West U Rotary Club Foundation Annual Meeting  this Thursday

During this Thursday's meeting (July 21, 2022) the West University Rotary Club Foundation (“WURCF”) will hold its Annual Meeting in accordance with the WURCF Bylaws. The Bylaws require the Annual Meeting to be held during July. It will be held during the regular club meeting, before the speaker’s presentation.
The 2022-23 WURCF budget will be presented. Additionally, the members will be updated on various matters. The financial documents will be shared Tuesday, July 19 via email.
Wally Kronzer
WURCF President
West U Rotary Club Foundation Annual Meeting this Thursday Wally Kronzer 2022-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Back to School Uniform Drive Frank Parrilla 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention June 2022

The 113th Rotary International Convention will be held in Houston from the 4th to the 8th of June at George R. Brown Convention Center.

The event will bring to Houston more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world and the 62 Houston-area Rotary clubs and its 2,400 members will be hosting events and volunteering to receive all the fellow Rotarians.

If you come to Houston come visit us and attend one of our meetings. For more information click here.

Rotary International Convention June 2022 Jack Hardin 2021-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rappelling for Dollars!

May 7, 2021
Here's a new way to fundraise for good causes!
Every year Over the Edge partners with a local organization to help support their mission. They do this in a thrilling and exciting way by giving participants the opportunity to rappel down large city sky scrappers. This year in Houston the organization partnered with “The Women’s Home”. Its CEO Anna Coffey said, “The Women’s Home is dedicated to building communities that strengthen women and support families as they reclaim their stability. We focus on preparing women and their families to become empowered, productive forces in our community, and the funds raised from this event will go directly toward that goal.”
The West U Rotary Club was a big supporting member, and two members, Gerard Simon and Tracy Hallenberger showed how it is done!  The conditions were adverse, the rain was pouring down,  the spectators were anxious but Gerard and Tracy made it from the roof to the ground of the Doubletree Galleria on a flimsy little rope in front of a crowd of people, all gathered to raise money for The Women's Home.  If you haven't donated and would like to, please reach out to Carol Gradziel.  swkeystone@aol.com
Rappelling for Dollars! Carol Gradziel 2021-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Successful Golf Tournament

Apr. 30, 2021
Rotary Club of West U - 25th Annual Golf Fundraiser
It was a beautiful day to play golf on Monday, Apr 19th.  Covid still keeps many people away, but we did have 40 plus golfers come to Riverbend CC to try their luck at a hole-in-one.  The honorees of the tournament were the five founding members of the Stella Link Redevelopment Association; Russ Schulze, Jim Ainsworth, Peter Taaffe, Bob Barnes, and David Marks.  They are responsible for turning around a very dilapidated neighborhood into what now includes the Weekley YMCA, Sheltering Arms, and Houston Public Library on Stella Link, just south of Holcombe Blvd.
The Weekley YMCA and the West U Rotary Club Foundation are the benefactors.
The only women who entered made it a fun day!  Why not, golf is known for silly hats, pants, and socks!
Successful Golf Tournament Bob Geary 2021-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

A Very Special Day March 16, 2021

Feb. 6, 2021
I hope everyone will welcome a new business in the 77005 area.  Diesel Barbershop has opened in the Kroger shopping center, on the northside facing Westpark.  They want to be a part of this community and offering this very Special Day, March 16, 2021, for Special Needs Children.  Please share with your neighbors and friends far and wide.
I met with Ranjit the week before last. He shared that they've done this once before with his Rotary club out in Cinco Ranch. Ranjit shared a story about a young man with autism who hadn't had a haircut all throughout COVID-19 and was not able to go to the barbershop when others were present.
Ranjit and his team closed the shop and welcome this young man and his mother 45 minutes before his haircut. He met with the stylist, got comfortable with his surroundings, and then (and only then) had his haircut. Ranjit said when the haircut was finished both mom and son were BEAMING!
Jon Kidwell
A Very Special Day March 16, 2021 Jon Kidwell 2021-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome Our Newest Member - Kye Cockerham Stacy Brevard 2021-01-27 06:00:00Z 0


Oct. 9, 2020
If you missed last week's zoom meeting, you missed a very interesting topic on driverless cars in Houston.  Sola Lawal, Product Operations Manager for Nuro in Houston.  To catch up, take a look at this short video.  If you have more questions for Sola, please email him slawal@nuro.ai
(Here's something else interesting.  Did you know that email extension ai is the Internet country code top-level domain for Anguilla? It is administered by the government of Anguilla. It is popular with companies in the artificial intelligence industry.)
WHAT IS NURO? Cecile Schutter 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0


Sept 25, 2020
Rise Against Hunger & Helping Hurricane Victims
I have attached the link to sign up for our next Rise Against Hunger event
October 24th 
9:00-1:00 Various shifts
Rise Against Hunger Warehouse
8901 Jameel Road, Suite 130
Houston, 77040
This is a joint event with the University Area Rotary Club.  
Due to the Virus, we have limited the total participants to 20 from each club for a two-hour shift.
I have signed Sonya Heath and myself up for the event, so there are 19 spots available from each club for a two-hour shift.  Sonya is the lead for University Area Rotary.  Thanks to the generosity of our members after Paul Ralph's passing we had a credit for our donations.  
We will be preparing 16,848 meals.  
My goal for our Rise Against Hunger event was to package 30,000 meals.  That would mean the Rotary Club of West U had been the lead club of packing 100,000 meals in our last three events along with this one.  COVID-19 put a stop to that goal.   Maybe we can have another meal-packing this Rotary Year or we will complete it next year.  




Remembering Deceased Members

Aug 23, 2020
May 2020 was the 25th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of West U, and we intended to have a Gala Celebration at the Junior League of Houston.  However, Covid took care of that!
A very important part of the Celebration was to remember our members who passed away since 1995.  Please click on this video and have a moment of silence as you remember your fellow members and friends.
Remembering Deceased Members Cecile Schutter 2020-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
A Community Service Project 5 Times a Week Serena Sneeringer 2020-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Club Projects

July 29, 2020
Back in February, I asked all club members and committee chairs to start planning their projects and to give me their budget proposals so the boards could create the Foundation Budget for the new year.  And boy did they ever!
Here's what we have for our new Rotary year.  These are all very exciting and diverse projects so I hope everyone can find their passion and get involved.  Just reach out to the committee chair.
Vocational Service – Scholarships
Chair Jan Duranni
The club annually gives $6000 for undergraduate scholarships which is divided equally between Rice and U of H. The scholarship committee manages the selection of students and awards these scholarships.
2020-2021 Club Projects Gerard Simon 2020-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

Second Servings of Houston Recieves their Check

Neither Covid nor rain can keep good people down!!  Here are members of the RC of West U presenting their check to Second Servings of Houston who was the recipient of the annual Golf Tournament held in June (normally held in April).
For the 2020-2021 Rotary year, the recipient will be the Weekley YMCA.
Second Servings of Houston Recieves their Check Geoff Lanceley 2020-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

A Digital Rotarian Magazine ??

July 18, 2020
Did you know you can get The Rotarian Magazine digitally?  Save a tree, unclutter your mailbox, read it anywhere?  Whatever your preference for digital reading, add The Rotarian Magazine.
What will you need?  Be sure to have your Rotary ID number, which you can find in your personal profile in www.westurotary.org.  As with all websites you have to sign in and if you have never signed in, then register first.
Once you have your ID, visit www.my.rotary.org, sign in here too, and then go to News & Media, dropdown to Magazine, The Rotarian, and scroll to Subscribe to The Rotarian Digital Edition.  Complete the information (here is where your ID number goes) and check the two boxes and submit.
If you need extra help, please reach out to me.  cecileschutter@yahoo.com
A Digital Rotarian Magazine ?? Cecile Schutter 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Goodbye Paul Ralph 

July 18, 2020
The family has asked for donations to be made to:
Prison Entrepreneurship Program or
Rise Against Hunger.
You can send your checks to Jack Wallace, 3405 Mercer St.  Houston, TX  77027
Paul Ralph Feb. 27, 1944 - July 12, 2020
Goodbye Paul Ralph  Jack Wallace 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Generous Giving from West U Rotarians

July 17, 2020 - For the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, West U Rotary was 1st in District 5890 in Annual Fund Giving!  1st in PolioPlus Giving! and 3rd in Total Giving (Space Center was 1st in Total Giving including great support of Rotary's Endowment and Brazosport was 2nd in Total Giving as they contributed a large amount to Global Grants).
 Did you know that our very own member Terry Ziegler is the Endowment & Major Gifts Adviser for all of the central parts of North America - from Texas to Ontario, Canada?  Have you ever considered making a Major Gift or including a gift to The Rotary Foundation in your estate plan?  If so, or if you have questions about Rotary's Endowment, please contact Terry Ziegler at 713-825-1176 or bigzlumber@aol.com 
Generous Giving from West U Rotarians Terry Ziegler 2020-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Year 2019-20-Thanks from Stacy

July 1, 2020
Since West U Airways (f/k/a West U Rotary) took flight on July 1, 2019, our club has accomplished numerous things but here are a few destinations that connected with lots of people and will resonate in future years:

- Trade School Scholarships will help five (5) people at $1,000.00 each through Houston Community College.
- The dues were readjusted and approved by the club and club board to be effective April 1, 2020. The dues were reduced from $1,130.00 to $870.00 which is a savings of $260.00 a year for our members. This resulted in the dedicated social at Skeeter’s on the fourth Thursday of each month, or currently a Zoom social call during our COVID-19 crisis.
Rotary Year 2019-20-Thanks from Stacy Stacy Brevard 2020-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

West U Rotary's 25th Anniversary in Pictures

July 8, 2020
Covid stopped us from having a big bash Gala to celebrate the club milestone - 25th anniversary, but we have pictures of the past.
Thank you Don Raskin for all the work of collecting and loading them up!  And a thank you to all who contributed the pictures.  The file is really big so I can't upload it to our website, but if you would like a copy, please reach out to me.
West U Rotary's 25th Anniversary in Pictures Cecile Schutter 2020-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

24th Annual Golf Tournament

July 3, 2020
In 24 years only once did our fundraising golf tournament get rained out, but 2020 is certainly a year to remember for two reasons.  First, we had to postpone due to Covid-19 which we were concerned we would have to have had canceled, but thanks to the kindness of The Riverbend Country Club, they gave us the chance to postpone and rebook.  We finally got a rebooking (to June 22) and we were able to re-market and move forward with the tournament.  Our turnout was predictably lower than desired but expected.  53 willing golfers arrived early in the morning and the shotgun start went off at 8:00 am.
Then the skies opened up after only two or three holes of golf.  Very drenched player came back to the clubhouse.
However, the good news is that Riverbend is offering a raincheck to each player (although you have to pay for the cart rental).
Even better still - our recipient, Second Servings Houston will get a nice check since we had good sponsorships and donations without a lot of player expenses.
Thank you again to Geoff Lanceley and Bob Geary for putting on another tournament to support our local community.
Next Year, the recipient will be the Weekley YMCA so mark your calendars for mid-April and let's try it again!!  25th!
24th Annual Golf Tournament Cecile Schutter 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Kindred Institute and Rice University Cecile Schutter 2020-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

What are D5890 Clubs doing during Covid?

June 20, 2020
Are you curious about what the clubs of D5890 have/are doing during this time of Covid-19?  This is a lengthy article but interesting.
I hope you have some time to read it and you might find something that makes you want to participate.  
Cecile Schutter
What are D5890 Clubs doing during Covid? Cecile Schutter 2020-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Toastmasters and Rotary

June 6, 2020
Many members attended last week's Zoom Meeting and heard a wonderful presentation from Kathy Kest on what Toastmasters is and how we can work together.
If you are interested in finding out more about Toastmasters, they too are having a Zoom meeting, and here is an open invitation that you can join.
Talking Bull Toastmasters meet on Zoom every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1 pm (1 hour), guests are always welcome. Our Meeting Zoom link is; https://zoom.us/j/852870308?pwd=VUdWWmpXTkh3Mlp3STdxM3BmbVlpdz09 Club Website with more information: https://talkingbull.toastmastersclubs.org/ 
Toastmasters and Rotary Cecile Schutter 2020-06-06 05:00:00Z 0


May 17, 2020
2020 is certainly a year we will all remember, but not as a year that we had to cancel our Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament.  
Please join us June 22, 2020, with an 7:00 am start for the 25th West U Rotary Golf Tournament.  This year, our recipient is Second Servings, Houston, a very unique non-profit organization that "rescues" unwanted food and redistributes to agencies that assist the needy.  Learn more https://secondservingshouston.org/
You can register through this link.https://tinyurl.com/yddz48x8
THE GOLF TOURNAMENT IS ON! Cecile Schutter 2020-05-17 05:00:00Z 0


May 17, 2020
Here is a recap of the "NOW" for West U Rotary.
Physical club meetings are suspended through ?????. But we are doing ZOOM meetings.  Go to www.westurotary.org and on the top banner, click on CLUB ZOOM MEETINGS
The Golf Tournament is rescheduled to June 22 and it will be a morning registration - 8:00 am.  Please register.  Refer to the article on the Tournament.
The 25th Anniversary Gala for May 16th was canceled and we will do a shortened version when we have the installation of club officers on June 25th.  Location TBA.
WHAT'S GOING ON? - UPDATE Stacy Brevard 2020-05-17 05:00:00Z 0


May 4, 2020
Dear Friends,
I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Second Servings has been working long hours, doubling our normal food volume in March and April. We continue to rescue surplus food from our regular daily donors (i.e., retailers, distributors, and manufacturers), in addition to the many hotels, business cafeterias, schools, restaurants, and others whose businesses have been severely interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis. 
SECOND SERVINGS - DINNER ON US Cecile Schutter 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0


The Hot Bagel Shop continues to impact the community with the Bagel Patrol’s help. A long-time West U Rotary service project continues to serve people in need by helping both the Hot Bagel Shop and the Star of Hope. The fire to make an impact continues to blaze bright.
BAGEL PATROL CONTINUES TO DELIVER BAGELS Wally Kronzer 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
WEST U FLAG PROGRAM Cecile Schutter 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0


Mar 31, 2020
I have been reaching out to several folks I know who are in the medical field across the country, asking about their experiences, and I have noticed a few themes:
  • Healthcare workers are under high stress:  This is due to a high volume of very sick patients and a waning supply of PPE, among other issues
  • Outside of the hospitals, healthcare workers are isolated:  In many instances, folks are social distancing from their families or have sent their families away so that they do not risk possibly infecting them
  • Personal Care:  Our healthcare workers are unable to get access to healthy food and supplies due to long shifts, closed cafeterias, and restricted shopping hours
HEALTHCARE WORKERS CAN USE YOUR HELP Cecile Schutter 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Former Member Burt Ballanfant

Former West University Mayor Richard Burton “Burt” Ballanfant has died of Coronavirus at the age of 72.

Burt joined the West U RC in July 1999 but through the years he had to take some time off and then rejoined in June 2018.

Ballanfant served two terms as West U mayor, and his career on City Council spanned 15 years and included being chosen president of the Harris County Council of Mayors and Councils. Most recently, he was elected to the council as part of a slate, serving through 2017.

A fifth-generation Houstonian, Ballanfant graduated from Lamar High School, the University of Texas, and UT Law School. After law school, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston where he was twice named an outstanding Assistant United States Attorney. He moved to Shell Oil Company as a corporate attorney in 1980.

Ballanfant — who rode a METRO route for years from West University to his job downtown — served for eight years on the METRO board, representing the multi-cities. 

Among other civic activities, he was active in parent leadership at West University Elementary School and Lamar High. He was also a member of the Battleship Texas Commission and president of Concerned Citizens for Washington Cemetery Care while that historic cemetery was merged with Glenwood Cemetery.

He leaves his wife, Sarah, and children Andrea, Ben, and Amy.

Funeral services are pending.

Former Member Burt Ballanfant Cecile Schutter 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0


March 26, 2020To members and friends:  There are many needs and ideas to match them in times like this.  If you have any older Ipads you are no longer using, and can't bear to toss, they can be "cleaned" to remove your data, and it's not all that difficult.  Let us know and we will start the work!

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP Cecile Schutter 2020-03-26 05:00:00Z 0


March 25, 2020
Do you need to feel that you are doing something to help others through all this?
Here are a couple of projects created by our for-ever resourceful members.  If you have great ideas, please pass them along to our club leadership and we will get the message out.  Thank you, Kimberly and Christine.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS WHILE ISOLATED Cecile Schutter 2020-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Helps The Hay Center

On Monday, April 22,  golfers hit the links at Riverbend Country Club at the 23rd Annual Golf Tournament coordinated by Bob Geary and Geoff Lanceley.  The final tally is still to come but this could be THE most successful (in $) tournament in club history!   Proceeds go to The Hay Center which assists youth aging out of the foster care system transition to independence. Thank you, Bob & Geoff, and all who sponsored and/or played.  See photo album for more pix (link on the home page).
Golf Tournament Helps The Hay Center 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Where was your seersucker? 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
PEP Rotarians in Action. Prison Entrepreneurship Program MHL 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
NCAA Closes Texas A&M Recruiting Investigation  2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Czech Center Museum to be 2019-20 Club Function Site  2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Fight breaks out after club meeting 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Past Presidents Seize Power  2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Hays to assume presidency of the Rotary Club of Upper Kirby 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Books, Books and More Books!

Posted on Mar 20, 2019
Beautifully illustrated bilingual books came to Rotary Books for the World, and warehouse facilitator Terry Ziegler gave local schools and non profits like Caring Friends collaborative opportunities.
The Caring Friends goal: to place these excellent books in the hands of classroom bilingual educators to use as achievement rewards.
Thanks to our dear Rotarian John Collier and his continue efforts to enhance children's reading skills.
Books, Books and More Books! 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Second Servings Houston and West U Rotary Exchange Students

Here’s a picture of Caty from Denmark on our Chili Cookoff food rescue today.
 We rescued enough left over Chili to have close to 1,000 meals that went to Recenter and Magnificat House.  Eva from Taiwan was there too.  They both ate a lot of chili and had a great time.  They even got their face painted.  Great workers.  If not for Second Servings, this all would have been dumped.  
By John Thornton
Second Servings Houston and West U Rotary Exchange Students John Thornton 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Flag Ambassadors at 
Little League Carnival

Thank yous go out to Kerry Bloom and Rick Spencer who spent several hours on Saturday representing West U Rotary and selling flags at the annual West U Little League carnival.   Kerry gave away 10 boxes of Thin Mints to  booth visitors, making us look very sweet indeed.  Seven potential customers took info or flyers to subscribe to flags, with one woman vowing to get her entire block to subscribe!
Kerry and Rick visit with former club member Vanessa Hauser and son, William.  FYI, Vanessa is Geoff Lanceley's daughter.
Flag Ambassadors at Little League Carnival 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Visit to Community Connect

After the regular meeting last Thursday, Margarita led a small group to a site visit to Community Connect, housed at KIPP Academy in SW Houston.  Founder and former West U resident Ann Whitlock Skelly shared their mission of bringing all available resources and more to support the residents of this high-density low income community who live with constant stress from physical, emotional and financial factors.  Ameliorating bad situations before they become catastrophes can change the trajectory for the future of an entire family and for generations to come.  
Hearing about the work CC does for Sharpstown/Gulfton communities.
Partners include KIPP Texas, YMCA, St. Lukes United Methodist Church and Legacy Health.
Visit to Community Connect 2019-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Serving Our Seniors at Pancake Breakfast

For the third year in a row we have hosted West U seniors at a pancake breakfast as our Valentine to them.  The Decorations Committee worked on Monday afternoon then on Tuesday morning cooks and servers prepared and served the food.  Pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, yogurt, and more were on the menu.   Thanks to everyone who came out to be part of our community-centric event.  It was a love fest all around.
Our guests get a chance to socialize, get a hot meal, feel our love.
The decorations committee on Monday evening.  Red for Valentines Day.
Short order cooks George, Russ & Kerry
The wait staff with Judy, the initiator of this event
See the photo album for more pictures.
Serving Our Seniors at Pancake Breakfast 2019-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl Party plus Salute to Honey

We placed our bets, ate the chow, watched the game and during halftime we saluted Honey Leveen with a vegan cake and song "For she's a jolly good fellow".  Thank you, Jack and Ann Wallace, for arranging for the space and providing the paper goods, Leslie Cauffman for publicizing the event, and to all who brought food, especially Beverly Denver who got the cake that Honey would like.  See you later, Honey, because saying goodbye is just too hard!
Serious fans actually watched the game.
Yes, Honey, we will miss you.
Carol & Bob win the pot for a quarter each.
Super Bowl Party plus Salute to Honey Carol Lester 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Peace Conference & Gala RSVPs Due Now

District Governor Carmen Cuneo's goal of hosting a Peace Conference will become a reality next Saturday, February 9th.   An impressive list of speakers is slated to talk, including Jennifer Jones whom many believe may one day be the first Rotary Int'l president.  From a former mafia boss to a FBI Special Agent investigating human trafficking, to a peace negotiator, the roster of speakers is sure to inspire all.
If you have not registered yet, please do so ASAP.  See info on photo below.
Later that day, the Peace Gala (aka The All Club Dinner) will be held in the same locale: the Crowne Plaza Hotel that has hosted it for many years.   The club has a table reserved now.  To purchase one of these seats contact President Clyde.   Additional seats may also be available if needed.
Peace Conference & Gala RSVPs Due Now 2019-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Serena's Big Event

A baby changes everything.  To help her get ready, we threw a baby shower for Serena (and Corey) who are expecting Olivia Harper in February. Games, refreshments and gifts made for a fun afternoon on Saturday, January 26.  We look forward to Olivia's arrival and for all the joy Serena and Corey have coming their way as new parents.
Celebrating Serena's Big Event  2019-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

Mexican Train Dominoes v. 3.0

Mexican food and Mexican train dominoes make for a fun evening of club fellowship at the January monthly social.  Thanks, Wendy and social committee, for putting together this fun event.  It's got a group of regulars who really enjoy this!
Mexican Train Dominoes v. 3.0 2019-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Super Bowl Party Location Announced 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Time for Fun and Games Matters Too

Join us tonight (January 24) at 100% Taquita for our third annual Mexican Train Dominoes social.  We meet at 6:00 for set up and eating with play beginning as soon as your table is ready.   This event is a favorite so don't miss it!  Very easy to learn and games are quick.
Time for Fun and Games Matters Too 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Marathon Runners with Flags

Our club helps lots of people in lots of ways.  One way we give moral support is by displaying our flags along the route of the Houston marathon.  Runners were wowed by the sight of hundreds of flags lining University Boulevard.  Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, to put the flags in and out so runners would feel our support.
Supporting the Marathon Runners with Flags 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Love Third Ward Says Thanks

In December, WURC, led by Frank Parrilla, partnered with The Oikos Ministries Communities' on their "Operation Love Third Ward Celebration" to provide toys and clothing for Blackshear Elementary School families. 
On January 10th, Howard Thomas from The Oikos Ministries presented Frank (and the club) a Certificate of Appreciation for our help and donations.  Thanks to all who participated in the event, donated toys, clothes or funds.  You brightened the holidays for many children and families.
Operation Love Third Ward Says Thanks 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Even MORE Paul Harris Fellows Pinned

Rick Spencer has been parsing out the Paul Harris Fellow pins that have accumulated over the last few months and on Thursday, January 10, he awarded two more.   Congratulations and THANK YOU to the latest PHF, Paul Cornett and Jim Dougherty.  It's stunning the level of giving in our club, evidenced here, and our place as #1 in giving in the District!
Even MORE Paul Harris Fellows Pinned 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You Paul Harris Fellows

Rick Spencer had the happy task of awarding more Paul Harris Fellow pins at the January 3rd meeting.  PHF either donate or are allocated points from donations to The Rotary Foundation at the $1000 level in a given year.
The latest batch of recipients are (as pictured) Jack Wallace, Steven Vaughan, John Thornton, Bob Owen, Jim Waters, Jack Hardin, Carol Gradziel and Bentley Sanford.   Thank you all for your consistent generosity to TRF.
Thank You Paul Harris Fellows 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows Pinned

In November Essi Kwabi and Dr. Jan Durrani received Paul Harris Fellows pins.   In December Rick Spencer pinned Janice Stooksberry, Margarita Hernandez, Suzanne Diecks, Terry LeFebvre and Charlie Deaton.   Congratulations and THANK YOU all for your generous giving to the Rotary Foundation.   No wonder we are #1 in Foundation giving!   
Paul Harris Fellows Pinned 2018-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Cecile Leads Home Repair Project

Cecile Schutter had a friend who needed some help around her property and recruited other club members to help her help her friend.   Thanks to all who came out to do the hard and dirty work for Miss Carolyn.
L-R: Kevin (friend of Mike's), Mike Melton from Sharpstown Rotary, Clyde Hays, Bob Owen, Paul Ralph, AJ Karian, Cecile Schutter, Miss Carolyn (the homeowner).
Not pictured:  George Adams and Brennan Reilly.
Cecile Leads Home Repair Project 2018-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Congrats to Craig & Terry

Our club is full of superstars doing big and important work for the world, our community and Rotary.   Two recent examples are Craig Friou becoming the club's latest Major Donor, meaning total contributions to Rotary to date exceed $10,000, and Terry Ziegler, who recently was selected as an Endowment/Major Gift Advisor for Rotary Region 26 (basically Texas) for 2019-2020.  This will be the first time a non-Past District Governor has been selected for this role.
These guys exemplify the Rotary spirit of generosity and service.
Craig Friou, Major Donor
PDG Suzi Howe announcing Terry Z's appointment to the club.  Excellent choice.
Congrats to Craig & Terry 2018-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Club Wins Awards for Generosity

On  December 20 PDG Bill Palko came to personally present awards to Past President George Adams for club generosity in 2017-18.  George received 5 awards/citations.  They are:
#1 Total giving to Rotary Foundation Annual Fund
#1 Per capita giving to RIF AF
#3 Total giving to Polio Plus
Presidential Citation from 2017-18 RI Prez Ian Riseley (meaning we met many requirements in many areas)
Recognition/Thank You from RI for End Polio Now giving
More awards than hands available to hold!  Congrats to George and club!
Club Wins Awards for Generosity 2018-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Holidays Gift Card Drive

Posted on Dec 15, 2018
Emergency Aid Coalition and West U
Holidays Food Gift Cards Drive
About 110 families in north Houston received food gift cards on December 15 for the holidays. These families were devastated by Harvey and some of them still making repairs to their mobile homes. Happy to be there with Bentley Sanford, and Marcela Parra of EAC. Thanks to Carmen Flores and Irene Sadkowski who were calling recipients and confirming attendance.
Holidays Gift Card Drive MH 2018-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party A Hit!

The halls and people were decked out on Tuesday night for the annual club holiday party.   Thanks to Suzanne Diecks and Leslie Cauffman for organizing this wonderful party.  Thanks to the Brevards for manning the check-in table.  The musician and the entertainment put everyone in the mood for the holidays.   See the photo album for more photos.
The Twelve Days  of Christmas performed by the WURC choir!
Serena, Irene, Essi, and Martina and Peter Dorn share glad tidings.
Eight maids a milking, kinda.
Holiday Party A Hit! 2018-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

UH Service Scholarship Winner Named

Every year our club selects a college student who performs an almost unbelievable amount of service even as they pursue their degree.  This year's winner from the University of Houston is Lida Hedayatpour.   She received a check for $3000 from our foundation to continue her studies.  She models our own Rotary motto, "Service above self".   Congratulations, Lida!
Thank you, Honey Leveen, for leading this effort after Clarence Miller resigned after years leading this project.   And thank you to Dr. Jan Durrani, who will take over from Honey who is moving to sunny Florida next year.
L-R;  Dr. Jan Durrani, Hannah Barker (UH honors college development officer), Amy Leggio, Exec Dir Development, Lida Hedayatpour (scholarship recipient), and Honey Leveen.
UH Service Scholarship Winner Named 2018-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking Help For Victims

One of the ways to help victims of human trafficking is providing emergency items immediately after rescuing.   Rotarians from across the district came out to A Second Cup to create "Go Bags" containing essential items for police to give to victims.  Partners included Freedom Alliance Church, United Against Human Trafficking, and E.S.S.I. (Empower, Stand, Serve, Inspire). Consider joining in future projects addressing this gigantic problem located right in our home town.
Hearing the horrible facts about Houston's part in this.
Loading bags with items and encouragement.
Consider getting involved in our club's efforts by contacting Essi Kwabi.
Human Trafficking Help For Victims Carol Lester 2018-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Feeding Over 200 Families for Thanksgiving

We continue to collaborate with The Fulfillment Project of The Word Church in NW Houston.   For the second year in a row, we helped provide over 200 turkeys and bags of food for families in the area.   Thanks to all who came out to help.
And thanks to Nate Simon, Christine and Celestine Kwabi for their help, too!
Future Rotarians for sure!
Feeding Over 200 Families for Thanksgiving 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Club Earns Top Awards

The club was recently recognized at the District Seminar for being a leader in generosity.   Our club received the following awards for our 2017-2018 giving:
#1 in Total Giving to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation
#1 in Per Capita Giving to the Annual Fund
#3 in Total Giving to Polio Plus
Thanks to everyone for making this possible.   
L-R: President Clyde Hays, PE Stacy Brevard, Vice Pres. Gerard Simon
Club Earns Top Awards 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Flags Go Out This Week!

Veterans Day is November 11 and that means a flag launch.   Please contact your team NOW to arrange your launch for either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as November 11th is on SUNDAY.  Customers who get a flag very late in the launch call and email us creating additional work for a team that is already doing much more than most people realize.  Forget an address?  The flag team covers you.  Last minute order?  The flag team brings them one.  So please launch on Wed, Thur, Friday in support of your club AND the flag team.   Thanks!
And a BIG thank you to all those who have been coming out to recent flag repairs.  The flags are ready to go!   
L-R: Prez Clyde Hays, Liz Wilder, Suzanne Diecks, Serena Sneeringer, Terry LeFebvre, AJ Karian, Bentley Sanford,
kneeling: Cecile Schutter, Flag CEO Essi Kwabi.   Not pictured:  Russ, Carol L
Flags Go Out This Week! 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members Liz & Irene

We are pleased to welcome Liz Wilder and Irene Sadkowski to the club this week!   Thanks, too, to sponsors and mentors who promote Rotary and mentor new members.  Invite your friends and people you meet to one of our meetings.  We can do more when we are more.
L-R: President Clyde Hays, sponsor Wendy Hiester, Liz Wilder, mentor Carol Lester, Irene Sadkowski, membership chair Stacy Brevard.
Welcome New Members Liz & Irene 2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Focus on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a worldwide problem, but also a BIG problem in Houston.  Our member Essi Kwabi has decided to focus on this problem by joining with United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) and host her own event in January in support of them.   On Thursday, October 25, we made a donation to Nathanial Arneson, Community Liaison with UAHT, of $1500 towards those efforts.  For more info on how you can get involved email Essi at essi.kwabi@freiheitsolutions.com
L-R:  President Clyde Hays, Nathaniel Arneson, Margarita Hernandez, Kimberly Phipps-Nichol, Essi Kwabi
Focus on Human Trafficking 2018-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

20,736 Meals in 4 Hours

Along with Rotarians from all over D5890, members helped package 20,736 meals for shipping to Colombia for Venezuelan refugees.   Thanks to everyone who came out to our Rise Against Hunger event on Saturday, Oct. 27th.   Thank you, Jack Wallace and Paul Ralph, for coordinating this event.  
For more photos, go to Photo Albums on this site.
20,736 Meals in 4 Hours 2018-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Visiting Have Shears Will Travel

Posted by Cecile Schutter on Oct 26, 2018
After our club meeting, six members visited the Have Shears Will Travel RV at Sobriety Matters.  Pictured are Matt, the RV driver & barber for HSWT, Margarita, Oneida, stylist, AJ (Ara), Lisa and Serena.  George taking the picture and I am seated pretending to get a cut.  We talked with Matt and Oneida on what they do everyday, visiting 25 different venues each month and giving haircuts and shaves to about 500 men, women and children who cannot afford them. This is an amazing charity and the work and drive of Barbara Goodson (founder) and Matt and Oneida comes deep from the heart in Enhancing the Dignity of Every Client, because a salon is not an option for everyone.
Please learn more at www.haveshearswilltravel.org and while you are there, please consider a contribution to keep this wonderful charity going.
Visiting Have Shears Will Travel Cecile Schutter 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

Backpacks Project Help Hundreds More

Our annual Backpacks Project changed a little this year with Chad Spencer obtaining fully loaded backpacks, eliminating our need to fill them ourselves.  Plus he was able to grow it by an additional 360 packs! Disbursing so many took lots of volunteers. Thanks to all who came out to the various locations to help us sort and deliver and disburse the hundreds of backpacks at locations around town.   They include:   Jane Richardson, Potu Rao, Brennan Reilly, Kimberly Phipps-Nichol, Janice Stooksberry, Jack Hardin, Joe Rivers, Margarita Hernandez, Frank Parrilla and Chad Spencer.
Below see our collaboration with Houston Area Urban League's back-to-school event.
Margarita and Frank assist Spanish speaking clients at Emergency Aid Coalition event, while Cecile, Serena and AJ help distribute.
Thanks to ALL who came out to help students arrive to school prepared.
Backpacks Project Help Hundreds More 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Visitors From Around the World

We are fortunate to be located near downtown and the medical center.  As such, we get a good amount of international visitors.   Recently we met Flossie from Ghana and Victor from Bangalore.
Whenever you travel, consider visiting the local Rotary club and exchange banners with them.  We have many available.  Thanks to all who warmly welcomed our visitors!
Visitors From Around the World 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Helping Those Who Help Others

Sometimes our help is with our hands, sometimes with our funds.   We have recently given financial support to several organizations who do the actual work of helping their constituencies.   Our help has included:
$2144 to Challlenger for scholarships for players.  Thank you, Judy Faulkner, for leading the event that earned the funds.
$6000 to Have Shear Will Travel (our District grant) to help her grow her grooming business for the homeless.  Thank you, Cecile, for coordinating the grant process with Barbara Goodson.
$4000 to Caring Friends, Inc. for inner city schools who are always in need of funding.  Thank you, John Collier, for being our conduit to help.
And thanks to ALL members whose generous contributions make these donations possible.
Helping Those Who Help Others 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Hello Enea & Eva,  Ciao Trinity

Lots happens in the fall as school approaches.  Among those things are the arrivals of our inbound exchange students and the send-off of our outbounds.   This year we welcome Enea from Italy, who is currently hosted by the Lesters, and Eva from Taiwan, currently hosted by the Reillys.   Thanks to all who came out to IAH to welcome them, esp. Eva's group, as she arrived around midnight!  Eva is attending St. Agnes Academy and Enea is attending St. Thomas Episcopal School.  Please help make them feel welcome.
Eva, third from left.

Enea, right behind his name on poster
And going out, we have Trinity Reilly, who is heading off to Northern Italy on exchange.  We wish her the best and look forward to reports from her and Brennan about her experience.  RYE is a great leap of faith for these youth.   Kudos to them!
Trinity says her "Ciao" and gets banners for exchanging in Italy.
Hello Enea & Eva, Ciao Trinity 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Meet Our Newest Members

In the last several weeks we have added three new members and one application is in the queue now.  Our newest Red Badge members are Jack Hardin (spouse of Janice Stooksberry), a transfer from the Galleria club, and Christine MacMillan and Dr. Ahmad Jan Durrani.  We look forward to getting to know them better and serving alongside them.   Liz Wilder is back from summer travel and will be inducted soon.  Thanks to all who recruit new members, serve as sponsors and serve as mentors.
Meet Our Newest Members 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Pop Up Pizza Social at Will's

A last minute social had an excellent turnout at new member, Will Gruy's pizza place in the heart of West U.  Pizza Motus was bustling at the soft opening.  It's sure to be a popular spot among the locals!
Pop Up Pizza Social at Will's 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Newest Club Couple

Welcolme to Jack Hardin, husband of Janice Stooksberry, who became the newest member of the club!  Jack transferred over from the Galleria club.  Welcome, Jack!
Newest Club Couple 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

New Prez Clyde Hays Take the Helm

July 1 marks the beginning of the Rotary year.  A new team, led by President Clyde Hays, will guide the club in new and established ways.   At his first meeting, Clyde presented a donation to The Fulfillment Project, a local charity helping famlies on the north side, who we met doing post-Harvey relief work.  We have already collaborated with them with supplies, turkeys and bicycles.  We look forward to collaborating more in the future.
(L-R:  Gerard Simon, Pastor Jamail Johnson, Prez Clyde, Joe Rivers, Natasha Johnson)
Also in his first meeting, Clyde gave George a new "crown"... the Past President West U Rotary ball cap. 
Thanks to Clyde and all who agreed to serve on the board this year.
New Prez Clyde Hays Take the Helm 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Our First Rainy July 4th Event

Despite torrential rain, the parade and the fundraiser went on.  Judy Faulkner's team of dedicated volunteers ran the checkout while Jamie's served the food. The city hired face painters, balloon artists and caricature artists so the few stranded customers had something to do.  The rain was a first in our history; we hope the last!
All proceeds will go to Challenger baseball for scholarships.
Our First Rainy July 4th Event 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian & Rookie of the Year Announced

It's never easy to pick the winners of these awards; so many are deserving.  This year George selected Margarita Hernandez as the Rookie Rotarian of the Year, and John Collier as the Rotarian of the Year.
Congratulations to them both, and thank you for your above-and-beyond service this past year.
Rotarian & Rookie of the Year Announced 2018-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

New Board and Prez Installed

Congratulations to the incoming Board of Directors installed at a lovely event put on by the Social Committee at Maggiano's.
George Adams was a phenomenal leader; Clyde will no doubt be one as well.   Thanks to all who served last year and to those who agreed to serve this year.
The incoming board is the following:
President:  Clyde Hays
VP/Pres. Elect:   Stacy Brevard
Pres Elect Nominee:   Gerard Simon
Treasurer:   Jim Waters/John Barnes
Secretary:   Wendy Heister
Directors:   Terry LeFebvre / Joe Rivers / Margarita Hernandez / Jane Richardson / A J Karian / Bob Owen / Lisa Bunse / Suzanne Diecks / Sachin Chowdhry
Past Pres:   George Adams
New Board and Prez Installed Carol Lester 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Flag Launch, Parade, & Concessions

The new Rotary year kicks off with a trifecta of service!   Everyone puts out flags, some march in the Kazoo Band (world renown!), and some work the concessions at the pool fundraiser that benefits Challenger Baseball.   We need everyone who can to help out!  Wear your red, white and blue or Rotary t-shirt and come out for a fun morning of service and fellowship.
Flag Launch, Parade, & Concessions 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

President George Says "Thanks"

At the last meeting he would chair of a club meeting (bc he went to RI convention), George recognized the many who helped him significantly in his year.   Many members prefer to assist in the background, and 100% of the members are vital to the club.
The Harvey Relief honorees.
The team that makes the club and meetings run smoothly (Administration).
See the photo album for more pictures.
President George Says "Thanks" 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Making 25,000 Meals in a Morning

On Saturday, May 19, our club joined with several other clubs to create 25,000 meals for shipping to needy areas of Honduras.   Rise Against Hunger's efficient system means this all happens in under 3 hours time!
Thanks to all who came out to help, especially the Wallace's, Jack, Anne and Becky, who coordinated the event for our club.
Making 25,000 Meals in a Morning 2018-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Helping Our Rotary Brother

Charity begins at home for our club.  This time it's a wheelchair ramp for Ray Schutter.  Ray and Cecile have been bulwarks of our club from the beginning and we are glad to be of help to them.  Thanks to all the carpenters who came out to help.
Helping Our Rotary Brother 2018-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Care Package Give Seniors a Chance to Serve

Sheltering Arms seniors assisted our club in creating approximately 100 toiletry bags to be disbursed to veterans living on the streets.   In addition to giving us a place to do the project, SA seniors helped by loading the items into the sturdy insulated bags and staff will take to the homeless veterans around town.  Thanks to all who came out to help us help two often-overlooked groups.
Special thanks to Chad and Rebecca Spencer for coordinating all the pieces.
Care Package Give Seniors a Chance to Serve 2018-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians as Builders

To assist beloved long-time member Ray Schutter in getting out and about, several members have been working away at building a wheelchair ramp.  Joe Rivers designed it, George bought the materials, and Joe, George, Gerard Simon, A J Karian, Carol Lester, and Cecile have labored away on it.  This labor of love should be completed by our next meeting!
Rotarians as Builders 2018-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

New President & First Lady Honored at Conference

Every year at District Conference Saturday night honors various Rotarians.  Foremost it honors the incoming presidents and their spouses or significant other.   Our own Clyde and Katy Hays marched down the aisle to hoots and hollers from our members around the room.  We look forward to another great year under Clyde's leadership and appreciate Katy sharing him with us.  Pictured with incoming District Governor Carmen Cuneo.
New President & First Lady Honored at Conference carol.lester.3883 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Harvey Victims Get Furniture

Our club, with the assistance of The Starfish Project of Adore Ministries, was connected with families who still need help after Harvey.  Five families who needed new furnishings were granted $1500 each to select new and gently used furniture from The Furniture Bank.   Thanks to John Collier who connected us to the organizations who work at street level with those in need.
George shown with members of two families who got furniture using our funds.
Harvey Victims Get Furniture carol.lester.3883 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Prepping Flags for Memorial Day

Thanks to all who came out on Saturday, April 28, to create new and repair old flags for the upcoming Memorial Day launch.  Even Terry L came out despite having had recent surgery on his arm.  That's dedication!  Flags are our primary source of funds for all our service work.  To succeed, it requires ALL rotarians to participate in some way.
Prepping Flags for Memorial Day carol.lester.3883 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament a Big Success

For the 22nd year in a row, Geoff Lanceley and Bob Geary orchestrated a successful golf event benefitting our selected charity.  This year we repeated PEP (Prison Entrepreneurship Program) as the beneficiary but the funds are dedicated to a new initiative of PEP -- PEP in a woman's prison in Lockhart, TX.   Thank you, Geoff, Bob, Dee, and Kandy Glover and the numerous volunteers who helped that day, for a lovely time of fellowship on the best day of the year.
The colorful Vaughan/Spencer team, which came in 1st place.  Chad was also the winner of the putting contest.
The foursome of Bert Smith's (grey t-shirt), outgoing CEO of PEP.
Other winners were Kerry Bloom for longest drive, closest to the pin was Muddy McDaniel, and straightest drive was Bob McEniry.   
A number of PEP graduates volunteered and also golfed.  We hope you had a chance to visit with them.
 Thanks everyone for a wonderful day!
Golf Tournament a Big Success Carol Lester 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Bikes Collaboration Completed

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!
Bikes Collaboration Completed 2018-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Vocational Award Winners Recognized

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).  
Vocational Award Winners Recognized 2018-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Reunion Meeting Brings Back Old Friends

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.
Reunion Meeting Brings Back Old Friends 2018-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Play Ball!   Serve SnowCones!

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.
Play Ball! Serve SnowCones! 2018-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Hospitality As Service with PEP

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.
Hospitality As Service with PEP 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Our Trees Are Blooming!

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.
Our Trees Are Blooming! 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Sorting Clothes for Emergency Aid Coalition

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.
Sorting Clothes for Emergency Aid Coalition 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Challenger Baseball Begins

And with that, our opportunities to work in the concession stand.  Slots fill up fast so don't delay in letting Dick Cancelmo know your preferred dates.  We sell hot dogs, drinks, candy, popcorn and SNOW CONES!  Dates are (Sundays) March 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 from 1:30 to 3:15.  To reserve your spot, email Dick at dcancelmo@bridgeway.com.
Challenger BB is Little League's adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.  WURC has been a strong supporter from the beginning.
Challenger Baseball Begins 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members!

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!
Welcome New Members! 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Nominations Sought for Vocational Awards

Our annual Vocational Awards honor persons who help others through their vocation.  Three awards recognize a club member, a community member, and an educator. The educator only receives a $1000 award.   To nominate someone, compose a compelling report (need not be long) explaining why this person deserves the award.  Send the report to Fritz Beich or Mary Nelson or Bob Fry.  Please get your nominations in by March 15th.  We all know someone who deserves this award.  Please take the time to nominate them.
Nominations Sought for Vocational Awards 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Benefits PEP...Again!

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.
Golf Tournament Benefits PEP...Again! 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Bilingual Rotarians Help EAC Families

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.
Bilingual Rotarians Help EAC Families 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Sorting Day at The Women's Home

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.
Sorting Day at The Women's Home 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Helping Flood Victims Through Avenue CDC

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.
Helping Flood Victims Through Avenue CDC 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl Party A Winner

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.
Super Bowl Party A Winner 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Our Club Shines During RI President's Visit

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.
Our Club Shines During RI President's Visit 2018-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Touring Our Project Joy & Hope Home with President Riseley

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.
Touring Our Project Joy & Hope Home with President Riseley Carol Lester 2018-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Mexican Train Dominoes last  Tuesday was a success

Posted on Jan 27, 2018
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. 
Mexican Train Dominoes last Tuesday was a success 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

New Meeting Location Pico's on Richmond

Our new club "home" is now Pico's Restaurant,  just a short drive north up Kirby from our old meeting location, at 3601 Kirby, on the SE corner of Kirby and Richmond Avenue.  Thank you to everyone who served on the Facilities Committee who worked on the finding us options and thanks to all members for your understanding as we transition to our new place. 
New Meeting Location Pico's on Richmond Carol Lester 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

West U Recognized for 2016-17 Foundation Giving club!

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!
West U Recognized for 2016-17 Foundation Giving club! 2018-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

The District Foundation Winter Seminar is this Saturday - January 6, 2018

Posted by Wally Kronzer on Dec 31, 2017
When: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm. Registration begins at 7:30.
Where: South Main Baptist Church Youth Center, 4200 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 (Main Street and Richmond/Wheeler just off I 69/US 59).
The club will cover the registration cost. Just register showing “Pay by check.” The link to register is https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/district-5890-foundation-winter-seminar
The District Foundation Winter Seminar is this Saturday - January 6, 2018 Wally Kronzer 2017-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Serena Sneeringer and Pam Dibbern assume new roles!

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.
Serena Sneeringer and Pam Dibbern assume new roles!  2017-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

We recently moved!!!

Posted on Dec 17, 2017
The club has moved 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 sometime in January, 2018.  
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The results of the recent Board Elections

Posted on Dec 17, 2017
Recently the club elected the following 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
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Club Board Meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at different location!!!!

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
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.
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Funds Help Local Farmers Recover

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.
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Thanksgiving Turkeys Feed Hundreds

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.
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Muck Out Committee Doing the Hard Work

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.
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FLAG Order Announcement

Subscriptions for flags received after October 31st will begin at the next launch period and not for Veteran's Day.   The next launch will be in February for Presidents Day.

Orders that come in after the installation has started cannot be honored during that launch.  Rotarians are volunteers and as such we do not strain them by having them have to go out into their zones over and over as new orders come in.    We hope you understand and we appreciate your support of our work through your subscription.
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Don't Miss the Holiday Party this Thursday night, December 7

Posted by Barbara Veres on Nov 02, 2017
Join your rotary friends to celebrate the holidays with an evening of fun, good food, and music.
Thursday, December 7, 2017  (NO morning meeting that day)
7:00 pm
Maggiano's Little Italy, upstairs
2019 Post Oak Blvd, between Westheimer & San Felipe
Wine and beer cash bar
RSVP to Leslie Cauffman at Lcauffman@dbunited.com (NO LATER THAN TOMORROW - Tuesday)
Don't Miss the Holiday Party this Thursday night, December 7 Barbara Veres 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

New Host Families Needed ASAP!

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?
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Buffalo Soldier National Museum Tour, October 23, 2017 Barbara Veres 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Disaster Aid Work Committee Forming

Kimberly Phipps-Nichol is leading the committee of volunteers interested in helping flood victims rehab their homes.   A health and safety training is required for anyone who wishes to work inside flooded homes. Mold and toxic pathogens are a danger that requires special care. Not able to do the physically demanding work?  You can bring food or drink, watch kids or pets, purchase needed supplies, solicit for gift cards.
Join the over 17 club Rotarians already on the committee to make a dent in the work needed around Houston.  Contact Kimberly at bluewaterstudio.us@mac.com   
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Donations to Easter Seals Delivered

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.   
Donations to Easter Seals Delivered Carol Lester 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

WURCF Special Meeting this Thursday

Posted on Sep 18, 2017
During this Thursday's club meeting we will have special meeting of the West U Rotary Club Foundation. You will learn about our foundation's role in the Harvey relief efforts. See you there.
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Rotarians Respond to Ike Deanna C. Ullrich 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Hour, Saturday, Sept 23, 2017, 5:00 pm

Posted by Barbara Veres
Kick back and relax at our September social, this time a happy hour.
Come on Saturday, September 23, 2017 starting at 5:00 pm to Kirby Ice House at 3333 Eastside Street between Richmond and West Alabama streets. 
KIH features Texas brews, wine and cocktails, and a large dog-friendly outdoor patio for games and food trucks.  Questions? Contact Lisa Bunse at 713-858-3184.  
Happy Hour, Saturday, Sept 23, 2017, 5:00 pm Barbara Veres 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Relief Efforts Updates

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.   
Relief Efforts Updates Carol Lester 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Relief Efforts Under Way

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.
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New Collaborations in Disaster Relief

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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No meeting on August 31

Tropical Storm Harvey caused us to cancel the August 31 meeting. Stay dry and we will see you next week!
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RYEs Have Arrived!

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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District Grant Goes to 'Have Shears Will Travel'

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!
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Backpack Project Serves 300 Kids

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.  
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Youth Exchange Kids Arrive This Week

Julia from Brazil and Jose from France arrive in Houston this week.   Please join us in welcoming them in our usual bombastic way.   See your emails for details of times, dates and carpooling info.
This little act of kindness lasts a lifetime for these kids!  Be a hero and join us for the fun on Tuesday and Saturday.
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Golf Proceeds Benefit Inmate Training Program

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!
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Miniature Golf, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Barbara Veres 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

Fourth of July is Our Time to Shine!

Flags, parade, float, songs, burgers, dogs, and donations!   We are everywhere in West U every July 4th!
Warming up!
Our beautiful float!
The picnic fundraiser at Colonial Pool, lead by Chuck Guffey and Judy Faulkner.
Good job, everyone!    Another successful parade & fundraiser!
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Movie Night, Sunday, July 23, 2017 2017-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

And The Winners Are....

Each June the club recognizes the new and veteran members of the club who have shown exemplary dedication and generosity in service to the club and Rotary's mission.
For the 2016-2017 year, the Rotarian of the Year is Bob Owen,
and the Rookie Rotarian of the Year is Suzanne Diecks.  
Congratulations and thank you, Bob & Suzanne!
And for his years of Rotary service, Phil Mabry was awarded an Honorary Membership, and a Books for the World Award in appreciation for his service to the project.
Congratulations, Phil.  You deserve the recognition!
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Big Bold Polio Contribution

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!   
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You Are Invited to Baker Ripley Tour

At the June 29 meeting Marc Levinson invited us to tour the Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center facility at 6500 Rookin in SW Houston.  Go on either Tuesday, July 18 at 9:30 or Wednesday, July 19 at 9:30 to see how they serve the local communities and how we can get involved.  
To RSVP, contact Marc at mlevinson@BakerRipley.org, or call 713-669-5222.  This facilities supports families from the Gulfton/Sharpstown areas where the need is great.  Say "YES" to service in 2017!
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Upcoming Events

Mark these on your calendars so you don't miss!
Float Decorating:  Monday, July 3 @ 6:30 pm
Flag Launch:  Week of July 4th
Parade and Picnic:  Tuesday, July 4th, 7:30 Colonial Pool, 8:30 WULL Field
Club Awards Meeting:  Thurs. July 6, 7:15
Flag Repairs:  Sat. July 8, 8 am
Board Meeting:  Tues. July 11, 7 am Merrill House
Book Sorting:  Sat. July 15, 9-11 am
Baker Ripley Tours:  Tues & Wed July 18 & 19, 9:30 a.m. 6500 Rookin
Flag Repair:  Sat. July 22, 8 am
District Membership Seminar:  Sat. July 22, 8:30 am HCC West Loop
Monthly Social:  Sunday, July 23, Dinner & Movie, 6:00 pm, Sundance Theater
Backpack project:   August, TBA
RYE students arrive:   August TBA
Board Meeting:  Tues. Aug 8, 7 am The Merrill House
Book Sorting:  Sat. Aug. 19, 9-11 am
Monthly Social:  Wednesday, August 23 TBA
Flag Repair:  Sat. Aug. 26, 8 am
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Goodbye Carol...Hello George!

On July 1st, 2017, the club will officially have a new President and Board.  Crazy Carol is out, and Yes Man George is in.  DG Bill Palko conducted the installations at the Briar Club on June 22.
The new board of directors is as follows:

President: George Adams
President-Elect:  Clyde Hays
Vice President:  Stacy Brevard
Treasurer:  Craig Friou
Asst. Treas.:  Jim Waters
Club Secretary: Dan O'dell
Board Secretary:  Paul Cornett
Past President:  Carol Lester
Irene Duque 
Carmen Flores 
Chad Spencer 
Steven Vaughan 
Jane Richardson 
Lisa Bunse 
Suzanne Diecks 
Terry LeFevre 
Bob Owen
Thank you to all who agreed to serve.
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West U Rotarians Attend RI Convention

We are a BIG DEAL, and nothing helps you understand that more than the Rotary International Convention, this year held in Atlanta.  From our club George, Carol, Wally, Dee, Terry, Jack, Kimberly and Don attended.
In 2022, Houston will host and if you haven't gone by then, you'll get your chance without the expense of travel.  We are like the UN, only better!  George came back enthused with ideas and energy, ready to lead us to new heights as a club.
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July 4th Parade & Picnic Volunteers Needed

Chuck Guffey and Judy Faulkner can use all the help they can get to make the July 4th festivities a success.  Help is needed on Monday, July 3rd at 6:30 p.m. to decorate the float at Gene McFadden's garage, 2640 Pemberton (at Annapolis).

On the 4th, we need band members to ride in the float. Meet at the Little League concession at 8:30 am. At Colonial Pool, we need helpers to take orders and payments, serve plates, and also sell our flag program and invite people to join Rotary.  Concession set-up volunteers should meet at Colonial Pool at 7:30 am.
If you can help in any way, let Chuck and Judy know, or just show up. Don your Rotary shirt,  hat and sunscreen and come help out at this fun event. 
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Our Duplex is Under Construction

Recall that our club is a partner with other clubs in build housing for families whose children are undergoing treatment at the med center for cancer or transplant.  Terry Ziegler, Wendy Heister and I gave our check to Project Joy & Hope and visited the site where our unit is under construction.  We funded 1/6th of the cost of the home. I hope you can attend the opening of the home, to be announced later.
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Flag Launch Coming Up!

Get ready!   Here comes the Memorial Day flag launch. The flag team has been very busy; the inventory is larger and newer.  
Please contact your team and arrange your launch time.   We aim for a week of visibility, so mid-week next week to mid-week the following week is best.   
MUST SEE TV!   To see the proper way to install and remove a flag, click the link below for a video tutorial, written by Cecile, directed by Michael Huey, and starring Cecile and Carol L.  
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20th Tournament is Best Yet for Bob, Geoff

This year marked the 20th time that Bob Geary and Geoff Lanceley lead the club's annual golf tournament.  According to early figures, this year's event, benefitting Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), was the most successful yet!  Thanks go out to all who helped make this happen.  They are Bob Geary, Geoff Lanceley, Kandy Glover (Bob's assistant), Dee Ullrich, Don Raskin, PEP's Tony Mayer, and Dick Cancelmo, who advocated for PEP and through his company, Bridgeway Capital, was Grand Sponsor.  
Thanks to ALL club members who sponsored a hole, put together a foursome, came as a player, drove the refreshment carts, and more, who are too numerous to mention here. We couldn't have done it without you.
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Blood Drive on May 25

Bob Geary has schedule another Blood Drive for our club for Thursday, May 25th.   Please sign up if you have not already at the meeting this week.   The Blood Center will be set up inside the foyer area of The Merrill House so you will be able to hear the meeting!   
Thank you for donating the most precious gift of life.
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Vocational Awards Winners for 2017

Congratulations to the three winners of this year's awards!   For educator, Carlos Quintero, nominated by Paul Cornett and Steven Vaughan,
for non-Rotarian, Barbara Goodson of Have Shears Will Travel, nominated by Cecile Schutter,
and for Rotarian, Clarence Miller for his years leading the scholarship programs for service and Ambassadorial Scholars.  
Thank you to the Vocational Award Nominating Committee of Fritz Beich, Bob Fry, Mary Nelson and Sharon Williams.  We appreciate your leadership of this program.
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Challenger Season Ends

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the West U Little League concessions during the Challenger baseball season.  Thank you too, Dick Cancelmo, for coordinating this club favorite service opportunity.
See you in the dugout next year!
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New Foundation Trustees Named

Every year two trustees on the foundation board rotate off.  Thank you Greg Faldyn and Janice Stooksberry for your service.  Coming on are Steven Vaughan and Mary Nelson.   In addition, Phil Mabry has had to leave the club due to health issues and had two remaining years on the board.   David Redford will finish out Phil's term.   Thank you all for your willingness to serve.
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Golf Tournament a Huge Success

Bob and Geoff have done it again!   They created yet another successful golf tournament...their 20th...this time benefitting Prison Entrepreneurship Program.  Totals are not finalized yet but it may be the MOST successful event in terms of funds raised ever!  Thank you, Bob, Geoff, Dee, Kandy, and Don, and Kandy Glover, for all your hard work yet again.  
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Cabaret Evening, Monday, May 22, 2017 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Incoming President George Adams Introduced to District

The District Conference highlight is the introduction of the next group of District leaders.  Incoming President and First Lady George and Judy Adams were introduced to wild applause from members present. We look forward to big things next year with George at the helm.
Incoming President George Adams Introduced to District 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Conference, Golf, Social, Oh My!

There's alot going on for us over the next several days. 
Starting Thursday, several members will head up to Lake Conroe to enjoy "getting crazy" about Rotary!
DG Eric Liu is planning some monkey business so its sure to be crazy there.....just the way we like it!   Watch our FB page for pictures of all the happenings.   Our incoming President, George Adams, will be introduced and walk down the aisle in the spotlight with wife, Judy.   You can be sure our table will be hootin' and hollerin' for George.  
The 21st Annual Golf Tournament will be on Monday at RiverBend Country Club. Geoff and Bob and Dee and others have done a lot of work getting ready to make this a successful event so as to make a nice donation to Prison Entreprenuership Program. You can still donate and sign up to play but time is very short. And don't forget we can all "get in to jail" with Dick Cancelmo in June and see firsthand the wonderful work PEP is doing with inmates facing release.  
Finally, April 22 is the Brooklyn Athletic Club social for the month.   BAC offers excellent food and drink but what's more is they have fun yard activities that provide the perfect fellowship setting.  So get out into the sun on Saturday and play around with friends.  Time is 7-9 pm, 601 Richmond Ave.  Possible games include croquet, bocce ball, Jenga and putt putt.
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Games on the Patio at April Social

The Brooklyn Athletic Club boasts a spacious outdoor area for eating, drinking and playing games.   Bocce ball, croquet, putt putt golf and lifesize Jenga are some of the games customers can play with friends, plus the food is delicious!   Go to 601 Richmond Avenue (just off Spur 527)  on Saturday, April 22nd for dinner and socializing.  Chill out with friends on a warm spring night.
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New Foundation Board Trustees Announced

Your Foundation board consists of six trustees and the President-elect.  Each year two persons rotate off.  Filling the vacancies for the next three years are __________________________
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Delightful Social at 8th Wonder Brewery

The weather could not have been better on Wednesday night for our March social.  We had a private room but opted to be outside. With dozens of choices in brews, everyone found something they liked. Thank you, Kimberly Phipps-Nichol, for coordinating this fun event.  Thanks, too, Yvonne Ray, who funded an Uber for 7 so we had no worries about the drives.
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Calling All Poker Players

Jack Wallace invites you to join him and Rotarians from the Galleria River Oaks Club in this joint fun(d)raiser tournament of Texas Hold 'em Poker on Saturday, April 8th.  Event starts with lunch at 12 noon and play begins at 1:00 pm at the Oxford Condos, a 20 story building at 5150 Hidalgo, behind the Galleria. Buy-in is $50.
RSVP to Jack at jackwallacerotary@yahoo.com or text or call 713-705-8661  
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District Conference Fast Approaching- Have You Registered?

District Conference is our annual gathering of all clubs to learn about and celebrate our accomplishments and make new friends and see old ones.   Rotary becomes more rewarding to you when you meet more people outside our club.  You get a better understanding of just how important Rotary is to the world as you hear speakers explain how and who we have helped in the last year.  DG Eric Liu loves to have fun so expect some fun surprises.  Dress is casual except Saturday night which is black tie optional.

First time attendees registration fee ($235) is reimbursed by the club.  Register here:   https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=7773e33b-57b9-4010-8427-73adf0d69837
To register for a room at La Torretta Lake Resort, click here:  https://aws.passkey.com/event/14145764/owner/10957635/home
This year on Friday night Bob Fry and Jack Wallace, both homeowners of swankiendas on Lake Conroe, will open their homes to us for a dinner with the cocktails and appetizers at Jack's and dinner at Bob's.
Reservations are first-come, first-serve, and tickets are $25 per person.   Give your RSVP and check to Greg Faldyn (payable to West U Rotary) at Thursday meetings.  Get your spot before it fills up!
District Conference Fast Approaching- Have You Registered? 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Homeless Veteran Care Kits Project Grows

On Monday, March 13, Rotarians met at Sheltering Arms Senior Services on Aberdeen to create personal care kits for veterans living on the streets.  We were aided by the day center clients at Sheltering Arms, enabling us to serve two constituencies at once.  We hit a new high, creating over 200 loaded bags which will be dispersed by staff from Neighborhood Centers.  Thanks to all how came out to help with this project.  They are:  leader Chad Spencer,  Serena Sneeringer, Chuck Guffey, John Collier, Jane Richardson, Carol Lester, and also to Katie Scott for organizing the assistance of Sheltering Arms clients and staff.
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Book Warehouse Gets Needed Repairs

The ladies room wall was nothing more than a shower curtain.  The men's room had no doorknob. A light fixture hung loosely on a wall. So was the state of the book warehouse in Pasadena.  Thanks to Terry LeFevre and Wendy and Andy Heister for bringing this to our attention. We wasted no time from seeing the need to getting it done. Thank you, Terry, George Adams and Bob Owen for putting in the hours and sweat to finish this important project. 
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Brewery Social on Wednesday, 3/22

Come to 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas Street, on Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8 pm for our March social.  RSVP to Kimberly Phipps-Nichol at bluewaterstudio.us@mac.com.   $25 per person for 3 beers, tour and a private space for us.  Eatsie Boys food truck will be on site if you want munchies.  Parking is tight so if you want to carpool or Uber together, meet up at Skeeters at 5:20.  We will plan to depart at 5:30.
If the weather is nice, their huge outdoor patio will be delightful!  Don't miss this one!
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District Leadership Training Is April 1st 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Challenger Concession Opportunity Begins

Play ball!  And in the Challenger league all kids can!   Come help in the Dugout concession during their Sunday games.  Arrive at 1:30 and work till 3:30 on March 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30 and May 7.  Contact Dick Cancelmo to get on the schedule.  Positions fill up fast so don't delay.  Email dcancelmo@bridgeway.com  
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Want to know more about "Have Shears Will Travel"? 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration on April 1, 2017 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Fourth of July Proceeds Fund Challenger Scholarships

Joni Fichter of the Challenger Baseball League receives our donation of $3000 from the 2016 Fourth of July food event.
The team of Leslie Cauffman, Judy Faulkner and leader Richard Lazear will no doubt exceed that this year.  Be sure to volunteer to help and march in the kazoo band.
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Go Texan Day at Rotary 2017-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

This Week's Projects Needs

This week Chad is collecting monetary donations for the homeless veterans kits to be created on March 13.  Please be generous.

On Saturday there's a book sorting at the book warehouse in Pasadena.  Some regulars will be  missing so your help is needed to direct the youth volunteers. 
The warehouse is located at 116 Main St. in Pasadena (park on Eagle St. or under Hwy 225 and cross the street).  Do not leave valuables in your car.  No a/c or heat in warehouse so dress appropriately.
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New Flag Year Begins

The first national holiday of 2017 was Monday, and the flags are still out beautifying the neighborhood.   Thanks, everyone and especially the flag team. Flag sales fund nearly all the service projects we do.
Be sure to retrieve the flags this week, setting aside faded or broken flags in the repair bin of the warehouse.
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Super Bowl Party Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Super Bowl football pool, Margarita Hernandez and Bob Owen, but mostly Polio Plus who received the winnings from 3 quarters, or approx. $200!
Thanks to everyone who brought food and especially to the hostesses who brought additional seating, helped set-up, serve, replenish and clean up in the end.  A great time was had by all (except Falcons fans).
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Go Texans Day at March 2 Meeting

The Rodeo is coming with the trail riders, Bar B Q cookoffs, and the rodeo and carnival beginning March 2.  Let's celebrate by coming in your western wear on Thursday, March 2.   Hats, belts, skirts, boots, bolos, vests, chaps.... let's see how crazy we can get!   
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Valentine's Day of Service Recap

Starting at 6:30 a.m. Rotarians started showing up to cook pancakes for seniors at the West U Community Center. 
Right after that Rotarians went to The Women's Home to be part of RI President John Germ's tour of our service partner,
and for dinner, Rotarians attended the All Club Dinner.  
Thanks to all who came to one, two or all three events.  And Congrats to the Crazies....Richard Lazear, Joe Groom, and George Adams!
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Mardi Gras Pot Luck, Feb 22, 2017 Barbara Veres 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament on April 24th Benefits PEP

This year the golf tournament will occur on Monday, April 24th. Please mark that on your calendars now. 
This year's beneficiary will be Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP).  Ex-convicts often find themselves unable to find jobs upon their release. PEP trains inmates in job skills and running a business of their own.
PEP is dedicated to delivering the nation’s best outcomes in the prison re-entry field including 100% employment within 90 days of release, almost 300 businesses launched by 1500 graduates, and a recidivism rate of 7%. 
Please sign up to be a sponsor, player or volunteer, or all 3. This event needs the support of everyone in the club to succeed.  The registration form can be downloaded here.
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Group Membership Installation Impresses

What a sight it was to see FIVE new members receiving their blue badges at once, accompanied by their sponsors and mentors!   A very diverse group in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and backgrounds.  Great job, membership committee, mentors and sponsors, and especially, Frank Eggleston, Joe Groom, Margarita Hernandez, Michael Huey and Kimberly Phipps-Nichol!  
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Congratulations New Blue Badgers

What an impressive scene it was as five new members received their Blue Badges on Thursday, January 19.  Congratulations Frank Eggleston, Joe Groom, Margarita Hernandez, Michael Huey, and Kimberly Phipps-Nichol and great job by the Membership Committee and the mentors and sponsors.  
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Marathon Flags Wow Runners

Having run the Houston marathon, I can tell you that entering West U and seeing all the flags makes a runner feel loved and encouraged.  Runners remember it years later. Thank you to everyone who helped launch and retrieve the flags.  They are (alphabetically) George Adams, Kerry Bloom, John Collier, Suzanne Diecks, Judy Faulkner, Chuck & Kathy Guffey, Wendy & Andy Hiester, Willie Jones, A.J. Karian, Richard & Lee Lazear, Terry LeFebvre, Dan O'dell, Jane Richardson, Cecile Schutter, and Jim Waters.  Please let me know if I missed you in this list.  
And Congratulations to our own Steven Vaughan who ran the Half Marathon in 1:46.   We are proud of you!
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Super Bowl Party is ON!

The Party is ON!    Come to Carol L's house at 6504 Auden Street in Southside Place at 5:00 to watch the beeeg game.   Bring a dish to serve 10-12 and the your own libation.   See you there!
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We Mourn Vernon Tyger

We were all shocked to learn that Vernon Tyger died on Friday, January 13, 2017. He loved us and we loved him back.
Please keep his family in your prayers.  We are discussing the best way for the club to remember Vernon and will share that when ready.
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George Adams and Chuck Guffey Are the Craziest

On Saturday, January 14th, our club offered three service opportunities. Only George Adams and Chuck Guffey were at all three! They went to book sorting at 9:00, helped with the marathon flag launch, and went on our visit to Jim Hall at 3:00.
They win the prize this week for being "Crazy About Rotary"!  
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Come Out to Sunday's Game Night

Head over to 100% Taquito, 3245 SW Freeway (between Buffalo Speedway and Edloe), and learn to play Mexican Train Dominoes, while enjoying a refreshing drink, Mexican City Street Food, laughter and fun with your fellow Rotarians and friends.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Counter service, food and drinks.
Please RSVP to Wendy Hiester, whiester1@gmail.com.
Come Out to Sunday's Game Night Barbara Veres 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

Follow Us on Facebook

Do you ever wonder where the photos appear that get taken at every meeting?  the socials? 
These get posted to our Facebook page.   Have you "Liked" us yet, so you can see the stories, the photos, the upcoming programs?
Our page is Rotary Club of West U.   Stay informed and help us spread the word about how great our club is.
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Holiday Happy Hour at The Owl, Dec 22, 2016

Posted by Barbara Veres on Dec 30, 2016
Laughter abounded as more than 25 Rotarians and friends celebrated more holiday cheer at the happy hour at The Owl on December 22, 2016.  Russ Schulze once again paid for the first round (thanks, Russ).  For more photos from that night, visit our Facebook page...Rotary Club of West U.   Thank you to the social committee for arranging this low key, relaxing event. 
Holiday Happy Hour at The Owl, Dec 22, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-12-31 00:00:00Z 0

Board for 2017-18 Approved

The club unanimously approved the slate of candidates for the 2017-18 board at the December 8th meeting.  
The board for next year will be:
President:  George Adams
President-Elect:  Clyde Hays
Vice-President (therefore President in 3 years):  Stacy Brevard
Treasurer:   Craig Friou and Jim Waters
Club Secretary: Dan O'Dell
Board Secretary: Paul Cornett
Directors & remaining years: Lisa Bunse, Suzanne Diecks, A J Karian, Terry LeFebvre, Chad Spencer.
Thank you to all who agreed to serve the club, and to Clyde Hays, Cecile Schutter and Brennan Reilly for serving on the nominating committee.
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Upcoming Events

Posted on Dec 19, 2016
Here's a look ahead at our business and pleasure activities.
Mon. May 22:  Monthly Social:  Cabaret evening
Tues. May 23:  Red Badge Dinner, Baba Yega, 6:30 pm
Thurs. May 25:  Blood Drive at meeting
Thurs June 1:  Go to Jail with PEP, 9:00 a.m.
June 10-14:  International Conference in Atlanta
Tues. June 20: Board Meeting...Note Date Change, 7 am
Thurs. Jun 22:  Installation Dinner, Briar Club
Fri. June 23:  DG Bill Palko Installation, Omni Hotel, 6 pm
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Parties on Thursday, 12/22

Yes, we are having a morning meeting on Thursday, December 22.  There will be no speaker but there will be a giant raffle and some games.  This will also be the last meeting to which you can bring your Star of Hope donations for our holiday project.  Come ready for a festive time.  
Then later that day we will have a Holiday Happy Hour at The Owl Bar, owned by Russell Schulze, son of Russ Schulze.  Located at 2221 West Alabama, between Kirby and Shepherd on the south side of the street, The Owl has a warm and relaxed ambiance and has become our default holiday happy hour bar for good reason.  Come out and toast our friendships from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  It won't be the same without YOU!
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Raffle Items Sought

Everyone loves to win!   And everyone shall on Thursday in our holiday raffle. No purchase necessary.   But we could use more prizes.  Donate stuff you already have that is in good shape with many years of enjoyment still to be had. Gag gifts welcome.  Go through your stuff and bring the unwanted items to the meeting on Thursday. 
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Holiday Party Cheer Barbara Veres 2016-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

Claim Your Seat at All Club Now!

This year's All Club Dinner featuring the new RI President John Germ will be held on Valentine's night, February 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by NRG Stadium.  We have reserved one table of ten so far.  If you wish to claim one or more of the seats, respond to a dedicated email to go out shortly.  Tickets are $100 per person.   We can get more than one table but early RSVPs makes for better location so respond quickly when you receive the email.   Thanks.
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Last Chance to Donate: Star of Hope

We are collecting toiletries, over-the-counter meds, diapers (size 5-6) and pull-ups, and wipes for donating to the Star of Hope mission. Only one remaining meeting to bring donations. Let me know if you want to help with delivery on Friday, 12/23.
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Speaker in December Could Be YOU!

Got an interesting hobby? Striving toward a challenging goal? Passionate about something?
For two meetings in December we open up the floor to members to step to the lectern and tell us about their non-professional lives. See Clyde Hays about which date is best, December 15 or December 29.
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Announcing the Nominations for 2017-2018 Club Board

Clyde Hays and the nominating committee of Cecile Schutter and Brennan Reilly propose a slate of candidates for the club board for next year.   They are as follows:
Vice President:  Stacy Brevard
Treasurer:  Craig Friou, Asst. Treas: Jim Waters
Club Secretary: Dan O'dell
Board Secretary: Paul Cornett
Directors:  A.J. Karian, Terry LeFevre, Chad Spencer, Suzanne Diecks, Lisa Bunse.
At the meeting on December 8th you will be asked to cast your vote on this slate.  If you wish to be considered for any of these positions, you must let Clyde know by December 1st. 

Thank you, Clyde, Cecile and Brennan, for recruiting this wonderful slate of leaders.
Announcing the Nominations for 2017-2018 Club Board 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

Yes, We Are The FUN Club!

And here's the proof!   Thanks to all who had the courage to come in costume last week, trusting that you would not be the only ones!
I am so proud of you. :)
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Dues are Due

Please don't forget to pay your dues for the six month period covering October 2016 through March 2017.  Give your check to Treasurer Craig Friou at the door. Thanks.
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Blood Drive on Thursday, November 17

Our second blood drive for 2016 will be on Thursday, November 17. If you signed up to give, please be sure to keep your appointment.  If you have not but wish to, contact Bob Geary at rjgeary@swbell.net to get on the schedule.  Thanks.
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Sometimes You Gotta Get Away

And so I did.   My hubby and I drove out to Big Bend last Thursday and enjoyed the solitude of this expansive moonscape park.
Imagine being the only car on the road for miles...not meeting another person on a day hike. Big Bend National Park is the perfect spot for decompressing from any stresses you carry. Now back to work!
Sometimes You Gotta Get Away 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

Acts of Good by Members

So what are our members doing in their Acts of Good?   Plenty.
1. Serena taught a meditation workshop
2. Cecile helped Willie get into a new, safe apartment
3. Leslie sewed badges on a granddaughter's Girl Scout sash
4. Terry LeFevre built a step to help Ray get in and out of bed
5. George visited cancer patients at Faith House
6. Phil loaded books on sorting day
7. Marilyn met a stranger in a restaurant eating alone on her birthday, also the day before surgery, then visited her after surgery, taking a treat.
8. Anonymous took a friend dinner following friend's surgery
9. Anonymous delivered bagels to Search Home for Homeless
10-20. Members met at IAH, hosted them, drove them around...the Russian VTT team
I am certain this is a mere fraction of the nice things we are doing.  Don't be shy.  Fill the cards in and let's wow them at RI with our goodness!
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Russian Visitors Love West U Rotarians

Seven Russian doctors and one interpreter came to Houston and our members opened their doors, their hearts and set aside their own obligations to provide a life-changing experience to our Russian VTT visitors.   They are gone now but you can be sure they will always remember the kindness of West U Rotarians.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this experience possible for people most of us have grown up being programmed to think of as "the enemy".   Rotary shatters those myths and gives us all a chance to be a peace ambassador.  Nice job, folks!
Russian Visitors Love West U Rotarians 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

Camp for All Volunteer Day November 19

Hands-on service opportunities are often the most rewarding work we do. 
Camp for All is a barrier free camp located in Burton, Texas for children with various physical and emotional struggles. Through the support of staff and volunteers, they have an opportunity to focus on the joy of life.  We will assist children from Easter Seals and Bo's Place by walking horses as they ride, take campers off the zip line, push canoes off docks or help with fishing. 
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Holiday Party, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Posted by Barbara Veres on Nov 06, 2016
Join your fellow Rotarians and friends for a sumptuous 4 course holiday banquet at:
Boca2 GastroBar & Bites (aka Frank's bar)
7951 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:00 - 10:30 PM
Happy hour till 7:30 pm. Two glasses per person of selected wines. Cash bar all night. $50/person. Please RSVP to Honey Leveen, honey@honeyleveen.com.
Please give your check to treasurer Craig Friou.
Holiday Party, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Social, Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016, Pronto  Cucinino Barbara Veres 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Blood Drive Thursday November 17 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Price Increase in 2017

Flags have cost $50 per year for at least the last 10 years. Meanwhile the cost of everything has gone up. The board has approved a price increase to $75 per flag per year. Remember that flag income is the largest single source of our Foundation dollars...the money that projects are funded with.   Increased income will allow us to do more and bigger things. Discussions are underway about how to provide assistance to loyal customers who may face hardship from the increase.
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Project Joy & Hope Funding Considered

Recently we heard from Dr. Jan Wheeler and PDG Bob Gebhard about temporary housing made available to families who come to Houston for the treatment of their seriously ill children. 
A duplex costs $275,000 to build and we have been invited to participate at $25,000.   The club board voted to support this.  It will go to a vote of the Foundation board this week.   If you have any comments about this project, please contact me (Carol Lester) or Carl Stutts (Foundation President) in the next few days.   FYI, the foundation has that amount and more in undesignated reserves at this time so you will not be asked to donate any additional funds.   Hopefully this will reduce the need of some families to sleep in their cars in the hospital parking lots due to the dearth of affordable housing options.
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By Laws Review Under Way

A committee of members is reviewing the club bylaws at this time as much of what is in them is now inaccurate.   If you have any comments to make, please send your comments to Bob Owen, George Adams, Greg Faldyn or Wally Kronzer.  
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The Russians are Coming!  The Russians are Coming!

And they need a place to stay!   An incoming Vocational Training Team of Russian medical professionals will arrive in Houston starting Sunday, October 30th and will be here till November 4th.  Greg Faldyn is working very hard to organize their schedule and is still looking for host homes for some of the days.   Hosting means providing a private bedroom and access to a bathroom (can be shared).   Breakfast in the morning too.  Day hosts are also needed to transport the team to the various hospitals and other events during their stay.  
Consider opening your spare bedroom to one of the team and broadening your knowledge of the world.  Maybe one day you will go to Russia, and you may have a new friend to show you around.  Contact Greg Faldyn if you can help at 713-826-3160 or email cgfald@att.net  
The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Vision Pizza Event Spurs Ideas, Volunteers

On Monday night approximately 40 members came out to hear the vision for the club that was developed at the recent District-led Visioning session.
Pizza, drinks, salad and cookies were followed by a point by point discussion of the future direction of the club.   A recap of the top suggestions will be sent
to the entire club as an email attachment soon.  If you missed the meeting but have ideas, let Carol or George know and they can direct you to the leader of that area.
Thanks to everyone who came out, helped set-up and take down.    And to Judy Faulkner, who won the $50 gift card to McCormick & Schmicks.
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Costumes on Thursday!  

Let's get crazy on Thursday by coming to the meeting in costume!!!!
A mask, funny hat, or the full monty.  Surprise and delight us on Thursday. Don't be chicken (or be a chicken!). You know you want to.  Here is your chance.  I look forward to seeing your outfit on Thursday.
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Youth Exchange Info Session Tonight!

Do you know someone who you think would enjoy hosting an exchange student?   Or a young person who would make a great exchange student?
Please let them know that tonight our club will be holding an information session for the community.   John Thornton will lead the presentation and our current inbounds will also speak about the experience.
Come to the John Neighbors Room in the West U Community Building at 6104 Auden St. @ Rice at 7:00 pm to hear more.
No other opportunity to experience the world comes with such a low price tag, plus teams of support.   Tell a friend!
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Pool Party, Oct 22, 2016 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Visioning Pizza Party on October 24

The Visioning session results are ready to be shared with the entire club.  Mark your calendars now for Monday evening, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. for a Pizza Dinner and Visioning Report at the Southside Clubhouse at 3743 Farbar in Southside Place. Dress comfortably.
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Rotary Celebrates Women into Rotary

I love being in Rotary yet never gave any thought to how that became possible.  Saturday night several of us West U Rotarians heard the firsthand account of Sylvia Whitlock of her journey to become one of the first women in Rotary.
On her application to RI, her club (Duarte, CA) opted to just use her initials but when RI found out, they insisted the club expel her.  Instead they chose to be a non-Rotary club, with their logo being the Rotary wheel with an "x" through it. (I love their chutzpah!) The issue ultimately was decided in the US Supreme Court in 1987.  About 150 people raised over $20,000 for Deepa Willingham's Pace Universal organization that educates girls in India, with West U Rotary being the first to pledge.  Thank you, Sylvia and the men of the Duarte Rotary Club for fighting for what was and is "good for all concerned". 
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100 Acts of Good Update

A bunch of Rotarians gave blood after the last meeting.  Bob Geary gave plus organized it. 
Wendy Hiester (and hubby Andy) took AJ and Carol and their partners out to a state park and taught them how to use their small trailer.
Joan Johnson takes her dog to TIRR to visit patients and cheer them.
Serena taught a workshop on investing to a women's group.
Terry Ziegler gave platelet and plasma donation.
"DC" took Communion to a 91 year old woman in Sugarland.
Keep the cards coming!    
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Plan Your Costume Now!

Let's get a little crazy at the last meeting of October by coming to the meeting in costume!   We did this a few years back (props to Wally) and it's time to do it again
Wear a complete costume or don crazy glasses, a hat, oversized glasses, a clown nose on Thursday, October 27th. You have 3 weeks to plan; I look forward to seeing what you come up with. 
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Oct 22 social--Pool party at Sachin and Daisy's home. Barbara Veres 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Social at Rienzi is a Hit

The social committee once again scored a hit last week with a tour of the Rienzi Museum, part of the MFA collections.
Many members and some spouses followed as docents described the history of the home, it's occupants, and the artifacts inside. We learned too that the surrounding grounds are open every day and visitors can wander them at no cost. It is a gem in the heart of River Oaks few of us had seen. Thank you, Honey, for setting up the tour and meal at Local Foods that followed. 
Social at Rienzi is a Hit 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Shooting in West U

This morning we woke up to learn that a man was shooting at cars on Weslayan near Bissonnet around 6:20 a.m.  Right near where our club used to meet.  Right where we shop, where many members live.
It seems a miracle that no one was killed (though people are in the hospital in critical condition).  We pray the victims all fully recover.  But now we know that even in our cozy part of the world, insanity can happen. It seems particulary serendipitious then that this week our featured speaker will be HPD Officer Rick Retz who will speak about how to respond to an active shooter situation.   If you have any friends who you think would be interested in this talk, feel free to invite them.  I say this not as a promotion, but as a service to our friends who may be anxious at this time.  
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DG Eric Liu Praises West U Rotary

It is good to be us.  A leading club in the District, and our District a leader in the world!  We did a wonderful job of being welcoming and respectful to DG Eric and wife Sandra.  We showed off a little by inducting two new members, Margarita Hernandez and Frank Eggleston.  We gave out funds to Small Steps Nurturing Center for one student to go to pre-school for a year, and we gave the District Grant funds to Disaster Aid for a water filter in the Philippines.  We presented our 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation check for $10,000 to Eric.  We streamed his presentation LIVE. 
We had many guests from foreign countries and some local visitors expressed a desire to join our fantastic club. Yes, it is good to be us.
Thank yous go out to Honey Leveen, Frank Parrilla, David Redford and Roger Martin for sponsoring and mentoring our new members. Thank you to Chad Spencer, for finding matching funds for our Small Steps donation, turning our $5K into $10K.  Thank you to Terry LeFebvre for hosting the Bolivian PDG Javier as he and his wife on numerous occasions when they came to Houston for cancer treatment.
Thank you to the Membership Committee, who are attacking the cause of growing membership with gusto.  Visitors seemed absolutely delighted to be at our meeting on Thursday.  Great job!
DG Eric Liu Praises West U Rotary 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Live Streaming on Facebook!

Last week for the first time ever our speaker was streamed Live on Facebook!   Thanks, WALLY, for bringing the latest technology to our club.  Now you won't have to lament missing a program as it stays on our Facebook page.  If you are on Facebook and have not "Liked" us yet, what are you waiting for?!  Help us spread the word by "liking" us and sharing our content regularly.  
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Wally Leads Foundation Seminar

Congratulations to our own Wally Kronzer, District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair who led the Foundation seminar on Saturday. Our VTT friends in Uganda Skyped in as well as RI Foundation Chair-elect Paul Netzel in Evanston.  Global scholar Jennifer Gueler and Peace scholar Marc Mori let us know the value of our scholarships in advancing development and peace in the world.  Suzi Howe, RRFC, encouraged giving to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, and the Endowment and recognized top giving clubs.
Congratulations to WEST U ROTARY for being one of the top giving clubs in District 5890 to The Rotary Foundation!   We were #1 in Total Giving to The Rotary Foundation, #1 Top Giving to Polio, and #2 in Per Capita giving to the Annual Fund. Thank you one and all for your generosity to TRF and our own foundation. 
Also discussed was polio fundraising and easy ways to give via Rotary Direct.   If you aren't using this convenient tool, look into it. Just as you pay other bills online, add Rotary and "set it and forget it".  

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Breaking News:  University Rotary No Longer at Hungry's

The University Area Rotary Club is in the position we were just a year or so back when we were forced to look for a new venue.  Their arrangement with Hungry's has ended and effective immediately they seek a new meeting place. For the immediate future they will meet at the Hermann Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 2155 North MacGregor Way.   If you planned to visit them to complete a Red Badge task or a make-up or just to visit, make note of the new address.   
Breaking News:  University Rotary No Longer at Hungry's 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

We are the Heavy Weight Champions!

So were the words of Terry Ziegler in describing our rank in giving to The Rotary Foundation for 2015-16!   See the Foundation story for the details.
Nuff said.   
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Still need tickets to Women in Rotary? 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Alert!  Do You Behave Yourself?

This week our speaker is Chase Untermeyer, former Texas State Representative, and Asst. Secretary of the Navy under George H. W. Bush and former Ambassador to Qatar, and much more.
In 2015 he authored his fourth book, "How Important People Act: Behaving Yourself in Public", sharing what he learned over a lifetime of government and private service. Our club is made up of leaders.  Will we learn anything we don't already know?    Come hear him and find out.     

Invite a friend, too.   Speakers with high name recognition provide us with a great opportunity to invite guests to visit our club.   Don't let this opportunity pass us by.   Share on Facebook and Twitter that guests are welcome and the first breakfast is free.
Speaker Alert!  Do You Behave Yourself? 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Visioning Session Provides Clarity, Focus

On Saturday, September 10, twenty members of our club came together to decide on the direction of the club for the next 3-5 years.   Assisted by open ended questions by lead facilitator PDG Lisa Faith Massey, we were challenged to come up with new ideas, evaluate existing programs, and rate them individually.   When the votes were tallied we could clearly see where the most support was and where to put our efforts to be more impactful.
Thank you to everyone who came out to serve West U Rotary.  The results of the meeting will be shared with the club within the next 30 days at a special club assembly.  Stay tuned for details.
Visioning Session Provides Clarity, Focus 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Our Global Scholar Selected

Every year our club hopes to sponsor a Global Scholar through a Global Grant.   We rely on Clarence Miller to help us find that student from his position at Rice University.   Clarence indeed brought us a young man to consider.  Simulataneously we received a referral of a young woman at Baylor College of Medicine. What a wonderful dilemma. After Clarence, George Adams and I met with both scholars we made our choice. It was not easy. What made it possible at all was knowing that whomever we did not choose would have a sponsor in the Humble Club.  
So we have chosen Tim Tianbo Wang, a biochemistry major at Rice who plans to become a dentist and work on public policy as it relates to oral health.  If your oral health is poor, you don't eat a good diet.  If you don't eat right, you get weak or sick.  If you are sick you cannot work, if you can't work you can't support your family, etc. etc.   
The Baylor student, Annum, will be sponsored by Bill Davis's Humble Rotary Club.  She plans to devote her career to helping communities organize and push for better access to health care from their leaders. We will be pulling for her as well to be a grant recipient along with our nominee.
Sitting down with George after a day of interviewing the two scholars, he reflected that it was a good day.   A day that makes you happy to be a Rotarian because of what we do, and happy to be President-elect and in a position to meet these future leaders.  Rotary offers the same opportunities to all members to meet and affect people in a big way.  Find your passion so being a Rotarian is rewarding for you.
Our Global Scholar Selected Carol Lester 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

You Are Invited to Learn about The Rotary Foundation

Wally is busy preparing for the upcoming District Foundation Seminar to be held at HCC, Spring Branch, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North,at the intersection of I-10 and Beltway 8.   All members are invited to attend.  Learn how the foundation works, what projects we are involved in, get ideas for our club, learn new tools, see District friends.   West U Rotary will pay for your $15 ticket. Doors open at 7:45 am,
program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 12:30.   No break-out sessions, all topics are for everyone with panel of speakers.  
Let Carol or George know if you want to attend.   Let's make Wally proud of our club by having a good showing at this event.
You Are Invited to Learn about The Rotary Foundation 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

West U Rotary Funds School Feeding Program

On the recent Belize projects trip, Jack Wallace and others visited a school that serves children living in meager and violent conditions in Belize City.   Father Matt of St. Martin de Porres School leads a team of dedicated teachers trying to help 700+ children who are growing up under the most stressful conditions.  Many have family that are gang members and virtually all have been touched by gang violence, many having seen someone they knew killed.  A study by a visiting psychologist revealed many kids are suffering from PTSD.  In addition, food is often scarce at home. It's hard to hear the teacher when your stomach rumbles and hurts.  Fr. Matt asked us to help fund his school feeding program for this current academic year.  Jack has massaged his International budget to find the money to fund this program that will provide breakfast and lunch to pre-schools to teens.  
Jack will visit Belize again and welcomes anyone interested in coming along.   Only 2.5 hours away, it's a short trip to visit an area that needs our help.   
West U Rotary Funds School Feeding Program 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Celebrate 30 Years of Women in Rotary

I am grateful to be a member of Rotary so I have a vehicle to do service and make new friends.   I am particularly thankful for Beverly Denver for starting West U Rotary.  But women have not always been welcome in Rotary.   Like many other struggles, it had to be won in the courts.   Rotary is celebrating the anniversary of women's entrance into Rotary with events around the world.  
District 5890 is hosting a celebration on Saturday, October 1 at 6:30 pm at the Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway off Woodway. Keynote speaker will be the FIRST woman in Rotary (also the first woman CLUB PRESIDENT) Sylvia Whitlock from California. She helped pave the way for the tens of thousands of women to join Rotary. Tickets are $75 each, a table is $1000.  Surely we can have at least one table. Let Carol L know if you wish to attend and look for an email soon.
Celebrate 30 Years of Women in Rotary 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Scholar Tom Begins his Year of Study in London

Speaking of global scholars, our 2015-16 scholar, Hyungjin Tom Kim, arrived in London last week for his year of study at King's College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He will pursue a Masters degree in Global Mental Health. Tom will return next year and enter medical school to begin his long educational path towards becoming a psychiatrist. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him next year when he returns to report on his experience.  
Scholar Tom Begins his Year of Study in London 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Your 2016-2017 West U Rotary Foundation Board

West U Rotary Club and West U Rotary Foundation are two separate entities run by two separate boards. The West U Rotary Foundation is a 501C3 entity that manages the funds that are raised for and spent on our charitable projects.  Flags and the golf tournament revenue contribute to the foundation budget. Backpacks, meals, scholarships, Books for the World, Challenger baseball and everything else we do as service comes from those funds.  Holiday parties, office supplies, mailbox fees, dinners, awards, equipment, etc. are club expenses funded by your dues.   
This year the foundation board of trustees for 2016-2017 is:
President:  Carl Stutts
Secretary:  Greg Faldyn
Treasurer:  David LeFevre
   Carol Gradziel
   Phil Mabry
   Janice Stooksberry
Club President-elect:   George Adams
Thank you, outgoing Trustees Russ Schulze (Pres.), Craig Friou, Max Hickerson and Mark Wright, for your years of service to the foundation.
All West U Rotarians are members of the foundation and can apply to serve on the board.  The foundation trustees elect their board officers each year.   A term is three years with two members rotating off the board each year.  The board meets quarterly and as needed to conduct business.  If you would like to serve on the board next year, contact George Adams in the spring.
Your 2016-2017 West U Rotary Foundation Board 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Donate to Rotary, Get Discounts through Rewards Program

Did you know that you can support Rotary projects without spending any extra dollars? How?  When you shop at Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Gap, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Saks, Sephora, airbnb, and hundreds of other stores, you can download their offer to Give Back a percentage of your sale.
Discounts offers are also available with Hertz, Avis, Office Depot, Candlewood Suites, AMC theaters and many more vendors.   

Go to Rotary.org/globalrewards and login to My Rotary to see the hundreds of offers available.   You can even use your smartphone or tablet. So next time you are about to check-out either online or in person at some national vendor, remember to check for a Give Back offer or Discount.  
Donate to Rotary, Get Discounts through Rewards Program 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Party, Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

Don't Miss Chance to Remember Laney in a Big Way

We continue to accept donations in memory of Laney Littlejohn.  Remember that every dollar you give becomes $6 to fight polio, thanks to our club foundation and the Gates Foundation.   A letter about your donation is sent to his family.  See an earlier story to see how to make your donation.  Please don't let this opportunity to turn your love offering of $1 turn into $6 slip by.  
Don't Miss Chance to Remember Laney in a Big Way 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Meet our RYEs for 2016-17 on Thursday 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Backpacks Score with Students!

If you receive the Southwest Village News, you probably saw the photo of our members from the Backpack Loading day.   Below read the letter of appreciation from David Lopez, VP, Social Responsibility, YMCA of Greater Houston.
“The school bell has rung and the children of Houston are back to school! …We have had an incredible success with our “YMCA Operation Backpack”!  As you know, the need in Houston is great with more than 25% of children 17 and under living below the poverty line and school supplies costing parents close to $200 per child. 
Through all your effort, support and commitment, we surpassed our goal this year and served 101,592 youth in the Houston area throughout 36 area school districts.  You have helped distribute over 25,000 backpacks with 684,000 school supplies!  Our program has become one of the largest back to school drives in Texas.  This year, 33 YMCA centers participated with 220 drop off locations including YMCAs, HEBs, First Choice ERs and our local community partners.   Our collective plan is to continue to grow this program and find ways to improve our reach to the children and families in our communities.
Again, THANK YOU for all you did to make this a success!  I applaud you.”
Backpacks Score with Students! 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Free leadership training for 1 lucky member, Value $250!

Our club has paid for one spot at the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, a District-led leadership training program for rising leaders and anyone else who seeks to develop their leadership skills.
It takes place from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 to 5:00 pm on September 11 at a Courtyard Marriott on the north side of Houston.  Many members have gone through this course and thought it was well worth the time and the club's money.   

If you wish to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to develop yourself as a leader and meet many very cool, very nice people from Rotary clubs all over town, let Carol Lester or George Adams know asap.
Free leadership training for 1 lucky member, Value $250! 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

English tutor sought for Ayuri

Inbound RYE students arrive with varying English language skills.  Alejo is fluent in English.  But Ayuri is struggling at this time.   John Thornton is asking for your help in finding some support for her to help her with her English.  A fluent Japanese speaker with a little time to spare to tutor her in these early weeks is being sought.   Do you know someone who could help her out?    Let John Thornton know asap.   His cell number is 281-415-6390.   Arigatoo gozaimasu (thank you).
English tutor sought for Ayuri 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Thursday Night at the Museum, Sept. 22, 3:50 pm

Immerse yourself in the outstanding collections of European decorative arts, paintings, furnishings, porcelain, and miniatures of the Rienzi museum, https://www.mfah.org/visit/rienzi/ for a docent led tour, followed by dinner.
Rienzi is located at 1406 Kirby Drive and is situated on four acres of wooded gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, about five miles from the main MFAH campus and about two miles from Bayou Bend, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings.
Thursday Night at the Museum, Sept. 22, 3:50 pm 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

Helping Flood Victims in Louisiana

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.
Helping Flood Victims in Louisiana 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

Artists Among Us!

Posted by Barbara Veres on Aug 22, 2016
Thank you to Daisy and Sachin Chowdhry for hosting fifteen joyful Rotarians at their art studio, MonArt School of Art, on Bellaire for a unique, art-filled night. 
Artists Among Us! Barbara Veres 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student from Argentina Gets Early Morning Welcome 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Our District Grant Provides Clean Water to Kenyan School 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Ayuri is here, Alejo is coming! 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Backpack project a huge hit! 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Great turnout for Backpacks!

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
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.
Great turnout for Backpacks! 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

Guide to Making Laney Littlejohn Remembrance Gift

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. 
Guide to Making Laney Littlejohn Remembrance Gift 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

The Kids are Coming! Youth exchange, that is.

Posted on Aug 09, 2016
Ayuri from Japan will arrive at IAH tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.   A bunch of us will leave directly from the meeting to welcome her.   If you can come, let us know and you can ride with Carol or George.  We may go to lunch afterward, so budget a good chunk of time for this.
Alejo from Argentina will arrive next Tuesday at 5:00 a.m.   Believe it or not, a bunch of us are going to rise early and meet him at IAH, too.    Let Carol L, George, or John T know if you want to go along with us.   At least we won’t hit traffic…..
Bring a sign and/or dress Texan!   Cowboys are what they expect, and we don't like to disappoint!
The Kids are Coming! Youth exchange, that is. 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Fashion show tickets available 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Dynamos & Rotary team up 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

Backpack Day is Saturday

Posted on Aug 09, 2016

The Back-to-School Backpack service project happens this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Texas Citizen’s Bank, 3636 Rice Boulevard at Edloe.   So this week is your last chance to bring supplies or give a monetary donation to Chad before he goes shopping.   This year he had the Rotary logo embroidered onto the backpacks.  Great publicity for Rotary...way to go, Chad!
Dress comfortably and come ready to work!   All are invited.
Backpack Day is Saturday 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

August is Membership Month

Posted on Aug 09, 2016
Invite a friend to Rotary this month.   This week would be a good one to do that.   Our speaker will be Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Jonathon Sandys who will be introduced by PDG Bob Gebhard.    He is the author of “God and Churchill” that tells the story about how Churchill had a premonition as a teenager that he would lead England in a turbulent time.  

Do you have a welcoming nature?   Have a lot of ideas about how our club can grow?   George Adams could use your help on his newly formed membership committee.    Speak to George at a meeting or email him to find out how you can get involved.   
August is Membership Month 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

Can you spare an hour?

The Bagel Patrol needs help. What is the "Bagel Patrol"?   Volunteers from our club go to the Hot Bagel Shop at 2009 Shepherd Drive (between San Felipe & Westheimer) at 1:50 pm Monday thru Friday and pick up all their unsold bagels and deliver them to either Star of Hope's Mens or Womens Center (your choice). If we did not go get these bagels, they would end up in the trash, and wouldn't that be a travesty?   We are just one such organization that gathers up and redistributes unsold food every day in this town, and we are the rare Rotary Club that can say we do service projects at least 5 days a week as a result of the Bagel Patrol program.   
You should have received an email from Bob Owen last week asking for volunteers and substitutes.  If you can spare about an hour every week, or every two weeks, consider being a regular volunteer.   If you can't commit to that degree of commitment, consider being on the substitute list, to step in when no one else is available.  The current needs are for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday volunteers and subs.

Thanks you for all you do for others.   You are a gift to the world!
Can you spare an hour? Carol Lester 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

Wanted: Your friendly face!

It's our custom to have an enthusiastic group waiting at the gate when our young overseas visitors arrive for their Youth Exchange year.   This year some of our regulars will be unable to be present so we need some new people to join us on Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. and also on Friday, August 12 (time TBA).  Ayuri from Japan will arrive on Thursday morning looking for a friendly face; let's show her many!   We usually carpool to save gas and parking fees.   Even if you can just do one of these days, please come out.  
Let Carol L, John Thornton, or Judith Snively know if you can come and if you wish to carpool.   You'll be glad you did.
Wanted: Your friendly face! Carol Lester 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

Start Buying & Bringing School Supplies

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Chad and Craig are now collecting school supplies to put into the backpacks we will be providing for needy students. Our stuffing date is August 13th, a mere 2 meetings from now.  Do your shopping now for notebooks, pencils, colored markers, rulers, erasers, pens, protractors, scissors and more.  Money is also accepted.  Some store you are frequenting is selling supplies.   Toss a box of pencils, notebooks, pens into your cart before you check out.  Put the date on your calendar today!
Start Buying & Bringing School Supplies 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

It Wasn't All Work...

Most mission trips to an impoverished area include an element of fun because you need it for balance and it helps to entice people
to go.  The trip to Belize included snorkeling and touring around the small island of Ambergris Caye on golf carts.  In clear, warm water
we snorkeled among stingrays, nurse sharks, moray eels, sea turtles, coral, and hundreds of species of colorful fish.  The palm trees are the
highest things on the shore...no high rises ruining the view.  The people are friendly and hard working.  Next time Jack mentions
going to Belize, jump out of your seat to claim your spot.   Be like Richard Lazear and make it a family vacation!
It Wasn't All Work... 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Jack Wallace Leads Trip to Belize 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Art Party Social, Monday, August 22, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Bulletin week of July 18, 2016 Carol Lester 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Our club district grant project...WATER! Carol Lester 2016-07-17 00:00:00Z 0

RYEs have a lot to say!

Typically young people dread speaking in front of a crowd so consequently they speak fast, skimp on details, and seem glad to sit back down.   Not the case for our young returning exchange students, Rob Sanford and Elias Ormsby.  This is the difference the RYE year makes.  Before leaving they were nervous speakers.  Last week they stood before us and owned the stage, full of confidence and poise.  Thank you all for supporting this important program.  Consider hosting our inbounds if you want to watch the transformation in person.  We will get a boy from Argentina and girl from Japan.
RYEs have a lot to say! 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Kathy is back!

Posted on Jul 10, 2016
She flits into Houston from time to time as she lives the life of a vagabond. Kathy Kokas and husband Tom King are truly
rolling stones, gathering no moss, as they traverse the country visiting friends and family whenever the urge strikes them.
Could this lifestyle be for you?  Find out Thursday when she shares what it takes to live the nomadic life.
Kathy is back! Carol Lester 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Flags: Mission Accomplished

Posted on Jul 10, 2016
Thank you, Rotarians, for another successful flag launch. We had many new subscribers come in once they saw their neighbors get flags. Thanks, Terry, Richard, George, and Carmen for handling all the last minute subscribers. Well done.
Flags: Mission Accomplished Carol Lester 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
New Year, New Member Carol Lester 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

West U Rotary Bulletin: Happy New Rotary Year!

Posted by Carol Lester on Jul 02, 2016
Happy New Year! 
Greg officially handed off the baton of President to me at the Installation last Tuesday.  It was a fun night with some surprises, including the awarding of Ray Schutter with the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a touching scene, bringing tears to many.  Congratulations to the Rookie Rotarian of the Year, Serena Sneeringer, and Rotarians of the Year, the flag team of Richard Lazear, Carmen Flores, Kerry Bloom and Terry LeFevre.  They put in more hours than any other group in the club. They, and Ray before them, could rightfully be the Rotarians of the Year every year.  And thank you, Greg, and outgoing board members for your service to our club in 2015-16.  You did an outstanding job steering our club to new levels of service, giving, and member satisfaction.   
Speaking of flags, we are on holiday #3 of our flag calendar. The neighborhood looks festive. New online subscriptions are coming in at a steady pace since it is so easy to subscribe online now. Thank you, everyone, for supporting the flag program with your time and energy.  It is growing and will continue to grow even more in the future. That means more funds to help more people!  Woo! Woo!  
Monday was July 4th and the "World Famous West U Rotary Club Kazoo Marching Band" once again delighted residents with their patriotic songs.  Lots of people took photos of us. Thank you, Gene McFadden, for lining up the float for us, and Richard Lazear for decorating it and getting sponsors again this year, so that we can give a larger gift to the West U Challenger program.   Thanks, too, to Tim O'Connor & the Recreation Department of the City of West U for absorbing most of the tasks we Rotarians used to do, and to the Lazear boys, and Leslie Cauffman for manning the concession stand.  
Last week was a busy week for our Youth Exchange program.   Our outbounds, Rob Sanford and Elias Ormsby, came home and our inbound, Maciej, left us.   Hear about Rob and Elias's year abroad at this week's meeting.  We as a club should be proud of what we are making possible for young people through RYE.  We are changing lives and cultivating peace ambassadors that will be tomorrow's leaders.
Rotarians...Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your President.  Thank you, Beverly Denver, for starting West U Rotary so I could one day join it.  Thank you, Kathy Kokas, for inviting to join, and thank you ALL for making our club the incredibly high functioning, drama-free, world-changing organization that it is today.  Together, we will reach new heights of accomplishment and new heights of CRAZY!   I can't wait! 
West U Rotary Bulletin: Happy New Rotary Year! Carol Lester 2016-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of June 26th Greg Faldyn 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

West U Rotary Happenings for the week of June 19th

Posted by Greg Faldyn on Jun 20, 2016
West U Rotary Club Assembly - Thursday, June 23rd.
District 5890 Neighborhood Clean Up and Revitalization this Saturday
West U Rotary Officer Installation Dinner - Tuesday, June 28th.
West U Rotary Award Presentation - Thursday, June 30th
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of June 19th Greg Faldyn 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
2016-17 Installation this Tuesday, June 28!!! 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of June 12th Greg Faldyn 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of June 5th Greg Faldyn 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of May 29th Greg Faldyn 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of May 22nd Greg Faldyn 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Is Max Hickerson a Selling Fool or What? 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

West U Rotary Happenings for May 16

Posted by Greg Faldyn on May 16, 2016
Paul Harris Society Dinner ... Thank you for your support! 
This week's speaker is Larry Gregory of the Lone Star Flight Museum
How 'bout a little floatin' down the river ... ok  ... bayou 
West U Rotary Happenings for May 16 Greg Faldyn 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of May 8th Greg Faldyn 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
West U makes its mark on the District Conference 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of May 1st Greg Faldyn 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of April 24th Greg Faldyn 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Brooklyn Athletic Club Happy Hour/Dinner onThursday, April 21, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of April 17th Greg Faldyn 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Cancelled

Posted on Apr 17, 2016
Due to massive rains and flooding, the 20th Annual West U Rotary Golf Tournament has been
cancelled.   The team will work on rescheduling this event for a later date.  Stay tuned for
details.   Thank you for your understanding and support.  
Golf Tournament Cancelled 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of April 10th Greg Faldyn 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
District 5890 Club Leadership Training this Saturday! 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Volunteer Day at Camp For All 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of April 3rd Greg Faldyn 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of March 27th Greg Faldyn 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Brooklyn Athletic Club Happy Hour/Dinner, Thursday, April 21, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of March 20th Greg Faldyn 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Hour at The Marquis II 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Women's Home Skills Workshop this Friday 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of March 13th Greg Faldyn 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Flyer Available to Download

You will find it over in the Home page Download Files section of the website . . . that's it, right over there on the right hand side . . . keep looking, you can't miss it
Golf Tournament Flyer Available to Download 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of March 6th Greg Faldyn 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
March 21 Happy Hour at The Marquis II on Bissonnet Barbara Veres 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of February 28 Greg Faldyn 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of February 21 Greg Faldyn 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of February 14 Greg Faldyn 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
It is time to prepare Veterans Care Packages 2016-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
West U February 21st Anniversary event is an evening with Hoagy Carmichael 2016-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of February 7 Greg Faldyn 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of January 31 Greg Faldyn 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Super Bowl Party, February 7, 2016 Barbara Veres 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of January 24 Greg Faldyn 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Thursday Night at the Museum Barbara Veres 2016-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
WU Rotary 21st Birthday Night at the Museum coming up in a few days on January 21 Barbara Veres 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of January 17 Greg Faldyn 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of January 10 Greg Faldyn 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of January 3 Greg Faldyn 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of December 27 Greg Faldyn 2015-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Happy Hour Barbara Veres 2015-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Big Apple West U Rotary Holiday Party 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Emergency Aid Coalition announced as 2016 golf tournament beneficiary 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Big Apple West U Rotary Holiday Party this Thursday night! 2015-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Club Board meeting Tuesday, December 8 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of November 29 Greg Faldyn 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Fellowship Barbara Veres 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
West U sponsored student selected as an outbound scholar 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of November 22 Greg Faldyn 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
No meeting this week! 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of November 15 Greg Faldyn 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Remember that terrific presentation about computers for students? 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of November 8 Greg Faldyn 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of October 31 Greg Faldyn 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of October 31 Greg Faldyn 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of October 24 Greg Faldyn 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Cemetery Tour on Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 Barbara Veres 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for October 17 Greg Faldyn 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of October 11 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Cemetery Tour this Wednesday night, Oct 21, 2015 2015-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
One more Thursday at Skeeter’s! 2015-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Monday’s Year 21 party was a gas! Barbara Veres 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Follow our outbound exchange students’ blog sites 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of September 6 Greg Faldyn 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

Club Social is tonight - Monday, September 21

Posted by Barbara Veres
We are going to be nostalgic and go back to the "good ole days" for our September 21 social. Think 50s. Think penny loafers. Think poodle skirts. Think American Bandstand. Think pony tails. Think Richie and "The Fonz"!!!~ Think cigarette packs rolled up in the sleeve of a white T-shirt. Yes, that's what I said!!
Come on out in your 50s regalia on Monday, September 21, 6:00 pm for burgers, fries, and milkshakes at 59 Diner Shepherd, 3801 Farnham St,
Club Social is tonight - Monday, September 21 Barbara Veres 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
2nd “Year 21 Gathering this week Friday night August 21 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Party on Thursday, December 10, 2015 Barbara Veres 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Monthly Club Board Meeting tomorrow 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Bring Operation backpack supplies Thursday 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotarians finish in second place 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotarians participate in Zone 21b Multi District Training Institute 2015-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Women’s Home Interviewing Skills Workshop a success! 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Fourth of July event raises record amount - $4,500! Carol Lester 2015-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
District Membership Seminar next Saturday 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
1st “Year 21” Gathering this Tuesday night July 21 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
President's message for the week Greg Faldyn 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Terry Ziegler named as Zone 21b Paul Harris Society Coordinator 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
WULL Challenger Division Fundraiser this July 4th 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
New Board of Directors Installed 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
2022 RI Convention coming to Houston! John Neighbors 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Patrick Liao to speak Thursday 2015-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Kate Barkley checks in from Belgium! 2015-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Anaelle Boudry speaks to the club 2015-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Another great year helping the West University Little League Challenger Division 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
"Books Between Kids” service opportunity is available 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
West U Rotary Golf Tournament again a success! 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z