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Member Birthdays:
  • Daniel O'Dell
    February 6
  • Jason Whitley
    February 19
  • Stanley McCandless
    February 19
  • Mike Woods
    February 20
  • Charles Guffey
    February 23
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
Pico's Restaurant
3601 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX  77098
United States
(713) 664-5566
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The official reveal of our Project Joy & Hope house is Thursday, February 8th from 2:00 to 5:30.   Join us and the other collaborators as we get the first glimpse inside what will be "home away from home" for families with children receiving cancer treatment.   Our donation of $25,000 was essential to completing this house.   Come see how your donations are serving families in need.   Let Carol L know if you want to carpool.
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.
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.
We had our first chance to see the completed patio homes of Project Joy & Hope, of which we were a major donor, with President Ian Riseley, his wife Juliet, and District dignitaries.  Our home's inhabitants were a very young boy and his mother.  The children awaits a transplant and is on a ventilator.  During construction we could choose a room and we chose the kitchen, always the heart of a home.  All will be invited to a Grand Reveal in early February.   Hope you will come out to see the wonderful way your donations were spent last year.
See the photo album of the RI President's visit for more pix.
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.
After months of searching and discussion, we decided our next club "home" would be Pico's Restaurant, 3601 Kirby Drive, just a short drive north up Kirby from our old meeting location, at 3601 Kirby, on the SE corner of Kirby and Richmond Avenue.   The second meeting date is this Thursday, February 8. 2018. 
Our costs will go up, so we are looking at creative ways to help cover the increase without raising dues very much.   We talked about "Sociables" at the last meeting.  More info about that and other ideas to come.   

Thanks to everyone involved in the search committee and especially Bob Owen.  Many, many hours and effort went into finding our new home.  We are most grateful.
The social for January was a successful repeat of a successful event last year . . . Mexican Train Dominoes at 100% Taquito last Tuesday night, January 23 starting at 6:00 pm. 100% Taquito is located at 3425 Southwest Freeway, in front of Kroger on Westpark. 
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!
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!
We held our December Monthly Social at the Owl Bar. As usual, we solved many of the world’s problems . . . or so we think we did. Be sure to check out the photos in the “Photo Albums” section of the website.
Serena Seneeringer has volunteered to serve as Bulletin Editor. Each Monday members can start their week off learning about upcoming events, speakers, stories, and birthdays. We are looking forward to Serena continuing to put the bulletin in our hands.
Pam Dibbern, a member of the club’s Social Committee, has accepted the invitation to serve as the Social Committee Reporter. She will submitting stories of our club social events. We look forward to seeing more Social Committee stories.
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.
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.
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