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Member Birthdays:
  • Ray Schutter
    December 1
  • Martina Luke-Dorn
    December 3
  • Frank Eggleston
    December 4
  • Beverly Denver
    December 9
  • Daisy Chowdhry
    December 15
  • Joseph Groom
    December 15
  • Carmen Flores
    December 17
  • Marilyn Griffin
    December 18
  • John Neighbors
    December 21
  • Jim Hall
    December 22
  • Vernon Tyger
    December 23
  • Bill Diecks
    December 26
  • Christi Bowden
    December 26
  • Barbara Veres
    December 29
  • Bentley Sanford
    December 30
  • Kathy Kokas
    December 31
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Daisy Chowdhry
    December 15
  • Jenn Vaughan
    December 20
  • Christi Bowden
    David Bowden
    December 11
Join Date:
  • Anna Ashmore
    December 1, 2006
    10 years
  • Serena Sneeringer
    December 1, 2015
    1 year
  • Tim Evered
    December 11, 2014
    2 years
Welcome to our Club!

Celebrating 22 years of service to our community and the world

West U

#1 Giver to The Rotary Foundation 2015-16, #1 Giver to Polio 2015-16, Best Large Club 2012-13

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
The Merrill House
2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX  77027
United States
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We will be collecting toiletries, over-the-counter meds and diapers, pull-ups, and wipes for donating to the Star of Hope mission.  This stuff ain't glamorous but it is what's on the SOH wish list. To participate, bring to any pre-Christmas breakfast meeting or the holiday party at Boca2. Thanks.
Join your fellow Rotarians and friends for a sumptuous 4 course holiday banquet at:
Boca2 GastroBar & Bites (aka Frank's bar)
7951 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:00 - 10:30 PM
Happy hour till 7:30 pm. Two glasses per person of selected wines. Cash bar all night. $50/person. Please RSVP to Honey Leveen,
Please give your check to treasurer Craig Friou.
Clyde Hays and the nominating committee of Cecile Schutter and Brennan Reilly propose a slate of candidates for the club board for next year.   They are as follows:
Vice President:  Stacy Brevard
Treasurer:  Craig Friou, Asst. Treas: Jim Waters
Club Secretary: Dan O'dell
Board Secretary: Paul Cornett
Directors:  A.J. Karian, Terry LeFevre, Chad Spencer, Suzanne Diecks, Lisa Bunse.
At the meeting on December 8th you will be asked to cast your vote on this slate.  If you wish to be considered for any of these positions, you must let Clyde know by December 1st. 

Thank you, Clyde, Cecile and Brennan, for recruiting this wonderful slate of leaders.
Recently we heard from Dr. Jan Wheeler and PDG Bob Gebhard about temporary housing made available to families who come to Houston for the treatment of their seriously ill children. 
A duplex costs $275,000 to build and we have been invited to participate at $25,000.   The club board voted to support this.  It will go to a vote of the Foundation board this week.   If you have any comments about this project, please contact me (Carol Lester) or Carl Stutts (Foundation President) in the next few days.   FYI, the foundation has that amount and more in undesignated reserves at this time so you will not be asked to donate any additional funds.   Hopefully this will reduce the need of some families to sleep in their cars in the hospital parking lots due to the dearth of affordable housing options.
This year's All Club Dinner featuring the new RI President John Germ will be held on Valentine's night, February 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by NRG Stadium.  We have reserved one table of ten so far.  If you wish to claim one or more of the seats, respond to a dedicated email to go out shortly.  Tickets are $100 per person.   We can get more than one table but early RSVPs makes for better location so respond quickly when you receive the email.   Thanks.
A committee of members is reviewing the club bylaws at this time as much of what is in them is now inaccurate.   If you have any comments to make, please send your comments to Bob Owen, George Adams, Greg Faldyn or Wally Kronzer.  
Seven Russian doctors and one interpreter came to Houston and our members opened their doors, their hearts and set aside their own obligations to provide a life-changing experience to our Russian VTT visitors.   They are gone now but you can be sure they will always remember the kindness of West U Rotarians.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this experience possible for people most of us have grown up being programmed to think of as "the enemy".   Rotary shatters those myths and gives us all a chance to be a peace ambassador.  Nice job, folks!
And here's the proof!   Thanks to all who had the courage to come in costume last week, trusting that you would not be the only ones!
I am so proud of you. :)
I love being in Rotary yet never gave any thought to how that became possible.  Saturday night several of us West U Rotarians heard the firsthand account of Sylvia Whitlock of her journey to become one of the first women in Rotary.
On her application to RI, her club (Duarte, CA) opted to just use her initials but when RI found out, they insisted the club expel her.  Instead they chose to be a non-Rotary club, with their logo being the Rotary wheel with an "x" through it. (I love their chutzpah!) The issue ultimately was decided in the US Supreme Court in 1987.  About 150 people raised over $20,000 for Deepa Willingham's Pace Universal organization that educates girls in India, with West U Rotary being the first to pledge.  Thank you, Sylvia and the men of the Duarte Rotary Club for fighting for what was and is "good for all concerned". 
It is good to be us.  A leading club in the District, and our District a leader in the world!  We did a wonderful job of being welcoming and respectful to DG Eric and wife Sandra.  We showed off a little by inducting two new members, Margarita Hernandez and Frank Eggleston.  We gave out funds to Small Steps Nurturing Center for one student to go to pre-school for a year, and we gave the District Grant funds to Disaster Aid for a water filter in the Philippines.  We presented our 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation check for $10,000 to Eric.  We streamed his presentation LIVE. 
We had many guests from foreign countries and some local visitors expressed a desire to join our fantastic club. Yes, it is good to be us.
Thank yous go out to Honey Leveen, Frank Parrilla, David Redford and Roger Martin for sponsoring and mentoring our new members. Thank you to Chad Spencer, for finding matching funds for our Small Steps donation, turning our $5K into $10K.  Thank you to Terry LeFebvre for hosting the Bolivian PDG Javier as he and his wife on numerous occasions when they came to Houston for cancer treatment.
Thank you to the Membership Committee, who are attacking the cause of growing membership with gusto.  Visitors seemed absolutely delighted to be at our meeting on Thursday.  Great job!
On the recent Belize projects trip, Jack Wallace and others visited a school that serves children living in meager and violent conditions in Belize City.   Father Matt of St. Martin de Porres School leads a team of dedicated teachers trying to help 700+ children who are growing up under the most stressful conditions.  Many have family that are gang members and virtually all have been touched by gang violence, many having seen someone they knew killed.  A study by a visiting psychologist revealed many kids are suffering from PTSD.  In addition, food is often scarce at home. It's hard to hear the teacher when your stomach rumbles and hurts.  Fr. Matt asked us to help fund his school feeding program for this current academic year.  Jack has massaged his International budget to find the money to fund this program that will provide breakfast and lunch to pre-schools to teens.  
Jack will visit Belize again and welcomes anyone interested in coming along.   Only 2.5 hours away, it's a short trip to visit an area that needs our help.   
So were the words of Terry Ziegler in describing our rank in giving to The Rotary Foundation for 2015-16!   See the Foundation story for the details.
Nuff said.   
Every year our club hopes to sponsor a Global Scholar through a Global Grant.   We rely on Clarence Miller to help us find that student from his position at Rice University.   Clarence indeed brought us a young man to consider.  Simulataneously we received a referral of a young woman at Baylor College of Medicine. What a wonderful dilemma. After Clarence, George Adams and I met with both scholars we made our choice. It was not easy. What made it possible at all was knowing that whomever we did not choose would have a sponsor in the Humble Club.  
So we have chosen Tim Tianbo Wang, a biochemistry major at Rice who plans to become a dentist and work on public policy as it relates to oral health.  If your oral health is poor, you don't eat a good diet.  If you don't eat right, you get weak or sick.  If you are sick you cannot work, if you can't work you can't support your family, etc. etc.   
The Baylor student, Annum, will be sponsored by Bill Davis's Humble Rotary Club.  She plans to devote her career to helping communities organize and push for better access to health care from their leaders. We will be pulling for her as well to be a grant recipient along with our nominee.
Sitting down with George after a day of interviewing the two scholars, he reflected that it was a good day.   A day that makes you happy to be a Rotarian because of what we do, and happy to be President-elect and in a position to meet these future leaders.  Rotary offers the same opportunities to all members to meet and affect people in a big way.  Find your passion so being a Rotarian is rewarding for you.
Did you know that you can support Rotary projects without spending any extra dollars? How?  When you shop at Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Gap, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Saks, Sephora, airbnb, and hundreds of other stores, you can download their offer to Give Back a percentage of your sale.
Discounts offers are also available with Hertz, Avis, Office Depot, Candlewood Suites, AMC theaters and many more vendors.   

Go to and login to My Rotary to see the hundreds of offers available.   You can even use your smartphone or tablet. So next time you are about to check-out either online or in person at some national vendor, remember to check for a Give Back offer or Discount.  
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Jan 26, 2017
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Apr 27, 2017
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Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
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