2022-2023 28th Year


John Thornton and Youth Exchange Student, Emeline, from Belgium.

Hello West U Rotarians and Guests,
I'm writing this from the beautiful country of Belize. 

If you ever go on an international trip with Jack Wallace, you're in for a treat.  I'm in Belize with Jack and 9 other Rotarians building our house for a very special lady Jessica.  Jessica is a 44 yo woman who has her granddaughter, 2 daughters, and a special needs son, all living in a house the size of an outside storage shed (12x8).    You can't imagine what her living conditions are like.  She broke down in tears when she learned that she was receiving a house from Rotary.  This is what makes Rotary so special.   Thank you West U Rotary for making this possible. 

I can't emphasize how going on this trip will change your life.  Ask any of the Rotarians that went: Cecile, Ralph, Jack, Steven Smith, AJ, Lucy, Greg Faldyn, Bentley, and Belinda.  What an outstanding group.  I'm sure you'll hear more about this later. 

I know we have a Super Bowl party this Sunday and a Second Servings service project on Monday, February 13th at Law Harrington House from 1045-1245.  You'll receive more details later this week. 

Thanks again West U Rotary for a trip I'll never forget. 

I will see you at Pico's Thursday. 
John Thornton
President, 2022-23
Belize Trip
Group at Jessica's house
Jessica and Cisco Woods, Belize City Rotary
Group at Xunantunich Archaeological Site
Challenger Baseball
Fellow Rotarians,
It is once again time for Challenger Baseball. For you newcomers Challenger Baseball is a division of West University Little League for mentally and physically challenged children. The games are played on Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm and last for about an hour. Our job is to serve food in the snack bar or “Dugout” located in The Rotary Field House @ the corner of University and Auden. We have a team of 8 Rotarians and typically get there at 1:30 and leave about 3:30.
The dates are March 5, March 26, April 2, April 16, April 23 and April 30.
Please sign up by e mailing Dick the date or dates you wish to serve –
Also, please try and come to Rotary on Feb 9th as Terry Ziegler will be talking about the long history of collaboration with WULL and Challenger Baseball.
We would like as many Rotarians as possible to experience Challenger Baseball, if you are new to the club or have not served, please make an effort to sign up, you will be glad you did. For more information on Challenger Baseball please go to -
Super Bowl Party
Please email Irene indicating what you will bring if you have not already done so on sign-up sheet that circulated at the last meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to call her at 281-748-7822, or text.
Hope to see you all on Sunday 2/12/23! Special thanks to Jack Wallace for coordinating the rental of the community room and special thanks to Edith Foret for assisting Irene with this event.
Sunday, February 12, 2023 
Time: 5:00 P.M. Place: 2727 Travis St.
Camden McGowen Station Apartments, 3rd floor Community Room
Parking: 2811 Travis (Midtown Park)
Bring your favorite appetizer, snack, or delicious dish to share!
and BYOB (including soft drinks)
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 09, 2023
The West U Rotary Field House and Challenger Baseball

Terry Ziegler is a native Houstonian and a Texas Tech University graduate with an Honors Studies degree in microbiology.  Terry and his wife, Sarka, have two daughters and Terry is the owner of Big Z Lumber Company, a business operating in Houston since 1938.  A Rotarian since 1982, Terry served as president of the West U (Houston) Rotary Club in 2004-05 and as the Astrodome Rotary Club’s president in 1988-89. The West U Club was awarded the “Best Large Club” in District 5890 during his year as president. In addition, Terry attended a baseball game for physically & mentally challenged youth on the White House lawn with President George W. Bush in 2006 as a result of the West U Rotary Club’s Centennial Project.  Terry produces a Polio Eradication Update newsletter which is emailed weekly to Rotarians around the world In 2010 he received the Rotary Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World. In 2022 Terry received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Terry served as the Endowment & Major Gift Adviser for Rotary Regions 36 (central North America from Texas to Ontario) for the 2019-2022 Rotary Years and as a Volunteer Coordinator for Rotary Books for the World.

Or the short version – Terry Ziegler was asked to join Rotary in 1982, fell in love with it, and has been having trouble saying no since then.

Feb 16, 2023
American Bird Conservancy
Past Speakers
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February 3
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February 6
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February 19
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March 3
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March 6
John Barnes
March 10
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March 16
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March 17
Richard Brady
March 19
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March 24
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March 24
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March 27
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March 28
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March 29
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March 31
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