother, Darius Nguyen, on her own.

    "I think that's what makes me strive to do well in school," Nguyen said. "When my parents came to America they worked really hard to give me and my brother the life we have now."

    Nguyen said his mother was in her early 20s when she came to the United States. The oldest of seven siblings, she had to leave school to care for them.

    His father, who once aspired to be a lawyer, worked multiple jobs and operated the family convenience store with his wife.

    Nguyen said he's proud of both of them and has tried to follow their example of hard work.

    In school, he has been involved in the orchestra for eight years and has played the viola for four years.

    He's on the swim team and is a member of the Interact service club and his school's chapter of the National Honor Society.

    Nguyen also is active in theater and appeared in several productions this year, including Klein Forest's 2013 musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

    In addition to his school activities, Nguyen has worked as a lifeguard for Life Time Fitness health club.

    As a student, Nguyen was ranked No. 9 in a graduating class of approximately 850 students.

    "Darrion is really intrinsically motivated, and he's really good at motivating others," said Kim-Ling Sun, who teaches dual-credit English at Klein Forest and mentors Nguyen. "He has a zest for life. He's positive about things and keeps us all on the same track."

    Nguyen said he feels good about what he's been able to do in school and the role he's played in supporting student organizations.

    "Being well-known in school for what you do and what makes you happy is such a good feeling."

    Now Nguyen is looking forward to attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he'll major in biochemistry.

    "It will be a chance to meet new people, be in new organizations. I'll be somewhat independent. It will be a new chapter to adulthood."

     

    Motivation matters most to Klein Forest student Tom Lewis 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z
    June 7 bulletin - arrive early to support our fantastic exchange and scholarship students
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    June 7 bulletin - arrive early to support our fantastic exchange and scholarship students Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z
    May 31 meeting notes
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    Being as there didn't seem to be anything funny about the Middle East, President Jr shared the story of the 3 old gents speculating about what they would want said about them at their funerals. The first wanted to hear someone say what a great doctor and family man he had been. The second wanted to hear people talk about what a great husband and father he had been. The third said he would prefer something along the line of  "Look, he's moving!"

    The Rotary Minute was presented by John Mitchell who took the occasion of the upcoming International Conference in Lisbon to tell us the history of Port wine which originated in Porto, Portugal. It's a fortified wine with "aqua dente"added which halts the fermentation leaving residual sugar and boosts the alcohol. This makes Port sweet and lethal. Please Google it for further details.

    Elbert Coker was just in time for the 60 Second Commercial, but my phone rang as he started and I missed it.

    Our visitors today included our speaker, Bob Jackson, Peggy Jo Coker, and Dr. Massey Williams.

    Next week we should have a crowd as we have invited our Rotary Youth Exchange kids as well as our Scholarship winners. Come early to get a good seat.

    Good News:

    1. Peggy Jo Coker mentioned that there is a nice new magazine called "Houstonia" (I think), that was really nice and especially since it had recognized both Elbert and Rusty as two top dentists in Houston, and it's not even one of those that you have to pay for such recognition.

    2. Bob Ullom had spent a week in Colorado at the wedding of Tom Robinson's daughter. He said he had to chose between staying at Ed's North Faced Lodge or The Broadmoor, and reluctantly opted for the later. While his horse did not fare too well in her first race, she did have a great workout later in the week.

    3. Randy Thompson said Polio wasn't too good this week with 7 new cases. He had attended a GED graduation at Lone Star for some of the students in Amy's classes and it was very moving.

    4. Lyncee Schumann was glad it was Friday and school was almost out. Her daughters are juniors and seniors and the younger had made the Spanish National Honor Society. Also, she's on the board of a group called Project 20/20 and they were having a luncheon on Saturday.

    5. Rich Bills said he had visited with Ed Charlesworth up in Colorado who was hoping to have the reserves come in and allow for he and Robin to go see their grandchild in Dallas.

    Our speaker today was Bob Jackson who shared his thoughts n the Middle East and did not hold ut a lot of hope for the situation to improve any time soon.

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    May 31 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-06-02 00:00:00Z
    June birthdays
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    Name  Date
     Kureshy, S  Jun 5
     Boudreaux, M  Jun 13
     Thompson, R  Jun 15
     Ullom, R  Jun 15
     Catunda, R  Jun 20
     Jackson, Jr  Jun 20

    Kureshy, Shahnaz
    Kureshy, Shahnaz
    Kureshy, Shahnaz
    Kureshy, Shahnaz
    June birthdays Tom Lewis 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z
    June meeting leaders
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    Date  Invocation   Pledge Rotary Minute   60-Second Commercial
     June 7  M Leonard  M Boudreaux  J Maxwell  R Catunda
     June 14  No meeting


     June 21    T Jackson "Jr"  M Leonard  M Boudreaux
     June 28    P Baker  L Shuman  R Bills
    June meeting leaders Thomas W. Jackson 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z
    Rotary news in brief from around the globe
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    The Rotarian -- May 2013 

    After three years of work, the Rotary Club of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA, completed a US$300,000 renovation of the Lahaina Public Library, a 57-year-old structure that had fallen into disrepair due to a lack of state funds.

    The club collaborated with Maui Friends of the Library and the Hawaii State Library System to raise money, commission a redesign, remove and reshelve 35,000 books, and recruit 21 companies and more than 100 volunteers to provide pro bono services. It was the largest project in the club’s history.

    Great Britain

    In August, the Rotary Club of Ellon, Scotland, and the Ythan Cycle Club hosted their third annual Ellon Pedal Car Race. (A pedal car is a four-wheeled, one-person bike.) The closed-road race around a half-mile course drew pedal-car cyclists from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Perth. Eighteen teams, sponsored by local businesses, competed to rack up the highest number of laps in the hourlong event, which raised more than US$9,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen.

    Honduras

    Rotarians from seven clubs in Tegucigalpa worked together to fund two outreach centers for young people in the capital city. The clubs teamed up with the USAID Regional Youth Alliance project, the Rotarian Action Group for Population Growth and Sustainable Development, and Save the Children, which operates the facilities. Located in Buenas Nuevas and Villa Franca, neighborhoods with high rates of gang activity, the centers offer tutoring,vocational training, and sports programs to children and young adults ages 10 to 29.

    Liberia

    After enduring years of civil war, beginning in the 1980s and ending in 2003, Liberia has few facilities for youth recreation, so children often play in empty lots or streets without supervision. In January, the Rotary Club of Sinkor broke ground on a center for young people in a suburb of Monrovia. The Liberia Girl Guides Association donated an acre of land, which will accommodate an outdoor basketball court; two palaver huts, which are traditional spaces for dialogue; a cafeteria; and a playground.

    New Zealand

    Hundreds of New Zealanders got down and dirty in June at the Naki Run Amuck mud run in the village of Urenui. Hosted by the Rotary Club of New Plymouth North, the event featured a 2.5-mile course with a variety of mud-covered obstacles. The runners raised more than NZ$10,000, most of which went to help the local Taranaki Coastguard construct a new rescue boat. More than 800 participants are expected for the next event, also scheduled for June.

    Sri Lanka

    Land mines laid during the Sri Lanka’s quarter-century civil war have injured tens of thousands of people. Rotary clubs in districts 3220 (Sri Lanka) and 3140 (part of India) worked with the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society to host the International Jaipur Foot Prosthetic Limb camp in the capital in July. The workshop provided prosthetic limbs, gait training, and counseling to more than 350 people who had lost limbs to land mines.

    Tanzania

    Six Rotary clubs in Dar es Salaam came together to organize a fundraising “marathon” in October. The event included 13-mile run and 5.5-mile walk options for 5,000 participants from across Tanzania and Uganda, the two countries in the new Rotary District 9211. It raised more than US$330,000 for a pediatric oncology ward at the Muhimbili National Hospital, which sees more than 300 new cases every year. The ward will feature a 17-bed inpatient facility and six isolation rooms for children in danger of infection.

    Turkey

    In 1988, the Rotary Club of Istanbul-Findikli built the Findikli Primary School, which serves 650 students in its 20 classrooms. Last year, as part of its continued sponsorship of the school, the club installed solar panels. The new system is designed to produce enough power for the computers, kitchen, and emergency lighting. The club educated teachers and students about green energy and set up a computer that provides a digital measurement of the power produced.

    Venezuela

    Bed nets can save lives in tropical areas where mosquitoes transmit malaria. The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, Fla., USA, received a Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation to purchase 1,500 insecticide-treated bed nets, or mosquiteros, designed to fit the hammocks used in indigenous communities. Steve Baker, of the Key Biscayne club, joined with members of the Rotary clubs of Cachamay Nuevas Generaciones-Ciudad Guayana, Puerto Ordaz, and Caroni de Puerto Ordaz to distribute the nets in Bolívar State in October.

    Read more stories from The Rotarian or sign up for the digital edition.

    Rotary news in brief from around the globe Tom Lewis 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
    And the winners are . . . 4-Way-Test District Scholarship Awards

    We take great pleasure in announcing the winners of this year's Rotary District 5890 EssayScholarships:

    1stPlace:EMILY BROWN~Goose Creek Memorial InterAct, sponsored by Highlands Rotary ($2000 scholarship)

    2ndPlace:ELLEN WEINHEIMER~ Episcopal High School InterAct, sponsored by Bellaire/SW Rotary ($1000 scholarship)

    3rdPlace: KRISTI FU~ Clements High School InterAct, sponsored by Sugar Land Rotary ($500 scholarship)

    Please join us in honoring our scholarship recipients at the District 4-Way-Test Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, May 30, 12:00 Noon, BraeBurn Country Club (8100 Bissonnet, Houston 77074), $18 p.p., at which the winning essays will be read.Click image to enlarge invitation/program.

    Truly exemplary essays submitted on Rotary's 4-Way-Test from 15 Rotary-sponsored InterAct Clubs and 28 candidates represented a dazzling array of talent, achievement, and dedication to Rotary service ideals, making it incredibly challenging to select only three for the 2013 scholarship awards. Nevertheless, our three winning entries rose to the top based on the Judges’ highest ranks for originality, substance, grammar, spelling,writingquality, contest conformity, and overall quality. Congratulations to our winners on a job well done!We commend EVERY candidate from across the District for their fine work-product, for embodying the outstanding ethical principles described in the submissions, and for their service to humanity through Rotary’s InterAct program.Without question, each has a bright future ahead!

    And the winners are . . . 4-Way-Test District Scholarship Awards Tom Lewis 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
    May 31 bulletin
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    May 31 bulletin Thomas W. Jackson 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z
    May 24 meeting notes

    The TFTW was supplied by none other than me!

     

    Thibodeaux and Boudreaux entered a chocolate store. As they were looking at the candy, Thibodeaux stole 3 chocolate bars. When they left the store Thibodeaux said to Boudreaux, “I’m the best thief, I stole 3 chocolate bars and no one saw me put them in my pocket. You can’t beat that.

     

    Boudreaux replied: “You want to see something better? Let’s go back to the shop and I’ll show you real stealing. I’ll steal while the shopkeeper is watching me and he won’t even know.”

     

    So they went to the counter and Boudreaux said to the shopkeeper: “Do you want to see a great magic trick?” The shopkeeper replied: “Yes”

    Boudreaux said: “Give me three chocolate bars.”

     

    The shopkeeper gave him three chocolate bars and Boudreaux ate all three. The shopkeeper asked: “But where’s the magic?”

    Boudreaux replied: “Look in Thibodeaux’s pocket.”

     

    Being as we had Ben the Magnificent as our speaker, guests were in attendance in abundance. We had Amy Thompson,Linda Maxwell, John Gilligan, Jim Lemmerz, Ken Dwight, Buddy Watsky, Dr. Massey Williams, and Ben's girlfriend Jule'.

     

    An evite has been sent out for the installation on June 13th. Please RSVP soon so appropriate planning can take place.

    On June 15th, the new District Governor, Bob Gephardt will be installed at the Pasadena Convention Center.

     

    Good News:

    1. Anais Watsky is taking the Exchange students to their farewell party and needs someone to pick them up Sunday at 5PM. Jr. volunteered and we hope he remembered.

    2. Peggy Ludwycky (sp) is suffering from an infestation of airborne poison ivy. It got a little out of control after being mis-diagnosed by one clinic. She will be heading back to Arkansas in a week until August.

    3. Mark Leonard had $10 sine he had been away awhile during which time his daughter had graduated from 5th to 6th grade and his son had won 3rd in the State high jump competition. Also, his father-in-law has been ill.

    4. Randy Thompson says we were down to a single polio case last week.

    5. Rich Bills gave an update on his new dog Kolby who unfortunately took ill and spent the week at the vet. Fortunately, the great vet Randy Jones gave him a Rotary discount on the bill.

    6. John Maxwell has decided that that semi-retirement and working from home leaves a lot to be desired, so be on the lookout for the new Blumax in Tomball - details to follow.

    7 . Jim Lemmerz shared how his daughter Libby had left a great job in Las Vegas to come back to Houston to help out his wife when he was having so many medical challenges. She has just accepted a new job in Key West at the Waldorf Astoria.

     

     

    President Junior decided to rectify his lack of attention to detail by issuing first class Membership Certificates to all of the members that have been installed this year to include John Caruso, Mark Leonard, John Deacon, and Lyncee Shuman. Absent was Stephanie March.

    Following all of that, we were treated to a truly great presentation by Ben Jackson - Magician Extraordinaire. Weaving in the story of how he got there and what it is like to be a magician, Ben performed a series of tricks that were indeed dazzling and not a single question about "How did you do that!"

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    May 24 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z
    Rotary Education - Women In Rotary
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    RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

    Until 1989, the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary club membership was for males only. In 1978 the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, invited three women to become members. The RI board withdrew the charter of that club for violation of the RI Constitution. The club brought suit against RI claiming a violation of a state civil rights law which prevents discrimination of any form in business establishments or public accommodations. The appeals court and the California Supreme Court supported the Duarte position that Rotary could not remove the club's charter merely for inducting women into the club. The United States Supreme Court upheld the California court indicating that Rotary clubs do have a "business purpose" and are in some ways public-type organizations. This action in 1987 allowed women to become Rotarians in any jurisdiction having similar "public accommodation" statutes.

    The RI constitutional change was made at the 1989 Council on Legislation, with a vote to eliminate the "male only" provision for all of Rotary.

    Rotary Education - Women In Rotary Tom Lewis 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z
    Ma 24 bulletin - A little TED talk - a little entertainment. Sit up front!
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    Ma 24 bulletin - A little TED talk - a little entertainment. Sit up front! Thomas W. Jackson 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z
    2013-14 District Governor & Officers Installation - Jun 15
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    Jon R. McKinnie

    Come join us in celebration of the Rotary District 5890 Installation of District Governor Bob Gebhard & his incoming Officers. The event will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77507

    MAP Registration & Cocktail Reception starts at 5:00PM, Program begins at 6:30pm Dress Code - Denim & Diamonds Cowboy Black-tie optional Please click on REGISTER ON-LINE
    The tentative agenda:
    Registration/Cocktail Reception: 5:00-6:00 PM
    Program Begins: 6:30 PM
    Dinner 7:00 PM
    Installation/Program 8:00 PM

    Please click on REGISTER ON-LINE
    2013-14 District Governor & Officers Installation - Jun 15 Tom Lewis 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z
    A Life Changing Trip to Nicaragua - Jul 31 - Aug 6
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    Jim Kite

    We will be taking our next trip to visit our many projects in Nicaragua beginning on July 31, 2013. I hope you will join us for our July-Aug., 2013 trip to Nicaragua. We will be leaving from Houston on Wednesday July 31st on United flight # UA1421, at 6:30 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 8:47 p.m. We will return from Managua on Wednesday August 6th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:02 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 11:28 a.m.

    Getting group rates for tickets has gotten increasingly difficult. People are coming from so many different places and usually you can get much better prices on line than we can get as a group rate. So we are asking everyone to buy your own tickets directly, but, you must coordinate your arrival and departure to match within an hour or so of the United flights shown above. I know that American and some others have flights through Miami which closely match this schedule. The ground travel, meals and hotel charges will be $585.00 per person (double occupancy in hotels). Add $180.00 per person if you require a private room. We will co-ordinate all of this as we always have in the past. If you will be on flights other than these United flights Please send me a copy of your tickets so that we will know when to meet you. Payments and sign-up sheets for this should be sent to:

    Hope & Relief International Foundation, Inc.
    10700 Gerke Rd.
    Brenham, Texas 77833
    Fax 979-836-0614

    We will schedule everyone on a first come, first served, basis as of the date we receive your payment. No one will be scheduled before payment is received. Attached is a reservation form which should be and sent in, by everyone, with the information and your payment. Please provide ALL the information. In order to secure all the hotel reservations we need to have your registration by July1,2013 or we will not be able to be sure that we can have hotel reservations for you.

    Remember this is a tropical climate so dress accordingly. Jeans and shorts are great but you need to not wear sandals or open toe shoes when we visit the dump and the more rural areas. We will be staying part of the time at a beach resort so remember to pack your swimsuit, etc. A copy of our planned itinerary is attached but is subject to change. Any revisions made will be sent to all those registered before we leave. Remember that you will need a passport that is not within 6 months of expiring and please use the name exactly as it is on the passport for your plane tickets and on the registration form that you send us.

    We are planning on a large group and we really hope you can go with us. Please let me know and call me if you have questions.

    Jim Kite
    Home number 979-251-8225
    Cell number 979-251-0840
    e-mail: jimkite@sbcglobal.net

    A Life Changing Trip to Nicaragua - Jul 31 - Aug 6 Tom Lewis 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z
    Wild poliovirus reported in Somalia
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    Rotary News -- 13 May 2013

    A case of type 1 polio has been reported in the Banadir region of Somalia, the country’s first case since March 2007.

    In response to the outbreak, an immunization campaign is scheduled to take place 14-16 May, aimed at reaching more than 350,000 children in the Banadir region.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a surveillance alert for Somalia and bordering areas of northern Kenya and eastern Ethiopia, highlighting the need for urgent searches for additional cases of acute flaccid paralysis and suspected polio in all health facilities. WHO has also advised all countries in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean region to heighten their surveillance for poliovirus.

    While only three countries remain polio-endemic -- Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan -- the world is at risk of outbreaks until all three stop the virus. Continued support for polio eradication is needed to ensure that the progress gained is not lost.

    Wild poliovirus reported in Somalia Tom Lewis 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z
    Hiroshima peace forum notes that peace begins with you
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    By Arnold R. Grahl
    Rotary News -- 20 May 2013

    In a ceremony heavy with symbolism, RI President Sakuji Tanaka joined other Rotary and community leaders 17 May in laying a wreath in Hiroshima Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb dropped on the city during World War II.

    The subject of peace has been at the heart of Tanaka’s year as Rotary’s president. A member of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Japan, Tanaka selected Peace Through Service as RI’s theme for his year, and he organized three global peace forums to motivate Rotarians and others, particularly youth, to work for peace in their daily lives.

    The wreath-laying event took place during the third of these forums, in Hiroshima, Japan, 17-18 May. Tanaka also visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and signed the guest book, which contains messages of peace from many past and present world leaders.

    More than 2,700 people attended the forum, including Rotarians, community leaders, and students and alumni of Rotary’s Peace Centers program -- a peace studies initiative that provides future leaders with the skills needed to resolve conflicts and promote peace. The governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, Hidehiko Yuzaki, and the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, also attended.

    Previous forums were held in Berlin, Germany, and Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Tanaka selected all three sites because they were affected by the events of World War II and now represent the healing power of sustainable peace between nations.

    “Every Rotary project, every act of service, is an act of love and kindness,” Tanaka said in his closing address. “When we serve in the right ways, and for the right reasons, we bring people together, in peace and in harmony. How could it be otherwise?”

    A call to action

    Participants at the forum also adopted a declaration, “Peace Begins With You,” which serves as a call to action for individuals to make a conscious effort in their daily lives to promote harmony with their neighbors and create friendships that transcend the divisions of nationality, politics, religion, and culture.

    “Today, as we leave this last Rotary Peace Forum, I ask you to understand that peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal, and a realistic goal for Rotary,” Tanaka said. “Peace is not something that can only be achieved through treaties, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find, and that we can achieve -- every day, and in many simple ways.”

    Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Dong Kurn Lee, of the Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, Korea, spoke about the contributions Rotary has made in moving the nations of Korea and Japan closer together as allies and economic partners, healing old wounds. He quoted a Korean saying, “It takes two palms to make a clapping sound,” to illustrate that neither nation could decide alone to live in peace with its neighbor.

    “Every year, for the last eleven years, Japanese and Korean Rotarians have had a very special meeting: a Japanese-Korean friendship meeting,” Lee said. “It is a wonderful event. We talk about Rotary, and we do some Rotary work. But the most important part of the meeting is simply coming together, in Rotary fellowship. . . . Rotary has helped us to make our dream of peace between our countries real.”

    President-nominee Gary C. K. Huang noted that the idea of treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves is a common concept across cultures and religions. Rotary members strive to achieve this by putting service above self and by laying a foundation for peace.

    “We build peace in the world by building peace in our communities -- within our Rotary zones and districts, and within our neighborhoods,” Huang said. “We build peace in our communities by forging friendships, and by cultivating an open mind and a welcoming spirit within ourselves.”

    Rotary in Japan

    Rotary has been in Japan since 1920 with the chartering of the Rotary Club of Tokyo. Other Rotary clubs soon followed in Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, and several other cities. Today, there are about 88,000 Rotary members in Japan belonging to 2,285 clubs.

    In March 2011, a massive earthquake off the coast of Japan and the resulting tsunami brought devastation to much of the nation. Rotarians around the world responded with moral and financial support, raising more than US$7.8 million for disaster recovery efforts in Japan and Pacific island nations.

    Rotary has a long-standing commitment to peace. At the grassroots level, members have worked to address the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease, and illiteracy. Ten years ago, Rotary decided to take a direct approach to promoting world understanding by providing future leaders with the tools they need to “wage peace” on the global stage.

    Since 2002, Rotary clubs have annually sponsored up to 110 scholars who embark on one to two years of study, earning either master’s degrees or professional certificates in peace and conflict resolution at Rotary Peace Centers at universities around the world. Seventy peace fellows have graduated from the Rotary Peace Center in Tokyo at International Christian University, and another 21 are currently enrolled; 25 peace fellows from Japan have studied abroad at Rotary Peace Centers.

    Hiroshima peace forum notes that peace begins with you Tom Lewis 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z
    Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund
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    Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund Thomas W. Jackson 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z
    Rotary Education - The Sponsor Of A New Member
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    RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

    The bylaws of Rotary clearly outline the procedure for a prospective member to be proposed for Rotary club membership. The "proposer" is the key person in the growth and advancement of Rotary. Without a sponsor, an individual will never have the opportunity to become a Rotarian.

     

    The task of the proposer should not end merely by submitting a name to the club secretary or membership committee. Rotary has not established formal responsibilities for proposers or sponsors, however, by custom and tradition these procedures are recommended in many clubs. The sponsor should:

    1. Invite a prospective member to several meetings prior to proposing the individual for membership.

    2. Accompany the prospective new member to one or more orientation/informational meetings.

    3. Introduce the new member to other club members each week for the first month.

    4. Invite the new member to accompany the sponsor to neighboring clubs for the first make-up meeting to learn the process and observe the spirit of fellowship.

    5. Ask the new member and spouse to accompany the sponsor to the club's social activities, dinners or other special occasions.

    6. Urge the new member and spouse to attend the district conference with the sponsor.

    7. Serve as a special friend to assure that the new member becomes an active Rotarian.


    When the proposer follows these guidelines, Rotary becomes stronger with each new member.

    Rotary Education - The Sponsor Of A New Member Tom Lewis 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z
    May 17 meeting notes

    Trust President Jr to come up with an appropriate TFTW. With today's speaker being John Michael Talbot of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a religious TFTW was in order. It so happens that our frequent visitor Peggy (who is also associated with the Brothers and Sisters) was traveling and once the plane took off, she took out her Bible to read the Good News. Her seat mate was somewhat skeptical and condescending and asked if she really believed all of that. Well of course I do she replied, its in the Bible so it must be true. Well what about that fellow Jonah who was swallowed by a whale. How do you supposed he could have survived that? She kindly replied that she did not know, but when she got to heaven, she would ask him. What if he's not there the man responded? She was quick to reply - then you can ask him!

     

    Our 60 Second Commercial was presented by Mimi Davis. Mimi was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and her father was a career military officer. As such, she moved frequently around the country. She ended up in a boarding school for High School, and upon graduation started in retail, which she found fascinating. It inspired her to start her own clothing business and she eventually got interested in jewelry so she studied everything about that business. As fate would have it, she met an American service member and got married to Mr. Davis and ended up in the US. She currently managed the Ben Bridge Jewelry store at Willowbrook Mall.

     

    We have several guests today to include our speaker John Michael and a couple of members of his organization, Andrew Billings and Larry Lafonte.

     

    Announcements:

    Book Sorting tomorrow

    June 11th - last Board Meeting for Jr's reign

    June 13th - John Maxwell's installation

     

    Good News:

    1. Bob Ullom had a lengthy tale of family issues causing worry that all came together as if in answer to a prayer. I probably missed some of the details, but it involved one son's job hunt after leaving his own company, another son's house purchase, and the scheduling of his horses first race since her injury. The job came through, the selling house had a contract approved, and the horse is running tomorrow.

    2. Tom Lewis was dressed in his Dress Blues as he had just come from the airport to welcome a large group of Wounded Warriors coming in for a fishing trip this weekend. He was also excited that he is being reassigned from Fort Dix to Houston in a post that he hopes will lead to a promotion to General.

    3. David Smith was excited that we have signed up a 2nd school for the Early Act First Knight Program next year. We will be working with Klenk Elementary and there will be a training June 4th at 3:30PM if you have an interest in attending.

    4. Randy Thompson said it was a bad week for polio with 7 new cases including one in Somalia where there has not been one in a while. He also gave a visual demonstration of the new drive through immunization of the freeway of India (I think).

     

    As I mentioned, John Michael Talbot sand a beautiful song and gave a very interesting presentation about The Brothers and Sisters of Charity and the St Clare Monastery at 6921 Cutten Parkway. 

    May 17 meeting notes Richard Bills 2013-05-17 00:00:00Z
    Klein Forest Interact Year End Banquet
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    Klein Forest Interact Year End Banquet David Thompson 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z
    Litter-buster keeps her city clean
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    by Susie Ma  
    The Rotarian -- May 2013

    Wendy Marcus calls herself a bag lady: On her frequent walks around her neighborhood, she is never without a plastic bag, which she fills with everything from plastic wrappers to bottle caps to paper clips.

    “Litter has always bugged me. Maybe I take after Lady Bird Johnson,” she says, referring to the conservationist (and wife of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson) who, like Marcus, was a Texas native.

    When the Rotary Club of Providence celebrated its centennial in 2011, Marcus and other members of the club’s environmental committee persuaded 100 Rotarians to join a campaign to reduce litter. In the now-annual monthlong event, culminating on Earth Day, 22 April, Rotarians recruit friends and family members to pick up trash – in their neighborhood, at their children’s soccer games, wherever they can – for 100 minutes each.

    Like Lady Bird Johnson, Marcus also believes in beautification through planting. In 2012, she planted trees in Providence – her club donated eight London plane trees to the city, and high school students helped plant them in a park across from city hall – and in India – where from January to March of that year, she led a Group StudyExchange. When the Rotary Club of Jalandhar Central donated fruit trees to local farmers, Marcus and her team were on hand to help plant them as a living reminder of their visit.


    Litter-buster keeps her city clean Tom Lewis 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z
    Former Rotary Youth Exchange student designs a backpack bed for the homeless
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    By Megan Ferringer  
    The Rotarian -- June 2013  

    During Australia’s colder months, emergency shelters often fill to capacity. Many homeless people searching for a warm bed are turned away, handed a piece of cardboard and a blanket for the night.

    Tony Clark, an IT entrepreneur, 1992 Rotary Youth Exchangestudent, and the founder of the Melbourne-based nonprofit Swags for Homeless, offers an alternative.

    In the past year, his organization has distributed more than 3,000 swags, or portable sleeping units, to charities and shelters throughout Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The Backpack Beds, which Clark and his wife, Lisa, designed, are made of a lightweight fabric and have a built-in, 6-foot foam mattress and mosquito netting. But most important, they offer warmth with their waterproof, windproof design. The entire assembly weighs only 6.5 pounds and rolls into a backpack.

    Clark was inspired to start the nonprofit when he questioned why so many shelters didn’t provide homeless people with proper outdoor bedding. He immediately began working on designs for the versatile bed.

    “I thought to myself, ‘How would I like to be treated if I slept on the street?’” Clark says. “Homeless people suffering from frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot are common in wealthy countries. A Backpack Bed is an interim crisis measure – one that can save the lives of those without shelter.”

    The bed, which can be purchased with a A$68 donation, has won four international honors, including the Australian International Design Award and the German Red Dot “Best of the Best” award – one of the most prestigious accolades in the product design world.

    The innovative beds offers more than physical comfort, say those who have used them – they also provide a renewed sense of dignity.

    “Until people are faced with living on the streets, they have no idea of what is involved. Just getting a shower, finding a toilet, or trying to wash clothes becomes a big event,” says Matt, a young homeless man in Australia. “This is the third time I have been on the streets, and previously I didn’t even have a blanket. Tony Clark and his organization change the lives of people like me.”

    The success of Swags for Homeless throughout Australia and Europe has encouraged Clark to bring his Backpack Beds to the United States. Rotary clubs in District 9800, which includes Melbourne, funded and transported 100 beds to Baltimore and parts of New Jersey and New York to help the region’s homeless and those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. District 7500 (New Jersey) worked with Australian Rotarians to coordinate the effort. Swags for Homeless also donated 60 beds for distribution in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

    “We knew we had to take this idea and spread its success to other countries and help save others,” Clark says. “Thanks to Rotary, this is an important moment: It will be the first time Backpack Beds will be distributed to street-sleeping homeless and disaster victims in the USA.”

    Read more stories from The Rotarian or sign up for the digital edition.

    Former Rotary Youth Exchange student designs a backpack bed for the homeless Tom Lewis 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z
    May 17 bulletin - John Michael Talbot founder The Brothers and Sisters of Charity
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    May 17 bulletin - John Michael Talbot founder The Brothers and Sisters of Charity Thomas W. Jackson 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z
    Rotary Education - Standard Club Constitution
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    RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-93)

    Rotary International is the most territorial organization in the world. It exists in 150 countries and cuts across dozens of languages, political and social structures, customs, religions and traditions. How is it that all of the more than 27,000 Rotary clubs of the world operate in almost identical style? The primary answer is the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.

     

    One of the conditions to receive a charter to become a Rotary club is to accept the Standard Club Constitution, originally adopted in 1922. The Standard Club Constitution outlines administrative techniques for clubs to follow in holding weekly meetings, procedures for membership and classifications, conditions of attendance and payment of dues and other policies relating to public issues and political positions.

    This constitutional document provides the framework for all Rotary clubs in the world. When the Standard Club Constitution was accepted, it was agreed that all existing clubs could continue to follow their current constitution. Although most of those early clubs have subsequently endorsed the Standard Constitution, a few pre-1922 clubs still conduct their club affairs according to their former constitutional provisions.

    The Standard Club Constitution has to be considered one of the great strengths of Rotary to enable the organization to operate in so many thousands of communities.


    Rotary Education - Standard Club Constitution Tom Lewis 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z
    May 10 meeting notes

    Jr sent out the TFTW separately which was a fishy fishing store that had nothing to do with coffee, but was funny nonetheless.

     

    We had a 60 Second Commercial from new member John Deacon who shared with us his love of the English Premier League Football (aka: Soccer). He wakes up early on Saturday morning and is joined by his dog to watch three matches. I'll bet there is at least one goal scored in that number of games!

     

    A team of intrepid Willowbrook Rotarians will (did) hold interviews with our scholarship candidates. I believe Davis Thompson said there were 16 candidates vying for 6 scholarships. Good work all of you.

     

    Announcements: Board Meeting next Tuesday at 6pm. There will be a book sorting at Angie's Rotary House on May 18th. June 11th will be the final Board meeting date in Jr's term. The installation of the new leadership will be on June 13th at Champions. You may RSVP online if you know how.

     

    Good News: