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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Janice M. Stooksberry
    August 1
  • Dick Cancelmo
    August 2
  • Yvonne Ray
    August 3
  • William Laney Littlejohn
    August 8
  • Philip P. (Phil) Mabry
    August 13
  • Burt Ballanfant
    August 15
  • Carol Gradziel
    August 15
  • Jane Richardson
    August 15
  • Greg Faldyn
    August 16
  • Jack Wallace
    August 25
  • Anna Ashmore
    August 27
  • Kimberly Phipps-Nichol
    August 30
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Susan Waters
    August 6
  • Tracy Hallenberger
    August 19
  • Russell Schulze
    Mary Margaret
    August 5
  • Jason Whitley
    Kelly Whitley
    August 8
  • William Laney Littlejohn
    Mary Ann
    August 9
  • Brennan Reilly
    Helena Reilly
    August 14
  • Janice M. Stooksberry
    Jack Hardin
    August 14
  • Larry Gray
    August 16
  • Muddy McDaniel
    August 16
  • Stanley R. McCandless
    August 19
  • Chad Spencer
    Rebeca Spencer
    August 21
  • Charles Guffey
    August 21
  • Mike Woods
    Cindy Woods
    August 25
  • Bob Geary
    August 27
  • David Le Fevre
    Kindra Le Fevre
    August 30
Join Date:
  • Sharon Williams
    August 1, 2002
    14 years
  • Charles Guffey
    August 6, 2009
    7 years
  • Barbara Veres
    August 10, 2008
    8 years
  • Stanley R. McCandless
    August 10, 1996
    20 years
  • John Gomez
    August 21, 2008
    8 years
  • Kathy Kokas
    August 24, 2006
    10 years
  • Bill Diecks
    August 27, 2009
    7 years
  • Dan O'Dell
    August 27, 2009
    7 years
  • Gary Adair
    August 27, 2015
    1 year
  • Philip P. (Phil) Mabry
    August 27, 2009
    7 years
  • Jack Wallace
    August 30, 2012
    4 years
  • Jim Hall
    August 30, 2012
    4 years
  • Joan Johnson
    August 30, 2012
    4 years
  • Steven Vaughan
    August 30, 2012
    4 years
  • Yvonne Ray
    August 30, 2012
    4 years
Welcome to our Club!

Celebrating 22 years of service to our community and the world

West U

Foundation Club of the Year 2013-14 & Best Large Club 2012-2013

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
Our Disaster Aid trailer, purchased with our foundation's funds matched by District grant funds last year is helping victims in Louisiana as you read this.
Rotarians and others from our District headed over there last week and will be there for many days to come offering support in any way they can.   But the best way to help is to send monetary donations.
Our district is collecting funds now. If you would like to donate, please make check payable to Rotary District 5890 Charities and put LA Disaster Relief on the memo. We will send the money to the District treasurer Jackie Barmore for you if you wish to give to our club treasurer, Craig.  More opportunities to help will be forthcoming, both in person and through donations.  Thank you for your generosity.

Alejo from Argentina arrived early Tuesday morning, August 16, to a small but enthusiastic crowd of Rotarians and his first host family, the Eushers.  
Our 2016-2017 District Grant application for a SkyHydrant Max water filter for a school and clinic in Kenya was approved by the District recently.
We mourn the passing of Laney Littlejohn.   However, with no services held, we feel no closure.  What can we do with our grief?  Laney’s family has asked that anyone wishing to honor Laney’s life, make a contribution to The Rotary Foundation.   Terry Z and Wally figured out a way to do that in the biggest possible way and in a manner Laney would surely approve. 
Thanks to all the club Rotarians and their family and friends who came out on Saturday, August 13th, to load new backpacks to be given to children with limited resources starting school in a few days.   It didn't take long for them to be put into service at the Shearn Elementary back-to-school day for area families.   
Kudos to Chad Spencer for leading this effort and getting the backpacks at a better price, then having them embroidered so West U Rotary is seen by many.  Who knows?  Maybe some child carrying one of our backpacks will be a future Rotarian and recall this early exposure to what we are about.

At the end of last week’s weekly meeting, a group of members headed to Bush IAH to welcome our arriving RYE from Japan, Ayuri.   
Max goes wild selling flag subscriptions!
Website Sponsors
Sep 01, 2016
Dr. Chris Zaino
How to Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year Ever!
Sep 08, 2016
Bob Ethington
The Boulevard Project: a discussion of the coming improvements to Post Oak Blvd. and Memorial Park
Sep 15, 2016
Ambassador Chase Untermeyer
Discussing his book "How Important People Act - Behaving Yourself in Public"
Sep 22, 2016
District Governor Eric Liu
DG Eric Liu will share his goals for the District in 2016-17
Sep 29, 2016
Officer Rick Retz - Houston Police Dept.
How to respond in an active shooter situation.
Nov 17, 2016
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.