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Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Randy Bullard
    April 1
  • Tim Evered
    April 1
  • Rick Spencer
    April 2
  • Bob Owen
    April 14
  • Don Raskin
    April 16
  • Jim Waters
    April 16
  • Brennan Reilly
    April 20
  • Joan Johnson
    April 21
  • John Collier
    April 24
 
 
Welcome to our Club!

Celebrating 23 Years of Service to the Community and 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
Pico's Restaurant
3601 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX  77098
United States
Phone:
(713) 664-5566
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Home Page Stories
Congratulations to the 2018 Vocational Awards winners recognized at the April 19th meeting.  Also, thank you to the Nominating Committee of Fritz Beich, Mary Nelson, and Bob Fry for your service making this event successful.
The Rotarian award winner was Bob Owen, for his assistance locating, negotiating and tailoring our new venue (again) as well as his ever-ready help whenever the AV tools rebel.  
 
 
The non-Rotarian winner was Mike Schneider, Jr., attorney and judge with a long history of service including as the City of West U's Presiding Judge (pictured here with Nominating Committee member Fritz Beich and nominator David Redford).
 
Our educator award went to Rebekah Tee of Spring Woods High School for her tireless dedication to her students at SWHS and other schools, including KIPP.  Rebekah also received a $1000 award to use as she pleases (pictured here with Nominating Committee member Mary Nelson).  
 
In the inaugural Reunion Meeting several past members of West U Rotary returned as our guests.   Chris Spofford, Roy Lund, Gene de Laveaga (a past president), Bert Moser and Richard Lazear were present to see our new venue and meet many new members.  We and they had a great time reconnecting. Thanks to the Membership Committee for organizing this event that we plan to repeat annually.
On Saturday, April 7 our club collaborated on a project with D7980 in Connecticut and PDG Bob Gebhard to supply bikes to kids affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Over 110 bikes were picked up and delivered to our partner, The Fulfillment Project, to disburse to the kids in the Aldine area.   Thanks to George, Terry LeFebvre, Joe Rivers, Gerard Simon, Kevin Lanier for helping out with the literal heavy lifting!
 
Unfortunately, in the process of unloading the bikes George and Terry took a tumble.   Terry took the worst of it, breaking bones in his elbow joint requiring surgery installing metal plate and pins. Ouch!  So sorry, Terry!
Spring means baseball and for West U Rotary it means opportunities to help Challenger Baseball by running the concession stand for their games.   Thanks to all who have come out so far.   Dick is still looking for helpers for the upcoming Sundays.  See an email from him to sign up.
Upon release from prison, PEP graduates can go into transition housing that offers continual support.  Opportunities to bring dinner occur once a month, at three locations.
The Diecks recently brought dinner to a downtown location and last Monday, they were joined by Judy, Paul and Carol L, in bringing dinner to a different group on the north side of town.  Consider being part of a future dinner event by contributing a dish and sharing the meal with the guys.
 
Recall that in January Rotarians from our club and several others (University, Bellaire, CyFair, more) planted trees as part of RI Prez Ian Riseley's goal for all clubs.  We planted approximately 239 trees at the Willow Waterhole park in southwest Houston.   See how beautiful they look today!   Thank you, PE Clyde Hays, for coordinating this project that brings beauty and function to this neighborhood park.
 
On Saturday, March 17, several members helped sort donated clothes at Emergency Aid Coalition on Fannin Street.   EAC supports the working poor with food, clothing and aid. Clients are permitted to select clothing from their shop, run totally by volunteers.   EAC was our 2016 golf tournament beneficiary and has connections to many in our club.  Thanks to all who came out to lend a much needed helping hand.
 
Thank you to Carmen, Frank and Margarita for giving of their time on Monday, March 5 to help Emergency Aid Coalition register Spanish-speaking families register for school uniforms and supplies for the upcoming school year.   Together they helped EAC register approximately 70 families.  Look for another opportunity to help EAC on Saturday, March 17 from 9 am to noon as we sort donated clothing at 5401 Fannin.
For only the second time in club history, the golf tournament beneficiary will repeat in consecutive years.  Like last year, the beneficiary will be Prison Entrepreneurship Program, an organization brought to our attention by Dick Cancelmo.  In addition to our financial support, we have gotten involved as volunteers and individual donors.  The proceeds this year will go towards the first-ever PEP program for women at the Lockhart Correctional Facility.  Start putting your foursomes together and consider sponsoring a hole.
 
On Saturday, February 10, a group of us helped The Women's Home Cottage Shop sort through donations which were overwhelming them.  While most of us sorted clothing, George, Paul and Sharon tested electronics.  The Cottage Shop provides training women clients for employment, an income stream, and fills a need for affordable clothing for surrounding communities.   Thanks to all who gave of their time to help our long-time partner.
 
Welcome to our new members Pam Dibbern, , Essi Kwabi, Kevin Lanier, Felicia Wenah, and Marci Walters.    Welcome BACK to Dan Louie and welcome transferee Paul Ralph.
Thank you to all sponsors and mentors.  Keep inviting people to our meetings; it's the #1 way people join Rotary.
  
And we are not done!   Look for the induction of Jon Kidwell and Vernon King soon!   Good job, Membership Committee!
 
Our club, along with the University Area club and Gulf Coast Donor Advised Funds, donated $15,000 to Avenue Community Development Corp to help flood victims purchase building materials, new applicances, accessibility aids and other items not covered by FEMA.   Applicants came to us through their case managers and our Harvey relief team reviewed applications then ACDC connected us to them so we could provide the needed aid.    Another way we are living the credo "service above self".   Look for an update at a future meeting.
The annual visit by the RI President was this past week and our club and members shone brightly many times.   We presented our annual donation to Books for the World while RI President Ian Riseley looked on, and we showed the total amount of funds our club, with the help of other clubs and organizations, has applied to Harvey Relief efforts.  Many members came out to lend a hand and also to welcome the First Couple to our town.
 
See the RI Pres Visit 2018 photo album for more photos of this event.
 
RI President Ian Riseley had a goal for Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees.  Rotarians from our club, Univesity Area, Bellaire, Spring Branch and CyFair clubs came together at Willow Waterhole and planted 239 trees on January 13.  Trees of Houston provided the trees, Houston Toolbank supplied shovels, Wayne Beaumier (CyFair) used the Disaster Aid trailer to transport the tools to the site.   Over 100 volunteers including a cub scout troop came out in near freezing temperatures. 
Thanks to all who came out to plant, provide refreshments, and support.   A great collaboration!
 
 
Thanks to the social committee of Carmen, Honey, Judy, Margarita, Pam and Suzanne, for organizing, set-up and clean up of the Super Bowl Party and thanks, George and Judy Adams, for opening your lovely home so we could keep this wonderful tradition.
 
 
 
Congrats to the winners of the betting pool   We learn who on Thursday.
At the District Foundation Seminar PDG 2016-17 Eric Liu recognized our club for its generosity in giving.   Last year we were 2nd in giving to RI's Annual Fund, and 3rd per capita in giving to the Annual Fund. We were also 3rd in giving to Polio Plus and 3rd in per capita giving to Polio Plus.  
Sharing the awards with the club is 2016-17 president Carol Lester and perennial Polio Plus chair Terry Ziegler.  Our club is always a leader in giving!
Joe and Pam Rivers originated a project and invited us to join in.  The Rotary Club of Houma also wanted to help and sent a significant donation. Together with The Word Church, the Rivers, their friends and families, two Rotary clubs and Caring Friends,  Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings were distributed to over 260 families from north Houston.
  
Joe and Pam negotiated bulk turkeys from HEB, volunteers donned hairnets and loaded them into trucks and transported to cold storage.  On November 18 volunteers came out again to transport the turkeys to Dekaney High School where families picked them up. 
 
   
This was a wonderful large scale project and we thank Joe and Pam for initiating it and letting us be a part of it.
A committee was established to help do the physical work needed by our neighbors whose homes were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey.   Kimberly Phipps-Nichols organized and trained a team who have gone out several times and done the physically demanding work of tearing out sheetrock and carpeting and trash.  We collaborate with Disaster Aid to identify homes and dates.  Many homes are completed but many more are on the list waiting for help.   
                           Interested in helping?  Contact Kimberly.   Safety training is required. 
Thank you to the workers who have helped to date.  You model Service Above Self in the truest sense.
 
 
Our club was blessed to receive donations from clubs all over the US to help victims of Harvey.  Part of the funds went to assist Plant It Forward, an organization (founded by a woman from Southside Place) that helps immigrant farmers make a sustainable living by farming parcels in Houston.  They lost crops but interestingly not by flooding but by the unrelenting rain.  In October a group of us visited the site in southwest Houston to see how it works.
 
A Rice professor and some students were also there, teaching farmers modern techniques for greater yields.
 
Some of the large stock of supplies received by Hands On Tzedakah went to Easter Seals of Greater Houston who help families with babies, children, and adults with disabilities.  Many of their client families were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.  John Collier's Caring Friends organization supplemented our donation for greater impact.   
Individual members are helping out all over town.   Out of state clubs are contacting us and committing to help using our club as their liaison on the ground.  This week President George enlisted the help of members to form a committee to oversee our efforts so we do the right things at the right place and the right time.
 
This week John Collier responded to a call for bedding and toiletries for Alief ISD personnel whose homes were flooded.   Using foundation funds, he purchased the requested supplies and delivered them as requested, all within 24 hours.   
We are doing lots of helping right now.  On Saturday, we received a truckload of supplies to be distributed to shelters around the city.   With members of Holy Ghost Church parish, we unloaded 22 pallets in 30 minutes.   We thank Ron Gallatin and his donors from Hands On Tzedakah for their compassion and generosity.   We will be sure these supplies end up in the right hands.
We will disburse to area shelters this week and look to replenish as money permits.
 
President George Adams, John Collier and others are making connections with other relief organizations around town.  Gerard, Joe and Carol visit The Word Church in NE Houston to explore partnering with their pantry, which usually serves 50, now serving 300.
 
 
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