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Member Birthdays:
  • Roger Martin
    June 7
  • Bob Geary
    June 12
  • Ken Hamilton
    June 14
  • Cecile Schutter
    June 21
  • Ara (AJ) Karian
    June 25
  • Sue Ellen Richardson
    June 28
  • Suzanne Diecks
    June 29
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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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Recall that our club is a partner with other clubs in build housing for families whose children are undergoing treatment at the med center for cancer or transplant.  Terry Ziegler, Wendy Heister and I gave our check to Project Joy & Hope and visited the site where our unit is under construction.  We funded 1/6th of the cost of the home. I hope you can attend the opening of the home, to be announced later.
Bob Geary has schedule another Blood Drive for our club for Thursday, May 25th.   Please sign up if you have not already at the meeting this week.   The Blood Center will be set up inside the foyer area of The Merrill House so you will be able to hear the meeting!   
Thank you for donating the most precious gift of life.
Congratulations to the three winners of this year's awards!   For educator, Carlos Quintero, nominated by Paul Cornett and Steven Vaughan,
for non-Rotarian, Barbara Goodson of Have Shears Will Travel, nominated by Cecile Schutter,
and for Rotarian, Clarence Miller for his years leading the scholarship programs for service and Ambassadorial Scholars.  
Thank you to the Vocational Award Nominating Committee of Fritz Beich, Bob Fry, Mary Nelson and Sharon Williams.  We appreciate your leadership of this program.
Get ready!   Here comes the Memorial Day flag launch. The flag team has been very busy; the inventory is larger and newer.  
Please contact your team and arrange your launch time.   We aim for a week of visibility, so mid-week next week to mid-week the following week is best.   
MUST SEE TV!   To see the proper way to install and remove a flag, click the link below for a video tutorial, written by Cecile, directed by Michael Huey, and starring Cecile and Carol L.  
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the West U Little League concessions during the Challenger baseball season.  Thank you too, Dick Cancelmo, for coordinating this club favorite service opportunity.
See you in the dugout next year!
The District Conference highlight is the introduction of the next group of District leaders.  Incoming President and First Lady George and Judy Adams were introduced to wild applause from members present. We look forward to big things next year with George at the helm.
Do you ever wonder where the photos appear that get taken at every meeting?  the socials? 
These get posted to our Facebook page.   Have you "Liked" us yet, so you can see the stories, the photos, the upcoming programs?
Our page is Rotary Club of West U.   Stay informed and help us spread the word about how great our club is.
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!
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.   
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.   
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!
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Baker Ripley (formerly Neighborhood Centers)
Jun 29, 2017
A presentation by Marc Levinson about the activities of Baker Ripley.
Past President Carol Lester
Jul 06, 2017
Club member awards
The one and only Wayne Beaumier
Jul 13, 2017
Disaster Aide
Debra Richmond
Jul 20, 2017
The Women's Home
President of the year Sonya Heath
Jul 27, 2017
Being West U's lovely Asst. Governor
Leslie Herbst
Aug 03, 2017
What is Port of Houston and why it's needed.
Rotarian Charlie Ewing
Aug 10, 2017
Being positive in the service world and why.
Debbie Elder
Aug 17, 2017
Author and Public Speaker Extraordinaire.
Rotarian Nick Droege
Aug 24, 2017
What is Texas Tail Vodka?
RYE. Don't miss these wonderful young people!!!!
Aug 31, 2017
Exciting topic! You won't want to miss today and the chance to personally meeting our brave RYE kids
Lisa Shumate
Sep 07, 2017
Houston Public Media
Matt Ryan
Sep 14, 2017
Being Courteous, Brave, Obedient, Mindful, Loyal, Friendly, Patient, Kind, Reverant, & Trustworthy
District Governor Bill Palko
Sep 21, 2017
District 5890 Update and Vision
Barry Brazil
Sep 28, 2017
Do we need Cyber Security?
PDG Eric Liu
Oct 05, 2017
The one and only Eric Liu.
Scott Van Beck
Oct 12, 2017
Want hear about challenges? Then don't miss Houston A+ Challenge presentation.
Marvish Huff
Oct 19, 2017
Rotaracter and his non-profit organization Juma'.
Mike Bell
Oct 26, 2017
Stop Hunger Now!!!
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