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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • John Urbanek
    January 6
  • Ken Walker
    January 6
  • Serena Sneeringer
    January 6
  • Kerry Bloom
    January 7
  • Katie Scott
    January 12
  • Sachin Chowdhry
    January 15
  • George Adams
    January 24
Spouse Birthdays:
  • David Bowden
    January 1
  • Tom King
    January 3
  • Sarka
    January 13
  • Sachin Chowdhry
    January 15
  • Rebeca Spencer
    January 16
  • Laverta Moore
    January 27
  • Michael Griffin III
    January 30
  • Anne Wallace
    January 31
Anniversaries:
  • Marilyn Griffin
    Michael Griffin III
    January 12
  • Max R. Hickerson
    Carolyn
    January 16
Join Date:
  • Marilyn Griffin
    January 1, 1999
    18 years
  • Terry LeFebvre
    January 17, 2013
    4 years
  • John Thornton
    January 23, 2012
    5 years
 
Welcome to our Club!

Celebrating 22 years of service to our community and the world. Visitors welcome!

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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Home Page Stories
What a sight it was to see FIVE new members receiving their blue badges at once, accompanied by their sponsors and mentors!   A very diverse group in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and backgrounds.  Great job, membership committee, mentors and sponsors, and especially, Frank Eggleston, Joe Groom, Margarita Hernandez, Michael Huey and Kimberly Phipps-Nichol!  
We were all shocked to learn that Vernon Tyger died on Friday, January 13, 2017. He loved us and we loved him back.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening, January 17 from 6-8 pm at Earthman Hunters Creek Funeral Home, 8308 Katy Freeway, between Wirt and Bingle.  Funeral services will be held at Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway at the intersection of I-10 and 610 at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18.  Please keep his family in your prayers.  The club is sending food & flowers, and will discuss more.
 
Having run the Houston marathon, I can tell you that entering West U and seeing all the flags makes a runner feel loved and encouraged.  Runners remember it years later. Thank you to everyone who helped launch and retrieve the flags.  They are (alphabetically) George Adams, Kerry Bloom, John Collier, Suzanne Diecks, Judy Faulkner, Chuck & Kathy Guffey, Wendy & Andy Hiester, Willie Jones, A.J. Karian, Richard & Lee Lazear, Terry LeFebvre, Dan O'dell, Jane Richardson, Cecile Schutter, and Jim Waters.  Please let me know if I missed you in this list.  
 
And Congratulations to our own Steven Vaughan who ran the Half Marathon in 1:46.   We are proud of you!
On Saturday, January 14th, our club offered three service opportunities. Only George Adams was at all three! He went to book sorting at 9:00, launched flags at 2:00, and went on our visit to Jim Hall at 3:00.
He wins the prize this week for being "Crazy About Rotary"!  
We are in urgent need of a venue for this year's Super Bowl Party.   If you have multiple televisions in your home, you qualify, and we will bring all the refreshments and clean up afterward.
Watching the game together is one of our long-standing traditions.  It is not necessary to have a large home, nor to clean it for us.  Please let Carol L know ASAP so we can start announcing it to the club and making the food sign-up sheet and selling squares in the football pot.  Thank you for your help.
Head over to 100% Taquito, 3245 SW Freeway (between Buffalo Speedway and Edloe), and learn to play Mexican Train Dominoes, while enjoying a refreshing drink, Mexican City Street Food, laughter and fun with your fellow Rotarians and friends.
 
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
Counter service, food and drinks.
 
Please RSVP to Wendy Hiester, whiester1@gmail.com.
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!
The District Grant presentations happened on Saturday and I presented our grant application for a water filter to be installed in GilGil Kenya, near Nairobi.
 
 
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Discounts offers are also available with Hertz, Avis, Office Depot, Candlewood Suites, AMC theaters and many more vendors.   

Go to Rotary.org/globalrewards 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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Speakers
Quincy Allen
Jan 26, 2017
Texas Department of Transportation - Houston Mobility
Sandhya Rao
Feb 02, 2017
Potu's daughter will discuss helping the blind with new tecnology
Doug Overman
Feb 09, 2017
Levy Park-Doug will tell us about near by Levy Park
Craig Howard
Feb 16, 2017
Craig will be discussing canoeing and leadership.
Dr. Peter Hotez
Feb 23, 2017
Dr. Hotez from the National School of Tropical Medecine will be informing the club about the Zika vi
Vocational Awards
Apr 27, 2017
Past President Carol Lester
Jul 06, 2017
Club member awards
 
 
 
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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
Convention: City of peace
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...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...