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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
  • Bill Diecks
    December 26
  • Barbara Veres
    December 29
  • Gerard Simon
    December 29
  • Bentley Sanford
    December 30
  • Kathy Kokas
    December 31
Welcome to our Club!

Celebrating 23 Years of Service to the
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
Jax Grill
6510 S. Rice
Bellaire, TX  77401
United States
(713) 664-5566
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We will have the December Rotary Club of West U Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 AM. It will be in the John Neighbors Activity Room (West U Community Center), 6104 Auden, West University, Place, TX 77004. This is the monthly meeting where much of the club business is transacted. Yes, it is a make-up.
This week we are moving to Jax Grill, 6510 S. Rice Avenue in Bellaire, just north of Bissonnet.  While this is not intended as a permanent move, expect to be there through January, 2018.  
The slate of candidates for the 2017-2018 board to replace those cycling off has been put forth by the Nominating Committee, headed by the Club VP Stacy Brevard. 
They are:
Vice President (meaning club president in 3 years): Gerard Simon
Club Secretary:  Wendy Hiester
Treasurer:  Jim Waters
Asst. Treasurer:  John Barnes
Sergeants-at-arms:   Bob Owen and Suzanne Diecks
Board Secretary:  Paul Cornett
   Sachin Chowdhry
   Margarita Hernandez
   Patrick Quinn
   Joe Rivers
The election will be held at the December 14th morning meeting.  Please attend to cast your vote.
RI President Ian Riseley  (see photo) has asked clubs worldwide to plant trees in his year.  Trees provide shade, a home for animals, release oxygen and so much more.  We are thrilled to accommodate his wish.

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, January 13 at 8:00 a.m.  Holes will be pre-dug...all we do is drop in the plant and cover up.
We would like 100% participation on this, which does not mean everyone plants.  Support behind the scenes and refreshments are also a way to participate.   More details to come....Stay tuned!
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.
Youth Exchange Champion John Thornton needs your help getting host families for a student. Can you help?  100% of past host families would rate it as one of the best things they ever did!  Because of this program, Terry LeFebvre went to Bolivia and Peru, John went to Paraguay, and Carol went to Italy.   And see Bentley visiting Machiej in Poland recently!    Who will you host and where will it take you?
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.
Hard to believe another school year is upon us but the arrival of our exchange students confirm it.   Julia from Argentina arrived at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8th to a warm West U Rotary welcome, then breakfast at Skeeters.   
On Saturday afternoon, Jose from France arrived and Julia joined the group of Rotarians and hosts to welcome him.  
We look forward to getting to know these brave kids as the year progresses.
We have fallen in love with the mission of 'Have Shears Will Travel'.  So much so that we chose it for our District Grant recipient.  These funds come from the WURC foundation and matched by our District
foundation.   Cecile presented the $4,000 check to Barbara Goodson on Monday, August 14.  
This money will go far in advancing HSWT to serve more people.  Congratulations, Barbara!
Our club surprised District Governor Eric Liu at the District Conference in Conroe in April with a super sized contribution to Polio Plus that lead to more clubs giving till he surpassed his goal of $250,000 and got closer to $333,000, which, when matched by the Gates Foundation became $1 million!  
We weren't the largest donor, but we were a close second.  And once the ball got rolling by we two, other clubs caught the giving fever till DG Eric met and exceeded his goal.  See Eric receiving our check and recognizing our generosity from last year!   
On Thursday, July 20, we gifted Prison Entrepreneurship Program with their share of the proceeds of our 21st annual golf tournament.  
Tony Mayer, Charles Hearne and Bert Smith are all smiles.  This was the most successful tournament in club history!   Great job, Bob Geary & Geoff Lanceley!
Keeping his promise to grow it, Chad Spencer lead the effort to load a record 300 backpacks for needy students, in collaboration with the YMCA who will distribute them.  Lots of helpers came out Saturday and we finished in about an hour!  
Thanks to all who donated goods, funds, the space, and time.  
December 2017
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